Burning A Hole In Your Pocket?

Do you ever feel as though money is literally burning a hole in your pocket? What goes in your bank only ever seems to go out on the things you don’t see. We’re talking about bills, fuel for your car, food etc. But it shouldn’t be this way. We should be able to enjoy the money we have without having to stress about whether we’ll be able to get by the rest of the month without living on a tin of beans. Money has a way of getting us down, especially if we feel as though we don’t have much. So here’s a few ways you can let it bring you back up, and you can actually enjoy the money you have.

Shop Right

Are you a self confessed serial shopper? Or, are you someone who think they’re sensible with their money, but there is a questionable amount of food transactions in your bank account at the end of the month? Bottom line is, we tend to spend more money than we actually have because we’re just tempted by the things that we don’t have. To shop right, you need to get your bargain hunting glasses on. Use things such as these amazing John Lewis vouchers, along with other vouchers that you might be able to find on the internet. If you look to save whilst you spend, you’re going to be so much happier than actually having to cut the spending out all together. For things such as your food shop, have a look and see if online shopping is the way forward. A lot of stores offer discounts for the first time you order online, which could actually save you a lot of money!

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Save Right

Nobody can save right. Well, most people can’t, the rest of us spend our time putting money into another bank account, then taking it back out a week later because we’ve spent way more than we thought we would. It’s a vicious cycle that keeps repeating until the savings account is empty, and pointless. Try and be strict with yourself. You could even use one of the jars that needs breaking into to actually get to the money. Just something that you know you’re not going to be able to get to until the time is right. Having a motive to save makes it a lot easier. So it could be planning a holiday, moving house, getting a new car etc.

Live Right

People aren’t living right at the minute. There’s those that seem to stay in 24/7, and those that are out blowing their money every single weekend. Neither of these are right, and as we age it’s important to learn what the balance is. To live right you should only be living the lifestyle that you can afford. So it could be that you have a little treat night out once a month with your friends or family, or you go out for a little day trip every weekend to get out of the house. To be out and about doing things, you don’t actually need as much money as you would think!

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Easy Ways To Make Money As A Stay-At-Home Mum

As a stay-at-home mum, you may assume that your money-making opportunities that are limited. However, this is not the case in the digital day and age. There are more opportunities to make money than ever before. While your children are sleeping or whenever you have a moment to yourself, you can be putting your skills to good use to make some extra cash. Here are some suggestions to help you get started…

Start a blog – A blog will probably not make you much money to begin with, but after a while you should be able to generate money on a monthly basis. There are a number of ways you can do this, from creating exclusive content and eBooks to affiliate marketing and donations.

Freelance – Do you have a skill that can be transferred over the Internet? If so, freelancing is definitely the best solution. Skills that are perfect for freelancing include the likes of content writing, marketing, website design, graphic design, branding, and admin. Browse some of the freelance websites online to see some of the jobs that are available so you can see whether you have the skills to complete them. If you do, start applying. One of the great things about freelancing is that you can take jobs as and when you have the capacity to do so.

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Rent out your driveway – If you have a driveway that is not in use throughout the day, one of the easiest ways to make some more cash is by renting this out. This is especially the case if you live in a busy area, like London. All you need to do is leave your drive empty, and the transaction itself can take place online beforehand.

Make your own crafts – Do you have a creative flair? If so, why not make your own crafts? There are many different things you can make and start selling online. This could be anything from greeting cards to baby accessories. You can use a service like Parcel2Go to send your items to people cost-efficiently.

Matched betting – Last but not least, matched betting is a great way to make a bit of extra cash. This is not betting in the traditional sense. It involves covering all outcomes so that you cannot lose. You need to be disciplined, and you will need to sign up to some sort of monthly matched betting service so you can use their software and read their guides. However, you will quickly make back the money you have spent on this.

So there you have it: some of the different ways you can make some extra cash as a stay-at-home mum. Give the suggestions above a try, and find the options that appeal to you the most. After all, a little bit of extra cash coming in every month can never be a bad thing, right?

