Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Thrifty is the Word!

This is a competition post, in association with fromspendingtosaving and whichoffshore and it is on a subject we are very, very fond of at The Parent Game, saving money! Fromspendingtosaving is a brilliant new blog, by the writer of Northern Mum, charting one family's all-too-familiar road to solvency, surviving on one income. It's a story most of us know all too well and we all do what we can to make the best of it. It's all about imagination I think, when it comes to a thrifty life with children. We've all heard the older generation telling us how they managed to entertain the children with next to nothing but their imaginations and the great outdoors, but things were different then.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

For the Love of Matilda Mae

On February 2nd this year a tiny light went out in the world. A light that burned with the love of devoted parents, who worshipped her. The little light was Matilda Mae and at just nine months old she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in her sleep. A victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
I'm a mum, and everytime I hear a story like this, heavy with the most heart wrenching, unbearable and utterly pointless tragedy, my heart breaks for the parents, the family and the many, many people whose lives would have been touched by such a wonderful little girl. There are never any answers and it makes me mad with frustration that parents all over the world, for generations, have put their little ones to sleep every night, with a little niggle of dread, that their most precious gift could be taken from them, silently, in the night. I would love to reach out to the parents of Matilda Mae. I would love to do ANYTHING possible to make their pain go away. But I can't. No one can. And that's the biggest tragedy of all. But, there is one thing we can all do. We can show our support for the parents of this beautiful angel by supporting The work of The Lullaby Trust, who fund research into SIDS to help provide the answers that parents so desperately need. They also provide vital bereavement support and a Care of Next Infant program to help bereaved parents on the next stage of growing their family. They also help educate all parents on the importance of safe sleeping. There will be an auction to support the work of The Lullaby Trust and the details can be found by clicking the Matilda Mae badge on my blog. Thank you.



Gold fit for Royalty (and possibly me!)

Welsh gold is considered the gold of royalty and it's not hard to see why. It has a wonderful pinkish tone that sets it apart from other golds and gives it a really elegant, exclusive look. I first became interested in Welsh gold when I met my husband, nine years ago. He had a beautiful wedding ring, inherited from his grandmother, which had the slightly pinkish tone attributed to Welsh gold. The ring dated back to the mid 1800's so it would be difficult to prove conclusively either way if it is pure Welsh gold, but it was very beautiful all the same. On the anniversary of the date we met, seven years later, we got married and I've never taken it off since (bit scared to, to be honest!) You can see it in this picture, though not very clearly, I just thought I'd indulge in a little nostalgia, as it's our anniverary next week!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Beautiful Birthday Boots

On my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Butterfly Twists, the clever people behind those amazing folding shoes that are so useful to have in your handbag or car. I actually had a lot of birthday emails, offering discounts off products on account of being another year older, but most of them required me to spend a disproportionate amount of money to recieve the 'gift'. So, I was a little sceptical when I read that I had been awarded a £25 voucher to use on the Butterfly Twist website. On further investigation though, I found that there was no catch, it was £25 to spend on any product! With Ballet Pumps starting from £25 and delivery from a modest £3, I couldn't lose, so I went shopping! Considering all the shoes are based on the same concept, the variety of styles is outstanding. Here are some examples of the vast array of different designs.
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