Star Wars Bedroom Makeover

Star Wars Bedroom Makeover

Ta daaah! Here are some pictures of Little Balders’ Star Wars themed bedroom, which we  finished to coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, I say finished, but it’s only really finished-ish… there are upcycling projects planned for his hand-me-down furniture and a few jobs to do, but the bulk of it got done in time […]

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Balders Bangernomics

If you’ve not heard this term before (it’s been 25 years since its first mention here in the UK), bangernomics is the practice of running a cheap, used car. Running it to the ground, perhaps, as there’s a chance you might be the one handing it over to the scrap dealer when the music stops in the big game of […]

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Not Really An Income Report – April 2016

Something I’ve been looking forward to doing on my blog is publishing my monthly earnings. It’s strangely compelling, reading other blogger’s income reports – because it’s an action that’s invited and transgressive, all at once. If you were raised the same way I was, you were told never to ask anyone what they earned, because it was rude. My mother […]

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My Cashback Apps – April 2016

A screenshot of my phone’s cashback folder. Aren’t I organised, I hear you say! I’ve been using cashback apps on my phone for a few years now (I think!) and I’ve figured out which ones I love enough to use every week, and which ones I come back to after a bit. I’ve been recommending them to friends since I started, but […]

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The Wish List

I made it through another working week. I survived. High drama for someone who only works for two days a week, but it just goes to show how I’ve come to feel about my job. But no more about that, I’ve gotten into bed with my laptop precisely to forget about work and focus on the week ahead, especially since […]

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Two Month DIY Challenge

My two month DIY challenge. There’s no way of getting around it. I’ve got to part with quite a lot of money quite soon. Last year I wrote about my ‘presentation anxiety’ – how I started to get seriously uptight about letting people see my house, as if they were going to be not-so-secretly assessing how I’d failed to get […]

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A New Kind Of Pay Per View

I really hadn’t intended to post today as, yet again, it’s a gloriously sunny day here, and I’m languishing in the race to complete my housework (yawn). I’ve finally got my laundry nemesis, the Sleeping Bag, into the washing machine now that I’m confident that he can fully dry on the line. Anyway, I only just noticed the junk mail […]

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My Green Garden

At last, the weather’s turning, after so many false starts (I mean, snow and hail in April? This place is nuts!), and my mind’s been turning to my garden. When we were saving for a house last year, I’d spend hours in an evening on Rightmove and Zoopla, gawking at other people’s houses. The husband couldn’t have cared less, up […]

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April Showers

Click on the picture to read why April is the most feared month of the year in our house!

We’re afraid of April in our house. It’s a bit illogical, really, because we don’t actually end up destitute at the end of each April, but we’ve got into the habit of expecting to. This is mainly because of three things: 1. Our income fluctuates monthly because of Lord Balders’ self employment, so we calculate our income and outgoings each month and aim […]

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My Work-From-Home Story

My work from home story - click on the picture to read more about my journey through self-employment to a 9-5 and back again.

My work-from-home story… Working from home must be the holy grail of the blog world. It’s not surprising, since the world of work isn’t exactly cut to fit our lives; we cut our lives to fit into it. Home work is real work! Mums looking to get back into paid employment – and I have to emphasise ‘paid’, because housework and […]

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