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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jan 17, 8:31 AM
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    Frump to Fab 2017 - A Whole New World
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    • 1st Jan 17, 8:31 AM
    Frump to Fab 2017 - A Whole New World 1st Jan 17 at 8:31 AM
    Good Morning Lovely Ladies

    Welcome to the new Frump to Fab thread. A whole new world of frugal style and fabulousity. A place where we learn from each other how to be the best we can with the resources we have.

    Can you be both frugal and fabulous, I think so. You can be both skint and stylish. You can have your cake and eat it, you can "live it large" on a minuscule budget.

    So to all you newbies welcome. Join in the fun with the ladies in our fabulous online community. Here we discuss all things fabulous and we learn all about "fabbing".

    Yes I know it's a made up word but what does it mean.

    Well for us it means taking care of ourselves, our looks yes of course but it's more than "mere vanity".

    "FAbbing" also means looking after our health, our well being, our homes, our careers, our hobbies, our interests and past times and not forgetting our finances.

    ANd of course, it goes without saying, a verybig warm welcome to our regulars, returners, and lurkers.

    So dear newbies Join in the fun with the ladies in our fabulous online community

    Before we get started let me take this opportunity to wish you all A Very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

    Today you may be busy with New Year's Day gatherings or you may Be feeling a little worse for wear after the New Years Eve Celebrations so for now we are going to be gentle.

    No fasting, no detox (unless of course you want to) but I would advocate that we ease ourselves gently into the New Year by remembering our first mantra.

    Step 1. Wear perfume. You should smell divine every day. Don't save your favourite fragrances "for best". Never again save anything for best. Don't we deserve to be the best we can be - every single day.

    Ah but what about the cost I hear you say. This is a Money saving website after all.......

    Well you don't have to douse yourself in your most expensive Dior or Chanel perfumes. A simple spray of cologne will still smell wonderful.

    And one of the nicest smells of all is a waft of fresh clean soap. So if you can't afford perfume then at least make sure you are freshly washed or showered and use a lovely soap or shower gel.

    So dig out some of those new smellies you got for Christmas and start using them.

    Today's tip.

    Got a perfume you don't like because it's too strong or heavy?? Dilute it.

    Don't throw it away or regift it. Add it to some simple cream or lotion or even some vegetable oil and make a luxurious moisturising body treatment. The height of luxury and decadence for mere pennies.

    I am still recovering from my chest infection.......feeling a lot better today but I'm still going to take it easy. So........I am going to spend some time today pondering on what I would like to achieve this year. I am not going to think in terms of New Years Resolutions it will be more a case of goal setting.

    As most of you will know Dad died on Friday so much of January will entail making his funeral arrangements and sorting out his estate.
    This means that, realistically, I am going to be busy for the next couple of weeks so I might have to catch up with my new plans.

    But.......just because I might not be posting everyday doesn't mean to
    Say that I won't be keeping a watchful eye on you. I shall be reading and observing!!!

    So please start the new fabbing year without me and I'll catch up with you all again just as soon as I can.

    Have a fabulous New Year's Day. See you all soon.

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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 13th Apr 17, 8:33 AM
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    Good morning lovely Ladies

    Maman. Bet you feel fabulous with your new hair do and red nails. How glamorous.

    Well how are we all.

    Easter is upon us. Where does the time ago. I always feel that if it's Easter then summer is just round the corner. Or at least we can kiss winter goodbye.

    I'm off into the city centre for my massage and facial later so I think I will have a little mooch round the shops afterwards. I picked up 2 pairs of linen trousers in sainsbobs yesterday. With the 25 percent off they came to 29 for the two so was happy with that.

    It's ds2s girlifriends 30th birthday next week so need to look for a little something. I was thinking an evening clutch bag. Call in at the flower man - street vendor who sells the nicest and cheapest flowers. He has just branched out (sorry pun not intended) into selling fruit now too, so I'll stock up on berries. So much cheaper than the supermarket.

    Other than that no real plans - just a nice pottering about sort of day.

    Have a great day. Keeeep fabbing.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 13th Apr 17, 10:16 AM
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    Happy Easter Weekend to everyone!!!!

    I know we aren't quite there yet, but I thought I'd get in there early.

    LL enjoy your well deserved pampering.

    Maman well done on the fabbing.

    I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing bank holiday weekend. Our plans are to visit family and also have a nice family day out an English Heritage Site - we have membership and will be taking a picnic, so it will be a nice frugal day out.

