Category: lifestyle

Making our house a home this Summer – Planning the Living Room

Making our house a home this Summer – Planning the Living Room

It has been almost 10 months since we moved into our little house on the High Street and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has flown. As you know if you’re a frequent visitor here, I found out I was pregnant just five […]

Top Tips for Shopping the Sales

Top Tips for Shopping the Sales

It’s that time of year when the shops are filled with sales and if you’ve seen my latest fashion haul on my YouTube channel you’ll see I just cannot resist bagging a bargain when it comes to my wardrobe.. and Florence’s for that matter. Sometimes […]

Excuse the mess…

Excuse the mess…

Since Florence was born our house appears to have become the site of a mothercare explosion. There is rarely a day that goes by that my living room floor is not covered in toys, nappies, muslins & baby clothes. Our bedroom is the same, as is the nursery. We get up in the morning and hurricane Florence blows through and BOOM! Stuff. Everywhere.

Of course, it is not Florence that makes the mess. It’s me. I am known to family and friends to be incrediby untidy. Somehow I manage to walk into a room and it will immediately resemble a bomb site. It used to really bother me, but now I just see it as a talent.

I think partly it is because I just have so much stuff. My handbag is full of all sorts ready for any eventuality, my shelves & draws hold all number of things that ‘might come in handy one day’ and I have an unhealthy obsession with clothes – both mine & Florences!

I’m the same when I’m at work, it must drive my colleagues mad. I rarely throw away paperwork, and while it’s organised beautifully in alphabetical order and everything has its place, before my maternity leave started I had to buy yet another folder to hold it all in!

Furniture for work – the UK’s supplier of Next Day Office Furniture –  have been looking into what your horoscope says about how messy/tidy you are and I think they’ve got mine pretty spot on to be honest!

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Does your star sign reflect how tidy & organised you are?

*This is a collaborative post. 

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This time last year

This time last year

Today is quite a big milestone for me. This day, an entire year ago marked the beginning of a whirlwind series of events that changed my life. There were times there when it seemed all of my immediate hopes for the future had been pulled […]

Weekly Meal Plan #1

Weekly Meal Plan #1

I wrote last week about how we’ve reduced our food bill by over 50% and since I’ve had a few requests for an example of our meal plans. Meal planning has really helped us cut the amount we spend on food over the last few […]

6 ways we’ve saved money on our weekly food bill

6 ways we’ve saved money on our weekly food bill

Now that I’m on maternity leave and about to take a bit of a cut on my income we have had to really cut down our outgoings ahead of our little one’s arrival and a big part of our budgeting consisted of reducing our food bill.

Between September and January we were spending on average £120(!) per week on groceries and takeaways / meals out, sometimes more and that alone is a big proportion of my monthly salary. With it being just the two of us and the dog, it’s safe to say our weekly food bill was excessive and we ended up wasting so much food.

We’ve taken the following steps to reduce the amount we spend on food over the last couple of months and have saved over £900 with our new weekly bill of around £35.00.

S H O P  O N L I N E | I’ve made the change to online shopping rather than heading to our local Tesco super store. This has massively reduced the temptation to pick up things we don’t really need just because they’re on offer or look tasty. It also means we can track how much we are spending as we shop and that we don’t get distracted in the clothing & home aisles.

M E A L  P L AN N I N G | By planning the dinners we are going to have each night, I know exactly what ingredients I need to buy and how much of each thing – no more just picking up things willy nilly. It also means that annoying ‘What shall we have for tea tonight?’ discussion no longer results in us cooking our favourite easy meals and leaving certain things in the freezer to be forgotten about.

S H O P  P E R  F O R T N I G H T | As a result of our meal planning, I’ve found it more cost effective to buy enough for two weeks at a time. For meals such as spaghetti bolognese and curries, I can cook four portions and freeze half ready for the following week. Also as most fresh meat comes in four person portions we are able to get two meals from one tray. For example last night we had lemon and garlic chicken pittas using two chicken breasts and the other two made fajitas on this Monday just gone, both were accompanied by we made home cooked jacket wedges each night using two large potatoes.

C O O K  F R O M  S C R A T C H | There’s no questioning that after a busy day, chucking a tray of oven chips in the cooker is by far easier than cooking from scratch, but we almost always end up cooking more than we need and either over eating or wasting them! We’ve swapped out oven chips for baked potato wedges which are a super easy alternative. Simply cut a large baking potato into eight wedges, top them with some dried herbs or seasoning and pop them in the oven for around 20 minutes. Not only are they more cost effective they are healthier too (Slimming World friendly!) There are all sorts of meals and accompaniments you can cook from scratch for much less than you’f pay in the shops – lasagne, burgers & sauces are just a few examples.

T H R E E  P A R T  P L A T E  R U L E | One of the tips I found really useful when I was trying to lose weight back last year was to split my plate into 3 (thank you Charlotte). For each meal, you have 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs, 1/2 vegetables or salad. I’ve returned to this mentality lately and bulking out meals with delicious fresh veg has really helped towards reducing the amount we spend on our food bill too as it makes our dinners feel just as big but also stops us picking later on in the evening.

T A K E  P A C K E D  L U N C H  T O  W O R K | We are all guilty of it, especially if like me you work in a town center, it’s so easy to just pop into Greggs or pick up a Boots meal deal at lunchtime. The thing is, it’s so not cost effective. On average the British worker spends £43 per week on takeaway lunches & drinks – that’s £86 per couple every week and I bet most of us don’t even realise how much we’re spending as we do it. Sean has started to take sandwiches to work each day and now that I am on maternity leave we’re reducing the amount we would have spent on bought lunches by around 75%, probably more.

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Bunnies for Babies – Fundraising for Kicks Count at Easter

Bunnies for Babies – Fundraising for Kicks Count at Easter

A few weeks ago, Kicks Count launched their Bunnies for Babies campaign to encourage followers to help raise money and awareness for their amazing work over Easter by taking on a virtual run or walk. It’s exactly a year ago today that I completed the […]

5 Tips for the Pregnant Bridesmaid

5 Tips for the Pregnant Bridesmaid

As you may or may not have seen on social media, I was a bridesmaid at my Uncle & new Aunty’s wedding at the weekend. It was so lovely to get glammed up and spend the day celebrating as a family and I was honoured […]