I suppose it’s a little sad to be writing about a date night we had a couple of weeks ago (people have them all the time), but it was both a novelty for us and an absolute bargain – so for those reasons I had to share with you all!

So, as I say a couple of weeks ago Mr Smith and I enjoyed a lovely date night out to ASK in Beverley! For once it did not consist of us sat in joggers with a pizza and Netflix – This one was totally legit, with the added bonus of only costing us a fiver too! Anyone who is a parent can appreciate what a novelty it is to be able to go out for a meal kid free, dressed up and on the cheap! And we were incredibly grateful to his mum for offering to have all 3 kids to sleepover last minute, to enable us to actually go out.

 Date night to me is an essential part of the week and something I really look forward to. Our lives are so busy and full on, and whilst that’s mostly a good thing, we often have weeks where we are like passing ships, and we tend to feel a little disconnected from one another. We like to talk, laugh and snuggle (obviously – we married each other), and life prevents this some weeks. We text all day and we obviously talk when we are going to bed (mostly), but for us we have always enjoyed set aside time each week to relax together, reconnect and just catch up. And so date night has become a scared time … time to be us as a couple and not parents (though chat of the kids often come up), and time for us as individuals to relax, have time for us, and time to reconnect and catch up. It is our time where our phones are off and we catch up properly without distraction, enjoying something we both love, and I love this time just being us together.

Life is forever shifting and changing, and when at one time we could be spontaneous about when we had a date, or when time was flexible to go out and do all kinds of amazingly fun things and eat delicious things, these days we need it to be planned and fairly cheap to ensure it happens around busy parenthood and family life!

Forgotten Vouchers! 

 This date night was made extra special because we only spent somewhere in the £5 region, but how?

Well, my sister recently told me about how her clubcard points from Tesco had added up without her realising, and she had been able to get several vouchers for both Prezzo and ASK (Tesco boost them up significantly) with them, for their day nights! “Oh” I wondered… “I wonder  if I have some too?”! I thought it unlikely as I know I usually send the vouchers they post out, but low and behold I had some forgotten vouchers from the last 2 years – £10 worth to be precise, which we quickly swapped for a £40 ASK voucher!

I couldn’t believe our luck – an offer of a babysitter, AND an alomst free meal out! Living the dream moment of life!

I’ve never been to ASK before, but it was lovely. I had the bruschetta to start, Nath the Burrata Caprese. Then for the mains he had the salmon and me the prawn and lobster tagliatelle with extra chilli. It was all so yummy and fresh, and the raspberry lemonade a great accompaniment.

I love date night with my love – spending time together, talking, laughing, holding hands, and discovering new places and delicious foods. I find it is so important in order to maintain being us around parenting. And whilst some weeks that is incredibly hard with 3 kids in the mix and a million things to be done, I am thankful for moments when it all comes together and we have a lovely time together.

If like us you are on a budget and love a deal, log into your Tesco account, and see if you have any forgotten vouchers you can upgrade for a lovely (and very bargainous) meal out together soon!

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These last few weeks have been super busy with planning and carrying out things for Light the world, getting ready for Christmas and trying to keep on top of all of the usual things! Isn’t it just a mental time of year all round? I am pretty exhausted and yet like the kids, getting super giddy about Christmas! I don’t know why, but this year (at least right now) Christmas just feels a bit better than it previously has, and I am pleased to embrace it whilst it’s here!

We have just one week left of school now, which is weird as the kids break up so late, but it is a brilliant week ahead which is adding to the excitement! We have the kids Nativity plays, carol concerts and daddy’s birthday! So much to look forward to, and so many moments to enjoy together. I really am feeling festive this year, especially with the added bonus of a few bargainous gifts (and other stuff) I have picked up along the way too.

Half Price Play doh

I was delighted to find in Tesco last week a huge tub of play doh on offer from £35 to £17.50 (The offer is still there)! Megan had play doh on her list, and was after a kit that was about £15. For £2.50 extra it is way better value for money as she has more than those small kits! She has herself a canister with 20 tubs, and a whole host of tools to get creative with. I am looking forward to seeing her little face when she sees how much play doh Santa brought her!

Sylvanian Families

Also on Megsies list was Sylvanian families. Anyone that knows these, will know how blumming expensive they are. I have spent ages searching eBay, Gumtree, Shpock and Facebook marketplace to grab myself a reasonable size set that would merit as a “main present” to get her started, but that also wouldn’t break the budget!

I managed to find her a lovely set via Facebook market place for £40! It is a house, restaurant, 6 characters and some furniture/accessories! A bargain by any measure and I am really hoping she loves this one too!

Charity shop finds of the week

Its been a while since I have had a good route around the charity shops, but yesterday presented itself with the perfect opp! I was hoping to get Ethan a Christmas jumper for his concert next week, but unfortunately didn’t (yet), but that was okay. I did however find a couple of lovely things for Alice – A boots floral top for 75p and a gorgeous dark green, cord dress with embroidery for £1!! I love them both.

