This week I have started saving up all of our vegetable peelings and storing them in the freezer. My plan is to make homemade vegetable stock with them. I'm going to wait until I have a load of peelings, make up a big batch and them freeze them into portions in my ice cube trays like I did before with my homemade chicken stock. ...continue reading

market street cafeLast Wednesday evening my partner and I went to the launch of the new Market Street Cafe in Newton Abbot, Devon. The cafe is a result of Young Devon and River Cottage teaming up to create a new venue where young chefs can work and train simultaneously in a real live restaurant environment. ...continue reading


The Baby Show with Made for Mums, the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event, will be returning to Birmingham NEC from 15th-17th May 2015.  With fun for all the family, this is a great event for families to attend with children’s entertainment as well as a crèche and soft play area all included.  The Show, now in its 13th year, will be showcasing the very best baby and infant essentials alongside innovative and exciting, not-on the high street brands with amazing discounts exclusively for visitors. ...continue reading


My ideal aim is to one day go completely supermarket free, meaning that we will only shop at local stores, stalls and markets instead of using the big chain supermarkets. I have never liked the fact that these huge corporations come into towns and wiped out all of the local trade. I would much prefer to support local businesses by buying from them, the only problem is that sometimes this means you have to spend more money which is something we don't want to do. This is where my eco hippy and thrifty personalties clash! I'm looking into ways of ...continue reading


It seems you can't go any where these days without hearing about someone playing bingo. Gone are the days when it was reserved for the older generation. It seems to have become the new hip thing for youngsters to do.

I had never played bingo before in my life until we hosted our first ever bingo night in our pub. We had a fancy system that ran through our jukebox which called out the numbers for you and displayed them on the TV screen. I was concerned that ...continue reading

One of the things that I am still yet to get use to since becoming a parent is the early mornings. I have never been a morning person and if at the age of 30 I'm still not a morning person then I'm pretty sure I never will be.

As a lot of parents do I have been dreading the lighter mornings as it means that the kiddies will be getting up even earlier than before so I ...continue reading

Over the last few months I have been thinking about new ways that we can save money. I have made a list of new things that we are going to try and over the course of the year I shall see which ones work and which don't. To read the list take a look here and keep checking back for updates of how I'm getting along.

New Ways We Are Going To Save Or Make Money This Year

 Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty ThursdayThrifty Thursday is a weekly linky and a place to share your thrifty posts. It doesn't matter if they are old or new and can be about anything to do with saving money and being thrifty. Whether it be a post on cutting back on your food shop or your latest thrifty find link it up, I'd love to see it.

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market street cafe newton abbotYoung Devon’s brand new venture in collaboration with River Cottage, Market Street Café will be opening its doors to the public, on Wednesday 29 April. ...continue reading

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