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Why I meal plan and how?

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Planning meals is very important to me, I don’t bother with breakfast or lunch, but focus on dinner time, as that what works for me.

Meal planning for me is essential, as we do end up splurging on food that didn’t get used, and that ends up in the bin. So meal planning to me is very important.

I go by first of all what we already have, so that food gets used up and then go on what else we need for the week ahead. I will do a grocery haul soon.

I have created a meal planning printables so go and check them out below.

Meal planner design Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Meal Planner Dinners for the week in blue

I always meal plan from Saturday onwards, as that’s when we do our shopping, but you can create a meal planner of your own and arrange the days that work for you, these are just some ideas and tools if you too wish to meal plan.

I hope you find this useful and helps you with saving money on food.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

A Trip To Southampton

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It was a brilliant new year, one I shall never forget. We traveled to Southampton to see my husband’s parents.

Firstly when we arrived we took my husbands real mum and her husband for a coffee in a place called Woolston. Not that many shops, but there is the Woolston Cafe there and they do a lovely full English Breakfast, or you can have other meals too and a drink.

As you drive through to Southampton you come across the harbour, with many boats. It is a beautiful place and I get goose bumps whenever we drive to Southampton.

Then we went to see my husbands real dad and step mum, who live in a place called Sholing, which has a few shops, but it is mainly houses. It was a lovely surprise to them as we didn’t say that we were coming down on new years eve, and they loved the surprise.

We had a bite to eat there and then went out to a pub called The Juniper Berry where they had Karaoke, at which my father in-law got up and sang a few songs.

Then went round to one of our friends in Southampton place to celebrate the new year and had a few drinks in doors.

Picture of our friends on New Years Eve

The next day we stayed mainly indoors with my husbands dad and step mum, watching some old films. My husband and I did take a little walk up to the shop, but that was all we did do in terms of going out.

On Wednesday we celebrated my husbands dads birthday, and started off in a pub  called the Heartbreakers, which was a nice little pub round the back of town very quiet but very comfortable.

They do a huge range of drinks and I was drinking Symonds Cider.

My husband on the left of this picture in the blue suit and my father in law who was the birthday boy.

In between visiting the Heartbreakers we went round to Christina’s for a bite to eat, they do a whole range of nice food. I had my favourite, scampi and chips, which I know it is not healthy, but when I am on holiday I like to treat myself a little bit.

Then on from Heartbreakers we walked to another pub called The Angel, which had again wasn’t packed so plenty places to sit and we all each put on some music on the jukebox. There were a good variety, plus they had the football on live aswell.

It was a really brilliant evening and good to play some music and have a drink at the same time.

Southampton is great for shopping aswell and they have a great selection if you like me, like shopping in charity shops, aswell high street stores like Primark, Marks and Spencers and Debenhams.

I also love going down to the Quay but not much was open on this day, and none of the big Cruise ships were in, so we didn’t go down there this time.

In any case we still had a fantastic time and I would totally recommend it.

Many thanks for reading

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

My Favourite Christmas Films

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My favourite films at Christmas is You’ve go mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I just love the innocence of the movie and how they finally realise that they already know each other.

Then Mary Poppins, the old version, not the new one that has just been released. I am sorry but you can’t beat the classics and it always brings me such excitement every time I see the film.

My son and I are loving Polar Express at the moment, and we’ve watched twice in two days. I just love the magic of it and my son because he loves trains, loves the film.

I can’t forget the old classic, A Christmas Carol, about Scrooge and is visited by the ghost of Christmas passed and present. I love the old black and white version.

Then there are films like The Snowman, it always brings me goosebumps each year and never grow sick of it.

Groundhog day with Bill Murray, absolutely hilarious and never grow sick of it, it still makes me laugh every time I watch it.

I am looking forward seeing some of these films this Christmas again and again.

So what are your favourite Christmas films? I would love to hear from you.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

Carrie X

Celebrating my birthday

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Last weekend I celebrated my 40th birthday. How do I feel?

I feel OK, I not allowing the negative thoughts about it come through, the thoughts of “I haven’t achieved everything I wanted and age and time are catching up with me”,  but I still got time to achieve all that I want, instead.

On the actual day which was last Thursday, I met my mum for lunch, and went to the Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, in Victoria street, London. The food was lovely, I had Pasta Bolognese and my mum had ravioli type dish.

Then Saturday my husband and I went to see Bat Out Of Hell, at the Dominion Theatre.

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It was a really good show. If you like Meat Loaf, whom I have seen in concert you’d like this musical. It is about a young girl called Raven, is kept prisoner by her father who happens to be dictatorial ruler of the city, but she falls in love with Strat.

It includes all the songs you’d recognise from the Bat Out of Hell albums that Meat loaf had done in his passed albums. Real tribute I felt to Meat Loaf and his music.

In the evening we met my family (my mum, step dad, brother and his family) for a meal in Bills, in Wimbledon. Really nice meal, and delicious pudding.

Soon I will be meeting my friends for a birthday drink too, soon.

It was all in all a great weekend and glad I got to celebrate my birthday in style.

I’ll only be 40 once so good to celebrate it.

Have you recently celebrated a birthday, if so let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Visiting Wisley Gardens

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Last Sunday as it was coming up to my nieces 11th birthday, we celebrated by having a picnic in Wisley Gardens.

Such a beautiful place to visit with it lovely flowers, plants, ponds and a cafe where you can have a drink and enjoy the scenery.

There is even a play area for children to play, but my nieces wanted to climb the trees there.

Inside this large green house is some lovely plants, flowers and a waterfall which you can walk under, and apparently you can get married in there too.

It costs about £14 to £15 for adults, families it is about £40 and about £12 for a large group of 10 or more per person, but it is well worth the visit.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Getting things done

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Thank the world that it is finally the weekend, and I have so much to do this week arising, because my son is starting school. YIKES!

I have been watching a lot of videos by Jordan Page, on how she schedules her weeks and days, by following a Block Schedule system, check this out below:

They are really good to watch, and helps get you organised.

Here another about how she budgets and got out of being in debt.

Here is one of her videos about how she does her “To do’s”, and how to get things done.

I find her videos so inspiring, and she makes it easy and quick to do.

She even plans her years in advanced, see video below:

She is truly inspiring, and now I am going to sort my own life out too.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

A trip to Kingston

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Yesterday we (my mum and I) took my son Henry to Kingston Upon Thames, it isn’t that far from where we live and can easily take a overground train there or get there by various buses, check out the TFL website for information.

It was nice weather, not too hot or cold, and we looked around some shops, firstly in John Lewis as we needed to get some more bits of uniform for my cousins, and also to have look around and then had a bit of lunch in Pret a Manger

Then we took a boat ride from Kingston to Hampton court and back. It was only £9 return and was a lovely trip along the River Thames.

Such a lovely day out and you can even get the boat to Richmond to Hampton Court and back.

What lovely days out have you had? I would love to find out.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X