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Feel Good Fast

In need of a bit of a boost?

Inspired by a Mumsnet thread - here are my top tips to feel good fast:
BB cream offers flawless skin (with a bit of blending) and is perfect for days when you have to go out, even if you don't really want to.  Most cosmetic brands offer a BB choice; I use George at Asda, No 7 and Clinique CC cream. In this weather wearing Sunnies instantly perks me up and simultaneously keeps the world - and it's chaos - at bay. Drinking a glass of water lifts your physical and metaphysical states. Watch a silly video online for a quick chuckle.Listen, and dance to, Latin music. Dance with your toddler/children and watch how entertaining they are when they dance like no one, except a giggly parent, is watching. Go window shopping and spend a fortune in your head on all the goodies you'd love to buy; if you have time try things on. Dreaming is uplifting. Apply nail polish.  This is where stored Boots Advantage points are handy because you can treat yourself to …

How do your summer savings look?

Back in February I posted some financial advice, cunningly disguised as a prize-winning competition:

Win a guaranteed £500 shopping spree (in December 2014)
So, how much do you have saved?  
I was doing pretty well, although further reading of this blog will illuminate that I've started spending my savings.  But I'm now keen to get back on track, because before we know it the July sales will pop up!  Usually Next kicks things off, quickly followed by H&M, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser (with Oasis, Mango and Coast concessions), Debenhams and Gap (if ONLY they would move to Plymouth).  And if you have any late summer weddings it may be worth checking out dresses in Monsoon as they normally offer 50% discounts (to make way for AW stock).  Toddler-daughter wore a gorgeous dress at my sister's wedding last August, courtesy of the Monsoon sale. 
I just need to try not to visualise the £150 I'll have by the summer because mysteriously it disappears. Often in a TK Max…

Shiny summer palette

It all started with a bag, as most great stories do. 

Can anyone else walk out of TK Maxx empty-handed? I really can't.  Perhaps it's the bazaar-esque rails of unique finds that tempt me in for hours at a time. 

And when it comes to their bags?  I rotate like a merry-go-round on a sunny day.

And after a few minutes, this little darling winked at me:


Yeah, at first I thought 'Er, white? I think no.' 

Who wears white?  I have monochrome, I have colour, I have a lot of red, but as I checked through my list of bags on my notes I realised I don't have a white bag; a search at home revealed nope, I definitely don't have any white bags.

Now, my colours for most seasons, are navy, red, black and green; I use white in my accessories to signify summer - a cardy or jacket, or in stripes on a tee shirt.

But, dear readers, I don't think I fully mentioned a dress I bought a few weeks ago from a House of Fraser Brand Sale...a simple grey sweater dress (at last!) with po…

Unstylish day out

Yesterday we planned to spend the afternoon out, as a family.  Even though it was raining, we were going to Go Out In It.  Toddler-daughter was thrilled at a puddle-jumping opportunity and ran for her wellies. 

But why does it take fifty minutes to get ready to go out, before you've even taken the car out of the garage?

Changing bag - chuck out old snack wrappers Snack box - remotely healthy and edible in eyes of TD Flask a - if I've rinsed out why are instructions and strap still inside? Flask b - quick rinse, chuck in some boiling water.  Two birds and all that. Try to get hot meal into TD (1.5 fish fingers, but ravioli ditched in favour of journey snacks*) Microwave - hot milk and coffee for flask Eat something - so I'm not hungry later Emergency Mummy snacks - throw a few Snickers into changing bag  Car entertainment - teddy bear for sleepy cuddles, CD for distraction-singingMilk - calculate how much (not enough) and how hot it needs to be to be drunk in three hours Cat…

A dressing room changed my life.