It’s a Bing thing!

Hey readers,

Today I bring you my thoughts when watching Bing, because basically I have watched an episode today and I have had enough, I need my place to vent my frustrations, so here goes.

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Why is Bing always having a strop off? Seriously he is such a moany little sod, all the time. He must give his carer/parent a headache.

I think Bing needs to learn the art of No. He is such a little brat, so selfish every single time. If there is one crucial lesson that Bing needs to learn then it is to stop being so self-centred and share.

I think Flop is too soft and he should just quit being all nicey and following him around all day. I mean come on no parent surely has that much patience all day long with wingy Bingy. What message is that saying anyway to a child that if you moan you will get away with it? The thing is Bing needs some discipline. The first port of call would be to quit calling it a Bing thing, more Flop thing and if you don’t like it you know where you can stick it!

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I think Flop has some insecurities with the amount of 1-2-1 time, does he ever give Bing any space.

Why does Flop always say, ‘Aieechee!’ when Bing sneezes, what is that all about? Seems a bit odd to me.

What relationship is Flop anyway towards Bing,  is he a carer a parent and if he is a parent then pretty random considering flop is not any kind of animal, more sack like?

Why does every programme have to revolve around some moral. I believe that the best cartons are just fun, I can’t cope with any more American spin off programmes.  I wish Bing would have a change the format, it is so boring that I can predict what happens.

Why does Pando have a nappy on and no trousers on, surely this is not right, come on woman sort yourself out. You can not be like that 24/7.

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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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DRY KIDS RED ALL IN ONE

Hey readers,

I’ve been asked to try out some fantastic ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ waterproof suits for children and, despite the beautiful weather, we managed to get them rained upon. Initially we called upon some of the rain gods, Zeus, Indra, Freyr, Bi Xing, Chaac, Tlaloc and (most importantly) Rob McKenna, but they all told us to go away and get inventive with a hose before they did!

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I had two ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits to test, one for my three year old and one for my five year old. They both loved the suits and were genuinely upset that we didn’t have any rain. We still tried them on and were pleasantly surprised that they are so easy to get on and off. The zipper runs all the way from through the hem on one leg up to the chin. This is a very important feature as there will always be a time when you need to drop your child’s ‘all-in-one’ down for a toilet break and so many other suits only unzip so far and then you have to fight with a desperate, wriggling child. The zip on these ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ is so good even our three year old got his undone and was up on the toilet in time. The weather proofing flap at the back of the zip is really large and easy to keep from getting jammed in the zipper, something I have done with many of our children’s outdoor wear.

Okay, still no rain: so we improvised – a garden sprinkler screwed to the ceiling of our balcony worked a treat.

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The ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits are lovely and bright with retro-reflective piping down either side of the hood and across the back and chest making them safe at night as well as the day. The sleeve cuffs are elasticated and worked brilliantly on our five year old but not so good on our little three year old (please read on to see why). The leg cuffs are also elasticated and stayed put near the bottom of their wellies keeping their feet and socks nice and dry for both of the boys.

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As you can see, the hoods are elasticated and a nice fit all the way around the face giving a snug and full cover to the head – no rain getting down the necks of my little ones!

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The material is really waterproof which is impressive at this price – a lot of water proofs we have had before had some form of rain seepage and needed extra waterproofing treatment, it was nice to see this material work as it should. The seams are sealed with a good looking weather proof seam tape and it looks like it is stuck down really firmly.

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The ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits are fantastic but unfortunately we do have some criticisms: one on design and two on quality control.

The only issue we have regarding the design may not be fixable without effecting the great price of the suit. We found that, while playing with the water to fill their buckets up, our 3 year old ended up with water running down the inside of the sleeves and  down his tee-shirt. Although we wouldn’t expect children to be walking through the rain while holding buckets up we do expect the smaller children to be holding our hands a lot of the time. An additional soft absorbent cuff inside the waterproof cuff might stop the ingress of rain while the children have their hands up to ours.

I think the second issue was unfortunately down to quality control. We found two problems in this area. The suit for our five year old had a couple of issues. The first noticeable one was that a seam had been re-stitched: the original stitch leaving a row of needle holes for quite some distance. These needle holes obviously compromise the integrity of the waterproofing and could have easily been sorted out by running a length of seam waterproofing tape over them on the inside of the suit. The photo below just shows a small section so you understand what I mean.

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The second issue was that the seam waterproofing tape was not in the right place at the crotch of the suit. We didn’t notice this before putting it our our child and, as we took the suit off  after the ‘rain’ play, we upset our son by asking him if he had wet himself (you can see why we thought this by the photo of his shorts).

