San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California and known for its beaches, parks and warm weather. San Diego is definitely on my ‘hit list’ of places I want to visit some day because it has so much to offer in the form of art galleries, museums and gardens. If we ever do visit this wonderful city, I’d love to go with a big group of extended family and friends and hire out one of many gorgeous San Diego mansions. If a job’s worth doing, right?!

One of the things that appeals to me most about San Diego (and California in general) is that there are so many wonderful places to visit with kids. Here I’ve compiled a list of 5 places I’d love to visit with my children, in and around San Diego. Read more...

It’s World Book Day today and Jasmine has bounced into pre-school dressed as Lily Bobtail looking utterly adorable (and a little too grown up for my liking!) She loves the Peter Rabbit books and TV show so I wasn’t remotely surprised when she asked to be Lily for WBD.

Over the last few years, Jasmine has acquired a large amount of children’s books and until recently they were stored inside a disintegrating cardboard box. It wasn’t the home that those well-loved books deserved so we were super thankful when Kiddies Kingdom got in touch with us to see if we would like to review the Tidy Books box. Read more...

Oh dear, I did so well in my first two weeks of my ‘no spend month’ and then, well, Week 3 happened. This last week has not been very good at all, my willpower buckled (damn you, cute baby clothes) and I also had to pay out for other things that couldn’t be helped – more on that in the minute.

Despite having a disappointing week, I’m prepared to draw a line under it and get back on track for the last week of the month. There’s still money to be saved and scrimping to be done. Read more...

In April 2016 we took our first trip abroad as a family of three. We spent hours and hours scouring the internet in order to find the perfect location for us. Somewhere warm but not too hot. A flight that wasn’t too long. Somewhere that offered us beautiful beaches, a place to relax but also enough things to keep us entertained. In the end we settled on Lanzarote, I’d been before as teenager and absolutely loved it. I couldn’t wait to go back with my little family!

Jasmine had just turned two-years-old (literally, the day before we flew out to Lanzarote). Needless to say, the three-and-a-bit hour flights were, ahem, ‘interesting’. Travelling with a toddler was never going to be completely stress-free but it couldn’t have been that bad because we’re now planning our next trip abroad… and this time with two littles in tow! Read more...

If your interested in why I’m having a ‘no spend month’ then check out my original post here.

If you want to see how I did in Week One then click here.

I’m posting this weekly diary a bit later than planned but here’s how my second ‘no spend’ week went…

Day 8. 

I had a study day at home today so was mostly focused on doing my coursework. However, my sweet tooth got the better of me because when I picked J up from pre-school, I nipped into the corner shop to buy a packet of Cadbury Mini Eggs! Read more...