Saturday 30 November 2019

Week 48 of #Project365 - A photo every day for a year!

The Christmas decorations are up, they weren't supposed to be until tomorrow but I just couldn't wait. I bet by Christmas day I'm sick of them. lol The kids have their advent calendars ready for tomorrow and we're really getting in the Christmas spirit now. 

Now for a photo every day!

327/365 - 23rd November
We had a rare Saturday where we all stayed in for the day. We watched films, played games and enjoyed each other's company.

328/365 - 24th November
My little plant is doing well. It was the one I got for 60 odd pence in the reduced section in Tesco. Usually when I have plants they die. lol

329/365 - 25th November
I got this bag for my birthday and moved everything out of my old handbag into it.

330/365 - 26th November
Becky had her check up at the hospital, everything went well and she's back in 18 months. When we went a couple of weeks ago for Ellie's check up we found a cafe so had to go back with Becky. The food is so good and bargain price. I got all of that for just over £5.00

331/365 - 27th November
The Christmas trees went up. The kids decorated one each. We only have two because they were bargain prices. £5 for the one Ellie was decorating and £2 for the one Becky was doing. From the local auction of course. hehehe

332/365 - 28th November
Becky and I were taste testing the Jelly Belly American Holiday Favourite jelly beans. They are rather yummy!

333/365 - 29th November
It was nice to see blue sky and some sunshine. 

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(Ad - Gifted) Harry Potter Lex-Go! - Review!

I am sure you all know that my family and I are big fans of anything Harry Potter so when I was given the chance to review the word game Harry Potter Lex-Go I jumped at the chance.

The Classic Word Game Lex-GO! meets the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Lex-GO! is one 'L' of a super-fast word game. Race against other players to get rid of all your playing card tiles by creating words, swapping letters and even attacking other players' words. 

To play you shuffle all the letter tiles face down then each player takes 10 tiles but keeps them face down.

One player shouts 'Lex-Go!' and everyone flips over their tiles. It is a race to create words and get rid of all your letter tiles. When you make a word you put it in the middle of the table, the play area.

You can attack another player's word by adding or replacing a letter tile or letter tiles and you can swap a tile replacing one of your letter tiles for one in the draw pile. You must shout 'Swap' as you do this.

When you have got rid of all your letter tiles you shout 'Lexicon'. If all the tiles you placed spell real words you win that round. Shuffle the tiles and play again. The first player to win five rounds is the winner!

The Rules!
No plurals, No proper nouns, unless they are Harry Potter nouns, No one-letter words, No acronyms or abbreviations, unless they are Harry Potter related.

In this special Harry Potter Edition of Lex-Go!, there are special spell tiles to increase your chances of winning:

 EXPELLIARMUS tile allows a player to mess up another player’s tiles.
DEPULSO tile allows a player to banish one of their tiles from the round if they need to.
REVELIO tile allows a player to look at any number of tiles in the draw pile before choosing which to swap.
STUPEFY tile allows a player to freeze another player out the game for 10 seconds.
POLYJUICE POTION tile can be any letter.

If you can spell 'SNITCH' to instantly win the round.

We love this game. It is one we can all play as a family and we have had more than a few games. As well as it being fun it's educational too without my girls realising.

It took a couple of rounds to get the hang of the game but once we all did there was no stopping us. Rounds can last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. Each round goes by so quickly that you’ll just want to keep playing more and more.

The spells add some fun and chaos to the game and only a couple of arguments. hehehe My family get so competitive with each other. Eesh!

You don't have to be a Harry Potter fan to play this game but it does help especially when it comes to using Harry Potter themed words. For example when playing a game with my dad he would say "muggle" isn't a real word but in the Harry Potter world it is. hehehe

Harry Potter Lex-Go! is available from Waterstones, Amazon and The Works for around £14.99 and is suitable for ages 8 and upwards.

We were sent Harry Potter Lex-Go free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Friday 29 November 2019

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

I have done a fair bit of shopping the past week and I've got myself quite a few bargains.

I started the week getting a massive food shop from Iceland. It was to fill the freezer I bought a few weeks ago in an auction local to us. It was a bargain buy for £26 and in the long run will save us money, in fact it already has. I spent £130, mostly on freezer stuff and it is going to feed us until I get the Christmas food shop on the 23rd of December. 

