Category Archives: Shopping

Making a shopping Lyst

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As a busy parent I’ve always done a lot of my shopping online.

But since returning to work, and then becoming a single mum, clothes shopping has become pretty much impossible unless I purchase on the internet.

I love fashion and get a lot of joy from adding a new item to my wardrobe. But the idea of my two kids waiting while I take things into a store changing room is both horrific and laughable. The stress of keeping them amused is tough enough without the thought of them noisily destroying a shop display while I’m still grappling with the zip of a dress.

So I’m glad I’ve found Lyst.

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Making the most out of your car insurance

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Insurance is a pain, expensive and not the most exciting thing to spend your time or money on.

If you want to save, you’ve got to be smart.

Being approached by car dealership Carspring made me realise that with just some small changes, you can hugely cut your car insurance costs.

Here are eight surprisingly easy tricks to beat the insurers and save your cash for the more exciting things in life.

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Making a bedroom into Mum’s zen place

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Sometimes the stress of parenting means all you want to do is go and have a lie down in a darkened room…

But I’ve found that turning my bedroom into a haven of calm has helped a great deal in the last year.

My boys are getting big enough that they enjoy their own space. They have their own bedrooms, which they like to organise themselves, and spend lots of time in, being LEGO builders, den makers and creative crafters.

So they understand that since I’ve redecorated in the last few months my bedroom has become a grown-up space where kids are generally encouraged to knock if they need me – but I’m to be left alone if at all possible.

It’s just good to read a book, take a nap or even organise my wardrobe in relative peace and quiet.

There are plenty of bedroom decorating ideas online for inspiration.

But I’ve found the following rules have also helped me to create a space I really enjoy spending time in.

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What do your Christmas presents say?

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When it comes to giving gifts, I hate to be predictable.

Socks, aftershave, bath salts…. they’re all very well but hardly memorable presents to endear you to friends and family.

I always like to pick items which say something about how I feel about them.

There are plenty of ideas in the shops which are either unusual or very personal to show that you care.

Here are some of the things I’ll be saying with my gifts this year.

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Sending the right Christmas message

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With social media making it easier to keep in touch, I’m finding many of my friends don’t bother with Christmas cards any more – preferring to post an online message of festive cheer.

But they still matter quite a bit to me, as a way of telling people I don’t see every day that they are in my thoughts.

I think they’re also a good way of showing the boys that life is about more than typing out a text or poking someone on Facebook.

Putting pen to paper is far more personal than a snowman emoji, and a better way to hold onto relationships that matter.

Christmas cards might be the one time of year I sit down and write to someone I haven’t seen in a while – summarising the news of the last 12 months and how the kids have grown, suggesting a meet-up in the future and even enclosing a family photo.

So Christmas cards are important to me. When it comes to sending them to my loved ones, I go for the following types:

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Give him the gift of memories #TruprintDads

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As the boys grow up, they’ve become accustomed to having a camera shoved in their face.

So much so, they refer to their Dad as “The Paparazzi”.

And despite sometimes feeling a little grumpy about having a lens pointed at them during some of the most private family moments, we now have a collection of images from virtually every week of their lives, which I for one am very grateful for.

And when it comes to Father’s Day, their Dad appreciates it too. Especially since this year he’s spending more time away from the family.

So for Father’s Day, we decided to give him gifts which will keep the boys with him, wherever he goes.

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What would you do with a lottery win?

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If someone were to offer you $2 billion (that’s about £126 billion) what would you spend it on?

The possibilities are endless.

We all dream of having unlimited funds in the bank, to enable us to live the lives we want without financial constraints.

But for most of us, those kinds of funds are only going to come in one of two ways – winning the lottery or marrying someone rich.

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Great gift ideas for Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s once again time to show the blokes in our lives how much we appreciate them.

Whether you’re shopping for the man who has everything – or the fella who wants everything – here’s a few ideas to get you started.

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Save cash with Oony and win a £50 Amazon voucher

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Ever heard of Oony?

If you haven’t already, and you’re interested in saving money, then you should.

Oony started in 2010 with the aim of helping every person spend less on each purchase they make.

From bank discounts to coupons, daily deals and moneysaving resources. All angles were explored, until the people at Oony realised the best way to save money was to combine all these things on one site.

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Competition: Win a canvas print from Wallcreate

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There’s no denying that living a fair distance from your family has its advantages.

No pesky relatives dropping in on you at a moment’s notice.

No getting embroiled in family arguments.

And no fights over who you go to for holidays, or who comes to you (if you live so far away, they have to take their turns).

But then you have children, and start to realise those with helpful grandparents just around the corner are the luckiest parents in the world.

Not only are we coming up short when we need to find babysitters, but we also celebrate some special events without our loved ones there to see it.

Which is why I like to send gifts that make them feel part of those milestones they may have missed.

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