Monday, 20 October 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

http://www.athomewithmrsm.com/

Monday again....The start of a new week and the last one at school before half term.....I'm so glad! We need a break from the routine I think...

Last weeks meal plan went fine until we got to the weekend.....Saturday was just a wasted day.....I had Twitter problems which ended up with me making a new account....I ended up not eating all day (I just can't eat when I'm stressed) By about 6pm I felt rotten from not eating and craved takeaway.... So that's what we had....

So this week I have a few parcels coming which I'll have to wait in for.....All Christmas presents I've ordered.....I must take stock of what I have already and work out who else I need to buy for....We have Ellie's parents evening after school today which should be interesting and on Friday I'm helping at the school with the PTA....The kids are having a disco so that should be a lot of fun....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Tomato soup with sausage rolls to dip in...
Tuesday - Corned Beef hash & Baked beans....
Wednesday - Chinese pork ribs and rice....I found this gorgeous Chinese Marinade Seasoning in Tesco that is just so tasty.... 

Thursday - Chicken casserole, mash and veg....
Friday - Fish finger sandwiches.... 
Saturday - Hopefully this Saturday will be less stressful so we'll try again to make the Paella and Stu is going to try to make Churros too.... 
Sunday - Roast chicken dinner....
 
 As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....

http://twitter.com/NorthumMam

Saturday, 18 October 2014

I have a new Twitter account! Here's why! Please follow.

I don't usually ask people to follow me on Twitter but this time I am.....It's not all about numbers I have a genuine reason.....

What a day.....After a rubbish nights sleep I woke up to find my twitter account @kimmer2111 had been hacked somehow in someway....A spammy thing has taken over!!....


I haven't signed up to get fake followers......I had over 1800 of my own who followed me willingly.....

This morning I had gained about 30 followers and somehow when I was asleep followed about 40!! 

My twitter feed was and still is sending out a this tweet pictured above....If you notice my followers they are not going up....I'm not gaining anything from this annoyance! 

I was deleting them but I've given up now.....

 My account had been Frozen.....I changed my password and it took a while to become un-frozen.....Then I couldn't tweet as it was saying.... 

"To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can't complete this action right now. Please try again later!"

Every time my account tweets the spam.....I get the message and I can't tweet for anything from 5 to 30 minutes....

I checked the twitter apps.....There was nothing suspicious there.....I removed them all eventually just to be sure.....

I changed my email address associated with the account.....Scanned my computer with 3 different things but the spammy tweets kept coming.....Very randomly....As I write this one came through an hour ago then one 20 minutes ago.....

I changed my password on Stu's computer.....Cleared my history, cookies, cache and everything I could.....I even did a system restore on my laptop.....

Nothing has helped....I've sent messages to Twitter and heard nothing back....

I haven't stopped shaking all day! I've been angry, cried and I give up....

I've made a new Twitter account......

I am now @NorthumMam 

I would majorly appreciate it if you could follow me on my new account.....

What a rubbish day and I just know I'm going to get told off from Twitter for aggressive following by following all the wonderful people I did on my other Twitter account.....

Four years of Twitter gone.....Just because of scammy spammers!! No more tears!! I'm pulling my big girl panties up and getting on with it....

Thank you for ready this x

Lapland Mailroom Personalised Letter - Review!!

I'm probably not the only mother out there who does everything possible to make Christmas time extra special for our children....Last year I wrote how Christmas was losing a bit of it's magic now that Becky doesn't believe in Santa but do you know what?! I don't care that she doesn't 100% believe in Santa she is still going to get a letter from the big fella.....hehehe Both my girls are....

I was recently asked if I wanted to review a personalised letter from Santa Claus.....Yes of course I do! 


 Lapland Mailroom offer personalised letters from Santa to children of all ages all over the world....

Each letter can be personalised to include the child's name, age, address where Santa/Father Christmas will be visiting on Christmas Eve, mentions the child's best friend and even highlights the gift the child would most like to receive on Christmas morning....


 There is a choice of 4 different letters which are all written slightly differently so siblings do not receive exactly the same letter! 

That is a fantastic touch as my girls are not stupid and would realise that something was going on if they did get the same letter....We've been there and done that....lol

The website is very straight forward to use it is just a case of putting in your details and they do the work for you.....

The only fault I found when using the Lapland Mailroom site was when you tried to read the letters the text was so small.....You could however look through a looking glass type thing which made the text larger.....I found it really hard to check my personalisation and make sure all the details were correct....It was do-able though...Just a bit of a hassle!

Prices start from £6.95 and every letter from Santa Claus is individually addressed and comes with these fantastic festive extras:

FREE 'Nice Child' Certificate
Elf Yourself! Activity sheet
Christmas Eve door hanger
Cut out and keep
Christmas decoration
Colouring in Christmas card
Colouring in 'Santa
Stop Here! poster'


I think these are a fantastic addition.....Something to really get you into a Christmassy mood and will no doubt keep the kids amused for a while....

 
Delivery is included in the price too!

