Have you met these delightful aliens?

They are part of the Wotwot family, and are normally a little smaller than the one Libby-Sue is embracing.

In this post you get a chance to win your very own SpottyWot and DottyWot (just leave a comment to enter via the rafflecopter.)

The Wotwots are a New Zealand pre school series that delight the younger viewer with the adventures of two siblings from Outer Space.

The endearing friendship between the two is cute and captivating.  This is proven by the way my three year old stands in front of the TV dancing everytime the show begins.

The second series is just starting on Channel 5’s Milkshake and is narrated by Nicholas Parsons OBE.

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My quest to be thrifty seems to be continuously thwarted by my non thrifty dreams.

Plus my eternal love of holidays.

But I do try to be thrifty on holiday, does that count?

We have just finished a very sensible, thrift led week in Cornwall, where dinner was eaten by sundown fresh from the BBQ and days out included many soggy sandwiches on the beach.

But I have just booked an extravagant stay!  My daughters have both been through the mill this year.  My eldest was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Halloween 2013, and my youngest is currently undergoing tests and MRI’s to ascertain the reason why she suffers from hypoglycemia.

As a family we need a break from the white walls of hospital and EuroDisney seems to be an ideal destination.

Ok – it is not thrifty – but I think the girls (plus my son) deserve a massive treat.

But I am going to do my best to visit France without spending a fortune.

We are not staying on Disney and have saved a fortune by booking a hotel close by that doesn’t have Mickey Mouse in residence.  For travel, I have secured a car, cheap car hire in France is nice and easy to arrange. It means we can get off the plane and drive straight to the hotel without any fuss.  As we are staying for five days we plan to spend 2-3 in Disney.  Then we plan on hopping in the car and spending some time sight-seeing around France.

Picnics are the plan for food in the day, plus a good breakfast to set us up for the day.  Tea will be planned and budgeted – if I give up wine we could save serious funds on the evening meal bill.

Lets not try to run before we can walk!

We will spend the anniversary of my daughters diagnosis in the Magic Kingdom.

I can’t think of a better place to be!

Living thrifty doesn’t always mean you have to give up everything you love.  Paying attention to sales, looking in second hand stores and using the internet to compare deals are great ways to cut down on your spending.

Here are a couple of deals that have caught my eye this week!

BrandAlley’s Original Penguin Kids sale is underway and finishes on July 28th – so hurry on and check out some of the beautiful items on offer (maybe it is time to start squirreling away stuff for Christmas?)  Find them at www.brandalley.co.uk

Want a free holiday?

Well, you can get one if you gave birth on the same day as the Wills and Kate.  The fab folks down at our favourite holiday park in Cornwall, Trevella, are offering a free stay to be taken in September or October 2013 or in April, May and June 2014.  Find out more at www.trevella.co.uk.

My favourite dress shop, Curvety.com, have a great sale on at the moment, so much so that my other half has banned me from looking!

Check out Debenhams for the last two days of 20% off and H&M have up to a whopping 70% off at the moment!

For more in depth retail sale details have a look here.  May not be as thrifty as second hand shopping, but sale shopping is at least making an effort!

Happy half price spending.




In our quest to put some money in the bank and eventually rejoin the home owners party we have made some tough decisions.

One of those decisions is to not buy new stuff.

I miss new stuff….

I visit friend’s homes and am struck with the green eyed monster when I see furniture without biro on it, and furniture that still has its original varnish on it.

So I live in fantasy land.

I dream of  luxury sofas from John Lewis that sit next to a  brand new coffee table.  I ignore the discomfort in my bottom from the collapsed springs in the sofa we own and let my imagination place me on my new one with a soft chenille throw covering my toes.

My imagination is pretty good!

In my mind’s eye, my dining room has a large luxury oak table, with silk covered chairs.  My kitchen is top of the range with remote controlled sensors.  In my head, my microwave is sparkling and new.

My dreams don’t end in the home, they stretch to the garden.  Outside I have a luxury hammock, a deluxe garden set with sofa style chairs for all the family.  A large, top of the range BBQ grills my favourite steak as I do a few laps in the pool.

As I said, my imagination is pretty awesome.

I may need to work harder at settling into thrifty living!

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