Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fun at the fair & Lunch out....

Sunday is usually our lazy day but last Sunday we were out and about and Sunday just gone we were too.....Ashington Fayre was on and it's always a good day out. 

The sun was shining and we walked to the other end of town.....We heard the fair before we saw it. Of course the girls wanted to go on everything!


We were walking around and there was people handing out leaflets....I took one which was for a restaurant that we had never tried before. La Cucina Family Restaurant with a 10% off voucher. They had Sunday lunches on the menu so we decided to give it a try. £8.95 was not too bad for two courses.....

The garlic butter for the bread was amazing....I could have eaten much more. hehehe Stu decided to get the two courses. Potato skins for starters and a roast dinner, Becky had a margherita pizza, Ellie had chicken nuggets and chips and I just had the chicken dinner...


They brought Stu's starters and the kids meals but decided to leave me to wait until Stu was ready for his main course....Grr! The food was so fresh and the chicken nuggets were real chicken and not processed! It made a nice change....When my food did arrived it looked amazing! The Yorkshire pudding was huge and freshly made....The kids loved their meal but Stu and I were not overly impressed....It was chicken on the bone which we weren't keen on and there was plenty of greens but not enough potato or turnip. The waitress telling us not to put salt on the food because it had already been seasoned got my goat and when she offered mint sauce and didn't give me the option of putting my own on left me feeling a bit meh about the place which is a shame because the staff were mostly amazing and the prices were great.....

With our bellies full we decided to go back to the fair for some more rides and of course get some candyfloss, slushies and sweets.....


We passed on the Hook a Duck stall....I can't believe the price they charge now. £3 for toys that I know you can get from the Pound Shops. Eesh!

We had another great Sunday....Next week I am planning on a quiet one though. I'm thinking a lie in, pj's and not leaving the house. hehehe



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Perfect presents for teenagers from Wicked Uncle.

My teen Becky who's 14 is usually so hard to buy for....She is at an age where she doesn't really play with toys and tries to spend all her time playing on her tablet. Wicked Uncle gave me the chance to get Becky some cool gifts and try out their website.


Wicked Uncle is a fantastic site which sells a whole host of toys for children of all ages...Everything is categorised by age and sex....They are not trying to gender stereotype, they do it this way people can find what they are looking for fast....

I decided to choose the gifts for Becky without her knowing and I was spoilt for choice....They have cars that climb walls, rainbow cake sets, mood lamps, cool fashion accessories, accessories for smart phones,  gadgets, creative gifts, and much more. Everything seemed reasonably priced too. 

I eventually chose:



Test your emoji-reading skills with this hardback book packed with over 350 fun puzzles to solve. Challenge your brain with these unique and inventive emoji puzzles covering music, books, TV, films, sport, history and culture. Put your emoji thinking cap on and solve the three different skill levels from simple pop songs to much harder famous scenes from blockbuster movies.


These were perfect when they arrived. Becky poked the carrot and it snapped!

Each punnet contains five different family favourites, recreated in gorgeous Belgian dark and white chocolate: crunchy carrot, vibrant sweetcorn, ruby red onion, rich mushroom, and a crisp bundle of asparagus. Handmade by the elves at ChoconChoc in Somerset, the fun way to get your five-a-day and much tastier than they look!



Unique and fun handmade cushion to prop up your tablet or iPad, leaving your hands free for other things. Lightweight, with a fun comic strip design, this innovative foam cushion accessory fits tablets of all shapes and sizes, measuring 31cm wide and 15cm tall. Perfect for supporting your tablet, leaving hands free for important tasks like nibbling on snacks or endlessly texting your friends! Extremely comfortable, the clever design is both stylish and practical. Like all good ideas, simply brilliant.

Ordering was so simple.....Much like other websites add everything to your basket and checkout. When you do you even get the chance to gift wrap the gifts. The first present wrapped is £2.95 and each additional present is £1.50. There is plenty of different designs of gift wraps to choose from and you can even add a greetings card for £1.50. This would be perfect for sending to someone who you won't see on their special day....


