Boom25 – Shop Online & Win Your Order Back

When I am shopping online I am always looking to save money. Whether it be getting money off vouchers and been able to save that way. Or using cashback and getting money back from my purchases. Well this was until I was introduce to Boom25. This is a new cashback site hitting the UK with a twist you have a 1 in 25 chance of actually winning back your full purchase for your items.

Making sure I get the best deal on something is one of my passions I hate spending more money than I need. One of the best things which I have found about Boom25 is the fact that there no sign up fee. This does mean it is not costing you to earn money. You have a 1 in 25 chance of winning you whole shop back which means essential you getting things you need for free.

For me this is a fun experience while online shopping because let’s face it we all do everything online now. You have to be the 25th person to order from that retailer. They also have daily booms on which means that you may only have to be the 10th person. This mean that you have 1 in 10 chance of getting your purchase for free. As you can see today Groupon is a 1 in 15 chance of winning. Even if you do not manage to win you get a small bonus so when you do win you get even more money.

One thing which I have found when I have used cashback sites in the past is sometimes the lack of retailers on it. This is not a problem which Boom25 have there are over 900 stores to be earning from. These are from a range of different sectors as well. It also includes Ebay now you will know if you have been following me for a while this is something I use regular. I would love to win some of the purchases which I make back. Something which I think I am going to do is any purchase I do win put the money towards Christmas presents. You do not even have to share bank details or anything as you get your money through paypal. This does mean it is even more secure which I know for me is a huge bonus.

It is so simple to set up because who wants the hassle of lots of forms when they are wanting to do some shopping. Boom25 only need your email address a password and your name. This means that you can have your account set up in a couple of moments.

Once you have your account set up you can either click through the categories to find the one you want. There are hundreds of course, ranging from travel, sport and health and beauty. You can also keep scrolling down and find the popular area. This has the brands which people are using the most so currently companies such as Justeat, eBay and deliveroo. This makes it even easier for you to be able to get cashback on the companies you love the most.

You find out if you have been the lucky winner when Boom25 send a spin the wheel email out. This will show you who the lucky people are to have won there purchases. It its worth noting that when you win your purchase back you do not get the paypal fees which I seem to remember are 3.4% + 20p.

This is a good way to save money on your purchases. For me it is going to be a cashback site which I use regular. It may not replace the one which I use completely but it is a contender. For sure, I will be using it for sites which I can not get cashback on otherwise. The biggest win someone has had is £4.445 which is amazing I would not be complaining at that back.

Why not try Boom25 out for yourself and see if it can work for you. You may be able to get all of a purchase back rather than 1% which some other sites may offer you. It could be worth having a good it’s money you would never have had. That is the way I actually see it.

Have you tried Boom25? If so what where you thoughts.

Charlotte xxx

This is a collaboration post however, all words are my own.

Meal Plan 15th February #7

Another week has passed which means that it is time to share another weeks meal plan. This one of course has Valentine’s Day included so it does have a few special meals in. This week we did go slightly over the budget which I like to spend on food however, we do have some meals for next week planned. Of course, Joe is still home which mean the meal plan is for a couple of people. I hope you manage to get some inspiration from this meal plan.

Monday- Gammon, Egg and Chips. We actually has purchased the Gammon last week as part of an offer. We also had another piece of gammon in the freezer which we thought would be good to use up because then we can have some more space. Eggs are something which we always have in and I think I am going to make some homemade chips with potatoes which we already have in.

Tuesday- Smoked Haddock, Potatoes and Mixed Veg, I was actually unwell on Friday which meant this was a meal which we had not consumed. So we do want to get this consumed before it goes out of date. We have a ton of potatoes which we can use with this meal and also some mixed veg will be served with it. This should be a nice clean meal which is something I am trying to do more and more.

Wednesday- Pork Schnitzel, Potatoes and Mixed Veg, this is a meal which Joe decided he fancied after he saw it in another cook book. This is not something I have had for a long time so this is going to be a change. It is at least a few years since I had it. I know we are going to be having potatoes and mixed veg again but this is something which we like so will both enjoy.

Thursday- Valentine’s Meal Deal, Sirloin Steak, Jacket Potatoes. We are having a three course meal deal which we purchased from Asda. We are having prawns, sirloin steak with jacket potatoes and garlic mushrooms. Of course , we have cheesecake for desert. This is something which we may end up having another evening. This all came with a bottle of wine which I will end up having another day. It is a school night after all.

