5 Reasons why Everyone Needs an Emergency Fund

5 reasons why everyone needs an emergency fund. Money savings

If you find yourself struggling every time you encounter a financial hurdle in your life, then it might be time to start considering the benefits of an emergency fund. An emergency fund can help to make sure that you're capable of paying your bills, and shelling out cash for any unexpected expenses when problems naturally arise.

Without an emergency fund, you could open yourself up to countless potential problems including debt and discomfort. Here, we'll look at just some of the reasons why everyone could benefit from having an emergency safety blanket in place.

Life is Unpredictable

The first, and most important reason why everyone needs an emergency fund is that no matter how good you are at budgeting, the truth is that we can't prepare for everything. When you first begin to budget, you may find that you're leaving out some of the essential expenses that you need to plan for, and an emergency fund can make sure that you're ready to tackle those problems when they come up.

Just remember, as unplanned expenses do begin to emerge, you can write them down and adjust your budget accordingly to ensure that you won't forget about them in the future. That doesn't mean that you won't need an emergency fund anymore, but it should ensure that you tap into it less frequently.

An Income Only Goes So Far

If you're living alone, then the chances are you only have one source of income to rely on. Unfortunately, since you can't turn to someone else for help when something goes wrong, you'll find that you need even more help to ensure that you can fight back against potential problems that could arise.

Ideally, if you're the sole income provider in your family, you'll need to work on having at least a year's worth of funds saved up. You can then build a larger emergency fund later if necessary. Remember, if you're just starting a family, you might need to increase your emergency fund to take children into account.

Owning a Home is a Huge Commitment

If you own your own home, you'll find that your need for an emergency fund is even more significant, as it's up to you to pay for all the upkeep expenses and repairs that are necessary to keep your home in a livable condition.

As a homeowner, your emergency fund will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have something to turn to if things go wrong and you need a little extra help. Remember, home repairs can be very expensive, as is something like replacing a boiler. The more you can save back to protect your home, the more you can rest assured that you will always have a comfortable place to live - no matter what hurdles might come your way.

You Need to Prepare for Major Issues

This follows on from the "life is unpredictable" comment. Even if nothing ever goes wrong with your home, and you keep hold of the same job for a number of years, you could still face major issues if you're facing a serious medical problem or dental concern. Health issues aren't only expensive, they can also mean that you end up having to take days, weeks, or even months away from work.

Whether you're the sole provider for income in your household or not, a long time away from work is sure to have a negative impact on your quality of life. An emergency fund can help to soften the blow when you should be focusing on getting better.

Emergency Funds Help You Reach Your Goals

Finally, if you're focusing on reaching an important financial goal, like starting your own business, or owning a property, your emergency fund will help to prevent you from dipping into your other savings when things go wrong. This should mean that you're less likely to move backward on your goals instead of forwards.

Although your progress might slow down a little as you'll need to replace your emergency funds too, you'll be able to keep your savings untouched, so you don't have to worry about losing track.

Though personal loans are available when you're struggling to make ends meet, and you don't have an emergency fund in place to help you overcome life's little challenges, it's often much better to budget some money aside for a rainy-day fund in case things go wrong. Borrowing options do exist, but they'll only take you so far and can be very expensive to pay back.

 

 

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The Crown, Foundation and Singing! #LittleLoves

I haven't made the Little Loves linky over at Coffee Work Sleep the past few weeks, which is annoying as I made a pact with myself to join in every week! Oh well, life gets in the way sometimes and I seem to be juggling a lot of balls right now so I'm trying to not give myself too hard a time.

So what's been happening these past few weeks... Well my Twins' school had a major gas issue which meant they had to close for a day and a half one week. Luckily for me my work place is local and flexible so I could leave early to pick up the boys, even though we were only given an hour's notice! I do wonder about parents who work further away or don't have such understanding bosses! The following day was also my day off so it worked out fine for us and I loved spending an unexpected day at home with my boys!

Last week I was so ill with the flu. I was off work all week apart from Friday and spent it mostly in bed shivering or on the sofa. I felt very sorry for myself indeed. Back at work fully this week and it's been nice to get properly dressed up and to feel human again!

Here's my list of Little Loves this week.....

Read

I am always reading but normally it's in bits on my phone and in a hurry! I'm constantly clicking through links on Twitter to read articles of interest... at the moment it's usually business related content. I enjoy reading anything about start ups, entrepreneurs and marketing.

