After-School Activities In The Skegness Area + Weekend Activities (Autumn/Winter 2019)

Hands up who sometimes gets fed up of the mundane day to day school pick ups? Hand's up if sometimes you just want to escape the house for some after school fun? Say goodbye to boring after school evening's with this list of after school activities in the Skegness area.

Details correct at time of publishing (September 2019) please contact locations to check details. If any details are wrong OR you have a regular after school event/activity you would like to add to this list, please contact me at 

Mid-week/Term Time Activities:

Lego Club (Skegness Library, Roman Bank)
Free (Mondays 3.30-4.30)

Studio Bounce (Grosvernor Road Dance Studios, Skegness) 
£3 per child (Wednesday's 3.30-4.30, 7-11 year old's)

Jump Warriors (Anchor Lane, Ingoldmells)
£9 per child (Mon-Fri)

Includes 1 hour bounce and kids meal (you can also add a Slushie for an extra £2)

Kids World (Lucky Strikes Arcade, Grand Parade, Skegness) 
£5.50 per child (Mon-Fri 3pm onwards)

After school eat and play, includes access to Kids World soft play, kids meal or lunch box meal and a drink.

Skegness Bowl (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade) 
£6 per child (Mon-Fri 3.30-6.00)

Includes one game of bowling, kids meal and a drink.

Laser Quest (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£6 per child (Mon-Fri 3.30-6.00)

Includes one game of Laser Quest, kids meal and a drink.

Weekend Activities:

Family Fun (Skegness Children's Centre, Brunswick Drive)

FREE! (Fortnightly (contact for details) 10.00-11.30)

 Aimed at children 0-5, but siblings up to the age of 8 are welcome. Themed activities such as messy play, gardening and cooking. Brunch ingredients will be provided and prepared by the families attending.

Weekend Family Fun (Wainfleet Children's Centre, Magdalen School, Magdalen Road, Wainfleet)
FREE! (Fortnightly (contact for details) 10.00-11.30)

A variety of activities such as messy play, gardening and cooking. A mid-morning snack is included

Messy Church (St Matthews Church, Lumley Avenue, Skegness)
FREE! 2nd Saturday of the month (4pm-6pm)

Messy Church (The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness)
FREE! 3rd Saturday of the month (10.30-12.30)

Free craft activities, free meal and celebration time.

Skegness Cinema Lunchtime Deal (Tower Cinema, Lumley Road, Skegness)
£4 tickets for all lunchtime screenings (Terms apply, please check before), box office only, not bookable in advance or for use during a films first week.

Family Fun Splash (Skegness Pool, Grand Parade)
0-2 years FREE 3 & 4 years £1.40 5+ and adults £4.35 per person Fridays 5-6pm Saturday and Sundays 3-4pm

Do you know of more family fun weekend activities? Drop me an email at

Tips For Ordering Your Decorating Materials Online

We all like to keep our homes looking as nice as possible. But, it is expensive to do so. The average British household spends £3,048 on sprucing up their home, every year. That is a lot of money. More than double what most of us spend on heating our homes and keep the lights on.  So, anything you can do to reduce your decorating and home furnishings bills is going to make a considerable difference to your life. One of the easiest ways to start reducing them is shopping online. There are lots of potential advantages to shopping this way, but, you do need to do things a bit differently. Here are a few tips to help you to find the best DIY deals online.


Budget Meal Plan #44

Wow, how fast did the last week go! The first day back to school came and went so quickly and now here we are back to meal planning and grocery shop day! Back to the weekend (yey!) How did your back to school week go? I managed to stick to the meal plan most days apart from actual back to school day, I cleaned so hard that day that I rewarded myself with a takeaway! We shouldn't have had one really as the money could have gone to other things but hey, we all enjoyed it, me and Dean actually sat and tried to remember when we last had take out and we genuinely can not remember!

Meal Plan #43 - Back To School And Back To Reality!

I missed last weeks meal plan post, the last couple of weeks seem to have flown by and by the time I got round to it, it was almost the end of the week so I just gave it up for a bad job! I did have a meal plan though, I honestly don't think there has been a week gone by in the last year where I haven't meal planned!! We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

You can watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

Angry Birds 2 - All New Toys For 2019

I don't think I need to explain to you what Angry Birds is, I am more than positive that you already know seeing as since the app hit our phones back in 2009, (seriously, I am having a huge what the heck moment), there have been another 20+ apps, 7 cartoon adaptations, 8 theme park attractions around the world, and with the brand new Angry Birds 2 movie release earlier this month, 2 movies! I mean, those birds really are a force to be reckoned with! To celebrate the launch of the new movie Jazwares sent us some of the new toys for the kids to have a play with....

