Friday, 21 July 2017

The countdown for the holidays is on! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

At 1pm and quarter past my girls break up from school for the summer holidays and it can't come soon enough....We have been counting down all week.....

We seem to have had a rubbish end to the school year....Last week was the stress with the suspected ADHD with Ellie and this week Becky had a little drama at school with a boy coming onto this blog, taking and printing out photos of her and Ellie then having them at school.....I have since found out he had been bullying Becky along with another girl but what is confusing and very creepy is that the photos he took were just normal one's, nothing bad and they didn't really use the photos or my blog against her....They just had them.

I will have a blog post about it soon. I refuse to write an angry, ranty post....I will wait until I have calmed down. Becky is fine but it really made me think twice about posting photos of my girls online.....Becky said "why should they ruin our blog and our fun?". Some of her other friends who know about the blog are fine with it and think it's cool.....

Despite this the girls have had a great week at school....

Ellie has had a tea party for the headteacher who is retiring today, a disco, a film afternoon and has done a lot of colouring in.....Becky has been doing fun activities. They have mixed the year groups up and had them doing crafts which sounded fantastic and she has watched plenty of films too.....

I finally seem to be over the rotten cold I had....Stu had a full weekend off work so I could just rest which was what I needed....Last week I started watching Game of Thrones....I have tried in the past but couldn't get into it. This time I did. As of writing this I am onto the 5th series. hehehe Every spare minute has been spent watching it....

I am really looking forward to not having to deal with school things for just over 6 weeks....We have some things planned for next week. A bit of baking and we have some films to watch. Nothing really exciting but it will be nice to ease into the summer holidays. Stu is off work next week too so we might have a day out somewhere...I have no idea where yet. I think it depends on the weather....

Thursday, 20 July 2017

50 Questions you’ve never been asked tag.

I saw this over on Call me Caz....I do love a tag and most of these questions are new to me!

1) Whats your favourite candle scent?
I don't really do candle's but I love a fruity scent.

2) What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
Holly Willoughby. I love her. She seems like such a nice person and dresses so well. I would so pinch her clothes.

3) What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
Jimmy Carr....He is hilarious. I was going to pick someone I have a crush on but that would not be right. lol

4) How old do you think you'll be when you get married?
70. lol There's no rush.

5) Do you know a hoarder?
My teen Becky....She tries to keep everything! An example of this is her school bag. Nobody needs about 6 tins of deodorants. lol

6) Can you do the splits?
Not any more...

7) How old were you when you first learned to ride a bike?
Probably about 5 years old...My grandad taught me.

8) How many oceans have you swam in?
One...The North sea counts?

9) How many countries have you visited?
Scotland and Wales so 2. I haven't travelled much.

10) Is anyone in your family in the army?

11) What would you name your daughter if you had one?
I have Becky and Ellie but if I was to have another one I would call her Isabelle.

12) What would you name your son if you had one?

13) What's the worst grade you've got in a test?
I did pretty well at school....One thing does stick in my mind. In primary school I sucked at spellings and quite often got zero out of ten in the tests.

14) What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
I loved Grange Hill, Kenan & Kel, Knightmare and Neighbours.

15) What did you dress up as for halloween when you were 8?
Probably a witch. I was always a witch.

16) Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
I have read Harry Potter but not the others....I have seen all the films though. hehehe

17) Would you rather have an American accent or a British one?
An American one....I am guessing if I had one I would want a British one though. lol

18)  Did your mother go to university?

19) Are your grandparents still married?
On my dad's side they are both dead and my mothers side I have no idea....

20) Have you ever taken karate lessons?
No, but I would quite like to.

21) Do you know who kermit the frog is?
Of course.

22) What was the first amusement park you went to?
Flamingo Land.

23) What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in?
Spanish! It's such a beautiful language...

24) Do you spell the colour as grey or gray?
Grey. I always get confused to which one it is though...

25) Is your father bald?
Nope...He has a full head of hair....

26) Do you know any triplets?

27) Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
 Titanic. The Notebook just didn't do it for me...

28) Have you ever had Indian food?
Yes, I do love an Indian takeaway....

29) What's the name of your favourite restaurant?
The Fox Cover. One of our local pubs that has a restaurant.

30) Have you ever been to Nandos?
No! I never have. I just don't see the attraction with it.

31) Do you belong to any warehouse stores? (Costco, Bookers ect)
No but my friends do and we used to go and get the sweets for the school PTA events. I could easily spend a small fortune on things. hehehe

32) What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
Tony. I am so glad I wasn't a boy. Sorry to anyone called Tony.

