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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

How to Keep Costs Down.

Keeping costs down

Sometimes we think with our hearts and not with our heads. Making New Year’s resolutions can often be disastrous, with 80% of people failing by February and regretting it instantly. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to cut down on spending, and although this sounds achievable, if you don’t have a fully-pledged strategy in place, the likeliness of failure spirals out of control.

We understand that people can be victim to an unexpected expense — whether this is a home appliance breaking or making that third trip on a bus with only a return ticket. It all adds up. For that reason, we’ve made some assessments on how those extra savings can come in handy if something like that was to occur.


Start off with something small, but something that will make huge changes when it comes to your bank account. Using a megarider ticket, you will be able to travel as much as you want and can tailor your own needs to the ticket type. Whether you’re in need of a weekly bus pass for your travels, or a monthly one — you will find yourself making a huge saving in comparison to buying a ticket every day.

If you’re a driver, did you know that the average motorist in the UK will spend an astonishing £168,880 over their lifetime? With efficiency growing in public transport, there is no reason for you not to consider making the bold move that could help you fulfil your resolution this year and save you a fortune.

When it comes to payments across the year, petrol costs a driver £1,052.04. Servicing a vehicle costs can add up to £441 over a twelve-month period — which can change depending on the individual’s situation. MOTs can cost up to £168.46 annually. Cost of parking is on the rise, and with more vehicles on the roads, there seems to be a higher demand. Over the year, a motorist can find themselves paying £145.80 on parking. When it comes to insurance, this can sway dramatically as younger drivers will find themselves paying a higher cost to be on the road — on average, insurance costs an experience driver £436 every year. Tax can equate to £116.35 on a yearly basis. Car supplies can cost a driver £29.61 and if you were to go abroad and wished to drive, holiday rental cars can leave you £180 out of pocket. Speeding tickets equal £25.12 for the average driver here in the UK. This would cost a driver £2,594.38 in total where commuters find themselves paying considerably less for a significant service — imagine the saving you would make with a megarider ticket!


According to research carried out by MyVoucherCode, people in the UK visit coffee shops at least three times per week — although it has recently become unavoidable, as currently there are over 21,000 outlets around the country! This means that Brits visit coffee shops around 156 times a year with an average spend of £8.52 — with travel expenses, this could go up to £13.85. This creates an annual average spending of £2,600, a majority of which could be saved if you were to opt for taking your own coffee to work.

Branded coffee company, Douwe Egberts, has said that a 250g pack of ground coffee can make up to 30 cups. When looking to see how much a 1kg pack would cost, Amazon has priced the coffee at around £15, meaning that each cup of coffee would cost close to 13p. Try taking a flask to work and even purchasing an on-the-go coffee cup that will see you through your day.

If the rise in prices for cigarettes hasn’t already put you off, knowing that you could save a whopping £3,796 (if you smoke 20 a day) should be the driving mechanism for you to quit. has stated that non-smokers pay around £6,309 less for life insurance, which could be something worth investing in for the new year.

An alternative that many smokers are trying to save money is vaping. 10ml bottles of liquid cost around £5 on average — saving those who turn to vaping around £1,900.

Many of us find it easier to just buy lunch on the way to work — or popping out on our lunch breaks. But what if we told you that, on average, forking out for lunch every day could cost you £1,288 according to research carried out by VoucherCloud. Evidently, you could make a huge saving by preparing your lunch at home — whether this is making a quick sandwich or taking in a tin of microwavable soup to heat up. When we looked at the total working days in 2017, there was 252 — if we went by Poundland’s price of tomato soup, which is 50p, you would find yourself paying £126! A massive saving for anyone looking to cut down on costs.

Unexpected expenses

We’ve all been victim to an unexpected expense, with 54% of 2,000 people asked saying that they suffered from an unexpected expense within the household. On average, these costs totalled £248.70 — showing that any saving is beneficial for occurrences like these. 47% of these issues happened in the kitchen, a room which is essential to the day-to-day running of any home, and if you don’t have the money to pull out instantly, it could cause an everyday stress. Using the savings you would have made by taking your own lunch and coffee to work, quitting smoking, and travelling smarter — you will be able to make life easier. It was also found that 35% of people had to use a credit card to cover the costs of unexpected expenses. With 18% of them not being able to pay more than £100 on their own, 17% had to borrow from friends and family!

