Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Gallery - One Word - Selfie

TheGalleryThe theme for this weeks Gallery over at Sticky Fingers is One Word.


That my word for the week. This is blue penguin's first selfie taken on Sunday!

His auntie works as a photographer on a cruise ship and she was back for the weekend and teached him how to use a camera!  Never to early to learn!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Weekly Meal Plan

Monday - Steak Casserole (cooked in the slow cooker) served with a puff pastry topping
Tuesday - Hunters Chicken
Wednesday - Chill con carne from the Freezer
Thursday - Red Thai Chicken Curry from the freezer
Friday - Risotto from the freezer

Meal Planning Monday

Friday, 16 May 2014

Product of the Week - Ped Egg

How nice has the weather been this week!  I can happily say I live in Sunny Surrey!!!!!

So with the nice weather been more body exposure!  As said before I'm not a beauty blog but of course like most women out there I like to spend (if I can find it) a little bit of time to make myself feel nice!

So I'll start with the Ped Egg!  Sadly I will not be sharing any pictures of my feet, I don't think you want to see them anyway as I only have 9 toenails….unless you have a weird foot fetish! You will have to take my word!

The Ped Egg is great, even if slightly disturbingly gross!  My husband calls it a real cheesy grater and can't bear to watch me use it.  Some things should stay behind closed doors!  I use it after having a shower and before moisturising my feet. I basically grate the hard rough bits of skin found on the heel, bottom of pinky and bottom of big toe.  I'm sure others have hard skin in other places but these are my problem areas.

I give all areas a good grating in all directions.  It doesn't hurt.  And then I apply some moisturiser and socks. Then I empty all the dead skin in the bin….worst bit in my opinion!

So if you want smooth feet for the summer then get yourself a Ped Egg - they retail at about £9.99 and a great buy! Don't forget to wash your cheesy hands after use!

Disclaimer: This is my own personal review and I have received no payment for this post.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Gallery - Up Close & Personal

TheGalleryThe theme for this weeks Gallery over at Sticky Fingers is Up Close & Personal.

I haven't taken many pictures this week.  However I had a daily battle with pink penguin's hair. She is 18 months old.  I never know if she will wake up with it curly or straight!

Her fringe is mad!  The other morning she woke with this amazing side sweeping fringe.  A few days later she had ringlet curls!

I have lots of people stop me in the street (mainly the elderly) to tell me how gorgeous her hair is.  With my son too!  So I share a picture of them each!

My second picture is of blue penguin showing of his and papa penguin's master piece.  Its one of those gift in a tin build it yourself.  Great fun!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Dinosaur party

Toddler penguin is now 4!!!! Therefore from now on as he is no longer a toddler he shall be called blue penguin and baby penguin aged 18 months will be pink penguin!

We had a dinosaur party. Thought I'd share our day….here is his invitation…

We hired a hall and as I'm not a fan of children running around on a sugar high I had some craft areas set up and I did the entertainment!  

There was make your own dinosaur foam mask and decorate dinosaur finger puppets, both of which were bought from Baker Ross. We had a decorate a dinosaur egg biscuit and have your face painted.  Luckily my neighbour and friend are handy with a paintbrush so did the face painting (think I saved about £70 there!). I also got my hands on mini dinosaur tattoos which the kids loved!

Then for party games we did pass the parcel, musical bumps and musical dinosaurs.  This involved lots of printouts of dinosaurs placed on the floor and the children have to stand on them.  When the music starts the dancing around in circles and we take one away. Bit like musical chairs but with pieces of paper! I found pass the parcel to be the most stressful, not sure I'll do that again!

For food we had way too many sandwiches!  I did for the kids cream cheese, jam and ham sarnies as well as cocktail sausages, sausage rolls and veg sticks.  The adults had egg mayo and ham sarnies and I did two quiches as well.  One from the lactofree website and a spinach, feta and tomato one which I based on this recipe but made it dairy free (free from cows milk). Of course we had lots of crisps and dips to feast on and Pimms! Kids drank small bottles of water and fruit shoots.

Now to the cake! With the help of papa penguin this is our cake we made!

Check out my pinterest board for more dinosaur ideas!

Me Time

Further to a previous posts I decided that I need to make more time for myself.

Me Time - Oxford Dictionary definition:
Time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy

So I had a bath!

I don't normally enjoy baths.  I like the idea of them however having a bath can actually be quite time consuming. I like to have the water quite hot. Between 40-41°C. I also feel like I need to make full use of the water as I like them to be deep.  Therefore I can be in there for about 30-45 minutes.  I just don't have that kind of time on my side.  However one night this I was cooking a chicken korma, hoovering and then trying to steam mop all at once.  I tripped over the steam mop as I noticed the rice was bubbling over. And I broke it. Frustration! I had lost my appetite and decided that I needed to chill. Hence the bath.

I really enjoyed my bath.  I don't think I'll be doing it every week but its a nice place to disappear to when you fill like everything is on top of you.  I turned the lights off, lit lots of candles and read my book.  I'm reading Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. I love her range of little shop books! So the next night I went to bed at 9pm and read some more!

I've decided to make space once a week for me.  Just me!  That means no housework. No cleaning. Nothing.  A bath.  A book.  A magazine. Just me me me me me!!!!!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Gallery - Faces

TheGalleryThe theme for this weeks Gallery over at Sticky Fingers is Faces.

I haven't done a Gallery post for months!  I always get the email and spend the weekend thinking about what photo I'm going to use then BAM its a week later and I'm getting another email again!

So here I am doing my blog post for this weeks gallery.  Two photos to make up for the ones I've missed.

My first two photos are of my kids.  And their mad silly faces that they posed for without any silly prompting from me!

My third and fourth photo are the faces of my family taken this bank holiday Monday on a rare day we got to spend together!

Getting back on track

I'm always writing lists.  I feel like I need to write things down just so I can get some satisfaction about checking them off!  

I'm trying to get my unorganised life back on track and I always cope best at doing things by making plans and writing them down. So I'm going to bore everyone by writing it straight onto my blog!  Maybe I can encourage others to become more organised!

First thing I want to concentrate on is ME TIME!  I feel like I really need it!  I'm fed up of drinking cold cups of tea!  I find I get 5 minutes so I put the kettle on!  5 boils later I might make that cup of tea.  But it will be cold by the time I drink it!  

So recently I've boiled the kettle when I've got the chance and only filled my mug up 3/4 full.  Then I've topped it up with cold water which means I can drink it straight away! I might even have a slice of cake with it as well!

I'm going to try and make 15 minutes for myself at least once a day to sit and read a magazine, surf the net or if its a nice day sit outside and stare into the blue sky.  The days when I'm childminding I'll have to wait until all mindees have gone home and then I might just put my kids in front of the television to watch 3 peppa pig episodes! Today for example my minded child left at 12.  Baby penguin is napping and toddler penguin is a bit under the weather so is watching Frozen!  I've actually given myself 30 minutes of computer time!  I have 5 minutes left and I need to do some banking!

On another note I'm off to New York at the end of the month.  No children allowed!  I'm only going for a long weekend but I so need it and I can not wait!!!!!

The Unorganised Penguin

I am an unorganised mess!

I've been really really really really busy!  

As a childminder I had a visit from Ofsted and the preparation for that took all my spare time!  Then also as a childminder I had loads of paperwork to catch up on - this seems to be never ending! I was graded Good which is a bonus and makes all the handwork worthwhile!

Papa penguin has been working an awful lot!  And I mean a lot!  Meal plans have gone out the window as I never know when he is here, if he'll make it home for dinner or if he'll eat out.

My cleaner quit so housework and ironing has been getting on top of me - or I keep up with it but lose my evenings and spare time!

It was toddler penguin's 4th birthday (trying to find time to blog about this!) and we had a party in a hall.

I'm sure everyone reaches hat point in their life when being a mum/wife/housewife takes its toll on you and you realise you have no time for yourself!

So what can I do about it?

Well I'm in the process of reorganising everything.  Papa penguin isn't working this weekend (apart from when the kids are in bed) so he is taking the kids out Saturday morning so I can blitz the house!  I'm also trying to organise my days better!  

With everything above I feel like I haven't had time to blog.  Feeling unorganised means I haven't had much motivation. 

The Organised Penguin has gone into hiding and it hoping to make an appearance soon!!!!!