Monday 27 February 2023 review.

Hey readers, 

With the cost of living affecting our income, we are trying to find ways to save money. One way to cut down on food costs is to buy food that has a best-before date. review.

The best before date, sometimes shown as BBE (best before the end), is about quality and not safety. After the best-before date listed on a product, the food will be safe to eat but may not be at its best. Best-before dates appear on a wide range of foods 


Frozen foods (such as peas, chips and ice cream).

* Dried foods (such as pasta and rice).
Tinned foods (such as baked beans and canned tomatoes)
The best-before date will only be accurate if the food is stored according to the instructions on the packaging.
There are a few websites that offer best-before food at low costs prices so you save money and also reduce food waste so it is a win-win situation all around. 
One of the websites that cater for this is called which specialises in bulk food short dates food, snacks, confectionary and drinks. 
You can make a saving of 70% off supermarket prices and there are regular bargains to be found each week. 

I have also previously done a review of an alternative low coast food website called Best before its gone so do check that blog post out as well. 

What I received. 

2 X Cadbury double decker chocolate bars RRP £4.50 I paid £2.50 for 3 packs. review
12 x Jacobs baked crinkly variety packs 2 packs RRP £3.00 I paid £2.25. review

Lily O'Brien's petit desserts chocolate collections RRP £8.00 I paid £3.95. review

2 packs of Seabrook loaded rings zingy prawn cocktails RRP £3.58 I paid £1.95. review

4 packs of M&S Collection turkey feast crisps share bags RRP £5.95 I paid £2.50. review

1kg Luxury chocolate broken biscuit assortment RRP £5.95 I paid £3.95. review

3 x Monty Bojangles cocoa dusted truffle boxes RRP £8.99 I paid 2.50. review

In total if I had brought the items at the original cost I would have had to pay £39.97. 

However, with the reduced price due to best before the date, it cost me £19.60 giving me a saving of.

The shipping cost me £4.45. I had a discount code "RA50" which gives you £2.50 (double check if you are using this as it might not be valid. 

If not then just google Low Price Foods discount codes as there are regular ones to be found on the internet. 

Overall I think it is a good way to save some money on food and snacks. It is also good to help reduce food waste. I found the delivery was about 8 days with Evri delivery service.

 I had no problems with delivery as I had an order number and got notifications when my order was out on delivery.

My Package was well secured with cardboard boxes and within the boxes were smaller cardboard boxes that protected the food items to protect the goods such as crisps and biscuits. 

The food was absolutely fine for all my family, and the crisps weren't as crisp but that was fine I didn't expect that as they had a short life but they still were enjoyable.

 I can't complain, they were good bargains and definitely be making another order in the future as it is a great way to save some money in my grocery shop. 

Have you tried love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X

Sunday 26 February 2023

My Sunday Photo 26/02/2023


My Sunday Photo 26/02/2023

The perks of soft play 😂 

Friday 24 February 2023

Homework in primary schools should be banned

 Hey readers, 

I have two children aged 9 and 11, both in primary school, who also get homework each week.

I believe that homework should not be given to children in primary schools for many reasons, which I shall discuss below.

The first point I want to make is that giving homework each week makes students tired when exhausted from the long week
 of learning at school. 

I feel weekends should be a time for children to relax and not waste themselves doing homework. 

Doing homework at the weekend leaves children tired, making them not have the energy to do sports or exercise, for example, especially if, like my son, they have additional needs like autism, which means it takes longer to process the information and can cause emotional outbursts. 

Homework in primary schools should be banned

Not only that, homework takes up a lot of time, especially as not all children can immediately comply; it can be a lot of hard work to get kids to do the job, which leads them little time to do any hobbies or activities to help them relax and wind down. 

Another point I like to raise is that it causes conflict within the family home because it is a lot of stress for parents to get children to do their homework. 

Children don't always want to work at home because they see work as being at school and fun at home.

 It can cause arguments when frustrations arise to get the child to do the job or if a parent doesn't understand how to explain what is needed of them. 

With parents, it can cause problems as what they learned at school, say 20 to 30 years ago, can be utterly different learning to what their child is used to now.

 This can cause the child to get more confused if they have two different ways of being told how to learn something, and they could get it muddled up in their head.

 The parents need to understand the child's way of learning, and sometimes this does not happen, which can cause conflict.

Homework often puts children off education as it is deemed pointless, tedious, stressful and tiring. 

Usually, teacher underestimates how long it takes, and they forget that not all children have access to a quiet environment causing them to struggle to focus on doing their homework at home. 

Also, homework leads to negative consequences if not done right with negative feedback or detention (even in primary school, they still lose out on playtime if children do not do their homework on time).

