Reasons to love the summer

Hey readers,

We have had a couple of days so naturally can’t help but getting excited for the arrival of summer, I am British it is a thing and the fact that it properly me majority wet. That won’t stop me from celebrating all things summer.

I believe each has its good and bad, I suppose a bit like life really – you can’t have a rainbow without the rain. Anyhow, I digress. Now I am not a massive fan of humid heat with the right temperature and wind that is one thing I do look forward to. To go out more outdoors and not spend a huge fortune on the dreaded soft play areas. Fresh air is open and free nothing beats walking on the grass with your bare feet or looking up to see what shapes you can make with the clouds. It is a change to walk more and get out in the water parks or with a Frisbee.

During the summer months it means colder food such as salad, I do love a good ice burg lettuce. Alternatively, consuming ice-cream and drinking drinks with ice cubes in.

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Summer is a time for less clothes, even though I am fat that doesn’t stop me from wearing shorts and showing my bear arms. Less need for leggings and more changes to wear dresses with the fresh breeze in the air.

As a lover of frugal I can’t not mention the fact there is little need to put the heating on and reduce your electricity bill. Likewise with the tumble dryer – instead opting for putting clothes on the line to dry all by themselves. I just love it when it is a hot day I can do two or three loads of washing and they are dry within a couple of hours, I know how exciting.

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When the kids break up for a whole six weeks even though it is a daughting prospect the idea of lazy days and less rigman with the routine is a nice break for us parents.

Typically for my family our summer holiday occurs during the big six week school holiday, this gives us time to explore and see something different. Trying new places or food is always a winner in my eyes.

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What kind of things do you enjoy about summer?

Cheers for reading X

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Why I don’t participate in extreme couponing

Hey readers,

You properly have heard of the American show called Extreme Couponing and the craze is here in the UK. Sadly though there are less coupons available here in the UK.

I love saving money, so I researched online about what all this fuzz of extreme couponing is  about. Since 2008 couponing and finding ways to save money has been a big interest in a lot of peoples life. At the time recession hit hard and people wanted to save money as there was less disposable cash available, especially through loans etc from the bank.

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Now there are loads of different ways to save money. A common one is searching and printing coupons, from magazines such as the Tesco Magazine which comes out monthly. The other way is to  go on to the companies own website and if you sign up to a newsletter it gives you free coupons to print at home, such as Coca Cola or Covent Garden Soup.Next thing you have to do is go on mysupermarket.com which allows you to find the cheapest product at the time and in most cases you can get it for free.

An alternative way to save money is through top cash back sites and SwagBucks.

Then there is the good old yellow sticker hunting where if you go closer to the time the supermarket  closes you can be lucky to grab some fab bargains with up to 75% of the original price of the item.

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Now I do use some of these methods such as yellow stickers, SwagBucks, Receipt Hog which are fab and fairly straight forward to get. Though the only downside with these apps is they take time to build up the reward.

The thing that I can’t manage is extreme couponing, where you do the whole signing up to the company and also get a a lot of people such as  friends or relatives to sign up. Therefore instead of getting one bottle of Coca Cola you can get four.

Now I am a mum of two young children so don’t have a lot of time to faff about and get the permission of others to sign up, hunting for coupons or  money back from items etc. Most of the stuff I tend not to use so I ask myself do I really need this, nine times out of ten the answer is no. I would much prefer to spend my time doing something a bit more exciting to be honest with you. I think the key thing to be a successful extreme couponer is time to do the research of looking around for the best deal, printing out and travelling.

Now I do use coupons casually for the odd thing  here and there but I don’t buy multiple items as I do not have the space to stock pile (where you buy large amounts of the same product and store them typically in a cupboard). Fair play if you do, but if I did have the space I can’t really be bothered to have say 15 bottles of strawberry shampoo, 6 bottles of washing up liquid and so forth.

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My other problem is that the products tend to be store cupboard or junk food most of the time. You may get the odd offer for yogurt or Nakd bars but they are few and between. As someone on low income I need food to feed my family that is reasonably healthy and that I would definitely use.

I believe that nothing is free, there is a cost somewhere down he line. Yes you can get a coupon but you need paper and ink to print it. If you are skint and you can’t afford travel, I mean for me to get on the bus it would cost me £3.10 for my 5 yo, and £4.00 for me to travel anywhere.

Not to mention the fact that different offers are on at different stores, you have to travel here there and everywhere. Which I don’t mind but with two young kids, going on the bus and then shopping is a depressing state of affairs.

I also want to point out that it is better to shop less frequently then go to loads of different places as it saves you in the long run. If you don’t shop you will find a solution. Whereas if you are constantly in the supermarket the temptation is there and you just waste money just for the sake of couponing.

A lot of the time the supermarket’s own brand is just as good (if not better) then the actual branded stuff, instantly you save a small fortune just by swapping.

