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Girls Back to School Essentials + Debenhams 10% Discount Code

Girls Back to School Essentials + Debenhams 10% Discount Code

This is the first year that I’ve had to jump into the back to school rush! As our eldest started a state nursery at the end of last term, I’ve had to spend some time making sure we have all of the back to school essentials. If you’re a parent of school age children, you’ll know that getting ready for a new school year isn’t cheap. For a start, one set of uniform is never enough. It’s all about buying multiples of everything!

Spectacular Event –

With only a couple of weeks to go before the new term starts, I’ve done all the research for you and found some of the best uniform, at the nicest price. For those of you that love to grab a deal too, there’s a Spectacular Event (up to 30% off in store and online) until Monday 27th August. As well as this, there is 25% off school uniform during the Spectacular Event (Tuesday 21st August 2018 – Monday 27th August 2018). Plus, there’s an extra 10% Debenhams discount available, across all departments when you spend £60 online. All you have to do is use the code CK33 at the checkout.

It won’t be long before I have to start buying school uniform for two girls, so perfecting the back to school rush now is sure to set me in good stead for the future. So without further ado, read on for some of the best deals on back to school essentials for girls!

Girls uniform essentials –

I like to mix school uniform up a little, so that our girl can choose what she’s like to wear each day. I think it’s good that she makes decisions like this herself, she’s becoming a real fashionista!

White shirts – 

Like most other kids at school, my daughter gets through no end of white shirts. I’ve found that some brands discolour much quicker than others too. These white polo shirts are super good quality. I always buy more than i need too, you can guarantee we’ll get through them!


Grey pinafore dress – 

I love to see our eldest dressed in a pinafore dress, they’re super cute! There are a few different styles to choose from too depending on your preference. As we’re heading into the colder months, I’ll be investing in some tights to go with these too.



Winter coat – 

This is definitely an essential with the colder season just around the corner. Kids love to play outside and schools really encourage outdoor play. So a warm and weatherproof winter coat is a must!



 Jeggings – 

For the days when the weather is just too cold to bear, jeggings are ideal. They’re super comfy and so easy to wash and iron too!



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Men’s Fashion – Looking Good without Breaking the Bank

Men’s Fashion – Looking Good without Breaking the Bank

Before Hubs and I had children we would often spend the weekends hitting the shops. We both worked full time and so loved to treat ourselves to some new threads every once in a while! Fast forward a few years and two children later, and heading into town every weekend isn’t at the top of our priority list.

Shopping these days has to be convenient. With two girls in tow, walking around the shops and heading for a late lunch lacks the fun and relaxation that it used to. We’ve found that heading to the shops that we know will have quality clothes, without us having to spend hours searching for the wears that Hubs likes, so much easier. There just isn’t the time to peruse over scores of shops, so these days we only use tried and tested places!

However much things might have changed since our children came along, Hubs does still like to look good. So we’ve found the perfect shops that offer great menswear choices, without breaking the bank. Here are a few favourites, that you’re sure to love too!


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Tesco –

This one is super handy as they stock a good range of clothing and there’s a store around every corner. We’ve found Tesco particularly useful for smart work clothes, they always have a nice cut and they certainly don’t cost the earth. Tesco is useful for when you need to get a few groceries along the way too, all items under one roof is a definite bonus!

River Island –

Hubs is a big fan of River Island, especially when looking for going out clothes. They have a good range that are bang on trend, this one is my go to store when it comes to buying gifts for him. One of the best things about this one is that is stocks everything from clothes, to shoes and even accessories. Perfect for a quick, all-round shop when you have the kids in tow!

Primark –

Primark is our go to place for Hubs’ casual clothes. They offer a great range of clothes that are perfect for everyday, wear and tear use! The beauty of Primark is that their super cheap price tag almost makes them ‘throwaway’. When you know you’re going to need clothes that may get worn out or dirty, items from here are definitely fit for the job!


What are your go-to menswear stores?


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5 Ways To Get More Free Samples Of Everything

5 Ways To Get More Free Samples Of Everything

Bargain hunters can’t get enough of free stuff. Nothing compares to the joy of getting a free sample in the mail or having the chance to try something free of charge in the store. But is there any way to make this happen more regularly for thrifty shoppers? The following are five tips to help you get more free samples of virtually everything!

  1. Contact Companies Directly

You might be surprised at how quickly companies oblige to requests from consumers asking for free samples. And if you think you’d have to do a lot and wait an extended period, you’d be wrong. You only have to contact the company directly and ask!

For the longest time, companies have sent out free samples as a means of boosting their sales. This presents a win-win situation for both parties involved. Consumers get to check out a product for free, allowing them to save money on something which they may not have a use for. Companies meanwhile, can rake in huge profits if those who received samples turn into brand advocates.

