March 1, 2015

Featured posts:

Do Hard Things

    It isn't rare to be faced with a certain reaction when someone hears of our plans. It is especially common to be faced with … [Read more...]

Paddy

How to Make Children’s Clothes Last Longer

      With so many children so close in age we are normally able to buy clothes and get years worth of wear out of … [Read more...]

Tim

Family Update: Exciting Times Ahead!

    It is official. 2015 is going to be the year for us. The year for us. After many, many years of talking and planning … [Read more...]

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The Ultimate Parents Guide to Teens Living Away From Home For the First Time

  Your children will never stop being expensive! Even when they leave home, you will end up spending a lot of cash trying to make sure … [Read more...]

Competition: Win a Motorola Pet Camera and a £100 Argos Voucher

    If you have a pet with a huge personality you will know only too well the mischief he or she can get up to. Not too unlike … [Read more...]

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Paddy

Do Hard Things

    It isn't rare to be faced with a certain reaction when someone hears of our plans. It is especially common to be faced with the same reaction when people hear how large our … [Read More...]

Tim

How to Make Children’s Clothes Last Longer

      With so many children so close in age we are normally able to buy clothes and get years worth of wear out of them. If we get a shirt it can usually last for a few … [Read More...]

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Family Update: Exciting Times Ahead!

    It is official. 2015 is going to be the year for us. The year for us. After many, many years of talking and planning and dreaming about it, and more than a year of … [Read More...]

The Ultimate Parents Guide to Teens Living Away From Home For the First Time

  Your children will never stop being expensive! Even when they leave home, you will end up spending a lot of cash trying to make sure that they have all of the necessities. But, you … [Read More...]

kitten with camera

Competition: Win a Motorola Pet Camera and a £100 Argos Voucher

    If you have a pet with a huge personality you will know only too well the mischief he or she can get up to. Not too unlike children at times, they like to get in a pickle or … [Read More...]

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Trying Something New

    Generally, we like to try new things. We like to see new countries, visit new places and, being such a family of foodies, we like to try new recipes and foods we might not have … [Read More...]

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Creative Ways To Store Or Display Family Photos

    Family photos are some of our most treasured possessions. We strive to keep them safe, but it is also important to have them displayed for everyone to see. I don’t know about … [Read More...]

Abacus

Successful Methods That You Can Use to Help Your Kids Do Well in Maths

    Okay, so maths may not be everyone’s favourite subject. But, it’s a fundamental part of growing up and education. Maths is all consuming and will be an enormous part of your … [Read More...]

broken iphone

How to Get Your Phone Fixed From Your Own Home

    You know the scenario: you leave your home, shut the door behind you and begin making your way to your destination when you suddenly stop. You begin checking your pockets, your … [Read More...]

pictures of holiday

Funnelcake: Making Photo Sharing Simpler

    There is no doubt about it, technology has come a long way over the last few years. Phones have progressed, for example. When I was younger we had one telephone with a … [Read More...]

how to make homemade ravioli

Making Homemade Ravioli: It’s a Family Affair

  My Saturday plans to make fresh ravioli for dinner ended up with the opening of the culinary domestic sweatshop. Paddy came on board to cook the filling earlier on during the day. … [Read More...]

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A Week of Birthdays

    We ended up marking the end of more than a month of various bugs and illness by celebrating three birthdays within five days. Ben celebrated his 22nd birthday on the 10th, … [Read More...]

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In Recipes:

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How To Make Valentine’s Cupcakes Using Ready To Roll Icing

    Valentine’s Day can get expensive fast. Cards, chocolates, flowers, gifts, and that’s before the table for two and a couple of bottles of red. You can save your bank account (a bit) by whipping up this batch of Valentine’s cupcakes decorated with ready to roll icing. And what’s more romantic than taking the […]

Happy funny gingerbread man family

Easy Christmas Baking Recipes For Kids

    Christmas is about baked goodies. There is Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, muffins, gingerbread, and more. Use the holiday season to create some special memories with the children. There are so many Christmas baking recipes for kids, but these three recipes from the National Trust are sure to bring a smile to their faces. […]

rustic traditional british bread and butter pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding

    Colder months call for hot, straight-from-the-oven puddings and this recipe from Sunrise Care is not only delicious, but quick and easy to prepare too! This recipe serves four but if you have a larger family you might need to multiply it. We tripled ours!   Bread and Butter Pudding   Ingredients: 6 slices […]

