Tuesday, 23 May 2017

10 Ways to Save Money Fast

Trying to take control of spending, saving for something new, or trying to build a reserve fund can seem such a daunting task.  But, like most things in life, it's just a case of baby steps towards a big goal.  Just take one step and you'll be on the way to achieving your financial goal in no time.  Here are our top ways to save money today, right now.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Weekly Meal Plan #12

Back to normal this week after our holiday, so I'll be grabbing a large bag of chilli out of the freezer when we get home on Monday, then biding our time till Sainsbury's bring the necessary on Tuesday morning!  Planning lots of salads, make ahead and laidback, easy food this week; early summer and the living (cooking) is easy!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Balcony Gardening: May 2017

Working with Homebase to revive our neglected balcony has inspired me to revive our monthly gardening posts.  I hope you enjoy seeing what we manage fit into our 1m x 4m south-facing balcony.  Even with its weather ups and downs, May is all about the early summer colour with lots of beautiful blooms.  This Aquilegia is just stunning.

Friday, 19 May 2017

10 Ways Your Cat Says "I Love You"

Cats have an unfounded reputation as disloyal, perfidious creatures who live alongside us simply because a bowl of food turns up fairly regularly.  They are reputed to be standoffish, overly independent and difficult to understand.  Recent research has suggested that cats have a long-term memory of at least a decade, and animal behaviourists are gaining new understanding of their actions all the time.  The truth is cats are independent creatures with their own thoughts and opinions on what is and isn't acceptable; we humans just have to put up with it!  But do they actually love us?  Well, if you think your cat doesn't care, think again.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Go Green: 40 Steps to a Sustainable Life (That Will Also Save You Money)

The more we hear about climate change, global warming, endangered species and environmental damage, the more overwhelming it feels.  What can we actually do?  Charity donations, political action and direct action are fantastic of course, but all of us can do more on a daily basis to 'go green'.  Not sure where to start?  As the adage goes, every journey begins with a single step, so here are 40 ways you can begin to create a cleaner, more sustainable future today.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cooking with Kids: Lara's Very Berry Cake #recipe

All three girls love baking and have now got to the stage of developing their own recipes.  This is Lara's recipe for her Very Berry Cake, perfect for when you have guests coming over for tea or as a summery dessert.  Just a simple Victoria sandwich with cream and berries, but pretty good for a 7 year old!


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