Saturday, 26 May 2018

A nice week. Week 21. #Project365

This past week has been a lot calmer than last week with the SATs...My teen did two English Literature GCSE exams and she feels pretty good about them. Her hand was aching with all the writing she did so it sounds positive. 

The weather hasn't been great this week....I was just getting used to the sunshine and now it seems to be gone. Just as the kids got in from school it started raining. Ugh! The sunshine better come back for half term.

Now for a photo every day....

138/365 - 19th May
Behind the laptop of course.

139/365 - 20th May
Monkey got a new dress. My fella made it. lol

140/365 - 21st May
All ready to play out with her friends.

141/365 - 22nd May
She started with her birthday list. Eek! Everything on it is unicorn related.

142/365 - 23rd May
I took a couple more photos of this bracelet for the blog post.

143/365 - 24th May
Ellie has told me she is doing the Cup song in the Year 6 leavers assembly and she has been practicing all week.

144/365 - 25th May
The fridge is full in preparation for the half term holidays....I know I'll have to go shopping mid-week to stock up. I cannot fill my girls. lol

Natural World - Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner!

I have been using the same brand of shampoo for years. I change the scent every now and again but it's been a while since I tried a new one....

Recently I was sent some new shampoo and conditioner to try from Natural World.

Created with the finest natural superfood ingredients from across the world, Natural World is the award-winning affordable luxury hair care brand on the market created in Soho, London. They have natural, vegan and cruelty free ranges!

Each range includes a blend of 95% natural derived ingredients to target your biggest hair concerns. There is: No parabens, No silicones *except for the hair treatment oils, No phosphates, No gluten, No mineral oil, No SLS and No dyes!

I was sent the Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo & conditioner to try out....They came in 1L bottles which looked huge.

The shampoo and conditioner are infused with precious certified organic Argan Oil and an uplifting blend of 4 essential oils (Rosemary, Lemongrass, Orange and Ylang Ylang).

I have been trying this shampoo and the conditioner for the past couple of weeks and have been washing my hair as normal every two or three days.....

When I first started using the shampoo I found it so strange. I was scrubbing but it didn't seem to lather as much as other shampoos. I am guessing it is because it has less chemicals in. 

The conditioner was quite thick and I used a lot less than I usually would with other brands. The only complaint I have about the conditioner is that it seemed to take ages to pump out the bottle.

Since I have been using this I would say my hair has changed. It doesn't seem as dry and frizzy when it is first washed and usually by the 3rd day it's starting to get greasy and needs washing. With this shampoo I could have easily have gone another day or maybe more. I think I am going to have to change my hair washing habits and leave it longer between washes.....

The shampoo and the conditioner are sold exclusively at Tesco. These bottles cost £6.00 each. As Tesco is my usual grocery shop I will be buying them again.

I was sent the Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Friday, 25 May 2018

After last week, this week has seemed so calm. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

After last week with the SATs this week has been lovely and calm.....I'm not too impressed with the weather though. I have had to get the jumpers back out for the last few days. I hope the sunshine comes back for the bank holiday weekend.

Ellie's behaviour has greatly improved after the SATs and she is back to being the girl that we know and love....All the stress has gone and she is happy again.....

On Monday night she came in from school and asked if she could play out with her friend. I said yes as long as she took a phone and kept in touch....Her friend and his sister called for her and off they went to the park. She did keep in touch and in the end there was about 7 of them out of her class having fun. She stayed out until 6pm and had a great time. I think it's the first time she has played out where I haven't worried. Her friend is so sensible and I know he wouldn't dream of getting into trouble so he keeps Ellie on the right track. hehehe

Becky had her first GCSE exam on Tuesday but she hasn't been worried in the slightest. She is only in year 10 but they now do the English literature exams a year early. It makes sense. In year 9 and most of this year they have been learning about the books and texts. Today from what I can gather is about An Inspector Calls....She really enjoyed reading that book and even doing the homework a long while ago.....Writing the tweets from a character really sticks in my mind.

Myself and the girls have started to think about what they want for their birthdays. I want to get their presents sorted now because August is an expensive month for us. It's Stu's and Ellie's birthday then Becky's at the start of September. We have to cover the cost of days out during the school holidays and there is school uniform and supplies to buy. I have all new to buy for Ellie as she's going up the secondary school....Eek!

