Friday, 31 July 2015

I've been spending.... #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is....

It's been one of those weeks all I seem to have done is spend money or try to spend

I shopped for Becky's birthday which is the start of September.....Everything I bought involves either Minecraft or I think she will be happy as long as she remembers she had a new phone as an early birthday present a few months ago and she has tickets to see One Direction too....

I had another faff on with Tesco when ordering Becky's birthday things....They forget to add something to the box for delivery.....They were quick to resolve the issue but last night I was back in touch about a book which was being sent separately...It hasn't arrived...It was due to arrive Wednesday or Thursday.....The other 2 books I ordered with it arrived Monday coming from the same place but not this one...I have been told to wait until next week as Royal mail are delivering.....Grr! Tesco are making me so angry lately!
Stu's birthday is the middle of next month.....He is easy to buy for....He knows what he wants! Tools and computer parts. I have bought a couple of things.....

I've been ready for Ellie's birthday later next month since about She also knows what she want's and I still love buying toys.....It will be a shame when she's a few years older and stops playing with toys....

I have been talking about getting a new laptop since well before Christmas. Mine is on it's last legs and has been for a while....I have got to the point now where the cardboard wedged in between the screen and keyboard part isn't keeping the screen on all the time....There has always been something else to buy but I have been slowly saving up and I'm getting there..... I really want to buy one from Curry's or PC World because of their Product Care Plan....They protect against all sorts of breakdown or damage and either fix or replace it.....I did have it on this laptop for a few years but never renewed it....Silly me!

Anyway....I actually saw one on the Curry's website for just under £200 which I thought was cheap....I ummed and ahhed about it, looked at reviews online and by the time I went back to check it was out of stock! Grr! I will keep looking!! I wish there was still a Curry's here in Ashington....The closest one is an hour away so really inconvenient to just pop in and see what they have in stock and are selling off cheap.....

I made a start on shopping for the kids school uniform for September.....I went through everything both girls really needed was trousers which I bought.....Becky still needs shirts and I might get away with just having to buy Ellie shoes....Becky's still fit at the moment and I only bought them a couple of months ago so they may still do for September....I realised I won't have to buy Ellie a coat as the Trespass one we reviewed still fits and is practically new.....So there isn't as much as I thought to buy....

People often ask why we never go on a summer holiday this is why.....3 birthdays & back to school all in the space of a few weeks....This time of year gets so expensive for us!

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Eleven Things Tag....

I have been tagged by three different people in the Eleven Things tag which has been doing the rounds.....I thought it was time I got around to answering the questions set by these lovely ladies....

First was Sharon from Teen Tween Toddler who asked: 

1. What is your best memory?
As a child it would be growing up on a farm....I had so many adventures which I really should blog about. As an adult of course it was having both of my girls...

2. What is the most embarrassing thing you have done?
Got drunk because of Cheese....I was allergic to cheese for about 20 years from the age of about 10 it gave me terrible migraines....I was at a friends house having a few drinks with a few friends....She cooked some pizza and I was starving so ate some....With the cheese....It seemed to make me feel instantly drunk....I never get that drunk so to this day I still blame the cheese!! My friends will never let me forget it! lol

3. What is your favourite song?
Bon Jovi - Always!

4. Where is your favourite holiday destination?
We never go on holiday....Boo Hoo!

5. Where is your dream place to live?
Somewhere hot....Florida maybe?

6. What were you like as a teenager?
hahaha! Terrible.....I blogged about it recently!

7. Are your kids like you were at their age?
Yes! Becky especially.....Little Miss attitude. I was exactly the same as her when I was her age....I really get it now when my mother used to say you will understand when you have your own kids....

8. If you had one last meal, what would it be?
Prawn Cocktail for starters.....Scampi & chips for my main and chocolate fudge cake and ice cream for dessert!

9. Have you ever done anything you wish you hadn’t?
Yes....Stayed with an ex for far too long.

10. Fruit or veg?
Fruit....I could never eat veg again and it wouldn't bother me.....I love fruit. In fact lately I have eaten more fruit that chocolate....

