Monday, 28 July 2014

100 songs I love - 51 - 55

I'm back working on my list but I've just realised I'm less than a month away from my Day Zero so sadly I'm not going to finish it :( However, I'm going to get as much done as I can before time's up and then start a new list!

I haven't done my Day Zero Project for ages and time's running out, in fact I've just checked and my Day Zero is actually next month. I'm a bit disappointed that I'm not going to complete my list but never mind, I'll get as much done as I can and then start a new list! I'll have a better idea

 Today I'm doing my top 5 songs from one of my favourite T.V. series, Nashville :) Kaycee bought me one of the Nashville cds for my birthday earlier this month and I think everyone now wishes she hadn't because they're sick of hearing it over and over!

The first is This Town by Deacon and Scarlett

Number 2 is Be My Girl by Gunnar and Avery. Absolutely love singing along to this song, even though I can't get those 'mooovvveee fast, grooovvveee slow' notes at all! Mind you, they do say, sing like no one's listening so that's what I do!

I came across this vidoe while looking for the Gunnar and Avery one and I had to share. It's John and Jacob who wrote the song and I love them singing it as much as I do Avery and Gunnar :)

Number 3 is What If I Was Willing by Will Lexington :)

Number 4 is Where Trouble Is by Juliette

Number 5 is A Life That's Good and this version is being sung by the absolutely brilliant, Lennon and Maisy Stella. I adore the voices of these sisters.

I know these are going to be the only Nashville songs to make into my top 100 songs list because there are so many more I love so look out for part 2 next week!

Previous song posts:

1-5 Featuring The Eagles, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard and Nirvana

6-10 Featuring The Rolling Stones, Sam Sham and the Pharoahs, The Everly Brothers, Procul Harem and The Mamas and Papas

11-15 Featuring Green Day, Sum 41, Blink 182, Bowling For Soup and Avril Lavigne

16-20 Featuring Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Roberta Flack, Bob Dylan and Terry Jacks

21-25 Featuring Charlie Rich, Glenn Campbell, John Denver, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash

26-30 Featuring Nickleback, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

31-35 Featuring Fleetwood Mac, The Shadows, Madness, Acker Bilk and the Hawaii Five 0 theme tune

36-40 Featuring Extreme, Wet Wet Wet, Mr Big, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake

41-45 Featuring John Farnham, Starship, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler and Pat Benatar

46-50 Featuring Gene Pitney, Petula Clarke, Mary Hopkins, The Seekers and The Animals

Saturday, 26 July 2014

My first blogging event - Loved it!! #GUMISensoryGardenFun

Shell Louise

We set off from Lincoln around 9am this morning to pick up my niece, Megan, from Belper. We then drove from Belper to Chesterfield and met up with some absolutely lovely bloggers at Dobbie's :)

On the way from Lincoln to Belper and both girls were trying to hide from the camera!

I was a little shy and didn't really talk to many people but I did feel totally at ease with Jaime from The Oliver's Madhouse :) It was the first time we'd met in real life; we've been online friends for ages but even so, I surprised myself when I went and sat with her and some other lovely ladies after the hubby and kids abandoned me (ok, so he'd taken them to the toilets but still, I was all alone!) and I felt a bit of a numpty sat on my own!

I wish now I'd made more of an effort to introduce myself to some of the other bloggers and have a chat but small steps were made by me actually getting out of the house and turning up (you may have guessed, I'm quite shy!) so I'm proud of that :)

I was chatting to Jaime on Twitter this evening and I've decided to try and find a sponsor for Britmum's Live next year. I've wanted to go every year since I started blogging but lack of funds and courage stopped me.
It's now my mission to find a sponsor, and the courage, to travel all that way without the S.W.H. (super wonderful husband) for support!

I'd like to thank Katy and Laurence (I think she introduced him as memory is rubbish!) from Frank PR and Megan from Dobbie's for such a really lovely afternoon. The picnic lunch was enjoyed by us all, the girls had a lovely time and it was great hearing more about Frank PR. Hopefully we'll get to work together in the future.

The crooked spire at Chesterfield :)

I forget which village it was but one we went through today had a scarecrow festival :)

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Our summer bucket list

Shell Louise

We've seen a few summer bucket lists on other blogs and we've been inspired to do our own :)

Here's what we've got so far (I'm sure the girls will be adding to it all over summer when they think of something new!).

  • Make millionaire shortbread
  • Go to Skegness for the day and eat fish and chips on the beach
  • Go on a Gruffalo trail
  • Make campfire twists 
  • Make ice cream
  • Go to Hubbard's Hill
  • Feed the ducks at Hartsholme
  • Geocaching
  • Make S'mores
  • Go to Skellingthorpe park
  • Go to Daisy Made
  • Go to the library and join the summer reading challenge
  • Have a family games night
  • Have a movie night
  • Take a photo everyday and make a flipagram video
  • Make a fairy garden under the apple tree

We've already made a start by visiting the library today and signing up for the summer reading challenge :)

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

How does your garden grow? July 24th #HDYGG?

Shell Louise

I went outside with the intention of taking photos of the garden for this week's HDYGG? post but I only managed 2 photos before I got distracted by the girls playing in the paddling pool so it kind of turned into a Country Kids post!

