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Monday, 26 May 2014

Starting School

Last week I went along to a meeting at nursery about Little man moving rooms, moving into the pre schoolers room, the room before he starts Primary school. Yes it's over a year away  and little man is still a toddler in my eyes, but I have already  started to make enquiries in the application process and think about the schools in our local area.

The application process in theory is a choice based process that allows you to submit your preference of primary school via your local authority. However as we live on the boundary of two local authorities the process is maybe a little more complex for us especially considering that the year of little man's birth was considered to be a high birth rate year. 

I have already started to make enquiries with local schools to find about admission criteria and to started to contact head teachers about the possibility of coming to view the schools. Deciding on a first school seems like a massive decision to make and I am hoping that I just get the feeling of knowing that it is the right school for my children, like any parent I want my children to have the best possible start, and feel strongly that both education and social aspects should not have to be compromised. 

The thought of not getting my first or second choice school and having to look at the appeals process or alternative is an added pressure to making the right decision. Then comes the thoughts of School uniforms, packed lunches, before school clubs, after school clubs. I am sure all will be come clearer over the next few months especially once that application pack come through the door.



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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Bank Holiday shop with Morrisons

A few weeks ago I was selected to become a #Morrisonsmum and was sent some vouchers to go along to our local store and create a meal for the family. I had a few ideas in mind but as Morrisons is not our usual supermarket I went along with an open mind and apart from the usual weekly purchases I hadn't prepared a meal planner.

More often that not I do the bulk of my shop online, so tend to have a good idea of prices but perhaps don't find that I see special offers and promotions as much. In advance of my shop I heard about the price cuts that Morrisons had made so was keen to see these in store.

So in advance of the Bank Holiday, I set out to the weekly shop. I was instantly drawn to the clear signage indicating the lower prices, and the fruit and vegetable section was packed with them, a lot of them as cheap or cheaper than the local market. I chose quite a wide selection which made great snacks for the boys and I.

The meat selection was large and I was really impressed with not only the prices, but the portion packs too, so I was able to purchase packs that were suitable just for the boys meals which I found handy. We also selected a piece of Rump steak for a Bank Holiday treat.

It was great to see that the cheaper prices weren't contained to one area and were spread throughout the departments and I was particularly pleased to find the offers on cheese as this one of the things we tend to go through a lot of and always like to have in.

As I shopped I put together a quick idea of meals for the week, and added a few treats too. As I prepare my meals I will be keen to see the difference in price to my normal shop.

Disclaimer: I was selected to become a #Morrisonsmum and was sent vouchers to shop in store.







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