Wednesday 12 June 2024

Some summer clothes from Shein!

I feel like I am stepping way out of my comfort zone with this blog post. I have been sharing more photos of myself lately. More selfies and some of the nice outfits that I have been wearing but nothing like this, not a whole blog post of me! Eek!

Shein order

A couple of weeks ago I ordered from Shein, not just for myself but for the rest of my family too. It was a big order and I ordered some clothes that I would never have ordered this time last year. I have lost a bit of weight, I've started wearing more dresses and I am feeling more confident in myself.

I stepped way out of my comfort zone and bought a couple of skirts, I never wear skirts! The first one, the Corduroy Skirt which I mentioned in my Friday Favourite post was too big but I did manage to move the buttons and now it fits. The second one I didn't think was going to fit as it was the same size as the corduroy skirt but amazingly it did. The Flap Pocket Denim Skirt.

Grey sweater and black skirt

My thought is that I can wear it with boots and tights in the autumn and winter and a like the 
Square Neck Ribbed Knit Sweater I bought. I love the fit of it and it feels really nice. I did worry it might feel too woolly, I don't like that feeling on my skin but it's OK. In the warmer months I can wear it with a t-shirt, trainers or a light, short sleeved sweater like the 
Solid Color Batwing Sleeve Knit Top. Considering it's heavier than the grey sweater it feels much airier and cooler and not just because the sleeves are shorter.

Pink sweater and black skirt

A bought a few t-shirts and these two below were my favourite. The rainbow striped one just screamed summer to me. I can imagine wearing it with just about any set of pants or shorts that I own. The Puff Short Sleeve T-Shirt was not a colour I would usually go for but it was only a couple of pounds so I thought why not. I think it would go with something darker on my bottom half.

3 new outfits

The dress in the middle above, the Floral Print Square Neckline Spring Dress With Puff Sleeves was longer on me than I thought it was going to be but I like it. I was planning to wear it with leggings but I think I can get away wearing it without them whenever the summer decides to arrive.

When I ordered this High Neck Contrast Color Long Sleeve Dress I didn't expect to love it as much as I do! I had planned to keep it for the winter to wear with tights and my boots but when I tried it on I realised it goes so well with my white trainers and it's not as thick as it looks so would be perfect for the chilly days that we have been having lately.

High Neck Contrast Color Long Sleeve Dress

I think I look good in it and I definitely feel good in it. It really isn't something I would normally go for, the only reason I bought it was because it was on sale and I only paid around £3.

Now onto my favourites! The Striped Cinching Waist Dress!

Striped Cinching Waist Dress

This is so comfy and again not something I would usually wear. I tend to stay away from anything that has a lot of white on it as I always seem to attract dirt but I am being brave. I already know where I am going to wear this, we have something planned next month that it would be perfect for.

I seem to have a thing about dresses that have red on them so of course I was drawn to these. These are dresses that I will wear leggings under as they are a little on the short side to show more of my legs. The Summer Holiday Crop Elegant Ditsy Floral Dress With And Puff Sleeves seems to fit me so well and I love it. The leggings I am wearing underneath are just one's from Primark.

2 dresses

 Floral Print Batwing Sleeve Belted Dress was a bargain at just £5 and the material feels like it should cost more. I am glad I went for a bigger size in this as there isn't much give in the material. I feel good in it and I can see me wearing this a lot. 

I am so happy with what I bought from Shein. All of the items that I have mentioned were size 20 / 2XL apart from the floral dress above which I got in a size 22 / 3XL I also bought some bracelets which will be appearing soon and a black cardigan. I really do like the long cardigans from Shein as they always seem to be exactly the right length that I want, as long as my dresses! Oh and I random find was a Grey + Sloan Memorial Hospital sweatshirt, it was such a lucky find, I was just browsing and it was there. There was no mention in the description. I had to buy it.

Do you shop from Shein? What have you bought lately?

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Share our Lives - Foods to make for someone else!

This months Share Our Lives linky prompt is: Foods to make for someone else. It's always the simplest prompts which leave me puzzled at what to write. Like last months 5 Favourite and Least Favourite Foods, the favourite foods were easy but least favourite had me stumped but on the other hand I thought I would struggle to write about my Favourite Make up and Hair products but I ended up with quite the list.

This month I have decided to write about what each of my family members love me to make for them! They all have different tastes but I know what to make them to cheer them up if they are feeling down or as a treat.

Foods to make for someone else

My eldest!
Becky loves pasta and cheese so anything including those ingredients make the perfect meal for her. She would love me to make her home made lasagne but I just can't perfect it so that is a meal that she will always cook! Becky's favourite meal that I cook is such a simple one. I cook the pasta twists, mix a jar of the Homepride Pasta BakeCreamy Tomato and Herb sauce to the cooked pasta and then cover it with cheese. If I have enough time and patience she will get a side of garlic bread too, nothing fancy, just frozen garlic bread slices cooked in the air fryer!

My fella.
Stu loves traditional, hearty meals. Anything with mashed potato and gravy is a winner in his eyes. He loves the rare occasion that I cook a full on roast dinner with all the trimmings as he knows the next day I will make a pie using the leftovers. He loves my Leftover Roast Dinner Pie. It's all the good things about a roast dinner with added pie crust and chances are that I make too much pastry and end up making jam tarts which is one of his favourite sweet treats.

jam tarts and roast dinner pie

My youngest!
Ellie is all about rice and noodles which makes it so easy to whip up a meal for her from leftovers in the fridge. Her favourite type of meal is a stir fry and I tend not to use a recipe, I just add whatever we have in the fridge, chicken, mushrooms, peppers, onions then add a bit of soy and hoisin sauce and add a packet of microwave rice and either Supernoodles or Udon noodles. For her it feels like she's won the lottery if she finds some prawn crackers in the cupboard to go with it.

