Friday, 20 May 2022

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Out

What gorgeous weather we've had over the past week, well apart from yesterday when I was writing this. It was quite grey and overcast but it wasn't all bad, at least it was still warm. 

I have made the most of the nice weather and I've spent a lot of time out in the garden. I had planted a ton of seeds a few months ago and they grew well in my mini greenhouse and when they were overgrowing their pots I planted them in the garden. Sunflowers, pumpkins and cucumbers. They grew more and started to look far too close to each other so I came up with the bright idea on Tuesday to give the garden a good weed and move the plants so they were more spaced out.

It was only after I had moved the plants I read about transplant shock. It turns out plants can go into shock if they are moved. Thankfully I did dig them up well, took all of the roots and watered them well afterwards. Mother Nature has been helping me out with the watering as it's rained the last few evenings. Apparently we had power cuts during the week because of the weather. I only realised when I got up and the clock radio was flashing. Becky knew all about it because every time the power had gone off then came back on one of her lamps came back on and started flashing. She got woke up a few times, she didn't think of just unplugging the lamp. lol

I have been enjoying sitting outside in the sunshine although it did mean that I missed a parcel being delivered during the week. Thankfully the DPD man came back the next day and he said he had missed me and I told him I was out the back. He said he did think it was strange that I wasn't in. He said in future he will come to the back door if he doesn't get an answer at the front. I thought that was so nice of him. 

Ellie has been out most evenings, after school with her friends. They're all boys and as bad as teenage boys can be these are a good group of lads who look out for her. One night one of Ellie's best friends walked her home, just to make sure she got home safe which I thought was so sweet. Ellie has always got on better with boys, I think it's because they are less complicated and have less drama than teenage girls. lol The only thing now is that she is always defending the friendships saying he's not my boyfriend, he's just a friend. Ugh! 

Becky had a day off from college on Wednesday because of the GCSE's happening at her college and her teachers were needed. She didn't have a chilled day as for two days this week she has been out doing training at work. Self defence and something about positivity in the work place. She enjoyed it but the highlight of the training was getting a free lunch eat day. She also got to see the therapy dogs which come into the care home, she doesn't usually see them with just working night shifts.

How has your week been? I hope you have had a good one.

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Thursday, 19 May 2022

(Ad - Gifted) Oclean Flow - A sonic electric toothbrush! - Review!

The last time Becky was at the dentist we realised she is at an age where she has to pay for check up's, treatment and anything else that she needs. She has always looked after her teeth and even more so since she spent 2 years with braces on but the thought of having to pay for treatment at the dentist has really made her want to up her tooth care game.

I got an email just at the right time and we are lucky to be trying out the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush.


An electric toothbrush delivers a more thorough and efficient clean with less effort, they are friendlier to teeth and gums and they make it easier to develop decent tooth brushing habits. Becky has had an electric toothbrush in the past and it wasn't great, the charge didn't last long and she said her teeth never felt clean.

Included in the box is the electric toothbrush, a brush head, the user manual and a USB charging cable.


The Oclean Flow Electric Toothbrush is designed with a frequency of 38000 vibrations per minute which is three times faster than using a manual toothbrush and removes up to 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The sonic toothbrush produces lower noise, it really is quiet.


With ultrasonic cleaning it means this suitable for different oral conditions. The Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush has 5 settings: morning which is a little gentle but gives a good clean, night which is a deep and through clean, standard for general cleaning, whitening for a natural white smile and gentle for those with sensitive gums. It is perfect for solving most oral problems including sensitive teeth. You can switch modes at will and pick the one you like best.


The toothbrush has a built in smart timer which comes in very helpful. There is a two minute timer which meets the minimum brushing time recommended by the dentists and a timer every 30 seconds to remind you to switch the brushing area which helps you thoroughly clean your teeth and ensure an even clean.

The brush heads are made of premium DuPont bristles, which fit the shape and mechanics of the adult’s tooth structure, protecting enamel without hurting the gums. 

