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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Money, Money, Money

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 25-09-2013

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Did you know its under 100 days to Christmas? In fact as of today its just 90 days away. Scary thought isn’t it? Just a few months to go before the big day, and before parents up and down the country reach breaking point as they try to figure out how to pay for presents and food and new clothes and everything else that comes with that most wonderful time of the year. We’re all well aware of the ideas of starting early, spreading the costs, being more organised, but to be fair I suspect most of us are just far too busy to begin thinking about Christmas before November. Every year around the start of December I start thinking “Gosh I’ll be better organised next year…” or “I’ll start buying presents / cards / wrapping paper in the January sales…” or “I’ll make an effort to discover a savings account option which will help me afford Christmas…” but I never do. Instead I will no doubt find Christmas creeping up on me at the start of December and realise I’ve achieved nothing.

Its just all so expensive isn’t it? I know, its not about the money its the family togetherness and all that good stuff, but even gathering your family around for Christmas lunch can be pricey. Turkey and all the trimmings, a few bottles of wines and perhaps something fizzy, the endless eating that goes on after the big day with nibbles and chocolates and selection boxes. And then there’s the presents. Little Man is usually a pretty cheap person to buy for because I do forward plan his gifts a little and there might be sales purchases, or competition prizes, or review items he’s used for a week or so and put down again that I’ve proceeded to hide until December. Being 3 has its advantages in that respect. But there’s still parents and grandparents and Daddy’s numerous siblings to think about. Plus if we want to visit the in laws during the festive break there’s the petrol costs of driving to and from Birmingham and things to do whilst we’re there. It all adds up.

I really think next year I’m going to be organised. No really. I’m going to get cards and gift wrap in the January sales and keep my eyes open for bargains in the sales. What I should really look into though is learning about the benefits of an ISA. Get myself a quality tax free savings account that I pop a little bit into every month and use that to pay for food and last minutes gifts next December. I also think lists will definitely be my saving grace. Lists of people to buy for, lists of things to make and bake, lists of where we are when and with who. Now I just need to find time to do it all. Wish me luck!


Guest Post: Top Tips For Storing Away Your Kiddie Clutter

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Home & Lifestyle | Posted on 22-09-2013

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Kids can be great to have around – they often bring out your more youthful and fun side. However, they’re also quite messy. Whether it’s toys, clothes, books or shoes, there’s always clutter in a family home.

I know the feeling. I can’t make it from the kitchen to the living room without tripping over a jigsaw puzzle.

If you’re fed up of your adult space looking more like a day care centre, you need to get clever with your storage. There are some fairly simple ways to ensure your kids have everything they need, without it being strewn all over the floor.

Modular shelving

Instead of the usual bookshelf, why not create a modular unit that’s specifically designed for your little one’s bedroom? Whether it’s to hold toys, books or other bits and bobs – it will ensure that everything has a place.

Window seat

Clever storage solutions use the space you already have. I’ve got a gorgeous bay sash window in my living room, so as well as being the perfect place to relax, it also stores anyway anything I don’t want to see. Just lift up the padding for a secret junk hideaway.

School lockers

Upcycling is the next big interior design craze, so why not give their bedroom an edge with some repurposed school lockers. They’ll look really cool, add to the design and mean that they’ve got somewhere to stash their textbooks at the weekend.

Colour-coded bins

While those rectangular plastic boxes are good for storing things away, they’re not particularly attractive. Instead of the usual clear ones, why not find some coloured bins – like the rubber ones for the garden. You’ll be able to use the colours as a way to organise what goes where too.

Living in a house full of messy kids can sometimes be an absolute nightmare, but you wouldn’t have it any other way. To ensure that you don’t lose your marbles the next time you stand on a toy in bare feet – provide your kids with plenty of storage.

Remember, storage doesn’t have to be unattractive. Use your imagination and get creative!