Family Budget Meal Plan #52

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 reduction's 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!

Lately though we have changed the way we shop once again! And we have been trialling a huge monthly shop followed up by as and when shops for things like bread, milk, cheese (anyone else go through so much cheese!!), fruit and veggies. So far so good and last month our food budget total came to less than £120. I will get around to filming a video for YouTube, but in reality this probably won't be until January as December will be an unrealistic month what with Christmas food and family get together's meaning we probably spend a monthly budget just on Christmas food!

You can still 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!

12 Shared Gift Ideas Siblings Will Love!

With Christmas on the horizon, off course me and Dean have been talking about gift ideas for the kids. and I can not lie they have everything! So we are struggling this year. We have been thinking about joint presents for the kids to share so I thought I would share some of the things we have come across on our search for the perfect sibling shared gifts.


Budget Family Meal Plan #51

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 reduction's 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!



Budget Family Meal Plan #50

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 reduction's 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!



DIY Halloween Wreath On A Budget!

I love an easy DIY, I especially love a DIY that I can display during celebrations throughout the year, and even more than that I love it when I have made a DIY that I love more than stuff I have seen in the shop...especially when it costs a whole heap less!! I have made door wreaths before but have never had the guts to share them on my blog in-case people thought they were a bit naff! But here I am sharing my DIY Halloween wreath, and not only is this really affordable, around the £4 or £5 mark, it was also really easy and it has held up against some high winds, heavy rain and a couple of falls from the door to the floor!

On a brown UPVC door, with a glass window hangs a circular door wreath with several small atrifical spiders scattered around, thick atrificial spider web, a large black glittered spider at the bottom of the wreath and across the middle pf the wreath is a wooden arrowed sign which says haunted house in white lettering

Budget Family Meal Plan #49

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 reduction's 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!

Pumpkin Party Time with Feisty Pets | GIFTED

Halloween is just around the corner and well you know, we really love Halloween! So when Jazwares asked us to celebrate with a pumpkin party we agreed, and they sent us some Feisty Pets Cranky Cathy to help us celebrate and get the kids in the mood!

DISCLAIMER: We were kindly gifted a Feisty Pet for each of the kiddos, all photos, words and opinions are our own.



Budget Family Meal Plan #48

Whether you are new to meal planning or are a seasoned expert I hope that these meal plan posts bring you some inspiration! 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!

Budget Family Meal Plan #47

Whether you are new to meal planning or are a seasoned expert I hope that these meal plan posts bring you some inspiration! 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!

Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise & Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise

I have opened many a blog review with the next line...but its true...so here goes...My kids bloomin love a surprise egg style toy. So when Zuru got in touch and asked if we would like to review the brand new Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise and Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise, I knew that Elsie would love them as an early birthday gift!

Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted Rainbocorns in return for an honest review. All words, opinions and photos are my own.  

Budget Family Meal Plan #46

Right so, we are trying something new...we tried it last month and we actually saved a hefty amount (or at least we would have if we hadn't of wasted that money on eating out...I've started meal planning and shopping monthly for the main shopping items and then each week we get the fresh veg and fresh fruit that we find yellow stickered, then things like bread, cheese (why do we eat so much!), and milk as and when we need it! Last month (September) it worked a treat, so I am hoping it works just as well this month. I will still share weekly plans though because it just suits me better as a blogger to have up weekly plans, it also means that I can sit and bulk type the months meal plans and I shouldn't miss a week ever again!!

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!

Budget Family Meal Plan #45

OK...OK....so I fell of the 'sharing our meal plan' wagon didn't I! But fear not, I am back to hopefully bring you some tea time inspiration! I will also share 5 days of pack up ideas later in the post so keep on reading!

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!

Zuru Smashers EPIC Dino Egg - Is It Worth It?

If you are a long time reader you will know that my kids love a collectible, you will know that they love anything that is hidden and requires unboxing, so when Zuru asked us if they could send us the brand new Smashers EPIC Dino Egg I knew they would absolutely love it! And whats more, I wanted to know, with an RRP of £24.99 - is it worth the price? Read on to find out what we thought, and for your chance to win a £25 Smyths voucher.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this bundle in return for a blog post, hosting a giveaway and some social media posts. All words, photos and opinions are our own. 

Halloween and October Half-Term Activities and Whats On - Skegness 2019

It only just feels like we are getting back into a routine after the summer holidays, but here we are just a few weeks away from October half term. But whats on? What is there to do? Don't worry I have done all the hard work for you, here is a list of all of the family/kid friendly events I could find during October half term in Skegness and surrounding areas. Keep this page bookmarked for regular updates. 



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 oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com 


Fear Island @Fantasy Island (Sea Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness)
Free entry, but be prepared for additional prices to incur. 12th October-3rd November 11am-7pm/9pm (closes times vary, please see the website or Facebook page for details)

6 new attractions, 3 new shows (not all are family friendly) for more information see the wesbite here:  Fear Island III @Fantasy Island


Halloween Party @Kidsworld (Lucky Strikes, Grand Parade, Skegness)
£7.50 per child. Thursday 24th October 2019, 3pm-7pm

Includes entry to soft play, disco, food, drinks, party games, free face painting, fancy dress competition.


