Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Can You Really Feed Your Family Well On A Budget?

Having a family means being able to support and provide them with whatever they need. No matter how big or small our family is, some of us still encounter budget constraints that might stop us from feeding our families well. Feeding the family on a budget requires a lot of work and a load of planning. If you find the right resources and keep a tight budget, you can achieve that incredible feat of feeding your family on a budget. Here are some tips that can help you feed your family well even if you're operating on a small budget.
Keep on couponing
Couponing has swept the nation as evidenced by the slew of reality shows that feature couponing addicts spending almost nothing on their purchases. Couponing requires a lot of logistics and planning. Start by looking at the coupon sections on your newspaper and on store websites. You can easily download and print coupons that you can add to get great savings. Take note of the fine print and read the coupons properly so you can tell whether the offer is still valid or not. By collecting coupons, you can easily cut the costs by more than a half.
Go bulk
Another way to save is by purchasing by bulk. Items purchased by bulk are given a discount by some specialty outlets in your local area. It's ideal to purchase items that are not prone to spoiling. You can buy canned goods, powdered ingredients, and condiments in bulk that you can stock and use in the future.
Buy what you need
One alternative to buying bulk is by purchasing less. Buying only what you need can help you save a lot. Make it a habit to control your expenses by sticking to your grocery list. At the start of the week, list down the recipes that you're going to follow and find out the ingredients that are needed. Buying only what you need can help you control your expenses, preventing you from going over budget with goodies.
Plant and sow
Planting herbs and vegetables right in your garden is one way to save up. Instead of buying produce, you can grow your very own. Growing a garden ensures you that you have clean produce because you grew them yourself! Often, we have no idea what products were used in the items on the supermarket. Cultivating your own land can definitely help you cut costs.
Support local
Instead of going to the supermarket, you can also try cutting the middleman by going directly to the source. Scour nearby local farms that can provide you with vegetables and dairy products at lower prices. You can buy fresh meat and poultry products as well and some local farms even allow you to order burgers online!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Having a baby on ebay...

Everyone is always telling us that babies are expensive right? And there is SO much to buy, and you MUST have this and that. Let me tell you, it's all a load of rubbish. In fact, babies hardly cost anything (especially if you're breastfeeding) since they are very small and cannot demand new Skylander/Thomas the tank engine/star wars toys until they are at least two and a half. Make the most of it I say! Here are a few things I won't be buying with my third baby...

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
What are your top tips for having a baby on a budget?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Are You Eating The Right Food?


Ever found yourself asking people whether you’re eating the right food? Your diet is usually determined by a number of important factors that vary from one person to another. There’s no perfect way to calculate the amount of food that you should eat unless you visit a nutritionist to help create a rigid food plan.
You can put your best foot forward and try to control the way you eat with these helpful tips that you should consider:
Know your preferences
Sometimes you just can’t force yourself to eat the things that you don’t want to eat. What’s right for others doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right for you. Determine your health goals in the beginning before starting the diet program that you want. It’s important to take note of your preferences as this can help you determine the right type of food that you put inside you. Always remember that your daily food intake should include the items in the food pyramid. Don’t go under the required number of caloric intake as this could change the way you get the energy that you need. 
Put emphasis on real food
When we say real food, we mean those items that doesn’t come in manufactured boxes. Processed foods are known to be harmful for your health, so it’s best to avoid them. Canned goods, junk food, and ready-to-eat meals are littered with preservatives and additives that can cause further harm in your body. Choose to eat real food or those that you prepare yourself. Preparing your own meals not only saves you money, it also saves you from various health risks that may come from processed food.
Check for health signs
If you start eating healthy, your body will point out various signs. Pooping regularly is a clear sign that you’re eating the right food. Eating healthy food can also lower your depression and stress levels. There are a number of health signs that can be considered as a testament to your eating habits.  The best health sign that you’re eating right comes when you have to buy new jeans that are one size smaller than the usual.
Keeping it in moderation
Even though you’re eating healthier, you should always eat in moderation. Eating smaller portions ensures that you fill up the dietary requirements that your body needs. Overeating can lead to weight gain, so it’s best to moderate the food that you eat. Instead of gorging down on your favorite food, try to eat smaller portions. Take time enjoying the textures and flavors of the dish to help you get a better understanding of the dishes that you consume.
Get proper food information
Getting the right information about the food that you consume is an important part of staying fit. Make it a habit to check out the labels of the food that you buy. Knowing the nutritional value of the food that you consume can give you an idea whether you should enjoy or avoid the food item. Labeling is an important part of food items and you should ensure that the food you consume underwent recipe analysis to guarantee a fit for your diet.