Now the weekend is almost here I don't have to do another big shop and I've worked out our food bill this week will come to about £20. We need bread, milk, ham, baked beans, fruit and maybe a bottle of wine, way better than the usual £100 I spend.

Ellie has been going on about the Smiggle Advent calendar for months has been begging for me to buy it for her. She is a big fan of Smiggle. A while ago I said no way! It was £28 and in my opinion over priced and she has been watching it drop in price and last weekend it was down to £18. Still way more than I'd usually pay but I am being soft this year trying to keep the Christmas magic alive now that my girls don't believe in Santa. I ordered it and it arrived during the week. It's actually bigger than I thought it was and Ellie is so happy with it. I've just checked and now it's down to £16. lol

I took advantage of The Entertainer Toy Shop having a Black Friday sale. They have some great bargains, a lot half price or better. I got a big box of things, mostly for Ellie delivered and just a couple of things for Becky. She's a little too old for that shop now which makes me so sad, another sign that she's growing up. Although I did get the Friends Trivia Game which I can't wait to play with her. We're both big Friends fans so it will be interesting to see who knows more. 

After Becky had her heart check on Tuesday (she's fine and is back in 18 months) her, Stu and I went and did some Christmas shopping in town. Because Ellie had the Smiggle advent calendar Becky needed a fancy one too and she already knew what she was going to get. The 12 day Pringles one and a 12 day bath fizzer one from B&M. They both were still actually cheaper than the Smiggle one. lol. We also bought a ton of new Christmas decorations. I went way over the top and probably have more than we need but it's the first Christmas in this new house, I want it to be special. 

I had planned on waiting to put the Christmas trees up until the 1st of December but I wanted to check they would fit where I'd planned to put them and once they were up there was no point in taking them down for a few days and while they were up we might as well decorate them. hehehe Ellie did one and Becky did the other. We've gone for two smaller trees this year instead of a big one.

I am hoping that this time in a couple of weeks I'll be finished the present shopping and made a start on the wrapping.

Thursday 28 November 2019

(Ad - Gifted) The Jelly Belly American Holiday Favourites!

The Jelly Belly jelly beans are something my girls expect to find in their stockings now on Christmas morning. They are a tasty treat and there is so many different flavours. They love them and just in time for Christmas Jelly Belly have launched their seasonal range, the American Holiday Favourites Collection are ready to warm hearts and delight your taste buds.

Sweet lovers will experience a holiday flavour adventure with these classic and beloved flavour profiles:

Pumpkin Pie: Every family has their own recipe and the Jelly Belly family is no different! Warm flavours of ginger, pumpkin spice and a hint of golden crust merge on the palate to create a flavour befitting the finest Thanksgiving celebration.

Cranberry Sauce: The tart flavour of cranberry combined with the sweetness of a Jelly Belly jelly bean, the flavour is a refreshing burst that brings to mind crisp autumn evenings.

Hot Chocolate: All the creamy cocoa flavour with none of the waiting as it cools down. Experienced Jelly Belly bean connoisseurs will combine two Hot Chocolate beans with one Toasted Marshmallow bean to fulfill their inner child.

 Egg Nog: Ask our flavour team and you’ll learn the key to good egg nog is the perfect balance of nutmeg. No alcohol in this recipe, just a creamy taste with the right amount of spice.

Candy Cane: Jelly Belly fans wait all year for this effervescent peppermint flavour. Speckled with green and red, just like a candy cane, mint lovers rejoice.

Becky and I have been taste testing these this morning and there are some flavours we love and some we're not so keen on. I liked the Egg Nog but Becky didn't and she loved the Pumpkin Pie one and I didn't. We both loved the Hot Chocolate and the Candy Cane one's. It's all down to personal taste. The flavours really do come through and they are such a treat to have.

For the adults stockings there is the Sparkling Wine Jelly Belly jelly beans! The Sparkling Wine’s signature flavour stands out in this non alcoholic treat, ideal for Christmas day, New Year’s Eve and adult snacking.

 The Sparkling Wine Jelly Belly beans have all the flavour of a glass of the real thing in a petite package. A sweet way to add a little bubbly to any celebration. These miniature bottles are filled with 42 grams of the non-alcoholic flavour.

Do you like Jelly Beans? What is your favourite flavour?

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I’m a Celebrity blog fun.

I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out is back on our TV's again and I am a big fan! I love Ant & Dec and I love seeing celebrities put in awful situations. hehehe A few weeks ago I spotted the "I'm a Celebrity Tag" on Kate's blog from years ago and thought I would join in with it.

