The perfect #Pancake with ALDI

Pancake Day is almost upon us, on the 28th February, so now is the time to make sure you stock up on the essentials needed for the perfect flipping pancake for you and your brood. more “The perfect #Pancake with ALDI”

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Saying goodbye to the dummy

Note: Unless you have a small child who is heavily reliant on the pacifying effects of a dummy, you will probably be bored to tears by this post. If, however, you are are here by the power of google looking for the holy grail of how to wean a dummy, I feel your pain. Because, this time last week I was you. *waving from the other side* (and still can’t quite believe it).  more “Saying goodbye to the dummy”

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Flexible career options for new Mums

I constantly wonder what career options there are for me going forward. Although currently happy as a Stay At Home Mum (groan, hate that term) I know one day I’ll be going back to work in some shape or form. But what will it be? I know in an ideal world I need that work that works for my family and I. Flexibility is a massive driver for the path I take, and I know many other parents struggle to find that perfect work life balance when their life includes the ties and constraints of a young family. 
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Negotiating the best price when renovating your kitchen

When we renovated our kitchen, the budget element was tricky to keep a handle on. In all honesty, we are pretty rubbish at DIY so outsourced every part from beginning to end, and let the project manager recruit and employ sub contractors. With two small kids under our feet we wanted to get the job done as quickly as possible and with minimal stress. Looking back, we could have clawed back enough of the overall spend to take the family on holiday or even pay for some of the finishing touches & furnishings. Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it? more “Negotiating the best price when renovating your kitchen”

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If I won the lottery…

Years ago whilst pottering away in the lab at work, we got into a bit of a debate. Would you give up work if you won the lottery? Opinions were divided, and whilst some people said they would definitely continue with the career they had worked hard for, others said the first thing they’d do is hand in their notice. more “If I won the lottery…”

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#coolmumclub on Pinterest

Pinterest. Love it or hate it, there’s no doubt as a blogger it is a huge tool for driving traffic for your site. I know this not because I am a blogging guru, or a pinterest master, but because I see it in my stats (Oh, and I read it on the internet). One of my posts which continues to be the main driver of my views is constantly pushed around by it’s little place on that pinterest platform. more “#coolmumclub on Pinterest”

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“You need to slow down”

Has a passing comment ever resonated with you, I mean really stayed with you beyond it’s throwaway nature?

“You need to slow down”

Those were the simple words spoken to me by a grandmother at the nursery gates some eighteen months ago. A stranger really, but someone who impacted me quite significantly with five short words. more ““You need to slow down””

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Transitioning your toddler to a bed

When it comes to moving your baby from it’s cot to a bed, us parents range from the super-keen-can’t-wait-to-get-cracking, to the waiting-as-long-as-possible-totally-in-denial-it-ever-has-to-happen but in the name of progress there’s no putting it off forever. more “Transitioning your toddler to a bed”

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Just a stay at home Mum

As our car insurance came up for renewal I finally managed to a bit of price comparison online, and secure a better deal (winning, I know). I called up my existing insurer, who I won’t name and shame, and we ran few a few details to cancel my policy. It’d expire in ten days, and wouldn’t be renewed, to be superseded by the oh so much cheaper new provider.  more “Just a stay at home Mum”

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Guest post: 3 Money Tips for the Stay at Home Parent

Reducing from two salaries to one (in conjunction with increasing your household from two people to more) is no walk in the park. The financial impact for a stay at home parent is pretty obvious, and if you think it’s all coffee mornings, shopping and brunches you should think again. Being at home whilst trying not to spend isn’t easy, and there is a bigger picture to consider beyond the day to day self control of spending on bacon baps and lattes. more “Guest post: 3 Money Tips for the Stay at Home Parent”

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