Reasons why I love Aldi

Hey readers,

Let me tell you something about me  – I love to shop in Aldi. This post is all about my appreciate for the shop. See below my reasons why.

Can’t beat browsing the special buy isle, you never know what you are going find. It is pretty random and it changes frequently so you can excited with what will be on offer. You go into Aldi with aim of getting one thing and then come out with random selection of items.

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I am not a middle class blogger, I am on a budget and Aldi prices are reasonable. You can actually get fresh fruit and vegetable without fearing it cost a tenner.

They have some pretty cool recipes to try out, always handy if you are a rushed parent and need some inspiration.

They have some unusual items such as gin popsicles and deer burger. I Love the fact that Aldi are experimental in the choices of products in their shop.

Aldi support the Red Tractor label whereby the meet is 100% British therefore supporting local communities.

There isn’t a massive selection of choice compared to other supermarkets. However, this does mean that it is less stressful because I am not overwhelmed with choice. It is a fairly relaxed shopping experience, apart from the end with packing shopping away. (But then again I tend not to go with my children because of this and I like leisurely pace around the store).

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You be sure that every single Aldi has the same layout, therefore you know where everything is, meaning less stress shopping if you need to check into different Aldi’s. There is nothing more frustrating when supermarkets decide to change where they put stuff, nobody got no time for that!

I love the fact that Aldi every fortnight have a thing called super 6 special buys, consisting of fruit and vegetables at a lower price. This is great way to encourage people to buy healthier options.

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Aldi now at their tills have healthy items such as fruit, rice cakes and water to not lead you into temptation.

If you shop at Aldi what kind of things do you like about the store?

Cheers for reading X

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It’s OK to not be OK

Hey readers,

Today I wondered into town on a hot Saturday. The atmosphere was busy, people everywhere. Both things I am not very good at.

I appreciate that this is standard, I aimed to go to the supermarket to do shopping. I got half way there and had a funny turn. Don’t worry it is my anxiety based symptom. I have social anxiety and today it reminded me that it was there. I am not invisible, maybe a naive thinking I am better then I actually am when in reality some days are tough.

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I think sometimes I forget that being in recovery from mental health problems is a rocky road and it is not simply just black and white. It takes as long as it takes, some days are better then others. It may take years  to recovery or it might be something I have to live with and manage. I think as a person dealing with social anxiety it is really quite hard to remember that life isn’t linear and it is quite messy.

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It is so easy for me to put pressure on to get get to the end but sometimes you have to just accept the fact that you are not ok and you know what that is ok. I also feel when you discuss mental health with others who may not have experienced it or have a different experience to yourself their ‘helpful’ advice is really not that. They put their frustrations on you and there is so much pressure to ‘pull yourself together’.

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These expectations that you should instantly find a magic cure especially when you have a label as such you sense that patience runs so thin. People don’t see mental health like physical, ok mental health awareness has improved but not the acceptance. People thing by changing your attitude it will instantly get rid  it doesn’t work like that. It is something that you have to  constantly work at it and you can be so hard on yourself. You forget that it is your journey and some days are just rough. It is ok to say you know what today is a shit day, sometime we have them. I am going to say quite controversially that sometimes it can be good to have a bad day because it gives you change to reflect and appreciate the good stuff.

Cheers for reading X

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Reasons to love the summer

Hey readers,

We have had a couple of days so naturally can’t help but getting excited for the arrival of summer, I am British it is a thing and the fact that it properly me majority wet. That won’t stop me from celebrating all things summer.

I believe each has its good and bad, I suppose a bit like life really – you can’t have a rainbow without the rain. Anyhow, I digress. Now I am not a massive fan of humid heat with the right temperature and wind that is one thing I do look forward to. To go out more outdoors and not spend a huge fortune on the dreaded soft play areas. Fresh air is open and free nothing beats walking on the grass with your bare feet or looking up to see what shapes you can make with the clouds. It is a change to walk more and get out in the water parks or with a Frisbee.

During the summer months it means colder food such as salad, I do love a good ice burg lettuce. Alternatively, consuming ice-cream and drinking drinks with ice cubes in.

