Sunday, 12 July 2020

We're keeping the bees happy.

I shared the photos of my flowerbeds and the wild flowers a couple of weeks ago and we seem to be getting more and more bees visiting us. 

Over the space of a few months our grass has been covered in daisies, sunflowers and now clover I think and the bees are loving that too.  

A bee collecting pollen from the clover flowers on our grass in the back garden.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Week 28 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

This past week has been a lot calmer and way less hectic than last week. I was glad of the rest and relaxation but on the flipside it also means we haven't done much. I have spent most the week watching Wrestling after subscribing to the WWE Network streaming service. The weather hasn't been great, yesterday was the only dry day and the kids made the most of it by going out for a walk and meeting up with Ellie's friend!

Now for a photo every day!

2 pans of spaghetti bolognese.
The wrestler the Undertaker on my TV and my youngest ready to go out with her friend.
Two candles burning
A bee on a flower and a box of books for my youngest girls birthday next month
Both of my girls ready to go out for the afternoon

185/366 - 4th July
There was a change to the meal plan. Becky's girlfriend came for a visit and I used to think she was a fussy eater but she actually has some allergies so she is understandably careful about what she eats. Spaghetti Bolognese is something she loves so I made a couple of pans of that. One pan with mushrooms in and one without for Ellie. I made plenty to feed us on Sunday too and put some into the freezer.

185/366 - 5th July
I have spent the week watching Wrestling and have watched lots of my favourite The Undertaker. He's not as scary as he looks and sounds. I watched a documentary about him this past week and he is quite the hugger. 

185/366 - 6th July
We are starting to mix with a few more people now more restrictions have been lifted. We've expanded our social bubble to include Ellie's best friend and her mum. Ellie went off at lunchtime with her friend and didn't get back until nearly 7pm. She has tea at her friends and she came back so happy. She hasn't been sad during the lock down but has lost some of her spark with not seeing her friends.

185/366 - 7th July
It was so grey and dark on Tuesday it felt the perfect day to burn some candles. It's ages since I've had any lit. They're usually a winter thing for me.

185/366 - 8th July
It was dry a little on Wednesday afternoon and Ellie was outside counting the bee's on our flowers. She counted at least 40 of them but I do think she counted some more than once. hehehe I took some photos and they really are beautiful creatures.

185/366 - 9th July
I made a start on ordering Ellie's birthday presents. She's into everything Japanese so wants some really random things. Her birthday isn't until the end of August but some things are going to take time to arrive. The stuff in the photo she knows she's getting, she chose them. Anime/Kawaii books and some fake air pods. Becky got the same one's a couple of years ago and they're still working well and Ellie has been after a pair. She said it's a shame I couldn't just buy the one for the left ear because it's pointless her having the right ear one as she's deaf in that ear.

185/366 - 10th July
Both the girls went out for a few hours. They met up with Ellie's friend and went for a walk.

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Friday, 10 July 2020

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


For the last few weeks I have really struggled to pick a word to describe my week but this week it was easy. There is only one word that has dominated my week: Wrestling!

On Friday evening I got to the point where there was nothing on TV to watch, I'd caught up on everything I'd recorded, there wasn't any films I wanted to see or new TV series so I was looking for something to watch when a bright idea came to me.

I had heard about The WWE Network when it was first launched but never thought of getting it until now. It is a streaming service, I think it's a lot like Netflix but all it shows is wrestling. Documentaries, their weekly shows, pay per views and they go right back to the 80's.

Yes I know, there will be people that say wrestling is fake. It is scripted but nothing about getting hit on the head with a chair, falling off a ladder or falling of a metal structure about 20ft high onto a wooden table is not fake.

I have spent most of the week watching documentaries and they have fascinated me. Even Becky is getting into it. I was watching one about the early 90's and Becky was horrified that they could get away with the things they did. They were so sexist, all the blood and over the top violence.

