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Covid-19 Winter Lockdown Survival Guide

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Well, here we are, we’ve welcomed in the New Year, Christmas is swiftly becoming a distant memory. We are full of New Year cheer, resolutions and determination – you’d think!

However, It’s Monday 4th January 2021 and our Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just announced another National Lockdown. Lockdown 3. Personally for me, this is a welcome announcement because i’m sure, like many we are all getting to the stage now that we just want Coronavirus (Covid-19) to be a thing of the past. It’s all getting a bit too much now isn’t it?

This guide is designed to help you make it through the other side.

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Hickories Smokehouse Coventry – Restaurant Review

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On Sunday the 16th August, we were kindly invited along to Hickories Smokehouse in Burton Green, Coventry to indulge in a family meal.

As a mother of 2, one of which is a teenage boy aged 15 – it’s not very often we get to eat as a family let alone have some quality time eating out.

Hickories have been on my list of restaurants to visit for some time after hearing raving reviews from friends and family, sadly our visit was delayed due to the lockdown restrictions put in place this year.

It’s great to see that Hickories are back open for business and ready more than ever to welcome diners. I was very pleased to see the covid measures that have been put in place on arrival before we entered the building there was hand sanitiser and kitchen towels available.

Of course, like most eateries at the money book is essential but for a Sunday dinner time, it wasn’t overly busy. Hickories are currently taking part in the government scheme ‘Eat out to help out’. This, in short, is the scheme that the government have set up to help boost the hospitality trade by offering a 50% (up to a maximum of £10 per person) reduction on your food bill Monday-Wednesday. Therefore no doubt, these are the busiest days for most restaurants at the moment.

The scheme has become very popular so if you are looking to eat out under the scheme, booking as much in advance as possible is advised.

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Transform your walls on a budget

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I’ve recently refreshed my kitchen walls and painted them white. We had red walls for at least 7 years and it really needed painting over as the paint was chipping and I was getting tired of the red paint. There’s only so much you can do with red and only so much you can take.

I’ve not yet decided how I want my kitchen, I’m thinking barn style decor so the white walls have given me a blank canvas to work on.

Now, the walls look TOO bland! Our kitchen is quite long and we have large walls that I have never known what to do with. I thought that a few prints in frames would break it down a little but looking online at the prices I was certain that I could do them myself for less……so I did.

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5 Places to visit In Coventry for FREE

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  1. Coombe Abbey – This stunning park has 500 acres of beautiful woodland, gardens, lakes and parks. Within the grounds stands the Coombe Abbey Hotel which was built in 1150. The Abbey has been running as a hotel since 1995. You can still visit the grounds without being a resident of the hotel. The Coombe Abbey country park is ideal for dog walking, summers days out, picnics and at times BBQ’s. In the past, Coombe Abbey have hosted big events such as the Coombe Weekender back last year. In Spring 2019 , Go Ape’s newest tree-top assault course came to Coombe Abbey which is a chargeable attraction within the grounds of Coombe. There are toilets onsite as well as places to eat and drink. There is a discovery centre too. If you are taking the car please keep in mind that parking is NOT free. You can find the cost of parking HERE
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Recipe: Coconut & Jam sponge Tray bake

Ever had flashbacks of your old school dinners? Chips and beans, Cheese flan, pizza. Your mind then casts to those old desserts. You start trawling the internet for some recipes because you crave those desserts once again.

The very same thing happened to me and my first search for old school puddings was for the popular Coconut & Jam sponge pudding with custard.

I found a recipe, tweaked it a little and made a bloody good pud!

Here is everything you need to make yours.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Bake Time: 40 Minutes

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List of Free Educational Resources

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Below is a list of educational material and resources that are currently free. These will help with those who are continuing to home school or would like to to continue with some element of home learning. It’s important to remember that none of us really know the right or wrong thing to do right now and what matters the most is that we are safe and our kids mental health is stable. Everything else can fall into place as and when it needs to.

I will continue to update this page daily with any new websites that come to light.

If you would like to contact me to let me know of any that are missing or could be added, including any that are no longer free. You may contact me here.

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Win one of 5 M&S Easter Hampers

How would you like another chance to win one of 5 Easter Hampers from M&S? In light of all the sombre news lately it’s nice to ad a little bit of joy to the day. Also, a great way to kickstart Spring.

Some of the UK Money Bloggers have teamed up to offer you a fantastic prize selection this Spring. There are five M&S Easter hampers up for grabs, worth £50 each. That means five lucky winners will receive a hamper in time for Easter 2020!

Not only will you be in with a chance of winning but you’ll pick up some fabulous money tips on the way by visiting the blogs of other UK Money Bloggers.

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Win 1 of 8 Christmas hampers with the UK Money Bloggers!

December is here and it’s totally OK to talk everything Christmas now and what better way to start December than with the UKMB 3rd collaborative ve Giveaway. SavvyMumUK has teamed up with 79 other UK money bloggers to take part in our biggest ever giveaway. With a huge prize fund of £400 and 8 chances to win a prize! Shere are eight Christmas Afternoon Treats with Flowers M&S hampers up for grabs, worth £50 each. That means eight lucky winners will receive a hamper in time for Christmas! Read more

17,000 Followers!

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I can’t believe i’m writing this and I write it with tears of happiness.

Today, 5th November 2019 I reached another milestone of 17,000 followers on my Facebook Page SavvyMumUK.

That’s 17,000 individual people. wow! I remember when I hit my first 100 then first 1000 and I was extremely overwhelmed at that. Then I reached a huge milestone of 5000 and that took the wind out of my sails so you can only imagine how I am feeling right now.

A huge thank you has to go out to you. My readers. My followers. Especially those who have followed me and supported me from day 1. Day 1 being 14th September 2015 for the SMUK facebook page.

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Win 1 of 5 M&S afternoon Tea hampers worth £50 each & more!!

A huge welcome to our Epic summer giveaway. I have teamed up with a number of other bloggers from the money blogging community to bring you a fantastic competition. Below is all the information you need. It would be lovely if one of my readers won one of the fantastic prizes available. There are SO many ways to enter the competition and multiple opportunities to win. Remember, the more you take part in the better chance of winning you have.

This summer, some of the UK Money Bloggers have come together to offer you the chance to win one of six M&S hampers. We have five hampers worth £50 each plus one £20 hamper to give away. Keep reading to find out how you can enter.

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