Therefore, extreme coponing is not suited for me. I  don’t knock people for doing it, it is there choice but for me personally I don’t have the time/money/need to warrant the item. That doesn’t mean I don’t use coupons and they can be beneficial but you have to weigh it up do I really need this and if so go forth and buy.

Cheers for reading X

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summer loving

Hey readers,

I know it is getting closer to summer and therefore enabling us to get out our pins. There are so many lovely pieces out in the shop currently in at the moment (shock horror even in plus size range). So I have selected a few pieces of clothing that I love SO much and that if I had the funds I would definitely would buy in a shot.

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1. I am loving this cage mesh shift dress, I am attracted by the material, something a little bit different. and a bit quirky that really tickles my fancy. The dress comes from Asos Curve (£24.00).

2. Something a bit swish and bright for summer is this Lovedrobe printed tie waist wiggle dress, from Very (£54.00). I am really digging the colours, it just nice to see something a bit colourful in the plus size range. I also like the belt and the way it fits on the body that is really a pleasing to my eyes.

3. I am attracted to this next dress because it reminds of a lot of Wednesday Adams, who is someone who has influence on me, haha. This lovely Black fit and flare shirt dress that I feel can be dressed up or worn casually is a real winner in my eyes, you can pick it up at Evans (£35.00).

4 . Now time for a bit of femininity to add into your wardrobe with this black floral embodied studded mini dress. I am normally not one for floral but I like the subtle detail in this dress, from New Look Curve (£29.00).

5. Rock the alternative look with this Daisy street checked shirt dress with star detail, from Simply Be (£38.00).

6. Just because your a big lady, doesen’t mean you cant be trendy and on vogue with this plus Penny denim zip front pinafore dress from BooHoo (£25.00).

Hope you feel inspired and enjoy summer

Cheers for reading X

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The pains of a Sweaty Betty

Hey readers,

Today we have had humid weather, which being honest with you makes me ill just thinking about the humidity. The only time that I would the sun to be shining so hot is when I am by a pool in the shade with coupons amounts of drink or ice-cream.

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I dread it when I see the warm weather flow across the map of the weather person on the news. I cannot stand being a sticky mess. It amazes me to see people in coats in this humid and sticky weather, I want to know how they keep so cool because for me I am just purely a  sweaty betty. My makeup is all running down my face, my t-shirt is sticking to my neck and if you think it can get any worse then there is ultimate hell for the fat girl, chub rub. Basically where you sweat so much between your thighs that they rub from the fiction and it is hell let me tell you that.

When you’re out and about there appears to be that stench wafting at your nostrils, you know the one, where people sweat so much they stink of it and forget to wash. You can’t run away on public transport so you have to stick to the seat and try not to breathe the whole five minutes journey home.

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I just hate feeling hot, I literally cannot do anything and feel sick because it is so dame hot. If the whole sweating and feeling ill is not enough then let’s just bring up hay fever. It is the pits and agony, my sinuses are working overtime, I am sneezing every five seconds and my eyes kill from the itchiness.

Let’s move on to a different aspect of hot weather and that is them annoying sun worshippers on Facebook bragging about how lovely it is with these temperatures, I mean are you for real? The only place I want to be is lying on the cold bathroom floor.

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If you think you can escape it at night, your wrong my friends. At night it is a wrestle with the bed to find the cold spot, therefore spending a majority of the night tossing and turning then having to deal with the lack of sleep.

In the end it results in you wishing on the times when you felt more comfortable, colder and cosier. All I am saying is I miss you Autumn *sniff*!

Cheers for reading X

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Mama Mia #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge

Hey readers,

I was challenged by BritMums to visit my local Prezzo to try out their new La Famiglia sharing pasta bowl and tell you my thoughts of it.

There were four sharing bowls you could try and we opted for the spaghetti bolanse one as it is something that I knew everyone would enjoy.

What I liked about a sharing bowl is you get to experience the sharing and togetherness of the family. It was lovely quality time together with all the food in one place, in the middle of the table.

My hubby enjoyed the role of dishing out and the kids loved seeing daddy try to place the pasta neatly in the bowl.

I thought it was a brilliant idea to bring the family together as we could all discuss what we felt about the meal together.

I liked the fact that we kept it simple as it is normally a right pain going to a restaurant with two small boys. It took less time to decide and therefore more relaxing. Everyone knew what they were having and we didn’t have to worry about arguments about changing their mind because when they saw someone else’s food they would want that instead.

I would class hubby as the leader in our family with regards to making sure everyone gets the right amount and always share the food. Where as I am more the stress head, I don’t care if I get less as long as there is calm I am a happy person.

What I liked about Prezzo also is the fact that is was very family friendly, the food was just right. The plates were not to big as I find that to be a bit intimating for my children. The cutlery was moved away which is something trivial  some say but the amount of times it gets close to them and they tend to be adults. I find they start messing around with the cutlery, in this it was dealt with so no arguments. These are small gestures making eating at a restaurant much more enjoyable and relaxed affair.

