Saturday, 18 April 2015

Childrens Dragonfly Craft

Anyone who knows me knows that I love doing anything crafty and creative so id be lying if I said I wasn't a little excited every time munchkin gets home work as it gives me the extra excuse to get all of the craft box out! Although I have to remind myself that Munchkins homework has to be done by him with a little help from me and that  its not important that its perfect!
He had a letter from school saying they were doing a topic about bugs so they had to make a bug/insect to display on the board in school.
I went through every bug I could think of....spider, snail, ladybird, fly etc....much to my delight he choose Dragonfly! Dragonflies have a very special meaning to me so there are alot of dragonfly decor around our home and in my office! Last summer once a week we would go to this small pond by a picnic area local to us and we would enjoy watching the dragonflies darting around for ages.
Anyways enough of my babble here is how it went & how it turned out!

Here is what I used
  • wooden spoon
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint (doesn't have to be acrylic)
  • wings cut out of card
  • Foil paper (blue & silver)
  • Table craft cloth
  • PVA Glue (forgot to take a pic of this)


First of all we started by painting the wooden spoon in green (obviously you can choose any colours)


Once we finished painting it all we set it aside to dry


We then moved on to the wings. I put PVA glue all over the wings and let munchkin stick on the little squares that id cut up. (try not to cut the squared so small otherwise children will get bored as it will take forever)

Once majority of the wings had been covered I trimmed the pieces that were overlapping the edges.


I forgot to take a picture but I painted the underside of muchkins index finger and got him to wrap that finger around the stick, creating the stripes in blue.


Munchkin nagged to add more sparkle on the dragonflies wings so I asked him to go through the tub of jewels and remove some of the green and blue ones (colour recognition an all :-) He then stuck these on the wings, Did a little bit of finger painting on the head of the dragonfly and popped on some googly eyes.

I decided to use the glue gun to glue the wings on as my PVA doesn't seem very good.
Does anyone know if PVA glue can go off???

So there we are! he has his bug to take into school on Monday morning! 

Friday, 10 April 2015

50 Things that make me smile!

50 things that make me smile!


After my last blog post about why i'd been away from blogging for a while I thought I would do this happy post!
Here are 50 things that make me smile.

  1. My little family
  2. Cuddles
  3. Sunshine
  4. Dragonflies
  5. Friends
  6. Music
  7. Tidy house
  8. Picnics
  9. Pizza
  10. Going to the beach
  11. Notebooks/ Diary's
  12. Colouring
  13. Disney World
  14. Piglets
  15. Candles
  16. Running
  17. Ice Cream
  18. Clean bedding
  19. Butlins
  20. Amazing Views
  21. Long walks in Autumn 
  22. Hearing my little boy Laughing
  23. Photos
  24. Crisps
  25. The smell of fresh cut grass
  26. Penny arcade
  27. Baking cakes
  28. Wide open spaces
  29. Fresh flowers
  30. Funny quotes on pintrest
  31. Memories
  32. Caravan holidays
  33. Sarah Millican (comedian)
  34. Playdoh
  35. Tiger bread
  36. Frankie & Benny's
  37. Family days out
  38. hot bubble baths
  39. Putting an over sided hoodie on
  40. Writing down all of my thoughts & feelings
  41. Hearing 'mummy...I love you'
  42. Happy people
  43. Old couples holding hands
  44. Being around animals
  45. Aldi 
  46. Dancing around the kitchen with Munchkin!
  47. Candy floss
  48. Usless facts
  49. Christmas Morning
  50. Fish & chips

Nightmare of a year but im BACK!

