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Weekly Menu – Lamb Curry, not again!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last weekly menu plan. The lamb curry didn’t go down too well, slow cooking it made the lamb much softer and stringier and although it’s how I like it best, it’s not how my family like it. So I won’t be trying that again. Then we had a week with my birthday which involved in another lamb curry but this time it was a take out.

We also had a week where there was a lot of sickeness and keeping the family separated. Some ate, some didn’t and it was in different rooms and at different times. It was all a bit awkward. I ordered a Chinese meal on the Saturday as we had been out, but even though it was ordered at 6.30pm it didn’t arrive until nearly 10pm. Thankfully, the younger ones had opted for a Mc Donalds instead and their Dad had fetched that. Note to self, do not order food for delivery on a Saturday evening.

curry

Anyway, I do think we’ve had our fill of curry for now so next weeks menu doesn’t have it on at all. And if we order take out at any point, it won’t be curry and it won’t be on Saturday!

This Weeks Curry Free menu

  • Saturday – Fish and Chips
  • Sunday – pie
  • Monday – paella
  • Tuesday – fajita/ chicken wraps
  • Wednesday – sausages and mash or chips
  • Thursday – pasta bake/macaroni cheese
  • Friday – Quiche or Kiev

Although, now I come to think, I don’t believe we’ve had a Mapu Curry for a while…mmmm!

I’ve already started filling in my online basket for the Christmas food shop. There is no way I’d be able to handle the supermarket. I have also ordered my Turkey crown and a few other treats from elsewhere. We are picking them up from Marks and Spencers. I thought the Christmas pre-order would have been cheaper at Morrisons, but it wasn’t.

Keeping it simple this week and linking up with Katy Kicker’s Meal planning linky.

Katykicker
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Christmas Crochet (catch up)

Way back in October (Which I swear was a week ago) I told you about a Christmas CAL or Crochet Along that I was doing. I thought I’d give you a little catch up.

How Did I do?

Well, I could have done better, but I’m still happy. The baubles were first and I completed them in time. Here’s my little Robin and Reindeer baubles to go on our tree this year.

crochet robin bauble
Robin Bauble
crochet reindeer bauble
reindeer bauble

Next up I started on the coaster and the table mats. I managed two mats and all the coasters, but I’ve yet to finish the edging and lettering. I got a little distracted by crocheting this for my niece’s little boy.

crochet red and white santa jacket for a baby.
Baby Santa coat

It was so much fun and easy to make. I think I may make some more in different colours for my Etsy shop when I open it.

I have now started on my Christmas pillow because I’d like to get that done to go with our decorations. I’ve done the back, now it’s just the front to complete. then I’ll finish off the coasters. I’m not sure I will have time to finish the Christmas Stocking.

Christmas Crochet Gifts

My daughter has been asking me what I would like for Christmas and I really couldn’t think of anything other than chocolate. But then I thought of how much I enjoy my crochet so I asked her to take a look at the Deramores site and pick a crochet pack. You can buy a pattern and all the wool you need to make it. I can’t wait to see what she’s bought for me.

If you have lots of spare wool and not so much cash, then you can still check out the site for some really fabulous free patterns for crocheting or knitting.

Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

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My Chronically Ill Gift List

This is my chronically ill gift list that I’ve put together to give people ideas of the type of gifts that people who are ill may appreciate.

I suffer from chronic pain in my back and legs, I hurt when cold, I am a wheelchair user and I don’t get out of my home a lot because of my condition. So here are the things I would love the most.

Something to Wear

Clothing is always a good gift, if you don’t want to worry to much about sizing then I’m pretty sure that scarves, gloves and socks are a good idea. If you have some idea of size then a nice pair of pyjamas or a dressing gown. Slippers are also a good buy if you have some idea of the shoe size. Although with slippers you can generally get away with Small, Medium or Large. I get through about five pairs of slippers a year, so they would be very welcome.

