Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Getting On The Property Ladder As A First Time Buyer

Guest Post. 

Everyone knows buying a home is a highly problematic process in this day and age. If it isn't the deposit that takes years to save for, it's the mortgages and getting approved for one in the first place. 

Luckily there are ways to find a home that is perfect for you and at a price that doesn't mean huge expenses. 

keys in a front door


How To Encourage Your Teenager To Save More

Guest Post 

Regardless of how old you are saving money can be tough, But, it is particularly difficult when you are a teenager. At that stage of your life, there is so much you want to do and see. The chances are that if you leave them to their own devices they will end up spending an awful lot of money. Buying the latest gadgets and clothes is not cheap. 

It is all too easy for teenagers to lose control of their finances and end up with debts that may take many years to clear. So, teaching them how to keep control of their spending is vitally important. Here are a few suggestions to help you to do exactly that. 

teenager writing in a notebook, ipad and earphones on desk

Thursday, 14 November 2019

What Parents Of Teenagers Need To Know About TikTok

Disclosure: This is an advertorial post in partnership with TikTok, however, all words and opinions are my own. 

 Have you heard of the popular app TikTok? As a parent to a 17-year-old, I certainly have as my teenage daughter has been a fan for a while. However, I thought it was an app where you made music videos - but I was wrong. TikTok is much more than that and I have to admit since downloading the app, I am now a fan myself.

TikTok app logo

What is TikTok? 


Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Things I Loved October 2019

October is normally one of my favourite months as I love autumn, the kids get a week off for half-term and it is my eldest's birthday month and we had some lovely things planned. However things did not go to plan as most of the month was hit with illness, meaning October was a bit rubbish if I am honest. I bore the brunt of it and have had the most horrific sickness bug followed by a bad chest which has resulted in me feeling very run-down and sorry for myself for the past three weeks. I was so ill I even missed my teens birthday and I have been feeling all of the mam guilt for that. 

This month I struggled thinking of the things that I have loved this month as so much of the month was taking up with illness and so many things got cancelled. Anyway, we still had some nice moments so here is a look at some of the things I loved in October 2019. 

bowl of chicken tikka curry with boiled rice, nan and mango chutney


Sunday, 10 November 2019

Finding The Perfect Christmas Gifts For Children


Now that it is November everyone's thoughts are turning to Christmas, the shops are playing festive tunes and they have their decorations up and children are starting to visit Santa and send off their Christmas lists. I know that my own children are getting super excited already and are on a countdown to December the 25th. But like a lot of people, I am struggling with what to buy the other children in the family as let's face it buying toys for other kids can be pretty hard work, you don't want to buy something they already have or something they might not like. So I was interested in reading this article The Secret Life Of Toy Designers to find out what makes Christmas toys a hit, give it a read if you are looking for some inspiration on what to buy the children in your family this year. 

As a mam of three with 17 years worth of present buying and Christmases under my belt, I thought that I would share some of my tips with you for buying Christmas gifts for children. 
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