Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Hi guys, Happy Halloween to you all :D


Little miss had a very fun day dressed as a kitty all day. then her grandad and auntie took her trick or treating for hour while mummy handed out sweeties to other little 'monsters'. I love Halloween just because you have an excuse to dress your little humans up all cute or scary for the fun of it.


I have no doubt that this wont be the one and olny time my daughter wears this dress as she had fun pretending to be a cat and wiggle her tail all day.

Hope you all had fun too

Till next time
Take Care
SJ

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Is Having To Much Spoiling My Childs Chance Of A Happy Future?

So tonight i have been completely awakened to a very real possibility, that i am unintentionally ruining my daughters chances of ever just being simply happy. No I'm not just beating myself up needlessly, i read a blog post tonight that made me take a good hard look at what I'm teaching my two year old without even realising it!

My daughter is two and already she has a bedroom full of toys, half of which i could throw away and she would never even notice and with Christmas coming up its bound to get worse! At home i very rarely see her play with one toy for more than 5 minutes before she's running of in search of something else and when i read this post by chance tonight, it made me wonder if she would take this habit and carry it with her for the rest of her life. Would she buy herself something nice only to want more because the first item is not enough?. Am i setting her up for a life of credit payments and living paycheck to paycheck?

I have seen this habit myself in my ex partner, he'd get a new football shirt only to complain he didn't have both versions, he got the new iphone 4s (£54 a month) only to complain a few months later when they brought out the iphone 5! he's in a huge amount of debt, we constantly argued over the money that he was spending and a lot of the time basic necessities had to be provided by my mum because all our money was going on dept or new items he did not need.
I want my daughter to be happy with the simple things in life!



Frankly i do not want my daughter to grow up to be like this, I'm not perfect i impulse buy, never with necessities money, but lets face it spending a fortune on new toys every week, when there is nothing wrong with what she has,  is just as irresponsible as my ex! So I'm starting to contemplate taking away half of my daughters toys and hopefully teaching her to value what she has and encourage her to use her imagination a hole lot more! The lady above took away all of her children's toys and while i think what she did was nothing short of awesome, i don't think my two year old would understand just yet what I'm trying to do so i think I'll start small and work my way up! And while im at it i will be getting shot of some of the stupid things i've bought myself and do not need to be happy!

Take care till next time
SJ

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Oh Im In Love!

So I hate shopping, no not shoe shopping (that I love, and so does my two year old ;) ) but food shopping!. But I just found a new toy on the internet, my supermarket and it is brilliant.

It brill you can compare all the supermarket prices and you can also earn cashback on some purchases which is awesome!

If you haven't used it yet then you must give it a go, you never know you might like it!

Link is below and if its your first time, if you like you can use my code and we both get £10 off our shopping, of course that's only if you want to.
http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/

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Now I'm off to look at little shoes I can buy with my savings and cashback for little missy, or I might be good and pop it in out piggy bank for something special.

Take care till next time

SJ

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hair Accessories


So a new obsession of mine is hair clips and headbands. I love making these as they are quick and easy to make and it means I can make them in the exact colour needed to match Isabelle's outfit.


These are some of my favourites so far


Pink flower headband made with sheer ribbon and a purl button, this is my most favourite!

 

 Lilac Roses Headband, this is perfect for those party dress days!

 
Pink and white rose hair clips, quick easy and match almost everything!
 
 
These all cost pennies to make and not at all long to put together!
I have more to come (as I said I'm obsessed) and a board full of ideas on pinterest too!

Take care till next time!
SJ

Friday, July 05, 2013

Woolies For Under £3



So the second thing I've started doing is making a lot of Little Missy's cardigans, hats and jumpers myself. This costs a lot less than buying them in the shop as you can find some very nice quality wools online for pennies if you search in the right places, Facebook is one of those places. You'd be very surprised at how many craft shops are online on Facebook.

Best place to start looking is through Supermums Craft Fair I love this page you can find almost anything through this lovely ladies networking page!

Here are some of Miss Izzy's hand made additions to her wardrobe

 
Double knit White and blue summer cardigan £2 + a little bit of left over blue wool for trim to make.

 
4ply White cardigan little over £2.50 to make


Peach Double knit cardigan £2 to make
 
 
These are just a few things made for the summer wardrobe, Saved Between £5- £10 making them myself rather than buying similar from a high street shop or paying someone else to knit them.
 
 
Take Care
 till next time
SJ

Monday, July 01, 2013

Tutu Expensive!

OK my first post on the matter of saving money when you have a two year old that likes to shop (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!), Is about tutu's. Me and my daughter are taking a holiday in a few weeks with her grandparents to Devon and every year the site has a fancy dress competition. Now naturally I want my daughter to look the part so I ordered her a hand made tutu in the style of Cinderella, It drop kicked by bank balance by £38.50! now don't get me wrong its lush and I love it, but it got me wondering if I could do it myself. They would be perfect for Christmas presents for all her little friends and no doubt little miss is going to want a lot of dress up stuff too!
 
So I looked to see if I could get the stuff and do it myself, and guess what?
 
Of course I could!
 
This tutu cost me £6.60 to make and I have enough fabric left over to do another! 
Its made with Two 6inx 25yrd rolls of tulle one pink one purple and a waffle crochet top from china, found on ebay.co.uk
 
So if I where to have made the dress it would have cost me around £9.00.
Lesson learnt = If you can do it yourself, DO IT YOURSELF!
 
Take care till next time
 
SJ
 

Im Back For Good I Promise x

It seems I've been neglectful again, I'm going to try posting a lot more often from now on with new idea's and projects and also some new topics.

Firstly things around here have become a bit tight, which I suspect has also happened on your end too. so I've had to become a bit more resourceful when it come to saving money and cutting costs here and there. So I thought I'd share a few ways in which I've started to cut back and make do with just one income and a two year old that loves shopping (mummy does too but for now I'm blaming the two year old for my addiction to buy cute children's clothes even when they are not needed!)

So in the next few weeks I'll be posting about how I'm learning to make a lot of my daughters clothes myself, or fixing them up to last longer. How I learned to budget from pinterest!, Great money saving tips, including how I just managed to do my monthly grocery shop for £98.

Oh and of course it's coming to that time of year again where Christmas crafting will be in full swing!

I look forward to see you all soon

Take care till next time

SJ