Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lalaloopsy Glitter Hair Dough Doll Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the first season of “We’re Lalaloopsy” on Netflix I have an extra special competition to win a Lalaloopsy Glitter Hair Dough doll (RRP £29.99).

I am sure some children will have already spotted the series and eagerly worked their way through the first 13 entertaining episodes but if they haven’t yet do make a mental note to tell your kids!  There is always a good message behind the show all about helping your friends and working together in the magical world of Lalaloopsyland.  The characters are fun to watch and so colourful, yes they have their problems and disagreements but they find a way of working them out.

So more about the prize itself, the Lalaloopsy Glitter Hair Dough doll is every girls dream a chance to style hair made from dough!  Children can have lots of fun styling away and playing hairdresser, using the hairclips and scissors to create a haircut to be proud of!  It doesn’t matter if the included play dough mixes because then the doll has beautiful rainbow hair, whether twisted, braided or in a bun this Lalaloopsy doll is all about her hair!!!

You might need a little adult supervision just to make sure you tidy away any extra play dough afterwards so it doesn’t clog up the toy!  But I like to let children be messy at times and express themselves creatively!  It’s a doll children will love I am sure.  I would have be delighted with one of these as a child I had to make do with cutting my dolls hair then realizing rather sadly it would never grow back, least with this doll you can use it again and again.

To enter the competition to win a Lalaloopsy Glitter Hair Dough doll (RRP £29.99) please fill out the form below by the 20th of April.

Win a Lalaloopsy Glitter Hair Dough Doll

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Fred's Box Review and Giveaway

Subscription boxes of one sort or another seem all the rage right now, but one I particularly like is Fred’s Box.  Instant kudos to them because the set of fabulous themed minifigures meant the boys went off to play nicely and left me to have a very welcome lie in!

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I like how a few new figures can encourage children to play with their existing building blocks all over again!  These figures are compatible with all leading brands so whatever your child owns already will work well with these appealing minifigures.  Just watch them open the box and rush off to start their next adventure.  

The custom made figures arrived in perfect condition and the delivery was letterbox friendly size, so no worries if you’re out when it arrives.  You have the option of subscribing to the boxes monthly or as one off’s, I do like the flexibility that Fred’s Box offers.  Whatever the occasion these deliveries work quite well, as stocking fillers, party bag presents or a little treat for good behaviour the recipient will be delighted!  You can select from boys, girls or unisex when placing your order, so you don’t ever have to worry that the minifigures won’t be well received!

For £120 you can purchase an annual medium membership, this is a good idea if you are really stuck what to buy because it’s a gift that will bring enjoyment throughout the year and with it a wide variety of different minifigures.  With Easter on the horizon if you quickly place an order you might get your hands on one of the special limited edition Easter Bunnies – a healthier alternative to all the chocolate children end up chomping on!

I have a competition to giveaway a box of six minifigures if you would like a chance at the prize please fill out the form below by the 18th of April.

Win a Medium Fred's Box

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Getting Better At Managing My Finances

I am completely hooked on watching Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away I think it was my motivation to get my finances in order; I don’t fancy the heavies knocking on my door at silly o’clock in the morning! 

We used to have an eye wateringly high credit card and it felt like we would never ever pay it back, we made some lifestyle changes and slowly and surely we chipped it away to nothing.  It’s not been easy, we have had to think twice before buying anything. 

It can feel boring ploughing any spare cash into debt repayment and tightening your belts ALL the time.  But you have to think of the end game.  It’s lovely seeing the amount owed coming down, it gets a little addictive if I am honest. 

We have cut back on takeaways and lunchtime meal deals!  Packed lunches and eating at home taking priority.  If I am eating out with friends I always look for the most affordable meal that I still like, a jacket potato can be half the price of a burger, so I still get the pleasure of meeting up with friends but without it being quite so expensive.  Plus my friends are very good if I am having a lean week they make lunch at there's, its nice having supportive people around me.

We have also cut back on spending on the kids, they have so much already, they really don’t need the latest toy or computer game and don’t even get me started about football cards or stickers!!!  They are now starting to save and spend their own money if they really want something, which gives them a better grasp of their personal finances.  If family give them money for their birthdays, it works quite well because I don’t get badgered the same about buying them stuff!  Although you do have to be careful as its scary how much they spend on junk food.  Once they are old enough to go to the shop on their own expect bumper packs of sweets and giant bottles of cherryade to be purchases of choice.

But do remember everyone’s circumstances are different, what works for one family might not be suitable for another.  If you’re in real dire straights and the car breaks down or your washing machine blows up you might have to look at other options like a SwiftMoney Payday Loans with no Credit Check and that's fine if you do your research and make sure you have a payment plan in place that you can realistically manage.

Fortunately my credit rating is quite good, but it’s so easy for your circumstances to change adversely so I am sympathetic for other individuals that aren’t so lucky and don't have the same options when they need money.  If you become unwell and your income stops how long would any of us last.  We don’t have a buffer yet; savings are something I can’t foresee building up until the debt is gone in its entirety so I do feel vulnerable.  Without our steady stream of income the bills would start mounting up quite quickly that is why we are facing each debt head on so we are in a stronger position for any uncertainty in the future.

Given that the average amount owed per adult is £6,372 (not including mortgages) it’s probably time we all started learning good money management skills!  I want to be a role model for my children and show them how to sensibly manage finances.