parenting


Does a Dishwasher Save you Money?

Does a Dishwasher Save you Money? is a paid post in collaboration with Sainsbury’s.  Since getting a smart meter a few months ago, the male proportion of the household has become obsessed with comparing the cost of devices in the house and one of the things that have come up is that using a dishwasher is more expensive than washing by hand.  Hmm – as the one who ends up doing any pots that need handwashing this made me decide to look into it.  As I LOVE my dishwasher, it saves me time as we fill it up during the day, set it to wash overnight and then the husbeast empties more »


My top tips for Saving Money on your Shopping 5

Shopping, is it a necessary evil or something you enjoy? I have to admit that I LOVE to shop, but more than that, I love to shop well. I like to know that I have got the best deal I could but with two tween boys, most of my shopping is done online these days.  It is quicker, there are no boys moaning and I can compare prices and find the best deal for me.  So I have teamed up with MyVoucherCodes to share with you my top tips for saving money on your shopping as part of their #SavvySquad.


Fab things to do with Kids in Devon 6

When planning a family holiday with young children (or bigger kids for that matter), it pays to have a good idea of some exciting activities and potential places to visit before arriving at your intended holiday destination. Indeed, it is a truth universally known across the UK that rain is seldom dampened in its enthusiasm by holidays, but that holidays can easily be dampened by the rain. Fortunately, while Devon and the English Riviera are famed for their beauty during the sunny summer months, the entire region has plenty to offer regardless of what tricks the weather is up to. Enjoying the Local Environment Let’s be honest with one another, no more »


Getting prepared for Winter Driving – Winter Car Checklist

Have you ever been stranded in the snow or stuck in a flood in your car?  I have and it is a scary thing, which is why each year we get prepared for winter driving and I have produced a winter car checklist.  We live in beautiful rural North Yorkshire which means that we have to be prepared when it comes to winter weather.  More so MadDad who often travels over some treacherous roads in the winter.  Since moving back to the North East we have become much more prepared for bad weather and both have emergency packs in our cars.

Getting prepared for Winter Driving - Winter Car Checklist

The importance of getting your kids eyes tested regularly 5

When was the last time you had your children’s eyes tested?  Did you know that it is free on the NHS and you can take them from around 6 months old on an annual basis?  I am working with Optical Express to share with you the importance of getting your kid’s eyes tested regularly. As a Mum to a child who has worn glasses since he was 18 months old and wife to a husband who wore them from a year old and who wore glasses herself until having laser surgery with Optical Express in 2012, I understand just how precious sight is and how important eye tests are.


10 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids perfect for Autumn and Winter 7

I am not going to lie,  but after 4 years of making packed lunches for Mini, it is not my favourite job, especially as he has an aversion to sandwiches! So when Herley’s got in touch with me to work with them on their lunchtime talks campaign I jumped at the chance as there must be lots of people like me who get stuck in a lunch box rut.


Always best for baby with Which 5

It is hard to believe that this time 12 years ago we were waiting on the birth of Maxi and we researching what to buy for our first born child.  Maxi was a much longed for child, who we never really believed would really come, so we left buying everything till last minute.  We wanted to make sure that our perfect first born had the best of everything, so we made sure that we subscribed to Which? magazine.


Cameron Lodges – Loch Lomond 7

Holidaying with mardy tweens can be a challenge especially when you have a husband that would rather pull teeth that sit and watch them in the swimming pool all the time.  It is a really difficult age when they become selfish and do not see why they should be taken to museums and such and want to have “fun” on holiday, well at least mine do.  So we didn’t set off with too high expectations for our 3-night break at Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond.  I was just hoping for a change of scenery and the possibility that the boys might stop bickering for a little while.


A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries 1

Top 9 reasons why your baby might cry and what to do: is a collaborative paid post.  Arriving home from hospital with a new-born bundle of joy can be a daunting occasion, particularly when they start crying in a tone you don’t recognise. Care, the number one healthcare brand sold into UK pharmacy and Penny Lazell, a qualified midwife and independent health visitor are here with advice to help you comfort your little one.

Hush Little Baby Don’t you Cry A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer 8

Earlier this year I worked with Highland Spring to bring you some tips on keeping your kids hydrated at school, easing the home to school transition and hel[ping kids cope at school.  I have learned over the years that water and hydration plays a big part in my kids’ behaviour.  Not only during school time, but also over the summer and how it helps them be #BraveByNature.


Free Printable Summer Screen Rules - Encourage a balance with screen time and technology this summer with these simple summer screen rules.

Summer Screen Rules – Free Printable 5

It is no secret that I find balancing screen time challenging. My boys would quite happily spend some days on their Xbox or screens all day.  So this summer we are implementing some summer screen rules for my sanity! Now I realise that this might not be for everyone, in fact, one of my besties doesn’t feel the need to implement screen times rules in her home. As always you know what is best for your family and this is what I feel is best for mine.


Back to school

The Ultimate Back to School Resource 17/18 7

Are you thinking about the children being back to school yet?  Some people have been planning for this since the kids left school, others sit in denial about the holidays ever ending and other wishes h the holidays were much shorter or never happened at all!.  Whichever person you are we have a post for you in our ultimate back to school resource.  Whether it is your children first day of preschool or last year of senior school you will find some amazing tips and ideas to make the transition back to school simple for you and your children.


How to navigate the first day at school 7

It is so hard to believe that this September Mini will be starting senior school and my years as a primary school parent are over.  It is even harder to think that I have been navigating the first day of school since 2008 when Maxi started pre-school.  So that is nine years of first days at school.  Eight of them at Primary and one year of Seniors for Maxi.