I think the highlight of my week was watching Undertaker: The Last Ride documentary. The Undertaker is a character and has been wrestling for the same company for 30 odd years. I think he is the best character but I never knew much about him as a person as he stuck to his character of an undertaker so much. It was a great insight into his life, the pain he goes through every day, the surgery he had, his last 3 or so years of wrestling and his last ever match. I cried at the end of the series mostly because he did but partly because it's the end of an era. I can't see any current wrestlers dedicating their lives to wresting like he did. They all go off to take part in movies now. 

At the moment I am more than happy to pay the £9.99 a month. I haven't even scratched the surface of what there is to watch.

Not much else has happened this past week. Just the usual school work for Ellie, work for Stu and watching TikTok for Becky. lol Ellie did have her first afternoon out with her best friend and went to her's for tea. It was just what she needed. I think she was becoming lonely with just us for company. My dad and his partner have visited and have finally seen all the DIY and decorating we've been doing during lockdown and that's about it for our week. 


Thursday, 9 July 2020

We're expanding our social bubble.

I have felt the last 3 and a half months or so have flown over during lock down. What is it called now? It's not really lock down as everything seems to be opening back up. The shops, restaurants and pubs. Ugh, but life still doesn't seem back to anything that I would class as normal.


We have stuck by all the rules and to be honest we have felt cheated. We moved here last summer to spend time with my dad and since March we have hardly seen him. I have spoken on the phone every day but it's not the same as spending time with him. We have kept our distance to keep him safe as he is classed as elderly with him being over 70 but at the same time he's kept his distance to keep the kids safe because of their heart issues

Up until a few weeks ago we had no one visiting apart from my dad looking and signing things through the window or seeing friends on the other side of the street waving hello when one of us went to the shop.

Things changed a few weeks ago when some restictions were lifted and Becky's girlfriend has been visiting every week since Every time "A" had visited it seemed like the weather was against her and my teen. It rained and then the one week it wasn't raining it was one of the hottest days of the year. Thank goodness for our garage being so big and when you fling the doors open it's a big space. With more restrictions being lifted over the weekend she visited and I let her in our house but made sure we all kept our distance. I am so proud of Becky & "A" staying apart from each other as I know they want to hug each other so much. I know "A" hasn't been mixing with people and has kept herself safe so I feel safe having her here. 

This week my dad and his partner have visited too! They haven't been in here since before the lock down started and they had a lot to see with all the decorating we've been doing. They were well impressed, especially with the garden and everything I've grown. It was so nice to have my dad here. We have visited him in his garden but having him here in my home feels special. Even when I was helping my dad out last week with his computer issues we stayed outside, under a gazebo at one point when it was raining. Thank goodness for wi-fi and even more so this week while my dad has had issues with his. He would have been lost without using mine. The kids have loved seeing him and it has been amazing having him here.

The last people we're letting into our little bubble are Ellie's best friend "R" and her mum! I have felt so sad for Ellie not seeing "R" since the last day they were at school. Since just about Ellie's first day at her new school last September they've been as thick as thieves. It has been hard for Ellie. She understands that she had to stay home and away from people but it didn't stop her missing her bestie! They have been out over this week for a walk, R has been here and Ellie has been to her house for tea. 

I have told the kids to stay away from the park because I don't know what they'll pick up. Call me paranoid but it's not her that I don't trust it's other people. The same for Becky, she has asked to meet up with friends in town but I really don't want her sitting on the bus with people who may not have been playing by the rules like we have.

We are taking things slowly at the moment. We still haven't been to any shops apart from the little one's locally and we won't be visiting any restaurants or pubs anytime soon.

Are you mixing with people now?

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Fun in the garden with Bunch O Balloons!

My girls love a good water fight and over the years we have always used the Bunch O Balloons, water balloons. I bought 2 packs when they were on offer a couple of years ago and never got around to using the 2nd pack until Good Friday.


We had been in the garden nearly all day working hard digging up a flowerbed so the girls deserved some fun.

The Bunch O Balloons are amazing and take the stress out of filling water balloons. Fill and tie 100 water balloons in less than 60 seconds with these sensational self tying water balloons. 

