• My brother is one of the people I admire most in the world. I don't admire his bank account (okay, maybe a bit ;-)), and I don't admire his career. I admire his self belief and powers of visualisation.

    Visualisation Ain’t for Me…

    My brother is one of the people I admire most in the world. As a kid, he harnessed the power of visualisation. As young as 5, he would set his mind on something and nearly always achieve it. Whether it was saving up his pennies (literally coppers) for months until he had enough for the toy he’d been coveting, or scrounging wood from skips to build some contraption he’d been dreaming up, he did it. Like lots of kids his age, he believed he could do anything.   The big difference with him was that he believed it – like really believed it – and then let nothing get in…

  • Whether you're trying to save money, shave inches off your waist, or even both, using a weekly meal planner is one of the best ways to make a quick start.

    This Weekly Meal Planner will Revolutionise Your Home

    If you haven’t already heard, meal planning is big news right now. You’ve probably seen or heard meal planning being talked about in various places. Whether you’re trying to save money, shave inches off your waist, or even both, using a weekly meal planner is one of the best ways to make a quick start.   I’ve been meal planning for a few years now, and if I’m entirely honest the idea of stepping foot in a supermarket without a plan feels like total craziness to me, despite spending years doing just that. No plan usually means totally blowing the budget and filling the trolley with junk. It almost always…

  • Whatever your reason for wanting to save money, the best way to save money is to start by getting your income and expenses written down somewhere.

    Take Control of Your Money This Year + FREE Epic Monthly Budget & Savings Calculator

    These days we live on a pretty tight budget. We’re not flat broke by any stretch of the imagination, but when I gave up my career to be with the kids full time we gave up the lifestyle that went with my fairly substantial salary, and had to find the best way to save money on everyday living. I was the main breadwinner for a long time, and we were fortunate to live more than comfortably. So comfortably, in fact, that when I look back now I kind of cringe at how much we used to spend on pointless things, and how bad I was at managing our finances. We…

  • The ordering process with My Name Tags is fab, and you completely design your own stickers from scratch. I let Amelia design hers, and she had so much fun choosing

    Getting Ready for School with My Name Tags & WIN A Set for Yourself!

    I’m really forgetful. Like really forgetful. And also clumsy, a bit club footed, and a total butter fingers. It’s a wonder I’ve never actually dropped or forgotten one of the kids tbh. My phone on the other hand…   For a long time Amelia got into the habit of asking me every time we left the house if I’d forgotten anything (I usually had) and it was actually a huge help. These days, though, she’s about as forgetful as me, and she’s stopped asking. Which is probably only fair seeing as that’s most likely supposed to be my job as her mother.   Almost every time I pick her up…

  • It might not be work in the traditional sense, but I've found my work life balance. Blogging is time consuming, and I definitely work just as hard as I did when I was working full time. But it's on my terms. What I'm passionate about has certainly changed, and blogging is most definitely a fantastic addition to my life.

    I Found a Work Life Balance…

    Finding a work life balance has meant really thinking about what we want from life. It’s meant working out what’s more important; money or time. Maybe in 2018 it shouldn’t mean that, but unfortunately it has for us. Finding a work life balance for me, ultimately meant walking away from traditional work. Tweet this image Tweet #MamasWorkLifeBalance I went back to work full time running a busy retail business when Amelia was 7 months old, and it was nearly impossible. Being a Mum hadn’t changed who I was, and I loved my job as much as I had before she was born. I hadn’t changed as a person, but something…