Monthly Archives: May 2019

My Top Money Making Survey Sites

Everyone wants to make a little extra cash in their life for a rainy day or to put into savings.  My husband and I work full time, we have a toddler who is in nursery 3 & half days a week and some months we do struggle financially, but a little extra cash is always appreciated.   If you want to make a little bit of extra money you have to find the right places to go, and it won’t be a quick fix either, but every little bit helps, right.

four 20 Euro banknotes

So I started doing surveys to help us out.

Here are my top sites that I used to help us out.

Inbox Pounds

My husband actually found this site for us one night and is another good one except it does take a while to get build up the money if you are only doing it part-time and in between work it does take time, but you will get emails telling you when there are surveys available, some are as little as 1p for just confirming a paid message which takes only a few seconds, you can answer surveys to try and earn more and you can also receive spin’s which could win you 1p or more on each turn, you have a maximum of 10 spins per day. Once you reach £20, you can request the payment.

YouGov Surveys

This survey site is similar to the Populuslive surveys, but instead of 50 points you have to get 5000 points to receive £50, so this one certainly takes a lot longer but is more comfortable.  I have been doing these since July 2018, and so far I have racked up 4,125 points out of 5000.  You can earn anything from 10 to 150 points, the average generally been 25/50 points.  YouGov is quick and easy to register for, and they will send you emails once surveys become available to complete.  Their survey results are often quoted in the recent news, which is unusual. They post updates about the surveys that you have completed, and there are several regular surveys that I see.

Minimum payout: £50 via cheque. This can take 28 days to arrive.

Populuslive Surveys

This website is my top of them all, as you get £50 once you get 50 points and this can take no time at all to achieve this, and each survey can be worth anything from £1 to £5 which equals 1 – 5 points.  You have to be quick as they can expire or you may not be suitable for it.

I’ve only been doing this since February 2018 so just over 12 months and in that time I have earned £150 already.  I have put this straight into my savings account so we can use it towards something we want.

Thank you to Katy Kicker for introducing me to these

Do you get involved in surveys to boost your bank balance if so which ones are your best ones?

Do We Really Know How Clean Our Water Is?

*AD – Gifted

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We drink a fair amount of water in our house whether it is in hot drinks, Squash or straight from the tap with very little thought of what chemical or nasties maybe in it.

ZEROWATER 12 CUP / 2.8L JUG – £39.99

I received the zero water 12 cup/2.8L water jug and it was really easy to set up and it comes with one filter.  It is quite large and does take up pretty much the whole fridge door pocket up.  It also features a one-handed, pull and pour button spout for easy pouring from the fridge or for filling bottles.

Unlike other leading water filter jugs, ZeroWater benefits from a patented, 5-stage Ion exchange filtration system which removes virtually all dissolved solids from your water. This provides great tasting water without the dissolved solids which may include minerals, salts, metals, chemicals and runoff.

Four additional stages of water filtration ensure larger particles and other contaminants are removed, ensuring the filter delivers a “000” reading on the included laboratory-grade water quality meter.

I set this up as soon as I received it as I drink a lot of water and wanted to see if you really can taste the difference, the answer is YES, yes you can, really.  It’s even got the husband drinking more water.  Moreover, it reduces 99% of all Fluoride and other inorganics, such as nitrates, from your water.

I would recommend this product but if you wish to keep it in the fridge and only have a small one you may struggle to fit it in so suggest getting a smaller version.

*I received this product free of charge.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own 

Meal Planning Monday 20/05/19

This is my last meal planning for a whole week as this Saturday we are flying off to Spain with my parents and nephew for the week and we can’t bloody wait.  It’s the first holiday abroad we’ve had in over 3 years plus the first one with a Toddler so my anxiety is a bit all over the place too.  Watch out for the holiday spam.

Sausage casserole bake

Chicken katsu, basmatic rice and salad

Lasagna with garlic bread

Pizza & Chips

Takeaway

Holiday

Holiday

Nature spotting #Mysundaysnapshot

Apologises I have failed at doing this the last two weeks, it’s been a bit crazy and completely forgot.

The other night Freddie was playing in the garden and spotted a worm he sat and watched it for ages then daddy had to look too.  Once the worm had gone he kept saying “bye bye worm”.  I think he is going to love nature.

Why We Have A Set Bedtime Routine

Ever since Freddie was born, I knew I wanted him in a bedtime routine to help him and help us.  When he was newborn, that was different, but he has always slept reasonably well anyway.  He was in a Moses basket next to me when we first brought him home and then when Freddie was only a few months old we had to move him into his room and his cot as he had outgrown the basket.

He slept well in the day, and we always made sure he had his last bottle when we went to bed.

When he got older, we started putting him to bed at about 7 pm and have slowly increased his bedtime, and now at 22 months he goes happily to bed at around 7.30/8pm depending on his nap time in the day or at nursery and whether we are out visiting friends and family.

We put him down with a bottle of milk, kiss him goodnight, turn the lights out and put his lullaby bear on, and without a fight, he drifts off to sleep.  We rarely hear a peep till around 6.30/7am and some mornings we even have to go in and wake him up.