I have very cold feet so I’m always happy with socks or slipper socks, the brighter the better. I love these slipper socks from The Sock Shop

reindeer slipper socks

Hobbies

If you know a person’s hobby then buying them anything they can use will be a big bonus and I’m sure they will love it. This can be anything from paint, pens, pads, craft supplies, or if you are buying for me then wool. I can’t get enough of the stuff, ask my family! Better still, buy wool with a pattern to crochet or knit, like this lovely blanket from Deramores.

Pill Organiser

Someone who needs a lot of medication will need to keep it organized. I would love something like these pill organisers from Etsy to keep my medication safe and ready to take.

butterfly decorated pill organiser

Books and Magazines

Reading is a great way of chilling out, whether you are just getting ingrossed in a novel or learning something new. There are so many books to please just about everyone. Try the gift finder at Waterstones.

Christmas gift finder waterstones

If you can’t think of a book they would like then how about a magazine subscription. They make a great gift and you can buy a six or twelve month subscription. I love my crochet magazine subscription but I’ve also enjoyed cookery magazines, and I know plenty that would love the new Seven Worlds One Planet magazines.

magazine subscription

Candles

There is nothing I like more than having a candle burning while at home. It makes the room smell nice and helps to make me feel relaxed. At Candles Direct they have a huge assortment of lovely candles, including Yankee candles. They also have some lovely gifts including bath and body products and vegan friendly gifts.

yankee candle tree

Mindfulness Gifts

A lot of chronically ill people turn to mindfulness to help them. It may be that they enjoy mediation or yoga, or colouring books. LSW Mind Cards are a new product which are designed to make you become more mindful. Each day select a card at random and take the action stated on the card. Building the habit of making positive choices each day will help you lead a more fulfilling and happier life. The box is attractive and would make a lovely gift.

I hope you have enjoyed my little gift guide and that it has given you some ideas for gifts for that person you may know that is suffering from a chronic illness, or even a temporary illness. We all need a little pampering sometimes.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which will cost you nothing to click but may earn me some money if you click through and purchase something. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

See another of my gift lists here.

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Book worms Monthly – December

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly December. This is the time for gifting fabulous books and hopefully getting one or two from your Christmas Wish list too.

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly December!

Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your Book Worm Monthly December book posts below.

Here’s a badge to share. No code, just copy and paste it on your blog and link the photo back to mine if you wish. Or please mention my blog 
https://athomealot.com/ with a link instead. That we we can encourage more to join in and share.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Avon Black Friday Week

I’m taking a little break from my Avon Christmas gifts because of their fabulous Black Friday Sale week. Take advantage, they won’t last long!

Here’s my pick of offers, you can find many more over on my shop https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

Best of Beauty Box

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £50.50, Save £25.50

About me:

Featuring 8 of our most iconic products from across the decades, this box is a must-have for any beauty lover.

What’s included:

True Colour Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Cosmic Brown – For perfectly shaped eyes that last all-day.

Far Away EDP Purse Spray 10ml – Our bestselling fragrance in handbag size.

Anew Essential Youth Maximising Sheet Mask – Give your skin a super-boost of hydration in 15 minutes.

mark. MagiX On The Go Primer 10g –  This skin-smoothing primer blurs imperfections flawlessly.

True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Ravishing Rose – 100% matte, 100% comfort. This lipstick has it all.

Advance Techniques Argan & Coconut Oil Moisturising Serum 100ml – Thirsty locks? Hydrate your hair in an instant.

Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Spray – Limited Edition Design 150ml – Enjoy silky-soft skin in seconds.

mark. Gel Shine Nail Enamel 10ml in Fabulous – Gel-like shine on your nails, without the UV lamp

beauty box

Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Collection

Avon BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £15, Save £6.

About me:

Infused with mood-enhancing French lavender and chamomile essential oils, this candle and diffuser collection will fill your home with some much-needed calm.

What’s included:

• Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Glass Candle
• Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Reed Diffuser

How to use me:

Simply place the candle and diffuser in a well ventilated space and enjoy the calming effects of lavender and chamomile.

aromatherapy

Lipsy Tote Bag

Avon BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £35, Save £19.