Another Twitter account I love right now is Blinkist. I could happily click through on every link they have on their account and their website magazine is good too! Blinkist is an App that summarises all the best nonfiction books, in a quick and easy to read format. Absolutely perfect for those that never have any time.... like most of us! I don't have the App myself, I'm more than happy with reading the snippets it provides on Twitter!

I'm also a sucker for the celebrity gossipy news stories on SnapChat... spend way more time than I really should reading those!

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Watched

Being ill does have one perk... being able to watch loads of telly! I started, at long last, watching The Crown on Netflix! Yes I know I'm incredibly late to the party on this. I did start watching a while ago but the first one or two episodes I found difficult to get into. I wanted to give it another chance and I'm so glad I did! I'm way in now on episode seven and loving it!

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Heard

I heard my boys practicing their lines for their school assembly and then heard them say them when I watched it ! They had a couple of lines each and it fills my heart with pure joy to see them saying their lines with confidence... a little quiet yes but up until last year they would hide in sharing assemblies they hated it so much, and they would NEVER have said a single word because of their shyness. I'm so proud of them.

Wore

Not much to report here! Wearing the same old stuff... could do with a shopping spree but I don't really want to buy more Winter clothes and it's too cold for Spring clothes just yet. Will wait another month then treat myself I think!

I've been wearing my new Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation recently. I'm not a massive fan of foundation and tend to just wear concealer but sometimes when I feel particularly pasty and my skin isn't great, especially in the Winter, this foundation is amazing! It IS thick so you only need a small amount, which I apply with a brush, but it boasts the best coverage on the market and I would absolutely agree. I love it. It's on the pricey side but in store they colour match it to your skin and it lasts ages. Think I might go for the lighter version next time to try!

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Made

I absolutely love singing, I was trained as a child and can often be heard singing very loud at home! I believe this to be totally normal but when my kids friends are round I sometimes forget myself and burst into song! The look on their faces is priceless... it's like they think I'm completely bonkers! Either that  or I sound truly terrible haha! Anyway, now the kids are older I've decided to brush up on my (limited) skills and I've joined a singing class... just for fun. I'm naturally a shy person so this week when the first lesson was due, I wanted to pull out. I was nervous and didn't want to go. But I made myself, and I'm so pleased I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

And lastly....

Half term at last woohoo! Been counting down the days since the kids went back to school after Christmas! Really looking forward to spending a week with my babies, staying cosy at home some days and having fun adventures on the rest!

Hope you have a great week!

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Big Brother, Oasis and Shiny Brogues #LittleLoves

So Week 3 of 2018 and I'm struggling with tiredness. I need to get to bed much earlier but even when I do I end up catching up with work or reading and then it's always after midnight when I'm going to sleep! My alarm is set for 6.30am, giving me 6 hours if I'm lucky. Not enough sleep for me. I have snoozed for England this week! Today I pressed that snooze button for almost an hour, causing us all to rush around like crazy dudes trying to get ready and out of the house! My children are still asleep too by the way (lazy little so and so's!) so I have to wake them and I hate doing that.

Anyway, hope you've all had a good week. Here is my list of Little Loves.....

Read

The forgetting time book books

I've started a new book.... The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin. I'm only a couple of chapters in but I'm already intrigued. It's about a little boy who seems to remember his past life. It's got some great reviews so hoping it will be a good one!

Watched

big brother tv show

It has to be Big Brother! I know it's not everyone's cup of tea and I wouldn't watch the Summer one with members of the public because it's all got a bit silly now with most of them chasing fame! It's also on for far too long... too much of a commitment to keep up, but I did use the love it in the early years when it was very much an experiment on human behaviour! The celebrity one is different as it's only on for a few weeks and I can't help but to be intrigued.... to discover the sides of the celebrities as we've never seen them before. Even the Z Listers, which most of them are, quite often turn out to be TV gold! Yes it's all been done before but every housemate is different and it's the element of surprise and unpredictability that fascinates me!

It's been much better this year... a lot more civilised. The Year of the Woman has given us more intellectual conversations and has generally been more respectful. I pretty much like everyone in there, if there was any time I'd like to be in the Big Brother house it would be now, with those people! They all seem to be getting along reasonably well which is unusual. But of course, there's still time for it all to unravel 😉

Can't go without mentioning The Greatest Showman! Went to see it last weekend with my eldest two kids and OMG I loved it so much! Much better than I imagined. I'm a massive musical fan so it had to go a long way to impress me but it certainly did! And Hugh Jackman..... I love him!

