Firstly I totally rocked the Christmas Day lunch with all the hangers on, was an expensive exercise but well worth it !! To the point most stayed and we did it all again for dinner :) That's a good sign that everyone is having a good time and eating well when they are still there for the next sitting!!!
Now money is tight, super duper tight, as this was the last Christmas that was paid for by my earnings, so it's a total budget rehaul for this family.
So ladies I've been on budget and let me share with you a few things. Firstly, I hate reading Must Have Lists, they only make you feel shit about yourself and what you can't afford. But let me let you in on what I now do, pick one thing off these lists that you can afford if you gave up something else.
A for instance, lovely Nikki over at Styling You had a top 10 list recently. I chose the Garnier BB Skin Perfecter about $13.00 as something that was do-able for me. So whilst shopping I found it on special for $10, so I put back the snacks I had in the basket and got this instead. It's been life changing, literally. I got the medium shade and let me tell you ladies unless your olive skinned like me, go for the light. I rarely put foundation on everyday but I do moisturise religiously. This kills two birds with one stone, it covers like a foundation but smoothes your skin like a brilliant face cream.
The other thing I have had on my want list for a long time is Silicone Egg Poachers, now don't laugh but I love kitchen things, these retail for anything between $19-$30, I bought the $2 ones from K-mart. Exactly the freaking same and do a beautiful job. P.S I've had poached eggs for breaky 4 mornings in a row now, the novelty will wear off shortly.
So that's my resolution for the New Year really, is look at things differently, when on budget you can still have the beautiful things everyone else blogs about but you substitute it for something else. I feel fantastic, my face looks fantastic and look like I've actually made an effort even if I'm still in my robe at 4pm and my waist line is stoked that I didn't make it do an extra Zumba class for those lollies :) WIN WIN
Happy New Year Gorgeous Ones and See You in 2012 xxxxxxx