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Ivory Tower: Childcare for self care

This is a sponsored article. As a busy parent finding time for yourself whilst caring for your children can be nigh on impossible. Barely have time for a shower? Exercise a luxury of the past? Childcare that suits your working hours a pipe dream? If you can relate to any of these scenarios then Ivory Tower Childcare may be the solution you have been searching for.
Founded by Una Jenkins, the mind behind Mission Thrive, Ivory Tower Childcare sets itself apart from usual childcare providers by offering an ad hoc service. Una is an OFSTED registered childminder with over 10 years’ experience working with children and a background in Psychology. Una is acutely aware of the pressures faced by modern parents as she is a busy Mum herself with a 14-month-old son.  Whether you are a parent whose working hours are unusual or you simply want time to yourself, Ivory Tower is unique in that it offers childcare that works around you.
As Una explains ‘Ivory Tower was born out of three strands of though…

Cotswold Blogger Awards: I'm a finalist!

Thrifty Mumma Thrifty Bubba is a finalist! The Cotswold Blogger Awards contacted me to say that my blog had been nominated and has now reached the final stage of the 'Lifestyle' category.

To say I am delighted is an understatement. I actually felt quite emotional when I heard the news and had to wait a little while for it to sink in. I pressed publish fairly recently as blogs go. I started Thrifty Mumma Thrifty Bubba after my beautiful baby was born as I wanted somewhere to discuss Mummy moments and share hints and tips that have helped me on my journey through motherhood thus far. Becoming a Mummy is hands down the most rewarding life achievement I have experienced. Imagine my surprise when it transpired that other people actually find my posts useful and enjoy insights into our thrifty lifestyle. I never dreamed my blog would become anything more than a hobby. So, I am absolutely blown away to know that some of you have even gone as far as nominating me for an award. Thank y…

Jumble sale haul: The joys of rummaging and finding!

At first thought, jumble sales may seem like an activity of the past that appear to be doomed to the history books. Since the general public started tightening their purse strings and focusing on saving rather than spending, the humble jumble has seen a sort of revival.

Let's face it - everyone has junk that they want to see the back of. If you haven't been to a jumble sale before think of it like a car boot sale, only indoors, in the warm, with less walking!

A little village near to where we live has started hosting a jumble sale once a month to raise funds for various charities. Each month the hall where the jumble sale is held is filled to the brim with bric-a-brac, clothes, toys, children's equipment and so on. This means that every month there are bargains to be had and I for one really enjoy the thrill of rummaging through and not knowing what you might find at such small prices.

I was absolutely delighted that so many of you were interested in my 'jumble sale ha…

Essential equipment when weaning your baby

Weaning can be worrisome. Like many baby related products, companies use this stage of a baby's life to encourage parents to spend unnecessarily. In a bid to be transparent and help other parents through this tricky time, I've compiled my list of essential equipment that I've found to be useful on our weaning journey so far.

Baby-led weaning or puree?
Before I begin, I just want to say that I feel very strongly that this is a personal choice. Whether you choose to follow baby-led weaning, go down the puree route or do a bit of both it is important that you do what you feel is right for you and your baby.Much like the bottle or breast debate that Mum's find themselves unnecessarily embroiled in, once your baby turns 6 months you will be given all kinds of 'advice'. All that matters is that your baby is fed, happy and healthy.

Plastic bibs
As I have mentioned before, I have found plastic bibs to be really useful during weaning. They are wipe clean, foldable and have…

How well do you look after your own wellbeing?

Wellbeing. The definition of this word simply means 'the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy'. It is something, as parents, that we strive to reach every day for our children. But, what about ourselves?With little beings in tow, it is very easy to find yourself falling further and further down the to-do-list. As a parent, this will always be the natural order of things. This time of year can be particularly challenging when daylight hours are few and far between and, when it is light, it is often wet and windy too. However, it is also extremely important to look after yourself in whatever form this takes for you. I am sure that it will help you to feel better too.Some people find five minutes to enjoy a quiet cup of tea is all they need to restore balance. For others physical exercise helps them to feel more level-headed. In my case, a long soak in the bath and a good book help me to wash away the cares of the day. Since becoming a Mumma, the opportunity of time to my…

10 essential parenting hacks for your newborn baby

Hello everyone!

I'm excited to tell you that today I am a guest blogger on the Emma's Diary blog. The post is 10 essential parenting hacks for your newborn baby and it features all of the lightbulb moments I had when I first became a Mumma. So, grab a cup of tea, settle down in a comfy chair and click here to read the post.

As always, I'd love to hear your own hints and tips that you wish you had known before becoming a parent so please comment below, say hello and let me know.

Love, Thrifty Mumma X

If you enjoyed reading the post then you may like to take a look at this one too: Top 10 tips for a clean home on a budget

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Top 10 tips for a clean home on a budget

It's the first week of January 2018 and with twelfth night (January 5th 2018) soon to be upon us it's time to think about removing the last trace of Christmas from our homes. If, like me, you find this time of year difficult with long, dark nights and cold, wet weather then you probably know how bare a house can look when the decorations are back up in the attic. However, a lovely clean home can be the breath of fresh air you need and with this in mind, I wanted to take the opportunity to share my top 10 tips for maintaining a clean home on a budget.
A tidy home = a tidy mind so, let's get started:
1: Cleaning cupboard If your cleaning cupboard is a neglected place then it's time to change it so that it is a workable space. You need to be able to see everything quickly so that you can grab the right items in a hurry when dealing with inevitable splashes and spills. Use tubs to streamline the cupboard and, if you have pipes running through it, use these to hang your cl…