Top Tips For Flying With Toddlers

We just got back from our first family holiday abroad. I’d been looking forward to this holiday for a year but the closer it got, the more I started to worry about spending 10 hours on a plane with a very active (and very vocal) toddler. It was the first time Ollie had ever been on a plane, and I was actually surprised by how quiet and well behaved he was! There were however, a few things we learnt along the way which made the return flight a lot smoother!

So, here are my tips for flying with toddlers:

Prepare them as much as you can

Spending hours on a plane can be boring for anyone. Imagine being a toddler, being confined to a small space and being asked not to make too much noise. Ollie is pretty noisy and energetic at the best of times, so I was really worried how this would go down! read more

Free Ways To Spend A Family Snow Day

Ollie and I have been housebound most of the week due to snow. It was fun at first but we’ve both started to get a bit of cabin fever, and there’s only so much CBeebies a person can watch. So I’ve come up with a few ways to keep us entertained today as my stepson has a snowday too.

Totally Free Ways To Spend Your Family Snow Day:

Get Creative With The Snow

Have a snowman building competition, make snow angels or even paint the snow! Earlier this week we got creative will some calpol syringes, old shampoo bottles and food colouring. We made colourful patterns in the snow and Ollie practised recognising some letters. read more

The Truth About Toddler Haircuts

Last week I had to do one of my least favourite parenting tasks – taking Ollie to get his hair cut. It’s a traumatic experience for everyone involved. Him, me, the hairdresser, people waiting….even random people passing by on the street. That’s right, last week he screamed so loudly that not one but 2 separate people actually stopped on the street outside to look in and see what was happening.

This wasn’t his first haircut and it wasn’t the first time it’s happened. In fact, the last time he went it was so bad the hairdresser had to stop half way through, so he’s been wandering round with half a mullet for the past 3 months. We decided to just let him run wild for a bit but as he stopped being able to see without having his hair pinned back, I thought it was time to brave the hairdressers again. read more

Our Trip To See Santa – Nene Valley Railway

Last week we went on a very special trip to see Santa. We took a trip to Wansford in Cambridgeshire to ride the Nene Valley Railway Santa Special train. It was a great day out and it really got us in the festive spirit. I went with Ollie, my Mum, sister and 1 year old nephew. We all had a lovely time and it’s a perfect way to spend a day together as a family this Christmas.

You need to book online in advance, and get a time to board the train. They recommend you arrive at the station about an hour before so you can have a look around and see Santa before you board. read more

Brilliant Books For 2 Year Olds

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Books are a huge part of our home life. I’ve been obsessed with reading and books since I was a kid and Ollie seems to be the same. I love cuddling up on the sofa and reading a book together before bedtime. It’s the perfect way for us to get some quality time together while he winds down for the day.

I also love how cheap you can find books these days. I find the best places to buy are Amazon, The Works, supermarkets and charity shops.

At 2 years old Ollie’s already got a pretty impressive book collection but there are certain books he’ll choose time and time again. So today I’m sharing our favourites: read more

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary- Frugal Family Days Out

Frugal family days out: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Recently we went on a family holiday to North Yorkshire. While we were there we visited Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary and had a great family day out. There’s loads to see and do and it can be very cheap!

We’ve been to this sanctuary with Ollie’s big bro before and really enjoyed it, but it’s the first time Ollie had been anywhere like it. He absolutely loved it from start to finish – there’s so much to see, and for a toddler it must be fascinating discovering all the new creatures he’s never seen before! read more

I’m Joining In The Reverse Advent Calendar Campaign

Items in a foodbank

Christmas is and always has been my favourite time of year. But for a lot of people, Christmas isn’t so magical. Especially if they’re struggling to put food on the table. That’s why I’m taking part in the UK Money Bloggers Reverse Advent Calendar.

Instead of opening a door each day and taking a treat, I’ll be putting one item IN each day. I’ve got a big box ready to add one item for 25 days. At the end, I will take my collection to my local food bank. I’ve chosen to do mine throughout November, so my local food bank has enough time to distribute it to those in need before Christmas. read more

How To Visit Top UK Attractions For Free

How to visit top UK attractions for free!

I love a family day out as the next person, but they can be pretty pricey – especially if you want to head to one of the UK’s top attractions. However, there are ways to visit them for free – or at least very cheap! Some take a little planning but could save you a small fortune.

Here are my top ways to visit the UK’s top attractions for free:

LOYALTY POINTS

If you read my blog regularly you’re probably used to me banging on about Tesco Clubcard Boost. But honestly it’s amazing for saving money. read more

50 Free & Frugal Things To Do As A Family

50 Free and Frugal Things To Do As A Family

The summer holidays are upon us once again. Love them or hate them, they always mean one thing – kids that need entertaining.  For me, summer is a great opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. The only problem is, 6 weeks of activities and big days out comes at a price. But, there are plenty of free family activities you can do both at home and out and about.

I wanted to share my ideas for frugal and free family activities that you can all enjoy together. I asked fellow parenting bloggers for their suggestions and these are my 50 favourites: read more

London On A Budget – Frugal Family Days Out

Everyone knows London can be expensive, but with proper planning and a few money saving hacks, you can enjoy London on a budget!

A few weeks ago we had a family trip to London. We took Ollie’s big bro for his birthday. It was his first trip to the City and he’d been asking to go for a while, so we really wanted to make it special. Being a Tightwad Mama, I organised and planned the whole thing in advance to make sure we could have fun in London on a budget.

From getting cheap travel to free things to do, here are my top tips for a frugal family day in the city: read more