Toothbrush head

The Oclean Flow Sonic electric toothbrush takes around 5 hours to fully charge and then lasts about 180 days. The long battery life is supported by USB type C charging and can be charged with a power bank, mobile phone charger, computer charger or directly plug into the USB port of the computer for charging. It is great for travelling and not have to charge it daily or weekly. When the power drops lower than 10%, the indicator light will flash red when the toothbrush is switched on.

As well as all of these features the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush is waterproof so you can brush while you are in the shower and save a little time and rinse it off too.

Becky has been using this for almost a week and so far is getting on great with it. She says that her teeth feel cleaner and they look it too. As much as I tell her not to drink fizzy drinks they do and they were starting to stain her teeth, the are looking whiter and I hope this is the start of her needing no more fillings. The only negative she has had to say is that when she first started using it she felt like her gums were being tickled. She said it was a strange sensation and it has taken some getting used to.

You can buy the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush from the Oclean website and don't worry that the price is $39.99, in dollars they do of course ship to the UK and at the moment when you add the toothbrush to your bag you get a free gift of two heads. Shipping takes around 6 to 10 days and you get free shipping, a 2 year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee.

I was sent the Oclean Flow Sonic Electric Toothbrush free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

A girls night out.

Pre-drinks at 6:41pm, hitting the bar at 8:34pm and exchanging four bits of gossip make up the perfect girls’ night out a study has found.

Shots

Researchers who polled 2,000 women found the night begins with just over an hour getting ready to party with four friends while enjoying a few glasses of wine. Mojitos are the most popular choice of cocktails followed by Sex on the Beach. Daiquiris came in close third, trailed by Cosmos and Pornstar Martinis. It’s time to move to the club at 10:55pm, with plenty of opportunity for dancing accompanied by spirits and mixers. As well as enjoying two straight shots, the perfect night also includes five trips to the toilet with pals, having danced away to 35 songs. Finishing the perfect night with a portion of chips from the local takeaway and getting in at 1:25am.

The last time I had a girls night out was before Coronavirus was a thing and it was a pretty civilised event. We went out just after 5pm, drank a couple of bottles of wine, saw a Bon Jovi tribute act, danced lots and was home by 11pm. It was fun but nothing like the nights out before I moved to Scunthorpe. 

Bon Jovi Tribute act

I had some of my best nights out in Northumberland. The unplanned one's were always fun! One bank holiday my friends arranged to go out, I wasn't even going to go as I was short of money but they offered to buy me a couple of drinks and I would buy a few more with the money I had, we weren't going to be out all night. hahaha Those famous last words. We went out late-afternoon to see one of our favourite local bands and when they had finished their gig locally we followed them to South Shields I think it was, it could have been North Shields.

I think the best nights I've ever had out were seeing a Bon Jovi Tribute band in Blyth, Northumberland. The lead singer looked nothing like Jon Bon Jovi, he was Scottish but my goodness he did sing like JBJ. It was a scary looking pub, one of those which looked run down and intimidating but everyone was so nice. 

Another Bon Jovi Tribute Act

At the end of the night the lead singer would always tell those who had enough guts to get up on stage to sing and dance along to the last song. Of course my friends and I always got up there.

Referring back to the study: four friends always was the best night out (it was just the right number) and the best gossip was always exchanged when drinks had been being poured and inhibitions were lost. I think I was the only one to really drink wine, fruit cider was always the most popular choice. Cocktails were always enjoyed and a good night out has to end with a takeaway. Pizza or a kebab is my choice but there always has to be leftovers for the next day!

I do sometimes miss a girly night out but most of the time I am all for staying in where it's cosy, comfy and I certainly don't miss the hangovers. I actually have a night out planned next month to see the same Bon Jovi tribute band I saw before Covid happened, it should be a good night.

Do you like a night out or would you rather stay home?

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

(Ad - Gifted) Fantastic Father's Day gifts from Amazon Handmade!

