Sunday, 26 February 2012

Mothers day gift Ideas

Hello my wackys,

 yeahp I know its been a long time, but to be honest when I get home from work, and after doing the school homework with the girls, dinner and prepping them to bed I'M EXHAUSTED all the working and even the ones that are at home understand what I mean.... as soon as I get my head on a pillow is just has if I have an Off button...

Anyway not making any excuses here I sure do miss crafting like crazy, blogging and enjoying myself, but we can't have it all can we?! We can't be in two places or do more than 2 things at the same time.... OR can we?!!! Hummmm have to make a little research on that.

 So today I'm going to have  a mother's day gift brainstorm with you what do you think?! After all here in the UK it is celebrated in March this year on the 18th if I'm not mistaken.

I thought about something you could do yourself (OBVIOUSLY) - I like crafting and that's why you are here after all - so here it goes:

 * memories of the two of you scrapbook ( put pictures , write about your memories with her, scent the pages decorate it, put dried flours on it, the possibilities are endless really)

* a beauty hamper made by yours truly ( bath salts, a couple of candles, a body cream , a little towel embroidered with her initials anything you can think off)

* a picture frame ( previously basic and completely personalised and altered by you) with a photo of you together

 * bake her some cookies and decorate them  wrap them in cellophane and tie it with some gorgeous ribbon and make a card as well

 * give her your favourite flowers together with a meal just for you guys/girls

 * give her some photo blocks the big one stating Best Mum (engraved, for example) or something and the other 2 with pictures of you and her imprinted on them

 * Decoupage a box and inside put photos of you and her and anything that brings back memories

* make her a personalised purse/ pillow/ bag/ picture puzzle/  etc.

 As you can see there is many, many stuff we can create with just a bit of imagination, time and a couple of quid . I hope that this mother's day will be special for the 2 of you and if you don't really want to bother you could always do the obvious like buying her a perfume flowers or take her on a trip to the beach or a park anything she would love.... and of course don't worry too much about it cause in the end what we mums want and love best is to spend quality time with our sons/ daughters and know that we have not been forgotten and that we are much loved by you :)

 See you soon my wacky with some tutorials of the ideas presented above.

 Now, you know what I'm goin' to say don't you?!!! YEAHP , exactly.... "Roll up your sleeves and lets start crafting"


please note that the pictures shown above were taken from google images

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Saving Money just like nana ;)

Hello my wacky savers, how have you been this weekend?!

Valentines day is upon us, and I must admit I haven't done or give it much thought, 'am now working from either 7am to 17pm or from 9am to 19pm so my days have been a bit on the tight side lately, but I never forget about you guys out there I'm always thinking I must get some time to blog and create...

So here I am today with some shopping tips that you may already know but that is worth remembering.

My grandma always teached me to make lists and make notes of every little thing she bought or she needed to buy, she also showed me how to save up some money by doing things this way:

-she had a little safe, in that safe there was 4 pockets made of card each pocket corresponded to each week in a month, if she for example received 500 euros p month she would put 100 euros in each pocket and the extra 100 euros she would automatically deposit it in the bank...

- She would go daily to the market to buy fresh meat and fish which would then be done on that same day for lunch and dinner;

- Before going grocery shopping she would make a weekly list according with the menu for each day, and she would buy what was needed for that week she would then save up the excess of the things in a cupboard; every week she would do the same except the forth week of the month...

- on the forth week my sweet nana would use up all she had on the cupboard instead of going out to buy anything she would only buy the meat or the fish and vegetables for a salad or soup daily;

Has you probably figured out already this means that the money she had in the forth pocket was almost always unused, and if it was in fact used then most likely it would have been to pay the rent and utility bills that they had at the time; when she didn't need to use it however she would save 200 euros a month which per year would give a whooping 2400 euros, it may not sound much but believe me when I tell you it is considered a great amount to be saved in Portugal...

I am lucky that she's still around us, unfortunately I'm so far away, and I deeply miss her and her wisdom, ohhh almost forgot she always warned me not to go shopping when I was hungry cause I would almost likely buy more than I actually needed, I know it's hard to change our habits but baby steps will help.

I hope you enjoyed this little insight .

See you guys soon with more tips on how to save some money ;)