11. How many children do you have?
Two....My girls....

Then came the lovely Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who asked: 

1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
The Disney World in America....I have always wanted to go and my girls have too....One day we will get there!

2. What is your favourite book?
Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley (The Wrestler) It was the first wrestlers book I ever read and I loved it....I have read it a few times since too.

3. If you had to sum yourself up in just three words, what would they be?
Shy, caring and average

4. What achievement are you most proud of?
My girls of course and my blog...

5. What is your favourite food?
Pizza! The Domino's type especially!

6. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Do a road trip around America....Disney World would be our first stop!

7. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three things with you, what would they be?
Wi-Fi, A laptop and a tanker wagon full of wine....That should keep me going a while....hehehe

8. What one person has inspired you the most?
My dad! He is such a hard worker....He is 67 and still works 12 hours a day even though I tell him he shouldn't.... 
9. Which cartoon character would you be and why?
Homer Simpson....No one cares if he is a bit stupid and he gets to eat all the doughnuts....

10. If you could master one new skill instantly, what would you like it to be?
I would be able to sew.....Simple but it would make life so much easier...

11. If you could be in any film, TV show or book, what would you be in?
The Harry Potter films....It would be so cool to learn and know magic and I would so kick Voldemort's butt! hehehe

And last but not least came Lisa from Lisa's Life who asked:

1. What’s your most unusual phobia?
I hate feet....They make me cringe and shudder! Babies feet are OK but adults feet! Eww! I don't even like my own girls feet....I can't understand people who have foot fetishes.

2. Did you have a favourite subject at school?

I really enjoyed cookery....

3. Who would be your dream dinner date?

My We don't really get to go for a fancy meal out as we are short on babysitters....I think the last time we did was over a year ago.

4. What was your first job?

I worked at horse riding stables....I would muck out the stables in exchange for riding lessons which looking back was madness as I knew how to ride horses and had my own....

5. Where’s your happy place?

Right here....In my armchair with my laptop.

6. What’s your favourite art form?

I don't think I have one....I like a bit of everything.

7. Who or what were you in a previous life?

I'm shiny and If I had been here before I would know better....

8. What’s your talent?

I can manage to do 10 things at once....With demanding girls I have

9. What was the first album you bought?

Now That's What I Call Music! 23

10. Which was the first social network you joined?

My I don't think I ever used it properly though.

11. If you were a superhero, what colour would your cape be? 

Purple. My fave colour... 

I am now supposed to ask some bloggers eleven questions but everyone I know has already done this....So I am chickening out....Sorry. Don't hate me!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Shopping for summer with Chemist Direct - Review!!

In case you don't know what Chemist Direct is....It is the UK's number 1 online retailer of pharmacy medications, specialist skincare products, everyday essential toiletries, vitamins, supplements and they even stock a dedicated range of products to keep your pets happy and healthy. By shopping with them you can browse a larger range than your average High Street pharmacy whilst still being able to fulfil prescriptions via their team of GPhC registered pharmacists and all from the convenience of your own home.

Earlier on in the year I tried out Chemist Direct for the first time....They recently got back in touch and asked if I would like to do some shopping for summer....Of course!!

I found some fantastic offers in the summer sale and I managed to snag myself quite a few.....

Mainly for myself I bought....

I have never been able to get away with using fake tan creams but the spray on one is the way forward for me....I have lovely tanned looking legs....hehehe 

Malibu Once Daily Protection Lotion SPF50 
£2.60 was £6.49

Malibu Once Daily Protection Lotion SPF50 helps protect against sunburn and long-term UV-induced skin damage. It offers high protection that is ideal for sun sensitive skin that burns easily.

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Express Pro Summer Legs Self-Tanning Dry Mist 

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Express Pro Summer Legs Self-Tanning Dry Mist means there is excuse to hide your legs away whatever time of year! It's time to show them off with an airbrush, natural effect tan all year round.

Malibu Continuous Lotion SPF30 Aerosol Spray.
£2.40 was £5.99

Malibu Continuous Lotion SPF30 Aerosol Spray helps protect against sunburn and long-term UV-induced skin damage. It offers high protection that is ideal for sun sensitive skin that burns easily.

