I am a bit tired today after a bad night’s sleep and I think just generally from a tough year too. My mood is low when exhausted but that is one of the best times to celebrate my reasons to be cheerful. Yes, here are my happy thoughts of the week.

1. We had a lovely meal out as a family for my husband’s birthday in a really lovely hotel/restaurant we found on first arriving in Hampshire. It has the most lovely food and has so much to look at inside in terms of art, quotations and so on. It is right up my street and not at all snotty which also helps.

2. Both my son and daughter were named stars of the week at their new school. I am sure this is standard procedure for new kids but they deserve it for settling in so well and being so positive about the move. They are both working hard and making new friends.

3. My teenage son has started at his new school which has great standards and is a place that I can see thriving in unlike the last school. He has chosen his options including acting, food technology and history which thrills me as all links back to his connection with his late grandmother. Little legacies. He also has a lot of mathematics, science, computing and business studies in the mix.

4. We are getting the new house sorted bit by bit. I am finding it a depressingly slow process really as downsizing so much makes storing all our stuff a challenge. I have spent time today getting some bids in on Ebay on the things we need. Wish me luck.

5. I am doing the school run and getting faster at it every day by a few minutes without trying. It just shows how you build up fitness levels so much once you actually do some exercise. In hot weather like yesterday, I take a picnic and have a break on a bench on the way home for good quality time chatting with the children.

6. I take real pleasure every day in the lush green of the countryside just a couple of streets away from where we live. It feels my soul.

7. I am looking forward to the weekend. It is our wedding anniversary and I plan to visit the big city by the sea and do some fun things along with practical stuff like haircuts for the children.

8. I am reflecting on many things blogging and social media – this usually leads to good things so something else to smile about.

WE visited Morrisons to check our their “I’m cheaper” claims.

What do you look for when you go shopping in a supermarket?

What makes the experience a good one?

We have moved house and were looking for a good supermarket with a wide range of affordable products.

We visited the Morrisons store in Horndean. We parked easily and noted how the staff in the car park seemed so happy in their work.

As my husband collected a trolley, myself and the children skipped off to check out the new cheaper prices at Morrisons.


There was so much to love about this visit.

Cheaper Products

As soon as we arrived, there were signs everywhere highlighting the new cheaper prices at Morrisons. The really good news is that these prices are dropping permanently and not just for a short-term promotion.


You just need to look out for the “I’m cheaper” signs to identify the everyday items that have come down in price and for good.

There are so many of them all around the store including on food, cleaning products, baby and toddler items and feminine hygiene.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

I love it when you are tempted into the healthiest of eating. The fruit and vegetable choices at Morrisons range from the everyday to the exotic.


I got really excited at all the bright and different colours.


As you can see, as well as the newly reduced prices, they also have tempting special offers.


It was very difficult to leave the fruit and vegetables section where you could find treats like asparagus and herbs kept in such a fresh manner. The children loved the theatre of the dry ice!

Something Fishy

I am so impressed by the range of fish on offer and the advice from the fishmmonger. I love fish and want to eat more but don’t really know how to prepare or cook some varieties. How fabulous to have so much available and tricks of the trade too.


Marvellous Meat

My husband does not like fish at all. He investigated the meat counter and I will enjoy eating his steak dinner.


So many bakery choices

I find all too easily I slip into eating the same old bread when there are much tastier options available and I fully intend to investigate them at Morrisons.

Drinks of both varieties

This was one of my favourite reductions.


This one was delightful too.


Catering for individual needs

I noticed that there were plenty of products catering for those who need to go dairy, gluten and wheat free.


Let them eat cake!

I was very surprised and delighted to see that even items for special occasions featured as “I’m cheaper”


Family dining

I do like a supermarket with a good cafe to add to the whole experience and love how kids eat free on week nights at Morrisons


Here is just one of the meals we enjoyed this week. Herb-crusted chicken with new potatoes and carrots. It came in at just over £2 per head although I felt it could easily have served 4 which would have brought it down to just over £1 per head.