I am staying calm and writing lists. I bought a few presents for Ellie....All she has really asked for is one of the L.O.L Surprise! Pearl Playsets. This week I looked and looked and it seemed to be out of stock everywhere apart from Amazon and Ebay but they cost at least £50 from those sites which I was not prepared to pay....I went onto the Asda, Geroge site for something else and they had them in stock! I ordered one and it was delivered yesterday! I am so glad I did. I just went back to check and they are now out of stock. Phew!

I am really looking forward to next week....Stu is off work and the kids are off school. At the moment we have no plans set in stone but I am hoping for a couple of days out.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Fantastic gifts from Gift Pup for Father's Day!

You may remember a few months ago I shared some Great Mother's day gifts from the fantastic website Gift Pup

I have been working with Gift Pup again and this time it's all about Father's day which is on the 17th of June in case you didn't know. It's time to think about the special men in your lives and maybe spoil them a little.....

Gift Pup have a whole heap of gifts for all occasions, ages and type of people. They have gifts that can be personalised with either their name, initials, photo or a message. I always think there is something special about personalised gifts.

I decided to choose a Men's Brown Leather Bracelet for my fella. It is of course off the girls to him. I must say it really is gorgeous!

The stylish men's brown leather bracelet features two rows of braiding with a personalised metal clasp. High-quality with a versatile smart-casual appeal which makes it suitable for all occasions. It comes complete with a fantastic presentation gift box. 

It is presented beautifully and upon opening it, it looked so fancy and so stylish.

It looks like it is made to last and would be a perfect gift for a dad or a special man in your life.

This bracelet costs £34.99 and I would say it is worth every penny....

While browsing the Gift Pup website there was plenty of items which stood out....With gifts starting from £4.99 they have something for every budget to make a loved one's day extra special.

These are some of the items which caught my eye....

Super Dad Photo Durham Mug - £4.99
Jedi Juice Engraved Pint Glass - £8.99
Special Date Wooden Photo Keyring - £10.99
Evolution of Dad Apron - £17.99
Engraved Wooden Hammer - £19.99
I Love My Dad Cufflinks Gift Set - £19.99

Personalised Chocolate Button Tree - £24.99
King of the House Beer 2ltr Monster Beer Bottle - £24.99
Gloss Finish Freestanding Photo Block (8x11") - £24.99
Wooden Phone Holder - £32.99
'Andres' Mens Leather Bracelet - £34.99
Hot Headz Ultimate Hamper - £44.99

Is there anything you fancy for the special man in your life?

We were sent the Men's Brown Leather Bracelet free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Guilty pleasure foods...

A survey by online butcher, Great British Meat Company anonymously asked people what they would choose to eat everyday if there was no consequences and no guilt attached to eating and what came out on top was a bacon sandwich!

I can quite believe this! I would eat one every day given the chance. I have at least one a week. It has to be fried bacon in white bread with tomato sauce on. Sometimes Stu will make me a grilled bacon and egg sandwich with toast. He cooks the eggs in the microwave which are so good but I have never been able to cook them as well as he does.....

Pizza and Pasta also made up the top three foods that people feel guilty about eating...

I am not fussed about pasta....I eat it but I don't feel guilty about it. When we have pasta it is always with vegetables so what's to feel guilty about....

My favourite guilty pleasure foods are:

Pot Noodles.
It has to be the Beef & Tomato one's and I fish the peas out. hehehe I can easily eat two in one sitting.

Tinned Bacon grill and tinned tomatoes.
I won't even look at the ingredients in the bacon grill. I am guessing not much pork.

A fry up.
With everything fried. Bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, black pudding, mushrooms and even beans. If I'm feeling very naughty I will have fried bread instead of toast which will be covered in tomato sauce.

Ham and Crisp sandwiches.
2 packets of crisps have to be mixed. I usually go for beef & onion & chicken.

I buy a packet every week with the grocery shop. We either go for the sugary ring ones or jam filled one's....There is nothing nicer than a fresh one that has been cooked that day.

