Sunday, 22 September 2013

Silent Sunday

Sunday, 15 September 2013

What to Wear: Winter 2013

The cold is coming people! It's time to pack away your shorts and start layering up for winter. Most of you will be able to pull out your winter wardrobe from last year but we'll all need to inject a few key pieces in to our capsule collection to keep up with the latest trends. Here's the key trends for AW 2013...


Seen on the catwalks of Yves Saint Laurent, Mulberry, Givenchy and Versace, tartan is back and it is THE no. 1 must have for your wardrobe. 

Red Check Print T-Shirt - New Look - £17.99

Red Check Jersey Skater - New Look - £14.99

Tartan Check Leggings - Matalan - £8.00


Violet, mulberry and mauve dominated the runway at Gucci and Elie Saab - it's the perfect colour for those cold winter months. Power to the purple!


I absolutely adore this burgundy fringed jacket, it's bold textured look makes it a perfect statement piece to invest in. Wear it with skinny jeans for a glam daytime look or dress it up with a classic LBD and some statement gold jewellery. Whatever you wear it with - you'll be the centre of attention! 

Eyelash Fringe Jacket - River Island - £40.00
Burgundy Coated Jeans - New Look - £27.00

Heart Print Skater - Matalan - £14.00


Metallics here again for winter so dig out your gold, silver and bronze outfits and go from drab to fab in an instant. The metallic trend is just so easy to wear and a great fashion buy because it come back season after season. The great thing about metallic is that it's no longer just a dress it up trend - with items like this sequin tee - daytime casual just got a little bit more glam!
Cameo Rose Gold Sequin Tee - New Look - £19.99

Silver Metallic Scuba Skirt - River Island - £28

Oversized Outerwear

So many of catwalks this year rocked amazing oversized outerwear - from Vivienne Westwood right through to Chanel and DKNY. If you want to make your own statement this winter then invest in a giganti-coat! Wear with tights or skinnies to avoid looking heavier.

Grey Coat - Zara - £89.99
Tweed Padded Parka - Matalan - £45.00

Joyce Jacket by Motel - Topshop - £55.00

The great thing about this seasons trends are that they are all really wearable for everyone. From metallic and sequin tops right through to mulberry coloured basics. There's so much to choose from - now go - wear the trends people! But don't get the Zara Coat - 'cause I want that one!

How To Block In-App Purchase on iPhones and iPads

Yesterday I got a huge shock when Mister A managed to rack up over £100 pounds worth of purchases on my iTunes account. I didn't even know what had happened until my card got declined in a shop. Mister A is only 6 but he had memorised my password and managed to purchase thousands of crystals in a free Skylanders game that I had downloaded for him. He hadn't even considered that what he was doing was wrong or that he was using real money.

To save the rest of you guys from the trauma, I've pulled together this step by step guide to blocking in-app purchases so hopefully to you can stop the same thing happening to you....

Follow these steps for each device:

 1) Tap Settings on your device's home screen.

 2) Tap General.

 3) Tap Restrictions.

 4) Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a 4-digit passcode. This passcode will prevent restrictions from being disabled without your permission.

5) Scroll down to the Allowed Content section. Switch the In-App Purchases option to OFF. You may need to enter your passcode again.

 6) Scroll down to the Allowed Content section and find "Require Password 15 minutes". Change the "Require Password" option to "Immediately".

 7) Tap the Restrictions button at the top and confirm your selection reads "Require Password Immediately". Now you will be asked for the password on every purchase you make with this device. If you have more than one iOS device you may want to follow these steps on them as well as these settings are device specific.

You should also note that you may need to follow these steps again if you ever restore your device.

Good luck people!!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Cheap Winter Boots 2013

Unlike the rest of the UK, I'm actually looking forward to the Winter months because... well... I love boots!! Last year I found the perfect pair of Joe Brown knee highs - I wore them to the point of no return and sadly they had to go to shoe heaven. This year I'm on the look out for a new pair. These are my ultimate money no object boots...

Dune Toffee Riding Boots 

Riding boots are just perfect for Autumn Winter. It's great to wear them with Summer dresses during that awkward transitional phase. It lets me wear my summer dresses for just a little bit longer before the weather hits 0 degrees and I'm in full on knits. These boots are amazing but way out of my price league - I'm a mum on a budget after all - and I just don't have the cash these days. So, to save you all a job,  I've been bargain hunting for all of us. Here are my top budget buys ...

First up are these Ambre Studded Western Style Boots are bang on trend and at only £12 from Boohoo

Western Style Boots are great as we come out of Summer - you can wear them with a dress for a festival chic look or with skinnies for a casual daytime outfit. These black studded boots are great - embellishment is key for the season ahead.

If you fancy something a bit lighter for Autumn then these Accomplice Leather Boots from ASOS are perfect and they're only £17.50 (was £55.00)!

The great think about these is the smaller heel - great for a day out shopping - you'll be able to hot foot around all the shops without breaking your back. These will look fab with bluewash skinnies and the essential cable knit that's key for Winter.

