Holiday in the Swiss Alps?
Oct08

Holiday in the Swiss Alps?

Now that summer is over, thoughts inevitably turn to holidays next year. I don’t know about anyone else, but we certainly spend a lot of time thinking about holidays, talking about holidays and researching holidays – at least 90% of which we won’t go on. We all have different priorities. I like a short flight because I’m a nervous flier, my eldest is looking for adventure. The rest of us like a bit of...

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Help! I need a plumber
Oct04

Help! I need a plumber

If your toilet won’t flush or a pipe has sprung a leak, you’re going to need a plumber to fix it. Or maybe you’re having a nice new kitchen or bathroom fitted and need a plumber to install the washing machine or the new shower? You might have a friend who is a plumber or you might have a regular guy that you use and rely on. But what if you don’t? How can you know that the name you pluck off the internet is...

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Preparing for periods
Sep26

Preparing for periods

Regular readers will know that recently I’ve been preparing my daughter (and myself!) for puberty and periods. Puberty is so much less straightforward for girls than boys and it is important to be ready for those first few periods. Not knowing exactly when a period will start, how heavy it will be or how long it will last is a scary thing for tween girls and young teenagers. Add that to the fact that girls like my daughter spend...

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Car safety and the new driver
Sep18

Car safety and the new driver

In just a few short weeks, my 17 year old son could be driving all on his own. This prospect fills me with two emotions – pride (because he’s done really well to learn so quickly), but mainly HORROR. My teenage son will be in sole charge of a piece of machinery which has the potential to kill him, any passengers (including my other two children) or any other road user or pedestrians. That’s a scary thought. The...

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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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