Should you give your children pocket money

Should you give your children pocket money?

My children are starting to get to that age now where they often want to buy things or ask for money, and we’ve been thinking about when it’s appropriate to start giving pocket money. There are so many things to think about though! What age to start giving it? How much should they get? Do …

Silly things parents have done whilst sleep deprived

Silly things parents have done whilst sleep deprived

Sleep deprivation is one of the most inescapable consequences of having children and it can make you do the most bizarre things! I’ve found myself pouring diet coke on my cereal in the morning, wearing clothes inside out, squeezing baby lotion into the bath and adding more because it wasn’t very bubbly. Not getting enough …

Misadventures in parenting - holiday fun

What parenting really looks like – misadventures on holiday

I know you can’t go on holiday with children and expect it to feel like the same kind of holiday as when you went without. And I, of all people, should know that holidaying without children doesn’t always happen without incident. Last time we attempted a holiday, day 2, my 2-year-old kicked a football to …

Frugal and free summer activities

Frugal and free summer activities

With the summer holidays approaching, if you’re anything like me (and it’s only my first year when any of my children have been at school!) you might be starting to wonder how on earth you’re going to keep the children entertained for all those weeks. Having three children, I know that a lot of activities …

La croix du vieux pont review

Holiday – La Croix Du Vieux Pont review

If you’re looking for a fun, family holiday for a reasonable price, La Croix Du Vieux Pont – a campsite and holiday village in Berny-Riviera, France, is a great option. We’ve just come home from a week staying there with Canvas Holidays – our third visit, but second with Canvas, and really enjoyed it. La …

Frugal living tips

Frugal living tips to save money everyday

It’s always great when you can manage to free up some money by being able to reduce your monthly budget. These simple frugal living tips should help to make everyday savings and cut down your expenses. There are so many ways you can be a little more frugal in order to make some extra savings; …

How to have a baby on a budget

How to save money and have a baby on a budget

Are you expecting a baby or planning to have a baby and wondering if you can afford if and how much it will actually cost? There are plenty of articles and research out there about what the cost of having a baby is, and the cost of raising a child. The problem is they mostly …

woman on bed with coffee

How to survive sleep deprivation as a new parent

Research from the National Sleep Foundation suggests that the average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, to function at their best. If you are a new parent, it’s very unlikely that you’re getting anywhere near this much! Chances are, you’re feeling more than a little sleep deprived. When I was …

10 baby things you don't need to buy

10 Baby items you don’t need to buy

Walk into any baby shop and you’re immediately overwhelmed with 20,000 MUST BUY items for your new baby. It’s easy to get sucked into believing you need everything you see and spending hundreds of pounds on baby items which, let’s face it, you might never even use.  I once saw a lovely buggy in Mothercare, …