Thinking smarter for 2018 is a must, how will you be changing your ways to save money?

This is a collaborative post.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Pet Paunch: Overcoming Obesity In Your Animal

With over half of the cats and dogs in the US being overweight or obese, it seems that the diet struggle doesn’t end with the owners. Around the world, this trend doesn’t seem to differ too much, with areas like Europe coming in close behind. Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for the health impact this can have on a small animal. Given their tiny bodies, cats and little dogs can’t take the same culinary beating that a human can, and their weight should always be on your mind. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring this area, along with some methods to help you to start handling it correctly.

Diet: The first part of this to consider will be the diet you have in place for your pet. Being the largest contributing factor to their size, this is a great place to start, and there are loads of tools out there to help you with it. A weight calculator will be the best place to start, as this will give you a good idea of the sort of food they need to be eating to be healthy. Along with this, though, you could also talk to your local vet to get an idea of the sort of work you’ll have to do here.

Exercise: Along with keeping their overall diet in check, a lot of people will want to make sure that their pet gets the right amount of exercise, too. Most dogs will need to be walked at least twice a day if you want to improve their fitness, including plenty of games like fetch which will keep their heart pumping. Indoor cats are the hardest for this, and you will need to work hard to give them enough play each day to stay in shape.

Treats: Going back to food, it can be far too easy to give your pet exactly what they want when they ask for it. Like humans, though, having too many treats will be bad for them, and you need to choose the right options to keep it healthy. Companies like AniForte have dedicated themselves to producing food which fits this bill. Of course, along with choosing the right treats, you will also need to learn how to moderate them if you want to be successful.

Your Lifestyle: In most cases, your lifestyle will directly impact your pets, and you will need to work to make sure that you all improve together. Overeating or spending little time thinking about food for yourself will almost certainly mean that you’re under thinking it for your pets. Even if it means changing your diet or being stricter with yourself, it will be worth putting in this effort if it positively impacts your furry friend.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your pet’s diet. It can be hard to focus on this part of life, especially when you want your animal to be happy. Of course, though, they will be happiest when they are in their prime, and you have the power to help them achieve this state.

This is a collaborative post.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A letter to myself as a first time parent... #VicksBabyRub

Six years ago now I became a mother for the first time, I wouldn't change it for the world but I have so much advice now I wish I could give to myself back then, so many things I would do differently given the chance. I've written a letter to my first-time parent self, detailing some of the things I wish I'd have done.

Dear Zoe, 

Right now, I know you are a bunch of emotions and in a sleep-deprived blur but I promise you, soon enough you'll be getting a decent nights sleep. One morning you're just going to wake up and your sweet baby will have slept through the night - until that point try to rest and not put too much stress on yourself. 

Saviour each and every moment, take photos of you and your baby - I know right now you don't feel great, and think that as soon as you look better you will take some - but do it so you have those memories. Capturing your memories and savoring each and every moment will be something great for you - otherwise, you're likely to forget. 

Try to get out if possible, even just a short walk around the pools will be perfect for your self-esteem but if you can get to some toddler groups that will help. Not only will it allow your sweet baby to interact but you too, maybe you could make some mum friends?

Trust your instincts, honestly I know you've heard this so many times already and you are wondering how the hell you should trust something you are unaware of, but I promise you've got this. Get yourself some medicine cupboard essentials like teething gels or powders, infacol and Vicks Baby Rub - perfect to help soothe those little pains your mini one may have. 

If you need help just ask, you aren't failing if you receive help. There is no shame to having a helping hand every now and again, and keeping care of yourself is as equally important as keeping care of your little one. Don't feel like you cannot cope or aren't good enough if you ask for help. 

Try not to worry so much about money, it's hard right now, it really is but everything will fall into place. These things are set to challenge us and you will find a way around it all. 