Each set has 37 pre-connected balloons. You connect them to the hose, turn on the water, and the balloons will fill up in seconds. Make sure you do this over a bucket or something large enough to catch all of the balloons when they drop off the sticks.


We had a couple of balloons which didn't fill properly but it was fine, they were still usable. We had them all filled within 5 minutes and were good to go.

The girls shared them out and used the laundry baskets to put them in then we sent them off into the middle of the garden to fight it out. 

It turns out Becky is not a great shot, Ellie isn't much better but she has better timing and always seem to throw her water balloons when Becky was picking her's up. Cheeky!


They had a good 20 minutes of running about, laughing and fun! It was just what we all needed after working hard all afternoon. I did get the girls to pick up all the bits of balloon from the garden though just to be on the safe side. They are biodegradable though.



The girls have of course asked me to buy more and of course I will be. They are a lot of fun and hassle free. They cost around £10 for the pack we had and you can buy them at most places which sell kids toys. When I wrote this Argos had them on offer at 2 packs for £15.

Have you used Bunch O Balloons before or are they something you would like to try?

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The most chocolatey of Chocolate Fudge Cakes for World Chocolate Day!

Chocolate Fudge Cake is always a good idea and for new bakers this Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge Cake is a must. I think it is one of my all time favourite types of cake.

This simple recipe from the FAB Flour Easy Peasy Baking Campaign uses only 7 ingredients, 6 steps and 5 pieces of equipment to create two deeply chocolatey layers of fudgey sponge, sandwiched with silky smooth dark chocolate ganache.


Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe:

Makes one round two layer 15cm cake

Ingredients:

Sponge:
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g soft light brown sugar
50g cocoa powder
2 eggs
150ml/g sunflower oil
150ml/g milk

Icing:
300g dark or milk chocolate
150ml/g double cream 

Equipment:
2 x 15cm round cake tins lined with baking paper.
Mixing bowl.
Whisk.
Microwaveable bowl.
Icing spatula/knife.


Method:

Preheat the oven to 160°C.
In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, bicarbonate, sugar and cocoa powder.
Add in the eggs, oil and milk and whisk everything together until no lumps remain.
Divide the batter into the two cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes until springy in the centre. Allow to cool completely before icing.
Whilst the sponges are cooling, melt the chosen chocolate for the icing in the microwave (in 30 second increments and stirring to prevent burning). Once it is melted completely, pour in the cold double cream and combine until glossy and smooth.
Sandwich the two sponges with the icing before covering the top and sides. Decorate as you wish.

Have you made any chocolate treats lately?

Monday, 6 July 2020

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


Last weeks meal plan went OK but we did have a few changes. My family ate what I had planned on Wednesday but I ended up getting chips from the chip shop. I had one of those days where everyone wanted my time and I felt like I wanted a treat. I'm glad I went to the chip shop and called in the Co-Op for some pop because I left with a bag and a half of reduced stuff. A tray of sushi for 44p reduced from £2 something, bags of 6 sausage rolls for 54p, they were meant to be £1.35, cooked chicken for 44p, they were meant to be £2 something and a big bunch of flowers for £1 reduced from £8. They're still looking fresh now nearly a week later.

On Saturday I cooked a couple of pans of bolognese. One with mushrooms and one without for the fussy eaters. hehehe It fed us Saturday and Sunday evening and some went into the freezer too.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - A roast chicken dinner.
Tuesday - Chicken salad or Bubble & Squeak depending on the weather. 
Wednesday - Hawaiian Pasta Salad.
Thursday - Something out of the freezer with chips. Probably burgers or nuggets.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Diet Coke chicken and rice.
Sunday - Maybe another roast dinner or Sausage, mash and veg.

What are you eating this week? 


Sunday, 5 July 2020

So much rain but so many pretty skies.

I want the sunshine back but all this rain has done wonders for my garden and has left us looking at pretty skies.

