Budget Meal Plan #37

Can you pas'ta salt across please!?


I really enjoyed putting together this weeks meal plan, its a mix of traditional, kid friendly meals and some new flavours, for us all as a family to try out!



The 3 Stages Of The “Summer Holidays” Countdown.

We are in the final few weeks (or days for some select unlucky lot) and I asked on my Facebook and Twitter pages how parents were feeling about the oncoming dread of the summer holidays. And well it dawned on me that for us parents there are 3 stages to the countdown to the big 6 weeks of summer school holidays....shall we take a look at them!

Family Meal Plan On A Very Low Budget | "Use What Ya Got'' Week #36

Whats Cookin' Good Lookin'?


This week is one of those super budget weeks! We just had rent week and a couple of other bills go out and we need to save up for Jenson and Evie sign up fees for football next season, so I decided this week just had to be a use what you got in the freezer and cupboard kinda week. 


Why A Mobile Broadband Device Will Be Your Best Friend!

Whether we like it or not, we live in a technology loving world, for almost every waking moment of the day we rely on the internet, from checking the weather before a day out to keeping the kids quiet for half an hour in a bust restaurant, but what about when you don't have a large data package on your phone...


Tried and Tested Beach Hacks For Parents By Parents.

We have all seen the videos pop up in our Facebook news feed, those hacks you couldn't possibly live without, but lets be honest, we have all watched those videos and eye rolled at some of the suggestions, and subsequently cry laughed at the comments left! As a seaside family we spent a whole lotta time at the beach and I wont lie I don't have time to try out BuzzFeed's 100 beach hacks article  (disclaimer this article probably doesn't exist...but it might!) I only want to know about those hacks that have been tried and tested by parents,  so I asked my Instagram followers and fellow parent bloggers and got their best tried and tested beach hacks for parents...


Budget Family Meal Plan #35

Orange you glad to see me! 


How is everyone getting on with their own meal plans? Do you meal plan or are you just here for some 'tea tonight' inspo? 

5 Ideas For...Free Things To Do In Skegness This Summer

The summer holidays are almost here, and as someone who is frugal and mum to 4 kiddos, I like to look for free stuff to do in the local area. I have a little list of things that are our ''go to'' activities in the summer holidays in Skegness, so thought I would share them....


Budget Family Meal Plan #34

A penne for your thoughts?


I am really looking forward to our meals this week, well I always look forward to them, one of my biggest tips is to cook food you want to eat. It makes cooking from scratch so much easier, and so much less of a chore! 


5 Ideas for...Activites To Help Children Recognise and Spell Their Name

This summer Elsie has been trying so hard to write her name, something that was touched on in preschool last year. So over the last few weeks I have been finding ways we can play that will encourage her to recognise the letters in her name and therefore help her learn to write her name. As it is something I see a lot at this time of year in parenting forums and groups I thought I would share 5 ideas to help children recognise and spell their names.


5 fun and easy activity ideas to help preschool children to recognise and spell their names

THIS POST WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON MY BLOG IN AUGUST 2017 

Budget Family Meal Plan #33

Another one bites the crust


We seem to have quite a bit leftover in the fridge this week, last weeks yellow sticker bits seem to be holding out well and so far, over a week past their 'best before' date they are still going super strong! This makes writing up a meal plan so much easier when you have the basis to your meals staring you in the face, obviously this really helps with sticking to a budget too!! 


How To Make A Jar Of Supermarket Value Pasta Sauce Taste Luxury

I know that some people really despise using jarred sauces, ''they are full of junk'' they say, ''you don't know whats in it'' they say, ''its cheaper to make your own'' that last one is what I used to say...but lets get real for a minute...they also have their place! A cheapo jar of pasta sauce will set you back anywhere between 25p-40p in most UK supermarkets, but using a few store cupboard and fridge staples you can transform a meek and humble (and pretty tasteless) budget jar of pasta sauce into something Mama Dolmio and the luxury high priced versions would be jealous of!


YELLOW STICKER Meal Plan #32

Take the 'thyme' to meal plan!


This week I thought I would try something a little different! So as you all know the basis of the majority of our meal plans is 'eat what ya got' but this week I wanted to see how many meals I could get from the Yellow Sticker reduction bins. And you know what? I did pretty well...read on to find out what we have planned!


Budget Family Meal Plan #31

WTF! (Where's The Food!) 




Sorry, sorry, sorry! I took some time away and it taken me a while to get the laptop back out...but here I am. Meal plan thirty one. There is also a grocery haul, although not for this weeks meals (sorry!) over on YouTube so do pop over and give that a watch to (leave me a comment on YouTube and let me know you came from here!


Cheats Vegetable Samosas #MeatFreeMonday

Samo-so so good! 


Meat free Monday this week is all about getting the kiddos involved...Elsie actually made these cheats vegetable samosas all by herself...I even let her use the gas hob independently (off course I stayed very very close by!). This recipe is quick, easy and foolproof, what more could you want for a Monday!

Budget Family Meal Plan #30

Hands up who's hungry?


I can't believe that I have reached 30 meal plans here on the blog! Although I have been meal planning for a lot longer than 30 weeks...I actually think its coming up to 2 and a half years, maybe longer, and I cant believe how much meal planning has changed our finances! Before I started meal planning we would spend upwards of £90, then do a 'top up' shop in the week which would be upward of £30. Add to that the days we would probably end up buying something to chuck in the microwave and the nights we would order a takeaway and we was probably spending an extra £50 a week. And throwing the majority of that £90 food shop away! 

