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I Made My First Jumper – Just in time for summer!

I’ve not tried to crochet an item of clothing before but I thought this jumper looked fun and easy to make. It’s a nice baggy style which is how I like my jumpers and I loved the wool chosen. It was Stylecraft Life dK in Silver Nepp. It has lovely flecks of colours throughout. I did find it came up a bit big, probably my fault with tension. I’m still not good on measuring tension and I tend to come up big. I chose the size 16-18 as I’m a 16, but I wished I’d gone a bit smaller now. But no worries, I’ll be wearing once the winter arrives, I’ll be able to layer up and keep warm.

I found the pattern in Simply Crochet Magazine issue 81.

How Did I do?

For my first attempt at a jumper, or even any item of clothing, I think I did quite well. It’s wearable anyway. The sleeves seem a little long and they are baggy. but if you look at the model wearing it in the magazine you will see it is actually supposed to be like that.

I really enjoyed the pattern, especially the bobbles, they are so easy and fun to make.

To do a bobble stitch you simply keep working the trebles into the same stitch. On the sleeve and the bottom of the jumper I worked 5 trebles into one stitch, on the motif I did slightly bigger bobbles by working 7 trebles into one stitch.

The Motif

To make the motif I had to follow a chart. I have done this before with my Spring blanket and it’s really quite easy to do, it’s all about counting!

I really love my crochet, it relaxes me and takes my mind off other things. It’s also incredibly satisfying to see a project come together.

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The Squishy Things in Life

My children love tactile things like slime or squishies. We have spent many an hour destroying having fun in the kitchen making our own slime. But when the disasters became too unbearable we went on to buying stuff instead.

Now you may think this is an easy task, most stores sell some sort of slime or Squishies, just take a look in The Card Factory or The Works. They probably even sell it in the supermarket. But, we are a fussy lot and we like ours to be particularly squishy, or squidgy or smell just right.

We love Etsy for this, it’s a risk buying online because you don’t get to smell or squidge before hand. But then most products sold in the shop come in sealed containers so you don’t know what you are getting until you open them anyway. We have come to love a few Etsy sellers that have not let us down and we would like to share them with you.

Slime Marshmallows

Kristi from Slime Marshmallows is our ultimate favourite seller for slime. She always contacts us after an order to make sure it’s sent out at the right time if it’s for a special occasion. Slime does have a ‘shelf life’ but if I’m honest, we still have some fabulous slime from her that has lasted for ages.

All slime orders come with: borax powder, a small bag of extras, a personalised note and a care sheet. You can generally choose whether you want a basic pot or a stronger one. The stronger one is more expensive but your slime will last longer in it.

The orders are always a delight to receive and they often come with extras which can include either: glitter, foam balls, fimo slices or beads!

Her shop items change regularly but I’ll show you some of the favourites we’ve tried or wanted to try.

In Your Dreams £6.50
Love Potion £3.50
Rainbow Chiffon Cake £6.25
Unicorn Ice cream cloud £5.95

I bet you never thought slime looked so good! It also smells and feels amazing. (oh, okay, I admit, I like it too!)

Squishies

The thing about squishies is; they are fabulous while they last. Sadly, as they are meant to be squished and squashed they do tend to fall apart. So, don’t expect them to last forever…unless you don’t squish them which defeats the object.

They also come in many shapes and sizes. Some like them hand size so you can just squish away while doing other stuff like watching tv or homework. Some like them bigger for that stress busting squish experience. I think they are cute so I like to have one on my key ring. Big or small, it’s so nice to give them a little squish every now or then.

Squishes can be really soft or a little firmer, some squish and come back into shape immediately and some are slow rising. Everyone seems to have a preference.

Here are a selection I’ve found to share with you.

Some Squishies look yummy but don’t eat them!

(my son found half a doughnut under my daughters desk in her bedroom and told her she was disgusting for leaving food in her room…I went to see and found out it was a squishy doughnut!)

Popcorn Squishie £1.50
Mochi Squishies £1 each
Disney Squishies £4 each
Pack of 7 slow rising jumbo Squishies £15.81

I’d like to finish off with this fabulous party kit I’ve found. We have had all sorts of crafting parties for birthday’s in the past. Last year, Boo went to a birthday slime making party which she loved. However, this is a squishy party kit with everything included for 10 children to design their own squishes. All you need is a table with a disposable table cloth and the kids will have a wild time. So tempted to try this myself for Boo’s birthday this year.

10 person Squishy party pack £67.18

I hope you’ve enjoyed my squishy, slimy post 🙂 I have included affiliate links which if you click and go on to buy something you will help me earn a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself. So thank you x

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Meal Planning Monday



  • Monday – Tacos
  • Tuesday – Lasagne
  • Wednesday – scallops/chicken and pasta
  • Thursday – Pies
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – lamb roast dinner

Last week didn’t go exactly to plan. We didn’t have the fajita pasta bake we had pizza instead. Also we didn’t have the scallops so we are having them this week.

