#OreoCookieQuest challenge – a poorly household!

Oreos! We love them! Even the dog begs for them. Of course she doesn’t get any! She is terrible for begging! Couldn’t resist taking this photo. Poor girl, I am such a torment! I love the #OreoCookieQuest. I was challenged by Britmums to basically have fun as a family. 

So our challenge was a little bit of a disaster. Firstly poorly kids, then cheer practice for Miss A took over. It was her second competition of the year yesterday. Shame she couldn’t take Oreos to share there, no food allowed apart from food that is available there!

If we could of done this challenge after today, we would be able to take our Oreos with us to so many places. Miss A has her first ice skating gala, she has lots of trips out with friends, visit with me and the youngest to Essex to see Grandad. I bet Grandad likes Oreos too! I do have to say in this post that Oreos were one of the first thing that my boy ate after spending almost a week not eating much, certainly not eating without being convinced. I am thankful for that!

Oreos go everywhere where we go. They are a staple of ours. We take a pack to share to the ice rink, to dance class, everywhere. I have been known to share our pack of Oreos to other people at Miss A’s dance class. It would seem that most people love Oreos! We haven’t had much of a chance to go on many adventures with our Oreos. We were given two packs of Oreos for this challenge. They have mostly been eaten at home. It is a real shame but that’s life!

Oreos are such a fun snack, I make sure that both have two wherever they go. We aren’t very adventurous with ours..eat them like any other biscuit. I need to start baking with them…I love Oreo bits in ice cream! Yummy! Oreos are awesome with a nice hot cup of tea. A nice treat! I love to have them while I am watching television or YouTube.

Helps me with my blogging!

This post is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest, sponsored by Oreo


Oh blog I have missed you!

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Guess who is back? Yes little old me. I have missed my blog so much!

What a year 2017 was. I had so much to deal with, what with my Mum passing away and the issues that Master A has. Lots of other little bits. It all got too much. I suffered terribly with my mental health. It was horrible. But as 2018 started, I felt different. I feel good. I feel happy. I want to achieve as much as possible this year and for many years to come.

So I am back. I will try and make this blog work. I will try my best to help others. I will try and make life fun for my little family and for as many people as I possibly can.

I have lots of plans for the blog and I hope that I can achieve them.

This is just a quick post to say that I am back and am hopefully back for good. I can’t wait!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope it is a good one for us all!


Casdon Deluxe Henry Cleaning Trolley review

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We were sent Casdon Deluxe Henry Cleaning Trolley to test out. Miss A was absolutely in love with it, she loves pretending to clean with the bottles. Being seven, I was a bit sceptical about how much she would enjoy it but she does and she tries to convince her three year old brother, Master A, to clean up. He doesn’t do much of the ‘cleaning’ but he loves transporting the trolley around the living room. We have laminate flooring so you can hear him move it about!

The trolley has all sorts of accessories. It has everything you need to make the house spotless! The favourite part is the handheld vacuum cleaner. In actual fact I have seen Master A use this quite a lot. It actually works! It sucks up small bits of debris…even a few dog hairs, and Lego!

I asked Miss A what she thought about the cleaning trolley and she said it was awesome.

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We love the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley. I love the fact that there are so many accessories and they are so like the real thing. It is fantastic quality. The paper bag has split already but I am sure that I have seen these bags in shops. I am going to keep an eye out for them so that the kids don’t have to worry about breaking the bags. I have been known to use the dustpan and brush myself..and the broom. It has saved me some time when the kids make small messes. I know, I am so lazy!

I can see the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley being a favourite of Miss A’s and hopefully soon Master A’s for a long while yet. It has given Miss A the inspiration to help clean up in the living room. She loves the dustpan and brush!

To find out more about the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley visit http://www.casdon.co.uk

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Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)

After talks with my step dad, I feel as if it is now time to make you aware of what happened to my lovely, kind mum who I miss every single day.

