Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Children’s books for Christmas. #storiesforlife

Last week I was lucky enough to receive a very exciting package sent from the publisher Penguin Random House Children’s books, home of the iconic imprints Ladybird and Puffin Books and authors like Roald Dahl, Jeff Kinney and Jacqueline Wilson.....


We were sent three books aimed at 7 to 12 year olds.....I think these will be perfect for Ellie my 9 year old....She is really into reading lately and loves to read in bed. She has moved on from the books she used to read and is looking for something more challenging....Some nights there has been little arguments between her and Becky her 14 year old sister as she is starting to read some of her books....Now Ellie will have some of her own.....I have a feeling my teen will enjoy these books too.....

Clover Moon - Jacqueline Wilson


Clover Moon’s imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy plunges her into a world of grief, Clover realizes that everything she loved about the place she called home is gone. Clover hears of a place she could run to, but where will she find the courage – and the chance – to break free? And could leaving her family be just what she needs to find a place that really feels like home?

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner - Terry Pratchett


Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears – cheese sandwiches, socks . . . even a small yellow elephant on wheels! It’s becoming a real nuisance – and he’s allergic to rabbits. His friends at the Magic Rectangle can’t help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw that morning may have something to do with it . . .

Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks!

The Christmasaurus - Tom Fletcher


Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole, and set off on a Christmas Eve adventure with boy named William Trundle, an elf named Snozzletrump, Santa Claus (yes! The real Santa Claus!), a nasty piece of work called the Hunter, and a most unusual dinosaur....

Over the last year Ellie has stopped having a bedtime story and reads alone....I think after having a peek at these I will starting the bedtime stories up again....hehehe

I think I would have loved these books when I was my girls age....When I was a tween/teen I was a big fan of Roald Dahl....I think I had all of the books he had written and I would read them over and over....It is hard to pick my favourite but it would have to be between Matilda, George's Marvellous Medicine, The Witches and Boy....I have passed my love of Roald Dahl onto my girls....They have already read plenty of his books and they adore them.....

This blog post is in partnership with Penguin Random House Children’s Books....We were sent these books free of charge in exchange for this post....

Monday, 5 December 2016

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


I win at ordering from Tesco....lol Last year I tried to book for the 23rd of December and all the slots were gone within seconds.....This year I had a plan, book for the 22nd.....I tried and failed. All the slots were gone within seconds so I booked a slot for the 21st.....I thought that was the best I was going to get. Ugh! On Friday night at about five past midnight I thought I would try on the off chance there were any delivery slots for the 23rd! There were loads! There was a lot of screeching from me....I bagged a delivery slot for the 23rd at the perfect time.....The Friday is Stu's last day off work before Christmas so it will give us chance to go and pick up anything which isn't delivered from Tesco...Phew!

Anyway onto the meal planning....Last weeks meal plan went pretty well....We ate just about everything.

This week I haven't got the normal grocery delivery.....I just went to Iceland and picked a few bits up. We have plenty (too much) in the freezer still and plenty in the cupboards and to be honest we could do with saving a bit of money.....This week probably isn't going to be the best week food wise but I need to save the pennies for Christmas....

This week on the menu we have:

Wednesday - Ham, eggs & chips....
Thursday - Baked bean curry....
Friday - Fishcakes, some sort of potatoes and peas....
Saturday - Bolognese in Old El Paso Stand And Stuff Tortillas....
Sunday - A fry up....Sausage, bacon, eggs, onion rings, hash browns and tomatoes.

What are you eating this week?

Saturday, 3 December 2016

More Christmas crafts from Baker Ross...

Earlier on in the week I shared a couple of the craft kits from Baker Ross that we had enjoyed....Today I have more to share....We are going to have the best decorated Christmas tree ever!


£3.60 for a pack of 3.


Each kit includes pre-cut felt shapes, self-adhesive felt pieces, yarn, stuffing, wiggle-eyes, ribbon & plastic needle....There is no glue required.

I think these are my favourite Christmas crafts that we have been sent....They are just adorable. Both of my girls had no problem making these with hardly any instruction from me...

£3.49 for a pack of 6.


Each pack includes foam elf templates, self-adhesive foam decorations and hanging ribbon. Decorations include elf faces, hats, belts, gloves, boots, candy canes & gifts.


These are a lot like the Santa mix and match crafts we did earlier on in the week but these are cuter.....hehehe

£1.45 for a pack of 5


Each kit includes foam house template, self-adhesive foam decorations & ribbon and there are 5 different designs...

These are just adorable....It is so lovely to have something personalised....The hardest part of making these was getting my girls to decide on some photos. hehehe There is no glue needed which meant there was no mess.....

There is still time to order your own Christmas crafts from Baker Ross and have them delivered before Christmas....You can even order as late as the 22nd of December and still have them in time for Christmas day. 

The Baker Ross craft kits would make great stocking filler and also they would be a great activity to do when the kids break up from school and find themselves a little bit bored....

 


We are part of the Baker Ross Blogger Network....We were sent these craft kits free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own...

A photo everyday for a year! #Project366 - Week 48

It's December already! How did that happen. It means a year of Project 366, a photo every day for a year is coming to an end....This is my 2nd year taking part and so far this year I haven't missed a day yet! Go me!

Here are the photos from the past week....


331/366 26th November
Playing PLYT. One of the best board games we have played this year....

332/366 27th November
Just step away from the fridge. This kid does not stop eating!

333/366 28th November
I got a gorgeous book from The Works called Santa is coming to Northumberland....We love it. This page really made me smile....So nice to see actual places in Northumberland mentioned...

334/366 29th November
We had a lovely delivery of books.

335/366 30th November
Ellie convinced me to go to the park after school....It was freezing but she had a great time.

336/366 1st December
Ellie's teddy Monkey is getting in on the Elf action. hehehe

337/366 2nd December
We did some more crafts from Baker Ross....There will be a blog post later today....