Current Dupes

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been trying to save the pennies for quite a while now. I don’t often buy clothes, accessories and make up etc. especially as I worry about the impact on the environment so as a result, the clothes in my wardrobe are getting quite tired. I decided to find some less expensive alternatives to my Wish List which I think/hope will last in terms of quality and style. I won’t add captions to reveal which is ‘Spend’ and which is ‘Save’, but I will let you know at the end.

Funnily enough, these three purse friendly items were from Mango. I discovered the brand properly this year after I saw a pair of their mom-fit jeans on the John Lewis website. I had always been aware of the brand but never bought anything as I don’t have a branch local to me. Since lockdown, I have been more willing to try new brands and online shopping in general. I seriously love these jeans, wear them all the time and so glad I decided to try them out.

Gingham seems to be everywhere at the moment and I love one that I saw at Hush. The only problem is that it was a bit too pricey. As much as I love the style, I don’t think I would wear it enough to justify spending £69 on it!

I have been obsessed with these Birkenstock Boston sandals for months now however, at £90, I couldn’t stomach the price tag. I saw these dupes and my hubby says he actually prefers the cheaper pair even though there is not much in it.

So could you guess which of the pairs were wallet friendly or wallet foe? I can reveal that all the Mango dupes are on the LEFT! Leave a comment below to let me know your favourites. Bx

Meal Planning and Shopping List

I have been off the ball with my meal inspiration and food shopping recently so I thought I would use my blog as a place to put all my planning and prep. *A bit of context before I start: I have a husband who pretty much eats anything except mushrooms. He doesn’t mind pasta but it’s not his favourite choice. I also have two children, aged 8 and 5, who are a bit ‘vanilla’ when it comes to meal ideas. They would happily eat sausages, fish fingers, pasta and pizza until the cows come home but aren’t so keen on spice and chilli. I like meals that are quick and easy with minimal equipment needed (judging from my lack of food processor and until recently lack of dishwasher).

Below is my current shopping list and initial ideas for the week. I will asterisk the items the children aren’t so keen on below but will eat.

Shopping List
Raspberries
Blueberries
Cucumber
Pomodorino tomatoes
Sweet potato fries
Jelly with fresh fruit (for the kids)
Wholemeal/Seeded loaf
Parmesan cheese
Garlic
Passata

Meal Ideas
Breakfast
Peanut butter and jam on seeded toast
Granola with Greek yoghurt and berries

Lunch
Nut burger wraps
Jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn
Halloumi cheese and tomato salad
Sweetcorn salsa tortilla

Dinner
Bacon and pea risotto (Annabel Karmel’s recipe)
Homemade Pizza
Chicken tikka salad bowl with rice*
Macaroni/Cauliflower Cheese
Fake toad-in-the-hole (Sausage and Yorkshire puddings)

Snacks
Peanut butter and apple
Apricots