Happiness comes from within

Whatever your journey is in life; one thing that we all have in common is our search for happiness. 

What makes you happy? Is it something that you have already, something that you want, or something that you believe will make everything perfect- if only..? 

The truth is, you will never find true happiness from anything material. You’ll always want something different or be waiting for the day when something happens that will give you everything you need. We make ourselves miserable always searching beyond ourselves and never feeling quite satisfied with life. 

It’s great to want more out of life, it’s great to strive for things and have dreams and achieve those dreams. The point that I’m trying to make is that true happiness will always come from the inside.

Knowing that where you are in life right now has its own purpose and its own blessings and there’s never a truly “right time” for anything. 

 We make our own joy, and our lives are blessed by the people and things in it, if we take the time to notice. 

If you’re not happy with how things are, look inside yourself. The answers to any questions that you seek will always be in your heart.

You might find that the more you look at the present, the less anxious you’ll feel about the future and you’ll be able to take it step by step in a calm and happy way.

Words that stay with you

Have you ever noticed that some things in life that you’re told, or that you experience that seem so insignificant at the time, can stay with you forever?

This can be a moment, a word or sentence, an experience or something inspirational that you hold on to and store somewhere in your mind. It can even take on new meaning.

Years ago in college, I was in a Music lesson with a very cool Jazz sax player who was my most inspirational lecturer and taught us all a lot. During the lesson he said something that I’ve never forgotten, and I think it also applies to life. He said, “If you make a mistake in your playing then make sure you mean it”. I loved this.

If you make mistakes in anything then make sure to make the most out of it and make your next “note” mean something. You can always create something amazing if your heart is in it, and sometimes it’s the imperfections that give it character and soul.

So in life, and in anything that you do- try to remember that perfection isn’t always best; because who can define perfect anyway?

Have a great day x

 

Follow your passion- great Pinterest quote

  
Sourced via Pinterest)

I came across this quote on Pinterest today and loved it, so thought I’d share it on here. 
 Find what makes you happy, and what you feel passionate about and put your heart and soul into it. It’ll bring you so much joy and will also bring joy to others who get to share what you create. 

 A fulfilled life is a happy life, so do whatever makes you feel uplifted. Whether its a once a day thing or a life change, the choice is yours to make.  

Budget meal plan for £40- no waste, save money and eat nice food!

I started doing meal plans a little while ago (See archives for more), as it saves a lot of time, money and no food is wasted.

This is my meal plan for this week, please bear in mind that it is not a diet, it’s just what my husband and I fancied eating for the week.

Day 1-

Lunch- Crusty loaf with brussels pate (49p for the pate from Aldi, tiger loaf £1 from Asda. Enough for more than one meal for two)

Dinner- Homemade grilled chicken burger with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with homemade chips (Top tip- grill the bun on each side for a few seconds to add a bit of crunch to your burger)

Day 2-

Lunch- Crusty loaf and pate. (if it’s used within 2 days it wont go to waste)

Dinner- Homemade creamy vegetable soup with crusty loaf and butter

Day 3-

Lunch- Ham, mustard, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise sandwich (tastes amazing!)

Dinner- Homemade Chicken parmesan with salad

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(Sourced via Pinterest, recipe here by Chef Savvy)

Day 4

Lunch- Ham, mustard, etc sandwich (to use up meat)

Dinner- Creamy mustard chicken thighs with mash potato and carrots (See Creamy mustard chicken- Pinterest recipe by Seasons and suppers blog for recipe)

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(Image from Seasons and Suppers)

Day 5

Lunch- Tuna and mayonnaise sandwich

Dinner- Nandos style chicken thighs with homemade chunky oven chips and coleslaw

Day 6

Lunch- Tuna salad (tuna, spinach, rocket, watercress, red onion, tomato, avocado, oregano)

Dinner- Mustard crusted pork chops with roast potatoes and buttered asparagus

Day 7-

Lunch- Jacket potato with tuna and mayonnaise

Dinner- Sunday dinner with pork chops, Yorkshire puddings, gravy, mashed potato, roast potatoes, carrots and asparagus (use up pork so none goes to waste and freeze what you don’t use for next week)

Our shopping bill came to £40 this week for two people, with extras for snacks shopping between Aldi and Asda.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap and simple Naan bread pizza

  
The easiest way to make a homemade pizza is to use naan bread as your base.

You can add any topping that you like; to create a cheap, easy and tasty meal. 

I used tomato puree as a base, added tuna, red onion and grated cheese then popped it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. 

So easy and great for anyone to try. Even the kids could make it! 

For movie lovers

I recently found a great site that gives you access to over 1000 movies including new releases and 16 premieres a month so I thought I’d share it on here.

I had a Netflix account for years, but I found recently that I’ve seen too many of the films that they have on there and wanted to watch some different ones without waiting a while for something good to be added to the list.

I came across an offer for a 14 day free trial for NOW TV so I signed up and it’s fab! It’s the same idea as Netflix without the TV series (you can get a separate entertainment pack if that’s more your thing). After the free trial it’s £9.99 a month, which I don’t feel is a bad price for that many good films and you can try before you commit and cancel any time.

It can be used on lots of different devices too.

Here is the link to the website if you’d like to start your free trial and see for yourself NOW TV free trial

I am in no way affiliated with NOW tv or anyone I’ve spoken about. I just love films and wanted to let others know about their offer. x

 

Find the good in your day

  
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There is always something to be thankful for in your day or in your life, no matter how tough things feel. 

Having gratitude for the blessings in your life will bring you happiness and positivity. I find that the more that I find in life to be thankful for, the happier I feel and I start to focus on the positive. 

Sometimes it feels hard to do this. If you’re having a difficult time and life is getting you down, just start small. Every time you find yourself feeling down, think of one thing that makes you smile. 

One thought will soon turn into a good day. X