Heard

I've been listening to Oasis again the past few weeks. I was a big fan back in the day and after watching that documentary that was on over Christmas... Supersonic... if you watched it, wasn't it brilliant? Such an intimate look at the very start of their journey and a wonderful insight to the bands' real personalities.... a real eye opener! The programme just made me want to listen to their albums again. I was there at Knebworth that Summer of 1996, a moment in Britpop history! Did you know that more than 2 and a half million people applied for tickets for the 2 Knebworth shows? Apparently they could've sold out at least 18 Knebworth shows instead of 2! Crazy! I feel very lucky to have been part of it... was one of the best days ever!

The sun was setting in the sky on this perfect, warm summer's evening as they played my favourite song....

https://youtu.be/fOgtATs7Og8

Wore

I've been wearing my Hotter shoes this week. I've had them over a year but the first time I wore them they gave me terrible blisters! I'd gone into London and my heels bled.... I was at an event in a hotel and they had to get me medical help! Hehe..... That'll teach me to wear new shoes with bare feet! Understandably, it put me off wearing them, even though I did the old holding them over the steam of a boiling kettle to soften up the heels... I've still been scared of them! Well no more. Because I do actually love them..... Nice aren't they? I'm liking them with black tights and a skirt and so far... no blisters!

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Made

I'm trying to make sure my twins are doing a bit more work at home. It's not always easy as they just want to chill when they get home from school but I promised myself I would encourage them to read and do some fun maths. They still need to get their heads round the basics with maths and do struggle somewhat. We are back doing the Smartick Maths programme which I was lucky enough to review last year. They enjoyed it then and I felt as though they came on in leaps and bounds whilst on it so I'm super pleased to be using it again!

And Lastly

I had a lovely night out with a friend on Thursday as we headed to the theatre to see La Soiree! I will talk more about it next week and I'll be writing up a review in the next day or two but WOW! It was the most bizarre show I've ever seen and I've seen loads! It was absolutely freezing on Thursday though and getting myself out on the train into London on a school night was a bit of a struggle, but so glad we went! We had a brilliant time! Made a mental note to do it more often!

Have a good week everyone.... looks like it's going to be a cold one!

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Getting Girls into STEM with Pretty Curious by EDF Energy

I've been seeing the STEM campaign by EDF Energy on social media for a while and was initially surprised to learn that of all the people working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related jobs, only a small percentage were women. Years ago I would've thought that to be the case but not in this day and age surely? Maybe boys have been naturally drawn to those subjects in the past because of the generations before them, and girls go to the more arty type subjects at school. I don't know. But I do know that unless schools and us as parents are actively trying to change these perceptions and teaching girls about the diverse roles these subjects can lead to... nothing will change.

pretty curious EDF Energy

Step forward EDF Energy! They decided to create their Pretty Curious campaign which has been running for a few years now and has been incredibly successful. It was set up to raise awareness and give young girls the opportunity to learn about the industries they could work in. Just one in four people working in core STEM roles in the UK are women and EDF Energy is reliant on STEM skills not only to deliver a low-carbon energy future but also to create smarter energy solutions. That's why they they want to recruit from the widest talent pool possible including a new generation of STEM advocates.

Having a 12 year old daughter myself, I do actively encourage her to explore STEM subjects, especially technology which I know she's interested in already, and Maths because she's quite good at it (she doesn't particularly like it though!). She loves making things and getting stuck in so when we were asked if we'd like to take part in this campaign and receive a Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, my daughter was very excited!

EDF Energy have partnered up with Star Wars: The Last Jedi recently as they believe having a major movie on board which features two inspirational female lead characters with strong STEM skills... Rose and Rey, can encourage girls to look at STEM in a new light.

pretty curious edf energy star wars

pretty curious edf energy star wars

When the Droid Inventor Kit arrived, it was all I could do to keep my twin boys away from it! They just assumed it was for them and I guess therein lies the problem. Because the toy was a mechanical, construction robot thing, my boys immediately thought it had come for them. I would go so far as to say they were even a little shocked when I told them no, it was for their sister! They looked at each other in disbelief!

Why is that? It's that stereotypical gender role argument... that boys usually have all the building toys and girls would have the creative toys or dolls etc. To be fair, being an R2-D2 I personally would never have bought something like this for my daughter and it DOES look like a boys toy, so it's taught me something too right there! It's silly though because there's no reason why girls shouldn't build and construct things.... they're just as capable and enjoy it just as much!

