Saturday, 20 January 2018

Week 3 - A photo everyday for a year. #Project365

Ahh! Week 3 of the year already....January seems to be lasting forever! 

Here is my photos....One for every day this week....

13/365 - 13th January
My teen's painting....

14/365 - 14th January
Lazy Sunday. Tablet time.

15/365 - 15th January
I made the best curry in the slow cooker...

16/365 - 16th January
Apple pie for pudding....

17/365 - 17th January
Crafty bits from Baker Ross....

18/365 - 18th January
My teen's GCSE revision begins......Over the past few days I have spent a small fortune on these books...

19/365 - 19th January
It was National Popcorn day & I this delivery was timed so well....

Friday, 19 January 2018

Try something new this January with Metcalfe’s....

I am a big fan of Metcalfe's Skinny Popcorn and I've mentioned their popcorn in a couple of posts in the past. The Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples & Popcorn Candy Cane Bars....They are here to make your January a little easier...

January is a the month of people going on diets after eating too much over Christmas....I know I always try to eat a bit better but you don't have to miss out on treats....Metcalfe's Skinny has a range of lighter snacks and make it easy to stick to those New Year's resolutions!!

Their delicious range of popcorn flavours, including their newest Salted Caramel, Sweet n’ Salt and savoury Sea Salt are available in sharing bags, impulse bags and multi-pack sizes. There is a bag for dedicated snackers, on-the-go snackers and serial snackers respectively. They are made without artificial flavours and colours and with fewer than 115 calories per serving....

As well as the popcorn Metcalfe's Skinny also have a seletion of ricecakes. They are all gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians....

They are the perfect balance of wholegrain and white rice for a crunchy, crispy snack extravaganza. Each slice is lavishly coated in a generous layer of either fancy Italian dark or milk chocolate, or creamy yoghurt for a heavenly moment of lighter indulgence...All for 83 calories or fewer per slice!

Rounding out the snacking collection are the Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins (and Thins Minis!). 

A great alternative to chocolate bars, cakes, brownies and biscuits for the mid-morning munchies. These deliciously chocolate-covered crunchy corn discs are also only 81 calories per serving.... 

Metcalfe's Skinny have pledged to raise £30,000 over 3 years for CLIC Sargent the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families....

From the 29th of January to the 25th of February 5p from every sharing pack sold at Morrison's of Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn (Sweet ‘n Salt, Sea Salt and Salted Caramel) will be given to CLIC Sargent....

Have you tried Metcalfe's Skinny Popcorn before?
What's your favourite flavour of popcorn?

I was sent samples of these products in exchange for this blog post.

Tooth trouble. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Ellie my youngest has had a wobbly tooth for over a week and it has caused some trouble....It was the pointy one at the front (the Incisor) and it has caused so much trouble....The new tooth coming through had came through over it so wasn't really pushing the baby tooth out...

All week Ellie has refused to eat properly....She's not the best at eating breakfast to start with so add a wobbly tooth and we have a whole heap of drama....She was actually late for school on Tuesday. We had tears and tantrums. We spoke to one of the teachers who was understanding thankfully. I always feel so bad when she is late for school (which isn't often) but when she is it's usually because of her behaviour and attitude...

Becky was at the dentist for a filling on Monday night which went fine....We were told when she had her braces taken off she would probably need a little bit of work so one filling didn't seem too bad....

Ellie went along too. Our dentist is amazing and had a quick look at her wobbly tooth and said it is so ready to come out and there was no issue with the teeth overlapping. He told us to go back next week if it hadn't came out....

Ellie has eaten at tea time with a lot of persuasion. Luckily most of the food we have eaten this week has been soft. Curry & rice, Sweetcorn fritters and sausage casserole....

On Wednesday Ellie wasn't her normal self....I think the not eating properly had taken it's toll....She hardly spoke all evening. When she did her tooth would wobble even more and she didn't like it....She even went to bed without any arguments so I knew something was off....

Yesterday morning my alarm went off and she Ellie was peeping around the door. I thought uh-oh! She's been sick. That's usually the only time she's awake before the alarm clock....No the tooth had came out! HOORAY! She said she had woken up and the tooth was out and she came so close to swallowing it....

