Friday, 7 August 2020

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Over the past couple of weeks I have felt stuck in a rut. Everything is too samey. I was even struggling to write blog posts. I felt like I had lost my blogging mojo and even wrote about it. After posting that blog post I must have took the pressure off myself and was up bright and early and wrote 5 blog posts over a few hours.

I might have found some things to write about for other blog posts but this Word of the Week post was a struggle. It was hard to choose a word to describe our week. I could write about our noisy neighbours or Becky's new part time job but the time isn't right. Becky has only worked a few hours and she's still on trial. I want to see how it goes before I write anything here. She's enjoying it and it's giving her something to do.

So this week my word of the week is good! It has been a good week. Not a great one but not a bad one either, like I said everything is very samey but good things have happened.

I woke up on Saturday to find my dad parked on my driveway using my Wi-Fi. lol He has had issues with his internet provider so is changing suppliers but they are taking their time setting him up so all week he has been coming here to use my internet. He came in and sat down in the living room one day and Ellie and Becky were playing Fortnite. Ellie didn't know he was here and was shouting at Becky from the dining room. He certainly saw a different side to her. Usually she's a goody two shoes in front of her grandad and he's never heard her bossy side. hehehe

I got Stu's birthday presents delivered. I have been that organised in getting the girls presents sorted I totally forgot about Stu's in the middle of this month. He was easy to buy for this year, he wanted some new work trousers and some t-shirts. I have also bought him a new spanner set that he had been umming and ahing about buying himself. I have also booked a shopping delivery the day before Ellie's birthday to get her cake which she has already chosen.

Ellie had been looking on Google maps for different routes for us to take when we go out on our bikes. She found us a new one to try and me and her went out and had a couple of hours cycling. We did end up on a busy road which I wasn't too keen on so we decided it was safer on the footpath, there were no people about so it was fine and it was all was good after that. Next time we'll have to take Becky.

We have decided that next week we're going to go into town. It will be the first time since before the lockdown started. I want to get the last of the birthday stuff for Stu & Ellie, stationary stuff for the girls going back to school and college and school shoes for Ellie. I am feeling surprisingly OK about venturing out, I am feeling more stressed about the thought of having to queue to get into the shops.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Fabulous Fakeaway ideas. Some of my favourites!

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about why you should be faking it when it comes to takeaways and thought I should share some of my favourite takeaway meals to make at home. We do love a takeaway but it is better for everyone and my bank balance to cook it at home ourselves. 


Pizza has to be the easiest takeaway meal to make at home! We make our own pizza at least once every couple of months and we do enjoy them more than the takeaway one's. We can use whatever toppings we want and they cost a lot less too!

Fish, Chips & mushy peas!

This is an easy one. I buy frozen battered fish usually Birds Eye, I make our own chips from potatoes which have to be fried and then a tin of mushy peas. A lot cheaper than a takeaway meal and just as tasty!

Recreate your Wagamamas favourite and make katsu curry at home. This Japanese curry is a decadent treat with its fried, breaded chicken and a smooth curry sauce.

Don't call the Chinese takeaway make your own egg fried rice. Use leftover rice, or cook and dry it on a plate before using so it doesn't stick to the wok. Then you can add any leftover meat to it if you want to.

There's no better way to end a night out than with a greasy doner kebab but it’s no secret that they’re not exactly good for you. However you can make your own tasty versions at home using fresh ingredients and they're just as good as the real thing.


Sushi might seem like a complicated dish to make but it really isn't. All you need is seaweed sheets, a sushi rolling mat, rice and whatever you want to put inside. Vegetables, fish and any seafood that you want. Ellie my youngest loves to make it and can knock a few portions up within half an hour.

Packed with big flavours, this curry marries succulent chicken breast and fresh herbs with a fragrant tikka masala sauce. This classic takeaway dish can be rustled up in 30 minutes and is sure to impress even the biggest of curry fans.

Do you make your own takeaway meals at home? What do you like to make?

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

My youngest girls Japanese birthday wish list.

We're heading into birthday season in my house. This month it's my fella's and Ellie's then in September it's Becky's. I am feeling pretty organised at the moment and started buying presents at the beginning of last month.

Becky is getting one big present this year and a shopping spree around Primark but Ellie was a little harder to buy for as she had decided she wants all things Japanese this year. She knew what she wanted but some of the stuff took a while to get here. So I had to be organised. This year I have got all of her presents off eBay and Amazon. I think it is the best place to get all things Japanese.

Aiko Panda Kawaii Friends Bento Box - £6.89 - eBay.
Anime Sword Art Online Cosplay PU Leather Purse Wallet - £4.99 - eBay.
5 Pairs of Japanese Natural Bamboo Chopsticks - £5.47 - eBay.
Sword Art Online Youth Anime T-shirt - £4.49 - eBay.
Pusheen The Cat Sushi Making Kit - £14.99 - eBay.
Kawaii Japanese Care Package  - £8.99 - eBay.

Kracie Popin' Cookin! DIY Sushi Kit - £1.98 - Amazon.
Japanese Candy Box - £11.97 - Amazon.
Anime Sketch Book - £4.47 - Amazon.
100 Mixed Anime Characters Coloring Book - £5.54 - Amazon.
Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Stuff - £6.99 - Amazon.

Plant Theatre Bonsai Trio Kit - £14.99 - Amazon
Long Sleeve Kitty Cat Hoodie - £9.99 - Amazon
Children Multi-Colour Night Light with Remote - £14.69 - Amazon.