This is why I love this campaign.

So, I made sure the boys took a back seat this time... they could sit and watch! The kit was fantastic. Created by Little Bits, who make customisable, remote control toys, comes with everything they need to make the Droid, including batteries!

The first thing to do is download the App. This provides all the instructions as well as the tools to controls your Droid once complete, there are paper ones too but my daughter was straight into the App!

star ward droid pretty curious edf energy

star ward droid pretty curious edf energy

As you can see there are a fair few parts and circuits to navigate but the step by step instructions were easy to follow. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed working out what to do all by herself. I literally didn't have to help her once and she absolutely relished this.

pretty curious

pretty curious edf energy

pretty curious

pretty curious edf energy

The App that accompanies the Droid becomes the controller too... a very important partner! It comes with more than 16 different missions for the Droid to undertake so no need for kids to become bored! Again, my daughter set all this up by herself. Being able to work out how to put something like this together without help was so important. It meant she didn't have to ask anyone else to do it, which would've meant a disconnection between her and the Droid. She couldn't wait to try out the circuits she'd connected and built, before it was even completed!

droid inventor kit pretty curious edf energy

Once the main control part of the Droid had been assembled, it was then time to add the body. These toys have been designed so that you can create your own inventions too and not just have the R2-D2. This encourages kids to think outside the box and customise their Droids in as many different ways as their imaginations allow! They can even ADD to the mix by buying different Little Bits kits.

All that needed to be added then was the outer shell and all the stickers. She had fun with that! The R2-D2 was complete... and doesn't he look amazing?

pretty curious edf energy droid inventor kit

My daughter thought the whole process of building the Droid was great! She discovered she possessed the necessary skills to work out the logistics, the problem solving, the coordination, the design, and that she could do all this with no help!

Once she had played around with the Droid for a while, taking him all over the house, controlling him with the App, it was time for my twins to finally have a go!

pretty curious

They loved it... especially all the noises it makes! R2-D2 has a voice and he uses it!

My daughter was also encouraged to watch a virtual reality video about three women who work for EDF Energy in three very different roles... a structural engineer who helped design The Shard, a Research Engineer for off shore windfarms and a Coder who also founded crowdfunding website Mode for Me! She was amazed by these jobs and realistically she may never have known about these roles had it not been for us taking part in this campaign. I'm sure they inspired her to consider her career options more carefully now she has seen what she could do!

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I would absolutely tell anyone with a daughter to head over to the EDF Energy website as there's so much information on there about the Pretty Curious programme. The events they organise too are challenging girls creatively to experience those career possibilities available by pursuing STEM subjects at school.

Also on the website you'll find......

Future Me avatar and quiz

Create a sharable and personalised avatar in a STEM-related career to picture yourself in a potential future role ranging from a biologist to an electrical engineer. If you’re not sure what the future could hold, take their easy personality quiz to see what career may be best suited to your interests.

Parents quiz

Be the first to take the new parents quiz and see what STEM-related career would best suit your child. Identify their strengths, plus discover information and guidance on pursuing a career in that particular role once you receive your results.

We have fully appreciated collaborating with EDF Energy on their brilliant #PrettyCurious campaign - I feel as though we have benefited a great deal from it and learned so much. I really hope you find it educational too.

New Years Resolutions and How to Stick to Them

how to stick to new years resolutions
First of all, Happy New Year!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and celebrated the new year in which ever way which suits you at this moment in time!

Mine was spent indoors with a packet of biscuits and a cup of tea!

It's a far cry from years gone by! New Years Eve used to be THE biggest night out for me and my mates when we were younger! Always searching for the best parties and club nights to go to. Everyone you knew would be out and it was would be bloody amazing! Some of my best times out have been on NYE!

I don't think I've been out now for over 12 years on NYE but you know what? That's just the way I like it! Simply being with my family, all warm and cosy watching the telly is good enough for me these days! This year, like previous years, I was at my Dad's with my three youngest, my brother, his kids and just chilled.

And so.... 2018 begins. Have you made any new years resolutions? I actually CANNOT believe how fast the past year has flown. I'm sure we say that every year but 2017 seemed particularly fast!

