Budget Family Meal Plan #48

Whether you are new to meal planning or are a seasoned expert I hope that these meal plan posts bring you some inspiration! We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

You can watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

Budget Family Meal Plan #47

Whether you are new to meal planning or are a seasoned expert I hope that these meal plan posts bring you some inspiration! We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

You can watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise & Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise

I have opened many a blog review with the next line...but its true...so here goes...My kids bloomin love a surprise egg style toy. So when Zuru got in touch and asked if we would like to review the brand new Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise and Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise, I knew that Elsie would love them as an early birthday gift!

Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted Rainbocorns in return for an honest review. All words, opinions and photos are my own.  

Budget Family Meal Plan #46

Right so, we are trying something new...we tried it last month and we actually saved a hefty amount (or at least we would have if we hadn't of wasted that money on eating out...I've started meal planning and shopping monthly for the main shopping items and then each week we get the fresh veg and fresh fruit that we find yellow stickered, then things like bread, cheese (why do we eat so much!), and milk as and when we need it! Last month (September) it worked a treat, so I am hoping it works just as well this month. I will still share weekly plans though because it just suits me better as a blogger to have up weekly plans, it also means that I can sit and bulk type the months meal plans and I shouldn't miss a week ever again!!

We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

You can watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

Budget Family Meal Plan #45

OK...OK....so I fell of the 'sharing our meal plan' wagon didn't I! But fear not, I am back to hopefully bring you some tea time inspiration! I will also share 5 days of pack up ideas later in the post so keep on reading!

We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

You can watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

Zuru Smashers EPIC Dino Egg - Is It Worth It?

If you are a long time reader you will know that my kids love a collectible, you will know that they love anything that is hidden and requires unboxing, so when Zuru asked us if they could send us the brand new Smashers EPIC Dino Egg I knew they would absolutely love it! And whats more, I wanted to know, with an RRP of £24.99 - is it worth the price? Read on to find out what we thought, and for your chance to win a £25 Smyths voucher.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this bundle in return for a blog post, hosting a giveaway and some social media posts. All words, photos and opinions are our own. 

Halloween and October Half-Term Activities and Whats On - Skegness 2019

It only just feels like we are getting back into a routine after the summer holidays, but here we are just a few weeks away from October half term. But whats on? What is there to do? Don't worry I have done all the hard work for you, here is a list of all of the family/kid friendly events I could find during October half term in Skegness and surrounding areas. Keep this page bookmarked for regular updates. 



Details correct at time of publishing (September 2019) please contact locations to check details. If any details are wrong OR you have a regular after school event/activity you would like to add to this list, please contact me at oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com 


Fear Island @Fantasy Island (Sea Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness)
Free entry, but be prepared for additional prices to incur. 12th October-3rd November 11am-7pm/9pm (closes times vary, please see the website or Facebook page for details)

6 new attractions, 3 new shows (not all are family friendly) for more information see the wesbite here:  Fear Island III @Fantasy Island


Halloween Party @Kidsworld (Lucky Strikes, Grand Parade, Skegness)
£7.50 per child. Thursday 24th October 2019, 3pm-7pm

Includes entry to soft play, disco, food, drinks, party games, free face painting, fancy dress competition.


Halloween Grotto and Trick or Treat Trail @Hildreds Centre (Lumley Road, Skegness)
FREE! Saturday 26th October 2019, 11am-3pm

Nightmare before Christmas Halloween grotto, meet and greet Jack and Sally, free face painting, trick or treat around the shops and a zombie containment unit


Halloween Party @Highwayman, (Lincoln Road, Skegness)
Price unknown. Saturday 26th October, 7.30-11.30pm

Disco, games and fancy dress competition.


Halloween Party @Hillbilly Hueys, Catchwater Meadows (Burgh Le Marsh)
Price unknown, disco and karaoke 26th October


Halloween 5k fun run/walk
£3 per adult, £2 per child. Fundraiser for St Barnabas hospice. 26th October 2019, 11am start

For more information contact The New Park Club Facebook page or pop in to the New Park Club, Scarborough Avenue, Skegness


Halloween Party @Captain Kids (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£8 October 26th 4–7pm

Access to the soft play area, disco, party games, buffet, face-painting, fancy dress competition and prices to be won.


Spooktacular Evening @Northcotes Horses (Sandy Lane, Great Steeping, Spilsby)
£3 per person, under 3's free. 26th October 3.30-6.30pm

OUTDOORS- Fancy dress competition, aerial performance, fire performance, BBQ, small animal handling, apple bobbing and more.


Halloween Big Bash @The Suncastle, North parade, Skegness
£3 per child (3+) under 3's and adults FREE, 26th October 2019, 6pm onwards

Price includes entry to soft play area, children's entertainment, fancy dress competitions, games, raffle, live entertainment from 9pm


Halloween Dino's and Dragons @Skegness Aquarium
Included in aquarium ticket price, 26th & 27th October 2019

Meet and greet dragon (Saturday) and dinosaur  (Sunday), also includes a trick or treat trail, fancy dress competition, scary storytelling and a spooky quiz trail.


Halloween offers @Skegness Bowl (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£11.99 adult, £8.99 child. 28th October - 3rd November 2019

2 games of bowling and a choice of alcoholic or non alcoholic 'dinos brew'


The Halloween Experience, Wigg Lane, Chapel Saint Leonards (Nr Skegness)
Price unknown, October 31st 5.30pm-November 2nd 11.30pm


Halloween Kids Disco @The Vine (Vine Road, Skegness)
Free entry, October 31st 6-9pm


Halloween Party @Laser Quest, Skegness Pier, Grand Parade
£9.99 per child (6-14). 1st November 6pm-8.30pm

Laser quest, party games, buffet, fancy dress competition

Grab your broomsticks and fly out for more fun, a little further afield...




Bell's Pumpkin Patch (Bells Gardening Outlet, Lowfields Road, Bennington) 

FREE ENTRY (additional prices apply) Saturday 19th- Monday 28th October 10-5

Pick your own pumpkin, carving tent, photo stations, potato catapults, pumpkin cannon, bounce & climb, maize maze, tractor rides, hot and cold food available


Halloween at The Castle (Tattershall Castle. Tattershall)Admission prices apply + crafts £1.50 each, trail £2 each


Halloween Special (Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Grimsby)
£8 adults, £6 seniors, £4 children (under 3 free), family ticket (for two adults and up to four children) £20, £1 Dogs. 27th, 28th October 2019 11am-6pm

Spooky entertainment, meet birds of prey at your seats on the train and more!


Poplar Farm Pumpkin Patch, Sutton on Sea
25th, 26th, 27th October 2019

Pick your own pumpkins, pumpkin activities and games, pumpkin home baking and Harry Potter teas in the Vintage Tea Room.


Spooky Treat Trail (Lincolnshire Wildlife Park)
Standard admission prices plus £1 per child. 26th, 27th October 2019


Fright Night Fireworks (Springfields Outlet, Spalding)
Adult £8, £5 kids. 31st October 2019, 6pm onwards

Spooky entertainment, fancy dress competition, fireworks.


Donna Nook Maize Maze (Louth, Lincolnshire)
£5 per person 31st October - 2nd November 10am - 5pm and 7pm-10pm

Expect spooky decorations, props and live scares! PLEASE NOTE THE LIVE SCARES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 7PM IN THE DARK.  IT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN.