Alternative Christmas gift idea | Alpaca walking at Lucky Tails in Warwickshire


In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and cut down on plastic toys and Christmas tat that ends up in landfill each year, we have been trying to gift our children experiences and vouchers for days out instead.

Opt for a stress-free, debt-free, environmentally friendly Christmas | Ban unnecessary presents



This year, myself and my family have all agreed to do Secret Santa this year for gifting to adults instead of buying for everyone like we normally do. 

Review | Learn to swim with Float Wings by Splash About.


A few months ago now I was kindly offered a new swim aid product from Splash About. As we were due to go on holiday at the end of summer to a hotel with 18 swimming pools no less, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for my 4 year old to give it a good testing!

(We totally ended up going to a completely different hotel, in a totally different country and a few days later than planned because of the Thomas Cook fiasco but it we go there eventually and the new hotel had pools and was by the sea so we were all good)

Pass the love on at the newly refurbished Birmingham Thorntons


To celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished Birmingham High Street store on Tuesday evening a couple of weeks ago, I was kindly invited along to a special preview event to witness the love, passion and care that goes into each Thorntons product and to 'Pass the love on'. 

Of course, I wasn't going to pass up on the opportunity to be surrounded by chocolate was I?

Free Children's activity sheet Download | Autumn Scavenger hunt and bucket list


Autumn is my most favourite season of all. Crisp golden leaves, autumn soups and stews, hot chocolate with all the trimmings, halloween, bonfire night, the excitement brewing for the ever nearing Christmas day, twinkly lights, candles.... I could go on! 

An open letter to my last child on his first day at school.



Dearest Baby Boy,

My youngest. My last.

I've been through this already twice before, I should be a pro at it now. But for some reason I'm getting worse with each child.

I was nervous the first time around because it was all new. We both didn't know what to expect. We both didn't know the school or the teachers. I was nervous for your big sister because she was nervous.

Know your self-worth | 13 things that don't define you!


”Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” - Unknown

We are all our own worst critics in life. 

When we criticise, the mind listens, reacts & responds, making us feel anxious & stressed & decreases our mood.

It has a detrimental affect on our mental health.

We need to stop allowing outside influences like these defining us!

Budget friendly family recipe | Cheesy Chilli Beef Quesadilla's


Quesadillas are probably one of the most versatile meals I do and the children love them!

Like a little Mexican style toastie, you can literally add any filling your heart desires so it's especially great for using up leftovers. Which of course also makes this a budget friendly dish.

Our family favourite filling is cheesy chilli beef, which works out to around £1 per serving (with ingredients bought from Aldi)

Holiday Money Help | Be a savvy traveller with Curve


Hoorah, it's that time of year where we're all jetting off on our jollies and basking in the glorious overseas sun (because we aren't getting much of it here are we?) 

But spending abroad with exchange rates and card fee's can be a bit of a minefield. 

Not with Curve though!

Curve makes spending, here and abroad, simple.

Recipe | Pomodorini tomato, bacon & woodland mushroom tagliatelle


I love tinned tomatoes. They are a staple in my cupboards as I know I can always through a meal together with any thing as long as I've got some tomatoes in. I use them at least a few times a week.

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