Time to doll yourself up, leisurely browse the shops, do your hair and make yourself feel gorgeous probably seems like a distant memory.  There are mums out there who somehow manage to look effortlessly stylish with perfectly manicured nails matching their immaculate outfit but for most mums it doesn’t seem to happen that way. Jeans and a top are the easy option, although perhaps not the option that makes you feel like a hot mamma!

Looking good doesn’t have to be a chore, another task in the never-ending ‘to do list’ each day nor does it have to be a thing of the past. Becoming a mum doesn’t mean automatic dress sense loss; it just needs a bit of coaxing out from its hiding place. Looking good can be effortless just as long as you own a few essential items. All you need to do is follow these mum friendly fashion tips.

Reconnect with your style; slowly work towards updating your wardrobe to project the look you want to achieve. Clearing out your wardrobe is a great place to start. Only keep what you feel good in and build on that! It’s that easy!!

Whether it be a tracksuit or a summer dress, if you feel good you look good.

A good pair of jeans. A well-fitting pair of jeans that flatter your shape are an essential item in your wardrobe. Stretch jeans are easy to move in, practical and look great with simple bright tops or a nice shirt. If you find a style of jeans you like, buy a few pairs in different shades. This season it’s all about colour, and they form the basis of a good wardrobe.

 A dress is a must-have. Dresses are so versatile, easy to wear and feminine! Black dresses are fundamental for a sexy wardrobe and make you look effortlessly stylish. It doesn’t have to be a little black dress although owning one of those will make you feel like a hot mamma! You can find some great options at OD’s Designer Clothing.

As soon as you slip it on you’ll feel good. They go with flats, wedges or heels, can be worn just as they are or accessorised up. This is an ESSENTIAL.

Shoes. A chic pair of flats can dress up a simple outfit. You don’t have to be wearing glamorous high heels to look elegant and stylish. Shoes can also be easily matched up with accessories making it look like you made a real effort! If it’s time you’re worried about, the wonderful world of online shopping can be done once the kiddies are settled!

 Accessories also make an outfit. Now, with little ones avoiding long dangly earrings may be best but belts, bracelets, rings or a simple necklace jazz up simple, comfortable yet flattering clothing. All can be bought cheaply and withstand child’s rough play.

Nice plain tops. Black is always versatile, doesn’t get dirty too easily and can be worn in many variations. Colourful shades like red, navy or olive are fun, bringing positivity to your wardrobe.

 A stylish bag big enough to fit all the things you need for the kiddies while adding to your look adds undeniable style. 

Know what it is you like about your body and flaunt that bit!

To sum up, owning a few, well-fitting essentials that make you feel GOOD, that can be dressed up with simple accessories is totally achievable. You’ll find that wearing nice clothes and making that tiny bit of fuss-free effort is worth it. Time and money are common worries but browsing the internet for dresses and other essentials on ASOS is not time-consuming or costly.  You are still that attractive woman you felt you were pre-children, you just need to reconnect with her. This is largely achieved by dressing well, which makes you feel good. It is as simple as that!

 

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Cast your mind back merely two decades ago and the thought of children sitting in front of screens would send shivers down any mother’s spine. The good old days when too much TV would set your eyes square and kill your brain cells! We all laugh, but mum was probably right all along.

Don’t tell her.

I’m certainly not about to throw it all out there and ban screens from my household. I value my sanity and, let’s be honest, ‘100 per cent screen-free’ is one heck of a claim in the 21st century.

That said, instead of preaching on and perhaps judging other households who do have a lot of screentime, it would be beneficial if we all simply remembered how great things can be if you just turn off the phone/tablet/tele/laptop/games console [delete as required] for a short while and enjoy being outdoors. Or just being.

Just being.

Christmas is a fabulous time to encourage children to switch off the screen and spend time doing other stuff. Gifting outdoorsy items such as skates, scooters, and skateboards, for example, is exciting and they’ll want to get out there to play with the friends.