    I've been having a rough time at work over the last few months and things are now coming to an end, which means I can disclose. I had a change of line manager and we really weren't getting on. We started off as friends, but it because horrible for both us of. Manager has now resigned. Our colleagues said to me, I bet you are happy and I said actually I wasn't. Despite everything, I don't mean them any ill will and I'm saddened that our working relationship deteriorated. I have learned from this though.
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    • maman
    • By maman 13th Apr 17, 1:04 PM
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    I had an inkling things weren't quite right at work chanie. You seemed to be having days off and working from home a lot more than usual. I'm glad that it's resolved but I understand why it's not making you happy. Sadly I've seen a lot of people not coping with/understanding a management role who think the way to operate is to bully those down the chain. It's a very outmoded style IMO but it's still happening particularly in elite sport it would seem and as long as it appears to be successful then someone will defend it.

    I've had a good long pampering session this morning including defuzzing and loads of creaming. I need to pack later for my weekend away. It's not a holiday but an event I'm attending although there will be socialising and some free time on Sunday. Fortunately I get on really well with my colleagues so we'll have a good time outside the work element.

    We went out to supper and the theatre last night. It was a fascinating play with James Bolam and Anne Reid about fracking and the PR machine that protesters are up against. I wore my long slinky pleated green skirt with a woolly matching jumper. There seems to be a lot of that mix of evening/everyday fashion about now.

    I still haven't culled my wardrobe. After Easter I plan to put away really wintry clothes and only keep those I really love wearing.

    As anticipated, a 15% off voucher arrived from White Stuff but I think I'm happy with the CS denim skirt for the time being.

    If I don't get to post, have a good weekend all whatever you're up to.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 13th Apr 17, 10:26 PM
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    After three days of feeling dreadfully off form but not in a specific way ill just really rotten, I finally feel better, I was able to feel inspired to wear make up and do my hair in a style. It is great to have some energy back.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 14th Apr 17, 9:01 AM
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    Happy Good Friday.

    Bit grey and chilly here. Just checked out the weather forecast for the weekend. Not that great, typical Easter bank holiday weather I'm afraid. Hey ho. I'm sure we can find ways of enjoying ourselves, despite the weather.

    Chanie.....sorry to hear you have been struggling at work, hope things get a bit better now. you say if you have learned from the experience then that helps. I think this is sometimes the best we can do. If we can learn from the bad stuff then it does help us grow and develop.

    As they say "experience is the best teacher".

    SFT. Good to hear you are starting to feel better and that your energy levels are improving. As you know I've been feeling below par too but I am glad to say I too am starting to feel better. I'm sleeping much better and that is really helping.

    I enjoyed my pamper session yesterday. Will definitely try and make it a more regular treat. Afterwards I popped into "Primarni" and bought a few bits. I am well stocked up on summer weight trousers, tops, lightweight knitwear etc.

    I have gone for a palette of silver greys, and a range of blues from ice blue, sort of duck egg blues, indigos and grey/greens. They can all be layered and everything can be mixed and matched. Finally, a proper capsule wardrobe.......

    I just need a couple of pairs of cropped trousers or capri pants and then that's my spring/summer collection complete. Job done.

    Not sure about today, I really "ought" to go swimming but don't really fancy it.......

    Anyway.....heres wishing you all a Happy Easter. Hope you all have a lovely time.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 14th Apr 17, 9:08 AM
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    Not very Fab Friday for me as I am at my allotment but I do have matching pink wellies and nails! Am at the tail end of a nasty cold so thought some fresh air might help it on its way

    LL love the sound of your capsule closet, bet you will be the belle of the Baltic!
    • hex2
    • By hex2 14th Apr 17, 11:02 AM
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    Floss - like the sound of the wellies and nails. We are putting up a new shed this weekend so I suspect there will be nothing left of my nails by Monday

    Maman - and the highlights sound good. I'm still nerving myself to get mine done to reduce the impact of my grey roots, before we go away. On which subject...

    Does anyone have a link to a preparing for your holidays list? What should you be doing X weeks before your holiday? I've had a google but most of the ones I can find are either very heavily linked to specific products or are diet/weight loss driven. What I want is an x weeks to go, optimum time to have my highlights done/have my nails done/have a facial/ have a scrub/start applying slow build up tan/etc.

