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Attempting to Shop Smartly

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I must say a few years back i was the worst shopper ever, I would constantly buy things I just didn't need, my biggest downfall was food, On my way home from work whichever direction I choose to walk home, I would always pass a major supermarket, So I'd pop in and generally buy cream cakes, it got to the point I could feel those cake gathering around my stomach, And each time I checked my bank I was overspending excessively, I knew this had to stop. I began to take a good hard look at my spending habits and I wanted to be accountable for my spending. So I drew up some rules that I had to stick by and so far so good, So I thought it would be great to share these quick tips to help you become accountable for your spending habits.
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Plan - If you intend to go clothes shopping or you have a big purchases in mind, set your price tag limits and stick to them,

Credit Cards - Only use if you have the finances to pay them back at the end of the month, being in debt is no fun and can easily get out of hand.

Cash only - Shop with cash I tend to take out my money out of the bank so i only carry cash this way I can keep a tab on exactly what I'm spending.

Make lists - When you budget your weekly/monthly income set aside your maximum amount spend. The average food cost are around £80 per week for a family, But if you are super careful and selective you can properly do it for less.

Meal plan - I go grocery shopping every Saturday so my meal plan is runs from Saturday to Friday, Meal planning helps save on food waste, As you only buy what you need, I try to opt for at least one dish that we can eat more then once in that week eg Curry Dish or Hot Pot

Do I need it - Distinguish between your wants and your needs, We can easily justify that latest purchase, I know this because I've done it, BUT but the big question is do I really needs it.

Don't get drawn in - Supermarkets offer lots of buy one get one free items, but remember if it's not on your shopping list then don't buy it.

My Scarf Shop: Review


I adore scarfs, there is nothing quite like a pretty contrasting scarf  to match your outfit. As i buy lots of scarfs, I was delighted to learn that My Scarf Shop is a dedicated online shop full of gorgeous scarfs, from thick woolly scarfs which are perfect for the chilly weather to delicate silk scarfs.


My Scarf Shop is based in the UK and has a large variety of scarf designs and head wear accessories, My Scarf Shop is competitively priced with a varied range of colours and materials, from luxurious Silk scarves, wool scarves, cotton scarves,chiffon scarves to Cashmere scarfs.

green pashmina scarf

I was delighted to receive these stunning scarfs, I adore this Green Pashmina style scarf its a medium weight scarf and perfect for the autumn and winter seasons. Prices start from £6.00.

  pink paisley scarf

This lighter Pink Paisley Scarf is beautiful, very pretty and light, Made from chiffon its great addition to your wardrobe. Currently on sale for £14.95.

red scarf

This bright bold Red Chiffon Scarf adds a pop of colour to any outfit, great for wearing around the neck or around the head as a headband, At only £7,50 you cannot go wrong.

Scarfs make excellent gifts and are the prefect accessory all year round, My Scarf Shop also has a vast array of men scarfs, so there defiantly something for everyone. For these gorgeous scarf and more check out My Scarf Shop.



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I was given some pretty scarfs to review,All thoughts are honest and of my own opinion.


Our Ideal Holiday #MarkWarnerMum

  

For us a our ideal Holiday is all about building bonds and new adventures, with our busy hectic lifestyle we are all like passing trains, often catching up with each other when we can, We all like fun adventures and exploring, So last year we headed on our first ever family holiday to Morocco, We had heard lots about the Atlas Mountains and the hustle and bustle of the markets, So it sound like the perfect adventure for us, We felt that the boys defiantly ready for their first family holiday adventure.

  

We have some amazing memories and defiantly want to create more, from our first ever aeroplane flight to hiking up the Atlas Mountain, it was quite steep in places and we found ourselves walking over small bridges and rocks with the river rushing beneath our feet, The boys loved scrambling up the side of the mountain to reach the waterfall, We took in the stunning views along the way, The further we hiked up we you could feel the density of the air change it was surreal.

  

Later that day we got to eat traditional Tagine by the edge of the Atlas Mountain and catch up with each other on what we had seen, Some amazing memories that we look back on fondly.

  

We learnt a lot about the Burbur people who lived in remote villages by the mountains, and even had the opportunity to be invited in a locals home to have some moroccan tea, it was humbling to see how different people live and was an experience that i will never forget.

  

Our Ideal holiday is that we are together having fun making new memories, it gives us a chance to re connect and recharge , We met some amazing people and best of all we all got the chance to explore a new place.

We love new adventures as well as building bonds and love nothing more then spending time quality time together, This is our entry to the #MarkWarnerMum Ambassador Programme,We are have chosen "Adventure Junkie" As we love new experiences and are excited at exploring new places and trying new things. For more information on Mark Warner and their Holiday packages go to Mark Warner 


Our Netflix Night In


We were delighted to join in with Netfix night in, We headed for the family movies selection to see what we could watch.


