Sunday, 2 August 2015

Little visitors

Today I started out with an early run, it's too hot to go in the middle of the day also I like to run first thing I find I'm ready for the day after a run.

Home for breakfast etc and then crack on with the housework. I have almost finished sorting out my clothes and getting rid of any that don't fit/ I don't wear any longer. Just a few more bits in the wardrobe, Then they will go off to the cash for clothes place and I will crack on with redecorating my bedroom. I have bought the paint a little each payday for the last couple of months so once I am organised I can just crack on.

After today's tidying jobs were complete I went to sit in the garden with my runners world magazine. I was laying on the sunlounger my neighbour gave me- I love it and am so grateful they thought of offering it to me. I had a little visitor;

I've seen this little cat in the garden a lot since we moved here but it is usually too shy for us to get close. In this picture it was watching Dylan make his lunch. He rolled around the ground at my feet and then came over and let me pet him  (or her!) briefly. It came back a little while later and sat by the car if I step towards it he runs away but if I lay in the lounger he'll come for a fuss. I must have dozed off as all of a sudden it was 3 o clock! I carried on reading my magazine and look who was on the chair next to me;

A little grasshopper calling away and there were others I could hear up in the grass as well. 

I spent a lovely afternoon in the garden again today I finished my magazine. Then decided to listen to some of the old archers episodes on radio 4. I found them very interesting to listen to, it's like someone reading you a story. So I continued being lazy laying in the garden  busied myself crocheting like mad working on the new blanket for my bedroom once I decorate! LOL
I only came in at 9:30 because I could no longer see as it was getting so dark. It's still very warm although the wind is picking up a little but with sleeves on it's fine.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

An easy day

Today I felt peaceful, I went for my morning run and when I got back I decided to do the bare minimum housework. My aunt called and popped round, so we sat in the garden and had a natter. Dylan needed a haircut so we popped to his great aunt shop whilst his aunt cut his hair we had a natter and a catch up. Quick pop to the library and the supermarket for fruit/veg then it was home and back in the garden. This is what my day has looked like;


I feel very relaxed and peaceful. It is not often I get a day like this. Tomorrow I need to do a little more tidying. I think I will spend the morning dong that and then the afternoon very much like today. I love the sun lounger chair my neighbour gave me when they replaced it, it is perfect for enjoying the summer.

I am about to watch Mrs Brown's boys with a  little more crochet then I shall be heading to bed. What are your plans for this weekend, are you having the chance to enjoy the sunshine?

Friday, 31 July 2015

Muscle food

I keep seeing on facebook foodie groups that people use muscle foods and that the meat is cheap and good value. Then Elaine posted on mortgage free in three that she had ordered a selectioin of meat. So I popped over to the muscle foods here to be nosey and found that they have an offer for new customers. £75.00 for all of this (and free delivery!)

New Customer Lean Selection:

• 2 x 2.5kg Premium Chicken Breast Fillets 
• 2 x 6-7oz Irish Grass Fed Rump Steaks 
• 4 x 6-7oz British Beef Hache Steaks 
• 2 x 400g British Extra Lean Steak Mince 
• 1 x 1.2kg Whole Corn-Fed Chicken 
• 2 x 400g Premium Diced Turkey Breast 
• 2 x 454g Lean Chicken Breast Sausages 
• 2 x 4oz Lite Beef Burgers

...& Fresh Vegetables:

• 1 x 500g Fresh Skinny Sweet Potato Fries
• 1 x 500g Fresh Slow Cooker Mix 
• 1 x 500g Shredded Red Cabbage 
• 1 x 500g Peeled Chunky Sweet Potato Chips

...& These FREE!!

• 1 x 454g Meaty Pork Sausages
• 1 x 340g Giant British Lean Meatballs
• 1 x 350g Low Fat Bacon Medallions
• Free Super Chilled Delivery
• Your Choice of Delivery Date
• Expertly Cut on Day of Despatch

…& These for NEW Customers ONLY:

• 1 x £5 Muscle Food Vouchers
• 1 x 500g Fresh Salmon Fillet Voucher

Looked good so I decided to order. Today my delivery arrived. I have had emails to tell me it would be coming today and then I got a text message nice an early to tell me it was on it's way. I chose the savers delivery option (free!) as I knew there would be someone here all day so Iddin't mind not having a specific time slot. 

My boxes ready for unpacking. When I opened the box, everything was vacuum packed so looks really small. This is what Igot for my money

Bacon medallions 350g
 2 packs of sweet potato chips 2 packs of turkey breast
  2 packs stuffed full of chicken breasts (24 in total)
  2 packs of hache steaks
  2 packs mince 3 packs of sausages

There was also some rump steaks although I seem to have forgotten those!

There is enough meat here to last us for over a month, probably more like 2 months. Brilliant. Even less need to go to the supermarket now.

Do you want to give muscle foods a go? Then click here the link will take you to the muscle foods website where you will get 4 free chicken breasts on any order over £25.

