Are you looking for affordable fashion?

I thought it would be fun to make a little wish list with items from the brand Esprit and to share it with you to see what you think.

It is so easy as a busy woman to stick to the same fashion brands but shopping in a safe way may mean you miss out on a treat or something that actually suits you better. I tend to shy away from shops I associate with younger women such as Top Shop and then just have not got to grips with newer options like Zara or Asos.

The ESPRIT website drew me in straight away with lots of attractive and colourful choices. It’s a useful one-stop shop for all members of the family including babies and men.

Affordable Fashion

My absolutely favourite item is the short military style jacket because it is fun, makes me smile and is short which means it will highlight the waist. How lovely to see big sizes and affordable fashion prices.

Now although I keep avoiding the hype, there is no doubt that Christmas is just around the corner. Although I tend to be in casual gear, I always like a statement dress for this season and love the aubergine dress in stretch velvet with a pleated skirt. I think it is one of those items that would go in the wardrobe and come out again and again working for so many different occasions.

Affordable Fashion

Having said that I was also mighty tempted by the gorgeous printed tulle maxi skirt with its delicate colours. Sadly it does not go up to my size so if ever there was a motivation to start taking more exercise and eating more healthily this is it.

Sticking with a nautical theme, how about an item that is a cape jumper and it comes with a hood perfect for chillier days ahead.

Affordable Fashion

My only real complaint about ESPRIT is that there are so many choices that I could spend hours making wish list after wish list but then perhaps that is no bad thing and I should treat myself more often.


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Welcome to my wine giveaway courtesy of the folks at the Organic Wine Club.

Wine Giveaway

Organic Wine Club

Organic Wine Club is an independent organic wine retailer that cares deeply about organic produce, soulful and delicious natural wines. They believe in healthier lifestyles and provenance. They partner with passionate artisan winemakers and invite you on a journey to discover and enjoy fantastic wines made naturally, without additives, sulphites or preservatives.


Wine Giveaway

How nice would it be to enjoy a glass of wine that is full of life, vibrant and expressive, without headaches or allergies triggered by sulphites and additives?

Would you like to win a bottle of wine? How about 3 bottles worth £40.55.

The wines are:

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We have recently done a real-life escape to the country all of our own. It feels lovely to be in a beautiful home with gorgeous grounds.

One of the things I really love about our new place is the light in every room. The lounge is dark enough to be cosy with a woodburner but still light enough. Every other room is bathed in sunlight on summer days and better days in the autumn and winter.

Escape To The Country

The house has a third floor or two actually as we have 2 staircases hitting the ranks of those with wings in their home own in a way. There is one huge room at the top of one staircase and at the top of the other there are 3 rooms which has become my teenager’s pad.

I love the idea of large roof windows in a room, which will create a really light and airy space. I have recently  discovered from VELUX that you  can make different choices for roof windows from the classic to the top hung to the automated. When converting a loft, this would be a big decision to make depending on your own individual circumstances.

Light is good for the soul and I always feel happier with light rooms particularly bedroom and study spaces. Roof windows are a fabulous way to inject that light and then all you need to decide is whether you want to invest in a funky blind to jazz up the room too.

Escape To The Country

My 16 year old says a blind is all well and good but he fancies a stylish futon too for his room and is looking at the IKEA brochure right now.

Are you making home improvements at the moment?

Would you like to escape to the country?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you are up to.









Cuddle Fairy


Fancy some tips for getting free stuff from companies?

Imagine getting loads of free stuff – the thrill of not having to eat into your limited income freeing that up for essentials and memory-making experiences.

Here are some tips I was sent by Sam on how to get free stuff and save money as a result.

“All of us love to save some money on our everyday expenses. Some of you might shop for coupons and discounts for this purpose. In fact, some of you might be using referrals to save some money on your next orders. On the other hand, there are many of you who prefer to trawl the internet in search of the latest freebie offers by manufacturers. Even though I do all three of these things to save money on my daily expenses, I prefer freebies since you don’t have to spend anything to get free stuff.

