single mum of 3 beautiful children....... I have new hopes, aspirations and dreams, 1st to get debt free, pay off my mortgage, get healthy, buy a new car (accomplished), do some much needed home improvements- phewwww - deep breath.. and spend more time with my children. In July 2011 I took redundancy due to restructuring at work, and from 31st August 2011 I was no longer a teacher.

I have used this opportunity to set up my own home based childcare business which will mean a very big pay cut, but at the same time will give me the opportunity to raise my own children, and home educate my youngest. So I am going to have to realise my dreams with a little inginuity and and a new frugal lifestyle, so this is my journey......

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Fabulous weekend with the Munckins

Before Christmas we get very little time together as the family of 4 that we are, as big bit and mini man visit their relatives before the big day. So this weekend I had pre planned for a fun weekend for us all to get in the mood for Christmas, and spend some time together.

In effect I spend no money from my budget this weekend (except for £12 in petrol) as I had pre-bought the tickets to go ice skating and also Gulliver's world Christmas experience. I got the tickets when they were advertised at reduced rates which saved me over 40% on the actual cost.I packed us a flask of Hot Chocolate and a snack for afterwards, so I did not have to part with any extra cash while out.

So on Saturday we went ice skating, something I have not done since being a teenager myself, it was fntastic, we went to Skate the Park in Heaton park (my favorite place to be). Mini man took to it like a duck to water, ad lil lady was fearless, and absolutely loved it, whereas big bit and myself were more cautious, using the barrier for comfort :)

It was great to just laugh, and fabulous to watch the Munchkins just have fun and enjoy themselves. Moments like that are priceless.

Sunday we headed to Gulliver's world in Warrington. I bought a ticket which gave us access to the theme park, a panto with Christmas meal, and a train ride to Santa's Grotto with a present at the end.  In fact the price was less  per child than heading for Manchester Arndale and visiting Santa there and paying for a picture which we usually do, and a greater experience too.

Sandwiches and a flask of tea packed for on the way home.

On the train to visit Santa

In the winter wonderland

Visiting Santa.
 Lil lady introduced us all, and asked for a small teddy and a Rabbit. Somehow I don't think we are getting a Rabbit.
A quick ride before the show.

playing nice
It was such a great way to start our Christmas celebrations, now I am mounting down, only 4 more sleeps until I finish work for my Christmas break and some much needed quality time with the Munchkins and family


  1. What beautiful children you have! What a wonderful way to spend time together!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS/Nadolig Llawen(Welsh) to you all!!! Xx

    1. Merry Christmas, and in Welsh too, I like, now I am going to figure out how to say it and annoy my children over the next week :))

  2. Lovely pictures Hun and lovely memories. You did so well to plan ahead like that. Good for you. Hope you all have a wonderful, family Christmas. X

    1. And you too, have a great Christmas, I am feeling a little more festive now. x


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