Countdown to owning a home & being 30!

June was an extremely busy month for me. I spent a lot of time celebrating my twenty-ninth birthday with family and friends; I enjoyed meals out, days out, and drank far too much prosecco! It was a brilliant, but also very expensive, month. I did get to enjoy lots of fabulous birthday freebies too so it wasn’t a total bank balance buster.
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Veeno – The Italian Wine Cafe


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I made the most of my first birthday freebie last week at Veeno, the Italian wine cafe. If you’ve read my last post about birthday freebies you’ll know that Veeno give you a free wine tasting experience on your birthday which is usually £19.90 per person. Here is everything you might need to know before booking yours!

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Birthday Eve Troubles!

It’s the day before my birthday and I’m frazzled! I’m not particularly excited about my birthday because I’m working and I’m bloody knackered!! What’s worse is I’ve had one of those evenings where anything and everything goes wrong!

I’ve made so many silly mistakes this evening that my head is battered! It started with a trip to Asda for a few bits to make teriyaki chicken which I’ve been craving all week. I got home and went to take the chicken out of the fridge to find I only had one tiny chicken breast left. It was then that I also realised I forgot to pick up milk. That’s means no coffee and that equals a grumpy Clair.

I decided instead to make a basic bolognese for tea to save time as I now needed to go back out. I decided to drive to Home Bargains where I’ve been sooooo many times before… Somehow I managed to drive through a red light; at least I think I did. I swear this part of the road has always been give way but BAM up pops a red traffic light when it was too late for me to stop. On a positive note I managed to get everything I went out for including a few other items I also remembered I needed.

Once I arrived back at home I quickly chucked a bit of mince in a pan for the bolognese. Luckily I had one portion of homemade sauce left from a large batch I made last week, it just needed to be added to the mince along with a bit of seasoning. Somehow, my old faithful recipe went horribly wrong and tasted awful! I have no idea what I did wrong.

At this point I decided it was time to walk away from the kitchen and I’m now contemplating getting a Domino’s. As a way to forget about everything that had gone a bit wrong this evening I decided to wrap some presents, no not for myself, for my friend Jess who celebrated her birthday yesterday. The one redeeming feature of tomorrow is that we are having a joint birthday meal out at The Village Hotel. I thought I’d get her card and presents ready so it’s one less thing for me to do tomorrow. I was really pleased if not a little smug with my complimentary gift bag and tissue paper combination. I quickly grabbed a pen to write her card. I wrote, “To Shane”… “TO SHANE” as in my boyfriend. I have no spare birthday cards in the house and I’m definitely not going out for a third time. I’m sorry Jess, you’re having the card.

I’m going to try to salvage my evening with pizza, a Lush bath and I’m going to enjoy some wine! Once my birthday celebrations are complete, I’ll be sharing all my birthday freebies and deals that I’ve enjoyed. Hopefully there will be no more mess ups! Here’s to my last day being twenty-eight!

Happy Wednesday,


Thrifty Clair x