Father's day is coming up next month and I always struggle to know what to buy my fella from me and from the kids. As much as I use Amazon I had never came across their handmade section until now. Amazon Handmade is the destination to find unique, genuinely handcrafted products created by your local Artisans and Artisans around the world. They really do have some gorgeous gifts and it is always fantastic to support small businesses.

We have been sent the Personalised Beer Cap Collector to have a look at. Collect your favourite beer bottle caps and display them with pride!

A Personalised Beer Cap Collector

Show off your collection with this lovely personalised beer bottle shaped cap collector. This unusual gift is a great present for Dads that love to crack open a bottle of beer! 

Made in Leicestershire with care by the designers themselves, each item is carefully cut from a piece of wood and then shipped in a strong cardboard sleeve or box depending on the size. Each design has a personalised engraved label finished to the front, ideal for giving your loved ones a special message.

Beer bottle cap personalisation

This comes in 3 different wood types: Birch (Light Colour), Oak (Medium Darkness Colour), Walnut (Darkest Colour) and includes pre-drilled holes ready to be attached to the wall. It comes in two different sizes: Small which is 395mm x 135mm x 6mm for 13 Bottle caps and large which is 595mm x 195m x 6mm for 44 Bottle caps.

The bottle caps aren't included, The bottle is designed to collect your bottle caps from your favourite beers. I think this is a great gift for a beer drinking dad, I am sure Stu is going to love it. It is well made and costs £19.95 which I think is a fantastic price.

There is of course plenty of other gifts you could get your dad from Amazon Handmade:

Whisky glass and print

Dad will love indulging in his favourite blended whiskey with this personalised whiskey glass and with his name engraved to the front alongside an optional extra personal message of your choice which is our lasting alternative to a card, nobody will be touching his vintage whiskey!

This gorgeous print features a custom star map with personalised details, so you will have a meaningful gift for your dad.

Beard seat and coaster

This personalised beard brush and comb set makes the ideal gift for beard newbies and well seasoned beardsmen. The brush is made from firm boar bristles and will easily untangle beard hairs, wet or dry and combined with the peach wood comb it’ll keep your beard looking neat and tidy all day.

Do you know someone who feels most at home at the golf range? Are their selection of drivers and irons the envy of their golfing friends? When they're not dreaming about being back in the golf buggy, can they be found watching the PGA Championship with a nice mug of coffee? If this sounds like the golf mad man in your life, then one of these golf coasters for drinks is the perfect gift for them!

Is their anything you fancy for your dad? 

I was sent the Personalised Beer Cap Collector from Amazon Handmade free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 16 May 2022

Our weekly meal plan! 16th - 22nd May. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well, we ate just about everything. We ended up having a red onion and bacon tart like the one we had from Gousto a while ago because instead of the pizza bases arriving with the online food shop they sent puff pastry. We weren't too fussed and really enjoyed them.

I had a fun trip shopping with my dad and his partner last week. We didn't end up going to Aldi but did go to Morrisons, B&M, 2 different Home Bargains, Matalan, The Range, Iceland and a cash & carry. I got some great bargains and different things that I don't usually get with the online food shop. It made a nice change, I think I will have to go with him more often. I did almost buy some quiche dishes when I was out, when I have been making quiches I've been using the lid of a casserole dish but my dad's partner said she had some going spare and gave me 2 big one's which will come in very useful.

The kids have a bit of a different week this week. Their routine is changed because of the GCSE's happening. Ellie's school day has been rearranged, she has an earlier bread, lunch and tutor time is in the afternoon instead of the morning. Becky doesn't have to go into college because of people sitting GCSE's there and it's means she can go into work and do some training that she needs to get done before she starts full time when she leaves college in a couple of months. It should be interesting as it's self defence training. Eek!

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Peanut butter chicken and rice.
Tuesday - Pork and apple sausages with potato wedges.
Wednesday - Home made quiche and salad. 
Thursday - Fish pie.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Crunchy beef tacos.
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 15 May 2022

A perfect pie. #MySundaySnapshot

On a Friday Stu usually has a half day at work and when he's finished we always meet up, go for a look around our local auction and then go for lunch to a little cafe nearby. The food is always so good, it's just breakfast things and burgers but they have now started selling different things and a few weeks ago we noticed pies and Stu was determined to try them out. 

