Growing veg was common place when I was a child. Lots of people I knew had allotments or garden filled with all sorts of veg that were looked after beautifully.We woudl share raround what we had grown and take little punnets of berries of a bg of apples with us when we visited each other.

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I spent many an hour in my grandads beautiful and well loved garden where he grew carrots and cabbages, onions and potatoes. I also adored being in his greenhouse where the tomatoes thrived and the strawberry grew, ripe and delicious. I remember the colours and the smells  and the earthiness of this and it always makes me smile.



Growing veg seems to occur less and less as people are so busy and yet we know more than ever now how good organic food is for us, free from pesticides. We also know how important fruit and vegetables are these days and  we are encouraged more and more to abstain from fast food and eat consciously and cleanly

We really should be moving more and more towards growing our own and making garden memories with our own children.

Do you agree? Do you grow your own?

The folk at First Tunnels have put together a short survey to find out more about growing your own. If you have a moment do pop over and fill it in and I will make sure I pop back to share the results with you.

You can find the survey here:


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We all want the best for our children, particularly when it comes to their education. Which means that more and more parents are considering private tutoring for their kids, alongside their normal education.

The one thing that can put parents off of organising tutoring for their children is the cost. So, what is the cost of tutoring your child, and is it worthwhile?


The cost of tutoring your child

The actual physical cost of tutoring your child can be around the £30-£35 per hour mark, this is when the child receives private, one to one tutoring. Super Tutors can charge anything up to £100 per hour. Group tutoring can be lower in cost, and in the most part this usually proves just as useful as one-on-one tutoring can. Particularly if you feel that your child may find it too stressful to have the spotlight placed entirely on them.


The benefits of tutoring

So, now we know the cost of organising tutoring for your child, the time has come to decide whether it is worth this investment.

There are a number of benefits to organising tutoring for your children. The main one is that it gives your child the chance to have some one-on-one or smaller group attention with a teacher. Having this attention and focus means that they can really tackle some of the things that they are finding hard, or that you want them to improve on, without some of the other distractions that a classroom setting can bring.

The tutor can also ensure that they work at the child’s pace, and approach learning in a way that works best for them. Something that is not always possible in a normal classroom environment. Tutoring isn’t always just for those children that need some extra help, it can also be used to push those children that are advanced, and are not being thoroughly challenged in their normal classroom setting. As it isn’t entirely set around the curriculum, there is a lot more freedom around what learning objectives can be set.

James Goldsmith of says that the main thing to remember when choosing a tutor is references, recommendations and actual qualified teaching experience. Employing a student to tutor your child can be a more cost effective route, but you need to remember that their knowledge of The National Curriculum and teaching pedagogy may be limited.


The cost of 11+ tutoring

Whilst many parents will think of tutoring as something for senior school level, the truth is that more and more parents are considering a tutor for their child for 11+ exams. This is particularly true if you are keen for your child to enter into a grammar school for their secondary education.

11+ tutoring can cost as much as £5,000 in order to prepare your child and try to achieve a higher success rate. But when you compare this to Independent Secondary Schools which can cost as much as £15,000 per year, you really can see the benefit.

Ultimately, as we all want the best for our children, the idea of private tutoring is sure to be one that appeals to you. You may want to make sure that they have the best start in school, or perhaps you want to give them the help that they need to catch up on aspects of their learning that they are behind. No matter the reasons behind it, tutoring should definitely be seen as something that is worth the cost, and as an investment into the future of your child.


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Hi everyone hope your week has been as frugal as mine…here is what I have been up to (‘scuse the messy kitchen!)

Over to you!

As always, we’d love you to join in with us by sharing what frugal and thrifty things you’ve been up to this week – whether it’s an Instagram picture (#5frugalthings), a blog post or even a video. Just add your link to the linky at the bottom of this post.

You don’t have to share five things you’ve done, anything thrifty or frugal that you’ve been doing is perfect.

You’re more than welcome to copy and paste the badge above but it would be even better if you could let your readers know that you’re linking up with us by adding a little line to the bottom of your post like this one:

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and Becky

in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.

See you next week!



We all want to save time and money on home renovation.

If you have ever stepped into the world of home renovation you will know how very time consuming it can be.

Trying to find  the right builders and plumbers and electricians to meet your needs, then working around their availability to even just come and give you a quote can take so long!  And that’s before the work even starts. Then there is organising to be off work or available for when they can call round and the dilemma about whether to leave people working in your house when you are not there.

We haven’t even talked about money yet butthe reality is home renovations can cost a fortune!

Really the easiest way to solve this is to have a go at DIY.


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Does it fill you with dread?

It is best to start with the basics.

Some jobs are much easier than others and even if you only take these on you will be richer in both time and money as a result.

The internet is your DIY ally – there are tonnes of online guides and videos on how to carry out building and decorating activities.



Painting can be done as and when you have time and its pretty simple if you have one colour, good rollers, a sturdy ladder and decent paint.



Fitting skirting boards is a pretty straightforward job too. Building materials often run economy ranges on essential building materials like skirting board –and you can use cheap skirting board  to make your money go further



Sanding is also a pretty standard job and it’s possible to rent the tools you need inexpensively.


A couple of good tips

  •  Investing in time saving tools like mitre saws & extra wide painting rollers are well worth it if you are attempting DIY – it will make life so much easier and tasks so much shorter.
  • Accurate measuring saves waste and avoids costly mistakes so do double check yourself!

Why not have  go at a few jobs yourself and see how they go.I think you will be pleasantly surprised and you will probably save both time and money in the process. You will also feel a huge sense of satisfaction at a new skill learned!

Do you DIY?  Are you keen to learn? Do let me know in the comments below!



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I love to dress my OH but I don’t often get the chance. Neither of us are too big on going shopping., we would much rather be int he garden or swimming or at he movies with the kids.

Online shopping is definitely our best option and if we can get everything form just the one online store that is even better.

I was delighted and I mean DELIGHTED to pick out some clothes for him from Jacamo.

Jacamo is  a brilliant menswear online store and they have a wide range of lovely clothes in a huge range of sizes, all at an affordable price. There really isn’t much else you want when you are clothes shopping is there.

They aim to make shopping easy and I feel they really do achieve that.

Would you like to see what I picked out for my husband?

First I chose a pair of chinos. I love chinos they are casual yet still smarter than jeans and they always look cool.

These navy chinos are by Flintoff by Jacamo and at £24  I think they are great value. They look great dressed down with a Breton tee or smart with a blue shirt. I think they are a real wardrobe staple.

I just had to pick out a lovely shirt to go with these chinos and this stretch short sleeve shirt in Sky was just perfect. Well priced too at just £15.

My OH is really into sport and can never have enough Nike clothes! This £18 Nike Tee was a bargain and the great quality you would expect from the brand.

You can’t face the summer without a great pair of sunglasses.

I just love these Jacamo Travis rimless sunglasses

At just £17 these are classically cool and will be worn season after season

I am always a little bit wary about picking clothes out for my hubby but he loved my classic choices and has been really surprised by the great prices of these quality items.

Do pop over to Jacamo, their range is huge, their prices are great and you can get all you need in one place.

A great men’s shopping experience!