As a girl from Deal I have been lucky enough to live very near 4 castles. I've grown up visiting them and as such have never really appreciated my good fortune. Since having the children however, and more importantly, getting an English Heritage membership through the fella's work, I have begun to appreciate them much … Continue reading Our own little Castle… well. For a little while.
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?
Happy St David's day. I'm part Welsh and grew up with my grandma making Welsh cakes on her Welsh stone which belonged to her mother. I now have the honour of looking after the Welsh stone and make a point of making Welsh cakes every March 1st. This year I'm poorly so I can't but … Continue reading Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus! – Mwyhewch picau ar y maen… my Welsh cake recipe
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
It's cold and grey outside. The urge to hibernate is strong. I, like a lot of people, find this time of year tough. Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, call it the January Blues, the grey days and poor weather mean I struggle to stay awake let alone get motivated. One thing I decided to do … Continue reading Meal planning for 2018