I have not been paid to write this post. I just wanted to share what I believe to be a fantastic bargain with others.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Another item off the bucket list

Today I faced one of my fears. I was very nervous but determined to do it. I have a problem with water have done since an incident involving water with 2 of my sisters involving water as an early teen. It is this that has pushed me into ensuring that my children could swim, they were in the swimming pool as soon as they had had their first lot of booster injections at 3 months old and were taken regularly so that they were water confident, once they started to be able to look like they were ready to swim they were into swimming lessons. They are both good swimmers now and I would be confident to let them swim without me in the pool.

On our bucket list is to go canoeing/kayaking. I was very excited to see that Lee Valley white water centre centre had canoe sessions suitable for beginners all through the summer holidays. And the best bit it is just £5 per person for one hour everything you need is included (canoe, buoyancy aid and safety helmet). What a bargain. So I booked the three of us  in before I could change my mind. I knew the children would love it even if I wasn't so sure.

I am not going to lie I woke up this morning full of nerves. It says it is on a lake. That sounded like a lot of scary water to me! I had promised, there was no backing out. Once we got to the centre I was immediately reassured. I could see the bottom of the lake, it didn't look that deep. Come on you can do this! I got us signed in, filled in the permission forms for the children and waited for our turn. Watching children happily paddling/rowing (I'm not sure which you call it for canoeing) around the lake. My two were very excited, as were the group of 5 youngsters we were going to be sharing the lake with. They seemed fearless. If they can do this so can I! We got our safety gear on and it was our turn. Stephanie decided just as we were about to get in the lake that she would rather have a canoe to herself, she had said all morning that she wanted to go in together. I was put in first. Deep breath and I pushed off.

I paddled around the beginning a little watched both of my children get in a move around. Stephanie immediately declared it hard! LOL Not sure what she expected but soon she was moving herself more confidently around the lake. She stopped for a little while, content to watch the rest of us moving around. One of the lads in the group was chatting to her, giving her tips and encouraging her to keep trying. She did, and with more confidence. She seemed happier to stick near to this confident group than to move around with her poor mum! Never mind, I had discovered the ;ake is only around waist height for me, she is a good swimmer I was happy to let her some independence. I started to race Dylan a little around the lake. It was fab to find something that the teenager is happy to do with me still!!

All to soon we had our ten minute warning. It was almost time to get out. Stephanie decided that she was quite far from the entrance/ exit so started to make her way over slowly. Dylan and I played a little in the slalom poles, not sure if that's what they are but it's how we used them. Then it was time to get out. Where did the hour go??

(Stock photo from the Lee valley website, no pictures of us as all cameras were safely in a locker)

We already have plans to go back in a couple of weeks, we are going to try and get my sister to come with her boys when they are down for a visit.

I also have the idea for booking proper canoe lessons for the children as their Christmas present this year- Shh don't tell them!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

They keep on growing, growing, growing

Why can't the children play ball by not growing so that I can save more money! LOL every parents wish I am sure.

Today Stephanie and I spent an hour or so sorting through her wardrobe and drawers as she has grown again. Look at all this that no longer fits;

Once I had folded it all tidily it filled two of the very large sports direct bags for life that you get. I am hoping some of it will sell and have started to list it on the facebook selling sites. If they don't go then I will take it down to cash for clothes. the few pounds I make on it all will be put towards a summer treat for us all. Hiding in there are a couple of coats, a couple of jackets, numerous dresses and t-shirts. Would you believe despite removing this lot from her room there is still a whole wardrobe full of clothes in there. Also we have a few bits packed in suitcases as she is due to go away with Brownies this weekend so that case got packed earlier. Also still have the suitcase packed from last weekend when we were meant to go to my sister's. We are hoping to go in the next couple of weeks instead so I haven't unpacked yet. Not unpacking has also highlighted that we all have far too many clothes. I am on a shopping ban!!

It's been another dry and windy day here so I have some washing to sort and iron so best go and get on with it...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

We're going on a shark hunt...

We're going to see some big ones
We not scared
They're swimming in the tanks!

Today Stephanie and I went to the aquarium. Stephanie is loving sharks at the moment, so a quick bit of research found that local to us London Aquarium has the highest variety of sharks for us to see.

It wasn't our most frugal day but savings were made along the way. Children travel for £1 on trains at the moment so our train fares cost less than £26. There is also an offer on south eastern trains where you can get 2 for 1 vouchers for many London attractions. Sea-life is one of these. You can either pick up a leaflet in the station or print your own from their online site here. I decided to print my own as in previous summers the train station has run out of leaflets.

We queued for ages to get in to the aquarium but we had a fabulous time in there. We were there for around 3 hours. My phone battery died so I only got a few pictures. Stephanie used my phone camera to take some videos. We did take Stephanie's camera with us but her memory card filled up very quickly! LOL

I plan on helping Stephanie to collect all the shark facts she learns over the holidays and see if we can make a little book to make use of all of the pictures. Stephanie is really enjoying using the computer at the moment so I am thinking a digital book may be the way to go.

How do you support your children's interests so that they extend their knowledge?

Monday, 27 July 2015


Whilst sorting and tidying yesterday I came across these old videos. Look how tiny and cute! my babies were. I sat for a ages watching the snippets of our days and the old school plays that were in the camera.

Stephanie has since discovered the camera and is making more up to date movies with it! lol