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Mama’s Lasagne

  Mama’s Lasagne is a recipe fresh from the oven at Ben’s Beginners, the new YouTube cooking channel aimed at encouraging kids to get into the kitchen. Find out more about Ben’s Beginners here.   Mama’s Lasagne Serves 6 Prep 20 mins Cook 1hr 45 mins     YOU WILL NEED…   For the Bolognese […]

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In Money:

How to Find Voucher and Bonus Codes

  Looking for a great deal? The internet is the first place you should turn to for savings–in fact, if you’re paying full retail price, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s how you can get started on your quest towards the perfect price, whether you have a specific product in mind or just love shopping in general. […]

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Time to get the family finances in order

    At this time of year thoughts are turning to Christmas. Presents, food, trees, it’s an expensive time of year. But rather than waiting to put family finances in order in January, why not do it now?  There are lots of simple ways to save that can help take the sting out of what […]

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Kicking Off Big Energy Saving Week with British Gas and Netmums

    The change of seasons is well and truly upon us and I for one am not amused. I am not a winter person. Or an autumn person either. In fact, I am most definitely solar powered and if I had my way, I would hibernate through the coldest months of the year. As […]

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How to Make Big Energy Savings

    If you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, fear not, as there’s plenty that can be done to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your outgoings. Simple changes can make a big difference and with the energysavingtrust.co.uk leading the Big Energy Saving Week from 20-24th October 2014, now’s the perfect time to think […]

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In Travel:

Winter Landscape on Big Mountain in Montana

Skiing at Christmas

    If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, don’t hold out for snow at home. The best you can hope for is probably somewhere between ‘muddy brown’ and ‘old sock grey’. Instead, why not head for the dazzling sunshine and soft, powdery slopes of a ski-resort? The beauty of choosing to align your ski […]

tourist near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Best Holiday Destinations in Europe for Children

    Regular readers will know that we are huge advocates for travelling with children. Giving kids the opportunity to experience different cultures, foods and places in general within new countries opens them up to a wealth of new knowledge – the main beauty being that they don’t even realise that they’re learning because they’re […]

Tropical paradise

5 Winter Holiday Destinations Your Family Will Remember Forever

    Summer may be drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean that the holiday season is over. Whether you didn’t manage to get away this summer or if you simply feel like kicking up your heels and heading off to pastures new as the seasons change, here are some great ideas for family […]

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

How to Find Cheap Accommodation in Barcelona

    Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities. Its visitors include everyone from arts and culture lovers to families and those looking for a party. Food, music, art and history are all abundant in this vibrant Spanish city. Famous for Gaudi’s architecture and the city’s football team, Barcelona is a city not to […]

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In Home & Garden:

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Creative Ways To Store Or Display Family Photos

    Family photos are some of our most treasured possessions. We strive to keep them safe, but it is also important to have them displayed for everyone to see. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to keep my photos boxed up, only to be looked at once every couple of […]

Vacuum cleaning robot in action

Should You Get a Robovac for Your Home?

    Getting extremely tired of cleaning your home with a broom or an upright electric cleaner? Well, maybe you can opt for a robovac instead. Robovac, or a robotic vacuum cleaner, is one of the newer types of cleaning appliances that can be found on the market. This technological marvel promises to efficiently collect dust and make […]

broken iphone

How to Get Your Phone Fixed From Your Own Home

    You know the scenario: you leave your home, shut the door behind you and begin making your way to your destination when you suddenly stop. You begin checking your pockets, your bags, and check them again for good measure. It’s terrible but it’s true. You need to get back as quickly as possible […]

Female hand holding a roll of toilet paper

Can a Change in Bathroom Habits Help Save the Planet?

    Even though most of us spend only a fraction of our time in the bathroom compared to other rooms in our homes and offices, they can account for a surprisingly high proportion of energy and water use. This is often due to bathroom furniture being outdated, inefficient or simply set to an unnecessarily […]

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The Latest Reviews:

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Review: Star Stable

  While we usually try to keep everyone occupied with toys and crafts, there are some days where we’ll let the kids play on the computer or their Kindles for a couple of hours as a treat. The older and middle ones enjoy playing Minecraft and could talk for hours about it, while the younger […]

Tim

How to Make Children’s Clothes Last Longer

      With so many children so close in age we are normally able to buy clothes and get years worth of wear out of them. If we get a shirt it can usually last for a few children and still look great before it needs to be thrown away or upcycled. With upcycling […]

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