 Therefore this can leave a bitter taste in a young person's mouth and make them demotivated later on from wanting to continue in education or, even worse, drop out or skip school entirely. 

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and you now have to look at Finland, which sets minimum homework but remains one of the most successful education systems in the countries of the world. 

What do you think about homework? 

Do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X 

Monday 20 February 2023

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

 Hey readers,

Who says youngsters shouldn't spend time on screens? When you assemble the family, stake out seats on the couch, and settle down to watch a movie together, you may create some of the sweetest memories. 

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

However, a film's quality has a significant impact. The best children's films will hold their attention, elicit strong feelings, and hopefully contain something adults can enjoy. 

Check out the top movies on Netflix as of 2023 in the list below.

1. Klaus (2019).

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

In the critically praised 2D animated family comedy by Sergio Pablos, a postman races through the snow with the most well-known toymaker in the world.

2. The Addams Family (1991).

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

After the youngsters have finished Wednesday's binge-watching, move on to this one. 

Uncle Fester makes a comeback in this Barry Sonnenfeld movie after going missing in the Bermuda Triangle, but is he there? 

Raul Julia plays Gomez in the film, Anjelica Huston plays Morticia, Christopher Lloyd plays Uncle Fester, and Christina Ricci (who also stars in Wednesday if you want to blow kids' heads totally).

3. Labyrinth

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

Give your kids a taste of the past with Jim Henson's Labyrinth if they're sick of CGI kid's movies and yearning for something authentic. 

They will see a story while watching young Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), illustrating the importance of getting along with their siblings. 

This is due to Sarah's irritation at watching her young stepbrother and her yearning for Toby (Toby Froud) to go.

The Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie), in a stroke of brilliant casting, then accepts her offer. 

Bowie's performance and the creative creatures Sarah encounters along the way help Labyrinth endure for years.

4. Hildra and the mountain king. 

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

If your family hasn't watched Netflix's excellent animated series Hilda yet, now's the right time, as its sequel movie just came out. 

This fantastic show has a brilliant wholesome energy to it, with charm and emotional resonance. 

This feature-length episode looks at one of the show's biggest questions, "what's up with the human/troll conflict?" and does so in a traditional manner: a fish out of water story. 

The plot is simple, the titular Hilda wakes up with the body of a troll and is now tasked with two missions: regain her human form and save the city of Trolberg. 

5. Goosebumps

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

This movie adaptation, which was inspired by R.L. Stine's well-known YA books, centres on teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), who is being dragged against his will from a big city to a small town. 

But when he meets Hannah, the stunning girl who lives next door, things start to look up (Odeya Rush). 

Sadly, Hannah's father is R.L. Stine (Jack Black). It turns out that Stine is crazy for a reason. 

The monsters in his books come to life in his imagination, and he creates the books to keep the monsters safely contained and out of harm's way. 

Zach will therefore need to work with Stine and Hannah to return the monsters to their texts once he unintentionally lets them out.

6. Enola Holmes. 

The best kids films on Netflix in 2023!

hatever is left after you remove all the Netflix originals you've already seen a hundred times from your list, no matter how unlikely, is probably Enola Holmes. 

This excellent film was too quickly forgotten in the pop culture debate. 

Enola Holmes, based on the young adult novel series of the same name, stars Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things as the titular character, Sherlock Holmes' younger sister (Henry Cavill). 

However, when Eudora (Helena Bonham Carter), the matriarch of the Holmes family, goes missing, Enola is the one on the case, following her mother's trail of secrets into a massive conspiracy. 

Unsurprisingly, Brown is endearing in the starring role, and the mystery plot is difficult enough to keep the kids guessing.

What do you think about my list of films?  Have you seen any?  Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X 

Sunday 19 February 2023

My Sunday Photo 18/02/202


My Sunday Photo 18/02/2023

Friday 17 February 2023

Peanut butter squares recipe

 Hey readers, 

Check out these simple, easy sweet delicious peanut butter squares for everyone to enjoy. 

Peanut butter squares recipe


* 150g/5½oz butter. 

200g/7oz dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids) or milk chocolate (or a mixture of both). 

250g/9oz digestive biscuits. 

200g/7oz soft light brown sugar. 

300g/10½oz crunchy peanut butter. 

1 tsp vanilla extract. 


1. Baking parchment should be used to line a 20cm/8 square pan, with some extra paper hanging over the sides (this makes it easier to lift out once set).

2. Butter should be melted in a sizable pan over low heat.

3. Put the chocolate in a shallow bowl after cutting it into squares. Melt the bowl over a pan of hot water or in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring thoroughly in between each addition. 