Homemade Wreath

For 3 years now I have made a homemade wreath for our door. It is a craft I find great joy in at this time of year, and something that is a lot of fun to do! It’s always so random and unplanned but comes together in it’s own unique way.

I have loved seeing everyone’s on Instagram, and mine has pride of place on the front door of our new house (which makes me so happy). It is my best yet (in my humble opinion), and the best part is that it cost about £3 to make (complete with silvery loveliness) as oppose to the £8 – £15 you would spend at a florist! It’s worth raiding your local haberdashery and woodland/garden to do your own!

We loved our small flurry of snow this week, and seeing the village dressed in white frost. It is such a beautiful location to live, and I am excited for our first Christmas here. I don’t know about the kids, but after this crazy busy week, I am well and truly ready for that Christmas break next week!

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This week has been focused mainly on gift buying and getting organised for a fun weekend of celebrating our biggest boy turning 7 (I can’t hardly believed it)! We have been gift shopping, card buying and cake making, and in all of that still managed to have a couple of train trips to see family!! The people in the village are all so kind, and with each week we get to spend seeing mum and my sisters, or Naths mum and his family, I just feel so happy to have this new lifestyle and flexibility. It’s a lot of fun to just pop and see them for an afternoon and have lunch.

Our garden is also flooded with conkers at the moment, as the kids have been over the moon to spend afternoons on the village green hoarding them all like little squirrels! Alice loves to lob them around on dry days, and with so many of them around, and crispy brown leaves, It really feels like Autumn now…. and I am absolutely loving it.

£2 Asda Rail

On Tuesday one of my new mates from the village invited me out, and in the process was able to help me choose a remote control car for Ethan’s birthday (Thank You). Whilst shopping we were delighted to walk into Asda and spot a £2 rail of lovely clothes – so of course I managed to bag a few bargs for myself too! It was one of those moments where you almost think it’s too good to be true, but it was in fact true, and very good!

I got myself a lovely navy pleated skirt and then a funky patterned dress. I felt both would be easily worn for the Autumn and winter as well as obviously intended for warmer weather being left from the Summer range!

Free Apples

I think I may have talked about this before, if not on here, then certainly on my Instagram, but not far from school is a house that in recent weeks has had a basket of apples for the taking. At first I felt a little greedy or awkward to grab some but then I decided it was in actual fact a lovely idea and I should be gracious and accept their offerings to the world. I now grab a 2 or 3 after school with the kids, and occasionally on my own when the fruit bowl is looking sparse!!!

I love that people in the village are so kind as to share their harvests with the rest of us, saving me a few quid in the process! I am tots loving Free apples and my £2 Asda bargs this week!

 

 

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I am so very much looking forward to this bank holiday weekend, and what perfect timing following a week in Italy! It just feels like an extended holiday!!

What’s extra exciting is that the forecast here in Yorkshire is not only set to actually feel like Summer, but as per every August bank holiday we have our annual Smith “Family Fun Weekend”(with the added bonus of Nathan’s mum’s Birthday)! I cannot wait for the laughs, banter and adventures ahead!

Despite being in Italy for half the week, I still have bagged myself a few deals and even made some thrifty choices whilst away too…

New Look Sale

New Look reminds me too much of being a teenager, with it being the only decent shop we had growing up in Bridlington. And so I admit that I rarely shop there. They do have a few nice things but the majority of it feels too feminine and florally for me! I do however LOVE their shoes and so happened to call in yesterday whilst on my desperate search for some new (and comfortable) sandals. I was not disappointed and came away with a lovely pair from £20 down to 10!

Whilst there I saw a top that was down to £7 from £22 and was debating it too-It was a lovely pale pink, long sleeved blouse with black embroidery!So of course today I went back to get it! I was delighted to find that they had an extra 20% off SALE and so bagged it for a fiver! If you’re passing a New Look this weekend, it might be worth a look with such great bargs on offer!

A Train to Rome

This choice was one we debated for several days. but in the end decided it made financial sense (haha!). We decided whilst on our Italy holiday, to get the high speed rail to Rome and so booked some tickets in advance before we left the UK.From Pisa it would only be a couple of hours and for all 5 of us would be £140 return. Yes it’s a lot more than we would usually spend on a day out but WAY less than we would have spent to go see Rome on a separate holiday- hence a thrifty choice and one that has saved ourselves  few hundred pounds in the future!

As well as that we saved money by buying the majority of our meals from the supermarkets and had a really great trip!

I hope to get some posts up next week about our Italy adventures, but for now I am off to enjoy this rather sunny looking bank holiday! I hope you do too (and grab a few bargs along the way).

 

 

 

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