Friday, 31 May 2013


Hello bloggers. It is a lovely afternoon where I am and the sun is shining and all is well. I'm considering eating al fresco this evening as it is so lovely, today feels like summer is really here. I have a weekend of fun planned, we are off to Alton Towers with our free Sun tickets so I hope the weather stays at least dry so we can enjoy the park. I have been very organised this week and got all my jobs done and everything ready for work and school on Monday so now we can just chill out and enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy your weekend bloggers :-)

Thursday, 30 May 2013


Good afternoon Bloggers. Today I have been to the Cobblers, for those readers who may not be familiar with the term it is a person who repairs shoes. I have always used their services and when I was a young child one of my jobs was to take our shoes down the road to the local cobbler to get them re heeled. I think their services are more popular in this age of making do and mend. One of my colleagues has a grand daughter who each time the heel wears down she throws the shoes away, even if the shoe itself is perfectly OK. Imagine throwing away decent shoes like that, it must cost a fortune to replace them. I have taken my boots in to be resoled and re heeled. It is so much cheaper than keep buying new and if you are like me, it can be hard to find comfy shoes. My boots will be ready to collect on Saturday and then I will have at least six months wear before I have to take them in again.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Pork Aplenty !!!

Afternoon Bloggers and I hope you are enjoying your bank holiday whatever you are up too. We have had a lie in and general lazy day before heading to the supermarket to pick up a few bits. Its near the end of the month and time to stock up, however that's not why I went but I managed to swoop up some meaty bargains so my freezer is restocked for the weeks ahead. Its mainly pork but that's OK it will all get eaten. Here's what we got ;

5 twin packs of bacon chops 62p per pack, reduced from £2.49 per pack.
2 twin packs of gammon steaks £1.13 per pack, reduced from £4.50 per pack
Gammon joint £2.97 reduced from £11.87 ( and that was on offer half price !! )
Chicken goujons 57p, reduced from £2.25
Steak mince 56p , reduced from £2.29
6 pork loin steaks £1, reduced from £4.

All for the sum of £10.46 ( should have been £41.86)

Its all in the freezer except for the gammon joint. Its so big I haven't the room for it so its now in the slow cooker and we'll eat it over the next few days.


Saturday, 25 May 2013


Good afternoon and it certainly is sunny where we are. When I was a young girl I loved bluebells and was always happy to see them dotted around where I lived. This time last year I was not in my new house so I was very pleased to find recently that I now have my own bluebells in my own garden. We've had a few surprises since we moved in last year but this is probably one of the best.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Almost that time of year uniform

Hi Bloggers and thank you to those who left me kind messages earlier this week. Its hard to believe that June is almost upon us. The schools break up today for a week and when they return I think my daughter has eight weeks left before the summer holidays. She told me the other day that she would like some new school trousers to which I retorted I'm not buying anything for the remainder of this school year and she would have to make do with what she has. That then reminded me that I had an expense that I had forgotten about and that was new uniform for September. I have been lucky with school shoes that have lasted from last September and I hope they make it through until July. I always buy Clark's school shoes as I find cheap shoes are false economy, but now she is in ladies sizes they are more expensive. The brogues that are suitable for school are around £50, a new blazer is £40 , shirts and trousers are needed also so I am probably looking at around £150. I'm not buying new PE kit and I hope the trainers will be OK size wise as they are practically like new, worn once a week during the good weather months. Her school coat she has worn rarely only in bad weather , which still fits so that is another expensive I don't have to find. Luckily I have the opportunity to work extra hours at the moment so I am trying to equate my extra shifts to an item needed and cross it off the list like that. Some parents have the uniform dry cleaned during the holidays, I have washed mine in the machine and have found it to be OK. Extra hours help me out at times like this but another savings pot may be needed from September onwards so I could then save towards the annual expense for next years uniform.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

It has been two months since my last post....................

Hello bloggers , hope you are all well. As the title says it has been two months since my last post. I have not felt much like blogging but have continued to read some of my favourite blogs. In real life like Blogland there are some genuinely nice people and some not so nice people. I have been spending time not letting the real life 'not so nice' people get me down and I feel that maybe I am in a better place now than I was earlier this year. Nice things have happened to me ; I have been away on a family holiday, a week of sea and sunshine was a great tonic and we all felt great when we got back home. A weekend away with my husband was another pleasant experience which we would like to repeat again at some point, maybe this year or next, money and childcare permitting ! I have lost a little bit of weight, nothing drastic but all in the right direction and finally I have continued with my college course and have felt like I have achieved something , albeit I have the exam later this term. Do tell what you have been up too, I would love to hear ! Cheerio for now