Win £120 To Spend On Eyewear


I’ve been looking for a new pair of specs for months. My current pair were bought around five years ago and as well as the prescription being out of date, I don’t like them much anymore. I really fancy a proper pair of geek glasses – dark and thick rimmed – but any I’ve tried on so far look ridiculous on me. It appears that my huge head means that not only do I have to wear men’s hats (not even joking – my summer hat is from a menswear department and it’s XL) but I also can’t buy most pairs of glasses unless I want to look like a giant melon head. Thanks head.

So my quest continues. But I’m determined to find the right pair for me.

If you’re in need of glasses, check out SmartBuyGlasses, who have given me a prize of £120 to spend on eyewear with them. A prize that I shall give to one of you lovely readers.


To be in with a chance of winning the £120 to spend on eyewear, comment on this blog post telling me what your dream pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses from SmartBuyGlasses is, and you must visit SmartBuyGlasses over on Facebook. Easy peasy, huh!

Don’t forget to fill in the Rafflecopter box below for your entry to count. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions:

1. Entry is open worldwide, excluding anyone professionally associated with Not Another Mummy Blog or the Promoter.

2. One winner will receive a £120 voucher code. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

3. The prize draw starts at 12.01am GMT on 22th February 2015 and closes at 11.59pm GMT on 4th March 2015.

4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post answering: ‘What are your dream pair of Sunglasses or Eyeglasses from’ In addition you must visit the Facebook page of SmartBuyGlasses UK.

5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the giveaway closing.

6. The winner will be drawn at random using RaffleCopter and they must have commented on the blog post and visited SmartBuyGlasses Facebook Page to be entitled to the prize.

7. The winner will be contacted by the blog host – notanothermummyblog and the Promoter will be CC’d in the email.

8. In the unlikely event that the prize becomes unavailable the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value.

9. The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

10. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.

11. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.

12. The Promoter is: SmartBuyGlasses, Corso Re Umberto 87, 10128 Torino, Italy.

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Celebrating Amazing Women With #ARWoman

Fun at the fair

When you think about the women in your life, most people will think of their mum, their best friend, their gran. Some of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by brilliant, strong women, and it’s often something we take for granted. We take them for granted. I’m really big on celebrating women and I’m definitely a girls’ girl. I mean, I enjoy the company of men, but give me a group of female friends and a bottle of wine (or two) any day.

So the #ARWoman campaign by Atterley Road is something I’m totally on board with. The fashion brand is asking bloggers to talk about a woman who inspires them and I’m spoilt for choice. I’m inspired by fellow female bloggers like Erica, whose ability to style an outfit leaves me open-mouthed, Katie, who has a beautiful eye for photography, Fritha and Lori, whose blogs make my life a brighter place, and GillMolly and Katrina, who are talented writers and brilliant friends. Then there’s my best mate Kim who has been with me through thick and thin since we were 15 and bonded over our love of Take That. And Fee and Sarah, who joined me in taking that love of boybands a little bit further (like around the UK and Ireland doing a tour of concert venues, posh hotels and airports…)

But the woman who inspires me the most – as unoriginal as it may seem – is my mum. Apart from being generally ace, she’s so utterly supportive of her children and always has been. She’s such a positive person – always looking at things as ‘challenges’ rather than problems and refusing to dwell on the negative side of life. She’s determined and a great organiser – skills I know I’ve got from her. But most of all, she’s the kind of person I’d be friends with, even if she wasn’t my mum.


Who’s your #ARWoman? Post a photo of her on Instagram or Twitter, tagging @AtterleyRoad and tagging it #ARWoman. Let’s celebrate the women we love and admire!

• Big thanks to Atterley Road for commissioning this post on #ARWoman. For details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page.

Say Hello To My Village England Mini Cranleigh Bag

Village England Mini Cranleigh bag

OK so you don’t actually have to say hello to my bag. That would be a bit weird. But please do look and admire. Isn’t it pretty?

Village England is a brand I know through reading one of my favourite blogs – MMM. My ridiculously stylish friend Erica, who has been a highfalutin fashion editor for 15 years or so, has a few Village England bags and loves them. Now I know why.

I’m the worst person when it comes to buying bags. I tend to buy cheap and cheerful. I do have a little stash of gorgeous leather bags, collected over the years on various holidays to America where they’re soo much cheaper and soo tempting to buy. But I admit, I tend to ignore them in favour of my on-trend bags from the high street – bags that now have broken zips and that look a bit tired.

So I’m going to make a real effort to go for quality, from now on. My gorgeous Mini Cranleigh bag from Village England has reminded me how lovely it is to swing a real leather bag over your shoulder and head out into the world.

