Saturday, 28 May 2016

A photo everyday for a year! #Project366 - Week 21

This week has flown over....The weather at the start of the week was glorious towards the end of the week not so good...We've even had the heating on a couple of times...The kids broke up for half term yesterday so I'm hoping for some sunshine over the next week. Fingers crossed!

Now onto a photo for every day....I did cheat on Tuesday. It got to bedtime and I realised I hadn't taken any photos so a screenshot from Timehop is the best I can do...


142/366 21st May.
I sorted out the craft box....We now have two boxes. lol One full of bits and bobs and this one full of paint and glue...lol

143/366 22nd May.

144/366 23rd May.
Crafting outside....We made some keyrings.

145/366 24th May.
It's 6 years since Ellie gave up her dummies....The dummy fairy worked.

146/366 25th May.
It's hard to tell what is Ellie and what is her teddies....lol

147/366 26th May.
Stu's new t-shirt.

148/366 27th May.
Waiting for the bus to go for a hearing check up! Her good ear is perfect and her she's still deaf in her bad ear....We didn't expect that to change so the news was good.


Friday, 27 May 2016

All the emotions #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


We've had all the emotions here this week.

Over the weekend Ellie and Stu spent most of their time making a model of Hadrian's wall and the fort.....We were so happy with it. Ellie was so excited to take it to school....


They were going to be judged and 3 winners. 1st, 2nd and 3rd....As soon as I found this out I said to Stu that I don't even have to see the other projects to pick the winners I guessed it would be the popular kids....

I'm not doing the whole bitter, sore loser thing but it's a fact that in Ellie's class there is favourites. It's always the same 4 or 5 children picked for everything.

Ellie came out of school quite sad and said "him, her and her won obviously!"....She said "what's the point in trying when they win everything, every time!". I can see where she's coming from but I told her she has to keep trying....I was so proud of her effort....She's a winner in my eyes! 

We have had dealings with our landlord which really made us happy....We asked for a new tenancy agreement at the beginning of this month and we finally got it this week! We thought it would just be for a year but it's for two and the rent stays the same!! Hooray!! We also asked if we could paint the awful tiles in the bathroom....She said "Paint whatever you like it's your home" which I thought was so lovely! We were always under the impression that we were to keep everything white.....That is not the case. We're allowed to add a bit of colour! I am so pleased!

There isn't much news about Becky....She has been in a great mood this week....I think it's because I have been letting her to stay up and watch the Britain's got talent semi finals....hehehe She's been going to bed at 9pm and I've been telling her the results in the morning.

The excitement is building for the half term school holidays....We have some great plans for next week! I had a lovely delivery of goodies for the Take Back the Kitchen campaign with Wren Kitchens....We're going to be doing a bit of cooking as well as having family visit and a day out at the Life Centre in Newcastle

Today we are also going to Newcastle for Ellie's hearing test....As I've mentioned before she is deaf in one ear so the hearing tests are just to keep an eye on her good ear. I always worry about these appointments even though deep down I know her good ear is fine....

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Mummy Tag...

The lovely Rachel from Parenthood Highs and Lows recently tagged me in The Mummy Tag. I do love a tag and it's been a while since I've done one.


1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?

I'm a stay at home mum and I have been since Becky was born over 13 years ago....Eesh! That seems a long, long time not to work outside the home....

2. Would you have it any other way?

Sometimes I do think that I would like to go out to work but it just isn't practical at the moment...I am happy being a stay at home mam....I love it most of the time....There are days like the middle of the 6 week summer holidays where I would love a break from the kids....hehehe but this is what I've chosen and I'm fine with that....

3. Do you co-sleep?

It would be a bit odd if I did considering my girls are 13 & 8. There is the odd time when one of them is poorly that they sleep with me and Stu goes in there bed....I have never done the co-sleeping thing with them.

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?

A baby bouncer...It was a sanity saver for me. I could put the girls down especially Ellie and give myself 5 minutes.


At the age they are now it is their tablet computers....They are great so I can have 5 minutes peace and especially good for when we have trips to the hospital. They keep them amused for the long journey.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?

No more! lol I'm done at two. I do have quite a few reasons why....Heart problems and traumatic births have put me off any more....

6. Date nights? How often do you have them?

Err...Not very often at all. Stu and I rarely go out together without the kids.....We have the odd lunch out but that's about it. 


We do try to have some time on a Saturday evening when the kids have gone to bed to watch TV and have few drinks together....

7. Your child’s favourite show?

Ellie loves Topsy and Tim and Paw Patrol. Becky doesn't really watch TV apart from Supervet and One Born Every Minute. She prefers to watch YouTube videos. Stampy, Miranda Sings and Zoella. Ugh!

8. Name one thing you brought before you had the baby and never ended up using?

I don't think there was anything we never used. The closest to that was The Bumbo Seat....lol We used it once with Ellie. She hated it. Then Becky sat in it and got herself stuck...lol

 9. Your child’s favourite food?

Pizza! Chocolate! Chinese....lol

10. How many cars does your family have?

None. Neither Stu and I drive but I have been thinking about it lately....

11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?

I have no idea....I was a size 12 before I had kids....The largest I've been is a size 24 now I am a size 16 to 18 depending on where I shop....

12. Dream holiday with your kids?

It has to be Disney World! One day we will get there...

13. Dream holiday without your kids?

A road trip around America....The kids would only moan at all the traveling....hehehe

14. How has your life changed since having kids?

Completely! It's amazing how much it has changed. I don't have wild night's out anymore (well not every week. lol) I sleep a lot less....I do more washing....The housework is never ending and I don't get to use the bathroom alone BUT it is all amazing! 

15. Finish the sentence “It makes heart melt when…”


my girls play nicely together...It rarely happens so I appreciate it when they do....

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

Asda, Tesco, Primark and charity shops....I have got some lovely clothes all at great prices.

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?

I rarely wear make-up and my skincare is none existent unless you count soap and water...Eek!

18. Huggies or Pampers?

I used neither with both of my girls....Huggies brought Becky out in a rash and pampers were just leaky. This is going back 13 years though. They have probably changed since then. I used Boots own brand.

19. Have you always wanted kids?

No. I was determined that I was not having kids until I fell pregnant.....I didn't like kids before I had them. I don't really like kids now apart from my two.....hehehe

20. Best part of being a mum?

Seeing them grow up....The laughs, the cuddles and knowing I will love them no matter what....

Consider yourself tagged to answer these questions.....

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A messy bath. #wickedwednesdays

A couple of weeks ago when I was running Ellie's bath she tipped a whole bottle of Radox bubble bath into the bath! I banned her from having anymore baths....She was to make do with showers....

After she had been painting on Saturday she obviously covered in paint and needed more than a shower....I forgot about the ban and ran her a bath....

Our bathroom is right next to the kitchen so when Ellie is in the bath I can get on and wash the dishes and potter about....

In the 7 minutes that I was in the kitchen she had emptied two bottles of talc, a bottle of body lotion and two tubs of hair gel into the bath!!


I was beyond livid.

I pulled the plug and showered her.....Then got her to clean the bath out which resulted in a lot of shouting, stamping and huffing....Not just from me, from her too! 

She really is banned from baths now!

brummymummyof2