Photo Credit Now that Halloween is over and we’re more than midway through November, it’s finally time to admit that Christmas is just around the corner. As fun and magical as the holiday season is, it can also be incredibly stressful, especially when you’re on a tight budget. The food, decorations, and days out can all cost you an arm and a leg, but the biggest expense by far is almost always the gifts. If you want to keep costs low and avoid a financial hangover this New Year, here are seven creative ways you can save money on gifts… View Post

Photo Credit Deciding how to decorate a child’s bedroom is not always easy. They change their minds from one month to the next, especially when they are young and fall in an out of love with TV and film characters. Unless you want to be redecorating every year you need to make sure that what you do is flexible for minor changes, and durable to withstand the children. They tend to use their bedrooms for a playroom, to watch TV, entertain friends and then to sleep. It needs to be able to accommodate all of these things, as well as… View Post

When my eldest started in reception I worried about so many things, would he miss me, would he make friends, would he like the lunches? It didn’t even occur to me to worry about head lice. Of course, I’d heard rumours of how quickly they could spread in young children, but I thought it was just that, a rumour. Oh, those thoughts were going to come back to bite me! We first got the message from the school late one afternoon, there was an outbreak of nits amongst the infants and could all parents be vigilant in checking their children.… View Post

Photo Credit We’re all guilty of sneaking a peak when we walk past windows which face onto the pavement. Who doesn’t want a glimpse of how other people live their lives? There’s something thrilling about a peek at what other people are watching on television. You may even be in the habit of collecting ideas for your interiors. With the nights closing in, these peeks become even more satisfying. With the lights on, those rooms are like beacons in the night. But, what if your windows face onto a pavement like this? Having people staring in can get boring. While… View Post