7 Ways To Get The Perfect Family Summer Garden

Kids love gardens! They’re a great place to play in and explore, at least as long as they’re kept safe. It can be a bit tricky to pull together a garden for the whole family, but it’s definitely possible, and with a bit of advice from Olive Grove I’ve been able to narrow down 7 ways to get the perfect family summer garden. Get the kids involved! A garden for the family should be planned by the family, not just by the adults. Let your kids get stuck in and give them time to find “their” area (the bit they

5 Ways To Spend A Summer Evening With The Family

We’re are in the middle of a pretty hot heatwave (or, you know, that thing called summer) at the moment and sometimes, it’s just too hot to go out in the middle of the day. As much as Erin would love to be out playing in the garden or at the park all of the time, it’s just not practical. If you have children that are old enough to stay up maybe that bit later, early evening is a much more comfortable time to be outside. Here are 5 ways to spend a summer evening with the family: Play in

5 Tempting Reasons To Move To Spain

It’s been a couple of months now since we went on our first holiday abroad to Port de Pollensa, Majorca, which is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Today, we have teamed up with immoabroad.com, who specialise in selling, buying or renting a home abroad, with a specialty in France and Spain, to talk about the benefits of moving to Spain as a family. Since our holiday in April to Majorca I think John and I fell in love a bit with the area. Usually when we go away on holiday I don’t ever come back thinking about what it would be like to live

Getting The Right Balance: Have I Cracked It?

Today is my first day back at work properly since our holiday to Haven last week. I say back at work but what I really mean is that Erin is at nursery today so I’m working from home. I made the decision to go self-employed full time last year and honestly, it was such a struggle to start with. I had Erin at home all day, every day and I was working in the evenings most days, sometimes until gone midnight to get everything done. It was killing me and I was constantly behind or exhausted… or both! Now, Erin

My First Photo Book By Photobox

Being nearly 3, Erin is now at an age where she remembers certain events and she loves to look at pictures of them. I think she would happily let me sit and go through all of my folders of pictures on my Mac for hours, or even look at some of the printed photos we have. Erin also loves to have something for herself too though so when Photobox got in touch to tell me about their brand new ‘My First Photo Book’ I couldn’t wait to order one for Erin. Ordering Erin’s ‘My First Photo Book’ was really easy and

The Garden I Always Dreamed Of

Something I always wanted before buying a house was a beautiful garden. Growing up we had a concrete back yard and a very small front garden but they were definitely not places to relax and enjoy. When we viewed the house we live in now I sort of fell for the garden but when we actually moved in, I hated it. What I thought was an interesting garden was actually a badly planted, overgrown mess and an absolute nightmare to sort out. We had a pretty big back garden makeover the year before Erin was born. We spent months and

A Day Out At Pensthorpe National Park

Last Bank Holiday weekend we were able to go for a really nice family day out together. My sister and her partner live with us at the moment and have a new car so we were able to go somewhere further afield than we normally could. After spending quite some time researching places we could go we finally decided on Pensthorpe National Park in Fakenham, Norfolk. Pensthorpe is about a 45-50 minute drive away from us as it’s in West Norfolk rather than North Norfolk but the drive was quite smooth and Erin was really excited about being in the

How We Bought Our First Home

Just the other week John and I were talking about when our mortgage was up for renewal. It turns out that is pretty soon which means it’s roughly the 4 year anniversary of when we bought our house. I honestly can’t believe how fast those 4 years have gone and what has happened during that time. Here’s how we bought our first home together! When John and I first got together I was at university in Nottingham and John lived in North Norfolk. When it came to finishing university I had to make a choice about where to move. I