Skips Prawn Cocktail Crisps

Fray Bentos Beef And Onion Pie with Aunt Bessies Mashed Potato.
This is my hangover meal. It is easy to make and just so bad that it's good....It all has to be covered with gravy and with no veg on the plate.

Sour Cream And Onion Pringles dipped in Thousand Island sauce or dip.
I eat this most Saturday evenings. hehehe

Banana and sugar sandwiches.

Food from McDonalds.
My order is usually a McChicken Sandwich meal with a chocolate milkshake and a hamburger.

What food do you love that you know you shouldn't?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Brain Lab For Kids - Review!

My girls love anything to do with science and sometimes I get a bit stuck thinking of fun things to do with them...I was sent the Brain Lab For Kids book to have a look through with them. 52 Mind-Blowing Experiments, Models, and Activities to Explore Neuroscience.

Riding a bicycle, learning a new language, catching a ball, reading a book: these activities and everything else we see, hear, feel, and do are made possible by the soft, whitish-pink substance inside our heads called the brain. And yet, we take for granted many of the amazing things our brain does for us. Brain Lab for Kids offers 52 family-friendly activities, science experiments, and models to help us understand how the brain accomplishes all that it does.

There are 10 different sections covering The Neuron, The Brain, Reflexes, Taste, Smell, Vision, Touch, Hearing, Sleep & Body Rythams and Memory.....

With each experiment in this book it gives you a clear indication to how long it will take to compete the experiment and what you will need....The “Methods” section provides a step by step guide of what to do and there is also lots of useful information, facts and trivia.

Most of the experiments use things that you will find around the home so there is no need to be spending extra money on things you will only use once.

My girls love this book and have already done a few of the experiments. Blind Spot was one of the first they did. It showed you how to find your blind spot on the retina of your eye....It took seconds to set up and kept them entertained for about 15 minutes.

The girls also did Drop off time on Friday night. An experiment to see how long it takes you to drop off to sleep....It involved noting what time you started to go to sleep, laying in bed holding a spoon over a plate and when you fall asleep you drop the spoon and it clatters onto the plate & it wakes you up and you note the time. In the morning you work out how long it took you to fall asleep.

This was a funny one because Ellie fell asleep and didn't hear the spoon fall onto the plate. It did because Becky heard it. lol My guess is that because she had her good ear on the pillow and being deaf in the other she just didn't hear it....Becky heard her spoon fall and it took her 18 minutes to fall asleep.

There is plenty of more experiments for us to work through and I think we will....The girls really like this book and have learned things from it which is fantastic.

Brain Lab For Kids is easy to understand, bright and kept my girls engaged. I would say it is more suited for older children but younger children can have fun with the experiments but may not understand the science behind them.....

You can buy this book from Quarto Knows for £12.99....

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

Monday, 21 May 2018

My teen is choosing some of the meals this week. #mealplanningmonday

Last weeks meal plan went OK. We had a busy day on Thursday so ended up getting a takeaway instead of going to McDonalds on Friday.....We couldn't really have burgers two nights in a row although I was tempted. hehehe

My youngest finished her SATs and this week my teen has a couple of GCSE exams to do. English Literature. She's feeling quite confident. Phew! So as a treat she is choosing some of the meals this week....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Chicken omelette and chips....
Tuesday - Fish finger sandwiches....
Wednesday - Sausage, bacon, egg, beans, tomato & toast....
ThursdaySlow cooker beef keema curry with rice....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Spaghetti bolognese.... 
Sunday - Leftover bolognese in wraps.

What will you be eating this week?

If you want to see what other people are eating The Organised Life Project and Katykicker have a linky!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Unicorn Mermaid Magic! Week 20. #Project365

This week my youngest Ellie completed the SATs tests at school.....To say it was stressful is a bit of an understatement we never knew what type of mood she would be in but she says they were easier than she thought they would be and she tried her best. That's all I can ask for. 

Now for a photo every day.

131/365 - 12th May
Ellie decided to have a play with my light box....This is so typically her.

132/365 - 13th May
A lazy Sunday. Pj's, TV, & electronics.

133/365 - 14th May
We have been sent a fab book to review. My girls love science so this is right up their street.

