Slash the cost of your kid's clothes bill

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Buying clothes for the kids is like fighting an uphill battle. As soon as you’ve bought them, they’re already too small or covered in stains and mud. It seems like you’re buying them new stuff every week and your bank account won’t thank you for it.

There isn’t really much you can do though. Kids need to wear clothes, and you can’t send them out and about in scruffy rags, so you’ll just have to grin and bear it. What you can do, is take some of the stress off your purse with a bit of clever shopping.

Here are a few ways you can save money on your kid’s clothes bill. 




Ignore Collections


Right near the front of the shop, you’ll find some great looking displays that hold collections of matching pieces of clothing that look good together. You might be tempted to get them a nice matching outfit, but it’ll cost you a lot more and the truth is, the kids don’t care if their clothes are matching, they’ll probably wreck them in a week anyway. Instead, head to the back of the store where they hide away all of the cheaper items.




Get Discounts


You can easily get discount codes from places like DontPayFull.com that will get you a surprising amount of money off your shopping. That way, you can get some better quality clothes that will last a bit longer, without having to pay over the odds for them. It’s also worth asking in-store for any discounts, you never know what you might be able to save.




Plan Ahead


At the end of a season, there is always a period of crossover where the past season’s items are a lot cheaper. When autumn turns to spring, for example, and buying a load of jumpers, can save you a big chunk of money. You’ll have them laying around for a while before they get used, but when winter rolls around again, you’ll already be prepared. If you buy all of your clothes in the off season, you could massively reduce the amount that you are paying.






Share Clothes


You can save yourself from buying multiple sets of everything by getting the kids to share. That doesn’t mean getting your son to wear a dress if he doesn’t want to, but there are plenty of items that are easily interchangeable. Coats, jumpers, gloves and hats can all be swapped around so you don’t need to get everybody their own pieces of clothing.




Get Play Clothes


One of the reasons that the kids go through clothes so quickly is that they get put under a lot of strain when they are playing. Sliding around on the grass and falling out of trees is bound to ruin anybody’s clothes. This is especially frustrating if you’ve bought them a nice, expensive new shirt and they come back with a giant hole in it a few days later. The best thing to do is to buy separate play clothes that are cheap, so it doesn’t matter when they inevitably get ruined.

How do you save money on your kids clothes?

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Post Comment Love 26th - 29th May

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Good morning and welcome back to another Post Comment Love. I'm looking forward to getting back to reading your posts regularly and am so glad to be getting back to a routine.

The boys are on half-term now (I've got LP at home today) so next week is going to be hectic again. This past month and a half seems to have flown by and I've got almost nothing done. It's a strange time for us but eventually I'm sure we'll settle into some sort of normality. 

The boys have been great at keeping me occupied and I've somehow managed to switch off at times and just enjoy the moment. Walks in the sunshine, getting outdoors, it's all good for you and we've done quite a bit of it lately. 

If you have your kids off this coming week enjoy that family time, and if not enjoy your 'me' time!


Blogger Showcase Kalé from various blogs!



Who are you?


I am Sir LeprechaunRabbit. 

I am more than just a long-eared wordsmith, I am a GraveYard Rabbit -- you have have probably seen me or one of my cousins in the cemetery! 

I am a rare breed: a researcher rabbit and a bunny bartender! (Just ask anyone who frequents Treeverne Upon the Gene during #genchat the oldest genealogy chat in the Twitterverse!).


How did you discover blogs/blogging?


Blogs, actually, found me, Dearie. We met over tea. Speed dating, I think it was (it was so long ago!). 
It was if we were old friends; hit it off straight away -- and were asked to leave. 
It was an accident, you know? The teapot mysteriously sailed off the table and shattered clean through the Shoppe window! 


Why did you start blogging?


I started blogging because it seemed like the next step in our courtship. We told each other everything, but it was very discouraging (still is, when the other patrons hear us laughing and carrying on about dead people, photographing graves and dancing in cemeteries.).


What do you find most challenging?


The biggest challenge with blogging is like making the perfect cuppa tea, before your teapot escapes!
If you can do that, you will captivate your audience and they will never leave you ... Oh! And you need cakes, and sweets ... lots of sweets!


What is your favourite topic to write about?


