Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Impulse Buying: We're All Guilty - guest post

   Whenever I spend the day with my mom, I always seem to come home positive about life and sure that somehow, who knows how, things are going to get better. I suspect that one of the reasons is because whenever we are together we discuss our ‘Lotto List’, you know that list of things you would do and buy if you ever won the Lotto. Basically it is just a discussion about our dreams, and talking about your dreams and imagining them coming true is always good for your soul.

    We have obviously discussed our family members and how much if any of our winnings we would donate to each of them. And the one thing that we agree on is that when it comes to my step dad any money we give him would go into an iron clad trust that only pays out so much every month. That man defines impulse buying – seriously look in the dictionary and you’ll see his picture!

      Whenever he has money, no matter how much it is, he spends it. Fortunately he has enough control to makes sure to pay all his bills first but if it weren’t for the fact that my mom is responsible for groceries, they would spend the last 2 weeks of every month starving! Impulse buying is something all of us are guilty of, some of us to a lesser degree than others but everyone has bought something when they couldn’t really afford it, that they really wanted but didn’t actually need.

So here are a few ways of controlling that impulse and keeping your budget in the black.

    Make a shopping list of absolutely everything you need before you set one foot out of the house. And at the very bottom of the list put a few things that you have seen during the week or month that are more wants than needs. Now go online and check what coupons,rebates and specials you can find for the items on your list. And when you go to the store – DO NOT, I repeat, do not buy anything that is not on your list!

Stay away from the mall and other shops as much as possible. Seriously, just like recovering alcoholics are told to avoid bars and liquor stores, impulse buyers should avoid any shops! Impulse buying is exactly like an addiction and by not putting temptation right in front of you – it is that much easier to control.

When there is something that you have to go to the shops for, take along someone who is able to control their spending, and who will be able to help you control yours. Do not go shopping with that friend who is just like my step dad. Just like alcoholics avoid their old drinking buddies – you should avoid your ‘spending’ buddies!
Whenever you pick up something that isn’t on your shopping list ask yourself – do I really need this particular item? If that doesn’t make you put it back then ask yourself – if I buy this item will it mean I can’t get something that I DO need? If it still doesn’t make you put it back then put it apart from the other items in your trolley and carry on with your shopping. When you get to the tills look at the final tally and then ask yourself those two questions again.
If it still doesn’t make you put it back then allow yourself to buy it as a reward for being so good. If you never indulge yourself with a small item here or there, it is going to make it that much more difficult to resist the BIG impulse buys that you really can’t afford.
Your money is precious and you worked hard for it.
Don’t blow it all on a bunch of things that you don’t really need and maybe you’ll finally be able to make one of those dreams on your lotto list come true!

           Guest blogger:
My name's Zoe.
 I'm a wife and stay-at-home mother of three.
 I love listening to and giving advice on how to make home a happier place.
 I feel passionate about simple living, bargain-hunting and couponing.
 Please drop by my blog to find out more.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Spring is here!! yay!! You have no idea how excited I am for warm weather!
 As soon as  Christmas is done :( ,  I am ready for some sunny skies, fresh spring flowers and Easter!
In our family, Easter is all about Jesus!
 Sure, bunnies and baby chicks are cute but the reason for the holiday is what our Lord Jesus did on the cross and that he is risen !
So to celebrate that, I am sharing with you how to make your own festive Easter Moss Wreath.
I was considering adding some bunting to it but I kind of  like the simplicity of it...just the moss and the twiggy cross. Sometimes simple is better.
 Here is what you need:
-2  flexible foam pipe insulation (you can find them at any DIY- Wilko or B&Q)
-dry moss - you can use artificial moss too you can find them at your local florist or Amazon.
-black tape
-green thread to match your moss
-green spray paint -
I spray painted the wreath green first, just so that if any of the base colour  was showing through, it wont be noticeable, but I could have skipped this step. The moss covered everything really nice and didn't ripped that much ( I used this moss many times before for party decor and it held up really well).
-some fresh spring twigs for your cross.

Use your pipe insulation to make two circles.
 For the first one I used the exact length that it came in 100 cm and 15 mm thick.
 For the small one I just cut it to fit . Use tape to stick the ends together.

To be sure they won't pop open I went a bit cray cray with the tape and cover the whole thing.

Yes... there is a green spray paint circle mark  now on my driveway...I should have used a piece of cardboard or something..oh well...we get plenty of will wash off...eventually.

  Now the messy fun part.
The moss that I used came in one big piece, so I just started to cover my wreath and secure it with green twine by wrapping it around it as I went. I didn't really bothered to cover the back completely, just made sure the front was nice and tidy.
 I used a dot of hot glue for the twigs and then wrapped some string over the base of the cross.
And you are done!
I had the perfect spot for it! Thinking of making one for my front door! Love it so much I'm keeping it up until Christmas!


Love this little detail. You can see new life  blooming!