There is several delivery options....I chose the Standard delivery. Ordered on Friday lunchtime and our parcel arrived on Monday which was a lot quicker than I expected....


I left the parcel for Becky to open when she came home from school and she was very excited. She had no idea what was in it....



I am pleased to say Becky loved everything! There were a lot of smiles when opening the box and she was so excited! 


Her favourite thing was the laptop cushion and has used it everyday since she received it....It is so useful. Instead of holding her tablet she has her hands free to do other things....Like eat. lol The chocolate vegetables didn't last the evening and she said they were very tasty....She thought they were fun. The Emoji book has been a great hit too. She is working her way through the puzzles. She understands them, I don't. lol

Becky has already started writing her birthday list from the Wicked Uncle website....There are things on there which I would have never have thought of buying and things that I didn't know existed. It is a great site full of fantastic gifts and wicked ideas!


We were sent these items free of charge in exchange for this review....All thoughts and opinions are our own!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Last weeks meal plan went pretty well....I cooked the chicken dinner on Monday and sweated for most of the day....I ended eating it at about 9pm when it had cooled down a little. On Thursday the prawn cocktail salad was scrapped....It was pretty cold here and I cooked a roast pork dinner and on Sunday we had a day out at the local fair and had lunch out. It was so good not having to cook or wash the dishes. Another roast dinner.....That's 3 in a week. I do love them though.


This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Breaded Chicken Goujons, coleslaw and potato salad....
Tuesday - Cheese hamwiches....
Wednesday - Saucy sausage pasta.....
Thursday - Bean Sweetcorn And Roasted Pepper Burgers with wedges....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Sweet and sour chicken and rice....
Sunday - Pie & mash....

What are you eating this week?


Saturday, 24 June 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 25 #Project365

This past week has been a strange one.....The first half was glorious sunshine the second half was not so bright....We had a couple of storms and it has cooled down a lot. This better have not been our summer! I hate the heat but I do like the sunshine.

Now for a photo every day!


168/365 - 17th June
Paddling pool fun....

169/365 - 18th June
Off to a fun day at the park....It wasn't much fun which was a shame. There was hardly anything there so we went to the playground for half an hour until the heat beat us....

170/365 - 19th June
My teen had an exciting delivery from Wicked Uncle. The review will be on here next week.

171/365 - 20th June
Our washer broke down again....The same fault that we had last month....The engineer came out and it was fixed by Wednesday lunchtime. Of course it broke when I had tons of washing to do....

172/365 - 21st June
While some people in the country had the hottest day in June since 1976 in Ashington where I live it was quite grey and chilly compared to what it had been....We had thunder....I didn't manage to catch any lightning though.

173/365 - 22nd June
I won't be eating too many of these in one go. After 2 my mouth was burning....lol

174/365 - 23rd June
My youngest says it's not fair that she gets homework every weekend and her sister gets none. Her sister gets to play on her tablet while she is writing. Not fair at all....Ellie can't wait to go to secondary school so she doesn't have homework. hehehe

Friday, 23 June 2017

A broken washing machine & no towels. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I have been trying to come up with a word but nothing much has happened and what has seems to have revolved around washing! 

Over the weekend we had glorious sunshine which was perfect for father's day.....The beginning of the week was lovely too.....The kids had been playing in the paddling pool for days. Ellie has decided that if she goes in the paddling pool she doesn't need a bath or shower. I had to tell her it doesn't work like that. lol The kids had used nearly all the towels drying themselves, putting on the floor and they even dropped a couple in the paddling pool.....It's not like we don't have a lot of towels. We have about 20 big one's. The kids just got a bit carried away. lol


Of course my washing machine decided it would be the perfect time to break down again when we were in desperate need of towels.....

