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Keeping The Kids Busy Over The Summer Holidays

This summer the UK weather is fluctuating … a lot! From extreme heat to rain, and now cooler days. Let’s see what happens next week! I had forgotten how hot it can get in the UK, and as everyone keeps saying, no, there are no air cons here! With that said, it’s also a LOOOONG holiday too and I for one, just don’t want to have to spend money every single day on keeping the kids busy over the summer holidays.

I wrote a post over a year ago based on keeping kids cool in the summer. This was written whilst I still lived in South Africa and was focused on keeping kids cool and out of the sun but also occupied at home during the long December holidays – the South African equivalent of the 6 or 7 weeks of hell UK summer holidays.

Now that we are based in the UK, I thought it would be a good idea to do a new post along a similar theme which is ideas on keeping the kids busy over the summer, no matter the weather, whilst also trying to keep a grip on your budget! Let’s face it, I’m not Rockefeller, I’m the other fella. No, I’m not original either!

The point is, budgeting is important!

Continue reading “Keeping The Kids Busy Over The Summer Holidays”

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Days Out UK, family, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom, Travel

A Lovely Unplanned Day Out In York

Today we had a lovely unplanned day out in York. All I was planning to do was go to the bank. What I got instead was memories made with my girls. New memories, to build on top of my old memories.

We parked up and walking through the Museum Gardens. When we got to the other side we encountered the pigeon whisperer. The reality is that he is a real life old man who the park pigeons trust. He feeds them from his hand, and was kind enough to let the girls and I have a try. Actually he was quite forcefully persuasive, but I’m glad he was.

I held some pigeons in the palm of my hand for a minute. They gave me more undivided attention in that moment than I get from my children on a daily basis! {Photo taken by my lovely bonus daughter}. Continue reading “A Lovely Unplanned Day Out In York”

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Blogging, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

More Than Just A Mommy Blogger ft. High Heels and Fairy Tales

Welcome to the third installment of my mini series, I Am More Than Just A Mommy Blogger. This is a five-part mini-series. Each week I will feature a different South African Mommy Blogger so that we can get to know what else she does with her life, other than just being a mommy blogger.

Last week we featured Kim from Muller Kids and this week I am so excited to be featuring Charlene from High Heels & Fairy Tales. Charlene blogs at High Heels And Fairy Tales, a parenting, travel, and lifestyle blog. She is a Stay-At-Home-Mom, homeschooling her little girl, and learning so much along the way.

Charlene and I have been blogging buddies for a while now, and Charlene actually featured me on her series “Meet The Mommy“. I love that the blogging community are so supportive of each other. It’s a great online community that I am proud to be a part of. Continue reading “More Than Just A Mommy Blogger ft. High Heels and Fairy Tales”

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Blogging, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

What Does Independence Look Like?

I have not been independent since I was around 25 years old. It was at that age that I moved out of slight dodgy house-share in London and into a flat with my boyfriend (future husband) in York.

Before then I was able to support myself completely. Sure, it was a house-share in a not so trendy part of South East London and the money I did make mostly went on partying and clothes. I had very little responsibility and no savings, but no debt either! I was living the dream … kind of! Continue reading “What Does Independence Look Like?”

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Blogging, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

When Boredom Strikes

My girls have point-blank refused to get dressed today and are currently enjoying a self imposed Pyjama Day. I wish they’d told me before I got dressed.

By noon they are bored. I’ve been busy blogging today, I’m co-hosting the #blogstravaganza Linky this weekend and it’s one of those things you need to stay on top of so as to not get behind.

One of the posts I have read was by the lovely Nicole at Tales From Mamaville and her post about alphabet games with food was timed to perfection for me.  Continue reading “When Boredom Strikes”

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My InstaRoundUp – ep. 1 October

I’m back with another instalment of my InstaRoundUp where I take the top 5 most liked pictures from my Instagram account and use them to provide an update on what’s been going on with me and us.

First thing to note is that it was my birthday on the 1st of October so most of these pictures relate to that. I am 36 years old. Thirty Six! I feel so old some days, and so unprepared for life the others. How am I in charge of a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old? When did that happen?  Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – ep. 1 October”