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So You Reckon Your Garden Can Only Be Used In The Summer? Think Again

The floral scents of the blossoming spring perennials and the fruiting apple trees coming into their own in late August are two of the many things that you adore about your garden. The outdoor space that you’ve lovingly created is a haven for relaxing, a peaceful alfresco dining area and a place where your kids can frolic on hot, balmy summer days. Now that the cooler days have descended and you’re looking forward to winter time huddled up around a roaring fire with your family, you may think that you are saying goodbye to another season of garden usage. However, that’s where you’d be wrong. Take a look at these incredible ways that you can utilise your garden this winter. Continue reading “So You Reckon Your Garden Can Only Be Used In The Summer? Think Again”

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What To Look For In a School

It is that time of year when parents are stepping into unknown territory, checking out school websites, working out if catchments areas mean anything anymore and questioning which school will be the best for their darling child. The difference this year is that this directly affects me too! I have already seen the lists of open days, been asked where he is going by family members and mentally debated with myself over not putting down our catchment school as an option. The thing is none of us first timers really know what we are supposed to be doing. Continue reading “What To Look For In a School”

Garden Glam: Taking the Designer Approach

Have you ever watched a gardening show and wished that you could have a garden like that? Maybe you’ve redesigned your garden before, but things tend to turn out a lot different when you don’t have a professional and creative landscape artist at your disposal. You might not be able to have Monty Don come and help you out, but that doesn’t mean that a designer garden is out of the question. You could create something stunning that’s not only fun to use but beautiful to look at too. If you’re ready to go beyond a lawn and some flowering borders, here are some tips for creating your designer garden. Continue reading “Garden Glam: Taking the Designer Approach”

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How To Make Beneficial Financial Changes When Your Family Grows

With a second child on the way, I need to turn my financial brain on and make some savvy frugal changes. There are large changes that most of us have to make when we become parents, such as reducing large treats that we may never have batted an eyelid at in the past. I have previously given you my money saving top tips for stay at home parents but now it is time for me to be a little more clever in order to make a few extra pounds and to save a few more. Continue reading “How To Make Beneficial Financial Changes When Your Family Grows”

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The Best Cleaning Hacks and Tips For Busy Parents

It’s hard to keep on top of the housework when you are a parent and even harder when you have more than one to clean up after, to make meals for, to entertain not to mention all those extra toys. Cleaning is one of those jobs that we all have to do but it can feel as though it takes up so much of our time… time which should be spent with our little ones. With this in mind, I have asked fellow parents for their top tips so we can share some of the wisdom and lighten our loads. Continue reading “The Best Cleaning Hacks and Tips For Busy Parents”

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Surviving Working From Home During The School Holidays

If you are a parent that works from home you will know that once the school holidays begin your work/home life balance will take a nose dive. No matter how good your intentions are to be the ‘perfect’ all rounder, in reality, something has to give because there is no way you can continue with the same workload whilst trying to entertain the little ones… or not so little ones!

This has been a new concept for me as I Continue reading “Surviving Working From Home During The School Holidays”

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Money Saving Tips for The Stay at Home Parent

Not returning to work…

When we made the decision that I wouldn’t return to work it wasn’t taken lightly. We understood that by cutting out a wage we would need to make changes to our lifestyle but we knew that having a parent at home was what we wanted for our child. When we began to calculate costs we actually discovered that if I went back to work after maternity leave I would be doing it to pay for childcare. Due to my career change, I had already dropped my yearly income quite considerably and my new wages would have only Continue reading “Money Saving Tips for The Stay at Home Parent”