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Stuck at Home?

With the dreaded COVID-19 (Corona Virus) infecting so many of us, staying at home is the best option if possible. While you are keeping away from the crowds maybe you are wondering what you can do while you are isolated. Here are a few suggestions of mine. Including affiliate links of course. Remember, clicking these links will cost you no extra, but if you purchase I may earn a little money from them. So thank you in advance.

Home Decorating

It’s a great time to get on with those decorating jobs that need doing, and you can ease your boredom while freshening up your home. Dulux are currently doing a March Special for Easter.

March Special: £5 Off!

Save £5 off orders of £25 or more when you quote 5OFF25. Offer ends 31/3/2020. Conditions apply.

Add some colour to your home and your life indoors.

Mother’s Day

Can’t get out to see your Mother on Mother’s Day? Why not send her some flowers and a free box of chocolates and have them delivered from Prestige flowers.

There are loads of lovely gifts to choose from and next day delivery if you order before 10pm. Please note delivery fees are more expensive for the weekend. Every Mother’s Day order before 22nd March will be entered into a draw to win free flowers for a year!

flowers and gin for mother's day
Roses and Gin gift set for Mother’s Day (or any day!)

Easter

Easter is usually my favourite holiday of the year, two weeks of no school, lots of chocolate and loads of fresh spring air. It’s not going to feel the same this year, but at least we are lucky enough to have a garden. We don’t have to go without chocolate too, we can always buy our eggs online from the Cadbury Gift Shop.

easter eggs

You can also order a chocolate Mother’s Day gift if you get your order in by 4pm on Saturday 21st March. See my post on Cadbury’s Mother’s Day gifts for inspiration.

You can also buy Mother’s day gifts and Easter Eggs from Thorntons. There is no need to risk the shops. Thorntons have 2 for £12 and 5 for £25 offer on their eggs.

School Closures

With most kids out of school for the foreseable future parents will be wondering what to do with them. Of course their education is important, and so is keeping their minds active and ready for when they finally go back to school.

Twinkl is a resource I have used in the past and they provide some fantastic learning resources. Why not pop on over and see what Twinkl have on offer for Kid’s out of school, and a lot of their resources are free!

Edplace is another educational site that offers learning for children of all ages. It can be expensive for some, but you can get a £1 trial to see if it’s worth it for your child.

Books

Books are going to be more important than ever now, we have agreed as a family to have a reading time each day. I’m not going to force the literature on them but let them choose what they like. We have lots of books already but Waterstones is generally our go to bookstore, the variety is amazing.

If you fancy your chances of winning an educational book on The Plastic Problem, I am giving two copies away currently on my other blog. I’m hoping postal services won’t be affected but they seem to be okay for now.

Other Activities

I’m a huge fan of crochet so I’m stocking up on my wool stash and hoping to get a lot of works in progress finished. My go to wool store is Deramores They currently have some fabulous sales up to 30% off, and I’m thinking of joining in with their Easter Crochet along. I really enjoyed the Christmas one.

The kids are all keen to learn something new while they are off school. We haven’t decided yet what this will be, but it should be fun.

Remember, if you are not sick you can go out, just keep away from other people who may be sick, even if they don’t look it. There are plenty of wide open spaces to explore. Get some fresh air and enjoy a walk.

What will you be doing?

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Avon Perfume, Buy one get one half Price!

Avon have a great offer on their perfume at the moment. But hurry it won’t last forever. You can shop anywhere in the UK using my shop https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

I’m always on the lookout for new online customers as I can’t get out to put out the brochures and have to work most of my business online. So if you do fancy something then you’ll be making me real happy as well as receiving some fabulous treats. At the moment postage is free if you order over £15, or £3 if you want it quicker. Take a look at these fabulous perfume offers.

Don’t forget to check out my competition for a fabulous Avon Beauty Box

Or check my Facebook page where I’m giving as I’m also giving away a lovely cross body handbag.

The New Maxima and Maxime Perfume

Maxime Perfume
Maxima for her £20
maxime perfume
Maxime for Him £20

With the offer you can buy both of these for £30!

Far Away

Far Away is my favourite perfume from Avon. It’s tough to pick one but I think Infinity is my current favourite. If you want to know more about each scent then please visit my shop.

Far Away Infinity perfume
Far Away Infinity £11
Far Away Glamour
far away glamour £11
Far away gold perfume
Far Away Gold £11
Far away rebel perfume
Far Away Rebel £11

You could try two of these for just £16.50!!

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress is a huge favourite and big seller.

