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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goodbye 2013 … Hello 2014!!

As always, I’m ever so slightly late to the party with this one! I had the best of intentions to blog over Christmas and New Year but, to be honest, I had so much going on that I completely forgot!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US!

So, Happy New Year one and all! For me, 2013 was definitely a mixed bag. It started off in the worst way possible for us, with the 2nd of January spent in the A&E of the local hospital with what felt like my whole world falling down around me. But from then on in, I felt like I finally found an inner strength to sort my life out and get back on the right track.

On April 25th 2013, I joined Slimming World. By far, this was the best decision I have made in a long time! Here I am now, 3 stone lighter and with a new found confidence that I don’t think I have ever had!

With this confidence, has come a fair few other positive changes in my life. I started this blog for one, and it reminded me how much I love writing. It has brought me so many fantastic opportunities and I can’t thank you all enough for continuing to read it! I’ve let it fall by the wayside over the past few months but I am hoping in 2014 I will be able to get back on track and build this blog into something I can be proud of and that you can all continue to enjoy reading!

 I have also (finally) returned to work and am absolutely loving it so far. It is not an amazingly paid job. It doesn’t have incredible prospects. But I look forward to going in every day and it doesn’t feel like a chore. Well, not yet anyway!  As much as I loved being at home with the boys, It is great to be back in an environment where I feel like I play an important professional part and have REAL LIFE ADULT CONVERSATIONS! It’s the small things.

I have also decided to return to study part time. I’m currently studying for my TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate with the hopes of at some point in the future going back to University and doing my teacher training. Until then, I am hoping to help out with a local charity who works with the children of European Immigrants, with the majority being Romanian, and helping them learn English and settle in to their new surroundings. Fingers crossed for that plan anyway!

What do I want in 2014? To have a happy year. To spend it watching my two boys grow and become even more mental. To have a “date night” with the hubby at least once a month. To laugh with my family as much as possible. To meet up with my friends more often. To get over my anxiety and live each day without constantly worrying about something silly (I’m a terrible worrier! I’ve constantly got that sick, anxious feeling in my stomach!)

Resolutions? Well, I’ve never been very good at sticking to these things. Or to anything, actually. But I do have a few:

  • To continue with my Slimming World journey and lose another 2.5 stone to get to target.
  • To complete my TEFL course and get my certificate.
  • To restart my driving lessons – that’s been a long 10 years coming!
  • To take part in my first ever 5k or 10k – even if I have to walk it!
  • To enjoy every minute of our first ever family holiday abroad in April!
  • To blog more often. At least twice a week. And write what I want to write. Not what I feel I HAVE to. Back to basics blogging.
  • On that note – to keep on top of my social media! I’ll pop all my links at the end of this post.
  • To get my YouTube set up and keep it going – any requests for videos or vlogs please feel free to comment below or email me! I will be uploading at least once a week (a Tuesday or Wednesday) with a Slimming World update.
  • To get my finances in order and start saving so we have some money behind us.

Overall, I just want to enjoy this year. I have so much to look forward to whether it be birthdays, holidays and one of my closest friends is getting married! It’s so exciting! It has all the makings of a great year! We’ve just got to smile and enjoy.

I hope your 2014 is filled with love, good health and happiness! I would love to know your plans for this year! What are your resolutions?

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The Southside Girl x

Hogmanay – What have you got planned?

With everyone and their granny starting to lose their minds over Christmas and the fast approaching chaos that comes along with it, I thought it would be nice to take a step back and think about New Years Eve (or Hogmanay to us Scottish ones) and what we all have planned.

Now, pre-babies, I was always one for making an appearance at George Square to celebrate the New Year… bringing in the bells with my best friends, any random alcoholic drink that was on offer and whatever band was playing. Unfortunately, this usually resulted in me spending New Years Day suffering from the effects of  hypothermia, a belter of a hangover and no memory of the previous night.

Oh to be 19 again.

These days, because I’m getting older and even more boring, I would much rather spend the night with my family, a glass or two of prosecco and lots (and lots) of food, watching the rubbish that is Hogmanay television. The onesie may even make an appearance.

This was my plan, until I heard about Hogmanay at Zizzi.

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Welcome in the new year with tasty Italian food in beautiful, grade II listed surroundings…

This New Year, Zizzi’s are hosting a Hogmanay party in their gorgeous new restaurant in Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow. I can speak from experience and say that every time I have been to this particular Zizzi’s, the service, food and atmosphere have always been amazing!

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On the 31st of December, from 8pm until 3am, Zizzi’s are offering:

  • An Irn Bru cocktail on arrival
  • A gorgeous, Italian, 5 course meal.

  • Live music from Sophie Rodgers Music

  • A late night buffet.

  • Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

  • A prosecco or whisky to toast the New Year.

  • The Jack Dames playing until 2:30am.

Tickets are priced at £59.95 and can be booked online on their website at www.zizzi.co.uk, by calling 0141 221 2000 or by popping into the restaurant.

What better way to bring in the New Year than with friends and family, amazing food, great music and a fantastic atmosphere… (and who doesn’t love an Irn bru cocktail?!)

Get your tickets soon before they are sold out! It promises to be an incredible night!

The Southside Girl x

Missing in Action…..

Okay, so I do actually have an excuse for my rather lengthy sabbatical from the world of blogging… my laptop caught a horrible wee virus and died on me. Along with all my photos/videos/pre-written blogs (and no, I don’t have the common sense to back anything up. Uuuuurgh what a tool!)

