A Money Saving Diary

I was recently contacted by Scottish Friendly, a UK based finance company specialising in savings and ISAs. They set me a challenge to make a diary of my spending over a period of time, look back at it to see where I am over spending and where I can save money. I was someone who had their children at a young age, before I had a bunch of savings behind me and a mortgage already secured. It wasn’t something I really worried about then, now as I get older I want a home that I own, I want that stability and I…

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Child Free Holidaying & Switching Off

I am home from a gorgeous holiday in Gran Canaria with my best friends!!! I think this has been the longest I hadn’t posted on my blog or social media since it all began 3 years ago. I must confess as much as I love my little corner of the internet it has been lovely! I didn’t intend on taking a break; I thought I would still be tweeting and instagraming my socks off but when it came to it I just didn’t fancy it. Usually on trips or weekends away I am constantly taking photos or filming ready to share…

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The Ultimate Family Festival Checklist

Festival season is so close; if you believe your days of sitting in fields, drinking cider with a flower crown on your head are behind you now you are a parent you are missing out hugely on all the amazing family friendly festivals that are held all over the country! Shortly the squad and I will be heading off to one of the biggest (and in my opinion BEST!) family festivals in the UK – yes I am talking about Camp Bestival! We have been counting down the days more or less since we left last year, it was one of…

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A Girls Holiday & The Mum Guilt..

I read a post today on the Huffington post. By the title I knew it wasn’t a wise read – Why Was I Shamed For Having A Girlie Mini-Break Without My Kids? written by Luisa Zissman (did the apprentice a few years back). I knew it wasn’t a wise read because on Saturday I am doing just this; going on a girls holiday and leaving my children at home. As we edge closer to the big day the mum guilt has started to hit me. Reading that a mum was shamed for a girls trip away just made my insecurities come to the…

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Meal Planning!

When I was on bit for more a tight budget a couple of years back I used to be the queen of meal planning! I knew exactly what we were having each day, exactly which day I would shop and although it sounds a little geeky I felt so much more organised and on top of things. Since the girls dad and I went our separate ways I have steadily got more and more lapsed over what I am spending and how I plan it out. I’ve been working on a blog project recently (will be live soon) to monitor…

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