Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Friday, 23 January 2015
1) I will NOT be buying baby cuddle towels. Babies don't know what towels you dry them in, and also they don't really care. Normal nice towels are fine. Tiny bear shaped towels they will soon grow out of are a total waste of money and will clog up your airing cupboard.
2) Babies will sleep anywhere. Actually some won't - mine especially. But they don't care where their cot comes from, they just want it to be warm, comfortable and safe. Go straight to Ikea or Asda, those cots are fine and cost about £50, a snip of a price of the £600 cot we bought from Mamas and Papas all those years ago...
|Asda Cot - perfectly fine|
3) Bedding bales - again, these will probably never be used. Babies only need a sleep bag and a fitted sheet underneath them don't they? So why bother with all that stuff? It's just more stuff to wash, and who needs the hassle?
4) Muslin clothes are much much cheaper on ebay - buy in bulk, you know you want to. Also plain muslins are a lot cheaper and as everyone knows, babies are not bothered about cute patterns.
5) Baby clothes - babies don't care what they look like, in fact they aren't even that bothered about nice clothes as otherwise why would they be constantly sick on them? Drop unsubtle hints to friends about outgrown baby clothes and they will soon start flooding in. Or buy on ebay or gumtree. I recently paid £16 for a zip up jumper for my three year old that now looks like a limp rag.
6) Baby chairs etc can be helpful but again, you will no doubt have a kind neighbour who is desperate to get rid of theirs. Baby beans bags, bumbos and the rest, leave it, they are space eater uppers and you will be constantly tripping over them.
7) Pushchairs. You will be tempted to buy a super pricey Bugaboo or Quinny then spend three years breaking your back lifting them in and out of the car in the pouring rain. Micralites are by far the best pushchairs and are small and easy to fold. Buy one on ebay!
8) Baby baths - total waste of money. Just put a few centimetres of water in the bath and keep hold of your baby and sponge them down while they have a splash around. Baby baths also get quite mouldy and black before long. Honestly, you'll thank me.
9) Baby changing bags. Some companies get away with charging a ridiculous amount for canvas "changing bags" (naming no names PINK LINING). Totally over priced! Just get a normal large bag with longish handles. It'll get trashed anyway being dumped on wet floors while you're folding up your Bugaboo (!).
10) High chairs will soon be the bane of your life and will need constant wiping. My preference is Ikea again as their white chair is small and easy to wipe. Do NOT get one with lots of nooks and crannies as food will ALWAYS find its way down there and you will be forced to get a very sharp knife to attempt to get it out before it turns green..
|Ikea highchair - total crowd pleaser|
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Friday, 16 January 2015
I used to get all my voucher codes over at hotukdeals, but these days I find things move to quickly that not every website can keep up. I now literally seek everywhere! Google is certainly my friend and even sites like Mumsnet can have helpful discounts when you're least expecting it.
For hubby's Christmas present I got an epic deal on a Jack Wolfskin coat. I found one in the sale at Blacks, then I found a 15% off code online, then I got 10% cashback using quidco, bonza! A £150 coat cost me less than £100.
|Jack Wolfskin BARGAIN! Got this for under £100 by using a 15% off discount code and 10% cashback with quidco!|
1) If you find something you like online it's definitely worth googling the exact product name to see if it's cheaper elsewhere. Even if it's not cheaper, sites like ASOS sell other brands e.g. Whistles and often have no delivery charge.So you get the same product without the risk!
2) Check out voucher code sites (click here for an example) before you even THINK about buying anything. My rule of thumb now is just to wait it out until a code becomes available, as they usually do. September and April are a good time for codes, e.g. at the start of the season Winter/Summer seasons.
3) If a shop has a sale on, wait until the very end if you possibly can! Most sites now offer staggered discounting which are usually two weeks apart. E.g. they start with 50% off then two weeks later it goes to 60% off etc. It's definitely worth holding out if you can.
4) Keep an eye on the facebook page of your favourite shops as there are often offers and deals on there that are not advertised on the main website. Sneaky but true!
5) If you're a blogger, sign up as an affiliate which means you can earn money back on linking to products, but more importantly you get notified usually a day before the sale starts. Which means you can be super prepared!
