#LuckyLinky Week 40

Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky Week 40.

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So I want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky Week 38

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.

 

Rachel Bustin

 

#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!


The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #3

It’s been nearly a month since my last update. Now I’m at the 24 week stage.  Although I still haven’t seen my midwife, that’s not until the end of the month when I’m 28 weeks. I have been in to see a consultant. He went over the details of my last pregnancy with baby girl. It’s funny as I don’t remember some of the things he read from my notes about the previous pregnancy, I must have been out of it!

The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #3 - planned c-section

Anyway he went through all the options because I had a previous emergency c-section and came to the conclusion that the less risky thing to do would be to have a planned c-section. To be honest it’s a huge relief off our shoulders. I had a terrible time at baby girl’s birth due to the failed induction, so the safest for baby and I is to have everything planned.  View Post

How To Be a Frugal Parent Without Missing Out

If you’re planning to have children, you need to know what to expect. While most parents talk about the reduced sleeping hours – and you will truly have to function on two or three hours a night in the beginning – not everybody is completely honest about the costs inherent to raising a child. Bringing up a child in the UK costs more than the average home, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Ultimately, as a parent, you need to be prepared for a cost of over £230,000, which includes childcare and education until the age of 21. If you compare in terms of household budget, proportionally a British household will spend nearly 40% of their net incomes on raising a child. Of course, the more children you have, the more expensive it’ll be – although, thankfully, one household with two children spends less than two households with one child each.

Unsurprisingly, the costs vary depending on where you live in the UK. However, you’ll still be paying well over £200,000 to bring up a child everywhere in the country.

In other words, there’s no secret to cut down the expenses. But there are ways to maximise frugal living to make sure that you don’t break the bank!

Frugal Parenting Without Missing Out

Each child costs a quarter of a million

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Which Diet Should I Choose for My Dog?

Your canine companion has a lot of options when it comes to their diet, and the right choice depends on dietary needs, health concerns, your lifestyle and other factors. When you’re making this decision, make sure to consider the pros and cons of each diet type.

Which diet should I choose for my dog

Dry Food

Dry food, commonly known as kibble, is made up of nutritious food pellets that come in large bins or bags. The biggest advantage to this type of food is the convenience factor. You don’t have to worry about refrigerating it or having it going bad if left out for your dog.

You can easily weigh the portions quickly and without any mess. Dry food is the least expensive of the three types of diets, but it often ends up being the least healthy. A few problems with dry food include filler ingredients that don’t add anything to the overall nutritional value, a large number of carbs and a dehydrating effect. Your dogs need easy access to a lot of water alongside their dry food, since they won’t get any moisture from their food bowls.

It may take dogs more dry food to feel full compared to other food types. If they’re free feeding, this could result in an overweight pet.

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Thrifty Thursday: Want To Try Something New? – Shopmium

For 2018 I want to share with you all my thrifty tips and how you can save money and of course try new things. Each Thursday I will share something with you that I regularly do to save money in our household. Saving money this year is a big must on the agenda due to myself being on maternity leave later on in the year.

Here is the first Thrifty Thursday post for 2018!

I love to try new things. A few months back I discovered an app called Shopmium that let you do just that – try new things. It’s easy to use trust me! While I’m browsing around the supermarket I get my phone out and check out what I can try this week. My husband loves to see what I’m bringing home next with the weekly shopping! Although he wasn’t too fussed with the Chickpea snacks I got the other week!

Thrifty Thursday: Want to try something new? - Shopmium app

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Living Arrows 1/52 (2018)

It’s the start of a brand new year so I thought I would join in with the weekly Living Arrows linky run by Donna over at What The Redhead Said

The idea behind Living Arrows is to celebrate childhood. It’s name is taken from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

I will aim to post every Monday sharing a photo of baby girl of what we have been up to the previous week. I think it’s a wonderful idea to document how much she is developing and growing everyday. She is currently 23 months old and time is flying by quickly. Plus with a new baby arriving in April there will be lots more photos to share this coming year!

This past week has been baby girl’s second Christmas. She doesn’t understand the concept of Christmas but thoroughly enjoyed opening all her presents. My husband and I didn’t buy her a lot as we knew family would. Tearing open the wrapping paper and playing with the cardboard was her highlight!  Oh and her new kitchen! All we have had all week is her going around with her kettle and a cup saying “cup of tea?” then taking it away from you!

Baby girl at Christmas - Living Arrows 1/52

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Living Arrows