Saturday, 29 August 2015

Moon Photos

The girls wanted to do some star gazing as one of the Summer Bucket List activities but we've not had much luck with seeing stars due to the clouds.

We did manage to get some photos of the moon the other night though and daddy set the telescope up so the girls could see the moon close up. They loved it :)

Friday, 28 August 2015

Sister selfies

I love coming across the selfies the girls take when they borrow my phone or camera :)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Compact Disc Garden Mobile

Kaycee wanted to make Nanny a present for her birthday that was just from her.
I've been helping Ant with sorting out his office and he was chucking out a lot of CDs so I saved them for the girls to use in their crafting. 

You'll need:
Old CDs
Sharpie markers or other permanent coloured markers
Double sided tape
Wool or string
Two sticks (not pictured)

If you can't be bothered to get the print off the CDs, use double sided tape to stick two print sides together, leaving you with two silver sides. 
Use the Sharpies to decorate your CDs. Kaycee made 5 CDs to hang from her mobile.

Ella decorated her CDs to make a spinner

Use wool or string to tie the two sticks together in a cross then use more wool/string to hang from the centre of the sticks and from the end of each stick.

We got Ant to drill holes in edge of each CD but you can just put the wool/string through the hole in the middle and attach it to the stick.

Nanny loves her new mobile but she has said it's scared her a couple of times when it has looked like there's been someone moving in the garden and it was the light coming from the CDs!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Back with my weekly weigh ins

I've been doing Slimming World for 3 years now. I lost 7.5 stone in my first year and since then I've been maintaining the loss, which I'm extremely proud of as I usually go on diets, lose some then give up and put it all back on plus more.

I've never maintained a loss for so long and I'm determined not to put it back on. However, I've still got a long way to go and I want to knuckle down now and start losing again.

I'm making a new start from tomorrow (27th August) and I'm planning on losing another 7 and a half stone by this time next year :)

Today I weigh 23 stone, 13 and a half pounds.

Next week I want to weigh 23 stone, 11 pounds. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Desk Makeover Challenge - #Room4DeskChallenge

I haven't had my desk long because we had nowhere to put one in the house so when Ant built the cover over the porch earlier this year, giving us loads more room, I knew it would be wonderful to have a desk out there. It's right next to the sound of the running water of the gorgeous waterfall that Ant (also known as the super wonderful husband for lots of reasons but one them being able to make me all of these wonderful things!) also built earlier this year.

Ant modified an old desk (we used to have the desktop pc on it before I fell in love with being able to sit on the sofa with a laptop instead of at a desk.....and now I've come full circle, back to a desk!) to make it a bit bigger for me. I need a pin board so I can put reminders on because I have a terrible memory so he added a back to the desk. I'm planning on making my own pinboard but for now, sellotape works well!

Here's my desk before

Here it is after spending £20 at B&M, which is my favourite place to spend money!

Isn't it so much prettier now?! The ghecko was reduced from £7.99 to £3.99

The candle holders were £1.99 each or 2 for £3.00 and the owl mug was 79p. Yep, 79p!

My 2 new notebooks were 99p each

You may notice an owl theme going on here! The owl mug was 99p, as was the pencil case and 2 new packs of pens were also 99p each. The hand phone holder was a present for Ant from his son, Jervais, a few years ago and I pinched it!
The plaque on the wall behind was one I already had in the kitchen.

I loved this plaque when I saw it! It was only £1.99

The two owl plaques were £1.99 each and the stickers were from the girls :)

They also gave me this heart a while ago and it's been stuck in a drawer because I had nowhere to hang it.

I love sitting here, listening to the water and looking at all my new, pretty decorations!

Thank you to Room 4 Interiors and Qwerkity for setting the makeover challenge. I LOVE my new desk :o)

Monday, 24 August 2015

Happy 50th birthday, Uncle Chris

Yesterday, we drove to Derbyshire so we could celebrate my Uncle Chris's 50th birthday. We had a gorgeous Sunday lunch at the Marquis of Ormonde and I was able to catch up with all the aunts, uncles and cousins I haven't seen for years.

I had a really lovely time and can't wait for the next family get together :)

Happy birthday, Chris. I'm glad you had a great day xx

Aunty Tracy and Uncle Chris

Mum, Gwen and brother, John

S.W.H. (super wonderful husband), Ant, sister Stacy, nephew, Nathan and niece, Chloe.

Brother, John with his eldest, Chloe

Mum, sister and cousin, Rachel 

Mum, brother, niece and cousin, Andrew who I used to babysit for and who is now 25 and a father!

My lovely little nephew, Nathan :)

My cousin, Scott. We've always been close and I do miss not seeing him very often. 

Finally, the really lovely Sunday lunch which I could eat right now, despite the fact that it's nearly midnight!


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