Looking after the family cars
Oct18

Looking after the family cars

Our family has two oldish cars, which we rely on pretty heavily. My husband’s car is a six year old VW Touran, which is our car for holidays, luggage and long journeys. It is very comfortable for passengers, but I’m not so keen on driving it. To look at it, my 10 year old Mini couldn’t really be classed as a ‘family car’ because you can’t fit a whole family in, let alone a family with luggage! But,...

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Could I DIY?
Oct12

Could I DIY?

I’m a freelancer working from home and I love the freedom. Sometimes I’m really busy with work and sometimes? I’m not. In the past I’ve gone entire days with no work at all to do. And when it’s quiet like that I can’t help wondering, could I be doing something more useful? I’m a very reluctant housewife and I will hoover, mop and clean the bathrooms when they need doing, but there’s...

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Getting kids active the 80s way
Oct04

Getting kids active the 80s way

I was born in the 1970s. We didn’t have the internet or computer games. Pokemon and even the Nintendo Gameboy were still many years into the future. We played outside. We ran up and down the road, we played on bikes, we climbed trees. We played conkers and got muddy. I had those roller skates that you strapped to your shoes. The ones that grew with your feet. I coveted a pair of roller boots, but only the really rich kids had...

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Work at home or work in an office – what’s easier?!
Sep20

Work at home or work in an office – what’s easier?!

I’ve been working at home for myself for three and a half years and I have to say I love it. I love being able to take the kids (well, just one kid now) to school and pick them (him) up again. I love that I can go to sports days or assemblies if I need to. I love that I can sometimes even take a sneaky day off. By comparison, work in an office was pretty full-on. I had to be out of the house earlier, I worked all day, then I...

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Occasional spending – it all adds up!
Sep13

Occasional spending – it all adds up!

For most families, keeping on top of the finances is an ongoing battle. You think everything is sorted for the month, then the car breaks down or you get a letter asking for payment for a school trip. This seems to be the story of our lives and it has got even worse with three kids at secondary school. The uniforms are more expensive, the trips are more expensive, the music lessons are more expensive and there’s an expensive...

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My not-so-new house – the endless project
Aug28

My not-so-new house – the endless project

We’ve now been in our house over three and a half years. Is it finished? Is it beautiful? No and not everywhere. The kitchen is beautiful, the main bathroom is beautiful, the downstairs toilet is beautiful, but some parts of it are still not great. We decorated the kids’ rooms before we’d even moved in (and we decorated our younger son’s room again last year), whereas our own bedroom was just literally...

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