Screen Free Activities For Winter Evenings

Christmas might be over but winter is definitely here to stay a bit longer! I’m already longing for summer and Ollie has started climbing the walls after being trapped in the house all week thanks to bad weather and illness. Keeping him entertained without hours of CBeebies has been a challenge!

One of our resolutions as a family is to reduce screen time this year. While I don’t mind the kids watching TV or playing on consoles some of the time I don’t want them to be glued to their screens every second of the day. But, on cold and wet wintery evenings, it can be hard to think of ways to keep them entertained. So, I asked some fellow parenting bloggers for their favourite family activities: read more

Christmas Activities For Toddlers

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love getting in the festive spirit as early as possible, so over the past few weeks Ollie and I have been doing lots of Christmas activities and crafts. When you’ve got a toddler at home, it can be hard to think of ways to entertain them. Especially if you get snowed in like we did last week and they start climbing the walls! All these activities are easy to prepare and can be done with things you already have around the house.

Salt Dough Ornaments

I love making salt dough for Ollie because you can use ingredients from the kitchen and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. We printed his hands into the salt dough and used cookie cutters to make ornaments for the tree. It’s a great sensory activity for toddlers and you get a keepsake at the end. read more

How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments

How to make salt dough ornaments

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Making salt dough ornaments is a great Christmas activity for kids of all ages. It’s easy to prepare using just a few ingredients from your kitchen, so it’s very frugal too. I also love the fact that it only uses natural ingredients, so it won’t be a problem if your little one decides to taste it!

How To Make Salt Dough

Ingredients:

1 Cup Of Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Of Salt
1/3 Cup of Water

Just mix the ingredients together in a bowl, and knead it for a few minutes. I’ve found it works best if you use lukewarm water and mix it in slowly. You want it to be firm enough to work with and not crack when you roll it out. If it’s too sticky just add a bit more flour, or more water if it’s too dry. You can also add a few drops of food colouring if you like to colour the dough. 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

Can You Really Make Money By Matched Betting?

Can you really make money matched betting?

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Since becoming a stay at home Mum, I’ve been constantly on the lookout for new ways to make extra cash. I’ve tried loads of different ways to make money from home so I can spend my days with my son and Matched Betting is without a doubt the best. I’ve seen it mentioned so many times online before when researching money making ideas. So, I thought I’d give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. Since I started a few weeks ago I’ve made almost £1000 in tax free cash! I really recommend giving it a go if you’re looking for a new way to earn extra money from home. 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

How To Get The Best Black Friday Savings

Black Friday is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to grab a bargain. I’m sharing my best Black Friday tips to help you save big this year!

A lot of people think Black Friday deals might not be all they’re cracked up to be. Yes it’s true some retailers do use sneaky tactics to increase their profits, but it is still possible to get some great bargains. Personally I think if you do it right you can save a fortune…just make sure you’re not dragged into the madness and end up buying things you don’t need! read more

Toy Box vs Cardboard Box – What Kids Really Love!

Toy box vs Cardboard box : what do children REALLY love to play with?

Christmas is only a few weeks away and lots of us are already feeling the pressure to buy our children lots of new (often expensive) toys. But do we really need to?

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard people say kids love playing with cardboard boxes more than the presents inside. And since I’ve had Ollie I’ve realised how true this is!

I’m not going to lie, Ollie has a LOT of toys – especially as he’s just had his second birthday. He picked a couple of favourites out then spent the rest of the day playing with the wrapping paper, balloons and birthday cards! He regularly spends lots of time playing with things that aren’t really toys – his favourites are the laundry ball from the washing machine and plastic tubs! In fact we’ve played loads of games with items from the kitchen. 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