This photo was taken a week or so ago, after a storm we had but over the past week we've had lots of skies like this. Lot's of clear sky mixed with stormy looking clouds. 



Saturday, 4 July 2020

Week 27 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

I have had a busy week. My time has mostly been taken up with helping my dad with things on his computer. Who'd have thought setting up a card reader for his business would have been such a faff but he is trying to keep himself and others safe by doing contactless payments. My head was done in by last night. I am so glad it's the weekend and my dad will be busy for the weekend with non-computer related things. hehehe

Now for a photo every day!

My teen wearing shorts and my newly painted kitchen.
Poppies in my front garden and my girls newly dyed hair.
A vase with sunflowers and other random flowers in
2 packets of sausage rolls and my youngest playing on the computer.

179/366 - 27th June
Becky has started wearing shorts. It is such a big deal because up until recently she was so paranoid about showing off her legs. I feel so proud that she is caring less about what others think of her.

180/366 - 28th June
We finished painting the kitchen! Painting tiles are a nightmare. It looks amazing now though so was well worth all of the effort.

181/366 - 29th June
The poppies are new! They seem to have came from nowhere in our front garden. They are so pretty.

182/366 - 30th June
Both the girls had a change in hair style this past week. Ellie wanted some purple added to the ends of her hair and Becky did her own and added the red over the green which was just about washed out. It looked like someone had been murdered in my bathroom and she spent a good half hour scrubbing it clean. 

183/366 - 1st July
I got some reduced flowers from the local shop. I paid a pound and they were reduced from £5. Stu has just told me that was the second reduction and they were originally £8. Such a great bargain!

184/366 - 2nd July
More reduced goodies, this time sausage rolls. I paid 54p from £1.35 and the Co-op one's are so good.

185/366 - 3rd July
Ellie had finished her school work so I said she could play on the computer and she went straight on the Sims to do a bit of building.

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Friday, 3 July 2020

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


I seem to have had a busy week with one thing and another, I seem to have got very little done from my to do list and it got to the point yesterday when everyone wanted my time and all I wanted was time to myself. I can only describe this week as hectic. It hasn't been a bad week, there has been lots of lovely moments but I am looking forward to a quiet, relaxed weekend. 

I can't even remember what we last weekend. I know we didn't go to the local auction even though it's open again. We don't want to sit in a large room with other people giving the fact the virus is still out there despite others acting like it's not. We visited on the viewing day and put some bids in and Stu rang up on Monday and it turns out we won 2 lamp shades for £2. One which was the exact colour of our newly painted kitchen and we have put the other in the bathroom. I spotted one almost the same on the Dunelm website for £10 so I think we got a bargain!


Stu finished off painting the kitchen and it looks amazing! It looks like a totally different room to what it was a couple of weeks ago. The white tiles make such a difference from the orange one's.

On Monday Ellie's friend came for a visit. They haven't seen each other since she popped over to pick up some xbox games on the Saturday before the lockdown started so they've had some catching up to do. It was lovely to see Ellie's friend, I've actually missed here popping in after school or coming calling for Ellie. They spent a few hours together and did well at keeping their distance. They've already started making plans for the next few weeks when they might be able to get to the park to play.

Most of my week has been taken up with helping my dad with computer problems and technical advice. I love him to bit's but he is hard work and has left my head aching. I have seen him every day this week to help him with different computer things. It has seemed just like when one thing was sorted another thing would pop up. He gets frustrated because he doesn't know how to do things on the computer and I get frustrated because I could do what he needs doing for him but he wants to learn to do it himself. He's needed things scanning, his scanner is being stupid and he had problems setting something set up on his laptop. It turns out it wasn't him being a computer dummy it was the website and after a call to their customer support he finally got it sorted. I know he's busy over the weekend so I am looking forward to a break from the phone calls asking for help.

Becky's girlfriend usually comes to visit on a Wednesday but we had to say not this week. We seem to have been so busy so she's coming tomorrow and she can actually come into the house with the lock down rules changing. They will still be keeping their distance though. 

