Unfortunately my full paid maternity pay has finished now so my statutory pay starts this month. I definitely live outside my means so I’ve been trying to save and make money whilst I’ve been on maternity. I’ve found a few ways which have been a huge help in saving up some money so I thought I’d share them incase anyone else is in a similar situation.

UK Freebies

Loyalty Cards
I’m obsessed with Subway salads at the moment and I seem to build up quite a few free ones with their card. Of course we all know and love the Boots advantage card too which has been great for buying nappies. They also have a parenting club where you get 10 points for every £1 spent. Another great card is the John Lewis one as you get free cake and a hot drink every month just for being a member.

Matched Betting
I know a few mummy bloggers are into Matched Betting and it’s definitely helped me pay some bills! If you want to start but not sure where, join up to Profit Accumulator for the free trial and watch the videos to get you started. It isn’t gambling, it’s actually guaranteed profit! If you do sign up please use my referral code 141507.

Freebie Websites
I’m a sucker for a freebie. When I was pregnant I collected all the free bags and boxes, I couldn’t get enough! I’ve found some fab UK Freebies* on many sites including Gratisfaction UK. From Kitchens to perfumes, you can apply for all different kinds of great free items on this site, it’s amazing!

Surveys and Mystery Shopping
My favourite survey site is Yougov as it doesn’t take too long to reach £50 along as you complete them when they’re emailed. I also like WhatUsersDo as you review websites and record your thoughts through voice so it’s easy to do whilst I’m looking after Johnny. Other sites include Toluna, Prolific Academic and Swagbucks. I also did a lot of mystery shopping when pregnant and I need to start again. My favourite site is Marketforce but Red WigWam are also good.

Compare your Bill Tariffs
Definitely use sites such as YouSwitch to make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff for gas, electric and even your mobile phone. I know Martin Lewis always talks about switching but it’s definitely worth some of your time for massive savings.

Have you got any money saving or making tips?

Ta Ta for now,

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I’ve only left Johnny twice so far and I’d say one of the negatives of breastfeeding is that I can’t just leave him on the spare of the moment, I have to make sure there’s enough milk for him. Of course it’s no problem as I know when I’ll be going out and thanks to the Tommee Tippee Express and Go products, expressing milk is so much easier than I thought it’d be. I normally express first thing in a morning whilst feeding Johnny at the same time.

Tommee Tippee express and go

Tommee Tippee express and go

Tommee Tippee express and go

Tommee Tippee express and go

I was originally sent the warmer* but after looking into the whole set I ordered the other items in the collection. Basically, you can pump straight into the pouches, freeze them or just keep them in the fridge if you’re using them soon and then attach the pouch to the bottle. You can use the system with any pump too, you just need to buy the adapters. I have the automatic Tommee Tippee breast pump and I’d highly recommend it as it’s really simple to use.

The warmer can be used with pouches or bottles so if your baby isn’t keen on cold milk as they’re used to room temperature from the source then this is great. Also, if you haven’t got enough milk out of the freezer and baby needs more, frozen milk can also be defrosted in the warmer.

It used to be quite messy pumping into a pouch and then having to transfer it into a bottle so the pouch bottle is perfect as you can still use the Tommee Tippee teats from their normal bottles. The pouches come in a pack of 20 so it’s enough if you need a good backup supply! You can also buy a storage case so they aren’t scattered around the freezer like mine but that’s not a necessity. If you feel this is something you’re interested in, it’s cheaper to buy the full Express and Go set as it contains the warmer, adapters, 20 pouches, the pouch bottle with 4 teats and the storage case. Breastfeeding can be challenging but these products really have made it a little easier.

Do you find anything helps with expressing for your little one?

Ta Ta for now,

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Whilst I was pregnant, I started to plan in my head which activities I’d love to do with my baby once they were here. When I was younger I used to go swimming a lot with my Dad, I never had lessons, my Dad taught me and that’s one of the biggest memories I have of him. He was a great swimmer and I’m really thankful he took me at a young age before I got the chance to develop a fear. We’ve taken Johnny swimming a few times now and it’s lovely to go as a family. I don’t think he quite knows what to make of it yet, he doesn’t show any emotion really! We wanted to get him used to the water before we go on holiday.

Konfidence

Konfidence

Last week we headed down to the local pool which was actually pretty warm. Konfidence sent us a few swimwear bits to try which was great as he’s out grown his old shorts now plus I’m not sure he was warm enough in just them.