What a change in my girl....She was chattering away and ate 3 breakfasts. lol Cereal, toast and a breakfast bar....It was lovely to see her smile again and back to her normal self....I am writing this yesterday afternoon so the tooth fairy is yet to pay a visit....I am sure she will be generous!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Winnie the Pooh Day - Cute gifts.

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on the birthday of author A A Milne.....Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the printed page in 1926 together with friends Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore who were based on toys owned by the author’s son who also featured in the famous stories as Christopher Robin.

Before my girls were born I went Winnie the Pooh mad. Especially with Becky. Her room was decorated with Winnie the Pooh things, she had clothes, nursery accessories and soft toys....

When I was pregnant with Ellie Becky was obsessed with the "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" song and her uncle convinced her that when Ellie was born she would be called Tigger....

Over the years my girls have grown out of Winnie the Pooh but I haven't....There is still so much out there for adults all Winnie the Pooh related!

Winnie the Pooh Icon Mug - £4.99 - Disney Store
Winnie The Pooh Calendar - £18.00 - Clintons
Gold Plated Silver Winnie the Pooh Studs - Set of 3 - £29.99 - Argos
Winnie The Pooh Quote Print - £13.60 - Not on the High Street

Bee Prepared Honey Lip Balm - £3.99 - Truffle Shuffle
Winnie The Pooh Figurine - £20.00 - Disney Store
Winnie the Pooh Pyjamas - Piglet - £15.00 - Character.Com
Women's Black Winnie The Pooh Sketch T-Shirt - £19.99 - Truffle Shuffle

Are you a fan of Winnie the Pooh?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Hot chocolate made a few different ways....

This time of year is perfect for drinking hot chocolate....My girls can easily go through a large tub of Tesco's own, the one you just add water too in a week. In fact when they were off school for Christmas I was buying two a week! Eek! 

It is such a lovely treat for them to have one when they get in from school with a snack or a couple of biscuits.

When we're out of hot chocolate which sometimes happens we make Nutella Hot Chocolate!

Nutella Hot Chocolate.

You need:
3 tablespoons of Nutella or chocolate spread.
1 and 1/3rd cups of milk.

How to make:
Scoop in the 3 tablespoons of Nutella and add in 1/3rd cup of milk to a saucepan....Stir together until the two ingredients are fully blended....Once blended pour in the last cup of milk and turn the heat up a little...Once heated and mixed pour the drink into to a mug and enjoy!

I know Christmas is over and Bailey's is thought of as a Christmas drink but why not have it all year around. Taming Twins has a fantastic Bailey's Slow cooker hot chocolate recipe....

White Hot Chocolate.

You need:
2 mugs milk
75g White chocolate
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
Whipping cream to serve

Grate the chocolate and divide into the mugs. Heat the milk in a saucepan until boiling. Once the milk has boiled pour a little into each mug and mix in the chocolate then add a teaspoon of vanilla into each mug and the rest of the milk. Stir all together and top with cream....

I found the Spiced Hot Chocolate recipe on the Tesco website. This light but creamy hot chocolate makes a comforting end to a cold winter evening....

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate.
In a mug prepare your hot chocolate mix as directed on package. Then stir in 1 or 2 teaspoons peanut butter. So simple!

On the BBC website I found the perfect treat for Ellie. Unicorn hot chocolate!! We made it over the weekend. 

We didn't follow the recipe exactly but it was close enough....White chocolate and milk, pink gel food colouring all topped with squirty cream and sprinkles! It was amazing! Best drink ever!

How do you like your hot chocolate?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Olverum Bath Oil - Review!

At the end of a stressful day there is nothing better than a soak in the bath....Bubble bath or a bath bomb is nice but sometimes I want a little more, something a little more luxurious....This is where Olverum Bath Oil comes in!

Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils carefully blended to work together....

An Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. All with a gorgeous aromatic, unisex scent.

Olverum Bath Oil is highly concentrated and only half a capful (5ml) is needed per bath. Virtually all the oil is absorbed by the skin leaving no greasy residue in the bath after use.