Little Black Dress Party
Little Black Dress Party £11
Little black dress weekend perfume
Little Black Dress Weekend £11
Little black dress perfume
Little Black Dress £11

Again, you can buy two of these for just £16.50. Of course you can mix and match too, for example you could buy one of the Little Black Dress Perfumes and one of the Far Away perfumes for £16.50. Or even one of either Little Black Dress or Far Away and either a Maxima or Maxime for £21. It’s a great offer, don’t you think?

For Him

Avon do great scents for Him too. You can choose something for both of you if you wish.

Black Suede Leather
Black Suede Leather £10
Imari Him
Imari Elixir £7
Luck for him
Luck for Him £7.00
Mesmerize Black
Mesmerize Black £8

There are many more scents in the Avon Store and many of them are already reduced in price before you decide to buy a second one at half price.

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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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Weekly Meal Plan

Last Weeks Plan and what was Eaten

Last weeks meal plan went okay although we may have swapped the days around. Thats not a problem though, so long as the meals get eaten and I don’t have to fork out on Take Outs…Yay, we managed no take out’s last week. With our holiday looming closer I’m looking to saving as much as possible and take outs for 7 are not cheap!

This week I have to budget in kids lunches, we’ve had a talk about this and some of the things we have come up with are, chicken dippers, fish fingers, pasta, noodles, enchiladas and savoury pancakes. Not a bad start, I’ll see how we get on. I’m treating them to a chip shop lunch tomorrow as I will be in hospital all day and their Dad is taking them to visit his mum. Our evening meal will have to be quick and easy because I can’t do much when I get home from hospital, so it’s probably going to be pizza.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Curry, rice and poppadoms
  • Sunday – Meatballs and spaghetti
  • Monday – Pizza
  • Tuesday – Peri Peri Chicken (from a kit in our Degustabox)
  • Wednesday – Tacos
  • Thursday – pasta bake
  • Friday – Fish and Chips

The Peri Peri Chicken is a 3 stage cooking kit from Simply Cook which we had in last weeks Degustabox. It looks quite interesting but I doubt I would buy it again unless it became available in my regular supermarkets. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I do like the Nando’s peri per sauce though.

I’m not sure what kind of pasta bake I will do yet. I need to finish my shopping first so I’ll be looking for inspiration.

Next Saturday is Boo’s birthday and she’s having some friends over for a tea party. I’m hoping to extend the food into something we can all have for dinner. My older kid’s complain about party food, just like they do about BBQs saying it’s not enough and doesn’t feel like a real meal! I believe we eat twice as much as we normally would. I mean when would you ever dish up a burger meal with more than two burgers, a hot dog, a kebab stick, corn on the cob and salad? (which is the average amount eaten by them at a BBQ)

I can’t wait to read what everyone else is cooking this week on Katy’s link up.

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How to Make the Most of Amazon Prime Day

It’s Amazon Prime Day

Time to make use of all those wonderful bargains but how do you get the most out of

Amazon Prime Day

First of all you would need to become a Prime Member. I am already a member and I pay monthly at £7.99. It saves me a ton of money each year, but if you wanted to save some more during Prime Day you can switch your membership to yearly for just £59 instead of £79. You can even do this if you are already a member and paying monthly.

Yearly Plan Offer

Prime Day has already started, it’s on 15th and 16th July, so be quick to grab the bargains.

Here are some tips:

On Prime Day you will get a preview of many deals. If you see something you like then you can click the watch button. If you have the Amazon App on your phone you will get a push message when the deal goes live.

Check for specific deals by searching for what you want on Amazon and seeing if it has a Prime Day Deal Badge on it.

For example, this Garmin Forerunner Watch has a special offer for Amazon Prime members

Check for Prime Day Launches with special deals just for Prime Members

Prime Day Launches

For example, this weather proof outdoor security camera for just £43.99. It’s not yet available for non prime members.

security camera

Prime Day Launche Deal

Save up to 75% on Electric Toothbrushes

Prime exclusive deal on this toothbrush is £54.99, it’s £92.95 for non Prime Members!

Amazon Devices

Save up to 50% on Amazon Devices

Like this Fire TV Stick With Alexa for just £19.99

Amazon tv stick

There are so many deals on Amazon Prime Day, don’t miss out!

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My New Venture – I’m an Avon Representative

I was an Avon representative in my old area. I loved it. I would take the kids out with my books packed in a bag on the bag of the Little Man’s pram and the girls would happily help me post my books. I had a lovely set of customers that I visited regularly.

Then we moved house and I didn’t take my business with me, I just gave up on it. My new home was in a building site and I didn’t think it was the right place to start canvassing.

Starting Again

The other day a lady knocked on my door and I decided to sign up with Avon again. What was I thinking, I can’t even walk now and I don’t get very far visiting houses in my wheelchair without help. But: you can now take orders online from any area and the good can be posted direct to the customer.