I lost my lovely mum early December. This is something that even to this day I find hard to cope with. Writing this is so hard. I am only 35 years old. I was 34 when she died. I have lost both my biological parents. I know I am not the only one that this has happened to but it is still hard to deal with. I daresay losing your parents whatever age you are is a very hard thing to deal with.

What my mum died from was a huge surprise. I haven’t heard of it for many years. Not since the big issue to do with contaminated meat years ago. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, CJD. My mum died of Sporadic CJD. From what I have been told and have read, there isn’t a known cause for this to happen. It is very rare too..

“approximately one person in every million develops sporadic CJD per year” – http://www.prion.ucl.ac.uk/clinic-services/information/sporadic-prion-disease/

One person in every million..and that one person was my mum.

I am not too sure whether that has helped me deal with the whole situation or not. The fact that there isn’t any cure probably has.

It took about six weeks for it do kill her. Not long at all.

I have gone through every emotion. I have to live my life now…I have been doing. I still have my moments and I probably will do for forever. I love my mum very very much.I am not writing this for sympathy. I am writing this to make you aware. I certainly didn’t know that Sporadic CJD even existed. I wonder how many cases go undiagnosed..I hope that making you all aware of this and other forms of CJD – visit http://www.prion.ucl.ac.uk/clinic-services/information/ for more information.

If you are able to donate to http://www.cjdsupport.net/ then that would be great. They have been a good support to me in answering my questions and basically listening to me.


The Sherwood, Preston, Sizzling Pubs – A review

We recently went to The Sherwood in Fulwood, Preston. It is a Sizzling pubs pub which has recently updated it’s menu.

To start, I had Beer-Battered Salt and Pepper Mushrooms. I found these quite oily. Nice but super unhealthy! The other half had nachos…not sure what happened with these but these were oily too. Way too oily. Nice but oily. Master A had garlic bread. This was OK. He enjoyed it. Miss A had soup – she said it was nice. I think that if they went a bit easy with the oil, it would of been the perfect start to our meals!

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Being vegetarian, we don’t have much to choose from usually. There were, however, quite a few vegetarian options. I had a Jerk Bean Burger this was rather good! I prefer bean burgers to vegetable burgers so I was quite happy. My other half had the Sweet Potato, Lentil & Spinach Dhansak. He enjoyed his.

Both children had pizza with veggie dippers. Now veggie dippers were not what I was expecting. The veggie dippers were actually salad. My kids don’t like salad, they make poor vegetarians I know. I was expecting veggie dippers, like cooked and chopped vegetables coated with breadcrumbs or like the Quorn dippers. My other half thought the same as well. So we were quite disappointed with the kids meal as it mean’t that the children only had pizza to eat. I would like to make a suggestion here and perhaps have an option of the pizza with either baked beans or peas or sweetcorn..perhaps with chips or wedges or something…or even with the veggie fingers that we were expecting.

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Dessert was interesting. My other half had the Sticky Toffee Pudding which he enjoyed. The kids had a lolly each. My dessert..I opted for the Strawberry and Cream Sundae. However this wasn’t what I got. I got a red berry sundae which wasn’t on the menu. I didn’t ask for a replacement as I thought the strawberries were at the bottom, I was quite disappointed to discover that there were no strawberries at all in my sundae. It was pleasant enough but the berries/redcurrants made the sundae a bit sour. I did ask about the strawberries and they said that they did have them available and wasn’t sure why it happened. Very odd.

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The Sherwood had colouring pages and crayons for the kids, this is always handy. Keeping the children busy while they were waiting for food is so important!

Overall the food was good. If we were in the area, we would definitely go back. It is the kind of place where kids felt welcome and also it was relaxing, busy but relaxing. Now we know that some of the food is quite oily, we can try out the other items on the menu.

To find out more about The Sherwood, visit http://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/findapub/northwest/thesherwoodfulwood

We dined at The Sherwood free of charge in exchange for this review.