Wilkinson Sword Lady Protector Razor
Guarantee a safe shave with Wilkinson Sword Lady Protector Razor. It is specifically designed to protect your skin and keep it smooth and irresistible, its protective wire guards will ensure you never have to worry about nicks and cuts again. This is the ultimate razor for safety and simplicity.

For the kids I bought....

Spray on Suncream which I have used on the kids and it is fantastic....Much easier than cream you have to rub in....I was sure to stock up on plasters too....The kids have the 6 weeks playing outside during the summer holidays and we always go through plenty and Becky wanted to remove the hair from her legs....I don't want her shaving them so Veet it is.

Banana Boat Kids Ultramist Spray Lotion SPF50 x2
£6.50 was £12.99
Banana Boat Kids Ultramist Spray Lotion SPF50 provides fast and even coverage, meaning speedy and easy all over protection from the sun. 

Banana Boat UltraMist Aloe Aftersun Spray Gel
£5.10 was £10.19
Perfect for soothing and cooling, just one pump of the Banana Boat UltraMist Aloe Aftersun Spray Gel and you can enjoy a continuous mist over sun-drenched skin.

A & E Washproof Plaster Dressing 25p
A & E Washproof Plasters are durable, long lasting and can be used for cuts and wounds.

A & E Assorted Fabric Plasters 49p
A & E Fabric Plasters 20 are durable, long lasting and can be used for cuts and wounds.

Veet 3 Minute Hair Removal Cream for Normal Skin

Veet 3 Minute Hair Removal Cream for Normal Skin ensures effective hair removal now in only 3 minutes.

Just for Becky I bought....

Teeth things....We have finally got the date that she is getting her braces and I know she will be brushing her teeth more than usual so it's nice to have a head start on the supplies we need.....I also saw some deodorant especially for teens which I haven't seen before which seems like a great idea.

Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush Triple Pack

Get an extra clean feeling every morning, and every night for longer with the Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrushes Triple Pack.

Colgate Total Sensitive Toothpaste

Colgate Total Sensitive Toothpaste is formulated especially for people with sensitive teeth. It gives you 12 hour non-stop protection against bacteria for a healthier mouth and gives better stain removal to help restore the natural whiteness of your smile.

Piksters Interdental Brushes Purple

Piksters were voted Number 1 "most used/recommended" interdental brush. Just like a normal toothbrush, you can wash the bristles out under running water and re-use your brush. It will last up to 2 weeks per brush, depending on how hard you use it and how much you bend the wire. Patients often comment on how much more durable they are than other they have tried.

Keep It Kind Missy Deodorant Spray
Specially designed for young teenage skin and ideal for girls aged 11+, Keep It Kind Missy Deodorant Spray is made from all natural ingredients and provides effective all-day protection for children by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, the cause of body odour, whilst still allowing the skin to breathe.

Keep It Kind Missy Girls Teen Roll-On Deodorant

Keep It Kind Missy Girls Teen Roll-On Deodorant - A deodorant designed for teenage girls with natural ingredients and long lasting protection.

I ordered on the Wednesday and my box of goodies arrived on the Saturday.....There were no issues with my order and everything was there and packaged well....

I think there are some great bargains to be had but also some things seem overpriced.....For example the Piksters Interdental Brushes are £2.39 at Chemist Direct but I saw them in Poundland earlier in the week obviously for £1. 

I did have another fantastic experience using Chemist Direct and would recommend the site....
Family Fever
I was given a voucher to purchase these products....This did not influence my opinion. This is my honest review.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

It worked well not planning what day we are eating what....We ate just about everything off last weeks meal plan....Hooray!! The highlight of the week was the Sausage and mushroom crumble.....The girls have already asked for it again....The burgers didn't get eaten yesterday....I fancied some sort of roast so made chicken wrapped in bacon with roast potatoes and veg....The burgers will have to be eaten today....

This week I have found a few new recipes to try from other blogs I have been reading....I feel like we should be eating salads this time of year but the weather hasn't been that good up here....It seems more like autumn than summer!

This week on the menu we have:

Burger in buns with fries....
Mini quiche's and salad....
Homemade fish & chips....
Roast chicken dinner....

As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....