I was delighted to find a buddleia growing in amongst the weeds at the top of the garden. At first I thought I must have planted the one that got damaged in the move but it's growing up between the stones where the other greenhouse used to be so I know I didn't plant anything there.

I'll be re-homing it when we do the garden because it's in the place where the pond is going to go.

After the buddleia, I noticed the sweet peas had actually grown and what was even more exciting, they had flowers on! These are the first sweet peas I've ever grown so I'm really happy with them :)

I was going to take some photos of the hydrangea plants next but that's when I got distracted by the girls!

It's been really hot today and they spent ages playing out in the pool and the tent. It was so lovely to sit in the shade and watch them playing nicely together.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Questions for Ella on her last day of infants school

Shell Louise

It's a sad day today.

Ella's leaving her infants school.

It's the same infants school Aiden went to when we first moved to Lincoln and the one we felt instantly happy with when we were visiting different schools in the area trying to decide where to send him.

The same infants school Kaycee screamed and screamed at drop off time during her first week or three then cried with sadness when she had to leave to move to juniors school.

It's the school where all three of them have loved their teachers and where they've all been in Mrs Bs class and she has been loved by us all!

Ella's really very excited to be moving to junior school with Kaycee but I think it finally hit on Monday morning that she wasn't going to be going to this school much longer because she got a bit sad when she thought about not seeing her teachers anymore.

All of our children have done brilliantly at this school and we're so very thankful to everyone who helped Aiden, Kaycee and Ella get off to a wonderful start in their school career.

Now to the point of the post....Ella's questions!!

I am really good at:Cartwheels and handstands
I like to:Write/Make Kaycee laugh
My favourite thing to learn at school:Maths and English
1 person who makes me laugh:Francesco and Kamil (She couldn't choose just one!)
One word that describes me:Pretty
I am really happy when: When Tina doesn't be mean
I am really sad when: People gang up on me
My favourite book: The Gruffalo
My favourite TV show: Victorious
My favourite vacation: Butlins
I like school when: We get to go on the bikes
I don't like school when: A girl is mean to me
My favourite season: Winter/snowing
My favourite toy: Rabbit
My worst nightmare: When I dreamed Jeff got stabbed in the back
Things that make me mad: Kaycee/Aiden/Lily
Favourite sport: Football
I like my Dad because: He's funny
I like my Mum because: She's epic
I like my family because: They are awesome

Ella's questions from 2012 and 2013

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Questions for Kaycee at the end of school

Shell Louise

I started asking the girls some questions at the end of the school year, a couple of years ago and I love being able to look back at the changes :)
2012 questions
2013 questions

2014 :)

I am really good at:Conquering my fear/story writing/maths 
I like to:Go to Brownies
My favourite thing to learn at school:Topic (I enjoyed learning about the Romans and the Victorians)
1 person who makes me laugh:Dad
One word that describes me:Weird (to my friends!)
I am really happy when:Ella is kind to me
I am really sad when: I remember Granddad Jack who died
My favourite book: Undercover magic
My favourite TV show: iCarly
My favourite vacation: Cornwall
I like school when: We do fun learning
I don't like school when: We do P.E. for hours on end!
My favourite season: Spring
My favourite toy: Ducky
My worst nightmare: Being kidnapped
Things that make me mad: Ella and Scott
Favourite sport: Diamond cricket
I like my Dad because: He's funny
I like my Mum because: She's the best mum in the world
I like my family because: They are epic!

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

All Bran 5 day challenge

Shell Louise

I don't think I've ever seen the kids so excited to get review products as they were when we received Kellogg's All Bran in three different flavours.

I knew the three boxes weren't going to last long so I weighed out my 5 portions straight away so I could do the challenge before the kids and Ant got their hands on them!

I'm currently attending Slimming World and as part of that I have to have healthy extras which consist of a daily portion of food containing calcium and a daily portion of food containing fibre.
I usually have wholemeal bread for my fibre portion and cheese for my calcium but I changed to the All Bran and milk while doing the challenge.

I must say I really enjoyed having cereal for a change. I usually have fruit and yogurt for breakfast because it's easy to grab but that doesn't keep me feeling full and by lunchtime I'm ready to eat anything I can find!

My favourite flavour was the red berry crunch although the chocolate wheats were pretty moreish, I have to admit!

I've could have easily eaten a lot more than my 35g healthy extra portion but I had to be good to get my next weight loss award!

Luckily I've never had to deal with being bloated so I can't say whether it helps with that or not but it did help me with my weight loss by keeping me feeling full til lunchtime, which stopped me snacking in between meals then grabbing rubbish at lunch because I was so hungry.
I'm happy to say I did get my 8 and a half stone award the following week and I'm sure making the change from bread to All Bran really helped me get a 5 and a half pound weight loss after struggling the previous weeks :)

I've discovered the wonder that is fat free yogurt instead of milk with my cereal and I'll never go back to milk and cereal again!

I think it took about 2 days for the three boxes to be polished off because not only did the kids have them for breakfast, they snacked on them after school and at supper time! They didn't want milk, they just wanted to eat them right out of the box.

I made them get bowls!

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs. Why don't you head over to the All Bran website and try the 5 day challenge for yourself :)

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