Saturday, 21 April 2018

Homework, plants and Monkey! Week 16. #Project365

Hasn't the weather been lovely.....We haven't really had chance to make the most of it as on Thursday evening we had the Autism people here meeting Ellie....They are going through with the full assessment so in time we will know where we stand. All I want is the support for Ellie when she goes to the secondary school....She's happy in the little bubble that is primary school because there is only about 150 kids. It's going to be a big change going to the big school with thousands of children. It feels like we're heading in the right direction though....

Now for a photo every day....


103/365 - 14th April
I'd like to blame the kids for making a mess but it was all my doing....

104/365 - 15th April
Ellie was finishing the last of her homework from the Easter holidays....

105/365 - 16th April
My cute little plant pot from Primark....

106/365 - 17th April
Monkey had been for a bath in the washing machine. hehehe

107/365 - 18th April
I found more uneaten Easter eggs....lol

108/365 - 19th April
She drank pints of water on Thursday which is of course a good thing....

109/365 - 20th April
The dreaded red card from the postman....At least I know what is in the parcel, I think. 


Friday, 20 April 2018

This week my Word of the Week is: Thinking #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:



This week I seem to have done a lot of thinking about various things....Most of my thinking was about trivial things.

Last week I was complaining about the cold this week it seems that summer has arrived early....Ellie has already asked to get the paddling pool out several times. I don't even know where it is. I think it's in the shed somewhere but I'm not going looking for it yet. I did nearly send my fella into the shed to look for the BBQ though. I have been thinking about meal planning and getting excited for lighter, summer food. Salads, BBQ food and things like that....

The kids both returned to school this week....The Easter holidays seemed to last forever. I think it's because we didn't do much. They were happy to go back feeling recharged and refreshed....

Both the girls are now staying for extra revision lessons after school now.....Ellie for her SATs and Becky for her English literature GCSE which is coming up soon....Her year is doing them a year early. English literature this year and then they can focus on studying for the English language exam next year....Becky hadn't planned on telling me about the revision class but the school are wise to teenagers pulling the wool over their parents eyes and they sent a text out informing everyone. hehehe.

I have found myself thinking about death a little this week which is an awful thing to think about....The weekend saw the devastating news about Jessica and then I discovered Emily Hayward on Youtube who is seven years into a cancer battle and is vlogging her journey....She has been given less than a year to live and is living life to the fullest in the most upbeat way....Things like this really make me think how lucky I am.

Last night the woman from CYPS came to meet Ellie along with her colleague....The "maybe it's autism" saga continues. There is something there....Enough for them to follow through with a full assessment....Ellie will be going to one of the centres for a play assessment where she will be observed along with kids round about her own age and they are going to observe her in school....I knew Ellie's issues were not just down to her hearing loss. It feels like we have really taken a step forward in helping my girl....


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Making our own pizzas....

We love making our own pizza's and I can't remember when it was (sometime last year) I discovered the Ready rolled round pizza dough from Tesco but it has been our go to pizza base since....


Pre-heat oven to 220°C/ Fan 200°C / Gas 7. Unroll the pizza dough with the baking sheet provided and place onto a baking tray. Prick the pizza base with a fork before topping. Add your favourite toppings and place on the middle shelf of preheated oven for 15 - 25 minutes or to stated time in your recipe.

We sort of follow the instructions....I cook one side of the pizza just so it's warmed through and we don't want a soggy bottom. hehehe. When one side is cooked I flip them over and let the kids add their own toppings....


As well as these toppings we also added mushrooms, onions and sweetcorn....

The girls love topping their own pizzas and had fantastic fun! The girls are so different in what they like on their pizzas.....Ellie hates mushrooms and onions on hers but is crazy about pepperoni, pineapple and salami and Becky hates pepperoni and pineapple but is crazy about mushrooms, onions and salami....

Yes we are people who love pineapple on pizzas....hehehe


The pizzas went in the oven and were cooked in about 20 minutes....


The good thing about these pizzas is that the girls get the toppings they want, they have fun making them and there is always some left over for the next day....It is so much cheaper than buying a takeaway too....



Do you make your own pizza? What's your favourite topping?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The one word challenge....

I saw The one word challenge over on The Inspiration Edit months and months ago. I have been meaning to post it for ages. I do love things like this. You answer a set of questions using one word. Sounds simple but thinking and sticking to one word is not!