1. What one thing about being a parent makes you scream “Get me out of here!”
The kids bickering. They will bicker and snipe at each other over the smallest of things. It drives me insane. Like who has the most sweets, the biggest portion of food, who has tidied their bedroom the best and sometimes even just looking at one another can cause them to argue!

2. What qualities would you bring to the jungle?
I like to get things done so I would keep people motivated.

3. How are you likely to annoy people in your were stuck with them for 3 weeks?
I do complain about silly things like being to cold or hot, I get angry if I'm hungry and I snore. Oops.

4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?
Liver. My parents used to feed my brother and I it. Liver and onions. Ugh! I hated it but it was one of those meals which we were made to eat if we wanted to leave the table to play.

5. What item would you smuggle into the jungle with you?
My mobile phone. I would love to keep in touch with family, update my social media and of course my blog.

6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
I left my hometown, friends and family when Becky was 4 years old to be with Stu. It felt like a big risk at the time but it worked out and we are still happily together now.

7. Who would you miss most if you went into the jungle with a bunch of strangers?
It would have to be my fella and my girls, although I think the break from them would be nice. 

8. What celebrity alive or dead would you like to have with you in the jungle and why?
Bear Grylls. He would make the whole experience a lot easier with his survival skills.

9. What would scare you about being in the jungle?
Everything. The bugs, spiders, sleeping outside, crossing the bridge. I would be an utter wimp.

10. After leaving the jungle, you go to a luxury hotel. What would be the first thing you do on reaching your hotel?
I would have to have a long soak in a bubble bath.

11. Who do you think should win the Jungle Crown this year?
I really like Jacqueline Jossa. The first trial she did with the spiders was brilliant and she really stepped up. She did so well and she seems like a really down to earth person. The fact she's missing her kids really pulls on the heart strings too.

12. Who is your least favourite celebrity in the jungle and why?
Nadine Coyle. I am not a fan of her's. I don't know why but as of a few days ago I hadn't really warmed to her. She doesn't seem to have much about her.

13. Which celebrity has surprised you most and how?
Caitlyn Jenner! I expected not to like her at all and thought she was more like the Kardashians who in my opinion are a little bit crazy and love themselves but Caitlyn is of course still a little crazy but she's a good sport. I didn't expect her to get her hands dirty and help around the camp but she really is!

Are you an I'm a Celeb fan? Who do you want to win?

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Christmas Advent Calendars that I would love.

Advent calendars have changed since I was a child. My brother and I had one with just pictures in, there was no chocolate. Eesh. It was only when I was a teenager I got one that had chocolate in.

My girls have had chocolate one's, one's with bath bombs in, toys and goodness knows what else. There is such a huge selection now and I think they are brilliant.

If money was no issues I would happily have a few for myself to make December a little more fun. These are some which have caught my eye.

Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar - £25.00 - Joe & Sephs.

Kick-start the Christmas countdown with the world’s first Popcorn Advent Calendar! Illustrated as a snow-covered, Joe & Seph’s Victorian shop-front, the calendar opens like a giant Christmas storybook. Behind each of the 24 doors are snack sized packets of our artisan popcorn in 12 unique flavours,from Salted Caramel to Speculoos Chocolate Orange and Banoffee Pie.

The Irish Cream Liqueur Advent Calendar - £19.99 - The Bottle Club

This special treat of an advent calendar counts down to Christmas Day with Baileys, the world's all time favourite Irish Cream Liqueur. With 3 gorgeous flavours Irish Cream, Coffee & Orange Truffle Liqueur.

Tower Advent Calendar - £59.99 - Yankee Candle.

It's beautiful alpine inspired design opens up concertina style to reveal 24 individual windows to open each day with a selection of new and best loved Yankee Candle fragrances and accessories including small jar candles, Votives, Tea lights, Wax Melts and more.

The Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two - £45.00 - Whittard.

Tis' the season for chocolate-filled merriment and I'm quite partial to mine served with steaming hot milk. Whittard have dedicated 24 days to all things hot chocolate with their hot chocolate advent calendar for two. There's 8 delectable flavours to discover. Luxury and festive Christmas spice to creative, cutting-edge concoctions Sticky Toffee Pudding and Peanut Butter. 

POP! Vinyl Harry Potter Advent Calendar - £38.00 - John Lewis.

