Making a peaceful homework space….

beth desk

The older children get, the more homework they will inevitably be sent home from school with and the older they get, the more important the need to complete the homework is. I believe that the guidelines in place advise that children in Years 1 and 2 should do 10 minutes of homework a night although most of this would be reading with parents I would suspect.  By the time children are in Years 5 and 6 it's recommended that they do around half an hour a night although our school have never really given the kids homework that takes more than an hour or so a week. Miss Frugal is moving … [Read more...]

Summer Living Room Makeover….

Gorgeous checked rug

We've been having a bit of a Summer makeover this weekend, updating the Living room with a few little bits and bobs to brighten it up for Summer and I'm really pleased with the results so I thought you might like to see them. I like to keep the decor itself quite neutral usually which allows me to change things around without a big redecorating project and without spending a lot.  This weekend's change about included a new TV cabinet in the Living room (courtesy of my Dad's own latest redecorating project), a new rug (courtesy of The Rug Retailer). The carpet in the Living room is the … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday – Make your own curtains (take two)….

curtain tutorial

I wouldn't usually re-publish a post but every now and again, I remember about a post I wrote that's hidden away in my archives craving a little bit of attention (aren't we all?).  This post, for example, was originally published a year or so ago but I really wanted to share it with you again today as I've just made a second pair of curtains using the same method. I've been after a pair of thick cream curtains for my living room for a while now but I'm struggling to find a pair that I like enough to buy!  It's not that I'm fussy though, I just have very specific requirements ;-) I want … [Read more...]

Girls bedroom makeover on a budget….


This morning I sat down in Miss Frugal's bedroom and realised just how much 'stuff' she had and how little space she had to store it all! So while Mr Frugal was snoring away in bed, I was on the iPad trying to find the answer to our problems! By the time he woke up, I was all sorted and ready to get on with it! I found some great shelves in Ikea but didn't fancy the hour's drive each way to get them so I ended up getting two cheap cube-style units from Argos to stick on top of each other next to her desk. We also bought some cheap but pretty white storage boxes from Morrisons for £1.50 … [Read more...]