Rather than creating rules and regulations for screen time, how about we just make the other stuff just as fun so it appeals to our kids, tweens, and teens.

Mind-blowing, I know.

As well as reducing the amount of time spent on YouTube, Fortnite, and [enter your tech nemesis here], it’s more about kids reaping the rewards of outdoor play. Health wise, fresh air improves their blood pressure and heart rate, they’re running around, exercising, working their body, increasing the oxygen flow in their blood. It’s all good.

But there’s more to it than that. Sure, they’re not sat still indoors, scoffing, sweets. Thumbs up. Really, though, outdoor play is about developing skills, learning independence, creatively spending time. Seeing friends, enhancing social skills, improving overall wellbeing as little human creatures who very much need and enjoy spending time with other little human creatures.

We know enjoyment of exercise and social skills are important long-term. We have that knowledge nowadays. We’re privileged in that way. With that in mind, as parents, let’s get nostalgic and make playing outdoors as appealing as it was, way back when.

 

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One of the biggest expenses in your daily life tends to be getting from one place to another. Of course, using your own two feet is the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way of doing this. But for the times when you need to get somewhere a little bit quicker, you may need to use another means of transportation. Here, we will be discussing how you can make getting from A to B that little bit more affordable for yourself.

Give Your Car a Little TLC

First of all, check your trunk for any unnecessary objects which you have been lugging around from place to place. The greater the excess weight you are lugging around, the less fuel efficient your vehicle will be. Next, complete a couple of basic maintenance tasks like checking the tyre pressure and fluid levels. It is all these little things which can add up in the long-run. Also, check your manufacturer’s handbook to ensure that you are using the grade of motor oil that they suggest.

Calm Down Your Driving Habits

Not only is aggressive driving more dangerous, it also guzzles more gas. So, slow down, limit your acceleration and reduce the number of sharp stops that you make where possible. You can also save money simply by driving a few miles per hour slower. A perhaps more unexpected way that you can save some money is by rolling down your windows instead of using air conditioning as this can cause your car to consume more petrol than necessary.

Take Advantage of Car Insurance Discounts

There are so many car insurance companies out there that it doesn’t necessarily pay off to stick with the same company. In fact, they may increase your premiums for no reason at all. There are various factors which can reduce your insurance costs including whether or not you have short commutes, you are a retiree or you have your own garage. The internet is a brilliant tool to use that helps you compare the cheapest car insurance deals. Make sure that you check again from year to year to get the best deal.

Look Out for Transportation Incentives


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It is worth checking out whether your local government or employer offers you any tax or monetary incentives to carpool, take public transportation or purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle. Alternatively, you may want to look into getting a bike. Not only are incentives always being offered, there are also bike lanes springing up all over the place to make cyclists’ lives easier.

Use Public Transportation Cards

Many towns and cities offer public transportation cards that give you a discount if you buy a card in advance and top it up as you go along. Not only is this the cheaper way of travelling, it also means that you don’t have to go through the hassle of buying a separate ticket every single time you want to take a bus or hop on the metro.

Compare Your Flight Costs


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When you are going to be travelling longer distances, make sure that you always give yourself the chance of getting the best deal. Use a flight comparison service as these let you check out multiple airlines at once before settling on the one that suits you best. Sometimes, an indirect flight with a long stop-over is going to be your best way of saving yourself some cash, so if you have the time to spare, it may be worth taking this approach. As well as this, you could look to fly to a major hub city as they are likely to have more flight options at affordable rates.

Carpool or Plan Your Parking

Set up a carpooling system with your coworkers as this is going to be a great way for you all to save some money. For longer journeys, take a look at carpooling websites such as BlaBlaCar which pair people together who want to make similar journeys. If you are planning to head out somewhere and you need to park your car, check out your options beforehand so that you can get the cheapest price available. Places like city centres and airports can be particularly expensive unless you plan your journey in advance.

Hopefully, after reading through this article, you have come away with a few tips that you can use in your daily life to make moving around that little bit more affordable.

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