Monthly Archives: March 2016

42 Fun Family Things to Do This Spring.


42 Fun Family Things to Do This Spring

Spring is almost here, that sun keeps peeking out behind the clouds and the flowers are starting to bloom.

Warmer weather means it’s time to throw the kids outside and get some fresh air and vitamin D.

There are lots of fun things you can all do this spring that won’t cost the earth. We have a few ideas to start you off.

In The Garden

Go on a bug hunt.
Make a den.
Camp out in your garden.
Make a fairy garden.
Make a bug hotel.
Get them weeding!
Plant a mini vegetable or herb garden.
Plant a flower garden or sunflowers and have a sunflower competition.
Make a welly boot planer. Perfect way to reuse those old welly boots. Fill with compost and plant seeds or bedding plants.
Build a mud kitchen out of recycled wood.  
Paving slab chalk art. Get artist on the pavement with chalk and it will wash away when it rains. Or paint chalk board paint on one your fences and let create on there.
Bird watching.
Obstacle course. Create your obstacle course and have a race.
Make a weather station.
Blow bubbles.
 
Further Afield 

Go to the park.
Go on a bike or scooter ride.
Go on a nature trail.
Visit your local forest and do the Stick Man trail.
Feed the ducks.
Fly a kite.
Go fishing.
Go to the beach and collect shells and stones for your fairy garden.
Play football or tennis.
Have a picnic.
Go to a car boot sale. Sell your old stuff and make money for days out.
Take a walk to the library and then sit outside and read.
Visit your local garden centre for inspiration.

Rainy Day Activities

Play Animal pairs.
Make cress heads.
Get baking.
Get Crafty.
Listen to an audiobook together. You can get a free months trail at Audible.
Make up a story together.
Have a big spring clean.
Go puddle jumping.
Go swimming.
Learn a new skill via YouTube. Try yoga, a new language or even how to crochet.
Make a spring wreath.
Face painting.
Have a dance party.
Make salt dough.

For more spring ideas visit our Pinterest board

Follow Wendy’s board Spring on Pinterest.

How Will The New Budget Impact on Families?


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Yesterday the chancellor announced the 2016 Spring budget. They main changes which will affect families are changes in education.

Here are the main points:

All schools to become academies by 2022. This mean they will be independent, state funded schools. They will no longer receive their funding from a local authority but from central government. The head teacher will be responsible for the day to day running of the school and will overseen by academy trusts.

End of the 3.30pm bell. The government want Secondary schools to bid for extra funding to run after school classes in sport, art etc. There will be a fund of £285m to cover this.

A sugar tax on fizzy and high sugar drinks will be introduced in 2018 and will add 24p to a litre. This will raise £520m a year which will be spent on funding for sports in primary schools. The government hope that this will have an impact on childhood obesity.

The 40% threshold tax rate will rise from £42,385 to £45,000 in April 2017.

The Tax Free Personal Allowance will rise to £11,500 in April 2017.

Insurance premiums (house, car etc) will rise from 9.5% to 10%.

NI Class 2 contributions are to be abolished. Good news for some self-employed parents.

The Fuel duty is to be frozen for the 6 year.

Duty on beer, cider and spirits are to be frozen but will rise on wine and other alcohol.

ISA limit is rising from £15,240 a year to £20,000. Which means you can save you can save up to £20,000 a year tax free.

The government are introducing two new saving schemes:

  1. Flexible Lifetime ISA – This is for under 40’s and they can save up to 4,000 a year to be used to but a first home or retirement up to the age of 50. The government will give them a 25% bonus  each year.

  2. Help to Save Scheme – This is for low earners. They will get a 50% bonus for every month they save £50. You could receive up to £1,200 over 4 years.

You can use this calculator to see how the budget will affect you and your family.

Meal Planning Monday: 7th March 2016


Did you have a good Mother’s Day? We hope you at least had a lie in or a hot cup of coffee!

The sun is shinning but its still so cold. Meal this week are comforting and filling.

This is what we are having:

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What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal planning Monday posts.

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