Saturday, 14 April 2018

Time to say Goodbye.



This is something I have thought long and hard about over the last few months, I don't really want to go into the ins and outs of it but this is the last post here. 

So thankyou to all my followers, I have made some lovely friends here. I will still read a few blogs, and who knows I  may return to blogging again in the future when I have more time but for now,..... Goodbye
Marlene x

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Blog Break



Taking a break .......


To rest, to relax, to re-energize, to think.



Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Blessings


Welcome to my new follower Lorie.

Easter Blessings to you all.






And so another month begins.





Today is a lovely day, a pottering around the garden day.

Each day more flowers are bursting open. 

The greenhouse is filling up fast with the hope of lots of tasty produce in months to come.

Our little garden helpers.



No big Easter lunch today,  it's only the two of us. We will enjoy a nice roast lamb for tea tomorrow when our son is here.

Enjoy your Easter Sunday whatever you are up to.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Fridays Freebies, Couponing and Bargains


Welcome to my new follower P.

Only one lot of freebies this week.

These were on CheckoutSmart.

Would have cost £1.80 each. 

All totally free.

The free offers only last a day, they do have these on there now but the offer is for 60p. So you have to be quick to get the freebies.



If you want to see how the shopping apps work take a look at this old post I wrote last year.https://simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/shopping-apps.html


I check a few couponing sites every week, one on facebook is called Yo savvy sammy, if you scroll down to the March 25th post there is a link for a coupon for Flora Proactive. £1.00 off any spread, yogurt or mini drinks from the range.

It will allow you to print only 2 coupons, you have to use 2 different email addresses though.


I picked up 2 of these.

Usually £1.50 each, but with the coupons I paid 50p each.




Our favourite butter/spread was on offer up Morrison's 2 for £3.00, they usually retail from £2.80 each upwards depending on the supermarket.
These should keep us going until the next promotion.



I had a few reduced items this week.

Some nice sausages.



18 eggs for 90p



40 Shredded Wheat for £1.38



White wine vinegar 40p




Just to finish off if your feed the wild birds, you can get a 12.6 kg sack of food, for only £3.99 in Home Bargains.




Monday, 26 March 2018

Bargain Veg and Freebies



Just in case you are not aware, the supermarkets are selling cheap veg at the moment , part of an Easter promotion.

I went up to Morrison's this morning, they were selling any 3 for £1

All this for just £2 - bargain!



I later went up to Asda and saw they had a better deal, they were selling for 20p each, but they only had carrots, parsnips and swede.



That should keep us going for a while, I am still tempted to get some more at the end of the week at that price, silly not to. It will keep in the cool shed for a while.

I have had a few freebies since my last freebie post.

Free chocolate - this is from our mobile phone company, every week they have offers, and sometimes freebies.



More chocolate.
My son and myself got a free sim card from another phone company and installed the app on our phones and we can also get freebies, so we had these lovely Easter Eggs.
A very tasty freebie.



Free cheese from Checkoutsmart.



Some good freebies this week.

I will start doing a regular post on Fridays probably, showing any freebies, couponing and good deals.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Itchy Green Fingers


I have been itching to get out and make a start in the greenhouse, I am just going to do a bit maybe every other day.

Everything is going to be grown in pots or grow bags, it's all trial and error really, but hopefully we will get some good results.

Today I planted the garlic, I split the bulbs into the cloves and some had already started spouting.




I mixed shop bought compost with some of our own home made compost.


Then I sowed some cress seeds and a couple of small trays of micro greens. These are now in the kitchen. 

Micro greens are packed with nutrients, I grow tray after tray of these each year so I always have some.




That's all I did in the greenhouse today,  I got a little distracted by these two bundles of cute fluffiness.

This week they have started wandering around the garden, they absolutely love it.







Here's a little video, please excuse all the background noise (radio in shed), all my videos are unedited, you will see the other little chicks they are doing really well, they go in the top section of the outside housing in the day and back in the warm shed at night.



Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Loving the Simple Life



For the last few years or so we have been learning to live the simple life and loving it.

Today I have been reflecting on this.

Things we have learn't about living the simple life.


Making time for family is so important, in this house we are all very busy most of the time with various things, but sometimes you just have to push everything aside, quality time together is so important in your well being. Our little family are very close-knit.





Decluttering can lead to a less cluttered mind, you must have heard the saying tidy house tidy mind. We will never be minimalists, we do have possessions, but decluttering is something which is done regularly here. Letting go of possessions can prove very difficult for some people, if this is the case just challenge yourself to getting rid of a certain amount of things every month, the clutter will soon disappear. 
Ask yourself this - isn't it better to have a dozen good books on your bookshelf which you regularly read rather than buying everything and anything you fancy and never getting around to reading them? It's the same principle with cd's, dvd's, clothes etc etc. Buy a dvd watch it then get rid, then you won't end up with cluttered cupboards and shelves.




Shopping isn't therapy it can be an addiction this applies to all forms of shopping from clothes shopping to food shopping.

In the last few months I have changed the way I shop, yes I do love to buy food at a reduced price, who doesn't, but my cupboards are beginning to look much better, I don't need or want cupboards filled to the rafters anymore.

Something I have always done - cooked from scratch, obviously this is much better for your health, take a look at ready meals, tins etc there is a lot of C**P in them, I am not a saint I do buy shop bought things sometimes, but it reflects on how I feel, if you eat C**P you feel like C**P, good wholesome food is what we want, I would really like to start buying less and buying better. 

Self sufficiency realistically this is not going to happen for us, it is not something we really thought about in previous years, but now we are getting a bit older we want to slow down a bit and not take on so much/more work, I am going to grow crops in pots, hopefully we be eating our own eggs in the future so that's better than nothing, at least we can enjoy knowing it has not been covered in chemicals.

We have learn't to make to and mend and religiously work hard to recycle, reuse and reduce waste, it's good for our pockets but more important it helps the planet.




It is tempting to fill every minute of the day with productivity, but it is so important to take time out, just going for a walk or spending time outside and appreciating the beautiful world around us is so very important, it's good for the body and for the soul.








We gave up keeping with the joneses a long time ago, we are who we are.



Simple Living for us is the act of living with intent. It means embracing a slower pace of life, and makes you slow down and think about the direction your life is going in or perhaps which direction you would like it to go in. It means taking time to breath and enjoy the moments instead of rushing around. Enjoying the small things lead to a much happier and healthier life. Once you start to embrace Simple Living you are in control, everyday life is more manageable.




Simple Living is an ongoing process.

Simple Living makes you appreciate things more, especially everyday things which we are all guilty of taking for granted like a warm home, and good food etc

Simple Living makes you less dependent on things you own, you can find joy in things that don't cost money.

Simple Living brings contentment and peace into your lives.

Simple Living is a personal journey, what might suit some will not suit others, but we can all apply aspects of it into our lives one way or another.