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.
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,
Hello and happy hump day! Thank you ever so much for popping by My Little Brushneen Blog. In today’s post you’ll find out a little more about me with my entry for the BlogOnToys introduce yourself linky.
I’m super duper excited to be heading to Manchester very soon to attend the next BlogOn Conference and toy awards #BlogOnToys which is set to be an incredible event being held at Hotel Football on Sunday the 16th of September.
This will be my 2nd BlogOn conference as I attended BlogOnX back in May and truly had such a wonderful time, I knew straight away I wanted to be at the next. So much time, dedication and hard work is put into these fantastic conferences held for bloggers by bloggers and I really don’t think I could be anymore excited. Not only do we get to hear and learn from talented and inspirational speakers, meet with the amazing fellow bloggers and brands attending and check out the top toys entered in the toy awards ( and that’s just a little of what’s on offer) we also get to take away the most astounding goody bags which just keep getting better and better.
I’m really looking forward to mingling with both new and familiar faces but until then here are my answers…
• Share a recent Photograph (a recent one so people can recognise you!)
This is me, completely and totally awkward at taking selfies!
• What is the best thing about blogging?
There are so, so many great things about blogging, I’ve always found writing a very effective way to express how I’m feeling and incredibly therapeutic especially during my more anxious times. I love to write about a variety of things, from random musings to family days out and capturing and documenting our special and treasured memories. I love the idea of having it to look back on in years to come. The best thing about blogging for me is that it gives you a platform to express yourself and it’s so versatile. Whether you want to focus on a specific niche or enjoy writing about a number of topics it’s your space to do whatever you choose, to be as creative as you like and share what matters to you. That’s really quite wonderful.
• What was your dream job when you was growing up?
Hmm….you mean as well as wanting to be in an outrageously famous girl band! When i was really little I used to love playing schools and being the teacher and I had a fair few career interests whilst growing up, from joining the army to childcare to working with animals. Nearer the end of secondary school I wanted to become a physiotherapist working particularly within the sporting industry but the truth is I’m not sure I was ever really certain of what I wanted to do or what my dream job was until I was introduced to what I’m still doing now which is beauty therapy.
• What is your lucky number?
• What is your favourite season?
I do enjoy all the seasons but I absolutely love Autumn. The beautiful changing colours of the leaves, fall fashion – for me its just so much more relaxed, I love wrapping up in chunky knits, coats and scarves (it’s so much easier to hide the mum tum), I prefer the makeup and nail colours and trends, autumnal walks, Halloween, bonfire night and the excitement for chrisrmas building. Everything just feels so much more cosy and I love it!
• If you had to choose one what would your favourite dish from the Chinese be?
We do love a Chinese and although many may consider this as not very adventurous it is the dish I order over and over again so therefore the one that has to be chosen as my favourite is a chinese chicken curry.
• What is your useless talent?
Wow this is hard…I don’t think I really have one! If I think of anything I’ll update you…is procrastination a useless talent? It’s probably more of a flaw really isn’t it haha!
• If you could keep any animal as a pet what would you choose?
I love owls and not just because of Harry Potter although I would be tempted to call mine Hedwig! They are incredibly beautiful and fascinating creatures.
• Which one meal would you eat forever? (If you had to choose one)
Sausage and mash! It’s been my favourite meal since childhood! Simple, homely and filling.
• What is the last thing you check before you lock the front door?
That I have my phone and purse.
• If you won £50.000 What would be the first thing you would buy?
Right now the first thing i would do is book a family holiday to Disneyland Florida. I can’t put into words how much it would mean to me to be able to take our little lady to Disney and to create such amazing memories woth my loved ones, it’s the dream, it’s my dream.
• What is your favourite social media channel?
Despite the more recent issues with algorithm and engagement I would still have to choose Instagram as my favourite although i am enjoying Twitter more and more.
• Tell us more about your best ever holiday?
I have loads of fond memories of childhood family holidays which we spent in Wales, Devon and Cornwall. I first ventured abroad just a few years back on a cruise around the carribean which was absolutely amazing but the first holiday that came to mind when reading this question was just a few months back in June, just after our wedding we spent a week in Cornwall, which is one of our most favourite places to visit, one of my happy places. We named it our familymoon and it was actually the first holiday we had just me, Luke and our little monkey and although it wasn’t the most extravagant break away we had the most wonderful time spending quality family time together in beautiful places in glorious sunshine reminiscing on our special day and just enjoying being together.
• Name one cake you rock at baking?
That would have to be the classic Victoria sponge. It’s my favourite to bake and my favourite to eat!
• Which session are you most looking forward to?
I’m really excited for the understanding the toy industry session with Vicki Marler-Hausen. One thing I’m interested in doing more of is toy reviews and so having the opportunity to learn more about the industry and how us as bloggers can be of use will be so very helpful.
• What is your favourite book ever?
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien.
• Which special event is your favourite? (Halloween, Christmas etc.)
Christmas! Autumn may be my favourite season but Christmas is definitely my favourite event, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all. The festive season is full of excitement, joy, celebration and feels so magical and for me that feeling has grown so much more since becoming a parent.
• If the internet vanished right now how would you share your messages or life story without a blog?
Without a blog I would be most likely to continue to write down my musings, thoughts, interests and my experiences through journaling. It’s something i used to do alot before blogging because of my love for writing and my obsession for stationary. Sharing it though would be a lot more difficult and I would probably say I’d be more likely to keep it private. That’s another thing that’s great about blogging and the internet, it allows you to get it out there and gives you that opputunity to reach, discover and connect with so many others.
So there we have it! Are you going to BlogOnToys? Let me know in the comments and if you see me on the day please come and say hi!
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 Monday! It’s time for living arrows and this week I have a few photos to share which were taken yesterday afternoon during a trip to the park.