Disclaimer: We were sent the following toys free of charge in return for an honest review. 
All photos, words and opinions are our own.

Scruff-a-luvs Families

What with it being the middle of summer, the kids have been watching a lot more TV than usual, which means they are seeing more ad's then they usually would, which in turn means that the mental Christmas list has been started, one thing that has been on it for a good few weeks, and keeps getting mentioned time and time again is the Scruff-A-Luvs Families set. So when Worlds Apart/Moose Toys got in touch and asked if we would review the brand new toy at its launch, I couldn't really say no, could I! 

Disclaimer: We were sent this to free of charge in return of a honest review, all words, photos and opinions are our own. 


To be in with your chance to win 2 (picked at random) Nanables houses, enter below. Closes 1st September 2019.  Remember to tell your friends!

Nanables | The Must Have Collectible Toy For 2019?

If you have been following me for a while you will know my kids LOVE a collectible toy! Whether that be LOL dolls, Hot Wheels, Tsums Tsums or Lego minifigures, my kids just love them! So when Jazwares got in touch and asked us if we would like to review the brand new must have collectible Nanables, I knew the kids would really enjoy trying them out and seeing what they were all about.

DISCLAIMER: We were gifted these, free of charge. In return for an honest review. All words, photos and opinions are our own. 

Budget Family Meal Plan #42

If you read last weeks meal plan you will know that last week was a little different and we didn't get a chance to do our yellow sticker shop, this week was back to normal, you can watch my meal planning process on YouTube, we started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regularly weekly meal plans for the last 18 months by planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

Family Meal Plan #41

Another week, another plan...This week has been a little different, if you have watched our grocery hauls before you will know I do my best to grab all of our weeks bakery bits, fruits and veggies (and some extra provisions for future weeks) in the end of day yellow sticker reductions, but this week we couldn't get to Tesco on Friday night so instead I did an Iceland shop (mainly because I could shop what I needed in store, and get it delivered), its also THAT time of the month and so I know that I will be unmotivated to cook meals from fresh so wanted things I can just chuck in the slow cooker or in the oven from the freezer! This did mean that our budget was blasted and we have gone way over (we still need a couple of bits in town), after we have everything will come in around £60-65, which I've tried to look at as still really cheap for 14 meals for a family of 6!!

Budget Meal Plan #40 I am not as far behind this week as I was last week, I managed to get into a bit of a routine last week, although as rain was forecast for most of the week we stayed in so its a lot easier to be on a routine when you don't leave the house much isn't it!! But we will see how this week goes before I jump to any conclusions!

Summer Learning with The Night Zookeeper

I am guessing if you are here reading this review your kiddos are a little like mine, easily bored and love an app to keep the boredom at bay. And then I am gonna take a guess that you are a little like me and that although you don't mind screen time and tablets you would rather that the majority of apps and games they play had some sort of educational value. If this sounds like you and your kids then the Night Zoo Keeper is for you...

Disclaimer: We have received full access for free in return for an honest review on my blog. 
All words, photos and opinions are our own.This blog post contains some Affiliate Links 

Night Zookeeper is a children’s education company with a BAFTA-nominated website, as well as a series of adventure books, and an animated show on Sky TV. The website provides thousands of literacy games and lessons designed to motivate and excite children to learn, whilst developing their writing ability and creative thinking skills.

The more new words they learn and stories they write, the more points they win in a global league table with children from around the world. On signing up your child is provided with login details to get going and then they are set their first task, design their zoo keeper avatar using the paint tool box. (Evie found this quite hard on the laptop and I wonder if maybe on a tablet it would be easier?) They then move on to create their unique animal. Evie was tasked with designing a penguin come rabbit and I helped her create the image she had in her head. A black and white penguin body with rabbit ears, whiskers, a pink beak and big rabbit feet, joined like a penguin so it can waddle along!!

