Making the most of your budget on a holiday in Spain effectively means you can create more magical memories for less money. I remember a family holiday to Spain with my parents many years ago. We were joined by my Auntie Margaret and Uncle Cyril and my cousin Sean. There was tension sometimes as my parents were keen to spend whereas my aunt and uncle were keen to save as much money as  possible. So I thought I would suggest some ways you can save money on a holiday in Spain such as those available from Holiday Gems online.


If you go to Spain in the school holidays, you will pay more and you may find the resorts are annoyingly busy. As a home educator, we really can benefit from taking breaks outside of school holiday periods. That is not possible for everyone but if you can travel out of season, it is worth considering.


Firstly remember you probably don’t need designer luggage. Is it better to have that or to have money available for a special day out whilst you are away? Ensure you know the size and weight restrictions for your luggage set by the airline. Excess charges can really hurt your wallet. Bring your own plastic bags to take your liquids through security. Take items that you love with you such as salt, pepper, tea bags, washing powder, dishwasher tablets and bin bags.


In the olden days, my Dad used to do as much research in the library about our holiday destinations. Nowadays if we are savvy we can use the Internet well in advance not only to check out places we want to visit but also special discounts and deals. Yes, you might have to sign up to email newsletters but if it means saving some pennies and pounds it might just be worth it.

Food and drink

You can easily spend way too much money on food and drink. On days out you can make your own picnic rather than relying on food outlets. Not only will this save you money but you can tailor the picnic to your family’s food preferences and cater for any allergies and special diets. If you do go to a restaurant lunchtime eating tends to be cheaper and look out for the menu del día. As for drinks try the local wine and draught beer or cerveza de barril is cheaper than bottled beer. Ask for tap water rather than laying out for expensive mineral water. If you see servicio incluido on a bill, you do not need to leave a tip.

Getting around

Walking is free and often results in you finding hidden gems as you go off the beaten track including cheaper cafes, restaurants and bars.  If walking is too much for you or family members, ensure you look into travel passes. Check out any special provision for older people, younger people, disabled people and students.

Other places where savings can be made include car hire and fuel costs, banking and the use of technology. It’s back to doing that Internet research before you go. Finally ensure you take out travel insurance and get your free European Health Insurance Card.

Do you have any tips for making the most of your budget when on holiday in Spain?

Making The Most Of Your Budget On A Holiday In Spain

My Random Musings

With more and more skincare regimes, products and treatments on the market every year, picking the right one to achieve what you want is increasingly challenging. If you have the time, it can be a fun challenge to face, trying out new treatments at places like Skinsmiths Belgravia Cosmetic Clinic until you’re able to find the perfect one that makes you look great, feel amazing and project perfect confidence.

If you don’t have the time to sample the full menu, you’ll need to narrow in quickly on what’s right for you, so today we’re looking at two easily confused forms of skin treatment: infusions and injections.

Skincare Injections

Skin has evolved to be a barrier between our bodies and the outside world: it keeps out water, it keeps out dirt, it keeps out toxins and poisons. Unfortunately, it also keeps out medicines and treatments that could do it a great deal of good!

A lot of people would be a lot happier if things like inoculations, travel immunisations and anaesthetics could be delivered without the use of a needle – if you could take a pill to immunise yourself against measles, or knock yourself out for an operation, going to the doctor would be a lot less stressful!

What that means, as you may already have guessed, is that some of the most effective treatments for your skin need to be injected under the epidermis to have their best effect. Collagen, for example, has a miraculous effect on the skin, making it seem younger, firmer and stronger, but it’s made up of large molecules, and they simply can’t make it past your skins protections to be absorbed efficiently enough without injection!

There are a variety of different things that need to be injected to treat the skin – it’s a method of delivery rather than a treatment in itself, so talk to your clinician about what you want to achieve, and they can provide the right injection to make it a reality

Skincare Infusions

If you’re looking for a less invasive skincare treatment that still has the potential radically improve your skin, then this high-tech solution could be the perfect answer!

True skincare infusions are more than simply a cream that you could apply in your own home. In a clinic, a specialist can assess your needs a pick a mix of treatments to help rejuvenate your skin, make it firmer or softer, reduce redness or stimulate cell turnover. They then use soundwaves or LED treatments to infuse this unique blend into your skin, producing instant and dramatic results, without the need for injections.

What to Choose?

If you’re looking for a non-invasive, soothing treatment as part of a relaxing spa day, then a skin infusion is the winner hands down. The only drawback is that the results last only a few days. Regular treatments can have a more permanent effect but if you’re looking for a longer term solution, you may have to opt for a more dramatic injection!

Laminate flooring is popular and so much better than it used to be. Families love it as it is durable and easy to clean too. It is a more affordable option than wooden floors but you can achieve a stylish look all the same. You can get someone to fit the flooring for you or you could try a little do it yourself.


One of my faults is starting a job without getting all the equipment to hand first so learn from my mistakes with this list.

Laminate flooring

Floor spacers

Adhesive if required

A saw

Dust mask


Set Square


The right laminate

I love the LOC system panels because they are easier to lay. Glue is not involved so you can have your floor down and useable mess-free very quickly. Another benefit it that should you change your flooring in the future these are super easy to remove. If you go for glued options, they are hard-wearing but you may need someone to help you lay it adding to the costs of your project. Pre-glued laminate is another option.

When choosing wooden looking laminate, really consider if it gives you the look you want. I am not that fussy but if you want something that looks particularly authentic, you may need to pay that bit more.



