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Preparing For a New Baby on a Budget

Preparing For a New Baby on a Budget

Did you know the average family spend around £3000 in preparation for a new baby?! That’s no small sum of money, and obviously an amount of money that isn’t always readily available to most people. With baby number 3 arriving, we’ve been trying to save money as much as possible. When our first was born, we lived in a small 2 bedroom flat on not much income at all. Ever since then, we’ve learnt that preparing for a new baby…

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Second Trimester Update

Second Trimester Update

Firstly, an apology is needed. I did originally plan on carrying on my weekly pregnancy updates on the blog, but clearly from the title of this post, that hasn’t happened. Truth be told, there wasn’t enough changes in my pregnancy to warrant an update every week, even every 2 weeks. So here I am, with a second trimester update. Please forgive me! I do plan on doing more regular updates towards my due date, as I’m sure I’ll have more…

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My new challenge – monthly food shop.

My new challenge – monthly food shop.

My new challenge – monthly food shop So it’s no secret I love Aldi, in fact I wrote a blog post with tips on how to shop there. However, I just hate doing the weekly food shop. As amazing as Aldi is, until someone builds one with an on-site crèche, it’s definitely the bain of my life. I tend to go on a Tuesday, when my eldest is at nursery. When my youngest was a baby, this was perfect. She…

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The things you need to know about mystery shopping.

The things you need to know about mystery shopping.

I have only been mystery shopping for the last couple of months, but I am loving it so far! It’s definitely made a positive impact on our income, and I have only done it few times. So what is mystery shopping? Basically, it’s a tool used by companies to evaluate their employees and stores performances. It gives them a non biased review of how well their company is doing. The companies employ outside mystery shopping agencies to arrange mystery shoppers…

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Our Eurocamp family holiday in France

Our Eurocamp family holiday in France

In June this year, we travelled to France for our very first Eurocamp holiday as a family. Ten days of sun, beautiful countryside, and of course, wine. All the wine. My personal experience of Eurocamp holidays were when we used to go every year as children. My memories were made up of BBQ’s, LOTS of time spent in the swimming pool, and generally, loads of fun! Therefore, when we saw Eurocamp had a great 30% off deal 6 months before,…

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How to Survive on Maternity Pay

How to Survive on Maternity Pay

Maternity leave! Endless coffee dates with friends, trips out for lunch, days out at the local farm, frequent soft play visits. Sounds like bliss doesn’t it? (Well, maybe not the soft play part!!). However, all this costs money. If you were like me, and unfortunately did not have any kind of enhanced maternity pay, the big drop in income can feel daunting. Here are my top ways to not only survive on maternity pay, but to actually enjoy the time:…

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Monday Meal Plan – 11/12/2017

Monday Meal Plan – 11/12/2017

There’s nothing worse than trying to write a meal plan when you’re full of food! That’s what I’ve been doing this evening. I’m full of my tea and also not feeling 100%, so sorry if this isn’t a very imaginative menu! Monday – Jacket potatoes Tuesday – Gammon pasta bake Wednesday – Tomatoes, chorizo and eggs with halloumi Thursday – Chicken Kiev’s, wedges and peas Friday – sausage, mash and brocolli Saturday – Out! Sunday – beef stew with mash…

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Monday Meal Plan – Week 3 – 04/12/2017

Monday Meal Plan – Week 3 – 04/12/2017

Ooh it’s been cold hasn’t it?! The weather just makes me want to face-plant ALL the carbs, but i’m trying to stay ‘generally’ healthy. Which is difficult at this time of year! I’ve only had to think of 6 meals this week, as we’re at some friend’s on Sunday night. I can’t wait, I’m not a fan of cooking on a weekend.   Monday – Jacket Potatoes with Vegetable Chilli Tuesday –  Mango Chicken, Rice and Salad Wednesday – Meatballs…

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10 cheap or free activities with toddlers and preschoolers

10 cheap or free activities with toddlers and preschoolers

We’ve all been there, Monday morning, 9am and the kids are already driving you slightly mad, you start to wonder how you are going to survive the next week?! Top this off with the fact you’re not made of money, and unfortunately, no money trees have magically sprouted up overnight in the back garden. So, here are our top ten free/cheap activities to do with your preschooler: The library! Our local library is only small, however the the kids love…

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