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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Enjoy the cinema without spending a fortune


I've been working with My Family Club for a while now and they are great at helping you to stretch your money a little bit further. We all know how exciting a trip to the flicks can be. But we also know that visiting the cinema can be a pricey business. To help you get the best out of your summer, Diana from My Family Club has rounded up the very best cinema deals and discounts.  For more details about guest posts please contact me and have a quick look at my disclosure policy.


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Orange Wednesdays 2 for 1


If you’re an Orange customer you can get 2 for 1 cinema tickets each Wednesday saving you money on pricey group tickets!  But that’s not all, Orange Wednesdays also means free pizzas! Visit your nearest Pizza Express and Orange customers can get 2 for 1 on both pizzas and dough balls. To take advantage of this delicious offer, make sure you show your Orange Wednesday text tickets when you place your order.  Lucky Orange customers can also enjoy a film night in with the Orange Film To Go deal. Each Thursday, Orange customers can download a new film from iTunes for just 35p!

Kids' cinema deals with Tesco Clubcard


Tesco also offers discount cinema deals to Clubcard customers. Get money off your next ticket with Clubcard vouchers.

Sing along cinema with Lastminute.com


Make like the Von Trapp family and take your brood to ‘Sing-a-Long’ cinema events with great offers from Lastminute.com.  The musical film screenings take place at the Prince Charles Cinema in central London, and involve audience members wearing fancy dress and - yes - singing along with the movie!  There are lots of family-friendly options available and this September, you can join Disney fans to Sing-a-Long with the Lion King!

£1.50 tickets with Vue


You can get great deals on tickets at Vue cinemas. If you’re little ones are aged between two and 12, they can get tickets starting from just £1.50!  This offer runs on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and every day during the school holidays.  Accompanying adults pay just £1.50, too.  There are usually only two or three films included in the offer at any one time but at such low prices, it’s definitely a deal worth snapping up.

£1 tickets with Cineworld


You can also get great value tickets at Cineworld cinemas. They are running selected Saturday morning screenings and tickets are just £1.  And even better, both kids and accompanying adults can get in at this bargain price.  Bolton, Liverpool, Wandsworth and Falkirk Cineworld cinemas also run this offer on Sunday mornings. Just remember to check your local Cineworld before you set off.

Free Lovefilm trial


If your family prefers to curl up on the sofa, the free trial from Lovefilm will come in pretty handy.  You can rent the latest DVDs for free for up to 30 days and if you don’t want to start paying for the service, just make sure you cancel your membership before the first monthly charge kicks in.

Enjoy the holidays!


Don’t forget, there are lots of events going on this summer to keep your little ones entertained.  Visit Thorpe Park and have a go on new ride, The Swarm. With its inverted 127ft drop, this ride will challenge even the bravest souls and is bound to be popular. Make sure check out our round-up of the best discounts available.

For those of you who don’t mind taking a trip across the pond, Disneyland Paris is celebrating 20 years at the top and you could join in on the action. We've found lots of great deals to help you and your family bag a bargain ticket in this special year, so make sure you check them out.