I was incredibly honoured to be contacted by the lovely Caroline from Mermen for Mind, a heart warming project run in memory of Ellen Scott. The team have created a fantastic Charity Calender to support Mind the mental health charity and In this post I will tell you more about Ellen, the Mermen for Mind Project and why it’s a cause so very close to my heart.
On Friday the 14th of December we had a lovely, festive and certainly enchanting evening at the very beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum for there annual event Enchanted Christmas.
Hello everyone! I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the run up to the big day. Yes, we are certainly well and truly into the the festive season in fact as i’m writing this there is less than 2 weeks until Christmas day and although we’ve definitely been alot more organised this time around December seems to be flying by just as quickly as the rest of the year! Family traditions are in full swing, Christmas preparations are full steam ahead and excitement is building in anticipation for the 25th of December and the festivities ahead.
For many years now we have done the majority of our shopping in the larger chains of supermarkets. We occasionally pop into Asda and Morrisons but do most of our main food shop in the giant of the supermarket world Tesco. I suppose one of the main factors for this is simply convenience because Tesco is our closest store and it’s just what we’re used to. However lately it seems we have been spending a small fortune on our groceries and with Christmas fast approaching and home improvement plans on the cards we are determined to become more shopping savvy and save some money.
I’ve been considering trying our local Aldi store for a long while now and after some quite wonderful reviews from a few family members and friends and hearing of their incredible savings Luke and I decided it had to be done. So last weekend we went along to check out what Aldi had to offer!
I’ll be honest, I was quite excited, definitely more so than my husband who does tend to prefer the big brand names (I call him a brand snob) however lately he has been more open to trying the more budget friendly options. First Impressions of Aldi are very positive, we didn’t go with a full shop planned and had no list it was more of a little top up shop and mainly to do a little recon of the store to see if we thought a switch would be possible for us.
We came out with 2 full bags, a large pumpkin, because me and little lady convinced Daddy we must have a practice run with our design, and a Halloween craft kit which i’m going to insert a photo of because we were so impressed with it!
It’s a decorate your own witches hat and wand and little lady (and myself) had so much fun with it! For £1.99 you can’t go wrong.
We was also thoroughly impressed with The final total of £20.23p for the goods that we brought which included fresh produce and we’ll definitely shop there again, however could we do a total switch?
Now for a confession ….We did head into Tesco the following day, I know, another day another supermarket, we needed a few things for little ones lunch box and some other bits that we didn’t pick up from Aldi but as I said we never went along with a list or wanting anything in particular so I’m not saying we couldn’t of found it there. On my last online shop with Tesco I noticed a few new budget friendly brands and during our quick shop on Sunday we picked up some things from these ranges and was quite surprised with how inexpensive they were.
We only picked up a few products including a couple of ready meals, which we don’t normally buy however if they are as tasty as they look they would be great alternatives for me on my work days. There is alot more available from these ranges most of which is under £1. So with the discovery of these budget friendly brands such as Hearty Food Company, The Grower’s Harvest and Molly’s and sticking to the more inexpensive products could we save just as much as if we made a switch to Aldi? That’s what I intend to find out over the next few weeks and what I’ll be documenting on the blog in my new Budget buying series.
Now I will admit that both myself and Luke are impulse buyers, we never take shopping lists and tend to buy alot more than what we probably need so this is also factors we’ll be taking into account and working to change in order to be able to put some pennies (hopefully pounds) aside for other things.
I had quite alot of interest on Twitter on my opinion of Aldi which was lovely (if any of you are reading this I really enjoyed chatting with you all) and so I am planning a grocery shop price comparison where we’ll comprise a shopping list of products we buy regularly, we’ll document the cost from Tesco and them buy the same or find close alternatives from Aldi and compare the final total. I can’t wait to find out the outcome and share it with you and see if we are going to go ahead and make the switch to Aldi! I’ll keep you updated.
Thank you so much for reading,
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran.
Hello and Happy 1st of October to you all! Firstly How exactly are we in October already! September absolutely flew by and now in my opinion we can officially start being openly excited that CHRISTMAS is approaching! Honestly I’d already have the Christmas tree up now if I was allowed!
We love arts and crafts! It’s one of my favourite go to activities when we have some down time at home, on those rainy days indoors or if we just fancy unleashing our creative side. It’s something that little one is always keen to do and she’s enjoying getting crafty more and more as she’s growing up.
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran.
Hello everyone and Happy Autumn!! It’s a day later than planned but here we are with this weeks Living Arrows. The weather may have been a little gloomy here over the weekend but I am so so excited to welcome the season of comfy knits, cosy evenings and beautiful autumnal walks. I love Autumn and can you believe that the count down to Christmas is now in double digits!