Celebrate the Wizarding World and the 2019 winter season with a Funko Pop! 24-piece advent calendar. Spend the holidays with your favourite witches, wizards and magical creatures with a surprise character behind every window.

2019 Stationery Advent Calendar - £35.00 - Paperchase.

The Paperchase Stationery advent calendar includes notebooks, pens & pencils, a Paperchase voucher and so much more. The countdown to Christmas has never felt so rewarding... or inky.

Dream Big This Christmas Deluxe Advent Calendar - £65.00 - The Body Shop.

Introducing the deluxe advent calendar of your dreams. This Christmas, The Body Shop wants you to imagine a Christmas where anything is possible. There are 25 treats from our favourite collections, including skincare bestsellers, deliciously-scented bath and body, make-up and more

Tipsy Tree Advent Calendar (Wine) - £85 - Find Me A Gift.

This tipple-filled tree gives a whole new meaning to decorating the Christmas tree! With a lovely display of fabulous drinks, this is no ordinary festive tree. In fact, it’s so much better you might not even want to bother with a traditional tree this year! Instead of baubles, this wonderful tree contains 24 bottles of your favourite alcoholic drink to get you in the festive spirit. Each bottle is numbered so you can countdown Christmas with a delightful drink each day.

Do you fancy any of these?

Tuesday 26 November 2019

My girls don't believe so I'm trying to keep the Christmas magic alive.

I knew it was going to happen. I knew there would come a time where both of my girls didn't believe in Santa. The time has happened and I have a pair on non-believers. Hmmf.

Last year I knew that Ellie didn't believe but she kept playing along. I knew we were running on borrowed time and this year the game is up. It was nice while it lasted but a month or so ago Ellie said to me she needed to talk. I thought it was something serious, she just wanted to say that she knew Santa wasn't real and she knew that her dad and I bought the presents, drank the milk and ate the mince pie on Christmas eve, filled the stockings and even moved the Elf on the shelf. I felt so sad.

Now that Ellie is in on the big secret I have suggest she is in charge of our Christmas elf and move her around each day. It will be fun to see what mischief she comes up with.

Ellie knows now that I shop for her presents she seems to have stopped asking for ridiculous things like ride on unicorns and over priced LOL branded things and is all about sensible shopping now. She has been suggesting realistic things that she wants and thankfully what she's asking for is not overpriced.

The kids have been more involved with the present buying this year. When we have been to town they have been suggesting things that we have seen. I am going to keep some of the mystery and surprise them with their smaller presents. At the moment Ellie knows she's getting a printer for her phone photos and a new scooter and Becky knows she's getting an xbox one but that's all they know. Everything else will be a surprise.

Our Christmas tree will be going up on the 1st of December and all of the decorations too. I think we are going to have to buy a few more bits as this house seems bigger and there is more places to decorate. I am going to let the kids choose what new decorations we get this year.

I am planning to buy the kids new Christmas jumpers. The last one's they had were sent to us to review way back in 2014! They stretched and when Becky had finished with her's it was passed down to Ellie.

The Older Boy Green Minecraft Christmas Jumper for Ellie - £13.00 and the Coca Cola Santa Christmas Jumper for Becky - £13.00 both from Primark, the Harry Potter one for me - £14.00 and the Star Wars one for Stu - £16.00 both from Asda.

This year I have decided that the kids are going to have some Christmas bedding too. I always thought of it as way over the top but now nothing it too much to keep us feeling festive. I have suggested to Stu that we should get some too and he is being a Scrooge at the moment and is saying no. I have seen a Harry Potter Christmas duvet set which is so pretty. I might just buy it and see if he notices. hehehe

The girls will of course have their normal chocolate advent calendars this year but I have bought them an extra one too. Ellie has the Smiggle stationary one and Becky is planning to choose one for herself today while we are in town. I think she'll go for a bath bomb one of the Pringles one.

We will of course be making Gingerbread Houses like we do every year. I always buy the ready made one's which just need putting together and decorating. 

We will be going to see the Christmas lights being switched on later this week and I want to go to the Christmas carol concert on Christmas eve in the town centre. The kids are not convinced about this but I think it will be nice.

I was on The Entertainer website doing some Christmas shopping (they have some great bargains at the moment) and I spotted the Sneaky Cheeky Elf Garden. I have no idea what it is. I imagine it being like the Fairy Garden which we reviewed years ago but Christmas themed.

