“STOP BEING SILLY”. It’s the words my neighbours hear far too frequently being hollered through the walls of our adjoining homes, or out on the front driveway, as I’m trying to coerce one of the kids out of an irrational meltdown over one of their ‘things’. more “Creatures of habit”
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…”
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””
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 It’d expire in ten days, and wouldn’t be renewed, to be superseded by the oh so much cheaper new provider.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”
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”
This week is Amnesty International’s Friendship week. It’s being celebrated at Tigs primary school using a Superhero theme, which is the perfect representation of solidarity, strength and survival. At the end of last year I picked up a book at the library ; Teach your Granny how to text, and the same week we watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before The Flood’. Both of these sources left me feeling inspired to make a difference on my carbon footprint, even a tiny one, to make a positive impact. And it doesn’t even stop at environmental issues; we could all make a difference with a little bit of kindness and community spirit. I want to be a superhero, so here’s the things I’m thinking about doing to save the world. more “Real superheroes can save the world…”
If January is a month when social lives take a short break, then my kids didn’t get the memo. With a record tally of eight parties last month, including two double-bubble days, it has been a hardcore month of partying hard.
It’s a cliche parenting statement; “My kids have a better social life than me”, but seriously, when did I become the taxi driver of not one, but two tiny socialites? more “When kids party hard”
I am constantly trying to think up ways I can claw back a bit of the household cash…especially when it comes to spending out on the dullest of dull. It’s not easy because the boring bits have to be bought don’t they? I mean, no family can get far without a 9 pack of loo roll or a couple of 6 pinters of milk. Lets face it, I’d rather be spending that money somewhere much more fun. Like Eurodisney. Or even the local pub. Or come to think of it even in the clothing section of the local supermarket (sad but true).
There are definitely hacks and savings to be made…it’s just a case of knowing where to find them. more “How to save money on household items”
Needless to say, I am not a historian. But, I am a massive old romantic, and every now and again a story, an anecdote, a tale of old will resonate with me in a special and I just know that I will always carry it with me. So, please bear with me as I recount this story and forgive me any inaccuracies. more “The Ernest Shackleton guide to Parenting”