Friday, 18 January 2019

This week my Word of the Week is: Better! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

If you'd asked on Tuesday what my Word of the Week was I would have said tired, ill, grumpy or something along those lines. Thankfully by Wednesday afternoon things were getting better!

The kids have really been struggling to get out of bed this week and they have been tired. Being tired has meant they have been grumpy. One morning Becky went off to school hating me all because I made her eat breakfast before she left. She was never going to be late, she left at 8.06am. Six minutes later than she usually leaves. I have sent them to bed early a couple of times and it has helped. I think the dark and cold mornings are making it hard. I can't wait for the summer.

The first half of the week was not good for me. I did not feel great. Shortly after Ellie was born I got the contraceptive implant put in my arm and it has worked well for me. I've had it changed a few times and I have been one of the lucky one's who's periods just about vanished. Well they did until Monday. I don't want to go into too much detail but all those years of not having periods has caught up with me. I had all they typical aches, annoyances and pains which are associated with a period x10! I am not one for going to the doctors unless I am on deaths door but I said that if my body hadn't sorted it's self out by Thursday I was going to ring up for an appointment. Thankfully I didn't need to. I really hope this is a one off.

It was on Wednesday afternoon that I started to feel better and more like myself. I think it was all down to the fact I knew I had to feel OK because I had booked Stu & I to go for an afternoon tea yesterday.

I did panic a bit when it started snowing! We had no money in the house for a taxi and neither Stu or I wanted to go to the bank but thankfully by the time it was time to leave the blizzard had stopped and the walk wasn't too bad!

I will have a blog post all about it next week. Neither Stu or I have had an afternoon tea before and it's been one of those things which has been on my bucket list forever! It was such a lovely treat and way better than I imagined it to be. I am trying to convince him that we need an afternoon tea at least once a month. hehehe

The kids are hoping for a day off school today as more ice and snow was forecast for last night. Eek! I love them to bits but with not doing much at the start of the week I have a ton of stuff to catch up with. Housework, decluttering and writing blog posts.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

A lot of decluttering!

When I started writing this blog post it was a whole different post. It was going to be my Word of the Week for last week and that word was going to be housework but I thought it was worthy of it's own post as I am pretty proud of what I did last week!

I do housework every day and up until last week I hated it! It was a chore. I wasn't one of those people who found any pleasure in it at all but last week has changed things. I have been enjoying it all because I have found a new routine!

Over the Christmas holidays I did hardly any housework. We were away for some of it and when we got home the kids took over the house with their Christmas presents. The kids went back to school last Monday and something needed to be done.

The kids took all their toys, gifts and clutter up to their bedrooms and found homes for everything then there was just the downstairs to do! That is when the decluttering started!

I love to watch Lorraine and This Morning on a weekday morning and there is an hour between them when Jeremy Kyle is on which I don't watch. Usually I use that time to tidy up and aimlessly walk around the house moving one thing from one place to another. I don't know what it was. Maybe it was the new year, a new beginning or something else but I found some motivation!

In that hour I have been having a very quick tidy around the house, mainly downstairs and I have been using the rest of that time to declutter one part of my house per day!

I even made a playlist of my favourite songs on YouTube which was an hour and a minute long so I knew when the playlist ends my time is up.

On Monday I did the big bookshelf which had became a dumping ground over Christmas and it was in a right state.

I also tidied the TV stand and got rid of the Playstation 2 and the games which have just been gathering dust for years.

On Tuesday I moved the living room around a bit and washed the sofa. I found some leather cleaner in Tesco and it was only a couple of pounds so thought I would give it a try. It worked brilliantly and now my cream sofas are looking as good as new!

Wednesday I started on the kitchen in the main cupboard where we store all the tins and jars. It wasn't organised at all and things were always falling out onto us.

The kitchen cupboard - Before & After.

I threw out so many half jars of things that were not looking too good and organised it and I think it looks so much better and everything is easy to find now!

Thursday is usually a "me day". I take time out away from the computer, house and take care of myself but it got to about 2pm and I was itching to do some sorting! What has happened to me?! I decided just to do a little sorting. The kitchen junk drawer. It is that drawer where everything which doesn't has a home goes. It was out of control. I don't think I have opened it in months. Eek!

There is now room to actually put more random things in. It was a bit shocking looking at the things in the drawer. I found letters from the hospital from when my girls were being diagnosed with their heart defects. I didn't think I still had them. They have been put in their memory boxes upstairs. It's something they can look back on.

Friday I ventured upstairs and filled a bag for the charity shop with the kids clothes they had grown out of. It was mostly Ellie's clothes because Becky's are passed down to Ellie. 

