The Busy Parents Guide to Surviving Christmas

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year, yet it can also be one of the most stressful times too. I love buying gifts for my family. The excitement of choosing the perfect gift for each recipient gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. However, the cost of the Christmas gives me an together completely different feeling! Here are some tips that will hopefully make the Christmas season a little less stressful. Save money throughout the year. This is possibly easier said than done, but small, regular amounts can soon add up. It’s also worth looking to your… [Read More]

Cardiff to London in a Day for under £20

I live in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It’s a wonderful city with plenty to do and see, but sometimes I want to explore the sights and attractions of other cities around me. One of those cities is London. Did you know that you can travel from Cardiff to London in a day for under £20?  Not only that, but when you’re there you can also visit a number of free attractions making your entire day out a bargain at under £20! If you do fancy spending a bit of money there are also plenty of paid-for attractions too! Courtesy… [Read More]

Mums – How do we find some time for ourselves?

twins on seesaw

It’s a common problem I imagine both mums and dads of small children face. ‘Me’ time. As I look back at the last few days of my life I can recall that the most times I actually sat down in any one of those given days was four times. I sat down four times in one day! It may sound like a lot, but listen to the reasons why I sat down four times and you’ll soon realise that four times in one day is not a lot when you have kids! Once to give my girls their breakfast. Once… [Read More]

Rise and Shine! It’s time to take on the Early Bird Challenge!

I am not a morning person. I never have been and I doubt I ever will be. My husband on the other hand is definitely a morning person. Once he’s awake, he’s awake! It doesn’t matter what time it is. Before our twins were born he would regularly wake at 6am and just sit watching TV or play one of his games.  I’d be quite happy staying in bed until 10am, sometimes 11am. When I was in my teens you’d be lucky to see me before midday.  Since having children you’d think all that would have changed and that I’d… [Read More]

Back to basics – Writing freely again

I’m quite a reflective person in private. I think about things a lot. Things that probably don’t matter anymore, but still have a bearing on my life. Many people probably wouldn’t think about these things. The past is the past and all that. To some extent I agree, but there are certain elements of my past that I can’t forget. Before I go into more detail, I feel like I need to take a moment to tell you a few things. When I started blogging back in June 2012, I did so anonymously. This was for a number of reasons,… [Read More]

Are you a savvy saver?

We all want the best for our children. For many parents this means a secure financial future, but when it comes to savings and investments – do you really know exactly what it is you’re getting in return? New ISA rules are coming into effect on 1st July 2014 which will allow people to put a maximum of £15,000 into a new ISA (NISA). However, Scottish Friendly are warning savers to be wary of being drawn automatically into holding all their ISA funds in cash. Instead the advice given is to consider the alternative funds available through ISA investments. Sounds… [Read More]

Making School Days as Stress Free as Possible

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, whether it’s the first day back after the half term break or it’s in the middle of term, school days can be full of hassle. Making it easy for yourself and the kids is essential if you want to keep things as stress free as possible, and also keep the grey hairs at bay, too! Whether you’ve been enjoying a casual, chilled out couple of days at the weekend, or you’ve gotten used to a week or two half term break, getting back into the swing of things can be hard…. [Read More]