Where is your phone? Table.
Your hair? Greasy.
Your dad?  Hero.
Your other half? Amazing.
Your favourite food? Pizza.
Your dream last night? Strange.
Your favourite drink? Cola.
Fear? Death.
Favourite shoes? Trainers.
Favourite way to relax? Blogging.
Your mood? Relaxed.
Where were you last night? Home
I love? Family.
Something that you aren’t? Confident.
Muffins? Chocolate.
Wishlist item? Camera.
Where you grew up? Teesside.
Last thing you did? Blogged.
What are you wearing now? Pyjamas.
Something you hate? Hospitals.
Friends? Hilarious.
Life? Unpredictable.
Regrets? Some.
Missing someone? Dad.
Your pet? None.

Feel free to copy and answer these yourself.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack - Review!

Ellie is crazy about slime. She watches hours of YouTube videos where people make it or play with it....I have never been brave enough to make it with her though. It seemed a little too messy so when I was offered the Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack to try out with her I jumped at the chance....


Make slime fashionable with Glam Goo! Customize and decorate your slime then store and carry it in your cool fashion accessories! 

The Glam Goo set contains a purse to keep your slime, a tub of Glam Goo (clear slime), three slime decorations (Cloud Crunch, Daydreams, and Unicorn Tears), two sparkle colours (Electric Blue and Pinky Promise), one scent (Violet Vibes), a double ring to keep slime in and one mixing spoon....


Ellie was so excited when she opened it....She loved straight away....

It didn't take her long to get it open and to start playing with it.....I was a little worried when we first opened the tub of slime....It seemed so sticky but after playing with it in her hands for about a minute it thickened up. On the instructions it says you can add a pinch of baking soda mixed with water to the slime to thicken it up....We didn't need to.

She first made pink slime and added some of the silver sparkles....She didn't need any instruction from me and was quite happy just doing her own thing....

It was a simple case of adding a colour, sparkles or scent to the goo and it was made. The scent didn't really smell of anything....I couldn't smell anything like violet but Ellie said she could....


She was constantly smiling and grinning ear from ear while playing with the slime.....She mixed the different colours and added different things making each slime slightly different. She soon started to fill the sections in the purse up....


She played with it for a good hour or so and loved every single second.....The purse is such a great idea to store all the slime in it's individual compartments....Once you put the lid on they all stay where they're supposed to be and they can be carried around.....


We were out for an hospital appointment last week and Ellie took this with her which was great for keeping her amused on the bus....

It's almost a week since we tried the slime and some of it has dried up but that was down to Ellie leaving it out overnight but the majority is still good! 

This is a great set!....It was perfect for us who didn't want to make slime from scratch. Ellie has already asked for some of the other sets of Glam goo for her birthday and I intend to get her some as it was such a hit....

You can buy this from Argos for £29.99.




We were sent this free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Louise, Jessica & Little Hearts Matter....

I started blogging just over 5 years ago and one of the first blogs I remember following and hanging on every word was Louise's. Little Hearts Big Love. I have mentioned her many times on my blog before...


Louise was the first blogger who I came across who blogged about heart defects....She gave me the confidence to blog about my girls heart defects which sounds silly to say but when I first shared my girls and my girls heart defect story I did not know there was a community of other bloggers writing and shouting about the same thing!....A few years ago I was even featured on her blog during heart month, sharing mine and my girls story....

Jessica, Louise's daughter was born with a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) which basically meant she had half a working heart....Jessica was given her first heart surgery before she was even born and many more after.....Late last year she had more heart surgery

I did not expect to switch my laptop on Saturday afternoon and see the devastating news from Louise. I saw it first on Twitter by someone saying they were thinking of Louise.....I thought the worst, as she is in fact pregnant with her third child but that was not the worst.......Facebook gave me answers which I couldn't believe.


"I am grateful for six and a half amazing years with this little girl. We are utterly broken-hearted right now. Jessica passed away in the early hours of this morning. She brought us so much joy and we are thankful for every moment we got to have with her. It was more than we thought we would have in the early days but it will never be enough. Fly high my beautiful girl" - Louise George (mother)

Becky came downstairs to find me crying...I couldn't speak but I showed her the Facebook post. She understood. Even though I had never met Jessica I had watch her grow up via Louise's blog. Even though I don't know the family in real life my heart breaks for them....

It has really cut me up.....Obviously nothing compared to what Louise, her husband and daughter are feeling. I am a parent of children with heart problems and I know how quickly things can change....Thankfully I have never had to live it first hand but I have read about it through people I have met through the "heart community".....

