5 Things I Learned From The Summer Holidays

This was our first real summer holiday as last year Erin was still going to nursery all year round. I was thankful at the time that nothing changed even over the summer and I could get on with things like normal. Then, Erin had to change nursery and she now only goes term time so we’ve had to deal with the holidays this year. At the beginning of the holidays I was quietly confident that it will all be okay and we wouldn’t struggle with anything. Of course, nothing ever seems to go the way that you think it will

Summer Holiday Bucket List Update

With this summer being my first real summer holidays with Erin I wanted to try to make the most of it. Sometimes, unless you have some kind of plan in place I think you can find yourself doing the same old thing a lot or staying at home when you could be out doing something fun and exciting. Personally, I need a bit of inspiration or ideas for things to do so I thought a summer bucket list would be a good idea. When I came up with the bucket list I wanted to make sure that most things would

Family Snacking With MadeGood’s Granola Bars

AD | Collaborative post We’re in the middle of the summer holidays and Erin is doing a really good job of trying to eat us out of house and home. Before she broke up from nursery for the summer I think I forgot just how much she can eat when she’s home for the day. At nursery she has two set snack times and a packed lunch that I send her with so I know that she’s having a balanced diet during the day. Now, when routine seems to have gone out of the window it’s becoming harder and harder

Mental Health And The Summer Holidays

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that the summer holidays scare the crap out of me. A couple of years ago I went through a pretty bad time with post natal depression and unfortunately, it’s not something that has completely gone away. At the time, I really wasn’t coping very well with being at home all day, every day with Erin and because of that (as well as other reasons) we decided to put Erin into nursery at 2. My stress levels came down quite quickly and I didn’t find myself panicking quite as much on a daily

The Cost Of The Summer Holidays

AD | Collaborative post With the summer holidays coming up I am personally thinking about what we might like to do and more importantly, how I am going to make our money stretch for 6 weeks. Up until now, I don’t think I really thought about how much Erin being off school for so long would affect our finances. When Erin is at nursery I know that she has a good breakfast beforehand to get her set up for the day. During the nursery day Erin has a snack in the morning, the packed lunch I send her with, and

Summer Holiday Bucket List 2019

I can’t quite believe the summer holidays are only about 4 weeks away. The last half termSummer Holiday Bucket List 2019 only seemed like yesterday and I thought I would have plenty of time to get planning some activities for the summer holidays. That time seems to be running out really fast though and I’ve hardly planned anything. 6 weeks is a lot of time to fill and I’m so used to Erin being at nursery for 4 days a week now that I’m not quite sure how to make it fun all the time for her. So, what I

How We Spent May Half Term

For the last half term I don’t think I was prepared enough. I hadn’t planned on doing much and I think both Erin and I got on each other’s nerves a bit. Now that she is usually at nursery for 4 days a week we don’t spend as much time together as we used to so I was really looking forward to having some adventures together. This is what we got up to over this May half term. Bank Holiday Weekend John had the whole of the bank holiday weekend off work. This usually doesn’t happen as he works a

The Average Cost Of A Family Day Out

Just a couple of weeks ago we experienced our first real February half term. Of course, we have been through half terms before but Erin went to the holiday club at her previous nursery but we don’t have that option any more. This time it was just me and Erin from Monday to Saturday and I had to figure out how to fill our week. It’s very rare that we have much (or any) spare money unless I really plan out finances down to the last penny and months in advance. We didn’t actually do too much this half term