Saturday, 22 April 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 16 #Project365

The Easter holidays are nearly over....This past week has gone so fast considering we haven't been up to much....I have taken plenty of photos though.

105/365 - 15th April
I love Saturday evenings in front of the TV.

106/365 - 16th April
We always all have plenty of time on computers on a Sunday.

107/365 - 17th April
A sink full of water and she can and will play for hours.

108/365 - 18th April
Carrot cake.

109/365 - 19th April

110/365 - 20th April
Playing with make up.

111/365 - 21st April
Pretty flowers at the park.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Busy doing nothing. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

It feels like we have done nothing this week which is a good thing but at the same time we have kept ourselves busy and the boredom has never hit....We have spent the week relaxing, watching box sets and eating lots and lots of chocolate.

The girls had their Easter egg hunt but the weather did let us down. It didn't matter though, they still ended up having fantastic fun.

We had a walk around the market on Tuesday and that is as far as we've been....The girls have played outside plenty on their scooters and they got the paddling pool out and filled it.....They just played in it with toys without actually getting into it....It was far too cold for that....

Becky has started watching my type of shows....This past week she started watching The 100 which I love. We watched the first few episodes together then the little madam couldn't wait for me to watch another so she went ahead and watched it without me....Eesh the cheek! I can't blame her I've seen it all before and it is a fab show. One episode is never enough....She has also started to watch Glee. I again was watching it with her and I forgot how young they all were when it started....

We were supposed to be having family visit yesterday but they had car troubles. The exhaust fell off. Oops. The kids were gutted and I was too but it was one of those things which can't be helped....

Today depending on the weather we are off out....When we went to see the Tall Ships in Blyth we found a fantastic park and promised the kids that we will go back one day.....Hopefully today is the day.

I ended up checking the term dates for school when Stu mentioned when his holidays from work are.....It's a good job I did. I thought the kids were back at school on Monday....They're not. There is a teachers training day. Oops. That was close. lol

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The kids baked cakes....

The girls and I bake at least once a month....Baking cakes is normal for us....What happened last week wasn't though.

When I used to bake with my girls they obviously needed help cracking eggs, measuring ingredients out and reading the instructions....Last week was the first time that both my girls did everything themselves....Well mostly. I still put the cakes in the oven, checked on them and got them out....

I bought a couple of cake mixes from Tesco...Shopkins one's for Ellie and Moana one's for Becky. There isn't a great deal of choice for teenagers. Hmmf.

They read the instructions, put everything they needed in their bowls and got mixing.....In no time they had the cake mix mixed and the got on with putting it in the cupcake cases...Again with no help from me.

I took over when it came to dealing with the oven....Becky I trust with it. She bakes at school and is quite capable of getting things in and out without burning herself but with Ellie I am not too sure....She gets excited and just doesn't think. Better to be safe than sorry.

The cakes came out looking fantastic and they were put outside to cool....I left Ellie playing at being a scarecrow. Someone had to stop the birds from swooping down and pinching the cakes....hehehe

The girls mixed the icing and got on with decorating the cakes....All without my help.

Becky and Ellie did a great job....I think this time next year I won't even have to supervise. They are quite the experts at baking....It makes me so proud but sad at the same time....This is just another thing that they don't need me as much for....They are growing up too quickly and I don't like it one bit.

Now I just have to teach Ellie to stop eating the mixture as she is mixing the cakes and licking the spoon after icing each

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

When I Was Young Tag....

I do love doing tags and I saw the When I was young tag over on Babi A Fi absolutely ages ago. It's been sat in my drafts ever since. Now seems a good time to post it.

1. Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)
I have a little card that was tied onto my cot when I was born saying my name, weight, etc and that's about it....My parents weren't very sentimental...

After my parents divorced my dad gave me all the family photos which there were a lot of....They are all safely stored away....