He did on Friday and said it was the best steak pie he's had in a long time, the chips and mushy peas were good too but the the bonus was all the gravy! Usually it's either poured on already or the tiniest of jug when we eat out. I would have said he was given enough for two people, of course he used it all, he does love gravy. lol

Pie, chips and peas

My Sunday Snapshot

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Week 19 of #Project365. 7th - 13th May. A photo every day for a year!

We've had another weeks with it's ups and downs. Becky is coping OK with the breakup from her girlfriend, well as well as can be expected but the whole situation has caused some dramas and difficult situations over the past week which has caused a whole heap of stress. I've been trying to keep myself and Becky busy and we have been. I have been out most days and now I am feeling that I need a day at home doing not much of anything. Thank goodness it's the weekend.

Now for a photo every day.

Pizza crusts and my fella in shirt & trousers
Phone case and pool table
Workshop and strawberry plants
Overgrown hedges and grass

127/365 - 7th May
I had meant to take a picture of the amazing pizza that I made but forgot and all that was left by the time I remembered was the crusts. Oops. 

128/365 - 8th May
My fella had to try his smart clothes on for the job interview he was having on Monday. The trousers were a tight fit, he's not worn them in over two years. The interview went well and we're still waiting to hear something. The only thing that put them off him was the fact they close at 8pm which is no good for Stu, the last bus from town is ten past seven. Ugh.

129/365 - 9th May
Becky bought a new phone case. I had to take a photo to show her when it arrived, she was at college. A few days later she decided to buy a new phone and of course the phone case doesn't fit it so has ordered another new one. 

130/365 - 10th May
Becky dragged me out to the pub. Its free pool on a Tuesday so why not. I was feeling very fancy drinking J20, usually I only drink them at Christmas.

131/365 - 11th May
The chaos which is one of my dad's workshops. He could send me in there to look for something which I would never find but he could go look and find it in seconds. He likes to call it an organised mess.

132/365 - 12th May
I suck at growing strawberries. I never have any luck growing them from seeds so I bought a couple of plants.

133/365 - 13th May
I know it's No mow May but the council and really pushing it with one of the paths nearby. It is getting very overgrown. I don't mind the grass, bushes but the stinging nettles are very annoying.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


This was a difficult blog post to write because I wanted to respect Becky's privacy but couldn't really say nothing because her "girlfriend issues" have dominated our week. Becky has given me permission to share some of our week and I am grateful for that.

Becky and her girlfriend have split up. It's public knowledge now so I can say that. Profile pictures of them together on Facebook have been changed and they've changed their relationship status too. Both of them didn't want to change things like that in case they offended the other one and as they weren't really talking it was difficult. They have both made mistakes over the past week but thankfully they have now come to an understanding where they're giving each other space but are still staying friends.

They have both taken the break up hard. They were together for nearly 2 and a half years but they're both getting there. I spoke to "A" during the week, cleared the air and had a good chat with her mum when they came to pick some clothes and stuff that she had left here. They have made me chuckle, neither really used Facebook before this week but now they're both posting funny pictures and things trying to prove to each other that they're OK. I am sure they will be OK but at the moment I think they are finding it difficult to remember what they did with their time before they became a couple so now they're trying to find a new normal. 

After Becky cancelled the holiday that she had booked for her girlfriend/ex's birthday she has had the money burning a hole in her pocket so to speak. I talked her out of booking Billie Eilish concert tickets but she has bought a new phone, she could have made do with her old one but she wanted to treat herself. It works out well because Ellie was in need for a new phone and Becky has donated her old one to her.

As well as Becky finding this week difficult I have too. I have been trying to keep the peace between Becky and her ex and it's been exhausting. I am so glad they are in a better place now, I feel like I can relax a little.

