One of my favourite times of the year is late Spring when the weather is a little warmer but not too hot, the flowers are blooming, and it feels like the months of typical English weather are behind us, if only for a few weeks. We finally get to enjoy the great outdoors and who doesn’t love a perfect picnic? You find some stuff in the fridge, throw it in a basket, cool bag or your handbag and search the house for a blanket. Picnics are a great excuse to catch up with friends or family.
Financial health is a concern that we all have to keep in mind. We do our best to stabilize our incoming and outgoing money, taking care not to spend too much of our wages but allowing ourselves to indulge in entertainment and good food every now and then. It’s a good idea to be frugal since it’ll help you manage your finances, but what happens when something disrupts the balance you’ve created?
Here’s a not-so-bold claim: we’d all like to maximise our happiness, and minimise our unhappiness. Yes, there’s no need to stop the presses for this non-breaking news, but it’s worthwhile thinking about now and again. Long-term happiness is something that takes years to develop, but on a day to day basis, we have to focus on our mood.
Like it or not, modern family life revolves around the motor vehicle. The car is at the centre of all your planning, whether you’re taking a trip to the shops or going on a day out. It’s even more complicated if members of your family have a disability – something that many of us have to consider.
We can all find ourselves in months where we are counting down the days until payday, where every penny counts. For some, this is only temporary. While for others, it can be a struggle that can go on for months. Sometimes, we have the answer right in front of us. If we need a little extra disposable income, then perhaps we need to look at our current outgoings and see where savings can be made.
Most people would like to live in a world where their career progression depends on their ability to perform work to a high standard. But that’s not how it actually works in the real world. Partly, your success comes down to performance, but partly it comes down to appearance too. In other words, the way you look matters.
The summer is upon us, lockdown restrictions have been lifted, and the world is starting to return to some degree of normalcy. And this means it’s the perfect environment to plan and prepare for summer shenanigans and look at what you can do to get yourself prepared for the gorgeous weather. This is why you should have some sort of a plan to help you plan and prepare for this summer, by way of health and fashion.
Every parent wants their child to do well at school and foster a love of learning that will carry them towards success in life. With the recent lockdown, parents all over the country have recognised just how difficult it can be for teachers to inspire kids and get them to concentrate on tasks, though and this has given them a new perspective on how to make learning fun for kids. If you want to continue this tradition once they make it back to school, here are four tips to encourage a love of learning.
Not all of us will be jetting off to warmer climates this year. Unfortunately, most of us have seen our holidays cancelled, postponed and some of us indefinitely. Many of us are now looking for alternatives to our usual summer break because although the UK and Europe plan to allow holidays from July (rumoured) a lot of families have decided that a stay at home holiday could be just as enjoyable.
Since the end of March, all non-essential travel has been postponed indefinitely with no date yet set to when these travel restrictions will ease. What will this mean for holidays already booked? Or for those wanting to book trips either abroad or in the UK? There will be so much more worth considering before you book your post lockdown holiday.
What makes the perfect girl’s weekend getaway? Perfect city hotel? A luxury cabin in the woods? Glamping or travelling around Cornwall in a campervan? Please keep reading for planning a perfect girl’s weekend in the UK with my top five tips!
Challengers provide inclusive play and leisure opportunities across the South East. It is a place where disabled children and young people can access fun activities in a safe and organised environment. Charities are struggling right now; no one could have foreseen the extent that Covid-19 could have on such vital services to many. So, I decided that I should write a blog post for why I feel we should be supporting charities like Challengers.
Wow! May! It feels like one hell of a year already! I’ve been a little bit quiet on the blog front the last couple of months, what with working from home, being a teacher and trying to maintain some kind of exercise it’s been a touch few months. I had a few posts written but given the pandemic that we are currently in the middle of, it didn’t feel right to share my holiday packing tips or my top recommendations for a weekend away with the girls when most people are having their holidays postponed or cancelled including our own spring break. I wanted to share with you how we are getting on during this covid-19 so this is The Cantan Chronicles: What Happened in March & April.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that we spent our summer holiday in Disneyland Paris last year, below is a link to all my previous posts should you want to check out Disneyland Paris Trip Report 2019. Originally, I had this idea of just doing a general packing post. However, I decided it made more sense to split it into different posts as there was far too much to cover in one post. This post is all about what I packed in my disabled son’s hand luggage and perhaps offering some ideas of what sort of things to buy and where.
Now, you are probably expecting me to be one of those extremely organised parents that has a full structured timetable and a routine. I wish that were true! So here we are Convid-19 or coronavirus as it is also known, we are in self-isolating mode and lockdown with a special needs child. Didn’t see that on my list of 2020.
I don’t know about you but I’ve always found the travel days the most stressful due to various reasons. You find yourself rushing around, trying to squeeze a few more rides in, buy a few more pins and rush onto whatever mode of transport you decided on. We actually decided to have a chilled out, no rush, take it as it comes. So this is our Disneyland Paris Trip Report – Day 4.
It’s hard dealing with your own mental health, sometimes it’s easy to take our little ones for granted. This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and it did get me thinking. ‘When was the last time I considered my children’s mental health?
