Monday, 18 April 2011

Flavour Explosion!

My sister-in-law came back from New Zealand yesterday and bought back some lovely treats for us. Some bath salts with mud from Rotarua for me and some chocolates for A and I to share. My favourite of these chocolates was Pineapple Lumps which are little blocks of pineapple flavoured marshmallow covered in chcoolate.

The description for them is:

Back in 1935 who would have thought a goofy flavour combination of Pineapple and Chocolate could work so brilliantly? Kiwis did, and a good job, too. That's why our Pineapple Lumps™ lolly is a national treasure.

I have to say that despite being very dubious in the beginning, these little sweets are AMAZING!!!!

I do now have to see if can find a company in the UK who sell them... Mind you, looking at my finances today (and the fact that I don't get paid for a week and a half), I might be putting Pineapple Lumps on hold and trying to be as *good* as possible...

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


I go through phases of the types of blogs I read. Just recently I seem to have added hundreds of heathly living blogs to my google reader. I call them "oatmeal bloggers", a term coined on a forum I sometimes frequent and a term I rather love. I mean it in the nicest way because to be honest, I LOVE reading what these girls have to say, how positive they are about healthy eating and healthy living (and oatmeal!).

It's actually inpired me sompewhat. I've been married for seven months and on Lithium for six months and in that time I've put on a LOT of weight. Whether this gain is caused by the Lithium or just plain gluttony, I don't particularly care, I just want to shift a fair bit of it in a healthy way.

Now, here's the kicker. I HATE exercising!! I used to play badminton at least once a week for about two hours at a time but I've got lazy in my old age and now I actually get puffed walking up the stairs at work. I do go cycling once a week (or once a fortnight) and do on average 12-16 miles but in the grand scheme of things that's not really a lot. A and I had a plan of cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats but I chickened out pretty much immediately. I do however want to do *something*. Anyway, most of these bloggers that I read go running. My view was always "I don't run unless I'm being chased" but maybe these girls are onto something. Maybe running could be "my thing". I do need some trainers though, I haven't had a decent pair in years so that might cost quite a bit but I guess it would be worth it if I can make myself actually run (and to be honest, if I've bought them I'm more likely to do it).

And breakfast, I am going to HAVE to start eating breakfast. Normally I'm in so much of a rush in the morning that I run out of the house without eating anything an then just have a Nakd bar at about 10am but if I get into the habit it's got to be better for me. Heh, this could be the start of a new me :)

PS - the oat photo isn't mine, it's from Chocolate-Covered Katie

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Shopping (or not)

For someone who is trying harder than she ever has before, a day at Bicester Village is not ideal. It's an outlet shopping centre in north Oxfordshire and whilst I can appreciate that there are a lot of "bargains" there, they aren't my type of bargains!!! I used to be the type of girl who thought that spending £50 on a top was ok "because it was reduced from £200" but I'm not any more!! Still, it's what my mother-in-law wants to do for Mother's Day.

M&E are in Palm Springs for three weeks and did tell me not to bother buying a card in advance because it was a silly waste of money!! I really appreciated that, made life just that bit easier...

Wish me luck with the not spending any money!!!

Edited to add: Yikes, they have a Cath Kidston shop at Bicester. This may well be fatal. Please have faith that I have enough strength just to look and not ruin all my hard work!!!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Inspiring Lady

I just wanted to link to a blog I found recently which has swiftly become by favourite. "Froogs" is an inspiring lady and posts regularly about saving money, debt reduction and frugal food and I can't say enough about her. I think she's an amazing woman and like I said before, really inspirational.

I'm currently working hard to be as frugal as I can be (those who know me will laugh and laugh at this because I used to have a terrible shopping habit and racked up a serious amount of debt). Having someone out there who is "doing that and wearing the (second hand) tshirt" is really handy. It makes me realise and remember that it IS possible to eat well on a budget and that it's not necessary to have the latest gadgets or latest fashions.

This doesn't mean of course that I'm well on the road to frugality, I'm still only really teetering on the pavement but you've got to think of the future and as it is, *things* just aren't getting any cheaper. Pretty much my whole disposable income (the money not set aside for bills/mortage/foods etc) goes on petrol at the moment.

I highly recommend you check Frugal Queen out, though she has posted recently that she might be closing her blog soon so catch her while you can...