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#SaveMoneyMonday – Free Printables for EVERYTHING….

I’ve had an idea in my head for a post for ages but I knew it would take a little while to put together so I left it until I had some time.

It turns out that not only has someone already done all the hard work, they’ve also made it up into an awesome Pinterest board.

So instead of doing anything else, I’m going to simply point you in the direction of the Free Printables Pinterest board which has all sorts of free printables (as the name suggests).

Follow Cyndy @ The Creativity Exchange’s board Free Printables on Pinterest.

When I say it has all sorts of printables on there, I really do mean all sorts.  Everything from gift tags, Christmas jar labels, place settings, planners, diaries, storage labels, invites, thank you cards, monogram designs, recipe cards, lists…. I could go on but you really need to see for yourself.

So, go forth and investigate.

You can thank me later! ;-)


Monday’s Parenting Pin It Party #74….

Can you believe that another week has flown by?

This time next week I’m going to be saying that we’re only a few days away from the start of November!

At least the fact that another week has passed means that it’s time for another Parenting Pin It Party.  I love reading through the posts linked up each week and I ALWAYS learn something new and I’m looking forward to snuggling up with a hot chocolate and reading all of your posts.

I’d love you all to join in with this week’s party.  All you need to do is link up a parenting post to the linky at the bottom of this post and we’ll do the rest.  We’d love you to add the badge but you don’t have to – the main thing is that you link up your post!

Andrea is hosting this week and she’s sat waiting for your post to be linked up so can start pinning all of your posts to the Parenting Party Pinterest board (which is a great place to lose a few hours if you have some spare time).  Next week’s host will then choose her favourite two posts to be featured in their post next Monday.

Parenting Pin It Party Badge Monday Parenting Pin It Party #21

The Parenting Pin it Party is co-hosted each week by myself, Romanian MumKiddy ChartsMum of OneMummy AlarmAll you need is love and cake and The Fairy and the Frog

Crocktober – the third week….

We’re still enjoying taking part in Crocktober  but I’m starting to run a little short of ideas now so it looks like Google is going to be my friend this week. ;-)


 beef stew

We had beef stew on Monday although I got a bit potato happy with it and it looks in the photo like it was actually potato stew!  It was delicious though and tasted really nice with some home made Yorkshire puds!


Beef stew pie

Last nights beef stew leftovers went in a pie although I strained most of the gravy off so the pie wasn’t soggy.  The gravy was heated up separately and poured over the pie.  Don’t tell anyone but I used ready made pastry as I was in a hurry although I did get it in the reduced section if that makes you feel better though.


No tea needed tonight as we were out until quite late so we had tea out.


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Thursday was homemade hog roast day although the piece of pork we bought was a lot fattier than it had looked so it took me ages to separate the meat from the fat once the joint was cooked.  Once I had though, the meat was so lovely in a bun with some stuffing and some apple sauce.  My favourite meal of the week by far!



Today was dedicated to topping up my freezer supply of homemade tomato sauce which I use for everything from pasta sauce to pizza toppings and from a base to tuna pasta bake to a sauce to cook chicken in.



We tried jacket potatoes in the slow cooker today and they were a huge success.  It was just me and Miss Frugal for tea as the boys were at the pictures and got snacks there and this was the perfect solution.  She had her favourite tuna and cheese topping and I had some mince and onion from the freezer on top of mine.  They’re super easy – all you do is the usual prick the potato, rub in some olive oil and sprinkle some salt on them, wrap in foil and cook on high till they’re done.  Mine took about 4 1/2 hours.


I’ll show you later – I’m planning to make slow cooker rice pudding.

It’s not too late to join in with Crocktober – you can find lots of inspiration over the Crock-Pot UK Facebook page if you want to join in.

(PS sorry about some of the photos, I’ve lost my camera’s memory card…. again!)

Have an attitude of gratitude….

Every week for about the last six weeks, I’ve read Polly’s lovely 52 weeks of gratitude post and every week I’ve commented to say how lovely her post was and how important it was to be grateful for the small things in life.  I’ve probably even said a few times that I would be joining in and writing my own but I’ve never got around to actually doing it until today.

When you're aged 9 and 12, pretty much anything is fun if you've got your wellies on an you're out in the rain!

When you’re aged 9 and 12, pretty much anything is fun if you’ve got your wellies on an you’re out in the rain!

  1. This is my favourite time of year and I love that the nights are drawing in – we had a gorgeous walk on the beach in the dark one night last week and we loved it.  It turns out paddling in the sea is even more fun in the dark when you’re wearing your wellies!
  2. After all my worries, Miss Frugal has settled in beautifully to her new school despite not knowing anyone when she started in September.  I genuinely couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone – she has lots of new friends, she’s joined new clubs at school and her teacher thinks she’s settling in really well.
  3. Master Frugal has found something he loves to do – Judo.  He is really enjoying his judo classes every week and I think it’s going to be something that he sticks to.
  4. Miss Frugal is teaching herself Yoga from Youtube and the expressions on her face are enough to make me smile anytime.  She concentrates so hard that it can’t be relaxing in any way but it relaxes me just watching her so I’ll keep on encouraging her.
  5. My slow cooker is on and I can smell the pork shoulder cooking away.  We’re having it in buns with apple sauce and stuffing with gravy which makes me more excited than I possibly should be!
  6. I’m on track for my quest to be completely done for Christmas by the start of December – I have almost everything that I need and because I’ve started shopping so early, I’ve got some fab bargains including £60+ worth of things from Claires for £10.
  7. I have Skittles vodka AND cherry ice cream in my freezer.
  8. My car no longer sounds like a tank and it didn’t cost a fortune to get it fixed.
  9. I have some new bedding and it’s so nice – it’s like new bed feeling every night.
  10. I have discovered heart shaped marshmallows which make hot chocolate even more super awesome.