Halloween Grotto and Trick or Treat Trail @Hildreds Centre (Lumley Road, Skegness)
FREE! Saturday 26th October 2019, 11am-3pm

Nightmare before Christmas Halloween grotto, meet and greet Jack and Sally, free face painting, trick or treat around the shops and a zombie containment unit


Halloween Party @Highwayman, (Lincoln Road, Skegness)
Price unknown. Saturday 26th October, 7.30-11.30pm

Disco, games and fancy dress competition.


Halloween Party @Hillbilly Hueys, Catchwater Meadows (Burgh Le Marsh)
Price unknown, disco and karaoke 26th October


Halloween 5k fun run/walk
£3 per adult, £2 per child. Fundraiser for St Barnabas hospice. 26th October 2019, 11am start

For more information contact The New Park Club Facebook page or pop in to the New Park Club, Scarborough Avenue, Skegness


Halloween Party @Captain Kids (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£8 October 26th 4–7pm

Access to the soft play area, disco, party games, buffet, face-painting, fancy dress competition and prices to be won.


Spooktacular Evening @Northcotes Horses (Sandy Lane, Great Steeping, Spilsby)
£3 per person, under 3's free. 26th October 3.30-6.30pm

OUTDOORS- Fancy dress competition, aerial performance, fire performance, BBQ, small animal handling, apple bobbing and more.


Halloween Big Bash @The Suncastle, North parade, Skegness
£3 per child (3+) under 3's and adults FREE, 26th October 2019, 6pm onwards

Price includes entry to soft play area, children's entertainment, fancy dress competitions, games, raffle, live entertainment from 9pm


Halloween Dino's and Dragons @Skegness Aquarium
Included in aquarium ticket price, 26th & 27th October 2019

Meet and greet dragon (Saturday) and dinosaur  (Sunday), also includes a trick or treat trail, fancy dress competition, scary storytelling and a spooky quiz trail.


Halloween offers @Skegness Bowl (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£11.99 adult, £8.99 child. 28th October - 3rd November 2019

2 games of bowling and a choice of alcoholic or non alcoholic 'dinos brew'


The Halloween Experience, Wigg Lane, Chapel Saint Leonards (Nr Skegness)
Price unknown, October 31st 5.30pm-November 2nd 11.30pm


Halloween Kids Disco @The Vine (Vine Road, Skegness)
Free entry, October 31st 6-9pm


Halloween Party @Laser Quest, Skegness Pier, Grand Parade
£9.99 per child (6-14). 1st November 6pm-8.30pm

Laser quest, party games, buffet, fancy dress competition

Grab your broomsticks and fly out for more fun, a little further afield...




Bell's Pumpkin Patch (Bells Gardening Outlet, Lowfields Road, Bennington) 

FREE ENTRY (additional prices apply) Saturday 19th- Monday 28th October 10-5

Pick your own pumpkin, carving tent, photo stations, potato catapults, pumpkin cannon, bounce & climb, maize maze, tractor rides, hot and cold food available


Halloween at The Castle (Tattershall Castle. Tattershall)Admission prices apply + crafts £1.50 each, trail £2 each


Halloween Special (Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Grimsby)
£8 adults, £6 seniors, £4 children (under 3 free), family ticket (for two adults and up to four children) £20, £1 Dogs. 27th, 28th October 2019 11am-6pm

Spooky entertainment, meet birds of prey at your seats on the train and more!


Poplar Farm Pumpkin Patch, Sutton on Sea
25th, 26th, 27th October 2019

Pick your own pumpkins, pumpkin activities and games, pumpkin home baking and Harry Potter teas in the Vintage Tea Room.


Spooky Treat Trail (Lincolnshire Wildlife Park)
Standard admission prices plus £1 per child. 26th, 27th October 2019


Fright Night Fireworks (Springfields Outlet, Spalding)
Adult £8, £5 kids. 31st October 2019, 6pm onwards

Spooky entertainment, fancy dress competition, fireworks.


Donna Nook Maize Maze (Louth, Lincolnshire)
£5 per person 31st October - 2nd November 10am - 5pm and 7pm-10pm

Expect spooky decorations, props and live scares! PLEASE NOTE THE LIVE SCARES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 7PM IN THE DARK.  IT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN.




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 oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com 

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.


Empire Bowl (Empire Arcade, Grand Parade)
£7 per child (Mon-Fri 3.00-6.00)

Includes one game of bowling, 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 oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com

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.

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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. 


Nanables GIVEAWAY



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

OK...so 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!

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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

THIS POST WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON MY BLOG IN AUGUST 2017 

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!


YELLOW STICKER Meal Plan #32

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 well...read 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!