What are your top bargain hunting tips?
Friday, 9 January 2015
If you’ve been suffering with cabin fever whilst you try in vain to keep the children entertained perhaps it’s time to go outdoors. Even in the cold winter months, the Garden can be a great place to escape with kids.
Wrapped up warm with hot chocolates at the ready, let them get messy with some outside fun and help ignite their imagination.
Take a walk outside and find some nice big rocks to paint.The bigger the better!
Making funny faces or painting them pretty colours to display in the garden will give them a real sense of achievement.
Gather some goodies and set them off on an adventure.
Making them explore the garden is a great opportunity to learn more about nature and their surroundings.
A Witches’ Potion
If you’ve got a few spare pots and pans lying around and you don’t mind the mess, get them to make some disgustingly fun combinations from the garden. Just ensure the tiny ones aren’t tempted to put any of the non-edible ingredients in their mouths.
Investing in some coloured chalks such as these, is a great way to release their creative side.
Why not let them create their own little garden?
Have the little ones pick out their favourite flowers at the garden centre.
They could pick out some fruit or veg to have their own mini allotment to look after or some beautiful flowers for a potted plant garden like this one.
Renovate the Play House
If the play house has stood neglected for a while encourage them to have a spring clean.
Dust off the cobwebs and give them some paints for them to decorate it.
You could even use up any of the old fairy lights from Christmas to give it a sense of magic.
Enjoying the great outdoors is the best part of childhood, and with all the steam they’ll be burning off it might give you a well-earned break.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Monday, 5 January 2015
Saturday, 3 January 2015
I had the idea about substituting bread carbs for veggie carbs so I've put that into practise today and made a healthy and also delicious soup. I do make quite a lot of soups on a Saturday lunchtime and both my husband and I agreed this was my best one to date. Here's how you do it:
Any spare root veg you have lying around, e.g. two carrots, half a swede, one sweet potato, one normal potato, one onion etc etc.
Salt and Pepper
A dessert spoon of ginger - I used the stuff already chopped up in a jar.
Stock cube made up into stock with boiling water.
Fresh parsley if you have it. Though I'm not sure it added much.
1) Turn the oven on to 180 degrees or equivalent.
2) Chop up all the root vegetables into largish chunks and place on a baking tray. Cover in olive oil.
3) Roast in the oven for half an hour.
4) When done, fry the ginger in oil (I used walnut oil but any will do) and then add in the roasted veg after a minute or two.
5) Add just enough stock to cover the liquid and perhaps an inch more, depending how thick/thin you like it.
6) Cook on a medium heat for about ten minutes.
7) Then blitz with either a hand held blender or food processor.
8) Season then add a swirl of creme fraiche and top with parsley.
Friday, 2 January 2015
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
This winter, you don’t need to make your style decisions into a massive problem. All you have to do is to relax and check your closet for instant style inspirations that can hit you like a speeding sleigh.
Staying stylish and warm doesn’t have to be tough, all you need are a couple of winter essentials that can keep you heated while looking sizzling hot for the new year.
One way to stay warm during the winter is to layer up. ‘Tis the season to wear heaps of clothes on top of each other to stay warm. There’s no rule on how many layers of clothes you can wear, but try to avoid wearing more than 10 items of clothing unless you want to look like a bloated figure walking down the street. You can rock the bohemian-look by layering a warm fleece shirt, long skirt, and a winter coat. Wearing a long skirt allows you to hide your long johns or warm inner wear!
Hats Make It Hot
Keeping your head warm is important so that you can avoid any headaches that may stem from the cold weather. There are a number of stylish winter hats that can warm up not only your head, but your ears, as well! You can opt for a simple beanie of your choice color, or you can knit one of your own! We recommend getting crazy colors to stand out from the whites and greys of the seasonal wear.
Gotta Have Gloves
The temperature can drop in no time so it’s best if you always keep a pair of warming gloves in your bag. Choose the type of gloves depending on the weather condition of the day. If the temperature is tolerable, a nice soft pair of gloves can be easily a part of your winter get-up. If you’re walking through a snowstorm, it’s best if you buy a thicker pair of gloves. There are gloves that are made from weatherproof materials that can withstand all types of weather and can keep you warm while still being in style.