For many years Olverum survived by word of mouth - a cult product known in the UK to only a small number of passionate devotees. Now beautifully re-packaged, yet still retaining the same formulation loved for over eight decades, Olverum recently relaunched under new British ownership.

I don't know where I have had my head but I had never heard of Olverum before....I was keen to give it a try....

I was sent the travel set and when it arrived it looked so fancy and is smelled amazing....I was so tempted to have a bath in the middle of the day. hehehe

Everything they say about Olverum bath oil is true.....It left me feeling relaxed and less achy. It was the best bath I had, had in ages....In the past using bath oils they tend to leave the bath slippy and greasy but this didn't....It also left my skin feeling great....

The 125ml size costs £29.00 and there is enough for 25 baths, the 250ml size costs £53 and there is enough for 50 baths. The travel set is £19 and enough for 9 baths.

I have never been one for bath oils but now I am converted! At first I thought it was expensive but I will happily spend about £4 on a bath bomb for one bath which ends up costing way, way more! 

The main stockists of Olverum are Liberty, Conran, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and you can also buy it from their website...

I was sent some Olverum Bath Oil free of charge to try out in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

Another week, another meal plan....

Last weeks meal plan all went to plan....A couple of days there were leftovers which I quite happily ate for lunch....I think I am going to have to make more meals like this. It stops me just eating rubbish during the day....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Slow cooked pork and pineapple curry with rice and naan bread....
Tuesday - Baked Sweetcorn Fritters, potato wedges and sweet & sour sauce....
Wednesday - Sausage And Bean Casserole with some nice bread buns....
Thursday - It's Becky's parents evening so something quick like beans on toast....
Friday - Fish & chips....
Saturday - Corn dogs, sausage rolls, mini pizza's, corn on the cob, spring rolls....A nice and easy tea!
Sunday - Lasagne and garlic bread....

What will you be eating this week?

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Brightening the house up. #MySundayPhoto

When the Christmas decorations came down the house looked so bare and dull....I bought some flowers to brighten the place up and it worked....They were still in their buds when they were delivered with the shopping and I can't believe how big they grew....

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Week 2 - A photo everyday for a year. #Project365

This week saw the kids go back to school and not much else....Ellie has after school revision for her SATs in May three times a week so by the time both the kids get in it's dark. Hmmf. Roll on the summer. 

Here is a photo for every day....

6/365 - 6th January
Fruit Salad flavour alcohol....It's nice but not as nice as I was expecting.

7/365 - 7th January
A Sunday afternoon play on the x-box. We had a proper lazy day....

8/365 - 8th January
The worlds most disgusting looking bath bomb....Ellie my youngest loved it. lol It did smell pretty good though.

9/365 - 9th January
I won a £25 gift voucher and it was delivered on Tuesday....I've spent it already. hehehe I treated the house to a 4 slice toaster.

10/365 - 10th January
I was sent some bath oil to try....It is so good. The review will be on my blog next week.

11/365 - 11th January
The most exciting thing to happen today was my fella put a shelf up in the kitchen....Since we got the new cooker there has been nowhere to put the baking tins and trays. This is perfect.

12/365 - 12th January
My teen was poorly....Sore head and vomiting. She felt a bit better by lunchtime but was still not right. She spent the day on the sofa under a duvet. I think it's just a 24 hour thing. Eek!

Friday, 12 January 2018

A new routine.... #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

This was the week where we were supposed to drop back into our normal school day routine....We're not quite there yet.

The kids have gone back to school....They were happy to go back. The Christmas holidays were lovely but we were at the point where they were ready for school....I seem to have been a day behind all week....Tuesday seemed like a Monday and so on. Today feels like a Thursday. lol At least the weekend comes early!

Tuesday was great....School went well and the girls came home happy. I thought we were back into a routine then Ellie pulled a letter out of her bag....

In May she will be sitting the SATs exams and from now until then the school have decided to run a after school revision class every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for 45 minutes....It's one of those things that are not compulsory but the school would prefer the children to attend.

