Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The National Numeracy Challenge....

When it comes to doing simple sums half of adults struggle.....I am one of those which struggles! I have never been any good at Maths....I dreaded maths lessons at school and even faked sickness to get out of doing Algebra....It was like a foreign language to me.....I have a mental block when it comes to numbers.....It's just a jumble of confusion to me.  


 The charity National Numeracy has now launched a major check-up service to encourage people to test themselves online against a series of questions tailored to different ability ranges.

Questions start at the level expected of the average seven- to nine-year-old and rise to the standard of a 16-year-old with A* to C grades in maths. 
  

I got half of them right! Eek! It's a good job my girls are great when it comes to maths.....Becky is above the level she needs to be at school and some of the homework she brings home baffles me.....I think it's the way they do the working out now....Things have changed so much since I was at school....

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Steamcream - Review!!

I had never heard of Steamcream until I was asked if I wanted to try some....Why not? I do like trying new things after all....

STEAMCREAM represents the latest concept in skincare. Freshly handmade using high-quality, natural ingredients that are fused together by a shot of steam. This unique method makes the cream very lightweight, providing long-lasting hydration for the face. The texture also makes it a perfect nourishing treat for your body and hands too.

I chose the Vanity Limited Edition tin which launches in June...


How lovely is the tin?! I thought it was so pretty! When the cream is used up it will be washed out and used for something else.....In fact all the tins they have are gorgeous there are hundreds to choose from....

Initially I thought the product looked quite thick it reminded me of tubs of Nivea that I used to used as a teen. However, when applied I noticed that it almost had a watery texture to it....It was very light, soaked into the skin quickly and didn't feel greasy at all....

I like the fact that you can use the cream on your hands, face and body....I've been using it on my hands and face and it feels great....My skin definitely feels softer.....The smell is fantastic too....It is very pleasant and not too strong and overpowering....

They use quality natural, vegan ingredients, directly from sustainable sources and suppliers who comply with their non-animal testing policy. This means that Steamcream can be beautiful, effective, ethical and affordable.....

Steamcream is priced at £12.95 for a 75ml tin.....Which I think is quite reasonable considering it's a multi-use product....
Family Fever 
I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review....This is my honest review....All thoughts and opinions are my own!! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Here we are into the 2nd week of the Easter Holidays already....Last weeks meal plan went great! I think it was the fact I let the kids choose what they were eating....This week they're choosing most of it too....

On Saturday I'm off to a concert....Leaving at about 2pm and won't be back till about midnight so Stu is organising tea for him and the kids....I'm guessing McDonalds or a Takeaway....hehehe

This week on the menu we have... 

Monday - Corned Beef hash & Baked beans....
Tuesday - Tuna pasta bake....
Wednesday - Crazy Bears, mash and peas....
Thursday - 
Fish fingers, chips and beans....
Friday - Chinese Chicken Thighs with rice....
Saturday - Stu is in charge so who knows?....
Sunday - Cottage pie....

As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Backyard Fun....

In the last five days the girls have more fresh air than they have all month.....They haven't had to go far to get it either.....Every day this week they have played in the back yard.....Who needs fancy parks or days out!! hehehe

Monday it was raining and they played out....A bit of rain didn't stop them....They had their boots and coats on!!

Tuesday they were out and I overheard our neighbour saying they were playing too loudly.....Which annoyed me so much.....How do you play quietly on a scooter? I'll just remember that the next time his kid is playing outside at 10pm at night!! I didn't stop them in fact I told them to carry on!!

Wednesday the girls had fun with chalk which involved colouring the bricks in on the wall and of course hopscotch....


Thursday....More playing outside....I hardly saw them....They only came in for meals and were back out again....There was a funny moment....I thought the girls were banging something loudly so opened the back door and all I said was 'Stop the banging please'.....I heard a voice from over the wall say 'Sorry'.....It was my neighbour banging not my girls! Awkward!!

On Friday they played outside all day too....I was planning on an afternoon of baking which they said they wanted no part of....Playing was more important! I wasn't going to argue!

They've scooted...played with dolls...slid down the slide hundreds of times...ate lunch out there...jumped in puddles...had lots of fresh air and slept so much better on a night...Fantastic!!


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 11 April 2014

Shocked....

My word of the week is....


Lots of things have shocked me this week.....Some good some bad....

I was shocked that theThe Undertaker's streak was ended.....After winning a match every year at Wrestlemania for 21 years he was finally beaten....

I am shocked that all week the girls have been on their best behavior....We had one moment when they fought over who had the biggest apple but there has been hardly any fighting or arguing....lol

I was shocked that a father has lost his daughter....A husband has lost his wife and two tiny babies will never know their mother.....RIP Peaches Geldof....

I am shocked that the girls have played outside everyday this week even when it was raining....Hardly any tv has been watched by them.....They have managed to still watch Frozen every night though...That I am not shocked about....lol

I was shocked to hear of the death of the Wrestler The Ultimate Warrior on Wednesday morning....Especially for the fact Stu and I were laid in bed on Tuesday catching up with Mondays episode of WWE Raw where he was stood in the ring doing a promo.....The words in his last promo are so haunting....

Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. 

I'm shocked that Becky has done ALL of her homework already....She was given loads at the start of the holidays! She's been working hard.

I was shocked when watching the Oscar Pistorius trial that the African news channel I watch showed a photo of Reeva Steenkamps bloodied head wound on live tv....It upset me....I can't even imagine how her family are feeling....I am still undecided whether Oscar is guilty or not but after yesterday it's not looking good for him.....

I'm shocked that we're nearly half way through the Easter holidays already.... It is flying over....
 
The Reading Residence

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Easter from Poundland!!

Of course like every other year I've had a shopping spree in Poundland and filled a gift back with lots of treats for the kids.....I could go out and buy them lots of Easter eggs but they would either want to eat them all at once or just get bored of eating chocolate...It does happen every now and again! lol

Crafty things to do....



Paint Your Own Easter Bunny / Egg
Make Your Own Easter Basket
Make Your Own Pom Pom Friends

 Some lovely things for Baking....



Easter Cookie Cutter Set 4 Pack
Easter Cupcake Set
Silicone Easter Egg Mould

We're ready for an Easter egg hunt!!


 
Easter Egg Hunt Kit
Easter Egg Hunt Bag 150g 
6 Pack Large Eggs Assorted

And of course the all important Easter Eggs and treats....



One Direction Milk Chocolate Egg
Mini Mouse Easter Egg
Easter Marshmallow Pops 4 Pack

Decorate Your Own Easter Egg Kits

All of these items can be bought from your local Poundland for a bargain price of £1 per item!!