About me:

Meet the everyday bag, for everyday glamour. With it’s cute bow detail, printed trim and embossed gold logo, this Lipsy tote is tote-ally gorgeous. 

• Lipsy London bag with cute bow detail
• Gold embossed logo
• Twin handles and interior zip pockets

How to wear me: 

Big enough for all your bits and bobs and cute enough to take you from day to night this is the handbag that does it all.

Product info:

PU with a polyester lining. 31.4cm x 50cm max x 13cm.

lipsy bag

Mini Candles Collection

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £15.20, Save £5.20.

About me: Know a candle addict? Then they’ll love our Mini Candles Collection, which includes 4 gorgeously-scented mini candles.

What’s included:

• Jasmine & White Violet Mini Candle.
• Berry & Rhubarb Mini Candle.
• Cedarwood & Amber Mini Candle.
• Grapefruit & Pomelo Mini Candle.

How to use me:

Safely light the candles and leave them in a well-ventilated area. Always remember to distinguish the flame!

mini candles

Black Suede Men’s Collection

About me:

Choose the dream gift for the man in your life with our Black Suede Men’s Collection. The perfect balance of charm and sophistication, this men’s fragrance delivers a classic blend of irresistible fresh greens, leather accord and warm woods.

What’s included:

• Black Suede Eau de Toilette 75ml.
• Black Suede Hair & Body Wash 250ml.
• Black Suede Deodorant Body Spray 150ml.
• Black Suede Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 50ml.

How to use me:

For a scent that lasts all day, pair the men’s perfume with the matching hair and body wash, and roll-on deodrant. For after the gym or on-the-go, back the body spray for an instant refresh. 

black suede

Luxury Gold Pamper Kit

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Half Price! Worth £22.00, Save £11.00

About me:

Add a touch of luxury to your pampering session with our gold-infused Luxury Gold Pamper Kit. A 5-piece body and skincare set with the scent of radiant spice, exotic orchid and sensual oud. 

What’s included:

• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Sheet Mask
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Body Oil 150ml. 
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Body Moisturiser 200ml.
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Hand Cream 30ml.
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Face Mask 50ml. 

How to use me:

1. If your face is in need of some luxury, use one of our indulgent Face Masks.
2. Feeling fancy? Use our Body Oil that’s infused with real gold for a gorgeous glow. 
3. Our Hand and Body Creams are perfect for when your skin is feel parched and stressed. 

pamper set

Please take a look at all the other fabulous offers over on my Avon shop. You can order anywhere in the UK for direct delivery which costs £3.50 if you spend under £20. Orders over £20 are postage free.

Thanks for reading and happy shopping x

Avon Christmas Decorations

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Audible half price for Four Months!

I’m a big Audible fan, just check out some of my book reviews like the ones on this page here. I’m really excited to tell you about Audible’s Special Black Friday offer, A whole four months at half price! Then it’s £7.99 per month afterwards but for that you get a brand new audiobook credit every month that you can use against a book no matter what the price. (read below for the full terms and conditions.)

If you want to learn more about Audible you can win my prize winning post Five Reasons Why You Should Listen to Audible. But if you haven’t got the time then here is a quick run down on why I love Audible so much.

  • You can get all the latest and greates books as well as old classics, and once downloaded they are yours to keep and listen to as often as you wish.
  • As well as books you l can listen to podcasts and often exclusive dramatisations (The Terry Pratchett ones are my favourites.
  • You can listen while doing other stuff, like cooking cleaning, or even crafts. I love to pop in my earpods while crocheting.
  • There is no dropping your book if you fall asleep while reading , you can always rewind the story if you nod off.
  • It’s great for long journeys or hospital stays or anywhere you would read a book, but you only need your phone or kindle or whatever device you can download Audible on.
  • You can switch devices and still access all of your library on Audible.

These are just a few reasons why I love Audible so much and I am happy to be an affiliate for them. Many of my book reviews I’ve done on this blog are Audible books.

