Saturday, 24 July 2021

Week 29 of #Project365. 17th - 23rd July. A photo every day for a year!

It has been a scorcher of a week and I have felt like I was melting most days. The weather turned yesterday and it was grey, cloudy and damp. It was still warm though. We made it to the end of term without any more self isolating and Ellie had a great last day at school. They had lessons on the morning and then lunchtime until it was time to go home at 2pm.

We don't have much planned for the weekend or next week. I am fancying going to our local auction today as there are a few things I am interested in. There's a gorgeous desk and chair which I would love but I have nowhere to put it. Even if Stu got rid of his desk it would still be too big. I want to see how much it goes for.

Now for a photo every day!

A trip to Costa and a white moth
Harry Potter bedding
Japanese candy and a school report
The farmer cutting his field
Little Moons ice cream

198/365 - 17th July
We had a shopping trip to Hull and it was red hot so we made sure we were drinking plenty. It was a good excuse to go into Costa and get some strawberry lemonade, Stu had a mixed berry drink. We ended up having 2 each. It did the trick of cooling us down.

199/365 - 18th July
I spotted a white moth in the garden. I've never seen one like this before.

200/365 - 19th July
New bedding. For years I have wanted Harry Potter bedding but any I've seen Stu hasn't been a fan of but I finally found this one that he likes. It's not too much in your face with Harry Potter. I got it from Primark on Saturday.

201/365 - 20th July
Another one of Ellie's birthday presents arrived. A box of Japanese candy and snacks. She loves everything Japanese and asked for more, she got some last year for her birthday too. 

202/365 - 21st July
The end of the school year means report time. I used to dread these for Ellie but now she is doing me proud. She did so well in all of the tests throughout the year and I can see the improvement. She is where she needs to be or is better in every subject apart from History. It makes me so glad she didn't pick it for her GCSE's. Her strongest subject surprised me, maths. I thought she was struggling but in the tests she's been getting over 70% which is amazing!

203/365 - 22nd July
The farmer came to cut his field and we sat and watched him. It is fascinating. I have seen the tractors driving past our house all week. Going off with empty trailers and coming back with bales of hay or straw. I do love this time of year.

204/365 - 23rd July
We finally got some Little Moons ice cream things. The kids have been asking for them for ages, I think they were a big thing on TikTok or YouTube. Tesco have sold them for months but have always been out of stock. I spotted them in Morrisons so had to get some. It was just the one box, at £4.50 for 6 small balls they're expensive but they are actually worth it. The coconut one's are amazing!

Friday, 23 July 2021

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Melting

I love the sunshine but what I am not too keen on is the heat and the fact there has been no air! Well of course there has been air but it's just been hot and there has been no breeze at all. Where we live we usually get a good breeze in the back garden, off the farmers fields which comes in through the back door and right through the house. It's been non-existent. Ugh!

Most days over the past week I have felt like I am melting. Having leather sofas and wearing shorts hasn't helped either because as well as feeling like I melting I am sticking. lol

On Saturday we went shopping in Hull. I was dreading the heat but it wasn't actually that bad. The bus had all of the windows open and we sat at the back so got the full effect and the shops all had air conditioning. We all went. Stu, myself, the girls and Becky's girlfriend "A". Those two went off to do their own shopping. When we met back up "A" had bought shorts and a light coloured t-shirt because she was melting in her black jeans. She had got changed in some toilets. lol It was a lovely day out and we finished Ellie's birthday shopping.

I missed a parcel being delivered on Saturday while we were out and had a feeling it was the Japanese candy hamper that I had ordered for Ellie's birthday. I did worry how it had fared in the heat over the weekend. It was delivered on Tuesday and thankfully it all survived without melting. There was a few things which looked a bit sticky and out of shape but I don't think Ellie will notice.

Japanese candy

Obviously the hottest week of the year was the one I forgot to buy ice lollies. I have had to pay stupid prices for one's at the local shops. They only have the proper Cornetto's, Calippo's and Fab ice creams and lollies not the cheaper, imitation one's. This week I have already done the shopping order and I have made sure to stock up. hehehe

Apparently lots of people had a storm and rain during the week. The little thing on my computer said it was raining here but it wasn't. The sky was still blue and there wasn't a single cloud. I was fuming. I am not a fan of storms but wanted one just to clear the air and give my garden a good water.