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Again, thank you for reading!
Happy Spring!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

On my heart - Romantic Movies and a Christian Marriage

                                                          I had this on my heart for a long time.
Tonight I saw yet another add for 50 Shades of Grey...and decided to share with you not what I think about this movie in particular, but just romantic movies in general.
Let's stop here for just 2 sec and decide on one thing...50 Shades of Grey is NOT a romantic movie ... let's continue.
I know that feeling of snuggling on a comfy sofa, alone or with your loved one and watch a really good romantic movie. You know...The Notebook, Dear John..,Nicholas Sparks is one talented writer. I enjoyed watching those movies ( some, more then once). But it hit me a while back that if I am not careful, that beautifully written fantasy love story can impact how I view my own love story and my husband.
We need to be very careful about what we let in  in our mind ladies. It can create a  dissatisfaction in our spirit and our conscious doesn't even connect with the contributing content.
It is true that what causes one to stumble may not cause another one to trip but what do we truly benefit from it?
This is important for young ladies looking for a future husbands as well. not real ladies, sorry to disappoint. Life is not a perfect written movie with perfect romantic moments...there is no wind blowing your hair at  the right time while you walk... in slow motion ..towards The One! 
No. None of that.
It's even better! It's real, and one of a kind,  no cliche's, and best of all, it is written by the creator of Love. The one who knows the desires of your heart.
Give God the chance to write your love story.
And as for married couples...I read once about this illustration.
Imagine you and your husband as the base of a triangle, one in each angle and God at the top angle...
Closer you both get to God the closer you get to each other.
Life, married life is hard add kids in the mix and it becomes this crazy, messy ( oh so messy!) BEAUTIFUL  REAL LIFE!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

TOUCAN BOX REVIEW + Code for your very own FREE Box

If you have been following my blog for a while you know me and my girls love crafts. Anything that has to do with glue, cutting and fun projects, we love! So when the opportunity to review the ToucanBox came, I said, Yes, please!
This is such a cool and fun idea!
Toucan Box is  a craft box with everything you need for a fun project. Depending on your preferred subscription you have a fun book in there as well that go's with the theme of the box.
They offer three different types of boxes. All suitable for children aged 3-8 years old.
 Petite boxes  are £4.93 contain one project and are shipped every fortnight. Grande boxes, £ 12.90, contain two themed projects and a reading book, and are shipped once a month. Super boxes, £19.9,  contain four themed projects and are also delivered once a month. All prices include postage.
You start by choosing you subscription type, personalise your box with your child's name, age and theme and they deliver it to your door!
 You can also buy one-off items from their on-line shop such as party bags, giant paintable Rockets and Arts Award Kits.
Our box was a Petite box that included one project. The theme was Pirate Adventures. And we had two fun crafts: a parrot and a treasure map!
As soon as the girls noticed the theme, they went and put their pirate costume on!

The box is so well put together!
They had so much fun making the treasure map. We followed the instructions provided in the box and painted the paper with the black tea to give it that aged effect.
Everything was provided in the box! Big Sister just finished the Pirates Topic at school so she explained all about pirates to Little Sister. They had lots of fun.


Making the parrot was their favourite part!

They had hours of fun playing pirates!
So I would like to say thank you Toucan Box and I definitely recommend it to all you craft lovers out there and to those who feel lost in a craft supply shop...Toucan Box does it all for you, straight to your door ! How convenient is that!?
There is a code at the end of this post for your very own FREE Toucan Box to try it for yourself!
I KNOW!!!!
You are welcome!
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For your free taster box, simply go here and use the code TOUCAN to get the free box ( you need to add your card details and then cancel once the free box has been sent if you don't want to be charged for the next months box).

                                                            Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Big Sister is 6.


A few months after we celebrated our One year wedding anniversary we found out we were expecting our first blessing!
 I can't believe I have a 6 year old. And what an amazing 6 year old she is.
 We celebrated her birthday together as a family by starting the day with cake for breakfast.
 It becoming a tradition. I always made them a festive breakfast for their birthdays, but this year we skipped the birthday parties and together with the girls decided on being just us, no fuss no stress, and making their day special with little surprises and their festive cake.

My dear Emma, you are such a blessing and a joy to us!  We love you so very much and we are so amazed by your kind and gentle spirit! Always ready to help and nurture your little sister and brother. You are going to be such a great mummy one day!

You are funny and you love to make people laugh. I adore your laugh, it's so contagious!
I pray you will never lose that!
I pray that God will bless you all the days of your life my sweet baby girl!

                                                            Happy birthday Big Sister!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Little sister is 4!


 This morning we had birthday cake for breakfast! It's my 4 year old's birthday! 4! wow! We are so blessed by our children! Truly, children are a blessing from the Lord!
She is so excited for her birthday! Since this morning she has the biggest smile on her face!

We surprised her with her Minnie Mouse boutique cake that she was praying for .  She went to preschool with no fuss and when I picked her up with baby brother we had some balloons for her! She was over the moon. She loves all the attention and that this day it's all about her.
On our way to preschool this morning, I asked her what would she like to do for her birthday. And she said that all she wants is a party with her family in her room playing pass the parcel.
So as soon as she got home, she got some toilet paper and some small toys and started wrapping them for the game. I offered to help but she insisted that it's her birthday and her party and she has to do it on her own...I wander were did she got that from...not me. Looking forward  to a fun family  party tonight when daddy gets off work.

My sweet Hannah!
Today is your birthday!
  Every day you inspire and challenge me to be a better mum.
 You are strong willed and courageous! You my darling daughter can move mountains!
 We adore you and we are so blessed to be your mama and daddy! We can't wait to see you bloom into the woman God has created you to be.
 Happy birthday Hanny!


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Baby Alex Noah. Six months.


Were did time go?...I say that a lot...
I love this season of motherhood. This right now, is my favourite. Well, every stage is kind of my favourite...
We did had a rough start with colics and chickenpox...not fun! But thank God all is well and my baby is growing so well! He is so alert and engaging and laughs his head off at his sisters shenanigans. He is such a joy and a blessing.

Motherhood is no easy job ...having three little ones depending on you for everything is a huge responsibility. Sometimes I feel like all I’m doing is meddling with these perfect spirits and placing my own fears and habits and short comings on them. I spend a lot of my time  praying I don’t mess them up too terribly. I’m just thankful I have been given this chance, with these three beautiful healthy and happy babies of mine.
I wouldn’t mind if time slowed down and let us linger a bit longer. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to wake up soon and it will all have been a very short dream.
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