Wednesday, 8 April 2020

I have seen the worst and the best of people.

It has been a crazy few weeks thanks to the coronavirus and it really has brought out the best and the worst of people. I have found myself in tears crying about the situation some people have found themselves in but then I have cried because of the lovely, amazing things people are doing to help.

There was course has been the locusts emptying the shelves which is so selfish and thoughtless buying a ridiculous amount of food and leaving nothing for those who are at work, working in hospitals saving our lives or the elderly. I hope those people who panic bought haven't been shopping again buying more essentials like pasta & loo roll. My fella was speaking to one of his old workmates who now works in a big electronics store and was on about how people were going out and buying big freezers to fill with their stockpiled food. They are so lucky they could afford to do that, what about the people who struggle to even do their food shop on a day to day basis!

A couple of weeks ago three staff in our little Tesco were in tears one day after being shouted at and abused by people for not having things on their shelves. It's not their fault why couldn't people understand that! We have a few shops in my little town and Tesco has been the worst hit and I really think it's because they weren't getting the deliveries. Most of the independent shops now have fully stocked shelves.

A lot of shops and companies have done amazingly well but there's other's which have shown their true colours and treat their staff awfully. It's certainly made me think about who I will be shopping with when all this is over with.

Over the weekend again there was people not playing by the rules. Out sitting in parks, sunbathing, having BBQ's with friends and family. Why can't they just stay at home?

The scams started quickly. Enter your details and goodness knows what they'll do with them. My dad's partner was saying she read on Facebook about how you had to make sure all your washing was off the line and all people were inside because the army was going to be spraying disinfectant. That did make me chuckle though!

For every person doing stupid things there is 100 doing amazing things to help and make things better.

There is all the rainbows up at all the windows. The rainbow trend started in Italy but has rapidly caught on in other countries. When I went to the shop last week it was so lovely to see all the windows with rainbows in. Even the businesses which are closed are asking for some to put in their windows.

I am in a local Facebook group for the little town where I live and it has been amazing to see people pulling together to help. A woman who has her own soap company donating it to those who need it. Our bus service has been greatly reduced so people were offering lifts into town to get to work for free, people have offered to get shopping for those who can't go out and the doctors surgery asked for help to get prescriptions to those who needed them. People stepped up and offered to help. It is so wonderful to see. 

Our local council asked for people to help those self isolating and the elderly and people signed up to help and everyone who has asked for help has got it. It makes me so glad that I live here.

All the local businesses who don't usually deliver have been like the farm shop, butchers and takeaways. They keep having to stop and start the service as so many people are using them but they are doing a great job.

I have seen people ask on a local Facebook group for dog food and specialist food and others offering some of what they have. There has been people giving away nappies, books and toys that their kids have grown out of just so other kids can have something different to do.

Here we have had people doing karaoke in their garden on a Sunday evening to cheer everyone up. Each week the whole street has been out clapping, saying thank you to the NHS & the key workers. Thank you to everyone who is keeping this country running as best as it can. You're all amazing!

I hope you have all been managing OK and have seen the best of people too!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

(Ad - Gifted) Some wonderful outdoor toys from Wicked! - Review!

I was sent these toys to review from Wicked Vision and this blog post was meant to be all about getting the kids outside during the Easter holidays and an alternative to buying an Easter egg but with everything that's gone on over the past few weeks they have been a great way to keep the kids amused and give them a break from school work. We haven't had the full opportunity to test everything out as we need more space for one of the products and a pump which is at my dad's to blow the Body Bubble up.

Enjoying the outdoors (in a safe way) and each other’s company goes a long way. It’s the perfect way to burn off that energy and have a good night’s sleep (both parents and kids). Having the garden has been a god send lately and the kids couldn't wait to try out these toys!

New to the Wicked Sky Rider range is the uniquely shaped Air Square! (RRP £10.00) With its precision weighted design, the Air Square flies incredible distances with a smooth stable flight path. Catch with ease thanks to the soft rubberised corners that make the Air Square look amazing as it flies through the air!

This was one of the products we haven't fully tested. With only being allowed in the garden we haven't been able to throw it far. I had the girls sat on the grass in the hope they didn't throw it into next doors gardens. They did have fun with it and it does look so impressive when it is in flight. We can't wait to get to the park with it!

