April 23, 2014

Large Family of the Week – The Jeub Family!

Jeub Family

    We have had the pleasure of getting to know this week’s Large Family of the Week over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet met in person, given that they’re all the way from Colorado, USA and we’re in Kent, UK, but maybe one year! Please say hello to the Jeubs […]

Patience is a virtue… just not ours

Hourglass

    We have waited patiently for the right time to move for years. For as long as I can remember – certainly at least a decade as I remember discussing it when Harry was a baby – we’ve been making plans for a more self-sufficient life. We knew what we had to do in […]

Around the World in 365 Days

Couple of backpackers looking at city map

  The rise of the gap year has been nothing short of stratospheric. With the rise of affordable air travel and cheap accommodation the only hurdles in the way of people wanting to see the world is time. With mortgages to think about, family ties and work on top of that, the average 30 year […]

The 5 Best British Beaches For Your Summer Holiday

Coastal path, Woolacombe, Devon

    With the climbing costs of living, increasing numbers of families are choosing to take a staycation rather than venturing abroad for their summer holiday. This summer is expected to be a scorcher and thousands of families will be taking their seaside breaks right here in the UK. We’ve rounded up five of the […]

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      Simnel Cakes were originally made by servants and maids as gifts for their mothers when they returned home for what was usually their one holiday, Mothering Sunday.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

Review: Gardening Lab for Kids

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 […]

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

Libby concentrates...

    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 mask.     As with pretty much anything in this house, curious siblings quickly gathered to see what was going on and whether […]

Large Family of the Week: The Rainford Family!

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    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 (names and ages & tell us a bit about yourselves): My name is Joanne aka Mommy. I am 28 and a single […]

Another step closer to living our dream…

countryside

      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! […]

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 […]

Something to lose: Week 6

bathroom scales, losing weight

    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 – sometimes several times a day – as if half a stone will magically disappear between 7am and 11am. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if […]

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