Yesterday I was glad of a rainy, wet day so I could stay in my PJ's, catch up on the housework, some blogging and finally play a bit of The Sims which I've been meaning to do all week.


Thursday, 2 July 2020

Putting money back in the pockets of young people with Child Trust Funds!

Everyone born in the UK between 1st September 2002 and 2nd January 2011 was given a Child Trust Fund through the government. New parents were handed a voucher of up to £250 to start off the fund and up to £500 for parents on a low income. They were a tax free saving accounts set up to help make sure that every child that qualifies arrives at adulthood with a savings account!

Parents, family, friends and the children themselves could save money and add up to £9,000 a year. The year starts on the child’s birthday and ends the day before their next birthday.


The choice of account and control of that account belongs to a parent or guardian until the child turns 16 when they can choose to manage their own account. When the child is 18 they can take the money out of the account and do whatever they please with it.

My girls both received their money and we put them in savings accounts and the money has been sat in those accounts since we received the vouchers. To be honest we forgot about them. We have saved for them both in separate savings accounts linked to my bank account. We did at one point lose track of the Child Trust Funds when we moved house, for a long time I couldn't even remember which bank/savings company we had put Ellie's with.

There are an estimated one million lost Child Trust Funds, according to charity the Share Foundation. Often this happens when a family moves home and forgets to update their CTF provider with their new address. It is easily done.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has a handy tool where you can find out which provider the Child Trust Fund is with which I used to find my girls accounts.

You need to log in using a Government Gateway ID which you should have if you've filled in a tax return or have renewed your driving licence online. If you don't have one they are easy to create. You simply fill in your details, including address and phone number and your child's details, including name and date of birth and you should hear from HMRC within 15 days telling you which provider holds your child's account. You then contact your Child Trust Fund provider to reclaim the account.

Becky turns 18 in a few months and she will be one of the first young adults to be able to take advantage of the money out the trust fund. She is planning on taking her money and spending it on driving lessons. Well as soon as the lock down is over and driving instructors can get back to work.

Does your child have a Child Trust Fund? Do you know where their money is saved?

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

What I loved in June 2020!

June has gone in a flash. We're on the home run now to the end of the school term which I am so glad about. I can't wait until we don't have to do home schooling anymore. It was fun to start with but now it's becoming a bit of a battle especially since we've had warmer weather. I should think myself lucky that I have just got one child to home school, I think it would be much harder teaching 2 children of different ages and abilities. Becky has officially finished her health & social care college course and is already signed up for the higher course starting in September. 


Where we live.
We have been living here a year now and I couldn't ask for a better place to live. As much as I complain about the neighbours they could be worse. Now we are able to meet up with people (socially distanced of course) it has been lovely to see my dad, Becky's girlfriend and Ellie's best friend and her mum. We are lucky to have just about everything we need nearby and have managed with Stu only having one trip into the big town since the lock down started in March. I feel so grateful to live here. Just under a year ago I blogged about how it was "A whole new world". We still feel so much happier here and more relaxed and I still haven't got sick of the view of the fields out of the back bedroom windows.

My garden.
It has been amazing to see everything growing thanks to the rain we had in the middle of the month. The flowerbeds have bloomed and we have a ton of bees, the peas I've been growing have pea pods on them and I have started feeding the birds. It is a pleasure to sit out there, I did last week and did a bit of my cross stitch. 


Becky's girlfriend.
I have got to know her a little better over the last month. She has been visiting once a week since some of the lock down restrictions were lifted and she really is a lovely lass. She is one of those people you can have a laugh with but also a sensible conversation. She gets on with us all and even makes time to always have a chat with Ellie which I think is so sweet. She is such a thoughtful and kind person.

The Salisbury Poisonings
It was a drama on ITV over 3 nights and I wasn't going to watch it until I saw people mentioning it on Twitter. It is a fact based drama relating the events that took place in the small UK city of Salisbury in March 2018, when a former Russian solider and his daughter were poisoned.