Strangely enough, my favourite thing to blog about is cemeteries! Each one is different and unique -- yes, they may look the same: unkept, overgrown and dark, but each one is filled with stories of history, war, love, loss, culture and art from the city or town it resides near.
Traipse through one and you can learn and judge the pride, growth, failures and ugly Truths of the thousands who lived before.


Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?


With 3 blogs, I can write for fun and with a goal or two in mind. 
Fun is poetry and creative writing. I've been at it since 1973, and am rebuilding my website (Rainbow Gateway) for the third time. (The two previous free web host sites went bankrupt.).
Goal writing is more for cemetery and genealogy sites.
Rock of Ages: Grave Concerns is in its 7th year! Besides taking the creepiness out of these limestone libraries, I explain the changes in the craft of stonemasons, what designs they carve, the changes in the materials they carve and even how the objects are carved now!
Your Roots Are Showing, Dearie! is 6 years old and covers genealogy and family history, through stories about a young widow named Emily and her children. 
It is days before Christmas in 1939 when the young Mum of eight (seven destructive boys and a nine-month daughter) is told her husband is dead! 
Emily's youngest boy was my father.
There are also stories of a nine-year-old girl, who was pulled out of school in Grade Five to take care of her very sick mother and three younger siblings, while Daddy and her two older brothers tended to the farm.
She cooked, cleaned, chopped wood for the stove and pumped water for the washing for ten years until her mother died.
I got to meet that wee nine-year-old when she was 23 ... her name was Mum!


What is your favourite thing about blogging?


Blogging is a lot like gossip. You control how much (or how little) of a secret you tell. Anyone can gossip ... I mean, blog, Dearie! 
But a true artist paints your entire experience: weeping tears of Joy, SCREAMING in Rage!, wallowing in Sorrow then buckling over in side-splitting Laughter ... using only words


Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?


I have attended many conferences over the years, but I have never heard of a blogging conference. How does that work?


What are your 3 best posts?


One from each blog. Hoping it meets with your approval 
1 The Shattered City 
2 Clockwork: A Canadian Remembrance
3 A Vow Between Brothers

Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?


With my European background, tea and cakes is the proper choice to make from your mixed up menu!


What's your idea of a perfect night out?


A perfect night out will never happen. It is impossible to walk into a national library or archive, find a book of interest and then crack open that book and find my family tree laid out to the early 1600s!


Your perfect night in?


The perfect night in involves the Internet, lots of tea and access to census and vital statistics from an assortment of pay-per-view website databases.


What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?


I am certain there would be no happy consensus among family and friends, as each have been incurably exposed to different levels of my insanity!


You can connect with Kalé at:

Twitter: @leprchaunrabbit
Snapchat: hobbes_k
Periscope: @leprchaunrabbit 
Skype: leprchaunrabbit 


Thank you for answering our questions Kalé and feel free to grab our 'featured' badge and display it ever-so-proudly on your blogs!


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Why you should exercise (besides getting fitter)

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Everyone already knows that exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. However, lots of people seem to look at it with a degree of antipathy or outright derision. For someone who does not like working out, the idea of getting up early on a Sunday morning to go jogging in the cold is just out of the question. They may ask themselves why anyone would put themselves through it. The answer, in its simplest form, is that people do it because it is good for them. It helps you maintain a healthy weight which is important, especially in the light of a study that was published recently which found that metabolically healthy overweight people are still 50% more likely to suffer from heart disease. Body positivity is really important, but the reality is that being overweight is not the healthiest option. Exercising also keeps your muscles, bones, and joints strong as well as lowering your blood pressure (hypertension). It also reduces your risk of thirteen different types of cancer. Finally, as if any more needed to be said in defense of exercise, it can help with your mental health too. It does not need to cost anything either. Paying for an exclusive gym membership or taking classes are both good ways to work out, but are by no means the only ways to do it. Going to the park and jogging is completely free, as is doing lots of fun exercises at home. However, the benefits of exercise do not end there.

Here are a few more to consider: 


1)  The social aspect of exercising is often overlooked. It is especially useful if you are trying to lose weight. Having a group of people with whom you work out will make it more enjoyable, but it will also help you keep going back. Everyone, even people who dedicate their lives to exercise, has days when they feel like just kicking back for a while. That is fine occasionally, but if you are trying to lose weight it can become a habit, and that is not good. Developing a group of friends who will encourage and motivate you is important. Besides, you get to spend time with people you like which is good whatever you’re doing. 


