What’s your secret?

What’s your secret? A question I am asked ALOT. People want to know how I get on in life with three under 5 by myself while also keeping a business a float and sometimes even managing to brush my hair!!!

The truth is I am just winging it, I’m not half as organised as I would like to be, my house doesn’t run like clockwork and very often I look like crap (I just crop myself out of those photos – inside secrets right there).

How ever I do have certain things that keep me sane;

  • Bedtime – my girls are in bed at 7pm every night , how people survive with kids that don’t go to bed until late I do not know. I need time to work/eat ice cream/watch old eps of the Kardashians (guilty pleasure).
  • Bathtime – Me, not the kids. I like to sneak off to lush every few weeks buy a bunch of over priced bath bombs and soak in them about once a week whilst singing away to ‘chill music’ – that is what the playlist is called. Some times if I am feeling wild I throw some candles on and have a glass of wine too it’s fab I come out feeling all zen.
  • Beautiful Coffee – I wanted to keep with the B’s theme. Coffee is my saviour in the morning I can’t even see let alone speak before I’ve had a nice big mug, days I miss my coffee I just find myself a little lost, bumping into things and passing my girls odd socks.

So now you know and the secret is out I can’t give you a bath(just odd) or get your kids to bed but I can give you all some coffee. The guys at Lavazza totally get my needs as a human and sent me out a lush hamper last week to fill my coffee needs.

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So this is to showcase Lavazza launching their premium instant coffee – Prontissimo!, which is grounded in authentic Italian taste made with 100% Arabica beans sourced from Columbia (to me it means it’s smooth but strong – just my type). This stuff has saved me this week so I am sharing the love, I have 10 tins to give to those who need coffee just as much as I do – enter via the gleam widget below!

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Lavazza Prontissimo!

Prontissimo! is available in 302 Sainsbury stores, 266 Waitrose stores and 250 Tesco stores nationwide. RRP £4.70 for 95g tins and £3.75 for the pouch.

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  1. karen hill
    October 6, 2016 / 10:19 am

    I hide chocolate in the washing cupboard , away from the hubby and son, i’m the same as you , i cant function without my coffee, my mother in law said i should try de-caf , i told her ~whats the point in that lol x

  2. lucy higgins
    October 6, 2016 / 10:33 am

    My secret is definitely coffee too, im sat enjoying one now, warming up after being outside. my sister got me nespresso machine last year and its the best thig ever

  3. Janet humphrey
    October 6, 2016 / 10:48 am

    I often only do my laundry if the rest of the family is being lazy and look “Surprised” when they complain that there arent any clean clothes…

  4. Samantha Keeley
    October 6, 2016 / 11:13 am

    I totally agree, without my morning coffee I am not “Mummy” in the morning, I am the “Monster”!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. kim neville
    October 6, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I have a secret chocolate praline supply just for me to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Alica
    October 6, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I over indulge in chocolate and coffee! and then wonder why I can’t lose weight ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  7. Carolynn Woodland
    October 6, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    They wouldn’t be secret if I told you – sorry!

  8. Tracy Nixon
    October 6, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    My secret is a large glass of rose each evening when the kids are tucked up in bed!

  9. laura stewart
    October 6, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    i have my own savings account! ssshhhh

  10. Judith Allen
    October 6, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    I’m a very odd creature, I don’t like tea or coffee one bit. I survive on one can of diet or max pepsi. Daren’t drink more than that a day, would mean a risky race to the loo. Pesky MS. So this coffee would be for my Dad, I’ve just bought him a one cup cafetiere, better than a pod machine thingy.

    • Judith Allen
      October 6, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Well, that shows how awake I am, instant coffee! That would be for my partner then, she likes an occasional cup of instant.

  11. KATHY D
    October 6, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Are you sure no one else is listening – I have a secret biscuit tin so I can indulge when I have my elevenses.

  12. Michaela Smith
    October 6, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Coffee first thing in the morning and a relaxing bath at night with my secret stash of (Just for Mum ๐Ÿ˜‰ bath bombs .

  13. Lorraine Langham
    October 6, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I rely heavily on my early morning coffee and my mid-afternoon chocolate fixes!