Santa will be popping his letters into the Lapland Mailroom from the 5th December 2014. After this the Royal Mail takes over and your friendly postman will make sure your letter from Santa arrives well in time for Christmas.

The last ordering date for all International orders will be Tuesday 10th December 2014
The last ordering date for Europe will be Saturday 14th December 2014
The last ordering date for all UK order will be Friday 20th December 2014


After you have paid (via PayPal) the letters are sent separately to each child individually.....You will then receive an automatic email from their system confirming your order....

So onto the letters themselves......I love them!! They are both individual as promised and are just magic!


They look like they have come from Lapland from Santa himself......


I cannot wait to give my girls these.....Hopefully I will be able to catch the postman (he's a lovely man) one weekend when they girls are sure to be in and he can pop them through the letter box with the rest of the post for me.....

Come back in December....I will be posting about what the girls thought of these too!!
Family Fever
Me add three

I was sent these letters from Santa free of charge....This is my honest review of the service....All thoughts and opinions are my own...

Friday, 17 October 2014

What I've been watching....

This week has been ok....We haven't been up to much really....Nothing majorly exciting has happened....We've just been plodding along with life but everything is good.....

This week I seemed to have watched a lot of TV....I usually have the TV on in the background but this week I've actually sat and watched lots....So of course my word has to be....

 
We started the week watching the first episode of the new series of The Walking Dead....I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it but wow!! Carol is amazing!! I screamed at the tv and I cried....

I can't wait for Monday to watch more but I'm guessing the next episode will be a bit calmer after the excitement of the first episode!

I have spent my days this week watching the Oscar Pistorius sentencing.....They've discussed it for the last 4 days and today is supposed to be the last day as the judge has other commitments for the next 3 weeks......It better not get postponed again because from November the 1st the ENCA African news channel I watch it on is being removed from Sky....I will be so annoyed if I don't see the end as I've watched the whole trial.....

It's so annoying for years Oscar Pistorius has pleaded for people to treat him the same as someone without disabilities yet when it comes to court his defence it is that prison would not be safe for him....Someone who is disabled!! He needs to pay for what he has done!! I found myself nearly crying on Wendesday....Reeva Steenkamp's cousin took to the stand to speak up for the family....It was heartbreaking!!

The Apprentice started this week.....Yay! I love Alan Sugar....The way he insults people is just brilliant! The wearable technology task....Oh my they were useless.....I'm rooting for Katie....Only because she is a North East lass....hehehe

I found myself shouting at Emmerdale earlier in the week when Charity's kidnapper was revealed and I can't wait for Rob to be caught out on Corrie.....It must be coming up soon as it's nearly the end of the trial...

Oh, oh and if you watch Corrie.....On Wednesday did you see the little I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here advert.....The kids heard it and shouted Ant and Dec in the jungle....I don't know why they love it so much they hardly watch it.....lol

Stand up to Cancer is on Channel 4 tonight....I know it's going to be emotional one minute and hilarious the next....I love shows like this....

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Halloween Costumes for Babies....

I love Halloween and of course I dress my girls up...I have done since they were babies....

I was looking at costumes for them recently and couldn't help looking at the babies costumes....Some of them are so cute & I'm sure when Becky was a baby 11 years ago there was nothing half as good on offer.....

Here are some of my favourites I've seen lately.....


Dinky Dino Costume - £19.99 - Party Delights
Skeleton All In One - £8.00 - Mothercare
Halloween Pumpkin All in One with Hat - £24.00 - Mamas & Papas
Little Witch All In One - £8.99 - F&F 

 
Baby Bat - £19.99 - Angels Fancy Dress 
Cat Onesie with Hat - £12.00 - M&S
Pumpkin Outfit - £9.99 - TK-Maxx
Pirate Outfit - £7.00 - Asda
Itsy Bitsy Spider - £11.99 - Fancy Dress Ball

 
Monster-BOO  - £21.99 - Party Delights
Little Devil All In One - £6.00 - Mothercare
Halloween Pumpkin Baby Onesie And Pettiskirt - £19.99 - Not on the high street
Halloween Sleepsuit with Bib - £6.00 - Matalan
Dracula Dress-Up All In One - £8.00 - F&F

Will you be dressing up for Halloween?

Serenata Flowers Ultimate Chocolate Hamper GIVEAWAY!

The lovely Michelle who blogs over at Thou Shalt Not Covet is running a fab giveaway at the moment where you can win an Ultimate Chocolate Hamper worth £79.99....Doesn't it look amazing!!


Included in the hamper is:

Belgian Choclate Infused Handmade Fudge 113g
KC Chocolatier, Caramel & Praline Milk Chocolate Bar 75g
Luxury Box of Assorted Belgian Chocolates by Cachet 800g
Luxury Dark Chocolate Coated Ginger
KC Chocolatier, Crunchy Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Bar 75g
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Luxury Chocolate Coated Peanuts & Raisins
Cachet, Box of Belgian Truffle Assortment 155g
KC Chocolatier, Hazelnut Cream White Chocolate Bar 75g
Luxury Dark Chocolate Coated Brazil Nuts

This giveaway has just under two weeks to go and is open to UK addresses only.