I hope you conisder signing up for this latest special offer from Audible, please be aware that I am including affiliate links and may receive a little commission on any sales, but it won’t cost you any more.

audible 50 % off
T&Cs:This offer is open from 18th November 00:00 to 13th December 23:59. Offer is by invitation only. Offer is not available to existing Audible members or those participating in an Audible free trial, or who have recently participated in an Audible free trial. For the first four
months of your Audible membership, you will be charged the discounted price of £3.99/mo. After the first four months, your Audible membership will automatically renew at £7.99/mo until cancelled. You will be billed monthly, and will receive one credit each month, good for any Audible audiobook. . The promotion applies only to items sold by audible.co.uk. The
same items sold by other sellers (e.g. audible.com, etc.) do not qualify. This promotion may not be combined with other offers. The Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn or amended without notice. The offer has no cash alternative. Limit one per customer
and account. Audible account required The Offer is non-transferable and may not be
resold.
Other terms and conditions apply, including those available at https://www.audible.co.uk/legal/conditions-of-use. Audible’s Conditions of Use apply. If your credit card is declined, the
offer will not apply. If you violate any of the terms or conditions, the promotion will be
invalid, and the discount will not apply. Terms prohibited by law shall be void without
prejudice to the remaining terms.

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Christmas with Avon – Decorations



Over the next few days I’m going to be bringing you some great Christmas gift ideas from Avon and today I’m starting with decorations. From less than £5 you can find a perfect little treat.

As you know I am an Avon representative and you can find my online store by clicking through. https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

You can purchase any of these items from my store from anywhere in the UK, postage is free if you order over £20 or just £3.50 for express delivery. I will receive commission on all sales but it won’t cost you any more. Please enjoy this little Christmas gift selection I’ve put together for you.

Christmas Decorations

Place it on a shelf or hang it on a wall for a touch of starry magic.

decorations neon star
Neon Star £10

Light up your home with these truly magical silver-tone star string lights, which twirl and turn to capture every angle.

star string lights
Star string lights £8

Bring joy to your Christmas tree with the help of our set of 2 colour-changing glitter baubles.

glitter baubles
Set of 2 Glitter Baubles £4

Love unicorns AND Christmas? Then you’ll love our light-up, colour-changing unicorn tree decorations. 

unicorn lights
set of 2 unicorn light up decorations £5

These Nutcracker tealights make a de-light-fully traditional gifts, or why not treat yourself and brighten up your home this Christmas.

nutcracker tea lights
Nutcracker LED tea lights set £8

Light up your home this Christmas with this adorable pair of LED tealights. 

bear tea lights
ceramic LED tea lights set £8

There’s nothing more festive than the scent of orange, cranberry and cinnamon. And what better way to enjoy it than with our Winter Spice candle.

candle
Winter Spice glass candle £6

See anything you like? Pop on over to my store for loads morehttps://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet and thanks for your support x

You can find my Stocking Filler guide here.

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Christmas with Avon – Stocking Fillers

Over the next few days I’m going to be bringing you some great Christmas gift ideas from Avon and today I’m starting with Stocking fillers. From less than £2 you can find a perfect little treat.

As you know I am an Avon representative and you can find my online store by clicking through. https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

You can purchase any of these items from my store from anywhere in the UK, postage is free if you order over £20 or just £3.50 for express delivery. I will receive commission on all sales but it won’t cost you any more. Please enjoy this little Christmas gift selection I’ve put together for you.

Stocking Fillers

Avon do a selection of Llama related goodies like these gorgeous slipper socks.

Llama slipper socks £6

This Jolly Holly Berry Bauble is so cute, you can also get one in Merry Little Plum

Jolly Holly Berry Bath and body wash £1.50

How about a super glam initial necklace, This is the Tiarra necklace and it’s so sparkly. Of course you can choose with ever initial you would like for your recipient, or why not treat yourself for just £5?

tiarra necklace
tiarra necklace £5 each

Rose tone clutch case manicure set, so pretty, and we all like pretty nails.

Manicure set
Seasonal Manicure set £5

These lovely little bracelets come in shimmering gold, pretty blush and sparkling silver.

