Getting back to violin
Nov09

Getting back to violin

Two of my kids – my eldest and my daughter – play violin, but they’re both on a bit of a break now. They need to decide if they want to pick up their violin bows and get back to violin. Regular readers will know that we’re not a musical family at all. I don’t understand music and nor does my husband. But I like that my kids do music. I think it’s a good skill for them to have, another string to...

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Christmas shopping with Love the Sales
Nov01

Christmas shopping with Love the Sales

Regular readers will know I don’t like to hear the ‘C’ word uttered in September. Or October. To be honest, I’d rather not hear it uttered before 15th December (just call me Scrooge), but I’m not stupid! I’m a mum of three, with a niece and nephews, and that equals quite a lot of Christmas presents (before I even think about the adults in the family). So even though I don’t want to talk about...

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My son, the summer and cricket
Oct30

My son, the summer and cricket

Regular readers will know that my son never stops playing sport. In fact, in the winter in term-time, he is literally doing sport seven days a week. In addition to his three PE lessons a week, he has two rugby training sessions and a rugby match, a football training session and a football match, plus two basketball training sessions. And he loves it. He wouldn’t have it any other way and nor would we. But then sometime in the...

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Teaching young people about credit and debt
Oct25

Teaching young people about credit and debt

It’s hard to believe, but in less than two years my biggest boy could be at university. As one of the youngest in his school year, it feels like that will be a bit soon. Will he be ready for independence and everything that comes with it? One of the biggest worries for young people these days is how they manage money. It’s very easy for them to run up debts, either through the sheer cost of university or through their own...

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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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