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