Planning summer holidays with Clickstay
Aug20

Planning summer holidays with Clickstay

This a paid collaborative post #ad We’ve only just got back from our summer holiday to Nice and already we’re looking ahead to next summer. Everyone does that, right? Where could we go next? What do we want to do when we’re there? How do we balance the needs of three teenagers? Or will the eldest want to stay at home by next year? Two places we’ve considered are mainland Spain and Portugal. We’ve been to...

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Fix your annoying squeaky bed with these five handy tips
Jul16

Fix your annoying squeaky bed with these five handy tips

This is a paid collaborative post. Regular readers will know that sleep is not my friend. I have no problem getting to sleep, but I really struggle to stay asleep once the clock ticks past 4 (5 if I’m lucky). Which isn’t great, as we are constantly reminded about the importance of a good night’s sleep. We are bombarded by adverts all promising the “best nights sleep you will ever have”. I know I tried a couple of...

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Things to know before you give your child a smartphone
Jul03

Things to know before you give your child a smartphone

This is a paid collaborative post #ad  You won’t be surprised to discover that more than 90% of secondary school aged children have a mobile phone. To be honest, as the mum of three teenagers, I’m surprised to discover that 10% of them DON”T have a phone! If you’re thinking of giving your child a phone of their own, there are a few things to consider. The right age What’s the right age to hand a child a phone? This...

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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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