Peyton bracelet
Payton Bracelet £5 each

Get festive with this eco-friendly, bamboo coffee mug featuring Christmas print. It’s perfect for all of your pumpkin lattes and hot chocolates!

travel mug
travel mug £6

Make him laugh this Christmas with our Penguin Novelty Boxers. They’re the perfect stocking filler for the man in your life.

penguin boxers
Penguin Novelty boxers £5

See anything you like? Pop on over to my store for loads more https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet and thanks for your support x


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Weekly Meal Plan -oops I did it again!

Oops I bought another take out. It happened on Friday, and simply because I felt lazy. Half of us had chip shop and the other half pizza. I rejected pizza because it gives me heartburn, but oops again, it looks like chip shop food gives me heartburn too. At this rate I won’t be eating anything.

So this week is starting from Saturday gone, but I’ve only just got around to writing it. I can safely say that Saturday and Sunday went to plan. I couldn’t believe my ears when everyone agreed to a Sunday roast, we’ve not had one in ages because nobody really likes it, apart from me apparently.

This Weeks Menu

This weeks meal plan with no oops involved, I hope
  • Saturday – curry and rice
  • Sunday – Chicken roast dinner
  • Monday – fajitas
  • Tuesday – Toad in the hole, or just sausages and mash
  • Wednesday – Pizza
  • Thursday – fish and chips/chicken and chips
  • Friday – slow cooked lamb roghan josh

Last week we had pasta bake down for Wednesday but my other half fancied bolognese, and this went down well with everyone, apart from Star who doesn’t eat any kind of pasta at all. I had to use quorn for my eldest daughter and didn’t realise just how long it had been in the freezer, so another oops moment as it was out of date and pretty rotten tasting (I thought it looked okay, who’d have thought that quorn went off!) So, she ended up having tinned meatballs with Star, who had hers with waffles instead of spaghetti. All’s well that ends well.

What are you eating this week? Linking up with Katy Kicker.

Katykicker
A Place to Eat

Weekly Meal Plan – What’s on the Menu

Sometimes I could scream, planning a menu that pleases everyone is such a difficult task. Not only that, with so many people in the house it’s hard to find a single day when they want to eat what I’ve planned even though it’s generally something they like.

I get told that they are fed up of the meals on the menu, but then when I add something new they don’t want to try it. Each week I try and do my best by shopping carefully and working out a budget, then it all gets blown on take outs. I’m seriously fed up of food. In fact I’ve not been eating much myself, not that I think anyone else has noticed they are too busy arguing with me about what they have to eat.

Anyway, less moaning please, lets get on with this weeks menu and see how we do.

  • Saturday – Take Out…more about that below
  • Sunday – pie and mash
  • Monday – paella because we didn’t have it last week, or Pizza if they don’t want it again.
  • TuesdayThai lamb chops and coriander salad
  • Wednesday – Pasta bake
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – fish or chicken and chips

I’ve had my chips

First of all, I didn’t want a take out on Saturday, we had plenty to eat in the fridge and the freezer. But, I wasn’t feeling too good and eldest daughter didn’t want anything I had to offer. She wanted KFC. I hate getting KFC because no matter how much I buy it always causes arguments of who’s eaten all the boneless or you’ve had enough leave some for everyone else. So, I agreed so long as it was just her and her sister and everyone else could have a take out from our favourite chip shop. I had this brilliant idea, our chip shop delivers, so husband and the girls went to KFC and I ordered our chips to be delivered…..2 flippin hours it took them. I phoned up twice. I even said my hubby would come and collect the order but apparently it was on it’s way already. I use them all the time and there is no excuse for an order to take 2 hours so I’ve put in a complaint and I won’t be using them again. Time to find a new chippie.

Just to add to my misery this week, my deep fat fryer decided it wasn’t going to heat up anymore. We have an air fryer, but guess what, only half the family like chips in there. The others will have oven chips, but not husband, last Thursday saw him cooking his chips in a wok full of hot fat.

Sorry for beign a moaning minnie this week. I’m sure this week is going to go perfectly well.

*crying inside*

You can read my previous meal plans here.

Katykicker