Anyway, on the plus side, the break away from my blog has given me a chance to refresh and get back to looking forward to writing. I have to admit, I was starting to find writing this slightly tedious and lost my mojo. But not to worry, it’s back with a vengeance! So, it’s back to writing what I want to write about, when I want to write about it,  and remembering the reason I started this blog in the first place. Product reviews, events, book reviews and all the opportunities are lovely. But that’s not why I started this blog…

I wanted a way of remembering every little aspect of my life. I wanted a written note of every funny little thing my boys say and do, their ups and downs and of their first days at nursery and school. I wanted to share with all of you the days where I feel close to emotional breakdown because it happens to everyone and sometimes, it helps to know you’re not alone. I wanted to put my slightly chaotic life out there in the hope that I might find I’m not the only mental, caffeine addicted, overly emotional mum/woman/psycho out there. I wanted to make you laugh, nod your head in agreement and sometimes maybe even shed a tear (see above…I’m overly emotional so expect you all to be as well ;))

I’m back to doing what I love and hope you stick around with me. I’ve got a few wee things in the pipeline, including a new YouTube channel (hahaha GOD SHIELD YOUR EYES!) and a list as long as my arm of posts to write, as well as hopefully, at some point, moving this wee blog to it’s own self hosted website.

So, I’ll leave you with this. The past month my life has went through some big changes. My baby started school. I fitted into clothes I haven’t worn since before I had Aiden. I finally got my eyebrows under control and looking semi normal, (well, as normal as my inherited bushy monobrow ever will be. Thanks DAD!) and I realised that I have a bloody incredible family who, no matter how often you see them, or where they live in the world, support you 100% in doing something that you love. I can’t thank you enough for that, for the encouragement and for the confidence to continue this. And for the laptop. That made me cry. You git.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of my Aiden’s first day at school. Proudest day of my life – well, so far anyway. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more.

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Another thank you has to be given to Actually Mummy who included my wee blog in her Newbie round up over on the Britmums website recently. Chuffed doesn’t cover it 🙂 Thank you. You can read that post here.

The Southside Girl x

 

An Introduction to the Mr…

Don’t get me wrong. I really do love that old husband of mine. I’ve landed pretty lucky with the grump that I’ve got. He chauffeurs me about. He works ridiculously hard to provide for our family. He makes me laugh hysterically (usually at him, not with him) and he’s a daddy in a million to our boys.

Obviously I love him, but sometimes I really don’t like him. He drives me insane with his wee quirks and habits. And being the loving, thoughtful, dutiful wife that I am – obviously I’m going to list those bad habits here for all to see! So this is him, introducing my Mr P, warts and all….

– He leaves coppers lying everywhere. The bathroom window ledge. The dresser in the bedroom. The kitchen worktops. If I find another 2p on a random surface I will lose the will to live.
– He doesn’t understand privacy. He will quite happily go to the toilet and leave the door wide open. So he can chat. Lovely.
– He refuses to eat any vegetables, at all. The closest we’ve gotten is cauliflower pakora. That was a milestone. He counts chips as vegetables. Says it all.
– He mumbles. I rarely understand a word he’s saying.
– He turns into a sweary teenager when playing a ridiculous football game on the computer. Of course, he doesn’t mumble then.
– When he leaves a pot to steep in the sink, he will never EVER go back and finish washing said pot.
– The only things he will happily watch on the television is football, football highlights, football results, and the sports news which he turns off once the football part has finished.
– He hangs his massive heavy work jacket over the back of my dining room chairs. Then moans when the chair tips over. That drives me mental.
– He finds it hysterical to wait until you’ve done your full makeup…then comes up and licks your face.
– He’s the one who introduced the boys to wrestling. I’ll forever hate him for that one! 

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*Disclaimer – The husband is an all round good guy. These bad habits do not reflect his character as a whole. Maybe.

The Southside Girl x

Heartfelt Acts…sort of.

“Love is not who you see yourself with, it is who you cannot see yourself without” -Unknown

During a quiet (ok, lazy) day yesterday, I managed to get some time to read through a few blogs that had been recommended to me on Twitter. One of these was ‘Cupcake Mumma’ and her post on “Heartfelt Acts”. What she did, was to leave 5 random notes of love or affirmation in different public places. So, in a typical lazy Fiona way, I have decided to leave my notes to 5 different people who have had an impact on my life, via this blog. This is my version of “Heartfelt Acts”.

I will not be naming names but I will initial them – because most of the people who these are about, in the nicest possible way, are either too young or not very good  at taking a hint ;).

My Heartfelt Notes

For A & L – You make me smile every day. I love you both more than I ever thought was possible. You are my reason for getting up in the morning and you make me happier than I have ever known.  

For SYou are more amazing than you give yourself credit for. You can do anything you want to in life – you just have to believe in yourself. I love you like a sister – but i hate that you give yourself a hard time, when really, you’re the strongest person I’ve ever met.

For  M – More than anything or anyone, I want you to be happy.

For D – No matter what I say or do, or however many arguments we have… I love you. Sometimes, I cannot stand to be around you. Sometimes, I’m scared I’m going to go too far and say something I’ll regret. Sometimes though, I think that’s what you need. But always know, that I really do love you.

For P – You are my best friend. You are my soul mate and even after 10 years, I still fall in love with you more each day. I love that no one realises how funny you are and that there are times where you make my cry from laughing. You are the hardest working person i’ve ever met  and an absolutely amazing daddy. You are also the grumpiest person, I think, in the entire world, but your all round handsome-ness and muscly thighs cancel out that negative. You really are my everything.

What would your random notes say? Feel free to leave your own note in the comments section.

To read Cupcake Mumma’s blog, you can find it here : http://cupcakemumma2011.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2013-03-29T03:40:00-07:00&max-results=10

To find out more about ‘Heartfelt Acts’, visit EmmyMom’s blog here: http://www.emmymom2.com/2013/01/introducing-heart-felt-acts.html


The Southside Girl x