    My jeans arrived and the size 8 looked tiny, no way was i going to fit in. Only I do thanks to high elastine content! If anyone else has fairly stocky (I know, but I can't think of a better description) legs then M&S stretch and support straight legs at 35 are rather good, if inconsistent in the sizing.
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    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 16th Apr 17, 3:28 PM
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    Hex 2!!!8230; My countdown is typically. Weeks before buy a ticket and decide to go, run around like made trying to get work done and dusted. I end up packing the night before with a massive panic. Have a look on pintrest as they often have diagrams for planning and what not.

    I have been eating better for the last few weeks and it does make a massive difference to my skin. I find it is expensive to eat better and eat all the recommended amount of fruit and veg. It makes it very expensive to follow guidelines and live well. Sometimes it is needed to just spend the money on better nutrition and ignore a lot of costs. I know that if I don!!!8217;t eat well I will spend the money on medical bills

    I have been using my make up daily and making the best out of my self. I seem to never have a great hair do but at least im making some sort of an effort. I have worn a few new dresses as I don!!!8217;t like saving for best as really fashions change as it breaks my heart to never wear something and it goes out of fashion.

    lessons learned i love the colours in the capsule wardrobe you describe, it sounds ideal for the summer and holidays. I was thinking about a capsule wardrobe but I can adhere to a colour range or mix and match sections. But anytime I have been away from my wardrobe for a few months and living out of a case for a contract role away from home, it drives me mad as I get sick of seeing the same items. I end up buying random new stuff in order to deal with wardrobe fatigue, I have done it four times and each time I miss the variety of clothes and make up. How do people really do it? I have a lot of my clothes for years but I tend to buy classics that suit me and my personality. I tend to buy a lot of classics, designers from cs and ebay that wash better than primark and other fast fashion.
    • Rubyslippers77
    • By Rubyslippers77 16th Apr 17, 10:40 PM
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    Happy Easter to everyone, hope you have all had a great day
    • Rubyslippers77
    • By Rubyslippers77 16th Apr 17, 11:00 PM
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    Thank you to everyone for your kind and thoughtful replies to my last post; I didn't think it would be this long till I got to post again but by the time the babies are finally in bed and all the cleaning and tidying done, I'm usually shattered!! We had had such a nice Easter till this afternoon when OH sulked off to bed claiming a dodgy tummy AND a bad back (overkill there on the excuses, really he just wanted to play on his iPad game!) - I really can't be bothered reasoning with him in that mood, so have left him to it.....

    LL, it was a very interesting question you posed about do I love him? The answer would be (most of the time) yes, but it's just swamped in caring for babies and then trying to have some patience left for him..... it was fine when it was just the two of us but young children use up all my reserves of patience and then some! We don't get much time for ourselves and then I get tired, cross and resentful because he seems to view childcare as optional

    Thank you for the tips maman, I'm currently looking at which groups we could go to this term; soft play is tricky with both of them on my own (a shame as they love it) and I really think nursery would benefit them, but can't justify the cost - even one day a week would be around 500 per month!! I haven't heard of any babysitting circles near us and whilst MIL and FIL would have the boys for us, they do find them very tiring, which I think OH doesn't realise/ appreciate. His parents are almost 70 and not in the greatest physical health, and the boys are very energetic!

    Thank you for the hug indie and it is very inspiring to read about your ongoing transformation Ceroc (in fact most dancing groups) is such an immersive and addictive experience, plus it's a great way to socialise without relying on drinking! I used to feel on top of the world when I got back from a night out dancing

    For your holiday countdown idea hex2, have you tried Googling wedding ones instead? I found this one without too much trying, looks like the sort of thing you were after (although it may be too long a timescale!):

    Love the sound of your wellies and nails Floss!!

    I completely agree with everyone's comments about M&S - I used to get a few basics in there and the occasional nice piece, but never see anything in there now that I'd buy. I even have a 25 voucher that I'm struggling to use! I'd rather buy now from Sainsbobs (bought some bits for the boys in the 25% off sale) or Primarni, at least it feels more like value for money. In fact lots of my holiday shopping has been done at Primarni, at 90p for flip flops it doesn't really matter if they break/ get left at the hotel.....

    We go on holiday in a week's time and I'm desperate to get my hair cut and coloured before then - I can do the colour myself, but my hair is so long and heavy now that I can't wear it down, I haven't had it cut for seven months. So fed up with it!! I've got a few ideas for new styles/ lengths to enter my 40s with a different look, hopefully will be able to get it cut next weekend. I also want to have a wardrobe cull - anything I'm not going to wear again goes to charity - anything I might but can't fit into goes into the loft - then at least I can see at a glance things I can actually wear.

