Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today … Continue reading Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Loaded Mac and Cheese

Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload … Continue reading Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week Three – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

We are heading into Week 3 of the challenge and I am attempting to balance out my more expensive ingredients with more cost effective meals on other days. Monday’s Lentil Quesadillas is balancing out Fridays Prawn Thai Curry for instance. Here is the Meal Plan for this week: And this is the shopping list: Rolling over ingredients from previous weeks, such as the wasabi, is … Continue reading Week Three – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Chicken Schnitzel

Week Two Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

We’re almost half way there! I am into the second week of the challenge and things are getting easier. Long term ingredients are being rolled over which is giving me more options to work with. I had fun with the cooking as usual but my favorite meal this week was definitely the Peanut Beef Stirfry on Saturday. It was such a cold day and this … Continue reading Week Two Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

My first experience with a Cyber Bully

I had my very first negative social media experience on Friday. It happened out of the blue and caught me quite unawares. Even though it hasn’t upset me (that much), it has made me think a bit on how easy it is to bully somebody on social media. First some background I have been working on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge since the beginning of May. Every week … Continue reading My first experience with a Cyber Bully

An open letter to my mum in anticipation of Mother’s Day

I am not an emotionally demonstrative person. For me personally, it is much easier to show someone how I feel through my actions as opposed to my words. However, if anyone deserves a public display of affection, it’s my mum. So I will attempt to put into words what I know I could never articulate in person. Mum, this is for you… I see you … Continue reading An open letter to my mum in anticipation of Mother’s Day

Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week Two has rolled around and I’m feeling more confident in terms of meal planning as well as grocery shopping. I did the shop this morning and came back with a few treats over and above the groceries. I planned on doing some baking this week because we pretty much just snacked on Marie Biscuits last week (they were lovely but still). The Bakery section … Continue reading Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week One – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

I know I said that I would have this out on Sunday but since I havn’t gone to bed yet (01:52), I’m going to say I met my deadline! Here is the Week One – Meal Plan As I mentioned in my previous post , there are no recipes, because the Meal Plan is supposed to serve as cooking inspiration more than a hard and fast … Continue reading Week One – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

The lowdown on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

How much do you spend on food a week? This is a question I asked my friends as well as my followers on Instagram. The reason I asked is because we, as a family of 4, spend R1,500 – R2,500 a week on food (groceries, snacks, eating out and takeaway) which I think is absolutely ridiculous!!! It’s way too much to be spending and I’m … Continue reading The lowdown on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Running on fumes

It’s Easter Sunday. Instead of hiding and finding Easter eggs with our girls, I’m sitting in the car in the gym parking lot and hiding from the world. I need a timeout. I don’t have anything left to give. I’m tapped out. I need to be alone. The Reality This happens to me sometimes. I am an introvert. Socialising or spending any lengthy amount of … Continue reading Running on fumes