My new years resolutions are pretty much the same as they always are. I wrote posts back in 2014 and 2016 on this and re-reading them they're identical to what I'm thinking this time too... haha the usual suspects.... eating healthier, getting fit and generally being a bit more pro active with my ambitions! I suppose I made a good start with the getting fit this year... I joined a gym and did manage to go regularly up until the summer holidays where it all went a bit Pete Tong! I'm definitely eating better too but there's much room for improvement there.

This year I have some big plans for a new little business I'm going to start up! More on that in a future post though!

Whether you've made specific resolutions/goals, the start of a new year is always the perfect time for reflection and to look forward. Most people have at least SOME things they'd like to achieve in the coming year. But how can we make sure we achieve our goals instead of letting them slip by the wayside?

Here's a little list I've put together to help.....

1) They must be realistic

Even is the goal is big, be sure to break it down into smaller, more achievable stepping stones. That way, when you hit one, it will spur you on to the next and so on.

2)  Write out a plan

Writing your 'stepping stones' down on paper in a diary can give you the push you need. Again, don't be unrealistic, give yourself time to get there. Not giving yourself enough time will only end in failure, which will knock your confidence and could result in you giving up.

3) Tell someone, or all your friends

Sometimes the only way to motivate ourselves is to make ourselves accountable. If you've told people what you want to achieve, it will make you more determined as you don't want to look like you haven't at least tried when they ask!

4) Make them short

Instead of making long term goals, make them short term instead. Kind of like Dry January. Giving up alcohol for a month sounds a lot more doable than giving up for a year!

5) Plan to keep your environment goal friendly

It's no good planning to eat healthily if you're still buying the same old tempting sweet treats to keep in the cupboards! Plan your meals for each day and don't buy any extras! Or keep your running shoes by the door so you see them all the time if you plan to start running!

6) Focus on adding something more rather than taking away

Making resolutions where you add something to your life like joining a group/class or seeing certain people more is far easier than giving up things you enjoy, like alcohol or sugar!

7) Reward yourself

Allowing yourself a little treat after a certain amount of time is a good incentive. It could be buying yourself something new or doing something you love. Not allowing yourself to do these things until AFTER you have reached one of your milestones is a fantastic way to keep motivated!

Finally....

Believe in yourself

You can do it! Keep positive and believe you can achieve your goals. Rome wasn't built in a day and certain resolutions like big lifestyle changes are incredibly difficult to maintain. Don't give yourself a hard time if you fall off the track, get back on and try again!

Good luck!

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Three questions to ask when buying a Family Car

A new set of wheels is a big deal, and when it comes to your family, you want to make sure you’re buying something safe, economical and long-lasting. Purchasing a car on your own is daunting, and women, in particular, are often targeted by unscrupulous dealers and salesmen looking to unload faulty or unsellable vehicles. When it’s time for a new vehicle, then these are just three simple questions you need to ask to make sure you get a car that’s right for you.

  1. How safe is it?

Safety is the number-one priority when it comes to purchasing a new car. The latest driver assistance technologies have the potential to save thousands of lives on our roads. Look for technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), which uses sensors to identify road hazards and can slow and even stop vehicles before a collision; electronic stability control (ESC) which activates when a driver loses control of a car in an accident, and lane-keep assist, which warns drivers when they stray outside their lane. As well as new technologies, vehicles should also include curtain airbags, which will protect you and your children from a side-impact crash and reduce driver death by nearly 40 percent.

  1. How big is it?

Chances are, if you’re a busy parent with several children, then your car needs lots of space! Between taking little ones to sports, supermarket shopping, prams and trips away, a hatchback or sedan just isn’t going to cut it. As how big the boot space is if it isn’t listed, both with the back seats up and down. A ‘big’ boot with the backseat up is considered anything over 500 litres and should be plenty of space for a busy family. It also pays to look at whether you need a five-seater or seven-seater car. Numerous large SUV models have an optional two seats in the back seat, which is ideal if you sometimes carpool or drive children’s friends or relations around but don’t necessarily require a van for day-to-day use.

  1. How much fuel does it use?

A car may seem cheap up front, but turn out to be a huge expense with a large, inefficient engine. Ask the owner or salesman about its fuel rating. If they’re a commercial dealer and don’t know, then that’s a red flag and suggests they don’t know a huge amount about their own cars. You can also check a car’s fuel consumption online. Remember that petrol will be an ongoing expense, so if you’re tossing up between several models with similar safety features and size requirements, then choose the one with the lowest fuel consumption – this will save you the most money in the long run.

