My Bank Holiday Weekend in Pictures

To celebrate the final bank holiday of 2016 I decided to try and document my weekend in photos. I was doing okay until that pesky alcohol got involved by the way. Take a peek at my very normal weekend and see what I got up too... 

Friday evening was spent round my Nannie and Grandads, with Jody, my Aunt and my Cousin. My Nans/Grandads is one of my favourite places in the world and we go round every couple of weeks for some tea: Sometimes we play games and sometimes we just waffle on. It's always fun though. This chair from their living room just so happens to be one of the comfiest chairs in the world.

Saturday was my Momma Bear's birthday so we went on a trip to Harrogate to drop her presents off at her work. We got her 6 x 8 packs of Diet Pepsi (her fave) and some lightsaber pens if you were wondering. We also made a pit stop at Primark where I picked up a new burgundy knitted jumper (I needed one for work okay?!) and a thin sparkly top jumper thing.

As Saturday turned out to be quite nice Jody decided to clean his car. Casey (The family chocolate Labrador) and I decided to keep him company and soak up some of the sun before the grey clouds decided to gather. The drive's currently being redone, hence the building site.

We couldn't decide what we wanted to have for dinner so we ended up going to a local restaurant, So Bar, in the hopes that something would tickle our fancy. I went for the fried buttermilk chicken bacon burger (The best clucking burger ever...seriously that was it's name) with fries, onion rings and garlic mayo. I don't know why it was served in a surgical tray either by the way...
Saturday night was spent in our room, watching The X Factor. I lit my Primark Candle, flicked on my lightbox and got all snuggled up under the duvet ready to watch the good, the bad and the ugly. Your thoughts on Honey G please? I know a lot of people hate the X Factor but I love it, especially the auditions. They don't show as many bad ones anymore though which is a shame. The X Factor starting also signals the start of the countdown to Christmas. After missing Christmas last year I'm ready to throw myself into the festive spirit, the minute that it's socially acceptable.
Aaaaand then I went to a christening on Sunday, got drunk, took zero photos (I did get a video of my friend Mum dancing though) and spent most of Monday hungover in bed bar a few hours where I went for a meal with my family. Oops.
What did you get up to over bank holiday?

The Sunday Catch Up #27

Good morning and happy Sunday! How are we all? I've got a christening today so I'm currently lying in bed procrastinating about getting up and getting ready. I just can't be bothered to be honest. Anyway onwards with this week's round up!

On missing Leeds Fest
Apart from last year (when I was on the other side of the world), this is the first Leeds Festival I've missed by choice since I was 16. We have a christening today which we have had booked in for months so we couldn't really miss it, and with the whole saving thing, we figured it was for the best if we didn't go. It was a bit sad seeing everyone get all excited on Twitter etc but after seeing all the mud I don't feel like I'm missing out. I've seen most of the bands before aswell so it isn't too big of a loss.

On catching up with old friends.
On Wednesday I went to a local Italian restaurant with an old friend I haven't seen in years. We worked together in a supermarket when we were 17 and despite not seeing each other often, when we do meet up it's like no time has passed. I only see a lot of my friends in the pub on a Saturday night so it was nice to go out midweek and do somethign relatively normal and grown up for once.

On the Great British Bake Off.
Oh I love the Bake Off. I know some people thinks it's sad and way to twee but it's just a nice escape from real life isn't it? It makes you want to rush to the Co Op and buy some reduced cake immediately and you find yourself googling baking recipes to try out over the weekend. Spoiler alert: Your probably won't. It's an easy watch and Mel & Sue's puns are hilarious wether you like them or not.

On the bank holiday weekend.
Bank holiday weekends are a special gift to be treasured. I remember working a supermarket (yeah the one I mentioned up there) and having to work them and it was torture getting texts from people asking if I wanted to do something only to reply back 'I'm working :('. Now I get to enjoy my bank holiday mondays and it's wonderful A lie in, some good food and if the weather's playing ball, a jaunt out of the house.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Saving for a Mortgage Deposit

money & keys
I've bored on quite a lot on here about how I currently have no life because I'm saving for a mortgage deposit. I know, *yawn* yes Jess we get it, Bore off. But tough shit, here's another grown up post.
Deciding to save for a mortgage is a huge decision and a massive commitment so today I thought I would share 6 ways I'm saving my pennies so I can have my own fireplace and freestanding bathtub.
I live at home
Well I live with Jody's parents. Minimum rent plus we get all of our washing done. It was hard to give up all the independence we found in Australia but it be worth it in the long run. I know some people don't have this option though so I'm pretty lucky!

I have a savings account
This one is actually really stupid BUT having an online savings account means I can transfer half of my wages into it the minute I get paid. 'Cos of the way my brain works I know that that money is pretty much untouchable.

Budget, Budget, Budget
I pay my rent, then put half of whatever is left away. I work out how much is going to go out in direct debits and then I get a rough idea of what events are going on that I will need to shell out for. Any money left at the end of the month goes straight in the pot.

I avoid the pub & only go out for special occassions
Jody and I are terrible for going out so the easiest thing to do on a weekend is to simply turn our phones off and fill our time with wholesome activities (i.e watching Netflix). It's also better for our health so every cloud I guess.

I follow the 'Wishlist' rule
I love clothes. I do, I'm sorry, I'm an addict and I can't help it. Instead of impulse buying I now save things to my wishlists and if I still want it in a month's time then I allow myself to buy it. Tbh most of the time I totally forget about whatever it was I was lusting after.

No spontaneous days out/meals/etc
Don't get me wrong I haven't stopped having a life completely but we used to g out for tea twice a week, get two takeaways and go out on adventures at the weekend. We've now reigned it in and go for one meal a week, order one takeaway and do one budget friendly activity. It's not very exciting but it's all for the greater good.

So there you have it. This is probably a really boring post to most people and they're pretty bog standad tips I guess but they really work for me. My savings are looking pretty fine if I do say so myself.