Author: Jen

Simple Ways to Make Money Online

With a young family to support, finding ways to save and, more importantly, make money is always at the top of my to-do list.  Making money online is one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost a household income.  I have tried a number of things in the past; here are some that have worked for me: Setting up a blog – If you have something to say and are looking for a platform, setting up a blog could be the way to go.  Making money in this way takes time, effort, patience and tenacity; it certainly won’t become a profitable business overnight.  This means that you really need to start by being keen to write about things that interest you.  This could be parenting, travel, arts and crafts, anything really – if you are passionate about your subject, the readers, and subsequently the financial rewards, will follow in due course. Being a secret shopper – sign up to a secret shopping agency and regular opportunities to undertake assignments will drop into your inbox.  It …

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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

3 Benefits of Gardening

Gardening can enhance many different aspects of life for different people; for some, it’s an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise, others may use it as a social tool (allotments lend themselves to this aspect rather nicely).  In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about encouraging children to grow their own food to educate and promote healthy lifestyle choices; this also comes under the gardening bracket.  Here are three major benefits of gardening: Health benefits The physical health benefits of gardening have been publicised at length for a number of years now, and are just as relevant as ever, while the mental health benefits are lesser known. Gardening is proven to lower stress levels, which can aid sleep, reduce the effects of anxiety and depression and can even help lower the risk of dementia by 36%! Saving money Growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs can save a lot of money and is also a healthier option as you know exactly what you’re eating.  Cooking from scratch is a great way of …

Camping with Kids – the Essentials

Camping with kids can initially sound like a crazy thing to even attempt; I mean, several days spent in the countryside with zero screen time, a bed filled only with air, reduced meal options and potentially questionable facilities – why would you? Well, it’s cheap and cheerful, for starters, and there are a thousand stunning places to explore in the UK alone.  Getting back to nature is proven to help children learn and focus, lots of fresh air means they are more than ready for bed at bedtime, and spending quality time as a family, without the distractions that are abundant at home, provides an excellent opportunity to bond as a unit. To make the whole camping process run as smoothly as possible, it is important to do like the Scouts and be very well prepared.  Here, I have collated a number of essential items as well as a few extras that can make a whole World of difference: SLEEPING A good night’s sleep, I’m sure we can all agree, is a must for any …

End of Term Teacher Gift Ideas

In a fortnight’s time, my chicks will be back in the nest for the summer; a notion that fills me with equal measures of warmth and dread.  For now, though, their days are marked by reports and sports days and special assemblies and choir practices.  This means that there is not much time left to source a special teacher gift.  Now, you may not buy gifts for your child’s teacher, and that’s fine, but definitely hang around as some of the items I’ve found are great for other occasions too.  And if you do like to send along a token of your appreciation on the last day of term, and you’ve yet to find a suitable offering this year, I’ve found a handful of beauties.  I’ll start with the gifts I’ve chosen for the teachers of my own children and finish off with a few other gems. Personalised Wine Label from Milabel (Etsy) These labels are one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made online and their appeal never dulls.  I’ve bought two of these this year – one for my …