Monday, 16 July 2018

A cheap week! Our weekly meal plan! #mealplanningmonday


It's the last week of school....Hooray! I am excited for this week but I know it's going to be emotional....We have a leavers assembly, a church service with school and on Friday Ellie will be leaving primary school and I know I am going to cry....

Last weeks meal plan went well....I can't remember why but on Wednesday we didn't end up eating what was planned....I'm blaming the fact I was looking forward to the England match and I couldn't focus on anything. lol We had a Indian takeaway. It's been a while since we last had one so we really enjoyed it....

I felt really chuffed with myself when I ordered the shopping.....I went through all the cupboards and freezer and I only bought what we needed. The shopping bill came to just under £80 and that included 2 bottles of wine, ice lollies and sweets for the kids....This is the time of year where I really need to start saving money. It's the girls birthdays next month and the month after, I have uniform to buy and all the back to school things. Eek!

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Turkey breast joint with mash & veg....
Tuesday - Fajitas using the Iceland meal in a bag mix....
Wednesday - Greggs Sausage & Bean Melts with potato wedges....
Thursday - Quiche and salad....
Friday - McDonalds. An end of term treat!
Saturday - Pizza....
Sunday - A fry up! Sausages, bacon, eggs, black pudding, beans, tomatoes, hash browns and toast....

What are you eating this week? 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Squishies, Fun at school & Roses - Week 28. #Project365

This week seems to have flown over which is of course a good thing....We have one week left of school and then it's the summer holidays which the kids are very excited about.

Ellie my youngest has been up to the secondary school for 4 days this past week and mostly loved it....Becky my teen has spent the week dreading sports day. The unsporty kids just have to sit and watch the sporty kids. It turns out she had an OK time. She spent most of it playing on her phone. lol

Now for a photo every day....


187/365 - 7th July.
Becky my teen was taking good care of the electronic baby from school...I am so proud of her.

188/365 - 8th July.
Ellie my youngest spent some of her pocket money to buy a bottle of hand wash just so she could make some amazing bubbles!

189/365 - 9th July.
My youngest is obsessed with Squishies and I was lucky to win some and they arrived.....Half were given to her and half put away for her birthday.

190/365 - 10th July.
Ellie spent time at the secondary school this week and had time in the science department....She was very excited to get her Bunsen Burner License! 

191/365 - 11th July.
The roses have finally bloomed in the front garden.

192/365 - 12th July.
I was sent a selection of natural products from The Solid Bar Company to try out....

193/365 - 13th July.
My teen got in from school and went straight on the xbox! She had no homework to do and it is nearly the end of term....


Friday, 13 July 2018

My little girl has been to big school. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


For four days this week Ellie has been at the secondary school for transition week. It has been a big week for her and us all in many ways....

Ellie started the week by walking to school for the first time....She had to be at her primary school by half past eight so the year sixes could walk to the secondary school.....Usually she will walk home alone or with friends but we like to walk her to school just to make sure she gets there.....It was a big step for all of us. Ellie thought it was great but I found it strange....I think we're going to have a struggle come September when she has to leave the house at 8am. Eek!

I was on edge all day, worrying about how she would get on but I needn't have worried. She came in full of smiles and stories about her day....On Monday they did sports, drama and lots of getting to know people activities....They were shown around the school and it was a fun day!

I had been worried about who she would be with in her tutor group but thankfully Ellie was put with a few of her friends.....Phew! As the week has gone on she has made new friends and her new and old friends are all mixing. It's so nice. 

On Tuesday they got into more of a routine and had some lessons....Science where she got her Bunsen Burner license, English and Maths....She said she had seen Becky around school and when they passed on the stairs gave each other a high 5. hehehe 

When Becky went up to the secondary school she had no one to give her any tips and tricks but Ellie has got everything sussed thanks to Becky.....She spends half her lunch money at morning break to get a sandwich or a big slice of pizza then gets chips or pasta for lunch. That way she has time to go to lunch club which is a safe place for just year 7's to get away from the bigger kids....

Yesterday the kids from Ellie's primary school who take part in musical after school clubs like the choir and trombones were invited back for another day at the secondary school....They did musical workshops and they put on a concert for the parents.....

We walked in and could see from Ellie's face that she wasn't happy. We found out that two girls from her primary school had been picking on her and telling new people that Ellie doesn't listen, encouraging them not to speak to her. What they failed to mention is that Ellie is deaf in one ear and doesn't always hear. I was fuming! We met the special education needs person and she was wonderful. She really reassured me that behaviour like that would not be happening in September.