He has all sorts of weird sleeping positions and is still in a sleeping bag due to him fidgeting, as I can’t bring myself to getting him a pillow and quilt.

Don’t get me wrong we have had some horrendous nights too where he has been in with us since the early hours or I have had to get in with him but as often as we can we try and get him settled in his own bed.

Do you have a bedtime routine?

Meal Planning Monday 13/05/19

These weeks are going crazy quick.  I’ve got two weeks till we go on holiday and eat and drink unlimited food and drinks.  The weather has improved again and just hoping the sun is here to stay now.  I will go food shopping again this week and then go when we get home after.

We had an OK week, I went to the dentist Friday and got to have a filling, then opticians Saturday and found out I’ve got a stigma in my left eye so need glasses but it’s all good.

Hot chicken baguettes with home made chips

Tuna pasta bake

Burgers

Garlic & Lemon Salmon with salad

Beef & broccoli stir fry with egg noodles

Sausage, egg, chips and beans

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What are you cooking this week?

How We Survived The Chicken Pox

So, exactly two weeks after Freddie was exposed to Chickenpox going around the nursery, he started getting the signs and symptoms of it, then the spots.  We noticed it Wednesday evening of the week before Easter when we were getting him ready for bed. I sent pictures to my parents, and my mum went straight to the chemist to get us some ointments to helps us get through it, especially as it was forecast to be extremely hot over the next few days.

The following morning he had got a few more than they started coming out thick and fast over the next few days.   My mum and dad had him at ours on Thursday as he couldn’t go to the nursery and I couldn’t work from home, but luckily they’ve all had it.

His worst affected area was his nappy because it’s warm so wherever possible we allowed him to go around in the nuddy to let the air get to him and hopefully help with the healing process.  We’ve had a lot of tears when we have tried to change him and wipe him down to make sure he is not getting sore or any infections.  He did lose his appetite but has since made up for it.

Touch wood, he hasn’t been too bad despite been clingy.  We have just tried to distract him with toys and playing frequently and not draw attention to it.

Finally, after just over four weeks the majority of his spots have scabbed over and disappeared.  I am so proud of how well he has cope with it and only hope we don’t get it again.

The products we have used to help us get through and highly recommend were:

Virasoothe Chicken Pox relief gel – £9.50 75g

This gel has been amazing, especially in the hot weather we have experienced, every morning and every night we have smothered him top to toe to make sure he is keeping fresh and not scratching his spots.

Image result for offer ViraSoothe Chickenpox Relief Cooling

Where to buy: Boots

Antihistamine Syrup

We haven’t used much of this as it only recommends you to give 2 x 2.5ml in 24 hours, but I would rather avoid using medicine where I can, for when we do need them.

Calpol

This was for when he had a temperature, it hasn’t been used much, but we have given it a couple of times, especially as we had a heat wave over the Easter holiday.

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Where to buy: Majority of supermarkets & chemists

 

Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff 2in1 Shampoo Milk Edition

I was sent and told by several different people about this, and we have been using it every time Freddie had a bath to try to help. I don’t know if it has helped him as he can’t tell us yet, but I’m hoping it was still.

Image result for Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff 2in1 Shampoo Milk Edition

Where to buy: Majority of supermarkets

What are your top tips for dealing with Chicken Pox?

Meal Planning Monday 06/05/19

Another week of meal planning is here, and I finally went food shopping last week after not going for 2 weeks.  I hope everyone has had a lovely bank holiday.  My husband was working so we only had Sunday together and I went a met up with a friend for a catch up.

Beef stir fry with egg noodles

Bacon & spinach omelette with salad

Lasagna & garlic bread

Steak and homemade thick cut chips, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes

Takeaway (Pizza, Indian Or Chinese)

Crispy duck with pancakes

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

That’s our meal plan for the week, what’s on yours?

Lemon and garlic salmon

I’m no chef but do enjoy cooking and trying new things.  My husband can be a little fussy and this meal is one that he won’t eat but I still cook it for me and if you only want a little meal then this is ideal.

Ingredients needed:

1 Salmon fillet (Fresh or frozen) per person

1 Lemon

Salt & pepper (for seasoning)

2 garlic gloves

1 tablespoon of butter

Half a bag of spinach

Mixed Salad for side (optional)

Method for cooking

Step 1 – Place your salmon Fillet in some foil on a baking tray

Step 2 – Crush your 2 garlic gloves with a tablespoon of butter into a bowl and mix together

Step 3 – Get your lemon & cut 4 slices off

Step 4 – Place 2 of the sliced lemon pieces under your salmon fillet

Step 5 – Squeeze the other 2 slices over the salmon, season with pepper and spread your garlic butter over the top and then rest the remaining lemon slices on top of the butter

Step 6 – Wrap it up and place on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for approx 25-30 minutes on 220 C.

Whilst that is cooking, prep your spinach in a frying pan with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and cook this when your salmon is almost ready as it doesn’t take long to cook.

Then if your having salad with it, wash and chop up that and put on your plate ready for when your salmon is cooked.

Once the salmon is cooked, place your cooked spinach on the plate and place your salmon fillet on top.

There you have it, lemon and garlic salmon

If you wanted to add any extra’s such as a potato’s or rice then you can