Wow. 12 weeks into this strange time we are living in. 12 weeks of children being at home instead of in school. I write this post as the government have this week scrapped their plans to return all primary school pupils in England before September and I know through talking to so many of you … Continue reading Staying sane: a mini guide to home learning
Wow. Long time no blog! It's been such a long time, and so much has happened in that time, which I might go into in another blog post one day... But probably not. But I have missed this little space and I've missed taking photos and so now feels like a good time to dip … Continue reading Getting outdoors… Whatever the weather
Recipe for an Insta-perfect Christmas (you're only a proper Instagrammer if you tick at least all of these): Start talking about Christmas at the end of August #toosoon? Talk about a slow Christmas and how you will be making all your gifts (BTS; pin your life away and spend a fortune on supplies) Visit lots … Continue reading How to have an imperfect Christmas. And enjoy it.
I meant to write this post a few weeks ago, before the summer holidays started, but the end of term rush amongst about a million other real-life things meant it got forgotten. So I thought I would write it now and see how we are all fairing as we head into week 3 (already?!) of … Continue reading Summer holidays… How are you fairing?!
So far this holiday has been mostly a washout. That's not entirely true actually. Last week we had a few lovely days where we visited Walmer Castle and gardens, took a bike ride along the beach and enjoyed chips on the beach during our stay at The Gate House in Dover. Since then though.... So. … Continue reading Easter holiday activities – an update, and my guide to crafts with kids.
I've been having a think about the impending Easter holidays. Half term was such a success in terms of low pressure and low spend and I'd like to make the Easter holidays similarly simple. My children love doing crafts and other structured activities at home. Our dining table sees a lot of action and although … Continue reading Easter activities – keeping kids busy
I must begin with an apology, I know this blog post is late - a bout of Bronchitis has knocked me a bit over the last few weeks - in some ways it made the challenge easier, in other ways, much harder. I'll explain more later on in this post. For me, the whole point … Continue reading No spend February – did I succeed and what did I learn?
The biggest challenge of my no spend February was always going to be the half term holiday. As a teacher and a mum, this is an opportunity to get some much needed R&R and although we don't ever do big days out (a day at a local zoo would cost us nearly £100 which is … Continue reading No spend February… Even in half term?!
Every month I say "I need to have an easy month money wise." and every month, without fail, something crops up. Something we "need", something the kids "need", something we need to do, something breaks.... you get the idea. So I decided that I would try a "no spend" month, having seen a few people … Continue reading Thrifty Biscuits – my no spend February challenge
My two have always loved doing crafts. A couple of years ago I had pneumonia. I was poorly for about 4 months and had ALLLLLLL the mum guilt about not being able to do things with the children. As I began to feel better, I started to set up simple activities for them to come … Continue reading Saturday afternoon inspiration – crafts with kids