Thursday, 30 March 2017

What I loved in March.

I know there's a couple of days left in March but if I don't write and post this it will be the middle of next week before I do....Hmmf.

I thought February flew over but March seems to have gone even faster.....


Imperial Leather Cherry Bakewell bath products.


I saw the Shower Cream a few weeks ago in Tesco and had to give it a try....We are already onto our second bottle. My girls and I love it....At the weekend I noticed the bath soak and had to try that too! They both smell just like Cherry Bakewell Tarts. Now we come out of the bath and shower craving something sweet to eat.

Sunshine.

It hasn't been a bad month weather wise. There was some gloomy, wet days and we had a bit of hailstones but for the most part the sun has been shining....


I have been so pleased to get the washing on the line and the girls have been able to get outside more to play....At the weekend when they were playing out they came back in and got changed into summer tops it was that warm. 

Light Bulbs.

This may seem a strange love but I have found the best light bulbs. Our house seems to hate normal glass light bulbs....They last a month before they blow. 


Stu was in Wilko's and came across their 10w LED Classic daylight dimmable light bulb. At £5 for one they seem a little expensive but they are amazing and are also said to last 25 years!! They are so bright. It took me a couple of days to get used to it.

Broadchurch. Series 3.

On a Tuesday morning I can be found sat shouting at the TV when I catch up with Broadchurch. (I watch The Walking Dead on a Monday evening)

I am not usually into crime drama's but I really like this TV show....Everyone seems like a suspect but I don't think it's the taxi driver. lol That is too obvious. It's great to see familiar faces from the previous series. I will be sad to see it end.

Homework. 

Becky has had a lot over the past month....I think the school is preparing her for when she starts her GCSE's later this year.....I have blogged about her efforts and I am really enjoying helping her research and complete it.


She has wrote essays, done mindmaps, made tweets as characters from An Inspector Calls and was rewarded for her efforts with a homework pass which means if she doesn't like the look of a homework task, she can skip it!

What have you loved over the past month?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Life on the farm....The Vehicles.

This is the second post to the series I am doing about the fun I had as a child when living on a farm....You can my first post about moving to the farm.....


It may seem strange me writing about the vehicles that were on the farm considering I was legally too young to drive any of them but I did....

The first thing I remember driving was my dads Fergie tractor when I was about 3 or 4 which looked a lot like this....Just a little more rusted....I of course I was sat on his knee and just steering but that was the start of it....


Over the years on the farm I drove all sorts. JCB's with my brother in the bucket at the front.....I think my Grandad nearly had a fit when he saw my brother in the bucket on the front up in the air....I don't think my mother ever did which is probably for the best.....

My brother and I went to the village school which was about a mile away and it was tiny....Coming from a big town school it was so different....In my year group there was about 8 of us.....My class was actually a mixture of 3 year groups. 


People were brought in from the surrounding villages by bus and I remember on a snowy day the car and van we had just couldn't get through all the snow and the school was still open because the main roads the buses took had been gritted.....Obviously the little country lane which led to our house hadn't been so it so my dad took us in the dumper truck just like the one pictured....Yes my brother and I sat in the front....Fun times!

My dad got us a petrol powered go-cart....He made a track in the paddock with traffic cones and we had a fantastic time going round and round.....We would have 4 laps each and I had, had an extra lap....I just wouldn't stop....The rebel in me....When my brother had a go after the 2nd lap my dad started waving him down to stop.....After my extra lap he had no intention of stopping.....Problem was the engine had caught fire.....Oops! My dad did catch him and nothing serious happened....It's scary to think about it now but at the time it was hilarious!

The go-cart never worked again but we found a new use for it.....The dumper truck came in very handy....My brother and I were allowed to drive it around the farm.....Sometimes around the fields just whizzing about.....We had a great idea....We tied the go-cart to the back.....It was fantastic fun especially if the ground was wet....We would be skidding all over.... 

I remember one day someone phoned my dad and said they had seen my brother on the dumper truck driving past their farm about a mile away.....He had gone to buy petrol from the garage for one of the motorbikes....My dad found him on his way back....He was about 9 at the time and knew fine well he was in the wrong....Oops! He was banned from the dumper for a long time and the motorbikes....Eek!

