London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

It's always worth searching listing sites and local Facebook groups for free days out on Bank Holidays. They are a brilliant source of free days out - London seems to have a free festival or concert every weekend - and we attended Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, a really brilliant one, on Bank Holiday Monday.… Continue reading London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

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Cheap, Nutritious, Healthy Groceries For Low-Cost Meals.

How I buy cheap, healthy, real, wholefood grocery foods #healthy #eatclean #cleaneating #food #realfood #grocery #shopping #budget #savemoney #thrifty #moneysaving #cheapfood #cheap

I have a magnet on my fridge which declares "If you are what you eat, I'm cheap, fast and easy!" - someone once challenged me on this (in a nice way) because they said it wasn't true. But it is! Pretty much the only times I invest a lot of time and effort in a… Continue reading Cheap, Nutritious, Healthy Groceries For Low-Cost Meals.

That Time I Got Caught Out With Heatwave Feet!

A funny story about teacher feet, me-time and pedicures. #workingmum #teacher #mum #metime

Last weekend, with no real belief there would be a heatwave, I mused to my husband about getting a pedicure. You know, it's hard to get moments for self care in my busy life. "It's not because of your busy life. You won't let anyone touch your feet." Oh yeah. Been so busy I forgot… Continue reading That Time I Got Caught Out With Heatwave Feet!

Three Things To Look Forward To In Ealing This Weekend

Ealing Farmer's Market West Ealing Shopping #shoplocal #ealing #westealing #hanwell #restaurant #gastropub #starandanchor #grosvenor #cudi #localfood #foodie #charityshop

Hello Monday, and hello spring! It looks like the weather is finally improving, so here are my three suggestions for the upcoming weekend in Ealing...   We Love Cheese! Festival Well I love cheese, anyway. Ealing's very own festival of cheese returns to Dickens Yard on the 22nd April, 11am-4pm. It's free (apart from cheese… Continue reading Three Things To Look Forward To In Ealing This Weekend

My Best Slow Cooker Tips For Easy, Cheap Dinners.

Slow cooker crock pot tips #thrifty #cooking #crockpotrecipes #crockpot #slowcooker #tips #ukblogger #mumblog #frugalcook #frugalrecipes

When I was a student I used to have this dinner called a "cheese and crisp feast". The first two ingredients were obvious, the feast part was the addition of plenty of cheap, strong pickled onion. I'm not ashamed of that, I could also cook actual food. I'd do it again, we're it not for… Continue reading My Best Slow Cooker Tips For Easy, Cheap Dinners.

I Love My Microwave

Reasons to Love Your Microwave - Microwave tips microwave hacks microwave recipes natural and healthy

You're not meant to, are you? It's like the reality TV of kitchen appliances, a cliched symbol for virtue signalers to vilify while posting about the evils of screen time (or technology in general) whilst angrily stabbing away at their mobile for hours on end. If you rely on a microwave, the message goes, you're… Continue reading I Love My Microwave

Things To Do Around Ealing for Easter 2018

Family Activities And Things To Do In West London Ealing Easter 2018

Hurrah! It's going to be a white Easter! Erm yeah, seems it could be, heavy sarcasm on the 'hurrah' bit. I thought the Beast From The East was finally gone, but it seems I was wrong. I've washed The Childe's Frozen gloves (Anna on the left hand, Elsa on the right) so many times now… Continue reading Things To Do Around Ealing for Easter 2018

Independence Market: A New Concept In Shopping And Cooking

During our West London bloggers' meet up last week, I was lucky enough to sample some dishes from a new company, Independence Market. This new concept, which lies between an online grocer like Ocado and a food delivery service, offers fresh meal kits to order. Aimed at busy families, where typically different family members eat… Continue reading Independence Market: A New Concept In Shopping And Cooking

Urban Villa & Reunion Bar: An Ideal Base For Visiting Families

Last week I attended an Ealing and Brentford Bloggers' meet-up* and had the opportunity to visit Urban Villa, a superb concept hotel, positioned between Ealing and Brentford just off the M4. Although I live in Ealing so wouldn't stay there myself (well, unless I leap into some more big home improvements as I am wont… Continue reading Urban Villa & Reunion Bar: An Ideal Base For Visiting Families

Ready For Rainy Days: Easy, Fuss Free Activities.

There's a certain type of Pinterest mum who manages to have both a clutter-free, largely white/grey house and the entire back stock of Hobbycraft hidden somewhere for rainy day activities. That's not me! And frankly I wouldn't want it that way either. But being springtime in the UK, sometimes we have a sudden downpour (or… Continue reading Ready For Rainy Days: Easy, Fuss Free Activities.