Wednesday, 10 August 2022

(Ad - Gifted) The Pharmaceris S Safe Protective Face Cream - Review!

I shouldn't have to tell you that we all need to look after our skin, especially in the summer but sometimes we need reminding. I always put sun cream on my arms, legs, back and shoulders if they are out in the sun but I often forget about my face and that is out in the sun all of the time. Recently I was sent some of the Pharmaceris S Safe Protective Face Cream SPF50+ to try out.

Pharmaceris S Safe Protective Face Cream SPF50+

The Pharmaceris S Safe Protective Face Cream is recommended for daily protection of the particularly delicate skin of children and babies from the 1st day of life against intense sunlight and environmental aggressors (cold, wind). 

Although it’s specially formulated for the delicate skin of children, it can also be used by adults who experience hypersensitivity from the sun. It’s particularly good for adults with atopic skin which often struggle with adverse and/or allergic reactions to the sun’s rays and chemical filter sun lotions.

A sunscreen for all the family

This sunscreen creates a very high protection sun shield against the damaging rays of the sun. It does this using a 100% mineral filter formula, which creates a physical screen on the skin to reflect and diffuse UV rays. It also fends off environmental aggressors, such as the cold and the wind, as well as significantly neutralising free radicals responsible for photoallergic reactions. The lightweight lotion reduces the risk of sun induced eczema, allergies, irritation and itching, and keeps skin comfortable thanks to the inclusion of hygroscopic molecules, which enhance the regeneration of the skin to diminish dryness.

Sun cream on my hand

I tested the sunscreen on my hand to see what it felt like and after rubbing it in it felt like there was nothing there but I knew I was protected by the sun. There was no sticky residue that you get with some sun creams and there was no real smell to it. I could smell it a little but it wasn't unpleasant or overly scented.

It is advised to use the Pharmaceris S Safe Protective Face Cream everyday and to reapply every two hours or after swimming or bathing. The 50ml tube has a recommended retail price of £15.50 and will last a while, a little goes a long way. 

Do you always remember to put sunscreen on your face?

I was sent the The Pharmaceris S Safe Protective Face Cream free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Talking about the weather!

It's always the case that when we're in a social situation and have nothing really to say, we talk about the weather. How hot or cold it is tends to be Brits go to topic, I know it's mine. The average Brit spends 45 hours a year, almost two whole days talking about the weather even though we know, deep down it's the dullest thing to talk about research has revealed.

wellington boots and rain

A couple of weeks ago I talked so much about the heat. How hot it was and how much I was sweating. Last week was about how cold it was compared to the week before, it almost felt like Autumn with the grey sky, wind and drop in temperature. I of course had a good moan to everyone who would listen. Nearly half of those we surveyed admitted they secretly enjoy having a good moan about the weather too.

There's always something to moan about when it comes to the weather. Some people like the cold weather, others love the hot weather, there is no pleasing everyone. I spend half of the year complaining that it's too cold and the other half complaining it's too hot. One Friday a few weeks ago was the perfect weather for me. Warm enough to go out in a t-shirt but cold enough so I didn't sweat. No coat was needed.

The weather always causes the biggest arguments here mainly with Ellie. She is a teenager so refuses to wear a coat even on the coldest and wettest days. She wants to go out with friends when it's raining and hates putting sun cream on when it's hot. Grr!

My biggest subject to talk about when it comes to the weather is whether I can get the washing out on the line. The week with the heatwave was the first time ever that I didn't hang it out because it was too hot! I just couldn't bring myself to go outside on the Tuesday when it hit 40C. In the winter I will complain about wet, damp days when I have to hang everything on clothes airers. The best day to get the washing out is breezy, warm day when the sun is shining. Thankfully our back garden gets the sun all afternoon so it is great for drying the washing.

Now that Stu works in Hull and has to go over the Humber Bridge to get to work I know when it gets to that time of the year when it's windy and we get storms there is going to be a lot of talk about wind! Will the bridge be closed to buses and when will it be open again? Eek!

Talking about the weather is the perfect small talk because it's something that everyone has an opinion on.

What is your perfect type of weather?

Monday, 8 August 2022

(Ad - Gifted) Premium award winning Italian wine from Independent Wine!

I do love a few of glasses of wine over the weekend. On a Friday night I will have a glass, it's a great way to end the week and on a Saturday evening a couple more while I am relaxing with my fella usually in front of the TV. There doesn't have to be a special occasion to enjoy a nice bottle of wine but over the weekend it did feel special as I was lucky to be sent a gorgeous premium award winning Italian wine from Independent Wine to try.

