The school holidays are fast approaching now, just 9 days and counting, and I’m looking towards the experience with trepidation. So when I was asked to review the new e-book ‘Frugal and Fun’ by 3 fellow Parent Bloggers I jumped at the chance. What could be better than a book with a whole host of cheap and imaginative things to do with the children over the long holidays?
Frugal and Fun is an E-book written by a group of talented, award nominated and frugally experienced bloggers namely Becky Goddard-Hill from Baby Budgeting and Family Budgeting, Jen Walshaw who writes Mum in the Mad House and Cass Bailey who can be found at The Diary of a Frugal Family. It’s organised into very hand sections for each week giving recipe, outdoor and indoor activity ideas to explore and achieve. I’m going to love dipping in and out of this when the inspiration runs out. That’ll be Day 2 then!
I love the introduction – Getting Prepared. I am that person. I’m the one who always aims to be organised and well prepared. So I’ve started collecting my leaflets, looked at the library events and started planning play swaps with other mums. I’m feeling better already! I’m not going to give away all the tips shared, but booking train tickets for days out in advance is a must. We are so lucky that we get free train travel for the whole family (a throwback to our British Rail working days) that we are planning our day trip to London as we speak. We may even do two!
I’m also going to sort out their bedrooms a little before the holidays begin. Another great Frugal and Fun tip. Miss E’s bedroom is pretty sorted but Miss R’s is overloaded with boxes of toys. If I sort it I’m sure we’ll find all sorts of games and toys she’s not played with for many a month, hopefully keeping her entertained at home for a few days at least.
And I’m stocking up in the cupboards. The girls eat SO much when they’re on holidays, I’m doing a huge Tesco online shop before the holidays begin. Oh and there’s one more giveaway tip that I’m sharing: The Boredom Jar. I’m not going to tell you anymore but seriously, what a great idea. I’m going to get the girls sorting this one at the weekend and I know they’ll love it.
And so to the rest of the book. Well split into great Themed Sections, such as Olympics and The Great Outdoors, the food recipes look delicious, (yes please to Olympic Bagels for lunch and Rocky Road Fridge cake for pud), the Indoor activities are inspired, and Outdoor adventures are imaginative. For mums like me, full of enthusiasm yet often lacking new ideas and inspiration, this book is essential reading. Go and get yourself a copy now before the holidays start and the panic sets in!
The Frugal and Fun eBook is available for the Kindle at £2.99 or you can download it from the Frugal and Fun website for just £4. What a bargain, go on you know you want to!