I will of course still be making up Christmas eve boxes for the girls. New pj's, hot chocolate, some sweets and maybe a Christmas DVD.

Christmas might not be about Santa now but it will still be magical and a lot of fun. We're just finding a new way of doing things.

Monday 25 November 2019

Our weekly meal plan! 25th Nov - 1st Dec. #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan was a bit hit and miss. We ate some of the meals I had planned and scrapped a few and changed a couple around. Nothing went to waste and that's all that matters.

I decided on Saturday instead of the Chinese fakeaway which we moved to yesterday we needed something hearty and filling and I made a small roast dinner. It was lovely. We never had a roast on a Saturday and it felt like such a treat.

On Saturday I got a food shop from Iceland and three quarters filled the freezer that we bought a few weeks ago. I am hoping that I won't have to do anymore big food shops until Christmas. I will of course have to buy fresh stuff but I can get bread, milk and fruit from the little Tesco shop.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Mince and dumplings with mashed potato.
Tuesday -  BBQ Chicken chargrills and rice
Thursday - Salmon, broccoli & pea risotto.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Hot dogs in buns with fries.
Sunday - Giant Yorkshire puddings filled with chicken breast slices, mash & veg.

What are you eating this week?

Saturday 23 November 2019

Week 47 of #Project365 - A photo every day for a year!

What a week. There's been tears and tantrums (from me), hospital appointments (Ellie's heart check) and of course my birthday which was over in a blink of an eye. Why is it birthdays only seem to last half the time of normal days. Hmmf. I've had some ups and downs this past week but all is good now. 

Now for a photo every day!

318/365 - 16th November
On Saturday I had been blogging for 7 years. There of course had to be cake. This little blog of mine is a big part of my families life.

319/365 - 17th November
Becky my teenager loves the Brussels Sprout Christmas crisps from Walkers. Personally I think they taste disgusting. The Glazed Ham one's are my favourite.

320/365 - 18th November
It was such a bright morning and the moon was still out. I remember when Ellie was little she used to get so excited about seeing the moon. Usually she was in bed when it was out so seeing it during the day was a real treat. It made me think of her.

321/365 - 19th November
A not so bright morning and it was so frosty. I was glad that I didn't have to rush out. Stu went to work on his bike which I wasn't happy about, it was still icy. He made it there safely but I can see him having to either leave the bike at home or walk with it when more ice comes. 

322/365 - 20th November
We spent the morning at the hospital for Ellie's heart check. All is good, no change from last year, the valves are still leaking but it's nothing serious & we're back in 18 months. We had a toilet break and took a quick photo to take our mind of tests and doctors.

323/365 - 21st November
My birthday and I was well and truly spoilt rotten. It's the most presents and cards I've had in years and the photo above is not everything. lol I spent the day smiling and saying I was so so happy. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. 

324/365 - 22nd November
My new favourite candle. Gingerbread. It was a bargain, only a few pounds from Home Bargains.

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Friday 22 November 2019

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

I feel like I have so much to be grateful for this past week!

I have been blogging for seven years, Saturday gone and I am grateful to the people who support my little space on the internet. It means a lot to me.

This week didn't start off great with me not feeling too well. I am putting it all down to the stress of the missing parcel last week and Ellie's heart check up this week. I almost cancelled my birthday earlier in the week when I was being a total drama queen. I'm glad I didn't. I had a lot of support which I am grateful for.

It was the first time visiting the local hospital to have a heart check and it's a big ruddy hospital. Of course the children's outpatients is nowhere near the normal outpatients so we got totally lost. A few passers by were lovely enough to stop and point us in the right direction. They made a stressful morning a lot easier and I am grateful for that.

We met the Ellie's new consultant for her heart and she is lovely. She really reassured me. She said there is no change in her heart since last year and said if there is no change at all in the next few years she might never need any more heart surgery. She can't promise that but it is fantastic news. Ellie's heart has always been the worst out of her's and her sisters so that is the best news. She also told me that they want me under their care so I will be going for a check on my heart sometime in the new year. I was born with a hole in my heart and it closed naturally but about 10 years ago when I had a scan I was told I had leaky valves. They want to keep an eye on that. Eek!

