Monday, 28 July 2014

Meal Planning Monday 280714

Mon 28th July - Baked potatoes & coronation chicken with salad

Tues 29th July - Fish & chips

Weds 30th July - Brinner

Thurs 31st July - Southern fried chicken, with salad & chips

Fri 1st August - Toad in the hole

Sat 2nd August - Spaghetti Bolognese with garlic bread

Sun 3rd August - Roast chicken

I've joined in with Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky with this post

Friday, 25 July 2014

Anniversary Gift Ideas

review post.

My in-laws celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently, and the Mister and I spent a fair amount of time trying to decide what present to get them. We considered a nice framed photo of the children, but to be honest we can give them that any time (and do) so we wanted to choose something a bit more personal, and something that they would love.

Inspired by a design I had seen online, I set about making a 'thumbprint tree'. Using a plain black leafless tree image, I added all of our names within the branches & a lovely quote I found, then the Mister, children, and I made thumbprint leaves to finish it off before framing it ready to go on the wall.

We also chose a gorgeous green mix tartan design rug with woven backing from the huge range available at, the in-laws have spent a lot of time & effort redecorating their home recently and the hand-tufted rug complements their colour scheme perfectly, adding that finishing touch to their decor. It's lovely and soft, and L found it very comfortable to lay on while he played on his Nan & Grampy's laptop when we visited this week. M&FIL were delighted with their new rug, my FIL was very pleased with the high quality of it, & it now lies in the living room in front of the fireplace.

And finally, we did give them that framed photograph. But it was the one that I took of the two of them, out for lunch on our family day in Weymouth. Just a little something extra to remember their special day.

We received a complimentary rug for review purposes. The views shared are my own personal & honest opinions and written in my own words. All links are no-follow.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Our Summer Bucket List

Today is the last day of term - the Summer holidays are looming, and we have six weeks stretching out ahead of us that I plan to thoroughly enjoy. I don't mean by rushing about with rigid plans and set routines, making sure we fill each & every day because that's rather unrealistic and frankly I don't want to, & the kids won't want to either - but by just making the most of it. Some days we might do things, some days we might not. There will be 'nothing' days as well as busy days, we'll just do what we like, when we like. I can't wait!

We enjoyed making Autumn & Christmas Bucket Lists last year too, which is something we'll be doing again later on this year. Have you made a Summer Bucket List?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A day in Weymouth

Weymouth has to be one of my absolute favourite places in the UK. It's always our 'go-to' holiday spot (or even just for an impromptu day on the beach), and we have been there many times on our family getaways. It is absolutely beautiful, and very much the quintessential British seaside town.

The Mister's parents celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary (that's 40 years, folks - you get less for murder) at the weekend, and as a family we all headed off on the train down to Weymouth for the day to mark the occasion. There were 23 of us in all - myself & the Mr and our five, my M&FIL, & the Mister's two brothers, their better halves, and their children & step-children.

The day didn't start very well with our town getting a real battering from the thunderstorms with some serious torrential rain, we experienced severe flash flooding and so ended up sitting on the train for over an hour waiting for the water to recede. As it happened, there were people collecting for CLIC Sargent on board with a raffle & a Disney-themed treasure hunt, and so the children were happily legging it up and down the carriages searching for the character pictures.

The weather was horrendous, we were left wondering whether or not to abandon our day out when we were told the water had receded and we were finally on our way. The rain continued on & off throughout the journey down to Weymouth, and as we arrived at the station the heavens opened once again. Regardless, we headed to the seafront and made the best of it, and as we reached the promenade the rain eased off.

My M&FIL had booked us all a table at a restaurant/takeaway called Fish 'n' Fritz for lunch, which is located on Market Street, just a stone's throw from the picturesque Weymouth Harbour. Fish 'n' Fritz is the national runner-up in the Fish & Chip Shop of the Year competition, & regional winner for the south west UK which, after sampling their batter from the Mister's plate, comes as no surprise. I was very impressed with their service which was nothing short of outstanding. They set up a table for our party with banners & balloons for my M&FIL, and posted a picture on their facebook page congratulating them on their anniversary which I thought was a lovely touch.

Considering the size of the party, the food and drinks were all ordered and delivered to our tables quickly and efficiently with no mistakes. The children were all served first (as was I, since I ordered a chicken burger and chips!) and the portions were more than generous, the menu even stated that if you wanted more chips you only had to ask and you could have more free of charge. This didn't happen though as we were all quite stuffed! The staff were just simply lovely, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back there or to recommend it to friends. In fact we fully intend to visit again this Summer!

By the time we had finished our lunch, the sun was finally out and it turned out to be a scorcher of an afternoon. We wandered along the harbour to the arcade & fair and my M&FIL handed out £5 each to all of the children to go off and enjoy themselves. They swapped their money for tokens for the rides and 2ps & 10ps for the machines and had a whale of a time collecting tickets and playing games together. E ended up biting off more than she could chew on one ride & cried to get off. The gent operating the ride stopped it no questions asked and let her get off and even gave her her token back to use on another ride which I was pleased about, it was very kind.

When all of the money and tokens had run out, and I managed to drag the Mister out of the arcade, my M&FIL treated all of the children to an ice cream each before we headed back to the railway station to catch the train home. We had a really lovely family day out all together, the kids had great fun playing with their cousins and celebrating with their grandparents, and I really appreciate my M&FIL arranging such a memorable day for all of us. I hope we will enjoy many more of them in years to come.

Congratulations to my M&FIL - D & J - on their ruby wedding anniversary. It's an honour to be their daughter-in-law and I am delighted to have been welcomed so warmly into their family, and to share these moments with them. They are wonderful grandparents to our children, and I have to say they've done a cracking job of raising their son, too. He's all right, is my other half. Congrats on these past forty years, and here's to the next forty.

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