Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine's Day

Hello All,

I hope you are all warm and well and happy!!! Not too much to ask is it?!

I can't believe half term is upon us already....since I turned 40 the time seems to be going much quicker!!!  The childcare this week has fallen to my parents for two days, my hubbies parents tomorrow and my husband Thursday and both of us on Friday so we can spend at least one day together as a family!!  It does annoy me sometimes that with school holidays, teacher training and the contingency plan for the chance of 1 or more of my three children getting sick at some point too that my husband and I only manage to have a week or maybe two off together!  But that's life(well the life I've chosen to have!).

My hope of sticking to £300 is a bit shakey but i will only go over getting stuff like milk and fruit so it will be close so I am happy with that!  I have got loads in the freezer and fridge and enough beans and chickpeas to sink a batleship so I will be able to rustle up something tasty in a flash!! This week so far I have made a beef chilli and rice and today we had stick pork stir fry with noodles(Kids had chicken nougats, homemade potato wedges and beans as the pork dish was one I haven; made before and wanted to test taste it myslef before making it for all 5 of us!)!  My mum in law cooks us tea every Wednesday.I have cooked all the meals from scratch and as I shelled out quite a bit of money on herbs and spices I hope that I will see a reduction in my food bill next month as these should last a wee while!

Happt St Valentine's Day to you all, I spend it with the residents in work we had a valentine singalong with the assitance of my dad and my son on their ukuleles and my daughter singing and shaking her tambourine!  My husband is happily watching Shameless in the lounge as I type up here in the attic!!  But I do admit that he is my gorgeous man who I have had the pleasure to have as my partner, lover, friend and husband for the past 16 years!!! He still makes my heart skip a beat with one kiss!! and I love him very much!!!

Nos da/Good night everyone

Natalie xx

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My frugal journey so far!!

Well Hello There!

2012 has been a very frugal year so far!!!  I stuck to a £250 shopping budget which I was impressed with as there are five of us and a labrador to keep fed and watered! I obviouslyquite a bit of food left over from December so that made it a bit easier.  February's budget for food etc is £300 and I will hopefully not go over that as I have planned meals etc for 3 weeks!! only time will tell but I will try my very hardest to stick to it ;o)

Reading the blogs I follow has inspred my in several different areas of my life...gardening, crafting, being frugal and trying to live a greener and better life!  Thank you all!!

I am cream crackered so it's off to bed for me!

Nitey nite all

Natalie xx