Sunday, 27 December 2015

Daily Date of Birth Lottery

This is another lottery that I check daily to see if I have won. The pot currently stands at £100 a day with this being rolled over if it isn't claimed. If it gets to £1000, then a charity receives the cash and the whole thing starts again. The prize is due to increase to £125 a day when a few more people receive the daily e-mail and visit the site.

There is a referral draw every month where one person will win £50. If you would like to register for FREE, please consider using my link and then that will give me another entry.

All you need to enter is your birthday and e-mail address. A handy tip is to go to the site and then bookmark it onto your homepage on your phone. I can quickly check all sites within a few minutes.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

FREE Number Plate Lotto

I do love the daily FREE lottos that are about as you just check to see if you have won and then claim the money.

This one is perfect for me as I love cars. I had these number plates made up over a decade ago now for when I used to go to car shows and they've had pride of place on my wall ever since.

Number Plate Lotto uses, funnily enough, your number plate as a way of identifying the winner for the day. If you have multiple number plates then you can enter more than once but you will need a different e-mail address for each one.

Now you may be thinking, well I won't win! There are millions of number plates in existence. Here's the key point though. Only people that register are put into the draw AND they have to click claim if their number plate is chosen.

There is a daily prize of £10 which then rolls over if it's not claimed. At the time of writing this, the jackpot has got to £40 so one winner is going to get a very good win.

So what are you waiting for? If you are over 18, have an e-mail address and most importantly have a number plate, get yourself registered!

You may notice those numbers after the link. That is my referral link as they also offer 5p into your account for every person that registers through your individual link. This can be cashed out a £5 (so that's 100 referrals).

They have also started a monthly referral draw where 2 random people that have referred someone will win £25 each. Not bad at all hey?

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Day 2 in the Elfy house

Chunky was the first to wake and then he rushed into my room and whispered that "Elfy is having a snowball fight in the bathroom. There is cotton wool everywhere!"

Elfy returns


Our lovely little elf has returned ready for some fun though December.

Screams of sheer delight as they found that "Elfy is here again!! Mummy come look."


Friday, 13 November 2015

Children In Need 2015

The theme for this year at their school was "weird Pudsey".

They both went in dressed as the 118118 men complete with Pudsey ears.

Amazing how different they look with a wig and moustache. Harvey particularly liked his moustache and kept stroking it.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Sorry letter

Harvey hadn't done anything particularly bad today but he obviously felt that he needed to say sorry or his actions this week. He wrote a letter by himself and then came to say he was sorry for being "nortee".

Sunday, 11 October 2015


Harvey wasn't keen at all on his new-to-him overalls. He detested them in fact. I had to think of a way of him to wear them and I remembered what I had done when he didn't want to wear braces to keep his trousers up. Good old-fashioned bribery. I called on my Facebook friends to 'like' his picture of him wearing them and for every 'like' he would receive 50pence. The money would stop the moment that he took them off.

We discussed how to work out the money as his photos instantly started to gain 'likes'.
Harvey was adamant that he should now keep his overalls on and he enjoyed asking for an update on the 'likes'. It started to become harder at translating 'likes' into cold hard cash but he did it.
Alyssa realised this could be a great money-making exercise and requested that her photograph also appeared. My friends were very quick to join in trying to make me even poorer as she promptly gathered her 'likes'.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them messing about in the mud and playing lots of games both inside and out.
By mid-afternoon, it was obvious to us all that wearing overalls can be exhausting. A nap was required but the overalls stayed on.
Alyssa was happy wearing hers and carried on with her task of feeding some kittens that had recently lost their mums. The concentration and love she shows is immense.

This one is "Bailey". Happily enjoying the attention from Alyssa.

Harvey eventually woke up and realised that it would soon be bedtime and then the JCB overalls would have to come off to be replaced by his pyjamas. He was one unhappy boy I can tell you!

I managed to eventually persuade him to take them off after his final update of 153 'likes' on Facebook. This meant that he had a whopping £76.50 to either spend or save.
I would like to thank all my friends for participating in helping him to keep them on for the day. He now realises that they aren't uncomfortable to wear and that they save his clothes from getting completely muddy and ruined. He is most impressed with the amount of money raised too and plans to buy a remote control JCB. Alyssa has other ideas.
"I'm going to keep it in my bank account." ~ Alyssa

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

I needed something that was going to be easy to make but would also be slightly different on the table when we hold our Macmillan Coffee Day next week.

My friend suggested these Cookie Monster Cupcakes.

They were very easy to make with just a usual sponge cake then iced with blue buttercream. 2 Milky Way buttons for eyes and half a cookie stuck into the mouth. 

I look forward to hearing what The Sweetpeas say about them when they are home from school. 

Single Parent Pessimist

Saturday, 12 September 2015

The Selfie Lottery

I joined the The Selfie Lottery in June and I'm very pleased to say that I have won this week. An awesome £85.50 ! My friend's picture had come up that day and, as I had referred her to the site, I also won too.