I made this scrumptious dessert from the Morrisons recipe section. It went so fast that I did not get a photo but I am making it again today so watch this space.

Check out which of your everyday needs feature in the “I’m Cheaper” campaign on the Morrisons website.

I received £80 vouchers via Morrisons and BritMums to inform this review.


Morrisons - I Am Cheaper!

I am indulging in some positive thinking for mum.

Not too many days ago, I was feeling a bit blue as the fatigue and disruption of the house move took its toll. Today, I feel that I have emerged from that and am moving forwards positively in our new life in Hampshire.

1. I think the marital spark may have disappeared a bit whilst we were living apart. So I took action and asked my husband on a date night. OK so we had the children with us but we took a break from unpacking boxes and went out for an evening meal at a local pub. We enjoyed it so much that we spent the next two nights out and about too. We seem more like a couple again. It can’t be all work and no play and I intend to ensure there is plenty of play in this new chapter.

2. The children are playing out and making new friends. This is helping them settle into the new area and will help when they start at school with already established friends.

3. My oldest son has realised he can retain his friends from Yorkshire even though we have moved. He is happier as a result.

4. We have all our belongings here now although we had to give things away or send them to the tip as we have moved from a big house to a small one. Fortunately, the space here is good in terms of storage so a lot of things don’t need unpacking just yet.

5. After a blip, we have managed to get the washer plumbed in today which is a huge relief. You take these things for granted until they aren’t there.

6. I have been enjoying getting to grips with a new piece of work.

7. For the first time in ages we have felt able to go out and buy things without stressing so I have a new value hoover from Argos which is superb, a new rug to protect the carpet near the back door and a new kettle. The last purchased was not planned but after somehow getting blue dye in the old one, I could not face a coffee from it again.

8. I found the knickers I lost in the house move along with the bag of my son’s clothing that had also gone missing in the move.

9. I got an email from school today so hopefully we can arrange a quick return for the children who are clearly getting bored and ready to return to education.

10. I have found my Dad’s memoirs so will be posting more of those soon.

11. There is a Bank Holiday weekend coming up giving us the chance to explore the stunning countryside round here and also to see the sea.

12. The week was polished off nicely with news that I am shortlisted in the Inspire category of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

I find myself mentioned as one of the inspirational bloggers

Yesterday, I got a huge surprise when I was informed I was shortlisted in the Inspire category in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2014.

I had not even looked for my name when the shortlist was published so sure was I that it would not appear. To be honest, I have hated the quality of my blogging this year. I really do feel it has suffered due to my distraction as we tried to re-establish our security and happiness following my husband’s redundancy. It seems to me all I have done this year is moan on even whilst knowing so many bloggers and readers face far greater and longer-term challenges than myself.

I never set out to inspire people by blogging. I think I did help some mums via Groovy Mums and also getting naked that time but I think that was more by fate than design. I do like helping others where I can. Is that inspirational? I just think if you can lend a hand to someone, why wouldn’t you and anyway it gives you a good feeling to know you make a difference.

Is it because I am open and honest that I inspire? The truth is I treat this blog as my very best friend and sanctuary and often think my readers are just a pretend world that I can escape into from time to time. I am quite scared when I meet them in real life having never expected that to happen.

So if you nominated me, know that I appreciate it and will try to live up to the inspire tag somehow this year. I am not sure how yet but with a new home and my husband back in work, there will be time and space to contribute something.

If you read my blog, please do check out the amazing company that I am in on the Inspire category not to mention the shortlist as a whole.

I am not asking for votes. If I won, I would only end up drinking too much rum beforehand and fall up the steps to the stage flashing grey knickers. I would be lifted up only to babble on inanely for far too long and forget to thank all the important people.

How would I hope to inspire in the coming year?

I would like to throw my heart and soul into something new

I would like to get involved in a campaign of some sort

I would like to get that book finished

I would like to do what my mum did for me and teach my children to aspire

Most importantly, I have learned that if people say you inspire or say anything good about you, however crazy it sound to you, you just have to go with it out of respect to them.

How many of us see ourselves as others do?