Thursday, 19 October 2017

Car maintenance - some useful tips

*This is a collaborative post

Firstly ,when it comes to cars I am no expert. However when it comes to choosing a car its a good idea to purchase one where spare parts can be easily sourced. If you are getting a car for the first time it's a good idea to know at least some basic maintenance so you don't have to keeping to the garage every time you have an issue. 

Checking your tyres
There are a few things you need to do such as checking your cars tyres pressure regularly and checking your tread depth so that you replace tyres when needed. The pressure of your tyres can impact on your fuel economy. 

When it comes to checking the engine you will need to check a few things such as the  rubber drive belts that loop around various pulleys and oil and coolant levels because if the oil level is too high or low it can cause trouble to your engine. 

Paint work
Keep your interior and exterior looking like new by using decent quality waxes and polishes. Also, let's face it: a clean looking car looks so much nicer too!

When  dealing with electrics you must make sure that you disconnect the battery first. If you're unsure how to do this than you will be able find how to online. 

Sometimes the bulbs can blow and it is important to replace them. Your car manual should tell you how to get at the indicator bulbs to do this. 

Knowing your warning lights 
If you know your warning lights you will be able to make sure you sort out any maintenance issues, ASAP!

Looking after the exhaust
The gases from your cars exhaust are poisonous. If your exhaust is leaking than it can allow the dangerous gases to seep into your car which is hazardous for the driver/passengers. It's important that if you have a leaking exhaust that you get it seen to. Trained car exhaust mechanics in Dundee will help you out in Fife Autocentre if you are living/near the area. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Finding the Best Toddler-Friendly Breaks

As a parent of a toddler who is an expert of getting himself into mischief, finding somewhere relaxing and safe for the little one isn’t exactly easy. In fact, it can be a bit of a nightmare, which is why I wanted to share my experiences of the feared search for a family getaway.
What I Have to Consider
With the little one who has mastered the art of running in any direction he please, we need somewhere I can feel safe that he cannot run off, but I don’t want to be stuck in a box for a week. Ideally, nowhere little man can run into any danger.
Just like any other three-year-old, he can be prone to having a temper tantrum, so somewhere aimed more at adults probably isn’t on the cards, but I also want to be able to enjoy myself. Family parks are certainly the best place to look, as anyone that stays there does so expecting to be around young children. One of the best examples is here:
As we are travelling as a family (two adults, one child), we require more room than a simple room with a double bed as little man will need somewhere to sleep. A caravan, or static motorhome, is ideal for us as we can have our own space to sleep, while never being more than a few steps away from our toddler. Of course, we cannot have any potential hazards in reach of him, so any cookers or other materials must be kept out of the way.
Whenever we search for somewhere to stay as a family, we like to ensure that our accommodation offers inside activities in case the weather means that it is not suitable to venture outside. When we stay in the UK, this is often the case, so a kids club is something that we certainly make sure is part of the package.
This sounds obvious, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of places that fail to offer healthy meals for children. As anyone does, when we are on holiday we let our hair down and, when it comes to meal times, treat ourselves a little bit more than we would at home, but that doesn’t mean pizza every night.
With our toddler, we want to encourage healthy habits. Just as any young child is, he can be extremely fussy and we have to do our best to get him to eat his greens. Before deciding to go anywhere, we always try to look at the menu to make sure that there is something for little man to eat; otherwise it will be a very long holiday.
This is something that everyone looks at and, unfortunately, when you travel with kids you do so at a premium. Luckily, as little man is three and hasn’t yet started school, we can still book our breaks during term-time, but we know that the day isn’t too far away when we are beholden to top end prices for exactly the same break you would take a month before or after.
When it was just the two of us, we had no issue cutting corners to keep the costs down – a budget room in a quaint B&B did us fine, but now that isn’t an option. It is definitely worth shopping through comparison sites for hotel rooms, adjusting the filter settings to exactly what you are looking for. We also ensure that we have an option to cancel for free right up until the day before you check in, which most places now offer, in case little man is unwell or circumstances change.
These are our main points of interest when searching for breaks that are toddler-friendly. For those that have travelled with a toddler, you will surely be able to relate to this post – if you haven’t, then your time till come.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tactical Tuesdays (What did the caterpillar eat sensory bag)

Welcome back to another week of #TacticalTuesdays,  which I am co-hosting with the lovely Vicky from The Tactical Mummy. I'm loving that many of you have been joining in with our linky so far. 

If you haven’t joined in with #TacticalTuesdays  before the idea behind the posts is that you share with us your Tactical Parenting Hacks for the week.It can be anything such as a day out or a clever craft idea you have had to entertain your children. 

Every Tuesday we share a post this can be new or from the archives and we invite you do the same as part of this linky. The following week we will share one of our favourite posts and link back to your blog. 

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If you would like to link up please grab our badge and share with us one of your hacks of the week. We are looking forward to reading your posts.

Our featured post of the week is How do you cook at home with a toddler by sweetdreamer 

Tactical Tuesday at Joanna Victoria
This weeks post from me is What did the caterpillar eat sensory bag the very hungry caterpillar is one of our favourite books and so I wanted to share this simple idea with you once again and it was a fun activity to do. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

No Spend October : Poundland broke me

I wrote my plans for No spend October and so I wanted to give you an update and unfortunately I only lasted 13 days before breaking the ban and giving up. Poundland broke me, Poundland have really been upping their game recently and after seeing loads of people sharing their Christmas bargains online I couldn't resist much longer. 

However even though I have given up the no spend month I did manage to save around £400 during the 13 days which I have put into savings. Usually as soon as I got paid I would have just splurged on Amazon. 

During the 13 days I managed to stick at it I did learn some things: 

1. That I actually enjoy saving more than I do spending
2. Its made me think more before buying something
3. That it's worth saving for something I want as it would make me appreciate it a bit more
4. That I need to think of my money/finances long term 
5. I spend too much on things not needed especially things for Blake
6. That we need to cut down on takeaways 

I also feel that some of the ideas that I mentioned in my previous post are easy to stick at such as using up what we have in, borrow books/films,walk rather than getting the local bus, enjoy free days out. 

When it comes to No spend months I don't think I'll try it again however I do feel that I can cut down my spending and at least once a month do a no spend week or weekend. 

Have you done a no spend month? How did you get on?

Living Arrows 42/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth by Kahlil Gibran

This week Blake has been more of himself although he still has a cough it isn't as bad thanks goodness. This week at Pre-School he has spent of the time outside which is where he is the happiest. Luckily the weather hasn't been too bad which has meant that they were able to let him be outside for the majority of the 2 hours each day. 

This weeks photo was taken on Sunday when we went to a little park and was trying to get him use to playing on his scooter. He has taken interest with the ones at Pre-School so we decided to try again with him on his one although he does keep sitting on it .

Living Arrows