Saturday, 24 June 2017

I'm back here again

A good while back I decided to self host. And it was lovely. But I'm now making major cut backs so decided to go back to my blogger site and blog to keep myself in check.

So here is my deal. My husband and I both work full-time now. But from home. So we have no childcare to worry about. However this makes time a big issue. And we need to find ways to make the most of our time.

We're also now trying to get back on track with money. We want to enjoy life without worrying about debt. So yeah. It's all a bit crazy.

Monday, 15 February 2016

A quick morning post

Things have got stressful. I've been hit with a number of challenges, the primary being a good friend being sentenced to a significant time in prison. It came as a complete shock as she didn't tell me it was happening, nor did I ever suspect she was capable of commiting a crime.

I've not been sleeping well and as a result my mind isn't in a great place. It's difficult to know how to cope with something like this, I've been essentially throwing myself into work and basic living.

So, I hope to get back on top of things sooner rather than later.  I'm looking into revamping the blog look and feel, as well as writing my new guide to starting out.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

This week in a blog post

Well it's been a week of highs and lows. Sadly hubby was laid off this week with only a one month severance package. This will take us to the end of March though which is better than we planned for.
He has been to an employment agency that specializes in schools and had a positive experience with them so we hope he will be starting a new career very soon.
I went school hunting on Thursday and found an adorable church school with small class sizes and polite children. I applied for the boys to move at the end of this month.
We also invested in our stockpile by way of Approved Food, stocking up on over £380 worth of product at a cost of less than £100. This has set us up well for some potentially tough months.
I started the week stressed and unwell, I'm ending it confident and getting better. I'm sat this morning relaxing in my tidy living room enjoying a coffee before breakfast. Life is what you make it, and despite me being thrown a number of challenges, I'm going to get back up and be amazing!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A treat from The Treat Kitchen

Please note this is not a sponsored post. I genuinely adore The Treat Kitchen and wanted to share this lovely local business with you.

We are big fans of giving the boys an allowance. They receive 50p for every year of their age. They spend this money however they choose, but they also understand that they don't receive other treats outside of birthdays or Christmas. We also fine bad behaviour!

This weekend we took them to The Treat Kitchen. The eldest purchased two bags of their Radioactive Sours at £1.95 per bag. THEY WERE SOUR! I couldn't manage even one of them. Eldest loved them, however, and they last ages as he can only cope with one at a time.

The Youngest had a bag of Dolly Mixtures also £1.95. They were good! Really nice flavour. He loved them (and so did I!)

I had some chocolates! I bought four packs for £10. They were all delicious.

My favourite treat was these:

I love mojitos and these chocolates did not disappoint! I ate all six in one sitting.  Ooops.

Treat Kitchen offers free shipping on orders over £40. Alternatively in you live in the East Midlands you could pop into one of their three fantastic stores.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

This week for less

  1. As it gets colder duvet days on the sofa drinking hot chocolate are in order.
  2. Meal plan your pantry - no-one likes facing a trip to the store in the cold.
  3. Put nightwear over the radiators for cosy sleeping
  4. Read stories to the children in their beds
  5. Listen to your favourite music and eat chocolates
  6. Have plenty of early nights
  7. Bake a loaf of bread for Saturday brunch
  8. Cuddle with your family. Lots!

Aldi Super 6

Well we're back to root vegetables in Aldi's Super 6, however this week the prices are higher and vary per product:

  • Baking potatoes - 49p per pack
  • Lemons - 59p per pack
  • Swede - 59p each
  • Red onions - 59p per pack
  • Parsnips - 59p per pack
  • Chantenay carrots - 59p per pack
I imagine we will purchase at least one of each.  The potatoes will be great with some blue cheese and maybe a home-made chilli jam, red onions are brilliant in a variety of dishes, carrots, swede and parsnips will be good for roast dinners and stews, and lemons to make home-made lemonade, as well as adding to risottos and pasta dishes.

How to cope when one of you faces a job loss

Well here at the Pink house we are facing one of our biggest challenges.  A redundancy.  Mr P's office is downsizing and it looks as though he will be one of those affected.  Unfortunately they do not offer a good severance package, particularly as he has not been there very long.

When faced with job loss, it can be easy to get into a rut of anger, despair, stress and the ultimate desire to give up.  We've got that way ourselves.  However, we sat and had a long chat, pulled ourselves together and started working together.

  1. The talk is the best starting point.  Sit down with your other half and discuss fears, hopes and feelings about the matter.  I voiced to Mr P that I felt this would be a great opportunity for him to go back to school.  He agreed that teaching a STEM subject had always appealed to him, but his lack of degree had always deterred him from pursuing this.
  2. Work out the financial impact.  Can you get away with losing an income for a short or long period of time?  Do you need at least a matching income or can you reduce your earnings a small amount?  This will identify how soon a new job is required and whether you can go for part-time or lower salaried positions.
  3. If a new job is needed ASAP then get applying.  Spend your evenings on the computer going through every job site you can find, looking for keywords that suit your skills and experience.
  4. Evaluate your current outgoings and make cut-backs immediately.  Even if you have a good severance package or a new job in the pipeline, it's best to get your outgoings to the minimum now to protect yourself against the unknown.
  5. I love The Interview Book by James Innes.  James has a number of great books for those seeking out a new job, including CV writing, cover letters, and even fitting in to a new role once you're successful.  I can't recommend him enough.
  6. Look at how you shop for food.  Mr P and I have started shopping around a once a month Approved Food shop.  I've mentioned Approved Food before - we love this online retailer.  We're building a stockpile for around £50 per month and planning our meals around our stock.  We also look at what's on sale in Aldi for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and breads.  Frozen foods can be purchased at our local Farmfoods, who often have great deals and send out coupons in their mailers.
  7. Declutter and sell what you don't need.  If you don't use it you don't need it.  Make some money off of it!
  8. Finally - stay positive!  Particularly around the children.  See this as an opportunity to change the way you live for the better, be it re-educating yourself, spending more time with family, or starting a brand new career.
I'll keep you updated on our journey through this life change, the highs and the lows, and the decisions we make.

Love Pink xx

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