Your child's writing skills are then put to use, by adding short sentences about the animal they have created. With tips to perfect their writing skills as they go along. Hints like 'Remeber names have capital letter at the begining.' and 'sentences end with a full stop'. These really helped Evie and she remembered everything she was learning as she went.  Once done they have the chance to edit their writing and earn more orbs by following some extra goals given like add some adjectives, or add some verbs.

The Night Zookeeper's main portal contains a varitey of games based on English and grammar, such as Word Climb, Volcano Word Hop and Sentence Dash as well as lessons to complete. I would highly recommend this website for anyone who want to encourage creativity, imagination, learning and assist with reading and writing throughout the summer holidays and beyond.

There is really so much to keep every child busy for the whole of the summer.  If you would like to get your child involved with Night Zoo Keeper use the code ‘lovewriting’ for a 30% discount.

Budget Family Meal Plan | Feeding My Family Of 6 For Less Than £30

I am going to apologise now for how late the next 5 weeks meal plans are (probably) gonna be! We are 2 weeks in to the summer holidays and I cant seem to get into a work routine just yet...I am sure it will come, probably in week 5! But anyways I am here now, and at least I am continuing with our meal planning. This weeks food shop actually came in at just £28! I will leave our grocery haul video below so you can have a little watch if that is your thing. I've also shown how I meal plan in the video too, so you get to see the whole process. Anyway...lets get on with this weeks meal plan...

Budget Family Meal Plan #38

Another week...another plan...

So, another week and another meal plan. And last week I made the rookie error of planning meals that required a fair bit of prep, something I know isn't going to happen when it's 'that' week of the month (the ladies reading will know exactly what I am talking about!) luckily though as lots of our meat etc is in the freezer I am just moving lots of last weeks meals over to this week. I'm not even going to waste my time typing out how we got on last week because it was just a disaster!

Thames and Kosmos Master Detective Toolkit

A couple of months ago Jenson came home telling me all about a crime that had been committed at school and how the community police had been in, and that all the classes had to help solve the crime. It took ages for me to actually realise it was set up and a great way to encourage a whole host of learning opportunities that lasted for weeks! So when Thames and Kosmos got in touch and asked if Jenson would like to review the Master Detective Toolkit, I knew it would fill his mind with imagination and opportunity over the summer holidays and beyond!

Disclaimers: This post contains Affiliate links. 
The kit was sent for us to free of charge in return for an honest review.
 All words, opinions and photos are my own. 

Budget Meal Plan #37

Can you pas'ta salt across please!?

I really enjoyed putting together this weeks meal plan, its a mix of traditional, kid friendly meals and some new flavours, for us all as a family to try out!

The 3 Stages Of The “Summer Holidays” Countdown.

We are in the final few weeks (or days for some select unlucky lot) and I asked on my Facebook and Twitter pages how parents were feeling about the oncoming dread of the summer holidays. And well it dawned on me that for us parents there are 3 stages to the countdown to the big 6 weeks of summer school holidays....shall we take a look at them!

Family Meal Plan On A Very Low Budget | "Use What Ya Got'' Week #36

Whats Cookin' Good Lookin'?

This week is one of those super budget weeks! We just had rent week and a couple of other bills go out and we need to save up for Jenson and Evie sign up fees for football next season, so I decided this week just had to be a use what you got in the freezer and cupboard kinda week. 

Why A Mobile Broadband Device Will Be Your Best Friend!

Whether we like it or not, we live in a technology loving world, for almost every waking moment of the day we rely on the internet, from checking the weather before a day out to keeping the kids quiet for half an hour in a bust restaurant, but what about when you don't have a large data package on your phone...

Tried and Tested Beach Hacks For Parents By Parents.

We have all seen the videos pop up in our Facebook news feed, those hacks you couldn't possibly live without, but lets be honest, we have all watched those videos and eye rolled at some of the suggestions, and subsequently cry laughed at the comments left! As a seaside family we spent a whole lotta time at the beach and I wont lie I don't have time to try out BuzzFeed's 100 beach hacks article  (disclaimer this article probably doesn't exist...but it might!) I only want to know about those hacks that have been tried and tested by parents,  so I asked my Instagram followers and fellow parent bloggers and got their best tried and tested beach hacks for parents...

Budget Family Meal Plan #35

Orange you glad to see me! 

How is everyone getting on with their own meal plans? Do you meal plan or are you just here for some 'tea tonight' inspo? 

