The Cost of Learning to Drive

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When Callan turned 17 in June there was only one thing on his wish list – Driving Lessons! Finding a driving school that didn’t cost the earth was our first hurdle – when I learned to drive it cost me £9.50 per hour, these days it is more than double that!  Thankfully we found Flypass Driving School and Sue is a brilliant teacher for Callan and he is ready to take his driving test after just 20 hours of lessons.  His… Continue Reading “The Cost of Learning to Drive”

Spend Halloween in Cornwall


Last year we were lucky enough to be holidaying in Newquay for Halloween and it was great to see so many attractions getting into the spirit of the event. Newquay is a great base for exploring Cornwall as there are so many attractions on its doorstep and finding affordable accommodation is easy using Hotel Direct.  It is a truly stunning Cornish town with award-winning beaches with probably some of the best surfing in the UK – although I am not sure… Continue Reading “Spend Halloween in Cornwall”

Walking to School with Regatta

Over a million British children have never walked to school Despite almost half (47%) of British primary school children living within just one mile of the school gates, over a million have never walked to school Walking to school has declined 62% over the past 50 years Parents blame ease and convenience for their reliance on the car, despite four out of five (79%) children expressing a keen desire to pound the pavement with them Over half (58%) of parents readily admit that their own children… Continue Reading “Walking to School with Regatta”

Back to school with a bump!

The day has finally arrived…….. Kian is back to school, but a day in front of his peers……. Why? He is off to Paris (and then Disneyland) on a school trip. We bought his new uniform and school shoes at the beginning of last week, but upon checking his school bag I panicked slightly when I discovered it was literally falling to bits. Being a teenager, Kian has a very clear idea about what he does and doesn’t want these… Continue Reading “Back to school with a bump!”

Back to School with Smiggle


We were lucky enough to be sent some Smiggle goodies to try when they first launched in the UK earlier this year. Smiggle (the cross between a smile and a giggle) are the ultimate creators of colourful, fun, fashion forward stationery.  Launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 Smiggle has gone from strength to strength and is now joining us here in the UK, with new stores opened in Stratford, Reading, Brighton and Kingston and more coming next month in Bristol and… Continue Reading “Back to School with Smiggle”