Monday, 30 March 2015

Meal Plan Monday ~ Cut Costs & Meal Plan



Quite a few people have asked me about meal planning on my personal profile, as I do post about my  shopping habits on there so I thought I would share my normal shop and my Meal plans. One of our main outgoings as a family was food and we would spend on average around £250 a month on food with a huge amount of waste. I will admit I did use a lot of convenience food and we didn't have the best diets all round. 

For Christmas I received a slow cooker and it's been the bane of my life since, my normal cooker has been dying of a slow death for a while now so it's nice just to be able to pop everything in a pot and leave it. As a result of this we have been eating so much better and I hardly ever throw anything away now. 

I do my shopping every 3 weeks at the moment and it normally comes around to £72, so around £24 a week. That includes my sons and other half's sandwich lunches too. I do have a stock up on the fresh items like bread, milk etc. We are pretty lucky as we have a roast dinner every Sunday and the other half's mom buys the meat so that's a little bit off our shopping bill. 

I've also switched some of my brands for value brands as they just taste the same simple things like biscuits, crisps and fruit and vegetables can make a huge difference on your shopping bill. Also frozen vegetables are great to use as an add on for quick meals. 

70% of my cooking is now done in the slow cooker with a cheat simple meal once in the week. Which can be chicken nuggets, hotdogs, burgers. I normally write all my meals down, stick it on the fridge and decide the night before what we will have the next day. 

Here is an example of one of my 3 week meal plans

Chilli/rice (SC) 
Cottage pie/veg (SC) 
Sausage/mash
Chicken casserole (SC) 
Beef stew (SC) 
Chicken breast (SC) /mash 
Cheese potato pie/beans 
Hotdogs/Baps
Mince beef pie/mash/veg
Fish fingers/chips/spaghetti 
Nuggets/chips/peas
Pasta/sweetcorn bake (SC) 
Chicken curry/rice (SC) 
Chicken burgers/Baps 
Toad in the hole/veg
Sausage casserole (SC) 
Spaghetti bol/garlic bread (SC) 
Chicken/veg/pasta soup (SC) 
Hunters chicken/new pots/sweetcorn (SC) 
Gammon cooked in coke/new pots/veg (SC) 
Poached eggs/toast/beans/fried mushrooms





Sunday, 29 March 2015

Qwerki Box Subscription March



I've been trying lots of different subscription boxes the past few months. I'm still convinced that I'm slightly not geeky enough for some of these boxes. I'm not very geeky, not really in to sci fi, comics, games, superheroes so it really limits to what I actually like when I receive a box. I thought I would give Qwerki Box a try to see if I liked their box. The box itself is £15 plus postage. 

Qwerki Box is a monthly package of qwirkiness delivered right to your door that is full of exciting movie, game and animated goodies for you to collect! from Marvel to the Walking Dead each and every month will have a pop vinyl along with five to six mystery items. I've got to admit the pop vinyl and sweets was great but i wasn't keen on anything else. I think i'm going to give it another shot next month and see if its more suited to me. I do want to mention the super customer care. I sent them an email about my pop being damaged in transit and they are replacing with another and i had a reply to my email within a hour! 

Included in this months box was : 

Funko Pop Vinyl - Big trouble in little China, Lo Pan
Limited edition Spider-Man comic
Star Wars card game pack 
Ratchet and clank soft toy
Selection of American chocolates 
Toxic crusaders stickers x3 




Saturday, 28 March 2015

Look In My Lettebox.


Hi everyone, here is my weekly round up with items I've received this week.

Wins 

I won the whole range from Witch skincare, can't wait to start using it. 



MAC lipstick from another blog. This is actually my first ever MAC lipstick and it's gorgeous.



Buys

Acrylic Riser Stand to display some of my Supernatural pops on. £7.49 from ebay. 





Build a bear Rainbow dash for Lexie's birthday next month. It was actually £17.50 with delivery in a promotion they had last week. 



Qwerkibox  



Mystery box from a Funko group



A selection of different Funko's 





Alice Megan

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Trendy Tot Thursday - (#TT_Thursday)



Trendy Tot Thursday is back, where you can showcase your trendy tots's outfits. Pick an outfit from in the week, snap some pictures and post! 

This week is a dress that I got for Lexie for her 3rd birthday last year. It's a vintage hand made dress, which on the listing said it was made from an old duvet cover. Th listing said it was age 4/5 years but it still seems so big for her. So I'm not sure if the wrong size was listed. 



The dress itself was £10 with postage and it's an unique one off. I love the blue bow at the back and the pattern has a glitter shimmer to it and it's just gorgeous.





 I had totally forgotten it until I noticed it at the back of the wardrobe. I'm hoping it fits slightly better for the summer as I think it's going to be a firm favorite. 



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Superdrug Own Brand Footcare - Get Ready For Summer.



Even though there is a few brands I love, I also like to try own brands. In the past I've found that sometimes they work better than some branded items. I do love to get my feet ready for summer, so Superdrug sent me some items to try out. 

I normally do use a foot scrub once a week, I like to keep on top of dry dead skin so it doesn't build up. The Superdrug Intensive Foot Scrub 
contains gentle exfoliates, jojoba seed oil and aloe vera to smooth and soften rough and dry skin. The scrub itself is very thick and it has small grains in. I actually now prefer the smaller grains in any exfoliates as they don't tend to stick on you when you are in the bath. I liked the scent, it's pretty mild not overpowering. I really liked the scrub and it did leave my feet feeling smooth and soft.



RRP -£3.49 

The Superdrug Intensive Foot Cream contains aloe vera to sooth and vitamin B5, renowned for its conditioning properties. The cream itself is also really thick, it does take a while to absorb and leaves a slight greasy film over. Once it's dry it does leave a love,y silky smooth feeling. There really isn't a scent at all either, which I found a bit strange as normally when I moisturise  I do like a bit of a lingering scent too. 



RRP- £3.49 

Superdrug also are proud to say that no animals are tested in their own brand range. So great products without animal cruelty too.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Look In My Lettebox.



Hi everyone, here is my weekly round up with items I've received this week.

Wins 

I won this very nice wooden candle set last week. 




Reviews 

Superdrug foot therapy items 



Godiva chocolate 




Colgate adult and kids toothpaste 




Buys

Lots of Funko pops, the Joker one was a swap. The ponies are for Lexie's birthday.




Freebies 

My little pony squishy pops



Atomican blind bag 




Alice Megan

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Ravensburger Puzzle Giveaway.



I'm giving away this lovely Ravensburger Puzzle. I remember The Hungry Caterpillar Story when I was growing up. It's actually 45 years old. The way it's explains change and growing is magical. It's definitely on the top of my list for children's books. 

Four bright and colourful puzzles specially designed for youngsters aged 18 months+. Each puzzle shows The Hungry Caterpillar in a different stage of his development - the 2 piece shows him nibbling his way through leaves, on the 3 piece he's emerging from a big red juicy strawberry, the 4 piece shows him at his biggest and fattest, whilst the 5 piece shows his transformation into the beautiful butterfly. Each puzzle ensures that children get plenty of visual clues to help them assemble the pieces, helping to build their confidence and encouraging them to move onto other titles and larger piece counts. Start with the 2 piece puzzle and move onto the 3, 4 and 5 piece puzzles once your youngster has started to understand the concept of piecing together the different scenes. The puzzles are made in super-thick white-lined card, just right for little hands. Finished puzzles measure 11.5 x 16cm when completed. A great introduction to jigsaws!





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