Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Yesterday was glorious, the type of autumn days I love.... cold and frosty but very dry.... today miserable and wet again. Mother Nature you are a bit of a tease aren't you.
2. Tonight our printer decided to play up and almost die, at the same time Jake was trying to print out his physics homework which is due in tomorrow.  I hate how the evening was spent fiddling with stuff I really don't understand, everyone getting stressed (well ok me mainly). In the end we emailed it to the hotel so Chris could print it off and bring it home with him!
3. Our calendars are filling up rapidly for the rest of this year. So many things to keep track of... I know I will drop the ball on at least one of them.
4. Todd's swimming is going so well. I think I shared that we got him some lessons for his birthday in September. His teacher wants to move him up a group already plus he will be starting swimming with the school in a couple of weeks so I expect to have a little fish by next summer.
5. With working extra and house stuff I have precious little time left for me and my scrapbooking is suffering. I desperately want a day at home by myself to do nothing but scrapbook and catch up with my Project Life album.
6. This week I've sewn up the hems on one boys pair of school trousers and between the legs of the other boys school trousers. Whilst sewing I did wonder how many people these days sit down and do that, or would they just go to the store and buy a new pair.
7. Just found out that Nickelback have a new album out... how did I miss that! Will be acquiring that very soon. If you drive through Parkstone and hear some loud music, it will be me playing it full volume, preferably in an empty house whilst catching up with my scrapbooking!
8. Chris found the packet of caramel chocolate digestives in the cupboard last night when I'd gone to bed.... tonight I found the rest of the packet.... 3 left... only 3 left!!! I ate them quickly before anyone asked for one.
9. This puppy is being a pain tonight.... let me out.... let me in.... oh wait let me out again... like a blinking yo-yo.... good job he's cute.
10. Night, night.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Grocery Monday

An insight into my grocery shopping each week...

Struggling to fit shopping in at the moment now I'm working full-time. I know lots of people do it, but I'm out of practice! I managed to get some done at Asda following my opticians appointment there on Saturday. Then I got the rest at Aldi on Sunday when Todd's match was cancelled due to a water-logged pitch.

Total spend in Aldi: £44.29
Total spend in Asda: £59.12

The Asda spend included two large bags of Iams dog food this week. I bought two because Asda usually has an offer on, two bags for £15... normally £9.98 each, so it's a good saving doing it that way.

This week I thought I'd highlight the price of some fruit as we seem to go through so much more these days thanks to the smoothie maker.


Mango, pack of 2, £1.49.... in Sainsburys the same size pack is £2.50, a whole pound difference! I cut these up straight away and pop into the freezer, they can go straight into smoothies frozen.


Pineapple (don't know way I'm telling its name... I'm sure you know!) 65p... Sainsburys has medium pineapples for £1 or large for £1.50... without putting them side-by-side I can't be sure which this would match to, but it is a good size, so possibly a saving of 85p - again chopped straight away and in the freezer - no chance of waste that way.


Now we don't normally buy these, in fact I have never bought these, but Jake was pleading with me to get them as he loves the dried cranberries, so I said yes. Well you should have seen his face when he tried one! It was so funny as they are especially sharp and bitter. So now we have a pack of cranberries to use in some way. We are planning to throw them in a smoothie with some 'sweeter' fruit. So these were 79p, the same size pack in Sainsburys... £2!


Finally a bargain... ciabatta rolls reduced as the best before date was close, 30% off, down to 34p a pack. I bought 3 as, I think I've said before, great for mini pizza bases, sliced and in the freezer.

Total spend for November so far: (sorry in last week's post I managed to miss a week out)

Week 1 - £109.10
Week 2 - £110.70
Week 3 - £52.39
Week 4 - £103.41

TOTAL =  £375.60
BUDGET = £400

My Week in Pictures

Most of these ended up on Instagram, you can follow me here...katiejane68


1. Leftover puddings brought home from the hotel.
2. Cards made by the boys for Chris.
3. Posh new loos at work.
4. Destruction of wrapping paper, courtesy of Bosley.
5. Spectacular morning sky, Wed.
6. Birthday boy.
7. Jake's prize for his history project on WW1
8. My two bigger boys, ready for goalie training.
9. Finally tackled that drawer in the kitchen that's been driving me crazy.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Remember That Day When...

Remember that day...

... when you had your latest eye test and they told you that you'd be better off with varifocal glasses, or if you wanted to continue to wear your contact lenses that you could buy a pair of reading glasses, and you made that comment that it was kind of going against the point of wearing contacts!