Finally, just believe in yourself. It's so easy to get lost thinking you've no idea what you are doing but trust yourself - you are doing your best! 

Nobodys perfect, so long as you are doing whats best for you and your new little one, that is all that matters. 

Your future self. 

This post is an entry for BritMums #VicksBabyRub Challenge, sponsored by Vicks BabyRub. Specially designed for babies aged 6 months and over, Vicks BabyRub is available at Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and all good pharmacy chains. RRP £3.99.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

BABY Secrets | A Review

My kids are obsessed with collectibles and blind bags especially, and they seem to be the go-to thing for all kids recently. They just seem to get some kind of satisfaction out of not knowing what they will get - but equally get upset when they get duplicates. Last month we received some of the latest collectible on the block - BABY Secrets. 

BABY Secrets are new on the scene, only being released in December of last year. They bring 50 exciting characters with big personalities, 25 girls, and 25 boys. 

Each individual pack comes complete with a bathtub and a surprise baby. You simply then fill the tub with water and watch as the baby's nappy changes colour to reveal the gender - pink for a girl, blue for a boy. Each pack comes with a birth certificate for you to fill out and record the details of your baby. 

The range includes:

BABY Secrets Single Packs - RRP £2.99
The BABY Secrets single pack is the perfect way to start your collection, complete with one baby, one bathtub, a birth certificate and a collectors guide. Make friends with the collection and reveal what your first character will be. 

BABY Secrets Activity Packs - RRP £12.99
The BABY Secrets activity packs come in four different varieties - Pram Pack, Bassinet Pack, High Chair Pack and Rocking Horse Pack. The packs come complete with two exclusive babies, one surprise baby, a bathtub, three birth certificates, a collectors guide and either a high chair, rocking horse, pram or bassinet. For endless play!

Both Jack and Isla have loved these, dipping each of them to reveal the gender, and even seeing who they look like and comparing them to family members and friends. The individual packs are so affordable being just £2.99 and would make the perfect pocket money treat. 

These are totally different to any type of collectible we've had about before, the fact you can interact with them to reveal the gender is one of the highlights for us here. 

From a parents point of view, they are an adorable little toy, which is small enough for storage, but large enough that your little ones can interact with them. The large eyes on the babies just make them adorable. 

BABY Secrets are aimed at children 4+, although Isla is almost 3, and with careful guidance has had fun with them. They are available from The Entertainer, Smyths, Argos, and Toymaster. You can find out more at BABY Secrets HQ or follow them on facebook too. 

Please Note: We received the above in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own and not influenced in any way. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Bali | Six Must See Family Friendly Places

I’ve always wanted to travel, see the world and experience different cultures. It was my plan to do but then we unexpectedly had the children, so now they are on hold for a little while. But since all this awful weather we have had of recent, it’s got me thinking of the places I would like to explore. There are so many destinations I would love to visit around the world, some near and some far. Now that we have our little family I’d love to be able to explore with them, show them the sights I never got as a child.

One place I’ve always wanted to explore is Indonesia, and being one of the most popular islands there, Bali is high on the list, and with the snow and rain of recent it’s lead me to daydream more about exploring there.

Generally, you think of Bali and think volcanic mountains, beautiful beaches, and stunning coral reefs. Known for its meditation and yoga retreats, it seems like a beautiful calming destination. To top this off you think of staying in a beautiful Bali vacation villa.

Image Credit - Luxury Retreats
However, believe it or not, upon my quest for some winter sun there are plenty of things to do which kids would find mesmerising too. My children love exploring; they aren’t really ones to sit still so when planning this beautiful retreat I also looked at where to explore.

I’ve made a list of the top ten things I’d love to explore in Bali with my family.

1. Ubud Monkey Forest. 

Image Credit - Ubud Monkey Forest

What better place to take my little monkeys than to somewhere we can view over 700 monkeys of 186 different species. In the village of Padangtegal lies Ubud Monkey Forest, which the locals view as a spiritual, educational and conservation centre for the village. Located within 12.5 hectares of forest, you are sure to be able to explore the many wonderful sights and beautiful monkeys.

