Todays Financial Focus task was to use some of my reward points and vouchers (N0 7 on the list) see the Focus 2014 tab above and click on drop down menu – January. This will be an ongoing task as I have got quite a few for different stores.
After posting my mums birthday card ready for Sunday I had a quick sprint down to Boots tonight after work as I was desperate for a new mascara and lip gloss. I had a £3 off No7 coupon to use and I found there is a buy one get one half price offer on make-up at present plus I also had a coupon from the Advantage card machine giving me an extra 100 points. So I got my goods for the bargain price of £13.25 rather than full price of £20.
I don’t wear very much makeup, a little mascara and a quick swipe with a lip gloss to protect my lips from drying out this weather and thats about it. Foundation is usually for parties and posh do’s so it lasts ages.
I also treated myself to a hair cut tonight- a bit of a trim and a blow dry and I feel like a new woman, at least it should cut down the drying time in the morning before work. My hair gets very static in the winter and the hair dryer makes it worse.
Cost of haircut £22 plus £2 tip for Becky (the trainee). I never know how much to tip these days – I think £2 is reasonable do you?
Had I arrived home earlier I would have plunged my tired and aching feet into a warm bubbly bowl of water and given myself a luxury home pedicure too – but the reality was that I decided to go back into town to Sainsbury’s for a few fresh veg and necessities for the weekend and so didn’t get back home until after 8pm. As it was getting quite late I sensibly picked up a reduced Pizza to have with salad. My grocery spend was £30.19 and I used £30 of my reward points to pay.
My spend today
- Lunch at work £2.55
- Giving to Homeless x 2 on route to car £1. 40
- Snack packet buttered Soreen £0.59
- Tip £2
- Hot Choccy treat £1.8
- £0.19 towards sainsbury’s shopping
Debit Card / cheque
- Hair £22.00
- Boots Mascara and Lip Gloss £13.25
for a grocery shopping breakdown you will need to link through to my re-routed blog but give me a day or two to get it back up and running! It will need a bit of an update – and yes it is on the list to do asap.
So that was my Thursday – how was yours?
I am so excited at my new ‘find’ that I can’t wait to start packing. These are pop up Laundry bins from Primark in a washable Nylon fabric. I decided on all white but they are available in a range of colours and they come folded up in their own handy little bags and once set free spring into these even handier open-topped containers.
This solves my problem of transporting bedding, towels and clothes from home to our beach cottage and transporting the dirty washing back again. I should be able to pack the clean stuff into these 3 bins and then sort the washing ready for when we return. They should travel well and are far better than suitcases, boxes or those polypropylene bags.
Before I go I would like to say thank you to the people over at the Rio Rosa Mosqueta Natural Rosehip Oil blog http://naturalrosehipoils.co.uk/ for their lovely comment. It is my favourite oil – I can definitely recommend it – my skin has been so much softer and smoother and the scar on my neck from my Thyroid operation is fading well. I am hoping that with continuous use I will see a good result soon on my ever increasing wrinkles!
- It’s bin a wheelie trying day… (wherethejourneytakesme.wordpress.com)
My ‘use up’ box
Below are the oddments of beauty products from decluttering my cupboards back in February and that for different reasons I am using up at the moment. I have put them together in a Muji container on my dressing table so that I do remember to use them as I can’t bear to waste things even when I am not too happy with them.
The Umberto Giannini Shapely Body Mousse has been great it is the only aerosol I allow myself as they are not very ‘green’ but I haven’t found a natural mousse equivalent yet. However, when I went into Boots recently for another can I couldn’t find it. Their range now is different and all I could find is ‘Sex Bomb Massive Hair Mousse’ in an all black container – well Umberto I actually liked my pale green one with the shiny chrome top and as I cannot fit it into my drawer I am very particular about the items I have to display on my dressing table and shiny black just does not fit with the decor!.
The cellulite oil although quite nice I have already replaced with a bottle of Weleda Birch Cellulite oil that I have seen recommended in a few health magazines now and thought I would give it a try.
The tiny pot of Protect and Perfect Night cream came as part of one of those free promotional gift bags. It is amazing how long they last and I am hoping it will last me to the end of the month. I quite often buy the Neal’s Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream to use as a night cream – it has excellent reviews and leaves my skin very soft and moisturised.
I bought the Bio-Oil after I had surgery to remove my Thyroid in 2008 to try and help the scar around my neck to fade. It does work quite well however I do prefer the product below – Rio Rosa Mosqueta.This is completely natural and I thought worked even better than the Bio-Oil. I bought the Rio Rosa oil discounted from a health food shop that was sadly closing down and as soon as I have used up all the Bio-Oil so as not to waste it I will definitely buy another bottle.
The Weleda Natural Citrus Deodorant is one of my favourite buys. I do not use it everyday as it is a wet spray which takes time to dry and quite different to the usual deodorants but I love the fresh smell and the reason it is in my ‘use up’ box is because I decant some into a small handbag size bottle to keep with me when I need to freshen up.