According to twitter (I checked) It was only the 15th of May last time we got the washer repaired. A wire had came loose inside which meant it would run through the wash cycle but the drum wouldn't actually move.....The same thing happened again.....The engineer was hopeless this time. Complaining of a bad back, our kitchen been too small to work and saying we are over filling the washing machine....Last month the other engineer had no problems. Grr! He thinks he has secured the loose wire but I'm secretly hoping he hasn't.....The repair/care plan we have says that if something breaks down 3 times with the same fault we get a brand new appliance for the same value. We've had our washer about 7 years so we're due a new one....hehehe

So our washer was fixed by Wednesday lunchtime....That's when the heavens decided to open and we had a thunder storm....Ugh! Yesterday I managed to get a load dried inside and one on the line when the sun decided to show it's self.....All morning it had looked like rain.

Becky has been struggling at school with the heat....Her school has a glass roof and huge windows so it is basically a big greenhouse....She has been coming in every day and going straight in the shower just to cool down....More towels used....lol On Wednesday evening she was using hand towels to dry herself. lol 

I still have a couple of baskets of washing to catch up with and the beds need changing. It's a good job the weather hasn't been that warm here the last couple of days. I would have had a right job keeping Ellie out of the pool but at the same time I need some sunshine to dry the washing....lol


Thursday, 22 June 2017

I'm now a trendy mam....

Over the past few weeks I have been buying myself some new clothes....Both my girls have said I look trendy and so cool....Yay! I feel like I am winning at life....


It all started a few weeks ago....I was in dire need of some new trainers....The one's I had were about 8 years old. I treated myself and bought some fancy Nike T Lite XI Ladies Trainers for £28.00 from Sports Direct.....


While I was on there I decided I needed a thin coat or a hoodie to wear on the school run for those days where it's warm and dry but not warm enough to just wear a t-shirt. I came across the Puma No1 Logo Hoody for £14. The size 18 that I got fits well but I would have liked it baggier... 


Then I started to get a bit carried away.....I saw some jeggings which were only £4.99. I'm not usually one to wear leggings or jeggings but I thought I'd give them a try. I also got a couple of Miso Long Line Yarn Dye Boyfriend T Shirts. One in grey and black and one in white and black. I couldn't just get one because they were offer. Two for £9.00. They are so comfy and just the right length.

I was very happy with my purchases....So much so that last week when my ballet pump shoes got a hole in the first place I thought of looking was Sports Direct....

I only went on for a cheap pair of shoes....I got those. I actually bought two pairs. lol Some Miss Fiori Canvas Mary Jane Ladies Shoes for £3.50 and some Slazenger Canvas Ladies Slip Ons for £4.00....These actually look so much better in real life compared to online. They are so comfy too!


While I was on there I thought I might as well have look to see if they had any more Miso tops....I have never heard of the brand before I bought the first two tops and I liked them so much....I found the Miso Printed Boyfriend T Shirts. One in grey the other in white and they had unicorns on which has annoyed Ellie greatly....lol These were two for £8.00. 


I also bought another pair of jeggings....The same brand, just a different colour. I was over wearing the first pair and I don't want to be known as that person who never changes her bottoms....lol Jeans are the thing of the past for me now. hehehe

My teen has already eyeing up my new clothes.....She said I could wash the hoodie and shrink it and then she could have it....Hmm! I don't think so. lol


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Stand Up To Bullying!

Today is Stand Up To Bullying Day....I think in one way or another most people have been bullied in their life....It's a sad, sad shame that bullying still happens especially with what is going on in our world today....


I was bullied all the way through school....For being too quiet, for not having the right trainers, for not shaving my legs enough one day for P.E, for living on a farm, for not living in the right area, for having my dad drop me off at school, for having free school meals, for not being a fast runner.....I could go on. Lots of the reasons I was bullied looking back on now were ridiculous but if someone is out to bully you they will pick on the smallest thing and make it more than it is!

