April 19, 2014

Featured posts:

Spring flower cake pops

    There is nothing quite like fresh flowers to let you know that spring has finally arrived. What better way to celebrate the … [Read more...]

spring flower cake pops

Simnel Cake

      Simnel Cakes were originally made by servants and maids as gifts for their mothers when they returned home for what … [Read more...]

Simnel Cake

Review: Gardening Lab for Kids

      With summer here once again one of the most important and magical things you can do is to grow your own vegetables … [Read more...]

gardening lab for kids

Sew, a needle pulling thread… the large family way!

    Eddie is our resident crafter. He always has several projects on the go and his creativity and imagination knows no bounds. … [Read more...]

Libby concentrates...

Large Family of the Week: The Rainford Family!

    This week's Large Family of the Week is the Rainford family from Wales. Read more about mum Joanne and the rest of the family … [Read more...]

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A little of the latest:

spring flower cake pops

Spring flower cake pops

    There is nothing quite like fresh flowers to let you know that spring has finally arrived. What better way to celebrate the end of winter than with a Cake Pop Flower … [Read More...]

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

      Simnel Cakes were originally made by servants and maids as gifts for their mothers when they returned home for what was usually their one holiday, Mothering Sunday. … [Read More...]

gardening lab for kids

Review: Gardening Lab for Kids

      With summer here once again one of the most important and magical things you can do is to grow your own vegetables and flowers. The one thing that makes it even … [Read More...]

Libby concentrates...

Sew, a needle pulling thread… the large family way!

    Eddie is our resident crafter. He always has several projects on the go and his creativity and imagination knows no bounds. This morning he set about making himself an eye … [Read More...]

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Large Family of the Week: The Rainford Family!

    This week's Large Family of the Week is the Rainford family from Wales. Read more about mum Joanne and the rest of the family here...   Introduce us to your family … [Read More...]

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Another step closer to living our dream…

      A couple of weeks ago we announced that the time had finally come for us to go and realise our long-held dream of living a more self-sufficient life.  For those … [Read More...]

Easter Chick Cake Pops

Easter Chick Cake Pops

    Cake pops are a little different to your normal baked or homemade treats. With a little imagination and a tad more patience, the creative possibilities are endless. Making … [Read More...]

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Something to lose: Week 6

    Things are progressing as usual on this venture to shift the fat and the journey of discovery continues. I'm still doing the daily step routine on the bathroom scales - … [Read More...]

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How to Ensure Peace in a Large Family Household

    No matter the size of your family each member is their own individual and, just like in every other aspect of life, this can cause issues within the confines of your own home. … [Read More...]

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Large Family of the Week: The Pollard Family!

    This week's Large Family of the Week is the fabulous Pollard family from Devon in England. Mum Jules and I could quite easily have been separated at birth, even though they … [Read More...]

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Something to lose: Week 5

    I went into the last week with a marked determination to stick to the plan, and I did. Despite my efforts, this week provided me with the lesson that there is no such thing as … [Read More...]

New chapter

It’s time to go…

    Those of you who are long-time readers or who watched us on '16 Kids and Counting' last year might remember us talking about our desire to move away with a view to becoming a … [Read More...]

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In Recipes:

spring flower cake pops

Spring flower cake pops

    There is nothing quite like fresh flowers to let you know that spring has finally arrived. What better way to celebrate the end of winter than with a Cake Pop Flower Bouquet?!   (Makes approximately 20 cake pops) Ingredients: For cake: 2 medium eggs 180g self raising flour 140g caster sugar 120g butter […]

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

      Simnel Cakes were originally made by servants and maids as gifts for their mothers when they returned home for what was usually their one holiday, Mothering Sunday. During these mid-Victorian times, the cakes would be decorated with flowers. The light fruit Simnel Cake which is now eaten during the Easter period contains […]

Easter Chick Cake Pops

Easter Chick Cake Pops

    Cake pops are a little different to your normal baked or homemade treats. With a little imagination and a tad more patience, the creative possibilities are endless. Making them takes place over several hours, requiring short bursts of effort rather than long periods of toil, making them perfect to dip and out of […]

Chocolate Pinwheels

Chocolate Pinwheels

    This is such a quick and easy recipe you just wouldn’t believe it. With only two ingredients and taking minutes to throw together, it’s a convenient and tasty treat that you can eat warm from the oven or cooled down – perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes or picnics alike.   Makes approximately 25 […]

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In Money:

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New ISAs Explained: What do the ISA changes mean?

