Family Life

The Best Affordable Luxury Cars For Your Family

If you are working with a tight budget, you might think that a luxury car is out of your price range. But luxury doesn’t always have to mean expensive and there are actually plenty of great cars that give you the luxury experience without the big price tag. A lot of people are skeptical about these cars because they think that cheap means lack of quality but that is not the case at all. As long as you know what you are looking for in a car, you can find a good quality vehicle that is also affordable. People also assume that these luxury cars are not well suited to families, but that is not the case either. These are some of the best affordable luxury cars for families on the market right now. 

Affordable Luxury Cars For Your Family

Vauxhall Insignia 

If you want a reliable car that is also comfortable and luxurious, the Vauxhall Insignia is the ideal choice. The new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is a sleek looking luxury car that gives great driving performance as well. It is available with a wide range of engines, so if you want something that isn’t too high powered and won’t burn through lots of fuel, that’s an option. It is a spacious 5 door car with plenty of boot space as well, so it’s good for families. The quality of the build on the Vauxhall Insignia is excellent as well, so it is a reliable car that will not break down on you. 

BMW 3 Series 

When people think of a BMW, affordable doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But the new 3 series is actually very affordable for a car of its quality, and you can get some great deals if you go for a used car instead of a brand new one. It drives beautifully and it is very spacious, which is good for families. It comes as standard with all of the latest tech and safety features, which is very important when you are looking for a family car. 

Audi A8 

Audi is well known for building reliable cars, which is good for families because your car is an important lifeline and you will be stuck without it. The A8 is an incredibly spacious model with 5 seats and plenty of room in the boot, so you will never be short on space when taking trips with the family. The beautiful leather interiors are easy to wipe clean, so you don’t need to worry too much about spillages. 

Mercedes-Benz GLS 

If you need a lot of space and 5 seats isn’t enough for your family, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is perfect. This huge SUV has 7 seats and plenty of room in the boot. You can also put the seats down in the back for extra room should you need it. It’s very comfortable as well, so it’s ideal for long road trips with the family, and it’s perfect if your family loves the great outdoors.

A family car doesn’t have to be purely practical. These are all great cars that meet your family car needs and give you the luxury driving experience at the same time.

The Coronavirus and my family

I have just sat and watched the BBC news, seeing Captain Tom Moore completing his 100th lap of his garden to raise money for the NHS. In doing this he has raised over 12 millions pound, what a man. It made me think that there is good to come from the difficulties that are happening around the world right now and also that I haven’t written about it on the blog.

The Coronavirus is effecting the world right now and my family like everyone else is suffering. My Hubby is a key worker so is still going out to work to do his bit to keep our country running. As soon as he gets home from work he showers before any cuddles or kisses, which effects our six year old the most, she is a real Daddies girl. We cannot see friends and family, but that’s ok because by staying home is keeping them, us and everyone around us safe until we can see them again. I cannot wait to be sat in my Hubby’s Aunty and Uncles garden enjoying sipping champagne with them both.

rainbow after the storm

We have friends who are currently self isolating because their little girl has got a cough and high temperature, they live in our village and their families are miles away. So we have been helping ensure they have food and rum (apparently its an essential in their house) along with picking up prescriptions for them. Leaving it on the door step and letting them know its there. We are more than happy to help.

We also live miles around from our direct family, however my Hubby’s Aunty and Uncle live in our village, so each time we have been shopping we have been making sure they have everything they need. Even though they are able to go out, if it saves them one trip to the local shop or the super market then we want to help.

Our Coronavirus world right now

coronavirus and my family

I have been seeing lots of posts on Facebook about what is happening in England right now, so I thought I would share it on here.

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation at 8pm on Sunday 5th April. Shortly after this the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital himself with Covid-19. The Prime Minster was put into intensive care and came home from hospital on Sunday 12th, Easter Sunday.

The PM had previously implemented a lockdown across the country on the evening of Monday 23rd of March 2020.

Excel in London is now known as the NHS Nightingale and will be a hospital for up to 4,000 patients, most of whom are on ventilators suffering from Coronavirus (Covid-19). Opened by Prince Charles at 11am Friday 3rd April. Similar venues are being set up in cities across the country, in Manchester and Birmingham.

Every house got a letter from the Prime Minister to explain the importance of staying at home to protect the NHS.

Rainbows began popping up in windows on homes and shops all over the country, to show that there will be rainbows after the storm.

Community support groups established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure, in their community.

From Thursday 26th March at 8pm and every Thursday night thereafter, people stood united on their doorsteps, balconies and open windows and applauded and cheered for all the amazingly brave NHS staff who so courageously and selflessly battled on to try and save as many lives as possible. Our local retained fire brigade got involved and travelling round the village with lights on as a mark of respect.

Petrol price close to home was £1.08 per litre for diesel, the cheapest its been in over a decade.

Schools closed on Friday 20 March, potentially for the remainder of the school year. Parents were home schooling and teachers were doing remote learning using apps like Seesaw and work that schools have sent home. Schools remained open for key workers children.

Social distancing measures required a minimum of 2 meters is required everywhere you go.

Tape on the floors of shops to help distance shoppers from each other.

Our local co-op is only allowing 2 people in to shop at any one time. Limited number of people were allowed inside stores, queuing outside the store doors, still 2 meters apart

Non-essential stores and businesses mandated to close, clothes shops, restaurants, pubs.

