Having just returned from our 13th trip to Center Parcs, I wanted to share parts of our holiday that work really well for us. One thing that we always do on our holiday is hire a Center Parcs Cabana, which are located in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. We have hired a cabana at Whinfell for the past 3 years, and it has really enhanced the time we have spent in the swimming complex. So if you are asking yourself whether is it worth booking a cabana at Center Parcs, read on.

Center Parcs Cabana

How do you book a Center Parcs cabana

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Another month gone in the blink of an eye, and time for me to sit down and focus on my Little Loves for the past month. November is the month when Christmas starts to creep in, and of course I have had my first mince pie of the season. I am sure I will be indulging in a few more before the 25th December.

Costa Mince Pie

Read

I have read a good mix of books this month, and I’m really into reading at the moment. Everybody seems to be talking about This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay, so when I … Continue reading

The £10 Christmas is back again, and I can’t believe it’s 8 years since we started it. I have not mentioned it on the blog for the past few years, but with the festive season about to begin, I thought I would let newer readers know what it is.

The £10 Christmas

What is the £10 Christmas

The £10 Christmas is the budget that the husband and I set every Christmas for each other. We started it 8 years ago, when we decided we would rather put our money towards Christmas days out, and festive breaks away with the kids. Now that … Continue reading

There is no getting away from the fact that Christmas is well and truly on the horizon, and whilst you won’t find me putting my tree up before the middle of December, one thing that I like to be is organised. The kids have presented me with their lists, one via whatsapp, and one via the good old traditional method of pen and paper, and the buying for the kids has commenced.

Unique Christmas Gift Guide

But friends and family don’t tend to come with a list, so I may have to get my thinking cap on. Over the past few weeks, I have … Continue reading

Nowadays, increasing numbers of people are opting to rent for longer periods of time. This makes sense in many ways, as people don’t want to be tied down until they have a reason to create stability and consistency in their lives. Something that does this? Having children.

Finding the best home for you and your family

Once you have little ones, chances are that you will want to invest in a more permanent home if you can. Not only will this ensure that they can grow up in the same space, rather than moving around regularly, but it also ensures that you have something to leave to them in Continue reading

Beanies Coffee review

I heard of Beanies Coffee a few months ago in my Slimming World class, and I was kindly sent 4 of the flavours to review. After trying them for the past few days I absolutely love them all, and really can not pick out a favourite. So I thought I would share some reasons why you need to try Beanie Coffee for yourself.

Beanies Coffee review

How many calories are in Beanies Coffee ?

Each serving has 2 calories. Yep 2 teeny tiny calories in each cup of coffee.

Is Beanies Coffee Syn Free on Slimming World ?

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Sticking to your budget this Christmas

Sticking to your budget this Christmas

If you’re dreading January already, the credit card bills, the scrimping and saving for Christmas, then now is the time to do something about it. You don’t have to accept Christmas debt, you can take steps to create and stick to a sensible budget for this coming festive period.

Work out how much you are going to spend

Think about everything you’ll have at your disposal. This includes the points balances on loyalty cards, unused vouchers, and stamp schemes if you’ve been using any. And of course your salary. When you’ve totted everything … Continue reading

Last Saturday night we were invited to try out the menu at a local pub in Warrington. The Ring O’Bells is a completely new pub to us, and is located on Church Street on the outskirts of Warrington town centre. Despite its close proximity to the centre of town, the pub is nestled next to a beautiful church on a cobbled side street, and the pub itself is a listed building.

Open Fire

After going through a refurbishment in 2017, the pub has retained many of it’s features such as an open fire and traditional beams, which gives the pub a warm … Continue reading

*This post does contain pictures of the full contents of the Smiggle 2018 calendar* 

I have no idea how it is time to start thinking about Christmas already, but the 1st of December is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing…… Advent Calendars.

Smiggle Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars are hugely popular, and once again my daughter has been tasked with the very important job of reviewing one of the calendars from Smiggle. We reviewed the 2017 calendar, and it was by far my most popular blog post of last year. Whilst many adults and children prefer the secrecy of what … Continue reading

Many of you will know that we had an amazing family holiday to Mexico in the summer holidays. A holiday that saw us returning with healthy glows, cases of holiday washing, and hundreds of photos stored on my iPhone. I am sure we are all guilty of sharing those carefully selected holiday shots on social media, but how can we keep our holiday memories alive ?

Keeping Holiday Memories alive with Tesco Photo

Thankfully Tesco Photo came along at just the right time, and they gave us the opportunity to try out their photo printing and personalised gifts service. I must admit I didn’t even know that … Continue reading