Win Anna Lou of London Goodies!

uk mummy blogger competitionsI haven’t had a giveaway for a while as I’ve been so busy trying to catch up with reviews as a result of the no broadband with BT saga that has now been going on for over a month.  I tell you until you don’t have the internet you have no idea just HOW much you actually use it, and a month without it has been quite frankly excruciating as a blogger who makes a living out of her writing.

Thankfully though, the lovely team at Anna Lou of London have been very patient with me in getting this competition onto the blog and I hope that my readers will enjoy entering.

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Our Secret World Book Day Surprise

World Book Day 2014Every parent this week is in a frenzy. Not only is it pancake day this evening so kitchens across the UK will be thrown into chaos as kids want to make the lovely floury batter and splatter the kitchen work surfaces, but it is also World Book Day which means parents everywhere are tearing their hair out creating unique dressing up costumes for their little ones to wear to school or nursery this Thursday.

worldbookday-2014Both these events mean sleepless nights trawling eBay and Pinterest for inspiration and ideas as well as copious amounts of wine being drunk to compensate for the increase stressed levels.

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How To Cut Your Energy Costs

cutting energy costsWith the cost of living ever on the increase, life’s little luxuries can often be few and far between. Why not try to save on the essentials and free up a little cash to splash on tempting treats for the family? Consider a few of the following money-saving tips to help cut the cost of your energy consumption.

Secure a fixed rate for the foreseeable future

One way to avoid energy price rises is by choosing a fixed rate tariff. Gas and electricity prices will be protected and remain at the original sign-up rates for the full term of the fixed rate contract. Electricity and gas prices vary from region to region. Why not consider using an electricity and gas calculator to find the best prices and available rates in your particular area?

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The Perfect Holiday Dress

Joules dressesAnyone else bored of the really grotty, miserable weather?  I certainly am and have spent the last few weeks day dreaming of the holiday I’ve got booked to Sorrento and Capri in May, long days of gorgeous sunshine, walks across the piazza of a late afternoon and that dilemma us girls always have of just what on earth we should pack in our suitcases.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many holidays I go on I ALWAYS over pack. There’s that pair of trousers you never wear, that skirt that remains in the bottom of the case and those dresses that look great but are terribly impractical in hot weather.  Literally when I go away I live in lightweight cotton dresses, often with bright bold prints on and I am a huge fan of jersey maxi dresses as they travel so well (in other words you can screw them up in the suitcase and they still look awesome at the other end).

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Gorgeous ESPA Skincare

ESPA skincareLast Friday I was excited as I was being whisked off for a lovely weekend at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales by Mr Darcy.  He was on a golfing event and needed by skills as an expert caddy…yeah right, I had been nagging for a night away and so to get some peace and quiet he quite happily agreed.

Before going down I headed over to Tranquility Spa which is the onsite spa at the Virgin Active health club I am a member of.  I was booked in for my Jessica GELeration manicure which would be my monthly treat but my skin was looking pretty tired, a bit dry and neglected so I was in need of a facial.

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