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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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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6 small ways to save money on your weekly shop
Sep27

6 small ways to save money on your weekly shop

If you’re scanning your receipts with raised eyebrows and wondering where your week’s worth of cash has gone, you’re not alone. Lots of us are confused as to how we spend so much on our weekly shop, only to have all the good food vanish fast and still require a top-up mid-week. I’ve come up with a few pointers that have steered me well recently. Don’t be a slave to brands While we’ve all got our favourites, we don’t have to cave in to...

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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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Oh we’re in LOVE with this pretty pretty bike… *goes shopping just to fill the basket*
Sep18

Oh we’re in LOVE with this pretty pretty bike… *goes shopping just to fill the basket*

I was noodling about the webs, as you do when you’re supposed to be catching up on your monthly accounts, when I accidentally tripped over the doorway and found myself at Bikester. I know, me either. But stay with me here, it’ll be worth it. Bike shops are not, on a day to day basis, my usual noodle-spot. It’s not that I don’t love a cycle – oh no, I’ll whizz along the back lanes with the family on...

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