Yesterday was my birthday and I have never felt so loved. My family spoilt me rotten. I got everything I wanted and more. Becky had one of her days off college and stayed home and her gift to me was to do the housework. There wasn't much to do. Just the tidying and hoovering but it meant so much. I was so grateful to have to full day off being a responsible adult. hehehe

So many people wished me happy birthday on social media and the lovely Jayne from Sticky Mud & Belly Laughs sent me something special and the amazing Anne from Raisie Bay, the host of the WotW linky sent me a card. I am so grateful to have a good bunch of friends which I have made through blogging.

There was also my real life friends spoiling me. The lovely Mrs M from back in Northumberland send me a lovely box of goodies with flowers, chocolates and a balloon which made my day.

Soon after another parcel arrived and it was two tubs of Pease Pudding. Not the traditional birthday gift but she knows how much I love the stuff and the fresh Pease Pudding doesn't exist here in Scunthorpe. I cried with laughter and happiness that it was the perfect gift.

I couldn't stop smiling yesterday and I am so grateful to everyone who made my 40th birthday the best birthday ever!

Thursday 21 November 2019

Today's the day that I turn 40.

Today's the day that I turn 40. I have been looking forward to turning 40 and have no fear about it. I am hoping that this is the year that I no longer get asked for ID at the local Tesco when I go to buy my wine. 

I did have a hissy fit on Tuesday. I woke up feeling rotten, run down and stressed. I shouted at Stu that I was going to be poorly for my birthday, my birthday would be ruined. I cried and I spent the day feeling pretty down in the dumps. I cancelled the birthday cake I ordered from Asda and the nice bottle of wine. Told you, total hissy fit! I was being a drama queen.

 It was all down to worrying about Ellie's heart check up at the hospital. It turns out I had nothing to worry about. Her heart is as good as it's ever been. There's still the leaky valve but there was no change since last year. She's back in 18 months. As soon as the appointment was over I instantly felt better and happier again!

It has got me thinking about how one thing never changes with me, I think I will always be a worrier. There is way's that I have changed over the last year though.

I have hit that age now where I am a nightmare to buy presents for. Stu asked weeks ago if I wanted a new dressing gown and I said no, even to a Harry Potter one. I have a perfectly good one which does the job! Why buy something just for buying's sake! I have become that person! If I need something I buy it when I need it. I've became sensible in my 39th year.

I did however tell Stu that he needs to buy me 40 presents for my birthday with it being my 40th and he has!! Some of them are daft cheap one's from the pound shop or 50p things but there is 40 for me to open. I'm so impressed.

I used to be a people pleaser, going along with things I didn't really want to do because I didn't want to offend of upset someone. Now if I don't want to do something I just say so. I have found that people respect me more for being honest and telling them why I don't want to do something than make up some rubbish excuse.

I used to care a lot about what people thought about me, I was stuck in a rut with what I wore, how I had my hair, how I spoke, who I spoke to and everything else inbetween. Over the last year I've learned to be me. I've figured out that I don't need to dress to impress people but to dress to make myself happy, If it's hot out I will wear a strappy vest top and not care about my bingo wings and if it's cold I will wear a woolly hat and not care! I might look like a right muppet but I know I am a nicer person if I am not moaning about being cold. lol

It might be a bad thing but I have less patience with people. Over the years I have given people chance after chance and I've been let down time and time again. Now I am about halfway through my life, I don't have time to waste waiting for people to do what they say they're going to do. My dad's partner Sarah think's I am hilarious because I don't put up with people's drama and silliness! Life is too short to waste time on people who mess me around.

I have started to like doing the housework! Madness, I know! I think it's since we've moved house. I feel more settled here, there's more room so everything seems less cluttered and everything has it's place. I will happily spend all day deep cleaning the house and I will be so satisfied when it is done. I get it now. It's taken me 40 years to feel this way and I'm glad I do! I never thought I would be that person who got excited about cleaning products but I am. hehehe

I have found a love for candles. I have never been a big candle lover but over the last few months I can't get enough of them. I have also got into using wax melts too. My family all hate them but I think all the one's I've used so far smell amazing!

It's strange, I'm 40 and still don't feel like a real adult. I feel like I am winging this parenting lark, I still buy Milky bars for myself, I love Capri Sun and Dairylea snack boxes, I get way too excited for Christmas and I still love to watch The Simpsons, Horrid Henry and other cartoons. I guess age just is a number! 

Oh and I bought a replacement birthday cake yesterday when I was in town. I feel so silly for being a drama queen. Happy birthday to me!