2. Do you know if you were named after anyone?
I don't think so.....My parents chose mine and my brothers names (Ben) because they were easy to spell. lol

3. And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?
I think I was going to be called David if I was a boy....

4. What is your earliest memory?
The earliest memory I have is sitting on the settee when I was four years old eating dry cereal and being told not to move by my grandad....I'd fallen down the stairs and I've been told since that my mam and dad were out collecting money for the milk round they had....There was no mobile phones back then so they couldn't be contacted so I was waiting for my Aunt Jean to come and take me to hospital....I broke my arm....I don't remember going to the hospital or having a caste put onto my arm or staying the night in hospital but I do remember kicking up a fuss when I was woken up early and there was no hot chocolate and then finding out I was on a ward full of boys! lol

5. Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?
I remember being read stories as a child by my mother and my Grandad who lived with us.....I remember being read Each Peach Pear Plum a lot which I loved....

There was always music in our house and my dad used to have a skip hire business so my brother & I would go out with him in the wagon. The radio was always on. We would always be singing along to it with my dad.

6. When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?
Last year I wrote a whole blog post about what I wanted to be when I grew up....I wanted to do something with horses.

7. Did you have a favourite teacher at school?
I did but it wasn't my teacher....It was my brothers. lol She was so nice and a lot of fun! Every time I walked past the classroom it looked like all the children were having the best time....

8. How did you get to school?
In primary school my parents drove me to school....We lived about a mile outside of the village where we went to school so getting a lift was easier....In secondary school I got a taxi which was paid for by the council/education people.....I lived too far out in the sticks. I got a taxi with a couple of other girls. hehehe The taxi driver was a maniac. He had 3 crashes when I was in his taxi and was forever running late.... 

9. What games did playtime involve?
British Bulldog also known as Red Rover, skipping, clapping games and all the usual...

10. Did you have a cubby house?
Ahh! I lived on a farm and had a few....hehehe I have a blog post coming soon about the adventures I had in our cubby house/den.

11. What was something you remember from an early family holiday?
I remember going to Blackpool as a child and there was a big Noah's ark ride/attraction. I was terrified of it....I can still remember those noises. I also remember going to see Jimmy Cricket the comedian.

12. What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas?

When I was a child there were a couple of Christmasses where I got a trampoline. Both times I stayed on them all dayGiven the chance I think I would have slept on them too....hehehe

13. What childhood injuries do you remember?
Broken arms, legs, fingers, I used to ride horses and fall off them a lot. The scariest was when I was about 14 I was washing the dishes a glass smashed just as I put my hand in it and I cut right on my knuckle. It was deep and about an inch long....I still have the scar now.

14. What was your first pet?
I had a long haired German Shepherd dog called Anchor...I can remember him being around when I was a toddler but I can't remember him dying so I must have still been young....

15. Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of “when I was young ..?”
Of course....My Grandad had lots of stories to tell. The funniest were about what my dad used to get up to when he was a kid...hehehe

16. What was entertainment when you were young?
I lived on a farm so I spent my days riding horses, helping on the farm and all the other usual things indoors like playing with Barbies, colouring in and playing schools.

17. Do you remember what it was it like when your family got a new fangled invention? (ie. telephone, TV, VCR, microwave, computer?)

Ahh! I remember getting an Amstrad computer and my brother and I used to fight over it so much...It was fantastic fun though. 

18. Did your family have a TV? Was it b&w or colour? And how many channels did you get?
We had a colour TV but it only had 4 channels....Imagine that now. Eek! We did at one point have a black and white one that ran off a car battery....hehehe We lived on a farm and had no electricity for a while. 

19. Did your family move house when you were young? Do you remember it?
Yes! We moved from a town to a farm in the middle of nowhere....I remember my parents packing up to move and I was sat in my old bedroom crying not wanting to leave.

20. Was your family involved in any natural disasters happening during your childhood (i.e. fire, flood, cyclone, earthquake, etc)?
I can't think of anything...There was the normal high winds and minor floods but nothing too bad.

21. Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?
There are so many songs that make me think of fun times as a child....Any songs by Neil Diamond remind me of my mother, Walk Like An Egyptian reminds me of being in my dad's skip wagon and (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams reminds me of Friday lunchtimes at school when there was a music video club....

22. What is something that an older family member taught you to do?
My Aunty Jean taught me how to knit....I used to love just knitting squares. hehehe

23. What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?
They are just about all the same....I still miss Turkey Twizzlers....hehehe, Woolworths, Tudor crisps, and Kwik Save shops....