Ellie struggles at school and needs this extra tuition but we realised that it clashes with the choir practice after school on a Tuesday which she loves...The choir is the one thing at school which she is passionate about....I was not letting her miss out on one of the only thing she loves about school...I had a word with the teacher and explained this. The teacher did not look happy but I know if Ellie is made to quit the choir she will resent the SATs and just not even try....She agreed Ellie staying with the choir was for the best. Phew!

So now we are trying to find a new routine.....Ellie basically has an hour less to do everything she wants and needs to do on an evening and so far it's not going well....I don't know if it's just because it's the first week back or the extra 45 minutes at school are causing the bad attitude. I guess time will tell. 

What is working is the timer on Ellie's TV. She hates going to sleep and since she got a TV for her bedroom she has been going to sleep with hardly any arguments.....I have set the timer so it goes off at 9pm and she is accepting this and is going to sleep. When I used to go up to switch it off there was always an argument. Now the argument isn't there....The funny thing is she could just switch it back on but hasn't realised this yet....hehehe

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Chocolate Fruit and Nut Fudge - Recipe!

I love fudge and I haven't made any for years but when I was sent this recipe I thought it would be fantastic to share....What makes it better than normal fudge is that it is slightly healthy!

You need:

500g 100% Chocolate.
250g Coconut milk.
50g Honey or Natural sweetener in syrup form.
100g Whole nut butter.
100g Nuts (Like cashews)
100g Dried fruit (Apricots are perfect)

To Make:

Line a 20cm x 20cm square tin with cling film and put to one side.
Place the chocolate in heatproof bowl.
Pour the coconut milk, sweetener and nut butter into a saucepan over a low heat, stir and allow it to reach a simmer.
Pour over the chocolate and mix until melted and thoroughly combined.
Fold in the chopped nuts and fruit, keeping a few bits back to place on top.
Pour the mixture into lined tin and top with remaining fruit and nuts.
Place in the fridge and allow to set (overnight is preferable).
Remove from the tin and discard the cling film before portioning into cubes and serving.

This will keep at room temperature in air tight container for up to a week.

Does this sound good to you?

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Usually we have great Friday's....This was not one of them.

This was a post I wrote late last year....I wanted to make sure that the crime that happened over the road wasn't on the news and could identify where I lived.....Usually I love Friday's. They are the best day of the week! This certain Friday was not the best. 

Over the road there is a set of flats and whoever lives there is trouble. Previous tenants have had their door kicked in, left a cat to die, had fights and have always been really dodgy....On the Thursday night/Friday morning I was woken up at about half past 1 to men shouting...I dozed off back to sleep and then every half hour there was more shouting until about 4am when I heard a door being kicked in. It wasn't my door and I was past caring. Then at something past 5 I heard someone shouting "Get down, you're under arrest" and the same man who had been shouting all night, arguing back....I looked out of the window and someone was indeed being arrested....

I don't know what went on but when I woke up after a rough night there was a police woman stood outside. The kids got ready for school....Becky left then 20 minutes later I did with Ellie. I asked the police woman what was going on. She said she couldn't say as it was a crime scene.....I said "is it those idiots pointing to the house over the road"....She just smirked. I took it as a yes....

Ellie was determined that she was taken her nearly broken scooter to school....I said she shouldn't....She knew best and I thought this was a battle I didn't want to fight. I let her take it. Half way there she realised the scooter was no good and wanted me to push or carry it. No chance. It was a lesson learned for her.

The police were hanging around all day....

At about half past 4 someone came to board the door up over the road....My guess is that the lad who lived there was the one arrested. If he was innocent the police wouldn't have had to waste their time hanging around all day, guarding the flat until it was secure as he would have been in it unless he was injured somehow? 

There has been no sign of him since and as far as I can tell the flat is empty for now....

Ellie was a little later home from school than she should be and I thought nothing of it.....On a Friday she has P.E and is usually a few minutes late getting out of school. When Becky came in half an hour later she asked why were there sweets outside the front door? I had no idea.....I went and found a box of sweets? Very odd....