Friday, 16 January 2015

My Five Top Tips for Getting The Best Deal!

It's one of my rules of thumb to NEVER buy anything unless I can find a voucher code for it. I don't think I've ever failed to find one SOMEWHERE, even if it means joining a weird birthday club or some such like.

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!
 Definitely the more expensive the item the most savings are generally available. Here are my top tips for finding a bargain...

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?

Is Maths The Most Important Skill A Child Can Learn?


Knowing how to read and write is one of the most important skills a child can learn. But what about maths? Just like reading, maths is a skill that must be taught early in the child’s development. According to some experts, maths is more important when it comes to determining a child’s success in school rather than learning how to read.

Maths is something that your child will carry with him when he grows old. We perform maths tasks daily without even knowing it. Jobs are requiring their employees to have a maths proficiency, especially those who are working in business or technical fields. With this in mind, is it safe to say that maths is the most important skill a child can learn?

Maths is everywhere
Though we may not notice it, maths is everywhere. You need maths when cooking, shopping, watching television, and playing games. It is important for children to learn maths skills early on, as it is a skill that will need for the rest of their lives. Grasping basic maths concepts must start early, so that they have an easier time in school.

According to experts, children who have a good grasp of their maths skills early on are able to learn more complicated math concepts easier. For instance, when they move on to learning fractions, decimals, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or calculus, they will have a better understanding if they have full knowledge of basic maths concepts.

Why is maths important?
Maths is important, as it also teaches children about other important life skills. Here are some of the things that children can learn with maths.

·         Everyday maths – As I said before, maths can be seen everywhere. Whether you are following a recipe, looking for cheaper groceries, or buying a house, maths is a skill that is needed. Maths skills are also important when your children learn how to budget later on in life.

·         Critical and logical thinking – In every maths problem or equation, certain steps must be followed in order to arrive at the right answer. This teaches children logical and critical thinking, as well as discipline that they can use in their daily lives.

·         Future careers – Maths is also important when seeking a job. Those who are highly skilled in math are more likely to get higher paying jobs than those who do not do so well in maths.

Maths and children
Some children like maths, while others are scared of it. One thing you can do as a parent is to help your children appreciate maths by making it fun for them to learn. You can do math games, teach them math through daily activities, and help them through the process of learning. You can also seek help from math tutors.

Is maths the most important skill a child can learn? The answer varies, and some might say that there are more important things to learn. However, one thing is for sure. Maths is a skill that must be learned at an early age, as it will help your child on his daily activities.



Friday, 9 January 2015

An Adventure On Your Doorstep

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.


Rock Painting

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.


Treasure Hunt

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.


Chalk Drawing

Investing in some coloured chalksuch as these, is a great way to release their creative side.

If you’ve got a pavement in the garden get them to make a bright and colourful mural.


Potting Plants

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

Turning Your Kitchen Into A Stylish Yet Practical Room Within The Home



The kitchen is one of the most important areas in your home. It is where you prepare your meals, and if you love cooking, you will most likely spend a lot of time there. Of course, any homeowner would want a stylish looking kitchen that will look inviting to visitors. In some instances, however, the functionality of the kitchen is compromised because of the style. Who says you can’t have both?

Kitchen islands
Having kitchen islands instead of dining tables are becoming a trend. This is a good example of style and functionality rolled into one. If you have a kitchen island extension that can serve as a dining table, you can save space in your kitchen. This works for both small and large kitchens. You can use the island for preparations and you can also eat there with your family.

Kitchen zones
Another practical thing you can do is divide your kitchen into separate zones where you can work. For instance, set one side for food preparation and the other for food storage. Having zones is important, as you will have a good flow of movement when you are using your kitchen. You won’t have to zigzag around the kitchen looking for things. In addition, it also makes your kitchen look stylish and organized.