    Phew, bedtime for me soon! Happy Easter again everyone!
    • Flo61
    • By Flo61 17th Apr 17, 7:51 AM
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    Cheap quality classics
    Hi everyone. New person joining thread. Haven't read it all yet but picking up theme of going for fewer classic items in wardrobe. Have recently come across website which sells classic brands such as Eastex, Jacques vert at knock down prices. Probably not same as current stock in shops but Lovely quality. Frequent Sales eg. dresses at moment only 49. Looking at double that for similar in dept stores. I recently picked up jacket at same price. More geared toward smart occasions? Bought mine for my son's wedding in 4 weeks. Last minute panic fabbing here!
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies.........

    Hope you all had and continue to have a lovely Easter.

    Hi Flo61 lovely to "meet you". I am a huge fan of "the "just last season" website, I was only browsing last night. Saw a fabulous evening dress but I don't know what I was doing wrong but I couldn't place an order. Don't know whether it was me or their website so I'll try again today. If not I'll ring them a try and sort it out. I fancy it for my cruise and as you say at 49 it's a bargain.

    The Jacque Verte range just seem to suit my shape and I know I can buy online and they will be a perfect fit, right length, right sleeve length etc. I have slim shoulders and a generous bust so often have to alter the fit but I find JV just seem to work for me.

    This year I have gone back to Primarni for cheap and cheerful wardrobe fillers. For the last few years I never really saw anything I liked but this year I just seem to have struck lucky. I have discovered their range of "slouch fit" t shirts and again they seem perfect for me. They just skim rather than clinging too tight across the bust and fall nicely over the tummy.

    I also prefer long sleeves that I can push up for a casual look if I'm warm or elbow length rather than that odd short sleeve length that sits somewhere a few inches above the elbow. That length just don't look right on me.

    I know I sound very fussy but until I lose weight I try very hard to wear clothes that make me look taller and slimmer, so it's top to toe one colour dressing and clothes that fit nicely without clinging. A tall order sometimes so I'm delighted to have found some cheap and cheerful quick fixes.

    I know they probably won't last long but as I don't intend remaining my current size (I WILL shift this weight) then I'm not too concerned that most of it will only be one seasons wear.

    SFT I totally agree with your comments about capsule wardrobes. I do like variety and choice. I couldn't live permanently with a limited range of choice but my attempts at a capsule wardrobe are really aimed at the holiday.

    I have just checked the weather forecast for the Baltic and as I suspected it is likely to be changeable and unpredictable so it will have to be layers (and a raincoat and umbrella) so I wanted to to be able to mix and match. I think sticking to a palette of blues/greys/greens should work for me.

    I tried it on Saturday night. I wore denim blue jeans, a pale blue fine knit sweater and than my new "Chanel" inspired coatigan which is an airforce type blue/cream small check. I stood back and thought it needs something extra so experimented with scarves Eventually settling on a heathery violet pashmina. It looked just right, and stopped the ensemble from beingToo blue focussed. So I will add a few bright pashminas and scarves for splashes of colour.

    I have been experimenting with different ways of tying scarves too. Trying to be all ooh la la la French chic.

    Back in a mo.........
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Apr 17, 10:09 AM
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    Rubyslipoers ...good to hear from you. You sound a bit brighter.

    I am glad my question intrigued you. I threw it in to help you focus on what you really want because that is the bottom line isn't it.
    At least by stepping back a bit and asking yourself such an important question it gives you a base from which to work. Your path is clearer.

    I think childcare is often far more difficult than we expect it to be. It can be all encompassing and it is so easy to be subsumed into the role of "mummy" and lose sight of ourselves. I hear this time and again. New mums often feel overwhelmed, that they have been swallowed up by motherhood and have lost their inner self.

    Motherhood is also exhausting, bad enough when it's one at a time but with twins the workload must be truly overwhelming. And yes you are right the cost of childcare or buying help can be prohibitive when there is only one income.

    Of course you feel resentful at times.....that's normal.

    I was lucky in that my husband was a very perceptive and understanding man....he once said "on The one hand it's too much for you but on the other it's not enough". He understood the balance of exhaustion and frustration.

    Yes, physically you are exhausted but mentally you are frustrated. You would love some time to yourself to do "you stuff" but you don't get that time. And then when you do you are too tired to make good use of it. It seems like a vicious circle but here's the thing's not will end. You will come through this. As soon as you get a few breaks when they are at play group, nursery or pre school you will feel different again.