  14. Katie
    October 6, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    My secret is tea and dark chocolate!

  15. Amanda
    October 6, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    I have a secret chocolate stash that only I know about! lol

  16. Charlotte Easton
    October 6, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Fresh air and exercise. Blows the cobwebs away, and sets me up for the next challenge.

  17. Sue McCarthy
    October 7, 2016 / 6:37 am

    I don’t have any kids and I live alone so don’t need any secret stashes! But I do like coffee so this prize is fab. Good luck everyone!

  18. Ruth Harwood
    October 7, 2016 / 8:33 am

    I secretly love watching Made in Chelsea

  19. Phyllis Ellett
    October 7, 2016 / 8:53 am

    My secret is I buy 3 bars of chocolate on my way to work to secretly eat.

  20. michelle o'neill
    October 7, 2016 / 9:09 am

    i drink way too much coffee!

  21. ElizM
    October 7, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I enjoy my time with my kids AND keep them to strict bedtimes. It’s paid off massively over the years and now they let me lie in on the weekends and we all really enjoy being at home together – and YES – coffee is essential for Mummy (the kids understand that) and chocolate essential for all 3 of us.

  22. October 7, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I honestly don’t know if I could get by without my coffee, and that lavazza stuff is lovely, I bought some recently and really loved it. I couldn’t tell you the last time I relaxed in the bath though, I think it was when I was pregnant with my daughter almost 3 years ago! x
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  23. Leanne Lunn
    October 7, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    My secret is that I don’t think I have any secrets lol.

  24. Kelly Hirst
    October 7, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    My secret is syrup in my coffee, love my caramel syrup ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Jennifer Toal
    October 7, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I buy a chocolate bar when waiting for my daughter to finish dance and eat it in the car before she comes out

  26. Laura Banks
    October 7, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    i hide my sweets from my son alot so he cant have them

  27. Laura Pritchard
    October 7, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I tip packs of Maltesers into a mug in the kitchen & then carry it into the sitting room like a coffee so my kids don’t realise I have chocolate!

  28. Anthea Holloway
    October 7, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    I never keep any secrets because I don’t have any secrets!

  29. pete c
    October 7, 2016 / 8:01 pm


  30. Mark Scott
    October 7, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I am the same my day cannot begin until I have my morning coffee. My kids even say Dad hasn’t had his coffee yet lol.

  31. tricia cowell
    October 8, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I confess! I have a small secret stash of chocolate he he

  32. Ray Becker
    October 8, 2016 / 11:44 am

    I tell the kids when the ice cream rings his bell it means he has sold out

  33. Hollie Thorman
    October 8, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    I am a teacher and I literally can’t function without coffee – cliche much?

    October 8, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    I have a stash of cash which will come in useful for when I leave my partner (lol)

  35. Lorraine Stone
    October 8, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I will eat a chip or three from Hubby’s plate if he is late getting to the table!

  36. Nat thomason
    October 8, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Once didn’t iron for a whole year ๐Ÿ™

  37. Kerry Locke
    October 8, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I get up an hour before everyone else, have a strong coffee and read the online papers before any one is awake.

  38. Lara Latchem
    October 8, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    My secret is I don’t have any, Youngest only 1 often goes to do nursery run still in his sleepsuit and I have taken to making batches of pancakes so can just warm up in morning to save a little time lol

  39. Lisa Dolatowski
    October 9, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I have a secret piggy bank for those emergencies like going out for cocktails with the girls and to treat myself to a movie

  40. iain maciver
    October 9, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    I don’t exercise enough

  41. gemma raines
    October 9, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Oo my secret I hide yummy stuff then eat it whist noones home shussssh

  42. Rebecca Nisbet
    October 9, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    i have a snack stash in my draw at work, but ssshhh its a secret!

  43. Karen Brady
    October 10, 2016 / 7:55 am

    I always put the goodies in a special place so that when they come out they are a treat. Lavazza is my favorite coffee

    October 10, 2016 / 8:34 am

    I keep my favourite fizzy sweets hidden at the back of my wardrobe

  45. Robert Price
    October 10, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I’m a secret chocolate eater

  46. Michaela
    October 10, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I have a hidden stash of chocolate biscuits

  47. Kimberley Ryan
    October 11, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I haven’t really got any secret, sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Lindsey Stuart
    October 11, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I have a rather naughty secret…..I tend to get up through the night and have a little chocolate feast!

