Vegetarian Cumberland Pie

cumberland pie

I do love my food. I also, as regular readers will know well, really hate waste of any kind, particularly food waste. Wasting food makes me really sad and wherever I can I try and reduce this. We meal plan carefully so we ensure what we buy gets eaten up and I try and not […]


Votive Happiness Box Set


Oh I was just so delighted to received the Votive Happiness Box set from Yankee Candle to review. I am  big fan of lovely candles and Yankee Candles never ever disappoint. This was just gorgeous and isn’t the packaging lovely!   My favourite of the votive happiness range was the Cassis  as iIfound it warming […]


Being thankful can stop you shopping

being thankful

A crucial part of being happy on a budget is to value what you have already rather than thinking you need more in order to feel happy. Being thankful and expressing your thanks is a really good way of appreciating what you have. This is why I am delighted that Michelle has created #GiveThanksThursday a […]


January treasures and thrifty pleasures

thrifty  pleasures

So inspired by the lovely Sonia at This Mummy Loves  blog I thought today I would share my week on instagram with you too and show you what thriftiness has been going on chez moi. Well we have been playing a fair few board games this winter ! I love board games they are such […]


How we got on in the family sugar swap challenge

poached eggs

For 6 weeks before Christmas  Public Health England partnered up with Netmums and Reading University to deliver a ‘Family Sugar Challenge’. A unique activity that involved 50 families over a six week period. We were one of the chosen families. For 2 weeks we kept a daily diary of absolutely everything we ate. This was […]


Eden Hall Day Spa Manicure and Pedicure


Last Friday I went to Eden Hall day Spa in Nottinghamshire with a couple of my blogger friends to review their lovely facilities and beauty packages. Now despite being a thrifty blogger I really do believe in treating yourself now and again as I think it is good for the soul! Happiness is more closely […]


2 easy ways to save over £250 through your water usuage


A recent survey was carried out on water usage in UK homes. It looked at several areas where people could save money and water. There are some significant savings to be had. Here are a few examples from the survey…   Q.  Do you turn the tap off when you brush your teeth? A. It […]


5 BRILLIANT ways to encourage your child to read

encourage your child to read

I have been sent these fabulous tips on encouraging children to read and I think they are just spot on. I am so excited to share them with you……. 1. Make reading a part of your family life – Always encourage reading, whether it is on the back of a cereal box at breakfast, or […]


Free Pop ArtPad App for Creative Kids

pop artpad app

My kids both got tablets for Christmas (how lucky were they!) and I am really trying to encourage them to use them creatively and not just for games.Tablets can be a great way to develop artistic skills using exciting mediums. The POP ArtPad app is free to download (hurray!) and  has fabulous features for creative […]


What can you cook with Quorn ?

quorn logo

You can’t get a much better endorsement for a health food product than by a top athlete.  Have a look at this… I have been a Quorn fan for years and as a family of vegetarians we eat it regularly. It isn’t just for veggies though! It is just the easiest of ingredients to cook […]


Donna Wilson designs at Mamas & Papas


Oh I just love it when beautiful quality, gorgeous design and great value merge. I’ve always know you can be stylish on a budget and Mamas and Paps have always done stylish and baby items well. Recently they have been working with Donna Wilson, the former British Designer of the Yea, who has bought her […]


My word for 2015 is Kindness

Inspiring Kindness

I got up really early this morning, January 1st 2015. My head buzzing with ideas. Sadly no one else is awake at 4am so I turn on my computer and head to Pinterest and search for like minded souls. I love Pinterest you can find a whole lot of people who have the same interests […]