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Tommee Tippee Tableware | Review

Items sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We love Tommee Tippee – you probably already know this from the amount of times we have covered the brand on this blog – see here.

We used them constantly with Jack and having been doing the same with Olivia and with Olivia now having been weaned for 9 months, we were looking into getting her some new tableware – larger than what she has had in the past – and some more cutlery. Up until recently Olivia hasn’t really shown an interest in feeding herself with cutlery but with this interest increasing, we needed some new stuff for her – and Tommee Tippee were up for the job.

We were sent some Easi-Scoop feeding bowls for 7m+, some pots and tray for 4m+, a Taster section plate for 12m+, some Supa-Soft weaning spoons for 4m+, some Heat Check feeding spoons for 4m+ and some Easi Grip feeding spoons for 7m+.

Now with Olivia being 15 months of age, we are using all of these. She has been weaned for many months now but much prefers to use her hands to eat her food – as they say, food for fun until they’re one – and has only recently taken an interest in using spoons and other cutlery to eat her food. Now I know from previous experience with Jack that these spoons – especially the heat check ones which we used constantly with Jack – will be used all the time for many, many months to come. However, we have been testing her out with the different spoons and she seems to prefer the Easi-Grip 7m+ ones although has been using the 4 months ones well.

We’ve been using the spoons and different dishes for plenty of different meals – the bowls are perfect at breakfast time but are also perfect for Olivia’s favourite dinner, chicken chow mein!

The freezer pots have been great for making little pasta sauces for the kids meal times when we are having something different and the plate has been great for different foods – Olivia can be very fussy with food sometimes and other days eat everything in sight with no problems at all. The Taster section plate has proved very handy for days when she is fussy so that she can pick and choose what she wants. I love our selection of tableware and will be using it for weeks and months to come – Olivia loves it too!

Tommee Tippee came up with some fabulous recipes to celebrate Spring and our recent Easter. We wanted to give some a try. Now we’ve moved past purees we couldn’t give those a go but I’ll be passing along those recipes to my friends with younger babies. Now we didn’t have quite the ingredients needed for the porridge bowl so we adapted instead – with chocolate porridge instead of original as Olivia doesn’t like original porridge, white chocolate buttons for the face and a quick inclusion of cereal for the ears as we realised we didn’t have any apples – whoops! It doesn’t look anything like Tommee Tippee’s but Olivia snaffled it all up, that was a happy breakfast day! Next up we will be giving the Good Friday Feast a try!

As you can see, our staging leaves a lot to be desired but hey, if Olivia eats it then I am happy! What Spring recipe would you try? What do you think of the Tommee Tippee range of tableware?

Choosing The Perfect Family Car

When you buy your first car, your main concern is usually finding something that won’t be expensive in terms of insurance. When you get a bit older, you can then choose a luxury car – something for pure enjoyment and pleasure. But, when you have a family, you need to be practical! It sounds boring, but it is true. You need to pick something that is going to be comfortable for you and your little ones. With that in mind, read on to discover how to pick the perfect family vehicle…

Child-friendly features – Safety should always be the main concern when looking for a family vehicle. Nowadays, there are lots of family-friendly features you can benefit from. This includes UV filtering tinted rear windows, which will limit the amount of sun your child is exposed to during long journeys. You can also get integrated sun blinds with the same sort of purpose. It is also a good idea to opt for a car that has dark interiors. After all, we all know how messy children can be, and so dark interiors will be easier to maintain. You should also look for a car that has good storage options. This will ensure you have plenty of space for everything from mobile phones and drinks to children’s toys. Another feature you should look out for is wide-opening doors. Opting for a five-door is a given, instead of choosing a three-door, but you should also make sure the doors open wide. This is a necessity in terms of giving you enough room to get children in and out of the car, including the installation of the car seats for your children.

Check the Euro NCAP safety ratings – Whenever you buy a vehicle, it is a good idea to look at the Euro NCAP score. This is a score that rates the child protection effectiveness and crash safety of the vehicle. While we all don’t like to think of the worst happening, you cannot control what other drivers do on the road, and you want to be safe in the knowledge that you have optimal protection should you be in a crash. This is where the Euro NCAP score comes into your buying process.

