Hampers for Father’s Day

Everyone loves a hamper, right? I know I do! Part of the excitement is another wicker basket to hide bits in (seriously, my whole attic is pretty much organised into hampers plus they’re great for ‘wrapping’ unusually shaped gifts!) but of course the contents are usually pretty exciting too! Lucky Sam will be getting a Father’s Day Hamper and although he won’t get it until the 17th I’ve taken some pictures to share what’s inside… There were so many different hampers to choose from, but I decided to steer away from the alcoholic ones as we don’t drink very much these days and pick a hamper with a real variety of items inside. The Luxury Alcohol Free Basket has two Bundaberg soft drinks, plus a selection of sweet and savoury treats…

How Your Kids Can Help Your Family Save Money

When you’re a kid, you view your parents as an unlimited source of money. You ask them for everything, and expect your parents to oblige, within reason. Now as an adult with your kids, you realise just how awful it must have been for your parents always to hear you going on and on about getting a new toy or going somewhere expensive. It is now that you realise just how hard it is to earn money to make sure that your kids can get the odd treat, holiday or toy they really want. However, you will want to teach your children the importance of money at their young age, because it can help them become better at handling their finances when they join adulthood! To help them get started, here…

Sunday Scrapbook – Wallpapering & Toby Carvery

We’ve had a really busy week, and I’m sitting down to write with a cup of tea this after strolling round the car boot sale for three hours this morning, and before we head out for a picnic at Nymans Gardens this afternoon! We’ve redecorated the living room this week (including our first foray into wallpapering!) plus we’ve sort of tidied the attic, bought Athena a bike for her birthday as well as all the regular day to day stuff – in short we’re all a bit exhausted! To add to the stress Sam left his house keys at his Mum’s in Norfolk and our spare set has gone walkabouts – so we’re both sharing the same set which means a lot of careful timing! I really need to get…

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Fathers… what do they really want as a gift on Father’s Day? Socks? A Mug? Probably not! I asked Sam and a few other Dads I know what they might prefer to get, and after a lot of ‘I don’t mind…’s and ‘whatever really’s I managed to compile a list of things that would suit many Dads. I think the key thing is to think about the guy in questions hobbies and interests and aim to give him something that might enhance the experience he gets when he does that hobby, interest or whatever it is! So read on for some inspiration… Stylish & Durable T Shirts Sam loves the outdoors, snowboarding, skating and sailing amongst other things. When he’s not on the mountain he’s thinking about being on the…

Everyday Us – Walking in the Bluebells

Ahh Bluebell Season! Posts start to appear on social media sites asking where the best places are, gorgeous photos start to appear with happy children smiling amongst carpets of blue. So this year I joined in! These photos were taken about three weeks ago in Patching, just up the road from us. Walking in the woods is pretty ordinary for us, but the addition of bluebells meant I couldn’t not snap some photos! We went out at about half past four, and spent an hour or so exploring, leaping over logs, hiding in dens and generally having a lovely time! The sun started going down so the most beautiful light started to almost glow through the trees… I also loved playing around with my camera off ‘auto’ for once, and…

Days Out: NEW Peppa Pig World rides at Paultons Park

On Friday we had the pleasure of being invited to Paultons Park for the opening of to new rides they were unveiling in Peppa Pig World. Obviously the kids were super excited, they’ve been before but not for over a year,  we were last there for Arlo’s 2nd birthday. The newest area of the park has been extended at one side on the existing (already pretty large!) Peppa Pig World, and opens TODAY! Plus just next to the new area is the recently opened ‘Little Africa’ part of the park. The first of the two new rides that are opening today is Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club; a gentle boat ride that takes you all around the new part of Peppa Pig World. It passes lots of fun scenes, including Peppa and…

Athena & Arlo – May 2018

As thick as thieves these two! ‘Aunty Carla’ came to visit this week (she’s not an actual aunt, but an honorary one!) and asked Arlo who the best Mummy in the world was, and his answer? ‘Thena’!!! Well thanks kiddo! But it’s true, Athena does mother him quite a lot, and heeds his bidding a lot even though we tell her not to! She’s often finding him a specific book, drawing something he’s demanded or helping him put his socks on… it’s sweet but she can be a bit of a pushover! I did catch the following conversation though at the weekend Arlo: Thena get that fluffy sock for me! [they were both on the top bunk, the sock was on the floor] Athena: Well, Arlo I think sometimes you…