2. Waterbom Bali 

Image Credit - Waterbom Bali
In the heat of the Bali sun, it's easy to become warm so Waterbom is the perfect destination to cool off. Waterbom is the number one waterpark within Asia, and number 3 within the world, so kind of a must see when in Bali. Waterbom spans 3.8 hectares and provides a memorable experience to the guests who visit. It’s suitable for those adrenaline junkies, not me, and those wanting to enjoy and relax away from the outside world. There is a swimming pool with swim-up bar and various rides and slides to enjoy as well as a lazy river.

3. Explore the coral reefs

When in a beautiful place with stunning views and gorgeous waters, it’s only natural to want to explore the corals. You may not necessarily wish to get wet though so exploring out on a glass-bottomed boat would be much more enjoyable. Exploring the detail of the fish, the stunning corals, and the other amazing marine life out in their natural habitats has got to be an amazing time.

4. Bali Safari and Marine Park

Image Credit - Bali Indonesia
As a family we love animals, so finding a safari park was one of my top must see's within Bali. The Bali Safari and Marine Park have literally everything you could want to see all in one place, safari, aquarium, dolphin show, roller coasters along with a cultural show. There are over 60 different species to explore at the park with feeding displays and shows to keep everyone entertained. They even offer an amazing night time safari experience, this is when the animals mainly come alive so to get to experience this up close and personal would be an amazing once in a lifetime experience.

5. Temples

Image Credit - Bali Indonesia
When in a country well known for its temples, its only right you pay at least one of them a visit. All of them are very similar although Uluwatu looks incredible. Located at the top of a steep cliff, 70 metres above sea level, this temple is within a stunning location. To the front of the temple lies a small forest home to hundreds of monkeys, which are believed to guard the temple.

6. Beaches

Finally, a visit to the beach, you cannot go on holiday and not enjoy the waves gliding across your feet. There are some beautiful family friendly beaches in Bali including Batu Bolong Beach, Nusa Dua Beach and Sanur Beach. Batu Bolong is more the beach for surfers and lazy sandy days. Nusa Dua is ideal for families who enjoy walks, although shoes are essential due to the coral and seaweed. Sanur beach is a family friendly clean and safe beach where the waters are shallow and the children can enjoy a splash.

The more I look into a beautiful trip to Bali, the more I wish to go. There is so much to see and explore in Bali, this is just a short snippet of my family friendly places I’d love to explore with the children. It would be such an amazing adventure, one I know we would all thoroughly enjoy as a family.

Have you ever been to Bali, either alone or as a family? Where would you recommend for must-see locations?

Six Must See Family Friendly Places in Bali | My Mummy's World

Please Note: This post is in collaboration with Luxury Resorts.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Imaginary play with Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

Isla loves imaginary play, she can be found stuck in her kitchen most days cooking up some sort of concoction which I'm then given to try. So, when we were offered this Mr. Kipling Tea Set to review, I knew it would go down a storm with her - because, is there anything better than cake?

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

The playset comes with four cups and saucers, four cake plates, four sets of cutlery, a milk jug, sugar bowl, teapot and a cake stand with a selection of Mr. Kipling's famous cakes. Including French Fancies, an apple pie, Battenberg and an angel slice amongst others. 

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

The play set was really simple to put together, the hardest bit is getting the Mr Kipling stand to secure it properly as it required a little extra force. 

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review
 Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

This playset not only encourages imaginative play - which we've had plenty off, but also features a shape sorter style puzzle. Each individual cake has a shape on the bottom which corresponds to the correct area on the stand, matching them up. 

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

Isla has loved working out where each piece goes, and the direction some need to go in. Some were simple such as the circle and squares, however, some required a little more thought. 

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

I love the colours of the playset, they are very gender neutral and inviting for all children; it's perfectly aimed for both genders to enjoy whilst being very eye-catching. 

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

The Mr Kipling Tea Set from Casdon retails for £11.99 and is available to buy from various different retailers. Its certainly been a huge hit here, with both children and I'm sure it would be elsewhere too. 