This weeks shop came to around £50 for 6 of us, which is actually a very expensive week for us (usually we spend around £30) but as it is half term I have planned for lunches too. I filmed a video about how I meal plan a couple of years ago, you can watch it here. Although I do shop slightly different now so should really update this video, but at least that will get you started!


Budget Family Meal Plan #29

Hands up who's hungry...


OK, so it has taken me a few days to get this post live, but her it is...even if it is 3 days late!

Slow Cooker 5-a-day Veggie Tagine and Fruity Cous Cous #MeatFreeMonday

Get your 5 a day in one hit!


I'm really big on meat free meals lately, I really want to cut down our intake to just one or 2 meat meals a week by the end of the year. I always thought that veggie meals would be boring and, well, samey. How wrong was I! I've probably eaten more delicious food in the last couple of months than I have in my life! If you are new to meat free meals, why not dip your toe in and try meat free Mondays for a few weeks first? This veggie tagine recipe is great for using up the last of your veggies, there is no veg that you couldn't put in here, and the fruity cous cous is just delicious and adds a sweetness that my kiddos couldn't say no to!


Family Meal Plan #28

dinner time...or tea time?


Another week, another meal plan! I make this my 3rd in 3 weeks yes? I'm gonna call that a win! Anyways enough of me peeping my own trumpet, on with the meal plan!


BBQ Jackfruit #MeatFreeMonday

So easy the kids can (and did) make it!


This year I really want to try new foods, and get into a habit of buying and using less meat, we are at the end of February and so far we have cut down our meat intake to 4/5 nights out of 7, compared to the beginning of January when it was probably 13 in 14 nights...and even then it would be something super simple and a little bit boring like jacket potato and cheese or cheesy pasta! So every Monday I am going to share a meat free recipe we have tried, as usual with my recipes, I tend to check out 3/4 of the same recipe around the web and come up with something similar that suits our family. This week's BBQ jackfruit recipe was inspired by Today We Cooked on Instagram, after reading a few more recipes online I tweaked it until I got this...and if your a little bit dubious about the whole jackfruit trend...trust me, it really is an amazing alternative for pulled pork!

Family Meal Plan #27

This weeks eats...


Hey, so I'm back with another meal plan (I mean 2 weeks in a row is quite an achievement for me!) and this week I would love you to leave me a comment and tell me if you follow our meal plans or if you use them for inspiration? Have you cooked something recently that you saw either here on the blog or over on our Instagram? Let me know what it was and what you thought!

Family Meal Plan #26

On the menu this week...


Ok, so although I have been meal planning weekly I am really bad at writing these blog posts. So whilst I promise to try and keep up, if you want to see every meal plan you should pop over and follow us on Instagram, because I definitely share them all there! So lets try this again...here is what we are eating this week....

5 Tips To Get Rid of Self Doubt

I am assuming that if you are hear reading this you are having THIS feeling...the feeling that you don't deserve a success, you aren't good enough, you don't belong. Research in 2011 found that around 70% of people have felt or will feel this at least once in there life. THIS feeling has a name, self doubt, imposter syndrome. And it doesn't just affect you, your best friend has probably felt it, your neighbour, the man at the bus stop, heck even your favourite celebrity, did you know Lady Gaga, Emma Watson, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Hanks, and more have all spoken out about their own episodes of self doubt. So what can you do right now to get rid of self doubt? Try one of these 5 tips and say hello to a brand new confident you...



5 Ways To Update a Tired Looking Room

This last few months I feel like my Instagram feed has become all about the home, gorgeous looking rooms looking all fancy in beautifully shot photos. Fifty shades of grey and monochrome minimalist seem the flavour of the day as I scroll through whole homes that have been newly decorated. But can I be honest? We cant all afford to update a whole house all at the same time, especially as trends seem to change so fast! I can barely afford a new sofa, let alone carpets for the whole house, new curtains, blinds, sofas, photos frames that all match, a new bathroom and a new kitchen...uh uh...that is absolutely not happening here! So how can I update our house without completely redecorating. Read on for 5 simple ideas to update a tired looking room. 


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5 Ideas For A Date Night

So you are looking for some fresh ideas for a date night, whether you have just started dating, or are looking to add a little 'spark' back into date night. Here are 10 date ideas, budget vs luxury, so take a look and start planning your next date night.



Budget Family Meal Plan w/c 05/01/2019

New year and back to the meal planning, Christmas is over, indulgences all over with, I enjoyed it but must say...I don't think I could eat another mince pie or drink another glass of prosecco if I tried (I'm not a big drinker!), we have probably spent the equivalent of a months shopping budget on food just for 1 week, I clearly did a rubbish job of 'not going mad this year' so we are ready to pull the budget back in and  get back to some meal planning....

I started failing at meal planning the last part of the year because of all the kids after school clubs, so I must remember to include a couple of slow cooker meals, especially for days when the kids have football training and we are kind of all eating at different times. (Serious if you don't own a slow cooker you NEED to get one!!)

Let me know in the comments what your meal plans are this week. Also pop on over to our YouTube channel as there is a Grocery Haul over there and a few family meal idea videos. I will also be filming this weeks meals, so if you don't already be sure to hit subscribe and click the bell notification!