I hadn't heard of the company Independent Wine before writing this blog post but they are they UK’s leading specialist in award winning Italian wine and stock over 140 Italian wines that have won top awards.

Siddura Erema 2018 Cannonau di Sardegna DOC

I was sent a bottle of the Siddura Erema 2018 - Cannonau di Sardegna DOC, a powerful wine with aromas of fresh and spiced berries, made from Sardinia’s signature black grape. 

This wine is made from Cannonau, a black grape varietal thought to be the most ancient in the Mediterranean. It is super-charged with anti-oxidants and is a key element of the famous Sardinian diet. The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand, and left to macerate for two weeks then fermented in stainless tanks at a controlled temperature. After this it was matured sur lee to develop texture and more complex flavours. The wine was then aged in large oak barrels for 12 months and bottled in the winter of 2019.

Located in the north of Sardinia, Siddùra is recognised as one of the highest-achieving Italian wineries. As well as planting Sardinia’s signature grapes, Cannonau and Vermentino, they also grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Every year since 2013 they have won Decanter Gold, Silver, Bronze and Platinum medals as well as countless awards in Germany, Belgium, Austria and other countries.

Wine opened, the cork

Tasting notes: Deep ruby colour with powerful aromas of wild berries and cherry, as well as spicy black pepper. Dry and fresh, with high acidity. Full-bodied, with smooth rounded tannins. A long and silky finish.

I am not going to pretend I am a wine expert but I know what I like and I liked this. Usually I am not a fan of red wine, I prefer Rose but this was good. It wasn't bitter like other red wines that I have tasted and was quite easy to drink.

Poured wine
Bottle of wine on table

After drinking this wine I think I might be converted to red. It really did have more flavour than my usual Rose. 

The bottle that I was sent is on offer at the moment for £18.45 and Independent Wine offer free next day delivery, free gift wrap and a customised card with any order. It is something to think about if you are planning on buying a gift for someone.

Do you enjoy a glass of wine? What type do you like?

I was sent a bottle of Siddura Erema 2018 - Cannonau di Sardegna DOC free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Our weekly meal plan! 8th - 14th August. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well although we did end up having our meal from the chip shop on Friday night instead of Wednesday lunch time. Becky had to sleep for a night shift on Wednesday and didn't want to miss out. Stu & I had fish & chips and the kids had sausage and chips. They say the fish is too fishy from the chippy. lol It just tastes like normal fish to me.

I don't know how this week is going to turn out because Stu tested positive for Covid on Saturday. He said at lunchtime he wasn't feeling right and by the time he came home from work he had a cough, was feeling achy and like he could sleep for a week. As soon as he walked through the door I made him do a test and the two lines came straight up. I sent him straight upstairs and he is quarantining in Becky's room and she is in with me, well was on Saturday night. Since then she has been working night shifts so she's going to bed as I am getting up. Her work says until she has a positive test she still has to go in. So far me and the girls are all negative. I am so pleased when they were handing out tests at school for free the girls were good at bringing them home. Fingers crossed the girls and I escape it. 

So this week might be a total disaster when it comes to food or it might still go OK, Stu hasn't lost his appetite and is more tired than anything. Any plans we had have gone out of the window, I would rather stay home to be here if Stu needs me and also keep other's safe.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Corned Beef crispbakes with mashed potato and baked beans.
Tuesday - Chicken & ham hock pie with garlic mash.
Wednesday - Sandwiches, cakes, crisps. A lazy tea.
Friday - Scampi, chips and peas.
Saturday - Pizza.
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Happy as a pig in mud. #MySundaySnapshot

Last weekend we went to Hull Pride and Becky especially had the best day. She has always wanted to go to a Pride event and while we were there she was happy as a pig in mud. hehehe Next year she has said she's going with her friends and not her old mam and her sister. That's fine with me, considering it was such a big event it felt so safe.

My eldest

My Sunday Snapshot

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Week 31 of #Project365. 30th July - 5th August. A photo every day for a year!

Week 2 of the summer holidays went in a blur. The kids have been busy, Ellie out with friends and Becky working. She has so many shifts over the next month. In 7 days she's working six 12 hour shifts and it carries on like that until she has 4 days off for her birthday in September. She's still loving the job and the wages at the end of the month.

I have spent the week mostly waiting in for deliveries. It's that time of year, birthdays coming up and the back to school shopping to do which wasn't actually too bad this year. Two white shirts and two pairs of trousers and we were done!

Now for a photo every day!