... when you saw your eldest go off to goalie training after a break of months because of his knees, knowing that he'd be sore when he came home.

... when you went Christmas shopping and came home with something for yourself.

... when you found the perfect fabric for the living room blinds, but you didn't buy it because you haven't even finished the kitchen yet.

... when you knew you shouldn't have that snack pack of cheddar biscuits and the world obviously thought the same as there was only four in the packet!

... when you tried a new recipe and they all loved it except the littlest boy who asked how was he supposed to eat the chicken when it was covered in this disgusting sauce!

remember that day... oh how we laughed :-)

the boys... just about ready for training

the perfect fabric

my purchase... a little wooden crate for £2.79 from TKMaxx



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Today is Chris' birthday, just one year off a really big birthday... how did that happen, weren't we twenty-something not so long ago.
2. Bosley is being tormented by a frog/frogs living under the decking steps in the back garden. He's always out there trying to catch them, he has even rubbed a sore bit on the side of his nose recently in a desperate attempt to get his prey, but will he learn... what do you think.
3. Jake forgot his games kit today, but its okay Mummy.... I used spare kit and wore my school shoes... for rugby!!!
4. It was really nice to leave the office at lunch time today and not need a hood, or umbrella. In fact it was almost one of the nice crisp autumn days that I love.
5. I really feel like complaining to some of the big stores, M&S, Next, Sainsburys, TKMaxx to name a few. For weeks over the summer they shove 'back to school' stuff down our necks, then a few weeks/months later when you need another pair of shoes, because the first pair split, can you find any reasonably priced leather school shoes... NO! We were left with either Clarks or Brantanos with shoes costing over £40. We ended up with a pair of Hush Puppies from Brantanos for £42! Todd goes through shoes like crazy no matter what you pay for them... maybe something to do with the constant running around and playing football at break time.
6. Have you started Christmas shopping yet... I haven't but I have started looking around the internet for some ideas. I could spend and spend on some people, but others.. well... I'm stuck.
7. My hair is getting to that stage again... that 'what am I doing' stage... the stage that usually comes right before I get it all cut off again. I'm currently fighting the urge... but these things seem to come around in cycles for me. Short hair for a while, then grow a bob.... cut it all off then grow it again. There's only so much you can do with fine straight hair.
8. Just recently I've noticed Jake using 'Mum' and 'Dad' rather than 'Mummy' or 'Daddy' when talking to us. I suppose it's to be expected, he is 13 now but at the same time I feel a little sad too.
9. Eye test this weekend, my routine check as I wear contact lenses. I need to admit my close vision is pretty crappy now... ugh that age thing again... the contact lens person told me they now have varifocal lenses that I could try!?!?! It's either that or grow my arms longer for reading the small print!
10. Love that the boys still like to make cards for Chris. Todd went with Newcastle United football club and Jake went with a game that he and Chris play online 'Clash of Clans'. Will have to capture these works of art on film for prosperity. :-)

Monday, 17 November 2014

Grocery Monday

An insight into my grocery shopping each week...

I actually went shopping Saturday as I am now working every Monday 'til nearly Christmas, but I thought I'd keep the grocery post on a Monday so as not to confuse you all ;-)

Total spent in Aldi: £32.69
Total spent in Sainsburys: £19.70

Didn't need so much this week, which is always nice.

A good offer...


These meatballs are on offer anyway, but I got an extra 30% off as the due date was the next day. I got two packs for £1.04 each. Great to add to a pasta dish for my hungry boys I think - straight into the chest freezer for now.


Another thing, this lovely fish. I actually bought it last week but forgot to share it with you. The boys and I love this delicate fish, £1.79 a pack from the frozen area.

A couple of extras.... there was a warehouse sale on this week. Basically they open up the back store room and sell-off the weekly offers that didn't sell previously. One boy needed a hat, the other some gloves. At £1.99 each I couldn't complain, and they are fleece lined too, so nice and warm for the winter.



Total spend for November so far:

Week 1 - £109.10
Week 2 - £52.39

TOTAL = £161.49

Sundays Match Report

Todd's team were playing away this week, but it wasn't far to travel. In all honesty I thought the match would be cancelled as the weather was terrible and it had been raining all night. However the match was on, so we got wrapped up and headed up the road.

I didn't take my camera this week because of the weather, so I only have one shot taken with my mobile phone...Grandad took the rest.




It was a close fought match ending 9 all.

Jake, as usual, found his own entertainment...