Wednesday, 16 June 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Ocean Free Fantasy Hand Sanitiser for Children!

A couple of years ago hand sanitiser wasn't a big thing then the virus came along and just over a year ago along with loo rolls, pasta and tins of tomatoes hand sanitiser was impossible to buy. Now things are getting back to normal and we can now buy everything that was in short supply but even though life is getting back to normal we are keeping up with the hand sanitising.

The UK's leading manufacturer in hand sanitisers and disinfectants, Ocean Free have released a kids range of sanitiser products.

Ocean Free Fantasy Hand Sanitiser for Children

The Fantasy Hand Sanitiser kills 99.999% of many common germs and is also proven to be effective against enveloped viruses and yeast. It contains 70% ethanol to ensure quick effective hand sanitisation which is ideal for children.

Rigorously tested to all current applicable BS EN standards, the tried and tested formula quickly evaporates leaving hands feeling soft and refreshed due to its moisturising properties.

Use and application of hand sanitisers need to be supervised, and only a pea-sized applied to a child's hands to ensure effective hygiene and safety.

Using Hand Sanitiser

A lot of hand sanitiser stinks. You can really smell the alcohol and when you sniff your hands it hits the back of your throat. This smells amazing! It makes me think of candyfloss. With it smelling nice and it being pink it would really appeal to children. The unicorn on the label is just an added bonus.

Both Ellie and I have been using this and she really likes it. It has left our hands feeling great and it is something I wish was around this time last year.

The Fantasy hand sanitiser gel comes in a 500ml bottle which is available to buy from the Ocean Free website for £5.99 along with a 5 litre container which is ideal to refill the smaller pump dispenser bottle. The 5L container costs £15.99.

If you don't fancy the pretty pink scented hand sanitiser you can always opt for the non-scented and choose the handy tubes which will fit in to bags or pockets.

Hand Sanitiser Gel

I was sent a selection of hand sanitiser in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Memories of my Great Aunt.

I had quite a few great aunts but one by one, over the years they have passed away. My Aunty Jean was the last of that generation and passed away late on Thursday night. She was unwell for a few weeks. She broke her hip, had surgery, came home from hospital but then started to struggle with her breathing. She had COPD which didn't help but was just too weak to fight off the chest infection. She died peacefully with her daughter and niece holding her hands which brings me some comfort.

My grandmother passed away just before I was born so her sister, my dad's aunt, my great aunt took the role of a grandmother and she has always been in my life.

My great aunt, brother and me.

My Aunty Jean was a massive part of my life. I remember going to her house every Friday night when I was kid. She would always make my parents a cup of tea and then bring her little tables out and fill them with plates of sandwiches and cakes. Tinned salmon sandwiches were her thing. She always kept a cupboard full of toys for my brother and I to play with but I used to really enjoy her trying to teach me how to knit. I was never good at it but she was always so patient.

Until she retired she used to work in a crisp factory and would bring big bags of about 50 packets of crisps, the one's that had faulty packaging. Those crisps would always taste better than the one's my mum would buy even though they were sometimes the same brand and flavour.

My parents both worked full time when I was a child and Aunt Jean would help out when it came to decorating. She was amazing at wallpapering and really enjoyed doing it. She always used to tell the story about how she had decorated and the next week there was pen all over the newly papered wall. I had done it. Oops. I don't remember her telling me off but I am sure she must have had words with me.

She was the one who took me to the hospital when I fell down the stairs when I was little. My grandad rang her because my parents were out working and couldn't be contacted, there was no such thing as mobile phones almost 40 years ago. I can just to say remember her shouting at my grandad for letting me eat cereal. I think she was worried I might have needed surgery, I didn't. She never let my grandad forget that. hehehe

My great aunt with my eldest

When my mother ran off with a man she met on the internet and my dad was obviously devastated and Aunty Jean was first person I phoned and she came to help me help my dad. Since then she always worried about my dad and was so happy when we moved just up the road from him. 

My Aunty Jean was the one who taught me how to bake, my scones have never been as good as hers but I am getting better at them. She was also an expert at making muffins. Whenever she visited it was chocolate one's for me and banana one's for Stu and the girls.

She has always doted on the girls. She didn't have any grandchildren of her own so adored my two. She would spoil them rotten. It was always pj's for Christmas from her and stationery for their birthdays and the return to school. Apart from Stu she was my biggest support when the girls were diagnosed with their heart problems and had their surgeries. She was always there at the end of the phone. She worried so much about the girls but as they have got older she was so proud of the young ladies they have become. 

I remember wanting to tell her that Becky had a girlfriend and Becky wasn't keen. She is an older generation and Becky didn't want to upset her. I took the plunge and told her, she asked if Becky was sure and that was it. She was happy for her. She was the one who first joked about the fact that there would be no surprise babies appearing. lol

My great aunt and my girls

The last time we saw my Great Aunt was just before Christmas 2019. Then Covid happened and we never got to see her again but I am glad. I am happy to remember her how she was and not how was at the end. My dad said she had a good innings and she did. He saw her a few weeks ago and said she looked so frail and old. She's always looked old to me but I knew what he meant, old as in tired. I think the last year of not being able to get out and about because of Covid and hardly seeing anyone wore her down. We used to ring her and send her cards and letters and it makes me sad we couldn't do more, visit and have more time with her.

I could write so much about my Aunty Jean but I think I will leave it here. I couldn't not write anything as she was such an important person in my life. Her daughter said she was an important person in so many lives and she doesn't think my Aunty Jean realised how important she was. She is going to be missed by me and many others.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 14th - 20th June. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went well. We ate everything apart from the burgers in buns on Saturday because it was just Ellie, Stu and me at home and Stu suggested getting a takeaway. I think it was just to cheer me up. After the news on Friday morning of my great aunt passing away, I'm OK, it was expected, being woken up by someone doing DIY, not getting my lie in and getting my 2nd vaccine I wasn't in the best of moods on Saturday. The takeaway did cheer me up and it was a bonus that I didn't have to cook. We had leftover pizza on Sunday and then just a sandwich for tea. It was just too hot to cook anyway.

Becky was at her girlfriends over the weekend and had a couple of takeaways including a McDonalds. Eesh. lol Her and her girlfriend have decided they are doing a weekend here and then a weekend at the A's house. It makes sense and gives me a break from having them both here every weekend. It also gives A chance to see her mum a bit more.

I have decided for the next few weeks while the football, Euro 2020 is on I will be making meals which are quick to make or can be easily reheated because there isn't much time between matches and I want to watch as many as I can. I am not a football fan until it comes the the big tournaments.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Burgers in buns with fries.
Wednesday - Jacket potatoes with baked beans or whatever toppings the kids want.
Thursday - Sweetcorn Fritters with salad.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Chicken stir fry with noodles.
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Meal planning linky

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Into the thick of it. #MySundayPhoto

 Thanks to TikTok I have had a song in my head for the last week. Into the thick of it, from the kids tv show from years ago, The Backyardigans. I remember Becky used to love it.

Into the thick of it.
Into the thick of it.
Into the thick of it (ugh).
We're tramping through the bush.
On and on, we push.
Into the thick of it.
But we can't see where we're going.

It makes me think of my garden. It is a little wild looking at the moment. The wildflowers are growing well and I could just imagine the The Backyardigans trampling around in it. 

My wild garden