5 Ideas For...Free Things To Do In Skegness This Summer

The summer holidays are almost here, and as someone who is frugal and mum to 4 kiddos, I like to look for free stuff to do in the local area. I have a little list of things that are our ''go to'' activities in the summer holidays in Skegness, so thought I would share them....

Budget Family Meal Plan #34

A penne for your thoughts?

I am really looking forward to our meals this week, well I always look forward to them, one of my biggest tips is to cook food you want to eat. It makes cooking from scratch so much easier, and so much less of a chore! 

5 Ideas for...Activites To Help Children Recognise and Spell Their Name

This summer Elsie has been trying so hard to write her name, something that was touched on in preschool last year. So over the last few weeks I have been finding ways we can play that will encourage her to recognise the letters in her name and therefore help her learn to write her name. As it is something I see a lot at this time of year in parenting forums and groups I thought I would share 5 ideas to help children recognise and spell their names.

5 fun and easy activity ideas to help preschool children to recognise and spell their names


Budget Family Meal Plan #33

Another one bites the crust

We seem to have quite a bit leftover in the fridge this week, last weeks yellow sticker bits seem to be holding out well and so far, over a week past their 'best before' date they are still going super strong! This makes writing up a meal plan so much easier when you have the basis to your meals staring you in the face, obviously this really helps with sticking to a budget too!! 

How To Make A Jar Of Supermarket Value Pasta Sauce Taste Luxury

I know that some people really despise using jarred sauces, ''they are full of junk'' they say, ''you don't know whats in it'' they say, ''its cheaper to make your own'' that last one is what I used to say...but lets get real for a minute...they also have their place! A cheapo jar of pasta sauce will set you back anywhere between 25p-40p in most UK supermarkets, but using a few store cupboard and fridge staples you can transform a meek and humble (and pretty tasteless) budget jar of pasta sauce into something Mama Dolmio and the luxury high priced versions would be jealous of!


Take the 'thyme' to meal plan!

This week I thought I would try something a little different! So as you all know the basis of the majority of our meal plans is 'eat what ya got' but this week I wanted to see how many meals I could get from the Yellow Sticker reduction bins. And you know what? I did pretty on to find out what we have planned!

Budget Family Meal Plan #31

WTF! (Where's The Food!) 

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I took some time away and it taken me a while to get the laptop back out...but here I am. Meal plan thirty one. There is also a grocery haul, although not for this weeks meals (sorry!) over on YouTube so do pop over and give that a watch to (leave me a comment on YouTube and let me know you came from here!

Cheats Vegetable Samosas #MeatFreeMonday

Samo-so so good! 

Meat free Monday this week is all about getting the kiddos involved...Elsie actually made these cheats vegetable samosas all by herself...I even let her use the gas hob independently (off course I stayed very very close by!). This recipe is quick, easy and foolproof, what more could you want for a Monday!

Budget Family Meal Plan #30

Hands up who's hungry?

I can't believe that I have reached 30 meal plans here on the blog! Although I have been meal planning for a lot longer than 30 weeks...I actually think its coming up to 2 and a half years, maybe longer, and I cant believe how much meal planning has changed our finances! Before I started meal planning we would spend upwards of £90, then do a 'top up' shop in the week which would be upward of £30. Add to that the days we would probably end up buying something to chuck in the microwave and the nights we would order a takeaway and we was probably spending an extra £50 a week. And throwing the majority of that £90 food shop away! 

This weeks shop came to around £50 for 6 of us, which is actually a very expensive week for us (usually we spend around £30) but as it is half term I have planned for lunches too. I filmed a video about how I meal plan a couple of years ago, you can watch it here. Although I do shop slightly different now so should really update this video, but at least that will get you started!

Budget Family Meal Plan #29

Hands up who's hungry...

OK, so it has taken me a few days to get this post live, but her it is...even if it is 3 days late!

Slow Cooker 5-a-day Veggie Tagine and Fruity Cous Cous #MeatFreeMonday

Get your 5 a day in one hit!

I'm really big on meat free meals lately, I really want to cut down our intake to just one or 2 meat meals a week by the end of the year. I always thought that veggie meals would be boring and, well, samey. How wrong was I! I've probably eaten more delicious food in the last couple of months than I have in my life! If you are new to meat free meals, why not dip your toe in and try meat free Mondays for a few weeks first? This veggie tagine recipe is great for using up the last of your veggies, there is no veg that you couldn't put in here, and the fruity cous cous is just delicious and adds a sweetness that my kiddos couldn't say no to!