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Summer is a time for less clothes, even though I am fat that doesn’t stop me from wearing shorts and showing my bear arms. Less need for leggings and more changes to wear dresses with the fresh breeze in the air.

As a lover of frugal I can’t not mention the fact there is little need to put the heating on and reduce your electricity bill. Likewise with the tumble dryer – instead opting for putting clothes on the line to dry all by themselves. I just love it when it is a hot day I can do two or three loads of washing and they are dry within a couple of hours, I know how exciting.

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When the kids break up for a whole six weeks even though it is a daughting prospect the idea of lazy days and less rigman with the routine is a nice break for us parents.

Typically for my family our summer holiday occurs during the big six week school holiday, this gives us time to explore and see something different. Trying new places or food is always a winner in my eyes.

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What kind of things do you enjoy about summer?

Cheers for reading X

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Why I am pro-child telly!

Hey readers,

For the past five years of being a mother my main obsession has been Television / entertainment. I have been rattled with guilt, paranoia to near destruction of what other people think, mainly because of the pressure of social media but also because I feel my autism is a downfall. Therefore, I need to score points of being ‘ better’ because of my inabilities in other areas.

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I would obsess so much that i could not think of anything else, I would not enjoy my time with my child and felt always on edge.

I felt that my child if they watched TV every single condition associated with allowing your child to watch TV they would get.

I would get annoyed at hubby being so relaxed with just turning the telly on and I am always on edge. My whole body aches from anxiety. I worry that I am a failure because I allow my child to watch TV.

But recently I have learnt to accept that you know what TV isn’t that bad. It can be enjoyable, I love good old Mr Bean.

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TV can have a positive effect it can help with my son’s speech delay, it can educate them or it can simply help my eldest wind down from when he gets in from school.

I have noticed that if I live the TV all day long thew kids get bored, they wonder off. They look for something to do and they happy play together or entertain themselves.

When I dropped the guilt and thought fuck it, as long as they are happy, fed and alive that is all that matters.

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It is not the end of the world, it is so hard for any more especially first time round to know what to do and how to deal with giving the right amount of input.

But hand on my heart I have found the more relaxed I am, the more relaxed everyone else is around me.

Sometimes, you have to accept what the situation is and yes sometimes the 43 inch  babysitter helps because I am struggling or just need a break.

We are all more happy when I adopt this attitude. Plus, my eldest watched very little TV and very likely autistic. my youngest watches a TV, more clear in speech and socialable and not likely autistic. What does that say?!

So, if your reading this, give yourself a break, you are properly doing fine and the more research shows us that more then ever are parents more engaged.

Cheers for reading X

 

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summer loving

Hey readers,

I know it is getting closer to summer and therefore enabling us to get out our pins. There are so many lovely pieces out in the shop currently in at the moment (shock horror even in plus size range). So I have selected a few pieces of clothing that I love SO much and that if I had the funds I would definitely would buy in a shot.

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1. I am loving this cage mesh shift dress, I am attracted by the material, something a little bit different. and a bit quirky that really tickles my fancy. The dress comes from Asos Curve (£24.00).

2. Something a bit swish and bright for summer is this Lovedrobe printed tie waist wiggle dress, from Very (£54.00). I am really digging the colours, it just nice to see something a bit colourful in the plus size range. I also like the belt and the way it fits on the body that is really a pleasing to my eyes.

3. I am attracted to this next dress because it reminds of a lot of Wednesday Adams, who is someone who has influence on me, haha. This lovely Black fit and flare shirt dress that I feel can be dressed up or worn casually is a real winner in my eyes, you can pick it up at Evans (£35.00).

4 . Now time for a bit of femininity to add into your wardrobe with this black floral embodied studded mini dress. I am normally not one for floral but I like the subtle detail in this dress, from New Look Curve (£29.00).

5. Rock the alternative look with this Daisy street checked shirt dress with star detail, from Simply Be (£38.00).

6. Just because your a big lady, doesen’t mean you cant be trendy and on vogue with this plus Penny denim zip front pinafore dress from BooHoo (£25.00).