Hull Pride.
My eye and my fella painting
Pink sky
New iron and wooden badge
Red wine

211/365 - 30th July
We went to Hull Pride and had a fantastic day out. There was plenty of fun things going on and interesting sights to see. It felt so friendly and inclusive, just as it should be.

212/365 - 31st July
This photo was so hard to take! All I wanted was a picture of my eyebrow with some of the Hydrosil HydroBrow on which I was trying out. I ended up with about 20 photos and 19 of them my eye looked strange as I was looking in the wrong direction.

213/365 - 1st August
Stu likes to do little jobs around the house on his day off. On Monday he painted the electric box black to match the rest of the house. He also cut the grass and had a sort out in the garage.

214/365 - 2nd August
We had a pretty pink sky in the evening which was nice to see after a grey, cloudy day.

215/365 - 3rd August
I bought us a full size iron. We have been making do with a travel size one for years but Stu is using it more to iron his clothes for work and it was a chore with a little iron.

216/365 - 4th August
I ordered a present for Stu off ebay, a handmade one and this arrived in the box in a little bag saying thank you for buying from us, I thought it was cute and a nice touch.

217/365 - 5th August
I have been sent some wine to try out and took some photos yesterday afternoon. I of course had to open it and try it out. hehehe

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Friday, 5 August 2022

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


I feel like all I have done this past week is wait in for deliveries. It's that time of year with birthdays coming up and school uniform to buy.

It's Stu's birthday in about a week and a half and I said I was going to get him 50 presents for his 50th and I am getting close. At my last count I had 43 presents, all things that he wants or needs and I will top it up to 50 with chocolate and scratch cards. hehehe The deliveries that I have been getting for him this week have been fun one's, the girls have seen some of the things I have ordered and they want the same things for their birthdays. I ordered a few things off ebay and thought the prices were too good to be true but it turns out everything arrived and the things were way better than I expected. Phew!

I ordered Ellie's school uniform for September and that arrived during the week. It dawned on me that it will be the last uniform that I will ever have to order, she have left school this time next year. This is the first year I haven't had to spend a small fortune, all she needed was trousers and white shirts. I haven't even bothered buying her a coat for school because the last one I bought for her is still sat on the peg and it's only been worn a couple of times when it was absolutely chucking it down. Even when it was freezing and snowing she only wore a hoodie. 

While I was on the George at Asda website I bought a few other things we needed. Since Stu has had to wear smarter clothes for work he has been using the iron more and all we had was a little travel one. It really wasn't cutting it anymore so we gave in and bought a full size one. I also finally got some big cushions for the sofa. I have been wanting some for ages but they were all either too expensive or the wrong colour. These one's are gorgeous and I've told the kids food and drinks are going no where near them. I also treated myself to a new top. I am planning on taking Stu out for a meal and want to wear something nice, all my tops are too casual.

Becky of course been getting deliveries too, random stuff that she has bought off TikTok. The stupidest thing she has bought recently was a water bottle to drink from which also can spray water out, a mist onto your face to cool you down. It would have been amazing during the heatwave but the weather has not been the greatest here. We've had a few rainy days.

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

Word of the Week linky

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Tips to keep kids minds busy this summer.

Did you know that summer brain drain is a thing. It is more commonly known as summer learning loss. A reflection of the ‘use it or lose it’ phenomenon, studies suggest that kids may lose anywhere from 25-50% of their school year gains over the holidays, especially in maths and whilst there is no denying the need for a break from education, without regular practice, new skills and knowledge learnt over the year can fade or be lost. 

Coloured letters

Here are some tips on how to fight summer learning loss whilst keeping summer fun!

Bring out the board games.

By relating things that your children have learned in school to fun at home you can help make learning wonderful, inspiring, and enjoyable. Playing board games can teach kids about counting, negotiating, and taking turns. For a kid who enjoys colouring in, painting by numbers is fantastic. You can also let your kid measure or weigh the materials when cooking.

Set a reading challenge.

Libraries still do their summer reading challenges. My girls used to love them when they were little. Visiting a library can fill a morning or afternoon and borrowing a variety of books that will inspire your child to read while also providing them with a challenge.

Look beyond traditional techniques.

Let them play educational games online. There are plenty of apps out there which they can play on a phone or tablet and there are endless games they can play on a computer or laptop. I used to think Minecraft was a complete waste of time until I realised my girls could learn a lot from it.

 Take Trips to museums or the zoo and ask questions.

Family days out are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your kids while teaching them about history, science, maths and other subjects. It has been demonstrated that children learn more when we support them in having hands on experiences like these and participate in family chats. Encourage these by asking open ended questions about what you are seeing.

