I had a lovely dress, jacket and shoes from Simply Be for the MAD blog award ceremony. I loved the outfit and know I can wear it again. Simply be totally know how to dress us curvier girls. The jacket was by Gemma Collins (TOWIE) and the dress by Joe Brown both of which are adorable.

My favourite item of the outfit was definitely the Mary Jane shoes  which were unbelievably comfortable.

Simply Be Mary Jane Court E Fit

So comfortable!  £32

Simply Be have a great range of clothes for people size 14 -32 and I had a fabulous time choosing my outfit

Rise Evelyn Dress   Beaded Cuff and Neck DressRose Detail Pleated Dress Printed Dress AX Paris Rose Print Frill Sleeve DressAX Paris Animal Print Frill Sleeve Dress

I was spoilt for choice.

Joe Browns Floral Tunic

Love the Joe Brown tunic that I chose and it retails at  £38.

Gemma Collins Seville Cropped Jacket

This fab Gemma Collins jacket that I wore costs £70

Thank you Simply Be!

I also need to thank Find Jewellery for the lovely watch they sent me. It is a semi bangle pink dial twist and just so pretty


What lovely sponsors I had for the MAD blog awards. Baby budgeting did not win best thrifty blog but she had a lovely time going to the party!

Well done Jane at Frugal In Cornwall for winning our category.

I have written a full account of my time at the Mad  Blog Awards 2012  over at my family budgeting blog which was also a finalist so do pop iover to have a read and see some more pics


This is my favourite blog post that I have written over the past year. The mumy and daddy bloggers award for 2011 have just opened and I wondered if you would like to nominte this post as best blog post of the year

all you have to do is go HERE and enter this http://babybudgeting.co.uk/my-mum-was-the-best-storyteller/ into the bit where it asks what blog post you want to nominate. You can also pop me in for blogger of the year by typing


if you want (you have to fill this bit in anyway!)  Here is the post for you again in case you missed it. I love it becuase it captures probably one of the most important things my mum ever passed on to me: it’s people who matter and people are capable of great things they just need to be their best self and shine their light.

Who Is Your Child’s Hero?

My lovely mum always told me to be my best self and she gave me lots of examples through stories of how to be a hero.

She always told me stories of people who did their very best to shape and change things so others had better lives. She told me about Rosa ParksEmmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King. What heroes and heroines to litter my childhood….they made wonder woman look purely pants!

Mum was my biggest heroine though – she always was her best self…full of a generosity of spirit and an ability to go the extra mile even for a stranger. There is a lovely story in our family of mum bringing home a hungry homeless man for tea because he had told her he was hungry. Granny obliged but didn’t let her out again for a while! Mum remained that innocent and kind.

My Great Granny had been a similar woman and she lived in the country. On the side of her cottage fence in code the homeless travelers of the day alerted each other to the fact that tea and biscuits could be found here. She was unafraid to open her lovely cottage to anyone. What a great story.

My son is 6 . He knows about Rosa Parks now too, he knows why Barak Obama is important and who won the competition to be in charge of our country. He knows about Mother Theresa and his Great Great Grandma’s tea parties. He loves these stories and make me tell them again and again.

Life in it’s reality is full of inspirational heroes and fabulous true stories. Who needs Ben 10 when you have a gutsy Grandad who lost an eye under a train and was back at work the next week? Family stories and real life heroes are stories children love. They shape lives.

Go on, tell your child a true story, give them a real hero – guaranteed they will love it!

Happy Birthday mum,  I love you with all my heart.