Village England bag

Hat: Asos, Sweatshirt: New Look, t-shirt: Asos, Necklace: M&S, jeans: Uniqlo, Mini Cranleigh, New Balance trainers

The shade of green gives any outfit a pop of colour and despite being small, it fits all my essentials inside – key, purse, phone, lippy, a gazillion receipts that as a freelancer I keep and store, and right now, warm gloves. I love how easy it is to access – no fiddly fastening or buckle, just a magnet in the ‘flap’ which secures the bag shut. So when I’m out and about, I can quickly delve into it for my Oyster card and phone.



The Mini Cranleigh is one of those bags that is a treat to hold – the detail on it is gorgeous and it makes me smile whenever I use it. Which is basically every day since I got it.

• Big thanks to Village England for sending me this bag – as always all views are my own.


Polurrian Bay Hotel, Cornwall: Totally Worth The Journey


It’s a little while since our stay at the Polurrian Bay Hotel in Cornwall, and spending an evening looking through my photos from our stay has made me think one thing:

When can we go back?

I’ll be honest and say that before we went, I wasn’t sure what to expect (I don’t think the website does the hotel justice) and I was worried that no hotel would be worth the mammoth journey down to the depths of Cornwall. But as soon as we had arrived and settled into our room, I knew. I knew it was worth the journey. In fact, I’d honestly say that even if you lived in the Highlands of Scotland, it would be worth the journey.

Built over 100 years ago, after the original hotel burnt to the ground, the Polurrian Bay Hotel is on a cliff, high above the beach on the Lizard Peninsula. The decor is fabulous – all mid-century shapes and bright pops of colour. The thing that really makes it is the fairly newly renovated Vista Lounge. Until a few years ago, the lounge area was fairly small (but stylish). But now! Now you walk down some stairs, where the original room stopped, and into a large airy lounge with floor to ceiling windows. It’s breathtaking! But as well as being super stylish and a relaxing place to sit with a cuppa by the log burner, it’s completely child friendly, with a dolls house and train set ready to be played with.




It was chilly while we were there, but in the summer, I’m told the doors are often open and guests spill out onto the patio. There’s no bar at the Polurrian, but you don’t have to be sitting in the lounge for long before a member of staff pops up to ask you what you’d like. Oh and the staff are so friendly! While we were there, they couldn’t do enough for us. One waiter even remembered that the four-year-old hadn’t eaten the tartare sauce that came with her (posh) fish fingers one night. The next evening, he left the tartare sauce off the plate and brought her tomato ketchup instead. She loved that he remembered!


the kids’ fish fingers, chips and peas – WITH tartare sauce on night one!


The kids’ meals all come with a complimentary starter of carrot sticks, cucumber, bread sticks and humous. To be honest, the four-year-old ate the cucumber and left the rest but hotels and restaurants that give a healthy starter to kids always get the thumbs up from me.

The rooms are simple and chic, with neutral tones and splashes of colour. We had a gorgeous corner room which had views out to the sea on both sides. It was amazing to wake up to, every morning, and even though the room was small, the view made it feel so much bigger….

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Doing Valentine's Day On A Budget


I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. On one hand, I feel resentful that we should have to shell out for cards and gifts and overpriced meals just because it’s 14th February. On the other hand, isn’t it nice to have an excuse to tell someone you love them? Granted, we all need to do this more. We should do it every day – it’s something so quick and simple, yet we’re all guilty of letting too much time pass between declarations of love or random acts of kindness towards the people we love.

So, if we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s not spend a fortune doing it. We’ve all been that person – the one buying the biggest card in the shop, the teddy holding the red satin love heart, the one spending a small fortune on a restaurant’s set menu and forking out the extra £10 for a glass of fizz.

But here’s how I’m doing Valentine’s Day on a budget this year.

Instead of: Over-priced card from an expensive shop

I’m doing: An amazing (and oh-so-funny) card from Gin Bunny Prints on Etsy.


Instead of: Spending a fortune on a meal out (babysitter + set menu + creepy man coming around the tables, selling single roses = spendy night out)

I’m doing: A meal from COOK – who sell seriously gorgeous frozen meals. 3 courses for £20? Job done.


Instead of: Buying an expensive gift (that will end up being tossed into a drawer)

I’m doing: Some home made tokens for things like a lie in or a day watching F1 on the telly.

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you realise that it’s not about spending loads of money on each other – it’s the little things that mean the most. And if I’m perfectly honest, I’d rather save our money to spend on important things like childcare, petrol and groceries. Does that make me totally old and unromantic?!

• Thanks to TSB for commissioning this post on Valentine’s Day on a budget. For details on how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page