Saturday, 28 February 2015

Time to Switch? (a sponsored post)

The economy is improving they say, tell that to my bank who are contently offering me loans and credit cards which my regular zero balance so obviously indicates my need for.  People probably get sick of me saying this but I'm a single parent.  I say it a lot, especially to my friends who insist that I should get out more, as much as I'd like to buy everyone a round of drinks and order a few shots my budget just doesn't stretch to that.  Given any opportunity to save money, be it buying the dress with a stain or purchasing food that is minutes away from the expiry date I am not one to turn my nose up at the opportunity.

There are of course areas in which I don't scrimp and save like my children's birthdays, or my hair products (a girl has to have some luxuries) but even then I still shop around for the best deals.  

A tiny bit obsessed with my hair and selfies at the moment just in case you couldn't tell!

I recently, due to being at the end of my contract and very willing to cancel, haggled my sky bill down to just £15.  However when it comes to lowering my energy bills I'm totally clueless mainly because I don't understand the charges and don't have the help to sit down and work out what my bill actually means when it says price per kw/h rate day, night, in your dreams or something along those lines as I can't remember the last time I actually bothered to look at a bill in detail.  

Apparently making the time to understand my bill could save me around £200 a year,  possibly more, now I don't know about you but I could certainly think of something to do with an extra £200.  Perhaps that girls night out?  A UK break with the kids?  A trip up to Old Trafford to catch a game? Or maybe a couple of unstained dresses ;) 

I know which option he'd choose!

Whatever I'd do with the money it's definitely worth finding out how much I could save.  Here is where this handy website comes along. is a website set up by Ofgem that not only makes it easier for you to understand your energy bills by providing downloadable guides but also helps you compare energy tariffs across suppliers and guides you to helpful Ofgem accredited comparison sites.  And if you think switching takes forever, think again, switching times have fallen from 5 weeks to as little as 17 days.

I've switched suppliers before by crossing my fingers and hoping for the best, which probably isn't the wisest way to go about it but now with more than 27 independent suppliers you have a much better chance of finding a tariff that suits your needs.

Now where did I put my energy bill???

P.S  always read the small print ;)

I'm working with BritMums and DECC alongside the #PowerToSwitch campaign.  I have been compensated for my time.  All editorial opinions are my own.  Visit for more information about switching energy suppliers.

Friday, 20 February 2015


Whispers no louder than a summer breeze,
barely felt, barely heard, unseen
I dream.
Shadows no bigger than a babies first step,
gently taken, gently paced, unaccented
I dream.
Clouds no bigger than to mask your face,
roughly shaped, roughly placed, unabashed
I dream.
Rivers no wider than a ducks wingtip raised,
slowly manifest, slowly expressed, unreserved
I dream.

Shouting, Shining, floating, Unconfined,
breaking seams, breaking sleep, I wake,
I dream.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Weigh in week 2

Last week I was extremely excited that I had actually started to lose weight 1.7lb seemed like a lot to me but when I went to put my weight in my weighing app this week I realised last weeks entry had been put in wrong.  I edited  it not thinking much of it until I saw my weight loss come up.  I had in fact lost 6.9lb in two weeks!  

Going to the gym and home workouts on my 'off days' has apparently been doing the trick.  That and the fact that I'm trying my hardest to fill myself with nutritious meals.  I don't expect my weight loss to be that much consistently but it has given me the boost I needed to keep going.  Oh and I managed 5k in just over 46 minutes at the gym this week, go me!

I haven't been juicing much recently but thought I'd share one of my juice recipes with you.

Ignore the apple in the photo as I changed my mind substituted that for frozen blueberries!

hand full of spinach (any kind will do)
1 pear
1 mango
teaspoon of ginger
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp of honey
1 hand full of blueberries
3 ice cubes
approximately 1 cup water

Peel and chop your mango and pear
grate your ginger
wash and squeeze your spinach
and put all of the ingredients into the blender

There you have it, a delicious nutritious smoothie.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Jogging body

1.7, such an insignificant number, a number so small that if it had a face you could not help but find it cute.  Though to me this week that number is a grand number, the best number I have seen in a long time and I am very grateful for that number because it means my hard work is finally starting to pay off.  

Since October I have been working on getting fit and shedding a few extra rolls (not the ones you buy in Morrisons, though they probably aren't helpful) but after hearing for weeks on end, "It's probably being replaced by muscle, you will see a change soon."  I stopped weighing in until 2 weeks ago and soon has finally come my 2nd weigh-in and I stepped eyes closed onto the scales, slowly opening my eyes the fear was replaced by excitement, I had managed to loose 1.7lb!

I had just told my friend that should my weigh-in show no loss this week I would never return to the gym again.  Thankfully I didn't have to keep that promise as I have become rather addicted to exercise and pushing myself past my own limitations.  This week I managed to reach my 5k goal in 48mins (I did walk some of it)  and now I know I just have to work on reducing my time and maintaining a jog.  So all in all this has been a good week for my weight loss and fitness goals and soon I will have that jogging body that I'm after, how has your week been?