I don't function well in the heat. I just want to stay inside, which is probably quite sensible and move as little as possible. It has been fine this week, I haven't had much to do apart from the usual housework. I think next week will be different because Ellie will finally have started her summer holidays and will want to do stuff. She has plans and they involve taking me on walks. Eek! 

It's Ellie's last day of school today and she's happy that it's a non-uniform day so she can wear shorts and a t-shirt. The school have also organised an ice cream van to come into the playground at lunch time. I don't need to guess what Ellie will be having for lunch. hehehe

Word of the week linky

Thursday, 22 July 2021

How to motivate yourself today and every day!

It is tough sometimes to be motivated and stay motivated, whether it be in your work life or professional life. I often feel meh when it comes to doing the housework or blogging especially if the weather isn't great. It sometimes feel hard to keep going but there are ways to keep yourself motivated.

Make this day great

Create a to-do list for yourself!
I don’t know about you but making a list and ticking things off makes me happy. Sometimes I put things on my to-do list that are so easy to achieve just so I can have the pleasure of ticking them off. Seeing the list and ticking things off does motivate me to keep going until I have ticked everything.

Do your favourite things!
When you lack self motivation to carry out chore which you don't really want to do why not try doing things that make you happy instead. It might not feel productive to do something like soaking in the bath, eating a cream cake, having a coffee or going for a walk but afterwards you will feel like doing something which is productive just to feel like you have done something. Just don't get sucked into binge watching a TV show. 

Be neat!
Living in clutter can be very unmotivating. Declutter! Less mess and clutter equals more motivation.

Smile!
Did you realise that making yourself smile will fool your bring into imagining that you are happy. When you are happy you will feel more motivated.

Find inspiration!
When you are having a tough time staying motivated one way to get back on track is to find inspiration. For some that may mean reading inspirational quotes or reminding yourself of your own past successes.

Get enough sleep!
If you are tired you will lack motivation. Try and get enough sleep each night and setting an alarm each morning will give you the motivation not to stay in bed.

Exercise!
30 minutes of exercise is all you need to revive your body. Exercise helps your body release endorphins, the feel-good hormones. It will increases blood circulation and will allow you to remain motivated for the entire day.

Get motivation from the people in your life!
Spend less time with negative people and spend more of the time with enthusiastic or motivated people and let their energy flow over to you.

Eat well!
I know when I eat rubbish I feel rubbish. If I miss a meal I get hangry and don't feel like doing much at all. When I make an effort and eat breakfast it always motivates me on a morning to get stuff done. If I fill the slow cooker on a morning it makes me feel like that I have a big meal coming so will work hard and I will be active throughout the day.

Try something New!
Life or work sometimes gets monotonous and it can be hard to stay motivated. Maybe it’s time to try something new. Find a new hobby, learn a new language or bake something new. New and exciting things going on in your life will help you stay motivated.

Play music!
A great playlist will help you along with any task that you are not keen on doing. 

Wear your best clothes!
You don't need to be going out anywhere special to wear your best clothes. If you look great you will feel great.

Create a support network!
Have a support network on standby for when your motivation runs out and you feel overwhelmed. Choose people you feel comfortable talking to and who can help provide encouragement!

How do you keep yourself motivated?

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

(Ad - Gifted) The Tony Hawk SS 540 Wasteland Complete Skateboard - Review!

Ellie loves the idea of skateboarding, all the cool boys skateboard and she has always wanted a skate board of her own but it's one of those things that we have never got around to buying. She's had a go on her friends skate boards and loved them. It was something we had thought about getting her for Christmas until the lovely people from Skates.co.uk got in touch.

Skates.co.uk is the UK's specialist wheeled sports shop! They have all of the top brands, products, parts, protection, and accessories for Stunt Scooters, Mini BMX Bikes, Skateboards, Longboards, Roller Quad Skates, Inline Skates, Ice Skates alongside the helmets, production pads, and bags.

The Tony Hawk SS 540 Wasteland Complete Skateboard

I think the only thing I know about skateboarding is that Tony Hawk is one and a good one at that. Now you can follow in his footsteps with the Tony Hawk Skateboard range. Moderately priced to be affordable for beginners, the Tony Hawk skateboards are stylish with their unique designs and are proving to be very popular with his legions of fans worldwide.


