Monthly Archives: October 2015

Travellers Joy Hungry Horse Review

Yesterday, we were invited along to our local Hungry Horse (the Traveller’s Joy in Rayleigh) to take a look at the new menu and have a family meal. We took my mother in law with us again, just like last year, so that we could see how it suited three generations of the family, and I have to say, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Parking upon our arrival was a tricky affair …

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The Rising Cost of Funerals

The Rising Cost of Funerals

This time of year always has us thinking about slightly upsetting things as two family members have passed away in October of previous years. Thinking about losing family members always makes me feel introspective and often makes me think about the practicalities of dying, such as writing a will and the cost of funerals. SunLife has put together an infographic which shows the average cost of a basic funeral in different parts of the country …

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Our Favourite Halloween Crafts

Our Favourite Halloween Crafts

Sausage is a huge fan of Halloween. In fact, just the other day, she told me that Halloween was actually her favourite, ahead of Christmas; if a kid chooses something ahead of a holiday which involves copious amounts of presents, you know it’s serious! I do my best to indulge her love of Halloween with costumes and pumpkins and a yearly viewing of Ghostbusters, but this year the goalposts have changed. This year, we’re living …

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Five Tips to Help You Care for an Asthmatic Child

If you have never suffered with asthma yourself or have never been close to somebody who does, learning that your child has asthma can be something that is quite scary. However, with the help of your child’s healthcare providers, you can ensure that you deal with your child’s condition in the best possible way, even if you have never experienced a similar situation before. One of the most efficient ways to keep control of your …

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Review: Little Dish – My First Pizza

Review: Little Dish – My First Pizza

Burrito Baby is a really good eater these days and since we’ve discovered that she can now have dairy, she happily eats things with normal cheese without any issues and is a huge fan of pizza. So when Little Dish got in touch and asked if we’d like to be some of the first people to try their brand new range of pizzas, My First Pizza, aimed at toddlers, we jumped at the chance. Here’s …

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Recipe – Special Spring Greens with Mediterranean Chicken and Rice (650cal)

Recipe – Special Spring Greens with Mediterranean Chicken and Rice (650cal)

It’s not often that I do anything special, in culinary terms. I mean, sure, I can cook and I do alright for Husband and the girls, but we often have quite samey food and my repertoire isn’t what you’d call massive or adventurous. However, last night, we had a dinner that was one of the tastiest things I’ve eaten on ages, a little bit different to what we usually eat and came in at just …

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Sicily with children: Tips and Activities

Sicily with children: Tips and Activities

Sicily is one of the favorite destinations for travelers who tag along their kids with them. This is because of the abundance of available activities that can accommodate children of all ages. Aside from the nature parks and archaeological sites to visit, waterparks and adventure parks abound to keep the entire family happy. Here are some tips and activities suited for a family holiday in Sicily. Stay in a charming villa in the countryside or …

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Pressure off your purse strings: 8 ways to save annually on your energy bills

Pressure off your purse strings: 8 ways to save annually on your energy bills

Looking for ways to trim the fat on your energy bills so you can save yourself a chunk of dosh? Here are eight ideas to cut your annual energy costs by up to £185, so you can live just that little bit extra. Play the field No, not dating – but scouting out a cracking deal to take the pressure off your purse strings. Despite the totally exotic ‘summer’ this year (the amount of rain …

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Moving Out of Our Comfort Zone #makeaswitch

As you’ll know if you follow me on Facebook, my family and I have recently moved house and we’ve been asked, by M&S Bank, to tell you all about it as part of their ‘Make a Switch’ campaign. They say that moving house is one of the top 5 most stressful things a family can do which is why, when we moved house back in March, we had intended to make it a continuing thing …

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Junior Disco and a Whole New Challenge

Junior Disco and a Whole New Challenge

Ah, Sausage. My lovely little disco queen. Not a single school disco has come along that she hasn’t wanted to go to and we have kind of a pact whereby I help out at all of the discos that she goes to, so this Friday evening will be spent supervising a couple of hundred kids while they eat their body weight in e-numbers and jump up and down on the spot to Bruno Mars and …

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