Being a bank holiday Morrisons mum….

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A few weeks ago I received an email from the lovely ladies at  Britmums asking if I would like to be involved in a new campaign they were running with Morrisons supermarket for the May Bank Holiday weekend. I’ve been looking for some new inspiration to get my bum back into writing and updating this blog and this sounded like the perfect opportunity! I registered straight away and soon received £80 worth of vouchers to get our shopping in for the bank holiday. I was thinking of all the amazing barbecue food, salads and drinks we could get in to celebrate – unfortunately the lovely Scottish weather didn’t agree (at all!)  but we still got a trolley full of amazing (slimming world friendly!)  food!

Now, I’ll admit to being an avid Asda shopper. I always find them significantly cheaper than most of the other supermarkets, and when you’re buying for a family of 4 – price matters! I had seen the recent Morrisons “I’m Cheaper” campaign adverts and I was intrigued as to whether they really were going to match my usual prices and manage to keep the high quality they’re known for.

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This is the start of a new cheaper Morrisons.

We’ve cut the prices on over a thousand of your favourite products. Not temporary reductions or supermarket smoke and mirrors, these are new every day low prices on the things you buy every week. So you’ll notice the difference with every shop.

And although we’re cutting prices, we’re not cutting corners.

You’ll still get award-winning meat and fish, still get trained butchers and bakers, still get the best of fresh on Market Street and still get friendly Morrisons service.

Look out for the yellow markers when you shop in store and online at morrisons.com.
If it says I’m cheaper you know it’s staying cheaper.

 

I was excited! We decided to head out on the bank holiday Monday, as Paul was working all weekend before hand and I wanted to head to a bigger Morrisons store about 15 minutes by car from our house.  We got to Morrisons Anchor Mills store at about lunch time and my first worry was that because it was a bank holiday Monday, we would be getting the dregs of the weekend stock. I was wrong. Every shelf was full with fresh produce which was a big tick for me!

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I was so impressed with everything on offer at Morrisons. The fresh produce department was absolutely massive! Along with the huge selection on the deli counters, fish counters, bakery section…it’s a foodies heaven! I noticed a massive change in the cost of their fruit and vegetables! 99p strawberries and raspberries were a massive win in this house! I also picked up a portion of smoked cod loin for only £2.66 which was an absolute bargain!

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We had to do a massive shop as we have not long returned from holidays and my fridge and freezer had turned itself off (grrrrrr!) and everything had to be thrown out. I was expecting to have to pay out around £180 to refill everything.

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Our final bill came to £113.81. And I have a full fridge, freezer and cupboards. I was amazed! I’ve done shops at Morrisons several years ago and found it really expensive, but I couldn’t believe the difference!

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Here’s a wee selection of some of the meals we had this week and the prices per person:

 

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Baked smoked cod loin with steamed rice and Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Cost per person (served 3) –  £1.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost per person (served 3) – 88p!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an amazing wee find for anyone following Slimming World – Morrisons Fresh Eats Sweet Chilli Chicken with noodles is only 2.5syns and tastes AMAZING! It’s also included in the 2 for £5 deal!

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Overall, I was seriously impressed with Morrisons. The produce was amazing and stayed fresh for most of the week. The selection of meats and fruit/vegetables is great and the bakery selection is amazing for anyone with a sweet tooth (although not so great if you’re on a diet!) I was so impressed, in fact, that I returned today for my weekly shop and I will be doing so for every big shop I do in future.

 

Well done, Morrisons! You definitely made a Morrisons Mum out of me!

 

*I was sent £80 worth of vouchers to spend instore at Morrisons. This post continues to contain my own honest thoughts and opinions as always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#snaphappybritmums

Today’s theme is ‘beach’.

This got me rummaging through pictures from early last year as there has been next to no good weather since, that would warrant a trip to the beach.

My last holiday abroad was 6 years ago… SIX!! Fair enough, we did come home from that holiday with an unexpected surprise #babyonboard, but six years is ridiculous. I need sun. I need to stink of suntan lotion and I need to lie on a beach, feeling my skin go crispy (note. I do not promote getting burnt….this just happens to me even with factor 50 #scottishskin)

I fancy the Maldives, or the Seychelles,.or Thailand…..

Aye right.

Where’s the nearest Butlins??

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Logan at the beach in Saltcoats…

Bring on the Summer! Ever the optimist, i know….

The Southside Girl x

The Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2013

The Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiB’s) 2013 highlight and showcase the best in parent blogging taking into account creativity, inventiveness and standard of content.

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Now, I know I’m taking a long walk off a short pier here…but I’ve been thinking, why not? Why should I not put myself forward to be nominated in the “Fresh Voices” “Family” or “Lifestyle” category? So, I did.

Aaaaah.

It is my thinking, everyone has to start somewhere. It takes a lot of work to get your blog out there and read by an audience. Over the past few weeks since starting my blog, I have been trying to balance writing blogs, promoting my blog through twitter without annoying anyone, writing on Britmums and Netmums, and looking after my family.

A big hurdle for me, is that I still haven’t shared this blog with anyone who actually knows me. Apart from my dad (hi dad!), my best friend (hi shaz!) and my lovely husband (bring in milk 😉 ), I have been too scared to put myself out there to people who know me and, ultimately, will judge me.

But, maybe it’s time to get my confidence back and put myself out there. What’s the worst that can happen, right?

If you enjoy what you read here, and would like to read more, please nominate me for the Brilliance in Blogging awards 2013 in the “Fresh Voices” “Family” or “Lifestyle” category. I will love you forever… and maybe even bake some cakes.

The link to the information about the awards can be found here;

http://www.britmums.com/awards/

To nominate, please fill out this form;

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPRV7H5

(Remember and share with your friends, family, granny, dogs, local lollipop man etc)

So, thanks in advance if you decide to nominate me! I know it’s a long shot (I’ve read hundreds of blogs in the past few weeks and they’re all bloody amazing!) but it’s all a bit of fun and might kick my bum into writing more!

Your nominations = this big happy smily (slightly psychotic)face :)

Your nominations = this big happy smiley (slightly psychotic)face 🙂

The Southside girl x