Friday- Cajun Chicken, Potatoes and Mixed Veg.We have a some Cajun spices in which could do with been used up. We have had it a while and I thought a good way to use this in a meal was to rub into the chicken. This should give it a very nice flavour which is key.. Then I am going to serve this with potatoes and mixed veg which seems to be the staple of this meal plan this week.

Saturday- Beef Stronganoff and Rice, this is another meal which we have not had for a long time. I do not think I have actually ever made this meal which is going to be a challenge for me. I do like picking up new meals. This is going to be served with rice in order to make sure that some of the sauce is absorbed. This is a meal which Jess has never tried so I am hoping it is one which she loves to consume.

Sunday- Lasagna and Garlic Bread, this is a meal which I really fancy. We have not had for a couple of weeks and I fancy it. It is proper comfort food for me and I am still loving that. I know that Jess is going to eat this because she has in the past. I actually have everything I have in for this meal which is always a bonus. All I need to do is get is the garlic bread towards the end of the week. I am looking forward to this a lot.

Of course this meal plan is part of the meal plan linky ran by the lovely Katy Kicker. This is an amazing place to get some inspiration for new meal ideas and it is somewhere where I get my inspiration from too.

What are you consuming this week for your meals?

Charlotte xxx

Making Bath Time Special with Slimebaff

Bath time is an event which Jess looks forward to every single time. For sure she is an actually water baby. We are always looking for different products to make it even more fun and special. So when the lovely people at zimplikids contacted me and asked if I would like to review a range of their products I jumped at the chance. I have seen gellibaff advertised when it first came out however, I have never actually tried any of their products.

Slime is a product which I have not let Jess try at home for a couple of reasons. One I really can not stand the mess which it makes so I thought it would be perfect for her to do in the bath. For some reason, in my head, I thought it was going to be super hard to do. I have no reason why I thought this at all. It could not be more simple all you need to do is sprinkle the powder in the bath water . Then simply watch as the water magically turns into gooey slime. This is the same for the gellibaff version as well.

It is so simple to make however, it does take about 15 minutes to thicken so you may want to take this into account. For example if your child does not take long baths you might want to do it so when they get in it’s as thick. This is what I did for Jess and she still spent around 25/30 minutes in the slime bath. It did take her a while to get used to the feel she did keep screaming and saying it felt strange so this is something else to be aware of. You really need to keep an eye on your child while using this product. More than you normally would when they are in the bath I would say.

Jess adored it however, it can be very slippy and this is an element which she did end up struggling with. I had to keep picking her up and this did cause her to be a little bit stressful for her. The worst part of the slime baff for us was actually how slippy she was when she got out. She did have to shower which is something which she hates to do. This is something which you need to be aware of if your child hates the shower as well.

Unlike gellibaff slime baff does not actually need anything to disolve this. You only need to add about 30l of water I think it said to remove it from the bath. For us who only used half a packet and half the amount of water because Jess is not a fan of very deep baths still due to her age. It still look us around the half an hour mark to disolve this. This may put me off purchasing it in the future because it seems to take a lot time to have a bath even though Jess enjoyed it. It took around an hour to run the bath and remove it. If Jess asks to use it in the future I am not going to refuse and deny her.

If you are worried about it not been safe I know some people have problems with products like this. Gellibaff and Slime Baff are 100% safe. They can be purchased from a range of retailers including supermarkets, the entertainer and Amazon.

Have you tried Slime Baff if so what did you think?

Charlotte xx

We were sent this in order to give our thoughts on it however, all views are our own.

Maintaining Your Car- Don’t Forget Your Tyres

Maintaining a car is something which a large portion of us have to do. There are so many elements to it from making sure the breaks do not fail if we need to slam on. Making sure the paint work is not too badly damaged is also something which has to happen. Sometime which most people neglect until it comes to their service or an MOT is their tyres. A simple check every week could save your a fortune. You risk getting a fine if you have a tyre which is not up to standard. Today I am going to share with you some tips for making sure your tyres are maintained correctly.

