Friday, 17 June 2016

How to save money on children's outdoor equipment this summer

When shopping for equipment for your kids to use when camping, going to outdoor events, or otherwise having a great time outdoors, these items are typically quite costly. Whether it is a new tent, new hiking shoes, or other accessories, there are ways in which you can go about saving on the cost. These are a few options to save, while finding all the summer equipment they need.

Consider second hand - 
Hand me downs, trading items with friends, or using items your other children have used in years past, is a simple solution to avoid having to purchase these items brand new. You can even find local retailers which sell second hand items, many in "like new" condition, which are far cheaper than brand new. If you would like to have a look at some outdoor equipment for this summer then there are loads of sites which can help you. One example of a site which can help you find a good price on the product you are looking for is Secondwow.

Shopping around - 
Visiting various outdoor shops, camping supply shops, and sporting goods retailers, allows you to find the best deal on all equipment you are going to buy. Yes, it does require a certain degree of patience; but, those who are willing to visit a few stores prior to purchase, are going to save. 

Shop online - 
Another viable way to save is to buy online. More and more retailers are offering products online, further, you can buy from local sellers online as well. Typically, great mark downs and price reductions can be found on these items, allowing you to truly save on the cost of outdoor equipment. 

Off brand - 
Consider going with "off brand" or un-branded items. In many instances, you can find products for half the price, or even greater discounts on such items. And, many of these products are the same quality, simply lacking the popular brand name logo, meaning you will save. 

You will find many items your kids require to be costly; however, these are a few simple ways to save when shopping for the summer equipment they need this year.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Make the Most out of Children's Catalogues

If you want to spread the cost of children's toys, books, and games, shopping with a UK catalogue provides you with heaps of benefits. First up, you can have your purchases delivered direct to your door, saving you time and hassle. Plus, you can choose from thousands of items all in one place, including the latest electronics and gadgets, so you don't have to spend hours on your local high street. Here are some other tips on how to make the most out of children's catalogues.

1. Watch out for interest

The children's catalogue you choose will likely come down to interest rates. As different retailers charge different levels of interest, it's a good idea to compare different brands before you open a credit account. A price comparison website is a great place to glance at different rates in one place, so you can spot the catalogue that's right for you. Some catalogues that have children's clothes, like Very, won't charge you any interest if you pay for your items in full by a certain date.

 2. Consider the cost of returns

 As a parent, you know that children can be fussy at times, especially when it comes to clothes and shoes. If you order from a catalogue, most brands, like Marisota and Next, will let your child try on his or her clothes for size. If you're not completely satisfied, you can send them back to the retailer. This all sounds pretty straightforward, but some companies charge you more to return an item than others, so always do your research before you open a credit account.

 3. Use a voucher code

 A voucher code could entitle you to money off your order or free delivery, providing you with a significant saving. You'll likely have to enter your code when paying for your items over the phone or online, and this can be a great way to save cash on children's clothes and toys!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Jamie's Italian Nottingham

We were recently invited to visit our local Jamie's Italian restaurant which for us is in Nottingham and try out some of their food, as we've never eaten there before we jumped at the chance as we're both big fans of Jamie Oliver and had heard good things about the food there.

The restaurant itself had a really nice, cosy atmosphere and even though we were a little early we were seated straight away. Our waitress was super friendly and really helpful, recommending dishes to try and drinks that she thought we may enjoy.

For our starter we decided to go for the Italian Nachos which were crispy fried ravioli stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and Bella Lodi served with a spicy Sicilian tomato sauce. We absolutely loved the starter, it was something I'd never tried before and it was so good, I'd definitely order it again.

For my main course I had Tortellini Con Carne which was veal ragu-stuffed pasta in a sage brown butter with crispy pancetta, lemon and Parmesan which was absolutely amazing. I'm always a little reluctant to order a pasta dish because they're very heavy and filling but with this you got just the right amount to leave you satisfied but not stuffed and it tasted delicious.