Heat it Up!
Fleece is the best and cheapest way to stay warm this winter season. The material tends to catch the body warm that you emit and uses it to heat your body again, maintaining a nice balance of warmth and comfort. Popular sweaters and jackets are usually made from fleece, some even includes an extra fleece lining that can be detached so that you can re-use the jacket once the winter season is over. You can also purchase coat heaters that run on internal batteries. These portable heats can keep you warm even when your sweater can’t.
Avoid getting hypothermia by buying the right pair of winter boots. There are a number of designs available that can tickle your fancy. You can go with traditional designs or go for a modern approach. Some shoes are also lined with fleece, maintaining the perfect balance of warm and comfort for your tired feet.
One way to stay warm this winter is to just stay at home and shop for clothes online. You can have these items delivered directly to you and you won’t have to worry about the Christmas rush and traffic!
Monday, 22 December 2014
If you are in charge of cooking for your family, you can understand how a simple meal can cost a lot. Preparing delicious dishes doesn’t have to be expensive. If you know where to shop and what to purchase, you can save a few bucks in the process. It also helps to cook with fresh ingredients instead of canned and bottled goods, as you get more nutrients from the ingredients that you use.
But just how can cooking with fresh ingredients save you money?
You can save a lot of money when cooking if you prepare meals that consist of seasonal ingredients. The prices of fruits and vegetables go down when they are in season, so take advantage of that. It helps to know which ingredients you can save on, so that you immediately know where to look when you go to the grocery or the farmer’s market. You can also save more money by purchasing in bulk.
Organic ingredients are sometimes pricier than regular ingredients. However, if you know where to look, you can save money by going organic. Compare the prices from different grocery stores and brands and you just might find some products that will save you a ton of money. All you need to do is research and locate stores that sell cheaper, organic goods.
Get it from the source
Going straight to the source of the fresh ingredients that you purchase is one way to make big savings. Instead of going to your local grocery store, visit farmer’s markets or do a little bit of research to know where the ingredients come from.
By going straight to the supplier, not only can you can knock off a few dollars from your purchase, you get the freshest ingredients as well.
Grow your own
Why purchase ingredients when you can get them for free? If you have plenty of space in your garden, you can easily start growing your own fruits and vegetables. This will save you a ton of money when cooking and you will always be sure of the quality of the ingredients that you use for your meals.
If you don’t have a large space, you can also grow herbs, as they don’t need as much growing space as fruits and vegetables. Try growing basil, rosemary, thyme, carrots,lettuce, and berries.
Indeed, some fresh ingredients tend to be expensive, but this doesn’t have to stop you from using all fresh ingredients.
Instead of going without, try swapping ingredients - look forcheaper alternatives to certain ingredients on your recipe. When you go to the grocery store, compare prices and see where you can save.
Cooking using fresh ingredients doesn’t have to be expensiveas long as you know where to look and what to do, you can save thousands of dollars in groceries each year. With these tips, you can know create your favorites Kraft dishes using all fresh ingredients for you and your family to enjoy!
Friday, 12 December 2014
A little bit about MooGoo:-
"MooGoo was first made when the founder adapted a cream used in dairy farms to help a family member with a skin problem. The dairy version of "udder cream" was designed to heal the cow's udders and keep them in good condition for milking. It was full of skin repair ingredients and no gimmicks. Cows don't care too much about the latest fad in skin care, or even "Organic blends of Horsetail and Bergamot..." They do need healthy skin on their most valuable assets. Although the original cream used in the dairy farms was legendary for its skin healing properties, it was thick and greasy. MooGoo modified the cream for human use by keeping all the skin healing properties but making it non-greasy."