134/365 - 15th May
Ellie's favourite t-shirt. She's only just got it. I got some summery clothes from Sports Direct.

135/365 - 16th May
My fella was sent this to review. A razor subscription box.

136/365 - 17th May
An afternoon ice cream. The first thing she does when she comes in from school is go to the freezer and get one.

137/365 - 18th May
The school had a royal wedding celebration day and they all had to wear their fanciest clothes....I bought Ellie a new dress for the occasion. She loves it. I really hope it stays white!

The BIC Shave Club....A subscription box!

Father's Day is coming up and I know my dad and my fella Stu like practical gifts and something which they both use every day is razors. 

BIC is iconic brand and when I think of them I think of the orange, one blade razors but they have changed since I last noticed them. They look so fancy and now they have a subscription service: BIC SHAVE CLUB which would make a fantastic gift for Father's day....

There are two razors created exclusively by Bic for the BIC SHAVE CLUB: The #3, a 3-blade razor, perfect for men who want a fast, effective shave and the #5, a highly efficient 5-blade razor for the discerning man looking for a close, precise shave.

In your 1st delivery you receive the handle + the first blade refill set then with following deliveries you receive 4 new blade refills at the delivery frequency of your choice. You can choose to have them sent to you every month or every other month....

If you choose an open-ended subscription:

The #3 subscription is available with a trial offer of £2 and then costs £4.50/month or £5.50 every other month, with no additional charges and free delivery.

The #5 subscription is available with a trial offer of £2 and then costs £8/month or £9 every other month, with no additional charges and free delivery.

If you fancy trying out a subscription for a limited period of 6 or 12 months? Those gift subscriptions are also available for the #5 razor at the price of £42 for 6 months and £79 for 12 months. The price is all-inclusive, with no additional charges.

My fella was sent the #5 to try out....

The #5: the new 5-blade razor. It’s the latest Bic shaving creation and is available exclusively from the BIC SHAVE CLUB. 

The #5 razor is a top quality razor that combines technology with a gentle shave. It is designed to meet the needs of men who need to shave regularly. 

It features:

A lubricated strip enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E.
For a gentle glide.
A precision blade at the back.
For hard-to-reach areas such as the upper lip and sideburns.
A wide rubber protector.
To hold skin taut for a close and comfortable shave.
5 movable blades with patented technology.
For a close shave and optimal comfort
A head that pivots at 40°.
For maximum contact with the skin and to reach difficult areas
A simple refill system.
A blade protector to guide you
An ergonomically designed metal handle.
An anti-slip rubber grip and more heft for better handling

My fella has used this for a couple of shaves and he is getting on well with it. It gives a good shave and he loves the precision blade at the back. It is something he would subscribe to.

Did you know that 1 in 4 British men will opt for the clean-shaven look in 2018 and almost 30% spend more time on facial grooming than head hair and the average British male spends £2.99 per week and 5 minutes 31 seconds per day styling their facial hair.....

The subscription service would make a great gift for any man.....It looks like a fab service. The packages are letterbox friendly which means no waiting in for a delivery and if you decide to cancel there are no hoops to jump through you can cancel in a couple of clicks of your mouse.

At they moment they have a special offer on where you can get #5 razor for just £2 and if you enter the code ROYAL you will get 50% off your first refill kit too!

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

Friday, 18 May 2018

We got through SATs week.... #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

What a week we have had. Ellie my 10 year old has spent the last 4 days doing her year 6 SATs at school. It has been a week of ups and downs and there has been so many changes of moods from her....

Ellie came home on Friday in such a good mood. She had a letter saying the only homework she had was to have fun and relax which was fine with her.

We had a lovely weekend not doing much....Monday soon came around and Ellie was up bright and early for the English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests. She was looking forward to these one's as she had came top of the class when she did the mock tests.

All week Ellie had to leave the house at about 7.55am so she could go to breakfast club. The school wanted all the children there early so there was no chance of them missing the tests....Ellie loves breakfast club and I decided that if she wanted to she could walk to school with her sister without Stu or I taking her. She thought it was fantastic and I suppose she has to get used to it as in September she will be walking with her sister when she goes to secondary school.

On Monday night and Tuesday morning she was a bit worried....The reading test was next and that was the one she was dreading. She got through it and said it was quite easy...Phew.