I saw bits about it when it was happening on the news but I didn't know how bad things were and could have been. It was a fantastic drama and had me shocked and sobbing by the end of it.

Chupa Chups Drinks.


I few weeks ago I didn't know these existed but they're my favourite treat now. The orange one just tastes like Fanta or Tango but the strawberry & cream one is so good and tastes just like the lollies. They are lovely chilled with ice in, perfect for the hot days we've been having.

Big Brother: Best Shows Ever.
On E4 they were showing the best episodes of Big Brother and it was fantastic fun to watch them with Becky. She has heard about some of the famous episodes but hadn't seen them. In my opinion there were too many of the celebrity one's but the normal one's they did show were brilliant! The one from the first series where Nasty Nick was caught out was fantastic to watch again. Just imagine if social media had been around then. It would have been amazing to see! 

What did you love in June?

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

How I had a stress free house move!

It is crazy to think we have lived in our house for just over a year! It was The best thing we ever did moving away from Northumberland to Scunthorpe! Northumberland is wonderful but the area we lived wasn't!

This blog post was supposed to go live a few months after we have moved house, once we had got settled in but it got lost in my draft blog posts and forgotten about until now. I thought now would be a good time to post it, now we've been here a year.



We moved over 150 miles and I expected way more stress than we actually had! I stress about everything. My fella calls me a stress head so when it came to moving house he expected me to lose my mind but I didn't, mostly. It was all straight forward and went so well. I do feel that we were very lucky.

I think it was easier moving a long distance than just somewhere in the same town. We missed out on the stress of having two houses to deal with, decorating before we moved and moving things slowly into the new house rather than all at one go.

We knew for quite a while that we were going to be moving, almost a year. It made it easier to plan but to be honest we didn't really start dealing with moving until a few months before we did.


We applied to our now local college for Becky just before Christmas 2018. I said we weren't moving until the summer of 2019 and they were absolutely fine with that. They took her application and said get in touch when we were settled and we did. She had an interview and a look around the college and then she started and has settled in so well. She has just finished her first year and is starting a new course in September!

We scheduled the mail to being redirected about six weeks before we moved and gave them a date to start redirecting our mail. I thought we had told everyone who needed to be told we were moving but I wanted to be sure. It cost just over £40 and I think it was worth every penny. We did have a couple of letters from people I forgot to tell. Oops.

With Ellie we told the SENDCO woman in her school and she informed everyone else at the school who needed to know. A few days before Ellie left school we handed a letter into Ellie's head of year officially saying she was leaving and that was it. We applied through the council for a place at a new school for Ellie near where we live. We probably could have had her starting for the last couple of weeks before the end of the school year last July but we thought it was best to give her a long summer to settle into the new house and area. After the stress she had at her old school with bullying I think she deserved a break. In hindsight she made friends so quickly so if I could go back and do it all again I would have started her at her new school as soon as we moved and then she would have had all the summer to hang out with her new friends.

Luckily for us Stu worked in a high street shop and there was plenty of cardboard boxes going spare and we bought the bubble wrap from the pound shop. We didn't really start the packing until about a month before we moved and then continued packing until the day we left. The packing did drag on but it was a fantastic way to declutter! I felt like I was organised with the packing. All the clothes went in black bags so we knew they had to go upstairs and the boxes had written on them where they needed to go.


Stu was supposed to be transferred to our new local store of the high street shop he worked for but that didn't work out. It was actually probably for the best with coronavirus happening. He would have been classed as a key worker. He spent a couple of months being unemployed when we moved house but soon found a job 15 minutes away from where we live. It's totally different from the shop work he used to do, working outside 90% of the time but he loves it.

What surprised me was getting the internet set up in our new house. We rang Sky a couple of weeks before we moved and they were fantastic. We were disconnected in the early hours of the day we moved and reconnected the day after. We didn't have chance to miss the internet as we were so busy unpacking! We did upgrade to super fast, fibre broadband and had had a few teething problems but it was soon sorted out. I am now getting 45mbs via wireless which is expected and Stu gets much more through a wire!