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I took the suit to the shower and gently ran cold water down it to discover the leak in the crotch. These sorts of problems normally only come to light part way through your holiday when you all go for a walk over the rainy downs/hills/fields etc. and end up with an upset, cold wet child halfway through the trek and nothing you can do about it.

The yellow pointers highlight the weather proofing tape and the blue pointers highlight the seam that it just misses. Although it is only a small bit of seam that is missed, it is enough for the gentle shower water to ‘drip drip drip’ through and it would take no time for a child to find it uncomfortable on a cooler day- especially if out walking.

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Our three year old’s suit was perfectly made: all the stitches where they should be; no long lengths of sewing machine run off and, most importantly, the weather seam tape inside being exactly in the right place.

We had one perfect suit and one which slipped passed quality control so I would recommend to anyone buying water proof clothing to check the weather proofing seam tapes and also for any holes prior to its initial use but I recommend doing this on any waterproofs.

We think these ‘Dry Kids Red All In One‘ suits are great- the colour, brightness, price (£12.95 when writing this), fit and (not withstanding the above faults) the detail in design & functionality and, more importantly, our children love wearing them. With the above paragraph in mind, I do recommend these suits as the colour and price are superb. If Dry Kids can tighten up the quality control then, [other than the cuffs on the ‘shorter reachy up‘ children’s suits (I guess ages one to four)], these would be flawless.

Cheers for reading X

I was given the suits in order of an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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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

Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

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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

Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs


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Sleep is for winners

Hey readers,

As parents life can be challenging and emotional at the best of times. Sometimes, you feel like you have the whole world on your shoulders. One way especially in the earlier days as a parent for me to manage as a parent was making sure that I got a good nights sleep.

Firstly, how I helped myself get a good  night sleep was by making sure that I turned off all of my electronical devices in order to switch off your brain I believe is really vital.

Making sure the environment that you sleep is comfortable, such as getting the right temperature, comfortable mattress and reducing the amount of distractions in the bedroom.

It is important to do something to wind down to help you relax for bed. I am know for having an over active brain so I always make sure that I have a note pad by my bed to write down  all of my thoughts, making it easier for me to relax. Another tip would be to read a book as it helps get you into sleepy mood.

Some people enjoy a bath to help relax their muscles so they can be comfortable before bed.

I am also a huge fan of having music on when I go to sleep. Something that is calming and that will not make you think too much is always a winner for me.

Did you know a study done by Consumer Reports says that 68% of Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week. That’s approximately 164 million people. For Better Sleep Month Leesa, a online mattress company, want to help you get a better night sleep.

Below is an info-graph highlighting what happens when you are sleep and how your body works at different intervals depending on the time.

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As you can see visually through the graph sleep has a vital role to play in looking after your body. Obviously becoming comfortable and sleeping for longer periods has a much more positive result with getting better and deeper sleep (delta waves). This is important  because it allows the  body to repair muscles, tissues, stimulates growth and boost the immune system. Therefore allowing you to be more productive the following day which intern helps with productivity and happiness within your life.

Cheers for reading X

Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs


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Father’s day gift guide 2017

Hey readers,

Next month (18th June) will be Father’s day and if you are struggling for ideas then look no further, as I have complied a father’s day guide.

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1) Firstly, my hubby is into baking and cooking, I know shock right. But I thought he might enjoy this as he always watches the programme and there is something beautiful about flicking through a cook book when you have five minutes to yourself. The Great British Bake Off Every Day cook book, full of favourite recipes from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. You pick pick up a copy from Asda (£9).

2) Looking for something amusing and a Star Wars Fan, check out this funny mug with the well know Yoda character printed on it. You can buy this online from Etsy (£6.99 + P&p).

3) Now, this item is slightly pricey but it will be a top hit for the techno man in your life. It is a spectrum solo DAB+FM radio. I like the fact that it looks similar to a Lego piece so something little bit different from your typical DAB style radio. But be perfect to have in the kitchen or even if you opt for a summer barbie in the garden, will create the perfect ambience. You can buy the radio from  John Lewis (£40).

4) If you want something a little bit different check out  Matalan option of growing your own pizza toppings (£3).

5) Always a hit in my household is the old alcohol beverage and this Hobgoblin beer from Tesco (£1.25) will nicely quench any father’s first on the special day.

I hope you have found this guide inspiring and whatever way you celebrate Father’s day, I hope you have a fabulous day spoling the father’s in your life.

Cheers for reading X

 Cheers for reading X

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