As a family meal!
On a Saturday evening we always have a nice, family meal together and now we're heading into summer we will be eating our favourite more. Burgers in buns, with fries, corn on the cob and onion rings! It's a meal I love making as I know it's something we all love. I have to get everyone's order right though. Breaded onion rings, not battered for Becky, no tomato in the buns for my girls, extra bacon on my fella's burger and no cheese on mine!

What are your favourite meals to make for your family?

Share our lives linky

I am linking up with:

 Adrienne from Mom Life with Adrienne.
Dara from Not In Jersey.
Joanne from Slices of Life.
Sarah from Toronto Sam.

Monday 10 June 2024

Our weekly meal plan! 10th - 16th June! #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well. We ate everything apart from the Sausage, apple and potato one-pan roast, we ended up having sausages, mash and baked beans. It was one of those days where we just wanted some comfort food.

I got the Gousto box delivered on Saturday which was a drama in it's self. The delivery guy tried to hand me a package which was not my Gousto box, I could see the red Gousto box in his van. He tried to tell me I was wrong until he checked his little scanner thing. Oops. Then when I was unpacking it I realised that there were 2 sausages were missing. It's the first time something has been missing from my box. If it had been something like a pepper or tomato I wouldn't have been bothered but the sausages were the main part of our meal on Saturday evening. I went on the website, said they were missing and was issued with a £3 voucher which I think is fair.

Why have I never made battered sausages before? I did on Saturday night and they were so good, I would say even better than from the chip shop! I will be making them again in the future.

We have decided for the rest of the month we won't be eating out or getting takeaways! (Apart from Father's Day). Becky and I won't even be going to Bingo, partly to save money but mostly because there will be football on with the Euro's starting. heheheh We have a few things happening in July and of course they cost money. If we save now we can really enjoy next month. 

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Stu's night to cook and he is making us pie, from the freezer, mashed potato and peas. I made plenty of mash yesterday so he doesn't have to.
Tuesday - Gousto meal - Spiced Black Pudding Scotch Egg With Chips And Salad. We have had this before and we loved it! The black pudding comes mixed with the sausage meat and it is delicious!
Wednesday - Gousto meal - Sweet & Sour Pork Meatballs With Rice.
Thursday - Gousto meal - Smoky BBQ Chicken With Crispy Potatoes And Pepper & Corn Salad.
Friday - Pizza! Shop bought one's out of the freezer.
Saturday - Gousto meal - Sticky Honey Mustard Posh Dogs With Chips.
Sunday - Father's Day and we're going out for a meal and might convince my dad to come too.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday 9 June 2024

Week 23 of #Project365 2nd - 8th June. A photo every day for a year!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good day! We are having a lazy one at home, no lunch out for us today as we're trying to save some pennies for some things that we have planned next month. We have had a quiet weekend so far, yesterday I caught up on the housework, unpacked a huge Shein order that we had made, got our Gousto order delivered and still found time to write a few blog posts.

The girls have kept me on my toes this week, I have felt quite stressed but everything has calmed down now and life feels back to normal. I am thinking I was already stressed without realising it, it was exam time for Ellie and she just sails through them when I do all the worrying, they were in the back of my mind and then when other things were added I felt it. Everything is good now and I feel like we're heading into summer and it's going to be a good one. We have a lot to look forward to

Now for a photo every day!

Me and workmen outside
My eldest and I and Pringles
Spotify and Shein order

154/365 - 2nd June
All dressed up for lunch at the pub! I love this dress from Shein, I got it in a size bigger and it is perfect for the summer as it's so light and airy. I got so excited the day before when it was delivered thinking it was my whole Shein order but they only sent a few things.

155/365 - 3rd June
More workmen outside! I don't even know what they were doing this time. They weren't the water board but were working near where they had been the other week. Then on Friday next door was getting work done, sawing and drilling. I didn't mind, I was up anyway but it did me a favour and woke the girls. I didn't have to do any nagging at all. lol

156/365 - 4th June
Rain! About 20 minutes before this I did think about putting washing out on the line. Both neighbours had some out so I thought it was going to stay dry. I am glad I got lazy and didn't bother! It chucked it down for a couple of hours.

157/365 - 5th June
Bingo with Becky. We had a fab night. A lovely meal and between us we won a free drink and £15 which meant it cost us nothing to pay bingo. I think we did well to win as it was quite busy. I liked it better when there was just a handful of other people playing bingo, it upped our chances of winning.

158/365 - 6th June
Tomato Ketchup Pringles! Stu saw someone with them at work and knew I would love them so he found out they were from Heron Foods and got me some! They are nice, they just taste like the Walkers/Leys ketchup crisps. I have asked him to get me more as I have almost finished this tube.

159/365 - 7th June
The girls have been listening to new music on a Friday for the last couple of months and it was finally my week to get excited with Bon Jovi's new album, Forever being released. I like it! 

160/365 - 8th June
My Shein order finally arrived, I would like to say I have waited ages but it's only been just over a week but it has felt like forever. It had something for everyone, t-shirts for Becky & Stu, a few outfits for Ellie and some for me.

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