I don’t know about you but I find February and March to be the best time for that all-important job search, whether its a full career change, a step up or you are about to finish your studies and it’s time to think about the next step. Where do you even begin? So I thought I would write a post on Being an Intern Over 30! My Top Ten Tips for a Successful Internship or work experience.
It’s hard to explain the feeling of being told that your baby is ill and not just your average cold but life-threatening, the closest I can describe it is numb. Everything stands still and for a brief moment it feels like your life is at a standstill, it’s not real. You are having a bad dream and any minute your alarm will sound and normality will resume. Have you ever heard of Strep B? This us our story.
If your past year was rough and you felt like it simply could not get any worse, at least you had January to look forward to. The month of fresh starts and new beginnings, the month where you can finally get the gears turning in making things better and having them go your way – the right way but why do we feel the need for new beginnings in January?
For those of you who don’t know, it is ‘Blue Monday’ on Monday 20th! The day in January when it’s been five weeks since December payday, cupboards are empty, bank accounts running dry and the thought that payday still seems a million days away, so it got me thinking. Here are my tips on How to Survive the 101 days of January.
Being overweight is nothing new to me. I’ve spent most of my adult life overweight. But two years ago I got into the obese territory and with a current BMI of 34.3, I have attempted to do something about it. Sadly it didn’t go so well so I thought I’d give you my story. My weight loss battle and what I’ve learnt about dieting.
The South West of England is known as the English Rivera, mainly because of its mild weather and beautiful beaches. This is why we should all be having weekend breaks in Cornwall.
Happy New Year! Wow, the end of yet another decade and the start of what hopefully will be a good year. I ended 2009 a working mum of one and by early 2010, I was pregnant with our little monster. What a decade it has been. This post is What Happened in December with a mini look over the last 10 years.
It’s hard to believe that on the 18th January 2020, my blog will be a year old! It’s been a rollercoaster of a year both personally and professionally. I wanted to write so much more and plan so much more content but blogging is a bit of a mind field. However, I do feel more prepared for the next year and beyond. This post is Blogging: Looking to 2020 and beyond.
How can it be December? I mean last time I checked it was April and I was counting down the days until our summer holiday, now the Christmas countdown has begun! It’s not exactly Blogmas, but I thought I’d have a little change of pace today. This is what happened in November.
It’s that time of year again, Christmas parties are in full swing, drinks down the pub with Mum friends, Dad’s having a couple of beers after work. Here are my top tips on how to stay safe on a night out this Christmas.
Welcome to Blogmas 4: Is the traditional nativity play a thing of the past? As we near the end of another decade, it got me thinking about the traditions that seem to be fading. Nativity plays, carol singing, Christmas cards they all seem to be a thing of the past, with schools looking for alternatives, people donating to charities (I’m all for it) rather than giving Christmas cards but are we losing touch with our history?
Welcome to Blogmas Day 3. Today, I thought I would share with you top five must-watch Christmas movies available on Netflix in 2019. If you aren’t aware of Netflix and all its delights it is essentially an app that you can stream movies or television shows for a monthly subscription.
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas Movie? Television channels are just as excited in sharing their Christmas joy with us. Gone are the days when you had to wait until the 1st December, you can now get movies from 1st November! So today’s post is my top five must-watch Christmas movies…
Hello, welcome to my very first blogmas post ever! I thought I’d give this blogmas thing a go. I am hoping to fill all 24 days! The countdown has begun!
Now for those of you who aren’t aware of what blogmas is or vlogmas in the vlogging world it is essentially a blogging/vlogging challenge consiting of publishing a post every day, from now until Christmas Day.
You may have already read my previous three posts Disneyland Paris Trip Report Day 1, Disneyland Paris Trip Report Day 2 and my review of the Hotel Cheyenne. If you haven’t please click on the above links and check them out! This post is our Disneyland Paris Trip Report Day 3.
I’ve made it my mission this year to check out UK based attractions and write about how accessible they are to a special needs child. Thomas is a child who not only has challenging and unpredictable behaviour. In September, we visited Paultons Park near Romsey to answer the question of how accessible is Paulton’s Park/Peppa Pig World?
Back to school is never an easy transition. New classes, new teachers, remembering to go to a different classroom and that’s just the parents! This year saw Alana embark on year eight and Thomas embark on year four which also makes him a badger.
You may have already read my previous two posts Disneyland Paris Trip Report Day 1 and my review of the Hotel Cheyenne. If you haven’t please click on the above links and check them out!
As previously mentioned during our visit in 2015, I made no plan! We winged it and in all honesty, it was fine we didn’t have the green pass at that point so it can be done. However, after checking out the Disneyland Paris for Brits group on facebook I was inspired to make at least a rough plan for our trip.
Back in July, I posted ‘What Happened in July’. It’s something that I feel I want to continue with for the few months. I do have plans to grow it into more of an email newsletter type thing but for now please check out What Happened In August. The summer holidays, Disneyland Paris, family time and blogging.
We are a family of four and this was our seventh year staying at Perran Sands, but the first time visiting in May Half-Term and the first time trying an adapted caravan. This is usually our annual summertime holiday in July, but this year we had squeezed in an overdue trip to Disneyland Paris! This is my review.