Base of the Tony Hawk Skateboard
End of the Tony Hawk Skateboard

The Tony Hawk SS 540 Wasteland Complete Skateboard - 31.5" x 8" is part of the 540 series from Tony Hawk and is considered the next step in skateboarding once you've started learning tricks. Once you're ready for the next challenge step up to the plate with the awesome 540 series from the main man himself, Tony Hawk!

Features:

Deck : 7 ply 100% Hardrock maple with full OS780 griptape
Truck : 5.25” Heavy duty aluminium truck with PU 95a bushing
Wheel : 54mm 99A PUC wheel
Bearing : Abec 5
Length: 31.5" x 8"

Like I said I know nothing about skateboards so I don't know if the features are amazing but from what we've seen of it we love it. This skateboard is perfect for Ellie to learn on, she has been watching YouTube videos of basic tricks and can flip it while stood on it and other basic things and has slowly got the hang of pushing herself along on it.

Youngest holding a skateboard

Considering the size of it, it is quite light and Ellie has no problem picking it up and using it. It is made well, it's solid but at the same time bends to be able to turn and we love the design on the bottom. Ellie hasn't been brave enough to go out of the garden yet but she is getting there, building her confidence. In my opinion this is a great skate board for beginners.

Youngest on skateboard
Youngest on skateboard - Feet

We are lucky to have a couple of little slopes on the paths in our garden which she has been doing up and down. I've said she can go to the skate park when she has learned to brake properly. We should get there during the summer holidays. I will be going with her to make sure she doesn't get over confident. Eek!

Ellie has spent more time outside in the back garden over the past week than she has in the the past 3 months thanks to the skateboard. She's been having great fun and is getting some exercise too.

Of course Ellie usually does wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet when she is on the skateboard. She didn't just for these photos.

At the moment this skateboard is on sale for £44.95 down from £54.94 and can be bought from the Skates.co.uk website.

We were sent the The Tony Hawk SS 540 Wasteland Complete Skateboard free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

The end of year 9 and 2nd year at college.

We're almost at the end of the school year and it has been the strangest one yet. There has been so many changes for the kids to deal with but thankfully my two have taken all the uncertainty in their stride. Ellie has a few more days at school and then it's out for summer!

My girls on their laptops home learning

Becky hasn't had much change in her college life from the summer term of last year. She has done most of her learning online and has only being going into college one day a week. I have really enjoyed those Wednesday's that I was home alone. hehehe Becky has been great learning at home, getting all of her assignments handed in well before they needed to be and got a message a couple of weeks ago saying all of her work had been marked and she's passed the first year of the Level 3 health & social care. Becky ended up being in a different class to her girlfriend which was a good thing, they would have only distracted each other from their work.

In November the girls had their first unplanned break from school. My dad caught Covid and we had to self isolate because we had been in contact with him. Thankfully we were all fine and my dad too. It was back to the home learning and then in December someone in Becky's class tested positive so she missed a day at college.

In December Ellie had been having the end of term tests and it turns out she is cleverer than the school thought she was and needed to be moved up a class into the middle set. We thought it was great but she wasn't so keen, none of her friends were in the new class. She needn't have worried because she never actually spent any time with them until the March. January and February was all home learning.

School books and more home learning

I thought the home learning last year for Ellie was hard work but it has been nothing compared to this years. The school really got their act together, we had to go to the school and pick up Ellie's exercise books and there were Zoom lessons for every lesson apart from PE, PHSE and RE. Some of the online lessons only lasted as long as the teacher needed to take the register and explain the independent work but most lessons lasted a full hour.

Ellie's new classmates have big personalities and she was quite intimidated by them in January and refused to put the camera on. Thankfully the woman we have contact with about Ellie's hearing loss was very understanding and let all the teachers know not to nag Ellie about having her camera on.

Ellie has struggled with some of the work in her new class. A lot what the class had already learned she hadn't with her moving up from the lower class. She really tried her hardest and thank goodness Becky was here to help with some of it. At one point in maths it took 5 of us to finish some work. Stu, Becky, Ellie, myself and Becky's girlfriend on video chat. lol


French was ridiculous. Ellie had done French in her old school in year 7, none in year 8 and the basics in the first half of year 9 in the lower class. There's nothing like being flung in the deep end. She had no clue what most of the lessons were about and neither did I. She tried her best but it was a chore, thankfully Google Translate helped us out. The French lessons were fun though, the kids always seemed to mess about in that lesson. I shouldn't laugh but I did. The teacher was super strict but the kids didn't care they just messed about. One lesson the teacher had made the head, deputy head and head of year 9 into the Zoom call. Kids were earning detentions for when they returned to school. lol It was the only teacher that the kids messed about for, I did start to feel sorry for her but the teacher treat the kids like 5 year olds which isn't going to work with teenagers. Respect works both ways.