Im Back....yes I know that I've said it before but this time I mean it! I'm going to use my blog as a bit of a journal and to free up some head space.
The past 14 months has been quite a difficult one for us as a family. I cant go into too much regarding the one side of things as its still on going but over the past year we had to move twice.....we moved to a lovely area and got muchkin into an amazing school! We were so comfortable then the landlord decided to text us to say people were coming to view the house so this ment we had to move out asap.
we found another house just up the road from us which was quite a bit more on the rent but it just ment that we would have to tighten out belts for a while ( don't get me wrong, we weren't exactly rolling in money to begin with).
The other issue we had is with my other halfs work....(This is the area in which i cant go into to much detail at the moment). He was dismissed without notice for something that he did not do so this is pending an appeal but that's as far as I can go regarding that mater. So this has seen us go from one wage that's enough for us to live on without me working......to NOTHING! we are managing at the moment with his last pay but its been a struggle trying to be there for him as hes heart broken about the whole thing and also try to sort out a job for either or both of us.
Anyways he accepted a job that is much less money and if I'm honest isn't even enough to cover the bills but i guess its better to have something than nothing. 

Munchkin is in nursery for 2.5hrs each morning but i have no family in the area that could collect him from nursery so that I can work. Ive got no issues working however i don't see the point in Munchkin going to day care from school and me only seeing him an hour each day before he goes to bed. 
I'm currently doing everything I can to work at home and earn some extra cash. Bootsales, craft items, fayres, Body shop at home, ironing for cash.
This has caused so much stress for us and we are getting married this year. People always say to us.....'ahhh never mind, you have got the wedding to look forward to'......ummmm excuse me.....how the hell do you think we can pay for it?!?!?!?!?!

Ok so my first post back is a huge long grizzly ramble and im sorry about that but i just wanted to let you all know why I've not been around on here much!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Cutting The Food Shopping!

So....with it being payday this week I decided to try to lower our monthly food bill which seemed to be increasing every month....I set the over all food budget of £150 and really didn't want to go over that.
My inlaws had picket us up quite a few chicken breasts and we had various other items in the freezer like bacon, fish cakes, fish& pizza so it wasn't as if we didn't have one ounce of food available before our big shop.
I decided to give Aldi a go for our big shop as we had bought the news paper with the £5 off when you spend £40 at aldi along with other coupons for items in the shop.
I started to write a list of what I wanted to get for the big shop as i didn't want to go and pile unwanted things into the trolley just because they were cheap.
So here is what we got at Aldi along with the prices....

ALDI SHOP
  • Tinned sweetcorn x 2 - 35p each (quite big tins)
  • Wheat biscuits 48pk - £1.49 (Weetabix)
  • Wholemeal pitta bread 6pk - 49p
  • Cheesy puff crisps 10pk - 99p
  • Snack raisins boxes 12pk - 99p
  • Dip-its (like dairylea dunkers) 3pk - 99p
  • Breaded wiltshire ham - coupon in paper making it 89p
  • 15 fish fingers £1.29
  • Pack of nappies 44pk - £4.49
  • Bin bags - 97p
  • Fromage frais 8pk - 84p
  • Lighter soft cheese - 49p
  • Belgian chocolate waves - coupon made them 69p (putting these away for xmas)
  • Frozen garlic baguette 2pk - 65p
  • Creme caramel 6pk - 68p
  • Nectarines 4pk - 79p
  • frozen roast potatoes - 89p
  • Tomato ketchup - 69p
  • Raspberries - 99p
  • Pate - 55p
  • Cooked ham - 65p
  • Bananas 1kg - 68p
  • Cheese triangles 8pk (soft cheese) x 2 - 59p each
  • Sandwich filler 89p
  • Sandwich thins - coupon making them 39p
  • Everyday sausages 12pk - 99p
  • Pork Sausages 8pk - 99p
  • Foil - 72p
  • Fresh egg waffles - coupon making them 29p
  • Malt loaf - coupon making it 24p
  • Southern fried chicken goujons - coupon making them 69p
  • Baby wipes 64pk - 64p
  • Custard creams - 26p
  • Small whole chicken x 2 - £5.98
  • Beef Meatballs Fresh 12pk - £1.89
  • Tinned spaghetti x 2 -29p each
  • Mini cheese bakes 7pk (like mini Cheddars) - 89p
  • Tinned Ravioli x2 - 37p each
  • Tomato soup x2 - 42p each
  • Premium baked beans x4 - 32p each
  • Pasta bake x 3 - 79p each
  • 2.5kg white potatoes - £1.59
  • Tinned tuna x 2 - 69p each
  • Sandwhich paste x3 - 25p each
  • Dreemy bars 6pk (milkyway) - coupon making them 24p
  • Rich tea biscuits - 23p
  • Naan bread 2pk x 2 - 49p each
  • Bag of apples - £1.49
  • Eggs 15 pk (medium) - £1.25
  • Part baked Baguettes 2pk - 29p
  • Malted Milk buiscuits - 33p

All of this came to £52.36. I also had the  £5 off voucher from the paper making it only £47.36
Obviously like i said.....I had various things left in the fridge/freezer like veg, salad so on a normal month this would have been more.
I still had some things that i wanted to pick up from asda....these were.....