It was never violent....It was name calling, excluding me, and threats being made....It could have been worse but it has still affected me in life. I think I am shy and lack confidence because of the bullies....

As an adult I have been bullied by people in the school playground....The looks, the sly comments. I just let it wash over me and think to myself that I am just there to drop off and pick up my girls....

Both of my girls have been bullied in the past.....

Becky was bullied for a long time by one certain girl in her class.....On and off from nursery until about Year 6. The girl just took a dislike to Becky.....There was name calling and kicking under the table. The teachers would keep stopping it but the girl was relentless. I think the only reason it stopped was because they went up to secondary school and they were separated. I am not blaming the primary school. The girl was just a nasty piece of work....

We still had a few issues to start with at the secondary school but they were soon stopped when the police became involved because things were happening outside of school.....Some forms of bullying are illegal: serious physical violence or assault, theft, repeated harassment or intimidation e.g. threats, abusive phone calls or messages, or hate crime.

I have blogged about Ellie being bullied.....She was bullied by one girl off and on for a few years....Then another group of girls in her class. I did another post updating saying how everything was great....Ellie is now best friends with the person who was the main bully! I do believe now it is a genuine friendship.....There was a few issues with Ellie verging on being a bully.....I was so ashamed of her. I think she had just got a little cocksure of herself. She seems to have went back to being nice and friendly with everyone.....I did have serious words with her though.

With both of my girls I was very pro-active in getting the bullying stopped as soon as I could. Thankfully the schools were brilliant. 

There has been times walking home from school with Ellie where I have caught kids being nasty and bullying someone....I have had words with them. I have then the next day gone in to see a teacher and reported the events...I will not stand by and watch someone being bullied....


According to Channel Mum the top ten reasons children are bullied are:

Being clever – 19 per cent
Not being cool – 13 per cent
Being overweight – 10 per cent
Not being pretty / attractive – 9 per cent
Not being sporty – 9 per cent
Being pretty / attractive – 8 per cent
Hair colour  - 5 per cent  
Family being tight for money – 5 per cent
Race / religion – 5 per cent
Being skinny – 3 per cent

It seems like kids can't win.....If they are overweight they're bullied but if they're skinny they are bullied too....We tell kids to try hard at school but if they are too clever they could get bullied....Eesh! Children can be so cruel.

Have you been bullied in the past or have your children?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Fabulous Father's Day....

We had a lovely weekend and on Sunday my fella was spoilt rotten....We all managed to have a lie in until about 10am. Phew! Ellie was on about getting up early to give Stu his cards and presents....


Stu loved everything....He got socks, a mug, glass, hankies, a biscuit tin, a new screwdriver set and of course his cards....He was very impressed and loved all the super hero things....

We had big plans for the day.....We were going to go to the a fun day at the local park then out for our Sunday lunch....

Ellie and her monkey had matching outfits.....The shorts Ellie had on used to be jeans....I don't know where they came from but she didn't like them and wanted some new clothes for Monkey so Stu made him a little outfit then Ellie decided she wanted to keep the jeans as shorts so she matched...The things we do for our kids....lol


We went off to the park for the fun day but it wasn't exactly fun. There was a couple of stalls, a police van for kids to sit in and a tiny bouncy castle....We were quite disappointed.


We headed off to the playground for half an hour. The kids had a run around and Stu and I sat in the shade. Wow it was hot....


We decided to head home as the sweat was dripping off the kids....We passed by the tiny bouncy castle on the way home which caused a huge kick off from Ellie. She was too big for it and it was full of little kids. She huffed all the way home. Oh joy. 

At home we all sat and ate ice lollies which got Ellie out of her strop.....Going out for lunch was not what anyone wanted....It was too hot to eat a big meal. We had a sandwich and decided that we would just get a takeaway for tea.....