33) If you have a nickname what is it?
I don't really but my dad calls me Kimbo.

34) Who's your favourite person in the world?
I can't just pick one....It has to be my fella and my two girls.

35) Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?
The countryside. We live in-between at the moment. In a small town.

36) Can you whistle?
Yes. Badly.

37) Do you sleep with a nightlight?
No but we leave the landing light on for Ellie and I have got used to sleeping with it on.

38) Do you eat breakfast every morning?
No. I rarely eat breakfast. If I do it is usually at about 10am.

40) What medical conditions do you have?
I have leaky valves in my heart, a double uterus and a dodgy back.

41) How many times have you been to hospital?
4 times over night....When I broke my arm as a child, I had my appendix out when I was 18 and when I had both of my girls. Many times to A&E. I used to horse ride and fall off a lot.

42) Have you ever seen finding nemo?
Yes. Hasn't everybody. lol Such a cute film.

43) Where do you buy your jeans?
Asda, M&S or Sports Direct.

44) What's the last compliment you got?
I don't know...One that sticks in my mind was from Ellie who said "You look like a real grown up" when I had got some new clothes a few weeks ago. lol

45) Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?
Yes. Some of the things I dream about are so strange especially if I have been eating before bed.

46) What flavour tea do you enjoy?
Just normal Tetley tea. 

47) How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
About 4. I am not a shoe person.

48) What religion will you raise your children to practice?
I'm not. I am not religious so if they want to follow one it's their decision.

49) How old were you when you found out Santa wasn't real?
I was probably about 9 or 10. It was so sad.

50) Why do you have a blog?
To record all the family moments which I would probably forget about....

I'm not going to tag anyone....If you want to do this tag go ahead.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Fred's Box - WWE Ooshies - Review.

I have been a fan of the WWE (wrestling) for as long as I can remember. Way back when it was the WWF. hehehe My girls are fan's too so when Fred's Box got in touch asking if we wanted to review a WWE Ooshies box it was a big Hell Yeah! (I was channeling my inner Stone Cold Steve Austin).

The Ooshie Subscription Box is aimed at everybody over the age of five....I had heard of Ooshies but wasn't too sure what they were...Ellie my 9 year old knew what they were though and loved the idea of having some of her own.

Ooshies are squishy mini figures of your favourite characters that also double up as pencil toppers.

Within the Fred's Box you will receive between 2 and 10 Ooshies, a Fred's Box Pencil, a sticker and 2 design it your self postcards to send to family and friends or even back to Fred's Box if you would like to be in with a chance to win some goodies....

There are four different sizes of boxes:

Small Fred's Box - contains 2 Ooshies, a Fred's Box Pencil 2 x design it yourself postcards, a sticker and costs £3.99.
Standard Fred's Box - contains 4 Ooshies, a Fred's Box Pencil 2 x design it yourself postcards, a sticker and costs £6.99.
Medium Fred's Box - contains 6 Ooshies, a Fred's Box Pencil 2 x design it yourself postcards, a sticker and costs £9.99
Large Fred's Box - contains 10 Ooshies, a Fred's Box Pencil 2 x design it yourself postcards, a sticker and costs £16.99.

And there are four different themed boxes.Marvel, DC Comics, WWE and Disney. 

We were very excited to receive the WWE Ooshie box....
I could instantly tell who 5 of the 6 Ooshies were.

From left to right. Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Randy Orton (I had to look on the handy sheet that was in the box because it was hard to tell if it was him or The Rock), Bray Wyatt and Booker T.

Ellie had a great time looking at who they were. She recognised a couple instantly but had great fun looking up who they were and seeing if they were rare or common. We got 3 rare's which made her very happy! 

She then spent the next half hour playing wrestling with them....They were a huge hit and has already asked for another box....

I think these are great boxes and I could see myself buying both of my girls them in the future. Even my teen likes to collect things like this. They would be fantastic as a treat.

When you buy a Fred's box full payment is taken up front for a one off gift or you can pay monthly for a subscription. Delivery is £2 for all UK orders, £4 for Europe orders and £6.50 per month for USA/Canada orders. Fred's Box say they will never send the same Ooshies twice so you will always get something new to look forward to each month.

As well as Ooshie subscription boxes Fred's Box also does Mystery subscription boxes which cost £11.99....In those boxes there is things like age appropriate reading books, trading cards, Fred's Box pencils, design your own postcards, stickers, crayons and other mystery gifts....

We were sent a Fred's Box free of charge to review....All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ADHD Maybe?

I wrote this over 3 days last week when things started happening with Ellie and mentioned it in my Word of the Week post....