My dad hired a big van for us to move and he drove up from Scunthorpe to pick us and all of our belongings up. I would have loved to have hired a proper removal company but we just couldn't afford it. It worked, we didn't have the stress of dealing with people we didn't know. I did have a moment where I cried and screamed everything is not going to fit in the van. My dad was calm as usual and everything did go in apart from a big bookcase which we weren't too bothered about anyway. Our old next door neighbours claimed that!


We had takeaway the first night in here. Fish and chips which saved us having to cook. I couldn't have if I wanted too as we had emptied the freezer and most things out of the cupboards before we moved.That takeaway shop has turned into our favourite. I must find out the recipe for their coleslaw, it's the best I've ever tasted. I got the shopping delivered from Tesco the day after we had moved and yes it cost a small fortune filling the cupboards, fridge and freezer but it was worth it not to have boxes and bags of food to deal with in the move. The money I had saved in previous weeks paid for the big shop.



We took one room at a time. I took over unpacking the kitchen while Stu wired up the electronics, did all the building of things and carrying things upstairs. The next day we did the living room and then worked our way through the other rooms. We got all of downstairs done and tried to just ignore upstairs, living out of black bags until one day when I couldn't find something to wear and I lost my mind! There was shouting and swearing from me. I got on with unpacking everything upstairs. It took a day but it was worth it!

We got rid of all of our large furniture before we moved house but thankfully there is a fab auction nearby which runs every Saturday which sells furniture at fantastic prices. We arrived with no sofa, armchairs, dining room chair and tables and within a month we had everything we needed and it didn't cost us much at all. My dad was buying things before we moved here and then we bought things like a big chest of drawers for £5 and a computer table for Ellie for £3 


We moved on the Thursday and were 90% unpacked by the following Monday. We informed most of the people we needed to before we moved house and only had a few people to deal with when we moved. The doctors was a complete nightmare, nothing to do with them but all the forms we had to fill in. There was not enough space on one form for all Ellie's medical issues. lol It took about 40 minutes for each set of forms and I had 4 lots to do. Since then the girls have both had a heart check at our local hospital but we're still waiting for a hearing check for Ellie. When she was due to have one we were in the middle of lockdown.


All in all it really was stress free and we actually had fun moving house. I don't want to rush to do it again though! 


Over the last year the kids have settled into school and college, we've all made new friends and seen so much more of my family. The house is being decorated slowly. The kids bedrooms are done, the hall, living room and bathroom all that's really left to do is the dining room. I have made a little video (below) about the progress we've made. I do think if it wasn't for Stu being home because of Coronavirus we wouldn't have got as much done.




Have you got any tips on how to have a stress free house move?

Monday, 29 June 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 29th June - 5th July. #MealPlanningMonday


Last weeks meal plan was a bit it and miss and I am blaming it all on the weather. Cottage pie on one of the hottest days of the year so far was not for us so we had pasta, tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise.

I got my first ever shop from Morrisons on Friday and it went really well. There were a few subs but the majority were OK. I ordered big ice cubes because they didn't have any of the normal one's available when I ordered and they replaced the big one's with the one's I couldn't get. That'll do me. The delivery driver was fab too. He recognised that our accent wasn't from around here and thought he sounded familiar too. It turns out up until about 5 years ago he lived in the next town over from us when we lived in Northumberland! We had a good chat with him. He was here for about 20 minutes talking about up north. lol If I could guarantee he would deliver every time I would become a regular of Morrisons. He was such a nice guy.

I've bought a ton of salad this week and quick to make food so what's the betting the temperature drops. lol

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Vegetable fajitas.
Tuesday - Ham salad with new potatoes. 
Wednesday - A picky tea. Sausage rolls, mini pizzas, pork pies, cocktail sausages, cheese, crisps & cakes.
Thursday - Chicken salad wraps.
Friday - Quiche with spaghetti hoops.
Saturday - Pizza. It might be home made if I can be bothered.
Sunday - Roast chicken and chips.

What are you eating this week?