Tuesday, 7 December 2021

What my girls are not getting for Christmas 2021.

A few years ago I wrote what my girls were not getting for Christmas it was a list full of overpriced toys, trainers, clothes and an iPhone. They have grown up a lot now and their tastes have changed so there are a lot less toys and thank goodness Becky realised Apple products are not all that. lol 

My girls are nosy so and so's and take interest in my blog at this time of year, reading to get hints about what they are getting for Christmas but I am not silly, everything I write about which they are getting they know about. hehehe

Christmas presents

To be honest this year has been hard to buy for my girls as they haven't really asked for much or have bought what they want themselves. Hmmf.

Ellie did say she wanted a new mobile phone as the camera on hers isn't that great but she also said she wanted a camera too. She is doing photography for one of her GCSE's at school so a camera of some sort is needed and it would be useful. It was a hard choice to make, new phone or camera. There is nothing wrong with her phone apart from the camera so it would be silly to buy a new phone when I could get a camera for half of the price. 

I was going to buy Becky some new trainers but with her first pay from work she bought some for herself. I was also going to buy her a new coat but the one she has her heart set on is around £100 which I think is stupid to pay when a very similar one is in Primark for about £35. I have said I will give her some money towards it but I won't be paying silly money for it which she has accepted.

Becky spotted a gorgeous ring on the Pandora website, the Disney Beauty and the Beast rose ring and I had thought about buying it for her but her girlfriend has got in there first. Hmmf. I have had to have a lot of discussions with "A", Becky's girlfriend so we don't double up on presents. She has sent me links to things that she was going to buy and I have had to say sorry but I've already got it. Oops.

Ellie is into a lot of different anime tv shows and a lot of her Christmas presents are to do with those but she has sent me links to various things which she won't be getting. There were quite a few hoodies off Amazon which didn't have great reviews and a backpack for £60 which I think was so overpriced. Ellie also sent me links to various websites which deliver to the UK but the delivery costs a small fortune, usually more than the item she wanted off that particular website.

Monopoly sets are the latest thing that Becky is into collecting and she gave me a list of about 15 different one's that she wanted. I think she might have been expecting quite a few but I have got her one and her girlfriend has. She already has about 4 different sets and I don't know where she is planning to put them if she gets many more, her bedroom isn't the biggest.

Despite not getting all of these things I don't think my girls will be disappointed on Christmas day as they are still getting a lot of things that they have asked for.

Is there anything on your children's Christmas list that they want but won't be getting?

Monday, 6 December 2021

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

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went perfectly and we ate everything on the days I had planned. It's been a while since that last happened so I am feeling very pleased with myself.

It might be just me but at this time of year it seems such an effort to meal plan. All I seem to think about is the food we will be eating over Christmas. I am saying to my family we're having no roast dinners until Christmas day, no party food until just before Christmas, the freezer is full of Christmas supplies and leaves little room for much else and I don't want to spend much on the food shop in the next couple of weeks so it just seems like a struggle. We will plod on, we will still eat well and we won't be hungry. I really should count my blessings.

As of writing this parents evening for Ellie is still happening this week. I am really shocked with how things are at the moment but it will be nice to see her teachers face to face considering we've never had a parents evening since Ellie has been at this school. I've heard her teachers and seen them on Zoom when we were doing home learning but I have never had much feedback about how she is doing at school in individual lessons. 

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Lasagne and garlic bread.
WednesdayFish fingers, chips and baked beans. 
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - A stir fry of some sort.
Sunday - Toad in the hole, mash & veg.

What are you eating this week?

I am linking up with Karen over at Cat's, Kids, Chaos who is now hosting the meal planning linky.

Sunday, 5 December 2021

I miss getting clothes out on the line. #MySundaySnapshot

It's that time of year when I struggle to get clothes dry. I can't get anything out on the washing line and I hate putting clothes into the tumble dryer as apart from it costing a fortune ours seems to shrink clothes despite me following the instructions on the labels. The dryer is only good for towels and bedding so we are using the airers and putting the clothes on them and getting them off is a job I really hate. It seems to take forever. Ugh. I am very glad that the bathroom is so warm so I can get plenty of washing dried in there.

Clothes on the airer

My Sunday Snapshot linky

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Week 48 of #Project365. 27th Nov - 3rd Dec. A photo every day for a year!

 What a week. The storm, snow, advent calendars, wrapping presents, more snow and shopping from Amazon. I am starting to get more excited about Christmas. Now we're into December it doesn't seem that long away and two weeks yesterday the kids break up from school. I am feeling pretty organised and I don't think I have that much to do apart from write out some Christmas cards. We received our first one yesterday. 

Now for a photo every day! 

Fence panels down
Christmas tree and chocolate pizza
Mini Haribo and Thanos
It's snowing!
Fortnite advent calendar

331/365 - 27th November
Our new fence didn't do too well in the storm, two of the panels came down and blew into next doors garden. Thankfully there was no damage done and during the week Stu put them back up making sure they were super secure. It really was a good test.

332/365 - 28th November
We put the tree and decorations up on Sunday. Another year where our tree still looks wonky no matter what we do with it. lol With all of the lights on it looks so cosy in here.

333/365 - 29th November
We have some leftover pizza dough leftover from the weekend which needed using up so I made a chocolate pizza. Chocolate spread, bananas, marshmallows and chocolate buttons. It was amazing.

334/365 - 30th November
Mini Haribo which is so cute! It came out of my advent calendar.

335/365 - 1st December
I had Avengers: Infinity War on the TV to help me along while wrapping Becky's presents. When I do Ellie's I will watch End Game. They are just the right length of films to get all the wrapping done.

336/365 - 2nd December
I woke up to this! I had looked at the weather forecast the night before and there was no mention of snow but there it was. I did settle but didn't actually last for long. It was gone by mid afternoon in the front street and lasted a little longer in the back garden.

337/365 - 3rd December
Someone of Twitter mentioned to me how the Fortnite Funko advent calendar was on sale on Amazon for nearly half price so I bought us one to share which I am regretting already as the girls are already arguing over it.

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