Inflated Tyres

Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure needed for the load which you are carrying. For example if you are just going on a normal day out with the children you do not need them a heavy load. It has been proven if you have them under inflated it can be harder to slow down. This means that you increase risk of a crash. If have them over inflated you run this risk of a blowout occurring. This is something which I am very scared of occurring as there could be some serious consequences. You can check your pressure at most petrol stations or even have your own portable pressure checker. You must do them when your car is cold our this can give a different reading.

Tread

You need to also make sure that your tyres are not too bald because this could cause your problems with the police. Which could see you having a fine which is not something which you would want. The balder your tyres are the more likely you are likely to get something in them which could cause a flat tire. The legal limit is 1.6 millimeters but for safety reasons you could replace them before they reach the legal limit. Make sure you check your tread once a month so you do not get caught for a fine. Even if they are close to the limit it maybe time to get replaced.

Tyre Rotation

This is something which I had not heard of previously until I was researching for this post. Apparently every 5,000 miles you are supposed to rotate your tyres. This means that your tyres wear even instead of actually having two which are heavily worn. It depends on your car to how you do the tyre rotation due to some cars been two wheel drive and others been four wheel drive. This is something which you are going to have to check.

Give your Tyres a Wash

This is something which we do not do a lot because we forget that the tyres need loving as well. Washing them do stop the road grime, heat and also moisture from becoming backed on the tyres of the car. All you need to do is damp a sponge and then wipe them this will stop them becoming as baked in horrible rubbish. It may make them last longer as well. It is not going to cost you anything to do this.

Replacement Tyres

Of course, tyres do not last for ever and they are going to need to be replaced. You can come a cross a number of problems when you need to replace your tyres. However, Calmac tyres autocentre in Northampton have good quality , robust tyres at affordable rates. You can even book your tyres online with them for free. This means that you do not have to worry about them not having your tyres in. Also you can go when it is actually convenient for you. You don’t even know what type of tyres you need because all you have to do is stick in your cars regimentation,

Are tyres something which you forget when you are maintaining your car?

Charlotte xxx

This is a sponsored post however, all words are my own.

Meal Inspiration Monday- Chicken and Chilli Burgers

Today I am back with another meal inspiration Monday. This is one which is inspired by Joe because he actually choose it. He actually found the recipe when he was flicking through one of the cookbooks which we have. The meal which he chose this week was Chicken and Chilli burgers. You may have seen it in our meal plan last week. This is a simple burger which we both enjoyed so much so I know it is one which we will be making again in the future.

This is a healthy option when it comes to burgers it also does not take too long. Plus a huge bonus for me is that it can be frozen for those meals I need when Joe is not home.

Ingredient- Serves 4

1 Onion peeled and quatered

4 Chicken breast fillets

2 Garlic cloves peeled and halved

2 Red Chillies Deseeded

Salt and Pepper

1 tbsp plain flour

1 Egg

Method

  1. Put the onion, chicken , garlic and chillies in a food processor.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and pulse DON’T turn it into a paste.
  3. Tip the mixture out into a bowl and mix in the flour and egg
  4. Use your hands, scoop a small handful of the mixture, roll and then flatten into a burger.
  5. Chill in the fridge to firm up.
  6. Heat on the grill. The burgers on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through.

These in total take around 30 minutes including the prep time. You could always prepare them before you go to work or the night before if you are short of time on an evening. But you fancy the Chicken and Chilli burgers for sure they are something we will be making again. I think I could see me doing these for an BBQ which we host in the summer. They are healthy and so full of flavour.

Have you ever thought of having Chicken and Chilli Burgers?

Charlotte xxx

Baking- Raspberry Heart Cookies

Baking is something which I love to do, I find it therapeutic. With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought I would create something which ties in with the theme. Hearts is something which is symbolic with Valentines so this is why I created the raspberry heart cookies. These are cute, easy to make and also great mix of been light and sweet.

These are super easy to make which means that you could make them with your children. In the future I can see this been something I do with Jess as she loves to bake. You do not have to make them raspberry at all you can use any flavour jam. Some of the ones which I made ended up been strawberry due to it been the only type of Jam which we had in.