Practice in short bursts but regularly for knowledge retention.

Like all other skills, Maths and English skills are developed by consistent practise. However, smaller kids have limited attention spans, so you should attempt to keep study sessions brief no more than 15 minutes at a time. It is best to keep study periods brief and frequent rather than long and infrequent. The confidence of your child will increase as they learn more. 

Summer break is a time for you and your child to have fun. Introducing some new activities into your family’s routine can make the summer holidays entertaining whilst keeping your child ahead of the game for the next school year.

How do you keep your kids brains active over the summer holidays?

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

(Ad - Gifted) Hydrosil HydroBrow! A treatment for itchy, flaky brows!

 I go through phases of having dry skin, usually in the winter and now, in the height of summer. It is always my forehead and the skin under my brows which suffer. Flaky and itchy brows are a common problem typically caused by underlying dry skin conditions such as eczema or contact dermatitis, chemicals in skin care products or from brow waxing, plucking, dying or microblading. I don't think I have any serious skin conditions, just seasonal one's which are irritated by the make up that I wear.

Hydrosil HydroBrow

There are virtually no over the counter treatments for itchy flaky brows and no prescription treatments either so that's where Hydrosil HydroBrow comes in, it is one of the first dedicated treatments for itchy flaky brows.

Repair brow barrier function, reduce flaking, increase brow hydration and bring immediate relief to itchy, red and flaky brows with the transparent brow serum containing natural patented complexes.

Hydrosil HydroBrow tube

Hydrosil HydroBrow is a natural brow gel containing three proven ingredients to help relieve itching, redness and flaking of the eyebrows.

Passion Fruit Seed Extract
Extract of passion fruit seed has been incorporated into a patented active complex with proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. The passion fruit seeds used in this product have been upcycled from the normal processing of the passion fruit for human consumption.

Chicory Root Extract
An extract from chicory root has been incorporated into a prebiotic complex that’s proven to repair and strengthen brow barrier function by encouraging the growth of good brow microbiota while inhibiting the growth of bad brow bacteria that can lead to itching, redness and flaking.

Australian Tea Tree
A patented extract of Australian tea tree with proven antimicrobial action to help inhibit the growth of bad brow bacteria that can lead to irritation, dryness and flaking.

To use it you simply apply liberally to entire length of brow twice a day. I have tried it on and it obviously feels wet putting it on but after a few minutes it dries out and there is no sticky or bitty feeling left, in fact my eyebrows feel softer than usual.

Hydrosil HydroBrow on brow

It's not just for us ladies, Hydrosil HydroBrow is unisex so the men can use it too. Stu suffers with itchy, flaky eyebrows, especially in the winter so I think I will be buying more for him later on in the year.

Hydrosil HydroBrow is vegan and free from SLS, sulphate, parabens and perfumes. It is available to buy from the Skin Shop website and costs £8.50 for a 7ml tube which I think is a fair price.

Do you suffer from itchy, flaky brows?

I was sent the Hydrosil HydroBrow serum free of charge in exchange for this blog post. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

In July I was grateful for... #365DaysOfGratitude

I have seen many people on social media list something every day that they are grateful for and thought I would join in and have on my private Facebook account every day and I thought I would share here too. I am hoping to continue it for the rest of the year and longer.

In July I was grateful for..

Day 182 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for Netflix. We've watched the latest episodes of Stranger Things and they were so good. I want to watch season 5 NOW!!!

Day 183 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a fantastic day out at the show with Ellie, her friend and her friends mum. We have it all to do again tomorrow for Day 2 of the show.

Day 184 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a soak in the bath to ease my achy legs. I've walked miles and miles over the weekend. We have had the best time at the show, just a shame that Becky wasn't with us, she had to work. Next year she will book her holidays in early!!

Horse display at local show

Day 185 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for Stu spending his day off helping me with the housework, I did none over the weekend as we were out at the show. He also found time to faff around with his computer and finished watching the latest episodes of Stranger Things. 

Day 186 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for Spaghetti Bolognese for tea. It is probably one of my families favourite meals. So simple but so good.

Day 187 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for the fantastic DPD delivery driver who always brings my parcels, he's been here every day so far this week, he must be sick of the sight of me. lol He'll be back tomorrow too. hahaha

Day 188 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a fun trip to the cinema and a quick look around Primark.

Day 189 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a productive day. Crossed so many things off my to do list and I feel like I can now have a nice, relaxed weekend.