The girls spent the afternoon playing outside and Stu got to just play on his computer with no interruptions.....The water in the paddling pool was freezing but it didn't bother the girls in the slightest....I also gave them the hosepipe to play with. They had a fab afternoon....


They tidied the back yard, got dry and came in to do all the usual Sunday jobs like finding their uniform, finishing off homework and packing their bags.....When they had finished Ellie said she wanted to go back outside to play. Tennis or with a ball I thought. I went out to find her sat in the paddling pool in her PJ's.....lol Oh joy!

Pizza was eaten and the kids went off to bed....Stu had a perfect father's day. The day hadn't quite gone to plan but it worked out well in the end.....





Monday, 19 June 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Another week....Another meal plan.

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well....When I was writing it I knew it was Father's day yesterday but forgot to factor it in to the meal plan.....We ended up getting a takeaway which was just as well. I don't think I could have cooked a chicken casserole in the heat! Wasn't it such a lovely weekend.....I like it when it's hot as long as I don't have to go outside or move much. hehehe

My fella is on late shifts all this week. Ugh. So he won't be eating with the girls and I which means I will be keeping things simple. hehehe. He will make something himself when he gets in....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Roast chicken dinner.....
Tuesday - BLT pasta salad....
Wednesday - Hot dogs in buns with fries....
Thursday - Prawn cocktail salad....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Breaded Chicken Goujons, coleslaw and potato salad....
Sunday - A stir fry of some sort....

What are you eating this week?


Sunday, 18 June 2017

A letter to my dad on Father's Day...

My dad doesn't read my blog...Well I don't think he does. I decided to write a letter to him last night.....


Dear dad,

 I don't know if you will ever read this. If you do I think it will be Sarah your girlfriend who shows you it. *Cringe*. (Please don't Sarah. hehehe)....I hate saying Sarah is your girlfriend.....It seems like  a childish/teenage phrase.....Lets call her your partner....She is wonderful and has changed your life. She is one of a handful of people I can talk to....You chose well. You are a happier person since you met her....I think you two will be together forever!

You know about my blog...I don't think you understand it but you humor me....You think my blog is a proper website. It is but it's not. You seem to think I know everything about the internet just because I blog....In fact you seem to think I know everything about computers just because I have a laptop....I really don't....

I have gone off on one talking about one thing when I should be talking about something else......You do that to me. You distract me every time. We speak on the phone every few days and in my head I will have something to say to you but you go off on one about football, telling me about someone who did something random or a film you have watched.....

Yes dad, you watch more films than I do. Stop bragging and stop ruining them for me......I am cryptic when it comes to describing the plot of a film....You are not. You say "Do you know that film about a such and such where such and such happens....Yeah, he dies at the end.....I'm going to start ruining Match of the Day for you when the football season starts again. hehehe I always see the scores on Twitter.

Please learn to use your phone....Those silent/misdialed phone calls at 7am on a Saturday morning are not appreciated.....I know you call me by mistake but stop and while I am on talking about phone calls please stop going in the shower and continuing to talk to me....It's just wrong and I don't want to think about you with no clothes on....Your my dad but Eww!

Let's get serious.....

We were never the closest when I was a child/teenager....I think that we have got closer since my mother up and left. Never mind think, I know we have....I love the random chats we have, especially those when you let your guard down....Those chats really make me smile. You like to pretend you are strong but you can't be all the time...

Let people help you......People who are there for you are there for you because they want to be not because they have to be.....You know if I had the money I would be there with you now but circumstances are against us.....Summer is coming and we will all be coming to visit you! Stu, the girls and I....I won't be telling you when. We will just arrive. Yes it might be rude but I want to make sure you are not over doing things....

We are both not the soppy/emotional type towards each other but dad I love you! I really do....You can tell me off all you want for buying you fathers day presents but tough luck! You are the only dad I have and I want to treat you!

Dad I love you.....Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for being you!

Love from Kimbo.

Happy Father's Day! #MySundayPhoto

A couple of my fella's pressies for today.