Tips for careful budgeting
Jul31

Tips for careful budgeting

The summer holidays is an expensive time for parents. (Let’s be honest, aren’t all times expensive for parents?!) Going away on holiday is expensive, even if you stay in the UK. There’s always added treats and meals out in addition to the cost of the accommodation. And if you don’t go on holiday and decide to just do a few days out? They’re flipping expensive too! Unless all of your days out are walks in...

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Are we saving enough for our kids’ futures?
Jul24

Are we saving enough for our kids’ futures?

It’s only last week that I wrote about helping my son into adulthood. The reality is, kids don’t suddenly become adults overnight and aren’t suddenly able to afford mortgage or rent and to run a car. Many of them need a helping hand from their parents to get started. If you think babies and toddlers are expensive, you ain’t seen nothing yet! But how much does it really cost to raise a child to adulthood and...

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My daughter and healthy eating – how are we getting on?
Jun28

My daughter and healthy eating – how are we getting on?

A few months ago, I blogged about my daughter and her healthy eating. Or her lack of healthy eating. She’d been ill and had fainted and the doctor was concerned that she was a bit thin and also that she was eating too much sugar. My daughter is both very fussy and has a very small appetite, which is not ideal for a growing girl. The fainting was a wake-up call that we needed to find some alternative meals and snacks for her, to...

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Do I have a future proof bathroom?
Jun13

Do I have a future proof bathroom?

I know I keep talking about it, but literally every time I have a shower in my new bathroom I am just incredibly happy. My bathroom is beautiful and I waited so long for it. Seriously, if you’d spent four years with a pink bathroom from 1987 with everything broken, you would be happy too. But the scary thing is, when that awful pink bathroom was installed, it was probably cutting edge. The very latest fashion. Over the years it...

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Should kids have smartphones?
Jun09

Should kids have smartphones?

If your child is in Year 6 or 7 now, you’ve probably pondered whether or not they should have a smartphone. I don’t know of any kids who start secondary school these days without a phone, but do they need access to the internet and social media at the age of just 11? It’s a difficult question and I can see both sides of the argument. A smartphone means kids can be accessing things you don’t want them to see on...

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The new bathroom and our ONE mistake
Jun06

The new bathroom and our ONE mistake

Regular readers will know we recently got our ensuite bathroom done after a very long wait. Our old bathroom was horrible and virtually un-useable – the toilet didn’t flush and the shower had only one temperature (boiling), it had become somewhere used only for brushing our teeth and washing hands and faces. We were determined to get our new bathroom right. And we really did. It is beautiful. But we did just make one small...

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