Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Review: tastecard

We were very chuffed to be sent a tastecard to review. We often go out for meals together as a family and any money-saving that we can do is always appreciated! We often go into Liverpool at the weekend. We usually visit the museums and have a walk through the town centre as well as popping into one of the great restaurants in Liverpool - there are some amazing places to eat.

tastecard offers you the chance to save money on restaurants, entertainment, days out and cinema trips. What's more they are now offering a Tastecard for just £1 for three months. Definitely worth a go to see how much you can save.

We used our tastecard last week. We looked on the list of restaurants that accepted it and were surprised to see that the list was really huge - plenty of choice and the discounts are fantastic. In the end we settled on Amalia in Liverpool. Amalia is an Italian in the centre of town. We had never visited before and the card entitled us to 2 for 1 on the main meals. It was the day of the Liverpool marathon and Warren was playing in his band in the morning. We spent a lovely morning in the sun watching the runners and the band, and then we walked into town.

Watching the runners in the sun

The kids absolutely adore pizza, we often order them pizza if we eat out as we know that they will eat it, and it's a good treat for them. They also dip into our food too - we are a sharing-eating family!

We saved around £13 on our visit to this restaurant thanks to tastecard. It will definitely prove to be a useful card for us and will able us to save a lot of money over the course of a year on our days out.

We will definitely be using this card again - especially in the summer holidays when we will be able to make some great savings on our days out.

Disclosure: We were sent tastecard for the purpose of this review, all words and views are our own.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Great Imposter

I sometimes feel like I am an imposter. In all areas of my life. Like I am not good enough in whatever I do, I'm just a faker.
I play a lot of roles and wear a lot of hats. I am a wife, a mother, a worker, a student, a cook, a cleaner, etc. Oh and a ridiculously inadequate  blogger.

In each and every one of these roles I quite often think that I am just a great pretender and that one of these days I am going to get found out. 

I hope it is all in my head. 

Here are some examples of what goes through my head on occasion

When I tell the kids to eat their vegetables, to tidy their toys away, when I read them bedtime stories I think... who is this person? Is this me? It's not me. Someone is going to tell me off for pretending to be an adult soon enough.

When I read theories of socialism, revolution, second wave feminism. I understand it and I wonder how and I thing "oh well EVERYONE understands this" and when I realise they don't I think that maybe I don't after all, and one day real academics will point and laugh at me and say "You don't belong with us MWHAHAHAHAHA!"

Blogging - blogging has brought myself and my family so many adventures. Did I do that? No. I never. I'm just a faker and pretty soon everyone will know and I'll just go back to my books pretending to be clever.

At work. I'm organising events, I am trying to be professional. Pretty soon they'll figure out that I am not professional at all, I'm completely incompetent and I'm just pretending. I know I'm qualified to do my job BUT THAT SLIPS AWAY from my mind as I think I am absolutely just blagging my way through my job.

I try to make our home a lovely home to live in. It's not perfect, it's not always clean but I try. When I make the effort to keep things clean I can smell air freshener and I think who is this great pretender I have become? Pretending to be a fabulous homemaker, tea on the table every night and a kiss for her husband. One day they'll all know that I am just useless at this and pretending to be something that I am not and in any case I'm useless at it anyway.

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