Over the past day or so seeing all the messages of support for Louise and her family has been amazing.. Jessica was a very special girl who touched so many lives....She always had a smile on her face and lived life to the fullest.

Katie who blogs at Mummy in a TuTu set up a Just Giving page to raise money to honour the brave, courageous amazing heart warrior that was Jessica....Little Hearts Matter supported Jessica and her family throughout her life and that is where the money will be going.....It has already smashed the £500 target. It did that within a few hours but if you have a little I am asking to thinking about donating.

My thoughts go to Louise, her husband Michael, Sophie & the rest of the family.....Jessica may be gone but she's not forgotten...She was an amazing young girl.

Back to school & a week of easy meals. #mealplanningmonday


Last weeks meal plan went well....We swapped a couple of days around. I'm blaming the weather. We fancied something really warming and filling on Tuesday when it was chucking it down and the sausages, mash & beans satisfied us.

The kids go back to school on Tuesday and I expect them coming in hangry the first couple of days so I will have to have food ready for them and on Thursday we have the CYPS woman coming to meet Ellie and assess her properly for Autism.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Sausage sandwiches....
WednesdayChicken stir fry....
ThursdayTomato soup & ham sandwiches to dip in....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Spaghetti Bolognese.... 
Sunday - Leftover bolognese and chips...

What will you be eating this week?


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Soft toys, slime and unicorns. Week 15. #Project365

Week two of the Easter holidays and the weather has been horrible....Monday was lovely. I even managed to get a couple of loads of washing dried on the line then it went down hill and the cold and rain came back. Hmmf.

The kids have spent plenty of time playing Minecraft again and various other games on electronics.....It has been a good week. So relaxed and there has been plenty of giggles.

Now for a photo every day.....


96/365 - 7th April
Monkey had a change of clothes and he needed a photo. hehehe

97/365 - 8th April
Half of her bed is full of soft toys.....I'm surprised she doesn't fall out....

98/365 - 9th April
Becky wanted to play on the xBox so I made he earn her time on it by sorting the washing.....It took her 15 minutes which she thought was well worth the 2 hours of playing....

99/365 - 10th April
A very wet Tuesday.

100/365 - 11th April
Slime! She was in her element!

101/365 - 12th April
Ellie had a hearing test at the hospital....She does love the play area.

102/365 - 13th April
One of my bargains from Primark. It was only £2 but it was supposed to be for Ellie's birthday but she found it and the surprise was ruined....


Bone health & care from LithoLexal....

I was recently sent a couple of products from LithoLexal to have a look at...They are both to do with maintaining strong, and healthy bones....


LithoLexal’s products are the only products containing a unique plant-based ingredient that is completely different from the poorly absorbed rock-based ingredient used in generic calcium products available today!

From the onset of menopause the rate of your body’s reabsorption of calcium from your bones can increase significantly and your bone mineral density can decrease. Women age 50 and above have a higher risk of getting osteoporosis which can lead to unnecessary fractures which is where LithoLexal Osteoporotic Bone Health can come in useful....


LithoLexal Bone Health Osteoporotic helps to maintain normal bone health and contains 2,500 mg of the marine extract LithoLexal (a plant derived complex) and 4.4 mg Vercilexal (cartilage specific proteoglycans) the formulation provides bioavailable Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D to reduce the loss of bone mineral in post menopausal women age 50+ and to support the natural development and preservation of healthy, strong and dense bones.

For younger women LithoLexal Elemental Bone Care would be more suitable....

Your body gradually reabsorbs calcium and phosphate from your bones which weakens your bones. Few people are aware that 100% of the skeleton is replaced in the first year of a child’s life and that 10% of your entire skeleton is rebuilt each year when you are an adult. This is an ongoing natural process, however, it can be accelerated by external factors. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you get the necessary nutrients to maintain healthy bones.


LithoLexal Bone Care Elemental contains the marine extract LithoLexal (a plant derived complex) and the formulation provides Calcium and Vitamin D to support the natural development and maintenance of strong, healthy bones in women age 20 to menopause.

I have been trying this one out....I have had no adverse effects which is good but at the moment I feel no different in myself but I have only been taking them for about a week and a half. I imagine it's more of a long term thing to feel a difference....If nothing else I an strengthening my bones for the future....