Stu went for his job interview and it went well. The only problem was that they were not too sure about him because he can't do the late shifts. The place shuts at 8pm but the last bus from town is 7.10 so that makes things difficult. Stu even looked about cycling there and back but the roads between here and Scunthorpe seem so dangerous. I class them as country type roads and I'm always reading about crashes on them so cycling isn't ideal. We are still waiting to hear if he has got the job or not.

How has your week been? I hope you've had a good one.

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Thursday, 12 May 2022

How to save money on fruit & veg! Grow it!

With rising living costs and rising energy costs, it's no surprise that people are looking for simple ways to save money and what better way to do it than by growing your own vegetables at home? Growing your own food is a good method to save money while still having access to fresh food. When done correctly, even the tiniest plot can produce a lot of fruits and vegetables as well as potentially save money on the shopping bill.

Vegetable basket

A study by Which? shows you could save a huge amount on both fruits and vegetables by growing them at home.

According to their research, growing 1kg of mangetout at home costs around 83p. However, buying the same amount from the shop may set you back £7! Simply by growing it yourself, you can save £6.17 per kilogramme. But it's not just mangetout that can help you save money; switching from store bought to home grown can save you money on a variety of foods.

Cost of growing fruit and veg

To help increase your chance of a successful harvest, here are the top 10 easiest vegetables to grow in the UK: 

1. Lettuce
2. Green beans
3. Radishes
4. Tomatoes (particularly bush variety or cherry)
5. Courgettes
6. Peppers
7. Beetroot
8. Carrots
9. Chard, spinach, or kale
10. Peas

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or this is your first time planting a vegetable garden, choosing easy to grow, quick to crop and hardy veggies is always a good choice, especially given how unpredictable British weather can be!

When it comes to gardening, it appears that there are as many equipment and gadgets as there are plant species but despite the large selection you don't need a lot of equipment to cultivate your own vegetables. You can get tools like trowels from budget shops like B&M and the pound shop. Seeds from supermarkets, ebay, and anywhere which sells gardening supplies along with a bag of compost and some pots to get you started, even washed out yoghurt pots could work.

If your garden is too small for a dedicated vegetable patch or you don't have a garden there are still ways in which you can grow your own fruit and vegetables. You can use pots and containers. They can still be placed outside, even on a balcony. As long as it's somewhere that gets the sun and it's too windy you'll be good. 

Peas and tomatoes

At the moment I am growing strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, cucumbers, peppers and pumpkins. Everything is doing well so far. Last year I had great success with peas and tomatoes and I managed to grow more than we could eat but my dad happily took the excess off us. Oh and there was also the parsnips and carrots which I found this year when I was digging the garden. Oops. lol I am sticking to growing things above the ground this year.

Have you planted anything this year? 

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Pringles Chicken - Recipe!

A few weeks ago both my girls saw a video on TikTok making chicken breast coated in Pringles and both Ellie and Becky showed me and individually asked me to make it. It did look pretty tasty so I couldn't refuse. It did say to cook them in an air fryer but as we don't have one so the old fashioned oven would have to do.

Chicken and Pringles

What you need.

Chicken breast.
A tube of Pringles.
A bowl of flour.
A couple of eggs.

How to make them.

Slice the chicken breast into a goujon or chunks.

Put your Pringles in a bag and crush them. You could even use a a food processor to get a really fine crumb for coating. We used Sour Cream & Onion as it's the only one we could all agree on. 

Cover a tray with greaseproof/baking paper and then you are set to make them.

Put flour into a bowl, whisk the eggs in another and in the final bowl put the Pringles.

Bowls with flour, egg and Pringles

Take a piece of chicken, dip it in the flour, then into the egg, then into the bowl of Pringles and finally place it on the baking tray.

Cook in the oven. I didn't time it but think it was for about half an hour. I put it on a medium heat.

I made 2 trays of chicken just using a single pack of chicken using 3 breasts and it was more than enough for all of us.

Cooked Pringles Chicken

We ate the Pringles Chicken with potato wedges and dips and it was such a good meal. The kids did say that it's more of a Saturday night meal that we sit watching TV with than a mid week one but it was a treat and one that I will be making again and again.