As you can see Johnny loves his Konfidence Babywarma wetsuit*. I chose the same print for each item which was the clownfish pattern! The wetsuit is designed to keep babies warm and safe in the pool. It’s made from 2mm thick neoprene which is snug so it gives your baby that sense of security like they’re being cuddled! There are velcro fastenings at the top, bottom and side of the suit so it’s easy to get on and you can adjust it when they grow. This will be great for our holidays as it also has 100% UV protection and of course it looks so cute!

We were also sent the AquaNappy* and a NeoNappy* swim cover. The AquaNappy had a triple layer design to stop any leakages and of course is reusable. One size fits all thanks to the poppers and Velcro. Nothing else is needed such as a disposable nappy so it saves money in the long run.

The nappy cover can go over the AquaNappy for even less chance of any leakages and I know these are mandatory for some swimming pools. This offers a good seal around the tummy and thighs whilst still not causing any chaffing or pain. All 3 products have been useful so far and we’ll be taking them on our holidays next week!

Have you bought any useful swimwear for your little one?

 Ta Ta for now,

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I must have mentioned so many times how I still need to post my nursery room tour but I just haven’t got round to it yet! Instead I thought I’d write about a few gifts we were sent for the nursery from Prezzybox. They have some gorgeous personalised and non personalised baby gifts for new arrivals or just if you want to treat your little one. I love the personalised books and also the art that would look lovely in any nursery.

Prezzybox Baby Gifts

Prezzybox Baby Gifts

Prezzybox Baby Gifts

I haven’t ever framed Johnny’s scan photos so I chose this adorable frame* with the quote ’20 Weeks – the size of a banana’. I used to take a photo of my bump every week with the piece of fruit/veg for the size of the baby. This can be personalised to whatever you want which is what I love about Prezzybox. The neutral white frame will look lovely in the nursery as we’ve kept it gender neutral for hopefully baby number 2! This can be hung on the wall or it just stands up on it’s own. It would be a lovely baby shower or welcoming gift for someone special.

I also chose this light box* for Johnny’s nursery. Although this isn’t a personalised gift, I think he’ll love it once he moves into his own room. The cube projects stars and soft sounds which is perfect for Johnny as he loves staring at lights. You can choose whether you wants lights, sound or both plus it has a 30 minute timer so it won’t wake the little one up once he’s nodded off. It’s very calming and is similar to white noise in that it makes me sleepy too! The stars don’t show up too bright on the ceiling so it isn’t too distracting for Johnny, just enough to send him off to sleep.

Have you spotted anything from the Prezzybox baby range?

Ta Ta for now,

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Interiors on Pinterest are my obsession at the moment. We don’t have much spare money right now with starting maternity pay next month but I’m still trying to do what I can to the house. We’ve lived here for over 5 years now and we still have so much more to do.

Making a House a Home

Invest in Good Furniture

We bought our sofa and dining table from Next when we first bought our house. They were quite expensive but we thought it was a good idea to invest. In the long run it’s the best idea as we would probably have had to repurchase by now if we’d gone for cheaper products! However that being said I now want a grey couch instead of our brown one so if you’re going to swap your living room colours around regularly then this point doesn’t apply to you! If you really want to invest in furniture Skandium* sell some amazing pieces by many different brands including Carl Hansen and Son, Artek and Andersen. Our couch is still in great condition so I’d also recommend furniture from Next if you’re looking for quality but still quite affordable. You can really change a home with gorgeous, quality furniture.

Add Accessories

Of course to really personalise a home you can add gorgeous decorations such as photo frames and vases. This is definitely something I need to do more, we don’t even have any photos of Johnny up in the house yet which is super lazy of me as we got some great photos of him in a newborn shoot. We do have a wedding photo in our hall which looks gorgeous when you walk in the front door as I’m just obsessed with the frame. I also think pretty artwork really adds something as it’s personalised to you. For example we have a lot of Paris paintings in the house as it was our first holiday together when I came back from living in Italy and it just felt super special.

Decorate to your Style

Finally, to really make a house a home, decorate your house how you want to! Don’t let anyone tell you how to do it because at the end of the day it’s you that’ll be living in it. If you’re not into the grey and white Pinterest theme, go for some colour in your life! Since we decorated my style has changed so much I’m desperate to redecorate so I wouldn’t do anything you can’t revert back easily.

How did you make your house a home?

Ta Ta for now,

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