I learned all about Spark plugs and how to change them thanks to the motorbikes we had.....My brother and I may have fallen off a few times but there was no broken bones or major injuries....Helmets were always worn....We honestly wouldn't go that fast.....

We ended up with a moped at one point just like this one but a baby blue colour and a lot more battered....


It could actually carry my brother, my friend and I as well as a whole pile of other things we needed to transport....We had to position ourselves just right.....Heaviest at the front and start off slowly or it would tip.....lol It was actually ridiculous the amount of things we used to carry on it....It was our vehicle of choice on the farm....

My parents weren't reckless or neglectful.....We were brought up with the vehicles and knew what was dangerous and what wasn't. My brother and I were mostly sensible. I think I actually had more injuries from falling off horses than from any of the vehicles I drove/rode....

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Fred's Box - Review!

Over the past month or so I have seen various bloggers reviewing a fab subscription box called Fred's Box. We have been sent one to review too! Ellie my 9 year old was very excited about this....

Inside the box you will find different minifigures including anything from TV characters, to Superheroes and even Santa or the Easter Bunny.....

We were sent a girls medium Fred's box which costs £11.50. They are delivered via Royal Mail and the boxes are small enough to fit through the letterbox.....


A Medium Fred's Box gives you 6 custom made minifigures which are compatible with all leading brands of building blocks.

There were a lot of ohh and ahh's when Ellie opened the box. She of course noticed Ariel and Flounder first.....She was very impressed.


I couldn't have asked for a better box.....Ellie loves mermaids and these were just adorable. She has been playing with the figures since we received them and it's true they are compatible with the leading brands of building blocks. (Lego. hehehe)


Fred's box offers 9 different size boxes to cater for all budgets: Small Fred's Box contains 2 minifigures, Standard Fred's Box contains 4 minifigures, Medium Fred's Box contains 6 minifigures, Large Fred's Box contains 10 minifigures and Party Fred's Box contains 15 minifigures.

The prices start from £4.85 for the small box and go up to £25.00 for the large twins box including 20 custom made minifigures....

You can pay upfront for all boxes or pay via Paypal for a subscription order.....Delivery is free for all UK orders and if ordering from abroad you can email for a quote on delivery costs....

These minifigures are not suitable for children under the age of 3 due to small parts.....I have a feeling my fella would love a box of his own....I did notice Star wars and Batman minifigures on the Fred's box website.....

With Easter coming up this would make such a great gift and the Party box would be perfect for an Easter egg hunt.

What I found lovely was they have a Happy Customer Reward System....If you send a photo of either your children or you with your Fred's Box every other month they will chose their favourite photo and will send you either 4 minifigures in your next subscription box or 2 minifigures if your subscription has ended. You can either email us your photo or tag us on social media.

At the moment Ellie is filling up a reward chart and I think when it is filled I will be paying for and ordering another box....



We were sent a Fred's box free of charge in exchange for our honest review....This is it!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Last weeks meal plan went pretty well until it got to the weekend.....We decided to get pizza from Domino's on Saturday night as a treat....For Mothers day I had a McDonalds breakfast. A bacon roll and pancakes!


 That saw me through until tea time and then I had the leftover pizza....Not quite a fancy Mother's day meal but I was very happy with it! 

I was spoilt rotten yesterday....The girls bought me some very thoughtful, useful gifts including a chalkboard which will help me keep on track with the meal planning.


Stu is off work this week....He had a week left of holidays to take before the end of March so he has just managed to fit it in before April begins....Stu will be helping with the cooking this week which will be great!

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Sausage sandwiches....
Tuesday - A pork dinner with mash & veg....
Wednesday - Tuna pasta salad....
Thursday - Corned beef pie, mash & baked beans....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - American fried chicken & fries....
Sunday - Cottage pie....

What are you eating this week?


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Rewarded for their hard work. #MySundayPhoto

I usually only post one photo for my, My Sunday Photo post but this week I couldn't post one photo without the other....My girls always try hard at school but over the last month they have been really knuckling down.....I am so proud of them.

Ellie got speller of the week and was rewarded with a dictionary. 


Becky got a homework pass for the homework that she did a week or so ago. Writing tweets as a character from an Inspector calls.