Archive | March 2013

Simple Happiness

My idea of a happy life.

I want to live and enjoy a simple life and I want to pass my values onto my son by showing rather than preaching.

I want to enjoy simple pleasures such as a walk in nature, listening to birds sing (even if it is the dawn chorus at 5.45am, watching my child play, reading, spending time with family and friends.

I want to drop out of the consumer rat trap.  I don’t want to be a buy it, buy it, buy it persona and I certainly don’t want my son to be either.  I want to buy something only because I genuinely need it or it will give me real pleasure and add value to my life. 

I want my mind and life to be clutter free so that I have space to live and think.

I want to feel free to enjoy my life ALWAYS

I want my son to know that he is important for who he is and not the things he owns. 

I want to be aware of the impact I have on our planet and aim to reduce the negative impact I create.

I want to live healthily and feel full of life everyday.

I want to have time for … whatever I want even if that’s sitting looking out of my window or daydreaming.  Yes I’m a big fan of daydreaming.

I want to go to bed every night feeling positive about my life and the way I raise my son.

"Lady Relaxing At Beach" by Meawpong3405

“Lady Relaxing At Beach” by Meawpong3405

I still want those luxuries too.

Somebody asked me want I still want today and this is what I said:

I want to live in a beautiful family house with a big enclosed garden, find and marry the love of my life, watch my son grow up into the wonderful man I know he will be, have a dog and a pig (yes I love pigs) and go to Florida again before my son gets much older.

There are other things I want in life too these are a few of the most important things.  I can live quite happily without the very latest gadgets, TV’s, Phones, flashiest cars etc.  They are not (for me) things that make me happy.  Now I’m not in any way condemning you if you have a passion for cars, phones etc.  It’s just not for me personally.

That’s what I’m aiming for.

Best wishes

Wendy x




Snow and Warming Meals

Well the snow is coming down and the wind is blowing.  I’ve just looked out across the road and I can’t even see the house opposite.  So yes I’ve got the heating  on (fairly low).  I’ve got nice warm clothes on too.

I really thought this cold weather was behind us and we were in for some nice Spring weather.

So I’ll be making a nice winter warmer for tea tonight.  I was thinking Corned Beef Hash.  My son loves it.

My Corned Beef Hash Recipe

Take a big pan and half fill with water

Put it onto boil


2 chopped onions

A load of diced carrots

A load of chopped potatoes

Place the lid on the pan and once up to boiling reduce the heat and simmer gently until the veg starts to soften.

Add 2/3 tablespoons of gravy granules (or similar)

Once the veg is nice and soft add 2 tins of corned beef cut into chunks (I like them left fairly big)

Heat gently for a further 5 minuted and stir very gently to avoid breaking up the corned beef too much.

Serve alone, with bread or with pastry shapes.


This recipe is great for warming you up on cold days.


I always make plenty so that I can put some in the freezer for busy nights.

What meals do you like on a cold day?

What happens if you don’t have enough to feed your children?

Dear readers, I am re-posting this from my Law of Attraction Blog.  I am saddened to think that any parent is ever in a position where they are unable to provide enough food for their children.  Please share this post to help others and please share your comments and advice below to help in this situation.  Thank you.

What if you have no money for food?

Wendy Tomlinson: Posted on 08 March 2013 11:32
As you will know if you have been following this blog I have recently set up a new blog calledFrugal Happiness.  My journey of Frugal Living comes from a desire to reduce waste in my life and live a life spending my time and money wisely for maximum happiness.  However I have become aware of so many people who are forced into this life through a lack of money.
I was very moved today to hear from a lady who told me that she was often unable to feed her children through the day until the evening meal.  This lady was from a developed country where we expect that we all have enough money to feed our families.  Yet, I feel that more and more this is becoming a reality for many people.
I wanted to put together a post today to focus on attracting healthy food for our families.
Write this down ~ I can always provide plenty of healthy food for my family to enjoy.
Say it out loud ~ I can always provide plenty of healthy food for my family to enjoy.
Repeat it, repeat it, repeat it… Use this as a mantra.  Say it as often as you can (I’m talking 100’s of times a day for a minimum of 30 days)
See it ~  Imagine looking in your cupboards and seeing lots of food for good and healthy family meals
Imagine providing breakfast, lunch and tea (your evening meal)
Imagine your family enjoying the food and see how strong and healthy everyone looks.
Do this everyday, as often as you can.  
Think about your beliefs.
Do you have a belief that tells you food is hard to come by, money is hard to come by? This is not a fact it is a belief.  Understand that your beliefs keep you where you are.  You have as much power as anyone else to create the life you want and you certainly deserve to have enough food for your family.  
This is a video by Brad Yates
He is an EFT master and his videos are free.  EFT is a powerful technique to help release negative beliefs. 

Watch the video often and tap along, also take a look at the other videos and pick out ones that resonate with you.
Gratitude is a super power emotion and when we spend time really feeling grateful we are in a natural state where we attract more to be grateful for.
Feel grateful for every single meal you can provide for your family, feel grateful for all the food you can buy and all the food you are given.  

I really hope this post helps you if you are currently in this situation.  I would really like to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below.  
My very best wishes for you all, Wendy x

Living with no money?

I’ve just been reading The Moneyless Man by Mark Boyle.

In the book the author Mark Boyle takes us with him on his year of freeconomic living.  Now whilst I have no intentions of giving up money I did find the book really interesting.

It’s another book that really made me ask the question “Do we really need all of this stuff to be happy?”

Now I love the security of having a nice safe and warm home to live in and the luxury of running water and a flushing toilet, all of which Mark went without during his year of Freeconomic living and I have no desire to give up these things, but for me this comes back to the amount of stuff we waste.

I have long believed we are now living in a throw-away country.  If we’ve had it a while and something new has come out, we throw it away and get the newer model regardless of whether we need it or not.

One useful resource Mark mentions in the book is this is the UK group but if you click on the link you will see that there are links to other countries around the world. Using FreeCycle you can offer things you no longer want for free or if there is something you want you can request it.  EVERYTHING MUST BE FREE.

Couple Moving Sofa Stock Photo

I think this is a fantastic idea.  So even if you are someone who wants to update regularly you can still do your bit by letting someone else have your old things for free.  You keep your things out of land fills and you help someone else out.  It’s a win win game as far as I’m concerned.

So the next time you have something you don’t want anymore or if there’s something you need head to FreeCycle. 

Anyway back to the book.  I want to hear from you.  Have you read the book?  What do you think?  Could you live without money?  Would you want to give it a go?

I suppose the answer for me would be ~ Yes I could if I really had to, No I don’t want to and yes I will be more aware of waste.