Ellie's favourite part of the home learning were the lessons where she got to be creative. She made an eco house out of Lego for Science, storyboards about a poem in English and in Design and Technology she had to create a festival. She got stuck into it creating food menus, costumes, planning who would sing and building a stage. She did it all herself apart from cutting the box. Her D&T work earned her an award when she went back to school. I couldn't have been prouder.

Home made festival stage

The return to school and college in January went well for the girls. Lateral flow testing was introduced and despite my worries they soon got the hang of testing themselves with my supervision. Ellie loved school when they had to wear masks all day long because they got extra breaks after each lesson to get some fresh air and lunchtime was extended.

Late in March Ellie made her GCSE options and chose Geography, Business Studies and engineering. The school realised that the subjects were in blocks and engineering would clash with Geography so she changed to history then the history teacher decided that history was a lot of hard work and was worried Ellie wouldn't cope with it so suggested dropping business studies to do Geography and taking a different subject in the block where History was. There wasn't much choice but Ellie has decided to go with Photography. She is very excited about it now and is already asking for her own camera. I have said she can start off using the one on her mobile phone until she decides if she really likes it.

Becky finished college a few weeks ago for the year. All her work was done so the teachers didn't think there was any point in going in to college which was sensible with Covid cases rising. Ellie went back to school last week after a week of isolation because the school was full of cases of Covid. It was easier to isolate everyone instead of trying to figure out who had been in contact with who. Fingers crossed we get to the end of this week without any more isolating!

Both have my girls have done so well over the past year despite all the home learning. I am so proud of them both.

Monday, 19 July 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 19th - 25th July. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went OK, we swapped a couple of meals around but nothing was wasted. I think this week we will be eating salads and proper summer food as the weather is suppose to be hot again. It's nice to see the sun shining but I am not so keen on the heat.

We had a lovely weekend with lots of treats. We went shopping in Hull on Saturday and visited McDonalds, got Krispy Kreme doughnuts and stopped off in Costa for a strawberry lemonade my 2nd of the day, I also got one from Mcdonalds. Ellie also got some noodles from a place we found, Wok & Go. She saved them to eat at home as we were getting the bus and they were still too hot to eat. She said they were so good.

We're now into the last week of school. Hooray! We are so ready for the summer holidays which start at 2pm on Friday. We don't have any plans at all. I think we will be spending some time with my dad and that's about it.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Burgers in buns. I might even cook them on the BBQ.
Wednesday - Quiche and salad. 
Friday - Fish finger sandwiches.
Saturday - Pizza.
Sunday - Chicken and chips.

What are you eating this week?

meal planning linky

Sunday, 18 July 2021

She built a bear. #MySundayPhoto

Ellie has always wanted to get a bear from Build a Bear. We've been in there before and looked around but never bought anything. I have struggled with what to get for her birthday next month so said next time we went to Hull we would get her a Build a Bear. Yesterday was the day!!

She choose Toothless from How to Train your Dragon. She went through the whole process of watching it getting stuffed and the woman building the bear made Ellie do a little dance when putting the heart in. She was cringing so much and looked like she wanted the earth to swallow her up and I stood their hiding behind my mask laughing. hehehe I made it up to her buy buying toothless a t-shirt and a cute little bag for him to be carried home. She went with her 2nd favourite thing for the accessories, Baby Yoda!

My youngest with her build a bear.

My Sunday Photo Linky

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Week 28 of #Project365. 10th - 16th July. A photo every day for a year!

This week seems to have gone in a blur despite me not actually doing that much. We are just hanging on for the end of term. 5 more school days to go! We were on such a high on Sunday going into the final of the football and then we lost to penalties after that social media was not a nice place to be. I wasn't in the best of moods at the start of the week. The weather was terrible but the week has got better. We're now we're in the middle of a mini heatwave. I was out yesterday and felt like I was melting and we're going out today to Hull shopping and it's supposed to be even hotter. Eek! 

