Favourite family board games

As a busy family of 6 we’re often all off doing our own thing because the kids have different hobbies, homework . social lives etc.

When we go on days out it’s not usually as a family of 6 because the teenagers have other plans and would rather do those than come out with us.

One thing that does always bring us closer though is board games! I love having family around, sitting around the table with some snacks (this is usually pizza) to eat and enjoying (usually winning 😉 ) some board games.

Our favourites are;

  • The Logo Game
  • Catch Phrase
  • 5 Second Rule
  • Monopoly
  • Disney Trivial Pursuit
  • Harry Potter Cluedo

Do you have any favourites that are not on my list?

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Saving money tips

Now I don’t claim to be a savings expert, in fact until recently I was pretty rubbish 🙂

But I’ve read blog posts on the different ways to save money and some have worked for me and some haven’t. So I thought I would blog about what’s working for us and what we are doing and then hopefully it will inspire/ be relevant/ help someone else 🙂

  1. I cancelled Sky tv because they were too expensive and went with virgin who had a big discount on. When our contract is up I will downgrade to the cheapest plan.
  2. We meal plan and shop online sit sounds simple but these two together save a ton of money.
  3. Buying supermarket brands. Some can taste just as good as branded stuff. We don’t buy everything value but 80% is.
  4. We have cut out the takeaways. I worked out roughly how much we had spent on takeaways and meals out in a year and the result was shocking! We tried cutting them out completely but that didn’t work because if you can’t have it, you want it all the more 🙂 What’s worked for us is writing in my diary say 1 to 2 takeaway nights a month. That way we are still getting a treat but within reason.
  5. Using quidco you can earn cashback on all your purchases, like breakdown, car insurance, clothes, food, betting sites, everything. It’s a brilliant website. You can also look for voucher codes sites Like Dealsqueen and hotdiscountcode.com.
  6. Online survey websites like Valued opinions They don’t get me huge amounts but every little helps. I save mine up to get amazon vouchers to get down my huge wish list 🙂
  7. Doing a expenditures spreadsheet every month. Not every month is the same for us because sometimes we will have a school trip, car tax etc so if we do it monthly we know exactly where we stand and don’t go over budget
  8. We have a monthly allowance of £100 to spend on treats, shopping trips etc so we take the money out of the bank and then we don’t touch the bank card again. That has saved us a lot because using your card all the time, you don’t realize how much you’re actually spending.

Do you save money? Do you have any tips? Please do comment if you do I love to hear your advice.

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Family Easter films for kids

As Easter is approaching I thought I would share with you the films we like to watch as a family around Easter. Some films are about Easter itself but I like to branch out and also remind them it is the start of spring too. Some are not really either but just make me feel they go with the season 🙂

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Silent Sunday

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Saturday is Caption Day

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Dad on your Birthday

Today would have been your 59th birthday Dad. I still can’t believe you’re not with us anymore. It’s been 11 weeks since your were suddenly taken from us and right now it doesn’t feel any easier.

Today we probably would have popped round your house to give you your presents and maybe gone out for a meal.

These few weeks have been harder because you’ve missed so much. There had been so many times when we’ve said “dad would have loved this” you’ve missed;

  • Jacks 2nd birthday party.
  • Teen daughter turning 17 and finally getting a provisional license.
  • Your granddaughter turning 18 (my niece).
  • Your only great grandson turning 1 (my nieces son).
  • Your grandson joining the army (my nephew) we know you were so proud of him and didn’t want to miss it.

And I can’t help but think of all the things you’re going to miss in the future. We have a few events planned this year that we were supposed to be attending with you and I know they’re going to be so hard to enjoy.

I have moments of feeling really sad that you’re no longer here but then I have moments of anger because you’re not here.

I miss you so much Dad and I wish more than anything that you were still here with us 💜

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Big Mac Big 50 and the Tongue twister

Big Mac fans – get excited! To kickstart a year of celebrations for the 50th birthday of the world famous Big Mac® UK McDonalds have introduced two new limited-edition sizes of the legendary burger. Following wide-spread customer demand and a huge success in the States, the Mac Jr.™ and the Grand Big Mac™ are bringing burger-fans the same delicious Big Mac® taste they know and love – the only difference is the size. The burgers have arrived in all UK McDonalds restaurants in early February 50 years after the creation of the original Big Mac® and are only available for a limited period, the tasty trio includes:

• The birthday burger, the ORIGINAL 50-year-old Big Mac®: The treasured and famous burger, made from TWO all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, sandwiched between a three-piece sesame seed bun (RRP: £3.09 – burger only)

• New and limited-edition Mac Jr.™: Made with the all same iconic ingredients (with one less patty), the Mac Jr.™ is smaller than a Big Mac®, but still packs a pickle. (RRP: £2.29 – burger only)

• New and limited-edition Grand Big Mac™: With the same Big Mac® much loved ingredients, the Grand Big Mac™ offers the one-of-a-kind taste you love in a larger size. (RRP: £4.09 – burger only)

An established classic in the McDonald’s family, the Big Mac® was first created in February 1968 by an American McDonald’s franchisee named Jim Delligatti in Pennsylvania, USA. Delligatti originally wanted to call the burger ‘The Aristocrat’, however after consideration McDonalds chose to go with the now famous name, Big Mac®.
Best known for its special (and for a long time, secret) sauce, which took Delligetti two years to perfect, the Big Mac® became famous for its one-of-a-kind taste. The famous combination of two all-beef patties, pickles, lettuce, onions, cheese and special sauce, sandwiched and separated by a triple-decker sesame seed bun ensured the burger became an instant classic.
Following great success in the USA, the Big Mac® arrived in the UK in 1974 when the first UK restaurant opened on Woolwich High Street. Once customers tasted it, McDonald’s (and the Big Mac® fans) never looked back and it is now sold in over 100 countries worldwide and one of the most-loved and most iconic burgers in the world.

These limited addition burgers are available until the 20th of March. Lots of people from all over have been celebrating by trying to say the tongue twister (all the ingredients that go into a big mac) in under for seconds.

Take a look at the legendary Chesney Hawkes and Jason Donovan having a go

I also had a go myself and it’s really not as easy as it looks!

*This post is in collaboration with McDonalds.

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Hotter Shoes review

A week ago today my step mum and I were invited by hotter to visit our local store (in bloomers garden centre) for a lovely Mother’s Day treat of choosing a pair of shoes each.

When we entered the store we were greeted very warmly but two members of staff. We were instantly given a little tour of the store and given some info on the shoes themselves and what to look out for. Which was really interesting because I have heard that Hotter were very comfortable shoes but didn’t actually know how well they were made. They really understand that everyone’s feet are different. So my step mum and I had a little look around, I’d had a little look on their website the night before so had an idea of what I wanted so when I saw a certain pair, I was sure I wanted them. I tried them on and fell in love. Don’t worry I won’t be wearing the socks with them now I’ve got them, it was just what I was wearing at the time. I absolutely love them, they are stylish, perfect for spring and the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. My step mum took a little longer trying on a few pairsBefore eventually deciding on the pink pair I still can’t believe we both came away with a pink pair 🙂 It was such a lovely experience and treat that we will definitely be heading back and picking some summer ones out. *We were invited along to pick a pair each for free but all words and opinions are honest and my own.

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Silent Sunday- New Hair

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mums/nans out there.

As far as I know we haven’t got anything planned.

Tom was off work last night so I’ll probably get a lie in and maybe breakfast in bed.

Tom will cook us a roast dinner while I relax and maybe have a mini pamper session. I might have a bath and ask teen daughter to paint my nails.

Nothing big but I quite like that 🙂

What are you up to today?

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