Friday, 22 February 2013

How arwe your new years aims are going?


I have spent a lovely half term week with my little family. I have got into a little routine where I stay in bed doing my school paperwork until the children wake and come and find me. This is working out well. I still have loads to do but it's like the ironing pile- there is always some lurking somewhere. The urgent things are done the rest will come together soon enough.

  • to finish decorating/ making our home our own
    I have spent at least an hour a day trying to work on our home. The kitchen is complete, I have now began the decluttering of my bedroom in preparation of painting. At some point in the next few weeks I hope to be able to begin this. I have the paint ready, I want to paint it white and I have enough white from painting the kitchen so I won't need to spend out on this :-)
  • to save for the future
  • I have been saving and currently have £550 saved in total. Monday is payday so will be adding more once bills are paid.
  • to enjoy more family fitness
  • Dylan and I continue to go to the gym/for a swim on weekends. We have been out walking this week and have spent a whole day on the allotment this week. So lots of exercise. This weekend we are planning a day in London and a day on the allotment.
  • frugal- I want to make what we have go further
  • We have been making the most of my English heritage/ national trust memberships and have had a couple of frugal days out with these, taking lunch with us. We have lived out of the freezer since Christmas. Today I went shopping I have completely filled the freezer with a trip to the butchers. I got chatting to one of the butchers as Dylan asked me to buy a rabbit to try so I asked how he would recommend cooking it. I ended up getting some absolute bargains as it was 5pm and they wanted to shut up shop. I did spend £90  but I have got about 3 months if not more meat in my freezer now. I have a pork joint (cut up as it is large), steak, braising steak, stewing lamb, stewing steak, lamb steaks, chicken breasts, rabbits, mince meat, sausage meat, and something else I forget. But loads and loads of meat which they gave me for mostly half price if not heavily discounted. I was also told when I want to buy more to go back at that time as they will do me deals again :-)
  • to fix things- I have lots of things around the house that need mending/ altering that I haven't got around to doing.
  • I fixed the door on the cupboard I no longer use in the kitchen, Stephanie now has it in her bedroom for her crafting kits/supplies
  • to finish things, I have several craft projects started 2013 is the year to finish things off.
  • I'm still working on Stephanie's crochet blanket, she started off wanting it to be a lap blanket, she now wants it as a bed blanket like mine. So will take a little longer than planned

    So how are you getting on with any aims/goals you have set yourself?


    1. Although I have discontinued my blog (Greenisthenewblack) I still read yours. I am now concentrating on Facebook and Twitter.

      We have a great deal in common. I wish I knew some of the people i know in the virtual world, in the real world.

      1. Good to 'see' you, how do I find you on facebook/Twitter? If you are more savvy than me with these things my (neglected recently, whoops) Twitter feed shows on my blog. let me know it's you that way :-)

    2. Hi Sarah,

      I have to say you are my INSPIRATION!

      You've done so well with your school work, allotment, renovation of the kitchen and New Year Goals! I am so impressed. Did you have a lovely day at the Castle? Did you use your NT or EH membership cards?

      Sft x

    3. Ty SFT hope you have enjoyed your half term ad much as I have mine.
      I have used both my NT and EH cards this week. on Tuesday I used my EH to visit Rochester castle, on Thursday I used NT to visit Bodiam castle. we had a great time both days- and very different weather Tuesday we had no coats on. Thursday we had several layers, snow coats, hats and gloves to fight the cold. what an odd week!

    4. Hi Sarah,

      Bodiam Castle is wonderful isn't it? We loved our visit.

      Not been into Rochester Castle but seen the outside. Rochester is a lovely place to visit.

      Yes, hasn't the weather been bonkers!

      Sft x

      1. Bodiam is fantastic, so beautiful.
        we have been to Rochester countless times, I used to live a stones throw from the castle.
        Stephanie is already planning our visits for the easter holidays x