The kids are finding me more recipes from TikTok to try. Nutella French toast is next on the list. Eek!

Is this something you or your family would like?

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Why I love my youngest girls school.

I have never been a massive fan of my girls schools in the past. There has always been certain teachers that I have loved but on a whole the schools haven't been great. The negatives have far outweighed the positives. I'm not going to go into the reasons why because this post isn't about them, it is about Ellie's school now which the longer that she is there, the more and more I am loving it.

Classroom

When we first visited Ellie's school before she had even started we felt at ease, the whole school felt homely and welcoming. It was a big change going from a secondary school with thousands of pupils to one with just over 500. I have come to learn that because there is a lot less children the teachers seem to know everyone by name and I do like that. In Ellie's old school there were teachers she hadn't even seen before and they had no clue who she was, here the teachers seem to know every student.

The special educational needs teacher has always been my go to person at the school and every time I have emailed her with a question, even after school hours she's replied within a couple of hours later at the latest. All of the teachers are aware that Ellie is deaf in one ear and that's not just the one's that teach her, the powers that be keep all of the teachers informed about all students which I think is fantastic. Even the receptionist knows Ellie which I think is so lovely.

There is a real community spirit to the school. I know what is happening in Ukraine is terrible and I heard about schools having non-uniform days to raise money for those poor people but our school had a non-uniform day to raise money for a girl in the school who has cancer. They said "Whilst there is much conflict in the world today and many, many people in need: ***** is one of us and part of our community. We feel strongly that it is our duty to help support her and her family as they begin the battle ahead of them". As much as I want to help everyone I always think my nearest and dearest come first and that is how the school are doing things.

Ellie was in a bit of trouble at the start of this year and the school handled it brilliantly. She was in the wrong and they jumped straight onto the problem, were fair and they kept me informed. The school are there when you need them if you have a problem and are there when you think there is no problems but your little darlings are playing up.

I am such a fan of my youngest girls school and I am gutted that she just has over a year left there. I do wish that we had moved here sooner so Becky could have experienced it too.

Do you like your children's school?

Monday, 9 May 2022

Our weekly meal plan! 9th - 15th May. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan was a bit hit and miss. The first half of the weeks went great and then not so much. The gammon dinner was amazing, I am obsessed with onion gravy now since I made it a while ago in a recipe from Gousto. The Pringles Chicken was a huge success. (I will have a blog post about that soon). After Wednesday the meal plan went downhill. We ended up with corned beef toasties on Thursday, spam fritters, chips and baked beans on Friday and then we made our own pizzas on Saturday.

Stu has a job interview today which he is all ready for. It's been at least a couple of years since he wore smart trousers, a shirt and proper shoes so they had to be found and the iron has been out. Thankfully everything still fits, Stu was a little worried about the trousers. lol. I have plans of my own today too. I am off out with my dad and his partner. I need to go to town and they were going anyway so I am tagging along with them while they do their food shopping in Aldi. It's been a while since I last visited Aldi so it seems like such a treat. For the rest of the week we don't have much else planned. 

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Who knows? I am planning to pick up something nice from Aldi.
Tuesday - Burgers in buns with corn on the cob & salad.
Wednesday - Sausage casserole, mash and carrots. I am hoping to make enough to put some in the freezer.
ThursdayChicken Fajita Rice.
FridayFish fingers, chips and baked beans.
Saturday - Pizza or maybe a takeaway as the Eurovision final is on.
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 8 May 2022

A little bit of make up! #MySundaySnapshot

I have been rubbish at taking photos over the past week and used the one's I had for my Project 365 blog post so thought I would share something that came up on my Facebook Memories over the past week from when Ellie was 5 years old. I can laugh about now but couldn't at the time.

Nine years ago.

Just because I wouldn't let her have the paddling pool out as it's too cold. Ellie went upstairs in a huff to watch tv. This is the result!! Nearly all my make up ruined, her bedroom and her covered in it!! To say I'm livid is an understatement! I'm effing fuming!!

