How to make a beautiful bow out of leftover wrapping paper….

how to make a beautiful bow out of leftover wrapping paper

When I give a present to someone I like to spend time choosing a present, think about what I know the person I'm giving it to will enjoy.  And because I spend time on choosing the perfect (in my opinion ;-)) present, I like to make sure that it looks as pretty as possible when it's all wrapped up and ready to give. In the past, I would pop to the supermarket and buy a pack of wrapping paper to match the occasion along with a more often than not expensive matching bow to go with it and occasionally some ribbon if I wanted to really make it look nice!  Present wrapping certainly wasn't cheap … [Read more...]

5 Areas in your home to de-clutter right now….

areas in your home to declutter

My marathon session re-organising the kitchen last week not only made me realise that I have to make the best of the storage space I have available, it also highlighted that we have way too much 'stuff'.  And by stuff, I mean anything and everything. To give you an idea of what I mean, I have a whole shelf of cookbooks that I rarely even look at anymore.  Some of them were given to me as gifts and I've never even had the chance to have more than a quick flick through them which is such a shame.  I have boxes of cookie cutters and cake cases and don't even get me started on my spice … [Read more...]

Five ways to make your freezer work for you….

Make your freezer work harder

You don't need to have a big freezer to make your freezer work for you - trust me, I know this from experience!  With a little bit of organisation, the smallest of freezers can help make life easier for you. Batch cooking This is a great one, especially if you use your slow cooker a lot.  I regularly make extra portions when I'm cooking things like chilli, mince and bolognaise and I pop a family sized portion in the freezer ready for another time.  It means that I have a homemade 'ready meal' sat waiting in the freezer when I need it which is a godsend when I finish work at half two and rush … [Read more...]

What to do if you can’t afford to pay the bills….

Yellow sticky notes and push pin on white with clipping path.

I've written before calculating your monthly budget using my free printable budget planner but today I wanted to try and help with some advice about what you can do if you don't have enough money coming in each month to cover what you're paying out. I'm by no means an expert on this subject but I do know that if you realise that you don't have enough money to pay bills then you need to take action - sooner rather than later.  This might seem like a bit of an obvious thing to say but I know from experience (work not personal) that some people pretend that everything is OK and carry on as … [Read more...]