Behind the scenes

When life went crazy…

We hit several bumps in the road.

One minute you’re cruising along, hitting the occasional pothole, the next everything crashes around you and you are crawling along a dirt track getting bogged down after a weeks worth of rain.

Its only now we are all out the other side that I feel able to blog again.  It’s been a rough 12 months for us personally, but this little guy came crashing into our lives back in January which really helped us heal (although it was rocky for a while!)

Looks the picture of innocence doesn’t he?

Don’t be fooled.  He’s crazy, high energy and reactive to, well, basically everything which makes walk time interesting (but we’re working on that).

Business wise we’ve started Happy Kids Parties, a children’s entertainment business, which seemed a natural progression from my day job.  As always it’s a hard slog getting our name out there but we’re not in any rush to expand, especially as I’m now back into study time again.  The run up to Christmas always makes me feel like I’ve taken on too much, and now my joints are feeling the effects of ageing it’s a real struggle to keep on top of everything.

So, Christmas crazy season starts now.  Juggling work, study, businesses, stock deliveries and a lively puppy is going to be fun, but will hopefully keep me active and feeling young at heart!  This time next year I’ll be wondering how I used to manage it all.

In the meantime send coffee.

Cari xx

Behind the scenes

We’re Hello Fresh converts – life update

Can you believe it’s the end of April already?

I honestly don’t know where the year is going.  I’m almost at the end of this years study too, just my final assignment to do (which I’ve sort of started and am now putting off till the last minute again).  I’m flicking between that and my day job, which for some reason is making me more tired than usual.  Maybe it’s all the fresh air I’m getting now the weather is nice and we can be outdoors.

Weekends are filled with business and study (and cleaning – yuk!)  I’m saving up for a steam mop – oh the joys of adulthood – which I’m hoping will make cleaning more enjoyable.  It’s lovely to be able to save for something, we’ve been just about managing all the bills etc for some time, so to finally have savings is exciting.

As we’ve both been more tired than usual, we’ve juggled the finances and managed to buy more meal boxes from Hello Fresh.  We’re really enjoying the variety and it makes it so much easier as everything is measured out for you.  This week we have our second box, with a third due to arrive at the weekend.  It is a little out of our budget at full price but there are lots of discount codes available online, so I think we might be able to manage every fortnight – will keep you posted!

I must admit though, being tired and cooking doesn’t go too well!  The meal we had on Sunday was a Thai meatball curry, and I managed to put the curry paste in with the mince when it should’ve been a spice blend – I hadn’t read the recipe carefully enough!  That was enough to put the kids off but hubby and I ate it and thought it was nice.

The only real issue I’ve had so far is finding meal ideas that everyone might like.  We’re quite a fussy bunch – I don’t eat a great variety of meat or fish and hubby doesn’t like pasta.  This limits the variety of meal options but we’re managing to find four each time to try.  We also fell foul of human error in our second box, discovering missing ingredients.  This seems to happen a fair bit, with some Hello Fresh-ers missing whole meal kits!  I was very impressed with their customer service though and was quickly reimbursed with a credit placed on my account.  That reminds me, I must get some mince from the shop.

We’ve also finally resolved the problems we were having with the vets, following our cat being put to sleep.  I can’t remember how much I’ve shared on here, but she was unable to be collected by the crematorium as the correct paperwork hadn’t been completed (according to the crematorium) but the vets say they didn’t know our wishes (even though we told them and completed paperwork on the day).  There is still much about the situation that doesn’t feel right to me, but I don’t really want to dwell on it – we’ve now changed vets to one more local and after almost six weeks we finally have her ashes back.

My plan is to buy a special rose which we can put her with, and this week the wooden planter for it arrived.  I’ve wanted a half barrel planter for some time, so to have one that we can put her ashes in is fantastic and feels right after all the messing around there has been.  She will finally have her resting place, which should be mobile if we move again (although it’s really heavy empty!)

This weekend we are hoping to get to the garden centre to buy compost and a rose if I can find one I like.  Hopefully we will be able to vlog it for you.

We also splurged a little at Aldi the other day, all in the interests of Youtube – but you will have to wait and see what that one is all about!

Stay well

Cari xx


Behind the scenes New video

Back to vlogging – it’s like we never stopped!

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut?

You get up, have breakfast, go to work, come home, have tea and go to bed.

It’s the same routine, over and over.

It’s probably feeling worse at the moment because there’s nothing to break up the routine – no special day out, no ‘difference’ to look forward to.

We’ve even got into a rut with filming and uploading to our YouTube channel.  How other creators are still feeling inspired I have no idea – we definitely weren’t!

Meal times were the usual oven cooked something and chips.  Something had to change.

We got our first Hello Fresh delivery yesterday, despite the app telling me it was pushed back a day because of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

I’d heard others saying they’d had ingredients missing, so we got our camera out, set up everything and started filming the unboxing.  Everything was there – fantastic!  Sadly the fresh meat doesn’t come with a long date so we had to cook one of the meals straight away (I know, life is tough!)

I’ve still got some filming to do before we have a full vlog to edit/upload, so you will have to wait to see how we got on, but we’ve already got our next Hello Fresh box booked in.  It’s great to get some enjoyment back into meal times, and with lockdown easing hopefully there will be more vlogs to come too!

If you’d like to give Hello Fresh a try, the image above will take you over to choose your meals/sign up.  Please share if you have tried them and what your favourite meals are from them.