Day 190 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that I had a little help with the jobs around the house from the kids! Makes a nice change. Usually on a Saturday Becky is sleeping from a night shift but her work shifts have changed and Ellie would have been playing out but she's grounded. (again). The little madam gave her phone to someone to look after and he had to be in before her so dropped it off her which was kind of him but then it meant I couldn't get in touch with her and she had no idea of the time which meant she was late in. I should think myself lucky, when I was a kid there was no such thing as mobile phones. My parents must have been beside themselves. 

Day 191 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a super relaxed Sunday. It has been a lovely day but a little too hot outside for my liking.

Day 192 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that Stu got the new sink and unit put in the bathroom. He made it himself and I think he did a fantastic job. My job tomorrow is to give the bathroom a good clean, it's covered in dust and sawdust.

New sink unit

Day 193 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that it seems a little cooler tonight. I've been in a right grump today because of a rotten sleep last night.

Day 194 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for the food shop being delivered. We had to get it a couple of days early as my Gousto box wasn't delivered on Sunday because the driver apparently couldn't get here.

Day 195 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for for a walk out to see my dad and of course his partner Sarah. 

Day 196 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for the weekend. It seems to have been a long week. We're tired and are ready for the summer holidays. 5 more school days to go.

Day 197 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for shorts even though the kids think my whiter than white legs are hilarious!

Day 198 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for a day in front of the TV watching Grey's Anatomy.

Day 199 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for ice!! I've used so much in drinks! I am so over this heat.

Day 200 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for curtains and keeping them closed all day keeping some of the heat out! We still sweated buckets though!

Curtains closed

Day 201 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that it has cooled down compared to yesterday! I am looking forward to a better nights sleep tonight.

Day 202 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful that I could get a delivery slot with Asda for tomorrow because Tesco did a piss poor job of sending my food shop today. 29 unavailable items. All my fridge and freezer stuff. Their fridges and freezers broke during the heatwave and they are struggling to get stock delivered. They really should have said the items were unavailable when I was doing the order. Very sneaky!

Day 203 of #365DaysOfGratitude 
Today I am grateful for the end of the school year! No more getting up early on a morning and rushing about. Well not until September anyways.

Day 204 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for wine!! 

Day 205 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for the rain! It's chucking it down here and my garden desperately needs it!

Day 206 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for our new Sky box, we updated to Sky Q! There's a couple of things that I am not keen on but I am liking it. Got Netflix, Disney+ & Spotify on it so Becky can have her Xbox back. hehehe

New SkyQ box

Day 207 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for getting some little jobs done around the house. The cupboard under the kitchen sink is now organised again. I am sure my family think nothing about putting empty bottles back in.

Day 208 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for lunch from the chip shop. I am totally blaming the kids for putting the idea of chip butties into my head.

Day 209 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a day with my family! It seems ages since Becky and Stu weren't working at the same time. It was nice to spend some time together and see my dad and Sarah too.

Day 210 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for chocolate brownies and carrot cake baked by Ellie!

Day 211 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for a fun day out with my girls to Hull Pride.

Day 212 of #365DaysOfGratitude
Today I am grateful for no substitutions or unavailable items with the food shop! Hooray!

What were you grateful for in July?

Monday, 1 August 2022

Our weekly meal plan! 1st - 7th August. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went to plan until we got to Sunday. We had leftover pizza from the night before so by the time we ate that for lunch we didn't fancy much on the evening so we just had cereal to eat.

On Saturday the girls and I had a day out at Hull. We went to their Pride event and there were some sights to see. What really made me smile was that everybody was accepting of everyone else. Well mostly, I was not accepting of children with whistles. lol I can still hear them ringing in my ears now. We had a great day and did a bit of shopping too, getting Stu a few more presents for his birthday in a couple of weeks.

We don't have much on this week, nothing that I can think of anyway. The weather doesn't look that great, rain but at least it's still warm. I really need to get out into the garden to cut the grass and do some weeding sometime soon though. Last week we decided, well the kids decided they fancied chip butty's from the chip shop for lunch on Wednesday and I think it's something we're going to carry on. It's a nice treat for us. 

This week's meals seem pretty boring, I never got around to ordering the food shop during the week for the weekend so ended up sat here on Saturday evening doing it to be delivered yesterday. I was not feeling inspired.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - A roast chicken dinner.
Tuesday - Leftover roast dinner pie with the leftover mashed potato on the side.
Wednesday - Sandwiches, cakes, crisps. A lazy tea.
Thursday - Turkey burgers and sweet potato fries.
FridayJacket potatoes with probably baked beans and cheese on top.
Saturday - Corn dogs, onion rings, corn on the cob and fries.
Sunday - Toad in the hole, mash and veg.

What are you eating this week?