Prep Time- 10 Minutes

Cook Time- 10 Minutes

Serves- 11 depending on size of your cookie cutter

Ingredients

2 TSP Almond Extract

113g Butter

135g Sugar

240g Plain Flour

Raspberry Jam

Utensils– Baking Tray, Heart Cutter, Rolling Pin

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170
  2. Add the sugar and butter and mix together
  3. Once this is creamed add the plan flour
  4. This then should be all mixed when you add the 2 tsp almond
  5. Roll out your mixtures
  6. Use the heart cookie cutter and cut out the cookies
  7. Place them in the oven and bake for 10 minutes
  8. Leave to harder and cool.
  9. Use the same heart cookie cutter to spread the Jam over the heart biscuit
  10. Serve and enjoy

These raspberry heart cookies go really nice with a cup of coffee. These could be a great valentine’s day present for your other half. They are also great to have as a cheeky treat for sure they are something I will be making again.

What cookies do you like to make?

Charlotte xxxx

Meal Plan 8th February #6

It’s time to do another weekly meal plan these seem to be coming around fast at the moment. This is the first one which I have done in a few weeks which has been for more than just me. Joe is now home which makes meal planning a lot easier as we can bounce ideas off each other. It also means that I do not have to do all of the cooking it now can be shared again which is a huge bonus for me. So I am going to be sharing the meals which we are going to be eating this week. There is a random selection.

Monday- Smoked Haddock Fish Cakes, Sweet Potato Wedges and Mixed Veg. We have chosen this as I was sent a few lovely products by the saucy fish co to feature on my valentine’s gift guide. The fish cakes were included so we thought we would team them with some sweet potato which we had in and some mixed vegetables. We have had to purchase some tins of mixed veg because the freezer is still so full.

Tuesday- Thai Sweet Chilli Chicken Stir Fry. This is a kit which we have had in the cupboard since around Christmas when we picked it up cheap. So I have decided to make some more cupboard space to use it. All I need to do was get some chicken and some baby corn. It should be a meal packed with flavour. Both Joe and I love sweet chilli so this for sure is a meal I am looking forward to.

Wednesday- Tomato and Chilli Salmon and Rice. Again the salmon was kindly gifted by the saucy fish company because this sounds like it is going to be full of flavour. I did not want to take away from the salmon so we have decided that we are going to play it simple and go with just some rice. This should be a meal which is going simple but so filling.

Thursday- Chicken and Chilli Burgers and Chips. This is something which we actually found in one of the recipe books which we have and fancied. Chicken burgers are usually something which I would order if I was having a burger. Everyone knows that I love Chilli so this should be a perfect combo for me. We are going to make some home made chips to be served with this meal.

Friday- Smoked Haddock, New Potatoes and Mixed Veg. Yes I know this week is very fish heavy but this is due to having no room in the freezer. This is part of the saucy fish company box I was very lucky to receive this sounds so simple but effective. We have some new potatoes which are herby I think. We wanted to keep the meal healthy and this is why we have paired the mixed veg with this.

Saturday- Pepperoni Bake, again this is one which Joe picked out from a book which we own. This is a meal which I know Jess will eat because it combines two of her favourite things pasta and pepperoni. I am looking forward to this as it is something which I would not have thought about making. I think we may serve this with some garlic bread as well depending on if we have any in at the time.

Sunday- Mini Toad In the Hole, Mash and Veg. This is a meal which I have been making for a few weeks but as a result of been poorly for the last few I have not got around to it. For sure I am looking forward to this as it is something different. I think it is going to be a meal which Jess is going to completely eat which is amazing. At it is warm and hearty just what you need when it is still very cold outside.

This meal plan is part of the meal plan linky which is ran by the lovely Katy Kicker.  I am finding some inspiration for my meals from this amazing linky and some I have have on my list to try. I love trying new kind of foods.

What are you going to be consuming this week?

Charlotte xx

This meal plan does include some PR samples however, all views are still my own

Valentine’s Gift Guide For Her 2019

Valentine’s Day is always one which ends up coming quicker and quicker every single year. It is just over a week away now so there is still some time to make a last minute gift purchase. Valentine’s Day is not one which we end up breaking the bank over. Usually Joe and I set a limit of around the £10 mark for a small gift. Last year I purchased him a hot wheels car the car he wishes he could have. In return I received a lovely mug and some soap in the shape of a rose. It just goes to show that you do not have to break the bank. Today I am going to share with you some ideas for this year.

