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Newly Pregnant? Here’s Loads of Freebies Especially for You!

Newly Pregnant? Here’s Loads of Freebies Especially for You!

Finding out you are pregnant is usually the most exciting day in a woman’s life and not one easily forgotten. However, soon after the sight of that blue line comes the fear of the cost! How will you afford this little miracle? Luckily there are […]

Eating Well on a Budget: Here’s How to Feed a Family of Four for Under £16 a Week

Eating Well on a Budget: Here’s How to Feed a Family of Four for Under £16 a Week

It’s the age old question. Can you eat healthily and save money as a family? My first thought was no. It wasn’t long ago that I hit rock bottom and had to rely on only £18 a week for food, for the four of us! […]

7 Money Saving Tips to Make Staying at Home Possible for You

7 Money Saving Tips to Make Staying at Home Possible for You

I get asked all the time if I work. Well, yes I do, but I also look after my children twenty-four seven as a stay at home mum. Most people call me lucky, and always say they wish they could afford to stay at home […]

7 Essential Uniform Items Your Reception Child Needs to Start School

7 Essential Uniform Items Your Reception Child Needs to Start School

It’s that time of year again! It’s the start of a new academic year. We’ve had the summer holidays and we have tried to entertain the children as best we can. So now cue the busy parents having to find time to buy new uniform. […]

How LED Lighting Can Save You Money

How LED Lighting Can Save You Money

If you’re all about saving money on your energy bills, the chances are that you have already heard about the benefits of LED lighting. However, if you haven’t, or if you’re wondering exactly how LED lighting can save you money, don’t worry – we’re here […]

How to Save £364 in Time for Christmas Shopping

How to Save £364 in Time for Christmas Shopping

I don’t want to worry you, but we only have eighteen weeks before Christmas. Yes, I said it. I used the dreaded C word in August. The kids may not have even gone back to school yet, but most of us savvy mums will be […]

A Mums Guide: How to Lose Weight for Free & Still Look After the Kids

A Mums Guide: How to Lose Weight for Free & Still Look After the Kids

I’ve always been slim, but since having the kids, and working from home, the weight has been slowly piling itself on. I don’t know how, but my clothes have started to get tight and I’m getting out of breath just thinking about running after the […]

How Early is Too Early to Think About Christmas? Can it Save You Money?

How Early is Too Early to Think About Christmas? Can it Save You Money?

If we’re not careful Christmas will take over the year, and for what? One day of arguments, tantrums and debt the size of the ripped off wrapping paper. The phrase, ‘it gets earlier every year,’ is uttered every year and we all know someone with […]

Cheap Restaurant Deals and Offers: Where to Find Bargain Kids Meals Over the Summer Holidays

Cheap Restaurant Deals and Offers: Where to Find Bargain Kids Meals Over the Summer Holidays

Now the school holidays are fully underway, treating the family to a meal out can be mega expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Many major chains offer ‘Kids Eat Free’ meals, including those that the adults will like too! From TGI Fridays […]

Mums: 9 Realistic Ways You Can Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

Mums: 9 Realistic Ways You Can Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

We all know we waste too much food, and as a mum, it’s not easy to stop feeding the bin. It will come as no surprise to anyone that over 7.3 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK a year, so what […]


Parenting

Here’s How the Perfect Bedtime Routine Could Save You Money

Here’s How the Perfect Bedtime Routine Could Save You Money

Sleep – the holy grail of all new parents! Unless you are that one in a million, your little one will be keeping you up at some point. It might be from the moment they are born, from the 4 month regression or maybe from a randomly chosen night. Every baby is different and will start not sleeping at different times. There are also different types of not sleeping. Do they just not go to sleep? Do they wake up and not go back to sleep? Or, if you are really lucky, your little one might do both! We have a multitude of strategies to get our little ones to sleep, but personally, I think one trumps all others. A bedtime routine!

Why is Routine Important?

Routines seem to split the parenting population. Some passionately believe that a baby can’t be put into a routine and that they should be allowed to do what they need to, when they need to. Others rigidly hold on to a routine as the only bit of control they have! Personally I am in the latter camp for two main reasons. I like to know what is happening. I work much better and am much calmer when I know what is happening next. But more importantly so do babies.

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