Sweater, not heaters – the frugal guide to energy efficiency this winter

When winter comes, energy bills skyrocket.  Gas usage increases as heating works harder and stays on longer.  Similarly, lighting during the hours of darkness consumes more and more electricity as we find ourselves switching the lights on by 4.30pm around November time. Finding ways to improve energy efficiency around our homes can make a bigRead more

Do you have Guilty Pleasures? – here’s mine #mummysguiltypleasures

Motherhood – it’s blooming hard isn’t it? There’s no off switch, even when Paul and I went away child free for my birthday at the end of the year I still had to get the kids up, dressed, fed and sort all their clothes and childcare arrangements and then found myself messaging to make sureRead more

Strange things to happen when eating out with kids

Heading out to eat with kids in tow can often cause headaches for us parents. There are lots of things we need to consider and careful planning is often needed when eating out with kids. We worry they won’t sit still so we pre-plan and prepare, packing colouring, small toys and distractions should they beRead more

Parenting: The Baby Years V’s The Toddler Years

The baby years v's the toddler years

As new parents we find ourselves rushing our children to progress to that next step or milestone. We clap our hands and urge them to crawl towards us, moving toys out of reach to encourage them to move. We repeat words over and over, slowly and careful waiting and willing them to speak. Hands areRead more