  49. Kelly Hanson
    October 11, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Sometimes when I’m out walking the dog I will buy some fries from Burger King and me and Harley (the dog) will have a secret snack together ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. Helen Gilbert
    October 11, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Hide the good chocolate from my husband and leave the basic chocolate in the cupboard for him! dont think he even knows the difference…..

  51. Christine Caple
    October 11, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Mine is that I have a glass of wine each evening

  52. Hazel Rea
    October 11, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I’ve always had a secret bar of very dark chocolate that I can go to and have a square of when I feel I need a little treat.

  53. Pam Smith
    October 12, 2016 / 8:55 am

    I have a secret stash of chocolate

  54. carole n
    October 12, 2016 / 10:33 am

    my secret stash of chocolate well hidden

  55. Mary H
    October 12, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I grab as much ‘me’ time as possible.

  56. Michael W
    October 12, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I’m dubious about premium instants, but I’m willing to keep trying if they’re free..
    Thank you.

  57. Margaret Clarkson
    October 12, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Cups of tea or coffee keep me alert through the day.

  58. sion gibby
    October 12, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    best addiction there is that’s still legal and not harmful! bring on the coffee!

  59. claire griffiths
    October 13, 2016 / 12:51 am

    my secret is i hide my chocolate bar in the veg and salad drawer

  60. Victoria Dixon
    October 13, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I have a secret compartment in the freezer where I keep my stash of chocolate – no one has found it yet!

  61. joanne casey
    October 13, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    I have a secret stash of my own goodies that I have when hubby and kids aren’t around

  62. hayley cooper
    October 13, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    My kids are 7 and 11 but I still have them upstairs by 7pm everynight even if they don’t go to sleep till later It means me and my husband get some “me” time. We are Jack and Isabella’s parents but also Hayley & Lee – husband & wife!!

  63. Sophie Ade
    October 13, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    I love the hour rest I get in the day when my son has a nap.. I should be tidying the house but it is ME time.

  64. Lauren Old
    October 13, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    My secret is breathing exercises to relax!

  65. Hayley Lynch
    October 13, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Instead of doing housework ..I spray the radiators with polish to smell like its been done and throw all the mess in a box with a throw over it .

  66. Kirsten Barthy
    October 13, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I eat a chewing gum after a sneaky chocolate bar.

  67. Charmian Filewood
    October 13, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    My secret is that I dont know what the heck is going on have the time, but I’m good at faking it til you make it!

  68. Lynn Heath
    October 14, 2016 / 3:33 am

    I wait till the kids are in bed to have a sneaky bar of Chocolate and catch up on Netflix!!!!

  69. jessica cook
    October 14, 2016 / 7:40 am

    I pretend to be loading the dishwasher and am eating chocolate instead!

  70. Amy Dacre
    October 14, 2016 / 7:45 am

    I have no snacks rule in the house, however there is always a pack of biscuits at my horses yard as a little secret stash!!

  71. Liz M
    October 14, 2016 / 9:06 am

    I always have a bar of luxury chocolate hidden in my desk drawer – essential to counter work stress! A single sneaked piece works wonders.

  72. Amanda Botterill
    October 14, 2016 / 9:13 am

    i treat myself to a starbucks coffee every trip to the supermarket, it’s costing me a fortune!

  73. Allan Wilson
    October 14, 2016 / 9:56 am

    I don’t have any …………………..

  74. Victoria Prince
    October 14, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Routine! Not so much of a secret, but it’s mine ๐Ÿ™‚ I think routine is key, and I am with you with the bedtimes – I am horrified at how late some people let their children stay up. Of course when all else fails, there is always chocolate!

  75. Stuart Robinson
    October 14, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Coffee, pretty much is my life force, without it I’m nothing… So awesome prize!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Michelle Wild
    October 14, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    My secret is I am pro-active it is no good being permanently reactive.

  77. Susan B
    October 14, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Time alone is essential, and so is being in my own bed surrounded by my own things.

  78. Sheri Darby
    October 14, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    My secret stash of chocolate – but I’, not saying where it is

  79. carol boffey
    October 14, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Secret chocolate eater

  80. Kelly Knowles
    October 14, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    My Secret is i am the mum of four beautiful children, and sometimes the best time of day is that 10 minutes before i start waking everyone up, i sit at the kitchen table and just have peace, my husband thinks im getting breakfast ready, i’m actually not doing anything!

