It’s no secret that we are fans of the So DIY range which have a very impressive variety of fun and entertaining do it yourself sets that are great for kids. Little lady has really enjoyed them and they have been fantastic activities to do together (perfect for the summer hols!) We’ve recently reviewed kits from both the So Bomb and So Slime varieties and we have loved them so I was thrilled to be sent the So Slime Slimelicious shakers to review and once again we have been very impressed.
Hiya lovelies, I hope you all had a fab weekend. We had a rather chilled out one which was very much needed. My anxiety has been flaring up quite badly over the past few weeks so some down time was definitely welcomed. I thought I would pop up a little blog update post as I know up until recently I haven’t really been that active on here or on my socials really. I started up My Little Brushneen Blog over 2 years ago now! My first post was publised on the 9th of May 2017! I can’t quite believe how quickly that time has flown by. I had a quick scroll back through the posts and seeing how much little monkey has grown during that time is incredible. On here I share the ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, the smiles, the tears, adventures and day to day and I’m so glad I found the confidence from somewhere to share my little blog. After our miscarriage earlier this year I had to take a step back though and my return to writing was delayed. The longer I took the harder it became to find the motivation or the desire to post anything. I was unsure if I would share the news on here but I just didn’t feel like I could come back and start doing reviews or write about anything else without acknowledging what had happened. For me the need to talk about it was strong yet at the same time I just didn’t know how to approach it or how to start that post.
It turned out to be a rather busy bank holiday for us with a trip to Manchester for the BlogOn conference and then a visit to the beautiful Berkeley Castle to see some jousting and spend time with family. I’ve picked out some of my favourite photos to share in this post.
Hello and a very, very happy New year to you all! I hope that 2018 was kind to you and whether you’re looking back on the last year with a smile or glad to see the back of it I hope you had lots of fun welcoming in the new year and I really hope that 2019 will bring you even more happiness, laughter love and fond memories.
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.
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!