People are shopping locally, using the butchers and bakers, small local shops and business. We have been buying as much as we can from local shops. The small gardens centres are offering delivery so we have been able to buy plants to keep us busy but also to ensure they are able to continue to trade. I really hope this continues when everything returns to ‘normal’ but I feel like it might be a new normal.

People who can are instructed to work from home.

The Government paid 80% of wages to all employees across the country who were furloughed due to Covid-19 and set up grants for many self employed people. Mortgage companies offered a payment holidays to those who are effected without it causes damage to credit ratings.

Every airline grounded either all or at least 85% of its fleet. All crew were grounded and some used their skills to work for the NHS in Nightingale Hospital, the Ambiance Service, 111 telephone handlers or community support.

Most of BA’s planes were parked at Bournemouth Airport in a long row. A sight not seen since WWII.

Air pollution improved. Rivers cleaned up. City & traffic emissions reduced. Animals are seen in towns and villages across the world, dolphins and fish are returning to rivers. Venice canals are running clear, with fish being seen there for the first time in years. Our world is recovering from years of pollution while everyone is on lock down.

Parks, trails, entire cities closed or restricted to locals who can get there by foot. Not permitted to drive anywhere to exercise. Allowing one form of exercise per day.

Entire sports seasons cancelled. No Wimbledon, no end to the Premiership, no Boat Race, no London Marathon. A virtual Grand National was held on 4th April 2020.

Olympics postponed to 2021.

Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events all cancelled.

Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings all cancelled or reduced to only those in your house hold. Funerals are limiting the number of people who can attend.

Families got creative and found entertaining ways of passing time by doing Tik-Tok videos or going Live on Facebook.

Singers and bands played live sets on their driveways or on their balconies for all to hear, lots of celebrities are singing together streaming live.

Households that can’t see their friends and loved ones come together across the country by using Zoom or House Party to play games or host pub quiz nights.

No masses, churches are closed. Many places of worship are going live on social media.

No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, then 10 or more. Now, Don’t socialise with anyone outside of your home.

Children’s outdoor play parks are closed.

Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.

Stay safe and stay home

Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill in many parts of the world. Formula 1 racing teams and Virgin Galactic designed and produced ventilators in the space of a week.

Panic buying sets in and we have limits on toilet paper, disinfecting supplies, paper towels, staple foods, hand sanitiser.

Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitiser and PPE. Lots of people wth 3D printers have been producing masks for care home workers and the NHS.

Fines are being issued by the police for breaking lockdown rules.

Stadiums and recreation facilities overseas open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients and Public Park areas turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate.

Press conferences daily from the PM and other government officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.

People wearing masks and gloves outside.

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.

Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families, with some staying in hotels offered for NHS workers to stay in so they stay away from their families.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, WHO declared March 11th, 2020.

We continue to stay at home to protect our NHS and front line key workers, so they can keep our country running as safe.

Having my Hubby go to work and possibly needing to deal with people who have Covid-19 or who are carrying, makes me worried about who he is bringing home. We are doing everything we can to minimise our exposure and risk, not just for us but for everyone else.

We are happy, we are healthy, we have food in the house and a wage, we are lucky to be in this position, so many are not.

We have so much we need to appreciate that we take for granted.

Be thankful. Be grateful.

Be kind to each other, love one another, support everyone.

Getting social in February

Well February is turning out to a busy month for me, our life always seems to be busy during the winter. As much as I love it, it then doesn’t hold out much hope for the rest of the year.

getting social

January has become a month where we go out for dinner with in brother-in-laws their gorgeous girl friends and their Aunty and Uncle who we are all really close too. It has been happening for the last 6 years and is something we all look forward too. The brother’s birthdays are all in January and early February so that is how it started.

Getting social in February

But February, wow, we have got meals and lunches booked all over the place. It’s my Hubby’s birthday along with his younger brother at the start of the month, so this weekend we are off out for dinner as a group of 4, (the older brother is away in London, but he was invited). We have a baby sitter.. woohoo!

Next week we have an evening meal out with my Dad, who now lives 3 hours away in Surrey, so he is coming up for a couple of nights. He has offered to take us all out for dinner, so we are heading to the village pub for dinner.

The following weekend, we have valentines day, so that will be a meal at home, normally the trusty M&S meal deal. Then shock horror we are having a take away with my mother in law and the brothers, partners and the children. It’s a once a year deal, we don’t really have meals with my mother in law, although we do see them a lot it’s more a cuppa and putting the political world to rights….. often resulting in needing a gin after.

Then it’s my birthday… woohoo! I think we might head to York for the day. It’s one of my favourite places to visit for the day. Although we haven’t been since we moved house, so it’s now just over 2 hours for us to get there. But with a full day out, will mean another meal out.

The weekend after we have been invited to my father-in-laws house for Sunday lunch, again with my brother-in-laws. My Hubby also has 3 step brothers and a step sister, plus their partners and children. At the moment there is 20 of us with the four children and 9 dogs! It’s busy at the father-in-laws when we are all together. But Sunday lunch is just us, the 2 brothers, girlfriends and the children, which will be nice. We have full family get togethers when we are get outside for the extra space!

My last night out is with a group of friends, celebrating my besties new job! She has landed her dream job working in London and I couldn’t be prouder! So I am staying over at hers so we can all enjoy a meal out and drinks after.

My month is super busy and I cannot remember having so many plans just one month since having children. But it is really nice to have things to look forward to.

Now what am I going to wear?