Saturday, 25 February 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 8 #Project365

Another week another Project 365 post.....

49/365 - 18th February
Sometimes our meal plans don't go to plan. We had a change to ours and had burgers!

50/365 - 19th February
Ellie's Monkey just relaxing.

51/365 - 20th February

52/365 - 21st February
The best ever sausages from The Geordie Banger Company....They have a stall at our local market now.

53/365 - 22nd February
We stopped for ice cream while out shopping.

54/365 - 23rd February
I had the best bath with all my new treats from The Bodyshop.

55/365 - 24th February
Just playing.

Friday, 24 February 2017

A Rollercoaster of Emotions. #WotW

This week has had so many up's and downs....This post might get a bit long as so much seems to have gone on. I do apologise.

This week my Word of the Week is:

It really feels like I have been riding a roller-coaster this week and now I am ready to get off....It has been an emotional week....Bad and good. I am ready for a calm life again....

Last Friday there was an incident in the school yard with Ellie being bullied....It was supposed to be resolved and Ellie's teacher said that she or the head would ring me on Friday after school when the head was out of her meetings....There was no phone call. I have spent the week stewing on it....Thinking about it more and getting angrier with every day that has passed. Roll on Monday....I will be going into school and having very firm words with the head....

On Monday there was relief. We got the money back from Ellie's Smiggle shopping spree.....She still hasn't been allowed online on the computer or laptop but she seems fine with that....I think she has learned her lesson. We sure have.

On Tuesday evening I found out my mother was dead. I haven't seen my mother for about 13 years or spoken to her in at least 8.....Last time she spoke to me she told me I was dead to her....I found out just before Christmas that she had cancer.....I randomly checked online on Tuesday and saw her death notice on her local newspaper website....Not the nicest way to find. I guess her husband could have had the decency to let my brother and I know but so be it....

I blogged about what happened with my mother ages ago and that is only half the story there was a lot I didn't say....I stand by all the decisions I have made and I regret nothing....After everything she put my family and I through I felt nothing but relief when I read of her passing. I don't feel sadness but at the same time I don't feel glad she's dead either....I wouldn't wish that on anyone....A very lovely lady said "I hope it gives you peace and closure" when I shared the news on Facebook. It does. That was the word I was looking for. Closure!

I don't need sorry's or condolences. I said that on my Facebook status but a lot of people had some lovely words to say which made me feel fine about feeling nothing. I was actually feeling bad for a little time about feeling nothing. I am not heartless. I said my goodbyes years ago....

The kids have been on their half term holidays this week and Stu has been off work too....We have had a brilliant time. We have had plenty of time to relax, be together as a family and have a lot of fun. 

We had a fantastic trip to Newcastle on Wednesday which involved a visit to The Great North Museum. I of course have a blog post all about it next week....We had a great time.....After the museum we had a look around the shops and the girls were spoilt rotten....

We found the Disney Store in Eldon Square which must be quite new as it wasn't there last time we went to Newcastle. We spent a good half hour looking around making lists in our head of what we want to buy....Ellie want's everything, Becky wants all the cups and Stu want's all the Star Wars

A few weeks ago I won a giveaway and the prize was some Body Shop products and a £50 gift voucher. I spent it wisely on so much bath stuff.....hehehe The Satsuma range is amazing. 

Today we are doing Ellie's homework from school.....She has to bake a World War 2 recipe. Take photos, write the instructions, recipe and a review of them....This is right up my street. hehehe We are making oat cookies and a syrup loaf cake....

Even with the rubbish things that have gone on this week it doesn't feel like a bad week....There were bad things but I didn't let it ruin our moods. Half term has whizzed over and I can't believe in a couple of days we will be back to normality of school for the kids and work for Stu....

Thursday, 23 February 2017

25 Question Food Tag....

I saw this tag over on Anca's Lifestyle absolutley ages ago and wanted to answer the questions too.....I do love my food. hehehe

1. What’s your favourite breakfast?
I do love a full English breakfast but don't have them often enough which is probably a good thing for my waistline.....Sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns, tomatoes, black pudding, beans, toast. Fresh orange juice and coffee....

2. How do you drink your coffee?
With milk and 2 sugars....I have 2 or 3 cups a day. I have recently discovered iced coffee too....Wow!

3. What’s on your favourite sandwich?
A foot long tuna sandwich from Subway with tomato, cucumber, onion but no lettuce....

4. Soup or Salad?
I would have to say salad....I do love a Prawn cocktail salad. I'm not too fussed about soup. I always seem to spill and slop when I eat

5. What’s your favourite cookbook?
I don’t have a favourite cookbook. I tend to get most of my recipes from online. Mostly from Tesco or Netmums.

6. No more sweets or no more hearty foods?
As much as I love sweet food and desserts I could give them up....I love hearty foods. Especially in the winter or when I'm feeling grumpy.

7. What’s your favourite Cuisine?
Chinese....I could quite easily eat it every day....Not just the takeaway. I am quite good at cooking Chinese food too.

8. What’s your favourite food movie?
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

9. What’s your most guilty pleasure?
Jaffa Cakes. I can't just eat one. Most of the time it's the full packet. Oops.

10. What’s your greatest inspiration source?
Blogs and the internet.

11. Cooking at home or going out for dinner?
I would love to go out for dinner every night but it would soon get boring so I would have to go with cooking at home or even cheating and getting a takeaway....hehehe

12. High end or low profile?
With the kids we prefer low profile chain restaurants....McDonalds, Frankie & Benny's, TGI Fridays, Brewers Fayre... 

13. What’s your favourite restaurant?
Brewers Fayre. The food is good, reasonably priced and it has an indoor and an outdoor play area for the kids. Stu and I get to eat and chat while the kids play.....

