Raising Money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity – Institute In The Park

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool is world renowned and is one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals. When the Alder Hey Children’s Charity reached out looking for blogger’s and influencers to spread awareness of the charity, I accepted without hesitation. As a mother…

Mother’s Day and mixed emotions

Mother’s Day always holds mixed emotions for me. On the one hand I have 4 beautiful children, who are basically my world! On the other hand, my own mum died when I was 19 and I miss her everyday. My lovely…

Acrylic painting tutorial by The Art Sherpa – along with cheap art supplies …

I appear to have a little time to myself at the moment, totally unheard of in recent times following the twins arrival combined with home education. At last I now have all 4 children in school! I’ve always enjoyed art,…

14 frugal ways to reduce your weekly grocery bill

As a family of six, our grocery have the potential to be colossal! It’s important that my family have a well balanced, healthy diet, but the cost of healthy food in comparison to unhealthy options can be a lot higher. I think the main…

The plight of the red squirrel in the UK

We have recently returned from a stay at Center Parcs Whinfell, which is in Penrith, Cumbria. It just so happens that Whinfell forest is one of the few remaining areas of the UK that has a population of red squirrels.…

My attempt at free range parenting! Signed up for an allotment

I have fond memories of pottering around the garden as a child, digging up worms and planting seeds. Most of my childhood was spent in some garden or other, not glued to screens, as is unfortunately, so often the case today.  Hence…

Truly Madly Cuckoo

What did Katy do next? She changed her blog name to Truly Madly Cuckoo! Katy isn’t my real name anyway. Onwards and upwards to pastures new! No, I’m not still taking Codeine for my back. In fact I’m feeling quite…

Unleaded petrol in the diesel car! Back injury! Not the usual Valentines …

Last Thursday I injured my back, not in a minor “ooh, my back’s hurting a bit today” kind of injury more of a “Arrghhh, I can’t stand up, move my legs, drive, sleep or do anything!” kind of way. How…

16 Reasons for NOT moving to a remote Scottish Island

To provide a balanced view on why it may NOT be a good idea to move to a remote Scottish Island I’ve put together another list. 16 reasons for not moving to a remote Scottish Island. To be fair it probably…

Just saying …

Son’s Facebook status “In a relationship …” Help!

My eldest son has got a girlfriend – how do I know? He put it on his Facebook status that he is “in a relationship!” New phase of parenting has arrived, does it come with a manual? Erm, no. We will…