  81. Emily Carter-Dunn
    October 14, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I live in my onesie as soon as I get in the house.

    I often go without make up because 1) I can’t be bothered and 2) No one cares!

  82. Jo Hutchinson
    October 14, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    My secret is strong coffee with a dash of cream.

  83. Keith Dixon
    October 14, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    My secret is lusting after my colleague…

  84. Leanne Bell
    October 14, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    I am secretly looking forward to raiding my Daughters Halloween loot at the end of the month ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  85. Andrea Johnson
    October 14, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Wine! And it’s not a secret….. :p

  86. Verity Evans
    October 15, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Like a lot of others it seems, I have secret hiding places of treats!

  87. Hayley Colburn
    October 15, 2016 / 12:30 am

    I’ve had 8 years’ practice and have managed to master the art of switching off to the noise, otherwise it hurts to think sometimes, coffee certainly helps get started thats for sure

  88. Sue H Jenkins
    October 15, 2016 / 3:58 am

    coffee coffee and more coffee

  89. Mary Baldwin
    October 15, 2016 / 6:09 am

    I hide a bar of dark chocolate in the back of the tins cupboard – nobody knows it’s there apart from me and every now and then I steal a piece.

  90. Sheila Reeves @CakeReev
    October 15, 2016 / 6:23 am

    When my boys were little I had a supply of chocolate in a high cupboard for a daily hit

  91. Dave Wills
    October 15, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Coffee makes the world go around…but its no secret !

  92. Anna Davey
    October 15, 2016 / 7:43 am

    A strong coffee and a dark chocolate secretly eaten on the stairs/in a cupboard so no little eyes catch me and demand some of it Xx

  93. Rebecca Roberts
    October 15, 2016 / 8:08 am

    I sneek chocolate in the bat ha

  94. Kim Lam
    October 15, 2016 / 8:24 am

    My secret is I hide the one jar I have of instant coffee and never admit to owning one

  95. Lianne Christie
    October 15, 2016 / 8:52 am

    I’m a teacher too so strong coffee gets me through the day unless I’m having a really bad day and I sneak out to the corner shop to buy a big bar of chocolate to eat all to myself!

  96. adrian price
    October 15, 2016 / 10:26 am

    im a big roan keating fan

    October 15, 2016 / 10:50 am

    My secret is that I save money for my daughters future.

  98. sandy ralph
    October 15, 2016 / 10:58 am

    my secrets are all in my diary which hopefully no-one will read until i am not longer around, but i will share one with you and that is that i too have a secret stash of chocolate hidden but as im on a low fat diet by the hospital they will all stay hidden till after next month when i have had my operation

  99. Gwyn Sharps
    October 15, 2016 / 11:06 am

    My secret is that I need at least three cups to function in the morning, otherwise I bump into walls or walk into doorframes…

  100. October 15, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Do you mean that body in the freezer? Thought that was a secret!

  101. Emma Walton
    October 15, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    My secret is that I put caramel syrup in my coffee in the morning…shush, don’t tell anyone lol.

  102. October 15, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    I can do what I want, I am happily divorced

  103. Angela Kelly
    October 15, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    My secret is I can easily drink a triple espresso

  104. Keeley Shaw
    October 15, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    My secret is also coffee, lots of it, and boy do I get a bit mardy if I don’t have at least one cup a day! Oh and chocolate digestives, my weakness!!! All my other secrets are locked away somewhere deep and dark to be never uncovered. x

  105. Lesley Styles
    October 15, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Just be relaxed and happy with your children and they will reward you by being relaxed and happy too!
    Ps. I always use Lavazza… Mmmmmmmm

  106. Natalie Crossan
    October 15, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I ask for an extra shot of coffee in my lattes in the morning – it is a much needed boost!

  107. Emma Beckett
    October 15, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    A secret stash of chocolate is key!

  108. Jayne Townson
    October 15, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve been known to eat cake for breakfast on a bad morning, but please don’t tell anyone.

  109. Julie
    October 15, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Taking the dog for a walk on my own.

  110. Rachel Craig
    October 15, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Tea and chocolate. Occasionally coffee and chocolate.

  111. October 24, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Woooow, I think the kids just make you more determined to stay in a god shape.

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