What I got for Christmas…

**Disclaimer: I am not bragging or showing off what we got for christmas, I like to look at what other people got so I decided to share what I had with you**

This year, we had so much for christmas that I’m just going to show some of my favourite presents instead of everything!

My amazing husband got me a macbook!! I’ve been wanting one for ages, but the price always put me off. Luckily, we managed to get one second hand that is pratically new! It is the perfect thing for me to blog on so expect more frequent posting in the new year.

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Dan really spoilt me this year. Not only did i get my macbook, i also got a beautiful new pandora charm some more of my favourite perfume, Chambord black raspberry liqueur and the b.right! skin care set from benefit cosmetics amongst other things.

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A few months ago, my washing machiene gave up on me, and so we were living with no washer the day before me and lillee went to camp! My parents, having had enough of washing my clothes for me, brought us a new washing machine as part wedding present and part christmas present. Because of this, we really didn’t expect anything else from my parents as they had already been so generous. We were plesently surprised though with a gorgeous Yankee candle gift set

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A yoghurt maker and some yoghurt my mom let us steal out of the cupboard

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and a multi-fryer to which makes healthy chips and many more things according to the recipe booklet! At the moment, we have only tried chips but they were so tasty! Cooked perfectly; crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Perfect presents for getting healthy in the new year!

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From my Aunties and Uncles, we had a really cute owl cushion, a new loaf tin and some different bread mixes to try in it and a movie box containing sweets, an amazon gift card and a really gorgeous sign like they use in the movies!

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We were also lucky enough to receive some new clothes, money and chocolates. My parents-in-law gave us a really thoughtful present this year, they took a selection of pictures from our wedding and framed them for us! At the moment, its being kept safe until we can hang it up hopefully as part of the frame wall I’m planning!

What did you get for christmas?

Emma-Jayne xx

 

Meal Planning Update…

it worked! well pretty much…we swapped the chicken to wednesday, and had the shepards pie on monday and tuesday as we were busy tuesday and had the chicken curry sunday because we were at my moms for her birthday on friday. but other than that it worked really well!!

sooooo this weeks meal plan is:

saturday- steak, mash, cream and mushroom sauce and vegetables

sunday – Roast chicken, dauphinoise potatoes and veggies

Monday – chicken dinner

Tuesday – filo parcels

Wednesday – beuf bourginon

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – chicken soup

Emma-Jayne xx

House Tour! The Living Room…

I live in a two bedroomed flat. Unfortunatly, we have cracked tiles around the edges of the rooms so for now we dont have carpet (except in Lillee’s room). However, we have been promised that the issue will be addressed A.S.A.P. Therefore, none of our pictures have any carpet and not very amazing tiled floors.

This aside, I wanted to share my home with you. So lets start with the living room…

 This is the view from the door as you enter the living room. It’s the main area, with Lillee’s toys hidden in the leather effect ottoman. this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture, because it hides her toys at night so I can have an “adult sitting room”, creates extra storage which I can use for other things when shes older, and it is also a seat for when I have visitors! Multi-use at its best.

This is pretty much just showing you the other way from behind the settee. I have my DVD shelf, and a place to display nick-nacks and keep my table linen.

I adore my pictures. we purchased them from Ikea, but we lived with an empty wall for months. It makes me happy to know I finally have some homely touches! My lamp is an attempt at some atmospheric lighting…however we need more yet as the one on it’s own doesn’t create enough light for the room.

This is my “art gallery” on the kitchen door, I put a seection of Lillee’s artwork up for display. It means I can interchange it as necessary, and it dosen’t take away anything from the other decor.

The “dining room” or should I say dining corner… Luckily for us, we found the perfect size table for our little space, It was given to us by a family member who no longer needed it. We can comfortably seat four but at the moment we only have three chairs so that there is space for the high chair. Above the table is my cupcake picture, although it hasn’t shown up very clearly on the picture. I really like it here, with it being quite styleised, it dosen’t look out of place in the living area, but cupcakes tie in perfectly with the idea of food and dining.

Finally, this is my “study” we have a computer and printer with a comfy chair that my dad gave us. The chair only just fit behind the settee!. Above the computer, is a shelf for all the household paperwork and office supplies. And to add a little colour, the Calender that Lillee made at nursery.

So thats my living room/dining room/study! I hope you like it. I’m hoping to post pictures of the other rooms in my house soon.

Emma-Jayne xx

The Housewife Challenge, 1 month in…

Well, It’s now a month since I began the housewife challenge. To be honest, I haven’t been overly succesfull so far. So lets remind ourselves of the rules…

  • Keep the house clean and tidy… well, I’ve kept half the house clean and tidy… the kitchen, living room, hallway, and Lillee’s room, however theres a HUGE pile of ironing in our room, and a rather large pile of washing in the bathroom waiting for my attention.
  • Keep Lillee clean and tidy… I think I succeded here! Although, to be honest it wasn’t anything I dont normally do. However, I have to admit, that as I’m typing this she has chocolate all around her mouth…
  • Proper, homecooked food… I kinda failed at this one. I think we’ve had more takeaways and ready meals this month than normal!!! and Lillee has had a few “out of the freezer” meals of fish fingers and smiley faces. Saying that, I have cooked sunday dinner twice, which is more than normal because Dan works on sundays.
  • Keep me looking good… There’s no real change here. Although I’ve lost a stone and a half now (yay me!) it means half my clothes are way to big and the other half are too small…so I’m looking kinda frumpy and I don’t have much time to style my hair properly. I think I’ll just have to keep trying at this one.

It may not be as bad as I first thought, but I’m still nowhere near where I want to be. Hopefully, this time next month I will be able to say that I’ve stuck to all the rules. we shall have to see.

Emma-Jayne xx

The Housewife Challenge…

A few weeks ago, i was watching Anthea Turner’s “the perfect housewife”. it made me sit and think; my house is a tip i need to fix this. And so, the housewife challenge was born. as i have pretty much finished college for the summer i knew that this would be the perfect time to be a housewife of sorts.

the rules:

keep the house clean and tidy

keep Lillee clean and tidy

try and feed us proper food (as in homecooked… although to be fair i do alot of home cooking anyway!)

keep me looking ok…maybe!

so lets see how i do…

Emma-Jayne x