    I have a friend who is a GP and he was very sympathetic and understanding (I did suffer from quite severe post natal depression and he was a huge help in getting me through it) . He said that he noticed that his new mum patients all seemed to struggle - especially the ones who were Intelligent, Independent and worldly, who had plans, dreams and ambitions. They were the ones who felt overwhelmed and "imprisoned" - his choice of words.

    (He and his wife couldn't have children so they adopted but his wife had the same issues, so it's not just All down to hormones).

    He said he noticed that as soon as the little ones started nursery or school then the mums blossomed. He said they were like butterflies newly escaping from a chrysalis. All of a sudden they look better, they dress better, they wear make up, they are happier and healthier and didnt visit his surgery so often.......

    He was a very wise man and I often think of his words because they don't just apply to new mums but also to carers, another group who can get subsumed into the role and who get overwhelmed.

    I know this sounds sexist but little boys are very hard work. They are bundles of energy. I realised they are a bit like dogs...... they need proper food and to be run off their feet. Lots of exercise, running about to let off steam and tire them out. Without it my boys got very cranky. The needed to run around in the fresh air every day or they would be unbearable.

    My MIL was no help either. My boys would get very difficult if they were hungry and sweet things would just make them hyper. MIL would stuff them with sweet treats and they would get sugar rushes and would be practically uncontrollable. She then complained they were too naughty and she couldn't manage them........

    So just as soon as they are old enough.......good plain food, restrict the sweet treats and run them off their feet.

    Just hold on, you'll get there. One fine day they will sleep, they will no longer be in your hair all the time and you will start to get some breaks.

    You may even find that as they get older your husband gets more involved and is a bit more hands on. Some men genuinely can't cope with babies, with the constant noise and mess but it doesn't need necessarily mean they are bad fathers. Some men need time and some come into their own once the children a bit older.

    It does sound like your husband feels a bit jealous and resentful because the boys are getting the lions share of your attention. Some men do feel a bit left out. Of course the answer is for him to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.

    Perhaps he will - in good time. Perhaps when the boys get to the kicking a football, wrestling and just the normal boys rough and tumble type play that dads are so good at.

    Keep your pecker up......again I know this sounds sexist but when your boys are in their teens they will be so much easier than teenage girls. Far less angst and worry.

    As they get older boys are more straightforward and uncomplicated compared with girls. Less drama. They are also very protective and affectionate to their mums.

    I promise you, your hard work will be rewarded. You will reap the benefits in years to come. You just need to hold on and ride it out.

    Hope you have a fabulous holiday.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 19th Apr 17, 10:53 AM
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    ruby I second what ll wrote. Those early years are unrelenting and you are approaching the most difficult stage (toddlers). It does get easier though. What helped me was focussing on mini milestones e.g. their birthdays, Xmas, their free nursery hours, starting school etc.

    I'm off for the rest of the week now as the children are into their last week of their Easter holidays. Plus, we have DS' birthday party this weekend, so I'm preparing for that. I've been buying a few bits and pieces for the party with the weekly shop, so I'm kind of on top of it. I'm going to write the final list of what we need to do and work through it whilst I'm off.
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    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 19th Apr 17, 12:42 PM
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    Ruby - I'm not really much help on the advice front with the boys as I have never had children but just wanted to send a hug and hope that you are feeling better.

    Had a lovely facial last week - it was so relaxing I nearly nodded off during it

    Still keeping up with the facial cleansing routine and it seems to be paying dividends as my spot breakouts have definitely improved

    Had a quick look at the 'just last season' website last night and there are some lovely items on there - thanks for the heads-up Flo61 and welcome to the thread. I will have another look when I have more time.
    • maman
    • By maman 19th Apr 17, 12:50 PM
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    I'm catching up after my Easter break. It wasn't a holiday as such (at a conference) but enjoyed it all the same.

    I was doing layering and capsule over the weekend. My basics were black jeans and my black pencil skirt, two black cardigans and a black jacket. Then I had coloured tops to wear and scarves that went with them (mostly in red, purple and aubergine). Mostly we were out all day so I needed something that looked smart enough in a casual restaurant in the evening. The day we had time to go back to the hotel I changed into my pencil skirt and green chiffon blouse. I'm not averse to the od thing from Primark but most of my clothes are either quality basics from John Lewis or similar, or from TKMaxx or brands from CS.

    Glad to hear you sounding a bit brighter ruby. I'd let your in-laws have the boys. If not for a day, at least for a morning or afternoon. Late 60s is hardly ancient and there are two of them plus they can rest after they've given them back. Start by asking if they can have them for a couple of hours while you get your hair cut.