On Friday we ended up having a Chinese take out as Graham went out and I can’t cook alone. And on Saturday I can’t even tell you what we had because I was so ill, so everyone took care of themselves.

Tacos are a big favourite and we haven’t had them for a while. We love the Heinz creations Mexican beans pouches for the vegetarian option. They are so simple to make.

Lets see if we can stick to the plan this week!

Katykicker

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Way Day Sale

This post contains my affiliate links for Wayfair, they will cost you nothing to click through but may earn me a few pennies if you decide to buy anything while on the site. So, thank you for your support.

I love Wayfair and I was excited to hear that they were having a super 36 hour sale starting on April 10th. They are also offering Free Uk Delivery on everything!

I thought I’d take a look and give you a some of my picks.

Do Keep Checking the site though as they are having Flash Sales every 3 hours!!

To start with, I’m looking for a new coffee table and love this Villita coffee table with a shelf for my magazines, it’s currently priced at only £86.99

Next up, I am having a new carpet fitted soon and I need a rug. This geometric one is lovely and starts at just £24.99 at the time of posting this blog.

The weather is getting nicer and I’ll soon be spending more time in the garden. I would love this wooden Love Seat for my garden, it’s a bargain at just £67.99 at the time of writing this.

Then of course, it’s always nice to get some new bedding and at Wayfair they are reducing their prices a lot. Look at this lovely Everly Quinn set just £10.34 for a single or £15.99 for a double set

These are just a few of the many, many things on sale over the next few days. So if you are thinking of a Spring Makeover, do click through and check them out. They’ll know I’ve sent you.

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Meal Planning Monday

Meal plaaning monday image with a plate of food in the middle

This week I am joining in with Katy Kicker and her Meal Planning Linky. I’m hoping to make this a regular thing as I’m hopeless at sticking to making meal plans and often end up stressing each day about what to cook. Not only that but my shopping habits have become a mess. I’m spending more than £200 a week on food and we are still turning to take outs at least once a week. I NEED HELP!

So, I’m giving this a lot of thought and writing down my plan before I do my online shop. Then I’ll revisit next week and see if it has helped. I’m not expecting miracles straight away, but hopefully I’ll get there eventually.

  • Monday: fajita pasta bake
  • Tuesday: lasagne for boys, scallop tagliatelle for girls
  • Wednesday: Chicken and Chorizo Paella
  • Thursday: quiche
  • Friday: fish and chips (chicken)
  • Saturday: Curry
  • Sunday: roast dinner

The fajita pasta bake is a fairly new discovery that we love. I can’t remember where I first saw it now. It’s just like making fajitas but instead of putting the filling into wraps you put them into cooked pasta.

The Chicken and chorizo paella is a big favourite too. My husband is allergic to fish and sea food so it’s a paella he can enjoy. It’s my husband who will have chicken instead of fish on Friday too.

chicken and chorizo paella on a plate
Chicken and Chorizo Paella

We haven’t had quiche for a while, the boys are easy and will share any shop bought one. I generally make one from scratch for the girls, but I’ve found a ‘free from’ one that we like.

I may change the curry on Saturday as we seem to have it a lot and we’re getting a bit bored. But hopefully the rest of the week will go to plan.

Katykicker
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Easter is My Favourite Holiday

I love Easter. It’s in the spring time, the kids have two whole weeks off school and there is lots of chocolate! What’s not to love. You don’t even have to be religious to enjoy Easter, but if you are then you’ll know how uplifting the Church Service can be on Easter Sunday.

I’m going to visit some of my favourite Easter related things in this post. I may contain links to other sites and even affiliate links, just thought I’d let you know.

Easter Bonnets

My Children are too old for Easter Bonnets now, but here’s some we made earlier.

Easter Treats

Easter really is the time for treats, I know, I know, chocolate is a treat, but we’ll come to that later. Good things come to those that wait. First of all, how about Easter Cakes. I am a big fan of the Simnel Cake. I just adore marzipan (probably more than chocolate!)

This is my tried and tested recipe for Simnel Cake

Easter Simnel Cake

We made some yummy Easter Chocolate bark way back in 2013, It was fun and easy to make but my photography is not so good.

Easter Eggs

Do you have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday? We do one at home but a couple of years ago we went to a local National Trust Property to do one. We may just do it again this year. You can find out if there is a hunt near you by clicking here.

Finally, here is a pick of a few of my favourite eggs from Cadburys!

Newsflash!! Use the code EGGHUNT at the checkout for 15% off, ends 5th April, so hurry


A box of five of the best selling Medium Cadbury Easter Eggs. Perfect for a family to share or to use for an easter egg hunt. £15.45

Giant Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut Egg with sharing bar. Cadbury’s smooth milk thick shelled chocolate egg with Fruit & Nut inclusions and 1 sharing bar inside each presentation box! £12



Two of our NEW for 2019 a special Easter egg gift of a smooth Dairy milk chocolate hollow Easter egg with a plush Cadbury purple Easter Bunny Toy. £11.98

I hope you have enjoyed my Easter themed post

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