I thought she was doing well....I thought we were over the worst but Wednesday came along and she just wasn't happy. She got dressed, had a cup of tea and then it came to going to school. It had been warm for the past couple of weeks and she hasn't been wearing a coat but it was chilly and she was determined that she didn't need one. I made her wear a hoodie and that was the final straw. The tears started. She stopped and decided she would still walk with her sister to school......5 minutes after they left I got a text from Becky saying Ellie was crying and didn't want to go to school. 

She was really upset and came back home.....She looked so sad....She didn't know why she was crying and never blamed the SATs but I really think they were the root of her problems.

We got her to school before half past eight. Phew and handed her over to a lovely teacher. It was heartbreaking. I could tell she was upset because she still had hold of her soft toy Monkey and didn't want to let him go.  Usually he is never taken to school. As much as she loves him she tries to act cool in front of her friends. The teacher said she could take him in with her but it was for the best not to let him go. We only have one Monkey and if he was lost or damaged Ellie would be even more upset. I spent all day Wednesday fretting over her but it turns out I had nothing to worry about she came out of school full of smiles.....

On Thursday I think she was so excited about the party her class was having in the afternoon to celebrate the end of the SATS to worry about the last test. They had a disco, hot dogs and sweets. She came home and was back to being my happy girl. It seems like a weight was lifted off her shoulders...

Ellie will never admit the SATs has effected her behaviour or mood but they have....She has said they weren't as bad as she was expecting and some were actually quite easy but I am still so glad this week is over.

Today Ellie's school is having a fun day to celebrate the Royal wedding and they have to go dressed up in fancy clothes and I treated her to a new dress. A treat for getting through this week....She deserves it!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Shopping for summer clothes from Sports Direct.

I really love Sports Direct. At least three of four times a year I will do a bit of shopping with them. I mainly buy for the girls but last year I bought myself some things.....I am still wearing everything I bought and my trainers still look as good as new!

Now the weather is turning warmer I realised that Ellie has hardly any summer clothes. She has dresses but no shorts and a lot of her t-shirts were getting too small for her so I thought I would buy a few things and now I am sharing what I bought....

Miso Cycling Shorts Child Girls - I got 2 pairs for £5. 
Disney Princess Short Sleeve T Shirt in a size 6 for Ellie and it cost £3.

Miso Mini Denim Jeggings Girls - Black Wash - £3.99 
LA Gear Three Quarter Jogging Pants Junior Girls - £3.00. I got her a pink and a black pair.

Ellie was delighted with everything I got her. I got the jeggings in size 11 to 12 but they are so long on. Becky who is 15 tried them on and they were perfect on her. That is the thing with Sports Direct. Some of the sizes are on the big size but it's nothing to worry about. She'll grow into them.

Becky didn't need much this time. She isn't into wearing shorts and has plenty of t-shirts but I couldn't get Ellie without getting her something so I got her a few things.

Golddigga Jeggings - £3.00. Becky has about 4 pairs of these and I have a couple too. They are so comfy but look good too. For a few pounds a pair I really don't mind buying her them.
I also got Becky a Disney Princess Short Sleeve T Shirt the same as Ellie's and a Lee Cooper red Casual T Shirt - £2.99

Stu wasn't left out. I got him an Official Assassins Creed T Shirt which cost £4.99. He loves it.

I also treated myself to a couple of tops.....

DC Comics Superman T Shirt - £5.99 I have been looking at this top for about a year umming and ahhing about whether to buy it or not. This time I did. I am sure it has gone down in price since I last looked at it too.

I also bought one of the Disney Princess t-shirts for myself to match the girls. They were not amused and I am not allowed to wear it at the same time as them. hehehe

The last thing I bought was a couple of sets of trainer socks. Up until a few months ago I never wore trainer socks. I hated them but since I seem to be living in my trainers it makes sense to use them. It means I can wear leggings or 3/4 length pants with them.

 I got the black and grey one's which cost £4.00 for 10 pairs and the kids the white and grey one's which cost £3.50. Becky will probably use mine and the one's I bought for her and Ellie to share. 

Have you bought any new clothes for the summer?
What did you get?