14. I do my grocery shopping at:
Tesco. I get it delivered most weeks.

15. The tastiest food I’ve ever eaten was:
Some chicken pie when I was in hospital having Ellie....It was amazing. I have tried to make my own since and have bought one's but nothing comes close....

17. Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?
Coffee with George Clooney of course.

18. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
The microwave....It is great for reheating, defrosting and a quick meal...

19. What is your favourite snack?
Sour Cream & Onion Pringles.

20. What’s on your pizza?
Tomato sauce, pepperoni, ham, ground beef, sausage, red onions, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese....Also known as the Mighty Meat from Domino's....hehehe

21. What food do you really dislike?
Broccoli and cabbage.

22. What’s your favourite food blog?
There are so many of them, but I’ll name three: Eats Amazing for amazing kids food ideas. Hijacked by Twins which is a great mix of recipes and family life and Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary.

23. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I don't think I've eaten anything really weird....Just the normal strange things like frogs legs, octopus, deer & oysters.

24. What’s on your food bucket list?
Go out for a proper afternoon tea, growing our own veg and eating it and having a pizza in Italy!

25. I couldn’t live without:
Bread....I probably eat too much of it but it is handy for toast in the morning and a quick sandwich at lunchtime...

BONUS question: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Scampi, chips and peas. It is one of my favourite meals which I wouldn't get sick of.

I’m not going to nominate for the tag but if you fancy doing it go ahead....

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Bargain Pyjamas....

We love our pyjamas here....I think I own more sets of PJ's than I do actual clothes....In the colder months as soon as my girls get in from school they change out of their uniforms and straight into their PJ's which means they go through at least 7 pairs each a week....

It's been ages since the girls got any new ones.....Well they did at Christmas but only a couple of sets. Most of Ellie's older ones were getting short on the leg and lots of Becky's were just looking old.....

I noticed an email a couple of weeks ago that had their winter sale on and there was bargains to be had....I knew this website had great prices as I got the girls Christmas Pj's a couple of years ago but I didn't expect the prices to be as low....

I got Ellie 7 sets including Bratz, Monster High, Hello Kitty, Marvel, Zootropolis and The Amazing World Of Gumball....They all cost £1.95. I got them in size 11 to 12 so there was room to grow into them and there is plenty of room....Hooray!

I got Becky 5 sets....There seemed to be less choice for older kids but she still did well.....She got sets featuring Hello Kitty, Spongebob, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Marvel and Minnie Mouse......

The Spongebob and Minnie Mouse one's cost £2.95 which I think are still a fantastic bargain and the rest again cost £1.95....

These should keep the kids going for a while....They were very happy with everything I bought them and so far everything seems to be washing well.....

The kids weren't the only one's getting spoilt....I bought a new set of Pj's for myself and a t-shirt for Stu.

I have bought Stu t-shirts from this site before and he has always loved them. He is a big fan of the superheroes so this Batman one was perfect....It cost £1.95.

The Minnie Mouse Pj's for me only cost £2.95...I wish I had bought more as they were such a great price but I wasn't sure about the female sizes. I bought them in a size 18 to 20. I like them loose and to have room to move....They were accurately sized but the bottoms were rather long on me...I blame my short legs. lol

In total this shopping spree came to £30.30. I qualified for free delivery as I ordered over £25.....

I ordered around Thursday tea time and everything arrived via Royal mail on the Monday....

I love this website especially when they have a sale on....

I was not asked to write this....I payed for everything with my own money. I just wanted to share my bargain buys.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

When bullies make you cry....

There has been a girl bulling Ellie my 9 year old on and off for at least a year.....She's one of the cool kids who has a little group of followers and as Ellie is a quiet child she just doesn't fit into that group....It keeps getting "dealt with" but the bullying continues...

On Friday morning I was stood in the school yard waiting for the bell to ring....Ellie was stood in her line chatting to a boy and a girl.....Another girl came over and started saying horrid things to her for no reason....She was making such a scene....Shouting smelly Ellie, making wretching noises and other things.....Ellie was just ignoring her....I couldn't though.

I walked straight over wanting the shout and scream at this vile child who was being awful to my girl....I didn't. She is one of those children who would twist it and make me out to be the bad one....I just gave her a look. Her face when she saw me walking over was a picture. She didn't see me in the yard. I took Ellie away from her to stand with my friends and I....I took a few minutes to compose myself and we went to see the headteacher who assured me it would be dealt with.....I was nearly in tears. 

It was horrible seeing my girl bullied right in front of me....I was there to stop it in this instance what about the times when I am not there?

Ellie says she just ignores it but I feel like some of the cruel words said stick in her head.....What if she is one of those kids that you hear about who are bullied and bullied and then one day just kill themselves....I have cried thinking about this. I am 99% sure that on days when Ellie comes out of school in a mood she has been bullied by this girl but Ellie just ignores her....

I have been giving Ellie so many hugs and a lot of attention....I feel so sad for her....I have cried many tears because of this vile bully. Nobody should be crying because of a bully especially not me.....

A few weeks ago the girl was away on a school residential trip and it is the best week Ellie has had at school in a long time....She was coming out every day happy and did some fantastic work.....Coincidence, I think not.

After school on Friday I went to see the head but she was in a meeting....I spoke to Ellie's teacher who knew nothing about it. Which I am not happy about at all. Surely she should have been made aware of what had gone on in the morning in case it carried on in the class room....Ellie's teacher assured me that either her or the head would ring me after the head had got out of her meeting.....I'm still waiting for the phone call.

I had a quick look through the schools anti-bullying policy and it made interesting reading....My girls school is not sticking to their own policy....The kids are on half term this week so on Monday morning I will be in first thing to see the head....This needs sorting now!