    The Chancellor recently announced that ISAs will be changing with effect from 1st July 2014. But why are they changing and what does this mean for savers?   What is an ISA and what does it do? ISAs are individual savings accounts which protect your hard saved cash from the taxman. All the […]

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Why saving regularly for your children is a bright idea

    As a parent you want what’s best for your children, from the moment they are born to the moment they leave home – and beyond. One way of helping them along their way when they reach adulthood, is to start saving regularly for them as they grow up.  Whatever their goals are, having […]

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Cost of Raising Your Children Through the Years

    So, you’re having a baby. Great, lucky you! You’ve probably got a lot on your mind. Will I be a good mother/father? Will it be healthy? What if it turns out to be that demon child from Rosemary’s Baby and brings about the End of Days? All legitimate concerns. What you may or […]

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Save water, save money with free water saving products

    SaveWaterSaveMoney was established in February 2007 with the aim of helping British householders reduce their water wastage and bills. The company works with 14 Water Companies to distribute free water saving devices to their respective domestic customers. The site has received orders for over 60,000 water and energy saving products from homeowners in […]

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In Travel:

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Edinburgh With The Kids

    Next time you fancy a weekend away with the family, why not take them to Edinburgh? Its compact size makes it an ideal city to get around with the kids and there are loads of good deals available on flights and train tickets. Accommodation for all of you needn’t break the bank either […]

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Europe’s Best Family Ski Holiday Resorts

    Ask any parent and they’ll agree that keeping the kids happy is vital for the enjoyment of a family holiday in the snow. Here’s our choice of 3 of the best family-friendly ski resorts for the ultimate adventure getaway!   Zermatt, Switzerland Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn, is not only frequently featured on lists […]

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7 Best Beaches in Costa del Sol

    Costa del Sol has a plethora of gorgeous resorts, high-end villas, bustling restaurant scene and plenty of choices for activities for your holiday. All those things are good to have and can really make for a truly memorable time with your loved ones. But let’s face it, that’s not how how this Spanish […]

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Get Back to Nature with the UK’s Best Beauty Spots

    With Easter holidays just around the corner, the change in weather and onset of summer makes this an ideal time for a spring getaway. UK breaks at this time of year are perfect for appreciating the ever-changing scenery that this beautiful country has to offer. Here are some of the best beauty spots […]

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In Home & Garden:

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Another step closer to living our dream…

      A couple of weeks ago we announced that the time had finally come for us to go and realise our long-held dream of living a more self-sufficient life.  For those who commented and emailed us to say that this part of our lives would make a great book – yes, we agree! […]

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How to install laminate wood flooring

    Once you have chosen and purchased the flooring that you require, you will need to fit it. You can do the job yourself relatively quickly and easily by using quality laminate flooring from Floorsave. Laminate flooring is far easier to fit than it was twenty years ago but there is still a process […]

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Cheap Garden Lighting Ideas that Look Great

      With the summer fighting to arrive, we’re ditching our living rooms and taking to the garden to soak up whatever sun we’re graced with this year. Therefore, getting your garden looking great is probably quite high on your agenda at this time of year, but with all the amazing stuff we all […]

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Outdoor Family Fun: Landscaping, Gardening and More

    Now that the last of winter is melting away, it’s time to focus on fresh air, sunshine and, of course, our lawns and gardens. And for parents, this time of year means spending time outside with the kids, watching them run, play and have fun in the sun. If you’re looking for unique, […]

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The Latest Reviews:

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Review: Gardening Lab for Kids

      With summer here once again one of the most important and magical things you can do is to grow your own vegetables and flowers. The one thing that makes it even better is doing it with your children! Gardening Lab for Kids is the newest gardening book published by Quarry. It’s filled with […]

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Review: Boycraft

  It’s hard to keep children entertained for little money, particularly on those rainy days. Boycraft – Loads of Things to Make For and With Boys (and Girls)  is full of crafts which boys (and girls!) will love, and best of all, they cost little to no money. Boycraft is a book written by Sara […]

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