Tales of One Mummy Blogger & Her Superhero Sidekick

Wanted: Snuggly Winter Coat for the School Run!


Bon Marche Winter coatsOne thing you quickly learn as a parent on the school run is that there is nowhere quite as freezing as the school playground.  Nowhere does the arctic wind whip across your face and the rain drops sting your cheeks quite like that dank, concrete square that you seem to waste countless hours of your life waiting for the urchins to emerge from school.

So because of all of this you realise pretty quick that you need a winter coat that will be your arsenal in battling the elements and ravaging cold on the school run.  The thing is that coat also needs to be stylish, have a million pockets to store keys, phones, sweets, hair bobbles, half eaten food (or is that just my child?).  Many of the coats in the high street veer too much into the ‘high fashion’ stakes and are rubbish in terms of practicality.  I have a gorgeous burnt orange boucle wool coat from River Island.  It looks stunning on but is totally impractical for the school run in reality as it cost nearly £100 and I’d scream if any grubby mitts came near it clutching a painting.  Sorry Roo.

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A Mystery Magazine Subscription Christmas Gift


magazine subscriptions for Christmas giftsYou’d think with technology these days that ordering a magazine subscription for a Christmas gift would be really simple and really easy.  Apparently though when you use Quality Magazines that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Yet again this year the above company have managed to balls up not one but two magazine subscriptions in exactly the same way they did last year for a gift to my mum from my father.

As a regular reader of Good Housekeeping my mum loves the magazine and so this year decided to get a subscription for her sister and sister in law.  I helped her place the order online even filling in the boxes to state that the item ‘was a gift’ and inputting a Christmas message….see it’s really obvious that it was a gift.

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What to look for – and avoid! – when choosing an energy provider


what to look for when choosing an energy providerSwitching energy providers has become popular among consumers looking to save money on their gas and electricity bills. To do so, one must search for the best deals and compare different tariffs such as fixed energy prices (something sometimes made easier by online comparison websites). Before you venture down that road, here are the top things to look out for – and to avoid – when choosing an energy provider.

Energy Usage and Tariffs

In the light of current energy price hikes in the UK, everyone wants a good deal when it comes to their utility bills, so comparing prices is a good place to start when choosing an energy supplier. However, it’s not as simple as just comparing one price. The price you pay for your energy depends on your usage as well as the cost per unit. Your energy usage can be found on bills and annual statements, and you can then multiply this by the cost of one unit of energy. Also look out for standing charges, which are separate charges for administration and maintenance costs.

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Disney’s Frozen: Movie Review


Disney Frozen Movie ReviewNo one does animated movies quite like Disney and particularly when it comes to princesses, magical stories and fairytale endings.  With classic Disney princesses immortalised by many little girls, Roo has her favourites; Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Merida from Brave and Sofia the First most parents who have a girl will no doubt have many of the dress up costumes in the play-box.

So with so many favourites is there any room for a new princess on the block?  Well the animators at Disney clearly think so (as no doubt did the marketing department when they saw the $$$ signs on this one) as we have a new addition to the line up with the release of the new animated musical movie ‘Frozen‘.  If you haven’t seen the trailers let me indulge you….

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