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KidStart Christmas Campaign Aims to Help Parents Save for The Future


It’s that time of year again. Darker evenings, Christmas music everywhere you go, mince pies and wallets throughout the UK are being emptied as Christmas shoppers stock up on gift for their friends, families and loved ones.

Mulled wine and mince pies might leave stomachs feeling full, but the most expensive time of the year can leave a big hole in the bank balance. The cost of Christmas certainly isn’t getting smaller and as a single parent this year I am well aware of the financial constraints that I will have on my budget as well as the long wish list that will no doubt be written for Santa very soon.

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Scrummy lunches with John West


The one thing I have noticed since going to work full time is just how insanely organised I have to be and that means finding quick and easy lunch solutions that will keep me going all day and particularly through the ever so familiar 3pm slump.

Breakfast is easy; a bowl of Shreddies and a bagel keeps me topped up till about eleven when I usually reach for an apple.  I’ve started swapping my coffee for herbal tea and water now and find that this keeps my stomach less bloated and helps my digestive system from feel stodged out.

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Need a Cure for Christmas Clothing?

Cosy knitwear for Winter with some burgundy accessories

Occasionally in your local town those little boutiques spring up.  You know the ones that sell gorgeous clothes that you don’t find on the high street. They have wonderful accessories from off the beaten track designers that when you wear friends want to know where you got them from.  Well in Lichfield we are blessed with an absolute gem of a store in Cure.

Cure is an Independent Ladies Premium Clothing, Shoes and Accessories boutique.   The store opened in April 2005 in the beautiful Cathedral City of Lichfield, Staffordshire and, from December 2009 started to sell online to a wider audience at

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Spookily Good Halloween Costumes from Asda


Last weekend was Halloween and the lovely folks at George at Asda invited Addison and I to choose a costume from their amazing range of fancy dress costumes.  I love dressing up and Addy does too although she doesn’t choose the usual girly costumes and usually opts for something from a super hero section.

The range of Halloween costumes this year was immense and true to form amazing value for money.  No parent wants to spend a fortune on dressing up clothes and I don’t like to pay much more than £10 for an outfit in reality.  Addison surprisingly chose the Gothic Witch costume which she loved because apparently it made her look like a vampire (see I told you!).  I opted to embrace my dark side and go for the Fallen Angel costume.  You can pick up both costumes now at greatly reduced prices so if you’re looking to update the dressing up box then act fast to get a bargain.

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