This week Donna is talking about two things, what we want in a date and the very fragile subject of financial differences. Of course we want someone who is well mannered, cooking skills and house trained. We wouldn't ask for someone who can't cook, doesn't know what a saucepan is and wears the same pair of socks for 7 days. Keep in mind that we all perceive things differently. ... Read More about Latest Post from Donna
The government are making cuts to a several key grants and other welfare entitlements for new parents. Including Health in Pregnancy Grant Sure Start Maternity Grant Baby element of Child Tax Credits Toddler element of Child Tax Credit Child Trust Fund For some this can be a worth up to £1735 over a pregnancy and the child's first year. These loses aren't being offset by other ... Read More about Benefit Changes that will affect New Parents
The emergency budget on 22 June set out several substantial changes to the tax credit system. Some are straightforward; others less so. Below, are those changes coming in from April 2011 under the following headings, explaining what each means and who might be affected: Increases in rates and thresholds Withdrawal rates Family element withdrawal rate The baby element Older ... Read More about Tax Credit Changes from April 2011
With Mothers Day tomorrow I thought I would tell you about my mum. If you saw her in the street you wouldn't think there was anything brave or remarkable about her. She is like any other 70+ year old with her odd fashion sense and walking stick to help her walk. She is reasonably fit and healthy for her age as long as you don't ask her to stand too long or walk too far. But there is something ... Read More about My Brave Mum
Donna is dishing out some useful tips on dating as a single parent in her post this week. I completely agree with her tips and wish I had them when I was first on the dating scene as a single parent. You can read her post Parental Guidance over at eHarmony. I was going to write my tips for dating as a single mum, instead I here is an example of 'what not to do' with one of my very early dating ... Read More about What Not To Do On a Date
Donna this week is talking about her fourth date with Mr Nice and eating peas. Trust me there is a connection in there and she is talking sense, rather good sense actually. ... Read More about Would You Date Mr Nice?
Since I posted up about Donna and her online dating with eHarmony and my experience of online dating, I have had an email asking if there really are 'real blokes' on the dating sites and aren't they all after one thing. This sadly is sometimes the portrayal of finding love on the internet but it's not necessarily so. First off it would depend on which sites you use. You're much more likely to ... Read More about Are there really Real Men on dating sites?
So what does Donna tell us about first? In her first post, Donna talks ages. Donna is early 30's (and no I am not at all jealous of her. Those who are not regular readers, I was dragged kicking and screaming into my 40's a few weeks ago and didn't shut up winging about it) so dating someone who is 10 years younger and another who is a lot older is quiet a swing on the age pendulum. I don't want to ... Read More about Donna’s First Post at eHarmony
When I heard that Donna Air had teamed up with eHarmony to talk about her online dating quest to find a perfect partner, I'm afraid my first response was a fit of giggles. Why would a gorgeous successful woman need to use online dating to find a partner? But then I got thinking on it, actually its quiet a smart move. For those of you who haven't a clue who she is or too young to know who she is, ... Read More about Donna Air is Blogging at eHarmony
[box type="info"] There has been an update to the proposed changes to the CSA, basically they are going ahead. To find out more try the interactive post on Gingerbread. [/box] Letters are being sent out to single parents in Britain telling them about the changes. Talking about the csa is never a fun conversation piece and especially now it's causing a storm with new change ... Read More about Proposed Changes to CSA
E Harmony attacks the online dating scene a bit differently. Instead of letting you loose on the searching and unearthing, E Harmony sends you a daily list of profiles selected for you. The idea being that you filled out all the forms and ticked the relevant boxes and they do all the matching and hard work. If you want a good old nose around then this site might not be the right one for you. They ... Read More about E Harmony Review
They may have annoying adverts on TV at the moment. You know the one where the girl walks into a music shop and starts playing on the keyboard and a strange young man (who in my view would benefit from a hair cut) starts joining in...I like old movies...tra la la.... ... Read More about Match.com Review