Author: Lukeosaurus And Me

DIY 3-in-1 Halloween Party Game

Halloween on a budget can be pretty tricky. It’s true that pretty much all your basic Halloween party tat can be bought in pound shops, so that is pretty handy. However I do find that even then, a basket full of little squishy eyeballs and spiders still adds up! As I am forever on a budget and keeping an eye on my money, I find that I’m always trying to seek out the cheapest way to have the most amount of fun possible. I had to have a little think about how to keep Luke occupied cheaply this Halloween....

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Let’s Talk Swaptober

When I was a little girl, my mum smoked. In fact, all her friends smoked. Her work colleagues smoked. Pretty much all of the adults in my life smoked. It seemed that wherever I went, people would be smoking cigarettes. Life Before The Smoking Ban Back then, of course, that was completely normal. It was perfectly normal to walk into a family friendly pub for your Sunday lunch and be hit by a wall of smoke. Looking back, when I was a child, it was all I knew so I didn’t think much of it, other than it wasn’t particularly nice. Retrospectively, if I were to go back in time and walk into those pubs along side a 10 year old me, I would walk straight back out again. I couldn’t imagine sitting down with the family and actually paying for a lovely roast dinner only for it to be ruined by cigarette fumes. The Smoking Ban I was 15 when the smoking ban in England came into effect on 1 July 2007. Is it just me, or does it feel a bit crazy that England has now had the smoking ban enforced for 10 years? Up until 2007, it was legal to smoke in enclosed spaces in England. Although, to be fair to many big companies across the UK, quite a few voluntarily banned smoking from the premises...

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Review & Giveaway: Find My Name In The Alphabet Train

Luke started Year R this September and after only half a term at school, I’ve witnessed his thirst for knowledge surge. In particular, his interest in the alphabet, phonics, reading and spelling has taken me by complete surprise. I did not expect my kid to come home after two or three weeks of school and be able to spell words like ‘sad’ or ‘pot’, let alone come home and start spelling out Mikey’s name for him. Maybe I haven’t looked into the Year R curriculum as well as I should have, maybe it’s just a mother’s pride, maybe I...

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Autumn Style Wishlist 2017 – Esprit

Hurrah for Autumn! Like many comfort lovers, Autumn is my favourite season (by far!) and October and November are my favourite months of the year. Not only are there actually legitimate excuses to dress up as monsters, eat tonnes of chocolate, stay up late to watch fireworks and have scary movie nights, you also get to snuggle up under big blankets, drink hot chocolate, crunch through piles of crispy leaves and collect millions of conkers. Yep. Autumn is pretty great. Another great thing about Autumn is the fashion! As soon as those evenings start getting darker earlier and I...

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Giveaway: #BabyLove: My Toddler Life

I already thought that Luke was a pretty keen reader, but since he started Year R in September, I have watched his interest in books soar. I am delighted to have a little book worm – just like his mummy! That’s why it’s always amazing when authors of children’s books get in touch with me and ask if Luke and I would like to have a read of their latest stories. Recently, Luke got some happy mail from the post man which contained Corine Dehghanpiseh’s new children’s book – #BabyLove: My Toddler Life. Luke’s like a kid at Christmas...

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My name is Rachael (Ray), I’m 25 and I live on the Surrey/Hampshire border. I live with my son, Luke who is 4. Join me on my journey through life as I tackle everything from personal finances, days out and crafts, to vegetarian recipes, fashion and house bunnies!


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