Tuesday, 30 March 2010

FREE HOW TO CROCHET A SACK BOY

I have a link to a knitting pattern for him, but you can also crochet the cute little Sack Boy from Little Big Planet with these video instructions -
Part 1 and Part 2 .

FREE EXERCISE TO DO AT EASTER!

Yes, there's loads of free ways to get the kids (and us) up off the sofa and away from the computer games this Easter (and whenever).
  • Take a football, frisbee or kite to the park or beach and just run around!
  • Walk your dog (or someone else's) and I mean really walk the dog - like about 3 miles a day and briskly! Dogplay has over 40 other inventive activities to do with your dog!
  • If it rains, get the kids involved in the housework (even if you have to bribe them!) -clean the house from top to bottom whilst listening to your favourite music and work off those calories!
  • Get them out in the garden - mow the grass, sweep up, plant seeds, do the weeding, get rid of rubbish, dead head the plants.
Last of all, get enough sleep - make sure the kids wear themselves out and get to bed early (and up early the next day) and you'll all probably feel better by the end of the Easter holidays!
More ideas for the school holidays!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

NATIONAL TRUST FREE DAYS OUT

The National Trust has put together over 100 different activities and events to do for free over the holidays. There's loads of choice for everyone, from surfing, mountain climbing, watching an historical re-enactment or standing in the steps of movie stars.
You can search by region to find something in your chosen area.
More ideas for the school holidays!

FREE WALKING FOR EASTER!

Check out Walking Britain's website and find a walk near you to burn off some energy (and Easter eggs) at Easter! It's free and it's good for you too!
More ideas for the school holidays!

KIDS GO FREE AT CADBURY WORLD

Visit the Heart is offering a voucher for free kids' entry to Cadbury World. Use it for the Easter holdays, but the offer doesn't end until 30th December 2010 - so you can use it all year!
More ideas for the school holidays!

Friday, 26 March 2010

KNITTED EASTER BUNNY BOOTIES

These cute knitted Easter bunny bootees will look gorgeous on your favourite baby! You can knit the ears in pink or blue - or lemon, or lilac, or any colour you like, and they come in 3 month and 6 month sizes.
Happy knitting!
More free knitting patterns for Easter here!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

SAVE MONEY ON O2 IPHONE CONTRACTS

If your Iphone deal with O2 is up - make sure you take a look at these:

paying monthly, 300 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data and wi-fi - £20 per month
or
12 month contract- but same as above - £15 per month!

It seems from this that most people could save money on one of these deals. It's the usual old thing - every time a contract ends, everytime something is up for renewal, you've just got to get out there and find a better deal - they're relying on you not doing it!

FREE HOW-TO-KNIT VIDEOS

If you've been enjoying all the free knitting patterns I've been blogging about and can't knit, but wish you could -then this is for you!
These 5 free online video tutorials will show you clearly how to cast on, cast off, knit and purl, increase, decrease and make up.
Get those frugal needles clicking!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

CUTE VINTAGE STYLE EASTER BUNNY KNITTING PATTERN

This sitting vintage style 4 ply bunny is yet another free knitting pattern to add to your Easter bunny collection. Be quick, you still have 2 weeks to get him knitted - plenty of time!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

EASTER BUNNY KNITTING PATTERN

This lovely Easter Bunny knitting pattern can be made out of one square of knitting - very clever! It has no features, but could be further enhanced by embroidering features and adding a ribbon bow.

FUZZY EASTER CHICKS TO KNIT!

Yet more Easter knitting for your delight! These fuzzy easter chicks can be knitted up in no time and will be great as decorations or gifts.

FRUGAL CARROT AND CORIANDER SOUP RECIPE

This soup is cheap to make and fairly low in fat and calories. You can add fresh coriander leaves to finish the soup off in the bowls if you like them, but this may not be very frugal (unless you have some growing in your garden) as packaged herbs can be expensive from the supermarket. If you have chicken stock left over from a roast chicken carcass then this can be used instead of a vegetable stock cube.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
450g Carrots
1 Large onion
1 heaped teaspoon ground coriander
1.2 litres Vegetable stock (made from a cube)
Black pepper

Method
Peel and slice the carrots and roughly chop the onion.
Heat up the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the carrots and onion and fry for five minutes, turning all the time until the onions begin to soften.Stir in the ground coriander and cook gently for one more minute.Add the black pepper (to taste). Pour in the stock and bring the the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer the soup for 20 minutes until the carrots are soft. Stir the soup a couple of times during cooking.
Cool and liquidise the soup with a stick hand blender*, or in a liquidiser. Taste the soup and add more pepper if needed.
Serve with fresh bread, French bread or rye bread. Warm any stale rolls or left over French bread in the microwave to soften or toast stale sliced bread and spread whilst hot with butter.
*I use the Kenwood HB150 Stick Hand Blender as it's easy to just blend your soup in the pan right where you cooked it - no messy liquidiser to wash up!
Enjoy!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

KNIT A THUNDERBIRDS OR SUPER MARIO BROS JUMPER!

I've found yet another blast from the past! (Well - strictly speaking 2 blasts!) You can knit one for yourself, your kids - or even your other half - a jumper picturing the Thunderbirds characters, their spacecraft or the fabulous Super Mario!
These Thunderbird and Super Mario Bros knitting patterns by Gary Kennedy Intarsia go right up to adult sizes.
And if you can't face the thought of anyone actually wearing a character, they are knitted from a separate graph for each one, so they can be used to create cushion covers, throws and, well, anything else you can think of!

Start knitting now for Christmas!

Friday, 5 March 2010

SIGHT TESTS PERMANENTLY FREE AT TESCO!

Tesco has decided to offer permanently free eyesight tests now. Check for your nearest Tesco with an optician. Click the button on the left that says "Opticians available".