Earlier this year we had the holiday of a lifetime in America. We spent 10 days in Florida and visited Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. This was my first trip to Disney World and as much as I was looking forward to it (since I was about 5), I wasn’t sure how it would be with a toddler in tow. He loves Disney films, but I was worried the heat, the crowds and the sensory overload might be a bit too much for him. We did a lot of research before we went and learned a few things along the way.
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The great British summer is finally here and it looks like it’s sticking around for a while (for a change). As much as I’m loving the sun, it makes parenting a toddler a bit more challenging. Not only is Ollie waking up a lot earlier than normal – 4.30am yesterday argh! – but he’s also a bit more grumpy and has a lot less energy than normal. It doesn’t help that the sun shines directly into our living room in the afternoon and it basically becomes a sauna. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking of ways we can cool down and have fun without spending any money.
This weekend we ticked another thing off our Summer Family Bucket List – go to a family festival together. We visited Geronimo Festival at Knebworth House and had an amazing time. We were lucky enough to have been gifted tickets in return for an honest review, so all opinions are definitely our own.
This is the first year Geronimo Festival has been held at Knebworth House, so they now do one in the North at Arley House and one in the South. I’d heard really good things and seen loads of photos on Instagram from Arley so I couldn’t wait to give this one a go.
I’m loving this heatwave and it feels like summer is offfically here now! This year seems to have flown by already and I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of June already. Given that we live in England, we’re never sure how long summer is actually going to last so we’ve decided to try and make the most of it this year.
Most of the time we’re so busy with work, sorting our finances, keeping the kids alive etc that the weeks just pass us by without us really noticing.
So this year we’ve decided to be a bit more proactive and write a Summer Family Bucket List. This is basically a list of all the things we want to do together as a family this summer. I loved writing it because we all sat down together and got input and ideas from everyone. I loved hearing what the kids really wanted to do – although as Ollie is only 2 1/2 he didn’t fully get the concept and suggested things that weren’t really in season like ‘Go on the Father Christmas train again’ and ‘splash in puddles’. To be fair, with an English summer, the second one is probably pretty doable so we added it to the list!
I am a massive fan of customer loyalty schemes, and they are EVERYWHERE these days. If a shop offers me a loyalty card, I take it. I know you might only get a couple of points at a time, but if you’re shopping there anyway, why not earn a few points? They all add up in the end!
Supermarket schemes like Sainsbury’s and Tesco give the highest rewards for me, but I also have loyalty cards for beauty stores like Boots, coffee shops such as Costa and Starbucks and loads of local independent places in my area. I love that my hairdressers and favourite local restaurant both have one!
As today is World Environment Day, I wanted to share a few things we’ve been doing at home lately to cut down on our plastic use. We all know how bad single use plastics are for the environment, and thanks to that disturbing Blue Planet footage, it seems like more people are trying to make a change.
I was tagged by Katie from Mummy’s Diary to take part in the #beatplasticpollution game, where you share a photo of your reusable items.
How To Play
The major issue of plastic pollution has been gaining much awareness lately, thanks to the numerous documentaries and high profile campaigns. As we wake up to the level of destruction to our planet caused by single-use plastics, people are increasingly switching to reusables. Hooray! Join us in this glorious global game of tag by sharing photos of your reusables to help. Lets play!
Shopping is something we all have to do. Whether it is for food, clothing, household items, or anything else, it’s an essential part of life. But if you’re trying to be more frugal, there are ways you can earn cash back on the things you buy.
These are my top 5 ways to earn cash back on your shopping:
Grocery Cashback Apps
I love using cashback apps on my food shopping. There’s a few good ones out there, but my current favourites are Shopmium and CheckoutSmart. Signup to the Shopmium App with my code KHEYEFKU and you’ll get a free jar of Nutella!
The basic idea with these apps is that you view the offers, pick what you want, buy it, then upload a photo of your receipt and get some or all of the money paid back to you. If you’re already going to buy a product on the app, you’ve instantly saved money. But a lot of the time you can find new products to try on there completely free. Ive had £100s of cashback from these apps, over £200 from CheckoutSmart alone!
Most parents will have experienced a fussy eating phase at least once with their kids. Ollie has been through a fair few in his 2 1/2 years already. My stepson is a little less fussy, but still isn’t the biggest veg fan.
So I’ve had to be inventive and come up with a few ways to get the kids to eat more vegetables:
Everyone in our house loves smoothies, and as I make my own, I know exactly what is going into them. They are a great way to get the kids to eat more vegetables (or drink them) without even realising it! Most of the smoothies I make have at least 2 vegetables in them. I have a Nutribullet which I LOVE and use most days and it blends it all up so smoothly that no-one can tell what’s inside!
This week I took some inspiration from my childhood and made a magnetic fishing game for Ollie. It’s really simple and cheap to prepare, but it will last a long time and it’s something I can bring out on a rainy day.
Not only is it fun but it’s a great chance for children to learn about magnets by watching them at work. It’s also good for hand-eye coordination, developing gross motor skills and social skills such as taking turns. We are all about learning through play in our house, and this activity definitely ticks that box!