Sound awesome? Well is it! I was sent two products, the Skin Milk Udder Cream, and the 3 Vitamins Eye Serum.
|Three Vitamins Eye Serum|
MooGoo’s 3 Vitamins Eye Serum is made by dissolving three powerful topical vitamins through a natural base of anti-oxidant oils that mimic the skin's own sebum. I've used similar serums in the past and in terms of value for money, at £20 I think this is a good buy. The serum is slightly greasy but then you would expect that since it is made from oils! I like the fact that it has a very delicate smell since I am allergic to a lot of skin products so anything perfumed I stay away from. I found that the serum sank into my skin thoroughly and by the morning there was no residue left on my skin or greasiness. I noticed by skin did seem smoother after a few weeks of use, which is the whole point right!?
|MooGoo Udder Cream|
I really like the fact that MooGoo have done proper and transparent research into their product and the background of the company makes it interesting too.
Sadly at present there are no stockists in the UK that I could find, but the products are available to buy online via their website. Aside from the products I was sent they have a huge range to choose from, so it's definitely worth taking a look!
These items were sent to me for the purpose of review though all opinions are my own.
mum does of course have its pros and cons. Kids believe that their mums are super ladies who will be there to fix anything at anytime. For everything they call their mothers. Can’t solve their home work? Call mum! Cant find books? Call mum! .
As the day proceeds, I juggle between work at home and my career. The day couldn't be more
stressful. A break is something I really look forward to. When I'm finally back from work, after running errands at home, I settle in my couch with my tablet and do what? I enjoy online shopping, read articles and have a chat with my friends. And one of my friends who was online the other day pinged me to try online bingo so I gave it a try.
Online bingo has become so incredibly popular over the past decade that almost everyday I hear
a launch of a new bingo site. With the existence of hundreds of such sites, choosing the best one can got me daunting. So here are a few guidelines for every mum out there who is trying online bingo for the first time.
For a newbie it gets all the more challenging to distinguish a good bingo site from bad. Joining
a good bingo site is essential not only because they’ll safeguard your information and are reliable, but also because you should be able to reap out the benefits. Watch out for sites that are scrupulous and are just there to make a quick buck, so make sure you read the reviews of a bingo site before deciding to join. In my experience, the more the reviews the site has, the more credible it is.
It's also essential to check the site is properly registered and as a final tip, just double check it's a secure site, as you would when making any online purchase. Finally, before signing up, read the terms and conditions beforehand and remember that bingo is a game of luck so sometimes you'll win, and sometimes you won't! For more info and details do visit free bingo site called GameVillage bingo to see what all the fuss is about!
This is a guest post.
Friday, 21 November 2014
As this is my third child, I've found that I've had a bump pretty much from day 1, though it hasn't grown massively as yet (I'm about fifteen weeks now). I tried to last as long as I possibly could in "normal" clothes (unlike my first pregnancy where I was desperate to get into maternity clothes!) bearing in mind it will be a while until I wear them again, but alas the time has definitely come.
My first port of call was a local buying and selling group, where I picked up some Seraphine tops and leggings for £1 each, bargain. They are a bit worn but after a good wash and iron look fine. I wore them today in fact and am very happy with my purchases!
Next came ebay. I was a big fan of Isabella Oliver maternity last time I was pregnant, and bought about three key items. This time, I've headed straight to ebay, picking up a wrap dress for £5 and a portrait top for £1.20. The wrap dress was a bit of a fail though, as it has a smell that no amount of washing can get rid of. Still, you win some, you lose some.
|Isabella Oliver Wrap dress, whiff optional.|
I've also bought some Isabella Oliver maternity trousers for £5 and some H&M Maternity trousers for £3. Both are great, and I also know I can sell the IO on afterwards for a very similar price.
Another ebay purchase was this Asos gold sequin dress, now it's arrived, I'm less than convinced...
It's a bit longer than I anticipated and not the most flattering, even for a pregnant woman. Still, I only paid £7 for it, maybe I'll take it to my local dressmaker and get the length shortened slightly.
Just to show I'm not a total cheapskate, I headed over to Mummy and Little Me (There's one in Leeds also) and picked up a Hotmilk Bra for £15...
Noppies Treggings for £18, these are lovely and look really expensive, which is of course, the main thing.
|Noppies Treggings £18|
|Pleat Maternity top from Fun Mum £31.20.|
Do let me know if you spot any maternity bargains!