With a growing family, the cost of going abroad can really add up. For some parents too, the thought of taking the kids on an airplane can seem a little daunting. So it is no surprise that many people to choose to have a staycation instead of going abroad, at least once a year. There is so much to see and do in the UK that it really is possible to have a great family trip without some of the hassles that come with going abroad. You don’t have to change money or learn a new language, and you know what the food is going to be if you’ve got a fussy eater or a child with an allergy. There are so many options for amazing staycations in the UK that it can be hard to know where to begin. I’ve put together some ideas to give you some inspiration for your next trip. Continue reading “Affordable British Destinations For a Family Staycation”
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Driving. Driving has become my nemesis. At this moment in my life, driving is the biggest battle that I need to win. I’ve spoken about this frequently on the internet and even more frequently with friends and family. While I am obviously not proud of my fear of driving, I am also not ashamed to admit it. I find the whole concept of getting in a car, with my precious daughter and driving on the roads, absolutely terrifying. Continue reading “Finding Confidence Behind The Wheel”
Sometimes it’s the days you least expect to be anything special, that make you thankful for the life you lead. For me, Friday was one of those days. After a week of too many small things going wrong, I had almost written it off entirely. My original plan for the day was to take Darcie to our local farm. However, when I woke up and realised how cold it was I decided not to do the long walk to the farm with Darcie freezing in the pram, but instead to take her for a little walk in some woodland nearby to us. At least if she was walking she wouldn’t get so cold and we could both get some fresh air and relieve some of that cabin fever we were both suffering from after a rainy week indoors. Continue reading “I Had The Best Day With You Today”
January is well known for being a difficult month. The excitement of Christmas is over and extravagant spending over the festive season could well have left you feeling more than slightly strapped for cash. I’ve been very open on my blog about the fact that we are always trying to save money. Although Dan works very hard and earns a very good wage, it is still only one wage, for three (soon to be four) people. We try to be as frugal as possible and so I am always on the lookout for new and smart ways for us to save money. We are currently saving up to buy our first house and so every penny really does count. I know I’m not the only one trying to find new ways to save money as all my other money saving posts have done well in the past. So, here is an updated list of ways that you could be saving money this year. Continue reading “Ways To Save Money This Year”
One of things that Dan and I love to do the most, is to travel. Pre baby days saw us gallivanting off on adventures left, right and centre. Any spare money we had went on saving up for the next trip and we’d spend our evenings and weekends planning where we wanted to travel to next and dreaming of exotic countries and exploring different cultures. I know some people seem to manage travelling with a toddler, you hear stories about women who use their maternity leave to travel the world or families who just uproot to go and live on an island somewhere, away from the stresses of modern life. And while that sounds great, that just hasn’t been a reality we have even wanted to attempt. For a start I could never imagine taking our baby far away from her family and for them not to have the chance to know her properly. I take my hat off to people who make it work but that’s just not the path we have taken. Continue reading “Family Holidays Wishlist”
When we moved into our current home I loved so many things about it; the layout, the garden, the space in the lounge. There was just one problem, the decor! Luckily we have been able to change the decor to suit our own tastes which we have been doing, slowly but surely, since we moved in. The worst room by far was definitely our bedroom. Orange carpet, orange curtains, badly fitted wardrobes, do I really need to say more? The wardrobes were the first to go, which then revealed a ceiling that needed to be plastered and a carpet that definitely needed changing.
One fresh new ceiling, one lovely grey carpet, three glorious white walls and one simple grey wall later and it was finally starting to feel more like our bedroom and less like something the eighties had left behind. Continue reading “Finishing Touches With Desenio”
Changing rooms were never something I really gave much thought to until I became a mum. But since having Darcie they have become a subject I feel I could go on endlessly about (I won’t, don’t worry, I know you’re mainly here to win the changing bag!). Well, I’m going to go on just a little bit to introduce this campaign that Sudocrem are running in association with the charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society). I was shocked when I read that there are 800,000 disabled children across the UK and only 1058 Changing Places toilets that meet all of their needs. This leaves many parents having to resort to changing their child on the floor in the toilet, which we all know is not the most hygienic of places at the best of times. I know that when I am out and about with Darcie I will always try to find the best place to take her to change her because it is awful having to change a nappy in unsanitary and smelly conditions. Luckily baby changing facilities on the whole are okay and so I can barely imagine what these parents and children have to go through on a daily basis when they simply need to get them changed. Continue reading “Win a BabyMel Changing Bag With Sudocrem Changing Room Awards”
Unless you are somebody who solely reads this blog and doesn’t follow me across social media, then you will probably have already seen my pregnancy announcement last week! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to share this news with the blog as we wanted to make sure we had told all of our friends and family in person, where possible, before we posted the news online. I am now 15 weeks pregnant and due on the 24th June 2018. That date seems so far away but from how quickly time has flown by since having Darcie, I just know that it will come round before we know it.
I’ve had a few people ask me recently how I find the time to blog around being a full time stay at home mum. It always amazes me because often the people asking me have even more on their plate than I feel that I do. But the truth is that it is hard. It’s hard in the same way that it must be hard to be a full time working parent outside of the home, and in the same way that it is hard to be a full time stay at home parent who dedicates all their time to raising their children. No parent has it easy, working or not, and I think it’s about time that we admitted that it’s actually really difficult to have it all. Continue reading “Can I Have It All?”
Darcie’s speech is coming along nicely these days, every day she learns a new word and with each new development I am honestly amazed by her. She hasn’t quite mastered the art of full sentences yet but if she had I’m pretty sure she would have a few words of advice for us all. But until she manages to get her words in order, here are the life lessons that I think we can all learn from toddlers.
Get outside. Every day. As much as possible.
Play in the mud and splash in the puddles. Continue reading “Life Lessons From My Toddler”