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When you have kids the summer holidays can seem like they are never ending because it seems unless you pay for an expensive day out or holiday every day, the kids just never seem happy. I certainly can’t afford to do something every single day so I decided to list some things I could do with them that wont cost me anything (or very little) so I keep them happy and myself sane.

  • Visit a local pet store. My kids see this like a mini zoo and can spend ages looking at the animals.
  • Visit a McDonald’s. You don’t have to spend lots here, maybe get a hamburger or ice cream each. And most have iPads, balloons, soft play or little events on.
  • Go to the local park. Maybe take a picnic and make it more of a day out.
  • Find a country park or woods to take a walk and again a picnic.
  • Google your city/town/village most places will have a ‘what’s on’ page and most will be free.
  • Go on a nature walk. This can even be down your street. Google nature scavenger hunt and you will find plenty to print off.
  • Have a science day. Pinterest a few science experiments you could do with items you have at home and try a few.
  • If you have a good size back garden, make an obstacle course with objects from your home/garden.
  • Have a water fight.
  • Make a car wash in your garden. Give the kids some buckets of water and sponges and get them set on garden toys/furniture.
  • Go puddle splashing.
  • Make or decorate cakes.
  • Play hide and seek.
  • Make a fort.

Is there anything you would add to the list?

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Weight – 31b loss

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Feeling – I’ve struggled this week. I’ve been on my period, have felt low and really not wanted to be on weight watchers. It’s clearly working but for some reason this week I’ve just not felt it. Hopefully next week is better. I think my scales buggered up last week and actually for 2 weeks straight I’ve remained the same.

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We recently received the awesome Micro trike from Micro Scooters Limited. At first I was unsure because it looked like not a lot of bike. But as soon as we started using it we fell in love and now we use it all the time. We’ve used the pushchair once in 3+ weeks. Jack loves sitting on it. The only one downside was when I went shopping I had to carry everything I’d bought, ha!

It’s the perfect item if your child prefers to walk more but still needs something at times. Sometimes when I let him walk and I have the pushchair, because two hands need to be on the pushchair, I can’t always keep up with him and I always have the worry he might run into the road. With the trike I can let him walk and fold it up flat and pop it on my shoulder. That way I can still keep up with him.

It’s perfect for on the school run because it only needs one hand to push and steer so harry can hold my other hand which he can’t do with the pushchair.

I was gifted this trike and was not asked to write a blog post, I just wanted to share because we genuinely love it. It’s going to be perfect for days out in the summer holidays.

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Teen Tween Toddler by Teentweentoddler - 2w ago

Today is teen son’s 16th birthday. Sadly we will not be celebrating it today as you’re off on an adventure with NCS but we did celebrate it with a meal out with family on Saturday.

I honestly cannot believe you’re 16. I still remember you having to follow me everywhere I went, now I hardly see you out of your room.

I am really proud of you for completing your exams, even after changing schools in year 10.

Your drive me up the wall on a regular basis but I couldn’t be without you.

You’re funny, clever, artistic, kind (you pretend you’re not but we know different) and we all love you millions.

I hope you have a fantastic time away and make the most of the experience.

I know I said I wouldn’t share any photos of you anymore but I’ll just add a few

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Half term and the school holidays are always expensive when you have children. Not only do you have to try and entertain them all day every day, they are ALWAYS hungry so your shopping bills almost double. As a parent of teenagers and little ones I like to think I’ve picked up a few tips on not spending too much but still keeping them entertained.

There are plenty of things you can do at home to entertain them but I find my kids are better behaved when we’re out of the house. So I’ve picked a few days out with the kids that don’t cost the earth. Most are free but some you may have to pay for parking. And I always take food out with me so we save on that too.

  1. St Nicholas Park in Warwick – So you have to pay for parking and there are rides that cost money but you don’t have to do them. For free you can walk around the park which is really pretty and big. You could set up a picnic and take a frizbee or a ball. Or they have a splash water area that the kids can play in and thats free.
  2. Draycote Water Park – Again you have to pay for parking but after that everything is free. You can take long walks which are very pretty or you can set up a picnic and take activities or they have a really large play park to play in.
  3. Coombe Country Park. Same applies to this one, pay for parking and then walk, bird watch or parks.
  4. Local park. If you don’t have transport then take a picnic and a ball/frizbee etc to your local park if its a nice day you can spend hours there.
  5. If the weather is rainy then get the waterproofs on and go for a walk and puddle jump along the way.

Do you live in Warwickshire? Any good free places you know? We’d love to find some more places to visit.

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