24. Did you used to collect anything? (ie. rocks, shells, stickers … etc.)
I had so many sticker books as a child but the only one I can remember is the Care Bears one....My friends and I also collected the Neighbours TV show collectors cards.

25. Share your favourite childhood memory.
The years I had living on a farm are very special to me....I had the best fun and adventures...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Our Easter Egg hunt.

My family and I are not religious so Easter is all about the chocolate and having fun together as a family. On Friday we had a lot of fun and ate a lot of chocolate....

The lovely people from Co-op Food set me off thinking about organising an Easter egg hunt for my girls with their Good Egg campaign. My girls are both good eggs and always deserve a treat.

I mentioned in my Chilly trip to the park post that I had a great Easter egg hunt planned. I was going to hide the eggs outside but the weather let us down...It was cold, wet and not the weather we had hoped for. It wasn't going to stop us having an Easter egg hunt though.

We decided to just have it in the house....Our living/dining room is bit enough and I bought a few extra eggs from Poundland and there was more than enough hiding places for them....

The girls ran around like crazy things searching high and low for the eggs and they did so well.

My girls are so competitive anyway but when chocolate is involved it goes to a whole different level. There was only a couple of moments when they reached for the same egg that an argument nearly happened.

When they had finished their baskets were just about full! They both ended up with nearly the same amount of eggs. Phew. They did miss a few which I have been finding since. One in the washing basket, one under the TV and a couple more....Finders keepers rules apply so they were mine. hehehe. It's only fair.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

Last weeks meal plan mostly went to plan. The kids ate everything I planned I was the one who let the team down and didn't eat the quiches. I had a pizza instead. lol

This week we have family visiting and a couple of days out planned so I predict this weeks meal plan is going to change a little. It's OK though. Most the ingredients are just coming out of the freezer or cupboard so nothing is going to go to waste if I don't make the planned meals.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Roast chicken dinner....
Tuesday - Tuna, pea and sweetcorn fishcakes with baked beans....
Wednesday - Chicken curry, rice & naan bread....
Thursday Scampi, chips and peas....
Friday - Pita bread pizza....
Saturday - Spaghetti bolognese & garlic bread....
Sunday - Left over bolognese in Stand And Stuff Tortillas....

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

They smile, I smile. #MySundayPhoto

With the girls on their Easter holidays I have had plenty of opportunities to take lots of photos this week and looking through them this one stood out to me....It just makes me feel warm inside. They smile, I smile.

They were making play dough.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 15 #Project365

The first week of the Easter holidays has flown over....We have had so much fun and have kept ourselves busy. I love my girls being off school. We get to spend some quality time together and I always have plenty of opportunities to take photos. hehehe

Now for a photo every day....

98/365 - 8th April
Sweets in the shape of Sushi...What will they think of next. My youngest is a lover of both so this was the perfect treat.

99/365 - 9th April
My fella started playing World of Warcraft again....I always say I won't start playing again. It doesn't last long. lol I'm just playing the free version though for now. 

100/365 - 10th April
We had a lazy day on Monday....This is the only photo I took. The girls playing with the annoying ball.

101/365 - 11th April
On Tuesday we baked cupcakes. When Ellie does any cooking or baking she gets so bossy. She's telling her sister off for something. lol

102/365 - 12th April
We made play dough on Wednesday....It was such a mess but so worth it....The girls are still playing with the dough now!

103/365 - 13th April
Fun at the park. Rather Becky than me in the spinny thing. It goes so fast. Eek!

104/365 - 14th April
We had a little Easter egg hunt.

A chilly visit to the park. #CountryKids

This blog post was meant to be about the awesome Easter egg hunt we had....I had it all planned I was going to hide them outside in the back garden but the weather let us down. It rained and it was so cold! What happened to the hottest Easter weekend on record. The weather people lie. hehehe The whole of the past week has been pretty rubbish weather wise but we still managed to have at least one morning outside....

Of course we went to the park.....It's our go to place. It's free and my girls love it there....