The problem with the majority of individuals searching for freebies in the United Kingdom is that they will search Google for the websites that offer free samples and not do anything further than that. This method is not enough to find the best free products and samples offered by numerous manufacturers in the United Kingdom. On the other hand, it is important to remember that getting a freebie is a privilege and not a right as most people would think. There are many other techniques that you can use to shop for freebies on the market. In fact, I use websites, apps, coupons, and write to companies asking them for freebies in exchange for product reviews. Here are some of the most important methods of getting freebies from companies in the United Kingdom.


 Freebie websites have the latest information on the free samples offered by leading manufacturers in the UK. They give you the chance of getting freebies by testing them or offering a review for the particular product. Just searching for “free stuff UK” will bring up a list of websites that give you free samples. But there is one big disadvantage of relying only on websites when hunting for freebies. You may get into a frenzy of applying for freebies that you don’t use. For instance, there is no point in getting baby food samples if you don’t have a baby. On the other hand, there are many webmasters that try to scam the innocent searcher by asking for their phone numbers selling it to companies. That is why it is important to have strict rules on what freebies you want to have and don’t want to have when looking for freebie websites, you can check outWOW Freebies which is a great free stuff site in the UK, who update daily with all the latest free stuff. You should also beware of surveys that won’t allow you to say “not interested” in irrelevant questions and request for your phone number to win a competition. It is better to skip such surveys.


Apps are great to find free stuff from various companies in the United Kingdom. In fact, if you are on o2, you should download o2 Priority app for this purpose – you can download it without being a customer of theirs. I can’t reiterate enough the importance of this app to get free stuff from various companies in the UK. In fact, I have got so many free samples from my lovely app such as coffee, gifts, food, drinks, chocolate, full size toiletries, storage boxes, wrapping paper, clothing, and much more items. In fact, earlier this year I got an England Rugby shirt and a 500ml Nuva water from Boots. I can write for a whole day if I have to list all the freebies I got only from this one app. Unidays ID is another great app for students – it has gotten me some freebies and a lot of student discounts from time to time.

 Writing To Manufacturers

 This works great when getting freebies from various companies across the United Kingdom. In fact, this is something that I’m learning to do more often than not. You can write to a manufacturer asking for a freebie in exchange for an honest product review for the product. It helps build a great business-client relationship too. If you have a blog, you can easily offer a product review on your blog for your visitors to read. Even though many people don’t do this, it is a great way to get freebies – especially full-sized products from manufacturers.


 This is another great way of getting some good quality free samples in the United Kingdom. Most of you may have friends involved in direct marketing or MLM. Most of my friends involved MLM play games on the Facebook profiles – where you all say a word, and the last individual to say the exact word before the host say it wins a free sample. I have managed to bag some of the best freebies that way without having to spend a penny on them.

 There is another advantage of hunting for freebies. In fact, you will get a couple of free vouchers with the free samples so that you can stretch your budget a bit further. All this will help you save a lot of money in the end. In fact, there is much more to freebie hunting than just browsing online.”

**This post was in collaboration with WOW FreeStuff**

What I would do if I won the Lottery is a question I have given a lot of thought to because I am aware that the family members would have different priorities.


The first thing on my list would be to buy a home that could be a safe haven forever for any family members who needed it. I remember my parents selling their home to fund travels around the world and I realised that I would not inherit property and was quite shocked by that at the time. I know exactly the type of house I would buy as I know what works well for us as a family. Having said that there would be one indulgence for me which would be an indoor swimming pool. Whenever the children complain about not having anything, I always say “I would like a swimming pool in the basement but we don’t always get what we want!” I sound like my Mum who always wanted a trip on the Orient Express but I made sure that happened for her in her Golden Wedding Anniversary year.


My husband did not surprise me when I double-checked what he would want from the Lottery winnings, It is always the same as he loves cars although on this occasion he fancies a Land Rover rather than the usual Mercedes. We would probably need a Lottery win to keep it on the road with his track record with cars.


My teenage son would like the biggest gaming computer than money can buy and also dogs. I think he would live quite happily with a job that involved loads of contact with dogs.


My daughter has her spending all planned as she wants to live on a houseboat with a fluffy cat called Coco.


My other son would want some gaming gear and then like me would probably want to give a lot of the winnings away.

I would like to set up a foundation of sort to support a student to go to my old college. I would probably support cancer and children’s charities like my parents did too.

Finally there would be little guilty pleasures like fresh flowers every week and good perfume.

What would you do if you won the Lottery?

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