    I'm curious saving for tomorrow what you were eating before that was so much cheaper than eating healthily. Because I follow Slimming World, I eat at least a third of all my food as fruit or veg plus lean protein and plainish carbs. I find by shopping mostly in Aldi, it's easy to buy fruit and veg cheaply.

    I've had a bit of a pamper session this morning in between sorting out the washing. With some mousse my hair coped well with soft water while I was away but good to get back and get some chalk back into it.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Apr 17, 1:47 PM
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    Good afternoon lovely Ladies.

    Just back from Sainsbobs and now just having a little rest before I put the shopping away.

    SFT. Re healthy eating costs. I think you do have to shop around. And whilst I would like to eat only grass fed beef, line caught fish and organic this and that......well if I lived alone perhaps but I have a 6ft 3" son who has hollow legs, so I'm afraid I do cut cornerss.

    Having said that I agree that with Maman. I am a huge Aldi (and Lidl) fan, although tend to use Aldi more purely because it is nearer. They have really upped their game, they have even started doing organic meats and chickens. Their deli stuff is brilliant - as good as any posh farmers market. I've heard that their f&v varies from store to store but our local Store is excellent.

    Today I went to went to Sainsbobs because I needed cat food so bought my f&v there. Most of it is yellow stickered because it will be used within a couple of days.

    I think The trick is shop around and cook from scratch. Maybe watch the protein portion sizes, i.e. Smallish meat or fish portion but loads of veg.

    I watched an eat for less type programme last night. They were aiming to cook a meal for 4 for 5, and to reduce waste. The recipes were quite interesting, although a bit carb heavy for me but with a few substations It's easy enough to reduce the carb content.

    When I get back from from my holiday I aim to start growing a few more salads and vegetables again. I didn't bother last year.

    DS2 and I are also going to have a go at hydroponic gardening. The aim is to grow a few simple things over the winter. IKEA have got kits. We are going to start with just one tray and see how it goes.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 20th Apr 17, 10:53 AM
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    I think that healthy eating can be expensive until you get into the swing of it. You can easily get sucked into buying all the 'healthy snacks' like yoghurt and spray oils etc. Once you know what you are doing, you can go off piste more easily.
    I'd recommend checking out your local grocers or market for fruit and veg. At my local market, I can buy a huge bowl of blue berries for the same price as a handful in Lidl.
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    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 20th Apr 17, 3:05 PM
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    Hello Ladies
    I need help. Can I join you?
    I am getting on a bit (although young in outlook, I hope), retired and live with my OH and grown up son in a small town close to a big city in Scotland. We've had a tough past 18 months. Several very close relatives were diagnosed with terminal illnesses with the inevitable results and in consequence we have been focusing on others and neglecting ourselves and each other, Not a complaint just a fact of life. However, we have realized that things do have to change now so I do have a plan of sorts.
    I need to loose 3 stone for the good of my health as much for my appearance. I'm happy if this is only 1lb a week because it would mean it would still be gone by the end on the year.
    I need to get back into a proper regime of taking care of my health and my looks. I was at home be myself yesterday and spent the afternoon giving myself a facial, doing my nails etc., etc., etc. Need to keep all of this up.
    Hair is a disaster. Made an appointment to have it done next Tuesday (discount day for pensioners). Any advice on a style for someone with a little round. chubby face?
    Need to revamp my wardrobe. I don't even own a dress or skirt. OH bought me a few tops today and I used some Christmas gift vouchers to buy a couple of pairs of smart trousers. Need to stop being such a slob and make an effort.
    Most importantly we both need to start getting out and about again, taking care of one antoher and starting to laugh again. I'm meeting my sister in law and cousin for lunch tomorrow. OH was out with a friend yesterday. We plan to walk into town on Saturday and have a light lunch and have a walk planned for Sunday.
    So, can you help with a bit of advice, support and encouragement? I do hope so.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 20th Apr 17, 3:36 PM
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    Toni's friend welcome to the thread. You've had a really stressful time recently, but your positive attitude will take you a long way.
    I think getting your hair done is a big step in the right direction.
    Dress for your shape. Work out which season you are and buy clothes in these colours. Chuck out any tatty or I'll fitting clothes and gradually update your wardrobe.
    Spend time planning new healthy meals which you will enjoy eating. Bulk our your meals with fruit and veg.
    Light make to start if you don't wear it often. A light foundation or tinted moisturiser, with a tinted lip balm can do wonders.
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