2)  Apart from just doing exercise for its intrinsic benefits, you could use it for its extrinsic advantages too. One of these is being able to make money from exercising. You can do this by becoming a qualified personal trainer with a company like Origym. If you are passionate about exercise, helping other people do it and achieve their goals must be just about the best job that you could imagine. With a little training, it could be a reality. 


3)  If you are altruistically minded and you like pushing your limits, you could also use exercise to raise money for charity. It is estimated that only 1% of the population will run a marathon in their lifetime and yet those same people will raise immense amounts of money. For instance, since its inception, the London Marathon has raised £770 million with £54.1 million of that being raised in 2015 alone.


How do you exercise?

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Perfect Wedding gifts from Home of Juniper

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It is not often that I come across a retailer or product that I fall instantly in love with from just a photo. Apple is the only one that comes to mind, and that was just with the Apple Watch! However when I came across Home of Juniper recently that's just what happened. I scrolled through their website picking out products to buy and noticed that I was picking out a lot of things for my niece's wedding in the summer. You see Home of Juniper have some perfect wedding gifts as well as home furnishings and even jewellery.

Regular readers will know our family has had a tough time lately and it's been hard to see the light on some days. That certainly wasn't the case a few days ago when I received a gorgeous package from the lovely people at Home of Juniper.

As I pulled the packaging open a scent filled my nose, it was a gorgeous smell but I couldn't figure out what it was. I was so excited to open the package and find out what the product was that smelled so good that I didn't take photos until I had everything open.





This Happily Ever After Candle was the scent I could smell, it is rose and geranium and it is so nice. I'm quite particular when it comes to scents in my home, lavender is my favourite, but as soon as I smelled this I knew I'd be buying more things with this scent. The candle itself comes in a beautiful glass with "Happily Ever After" written in gold on the front of it and costs £4.50. Home of Juniper are proud to say that their 'candles with a conscience', made in the UK, are cruelty free and made from ethically sourced natural plant products. The burn time (as stated on the website) is 20-30 hours - I haven't tried it out yet.

You can buy this or personalised candles, I think they'd made great wedding favours or gifts.





  • A loving heart is the truest wisdom.


Charles Dickens







The candle wasn't the only thing that was scented in my package. I also found a Love & Hugs x diffuser. I have found a love of diffusers, I find they're the perfect combination of scent and long lasting. I don't like strong scents and I hate having to change the air fresheners constantly throughout the house so diffusers seem to be working well for me so far. I have to admit to doing a little dance when I spotted this diffuser, it totally goes in my office! The perfume base scent is a classic and just like the candle it isn't too overpowering. This is Home of Juniper's best selling fragrance and you can get the scented candles in this fragrance too.

All the Home of Juniper diffusers are made in the UK in a family run factory. Each diffuser is made with an alcohol free, natural vegetable base and a range of high quality aromatic oils. This 50ml diffuser should last 6-8 weeks approximately and costs £9.50. Again I think this would make the perfect wedding gift, but it could also be a 'thank you' gift or a birthday present. 






I couldn't help but smile at the Sow In Love seeds, I thought they would make the perfect wedding gift. I imagined a husband and wife planting the seeds and seeing the wildflowers bloom year after year, reminding them of their love for one another. Each packet, costing £8.95, is made by hand in Derbyshire and contains a mix of wildflower seeds.







If you have a love of Bone China you should check out the jug and sugar bowl. The Contemporary lidded jar (sugar bowl) and the jug are designed in Leicester and made from new bone china which makes them dishwasher safe (yay!) and great for everyday use. You can buy them separately, the lidded jar costs £12 and the jug costs £9.95, OR you can buy the beautiful Contemporary Tea Set which includes both the jar and the jug and a Sue Pryke mug, all for £28. What an elegant wedding gift this would make right?








The heart dish you see is available as part of the In Love Gift Set for £8.95 and would make the perfect thing to put a wedding ring on when you're not wearing it. It would be great as a mini gift from a child too. With the In Love Gift Set you also get a pack of the "Sow In Love" seeds and a lovely paper flower handmade in Derbyshire by Paperbea.









This Heart Necklace (pictured above on the left) in mixed metal is so cute! It has one silver-plated heart and a smaller rose gold heart on a snake chain. It is made in the UK and ethically made and comes in a small organza bag wrapped in tissue. For £8.00 you could nab yourself a great piece of jewellery to wear to that summer wedding, or you could buy it as a gift for someone else (don't forget to add the gift box!).





  • Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own.


H. Jackson Brown, Jr.






I love the Blush and Rose Gold Heart Bracelet, (in the photo above, on the right) it's a gorgeous colour and easy to wear. It goes with just about any outfit and doesn't irritate your wrist when wearing. I sometimes find with bracelets that they can irritate my wrist and I end up not wearing them but I think this will become a staple feature in my summer wardrobe! This bracelet costs £6.50 (an absolute bargain!), is FairTrade and designed in the UK. Like the necklace it comes in a small organza bag wrapped in tissue.









Add a little something extra to your home with this lovely Hanging Wood Heart decoration for £2.50. Designed in Lincolnshire it would be a cute addition to any home, I'm going to be hanging it somewhere in my office. 









Arriving home after spending the day at a wedding the first thing you're going to want is a tasty drink to settle down with. Why not try Home of Juniper's Raspberry Dream Hot Chocolate or Madagascar 61% Hot Chocolate, both costing £2.50. I haven't tried either of them yet (but am looking forward to) but the Madagascar hot chocolate is described as "Malagasy cocoa from the Sambirano valley in Madagascar has unique fruity aromas, slightly spicy and a little sharp." and the Raspberry Dream hot chocolate is a classic combination of rich, dark chocolate with deep, pink raspberries. Home of Juniper have added a drop of pure lavender oil too for "our own flowery twist on a fruity favourite".

You can see more gorgeous images on Instagram, connect with Home of Juniper there or on Twitter.

If none of these appeal to you why not take a look at Home of Juniper website in the Wedding Ideas section, there are lots of gorgeous, elegant gifts for you to look through. While you're at it be sure to check out the other areas on the website too and find gorgeous classic storage for your home or luxurious throws for the lounge. 

Like I said, I don't often fall in love with a brand or product only from sight but Home of Juniper are one of a few and I will be spending time on their website deciding what to buy. I love the elegant style of products as well as the clean design of the website. Not only that but the products don't cost the earth either.








Whether you're looking for home furnishings or elegant, stylish wedding gifts Home of Juniper should be your first port of call.

If you like what you see and decide to buy I've got a free-shipping code for you, add "morgan17" into the coupon code area. The code is valid until 31st May 2017.



Which product is your favourite?

I was gifted the listed products by the lovely people at Home of Juniper. All opinions are my own.

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Building Lego Star Wars TIE Striker set 75154

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In our house there's always some Lego set that is either waiting to be built or just been built. Not only do my boys like Lego but the Hubby and I do to and we always enjoy new sets, even if it's the boys that are meant to be building. After LP's birthday he decided to build one of his sets; the Star Wars TIE Striker.




Starting


The starting is always easy with Lego sets, the instructions are brilliant and the bricks fit together well. I tried to leave LP alone while he was building this set, as he was 8 he wanted to try and build it himself without any help.






He did really well and managed to build most of it before he struggled at all.








  • The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. 

Denis Waitley







When it came to fitting the wings he struggled a little but after talking about what he had to do he managed to fit them himself.




With both wings fitted (and many drinks had) LP began to struggle, there was a piece that wasn't fitting correctly and he couldn't work out why. Then he tried to push the piece in so hard that a wing broke off and some pieces went flying across the table.

Tears ensued. He was upset because he'd spent so long working on it and it was broken. Cue Mama Magic. I'm awesome at fixing Lego sets (even if I do say so myself!) and helped LP fix his broken model. Within 10 minutes it was all built again and I moved away to let him continue.



It wasn't long before LP was shouting me to tell me he'd finished.



He enjoyed building the Lego Star Wars TIE Striker set even though it was a little hard for him. He rose to the challenge and apart from a little hiccup he did well.

The Lego Star Wars TIE Striker set was perfect for LP, being 8 years old it was difficult enough to make him have to think, but easy enough that he could build it mostly alone.  I think this set would make a great gift for any Lego/Star Wars fan.

You can buy the Lego Star Wars TIE Striker for £64.99 from the Lego shop.






  • Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. 

Lauren Bacall








LP's next challenge is his Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon that he got for Christmas. He hasn't started it yet but I'm hoping he'll give it a go during half-term.



What Lego sets do your kids like?

We were sent the Lego Star Wars TIE Striker for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own.

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