Monday, 30 March 2015

How to save money on everyday items

From clothes to furniture and food, it seems as though no-one is paying full price for anything anymore. With the rise of extreme couponing in the UK it's no wonder that we feel as though we need more for our money. It is possible to get the things you need for less and here are a few tips on just how to do that.

1. The next time you visit your local supermarket to do your food shop you may want to allow some extra time. I don't mean so that you can look at every deal in the shop to find the bests ones - that would be far too time consuming! No, what I mean is that by allowing yourself an extra 10 or 15 minutes you could spend that time picking up the receipts that other people have discarded in the car park. Believe it or not but one persons discarded receipt is another person's voucher for money off their next food shop! By collecting receipts and then taking to the internet to do a price check you might just get yourself some money off vouchers.

2. Online sites such as http://www.voucherbin.co.uk are on the rise and it's no wonder when you consider that they host some of the best deal around. Whether you're looking for money off your next pair of shoes, dining table or a laptop computer, there are vouchers galore to be had!

3. In need of some new clothes? You don't need to head to the charity shop to get yourself a bargain! Head on down to your normal retailer and always check your garments before you buy. A skag, a stain or even a missing button can be your ticket to some money off. Disclaimer: I'm not advising you to deliberately damage goods for money off!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Mango Cotton Blend Knit Dress Review

I've recently been on a bit of a shopping spree. My wardrobe was looking a little sorry for itself, so I thought it was time I brightened it up a bit.

I bought some skinny jeans in a range of different colours along with some cami tops and cardigans. 

I didn't buy any dresses as I only tend to wear summery ones in warmer weather. When I was asked to review a knitted dress from mango I was keen to give it a go. 

To me a knitted dress was my opportunity to wear a dress in the colder months, which is something I don't tend to do.

This is the dress I was sent.


Friday, 27 March 2015

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Anita Swimwear Review

Before I had children I always used to wear either a bikini or a tankini. On my last holiday abroad I wore a tankini, but I didn’t feel as confident in it as I had previously done.

I’ve never really been one for full swimsuits. That was until I was sent an ‘Artemis’ swimsuit from Anita.com.


This swimsuit has a slimming effect with soft moulded cups and a bust lining. It pulls you in, in all the right places and is available in sizes 32-42 B-C, 32-40 D and also 32-38 E.

The straps can be removed so you can either wear it as a strapless piece or you can wear it as a halter neck or in the usual way with a strap on each shoulder.


This swimsuit feels really comfortable on and as a result it makes me feel confident. Some swimwear makes me feel as though I have too much on show or worse leaves me at risk of showing off a bit too much! This swimsuit doesn’t. It fits well. It hugs my body without being tight and the ruched effect on the front of the swimsuit helps to hide my mummy tummy.

Overall this is a great quality, gorgeous looking swimsuit that I’m really looking forward to wearing on holiday later this year!

For the purpose of this review I was sent one swimsuit from Anita.com. All views and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Step-mum at 20


When I was a child, I often dreamed about having my own children. Like many little girls I pushed dolls around in toy pushchairs and pretended to care for a baby using a doll as my child. It was all pretty innocent stuff!

I’ve always wanted to be a mum for as long as I can remember. However I never ever thought that I would be a step-mum first.

I use the word ‘step-mum’ lightly though. I don’t see myself as their mum. They have a mum already. I see myself as their dad’s wife and hopefully they see me as their friend too.

The way in which I see them though is that they are my ‘step-children’.

It’s awkward to explain as I don’t really know how to put it into words. They’re not children anymore. They’re all adults now, but when I first met them they were aged just 7, 8 and 10.

I knew when I met my now husband that he had three children. It didn’t bother me in the slightest. I knew that one day I would meet them and that time came around a year into our relationship.

Throughout the year leading up to me meeting them, my husband had talked to his children about me to help prepare them.

I assume they were just as nervous about meeting me as I was about meeting them!

We arranged to meet on boxing day at my mother-in-laws house. It was neutral ground for all of us so we hoped that would make everyone feel comfortable.

My husband and I arrived first. A short while later he went out to pick up his children up whilst I waited at my mother-in-laws.

It felt like the longest wait ever! 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Teaching Children about their Bodies



R and M are due to start nursery in September so I think it’s about time that I talked to them about their bodies. Call me an over-protective mum if you want to, but I feel it’s important to talk to them about this.

The thing is, I’m not really sure where to start!

I want to explain to them about who can and can’t see their bodies, along with when and where they can’t they show them.

I remember being at play group once when M told me she needed the toilet. Before I knew it she had pulled both her trousers and underwear down there and then in the room. We were surrounded by lots of children and parents.

It didn’t bother me that she’d done this as I guess she wasn’t to know any better, but from that moment on it did get me thinking about how to approach this subject with them.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Look after your future by managing your savings


talk a lot about the future on my blog and about how I want to make sure I can provide myself and my family with a financially secure future.

When our twins were born we made a big effort to put money away every month for them so that when they're older they can have a little behind them for whatever we need.

We also recognise the importance of having savings just in case something goes wrong. For example, very recently we ha to move house because our landlord decided to sell up. If we didn't have any savings it would been impossible for us to fund the cost of moving. Thankfully though we have some savings which meant there was a little stress to be had when we did find somewhere new to live.

The way in which we manage our savings is very important to us as well. When  was growing up I used to save my money in a building society account. I had a little book which showed me how much money I had put in and taken out. The only way to access the account was to physically go into the building society with your book and hand it over the counter to the teller.

Although this is still a popular for people to manage their savings, there are much simpler, quicker ways in which managing your savings can be done. Online money management platforms such as Nutmeg.com provide a simple way for people to manage their savings online. It can help people to make the most of their savings in a way traditional ISA's don't necessarily allow.

Friday, 20 March 2015

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Introducing my 2015 Britmums Live Sponsor!

Last year I went to my first ever blogging conference - Britmums Live!

Britmums Live is the UK's biggest two day social media conference and blogging event where lifestyle bloggers and social influencers gather to meet and socialise, network with brands, improve their skills, and fire their creativity.

I'm so excited to be going to Britmums again this year. Last year I met so many wonderful bloggers and learnt so many new skills.

It is with thanks to my wonderful sponsor that I am able to go again this year.

I'm very proud to announce that my Britmums Live 2015 sponsor is...




Started in 2011, Dom and Geri is a personalised greetings card website with a difference. Selling personalised wrapping paper and gift tags to match your card, Dom and Geri have something for every occasion.

Personalised cards and wrapping paper go hand in hand. The joy of personalised wrapping paper and cards is that you can swap and change for any occasion. Although the world is forever evolving, people still prefer the old cards and presents over emails and cyber gifts. 

Over the next few months in the lead up to Britmums Live, I'll be working closely with Dom and Geri so you can expect to hear a lot more about them in the coming months. 

For now though you can also find Dom and Geri over on Twitter and Facebook.
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