Spicing up mealtimes with Capsicana

I’m not a big cook at home, I’ll be the first one to admit. I can cook at most about 3 meals whereas my husband makes the majority and he absolutely loves cooking. One of our favourite food types is Mexican so when Capsicana got in touch to offer us a couple of their products to try out, we were more than thrilled to give them a go.

We received the Mexican Chilli & Honey Fajita Kit as well as the ultimate refried black beans and couldn’t wait to get tucked in.

*gifted items*

The first thing on the menu was chilli beef tacos using the refried black beans. We had crispy taco shells at home anyway so it was just a case of making up the mince mixture to go inside and cutting up a load of salad to add to each taco. We absolutely loved the tacos and the black beans were incredibly tasty.

The following week we then made fajitas however rather than frying up the chicken as recommended, we decided to slow cook the chicken whilst we were at work all day using the honey and chilli sauce from the kit. I loosely shredded the chicken once cooked and let it sit in the sauce for 15 minutes before dishing up. I also bought a pre-packaged salad (for ease), cut up tomato and created the salsa as recommended on the box, and grated cheese.

The fajitas were absolutely incredible and the chilli and honey sauce had the right amount of kick to it without being too hot. Even my husband really enjoyed the sauce that came in the kit.

Overall we were blown away by how much we loved these products and since trying them, I’ve spotted them in my local Sainsburys. We will 100% be purchasing these kits again in future as they genuinely spiced up our usually favourites and added a little extra oomph for us.

Laura x

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Our New Build Journey

Now we have been in our house for 15 days, I thought I’d start sharing the whole new build purchase process with you and also some truths about it all. It’s only right to start from the beginning so here goes…

Right at the beginning of this process (November 2018) we had ummed and ahhhd about whether we wanted to move and with 2 new build developments on our doorstep, had also spent many an hour looking at the show homes. Finally we concluded that we were in fact interested in one and started scoping out the perfect style of house.

Originally we had looked at a David Wilson Bradgate which was a gorgeous 4 bed detached house. We then discovered that Avant homes (the other development in our village) had a similar house in the Pendlebury. We were in a tricky situation as we were able to look round an almost finished Bradgate however there were no Pendlebury’s we could view without travelling over an hour away.

We went with our gut feeling about the houses and based on what Avant offered vs David Wilson and eventually settled on the Pendlebury.

Avant Pendlebury: photo credit

After initially spending a week discussing things with the bank and also having valuations done on our existing house as we wanted to part exchange, we eventually reserved the plot we wanted 7 days later. The reason we chose the plot was because it had a lovely big garden and was also directly across from the park in the centre of the development. The development itself only has around 120 houses compared to the David Wilson one across the road with over 200. This was part of the reason we chose Avant because we didn’t want to be in such a huge development.

At the time of us reserving the house, it was only in the very early stages of build so had a couple of rows of bricks if that. It was really hard to picture the house above from just a site with a few bricks but we couldn’t wait to see the build take shape and eventually be in.

We were set the expectation that it would be completed somewhere between March to May 2019 and we completed on 28th June, so in the grand scheme of things only a minor delay relay. I have heard stories of people being delayed 9 months before so you can imagine what went through my mind when they started to advise it would be delayed.

I would say until the house properly began looking like a house, it felt like it took forever and then things suddenly started to happen however it took from 15th November (ish) to 5th March to get to roof stage below.

I won’t share anymore at this point in regards to the home buying journey as it would be super long but my next post will be all about choices inside the house so hopefully you will be excited to read that one.

Laura x

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My favourite money making websites

Last week I published a post featuring all my favourite cashback apps and this week I want to share some of the ways I earn money online as well. These have been great ways to earn little bits of money here and there which have allowed us to purchase bits and pieces for our new house over the last few months.

*post contains referral links*

Topcashback

This is my favourite website for all things cashback and whenever I make an online purchase, I always check the site to see if they offer a cashback deal first and then go via them if they do. Since becoming a member I have earnt over £500 in cashback from my purchases and have included things like; booking a holiday, buying my home insurance, purchasing my new phone and even buying clothes or groceries.

Some of my biggest earners came from:

  • £200 from re-doing our life insurance online
  • £25.25 from booking a holiday
  • £50.50 from home insurance
  • £27 from a furniture purchase

It requires no extra effort and is a great way to earn yourself some money back on the purchases you were going to make anyway.

E-Rewards

I have been doing surveys on this site for 18 months now and earnt around £80 of Amazon vouchers from it. The points rewards are very generous for the surveys that you do complete and if you get zoned out of the survey, you still get some points for doing the qualification part. You get what you put it in with this one so it’s worth getting the email notifications for the surveys so that you are notified when one goes live. I’ve found recently by staying on top of them as they come in, I’ve built up my rewards balance far quicker and been able to redeem a lot more.

Quidco

Quidco is another cashback site that works exactly like Topcashback. They generally offer cashback on the same companies but every so often you will find one that doesn’t and one that does. I check both sites usually to see which has the best cashback rate on it so I know I am maximising my purchase. This one works with the clicksnap app that I mentioned in my previous post as all your cashback from that will be pooled into your Quidco account for withdrawal, so definitely worth having this one as well if not just for that reason.

Ebay

This might seem like a really silly one but the last few months I’ve followed more and more instagrammers who do ebaying as a business whether it be part time or full time. Now I’m not looking to turn it into a business but it did make me realise that we have a lot of stuff in the house that can be sold. Now that we are on the countdown to moving we are also doing lots of de-cluttering so Ebay is getting utilised as much as possible. In the last few months I’ve probably made around £250-£300 which I think is fantastic for just getting rid of stuff in the home.

Other than the 4 websites I’ve mentioned, I don’t really use any others at the moment but if you think I’m missing any good ones then feel free to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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