Tin Foil River – Outdoor Play Activity

This week we’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden…making the most of having an actual summer for once! As much as I’m loving the heatwave, it can be a bit much for little ones. This Tin Foil River is a great outdoor play activity that gives them chance to cool off!

It was really easy to do, totally thrifty and lots of fun. It’s a great sensory activity, as well as encouraging imaginative play.

This idea came from a picture I saw on Play Hooray’s Instagram last week. It’s a great account full of ideas and inspiration for new activities. They also have a website full of ideas! read more

How To Stick To Slimming World On A Budget

How to stick to Slimming World on a budget

I started Slimming World a few weeks ago in an attempt to lose my baby weight…. and I’ve just lost my first stone! I’m loving it so far but a lot of people have asked me if it is possible to stick to Slimming World on a budget.
The short answer is yes! I’ve already found ways to save money on our monthly food shop and I’m not spending any more now I’m on Slimming World.

I feel healthier, I’ve got more energy and I’m losing weight without that much effort! read more

10 Places To Take Toddlers Out For Free

10 Places To Take Toddlers Out For Free

If you’ve got a toddler you’ll know some days you just need to get out of the house. Whether it’s to keep them entertained, or for your own sanity. But, all these trips out to soft play, cafes and swimming add up quickly. If you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of ways to entertain your toddler without spending loads of cash. So I’ve compiled a list of places you can take your toddlers out for free!

MUM AND BABY GROUPS

Mum and baby/toddler groups are a great way to get out of the house, entertain your little one and meet new people. I know it can be daunting to go into a group of people for the first time, but I’ll bet most of those Mums felt the same way the first time they went. See if your local library runs any sessions, or join local parenting groups on Facebook. read more

Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts For Any Budget

Father’s Day is only a few days away and I know there’s going to be lots of people who haven’t sorted their gifts yet! There’s still time to find the perfect gift to show your Dad, Grandad or father of your kids how much they are appreciated. It isn’t always about spending loads of money, it’s just showing them how much you care.

HOMEMADE
If you’re on a budget or want something truly personal, homemade is the way to go. Get the kids to make their Dad a card or present. A handmade drawing, handprint card or cake are all cheap and easy ways for kids to show Dad how much they care. read more

9 Ways To Financially Prepare For A Baby

9 Ways To Financially Prepare For a Baby image
We all know having kids can be expensive. But if you financially prepare in advance, having a baby doesn’t need to be as expensive or stressful as you might think. Here are my top tips on how to financially prepare for a new baby:
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES

The first place to start to financially prepare for a new baby is with a spending overhaul. Start a money diary to track your spending and see where can make cutbacks. Do you have an unused gym membership? Are you over-paying for your phone contract? Take some time to go through your income and outgoings and give yourself a money makeover. Check how much maternity pay you’re entitled to and use this to work out a budget. Factor in new regular purchases such as nappies, milk and baby food. See if there are any areas you could make cutbacks and save some cash. read more

Fun With Food – Sensory Toddler Activities 

Sensory play ideas - toys set in jelly


Over past few weeks Ollie and I have been doing all sorts of sensory activities and messy play with different types of food.

He’s been having a pretty rough time teething (7 at once!) and has really gone off food. Getting him to eat anything at all has become a real battle and we all dread mealtimes. I really don’t want this to start becoming a big issue for him and I don’t want him to start associating food with being unhappy. I know that negative feelings around food can often start in childhood and carry on through to adulthood. So, I thought I’d take the pressure off a bit and make food more fun for him. read more

Pasta Threading – Fine Motor Skills Activity

Pasta threading - fine motor skills activity

Pasta threading is a great way to entertain kids of all ages. It helps develop their fine motor skills and concentration without spending any money.

If you’re looking for a good rainy day activity, pasta threading is really simple but so effective. It is a great activity for toddlers to develop their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and concentration. You can also use it to work on counting, colour recognition, or sequences and patterns for older children.

You can use plain pasta, or dye it using the same method I used to make my Rainbow Rice. It takes 5 minutes to prepare and is best left to dry overnight. read more

Rainbow Rice – Sensory Toddler Activity

Rainbow rice - sensory toddler activity

Rainbow rice is a fantastic sensory activity for children of all ages. It’s cheap and easy to prepare and can be used again and again.

I made it for my toddler recently and it went down so well! He loved the sound it made and the bright colours. He practised scooping and transferring as well as working on his pincer grip to pick the little grains up. We used it as a free play activity and I loved watching him explore different ways to play.

I’ve been doing a lot of sensory and messy play involving food lately, but this was probably our favourite. One reason for using food in sensory play is that Ollie is going through a fussy eating phase. So I’m trying to take the pressure off and make food more fun. The other reason is these activities are easy to prepare and totally thrifty because they just use things I already have in the kitchen! read more

Frugal Family Days Out – Woburn Safari Park

Frugal Family Days Out - Woburn Safari Park


When you’ve got kids, days out can be pretty pricey. So I’ve decided to start a new feature on the blog – frugal family days out.

There are tons of ways to spend time together as a family without breaking the bank. Family days out don’t have to be as expensive as you think!

Last week we went to Woburn Safari Park.
We had a lovely family day out. We saw lots of animals up close, and best of all it was totally FREE!

I used our Tesco Clubcard vouchers to buy our tickets so it didn’t cost us a penny! read more

The Benefits Of Toy Rotation

The Benefits Of Toy Rotation



Toy rotation is a great way to make the most out of your child’s toys and decrease the clutter in your home at the same time! Rather than spending money on new items, it encourages your child to play with what they already have.

If your kids are anything like mine, they have far more toys than they actually play with. Especially after birthdays and Christmas! Even after having a post-Xmas clearout, 2 weeks later toys have once again taken over THE ENTIRE HOUSE. They’re scattered around every room – in cupboards, under sofas and beds, and falling out of the toy box. read more