Cupboard contents ginger cake with Opies ginger

This is a collaborative post.  We had a bit of a rude awakening last week in terms of our finances. Every few months, we review how much we’re earning and spending and where it’s going. It’s so easy to just let direct debits roll and end up paying for things you don’t really need. And we were aware that we were generally more skint than we should be. So where on earth was it all going? The ‘just popping to the shop’ disaster Well it turns out, our money wasn’t going on direct debits we’d forgotten to cancel. It wasn’t…

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21 West Midlands days out summer holidays 2018

The summer holidays are at last upon us and all over the West Midlands, there are some incredible events happening for children and families. Here are the best ones I’ve heard about, do let me know if you have any to add! I’ve included website links for you to check dates, times and availability. All Things Wild, Worcestershire As well as being a great place for a family day out during the school holidays, All Things Wild runs a lovely looking holiday club. Children aged 4-12 can book in for either a day or the whole week. Available dates are…

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Thursday photo #217

I think a lot about productivity. How I could fit more in, make the most of my time and find a little bit of extra time for myself. Weeks like this make me realise how much time I waste on procrastinating. Because recently, I’ve managed to fit in a huge wedge of freelance work that I don’t usually do. The blog and social media have taken a bit of a back seat, but I’ve still kept them ticking along. So where do all those hours go in a normal week? The mystery of the missing tooth Last week, Libby mentioned…

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Celebrating summer days with Capri-Sun

This is a collaborative post.  Since Libby started school, I’ve been acutely aware of how quickly the Summer holidays fly by. And this year, Lia starts school too. So now, more than ever, I’ve been trying to make the most of the long Summer days. The girls go to sleep late anyway, so we might as well make the most of it and have some fun. Days in the sunshine Have you seen the social media posts going around lately about 18 summers? They point out that we only get to spend 18 summers with our children. And that’s if…

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Thursday photo #216

What a week. I’d just got into a little bubble of cruising through life, working when I felt like it. But freelancing just doesn’t work like that. So this week, I’ve unexpectedly had quite a lot of work from three clients. Plus the usual bits and pieces going on with blogging and social media. And all of a sudden, the peace was shattered. I managed to protect my Monday morning swim though – but who wouldn’t when it means swimming in here in glorious sunshine? Late nights We had a lovely weekend with a party on Saturday night to celebrate…

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Inspiring future athletes at the Muller Anniversary Games

You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air as the children gathered on their school playground. Reporters and camera crews milled around waiting for the doors to open. Then a cheer went up from the children as a door swung open and their heroes walked towards them. Gearing up for the Muller Anniversary Games It was 2012 and my new baby was just eight weeks old. We bundled her into a baby carrier and packed so many items of baby equipment you could have been forgiven for thinking we were going away for a month. We’d been lucky…

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Thursday photo #215

Every now and then, the pace of life slows down a little. It’s never for long, especially not at this time of year. In fact, things picked back up today with an early start for me and Lia to head to London. But while it lasted, I enjoyed taking things a little slower. The Cotswolds We live a short distance from the Cotswolds and it’s one of my favourite parts of the country. Even the buildings are beautiful, built from Cotswold Stone which has a very distinctive yellowy colour. And yet, it’s quite rare for us to head over that…

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