Allotment news and other stuff!

potatoes We have been busy on the plot! This is our first lot of potatoes in; our earlies! I love growing our own food. The rest of the plot needs a lot of digging over we have our main crop of potatoes to put in and a carrot/marigold bed. Not sure what else we will grow this year. Its our first year here so we need to find our way a bit there are trees there but not sure what they produce also see we have raspberries. I want to grow salad stuff but we will probably do that at home in our Aquaponics set up! Its all very exciting 🙂

Competition wise I have been busy ‘comping’ but not winning anything much 😦 I will keep going with it as it is a buzz and if I don’t feel like doing it I don’t so its a cool free hobby! For me better than playing the games on my phone just because its still a switch off but there is a chance of a prize 🙂

Money saving wise I keep going looking for bargains etc and of course growing our own food will save us in the end! My focus at the moment as well as bargain hunting is to reduce our waste. We seem to create a lot of rubbish even though we recycle well it still seems a ridiculous amount! I am not sure how to tackle this as the food we buy is so heavily packaged but I am going to look into it.

Been busy with planning my new business Girly Shopping, testing reactions to products it seems good so hopefully the new website will be up and running soon and I will be on my way. I did a school fair on Saturday and my items both handmade and bought in were well received. So watch this space.

Ok so cracking on with growing our own food, still comping, looking for more ways to save on our energy usage and looking at ways to reduce the rubbish that comes into the house …

Feel free to share your tips with me I am clueless so happy for advice 🙂

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won a personalised book!

johannes' book I won this gorgeous book the give-away was run by    www.facebook.com/Butwhymummywhy.blog  and was supplied by   http://www.lostmyname

The words are by David Cadji-Newby and pics by Pedro Serapicos.  I won this in a randomly selected draw and have chosen to blog about it because it is just a beautiful, wonderful keepsake! I saved it for Johannes birthday. He loved it! The little boy has lost his name and basically goes on an adventure to find it. This sees him meeting and helping other characters who then give him random letters! Johannes was so surprised when at the end the letters spelt his name! He did say on finding the first letter that his name started with a ‘j’ but he got so involved in the story he lost track the look on his face was priceless and this book is a firm fav. The illustrations are gorgeous and engaging and the story is exciting and funny.

I challenge you to head to the site; you get to choose girl/boy then you put in their name; then you can scroll through the book that would be sent out to your child, then try to resist getting it, they are just too cute for words. Or get one for yourself I am so tempted to get my own!!! I actually thought about getting my mum one for mothers day but I already have her gift so maybe her birthday! Honestly these are so well produced and so beautiful I really would gift them to adults as well! Any who… take a stroll over to the website and take a look you can also find them on facebook.

I haven’t been paid for this it is just an honest and grateful review 😉

Review of yumbles

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http://www.yumbles.com

Yumbles ran a giveaway on Facebook offering the chance to try  Raspberry Marshmallows. On the site they are £4 for 100g p&p is up to £5.50 but often less and sometimes there is free delivery. Yumbles is a market place so you are buying from in dependant producers of food and drink.

The Raspberry Marshmallows were produced by Belinda Clark. p&p is £2.60 with free delivery if you buy 3 or more packs… mmm well worth it!

The sweets were packaged well and the postage charged reflected what was paid. They would make a lovely little gift for someone I would send these as a little pick me up for someone or even a Mother’s Day treat! I will be looking at others in the range for Father’s Day ideas!

The taste? Oh My Word these were delicious! My husband and two of the boys and myself tested them and they got a HUGE thumbs up. They were light and fluffy sweet but not sickly at all and the raspberry flavour just popped on your tongue. They actually reminded me of an eaton mess flavour creamy, raspberry and a bit of sweetness thrown in. Surfice it to say I will be remembering these and gifting them ASAP.

let me know if you have tried anything from Yumbles and how you found it!

money saving tally

Jan 2014….

Paint x2 for lounge bogof

garden steaks,

before savings £87.92 after savings £55.14

socks £5 used boots points so free!

sainsbury shopping used vouchers £12.17 saving

weekly shop before vouchers/savings £73.65 after £52

pizza hut 50% off voucher saving £26

top up shop £65 after savings £54.88

school pe kit saving of .75p!

Tesco vouchers saving £12.01

Groupon knife set used £10 voucher

sainsbury voucher 98p

free dog food voucher £8.77

vouchers tesco + multisaves £9.38

vouchers tesco £3.20

Aldi £5 off voucher

iceland £5 off voucher

jewellery £5 off voucher

january savings £232.86 approx

Feb 2014

ocado shop £20 voucher £20

£1.19 porridge voucher

shop £20 voucher + £20 savings

tesco shop £19.00 saving

feb savings   £60.90

March 2014

cinema using tesco vouchers saved £33

gluten free vouchers £9

richmond vouchers£3

pizza bogof delivery pizza £9.99

tesco £10 loyalty voucher

I only went and won a pizza!

So big win a pizza! Still waiting for the voucher but excited none the less!

Savings on shopping … I joined Ocado and got £20 off a £60 spend then shopped for half price bargains ended up spending £63 on a shop which should have cost £104! How cool is that!

I complained about a hair in my oat cakes and got a £9 voucher by way of an apology I have also complained to Richmond about their sausage meatballs honestly they are disgusting! We love their sausages and I got two packs at £1 each of these new meatballs, we cant bear to eat the other pack the dog is having them! BLURGH!!! Will let you know the outcome!

So that’s my round up! Cup of tea time me thinks!

lisa xx

why mrsvjsfreestuff?

I started this blog as a kind of journal of my more frugal lifestyle! If I could I would live in a world where our family had a self sustaining lifestyle. We would use wind and sunlight to create energy, we would grow as much of our own food as possible, we would produce very little waste and reuse as much as possible! Trouble is I love fashion and beauty and nice things for my home  and I kind of like to fit in!! I don’t want my children to be in school the ones with the hippy parents and wacky lunches and home-made hand dyed uniform lol! So its a dilemma also I have grown up in a consumer society and its hard to do a ‘u’ turn totally.

Last year I became bankrupt and  also was diagnosed and received treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in the years leading up to all this I was ready for a change but these things kind of made it possible to stop and re evaluate.

So my aim is to have less waste, use more natural energy sources (today I used my hand whisker instead of my electric one! tone up my arms and no cost lol!) but with my clever husbands help we are trying to find ways to use natural energy, we don’t own our own home so solar panels on our roof isn’t an option. We try to monitor what we use energy wise often turning all the electric off for and hour a day. It reminds us of our quest and should save us some money! We waste very little food on our budget everything counts so this isn’t a big issue for us. We basically look for anyway we can to save money and not waste!

Mrvj is experimenting with making glasses from wine bottles we have one success and we are running low on glasses so hoping he manages to make some more soon! lol

I sew and have made some gorgeous things for the home, out of scraps and charity shop finds. We scan freecycle and try to give as well as receive!

I collect coupons and shop wisely getting bargains and freebies where I can!

AND I cant forget my new love comping! I hope to win items I need instead of buying… as you can see from my comping posts we cant live off my new hobby lol but every little helps!

So in summary I want less waste, less reliance on the world resources and more on nature, to spend less and still live comfortably taking part in the world as it is now! SIMPLES 😉

Ok got to dash my unicorn needs a walk! 😉