Win a winter’s worth of logs worth £220 with Certainly Wood!
Oct18

Win a winter’s worth of logs worth £220 with Certainly Wood!

So – have you lit yours yet? I’ll admit it – we gave in to the temptation last weekend, and lit our woodburner for the first time since last winter. Naturally it wasn’t really cold enough outside, and within an hour we were opening all the windows and stripping off jumpers and socks in an effort to cool down again! But even so… nothing bits that crackling warmth, does it? But of course, that means the sad...

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Save 10% at Forest Holidays – EXCLUSIVE FOREST HOLIDAYS CODE!
Oct09

Save 10% at Forest Holidays – EXCLUSIVE FOREST HOLIDAYS CODE!

If you rather fell in love with Forest Holidays, but missed out on the chance to win the £200 Forest Holidays voucher  this week, then don’t fret – Forest Holidays have kindly created you an exclusive Forest Holidays Code, worth 10% off the cost of ANY holiday – naturally I leaped up and down as I said “BigYes, Please!” I’ve always wanted to stay in a Forest Holidays lodge. In case you’ve not...

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Lunch with my girl #littleoneswholunch
Oct03

Lunch with my girl #littleoneswholunch

One of the best things about Home Educating is that the whole ‘Back To School’ furore rather passes us by. Our summer takes much longer to fade and we’re really only just starting to get into the swing of an Autumnal house. But whilst we don’t do school lunches anymore, we do still do lunch (obviously… we don’t starve them…), and one of the loveliest things about home ed is actually the time...

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Clothes for your man-sized boy teenager.
Sep30

Clothes for your man-sized boy teenager.

I thought they were tricky to find clothes for when they were six, and demanded red tractor t-shirts, soft-pyjamas-with-buttons-on-please and absolutely no yellow. But these boys of mine haven’t got any easier as they’ve got older. The trouble is, teenagers just stop being catered for specifically – around the age of 13 they suddenly disappear from the kids clothing sections; but adult clothing doesn’t really...

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This is scary – 18yr olds and that credit trap…
Sep26

This is scary – 18yr olds and that credit trap…

This year I became the scared-but-proud owner of an 18yr old (I know. Frankly I *am* too young, thanks for noticing). Aside from the general astonishment that I grew this huge man-thing that looms around the house and inhales the contents of my cupboards at regular intervals in the middle of the night, this age change has brought about a not-unexpected-by-us-but-apparently-a-total-shock-to-him alteration in life view. Because,...

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Learning French – ‘ere we go… (also – Rosetta Stone discount code!)
Sep21

Learning French – ‘ere we go… (also – Rosetta Stone discount code!)

This year on our trip to the Dordogne I’ll admit I was pretty happy with myself. When we first went to France as a family, I was the only one who had a smattering of French – and that was seriously rusty from the long hiatus since my GCSE days. Over the years and holidays it’s slowly improved, and the whole family has been getting better as we try at every opportunity to get by with French rather than expecting the...

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