So, I have my very own Avon Website with an online shop.

Please do take a look if you have a moment, it would make me really happy if you placed an order. Delivery to your home is £3.50 and free if you order over £30…but look out for special offers too. At the moment, if you order before 18th July you can get your delivery for free when you spend just £20. Also, if you buy 3 Skin So Soft Dry Oil items you can get free delivery with the code DRYOIL.

Facebook

I also have my own Facebook Page which anyone can join. Please do as I hope to bring you lots of interesting tips and ideas as well as competitions and giveaways!

It’s so great that you can take orders from absolutely anywhere in the UK now. When I was a representative before I could only take orders from people I could deliver too physically. Of course if you are local I can still do that, and I will be. The neighbours all have brochures through their door that my husband will collect for me.

Avon.

Of course, I wouldn’t be working for Avon if I didn’t believe in their products. I’m not a great make-up user but the little make up I have is from Avon and I’m really please with it. I do try to look after my skin, so moisturers and masks are a favourite of mine. I love the Skin So Soft Dry Oil collection and it has so many benefits. The perfumes are pretty special too. I can get samples of perfumes if anyone wants to smell before they buy. (If you would like a sample then please let me know in a message on my Facebook Page.)

They also do a great selection of hairbrushes. We have had ours for years and it’s time for some new ones. They also do vegan make-up brushes!

The shower gels are amazing, and as cheap or cheaper than the other brands. They also do some nice bubble bath.

shower gel and bubble bath from Avon

You can also buy things for the home like storage boxes, diffusers, candles and even lunch boxes to name just a few.

Avon home, candle, diffuser, storage boxes and lunch box and cup

Avon also sell clothing and have some great ranges to suit anyone, including shoes and pyjamas.

If accessorising is your thing then Avon also do a jewellery range and selection bags and scarfs and sunglasses.

collage of Avon accessories, sunglasses, necklace, bag and watches

With Summer upon us, don’t forget to stock up on your suncream and after sun lotion.

How Can You Help?

I’d love some support with my new venture, maybe you’d like to order something, or even just sign up to my Facebook Page. Or, share my page with your friends. I’d be most grateful as I’d really like this to work. Thank you in advance x

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Meal Planning

I haven’t done a meal plan here in a little while because I was doing it on Monday after the shopping had arrived and it seemed disadvantageous. I do my weekly shop online on Sunday, so now I’m planning earlier so I know what I want to buy, rather than what I’m going to cook with what I’ve bought. It’s not rocket science really is it!

This Weeks Plan

  • Monday – Mediterranean fish and new potatoes
  • Tuesday – Turkey Meatballs and spaghetti
  • Wednesday – Hot Dog Rolls and fries
  • Thursday – Pasta bake
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – Chicken roast

The fish on Monday is a pre-prepared one. Graham will need a chicken alternative due to his fish and seafood allergy

The Turkey meatballs we buy ready made and I make a lovely tomato based sauce for them. I don’t eat spaghetti (yes, even I’m a pain sometimes) so I’ll have mine with pasta instead.

Quick recipe – Hot Dog Rolls

Hot Dog rolls are surprisingly delicious. I buy frankfurter sausages and ready made puff pastry. Roll out the pastry and cut it into strips just a little longer and just over twice as wide as the sausages. The put the sausage in the middle and smear with mustard and tomato ketchup (or whatever relish you prefer.) Then I slit the pasty on either side of the sausage at slight angles kind of like wings on each side. Then brush with egg wash and fold the sides alternately. Or you can just wrap them up like sausage rolls. Brush the tops with egg wash and bake until puffed and golden (About 15 to 20 minutes.)

Young’s Frozen fish is our favourite brand. We have found that beer battered fish is less soggy when baked. If you want a fish without a soggy bottom then I’ve found getting it out of the freezer 10 minutes before cooking works best.

Curry on Saturday will be from a jar, we are currently trying all brands to find our favourite.

The Sunday Roast is not a family favourite, so I’ll provide some pasta dishes for those that complain.

Shopping

We actually went to the supermarket last week, and still have some food left that will help with this weeks shop. I will be back to shopping online this week though.

One thing I picked up which I wouldn’t normally buy is cold teabags. Now I have to drink a lot of water because of my treatment and I get fed up of plain water. So, I thought I’d try something different. These are okay, a little less stronger than squash and they gave you the sort of flavour you’d expect from a bottle of still flavoured water. They were a bit more expensive but I found I could leave the ‘teabag’ in and keep refilling my bottle and the flavour lasted for about four 500ml bottles, so better value in the end.

Fingers crossed it all goes to plan this week.

Katykicker

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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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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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