Both LithoLexal Osteoporotic Bone Health and Elemental Bone Care are available exclusively from Holland & Barrett for £24.95 for a months supply of tablets....

I was sent the products free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Friday, 13 April 2018

This week my Word of the Week is: Testing! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


Even though we have hardly left the house due to the rubbish weather we have had quite a busy week....On Monday I had high hopes for the week....The sun was shining and it was quite warm then the rain started! Hmmf! Newsflash Mother Nature it's April....We do not need the cold! We actually had to put the heating on mid week as it was so chilly....

We have had quite a few things which have needed reviewing for the blog and Ellie has been in her element as a couple of things were for her. She got to play with slime which made her week! hehehe 


She has already put more on her birthday list and there will be a full review on my blog next week.....Today we have some glitter tattoos and a nail art kit to try out.....

Stu sometimes feels a little left out when it comes to my blog as he rarely gets sent anything to review but this week I had a very exciting email about something Star Wars related which is right up his street.....He has suddenly taken a big interest in my blog. hehehe

Ellie has been working through her SATs test papers which she had to do for her homework from school.....I thought I would have to nag her more but she has been really good and a few times she even choose to do some herself without me even asking!

Yesterday we had a trip to Newcastle for Ellie's routine hearing test.....She has Auditory Neuropathy and is deaf in one ear and the tests are just to check her good ear is OK.....It went fine. It still gets to me when they check her deaf ear and she can't hear it with the headphones on but everyone else in the room can....It was an enlightening visit. We asked the specialist about if her deafness could show as the same as Autism and he looked confused. We explained the situation about the CYPS woman saying Ellie's suspected autism was all down to her hearing loss....The expression on his face was priceless. He said that there are millions of people with hearing loss who don't show signs of autism and said she might struggle to concentrate if those in the classroom are loud but it doesn't explain the other issues she has....He said he didn't want to comment further and come across as slating another medical professional which said it all really.....He will be sending a report to us, the school, the sensory support worker and our GP and will include a few lines about how deafness is not to blame for all of Ellie's problems....

My friend mentioned that you can make sweetie smoothies in the blender that I bought a few weeks ago....Why didn't I think of that! Today we are testing the theory. We have Oreo's, Peanut butter cups, Skittles, vanilla ice cream to test it out....The kids are very excited.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Lego storage from Store - A place for everything....

We have tons and tons of random, non matching boxes around the house....Most of them contain the girls toys, Lego, collectables and general tat....I was sent an email about Lego themed storage from the website Store - A Place for Everything and some of their products really caught my eye.


Everything looks like fun and is a little bit different....



Whether used in the kid's room for toy storage or in the living room or office for big kids storage the giant Lego storage bricks are sure to offer a conversation-piece. Included in this bundle is 2 large and 2 medium Lego storage bricks in pink and white...

Large LEGO Block: 18cm high x 50cm wide x 25cm deep
Medium LEGO Block: 18cm high x 25cm wide x 25cm deep

The new giant female Lego storage head has been made especially for this company and is licensed from Lego themselves. It is a great storage idea to encourage the kids to clear away their clutter and also provide a funky-looking solution for children's toy storage. 

Dimensions: 28cm high x 24cm across


Click together like the original Lego toy brick and off you go! These handy storage drawers come in several sizes and the contents of the drawers can be instantly accessed without having to unstack and re-stack them.

Mix and match our Giant Lego Storage drawers in your favourite colours and sizes to create a fab chest of drawers. 

Dimensions - 15cm high x 50cm wide x 25cm deep
Internal Drawer Dimensions - 10cm high x 21.5cm wide x 22cm deep

Lego Trinket Box // Pencil case - £9.00


Available in a choice of seven colours this box could be an this unusual jewellery / trinket storage box or a pencil case. It is big enough to store all your pens, pencils etc and also attract the envy of everyone else in your maths class.

Dimensions: 7.5cm high x 10cm wide x 20cm long

Is there anything you fancy or you think your children would like?

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Being a strict parent. Am I one?

When I was a teenager I thought my parents were strict....I hated them for being that way but now I respect them for it....They were just looking out for me. I am sure if you asked my girls they would say I am strict and I hope when they are older they will understand that I am only looking out for them too...


I would rather be called a strict parent then be one who lets their children do whatever they want, whenever they want and then end up getting into trouble or getting behind with school work....

When I was a teen I had to be in before dark but all my friends were allowed to stay out much later.....I hated that rule but now I am the same with my girls.....They have to be in before dark. I think it's the age we live in now. If I have to go out alone after dark and I don't feel safe....