As it was quite chilly there was hardly anyone there. There was no queuing for anything and the girls got to stay on everything as long as they wanted....

Usually Ellie loves been pushed on the swings....Not on this visit. Miss Independent decided that she is too old to be pushed and wanted to do it herself....Another sign that my baby is growing up.

Then it was on to the spinny thing....This terrifies me. It spins so fast. My girls are braver than I am. They laughed and shrieked so much....

Then we moved onto the other area of the park where there is a lot of climbing things....

This is where Ellie had a bit of a mishap. She has had a wobbly tooth for a week or so. It decided to fall out of it's own accord and she spat it out into the wood chips instead of her hand. We looked for it but it was lost....The clever tooth fairy did leave a little note with her pound under her pillow that night saying she will go and look for it....Phew!

We had a lovely couple of hours....The girls wore themselves out which made for a quite afternoon....hehehe

On the way home we called in the sandwich shop. We were just going to get a sandwich but smelled the bacon. We went for all day breakfasts....hehehe It was a lovely treat and a great end to our morning out....

Friday, 14 April 2017

A week of fun! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

This past week has been the first week of our Easter holidays. Every day we have done something fun and the girls have loved it.

On Monday we had a lazy day....A great way to start the holidays. The girls played on the computers and tablets. I caught up on the housework and we didn't really do much. It was lovely just to relax. We still had fun doing nothing!

Tuesday was our baking day. The girls made cupcakes without much help from me then we went to meet Stu from work and we had a look around the market and the charity shops, bought more Easter eggs and treated ourselves to a pick and mix from Wilko's.

 Wednesday we made play dough. The girls made it themselves and thought it was brilliant.....Ellie played with it all day!! She only stopped to go to the toilet and to eat and even then she was reluctant. Playing with the play dough was more important. hehehe

 Yesterday we went to the park....It was still quite chilly so it meant the park was practically empty. Hooray! On the way home we called into the sandwich shop for an all day breakfast which was a real treat....Then the kids made pizza for their tea....

Today we are having an Easter egg hunt....I have gone way over the top with Easter eggs but I'm sure the girls won't say no to chocolate. hehehe

I do love the school holidays....I get to spend quality time with my girls doing lots of fun things....We have another week of the holidays and we already have a few plans including family coming to visit, a trip to the beach and a trip to the cinema.....

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Charity shop shopping....

When I was a teen my mother used to take me shopping in all the charity shops in town and I hated every second of it....I was too cool to want and wear second hand clothes....I thought I knew it all. Only poor people shopped in charity shops....It turns out I actually knew nothing. The older I got the more I realised that charity shops are awesome!!

My girls actually think it's a treat to have a mooch around the charity shops on our high street....We have about 6 or 7 in town. Some of them are better than others price and quality wise.

Becky's best buy was a Frozen jumper....I think it was only 99p and Ellie's was of course MonkeyI think I have found a few bargains in each and every one of our local shops....Lots of clothes and even a bathroom cabinet which Stu painted and made look brand new.

Remember you are buying 2nd hand. Check everything over thoroughly before committing to a purchase.

Don't be afraid to root around and take your time. Be prepared to rummage....Most charity shops will simply organise items by colour or size don't be afraid to dig in...

You never know what you'll find in a charity shop and the temptation to impulse buy is strong so set yourself a limit on how much you will spend...

Pop in frequently. Charity shops will have new stock out every day.....You might find absolutely nothing one day but the best thing ever a few days later.

Keep a look out for sales. Charity shops do have them. I know one in our high street has a day per week where everything is half price.

Different areas tend to have different characteristics. In affluent cities you are probably more likely to come across designer clothing. I have noticed this. The clothes are much fancier in Newcastle than they are here where I live. The prices are higher for normal items of clothing though.

Never buy shoes or bags or underwear....That is a step too far....The imprint of someone’s big toe and the thought of someone else's sweaty feet being in a shoe really puts me off. 

There's nothing embarrassing about shopping at charity shops....Don't be put off by any items that look a bit grubby round the edges. A good wash could make something look as good as new....

Remember to donate your clothes for someone else to love and reuse....

Do you shop in charity shops? What bargains have you found?