Go ahead and write your letter. You can even send an email or place a phone call. Just let them know you want free samples and the next thing you know, the company will be delivering their products right on your doorstep.

  1. Connect On Social Media

What business doesn’t leverage social media websites these days? These online platforms have proven to be an excellent marketing tool, allowing businesses to connect with their customers on a more personal level. As a consumer, you just have to look for your favourite companies, like their page, and interact with the rest of the community.

It’s common for companies to hold contests such as giveaways or raffles. In most cases, you will have to share user-generated content, leave a comment, or another form of interaction on their page. There are also companies who give free samples of their products in exchange for a genuine review which you have to post on your blog or upload to YouTube.

  1. Browse Freebie Websites

Yes, there are websites where you can find free samples and all sorts of other perks! However, you must practice caution when using these websites. Not all of them are legitimate. Watch out for any website that asks for personal information before giving away samples. In most cases, you won’t even get the promised product after providing the information they requested.

You may also want to read online reviews first. This allows you to weed out the bad sites from the ones you can trust. One example of a great site is WOW FreeStuff, where you can get free coupons, products, and other offers. Other popular freebie websites include Gumtree and Offer Oasis. Always remember not to give your bank or credit card details.

  1. Watch Out For Sampling Events

Many people think that they can only get free samples from online channels. In-store deals however, can still be had to this day. You only have to quick and resourceful to be one of the few people to get free samples. Companies may organise sampling events from time to time. Be sure to keep posted about their schedule. Some even conduct freebie events weekly or monthly. This is your chance to get a hold of their products without spending a penny.

During sampling events, consumers will have the chance to get free samples of the latest products from the company. Product demonstrations are also common in these events, enticing prospective customers to make a purchase.

  1. Subscribe To Email Lists

Coupons are everywhere! But as you may know, companies tend to limit the number of coupons they give away to customers. Many send out free coupons via email marketing campaigns. For this reason, make sure you join the email list of your favourite companies. You never know when they’ll send a message to your inbox that points to a free coupon!

Sometimes, companies go the extra mile, giving you freebies on your birthday or even your sign-up anniversary! If you think this will only turn your email inbox into a mess, then consider creating a new email account just for this purpose.

It’s always exciting to get new products from your favourite brands for free. But you still need to put in some work to get free samples. Make sure you follow the tips mentioned above to receive more free samples of pretty much anything under the sun!


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Days Out with Kids: My Top Tips

Days Out with Kids: My Top Tips

Going out with small children is always going to be hectic.  Since having Little E we seriously think about where we are going and how prepared we need to be.  Truth be told, we have decided to swerve certain outings just for the ease of it.

Since the New Year I have really tried to get out more with the children.  I don’t want them to miss out on anything just because it’s easier to stay in.  January has seen me pick up a few skills in juggling my two little balls of energy when we are out and about.  Here’s a little list of what makes our days out much easier:

Packing my bag with military precision…

I pack everything from nappies and wipes, to toys and snacks.  We always take dinner for the small one with us and I make sure we have enough for Baby J too.  We have hit that dreaded toddler stage where the food that she loves one day may end up on the floor the next, so having extra is handy just in case!  I organise my bag so I can grab what I need straight away.  I’ve previously had to rummage around for ages whilst trying to keep both girls happy, this just leaves me flustered.  Having a well stocked, well organised bag is key!

Visit family friendly places…

This isn’t always possible, but finding places that cater for little ones is a huge help.  Play areas and entertainment keeps them happy and wears them out, meaning they don’t get bored and frustrated.  We all know that’s not a good combination for a toddler!

Take reins…

When I use reins on Baby J, it makes me feel a bit like I’m walking the dog.  They are a god send though.  At nineteen months all she wants to do is walk, the pushchair just doesn’t have the appeal that it used to.  However, having Little E still on wheels means that I cant chase her sister if she decides to bolt.  The reins allow Baby J and I the best of both worlds and with all that walking, she’s usually cream crackered!

Chill out…

I know this is often easier said than done, but sometimes just letting things go makes life easier.  If they decide to have a tantrum, throw their lunch or empty the shelves in Tesco I take a deep breath and move swiftly on.  Previously I’d have gotten anxious, stressed and bundled them in the car to go home.  Moving on and letting things go means that the whole day doesn’t get spoilt…deep breaths guys!

A lot of these points seem so obvious, but we have been caught out so many times and ended the day feeling stressed out and a little defeated.  Having children changes our lives immeasurably, but being prepared is half of the battle!

Diary of an imperfect mum



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