Cabinets and shelves
Any kitchen is sure to be full of pots, pans, baking needs, tools, and food. It’s important to have enough cabinets and shelves to keep your kitchen organized. For stylish cabinets, work with transparent cabinets. You can also change the knobs and handles of cabinets and drawers to make them match the interiors of your home or the style of your kitchen. Having all the storage you need in your kitchen is practical, and it is quite easy to make it stylish.

Accessorize
One way to make your kitchen look stylish is by adding splashes of color and accessories. Add butcher blocks, colorful pots and pans, and even a few potted herbs by the kitchen window. When accessorizing, add items that you know will be needed in the kitchen. Don’t haphazardly add items that you know won’t be of any use to you, as they will only add clutter to your kitchen.

Choose kitchen items
If you are moving into a new home or planning to renovate or replace items in your kitchen, go for stylish looking kitchen items that do the job. You may be spending plenty of money to get the style that you need, but you also get functional items that you need for your kitchen. In addition, you wouldn’t need to replace the items for several years. It is also good to invest in some kitchen items that you know will last for a long time. Research the best brands to get value for your money.
                             
Now you know how you can get a stylish and functional kitchen. With the right balance, you will have a nice-looking kitchen that has everything that you need to prepare delicious meals for your family and friends to enjoy.

Monday, 5 January 2015

When Is The Best Time To Relocate?


For some, owning their dream house and settling down in a neighborhood is the best life. For others, however, moving from one location to another gives a sense of thrill that staying in a permanent location doesn’t give. If you are someone who loves to live in different locations, there are some factors that you need to consider before relocating.

Know the best time
According to research, the best time to move to a different location is November. Why you ask? The summer is the worst time to relocate, as this is the time when fresh graduates flock to the city to look for work opportunities. You will be battling with them in search for a new home. Other times of the year, the rent can go up and you could spend a few extra pounds on your rent. This is why you should know the best month to relocate.

Avoid the holidays
When you already have a place in mind, don’t plan your move during the holidays. Doing this will be such a hassle for you, as everyone will be busy and you mind end up having to pay more than you expect. In addition, you wouldn’t want to miss all the holiday festivities because you are moving to your new home.

Relocate on weekdays
Most people tend to move to their new location during the weekends. Don’t be one of those people. Schedule your move mid-week, so you are sure that you can get all the resources that you need. You will most likely get your desired schedule with a moving company if you choose a weekday instead of a weekend.

Consider other people
If you have a family with kids, it is best to schedule your move around the school calendar. This is crucial, especially if you are moving to a different state where your children would have to transfer schools. Give your children time to say goodbye to their friends and schedule your move so that you don’t have to rush to get everything done. This will get rid of the stress and make your move a breeze.

Temperatures and seasons
Another factor you have to consider when moving is the season. For instance, it would be more difficult for you to move in winter when the roads are slippery and the sidewalks are full of snow. You wouldn’t want to be carrying your furniture in the snow bundled up in bulky clothing. In addition, some of your furniture might warp or crack because of the sudden change in environment.

These are some of the factors that you have to consider if you are relocating. When choosing a new location, you can always seek help from real estate experts such as Johns Island SC so that you get exactly what you are looking for. Relocating may be a difficult task that takes a lot of effort, but if you do it successfully, you will be on your way to starting a new life in a new location!



Saturday, 3 January 2015

Roasted Vegetable and Ginger Soup!

So in an effort to be more healthy after a very unhealthy Christmas (and the whole of Autumn to be honest) we've decided to cut down on meat for January and see if it makes us feel better and less exhausted! We've started by making our own smoothie every morning, which actually makes me feel rather sick, but I'm putting that down to the pregnancy...

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:

Ingredients
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.
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
A dessert spoon of ginger - I used the stuff already chopped up in a jar.
Creme fraiche
Stock cube made up into stock with boiling water.
Fresh parsley if you have it. Though I'm not sure it added much.

Method
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.



9) DONE!


Friday, 2 January 2015

7 Steps To The Perfect Slumber


Sleep is often taken for granted. It’s one of the most important activities in a person’s day, especially considering the fact that it’s during sleep that our body gets its rest. However, how does one get a good night’s sleep?