We hung around and waited for Becky to come out of school and then went back in. Ellie had a fantastic time showing us around the school....We know our way around the school with Becky being there for 4 years but we let Ellie have her moment....The Science teachers were showing off experiments, there was a mad hatters tea party in the English department and we had a lovely chat with the principal. 

Even though Becky is going up to year 11 nothing much has changed for her.....She has all the same teachers and lessons. The only difference is apart from the 6th former's her year is the oldest in the school....

Today Ellie is back to primary school and I will be speaking to head about the two bullies. They are having a non-uniform day and a disco which should be fun and Becky has sports day which she hates....All the non-sporty kids don't get to take part and just have to watch. I have sent her off to school with some magazines and a packed lunch....I'm sure she will enjoy it.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

The weekend that the electronic baby came to stay....

My teenager Becky chose Health & Social care as one of her GCSE options and she really loves that lesson....Each student has the chance to take one of the RealCare Baby Infant Simulator home. (The electronic baby) as we have been calling it....

The electronic baby was brought home on Friday. It was activated at 5pm and deactivated on Sunday at 2.30pm to give her a break before school started on Monday....She had the option to bring it home in a car seat or a pushchair. She didn't fancy the car seat so the pushchair it was. I had to go and pick her up as she felt daft pushing it home herself.....I met her in the reception of the school and one of the teachers I knew came over to have a nosy! She thought I had, had a new baby. The pushchair must have looked pretty convincing. lol


As soon as 5pm came around the baby started crying...When it cried Becky had 2 minutes to get the bracelet which came with it and put it on it's chest to say it was being cared for. It would beep and then Becky had to decide whether it needed feeding, burping, it's nappy changed or rocking....It came with a bottle and two nappies with sensors in the back so it could tell when it had been changed....When it's needs had been satisfied it cooed and it was such a welcome sound.


There was no order to it....When my girls were babies and woke up from a sleep I would change their nappy while I was waiting for a bottle to heat, feed them, burp them and then rock them if they were not on their way back to sleep. This baby was totally random! 

On Friday night Becky really didn't get a break....Every time she met the needs of the baby and sat down for 5 minutes it started crying again. She found undressing and dressing it when she had to change the nappy was the hardest challenge. By the end of the weekend the kept it in a vest or a sleep suit. hehehe We are hoping that because it was so warm she can get away with keeping it in a vest and nappy....hehehe

Ellie was there to offer advice and was such a mother hen running around passing Becky the bottle or a nappy....She even had a go of feeding it. I took pity on Becky when it got to about 7pm and she hadn't been able to get her tea in peace....I fed it.


My girl learnt what real parenting was when she made a cup of tea and the baby needed caring for....By the time she got back to her cuppa, it was cold. Welcome to parenting. Now she has an idea what I have been dealing with for years....lol


She made a makeshift bed for the baby out of a washing basket and blanket and went to bed pretty early considering it was a Friday night....She knew she was going to be woken up and she was but not until about 5am Saturday morning....It was needy for about 40 minutes and then didn't cry again until just gone 9am....At 5am it did wake the whole house up. Thankfully we all managed to get back to sleep....

Saturday seemed easier for Becky.....The baby cried and needed attention but Becky was quicker at meeting it's needs but the night was no fun!. The baby woke her up at 2, 4 and 7am....The worst was the 4am as the baby needed caring for for a good 40 minutes.....I suppose that's what happens with a real baby though....

Becky has a whole new level of respect for single parents.....Apart from when she had something to eat on Friday while I fed it she looked after the electronic baby from school for 40 odd hours....She is in awe that there is parents who have babies and do it all alone.....


She wasn't going to have a baby anytime soon but this had really made her think about when she does. She wasn't joking when she said that she wants a partner, a nanny and all the grandparents around to help....She sure has learned that babies are a big commitment.....


The RealCare Baby Simulator is a fantastic gadget. It tracks Care events, mishandling actions, including Shaken Baby Syndrome, head support and wrong positions, surrounding temperatures, time in a car seat/pushchair and clothing changes.....


Becky got her report back earlier this week and I was amazed at the results! I know she did well but I didn't imagine how well!! She got 96%!



She missed a feed and a nappy change at five 16 & 17, early on Saturday morning....I can't really knock her for that. She was just waking up. I am surprised it wasn't the Sunday early morning wake up calls that she missed as she was knackered by then.....There was no mishandling and I am really surprised that it only cried for 25 minutes in total....It seemed a lot longer. lol



It was an interesting weekend....For Becky to learn how to look after a baby sort of and for me to see how Becky coped....I am very proud of my girl and I hope this is enough to put her off having babies for a long time yet!!