It’s just 12 days till school’s out for summer here in Wales and already I am compiling a list of things to do to stop the inevitable moans of “mum, we’re bored” – plus there’s a chance to win with my Nando’s gift card giveaway.
You really need a plan, don’t you? Otherwise, it’ll be a late start each morning, mooching around playing iPads or Xbox games till noon and then you’ll find it will be too late to make the most of the day.
One or two days like this for the kids to chill is entirely acceptable – but 6 weeks of it? Not so much.
And that’s without considering the dramatic hike in the food bill and the need to provide lunch. Believe me, I really appreciate school dinners at the end of July! There are only so many sandwiches I can stand but if like me, you’re not a particularly gifted cook, the whole feeding thing can become a bit of a debacle.
The temptation to eat out occasionally becomes too strong to resist and with an eye on your budget, I have a £20 Nando’s gift card to give away to one lucky winner.
You could try their new Fresco Burger – PERi-PERi chicken breast, smashed avocado and tangy pickled cucumber, topped with rocket. Then there’s the Butterfly Burger – two succulent chicken breasts joined by crispy skin, packed in a Portuguese roll and topped with tomato and lettuce.
There is a selection of veggie options to including the Supergrain Salad – a fresh mix of grains, greens and beans with avocado chunks and an avocado & buttermilk dressing, served on mixed salad leaves. Or what about the Veggie Cataplana? Chickpeas, chargrilled veg and beans in a spicy tomato and coconut sauce are served on spicy rice and sprinkled with toasted coconut shavings.
All I want to know is your best idea for keeping the kids entertained – and preferably as cheaply as possible.
Entry to the Nando’s gift card giveaway is via the GLEAM widget and the usual terms and conditions apply which you can find on my giveaways page. No cash alternative and 1 entry per household.
The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday 12th August.
I can’t wait to hear your boredom busting ideas and the best ones will be published in a post in a few weeks’ time.