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Trustedhousesitters review : How we saved over £1000 on kennel fees in one year

For us 2017 has been (surprisingly) the year we’ve opened up our home to strangers. As well as having a couple of Air BnB guests, we’ve also had housesitters for the first time and it’s not only saved us money, but enabled us to travel more and stay away for longer.

I was introduced to the website Trustedhousesitters.com last year by a friend (scroll down for 20% discount link). What’s unique about the site is that the majority of their housesitters offer their services for free in return for staying in your house, so we were lured in by the potential massive savings we would make on kennel fees when we went away.

Us and our New Zealand housesitters Graham and Maree

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zero waste party tins for children

Every year when Theo’s birthday approaches I worry a little about waste. I try to think about the kind of food we can cook at his party that won’t be nibbled and cast aside, I try (and nearly always fail) to think about how to keep a handle on incoming toys and for the last two years I have also attempted to do something close to zero waste party bags.

 

Some might say that the answer to party bags is simply not to have them, but I think it’s possible to do them in such a way that still gives pleasure without creating waste.

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I’ve never been on a diet and I’m not on one now, but…

This blog post could very nearly have been called Things That Facebook Made Me Do, because really everything that’s happened to me in the last month is entirely facebook’s fault.

At the beginning of August an advert popped up on my news feed for a fitness program. I was at the time not in the least bit interested in fitness or diets, but I clicked on it anyway because I was pretty convinced it was another one of those companies that steal images of women and use them to sell their magic slimming potions and if that was the case I wanted to report them. (Grrr… I get angry about photo thefts!) But much to my surprise when I clicked through I discovered this particular advert was legit. No herbal teas or magic powders, instead they were promoting an 8 week health and fitness program for mums which seemed to produce amazing results.

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HomeLife Project – September

HomeLife Project – September

by Clare Mansell

So finally a little later than planned my Home Life Project weekend photos for September! As I mentioned on Friday, my intention had been to photograph our day yesterday taking part in a classic car tour, but in the end things did not go to plan and we had to retire at lunchtime with engine trouble. The only consolation was that it was pouring with rain anyway so we didn’t miss a particularly good day. The rest of Sunday was then spent inside, in yucky light doing exciting things like listing stuff on eBay!

 

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