Family Holiday’s – are they commercially too pressurized?

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I often wonder, how much under the commercial pressure pot are we all? Do we all know that purchasing stuff is the back bone to the economy? That manufacturing this stuff causes massive environmental destruction, and more money is spent to boost marketing and package this stuff than is to manufacture it. This is to get us all to feel the need to buy this stuff. OMG what a horrendous cycle!

The reason I am taking about this is I recently went on a family holiday to Spain during the Easter break and I found myself drawn to purchasing new clothing and things before the holiday and during the holiday. Funny I should want to purchase new things when I don’t need anything and the stress getting organised before a vacation is horrendous – well in my opinion it is! A vacation is all about relaxing in the sun or just relaxing, wearing less clothing than ever before, catching up on a good book, and eating the local food. I brought a capsule wardrobe that fitted into a 10 kg suitcase and wore 60% of the items. Predominantly I wore swim ware, shorts, T’s and flip flips and at night it was so easy to get ready with such an uncluttered array of clothing options in my wardrobe. There is something to be said for a capsule wardrobe and living a clutter free life – did you ever hear of my Less Is More Challenge it really gets you thinking of little ways to life a greener less pressurized life – check it out!

When you have children the need to purchase items becomes increasingly pressurized – and companies know this and guess what, they play on this weak point to their advantage. My daughter Eabha (above) is 4, she loves girly things and Disney! We all know when looking back on a childhood it is the time spent not the things played with that sticks out in your mind. Now, I know every now and again there are items that we have fond memories of, but the throw away plastic society we are now bringing our children up in is dangerous and will have disastrous results.

Also one other observation is the amount of waste at the security check points. Plastic bottles and all of the other items not meeting the 50 ml restriction, I need to investigate and ensure that all of this waste is recycled as in some airports it looked a little uncertain as to the final destination of the products!?

All in all, I have learned to relax leading UP TO the holiday, DURING the holiday and stay away from airport extortion, buy your books and food items before you leave. Choose holiday clothing wisely – always remember comfort is key for holidays you want to relax, not deal with blisters and uncomfortable clothing!

Live Below The Line 2014 – Day 5

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Day 5 – Tuesday April 1st Yay Final Day!! and this blog post is a week late 🙂

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

Lunch: Two rice cakes with cream cheese – again!! 

2 x rice cakes = €0.13

2 tsp of cream cheese = €0.20

home grown chives = €0.02

Total €0.35

 

Dinner: Rice with milk and sugar (I was feeling a little tired and needed some “comfort food”, hence the rice pudding)

30g Rice =€0.15

2 tsp of sugar = €0.03

50ml Milk = €0.20

1 tsp of Jam = €0.03

Total = €0.41

Afternoon pot of tea – reused tea bag €0.02 & drop of milk €0.05 = €0.07

 

Total spend for the day = €1.10, saving of €0.09.

Thank you to all that have kindly donated thus far, some generous people out there!!

If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €200 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I have reached my target of €200 🙂 Yay!! The Concern fund page will stay open for some time yet so you can still donate. Thanks again everyone – that’s my Live Below the Line for another year. I have heard that the challenge will be coming to Ireland soon.

 

Live Below The Line 2014 – Day 4

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I am so behind updating these posts from my last two days but will be getting a handle on this over the weekend, so much to happen over the next few weeks with The Less Is More Challenge and it is all very exciting!! #tlimc

Day 4 – Monday March 31st. Today I am getting into the groove of living below the line and have more control over my huge sugar withdraw symptoms. Apparently sugar is more addictive than heroin! Seriously I don’t know if I dreamt that fact but I sure as hell believe it – I could break through a wall for chocolate at certain times of the day.

 

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

Lunch: Two rice cakes with cream cheese

2 x rice cakes = €0.13

2 tsp of cream cheese = €0.20

home grown chives = €0.02

Total €0.35

 

Dinner: Dandelion salad with tomatoes and red onion!!

As much fresh Dandelion’s as you can pick as far up the ditch as you can get!! =€0.00

4 cherry tomatoes = €0.10

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/3 red onion  = €0.10

2 tsp of Dressing = €0.05

Total = €0.27

photo (19)Again Today I couldn’t afford my Afternoon pot of tea 😦 But I had some skin cleansing Nettle tea instead 🙂 which cost nothing!!

Total spend for the day = €1.19

 

Thank you to all that have kindly donated thus far, some generous people out there!!

If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €120 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I hope to reach my target of €200 🙂

Live Below The Line 2014 – Day 3

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Day 3 – Sunday March 30th. I am still playing catch up with my posts I am two days behind as I was away for the weekend and the internet connection just didn’t want to facilitate my night time blogging! On Sunday I was at a birthday party for the lovely Lucy and the smell of baking was so gorgeous, Lucy’s mum is one heck of a baker! The most difficult thing about eating a controlled amount of food is the food handed back to you from your child, for me I am always eating it – big mistake I know. The saying kitchen pickers wear bigger knickers is also true for child scrap eaters….I brought my daughter and my nephew to the party and yes you guessed it I was handed sausage rolls, half munched buns and other really easy to just scoff pieces of food – so I had to dig deep. Dig deep I did and I was proud of myself and felt great.

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

photo (60)Lunch: Bowl of butternut squash soup. (Yes this is the same too as I made enough for the weekend just to get me through) 

1/4 of a butternut squash (on offer as part of 3 for €2 vegetables so the math is €2/3=0.67cent each I only used a 1/4 of the butternut as the soups was divided into 4 portions 0.67/4  =  €0.17

1/4 of a onion = €0.08

Kale = €0.13

1/4 clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/4 of a veggie stock cube = €0.20

Total €0.64

 

Dinner: Pasta & Tomato sauce 

20g of cheap & cheerful pasta shells =€0.12

I very small clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/3 tin of value chopped tomatoes  = €0.10

Total = €0.28

Today I couldn’t afford my Afternoon pot of tea 😦

Total spend for the day = €1.19

Thank you to all of the lovely mum’s at Lucy’s party that donated. If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €70 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I hope to reach my target of €200 🙂