#TestYourTreads – making sure your car tires are safe and legal

I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to start learning to drive in the coming new year, it would make such a huge difference to have a car of my own and be able to get us all places. I’m starting to think about all the responsibilities that come with driving and owning a car. One being tyre safety. Being able to check your tyres are safe and legal yourself could really help save you lots of money {as well as ensure you’re safer on the roads} According to Michelin, 36% of UK drivers have dangerously under-inflated tyres – or to look at it another way, two-thirds of the cars they checked were rolling on sub-standard tyres. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which administers the MoT test, more than a third of MoTs are failed and in half of cases it’s because of a minor issue that the owner could have sorted themselves. Tyre Plus are currently running a #TestYourTreads campaign to encourage people to ensure they have safe and legal tires. Checking your tyres every couple of weeks is a great habit to get into, here are a few tips to help: * Start before you drive anywhere…

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Homeschooling | Our year plans 2017-2018

This post has been sat waiting for me to write for the past four weeks. I actually made our plans for this coming ‘school’ year right back at the beginning of the summer, then when September came we really struggled to put summer behind us and return to our usual rhythms. We figured we’d hold on until the Good LIfe Experience in the middle of September, that came and went and all of a sudden it’s October already?! In truth, I felt a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of having a little more structure to our days, after the long, lazy summer we’ve enjoyed. Add to that my eldest coming back out of school again, and suddenly having a GCSE student at home, and another person to think about what they’re going to be learning for and it was all a bit much. Anyway. This week we are back on track, so I thought I’d finally sit down and share what we’re planning for this coming year. We don’t do ‘school at home’ but nor do we fall into the unschooling camp. We’ve tried both, and what works best for us, as a family as well as individuals is a…

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Review | Chicco Balance Bike from Kiddies Kingdom

The kids love getting out on their bikes, there is a park just around the corner from us that’s perfect for a ride around. Beastie loves tagging along and joining in, from being about one he’d follow behind on his toddlebike, though he still loves it, it’s a bit small for him now, and he’d been using the girls old wooden balance bike which had really seen better days! He was SUPER excited to be offered this Chicco Yellow Thunder Balance Bike to review from Kiddies Kingdom to test out. Kiddies Kingdom sells everything from pushchairs to car seats to kids furniture right down to toys.  Every single day he asked if it was the day his ‘yeyyow bike’ would come, when it did I’ve never seen anyone quite so excitable! The bike was easy to put together {and quick thankfully – impatient toddler alert!}, and Beastie loved helping me add the stickers to it. It’s aimed at 2-5-year-olds so I’m hoping it will last him a year or two {he’s tall for his age, and in 4-5 clothing already at not quite 3}. Made from ultra-light metal for easy use – which also comes in handy when you end up carrying…

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Embracing Autumn

  As much as I’m a warm weather gal, living for the summer and sunshine on my skin, there’s something magical in the air that calls to me as September eases into October. Those cold, crisp mornings, when the sunlight shines through the dew on the windows and I start my day sitting on the back step, hot tea in hand, wrapped in a cosy blanket. The changing colours around us. Piles of leaves just calling out to be jumped in. The golden light in the evening as the sun sets. The treasures to be found on our daily walks. Years of new school years beginning in Autumn, this time of year always makes me feel like it’s time a for new starts. After the unhurried, unstructured days of summer, September always seems to be a fight to get back into our ‘normal’ rhythms. By the time October comes around, we’ve said farewell to summer and are ready to embrace the coming seasons. It’s not quite light now when I rise around half six, so I pad downstairs, flick the kettle on, brew some earl grey, wrap a blanket over my shoulders and sit outside. Sipping slowly, listening to the world…

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Friday Finds

Holy guacamole! I thought Friday was never going to come this week… seriously, by Tuesday I was done. Not sure how I’ve made it through the rest of the week to be honest. Since we got back from the Good LIfe Experience, I’ve felt a bit out of sorts. Anxious and stressed… the return to a more ‘normal’ routine after a lazy summer perhaps, and the feeling of needing to DO IT ALL. Been trying to take deep breaths and remember i don’t have to be superwoman. Aaaaanyway…. I have a whole load of posts I’ve been meaning to write and share, this week I’d planned to get back on the blogging train. That didn’t happen, but maybe next week it will…. so for now, here’s a little round up of good stuff I’ve found over the last few weeks. 25 inexpensive ways to keep your kids busy when they’re bored – LOVE these! This post on How to Parent a Picky Eater Without Losing Your Mind is great, as the parent of a very picky eater as well as a former picky eater myself I’d say this advice is spot on. Apparently the Dutch raise the happiest children –…

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