All you need to do is upload a selfie and then check back daily to see if your picture has been picked to win that day. You then need to press the claim button to collect your winnings. It is paid out via BACS, PayPal, Amazon or you can donate to charity. (I collected mine by PayPal and fees were taking by Paypal so I would suggest doing a different method if you can. It was in my PayPal within a few hours though which is fantastic.)

 Even if it's not you, The Selfie Lottery adds on 50p into your loyalty bonus.

Think of it as an ongoing lottery ticket which is totally free.

I'd love you to sign up using my referral link >>>   The Selfie Lottery as it will not take anything away from your winnings but it does give me an extra chance of winning too. Thank you and GOOD LUCK.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Rainbow Roses

My aunt very kindly gave me a little bunch of roses as a thank you last week and I forgot to share them on my blog. I think they are absolutely gorgeous and something very different from the usual flowers which I pick to fill the vases at home.

Do you rate or hate them?

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Back to school

The Sweetpeas go back to school today which will give me chance to catch up on housework ..... write loads more for my blog ...... probably watch a whole series on Netflix.

I obviously had to take the compulsory photograph of them standing in front of a door.

Lots of bribery usually to get them to be standing together and looking vaguely happy.

Who else has a major collection of "door" photographs? I think I probably have more of my internal doors than my front door though so maybe need a system when it comes to doors. I don't want any feeling left out now do I?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Gift vouchers at reduced price - ZEEK Free £5 offer! Promo code 2B5L37

The Sweetpeas have learnt from a young age that they can use gift vouchers and coupons to buy items in certain shops. I want them to understand that there are ways of making the most out of their money.

I came across a great app for my phone called Zeek. There are lots of different gift cards on there including Amazon e-vouchers, Tesco and Sainsbury's gift cards and also gift vouchers for Love2Shop, Starbucks and Argos. I buy Tesco giftcards mainly as this saved me money on my weekly shopping bill.

You can also sell unwanted giftcards through the app too.

So how can you get your £5 which I offered you at the start?

Go to your app store and search for "zeek" . It's a free app for ios and android.

Once you have downloaded it, you can get a FREE £5 from your purchase on there. Go into "Redeem Promo" and put my code of 2B5L37 into it. I'd like to note at this point that I would also receive £5 for my next purchase. The Sweetpeas are hoping for a good take up of this fantastic offer as they have all the money for their ever-increasing-you-do-need-all-that-stuff Amazon wishlist.

If it's not an e-voucher, the physical voucher arrives in the post really quickly via signed for delivery.

This offer doesn't always last for long so make the most of it while you can!

Sunday, 9 August 2015


Alyssa - "Are there any spiders that can fly?"

Harvey ,with no hesitation at all - "There's a black weirdo....that might."

Sunday, 19 July 2015

A Minion kind of weekend

I'd been tagged at least 3 times in a photo that was going around Facebook of some car tyres that had been made into Minions to be a garden planter. This obviously was a sign that I needed to make my own version.

One quick discussion with family and friends and they understood what I was hoping to achieve.

But then something dreadful happened. Our imagination got carried away and  Project Minion had to be started immediately. The adults were definitely feeling more excited than the children.

We found 6 tyres which needed to be stacked on top of each other. These were no ordinary car tyres though for our project. Oh no! These were tractor tyres so this minion was going to be a monster.

As you can see, Harvey was very helpful at moving the tyres into position.

Alyssa was starting to feel the excitement though.

They were pressure washed down and scrubbed so they didn't have any mud left on them.

We did a quick outline with some masking tape of where we wanted the mouth to be and the top of the dungarees.

The paint we were going to use was tractor paint in JCB Yellow and Fordson Empire Blue.

We soon realised that although we had the forethought to cover our clothes with old t-shirts, we had forgotten our shoes.

Sorted easily enough so the work could continue without delay.

We did one coat and let it go tacky before applying another coat on top. It became really vibrant and was a perfect Minion shade.

He was soon named "Stuart" when we worked out that one eye would be needed

The wheel was bolted on and then masking tape was added ready for the black band to be painted on.

A huge thank you to my family and friends who helped with the build of "Stuart". I hope that he brings as much pleasure to people that see him as he has to us that created him. We have learnt many things and I don't think he's turned out too bad for a first attempt.

When I finally get round to making my own little one, it'll seem a piece of cake.

Please comment too if you ever see our "little" Stuart.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Call that a stick?

Harvey has a habit of collecting twigs, stones and feathers. Usually they are small enough to hold with ease but today it seemed he was looking for something slightly bigger.

He looked like a little old man to me needing a walking stick as he battled his way against the wind.

Fortunately the long stick had vanished on the way back. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


It's no shock to most of you reading this that I love a bit of Facebook. I like the new feature where it brings back posts from that day but from previous years.

I really enjoy waking up to see some photos of The Sweetpeas when they were younger.