Kitting us out for summer – a little wishlist

With summer here and holidays just around the corner, I’ve been busy kitting the five of us out with new summer wardrobes. It can get pretty expensive, especially as the girls get bigger – when they were little it was easy to pass clothes down from one to the next. Now though, they all have their own taste/style and don’t always like what gets passed down to them! Miss Kiki especially knows what she likes and is very particular! I also loathe shopping – I never used to, but these days, have to drag four kids around endless shops, trying to find what we need that fits with our budget – that holds absolultely no appeal to me at all! I do love a bargain though, so will force myself to the shops when it’s sale time. Thankfully, I just came across a site called Love the Sales that lets me search all of the sales in one place – and from the comfort of my own home! My idea of heaven! After a little browsing, I’ve whittled my wishlist down a little… here are my top six bargains for me and the kids! 1| ZigZag maxi skirt 2|Scotch &…

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Recipe | 3 easy summer cocktails with Hayman’s Gin

Long summer days, sat in the garden, watching the kids play, catching up with friends. BBq-ing for dinner {again] and enjoying the slower pace of life that summer often brings. Sounds perfect, right?! All you need is long, cold cocktail to sip through the afternoon! Hayman’s Gin has three delicious {and easy} summer cocktail recipes for you to try. Perfect for sipping in the garden, around the pool {or even in the bath!}. The first one is my favourite…. Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz I N G R E D I E N T S * 50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin * 20ml lime juice * 10ml sugar syrup or Grenadine * 4-8 fresh raspberries or raspberry syrup * Ginger Ale to top with * Lime wheel and fresh raspberries to garnish M E T H O D Fill a highball glass with plenty of large cubes of ice. Set aside the ginger ale and garnish, and combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker with the ice, shake well. Double strain into the highball allowing the liquid to run over the ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries Hayman’s Lavender Lady I N G R…

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Top ten essentails for camping at a festival

After our first family camping trip of the year a few weeks ago, we’re all eager to go again. I just wish I could drive so we could go more often – we’re dependant on lifts as our tent plus all we need is not easy to manage on a train/bus! Still – we have a couple of festivals planned, plus one other camp over the summer. We just upgraded our air beds to Colemen Durarest ones, we tested them out on a sleepover in our playroom{!!} and they were so much comfier than our old ones, I’m thinking they’ll make a big difference when we’re in the middle of a field! As much as I love camping, I do like a few creature comforts – and a comfy bed is one of them. Without sleep I am a very grumpy bee! These air beds are tougher than usual {essential with the whole kids/field combo} whilst being lighter – fab as we usually seem to take the whole house with us and it gets a bit heavy to carry! I also loved that they have a built in carry bag, making packing it away and carrying it so much simpler.…

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Birthdays, Christmas and the pressure to spend, spend, spend

One of daughter’s kindly told me this morning, whilst I was drinking my first coffee of the day, that there are 21 weeks until Christmas. Yikes! Queue all round panic. Every year I say I’m going to start saving for the following Christmas as soon as one is done, yet somehow it never happens {mainly because my budget is so tight}. It’s easy to get to October time and panic about the impending expense that Christmas has become. I’m determined this year to really reign it in. Last year I didn’t go all out, the kids had the things they asked for, but whereas in the past I’ve gone crazy on buying extra things I see tahat I know they’ll love {which really mounts up the ££££}, last year I didn’t do that. I’m planning on doing the same again – buy the main presents that they have asked for, a few things for their stockings and that is enough – they all end up with a mountain of gifts from freinds and family as well and it easily gets out of hand. Interestingly, https://swiftmoney.com/ have been looking at trends of spending around calendar holidays, and they found that 52%…

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Organising life with Rattan Direct

Over the last nine months, I’ve been doing lots of redecorating and reorganizing of my home {including our den space and Kiki’s bedroom}, making the space work for us, as well as feel more relaxed and happy now we’re a family of five. We’ve also made quite a few changes to our daily routine, which resulted in me moving things around the house to fit us better. Since we moved our craft space to the den, we also took out the table in the playroom where the girls used to sit to work. Now we tend to gather around the kitchen table as it’s a central zone, meaning I needed to move books, morning books, pens, etc into the kitchen so they were easily accessible. I had been using an old metal rack, which did the job alright, though wasn’t really perfect and looked a mess if I’m honest! Well, I’ve finally swapped that metal rack for this gorgeous storage rack from Rattan Direct. It is gorgeous, adds character and really transformed the look of my kitchen. Rattan Direct products are generally aimed at the conservatory {they have some gorgeous corner sofas – if only I had a conservatory!}, but it looks…

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