Happy Valentine’s Day!

Then….

And now…

Still as much in love xx

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My top 6 favourite places to shop for me

Anyone else impatiently waiting for the stores to bring out some spring clothing? I love buying clothes. I always have and probably always will. The only thing that has changed is I don’t really buy super cheap items anymore. I still buy pretty cheap but I buy more items that I know are going to last longer.

I have 5 places that I buy most of my clothes from and I thought I’d share them with you because you all know I love me a list!

New look – I think 80% of my clothing is from here.

Ada and Alfred – I have three tees and a sweater and I love them!

Matalan – I find it hit and miss here. I made a large order around November and love everything but haven’t seen anything I like since.

Next – I don’t get a lot from here because it’s pricey but I got quite a few bits in the sale and I loved all of it so I think I’ll be ordering more. The quality is definitely better than cheaper stores.

Tesco – I used to buy lots when it was online but not so much now I have to physically go to a shop but when I do go, I always find something I like.

Simply Be – I like the range of priced items they have here and the sizes are more generous too.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

* I recently worked with Simply Be but this post is NOT in collaboration with them.

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My Sunday Snapshot

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Saturday is Caption Day

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Weight Watchers Journey – Week 41

Weight – 1lb loss

Feeling – I’ve been pretty good this week. I’ve stayed within my points. I did have a Chinese but I stuck to chicken and veg so not too high on points. Happy I’m going in the right direction.

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Finding the best Broadband

I have featured money saving tips a few times on the blog because I want to help families and myself to save some pennies for either a rainy day, more holidays, Christmas, anything you’re hoping to save for. I have decided this year to branch out more and feature whole articles on the ways to can save money in more detail. First up is broadband providers. Almost every household has broadband now because it has become more a necessity rather than a luxury over the years. I couldn’t do my job if I didn’t have internet, some of my children’s homework is now done online and the teenagers games are like fortnite is online. So it’s definitely something we would struggle to be without. Sad but true.

But there are so many different broadband providers out there that it can become a bit of a mind field and sometimes it feels easier to just pick the cheapest one or the first one you see. Also a lot of people tend to go on what friends or family recommend. Of course some word of mouth is good but you should still search around because what works for one family, may not work for another.

But I’ve found there are ways you can pick the best one for you.

  • Shop around. It can be time consuming but it is worth it. To make it a little easier, you can choose to use a comparison site.
  • If you decide on one (I recommend narrowing it down to a few), check the prices of the different packages they offer. Sometimes it’s best to choose a bigger package as you can always downsize later on if you find it’s too much.
  • Check the broadbands speed in your area. You could find a deal at a great price but then once it’s in, find it’s not very fast. We had this when we moved. It was fine in our old area, but not in the new area so we had to switch providers.
  • Watch out for hidden charges in the broadband deal. Almost every broadband will require you to sign up for a certain period so you don’t want to find yourself paying more than you expected but be stuck with it until out of the contract. For instance some may say ‘It’s xy to sign up’ but in small writing say ‘it’s xyz after the first two months’
  • Look for good customer services. I highly recommend reading reviews before signing up with anyone.
  • Pick the speed that suits your household – How many megabits per second (Mbps) you need to keep the house running smoothly
  • Limited and unlimited – Most deals are unlimited, but some households with low usage could save a little money on a limited package
  • Gifts, rewards and offers – It’s almost always better to pick a deal that’s offering cashback, gifts or other reward

There are three types of broadband available in the UK right now. They are:

ADSL, also called standard or non-fibre broadband

Superfast broadband, also called fibre broadband

Ultrafast broadband, also called gigabit broadband

Look to see which is best for you and your household. Don’t pay for something you don’t need.

They are the best tips I have found that work. I will say it’s not always best to go for the cheapest deal.

Also if you already have broadband, take a look at when your contract started because if it’s at an end, it may be worth ringing them to try and get a better deal or looking around for a better deal and switching.

I know a few people that switch regularly. It may seem like a hassle but it really can be worth it to have extra pennies in the bank.

Do you have any tips for finding the best one? Please comment below.

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My Best Tips for Teaching your Child to Read

  • I think reading reading with your child is one of the most frustrating and rewarding things as parent. I love watching them grow and getting more confident with reading but it can be incredibly frustrating at times. I have successfully helped teach two children to read and am currently helping Harry so have managed to pick up a few tips that I thought would share.
    1. Let them pick what they’re reading
    1. Tell them how much they’re going to read. For instance I say to Harry “just these two pages tonight”
    2. Praise praise praise. I say lots of “well done” “fantastic” and he particularly likes when he knows a few words together so reads them quickly and I act really surprised at how good he is at reading.
      Daily reading. I think reading daily helps hugely. I make it part of our daily routine so it doesn’t feel like homework. It’s better for them and as I see him improve daily, it makes me enjoy it more too.
      When you read to your children, read whilst tracing your finger along the words. If it’s a story they know, try to encourage them to read it with you.
  • Do you have any tips?
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    My Sunday Snapshot

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    Weight Watchers Journey – Week 40

    Weight – 1lb loss

    Feeling – Again I’ve been pretty on and off. I find the day so easy to keep up but it’s the evenings where I struggle and just crave all the bad stuff. I’ve got a grocery shop coming today with lots of healthy snacks so I’m hoping next week will be even better.

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