Sunday, 19 September 2021

The best pizza! #MySundayPhoto

On Saturday we went out for something to eat, continuing Becky's birthday celebrations after being to an arcade place. When we had eaten out to celebrate Ellie's birthday at Wetherspoons Ellie had got herself a pizza and we all had regrets that we didn't get one. It looked so good. We made up for it and myself and my girls got pizza when we ate out for Becky's birthday. I had a BBQ chicken one and it was amazing!!! It was one of those meals that I thought about for days afterwards!


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Saturday, 18 September 2021

Week 37 of #Project365. 11th - 17th September. A photo every day for a year!

Another week has flown over. We seem to have dropped back into the school routine quite easily although getting up on a morning is still a struggle even with the early nights we've all been having.

Every day I seem to be getting a message from Ellie's school with an update about Covid cases. It's not good. There has been lots of positive cases. Three in Ellie's year on and one of them from someone in her class on Wednesday and yesterday there was another 13 positive cases reported. Ugh. It is stressing me out and it feels like it's just a matter of time before Ellie catches it.

Our local auction has been closed for a couple of weeks, it was their summer holiday and it's opening back up today and we should be going to bid on a few things. I am very excited to see people and have a few hours out of the house.

Now for a photo every day!

My eldest & fella on an arcade machine
Science homework
Fortnite win and paint in water
Lip balm
Scrambled egg on toast and music on my phone

247/365 - 11th September
We went to an arcade place over the weekend. We all had a great time. There was retro games like Streetfighter, Donkey Kong, VR machines, Air Hockey and so much more. We could have easily spent more than 2 hours there.

248/365 - 12th September
Science homework for Ellie that I could help with. I know about the periodic table, I remember learning about it at school.

249/365 - 13th September
A new season of Fortnite and my first win of the season. A sneaky one. There was me and someone else left and they must have gave up or ended up killing themselves. I'll take it though, a win is a win. hehehe

250/365 - 14th September
I tried out a craft subscription box and did some marbling. It's something I had never done before and had great fun with it.

251/365 - 15th September
It's that time of the year where I start using a lot of lip balm. I really need to buy more, this is over a year old. Eek! 

252/365 - 16th September
I have been trying out a food delivery service and Thursday's breakfast was scrambled egg on country style bread.

253/365 - 17th September
I had a walk out to my dads and this was what I was listening to on the way. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is one of my all time favourite soundtracks.

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Friday, 17 September 2021

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


This past week has flown over. It has been a good week where everything seemed to go to plan and we seem to have found a good routine. 

Becky had a wonderful birthday weekend. She got all of the presents she wanted and more, had a fun day at the arcade place which I must write about and had a great time at her girlfriends nieces Christening. She went to college straight from her girlfriends which I was worried about but she got there on time. She came home Monday evening and was shattered. It was early nights all around.

The kids have settled in well back at school and college. I can't get across how much Ellie is loving school at the moment. She is excited every day, she's even coming home and excited to show me her homework and she's been doing it straight away. She is in such a good routine. Over the last couple of years she hasn't been great at doing her homework but now she's excelling herself. I am hoping it lasts for the next couple of years until she leaves school.

Stu and I have found a new routine. He gets a lie in on a Monday, his day off from work and I get to have one if I choose on a Wednesday. This week I didn't, I took the time for myself and had a soak in the bath and a bit of a pamper. It was nice but now I am thinking I should have had the lie in, I was tired yesterday despite going to bed every night at a sensible time. Even the kids have got back into the routine of going to bed early. After them staying up late during the summer holidays I thought it would have been more or a struggle getting back into a decent sleep routine but it's gone well. 

I am back to doing the majority of the housework and jobs around the house now that the kids are back at school and college. I do a room a day doing a deep clean, the kids do their own bedrooms and then just have to hoover where is needed and wipe the kitchen benches and bathroom down every day.

To be honest I am surprised I have stuck to my housework routine with the new season of Fortnite starting. I stopped playing for a while because I wasn't feeling the love for it but I am hooked again. Everything seems simple. 

I am keeping up with my exercising. I do it on a morning as soon as Ellie leaves from school. I keep the curtains closed so no one can see and follow a work out routine off YouTube. I am so pleased that I have actually lost some weight. It's been a few weeks since I weighed myself and I've lost 4 pounds. At first I wasn't that impressed but then I had a word with myself and thought it's heading in the right direction and I should be proud of myself. I am frustrated that I can't go on the treadmill at the moment as I've hurt my ankle. I don't even know how, it's just hurts when I run. Hmmf.

How has your week been? I hope you've had a good one!

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Thursday, 16 September 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Trying out Craftiosity! A craft subscription box.

Now that the kids are back at school I have a whole two days to myself and I have been trying to come up with things to occupy my time. There is only so much housework I can do. Recently I was sent a craft subscription box from Craftiosity to try out which gave me something to do for a couple of hours.

Craftiosity! A craft subscription box.
Craftiosity craft box

Each month a limited edition craft kit is sent out from Craftiosity. It could be macrame, ceramics, book binding or something completely different! Beautifully packaged, the box will arrive full of inspiration and all the materials, tools and instructions to make a complete project.

Each box contains:

A limited edition craft kit to make a complete project.
All the tools & materials you’ll need (you’ll just need household items like a pencil or ruler).
Clear step by step photo instructions
Online video tutorial.
A little something for your pinboard.
And regular surprises too!

The kit that I was sent was the Marbled Candle Holder Craft Kit. It really was beautifully packed and contained everything I needed including a wooden candle holder, a plastic tray which I didn't expect, white paint, a paintbrush, 2 marbling inks and disposable gloves (non-latex) which came in very handy.

Inside the Craftiosity box

For this project I was to be putting a marble design onto a modern candle holder. I have never tried marbling before but thought it was something which was a faff to do and very messy but it really wasn't.

There was a sheet with clear instructions on and if I got stuck I could watch a video tutorial. I didn't need to as the instructions were enough. I had to paint the candle holder, half fill the plastic tub with water and add drops of the marbling inks and then dip the candle holder in.

Painting the candle holder
Candle holder

I was so impressed with the finished candle holder. It isn't perfect, I didn't managed to cover all of it but I like it. I actually thought I had done it wrong with big blocks of colour but on the instructions say big blocks are fine as well as smaller more detailed marbling.

This kit gave me the chance to try something I would never have thought of ever trying, it gave me a little boost and confidence to try new things. Everything included is of great quality and there is leftover paint which can and will be used for something else. I have looked back on the previous kits and there are so many that I would have loved to have tried, especially the Christmas themed one's.

You can subscribe easily to Craftiosity for £24.95 a month with free UK delivery and you can cancel your subscription at any time. You can also gift the boxes in a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

I was sent the Craftiosity subscription box free of charge in exchange for this blog post.