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Overnight Oats…Power Food for Busy Mum’s


overnight oats

There’s one thing that the kids going back to or starting school means and that is it’s my cue to get seriously organised at home.

Out comes the Mum’s Office planner and my trusty pen to jot down where we are all supposed to be, what time and where.  The meal planner makes a return so that I am not faffing around cooking lots of different dinners and wasting food.  The shopping list reminder gets pinned the fridge to remind me of what I actually NEED rather than what I THINK I need on the weekly shop and the fridge begins to get covered in a plethora of notices.  One thing I never get organised about though is remembering to eat breakfast.

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Saving Money with LED Bulbs


LED bulbs

Let’s face it the cost of living isn’t getting any cheaper.  Each week the food bill creeps up a little bit more and it is now a strategic mission going food shopping at the end of the week.  My Friday dash sees me nail three different stores; Lidl for the wine, Aldi for 70% of my shop and Sainsburys for my bread and specialist bits.  We continue to make cut backs and have just had a new pump fitted to our gas and water system that will improve our household bills and this month we also made another step to saving money by introducing LED bulbs into some of our household lights.

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Essential Driving Tips for Older Children


driving tips for older children

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Safety has to be the top priority during that worrying couple of years when our children are first learning to drive. If it wasn’t for the insurance premiums, we’d all have our kids driving indestructible SUVs.

The good news is that a safer vehicle could be cheaper to insure your child on, because the insurance company is less likely to have to pay out for injury claims in the event of an accident.

But be wary, although a higher Euro NCAP rating will generally mean a safer car (and therefore lower premium), a lot of modern vehicles are designed to perform well in the safety tests, but won’t necessarily hold up in a real life accident. So make sure to do some extensive research before coming to a decision.

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The Doctor Will See You Now…


Doc McStuffins Toys ReviewIf like Miss Roo your kids are into doctors, nurses and fixing things and you have Disney Junior on your television then you’ve probably got fans of the hit TV show Doc McStuffins.  In case you haven’t seen this adorable and brilliant show, Dottie ‘Doc’ McStuffins, a six year old girl, ‘fixes’ toys, with a little help from her stuffed animal friends, Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie and Chilly.

As with most television shows there is now a range of Doc McStuffins toys for children to play with, and help Doc McStuffins bring her toys to life.  We were kindly sent the Doc McStuffins Magic Talking Checkup Set. The set is just like the characters on the show and contains everything Doc McStuffins needs to run her clinic, and two little creatures for her to make better. Place Lambie & Stuffy on the check up table to magically hear them talk!

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