How to save money by writing a review

ipad1 is new to me but I am so, so glad to have discovered it. Revooly contacted me recently to ask me if I would like to take a look at and experience buying an electrical item through their website. It sounded very interesting to me  in return for honestly reviewing a product you want […]


The perfect den


My children have always loved building dens..sometimes they have draped sheets over washing lines, sometimes they have simply hidden under the table and pulled the table cloth down to create their space. They have been doing this since they were tiny and I think they like the privacy and cosiness of a den and the […]


Review: Taming The Tiger Parent

Taming cover

I have just read a brilliant new parenting book called Taming the Tiger Parent  by Tanith Carey which was published this week. A few years ago  I read the very scary Battle of Hymn of the Tiger Mother and patted myself on the back for not being quite so competitive and pushy a parent! However […]


Rear facing Car Seats from Cybex

Aton Q, £185 - CYBEX

Rear facing car seats were rare when my two were small but are increasingly more common due to their additional safety. Here are three beauties from Cybex.   Solution Q-Fix: Based on the iconic design of the CYBEX Sirona, the Solution Q-Fix is a NEW addition to the award winning CYBEX PLATINUM family, which introduces […]


A Go Chef Twitter Party

The Go Chef is pretty impressive! GoChef is an 8-in-1 cooker – you can boil, sauté, fry, fondue, slow cook, steam, bake and roast all in one bowl.   On Tuesday  September 16th at 8pm I’ll be hosting a #JMLGoChef twitter party with @tots100 where we’ll be sharing tips & ideas for simple suppers for […]


Playing supermarkets with Shopkins


My kids have always loved to play with tiny little characters…we have had Gogos, trash packs, Moshi monsters and now we have Shopkins.  Shopkins are sweet little characters that live in a supermarket. Most resemble a food item  and they really are so cute. We were sent a collection of characters as well as the […]


The Best Cash Drawer for Your iPad POS System


I suppose as a thrifty blogger money and it’s transactions is bound to interest me. Even little kids love to play with cash registers don’t they? I think they love the ting of them and the handing out and putting away the money. I have to say I loved playing shops with my toy cash […]


Budget Beauty Buys

budget beauty buys

I love beauty products but cannot afford to buy top brand names. This doesn’t bother me at all however because their are some amazing budget beauty items out there. I have recently been trying out some of Asda’s hair and  beauty and I am impressed. First up I tried Andew Barton’s SOS intense leave in […]


What does a 13 year old know about money?


  An interview with  Sam,  age 13  about money. Sam is Helen (from The Crazy Kitchen)  son Do you get pocket money? No Do you think that is enough? Yes, because I don’t need money at my age How much do you think you should get? none What would you spend it on? Save it […]


They grow up so fast

frankie and lisis

Oh the times I heard the phrase they grow up so fast when I was knee deep in nappies and covered in mango puree and just wanted to laugh! But looking a my children now ages 7 and 10  I realized that yes actually the time has whizzed by. Too fast. I was very lucky […]


What’s your best #thriftyfamily saving tip (you could win £100!)

Scottish Friendly have teamed up with Louie Spence to launch the #ThriftyFamily campaign. Louie will be demonstrating some of his favourite money saving tips with a series of videos I love that someone as fun and flamboyant as Louie is fronting this #thriftyfamily campaign as I know financial stuff particularly the money saving kind seems […]


Buying children’s books on a budget

lisi reading

My children love to read. People tell me I am lucky that they love to read but I tell them it was a bit more planned than that. Books have given me untold pleasure throughout my life. They have led me to learn, reflect and escape but most importantly of all they have absolutely entertained […]