Friday, 6 February 2009

Thrifty Times

In these thrifty times, many of us are having to cut back on our spending and I have come across two wonderful books to help me achieve this. The first was a Christmas present from my wish list and is filled with useful hints and tips. India Knight writes in a very friendly way and she shares some great resources. I finished reading this last week and I am determined that it is not going to sit on the bookshelf gathering dust ~ I am going to work at the areas where I feel there is room for improvement.

The second book has a terrific title. Imagine going into a bookshop and asking for this one! Gill Holcombe shares lots of her family recipes and her fish pie has rapidly become a favourite in our house. She shows that it is not necessary to spend a fortune on food and that you can still eat healthy food on a budget. In view of our escalating food bills, I am referring to this one on a regular basis.

Smooth Operator

It doesn't take much to get me excited with anticipation these days, so the arrival of this parcel on Wednesday brightened my day.

When we were away in September I used the most fabulous hairdryer at the resort and I decided to see if I could track one down for use at home. I recently discovered this little beauty on eBay.

With its ceramic ionic technology, it gives my hair the smoothest, silkiest look that I have always craved and only ever achieved after a visit to the hairdresser. And the best thing about it? Why, it has to be the colour ~ a very pretty and feminine shade of lilac to brighten the darkest of winter days.