The leavers’ hoodie tradition
Mar06

The leavers’ hoodie tradition

We’re now into the second half of the school year and GCSEs and A Levels are getting ever closer. I can’t believe that my own son will actually be leaving school for good soon. Although it does seem a long time since he started, the 14 years from tiny boy to very nearly adult have gone pretty quickly. When he leaves school, I really hope he will actually get his leavers’ hoodie this time. In fact, I will pay for his...

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The cleaning nightmare
Feb15

The cleaning nightmare

I’m not a fan of cleaning. The whole Instagram cleaning and organisation phenomenon has passed me by. Because it’s still cleaning, right? I would go as far as to say that I hate cleaning. But I still do it. Because I don’t want to live in a dirty house. I’m lucky that I have a husband who is very good at cleaning and tidying. I do the bulk of it, because I’m not the one who works 14 hours a day, but he...

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The new lounge?
Jan30

The new lounge?

After replacing three bathrooms and a kitchen, all of which DESPERATELY needed replacing, in the five years since we’ve been in our house, our thoughts have turned to tackling the lounge. The lounge isn’t bad in the way the kitchen and bathrooms were bad. They were firmly stuck in the 80s and things had started to break – we had a sink with a hole in the kitchen that drained straight into the cupboard and a toilet...

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Last minute ways to save money at Christmas
Dec19

Last minute ways to save money at Christmas

Christmas is just days away… Maybe you’re really organised and have had anything bought and wrapped for weeks? Or maybe you’ve still got a few last things to buy? In that case, here’s a few tips on last minute ways to save money at Christmas. Even if you haven’t  finished your shopping, by now you should have a good idea of what you’ll be spending, as well as on whom and on what. You have your budget...

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Looking forward to house projects 2019
Nov28

Looking forward to house projects 2019

Some people love decorating, others hate it. But, it is one of those jobs that has to be done. It is all too easy to let things go and to realise, too late, that your house looks old-fashioned and shoddy. Our house was definitely old-fashioned and shoddy when we moved in nearly five years ago. We’ve done some big projects since then – the kitchen and three bathrooms are all looking very nice and modern now. This year, we...

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Don’t let a burglary ruin your Christmas!
Nov21

Don’t let a burglary ruin your Christmas!

Heading off to stay with family over the Christmas period means lots of planning, packing and organising. Planning the trip, the route, what you’re going to eat, who’s sleeping where and how you’re going to hide the presents in the car from the kids who still believe in Father Christmas is no mean feat. You might think you’ve remembered everything, but did you remember to lock the door? Are all the windows secure? Have you left any...

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