With a flight range of 4-6 metres, the Wicked Indoor Booma (RRP £6.00) allows you to throw and catch like a pro in the confines of an office, bedroom, park or gym. Made from special Memorang foam, feel free to fling them about the heads of your classmates or work colleagues secure in the knowledge that they’re completely safe!

The kids have been throwing this all over and it really is safe. I've been hit on the head by it a few times and it obviously gave me a shock but it didn't hurt. Something like this is great for throwing about without the worry of it breaking anything.

What we have fully tested and have been loving is the Wicked Mega Jump. (RRP £10.00) They the next step in jump ropes! Jump faster, jump better, thanks to the nifty features they've incorporated ball-bearing axles for super smooth rope rotation, great quality thin rope for high speed and textured handle to increase grip meaning you don't need to worry about it even when you're busting out super cool tricks.

What I did like about these jump ropes is that you can adjust the length of the ropes so they are right for you by simply taking the cap of the handle and adjusting the rope and cutting off any excess.

The girls really loved these and for the last couple of weeks they have been played with every day! They really do turn more smoothly than normal skipping ropes. I would highly recommend these and the girls would too.

Have you been spending more time out in the garden lately?

Monday, 6 April 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 6th - 12th April. #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan went OK. We didn't have the fish cakes as we had a bit of a stressful day with the broken hot tap on the bath, it's sorted now. I wasn't in the mood to cook much so we had bacon and fried egg sandwiches. The bolognese we had didn't have mince in, I couldn't get any so I just added extra mushrooms and onions as well as peppers and carrots. No one complained and to be honest I don't think they noticed. lol

This week on the menu we have:

MondayChicken fried rice.
TuesdayJacket potatoes with tuna, mayo and sweetcorn.
WednesdayLasagne and garlic bread..
ThursdaySausage and mushroom crumble with mash.
Friday - Fish finger sandwiches.
Saturday - Pizza nachos.
Sunday - Some sort of casserole cooked in the slow cooker.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Filling the plant pots. #MySundaySnapshot

Earlier in the week we sacked off the school work and did something different! Planting some seeds! These will hopefully be sunflowers. 

My youngest filling plant pots with compost

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Week 14 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

Before we moved and Ellie wasn't having a great time at her old school I did think about pulling her out and home schooling her. I am so glad I didn't! I swear once this virus has gone and the kids go back to school all the teachers need a pay rise! We have realised home schooling is not for us but we're plodding on. We've had a broken hot tap on the bath, I am having issues with my electric bill again and can't contact the company to query it because they are only accepting emergency calls and my arms are aching from playing too much swingball.

As much as I am complaining it hasn't been a bad week. We sacked the home schooling off, played Minecraft and planted seeds, the tap was fixed and if I keep playing swingball I am going to have an arm like Popeye! lol

Now for a photo every day!

My youngest with a bow on her nose, being cute and my teen sat on a beanbag looking moody
My girls in the garden playing swingball and a box of plant pots
A tapestry kit. A swan
My girls doing some Easter colouring and the online game Hearthstone

88/366 - 28th March
Ellie had been in the garage playing with the craft stuff. I snapped this when she was being cute.

89/366 - 29th March
Becky looks depressed in this photo but she really wasn't. She was just engrossed in a game she was playing on her tablet.

90/366 - 30th March
The kids playing swingball. It is such fun!

91/366 - 31st March
My dad said he would drop a few plant pots over, I expected 10 at the most not this many! I got quite the surprise when I saw these on my doorstep. I've had a look on pinterest and there are a ton of craft ideas using them. It will give us something to do.

92/366 - 1st April
The lovely Elaine from Fun As a Gran said in her 366 blog post last week she had sent me a surprise and it arrived on Wednesday! After having a rough morning trying to get the girls to do their school and college work it was just what I needed to cheer me up! I can't wait to get started on it! Thank you! 

93/366 - 2nd April
The kids did not want to do any colouring until I printed out some Eater sheets. They decided to make some Easter cards for the rest of the family. They were on a good couple of hours.

94/366 - 3rd April
I've started playing Hearthstone again. It's an online game based on the other online game World of Warcraft. It's a card type came, sort of like Top Trumps. I like it.

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