A romantic night in– yes if does not have to be a physical gift which you give this year. Save the money by not going out and why not cook some amazing food together. Cooking food together is a good time to bond and something which Joe and I love to do. The Saucy Fish Co could have the answer Salmon is something which I would opt for. You could have it with something simple like potatoes and then there is always room for desert. I think this is a perfect idea. If you order from The Saucy Fish Co for Valentine’s you get a special sauce which is packed with three
aphrodisiacs so it will get you heading for the bedroom. We have had a few meals from The Saucy Fish Co. They have all been delicious and packed with flavour. You could cook any meal which you like including pasta or anything you love. For sure cooking is something which we will be doing this Valentine’s.

Lipstick- If you know your partner wears lipstick why not treat them to a shade.It means every time they wear it they can think of you. If you are unsure what they like why not have a snoop in their make up bag and see what shades they are wearing. You could even make it into a date where you take her to the counter and get the lipstick which she wants. This means that you can get what she wants and you also get a day out which can be a huge bonus. As time is something which Joe and I struggle to do this would be amazing.

Avenno Body Lotion- Something which you may want to purchase this valentine’s. You want to make sure that you or your partner has skin which is amazing. This then could mean that you are more likely to give them a massage which is something your partner may appreciate. I know I love getting a good massage. Having soft skin which is moisturised is something which makes you feel more confident anyway. This is a product which I love because always want as smooth skin as you can get. This is so natural and can be used on babies skin so it is not to worry if you have so sensitive skin.

Handbag– If you other half needs another handbag then this could be seen as a good time to purchase her one. Joe actually purchased me a new bag for Christmas because I needed a small every day bag. I do not need as much stuff now that Jess has become older. If you want to treat the love of your life to something which they are going to use a lot of the time. You do not have to spend a fortune on a bag it does not have to be designer. There are some beautiful bags on the high street in stores including New Look.

Card Holder– If you other half is anything like me then they will hate to carry change. This means that you do not need a huge section for change. I think this is one of the reasons I barely carry my purse around. Another thing which Joe purchased me for Christmas because I kept losing my cards. I find it so handy to now have all my cards together and it is a practical present. I hate getting something which is not practical as a present because I do not need to add more things to my house. TKmaxx is where I have seen some beautiful card holders in the past and usually they are not that expensive.

Massage Oil– as a qualified sports massage therapist giving and receiving massages are something I love to do. Having some some really nice smelling erotic massage oil is something which would make I give more massages. Indigo armatherapy massage oils actually have erotic and intimate oils which may make your partner more in the mood for some love. In the intimate bliss massage oil there is a blend which intends to stir passion, increase libido and bring states of sexual satisfaction and bliss. A whole bottle which is 100ml and will last you a long time so this is a bargain for £6.99. Purchasing this as a gift means that you may even be able to receive a lot more massages off your partner which is always a bonus. I think this would be an amazing gift.

Mugs – I am one of these people who love to drink a lot of coffee I think this this could be due to working from home. Mugs are something which I have have been gifted a few times over the last few year. I actually purchased on myself this year from Poundland of all places. I actually saw it on Holly Vlogs video they have some super cheeky adult ones. Including I suppose you will do and the one which I purchased you where only meant to be a one night stand. I think these ate great for £1 and something which I will get a lot use from this mug. They are a good size as well they are not small mugs which I hate.

Shampoo- This sounds a really strange one to suggest but why not save them some money. Shampoo is something which we we all need. As you may notice this is not one which is in a bottle. Procoal are a brand which sell solid shampoo now this is something which I have been using for over a year. A solid shampoo can actually last 3 times longer than a 250ml bottle of shampoo. This would save your partner some money because they are not having to purchase shampoo. I actually love it because I find them so easy to travel with them. They are £7 which is not going to break the bank and you know that they are always going to have amazing hair.

Flowers– Of course, you can always go for the classic flowers. I have never actually been bought flowers which I know is shocking. Flowers are something which I think make a home feel more homely and lovely. I love having flowers in and valentines is another occasion when it is perfect for flowers to be in the home. You do not actually have to go to the shops and pick out some flowers you can now order them online. This is something which I have done in the past to other people. Appleyard allow you to to order the day before up to 7pm. The flowers are actually guaranteed for a least a week which means your going to get you money worth.

These are just some of the ideas which you could get your female partner. This valentine’s day of course you can spend whatever your budget to show the love of your life you love them. What are you buying your love this valentine’s.

