Restyle me dad – pretty please!

Here is another great competition I felt I had to enter – The guys over at Mainline Menswear are giving all bloggers the chance to win a £250 towards an outfit for Dad to smarten him up and give him the most stylish Father’s Day ever! All you have to do is dig out an old piccie of you and your dad from the archives. After a few hours of searching I found this photo of me and my dad, in true late 1970’s fashion, I would have been about 8. My dad is tall, or at least he seemed like the only tall person around when I was young but these days its not uncommon to be 6ft 4″.


I so remember this cardigan of his, he always wore it with baggy bell bottom jeans which almost made him look taller than he was! He still has problems getting items that fit properly so I would just love to give him this voucher to choose some superb items from your collection.

The outfit I’ve chosen from Mainline Menswear falls into the smart/casual, category – hopefully perfect for a stylish 63 year old man. My parents love going dancing so these items would get lots of wear as they have a better social life than me!


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I have chosen a Pretty Green Wiggins Military Shirt Blue which would look superb on a night out, along with the Armani Jeans P15 Slim Chinos Stone Beige and

Pretty Green Desert Boots Brown. This comes to £298 but I would happily make up the difference as it is such a cool present to give!0000 ss pics 003 019

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So what would you choose? Just choose a photo and some clothes that would suit your dad from the website here.

Run away!

Ok, I admit it – all of us really dislike football in this house. In fact sport in general is a no no, I mean we are quite happy to take part in sports, Matthew and William are keen BMX’ers, and William also enjoys boxing. Both the girls love gymnastics and Charlotte loves her majorettes. But mainstream sports are just quite tedious to watch on telly, I have never understood people who watch a game and get so worked up about it. I assumed that something in the football world is fast approaching as all the shops and supermarkets seem to be filled with England merchandise. I asked a friend the other day who was also as clueless, then I saw this competition and realised we are about to be hit with world cup mania!

All of us however love Italy, we have been a few times and we are in fact booked to go to Rome this August. The sun, the sand, the food, the friendly people and the architecture…I could go on, we just love it, it is such a beautiful country to visit so we would jump at the chance of going again.

I have written a small poem for my entry!

Please choose us to avoid the world cup

Watching it on telly makes me want to throw up

Its so boring watching grown men kick a ball

Throwing themselves on the ground pretending to crawl

Injuries, fights, red cards

and offside rules

Instead let me fly to Italy,

food culture and lots of photography

kids playing in the pool, and some time out of school

nice weather, people and no world cup

means things are really looking up

Please choose us for an al fresco holiday

Its our way of choosing to runaway

For a lovely relaxing time with family

Thanks to tots100 we can avoid the insanity!

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This is me and my four children the last time we went to Italy.

We would love to win a holiday with Tots100 blogs. The prize is only available in World Cup week, but I am willing to plead with the head teacher that we really need this break.

This is my entry to the Al Fresco Holidays and Tots100 World Cup challenge


What photoa fun competition – TOTS100 and Victoria Plum are asking us bloggers to take a photo of a favourite shelf around your home, and share the picture on Instagram or Twitter using the #shelfie hashtag, and tagging @tots100 and @victoriaplumb. I immediately went up to my daughters bedroom and took a photo of her shelf, she chose all the items in the bedroom herself, and it is zebra print on one wall and hot pink on all the others, the bedding is pink leopard print. It kinda goes! Anyway my two daughters just adore their bedroom – my daughter uses her shelf for her favourite toys, you have a zebra (to match the room) her furbys and a meerkat – quite why she wants a meerkat, I’m not sure why as we booked a petting session at the local zoo and one of the animals bit Charlotte quite badly, but she obviously doesn’t hold a grudge!

Why not enter your own ‘Shelfie’ and have a go at their quiz too (click here) and potentially be the winner of £250 I did the quiz and funnily enough I got ‘You are Mr or Mrs Glamorous’ – Your style is most like Joey Essex or Sam Faiers from TOWIE, very funny!

This is my youngest daughter showing off her room!


#Morning Stories with the Moo’s

When I saw that Britmums were asking for bloggers to write about breakfast time I felt I had to have a go, I was also lucky enough to be one of the first 100 people to apply to do the #MorningStories challenge and receive 3 lovely big boxes of belVita biscuits free of charge. Check out belVita on facebook.

Now breakfast time in the ‘Moo’ household is chaos enough, there are 4 children, and me and mr to get ready for work and school but we all try to eat together. Since receiving the belVita I have tried to keep them for the challenge but my eldest son, Matthew age 13 keeps eating them. I have now replaced two boxes with fresh ones and every time I turn my back someone has eaten them! Somehow I think I am going to be buying them indefinitely!


Our morning usually starts at 7.00, we all shower and change and head downstairs for breakfast, usually we have cereal. Mr has toast and the children have a combination of cereals, porridge and bagels. It is usually a bit rushed as last minute homework gets remembered and vital pieces of clothing seems to just vanish come morning.

Just recently though Charlotte has been doing extra SAT’s lessons to improve her maths, she has to be at school for 7.30. So these biscuits have been fabulous as she has been popping a couple in her bag for after her extra maths class. Hopefully belVita as helped her improve her grads too!

My children (especially Matthew) loved belVita, they literally vanished before my eyes. All the children commented that the chocolate chip ones shown in my photos were their firm favourites. They make a convenient breakfast as they are an easy and quick option for us busy large families.




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I’m a #Morrisons Mum

I just love supermarket shopping and we are lucky enough to live quite locally to a medium sized Morrisons, so when I saw that Britmums were asking for us mums #MorrisonsMum to do some bank holiday shopping it seemed like the perfect task for me! I applied and was amazed to receive £80 worth of vouchers to spend – just fantastic, with 6 of us in the family it was a lovely surprise to receive in the post.IMG_2160

I love the local Morrisons, it always has a great reduced section which I hover at to see what bargains I can find. I also use other supermarkets and the local market depending on what I am buying, but Morrisons always seems to give me the best value for money. I made a meal plan for the weekend and went armed with this, my vouchers and my 10 year old daughter Charlotte who found the whole thing quite exciting!

We noticed that all round the store there were signs saying I’m Cheaper all round the store, they showed us some superb discounts on a huge amount of products, quite a few of which we needed for our meal plan. What is even better is that they are staying down in price too – so we whizzed round and got out trolley full to the brim with yummie Morrisons bargains. I was really impressed with the reductions, my usual mackerel had 1/3 off, and the savings on meat were simply amazing.













Matthew’s Quick and Easy Giant Sasuage Roll


  • 2 onions 16p each = 32p
  • roll of puff pastry or homemade pastry £2.00
  • Block of sausage meat £1.99

Matthew decided to make this; it is a firm favourite of his. I got the recipe from another shopper who I got chatting too. The method is simple, chop the onions finely, mix them with the sausage meat and fold into the roll of pastry, bake for 45 minutes and serve with vegetables and even gravy. It is a mega cheap and filling meal and it usually lasts for two meals even in our large household! The total cost for the sausage roll was £4.31, and I added to that a bag of carrots for £1,  some corn on the cob for £2 and some potatoes £2 making a total of £9.31 divided by 10 portions makes it a bargain price of under a pound a portion!

I spent all my vouchers as my trolley full of goodies came to £77 – I even got rewarded with a fuel voucher at the end of my – my daughter said it was like an episode of extreme couponing – except the till didn’t break down!