Family Meal Plan #28

dinner time...or tea time?

Another week, another meal plan! I make this my 3rd in 3 weeks yes? I'm gonna call that a win! Anyways enough of me peeping my own trumpet, on with the meal plan!

BBQ Jackfruit #MeatFreeMonday

So easy the kids can (and did) make it!

This year I really want to try new foods, and get into a habit of buying and using less meat, we are at the end of February and so far we have cut down our meat intake to 4/5 nights out of 7, compared to the beginning of January when it was probably 13 in 14 nights...and even then it would be something super simple and a little bit boring like jacket potato and cheese or cheesy pasta! So every Monday I am going to share a meat free recipe we have tried, as usual with my recipes, I tend to check out 3/4 of the same recipe around the web and come up with something similar that suits our family. This week's BBQ jackfruit recipe was inspired by Today We Cooked on Instagram, after reading a few more recipes online I tweaked it until I got this...and if your a little bit dubious about the whole jackfruit me, it really is an amazing alternative for pulled pork!

Family Meal Plan #27

This weeks eats...

Hey, so I'm back with another meal plan (I mean 2 weeks in a row is quite an achievement for me!) and this week I would love you to leave me a comment and tell me if you follow our meal plans or if you use them for inspiration? Have you cooked something recently that you saw either here on the blog or over on our Instagram? Let me know what it was and what you thought!

Family Meal Plan #26

On the menu this week...

Ok, so although I have been meal planning weekly I am really bad at writing these blog posts. So whilst I promise to try and keep up, if you want to see every meal plan you should pop over and follow us on Instagram, because I definitely share them all there! So lets try this is what we are eating this week....

5 Tips To Get Rid of Self Doubt

I am assuming that if you are hear reading this you are having THIS feeling...the feeling that you don't deserve a success, you aren't good enough, you don't belong. Research in 2011 found that around 70% of people have felt or will feel this at least once in there life. THIS feeling has a name, self doubt, imposter syndrome. And it doesn't just affect you, your best friend has probably felt it, your neighbour, the man at the bus stop, heck even your favourite celebrity, did you know Lady Gaga, Emma Watson, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Hanks, and more have all spoken out about their own episodes of self doubt. So what can you do right now to get rid of self doubt? Try one of these 5 tips and say hello to a brand new confident you...

5 Ways To Update a Tired Looking Room

This last few months I feel like my Instagram feed has become all about the home, gorgeous looking rooms looking all fancy in beautifully shot photos. Fifty shades of grey and monochrome minimalist seem the flavour of the day as I scroll through whole homes that have been newly decorated. But can I be honest? We cant all afford to update a whole house all at the same time, especially as trends seem to change so fast! I can barely afford a new sofa, let alone carpets for the whole house, new curtains, blinds, sofas, photos frames that all match, a new bathroom and a new kitchen...uh uh...that is absolutely not happening here! So how can I update our house without completely redecorating. Read on for 5 simple ideas to update a tired looking room. 

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5 Ideas For A Date Night

So you are looking for some fresh ideas for a date night, whether you have just started dating, or are looking to add a little 'spark' back into date night. Here are 10 date ideas, budget vs luxury, so take a look and start planning your next date night.

Budget Family Meal Plan w/c 05/01/2019

New year and back to the meal planning, Christmas is over, indulgences all over with, I enjoyed it but must say...I don't think I could eat another mince pie or drink another glass of prosecco if I tried (I'm not a big drinker!), we have probably spent the equivalent of a months shopping budget on food just for 1 week, I clearly did a rubbish job of 'not going mad this year' so we are ready to pull the budget back in and  get back to some meal planning....

I started failing at meal planning the last part of the year because of all the kids after school clubs, so I must remember to include a couple of slow cooker meals, especially for days when the kids have football training and we are kind of all eating at different times. (Serious if you don't own a slow cooker you NEED to get one!!)

Let me know in the comments what your meal plans are this week. Also pop on over to our YouTube channel as there is a Grocery Haul over there and a few family meal idea videos. I will also be filming this weeks meals, so if you don't already be sure to hit subscribe and click the bell notification!