Now for a photo every day!

Flowers in the dark and Loki on the TV
Rain
My eldest sat outside and more flowers
My fella cementing the floor and The Greatest Showman on the TV

191/365 - 10th July
I went and sat outside for a bit to cool down. It was so warm inside. It was so quiet out there, late on.

192/365 - 11th July
I started watching Loki on Sunday. I'm a couple of episodes in and Stu decided he wanted to watch it too so we're now watching it together when he has time. I love it.

193/365 - 12th July
Rain! It absolutely chucked it down, at least I didn't have to go out and water my garden.

194/365 - 13th July
I dragged Becky outside for some fresh air.

195/365 - 14th July
There has been so may bugs on my flowers lately. Hmmf but they are all doing well despite the rain battering them.

196/365 - 15th July
We have so many cracks on the concrete part of our garden and the weeds kept coming through until Stu dug the weeds out and them filled the holes with cement.

197/365 - 16th July
I watched The Greatest Showman for the millionth time while writing this blog post. It is up there in my top 10 favourite films of all time.

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Friday, 16 July 2021

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Support

We have got to the point now where we're counting down the days to the summer holidays and the break from school. Only 5 more school days to go! Covid cases are rising here and it's making me feel anxious especially with most of the restrictions being dropped on Monday. Every time I get a message from the school I think the worst.

I got a phone call from the hearing support worker who checks on Ellie at school. Ellie is deaf in one ear, has some great support from the special education needs people and they make sure all of her teachers know about her hearing loss and that she is getting the right help in school. The woman was just checking in to say she'd seen Ellie at school and she seems to be doing well. She was also asking how she coped with people wearing masks? Ellie doesn't rely on lipreading but it does help her. I said she managed but school did seem to be more tiring for her. I am guessing it was the fact she had to concentrate more on what people were saying.

Ellie return to school has gone well. All the kids are wearing their masks when moving between lessons and they are back to having lateral flow tests in school. There was a bit of drama about the lateral flow tests being done in school when a small number of parents said that requiring tests before letting the children mix with others was an infringement of their rights. The school stuck to their guns and said if a child isn't tested they will be kept away from other children or don't bother sending them in. I think that is the right decision and I am supporting the school. I certainly don't want Ellie mixing with others who could have Covid and have no idea about it. I do have a feeling that some parents are keeping their kids off school because they have a holiday booked and they don't want that disrupted with having to isolate.

The GCSE options for Ellie have been finalised. She chose History, Business Studies and Engineering but the teachers thought she will struggle with history, I think they are right so she had to have a change around. She dropped history and took Geography but because of the timetable and the blocks that the subjects were in meant business studies would have to be dropped and she would have to choose a different subject. She went for photography. I think the school encouraged it as it's an easier subject than the others that were in that block. 

It was amazing to see the whole country come together to support the England team on Sunday in the football. We lost but they did so well to even get to the final. It's was a sad shame to see all the hooligans at Wembley and the racism that followed. If we had won those horrible people would have been calling Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford heroes! They are heroes in my eyes! Now we have to wait until next year for the World Cup which starts on my birthday. What a treat. hehehe

We are having a day out tomorrow, shopping in Hull. I am on a mission to find more of the bralettes that I bought a while ago in Primark. I always thought I needed the support of an underwired bra but they are so uncomfortable so thought I'd buy a pack of 3 bralettes to give them a go and I love them. I haven't worn a proper bra in weeks. I need more though, I have a feeling if I keep washing the 3 that I have they'll drop to bits. lol

I hope you have all had a good week?

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Thursday, 15 July 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Eco-friendly bath products from Pepper's Homemade Soaps.

We all love a bit of pampering, I know I do. I don't think I could cope in life without having a soak in the bath. That is my go to place when I want to relax so when I was offered the chance to try out eco-friendly bath products I jumped at the chance. 

Pepper's Homemade Soaps products

Pepper's Homemade Soaps based in Leicestershire sells soaps, shampoo bars, and bath bombs and all of the items sold by Pepper's are homemade by Jade.

I was sent a selection of products to try out and I must say I am impressed.

Red Sea Bath Dust - £4.00

Red Sea Bath Dust

Bath dust is something a little different from using a bath bomb. I don't often use bath dust but I do like this one. It smells so good.