You don’t have to learn everything there is to know about cars to when it’s time to purchase your next family vehicle. If you’re concerned about getting a cost-effective, safe vehicle for your family, then it’s worth looking at online websites featuring cars for sale, such as Auto Trader, which will clearly display all the relevant information you need, allowing you to make an informed choice.

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Easter holidays 2017 and Tatton Park

So all the kids are back at school this week after the Easter holidays! Mine went back last week actually but most areas in the UK went back today.

Are you glad to get back into some sort of routine? The majority of parents are in agreement I think that they adore having the kids at home, but equally adore regaining a bit of structure to the day and getting their sanity back!! It also means we can get on with the things that we really can't do when kids are around all the time!

I LOVE having my children home with me though. I could happily wallow in a bubble of just me and them for ever! I just like them being around.. they're good kids... and I LOVE not having to rush out of the door in the morning on the school run! I say this after every holidays I know. I just wish I could have my children home more.. childhood goes so fast and in the blink of an eye they're all grown up!

We had a relaxing couple of weeks off. We didn't do THAT much. I had to work Monday and Tuesday the first week. But on the Wednesday we babysat for my friends baby. He has Down Syndrome and he is the most gorgeous boy ever! We adore him, especially my daughter... she is absolutely obsessed with him and I'll be lucky to get near him when she's around! She loves him to bits! He's so well behaved and happy!

Here he is...... He'd just had his lunch in this photo and he ate it all up... such a good boy!

On Thursday I took the kids over to a friends house! They played with her children in their swimming pool in the garden most of the day which was wonderful! Even if it was a bit chilly outside... they didn't care at all! It was a lovely day, always nice to catch up with friends and we stayed quite late so really made the most of it!

swimming pool garden fun

pool garden

At the weekend I drove up to Lancashire to my Dad's house. It always seems like a mammoth task packing the car for myself and the three kids and driving around 200 miles to get there, fighting traffic and roadworks, but it's exciting too and feels like a mini holiday! I love being with my Dad and staying at his house. It's quite strange now that I don't always take Teen. He ALWAYS loved going to my Dad's (used to be my Mum there too until she sadly passed away almost 9 years ago now) but because he's 18 now and has a part time job, he's often working, as is my OH so they stay at home together! Teen also likes to stay behind because of friends. Hopefully though he will come with us next time!

We made the most of the lovely weather (while it lasted) and visited the gorgeous Tatton Park in Cheshire whilst at my Dads! It's part of the National Trust and is a great day out... lots to see and do and the best thing is, it doesn't cost a fortune!

You could really spend all day here, it's absolutely a wonderful place, we didn't even get round to seeing everything after arriving at just before lunch, so if you go, get there early is all I can say!

There's a cute little farm to walk around which has the most fascinating outbuildings. Some of them are miniature museums showing how people used to live there last century! There's a fairground and adventure playground where the kids can go crazy for a while, there are the beautiful, huge gardens... my children loved exploring these, there's parkland where you can spot deer, there's shops and a lovely restaurant too! Then of course there's the mansion itself that you can go inside of and look around.

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tatton park days out cheshire easter holidays

tatton park days out cheshire easter holidays

tatton park days out cheshire easter holidays

tatton park days out cheshire easter holidays

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tatton park days out cheshire easter holidays

Just some of the lovely grounds and gardens there at Tatton Park! Even though it was a lovely day, it's still very early Spring and most of the flowers hadn't bloomed, but you can imagine how pretty it's all going to look once that happens? We hope to make another visit here in the Summer!

Another day we had a trip to the cinema to see Moana! The kids had been wanting to see it for a while but we hadn't got round to it, so I checked to see if it was on the Kids AM deal at Vue cinemas and it was! Bonus! Nice and cheap tickets for us 🙂 Have you been to the Kids AM at Vue before? At weekends and school holidays you can take the kids (it's only families that are allowed this deal) to see a film for £2.50! When you have a big family like mine, a trip to the cinema for everyone can be costly.... if you can wait (the films showing are usually those that have been out for a while) it's definitely worth it!

We LOVED Moana... such a good film! We even bought some Moana cupcakes to make at home during that second week of the holidays when the weather was pretty dire, in Lancashire anyway!

moana cakes

We spent the rest of the time at my Dad's just chillin' (perfect) and being together and catching up with family members.

We had a lovely time! I really didn't want to come home and back to the daily grind but hey ho.... that's life I guess.... until I win the lottery that is 😉

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.... roll on half term!

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