Have you ever woken up feeling tired due to a less than satisfying sleep? Lucky for you, here are seven tips that will help you make the most of your sleep. Achieving the perfect slumber is not impossible, all you have to do is follow these steps.

1. Adjust your body clock
You can do this by waking up at the same time every day. In doing so, you’ll be setting your body’s internal clock by making it clear that daytime is the time to be awake, while you have to be in bed at night. When your body clock’s a mess, you’ll be waking up each day feeling groggy and out of sorts. A routine is easy to follow when you have work during the day. If you work at home on the other hand, manage your time so you get to stay in at night and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

2. Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible
A comfortable room is a good place to sleep in. Make it as cold, as quiet, and as dark as possible. Chances are, you’ll be drifting off to sleep in seconds. And you won’t even need to count sheep! Keep your alarm clock handy, but if it’s possible, ditch any electronic devices like your cellphone or your tablet. Keeping these devices within your reach will not only distract you, but the light coming off of them might make it impossible for you to sleep.

3. Eat smart before going to bed
Eating a heavy meal before you sleep is a bad idea. Instead, eat something nutritious that will stimulate your sleep. Honey, for example, has been proven to improve sleep quality because it aids in the release of tryptophan into our brains.

4. Have a bedtime ritual
Doing something habitually before going to bed lets your body know that it’s time to sleep. It could be a warm bath, reading a couple of pages of a book, or putting on relaxing music. Do something that keeps you relaxed as you wind down your day.

5. Do not watch TV before bed
Same principle behind not using your electronic devices before bed. Watching TV before sleeping may only serve as a distraction, and chances are you’ll be messing up your body’s internal clock by sleeping later than usual.

6. Avoid caffeine and alcohol
It’s common knowledge that caffeine stimulates your brain, making it harder for you to relax enough to go to bed. Alcohol, on the other hand, will make you black out faster although the time you’ll be spending asleep will also be shorter.

7. Upgrade your mattress
Like we said before, being comfortable is important when you’re going to bed. If your mattress isn’t up to your standards, then it’s time to look around for quality mattresses on sale. They don’t have to be expensive, but you have to think about your comfort first and foremost.





Tuesday, 30 December 2014

How To Stay Stylish And Warm This Winter

 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.

 

Layer up!

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.

 

Anti-Shiver Shoes

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

Can Cooking With Fresh Ingredients Save Money?

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?

 

Seasonal ingredients

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.

 

Go green

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 suppliernot 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.

 

Swap ingredients

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

Review - MooGoo Skincare

I do love a good beauty review, especially something that's natural and a bit different at the same time. That's why I was thrilled to be sent some products to review from MooGoo Skincare.
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
 MooGoo’s Skin Milk Udder Cream (£8) is being recommended by a number of oncologists and hospitals in Australia due to its efficacy in helping the recovery from chemo and radiotherapy induced dermatitis. In terms of its use as an everyday moisturiser, I found it probably too thick for the face unless you have very dry skin. As a hand and body cream however I found it brilliant. Again, like the serum is initially feels quite greasy but easily sinks in without much rubbing. I actually had my very first break out of eczema a few weeks ago and so I tried this on the affected patch of skin near my elbow. By the morning the outbreak had completely gone and my skin felt smooth again. Again, this product has very little smell which in my opinion is a good thing as it means it has very few chemicals in it. I'd definitely recommend it not only for adults but for children too as an alternative to the double base cream etc.

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.

How to choose the best Bingo site!

Being a mother is harder than it seems as most of my days start with utter chaos. But, being a
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

Maternity Bargain Buys...

To be honest, I never thought I would find myself here again - but here I am! And never one to shy away from a challenge, I am determined to spend as little as possible on maternity clothes this time, bearing in mind they will definitely NOT be worn again.

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...

and some Noppies Treggings for £18, these are lovely and look really expensive, which is of course, the main thing.
Noppies Treggings £18
Now over to Funmum, I picked up this gorgeous pleat top for £31.20  minus a 15% sign up discount.

Pleat Maternity top from Fun Mum £31.20.
I have to say I think it's the nicest maternity top I've ever seen - so far I've worn it with boots and leggings and I can see me wearing it lots over Christmas.

Do let me know if you spot any maternity bargains!

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