Watermelon Soap Bar - £4.00

Watermelon Soap Bar

This is a mouth watering scent, with a smell that's so sweet. The fragrance oil in this soap bar is sourced and manufactured right here in the UK.

I think this was my favourite product from what I was sent to try out. I hate the taste of watermelon but I do love the scent and the colours. It just screams summer to me.

Face Scrubbie - £1.50

Face Scrubbie

These washable and reusable face scrubbies are made from wool and by hand through crocheting. They can be used for washing your face or body and removing make-up. They are tough on make-up but not on your skin.

These are a great alternative to disposable face wipe and cotton pads. You can just throw them into warm water to wash and then you're ready to reuse again. Not only are you helping the environment but your also helping your wallet.

Coco Powder Bath Fizzer - £4.00

Coco Powder Bath Fizzer

This bath bomb will turn into a mystery colour in your bath. This is one of our more subtle fragrances and has a powdery type scent to it however is unlike baby powder yet has a similar “clean” aroma.

All of the products from Pepper's Homemade Soaps are not tested on animals and they also do not condone it either.

I think these are lovely products and are a great addition to any pampering session.

I was sent a selection of products from Pepper's Homemade Soaps free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

20 Signs that you live with a teenager!

Teenagers are strange creatures. I used to be one, obviously and can see much of myself in my girls. Now I understand why my parents were sometimes close to pulling their hair out. lol I love my girls to bits but sometimes they really do test my patience and have only got more testing as they hit their teenage years.

Life with teenagers is unpredictable, messy and exhausting but I wouldn't be without my two.

A box of eggs with eyes drawn on

Here are 20 Signs that you live with a teenager!

Your bathroom surfaces are crammed with more toiletries than a supermarket. Different body sprays, shampoos that are theirs and only they can use because the one you buy isn't good enough and bath bombs, hundreds of them.

You don't need Google anymore, teenagers know everything!

Your Netflix suggestions are unrecognizable and they watch it more than you.

Doors in your house are just about still hanging on their hinges from all the slamming.

They stay in bed until lunchtime and then moan all day about how tired they are. Then they will then stay up half the night texting their friends, scrolling through TikTok and playing Fortnite.

They can eat a five course meal and be hungry 20 minutes later.

When it comes to investigating what your teen is up to you can do better research than an FBI agent.

They steal your phone charger, makeup, hair products and skincare all of the time and deny it.

Your favourite boots or shoes are missing.

They use all of the plates, all of the time. Despite me having a rule of having no food upstairs they are always bringing plates and cups down.

Every. Light. Is. On.

When they tell you they “cleaned their room it really just means that they have shoved everything under their bed or hidden it in their wardrobe.

You are asked to watch some strange video on YouTube that you’re sure made you lose brain cells.

The talk in a different language using all of the "cool words" which you don't understand and when you ask them to explain the words they tell you it’s not worth explaining.

They’ll complain that there’s nothing to eat even when the fridge and cupboards are full!

Loaves of bread lasts 10 minutes, there are empty cartons of milk in the fridge, boxes of cereal in the cupboard with about 7 flakes left in the packet and empty toilet rolls left on the hanger.

You find yourself telling stories starting off with when I was your age.

You have got 2 large loads of washing to do everyday and there’s clothes everywhere but not the laundry baskets.

You find yourself shouting all of the time because they have their headphones in all of the time!

All of the above. But I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

(Ad - Gifted) The Vegan Shaving Brush from The Clear Confidence Company.

You may remember earlier this year my fella and I tried out the The Plastic Free Bamboo Safety Razor from The Clear Confidence Company. I tried it out and loved it but Stu loved it more and claimed it and has been using it since.

We have recently been sent something else to try from The Clear Confidence Company.

Vegan Shaving Brush from The Clear Confidence Company

The vegan shaving brush is perfect for eco-conscious user and u
sing a traditional shaving brush for a wet shave feels amazing and gives a more comfortable, closer shave.

The brush gently massages your face, with the shaving cream working up a lather preparing the skin and hair so you get a really close shave. Less irritation, less ingrown hairs, and more feeling great. The firm but supple bristles energise your skin and help clear off any dead skin or dirt. It’s an exfoliating effect that helps your skin stay clear and fresh. With the hair and your skin properly ready you get a much closer shave. Your razor moves more easily, more smoothly, and more closely to the skin. Ingrown hairs have already been released and exfoliated by using the brush. The hairs are softer and easier to cut. Your skin is prepared. So there’s less soreness, redness, and irritation. There’s less chance of any cuts or nicks.

