#beatplasticpollution for World Environment Day

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! read more

5 Easy Ways To Earn Cash Back On Your Shopping

Shopping is something we all have to do. Whether it’s 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. I’ve had £100s of cashback from these apps, over £200 from CheckoutSmart alone! read more

How To Get Picky Kids To Eat More Vegetables

How to get picky kids to eat more vegetables

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:
Homemade Smoothies

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! read more

How To Make A Magnetic Fishing Game For Kids

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! read more

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

Who Is Tightwad Mama? – Blogger Q&A

Kaya from Earning By The Sea has tagged me in a Blogger Q&A. I’ve recently realised I don’t share much about myself on my blog – it’s normally all about the kids! So hopefully this will help you get to know me a bit more.

When was the last time you cried?

Last weekend, whilst watching Dumbo with Ollie! I’m trying to introduce him to some of my favourite childhood Disney films before we head off to Orlando. I forgot how sad it is when Dumbo’s Mum gets taken away and locked up…gets me every time! 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

Fun Ways To Paint With Kids

Painting is one of my favourite activities to do with Ollie. It’s so simple, but keeps him entertained for ages, and it’s perfect for rainy days when we’re trapped inside. Having said that, it can get a little boring when you do it ALL the time. So, I’m always looking for ways to make it a bit different and more interesting.

Here are my favourite ways to paint with kids that don’t just involve paintbrushes:

Blow Painting

I used to do this all the time when I was little, and it’s so simple but makes really pretty and unusual pictures. Get some paper and tape it down – preferably in something with sides like a tray or box lid. Then drop some paint on it and use a straw to blow patterns on the page. Watercolours work better than poster paints as they’re easier to blow, but I’ve also used food colouring which worked perfectly. I’ve also been told that if you poke a little hole at the top of the straw, it prevents the child being able to suck the paint back up the straw. 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

20 Recycled Kids Activities Using Household ‘Junk’

20 recycled kids activities using household junk

In our house there is no such thing as junk or rubbish. Since I became a Mum, I’m constantly looking for ways to reuse our rubbish and things destined for the bin to entertain my toddler. I’m a stay at home Mum which means money can be tight, and the days can be long! Don’t get me wrong, I love being home with my little boy but keeping him entertained without the use of Paw Patrol can be easier said than done. I like to do lots of new activities and games with him, and I’m a firm believer that that doesn’t need to cost a ton of money. So, here are just a few ways you can reuse things you already have around the house to entertain your little ones. read more