Charlotte xx

This post includes PR samples however, all views and words are my own.

Bear Kitchen Wakefield Review

I know it is Monday which means that usually, I would be sharing with you a recipe. However, as I stated in my February Goals I have not been cooking as much and with Valentine’s day coming up today I thought I would share a place to eat which we love in Wakefield. It is called Bear Kitchen. I actually found out about the place when someone I follow on Instagram visit. I since have recommended to a couple of people and they have made visits.

Bear Kitchen is an amazing burger and fast food joint with a twist. Everything is locally and ethically sourced produce in environmentally friendly packaging. This is something which is rare to find and the price is not expensive for the quality of the food.

If you are familiar with Wakefield it is not far from Westgate train station going away from town. This does mean that it has no parking which is a shame if like us you have to go in the car. You can park at the retail park and walk and this does not take to long to get to Bear Kitchen. You will not be disappointed the food makes it worth the travel. Delivery is available but I am unsure how far the travel I know we are out of area. The Bear Kitchen is a small restaurant with around 3 tables which each seat 4. This does mean that you may have to wait when you arrive for a table. You can always take out if this does not bother you. This is something for us which is not ideal due to having a Jess.

At Bear Kitchen you do actually get to almost create your own burger. So you can have whatever you want. You choose either beef, chicken, mac n cheese or hot dogs. These are known as bear grills then you add the bear toppers which makes it your own. These make your burger your own so these include the likes of cheese, gucamole, pulled pork, chilli con carne. No matter what kind of burger you like you will be able to find it at the bear kitchen.

Joe and I decided to go for two completely different burgers I seem to remember he went for a beef grizzly which means it came with cheese, fried onions BBQ sauce and bacon. While I on the other hand opted for a chicken Gringo which had gucamole, pico salsa, sour cream, nachos and jalpeno jam. The burgers with one set of toppers which is what we choose is £7.50 or it was when we visited. You do not get fries with them these are a side which you need to order. We opted for Haloumi fries which where so tasty and we got them to share as there we two of us. It also works out better value for money if you do this.

There is also deli rolls and chicken boxes, alongside salads and kebearbs if you do not fancy a burger. If you choose to visit on a Sunday you could have a yorkshire pudding wrap which is something which has become so popular last year. As you can tell the bear kitchen do have a wide range of options. I think this is amazing seen as the fact that they do locally source everything.

Taking your children is not an issue either I know that sometimes you are unsure about these places. I took Jess and was amazed how well they were able to cater for children she actually got a small hot dog with any topping which she wanted a drink and fries for £5. She did have a choice of any of the burgers on the menu and they would have made them to her size.

We found the staff really helpful and they took us through the menu because it can be daunting when you go for the first time. This is something which you can not fault. I have noticed that there are now a ton of vegan and veggie options available. Which I think is amazing as sometimes you can be limited when you go to eat out if you have dietary needs. Due to it all been cooked to order you can be waiting for a short while for you food. Jess did not get bored and our wait was around 30-40 minutes which I did not think was too bad at all.

I would recommend trying out one of there shakes they are so worth the money. I had a chocolate brownie one and it did have chunks of homemade brownie in it. It was a little bit sickly you would not want to have more than one. They are very filling as well which combined when the burgers are so tasty and filling made me full. The portion sizes are something which are not skimpt on at all they are very large. As you can see from the pictures.

Overall

There are so many more pieces on the menu which I want to try so I know we are going to have to make another visit. The food is amazing for the price point that it is. It is worth noting that bear kitchen is open Wednesday- Sunday 12-9pm. So do not try and go on a Monday or Tuesday. I would say this is value for money and as some other people I have recommend it to can not believe how cheap it is for the quality. For sure this is going to be a place we go again during 2019. See as we live not too far from the bear kitchen.

Have you visited Bear Kitchen if so what did you think?

Charlotte xxx

Goals For February 2019

After what seemed to be the worlds longest January it is finally over and we are in February. I know now this is when the days and the year is going to start to fly this always seems to be the case. I found myself to be really motivated by making some goals for January. Let’s look back and see if I achieved last months goals.

