Taking control of our finances to buy our first home

I am just going to come out and say it – privately renting sucks. My Husband and I are literally throwing money away every month – which makes saving for a deposit to buy our home difficult {to say the least}.  Then when you factor in the expense of our children, bills, buying food & clothes – the list goes on & on – we are finding it incredibly difficult to save up to buy a forever home.  I left home at quite a young age – seventeen – so I never took the chance to stay at home, to work…

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Mums on the Go: Different Ways to Feed Your Family on a Budget

How many times have we dealt with the dilemma of trying to figure out what to make for dinner for your family? All too many times I’m sure. I often times, get stuck in a habit of making the same things all the time for my family. I mean, I’ll ask everyone in the house what they want for dinner, and they’ll say it doesn’t matter, or they don’t care…and my favourite, “whatever you want babe.” When I get responses like that, I go to my oldie but goodies…it’s food I know my family enjoys and I know it won’t…

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Best Family-Friendly places to stay in Wales

When choosing a place to get away for a couple of weeks we often go straight to the computer and look at locations abroad, but it is good to remember that there are some beautiful locations right on our doorstep. For those looking for a holiday a little closer to home, Wales can serve as a wonderful family-friendly destination. This is mainly due to the country having such a diverse landscape, a plethora of attractions, incredible coastal scenery and much more. However, as the country is fairly large it can be hard to decide where to go, so we have…

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5 ways to make the most out of space in a small kitchen

When I was little, all I wanted to do was grow up. Which, I know is the opposite to what our parents want, because they want to try and keep us little for as long as possible. Now? I’m the grown-up, with a family of my own and all I have ever wanted for my family is a beautiful home.  We have lived in our home for almost 8yrs now.  It’s your standard 3 bedroomed, terrace home and even though she has her faults – we love it all the same. However, if I was ever given the chance to…

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Long car journeys & looking after your tyres, with Kwik Fit

I don’t drive, just to make that clear. It’s a skill that I wish I had learned when I was younger {and it was cheaper to learn!}. But I’m not drawing a line underneath that just yet! I still have plenty of time for that. However, even though I don’t drive, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been or went on long car journeys/road trips and picked up some car knowledge along the way. I’m a curious bunny, so I am forever asking questions about “How do you know when to change gear?” or “How often do you change your tyres?”.…

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Autumn Photo-a-day Challenge

I have been wanting to put one of these together for ages … so I hope you guys will join in. The Autumnal season has to be…hands down the best season because of the gorgeous colours it brings, the fallen leaves to roll around in and just the overall crispness of it all. It’s a glorious time of the year and I know together we can make one hell of a beautiful Autumnal fueled feed! So, I do hope you’ll have a look at my Autumn Photo Challenge – free printable included – I hope you like what you see…

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Birthday Gifts for the Modern Teenage Boy

Birthdays are a special occasion. There’s cake, celebrations, and of course, presents to think about. Teenagers can be a nightmare to buy gifts for. They definitely have their own likes and dislikes, but these can quickly change. If you know a teenage boy, it can be difficult to decide what to buy them for their birthday. There are some general guidelines for buying birthday presents for people. These will help. It is best to think about the boy’s personality, style and interests when deciding what gift they will like. Here are a few ideas to help: Fashion and Accessories Teenagers…

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My time at a Digital Drop-in with Post Office UK & Google Digital Garage

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be flown over to London, to attend a Digital Drop-in session that was being run by Post Office UK & Google Digital Garage. I wrote a post before the event, informing you where it was going to be & where to sign up if you were interested in attending. The digital drop-in session that I attended was held in the upper floor of the Hackney Library in London – which has the loveliest Children’s section might I add. With it’s smaller bookcases and colourful decor, it really did make me smile. In…

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Dealing With Kids, Work, and Your Significant Other: A Balancing Act

Being a mother can be a thankless job at times with everyone wanting something but nobody wants to help out. Those mothers that also have a full-time career have quite the balancing act on their hands. The balance between maintaining a thriving career can take its toll on the family if not managed properly. Kids and a career are both things that need a lot of time and attention. Your significant other can be lost in this so maintaining a healthy relationship with them as well needs to be a priority. The following are tips that will allow a mother…

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