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As I’ve been a stay-at-home mum ever since Jacob was born, we’ve never really had the need for childcare for working hours; as I’ve always been there. Of course, both boys have gone to either nursery or pre-school once their government funded hours have become available; but obviously these are only for so many hours a week. Noah still only attends for a half day, two days a week, and two full days.

Since I’ve started working from home I do find it difficult to concentrate and be productive when I still have Noah here (and both boys during the holidays!). The main work related issue I have is when I am invited to attend events and meetings; I often find it difficult due to pre-school hours and no other childcare so usually have to decline. Read more

Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Gift ideas for Father's Day

The Mum’s have had their day, now it’s the turn of the Dad’s; it’ll soon be Father’s Day! I always struggle with what to buy for men, and with helping the boys choose something for Daddy. If it was left to them, he would just end up with toys – though I don’t think he’d mind, actually!

If you struggle like me, then you might want to check out some of the selection below. There’s something for a variety of budgets and interests. Read more

Here’s How You Can Prepare Your Home for Summer Without Breaking the Bank

Summer really is just around the corner. There are probably so many things that you need to get sorted out but this can be difficult when you work full-time. You may also find it difficult when you have kids because they will take up a lot of your time in the day. If you want to get around this then you can find out whatever you need to know below.

Saying Goodbye to Winter

Winter is over, so now it’s time to shut the door on it completely. You can never hope to make your home fit for summer if winter is lurking around. You need to try and update your home with much lighter colours and you also need to welcome flowers and even new plants for the garden. Now is the time for you to start preparing for all things like this and it can make a huge difference to the way that your home feels.

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It’s Time to Clear out the Freezer

There is nothing worse than going out to buy some ice-cream because it is way too hot, only to find that your freezer is just way too full. It helps to clear out your freezer so that you can make way for the summer food and it is also the best time for you to try and clear out all of the built-up ice as well. When you are able to do this, you can easily get the whole family excited and this is one of the many reasons why so many people get this job done when summer comes along.

Clean the Patio

When summer arrives, you will want to sit outside in your garden. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you don’t put the effort into cleaning your patio then the whole thing won’t feel as satisfying. If you can’t be bothered to do any of this then it may be worth looking into a patio cleaning service. They can take care of the whole thing for you and you’d be surprised at how easy it is for you to get everything done.

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It’s All About Your Airflow

If you have an air conditioning unit then you will know how useful this can be in summer. If you haven’t cleaned it out in years however then dust can build up and this can spread bacteria throughout your home. You may even find that the whole thing causes you and your family to experience allergies or you may even come down with a cold as a result. This is the last thing that you need when it’s nice and warm outside, so if you want to avoid all of this hassle and stress then one thing that you can do is hire someone to do it for you or try and clean out the vents yourself. You will be glad you did and it can make all the difference to your home.

So as you can see, summer preparations don’t take long, but they really can help you to enjoy the sun more.

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Planning a children’s party in 8 easy steps

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Regular readers of mine may know that I love planning a party; up until this year, Jacob has had one every year since his first birthday. The only reason neither of them had one this year was because we were going on holiday at the end of their birthday month, so we didn’t have the budget for it; that was their birthday treat really, a week long one!

Once I’ve got my planning head on there’s no stopping me, so I like to think of myself as a bit of a pro. I like to do the majority of stuff myself; making invites, theming the food, making items for party bags and so on. If anyone would like to request my services in the future, I’m down for that 😉 If you are looking to plan your own party though, I have some top tips for you. Read more

Three life situations when I might need cash quick

Three life situations when you might need cash quick

As much as we all might try our hardest to save money for a rainy day or more importantly for life emergencies, there might be a time when all of those emergencies happen at the same time. So far we’ve been quite lucky – if you can say that – that ours seem to spread out through the year, but I do know of people who this sort of thing has happened to. And it becomes so stressful because you just can’t manage without a car, your washing machine, your cooker… And still, it’s another week to go until pay day when you will have the cash.  Read more