March has been a month of Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Frock Swapping and now Snow!!
Thats right, snow.........at the end of March, obviously Spring missed the memo!
As many of you know, Neil and I have battled hard to get to were we are ( The Journey So Far - A Dream Come True) . We are not out of the woods yet so we continue to strive and follow our dreams on a daily basis. It's not always easy, we are very lucky as we have such a strong relationship so we can always rely on each other if one of us is losing focus.
Some days it feels like money, or the lack of it, is all we talk about. Continually number crunching and always working towards a successful business and a comfortable existence. These converstaions generally provoke lots more thought processes to take place and many more random conversations that generally begin with, 'what do you think about?'.
It led us to sit down and evaluate what we spend money on and where things can be cut back. Its scary when you write everything down but also very good to help you pinpoint wastage.
Over the coming blog posts I will share with you, how we save money at home, things that work, things that don't and everything in between.
The one thing that is very important to me is that our children wont miss out. I never want them to feel like they have to do without, however I do want them to learn how to live well within their means.
Whilst enjoying a rare few moments to myself a few weeks back I had a bit of a eureka moment (as you do!! lol) . The one thing that Neil and I rarely do is shop for clothes for ourselves. Before the kids arrived I had been to a Frock Swap party when we lived in England. It was a really super night out so I decided we should organize one.
The initial feedback was amazing. On the night we had 11 ladies arrive, bringing with them dresses, skirts, trousers, hand bags, jewellery etc
Everybody paid £5 at the door to cover costs. After a nice brew everyone started to relax and the swap began. The idea being that everybody brings items that they no longer use and they exchange them for something that somebody else brought.
We had a fab night, there was lots of girlie chat, lots of outfits being tried on and finding new homes. It was great. A cheap and productive evening out!
March must be the month for Frock Swaps as Ikea Balfast is holding a Frock Swap party this Thursday from 6pm in their restaurant area. If you are free pop down and give them some support.
We were contacted by Ikea to do an interview for the Belfast Telegraph in relation to our own event. Obviously we jumped at the chance and later that week I was interviewed by Claire Mc Neilly from the Belfast Telegraph. I love telling people about what we do and what we hope to achieve and it was lovely to be interviewed by someone who appeared as equally excited as us!
Our Frock Swap was a great success so we are holding another one on the 12th April, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. This one will be slightly different as we are including mens and childrens clothes in the swap. So if you have some outfits in the back of your wardrobe that you know you will never wear again, come along and swap them and while you are here bring any clothes your kids have grown out off and swap them too.
Whats not to love? As far as i can see its a win win situation, you get to enjoy a great evening out whilst getting a new wardrobe all for £5!
And lets face it, if we can save money where ever possible then when the big things creep up like car tax, insurance etc, the chainsaw packing in (Shouts Neil from the front door), then hopefully we should have the money to sort it and life will be that little bit more comfortable.
Love n hugs,