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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


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Our dining table has disappeared! – Easter update

Hi, how are you?

It’s been a strange sort of a year.  One full year since our first lockdown here in the UK.  It’s almost Easter weekend as I’m writing this, our second one where our usual plans are out the window and I’m wracking my brain to try and make it special.

I asked my 15 (almost) year old if she was bothered about an egg hunt this year, fully expecting her to say she’s too old for childish things.

That was not the response I got!

So, two boxes of small eggs are on order.

Eldest teen isn’t into childish games anymore, but does like an easy life so will probably give in to her sisters pestering and join in.

Do you have plans for Easter weekend?  Please share them in the comments, I’m looking for inspiration!

We’ve found a new way of managing traditional gift exchanging times such as birthdays and Easter.  It’s been hard not being able to visit family as we normally would, and I’ve found myself buying more chocolate eggs than usual as requests come through for us to arrange on relatives behalf.

This means I currently can’t see our dining table.  I’m sure it’s still there, but it appears to be more like a seasonal aisle of Aldi. I’m hoping the teens will find space in their rooms for them so I can get some order in the chaos.  We need some space anyway as I bought some Easter craft supplies for a mum/daughter bonding time – will let you know how that goes!

Galaxy – my favourite ever chocolate, just in case you were curious!

In other news, today is vaccine day for me. I’m nervous, not only because it means going somewhere I’m not familiar with, which always triggers my anxiety, but also because I know some friends have experienced side effects.  I was ill with the virus at the beginning of December, 10 days of dizziness, exhaustion, sickness and bed rest and I don’t want to go through it again.  I will keep you updated on our socials if you want to know how I get on.

So, this weekend is going to involve chocolate, family and a lovely roast.  I’ve also planned a cheesecake to test out my new baking tin – wish me luck!

Cari xx

Behind the scenes

Stock deliveries, lateral flow tests and birthdays

What an interesting few weeks it’s been!

Celebrated my birthday at the end of Jan.  As if it’s not bad enough to be approaching 50, a lockdown birthday is even less fun than a normal ‘I’m a grown up’ birthday.  It started great, teens reluctant to get out of bed before midday and presents were mostly ones I’d chosen for myself.  Combine that with work and study (because my assignment was due and I didn’t think having a birthday was worthy of an extension) it was a fun filled day.

At least I’ve had some new stock to ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ over.  With the cards it’s easy to admire ones that are destined for customers, but with The Body Shop at Home, the temptation to sniff every new fragranced skin and hair care product is high!  I’ve had great fun planning out how to make our monthly themed boxes special though, I hope the recipients approve!

As if the ‘day job’ wasn’t interesting enough at the moment, the powers that be decided we need to do regular testing.  I totally support the need to keep my colleagues safe, but I detest sticking swabs down my throat and up my nose, so now having to do it twice a week is a challenge.

I swear I sneezed eight times today!

I’ve also started reading a few personal development books.  I’ve struggled with a negative mindset and it’s finally time to change that as it’s holding me back.  I’ve started journaling, and the book I’m reading right now is this one.

If you have any suggestions please share in the comments!

At least it’s February – one step closer to a more normal world.

Keep safe

Cari xx