• Topcashback student treats giveaway 2018 the growing mum

    TopCashback Student Treats 2018 – Clues and Answers

    Oh the student days. The learning (yes I did actually love being taught), lie-ins, junk food and the never-ending drama with housemates. These days it’s 5am wake-ups, peas (good example and all that) and tantrums (I join in with the toddler too!).  Enough with the nostalgia – TopCashback giveaway is back!!! I got about 80p in the summer edition so I am not too expectant this time but here goes: TopCashback Student Treats: Rules, Clues & Answers Until the 9th of September, there’ll be a gift-carrying Hummingbird on various pages of the site . Clicking on it will reveal your treat. It could an instant prize ranging from 10p to £100 or…

  • Shopper holding a tablet for Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 2018 Post

    Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 2018

    Every year I get less and less excited about Amazon Prime Day but I still have a browse anyway. They never have deals on the items I need and there’s only so many Kindles and Firesticks a family can have! I like being armed with a wishlist though otherwise I would probably buy another, er, Kindle. Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 1. Camelbak Water Bottle I’ve lost count of how many dedicated kids water bottle we’ve tried. They either leak or are just hard to use. My toddler actually gets on with my Camelbak so need to get one as they now do nice funky designs. Mine is a plain and…

  • How to get a £12 Build-a-bear voucher following the pay-your-age fiasco

    My first thought when a friend sent through a screenshot of the Build a bear pay-your-age promotion in a WhatsApp group chat was “surely this is fake news”. A quick online search proved it to be an actual event so I let myself get very excited. It’s one of those brands I walk past on the High Street but never actually venture in so this was the perfect way to reel me in. Unfortunately the execution was exceptionally poor and the company is now having to issue vouchers to disappointed families. The ladies in our group chat planned to go there for the 9am shop opening time. Naively assuming it’d…

  • Vintage phones hanging on the wall for cheap international calls from UK post

    Phoning home – the search for cheap international call rates

    Living on a different continent to my parents and extended family is anything but ideal so I’m glad they’re at the other end of the phone. I ring them every other day at least but it’s been a real struggle to find a reasonably priced phone service. After a chance discovery, I’ve switched from Lycamobile for an eye-watering 5 times saving every month. I get a lot more minutes for my bucks too. I dread to think how much money I’ve wasted over the years! Before my mum flew the nest (yes she’s the one that left me on a different continent haha), she used one of those scratch card…

  • TopCashback Summer Treats 2018 – Clues and Answers

    Update: This TopCashback giveaway is over but the current one is here. I never really bothered with competitions. That is until I won a blender set in a giveaway I accidentally entered recently. So I’m going to up the ante in this year’s TopCashback summer treats giveaway to see if I can win more than the 30p or so I got last year! I’m also involving my husband this year hoping that more frequent visits to TopCashback will remind him to do so for future online purchases. It irks me when he forgets to check for potential cashback. Anyway, onto the giveaway! TopCashback Summer Treats: Rules, Clues & Answers From…

  • Weekly meal plan and shopping list from The Growing Mum

    Meal Plan, Shopping List, Takeaway and Tapas-Style Pancakes – Week 4

    It’s another Meal Plan Friday. Earlier in the week, I met up with The Growing Dad for lunch as planned which was really lovely. I almost forgot about Burns Night this week so haggis was a late addition to the shopping list. The last time I had it, I could only handle a small quantity so I’ll be tucking in with caution with a back up meal at the ready! Now without further ado, here’s the next instalment. Monday Lunch: Salmon pasta bake Dinner: Chicken Curry Snacks: Bread & butter, baked beans, fruit, yoghurt, veggies Tuesday Lunch: Curry (toddler), Chicken Sandwich (adults) Dinner: Lasagne Snacks: Veggie sticks, hummus, fruit, banana…

  • Weekly meal plan and shopping list from The Growing Mum

    Meal Plan, Shopping List and a Lunch Date – Week 3

    A few tweaks were required to last week’s meal plan as the little one fell ill. He coped well with dishes of a smooth consistency so he had quite a bit of soup and dishes involving mash potatoes. He is on the mend now so hopefully his appetite and ability to chew will return soon. Monday Lunch: Soup with crusty bread Dinner: Creamy seafood pasta Snacks: Tuna sandwich, veggie sticks, fruit, yoghurt Tuesday Lunch: Chilli with rice Dinner: Couscous with beef stew/casserole Snacks: Veggie sticks, fruit, banana bread, cheese Wednesday Lunch: Toddler @ grandparents; Lunch date (adults) Dinner: Chilli Snacks: Grandparents providing for toddler; fruit and veg for adults Thursday Lunch: Spaghetti bolognese…

  • 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Spend Less and Save More Money - The Growing Mum

    My Quick and Easy Ways to Spend Less and Save More Money

    Those who know me well will attest of my bargain-hunting ways but January can still be a very long month after the Christmas splurge. So here are some quick ways I’ve tried to save money until payday without severely cutting my creature comforts. Compare prices I do a quick online search before making most purchases just in case there are cheaper retailers of the product. Depending on what it is, I still try to go for a known brand for reassurance. Try new or different brands I’m always up for experimenting with new products if the main difference to my usual selection is just the brand. It doesn’t have to…

  • Weekly Meal Plan Fridays Feature - The Growing Mum

    Meal Plan and Shopping List – Week 1

    It is the first week of January and Meal Plan Friday is well and truly underway!  Of course you can start at anytime but I’m all geared up as it is one of my 2018 goals – consistent meal planning. So what’s on the menu? Monday Lunch:  Brunch* Dinner:  Chicken in a tomato stew** (sauce) with rice and mixed vegetables Snacks: Banana, yoghurt, pear and hummus sandwich Tuesday Lunch: Vegetable pasta bake Dinner: Fish pie Snacks: Banana, blueberries, cheese biscuits and veggie sticks Wednesday Lunch: Chicken and rice with mixed veg (Monday’s dinner) Dinner:  Spaghetti bolognese Snacks: Grapes, pear, veggie sticks and cheese spread sandwich Thursday Lunch: Fish Pie (toddler);…