I also love these tan Fringe Western Boots from ASOS at only £20 (was £85.00). They're not as easy to wear but the celebs having been wearing them right through the Summer.

If you're after a classic never-go-out-of fashion boot then look no further than and these fab Moda in Pelle Chelsea Boots they're effortlessly stylish and only £39.95 (was £59.99)

Finally, if you're after an Ugg style boot but don't have the pennies then check out these Pinapple Knitted Boots now £15 at New Look (was £29.99)

...or these Board Angels One Button Boots for just £12.99 at M and M Direct but be careful in the rain - these boots aren't known for their waterproof properties!

As for me, I'm still on the look out for some discount riding boots -I'll give you a shout once I find some!!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

How to Make a Bit of Extra Cash for Christmas

It's only 15 weeks until Christmas and already I'm in a panic about where we are going to find the extra cash for the festive season. There's the presents, the food, extra petrol for visiting all the relatives, not to mention the trip to grotto and the obligatory works night out! Money is tighter than ever so I wanted to share some great ways of making a bit of extra cash for Christmas...

Claim Cashback on Your Purchases

Let's face it, we're all spending, but some of us area little bit savvy when we do. I am a huge fan of Quidco. I joined at the start of the year and already I've earned £150. Every time I shop online I head to their website first to get an idea of the best deals then, provided I head to the stores website via their site, I earn cashback! It's particularly good when you're buying any type of insurance product or a deal with a tie-in like a mobile phone contract or a broadband deal but the pennies soon stack up on all the little purchases too. I'll be doing all of my Christmas shopping using the app so come January I'll have some extra money to look forward to.

Complete 'Paid For' Surveys

The internet offers huge amount of balance-boosting opps. I joined and many years ago - they reward you for your feedback and reviews either by cash or store vouchers. Once you’ve registered on the website, you get sent surveys that match your personal profile. Generally you can earn between 10p and £2 per survey dependent on the time it takes to fill out - it's a gradual earner but it feels like free money to me.

Become a Researcher

You may not have heard of Any Question Answered (, but they are often on the lookout for internet researchers. It all works when a customer asks a question via text from their mobile phone - it’s the researcher’s job to hunt out the answer and reply online. It's a fab way to earn some extra dough - you can choose your own hours and the questions you answer, and can earn around 30p for every question you answer correctly. Check out their vacancies page for more information.

Review Unsigned Bands

If you love music then check out - it's a music website that pays 'scouts' to review unsigned bands. It's so easy: just sign up, listen to a track, rate it and write an honest review based on lyrics, harmony, vocals, melody, arrangement, instrumentals etc (you only hear it once so you have to review it then and there). To start with you get $0.15 per review (around 9p), but the more reviews you make the more you get paid – experienced scouts can earn 25p per song. It's well worth a look for any music lover needing some extra pennies.

Clear Out Your Clutter

Chances are you house is full of hundreds of things you don't need any more, whether its cds, toys, clothes baby gear now that your kids have grown up, we all have bits that are surplus to requirements. This is the ideal time to take a step in to the world of car-booting. Take a weekend out of your busy schedule and dedicate you time to pulling everything together ready for one early Sunday morning of selling. It's a fab way of earning some extra money for very little effort. However if getting up at the crack of dawn isn't your thing then try music magpie - they'll buy all of your old computer games and DVDs and they'll even give you cash for clothes!

So there you have it - 5 ways to make some mular with very little effort required. What are you waiting for - go now - go and spread your little extra earning wings!

Monday, 2 September 2013

The One Where I Make a Pledge

Eeeek, I've been neglecting the blog again but this time it's for a good reason... I've decided to get fit. Despite joining the gym about 9 months ago (when I was planning my secret wedding) I've not been at all in the last few months. The money goes out of my account each month but the only contact I've had with them since June is a phone call from them to check I'm still alive! #ouch

Just because I haven't been the gym though, doesn't mean I've been slobbing around on the couch all Summer - no I have ACTUALLY been getting fit (or trying to!)

It all started back in May when I accidently won a place in the National Lottery Back to the Stadium Run. From that day I got up off my ass and started trying to train, and you know what? I actually enjoyed it... so much so that I entered myself in the Liverpool Race for Life 5k too! I was really pleased with the times I ran and since then I've really caught the running bug and I've been going out at 3 times a week to run at least 3 miles. I love it - especially when I get back and I can see how many calories I've burnt!

I've joined Slimming World too - although some heavy drinking over the past 2 weekends have left me back where I started so I need to get back on the wagon.

The reason I'm posting though, is because today I saw a  post by the lovely Chelle McCann over at Unique and Chic and that's inspired me to 'Smash it in September'. I pledge to work out at least 20 minutes a day throughout September and blog about my journey along the way on BigMum > LittleMum - yep I'm bringing the extinct yoyo dieting blog back! And by Christmas I'll be wowing you all with my new body - that's a promise!

To find out more about #SmashItSept just click on the image below... in fact why not join in?!