My husband went for the Herby Lamb Steak which consisted of juicy British lamb chargrilled on the bone with charred peppers, sticky balsamic onions, toasted pine nuts and salsa verde. Ian loves meat so this was like heaven for him, he loved everything about the meal especially the lamb which was really tender and cooked to perfection. He also had some seasonal vegetables with his meal which were also very tasty.

For dessert we both went for the Tiramisu which is one of our favourites and to be honest we were a little disappointed, I expected it to very authentic and have strong flavours of coffe and vin santo but there was no flavour at all, it was pleasant enough to eat but it didn't taste at all like tiramisu so we were pretty disappointed with dessert, especially as the rest of the meal had been so amazing.

Overall we had a really lovely night out at Jamie's Italian in Nottingham and I'd definitely go back again, the prices were very reasonable, the staff were lovely and the food was delicious. 

At the moment they have a new Super Lunch Menu where you get two courses from £10.95 so that's definitely worth checking out.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

HEMA Stationery Haul

I'm really into stationery at the moment and I'm always looking for new shops to try so when I noticed that HEMA sold stationery I was super excited because I know that they sell really cute items and their prices are really affordable.

I recently got a few items and I thought I'd share them with you.

I'm a little bit obsessed with washi tape at the moment so I got the 3 pack of skinny washi, I love the colours and the patterns on the tape and think they'll all look super cute in my planner.

I thought the little pencil case was adorable and just my style, I love that it says "Hello lovely" on it and it looks super cute on my desk with all my bits and bobs in it.

Next I got the magnetic punch which allows me to punch holes in paper on any part of the page not just around the edge which is really handy, I've used it quite a few times and it works perfectly.

Lastly I got the desk tidy set in this gorgeous floral print, it has a real Spring feel to it and goes really well with the decor in my office. It keeps my desk organised and tidy which means I can work much more efficiently while also looking really pretty, it's win win!

If you're a fellow stationery lover then you should definitely check HEMA out, they don't just sell stationery though they sell all kinds of items including baby and kids, cooking and dining, homeware and also beauty items. If you'd like to know more about their beauty items then pop over to my beauty blog where there will be a post telling you all about them.


Friday, 15 April 2016

4 simple ways to smarten up a family home

If your home is looking a little tired but you don’t have the money, time or the inclination to get major renovation works done, don’t worry. There are lots of clever, cheap and easy ways to give your family space a new lease of life. Here are just a handful to try - and you might be amazed at the difference they make.

1. Splash on a fresh coat of paint – it can work wonders
Paint is relatively cheap to buy and there are usually plenty of great offers around, but it can absolutely transform the look and feel of a room. You don’t need any special DIY skills to pick up a paintbrush or roller and get stuck in, and you can get a whole room done in a day or two. Choose a bright, fresh shade to lighten up a space, or something a bit bolder if you really want to make a statement. 

2. Declutter with simple storage solutions
Sometimes, the look of a room can be spoilt simply by how much stuff is bursting out of every nook and cranny. You can really smarten up your home by taking two important steps. Firstly, have a good old clear-out and get rid of anything you don’t need anymore. Secondly, find clever storage solutions that fit perfectly in your space and work with your lifestyle. For example, the modular, multi-purpose shelving systems available on can be designed to fit into awkwardly shaped areas like under the eaves.

3. Deep clean in strategic places
Did you know that cleaning can sometimes make just as much of a difference to a room as decorating? If you choose the right places to clean, you can make each space look brand new. Key examples include cleaning carpets and the grout around kitchen and bathroom tiles, and making windows sparkle to let more light in. 

4. Inject colour and patterns with cushions and rugs
If you don’t fancy getting messy with paint or battling with wallpaper, there’s a much simpler way you can add pattern, colour and texture to your home – accessories. Choose textiles such as rugs, cushions, throws and curtains in colourful, stylish designs and simply place them wherever extra colour is needed. You’ll be amazed at the transformation.

If all else fails, try re-jigging the layout by moving all of your furniture around. The change will feel fantastic, and you won’t have to spend any money or more than a few minutes of your time.

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