Birthday Presents for the Little Readings

It’s Little Man’s first birthday in a few weeks time, and then it’s Boo’s 4th birthday at the start of October. I’m making plans for their days, and we’re already booked into Alton Towers’ Splash Landings hotel for Boo’s birthday, as I mentioned in a previous post, though we’re still undecided about what to do …

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Boo’s First Sports Day

Yesterday we were invited along to Boo’s nursery for her first ever sports day. As it was such a momentous occasion, the husband had the day off work so that he could join us. It was non-competitive, and just for the nursery and reception class. We arrived at 2pm, to collect her and take her …

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Our Garden Re-Design – a project underway

I want to make changes to our garden. Quite big changes. I see this as the start of a project that, hopefully, we’ll finish by the start of next summer. I thought I’d share with you our progress over the coming months, not only on the garden itself, but also on my knowledge and enthusiasm …

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Our First Visit to Legoland

As part of our Sun holiday to Hoburne Cotswold, we decided as we were closer to Windsor than our house is, to go to Legoland. Cue much excitement in our house – and Boo was pretty happy about it, too! Now, being thrifty,  I logged into my Tesco clubcard account, and discovered that for a …

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Which of the Mr Men are you?

We read lots and lots of children’s books here, and so they tend to work their way into everyday lives, as the characters come alive for us and we find ourselves able to recite the stories pretty much verbatim! Julia Donaldson is a huge hit with both Boo and Little Man, and we also love …

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My Weekly Planner

I’m getting organised! Or better organised, I should really say. Now, I am a naturally organised person. The type with a family organiser calendar (and the type who is really happy to receive said organiser as a Christmas gift..!), where it has reminders such as ‘worm dog’, ‘wash Dyson filter’, ‘descale washing machine’ every few …

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Our Tesco Clubcard Buys

In my bid to be thrifty, I’m always looking to get treats for the children for as little as I can. I like them to still have lovely days out to enjoy, and nice presents when it’s birthday time, but not that cost the earth. Especially as they’re still young and so aren’t yet at …

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I’m Knitting!

I’ve recently taken up knitting. My mum is surprised and delighted. So why the surprise? My mum is one of those ‘traditional’ mums. She knits, bakes, sews, loves gardening and DIY – be it wallpapering, tiling, shelving, reupholstering – she’ll do it! And she’s good at all of the above. Me? Not so much..! But …

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Tips for Getting The Best Mortgage Advice

As you may know, my life before kids was in financial services, covering lots of areas and products, but specialising in mortgages and related insurances. I was a co-creator in deciding how mortgage advice was given across our branch network, and then coached, managed and supervised the advisors to deliver it. So I know what …

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Our Stay at Hoburne Cotswold

We’re back from a lovely few days away in the Cotswolds. It was one of our Sun holidays, and I’d say one of our best. We all enjoyed it, the park and caravan were brilliant and it definitely helped that the weather was good – lovely change and pleasant surprise! We stayed at Hoburne Cotswold, …

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The Sun Holidays – Tips for Booking the Best Breaks

Right, I’m assuming whether you love them, hate them of are indifferent to them, you have at least heard of them. Collect tokens in the Sun newspaper, get a cheap holiday. Simple. Since our SAHM decision, these have been our holidays – a huge departure from our life before kids – think Venice, Paris, New …

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Readings Read

I’m a reader. I love books. I’ve always preferred burying my head in a book to pretty much any other pastime. When I was growing up and my family loved getting out on their bikes, playing various sports and expending pointless (in my view) energy, I’d be happily snuggled up somewhere with my book. Perhaps …

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Fuller’s Earth Cream Review

This is one of my earliest blog posts, simply because I am that enthusiastic about this product! ‘What is it?’ I hear you cry. The latest gadget, fab toy, brilliant day out? Nope, it’s a cream for nappy rash. This is hands down the BEST nappy rash solution that we have ever used. It turned …

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The Present Hoard

Today I’ve added another goodie to the present hoard. I love my little present store! It’s an easy way to spread the cost of gift buying, grab things when they’re on offer and ensure I’m organised and prepared! Little Man’s first birthday is in September and Boo’s is October, and presents for both are sorted. …

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Hello!

Hi and welcome to my blog. I’m a mum of two – a daughter born Oct 2009 and a baby boy, born Sep 2012. They’ll be known as Boo and Little Man here. We also live with the husband and a very lazy dog, and together, we’re the Readings. When Boo was 10 months old, …

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