I was a mean mam and I wouldn't let my teen Becky have any sort of social media before her 13th birthday....Becky is 15 now and isn't really bothered with it....She has all the accounts but rarely uses them. Well apart from YouTube. She watches videos on there everyday. I do keep an eye on what she watches and she is quite sensible. The girls love being involved with my blog, making YouTube videos with me and that is enough for them.....

When I was a teen my brother and I had a set list of chores around the house to do....Hoovering, washing dishes, walking the dogs, cleaning our rooms and I make my girls do chores too. All they have to do is tidy their rooms once a week, put their belongings away and wash and dry the dishes which I don't think is too bad.....If they want to earn extra time on electronics or extra pocket money they can do more jobs....

I wasn't allowed a TV in my bedroom until I bought one myself when I was younger....It wasn't the done thing to have TV's in bedrooms 30 years ago. My girls have TV's in their bedrooms and they are switched off at 9pm on school night for Ellie and 10.30pm for Becky. 

I do turn into a strict parent on school days.....

Breakfast has to be eaten, I won't let the girls leave for school on an empty stomach. It's not easy when Ellie my youngest hates eating breakfast. I have actually made her late for school as I wouldn't let her leave the house until she had eaten something....

Teeth have to be brushed...I don't care if they are running late....No phones, TV or anything electronic until they are ready for school....That includes having shoes on, bags and coats ready to be put on.....

When the girls get in from school homework has to be done straight away, Ellie has to read and they have to get changed out of their uniform.

My parents both smoked and drank.....They were always dead against my brother and I smoking and drinking. My mother wouldn't even let us drink shandy or eat the candy cigarettes and I think that's why my brother and I did when we were in our teenage years.....My girls have heart defects and know what damage smoking and drinking can do to their hearts. Ellie is against alcohol. She is fine with me drinking it but never wants to drink it herself. Over Christmas I got some fancy pop that came in a wine looking bottle and she wouldn't drink it simply because it looked like a wine bottle....Becky has asked for a taste of some of different alcoholic drinks I have drank over the last couple of years and I have let her have a sip which usually results in her pulling a face and saying yuck!

I don't think I am an overly strict parent but I have my rules...

Did you have strict parents? Are you one now?


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Dorco EVE 6 razor - Review!

I hate shaving my legs....It always feels like such a chore and I am always stupid enough to use cheap and nasty razors....That was until now! I was sent a fabulous razor from Dorco to try out....

I was sent the Dorco EVE 6. Their first razor for women. Let it follow your curves, while moisturising and soothing your skin.


When it arrived I don't know why but I was so surprised to see it in a fancy box....Each blade had it's own little box too.

Dorco marries science and expertise to provide a super close shave and has over 60 years of Korean innovation....

It features:

Six blades - Split into a unique ‘double 3’ blade format.
Bendable cartridge - Follows your body contours for the perfect shave.
Textured wide bar - Massages your body and raises hair follicles for a closer, smoother shave.
Multi-flex pivoting head - Makes shaving around every curve easy.
Non-slip ergonomic design - Gives you full control for a comfortable shave.
Open design - So your razor and refill cartridges are easy to clean and rinse.
Advanced lubricating strip with natural extracts - Calendula extract soothes dry skin and helps heal any irritation after shaving. Argan oil moisturises and nourishes sensitive skin.


I have never been so keen to shave my legs....It was a pleasure using this razor. The technology and science behind it really does work! 

The size of the head of the razor takes some getting used to but once I did it was great...It is easy to hold and feels natural to use....

I was not having to go over the same area several times to shave the hairs and using other razors....It really does curve with your curves. I really notice that around my knees.....It has left my skin feeling soft and smooth and there has been no cuts or irritation. My teen has only even used an electronic shaver on herself but I would feel confident giving her a Dorco EVE razor to use....

You can buy a Dorco EVE 6 razor for £4.58 plus £2.95 with 1 handle & 1 refill cartridge BUT Dorco offer a subscription service too which qualifies for free delivery where you can get the handle free and 4 refill cartridges for £5.45 either every month, two months or 3 months. Buying the 4 refills separately costs £6.80 so the subscription service is such great value!!


This would be something I would highly recommend and I may consider subscribing especially over the summer when I tend to shave my legs more....


I was sent this free of charge in exchange for my review and this blog post....