Shaving brush

With the wooden vegan shaving brush you can now enjoy all the luxury of a good old-fashioned shave with modern materials that are cruelty free!

The wooden handle and vintage look give the brush that classic style. At the same time, the modern synthetic bristles are long-lasting and cruelty-free. Our brush is suitable for vegans and cruelty-free as it doesn’t use animal hair or other animal products. Plus, using natural ash wood for the handle is more eco-friendly than plastic.

Vegan shaving brush

Stu has tried this out a couple of times and loves it. He said it really does give a more luxurious shave compared to just slapping shaving cream on with your hands. He said his skin does feel better and has noticed less ingrown hairs. It is well made and it's something which is going to last for a long time.

The Vegan Shaving Brush costs £9.97 and I think it is well worth that price. It would make a fantastic gift for the man in your life.

I was sent the Vegan Shaving Brush from The Clear Confidence Company free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 12 July 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 12th - 18th July. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went really well considering that Ellie was home every day as her school closed because there were too many cases of Covid. There were a couple of evenings where I didn't fancy cooking but I am glad I did. The Chinese fakeaway was a huge hit. It was all ready made from Iceland. The battered chicken balls were so good, just like the one's from the Chinese takeaway. We did get a takeaway on Saturday night but stuck to the meal plan as it was pizza and there was leftovers for lunch yesterday.

Ellie is back to school tomorrow. They're back to wearing masks when they are moving between lessons and they will be having lateral flow tests at school. I think it's such a good idea. After today there is only 9 more school days until the summer holidays and they can't come soon enough. I can't wait until we can stay away from people.

On the menu this week we have:

TuesdayHot dogs in buns with fried onions and corn on the cob.
WednesdaySlow cooked chicken crown with sage & onion gravy. It's a ready made thing that I just have to whack in the oven. We'll have it with mash & veg. 
Thursday - Fish fingers, chips and baked beans.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread.
Sunday - Leftover bolognese in wraps.

What are you eating this week?

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Sunday, 11 July 2021

A pretty poppy. #MySundayPhoto

Out the back of our garden there is a row of poppies, just next to the farmers field. I have been thinking about going out there and taking some photos but now I don't have to, I have had some appear in my garden this past week. They really are such a pretty flower.

A Poppy


Saturday, 10 July 2021

Week 27 of #Project365. 3rd - 9th July. A photo every day for a year!

It's been a strange old week. Boris announced that facemasks and social distancing is going to be optional and just about all of the restrictions are getting scrapped. All of this was on the same day that Ellie was sent home from school to do remote learning because there were too many Covid cases in her school and it had to close for a week. It's madness, the restrictions being lifted, not the school being closed. People are being urged to use their common sense from the 19th of July. We have no hope. I am just glad that the summer holidays will be here soon and we can stay safe, away from people who aren't using their common sense.

Now for a photo every day.

New hair colour, reddish and a new flower in my garden
My youngest happy to be home from school.
A moody looking sky
Chinese fakeaway and a new flower in my garden
Watermelon soap

184/365 - 3rd July
A new hair colour. It was supposed to be pillar box red but I couldn't get all of the blue out so it made a new colour which matched my favourite pj's. I didn't plan it too. They were the first one's that I picked up. lol

185/365 - 4th July
A new flower growing in amongst my wildflowers.

186/365 - 5th July
Ellie was happy to be home early from school on Monday. She finished at lunch time and had the afternoon off lessons. She wasn't so happy Tuesday morning when she had online lessons to do.

187/365 - 6th July
A very moody looking sky. It was nice to see the blue sky peeping through though. We have had a lot of rain this past week. It's good for the garden I suppose.

188/365 - 7th July
A Chinese fakeaway. Chicken balls, egg fried rice, chicken chow mein and salt & pepper chips. I got it all from Iceland and it cost about £12 to feed us all, a lot cheaper than a real Chinese takeaway.

189/365 - 8th July
I spotted this in the garden. Another new flower but when I was putting the photos together for this post I realised it was the same flower as Sunday's photo just opened up! Amazing!

190/365 - 9th July
I was sent some eco-friendly bath products to try out and took the photos yesterday while the sun was shining.

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