European Holiday Destinations For Families

A couple of days ago you may have read my post about Disneyland Paris and how we can’t decide about holidays for just before Erin starts school in 2020. Disneyland Paris has such a large cost attached to it so we have to consider other places as well. Balearic Islands Earlier this year we went to Puerto de Pollensa in Majorca and absolutely loved it. We went in April and the weather was close to perfect and there was so much for Erin to do. We loved how child friendly the area was and also that the flight was only

Planning For Erin’s Future Education

Erin’s 3rd birthday is coming up sooner than I would like. Turning 3 means the funded nursery hours start next April and we will no longer be paying anywhere near what we are now in nursery fees. Honestly, sending Erin to nursery at 2 has been crippling. While we have managed to pay the fees it has been incredibly hard and John has been working every second of overtime available to make sure we can pay for it. Now don’t get me wrong, we absolutely did the right thing for Erin by putting her in nursery at 2. She wasn’t seeing

How To Make Your Bathroom Work For The Whole Family

One room in our house that needs a lot of attention is the bathroom. We knew this when we bought the house 4 years ago but we just haven’t gotten round to doing anything about it. Our needs have definitely changed in those 4 years though and I’m actually glad we haven’t touched it yet. With that in mind, here are some ways to make your bathroom work for a whole family: An Up To Date Boiler Our boiler is a beast. It’s one of those old, massively heavy things that takes up a lot of space. It costs a

Trialing A Cleaning Schedule

My sister has been living with us for the past 7 months and while we loved having her here, we are glad to have our space back. Having an extra person live with us, actually 2 people for a little while, meant having ‘stuff’ everywhere and our spare room taken over. We haven’t really felt like we have had a good routine going for some time now but now that we have the house to ourselves again, we’ve decided to trial a cleaning schedule. John works full time, often 6 days a week and I work from home. While I

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