With so many movies, it was hard to choose, I wanted to watch a Disney movie whilst my boys wanted something with a little bit more action, After a compromise we settled for A spy Next Door - A cool action family movie - Whilst babysitting an undercover agent is thrown back into the world of a top secret adventure, when a secret file is accidentally downloaded.

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We have seen the film quite a long time ago, so it was great to watch it again, I always find you miss little parts of the film first time around, so it was great to re-watch. A superb Netflix Night in, Great movie and tasty popcorn, All whilst being cosy under our Netflix blanket what more could we possibly ask for.


Netflix have lots of new titles every month, Here are some top picks.

Spice World - Available on the 10th February  - The 90's classic, The world famous Spice Girls tour London in their union flag double decker bus causing trouble and performing classic songs on route.

Enchanted - Available on Netflix on the 26th February - A princes who is prepared to wed is sent away to New York by an evil queen, Where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Muppet's Most Wanted - Available on Netflix on 25th February - Whilst on tour the Muppet's find themselves wrapped up into an european jewel heist headed by Kermit the frog lookalike.


Thank you Netflix for our fab night in, If you would like to know more about Netflix and their  movies selection then check out Netflix

Disney Store Announces The Release of Star Wars Tsum Tsum Collection


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Popular Line of Stackable Plush to Hit Shelves in the UK and across Europe on February 16. Disney Store today unveiled characters from a galaxy far, far away as a part of the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection, the newest addition to the popular stackable plush line that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced at Disney Store in Japan in 2013.

The Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection will feature characters from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and will come in three sizes - mini, medium and large. Characters represented in the collection include: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3P0, Ewok and Stormtrooper. The collection will be launched exclusively at Disney Store locations – both in-store and online – in the UK and across Europe, as well as the U.S. and Japan on February 16.
 Disney Tsum Tsum star wars collection
Since its debut in 2013, Disney Tsum Tsum has quickly become one of the most successful plush lines in Disney Store history, prompting category expansion into softlines, accessories, home décor and more. Featuring classic and new Disney, Marvel and now Star Wars characters, Disney Tsum Tsum’s whimsical design reinterprets everyone’s favourite characters with a unique Japanese aesthetic.
Disney Tsum Tsum star wars collection
Disney Store launched #TsumTsumTuesdays where a new collection of the adorable plush is unveiled the first Tuesday of every month. With the February 16 release of the Star Wars collection, Disney Store will also kick off a new #TsumTsumTuesday release cadence with a new Disney, Marvel or Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection launching on both the first and third Tuesday of every month.

The free puzzle app Disney Tsum Tsum, which was first released in Japan in 2014 and quickly became the #1 free app on both iOS and Android, now boasts more than 50 million downloads worldwide.





Sharing information as a Disney Fan.I have not been compensated for this post.

#MySundayPhoto

Sunset in weavers field park

There's something about sunsets that I love, In this picture we decided to take the boys for a quick game of football after school club ended. Had to capture this awesome skyline.


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Home makeover ideas for 2016


There’s nothing better than giving our homes a spring clean, but sometimes we’ll want to go a step further and give our entire homes a proper makeover.

Whilst I certainly rarely have the time to tackle a mammoth project like this, I’ve found some handy hints online that can help all of us give our homes a sprucing up.

So from hyper-modern kitchen makeovers to space-saving trundle beds, here’s some hints for sprucing up your home in 2016!

In the kitchen
My number one tip to begin with is to rummage through all the cupboards and throw away all of the weird tins of food and spices that have outlived their sell-by date - there’s nothing worse than being a victim of having too much stuff!

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, then I’d be tempted to invest in an ultra-modern kitchen makeover with tough and stylish materials such as stainless steel, treated stone and wonderful walnut. Maybe not the cheapest option, but definitely worth it in the long run!

Bedroom styles
There’s nothing like giving our bedrooms a lick of paint to make them feel brand new. I’ve been scouring the interiors blogs, and apparently if you want to be on-trend, then the calming colours of rose quartz and serenity will make your bedroom a place of peace and tranquility.

In order to maximise those relaxing feelings, making sure that your bed is shipshape for 2016 is a good idea. And if you want to entertain lots of guests in the new year, then you can get a special offer on a wooden trundle bed from the Bedstar site, so that you can accommodate more friends and family and get a good night’s sleep too!

Around the house
So often, it’s just the little touches around the house that can have a dramatic effect. Whether you want to indulge in the upcycling trend with a boho driftwood wall sconce, or merely want to splash out on some particularly luxurious soft furnishings, we can all make big changes around the house without breaking the bank.

And seeing that spring is just around the corner, what better way to welcome the new season than by decorating the home with flowers? Not only is it an eco-friendly way to add a burst of colour, but it allows you to stay in touch with the changes of the seasons and get a little green-fingered too!

So whether you’re maximising space with a new trundle bed, or adding a fresh metallic sheen to your kitchen, there’s no shortage of great makeover ideas for your home in the new year!


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