10 cheap holiday activities for children

This time of year is SO flipping expensive isn’t it?? Presents, Christmas dinner, days out, Santa visits, festive food and drink. You name it, you’ve got to buy it. Then you throw bored children into the mix. Finding cheap holiday activities for children can be hard going but it’s definitely possible. Here are my top 10. 1. Bake I don’t know about yours, but my children love to bake. It’s something I don’t do enough with them during term time because we just can’t seem to find the time. So during Christmas holidays, we get stuck in. This year, the girls…

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Dewsall Court Country House Herefordshire

Last week I received an email asking if I’d like to attend a blogger’s lunch at the stunning Dewsall Court, a wedding venue and country retreat in rural Herefordshire. I love days out, so I was devastated when I realised it was on a day when my husband was working and there was nobody to have Lia. But incredibly Dewsall Court is totally family friendly and I was able to bring Lia along. About Dewsall Court Dewsall Court is a huge country house in rural Herefordshire that sleeps up to 27 people. It has 10 stunning bedrooms, each with its…

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HIBS100 Homesense Christmas Party Birmingham

I stepped off the train at Birmingham New Street and fought my way though crowds of tipsy shoppers at the Christmas market.After a brief pause in Starbucks to change into my cripplingly beautiful shoes, I headed to the Lost and Found for the HIBS100 Homesense Christmas party. Not knowing anybody who was going, I arrived alone and asked the barmaid where the party was taking place. “It’s in the private function room behind the bookcase.” The Lost and Found Birmingham I worked in Birmingham for a few years prior to having children so I know quite a few of the bars in town. However…

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Equal Pay Day and Gender Stereotyping

Every week I read another news article about gender discrimination. According to the World Economic Forum, the gender pay gap has increased this year. It is now estimated that it will take 170 years for women to have the same pay and employment opportunities as men. Equal Pay Day Even in the UK, there is still a 13.9% gender pay gap among full-time workers. To represent this figure, there is an annual Equal Pay Day. This year, Equal Pay Day is on 10th November. The reason this day was chosen is because it signifies the day when women effectively stop earning…

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Learning to be good enough

This afternoon, my husband sat with my little girl while she did her school reading. She wasn’t concentrating. She was tired from school, her gym class and then seeing the nurse for her flu vaccination. She still hadn’t eaten because they were reading while I made dinner. I could hear my husband getting frustrated with her as she fidgeted about. I came in to see what was going on. She couldn’t concentrate, wouldn’t sit still and kept playing with her clothes and her glasses. He was pointing at words and she wasn’t looking at them.I reminded her of a chat…

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