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When it comes to days out in a city, the cost is often the first thing that comes up in a discussion. It's easy to spend lots of money in a short space of time on a family day out, or a family weekend in the city. We recently spent the day in Birmingham, exploring the different activities that are on offer, and that won't break the bank. We set ourselves a budget (which mostly went on food, and travel costs) and managed to enjoy a full day out without spending very much money. In fact, the activities part of the day, including a yummy treat in the afternoon, only set us back £30. 


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The Magical Readathon has a number of events throughout the year, and involve a reading challenge. I've been in a bad place with reading this year, and just can't seem to concentrate, so I thought that I would take up the challenge and sit my OWL examinations. If you are not aware of what the OWLs are, they are the examinations which take place in the fifth year at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. and all students must complete the exams. These are followed by the NEWTs in the seventh year, and are much harder. Following the first Magical Readathon of 2019, which takes place for the duration of April, I will then hopefully pass and be able to sit my NEWT exams later in the year.


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When it comes to purchasing your own home, research is really important. Whether it is house prices, or location, it is important to scope out the current price market in the area that you wish to move to. I currently live in Leicestershire, and we are home owners. We were able to purchase our first home with the Help to Buy Scheme, and have lived here for 5 years now. When finding our home, there was so much information to look at, and it was hard to know what we needed to find out, and what we needed to save money for. Today I thought I would talk to you about the things that you might want to look into when it comes to purchasing your very own home.



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When it comes to spending money, I'm a bit of a bargain hunter. I love to use money saving sites to gain cash back on purchases, and I also enter lots of competitions to win extra luxuries for my family.  I'm always on the hunt for money saving tips, so I thought I'd share some little tips with you today. They are not going to make you a millionaire, but every little bit of extra money helps...especially when you have children!



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Here are some useful tips that will help you to get your house ready for winter.
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Motorbikes are a huge part of our lives. My husband is a design engineer at Triumph Motorcycles, and when he isn't designing bikes, he enjoys following the MotoGP. Elise has also become a fan of motorbikes, and they often watch the races together, or head to Mallory Park, which is just down the road from us, to take in some of the live motorbike action. It's a great hobby for them to share together, and so when the factory where my husband works opened up a visitor centre, we knew that we would become regular visitors. Since it opened last year, we have probably been to visit at least once a month...even if it is just to visit the cafe for a delicious slice of cake, and for Elise to have a sit on a motorbike or two!



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When it comes to having a toddler, messes are something that occur every day (or sometimes it feels like every minute!). Over the last couple of years, I've come to love certain products, and found that they really keep the germs at bay. I thought I would share with you my essential products for keeping the household as germ free as possible. It's mostly just a love story to Zoflora, which should be a staple of every home in the UK, if not the world!



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If you have been a reader of A Mundane Life for a while, you may already know the story of how I met my husband, and how we fell in love through numerous journeys in his car. We also took part in a few scatter rallies, and I even accompanied him on a track day when we owned our Peugeot 205 GTI. We've always wanted to go to Europe to test out some of the roads, as we've only experienced what the UK has to offer. Wales has some amazing roads, but I've heard some great things about the roads in places like Austria and Italy.


I've teamed up with KwikFit to let you know about some of the best roads in Europe, and how you can prepare your car for the trip.
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When it comes to blogging, I'm always on the hunt for stunning locations. I love following travel blogs and seeing where they have been on their latest adventures, and living vicariously through them. I recently went to Los Angeles and Orange County and found some incredible photography spots, so I thought I would share some of my dream locations to visit to get some stunning photos. I'm usually more of a city holiday girl, and I love architecture, so my picks are not your typical beach holidays!


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September is a very popular birth month In fact, statistics show that the nation's most popular birthday is September 26th. I think some people get carried away with the Christmas celebrations, and like the idea of having an extra family member the following year! That is why September is the perfect month to raise more awareness about Colic. Colic affects 1 in 5 babies, but only 1 in 3 mums admit that they know what it is. I wasn't really sure what it was until I got involved in the campaign last year.





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