I think Ellie is going to be happy with everything I've bought, after all she chose 99% of what I've mentioned above. I will have to buy her some new colouring pens and pencils so she can do some sketching and colouring in but I am just about done with buying for her birthday. Phew!

Are your tweens/teens fans of anything Japanese?

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

I've lost my blogging mojo.

Maybe a couple of times a year I always feel a bit meh about blogging. It's usually happens in January when it's cold, dark and the excitement of Christmas is over with and then in November when again it's cold and dark and I'm in that in-between time when Blogtober has ended which I usually take part in during October and I'm waiting to post Christmas related things. This year it never hit me in January, it's waited until now to hit me and I am totally blaming lockdown. I knew this summer is going to be different but even the kids are feeling a bit meh about life at the moment. 

Usually at this time of year I would be blogging about all the fun things that we are doing during the summer holidays but the kids have been home for 19 weeks now and the holidays don't feel special now.

Don't get me wrong I love having the kids at home and they love being at home but they've been home for such a long time. The last time they were home for so long was when they were babies, before they started nursery. We've done most of the decorating around the house, all the gardening is done, we've done the fun activities which in hindsight I should have blogged about, the kids are bored of visiting the park and going for bike rides and most of all they're bored or me trying to organise and make them do fun things. All they want to do is play on their computers, the xbox and chat to their friends online. I keep thinking life would be easier if I drove but that isn't going to happen anytime soon. 

Some could say that I am suffering from depression or feeling low but I really am not. I have plenty of other things to occupy my time, it just seems like blogging, mainly writing blog posts is not interesting me at the moment. It is solely because I don't have much to write about. There is things happening in dad's life which would make a fantastic series of blog posts but it's not my story to tell and I have blog posts written up for later in the year. I really need to stop writing blog posts for December, I think I have more than enough. lol I am still loving being on social media, reading other peoples blog posts and commenting on them it's just the writing part which has got me a bit stumped at the moment.

This is why I'm writing this blog post. The best thing to write about when you've lost your blogging mojo is losing your blogging mojo. lol Thankfully I also have blog posts saved into my drafts ready for times like this. I have been looking around online and found a couple of tags to do, some news stories I want to write about and at the end of the month it will all be about the girls birthdays! 

I know it's just a phase, give it a couple of weeks and I will feel great about writing blog posts again and have my mojo back. It's happened before and I am sure it will happen again.

Have you ever lost your blogging mojo?

Monday, 3 August 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 3rd - 9th August. #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. We swapped a couple of meals around and scrapped a couple but nothing went to waste as everything we put off eating came out of the freezer. I'm calling it a success, this time of year the meal planning rarely goes to plan with the weather changing so much and the kids off doing their own thing. On Friday we had a BBQ, we felt like we had to with the weather being so nice and timed it just right. Just as we had finished a storm started. 

We don't have any big plans for this week. The kids are going to go off to my dad's to earn some pocket money. He has gardening which needs doing and some odd jobs and he could use his time other ways and get the kids to do those jobs. Ellie has realised that if she works she will get paid. I've been telling her that for years but it has taken a while to sink in. lol

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Lasagne, garlic bread and salad.
Tuesday - Sausage casserole & mash. 
Wednesday - Hawaiian pasta salad.
Thursday - Chicken salad with new potatoes.
Friday - Home made fish, chips and mushy peas.
Saturday - Sticky 5 Spice Gammon and noodles with prawn crackers and spring rolls.
Sunday - Cottage pie.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Thunderbolt and lightning very, very frightening!

After the hottest day on Friday we had the most amazing storm on Friday evening. I am not a fan of storms but was enjoying this one. I was hoping it would bring some cooler weather (it didn't). We were enjoying seeing the lightening, Ellie went for a run around the garden in the rain until a loud clap of thunder scared her and she ran in and then the electricity went off. It was only for about 30 seconds but was enough to scare me. Eek!

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Week 31 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

What a scorcher of a day it was yesterday. I went to my dad's and could have happily just laid down half way home when I found a tiny place with a bit of a breeze. It felt like I was melting. It's not even that far away, only a 15 minute walk. lol

I have been trying to write this blog post for a good few hours but it was one of those days where everyone wanted my attention. I can't even just blame the kids. There's been people knocking at the door, phone calls, my dad brought his laptop because he needed some help with something. 

Now for a photo every day.

2 packets of pork crackling
The sky with fluffy white clouds
A bowl of stuffing and 2 Harry Potter masks
My youngest on her way to bed and my teen on video chat to her girlfriend
A notification from PayPal saying I had been paid from a survey site.

207/366 - 25th July
Stu and I tried out some Awfully Posh Pork Crackling over the weekend. It was very nice indeed!

208/366 - 26th July
The blue sky and clouds were lovely on Sunday. They were the type you could lay under and see things in them.

209/366 - 27th July
My favourite type of stuffing. Tesco Finest Cranberry and apple stuffing. It goes so well with a roast dinner. I thought it was just a Christmas thing but they have kept on selling it.

210/366 - 28th July
I ordered Ellie and her friend a new mask each off eBay. They're both a little obsessed with Harry Potter.

211/366 - 29th July
Ellie on her way to bed after a day out with her friend. She was shattered after being at the beach. That sea air really did do the trick.

212/366 - 30th July
Becky video chatting with her girlfriend.

213/366 - 31st July
I started using Prolific early on this year after Katy Kicker mentioned it. It's a website where you get paid for taking part in studies and surveys. I used to cash out when I reached the minimum £5 but I saved for just over a couple of month and cashed out £53.78 yesterday. It's not going to make me a fortune but every penny helps. I just leave the website open when I have my laptop on and do the studies when they come up.

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