Hope you feel inspired and enjoy summer

Cheers for reading X

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The pains of a Sweaty Betty

Hey readers,

Today we have had humid weather, which being honest with you makes me ill just thinking about the humidity. The only time that I would the sun to be shining so hot is when I am by a pool in the shade with coupons amounts of drink or ice-cream.

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I dread it when I see the warm weather flow across the map of the weather person on the news. I cannot stand being a sticky mess. It amazes me to see people in coats in this humid and sticky weather, I want to know how they keep so cool because for me I am just purely a  sweaty betty. My makeup is all running down my face, my t-shirt is sticking to my neck and if you think it can get any worse then there is ultimate hell for the fat girl, chub rub. Basically where you sweat so much between your thighs that they rub from the fiction and it is hell let me tell you that.

When you’re out and about there appears to be that stench wafting at your nostrils, you know the one, where people sweat so much they stink of it and forget to wash. You can’t run away on public transport so you have to stick to the seat and try not to breathe the whole five minutes journey home.

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I just hate feeling hot, I literally cannot do anything and feel sick because it is so dame hot. If the whole sweating and feeling ill is not enough then let’s just bring up hay fever. It is the pits and agony, my sinuses are working overtime, I am sneezing every five seconds and my eyes kill from the itchiness.

Let’s move on to a different aspect of hot weather and that is them annoying sun worshippers on Facebook bragging about how lovely it is with these temperatures, I mean are you for real? The only place I want to be is lying on the cold bathroom floor.

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If you think you can escape it at night, your wrong my friends. At night it is a wrestle with the bed to find the cold spot, therefore spending a majority of the night tossing and turning then having to deal with the lack of sleep.

In the end it results in you wishing on the times when you felt more comfortable, colder and cosier. All I am saying is I miss you Autumn *sniff*!

Cheers for reading X

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Mama Mia #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge

Hey readers,

I was challenged by BritMums to visit my local Prezzo to try out their new La Famiglia sharing pasta bowl and tell you my thoughts of it.

There were four sharing bowls you could try and we opted for the spaghetti bolanse one as it is something that I knew everyone would enjoy.

What I liked about a sharing bowl is you get to experience the sharing and togetherness of the family. It was lovely quality time together with all the food in one place, in the middle of the table.

My hubby enjoyed the role of dishing out and the kids loved seeing daddy try to place the pasta neatly in the bowl.

I thought it was a brilliant idea to bring the family together as we could all discuss what we felt about the meal together.

I liked the fact that we kept it simple as it is normally a right pain going to a restaurant with two small boys. It took less time to decide and therefore more relaxing. Everyone knew what they were having and we didn’t have to worry about arguments about changing their mind because when they saw someone else’s food they would want that instead.

I would class hubby as the leader in our family with regards to making sure everyone gets the right amount and always share the food. Where as I am more the stress head, I don’t care if I get less as long as there is calm I am a happy person.

What I liked about Prezzo also is the fact that is was very family friendly, the food was just right. The plates were not to big as I find that to be a bit intimating for my children. The cutlery was moved away which is something trivial  some say but the amount of times it gets close to them and they tend to be adults. I find they start messing around with the cutlery, in this it was dealt with so no arguments. These are small gestures making eating at a restaurant much more enjoyable and relaxed affair.

I also liked the fact that a lot of the food offered was gluten free and also vegetarian options making it flexible for other people’s dietary needs. One final point to make is that  my experience as a family eating out is the ambience of the restaurant makes a difference, the staff were super friendly and the waiting around time was reasonable so the boys were not too bored, as we know it a big struggle for children.

Overall, it was a fabulous experience with the sharing meal and it felt like a experience for the whole family as we were eating it together, it gave us an opportunity to bond and talk. Definitely recommend it.

The meal cost £30 for two starts, two sides, one pasta sharing bowl, four puddings and four drinks. Which personally think is a cracking bargain for a whole family.

I have done a small vlog below as well.

Cheers for reading X

This Post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo.

 

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