{Family Day} Easter Monday 2017 …

We live a stone’s throw away from a few National Trust sites, and we have probably been to one in the 7-8 years of living in the area. With a family of 7 we have always put it down to being too expensive, and never bothered to even look at the membership options. My sister on the other hand has had a membership for her family of 6 for a while now, and they often plan their trips to holiday homes via National Trust properties on the way there and the way home. She said the kids get to stretch […]

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{Our Weekend} 9/04/17 …

This weekend has been a funny one. Time seems to have been slowed and stretched at the same time. I’m not complaining because we got loads done! I might be the only one who usually finds I wake up Saturday, blink and find it’s already Sunday night. But this weekend has been wonderfully slow and relaxed.   S A T U R D A Y Saturday morning, the first official day of the Easter holidays, we managed a lie in – unheard of in our house as the youngest is usually up at an ungodly hour. Ells took him down […]

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Surviving the Easter Holidays …

The Easter Holidays are a bit of a weird affair. It marks the end of Spring term and the start of Summer term. It is invariable at different fortnightly intervals across the UK, making the planning of meeting up with family near and far a pigging nightmare! Here is how we survive the Easter Holidays with a teen & a pre-schooler: 1. Let Them Pick Every week we do a meal plan and shopping list. It is a total pain in the backside sometimes to decide on 7 meals that everyone will enjoy. So to make life easier I let […]

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Thalassophile …

Although born in England, I spent most of my growing years travelling the world with my family. Wherever we landed we never seemed to be too far from the sea. No wonder my love for the seas and oceans grew deep within my heart.   Every now and then we make the trip from middle England to the coast, and we absolutely love heading to Brixham.  Mr J’s parents live there, so there is always a valid excuse for the trip down. I love getting there early enough to nip into Paignton so we can stretch our legs out with […]

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{Family Day} March ’17 …

The work/life balance is a pain in the rear the vast majority of the time, so we picked the 3rd Saturday of every month to do something together, just the four of us, a designated ‘Family Day’. To help decide what we would do we used lollipop sticks numbered 1-12 in a jar. The numbers correspond to an activity we can do together, so it had to be age appropriate for a teen and a pre-schooler. We picked a couple and we asked the kids to pick a couple. This, so far, has made the ordeal of making a decision […]

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The Waterfront Restaurant …

We took my Mum with us on holiday this year, and we made the most of it. I gave her a weeks notice for babysitting and the hubby and I got on our glad rags and headed out for some much needed couple time. We walked almost the length of the Esplanade trying to find somewhere to eat. The first place we stopped out was a no go. Firstly it was empty, secondly there was a dog in the main restaurant. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a doggie hater but hot slobbery Labrador ouders while you’re trying to have […]

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One to tell the grandkids …

Sometimes making memories isn’t pretty. At the time you feel aghast and dumbfounded, there are literally no words that pass your lips other than “I am so sorry!” At the beginning of this year we were battling red numbers on bank accounts and a seeming never ending bombardment of unexpected bills. My budgeting spreadsheets made me groan out loud as I loaded in our living expenses and my hands frequently held my head as I tried to come to terms with our financial chaos. As far as the eye could see those red numbers were there, with no end in […]

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