Do not make the mistake of thinking you do not need underlay with your laminate flooring. It helps create a softer surface, cuts down noise and retains heat.

Foam underlay is not good for areas where water will be splashed.

Polystyrene underlay is good for cutting down noise and evening out bumps.

Fibreboard underlay has similar benefits but is better for the environment.

Sponge rubber underlay has an additional benefit as it resists moisture.


Floor Spacers

Floor spacers are essential to fit laminate properly. Floor panels soak up moisture in the air which expands them. Laminate responds to the temperature of the room and the humidity of the air which varies day by day. Apply the floor spacers before you lay the laminate panels. A good guide is to leave a space of around half an inch between the edges of your final floor panels and your wall. You could invest in a nice beading and start your project in the right way.


Fitting the laminate

Fitting the laminate can be done even if you have no experience. I would strongly advise seeking the advice of the outlet from where you bought your laminate. There are also some amazing videos on You Tube showing you how to do it effectively. I think these are in many ways better than a list of instructions as you can actually watch a person fitting laminate and then replicate what they do.

Are you a fan of laminate flooring?

How To Lay Laminate Flooring








Confessions of a New Mummy

English is the most popular foreign language. Most schools from all corners of the world  have English as one of their subjects. Learning this language usually starts at primary school level in most education systems. Understanding English as a foreign language is essential because it is applicable in almost every aspect of our lives.

There are instances where you will be required to address people in English. Most instructions on products or devices are usually written in English. Many consider it as a universal language, so by speaking even basic English you will find it easier to   address anyone from and in any part of the world. Communicative courses and textbooks are usually used when teaching English to primary school pupils.

However, this might not be enough to make them truly understand this language. One good alternative is the use of literature. It helps bring about a better, more comprehensive understanding. Some of the most common literature materials used include poems, stories, books and magazines.

You can also find literatura tasks from various online study sites. The different materials are usually categorized according to the age of the reader or by genre. There are several reasons why literature should be used in primary schools to promote a good understanding of English. They include:


The use of literature in primary schools helps create that motivation or desire to understand a new language. We all know how children love stories. Narrating them to children captures all their attention because they will be keen to know all the developments of the characters in the plot. This is the perfect context for primary school children to learn and understand English better.


Using literature in primary schools will also help promote academic literacy. This is mostly because it helps improve the communication skills of the learners. It also helps promote deeper understanding when reading different materials written in English. Understanding English is usually an added advantage because it is the language used for instructions on most items, from devices to appliances. Using literature will help improve the thinking skills of primary school children, something which is vital for their coursework and future studies.

Change Agent

Literature in primary schools can act as a good change agent when it comes to eradicating different beliefs or intolerance. Similarly, it also helps to raise awareness of  the various challenges facing the world. It helps children improve their understanding of others   and the situations they must face. As they grow, they can come up with solutions to the different issues affecting the world . The fact that literature provides for the study and evaluation of human nature means it can be used to point out the differences  in a way  that promotes peaceful coexistence.

Language Learning

Use of literature in primary schools helps promote proper language learning and understanding among pupils. The different literature materials used help promote a smoother understanding of the language. Texts are interesting for children, and these   make it easy for them to understand the language. Stories help improve the vocabulary skills of most children. They will learn several things that will help sharpen their language skills, even in their native language.

My Random Musings

Reviving your smile is possible with dental veneers. This gives me great hope. I used to have lovely teeth so white and with a lovely gap between my two front teeth. Apparently this means you will be a great singer but although I can’t claim that I did have a nice smile.

I look back on old pictures and then compare that smile with what I have today. I actually try not to open my mouth at all when posing for photographs as I hate the way my teeth look. I need to get some money saved, look into Veneers in London and get them fixed to boost my self-confidence.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are very thin shells of tooth-coloured materials designsed to cover the front surface of your teeth. That’s the bit people see and the bit I want to change radically. Yes I want the colour of my teeth to change but in some areas there is more damage so changing the shape, size and  length would be a good idea too. Dental veneers make this possible I guess I would need to discuss the right veneers for me with  my dentist but from my research so far porcelain  veneers sound like the better option as they resist stains better and reflect light in a similar way to natural teeth.

Problems with teeth

People who are unhappy with their teeth may have different issues. Discoloration is common especially with so much use of caffeine and alcohol. Some dental treatments such as root canal assistance or fillings can lead to discoloration too.

Sometimes teeth can be worn down as the years pass or even chipped perhaps from assault or accident.

Like me, you might have misaligned teeth. On one side it is as if my teeth have  been forced back a fair way leading to an uneven smile.

Some people have gaps between teeth that they don’t like and veneers can fix this. Mine are sadly the other way and  pushed together.

Getting a dental veneer

It is easy enough to get a dental veneer but takes time usually involving a thorough consultation and then two visits to make up and  apply veneers.

The consultation

As with any other service, this is the key time to talk openly about what changes you would  like to see so the dentist is absolutely clear what results you are looking for. A good dentist will explain the benefits and limitations of any treatment available. They may send you for X-rays and are likely to take impressions of your mouth and teeth.


This involves the dentist removing a small amount of enamel from your tooth. Some people choose to have the area numbed with anaesthetic. The veneers will take a few weeks to prepare but sometimes you can have temporary ones in the meantime.

Have you had dental veneers fitted? I would love to hear about your experiences.



My Random Musings