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Making a shopping Lyst


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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Win a £50 Zalando voucher – and help me find a party dress!

It’s about a month now to my birthday party, and I’m getting excited.

I turned 40 at the beginning of June.

But we decided to have a “bit of a do” in the garden at the end of July – to increase the chances of good weather, and to coincide with the school Summer holidays.

So we’ve booked a bouncy castle (for the kids you understand).

We’ve bought a fancy gazebo to keep the rain off (let’s be realistic, we do live in Scotland).

And there’s a fair few cases of alcohol stored in our garage, wedged between the kids’ bikes and Mr G’s Hornby train set (don’t ask!)

So the outfit is all that’s left to plan.

And that’s why I love Zalando. There are so many choices in women’s dresses, from a variety of different stores and designers.

And I can search by style, price and size to find the one which is right for me.

I love this:

Win a £50 Zalando voucher - and help me find a party dress!

And then there’s this:

Win a £50 Zalando voucher - and help me find a party dress!

But what about this?:

Win a £50 Zalando voucher - and help me find a party dress!

Not hard to tell my favourite colour is blue, is it?

What do you think? Which should I choose?

I could order all 3 and see what looks best, since Zalando has free delivery and free returns within 30 days.

Most of my shopping has to be online, since there’s not a lot of fashion stores in our small town, and taking the boys with me to buy clothes is a total nightmare.

There’s still so much to see.

But for now, the generous folks at Zalando have provided a £50 voucher, for one lucky competition winner.

And I’m going to use you lot to inspire me on what to wear next month.

Win a £50 Zalando voucher - and help me find a party dress!

How to enter

Pick your favourite dress from the Zalando website, and leave a link to it in the comments section below, telling me why you like it.

Click on the rafflecopter widget below to confirm you’ve done this. You must complete this task for your entry to be valid.

You’ll be given the chance to complete other tasks to earn extra entries. But that’s up to you.

The competition is open to UK residents only, aged 18 or over, and closes at midnight on July 10th.

The winner will be chosen at random and notified within 24 hours. Failure to claim your prize within 3 days will result in another winner being selected.

The prize is a £50 Zalando voucher and there is no cash alternative.

More than your morning pinta

Supermarket shopping with pre-school children is nothing short of a nightmare, if you ask me.

While my eldest is pleading for a couple of pricey comics, the little one is hanging out of the trolley, grabbing sweets and throwing a tantrum because I won’t let him cram them in his mouth before we’ve reached the checkout.

I have to put both my sons in the trolley (leaving little room for the shopping) otherwise they’re off, running up the aisles, getting lost, and causing mayhem.

If we do make it through unscathed, it’s because I’ve spent a fortune in ‘bribes’ to get them to sit still and stay quiet.

And then I generally get home to find I’ve forgotten most of what I went out for.

This is why you’ll often find frazzled parents rushing around the shops on evenings and weekends – because they’ve found someone to watch the kids and made a rare break for freedom.

Grocery shopping online has to be up there among the greatest inventions for families.

Having tried most of the services available, I have to say I’m impressed by milk&more.

It offers early morning deliveries and takes away the hassle of having to book a suitable time slot – and wait in for your shopping to be dumped on your doorstep by a grumpy van driver.

Instead, you get up bright and early to find your regular, friendly milkman dropping off your order.

It harks back to the days when your mum remembers the cheery milkman as a local institution, immortalised in songs like Ernie (the fastest milkman in the west).

Hardly surprising then, when you hear milk&more is the online branch of Dairy Crest Ltd.

It seems the good old milkman has had to evolve to compete with the major superstores, who have pretty much taken the personal touch out of everything in their drive for convenience.

So Dairy Crest has combined that convenience with a personal service that offers milk – and more importantly grocery shopping online.

There’s no minimum order and customers can have up to six deliveries a week (although delivery days vary according to the area you live in).

You can order online up to 9pm the night before your next delivery.

There’s more than 250 items to choose from, including recognisable brands like Kellogg’s, McVities, Walkers, Typhoo, Tropicana and Cathedral City.

You can even get a fruit and veg delivery with your morning pint of semi-skimmed. There’s plenty of fresh produce as well.

Considering Sean Connery started out as a milkman, we can’t promise you a hunky James Bond on your doorstop (shame –Daniel Craig could put the sugar in my morning coffee anytime!).

But give it a try – and let us know what you think.



Click here to watch the milk&more TV advert.

And just for fun, check out Benny Hill’s Ernie video here.

Note: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions and experiences are real and true

Glamming up for the MADs

Trying On The Dress

The MAD Blog Awards ceremony is fast approaching and I’m a bit worried that a virtual crowbar will be needed to claw me from my standard fare of jeans and sweatshirt.

The Swedish clothing company Ellos has offered me the amazing opportunity to choose an outfit from their new Autumn/Winter Collection.

Surely not to accept would be MADness? But can Ellos drag me from my comfy fashion rut?

The MADs celebrate the UK’s best Mum and Dad blogs, and at their award ceremony in London next week, they will be handing out awards to 15 talented blogs.

We’re one of five finalists in the Best New MAD Blog category.

It’s a high just to be nominated. And then to party in London, what bliss!

So what I need is a dress that looks fashionable and fun while camouflaging my post-baby bulge(s) (even magic pants have a limit!) Potential wardrobe mishaps must be kept to a minimum as well.

Ellos, like us, are newbies in the UK (although they’ve been trading in Europe for some time). They offer fashion with Scandinavian spirit.

Their style is clean and fresh and a quick glance at their website reveals a good selection of fun and flirty dresses for occasions.

The website is easy to use and I quickly find something that tickles my fancy and in my size. A great feature on the site is that you can look at the dress on a catwalk and see how it moves when worn.

They also have a great selection of shoes which can be viewed in 360 degrees.

So for my big evening, I’ve chosen a sleeveless number in petrol blue with … well, I’ll just stop there.

You are going to have to find out on the night!!

I did notice they do great jeans though.


(Ellos has kindly covered the cost of the items mentioned above, namely dress and shoes. I have not been paid any further compensation. I was not obliged to write a blog post about my experience, but I have chosen to do so and these are all my own opinions. Many thanks to Kate from Best British Bloggers for helping us to keep in touch.)