ASDA SHOP

  • Squash extra concentrate - 3 for £3 (we find that these last us the month)
  • Sanex deodorant - £1.50 (on offer & had a 50p coupon)
  • Dried pasta 3kg - £2.87 (If your into your pasta bakes i highly recommend this big bag!)
  • Smart price ready salted crisps 12pk - 66p
  • Kingsmill 50/50 bread - 79p
  • Milk 4pt x 2 - £1 each
  • Butter 1kg - £2
  • 4 x large sausage rolls - £1
  • Frozen potato waffles 15pk - £1
  • Ice cream - 69p
  • Smart price chocolate mousse 6pk - 27p
  • Smart price Jam - 29p (we only use it when hubs has rice pudding)
  • Innocent smoothie orange juice - £1.50 (had a £2 coupon so i got 50p overage)
  • Magazine for my little en as a treat - £2.99
  • Fairy concentrate 2.9ltr/116 washes - £4 (on offer)

So in total this shop cost me £22.18
Over all between the two shops I spent £69.54.
Obviously there were things that I wouldn't normally buy like the magazine and also the Fairy softener will last me ages and I know many of you are probably thinking well she isn't very savvy buying fairy softener however this is the only one that doesn't affect my sons skin....if it was just me and hubs I would prob give the Aldi brand a go.
So i have now allocated £30 for extra bread, milk, veg for the end of the month and because at the beginning I allowed myself £150 I can put that £50 into our savings! :-)


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Couponing, freebies & being savvy

I'm Back!!,
So its been what seems like ages since my last blog post! I'm not sure if I explained in my last post but we had to move house at very short notice as we found out that our landlord was trying to sell the house we were living in behind our back so we had to move quite sharpish and stay within the area because of munchkins school. We managed to find a lovely house however it is more expensive but we couldn't hang around any longer as we were running out of time so because of the extra rent, council tax, etc as well as saving for the wedding something had to be done!
I decided to take control of the finances and to start being more savvy. I started to look at coupons and also began watching the popular US extreme couponing program on sky.It amazed me at how people can buy hundreds of pounds of shopping and pay nearly nothing.
After alot of research Ive come to realise that in the UK its not possible to do it to the extreme that they do in the US due to the conditions of the coupons or the supermarkets policy. (e.g one per transaction, cannot be used in conjunction with any offer). However it is possible in some sorts!

I have been getting coupons from magazines, newspapers, companies facebook pages etc.... (before anyone says 'ahhh your using coupons to buy things that you never normally buy' this isn't the case!

Ive also began using cash back apps which I'm in love with! and have had some amazing deals and even some amazing freebies!

Ive also started looking more carefully about what comes in and goes out of our bank as we are often guilty of splashing out on payday and then being on our backside at the end of the month.
Another thing I'm doing is planning every meal so that we don't trip up and end up going out for food or having take away!

I wont go into too much detail at the moment but if this is something you would like to see on my blog please comment below and if i get enough people who are interested i will post more details on the apps i use etc.
Also if you are a couponer let me know!
xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

My Top 15 July Favourites! (household products)

I love reading other peoples reviews on things and although this isn't a review on products there are just some of my July Favourites!
These are in no particular order.

ONE.
Flash Bathroom cleaner. This stuff is not only a good cleaner but it smells amazing and you can smell it even the day after you have used it. Friends always comment on how clean my bathroom smells. It can usually be found in the supermarkets down to £1.