I also liked the fact that a lot of the food offered was gluten free and also vegetarian options making it flexible for other people’s dietary needs. One final point to make is that  my experience as a family eating out is the ambience of the restaurant makes a difference, the staff were super friendly and the waiting around time was reasonable so the boys were not too bored, as we know it a big struggle for children.

Overall, it was a fabulous experience with the sharing meal and it felt like a experience for the whole family as we were eating it together, it gave us an opportunity to bond and talk. Definitely recommend it.

The meal cost £30 for two starts, two sides, one pasta sharing bowl, four puddings and four drinks. Which personally think is a cracking bargain for a whole family.

I have done a small vlog below as well.

Cheers for reading X

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Trends that should die forever!!!

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Watch out girls then is a returning trend that is coming this summer – underbun! If you have not heard of an underbun it is basically where you have such short shorts that your bottom slips out. Now I don’t care about flesh sharing but sometimes girls can show far too much for the eyes to see.

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Nude leggings are just a no no for me, sorry. They are not attractive and tell everyone the truth, no one wants to see them stretched over your backside, unless your stick thin it is revolting. They are also in a disgusting colour and they just not flattering at all, if you own a pair do us all a favour and bin them!

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What is it with glitter in your roots, seriously it looks like someone has sneezed on your head or you have a really bad case of coloured dandruff. Whoever thought this was cool, it is not, so please just die off!

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A recent trend that is growing in popularity is fur slides. To me they look like something that resembles a middle class lady of leisure that struts about in her silk dressing gown. They just look cheap and tacky, seriously if Rihanna fell of the cliff would everyone else jump off too?! I am glad I am so old that I just don’t care anymore (not that did when I was younger) to care about being hip and fashionable.

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Tracksuit bottoms with the word juicy plastered on the bottom, just looks awful. I thought they had there day but they seem to be reappearing in my local area, please just stop, I don’t want to be forced to look at your bottom.

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Fake tan just looks horrific, streaky and unnatural. Why do this, it is just not right, are they blind, do women not see this. Ok, some can get it right but a majority go overboard or can not blend it in correctly causing it to have that lovely streaky marking. I have done it once myself, never again. I looked like the angry orange and wasted money when I could of just brought a bar of chocolate and have been happy as Larry.

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Is there trends that you wish to fizzle out promto?

Cheers for reading X

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Depression and parenting

 

Hey readers,

Sometimes I feel that on my blog I should not discuss depression as I am so ashamed, because that is what society makes me feel like at times. I have always been embarrassed to say that I take anti-depressants and that in-turn makes me feel weak. But deep down I know that my depression is genetic and chemical reaction, it doesn’t make me a bad person because of it.

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Truth be told as a parent with depression there days when I hardly do anything, the only thing I attempt is to the the bear minimum for my children. Once the children have gone to bed it allows me time to cry from all the build up sadness and  frustration from the day.

Some days are better then others, but now again I get dips and need that extra hand from my husband. For instance, I struggle to deal with the social side of taking my children to nursery or school. It is not always just the socialising but the physical environment is so hard for me to manage. I literally feel so suffocated  and overwhelmed by the sensory stimulation that is happening in the room. I am autistic on top of all this and usually I can find that it interacts with the depression.

Therefore heightened social situations can make me feel rubbish and can contribute towards me beating myself up for not being a good enough at being a parent because I am not like all the parents. It tends to result in me coming home and breaking down. I feel rubbish and tend to just want to sleep in order to escape the reminder of my shortfalls as a parent and person.

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Other times, I struggle with dealing with the temperament of my children or talking about topics such as death, as this can trigger my OCD. No one teaches you how to communicate to your child and some days I just have to admit to defeat as it is too tough for me to deal with and hubby would have to take over.

When I am going through a dip in my mood I can spend the whole day dragging myself down, I physically feel on edge and know that after all this there is going to be a massive panic attack. I hide away from my husband, as I am not good at communicating in that moment, I don’t instantly have the words to say. I feel therefore this risks the changes of irritability between me and my husband. I don’t like being touched for a cuddle, I just need the time for me to mope and allow the emotions to pass. I don’t want solutions, I try lots of things but in that moment I just need to be. I don’t run form it anymore, at the end of it I kind of feel better getting it out of my system. It helps me feel calmer and my body feels like it is being heard.

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Sometimes, the best thing is to accept it at that moment, don’t find solutions because at the end of the day it is something that you can deal with at a later date when your mind is in a clearer state. I have learnt when you are that emotional, nothing makes sense and I tend to make the wrong decisions so it is better for me to not make any decisions at all during my ‘meltdowns’. I feel now that I have learnt how I react and what is best for me is less painful and it allows me to feel more in control ironically.

Cheers for reading X

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