Ruined make up
Ruined make up and my youngest covered in it.

It took more than a shower and a bath to wash the make up off her. The little madam. lol She did used to love make up but I think she's had her fill of it as now she's 14 she doesn't bother with it at all. 

My Sunday Snapshot

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Week 18 of #Project365. 30th April - 6th May. A photo every day for a year!

We've had a week of ups and downs. Stu has a job interview lined up for next week, (he's not leaving his current job though), I have started shopping for his birthday in a few months and poor Becky has had some personal issues going on. She's fine but has decided she has a lot of thinking to do about some things that have came up with her girlfriend. I haven't really been up to much apart from watching the Depp V Heard trial and the housework. I am certainly glad it's the weekend, I am ready for a couple of lie in's and lazy days although I do have some gardening to do.

Now for a photo every day! 

Sunflowers growing
Pizza and pink flowers
Pancakes and fruit and chicken coated in Pringles
holiday cancellation
Dandelions

120/365 - 30th April
My sunflowers are growing well but I do wish I had planted them further down the garden.

121/365 - 1st May
We had a takeaway. Pizza. I am totally blaming the kids, they put the idea into my head. It was good and we had leftovers for the next day.

122/365 - 2nd May
Pretty pink flowers. 

123/365 - 3rd May
I made myself some pancakes for breakfast. The kids were gutted they weren't here to have them too. hehehe I have said I might make them over the weekend.

124/365 - 4th May
Chicken coated in Pringles. They were good. We had them with potato wedges and it's a meal which we will have again. It's a recipe that the kids saw on TikTok.

125/365 - 5th May
One holiday cancelled. Booking it was pretty easy, cancelling not so much. Becky had to actually speak to people on the phone which she wasn't overjoyed about.

126/365 - 6th May
Dandelions. I do moan about them covering my garden but the do make pretty pictures.

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Friday, 6 May 2022

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

This week my Word of the Week is:

Plans

This past week has been a pretty exciting one. Lots of plans have been made and I can't wait for the things we have planned to happen.

I had a whole paragraph written here about Becky's plans but I had to delete it as we had a few dramas yesterday which means her plans have changed. We're all OK, it's just issues in her life, she's fine but I'm not going to go into it. Her dramas resulted in her cancelling a holiday that she had only booked over the weekend. Ugh! That was a drama in it's self, booking a holiday is easy, cancelling it not so much. Thankfully she has got all of her money back. Phew!

A few weeks ago Stu was somewhere and jokingly asked if there was any jobs going and they said yes and told him to put an application in. He must have made a good impression when he was telling them how to do their job. hehehe Realistically he didn't expect to hear back but one of the area managers rang on Wednesday and said they don't have the specific job he wanted but they have similar and could he go in for an interview!! Eek! We have been planning and seeing if this new job will work around the job he already has, it will and his current employer has said go for it. It's not many hours but enough to make a big difference to our life. We spent a little while planning what bus to get and at what time. There are a couple of bus companies here so we had to make sure our plan of getting a day rider pass would work and be worth it. It would, phew!

I have been making plans for Stu's birthday. When it was my 40th he got me 40 presents and I am planning on doing the same for his birthday in a few months but I have to get 50 presents with it being his 50th. Eek! I am also thinking about taking him away for the night. I have an idea of where to go but just need to see if we can afford it and make sure Becky isn't at work as she will be babysitting Ellie. It seems strange thinking that I could leave the kids home alone, Becky is nearly 20 so more than capable of keeping an eye on Ellie and we wouldn't be going far.

Ellie has started to make plans for her birthday too which is during the summer holidays. She has started with the lists of things that she wants and we're planning a night away in Hull just so we can go to the all you can eat place on an evening. The buses to get home are rubbish on an evening so staying over would be a treat and more convenient. We have also said she can invite a couple of friends to sleep over and they can camp out in the garden, depending on the weather. 

 How has your week been? I hope you've had a good one.

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