So there you have it my small attempt at being thrifty – I always feel quite delighted with myself when I have squeezed and scraped every last drop out of the jar or bottle. It is a bit like using up all the left over bits of veg in the fridge and turning them into a delicious soup and gaining an extra free meal.
I love giving myself a pedicure – not that I have a foot fetish or anything but I like my feet to feel smooth and look good. With my family genes I have not been blessed with the best looking feet in the world and as you know at the moment I am having a lot of foot pain so pampering them does make them a bit better.
I usually do the pedicure on a Sunday evening whilst watching TV and I keep a Muji storage container handy with all the necessary tools and potions and lotions for my feet. I quite often buy new products to try and presently I use Neal’s Yard Seaweed and Arnica Foaming Bath as a foot soak (although expensive a little goes a long way – and I always have it on my Birthday wish list) together with a sprinkle of Epsom Salts.
Recently in one of my magazines I noticed an advert for Flexitol Heel Balm which is for dry rough feet and cracked heels and thought I would give it a try.
I always prefer natural products and so I bought the Natural formula version over the usual one. It is best to use it morning and evening and it certainly does what it says on the tin. My heels looked smoother within days. I can certainly recommend it.
It was during this rigorous daily program that I had one of those lightbulb moments as I noticed that giving this area a lot of care and attention everyday produced quick and amazing results and that if I applied the same kind of focus to anything I did then I could not fail to see changes happening and just like applying the heel cream twice a day soon became a habit then anything else would work in the same way.
Of course I couldn’t keep adding and adding to my daily routines with everything I do as there would not be enough time during a day to do them all so I will have to figure out what are the routines that I want to put in place that will give me the quickest and most long-lasting results.
As my heels are so much better now a daily application is all that is necessary and maybe this will reduce even further to a weekly maintenance application – in a similar way I suspect that I could reduce the intensity of focus of a lot of other routine tasks once a result has been obtained.
I just need to figure out what is the best task for me to focus on next – it could be something from my household, finance, self and health or work categories or something even more general. As usual lots to think about.
It is the wedding next weekend and although I have my outfit and hat I have not been so lucky with the shoes. So off to town we went and spent all afternoon in one shoe shop or another. The problem isn’t that I couldn’t find any I liked there were plenty… but I have a problem with the ball of my feet called Metatarsal pain and I mean pain. Heels are definitely out but how does a girl make an outfit look elegant and dressy in flats? Not only flat but ideally ones with a wide rounded toe and thick soles. At last just before closing I found a pair of black patent ballerina pumps with bow and with my new gel insole inserts from the Scholl shop I might just be able to get by. All I can say is it is a good job I am not the one who has to walk down the aisle next Saturday as it might be more of a hobble.
After a reviving hot choc drink in Costa and a slice of Tiffin (which of course I now regret – not the taste but the calories) and a rest for my aching feet we then headed off to Sainsbury’s to do the weekly shop. I took advantage of one or two offers on things we normally buy which made the total spend a mighty £93…quite a bit higher than normal although it did include a box of red wine to indulge a long-suffering husband (whose feet also aching by this time!). I also bought a few Easter decorations – the mini eggs and sprinkles kind as I hope to make everyone a small egg or decorated mini loaf or cupcakes. I am waiting for inspiration. I have an idea for my Easter cards but may not have the time to make them now I am back at work and busy all next weekend.
Tomorrow I must try on the whole wedding ensemble and make sure it all looks OK. I can feel another shopping trip coming on for those little extras when I find my tights are not quite the right shade and the jewellery I have does not really go with the look. Oh and did I mention the Hotel has a spa – will definitely need a new cossy.
This is my last week at home before I return to work after almost 3 month sick leave and I would have liked to report that everything is sorted and ordered but alas it is still a work in progress. However, on the bright side I feel I have got a lot of the rooms in my house in better shape and after the mammoth decluttering I love the extra space I have uncovered in my drawers and cupboards and it was worth saying goodbye to a lot of the stuff. ‘Stuff’ weighs you down. I will be trying harder in the future not to accumulate the ‘stuff’ in the first place.
Yesterday I went to town and bought the final two plastic storage boxes for my craft cupboard so this is now complete. I may decide to buy some more slide storage drawers to replace the round cassettes but I will decide this when I go through all the slides (and that is a project in itself for another day).
My paperwork is going well – I have almost no outstanding issues appart from that dreaded ‘ING’ account which I must close – it keeps lingering on my list as if to keep reminding me that I have still a long way to go in my quest for Order.
I am also gaining ground with my Health and Self tasks – I spent a little time and money in Boots yesterday – a new foundation cream (Boots No7 using my £5 coupon) and some Vitamin E cream. I have also treated myself to some new underwear from M&S and a dress from Wallis. Tomorrow I have my hair done and next week I am going for a Wellness check at Sainsbury’s (Cholesterol etc). Unfortunately I have just missed the free Flora Cholesterol check that I had last year but I don’t mind the £9 charge if it gives me peace of mind and I get to know if I have managed to reduce the level from last year.
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