I asked Ellie about it. She denied all knowledge. I had a fair idea she had something to do with it....I said "OK, I'll go and ask the policeman who had been stood outside all afternoon where they had come from.....The little madam came clean. She had stolen a pound out of the money jar we have and stopped off at the shop on the way home and left the sweets on the doorstep expecting to go outside and play and then eat them. Bad luck, it was raining...I was fuming. She knows right from wrong and lying and stealing is so wrong! I made her choose her own punishment. She choose a 24 hour computer and tablet ban....

From the minute Ellie got in from her dance class she started asking for her tablet....She knew she wasn't allowed it and why but still kept on and on....

It came to 9pm and I sent Ellie upstairs. She pushed her luck one too many times.....Becky said she was going to watch TV upstairs. Errm! No! She still had the dishes to wash. She had been putting it off all evening. Stu washes the dishes on a Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.....Me on a Wednesday and Thursday and Becky on a Friday and Saturday. There is never many dishes to wash on her days...Ellie sometimes helps but she has an obsession with water and bubbles. It's sometimes easier if she doesn't help.

If looks could kill I would be 6ft under.....Becky went though the dishes and took out 2 cups, a plate and a glass which were from Thursday night. She said she wasn't washing them because they were from my day. I just walked away. I pick my battles and this wasn't one I was going to fight....

After she washed the dishes she went upstairs.....Usually we have great Friday's....This was not one of them.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The new and improved ChewyMoon subscription box!

ChewyMoon is a revolutionary, healthy, subscription snack box for children from the age of 3. They help to provide healthy snacks and guilt-free after school treats for growing children...Their snacks are all natural, created by nutritionists and approved by kids....

Just over a year ago Ellie and I tried the Chewy Moon subscription box. We loved it but since then, after speaking to hundreds of customers the people at Chewy Moon have decided to make some changes....

The deliveries have changed from weekly to fortnightly, reducing packaging and portion sizes slightly. They have reduced their prices from £1 per snack to £0.50 and customers will now get 25% more snacks for every £ spent....

The boxes will start at £2.99 for 5 snacks, £4.99 for 10 snacks and £9.50 for sibling packs of 20 snacks.

Ellie was again excited by the packaging and thought it was so cool....

The snacks haven't really changed....In fact you now get a bigger variety per box! We got 10 different treats to try instead of the old 5!

The snacks included:

Safari SnackItalian herb cashews, garlic mini bread chips, popped cheese.
Strawberry MunchStrawberry fruit strings, strawberry fruit stars, strawberry fruit hearts.
Jack N' BerriesFlapjack, pure strawberry fruit hearts, cranberries, blueberries.
Silly Circus - Cute honey & coconut biscuits.
Tutti Fruitti - Pure strawberry fruit hearts, mango, pure fruit raspberry strips, cranberries, cherry raisins.
Boogie Bites - Popped cheddar cheese, pesto breadsticks
Freaky FruitsBlackcurrant drops, apricot sticks, cherry cubes, peach cubes, raspberry strips.
Nature's Cherry ColaNatural cola flavoured raisins, cherry, cranberry.
Crack a BeetOrganic beetroot crackers
Silly VanillyVanilla Cookies

Ellie enjoyed about 90% of what she tried....There was certain bits in a couple of boxes she wasn't too keen on but that is just down to personal taste....Her sister tried the same things and liked them....There was thing that ate and liked which she is usually dead against eating like cranberries! 

The snacks now come in paper trays for your little ones to pick and eat from which we loved....I think they are a really good idea. They really add to the appeal of the box!

Not only do you get a bunch of tasty snacks with every box you also get a fun pack too including collectable cards, sticker book. In each snack there is a sticker to go in the book....

Royal Mail to deliver your boxes. ChewyMoon boxes will fit through letterboxes so you don’t have to be home to receive them!

We love ChewyMoon boxes....The improvements are fantastic. I didn't think they could get any better but they have!

Finally every box sold by ChewyMoon sponsors a hungry child‘s lunch. That’s a month’s lunch for a child in need if customers stay subscribed for a year!

We were sent this box free of charge to try out. All thoughts and opinions are our own.