• Family Fun in Manchester….
  • Who doesn’t love a kitchen gadget….
  • How to maintain a happy work-life balance when the kids are off school and you’re at work….
  • My Week {19th July 2015}….
  • Cooking with Kids – Fruit Kebabs….

Family Fun in Manchester….

We have a rather odd family tradition in this house! Every Summer, we head off to the Trafford centre for the weekend.  We stay in the same hotel and do exactly the same things every year and if I’m honest, I probably enjoy it more than any other break we go on through the year! Last Friday afternoon, we rocked up at the Premier Inn at the Trafford centre, dropped our things off and headed straight over to the Trafford centre for our annual family activity of Laser Quest! (Clearly, when I say family activity, I really mean I’ll go sit in Costa for an hour and relax while they run … [Read More...]

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Who doesn’t love a kitchen gadget….

Cooking up a storm in the kitchen when you’re pushed for time or the kids are running riot around the house isn’t easy. There are ways to make meal preparations that little bit easier though. For example, by stocking your kitchen with plenty of handy, labour-saving gadgets, you can take the hassle out of a range of cooking tasks. With this in mind, here are some of the best pieces of kit for busy parents. Hand blender If you don’t already have one, now could be the time to invest in a hand blender. Perfect for blitzing everything from soups to smoothies and sauces, they are a must-have … [Read More...]

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How to maintain a happy work-life balance when the kids are off school and you’re at work….

I currently work part time in a good job that I love with people that I enjoy working with.  That's good, right? I'm also lucky enough that I can finish by 2.30 most days and be home to pick the kids up from school and spend time with them after school.  That's not just good, that's amazing isn't it? The fact that I get the best of both worlds means my work-life balance just about as perfect as it could be during term time but it's a whole different story in the Summer Holidays when it's not as easy to be smug about it all (not that I'm openly smug - just internally ;-)). It takes a … [Read More...]

My Week

My Week {19th July 2015}….

Phew.  I am just sitting down now for what seems like the first time in a week! We have had an amazing start to the Summer Holidays and have taken full advantage of the fact that we all have a rare week off together by filling every day (except for Wednesday as you'll see below) with adventure and fun! Rather than tell you about what we've been up to, I'm going to show you this week by sharing a week's worth of Instagram photos....   I'm back at work on Monday so it's going to be a much quieter week next week and I'm not even sad about going back to … [Read More...]

Homemade Fruit Kebabs

Cooking with Kids – Fruit Kebabs….

Tesco recently asked us to take join in with their great 'Cookalong' project which is all about getting kids in the kitchen this Summer - an idea that I wholly support! We were given a few recipes to choose from and we picked the fruit kebabs because (a) we love fruit and (b) we often get cheap fruit reduced at the supermarket which would be great for this recipe. Here's the video that Tesco made to show you how to make these delicious fruit kebabs: Miss Frugal decided to make the kebabs herself and banished me from the kitchen although I managed to sneak in a quick photo of the … [Read More...]

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Five Frugal things I’ve done this week to save money {24th July 2015}….

Five frugal things I've done this week: 1.  I bought some back to school stationery today in Tesco as it was half price.   I even managed to stock up on the pens that you can rub out (an essential piece of kit according to Miss Frugal) as well as some packs of school pencils reduced from £3.60 a pack to just £1.50.  I've cleared a drawer in the unit to store them until just before they go back otherwise there's be no trace of them come the start of September! 2.  We're going away this weekend and the thought of the usual arguments over how we get there almost drove me to buy a sat nav … [Read More...]