Last Month

Personal- I managed to meal plan all month which is amazing because it did mean that some money got saved. Always a bonus at this time of year, I think I managed 2 veggie meals a week for most of the month. I think I may have failed last week however, I am blaming that on been poorly. Another thing I am blaming been ill on is failing to go to the gym 3 times a week. I managed to what I think was flu and had no energy for a couple of weeks. I am hoping to get back on it this week. A massive success for me was reading I had planned to finish just two books but I managed 5. I have cut down the amount of TV time in order to read. I have reviewed the book I think was best this month.

Work- I wanted to engage more with my followers I think it is something which I managed to do. Well before I fell of the face of the earth. I managed to maintain both Instagram over 1000 and twitter 1500 followers. This is amazing because instagram has been hard to maintain recently. Pinterest I have grown from nothing to around 10k views per month which I think is amazing. I want to grow this even further this month.

Money- I managed to earn the money to cover my phone bill. I actually managed to cover half of the nursery fees which is amazing. I want to be able to cover them all the months when there are not school holiday by the end of the year. This was achieved by selling at least 20 items which boosts out income. I also looked into additonal income streams but I need to look into this more next month. Purchases this month where only the essentials as I was on a spending ban. This is somethign which I may do again in the future.

Now it is time for the goals for February.

Personal

Make lists of freezer and kitchen cupboards– I have a lot of food in the freezer and in the cupboards. One of them is that full it is barely closing so I would love to make a list and know what food we have to use up. This will help me meal plan and of course, save some money this month.

3 Work outs a week- I do not want to end up undoing all the good work which I did before I became ill. I want to make sure that I keep it up because I have already had to get rid of a couple of pieces which were big for me anyway which are now too big for me to wear them. I am going to aim for 3 gym sessions but they may be home workouts sometimes depending on my life.

Start Planning some days out- Planning where I would like to visit this year is something I want to do this month. They do not have to be expensive weekends away they could be simple things like visiting some local attractions. I always feel better if I have something pencilled in I love to look forward to things so I think this is something which I need to do.

Cook more– this may sound stupid because I am rarely eating out and ready meals. However, in the last couple of weeks I have barely been cooking meals from scratch they instead have been coming from my freezer. Now Joe is home I want to be cooking more again because this is a great bonding time for us.

Work

Double what I earn though my blog last month- last month I did not have the greatest when it comes to earning through my blog. There was a lack of money to be earnt. I would love to increase what I earnt this month or have the work lined up for the next couple of months.

Use Tailwind- This is an element which I need to get using, even more, this month. It helps schedule pins for Pinterest which is always a bonus. I have found when I have been using for my impressions to go up which is always important on Pinterest. You can also support and help other bloggers which are always a nice thing to be able to do as well.

Hit 100 followers on Pinterest– This would be crazy seen as I have only been taking it seriously for around a month. I have noticed an increase in the amount of traffic to my blog as a result. Currently I am on 50 followers so this could be a challenge but one I am looking forward to trying. I am loving this platform so much for finding inspiration as well which helps. If you do not already follow me I can be found here.

Use Facebook Page More- my facebook page is an area which I have been neglecting for a while. It could be due to me rarely using facebook personally but this is something I want to change as I know people love it. I have found that I can get some good engagement from it as well it if I post regular. I am only about 19 followers away from 200 to. If you want to you can follow me over there too

Money

Sell another 20 items- I have been sorting out so much and found items which I no longer have a need for. I need to either sell some of them and get the money for them or donate them to somewhere relevant because if I do not do this then the house is going to end up clutter which is never a good thing.

Looking into additional income sources– this is something which I started to do last month. I do have a couple of ways of making money they are very small income streams. Everything adds up and of course I will be looking into more this month I would have last month but due to been unwell for a couple of weeks I did not get around to it.

Keep the weekly food-shop to under £35 – This is something which I want to keep an eye on this month. Since we have been meal planning a lot more we have been saving money on food. I do not want it to slip and we end up spending a lot more than this a week. I think this should be easy obviously some weeks will be more expensive than others.

Check if we need things- this may seem stupid but currently I have Netflix on trial. I need to make decide if I want to keep it and if I do I want to cut back somewhere else in order to make sure that I am not spending too much. I am going to check the sky bill make sure we are getting the best value for our money. This is something I try and do every few months to make sure we are not wasting money.

What do you aim to do this month? Please let me know in the comments below I love to see what people want to achieve this month.

Charlotte xxx