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I tell my daughter that she’s beautiful every single day.  I tell her that because she is – she’s beautiful inside and out and I want her to know that.

I want her to be confident in her body even though I’m not particularly confident about mine.  In fact, my lack of confidence is probably the main reason that I want to make sure she has a much better attitude about the way she looks than I do.

Moving up to secondary school has had a massive influence about the way that she feels about herself and she’s started to pay more attention to the way she looks in general as well as being more interested in fitness.

She’s never been over weight or particularly unfit but even so it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about how she came last in her school’s cross country because she thought she thought she was going to die! ;-)  Now she goes swimming once a week, she’s a member of the gym and does Yoga at home as well as netball at school.  She did a cross county run at school last week and came seventh which is a massive improvement for her.

She just has so much more confidence than she had even a few short months ago.  Look what we did tonight while she was trying to decide what to wear for non uniform day at school tomorrow. These are the rejected outfits in case you’re wondering….

I want her to continue to be as happy with herself and her body as she is right at this minute and I know that I need to set a good example for her. It scares me when I read information like I read in the recent research from Dove – 71% of young girls have already felt pressure to be beautiful. Scary stuff although not necessarily surprising!

Dove have made a video called Legacy and I really recommend having a look at it as well as the brilliant site that they running alongside it.  The site is filled with some great ways to increase self esteem in our children and it looks like a great resource for us.

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Not my finest parenting moment….

I did something today that I’m not proud of.

Something I said I would never do.

I put my work ahead of my children and I’m so angry with myself.

Basically, I took a day off work earlier in the week because Master Frugal had that tummy bug that’s been doing the rounds.  No problem there as my boss is really understanding about things like this.

Fast forward to today, I’m back at work and he’s back at school.  I’m sitting at my desk when I notice my phone flashing up telling me that the school are calling.

I answer the phone and the receptionist tells me that she has Master Frugal at reception saying he has a poorly tummy again and that he’s a little teary.

I ask to speak to him and like I always do, I ask him how bad it feels out of ten.

His answer is seven.

What do I do?

I don’t tell the school I’ll be there as soon as I can to get him.

I tell him that I love him and to go back to class to see how he goes and to call me if he gets to an eight.

Then I go back to work feeling like the worst parent ever.

He was OK and he is feeling lots better now.

But that’s not the point, is it?

The carrier bag de-clutter….

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I sometimes struggle to keep on top of the housework because is seems like as fast as I’m cleaning or tidying, someone else is dirtying and dumping!

Everyone has their own jobs to do in the house but I’m having trouble getting the message through that if you’re finished with something, put it away or in the bin.

If I’m honest though, it’s not just the kids. I’m just as guilty of leaving things lying around or not throwing things out when I should.

A quick look around now, shows me some sweet wrappers that Miss Frugal left when she went to school this morning, some tissues that Master Frugal has just dumped after blowing his nose a million times (I know, YUCK), an envelope from a letter I’ve put away, a snapped bobble and some receipts – and that’s just the living room chaos from today!

But I do have a solution – not for getting the kids to tidy up after themselves as I’ve not discovered the secret for that yet.

My solution is a quick way to get rid of all this rubbish and have a de-clutter at the same time.

It’s something I’ve carried on and kind of adapted from when I used to do ‘flylady’ a good few years ago and it really does work in all sorts of ways.

I’m sure it had a fancy name and proper rules on Flylady but I just call it a carrier bag de-clutter and the only rule is that you fill a carrier bag with 30 things that you want to go in the bin (or recycle). I’d recommend that you always stop at 30 or you could go all day and then it’s not a quick thing that you’re happy to do regularly.

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I’ve just had a quick whizz around the living room and cleared all of the mess I mentioned above which took me to about ten things in my bag, I sorted our a vase on my windowsill that had been stuffed with a few things and then moved on to the drawer we keep our hair things in.  After I did that I had about five things left to take me up to thirty so I had a quick look at our kitchen noticeboard and got rid of some out of date tickets and vouchers.

Thirty things gone in less than five minutes!

(And you don’t have to use a carrier bag – you just need something you can put your rubbish in and then tip in to the bin.)

Why we’re joining in with Big Energy Saving Week….

Do you do everything you can to save money in your home?

I like to think we do but  if I’m honest, I know we could be doing even more to save even more money!

At the minute we do all of the usual things – we have energy saving light bulbs, we don’t leave things on standby, we use the slow cooker more than we use the oven, we got rid of our tumble drier and only wash at 30 c and our house is fully insulated and (almost) draft free.

So what else can we do to save even more money?

Our latest way to save money is to try and use our heating as little as possible!  Don’t get me wrong though, we don’t like to be cold at home but at the same time none of us like to be too warm so our latest solution is perfect for us.

We put on our wellies, hats and gloves and head out for an adventure….

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And with the money we saved by not putting the heating on, we treated ourselves to one of these little beauties each….

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And by the time, we’ve had some fun outside and had a hot chocolate, we’re usually boiling – no matter what the temperature is in the house!

I’ve really tried over the last few years to focus on saving money in all areas around my home and saving on gas and electricity has been a major area that I’ve cut back on. My energy bills are so much lower than they used to me and the savings I’ve made are part of what allowed me to reduce my hours at work while the children are younger.  Invaluable!

To help you save, British Gas have teamed up with Netmums to help you (and me) save money in your house so you have more money to spend on the things that you and your family enjoy together.  There’ll be plenty of hints and tips all week to help you save money and to make it easier for us, each day will have a different theme.  Today is the Living room, tomorrow is the kitchen, it’s the Hallway on Wednesday and the bathroom on Thursday.  Finally, it’s the bedroom’s turn on Friday.

I’m going to be checking in every day because no matter how much I think I know, there’s always knew things to learn and new ideas to try.  You can keep an eye on all the tips here.

Happy Saving!

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