A couple of weeks ago Ellie got her school report....They way they work out the grades now is. Emerging meaning they are just grasping what they are learning, developing meaning they are within the level and secure means they have a full understanding and are ready to move to the next year....By the end of the school year the aim is to be secure in all the subjects.

All of Ellie's were developing apart from writing where it was emerging which I thought was OK. We had chance to go to speak to the teacher and it was and enlightening chat.....

Ellie is a daydreamer and always has been....Over the years all of her teachers have said this....She has always struggled to concentrate but is as bright as a button she just doesn't apply herself. She will sit there and do nothing or let someone else do the work.....Her teacher has really noticed this and has said although she is quite capable she just isn't doing enough work....She has to be prompted to work a lot and is falling way behind the other children....

I cried....No one likes being told their child isn't doing well but I have known and it sounds awful to say there has always been something different about Ellie....The little quirks she has, bedtime being a battle, the bad behaviour, lack of patience and other little things.....When it comes to school I have always put it down to the fact she is a summer baby....She was born on the 29th of August so some of the kids in her class are nearly a year older than her...

ADHD was brought up....I really don't know how I am feeling at the moment....Reading about it online, Ellie certainly ticks a lot of the boxes but I don't know. Years ago when we have seen professionals they brushed it off and said she'll grow out of it...She hasn't. She is nearly 10....Surely by now someone would have picked it up? I should have picked it up by now....

Ellie also has problems controlling her bladder....This could be part of it too....Not as much as she used to but she sometimes gets so engrossed in something that she just forgets to go....There are times where she doesn't want to be left out of a game and she will have an accident....Over the years it has improved but she probably wets her self about 5 times a week. There is no pattern to it and being wet doesn't seem to bother her....A few months ago she was wetting herself nearly every day at school. Her teacher tried being nice and eventually tried a different tactic. She told Ellie she would get a red card (a bad thing at school, green is good red is bad). Since then she has not wet herself at school and has wet herself less at home too.

Ellie's teacher said she could get the head teacher to make a referral but there is only two weeks left of term so who knows when we would be seen so she advised us to see our doctor as it would be quicker and she would write any letters, make phone calls or anything to support us.....

Ellie will have her Year 6 SAT exams next year and Miss N is really worried about her.....I am too now. If it is proved that she has some sort of ADHD it means she can get more support and help which is a good thing....The good thing is there has been a change around at school and the teacher she had this past year will be her teacher in year 6 too!!! I am so pleased.

We rang the doctors and our surgery doesn't give out appointments freely....A doctor rang us back and Stu explained everything....The doctor said it sounds like her other health problems are holding her back. Her deafness and bladder problems. Apart from that she sounds like any child her age....

We were told to contact the school nurse which of course we did....The asked lots of questions then said they'll be in touch in September as they don't work over the summer holidays. Don't even get me started about how I feel about this.....They have a huge backlog of cases surely it would make sense to catch up over the summer while no one is being referred from schools because they are closed....Ugh.

We told Ellie's teacher what we were told and she said "No! Ellie needs something in place to help her for the new term starting"....It doesn't have to go through the school nurse, the doctors can help so we got back on the phone to the doctors the next day and she said because we have stressed that things need to be sorted by September the information we gave the school nurse will now be passed to someone else to deal with it....Someone will be in touch over the next few weeks....Phew! Someone is going to help us.

At the moment I don't know how I am feeling....Happy my girl is getting help but sad that she needs it....Happy that my girl has her teacher backing her all the way but sad that we have had to fight so much already to get someone to listen to us.....I have a feeling this is just the beginning.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

Last weeks meal plan went well sort of....The kids ate everything I ate hardly anything. I picked and lived of cereal and toast...I was full of cold. The snot has just about gone now but I have been left with a stupid cough. On Saturday I coughed so much that I was making myself sick. Eww! Stu my fella told me to sit down and do nothing so that's what I did. Him having the whole weekend off couldn't have came at a better time.....

This week is the last week of school for my girls....On Friday when the shopping was delivered I thought to myself I will have to start spending more on food while the girls are off school. They will obviously need lunch and snacks. We are going to try to have set snack times during the holidays so they are not picking all day then not eating their tea....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Corned beef pie, chips and beans....
Tuesday - Saucy sausage pasta....
Wednesday - Cod steaks in butter sauce with new potatoes.....
Thursday - Tuna & sweetcorn slice with salad....
Friday - McDonalds. A treat for finishing the school year....
Saturday - Apple and sage Pork burgers in buns with wedges....
Sunday - Roast chicken dinner....

What are you eating this week?