After a long year we are all ready for a little bit of a break. However, it doesn’t take long for boredom to set in, so here are 5 budget friendly school holiday ideas.

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Check out your local library for fun holiday activities

I’ve mentioned before that a visit to your local library is great for cheap family entertainment but the library in our area also offers school holidays activities. My son and I have made sparkly jewellery, cute badges, sand art, we’ve been to Lego afternoons, we have even enjoyed a pizza party! Check out what is on offer in your area. Keep in mind some activities do require you to book and don’t forget to stock up on books and movies while you’re there.

A movie night is a great (cheap) way to spend an evening with your family

Have a movie night

Put on your comfiest jammies, pop some popcorn, build a pillow fort and throw on one of the movies you picked up at the library. A great (cheap) way to spend an evening with your family.

Holiday at home

Sometimes a trip away just isn’t feasible, whether due to financial or time constraints so why not have a holiday at home? My son loves to help set a tent up in the back yard and playing in it with his toys. Finish the day off with a BBQ for dinner and eat outside. The best part is your still get to sleep in your own bed! Of course if you’re feeling really adventurous you could always sleep in the tent.

Cooking is a great budget friendly activity for kids

Do some baking

Cooking is a great activity for kids. Older kids can read the directions, younger kids can help with measuring ingredients and everyone has a turn at stirring. Once you’re done, sit down for an afternoon tea party to enjoy your spoils. Snap a picture and tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see.

Pack a picnic and head to the beach

Take your own lunch, maybe some of the treats you baked or just a few simple sandwiches. Enjoy the sun, fresh air, salt and build some sandcastles. Just remember to take lots of water, hats and sunscreen!

There you have 5 budget friendly ideas for activities to enjoy during the school holidays. What type of things do you like to do during the school holidays?



Are your kids counting down the days until school ends yet? Each year we get Porkchop’s teacher a present, to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. I know a lot of parents like to do this but the challenge can be finding something appropriate that the teacher would actually like to receive. To try and help, I’ve put together a list of budget-friendly gift ideas for teachers.

A Plant

Pot Plant Gift

I know flowers are a more traditional sort of gift idea, but I think real plants are that little bit nicer, just because they last. Succulents can be a good choice because they are harder to kill. Or something like gerbera’s are a nice option because they’re so beautiful and bright. I’d avoid things like roses though, as they can be difficult to grow.

A Handmade Christmas Ornament

I always sort of assumed teachers weren’t into these sort of presents because they get enough of them throughout the year. But a teacher friend recently told me that that’s not actually the case as most school work goes home to parents, and that personalised handmade gifts are a lovely way to look back at students from years gone by. Just make sure to include your child’s name and the year to help jog their memory.

Movie Voucher

This is usually my go to gift idea for teachers. Most people enjoy the cinema and they can pick what they would like to see so it doesn’t matter that I don’t know a great deal about their interests outside of my son’s education. Easy and safe.


This is another gift I always thought might not really be appreciated but apparently not! Teachers go through large amounts of stationery (think pens, pencils, notebooks etc), so a gift of a lovely set at Christmas time will start them off right the next year.


If you’re on a super tight budget (or have just run out of time or the desire to head to the shops one more time) a packet of smarties with a cute label that reads, “Thank you for helping us become Smarties!” is a delightful gift. Who doesn’t love chocolate and a good pun?

Do you give your children’s teacher a Christmas present? If so, what are you gifting them this year?


The last few weeks have been a bit stressful around here and I am feeling wiped out. When this happens, I find it’s important to do a little something for myself to help me relax. As busy Mums we all know how difficult it can be to take time for ourselves, thanks to that charming monster that is “Mum Guilt”. So I thought today I would share 5 things I do when I feel my stress levels rising, that don’t take a lot of time or money, but that help me unwind.

Have a cup of tea

I know this sounds ridiculously simple, but when life is just getting way too much and it feels like things are coming at me from all sides, the best thing I can do is turn the kettle on. Just taking a few moments to take a break and do something for myself can give me that little recharge I need to get back on with life. If tea isn’t your drink of choice, find something that takes a moment to prepare that you can just sit quietly and enjoy. Don’t forget to make sure to use your favourite cup, it really helps, trust me!

Write it out

When I feel my stress level starts building I often find myself getting caught up in my own head. With all those thoughts going round and round sometimes I just need to get them out. For me, writing them down seems to be the best way to do this. Once I’m done, I can rip it up and throw it away if I feel like I really need to be rid of them, or I can simply just turn the page. I also find it helpful afterwards to take a moment and think of 5 good things in my life right now and write them down. This gives me a positive vibe to move forward with.

Get outside

This was something a follower suggested when I asked for ideas on my Facebook page earlier this week. She recommended taking off my shoes and standing barefoot in the grass with my eyes closed for 30 minutes. At first I felt a bit strange, and couldn’t help worrying about what my neighbours would think if they looked over the fence at that very moment, but after awhile I did start to feel calmer. Something about wiggling my toes in the grass and feeling the sun on my skin felt … peaceful. I didn’t last the whole 30 minutes but it’s definitely something that I am going to keep working towards as I think it will be helpful.

Take a bath

Sometimes a cup of team or getting my thoughts out just isn’t enough. Sometimes I need more. Soaking in a warm bath can do wonders for bringing back my sanity. I like to light a candle or two and add some bubbles or Epsom salt to the water. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a little something extra to make myself feel special. I might even pop on some Norah Jones, to really set the mood. It doesn’t have to be a long bath, 15 minutes later and I’m ready to face the world again.

Go for a walk

If all else fails get those endorphin’s pumping. Hopefully you’ll feel better in no time!

So there you have my 5 simple ways to de-stress. What do you do to relax and unwind? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.