On Saturday Stu told me to calm down and not move off my seat until the wheelie bin had been emptied. It's overflowing. Oops. I have been filling black bags with rubbish but I don't actually take it out to the wheelie bin. lol

I have got the cleaning and sorting bug and it is so unlike me. I really think it's because I have been giving myself an hour to do things and that's it. I don't know what it is but this hour of housework seems to be easier to do than making a list of things which need doing and never ticking everything off that list.

I really don't know what I'm going to do with this hour when I have decluttered all of the house but I think I am OK for the next couple of weeks. There are still spots here which need sorting. The cupboard of doom! (the cupboard under the stairs), Ellie's toys, the bathroom, my clothes and my bedroom. The one place I am refusing to sort is the shed! Stu can deal with that!! lol

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A lazy chicken curry - Recipe!

We like a curry but I am not keen on spicy hot one's and neither is Becky so I tend to make mild one's sometimes I make the from scratch and other times I just can't be bothered and use a some jars of curry sauce and the slow cooker. It's a total cheats curry but oh so delicious!

a lazy chicken curry title

I was making extra than what we needed for the four of us so doubled the ingredients. I always like a few tubs of curry in the freezer. It's so good for a quick meal to have with rice or chips.


chicken, onions, jars of curry sauce, peppers, mushrooms and pineapple chunks

I used 3 jars of Korma sauce. I used nearly the cheapest from Tesco.
2 packs of diced chicken breast.
A bag of diced onions.
2 bell peppers.
A tin of pineapple chunks and 3/4 a big tub of large mushrooms chopped up.
I also added a couple of handfuls of sultanas.

a collage of the ingredients being put in the slow cooker

All that needed chopping was the peppers and the mushrooms. Everything went into the slow cooker without being browned and then I gave it a good mix.

The made curry in the slow cooker

I left it to cook for about five or 6 hours and we ate it with rice and naan bread.

I totally forgot to take photos when it was plated up but it was delicious and the kids said it was the best curry I've ever made!

Do you like a curry? What's your favourite type?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Trying some new snacks from Metcalfe’s!

This time last year I tried some of the products that Metcalfe's had to offer and they have became a firm favourite of mine, especially the Sweet And Salty Popcorn. Recently I was sent some of their newer snacks to try.

This month Metcalfe's has revamped their range with two new popped product innovations, all under 100 calories! They are not just about the popcorn!!

Unlike anything seen before the new Corn Chips come as individual 22g bags each being under 100 calories.

The Sizzlin BBQ Corn Chips are popped, triangular, and in a smoky, sweet Sizzlin BBQ  flavour. They are suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, low in saturated fat, no artificial flavours.

Metcalfe’s Sizzlin BBQ Corn Chips are suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, low in saturated fat and have no artificial flavours.

The Nacho Cheese Corn Chips have a delicious nacho Cheese flavour. They are suitable for vegetarians, gluten free and have no artificial flavours.

These are both fantastic snacks. My girls loved both but I was more taken with the Sizzlin BBQ Corn Chips. I'm just not a fan of cheese snacks. It is hard just to stop at one packet as they are so tasty.

As well as the corn chips for those with a sweeter too there’s also the new chocolate-covered Mini Ricecakes, which mix the perfect balance of wholegrain and white rice for a snack extravaganza!

Whether you’re craving Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Orange or White Chocolate these ultra-convenient bite-size packs of four will satisfy. They are perfect for popping in your bag for later or eating right now!

The Mini Ricecakes are suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, and contain NO artificial flavours.

These are perfect for snacking on when you want something sweet. They are all under 81 calories so at this time of year (after Christmas) when you are wanting something which won't pile on the pounds, these are perfect!

We all love these. I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate but I love the chocolate orange one's! In fact they are all delicious and it is hard to choose my favourite.

These are available to buy from Tesco WH Smiths, BP and Shell.

I was sent these products free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Our weekly meal plan. 14th - 20th Jan! #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan did not go well. I had planned on not doing a food shop but ended up getting a delivery on Tuesday. We were running out of silly things which we needed and it wasn't too bad it came to just over £40.

I got carried away on Monday being a domestic goddess and was a little too organised in putting the leftover bolognese in separate portions and I put them in the freezer so we didn't have that in wrapson Tuesday. I don't actually remember what we did have. I am sure it was chicken nuggets? On Wednesday I realised I forgot to buy the beef for the casserole and we had sausage casserole, the chicken & egg-fried rice on Saturday became chicken stir fry with noodles.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Chicken casserole with dumplings and mash.
Tuesday - Hot dogs in buns with fries and corn on the cob
Wednesday - Scampi, chips and peas.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Sausage sandwiches.
Sunday - Pie, mash and veg.