Why it is worth investing in a National Trust membership

Our National Trust membership is one of the best investments we make each year. So far, we’ve been paying the £108 a year for joint membership because children under 5 can go in free. We’ll soon have to upgrade though to a family membership – but even this only costs £114.60 per year. And once that’s paid, our National Trust days out are free all over the UK for the year. What is the National Trust? Just in case you’re not familiar with the British Institution that is the National Trust, I’ll give you a brief overview. The National Trust…

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Family Travel Tips #6

Half term seems to have arrived rather abruptly for us. It was such a short term anyway, and my daughter was off ill last week so she doesn’t seem to have been in school much since Easter. Are you going away this half term? We’re heading off for a few days camping in beautiful Northumberland. Carrie is away too although she’s gone somewhere more exotic – she’s sunning herself on a gorgeous beach in Crete. Featured posts Huge thanks to everybody who linked up to last week. I’m loving reading your posts about UK days out as well as exotic holidays.…

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10 easy crafts for young children

With half term upon us, it’s great to have a few craft activities to turn to when the children need entertaining. I’ve done a few craft projects this year and I’ve also seen some amazing crafts from other bloggers. So I thought I’d share 10 of my favourites. These are all really simple crafts for young children. None of them take any specialist equipment and children can really get involved. 1. Paper plate birds Jenny from The Gingerbread House has been making paper plate birds with her little ones. This is a super easy craft that involves folding a paper plate…

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It pays to be friendly in business

Before going self-employed I held numerous roles, all of which put me in contact with questionable characters. And I don’t mean clients, I mean my colleagues. Since then I’ve worked hard to put myself into a position where I take on the work I want to do and turn down the rest. I charge set fees but better still, I choose who I work with. My criteria for working with someone 1. Respect If someone emails me asking me to do something for them and they’re going to give me the sum total of nothing in return, they don’t respect me. That…

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Inspirational Parents #23

It has been far too long since I’ve had an inspirational parent takeover on my blog. The last one was a fabulous interview from Jenny back in December. I never really stopped doing them, but I didn’t seek out people to take part either. That was until Martyn messaged me and said that he knew someone who he thought would be perfect for this interview series. I already followed meandminimees on Twitter, but Martyn’s message made me take a closer look. Meandminimees is written under the pseudonym of Matthew Blythe. The writer is a single dad to two teenagers who he adopted when…

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