The One Thing I Regret About Learning to Drive

Learning to drive is a huge milestone in the step to growing up and becoming more independent. Admittedly, it comes with it’s fair share of expense but I think the pay off is definitely worth it.

I remember some of my friends getting their license while studying for A-levels, and getting their first car. The freedom that comes with that is amazing – but I didn’t start my driving journey at that time. At the time, my parents discouraged me from learning because of the cost of lessons. They felt they was no rush to get it done and that I could just learn any time in future if I did need to drive.

The one thing I regret about learning to drive

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Get Started with Testing Products at Home

It’s always fun to try out different products, sample things that are new on the shop shelves, and give your opinions and feedback to help others make good purchasing decisions. With this blog, we’re lucky enough to get plenty of opportunities to try new products, but you don’t need to run a blog or website, or even spend a lot of time on social media accounts to get involved in product testing.

A new product testing website has launched in the UK: Home Tester Club. This site has been a BIG success in Canada, the USA, Australia and South Africa, powered by the globally known television concept Brand Power. The club now has 15,000 members in the UK, but they are looking to expand and would love to have you sign up to become a part of the testing community.


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Holding Your Own Sports Day

My kids love sports day. They love the competitive element, and the change to get active and they look forward to it throughout the summer term. But, who said sports day has to be only once a year? It’s easy to set up your own sports day at home and is a great way to get the kids to use up their energy!

Lis of games and equipment ideas for holding your own sports day. Great idea to keep the kids active in summer

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Dora and Friends Tour at Smyths Toys Superstores

There’s a new range of Dora and Friends toys and to show them off, Dora will be touring around selected Smyths Toys Superstores throughout the summer. You might have noticed the badge advertising this over on the side of my blog for the past couple of weeks.

If you have one of the stores near you, why not pop down to take part in the Dora and Friends fun. The tour is kicking off at our local Smyths in Watford this Monday and then makes it way North, and into Scotland.  There will be a Dora sing a long booth that will be touring around, in which children can sing along with Dora to her songs as well as visit the costume character.


Check all of the tour dates here, and make a note of your local one:

Symths Toys

  • Waterfields Retail Park, Watford (Dora Costume Character)  – 27th July
  • Westwood Cross Shopping Park, Thanet  – 28th July
  • St. David’s Retail Park, Swansea – 29th July
  • Crown retail park, Leeds (Dora Costume Character) – 31st July
  • Clifton Moor Retail Park, York (Costume Character) – 3rd August
  • Ravenhead Retail park, St.Helens  – 5th August
  • Halls Mill Retail Park, Bury – 6th August
  • Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend – 10th August
  • Glasgow fort shopping park, Glasgow (Costume Character) – 12th August
  • Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen (Costume Character) – 14th August

Sky stands

  • Brent Cross, London – 18th19th July
  • Centre MK, Milton Keynes – 25th– 26th July
  • White Rose, Leeds  – 1st– 2ndAugust
  • Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle  – 8th– 9th August
  • Bon Accord, Aberdeen – 15th– 16th August


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7 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Outdoor Chores

As technology continues to evolve: video games, computers, and hand held devices, our kids continue to sprout their couch potato roots. While this is not only harmful to their health, it brings with it a tragic effect on their work ethic. It’s not only important to get kids outside, it is important to get them outside doing chores so that they understand the ever so important mantra, “Work hard, play hard.” Here is a list of 7 ways to get kids involved in outdoor chores.

7 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Outdoor Chores

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Exploring the UAE: Dubai and Beyond

We visited the UAE earlier this year, and are hoping to go back again soon since there is so much for kids to do there. During our trip we were based in Dubai and then took a few day trips to explore some of the surrounding emirates: Fujairah and Abu Dhabi

I’ll share with you some of the places we visited and sites we saw during our trip. Do let me know in the comments of any places that we should add to our list as must-dos for next time.

Things to do and see in the UAE - Dubai and beyond. Sharing the sights, history and attractions of Fujairah and Abu Dhabi

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Win a Fairytale Teatime Takeover with McCain

McCain believe that ‘teatime is where the good stuff happens’ and to make your family’s teatime even more magical, they are offering one family the opportunity to have a magical kitchen make over – turning their kitchen into a fairytale wonderland. The winner will also receive a £250 voucher prize.

With just a sprinkle of McCain magic, your kitchen could become something from your families fairytale dreams, which would be such a unique experience and a special memory for the whole family to cherish.

Magical fairytale wonderland in the kitchen, artists impression

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Hegging Increasingly Common in UK Families Wanting Gifts

A new piece of research by a leading money saving website in the UK, Voucher Codes Pro, has found that hegging – hint begging – is becoming increasingly common in the United Kingdom. This was discovered as part of research into the way British people gave and received gifts. The research also showed that men were far more successful at hegging than women.

hinting and begging for gifts

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