4 Sustainable (& fun!) reasons why you should buy a local Christmas tree

If you’re planning to have a real Christmas tree in your home this year, why not choose the eco-friendly and sustainable option of buying local? I took a tour of a Suffolk tree plantation on Friday so here’s why you should consider getting your festive tree from a local producer…

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Free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show!

As a friend of the My Thrifty Life blog, you’re entitled to 2 free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in 2018 or 2019 –  you can choose any date that suits you, and any location! It’s held at ExCeL in London in September and all around the country throughout the rest of the year, including Edinburgh, Harrogate, Bath, Farnborough, Birmingham, Glasgow and Surrey.

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4 Low-cost ways to entertain kids in the summer holidays

There’s still a couple of weeks of the school holidays to go, so here are some ideas for entertaining your little ones on their days off, including free events, rainy-day activities and inspiration for learning while they play…

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Latitude Festival review 2018 – Music, comedy & venue

Well, I’m back home from Latitude festival and have taken a day off to rest after a weekend of non-stop performances and fun in the sun. Today I’m sharing my photos and a review of the best bits of this year’s festival so read on to find out what went well…

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4 Fantastic festivals in Suffolk this summer

Now that summer is here, Suffolk is the perfect place to be for family fun and entertainment. It’s not just a sunny county with a gorgeous coastline, it’s also a hub of exciting events and days out for all the family. Today I’m sharing four fantastic festivals (to suit all budgets) that you really shouldn’t miss…

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3 Ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a tight budget

This year, many Brits are vowing to live healthier and be more active by spending time outdoors. Not only do you get to have quality time with your family, but you also get to enjoy the full benefits of being out in nature. Here are a few ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a […]

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The best New Year’s Eve displays in the UK

December brings Christmas, a very special and magical period, though it also brings the end of 2017, with the start of a new year dawning upon us. With that in mind, it’s time to plan your New Year’s countdown to make it as special as it can be. To avoid attending a disappointing display, I’ve […]

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How to plan a budget camping trip now to save money next year

If you’re anything like me, you’ll already be planning your holidays for 2018. If you’re super-excited about planning a getaway but aren’t so keen on the idea of spending a lot of money on a trip abroad, then a staycation might be best for you. More and more individuals, groups of friends, couples and families […]

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Low-cost (and free!) festive days out in East Anglia

There’s nothing I love more at this time of year than filling up my weekends with festive fun. There are so many fantastic events taking place around East Anglia this year that I could easily double- and triple-book myself on most dates in November and December. That said, I’ve come up with a ‘must do’ […]

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5 Reasons to get golfing this coming autumn

Okay, I admit it. Hubby has finally persuaded me to try golf. Seeing as I’m such a fan of mini golf – and crazy golf – I don’t know why I’ve resisted playing ‘real’ golf for so long. I agreed to ‘walk along’ with my husband on a round of golf this summer and I […]

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Latitude Festival 2017 – my review & photographs

Hi guys, I’m back in my home office today after a thrilling weekend at Latitude Festival here in Suffolk and, now that I’ve finally got back into the swing of everyday life, I figured that now would be a good time to share my photos of the event with you. It was a jam-packed weekend […]

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The countdown to Latitude Festival 2017 has begun..!

After a whole year of waiting, over 4 months since the line-up was announced, and two months since my last blog post about the acts I’m hoping to see, Latitude festival is now only 8 days away. As soon as July arrives, the countdown starts and I become more and more excited as the days […]

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Latitude theatre & comedy line-ups + what not to miss

Latitude Festival. What can I say about it really? If you’ve not already been to this festival on the Suffolk coast, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s got to be the most chilled out festival in the country. It’s great for kids, teens and adults. It actually looks magical, and is especially atmospheric at dusk. With music, theatre, […]

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Create a holiday-home inspired interior fit for a staycation

This little run of bank holiday weekends has got me thinking about the summer holidays – has it been the same for you too? If so, I thought I’d share a little staycation inspiration with you this week! I’d love to help you enjoy a holiday in your own home – after all, that’s what […]

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6 Crafty ways to preserve your family’s most precious memories

Family memories come and go so quickly. Even when you wait months for a big occasion – marriage, graduations, 1st birthday parties – the time goes by in a blink. You can make the occasion memorable with some of the party tips I shared on the blog earlier this week, but it’s the reliving of these […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Our his ‘n’ hers walking shoes

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hubby and I celebrated a day early because it was a really sunny day yesterday and we wanted to take advantage of the lovely weather and go for a walk. So we bundled up with our coats, scarves and gloves (it might have been sunny, but it was still a little nippy!) and headed […]

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Festive days out – Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn

This time last week I was preparing to attend the launch of Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk. It was my first Suffolk-based event as a blogger (not much seems to go on around here!) so you can imagine how chuffed I was to be invited to a blogger event that didn’t require travelling to London! […]

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Norman Foster’s Willis Building in Ipswich – 1970s architecture & interiors

Today’s blog post is rather photo-heavy, but I wanted to share some snaps I took while touring Norman Foster’s famous Willis Building. My husband and I went into Ipswich as part of the Heritage Open Weekend and visited half-a-dozen or so historical buildings that are not usually open to the public. Among them was the […]

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Tips for a day out at Ipswich Transport Museum

If you like buses, trams, motor bikes, old trucks and fire engines (or lawnmowers, for that matter) this is the museum for you. I’ve always enjoyed travelling by bus, so why wouldn’t I want to go to a museum full of them, eh? It’s packed full of vintage vehicles and, while it looks unassuming from the outside, […]

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