Take your pushchair with your while car shopping – If you have young children, you will need to make sure that the car can accommodate everything you are going to be taking with you. The main priority here is your pushchair. After all, if your pushchair cannot fit in the boot, you are going to find yourself needing to buy a new one. To avoid this, take your pushchair shopping with you instead.

Read reviews – Take the time to read reviews about the car that you are considering. Such feedback can be incredibly insightful. Not only will you be able to discover if the car is of a high standard, but if you read reviews that have been left by other parents it will give you a good indication into whether the vehicle is good for families or not.

Have some fun with it – Last but not least, choosing a family car can seem boring, but it does not need to be. There are a number of ways you can have some fun in the process. Why not add your own personal touch by looking for private plates for sale? You could choose something that relates to your family, such as your surname or the football team you support. You should also get your children involved in the process. This may worry you; after all, the last thing you want to do is give your children the option of choosing the colour of your vehicle, and then they opt for bright yellow or another vibrant shade that you don’t like! The solution here is to give your child a couple of options, and then let them pick from those. This will get your children excited and make them feel involved while ensuring you don’t end up with a disaster on your hands!

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the important factors you need to consider when choosing a family vehicle. Just because you need some practical, does not mean you cannot have some fun with it though. Choosing a personalised number plate is one of the many ways you can add your own personal touch and get your children involved too.

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Degustabox | March

Box was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The March box seemed very Easter/Spring themed and we loved seeing what we had in the box – so what did we think of the items included in the March box?

As you can see, there were a variety of items for us to enjoy in the box this month – some for the kids and some for the adults. Here’s what we thought of them….

Smarties & Milkybar Mixed Mini Eggs – £3

These were delicious and popular with the whole family. So tasty and we would love them again – yum!

Shreddies Max Granola – £2.59

We always love to try new cereals and these are a tasty combination of oat clusters and Shreddies pieces. These have been great for starting the morning with.

Appy Kids Co Roald Dahl fruit drinks – £1.29

Jack is a big Roald Dahl fan so was excited to see these included in the box. Let me tell you, these didn’t last very long! They contain no GMOs, no gluten, no added sugars or artificial preservatives and my kids loved them.

Ribena Pineapple and Passionfruit – £2.49

This is a tasty refreshing drink for the warm days – this has been proved popular in our house and we have loved drinking it. It is a great new addition to the Ribena squash range. It contains less than 15 calories per 250ml serving.
Hapervoli Flapjack Limited Lebkuchen – £1.99

This was a delicious addition to the Degustabox. It was packed full of flavour, moist and crumbly.

Mr Lee’s Noodles – £2.99

We love noodle pots in our house so this was a welcome addition to the box and I ate it for lunch. It is gluten free, low in sugar and low in saturated fats and calories and tastes delicious.Tenzing Natural Energy – £1.19

I’ve got to admit that we weren’t keen on the flavour of this drink. Not for us, I’m afraid! These have 55 calories per can and have absolutely nothing artificial.

Encona Carolina Reaper Chilli Sauce – £1.49

I am no good with hot sauces and the kids obviously aren’t allowed it so this was all Steve’s and he loves it. It blends the world’s hottest chilli pepper, tomatoes and spices – apparently it is absolutely delicious!

 

Canny 100% Natural Chocolate Milk – £1.59

This was an extra gift for the subscribers who had answered the most monthly surveys. This is refined sugar free and gluten free and Jack really enjoyed it and wants us to get it again!

Cirio Pasta Sauce – £2

We love Cirio products and have had this before, we know it is delicious however we don’t use premade sauces anymore as we are on Slimming World so will be donating this to the local food bank.

We also received a full value voucher for a Cheestrings Snack Mix – worth £1. Jack loves these so he was very happy to see this included!

All in all, we were very happy with the box we received – so delicious and plenty of products we will be repurchasing! If you get the Degustabox, what was your favourite item?