TWO.
A squeegy. Ive given up using chemical cleaners on my windows as they don't seem to do as good a job as this little beauty. I put some soapy water in a bowl, wash the windows then use this. No smears at all! Also i use it on the shower and tiles!

THREE.
Colour catchers! These are a must for me as I usually don't have enough for one type of load so with these i can mix whites and colours and if anything runs it goes into the colour catcher instead. These are available in most supermarkets.


FOUR.
Febreze linen spray! This has the most amazing smell. I love to use it on bedding, curtains, mats, sofa etc. It seams to last forever! I picked mine up in Asda after a friend recommended it to me.

 FIVE.
Flash mop. I have gone back and fore between a steam mop, traditional mop and bucket and this flash mop and I love how convenient this mop is and it smells good too!
 SIX.
Yankee Candles...My love of Yankee candles has began! Ive tried a few scents and the ones i love are clean cotton, black cherry, soft blanket, baby powder. They really do make the house smell amazing and they give a long burn time. If anyone can recommend and yummy scents let me know in the comments.
 SEVEN.
Dyson Vacuum. I don't know where i would be without my trusted Dyson. Its the best Vacuum we have ever owned!
 EIGHT.
Ambi pur plug in. I love this plug in with the three different scents! It lasts for ages and is one of the best plug ins that I've used. (As you can tell by now i love nice smelling things!)
 NINE.
Egg boiler! Yep call me lazy but this thing is so useful. It holds 6-7 eggs and you get a small up which tells you how much water to put in depending on how many eggs you but in and how you like your eggs (soft, medium, hard). This one is from Lakeland however there are lots of others available.

 TEN.
Slow cooker. ahhhh! my beloved slow cooker! To be honest i didn't think i would use this much but i can honestly say that i love it so much! I buy the casserole mixes, throw it all in and pop it on! mmmmm
 ELEVEN.
Packet mixes. These are so yummy and convenient! although it doesn't say its for a slow cooker i love it use it in the slow cooker! Mix it with some water, pop your chicken in and pour the mix on top...then let it do its magic!


 TWELVE.
Asda smart price mild curry sauce. Right....if you haven't tried this...please just humour me and try it! Its only about 24p....It tastes just like chip shop curry! I love to make vegetable curry's and chicken curry's with it! its so yummy! (not even the inlaws realised it was smart price!!)
 THIRTEEN.
Batiste dry shampoo. This is by far the best dry shampoo I've tried!
 FOURTEEN.
Yep this is a strange one! but my hand held fan comes everywhere with me! even in the winter! Why?? because i use it for cooling Munchkins food if we are eating out or even if we are at home! Hes not a fan of waiting for food to cool down!
 FIFTEEN.
Tangle Teezer, I love my tangle teaser! having long hair tangles can be a right pain especially as soon as I've got out of the shower after washing my hair! It works a dream!

I have not been sponsored or paid to give my opinions on these products they are all my own opinions.


Moving on....AGAIN!

Yes its been a few weeks since my last blog post....life has got even more hectic and im struggling to make time to post on my blog....or even find any time for myself! I dont want this blog to just be me moaning because thats not my intention.

The are some personal issues going on (I cant go into these at the moment). We moved into a lovely house the end of 2013 which allowed us to get munchkin into the school we wanted him to go to. We were very happy that our landlord was glad to have us at long term tenants. We completed the first 6 month contract and the landlord agreed to providing us with a long term contract....instead of turning up with the contract he rung us to tell us that someone was coming to view the house with e intention of buying it! So as you can imagine it put us in a right spin.
We have since applied for another house and are waiting for a decision on if we have the house or not. The house is bigger than the one we have at the moment and has an extra bedroom which would low us to have people stay over (which the inlaws are really looking forward.

So we have gone from being comfortable and expecting to spend the next 3+ years here to having to move within the next month! It honestly feels like I've only just finished unpacking after moving into this house. Ahh well....what will be will be!!. I just hope that it doesn't unsettle munchkin too much as it took us a good few months to get him back into his sleeping routine when we moved into this house. I've been taking him out for walks when someone comes to view the house as I don't want him wondering why people are walking around his house.

Let the packing begin! (Oh the joy)