Imaginary play with Casdons Mr Kipling Tea Set | A Review

Please Note: We received this playset in exchange for this review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

With just under two weeks until Mother's Day here, I'm looking forward to not only getting some presents from my own two little monsters but also getting something for the most inspirational lady I know - my own mother.

Sometimes, being a mum is hard work, getting no recognition most of the time too, so having a day to celebrate all things mother is amazing right?

I've put together a little gift guide to inspire you when choosing a gift this Mother's Day.


First up we have these beautiful Personalised engraved watches, nothing is more treasured than a personalised item which can be carried around. This Novanu Personalised watch is a personal favourite of mine. The Novanu London branded is a new and exclusive brand to GiftsOnline4U and is a beautiful brand too.

Personalised Novanu Watch Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World

With a range of four different watches available, two different styles then available in two different colours. One of the watches can be personalised with a photograph whilst the other is only available to be personalised on the rear. I opted to receive the one with the photograph in white as this was my favourite.
You can make a totally unique watch with your own photo and text on the dial and for a little extra you can also choose to have an engraved message on the back to make a fantastic for your mummy.

Personalised Novanu Watch Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World

The ordering and personalisation process was very simple to do and didn't take too long. You can choose for the item to come within a gift bag too which makes the gifting process even easier.

There is a wide range of gifts available which would be suitable for Mother's Day on the website, along with a wide range of engraved gifts for her which would be lovely personalised items to give.

Personalised Novanu Watch Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World

Il Gusto

What says I love you like a personalised gift does. Il gusto offers everything from miniature gin gift sets to pink champagne or fruity vinegar and delectable oils for the foodie lovers.

Along with stunning gift sets – a wide range of products are available to be decanted into the bottle shape and size of your choice and all bear a personalised message. Our unique pre-bottled products can also be personalised – with up to 80 characters in a message, there’s plenty of room for a message to really show your mum how much you care.
This pink vodka with gold leaves inside makes the perfect small gift.

Pink Vodka with Gold Leaves Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World

Pink Vodka with Gold Leaves Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World

English Tea Shop.

Why not spend some time catching up with your mum this year over a tasty cup of tea - most mum's love tea right? English Tea Shop has this beautiful Premium Tea Collection offering carefully selected blends to tantalise those taste buds. Including 24 individual tea bags in 8 different varieties. English Tea Shop can create unique blends of quality tea to suit your needs, each flavour carries the love and care English Tea Shop put in.

English Tea Shop Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World


I am obsessed with candles and reed diffusers and these ones from Beefayre are absolutely beautiful. However, they don't just have candles and reed diffusers, they sell a range of lotions and potions in the form of creams too. I always find that Beefayre products smell amazing and the candles etc keep the scent for such a long time. Everything has perfectly blended scents too.

The Mummy Bee Collection is a bespoke range within the Bee Garden portfolio made with lavender and geranium essential oils, renowned for their therapeutic and calming benefits. This collection provides ideal treats for mums or presents for mums-to-be and new parents.

Beefayre Mummy Bee Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World


You could treat your mum to this lovely Hempz body mask which is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil. This exfoliating mud and body mask will body hydrate and nourish the skin with added anti-inflammatory properties to help stimulate and condition the skin.

Hempz Body Mask Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World

JML Direct.

All mums deserve a little pampering every now and again, but it doesn't have to be expensive. JML Direct have this lovely set of gloves and socks which have moisturising gel. Therefore, not having to just have a one-off pamper, these could give your mum the chance to pamper all year around.

With Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil and Vitamin E included in the hypo-allergenic lining, after just 15 minutes, your Mum will have silky smooth hands and feet. Make sure you treat your Mum this Mother’s Day and allow her to relax and unwind.

Moisturising Gel Gloves and Socks Mothers Day Gift Guide | My Mummy's World


There are lots of lovely gifts you can find on Amazon, which are perfect, and if you have prime, can be last minute goodies too. Everything from chocolates, to bath sets to the Echo Dot, perfect for those families. I've been after an Echo for a while so thats certainly on my list. There are also some lovely Handmade gifts on Amazon too, such as this lovely personalised apron. 

Please Note: Some products featured were received in exchanage for this feature. All words and images are my own and not influenced in any way.