To avoid the chocolate "seizing" and becoming extremely gritty and stiff, ensure the bottom of the pan does not come in contact with the water.

4. Brown sugar and digestive biscuits should be blended or processed into fine crumbs. Insert them into the melted butter. 

Once everything is thoroughly blended, add the vanilla essence and peanut butter.

5. Pour the mixture into the lined baking pan and firmly push it down with the back of the spoon.

 It must be minimal and tiny. Once the chocolate has melted, pour it on top, tilting the tin slightly to ensure a uniform coating. 

Place for 30 minutes in the freezer to firm up (or in the fridge for an hour).

6. Take the chocolate out of the freezer once it has hardened (or fridge). With the aid of the baking parchment, please remove it from the tin. 

Please take off the paper, cut it into 16 squares with a sharp knife, and serve.

Cheers for reading X 

Monday 13 February 2023

75 old fashioned girls names

 Hey readers, 

The popularity list is continuously shifting as names move up and down. 

Currently, it's trendy to use names from the past. Parents are using "old woman" names more frequently, but not because they have to; rather, many once-out-of-date names, like Emma, are making a comeback and sound attractive to today's young parents.

The "old lady", a second group of parents, is also riding the name trend: young, independent-minded people who prefer the retro quirkiness of old-fashioned names and who anticipate that their daughter will probably be one of only a few girls with that name. 

These parents are probably educated, free-thinking individuals who prefer giving their child an odd name like Enid, Trudy, or Roxanne. 

Below are 75 lovely girls' names that feel more classic than modern. From A to Z, one of these timeless names may be just suitable for your baby girl.

75 old fashioned girls names

*. Abigale - From the Hebrew avhamon, meaning "father of many".

*. Abigale - From the Hebrew avhamon, meaning "father of many".

*. Adele A form of Adelheid , meaning "noble kind or type" comes from the old German adal "noble" and heid "kind or type".

*. Alice Form of the Old French Adelais, from the Germanic Adelheidis, meaning "noble" and "light".

*. Bridget From the Irish name Brighid, which is from the Gaelic word brìg meaning "strength".

*. Bernadette French female form of Bernard, which is from the old German ber, meaning "bear", and hard, meaning "brave" or "strong".

*. Betsy -Latin form of Elizabeth, which is from the Hebrew Elisheba, meaning "oath", or shabbath, meaning "sabbath".

*. Celeste From the Latin caelestis, meaning "heavenly".

*. Clementine Female form of Clement, which is from the Latin clemens, meaning "merciful".

*. ConstanceFrom the Latin name Constantia, a form of constans, meaning "constant, steadfast".

*. Daisy The name of a flower taken from the Old English daegeseage, meaning "the day's eye". The name reflects how the flower opens during the day and closes at night.

*. Dalilah Dahlia is from the name of a flower. But it is also from the Hebrew meaning "branch" or "bough".

*. Dorothy An English form of the Greek Dorothea, from deron, meaning "gift", and theos, meaning "God".

*. Eleanor From the French name Alienor, which could either be a form of Helen, from the Greek Helene, meaning "light", or selene, meaning "moon".

*. Emma From the Old German erm, meaning "whole" or "universal".

*. Enid Derived from Welsh enaid, meaning "soul" or "life".

*. Florence A feminine form of the Roman name Florentius, which was from the Latin word florens, meaning "blossoming, flourishing".

*. Felicia Female form of Felix, which is from the Latin meaning "lucky" or "fortunate".

*. Florencia A feminine form of the Roman name Florentius, which was from the Latin word florens, meaning "blossoming, flourishing".

*. Grace From the Old English word, which originally comes from the Latin Gratia, meaning "thanks". It also means "effortless beauty".

*. Gladys From the Welsh gwledig, meaning "ruler" or "princess".

*. Gertrude Means "spear of strength", derived from the Germanic elements ger ", spear" and prup, meaning "strength".

*. Hattie Female form of Henry, from the Germanic heim, meaning "home", and ric, meaning "power, ruler".

*. Hilda A short form of Germanic origin, from names containing Hild, which is from hildr, meaning "battle".

*. Helga A feminine form of Helge, which is from the Old Norse heilagr "holy" or "blessed".

*. Irene From the Greek eirene, meaning "peace".

*. Iris From the name of the flowering plant, which comes from the Greek iris, meaning "rainbow".

*. Isabella Italian form of Elizabeth, from the Hebrew name Elisheva, meaning "devoted to God".

*. Josephine Female form of Joseph, which is from the Hebrew Yosef meaning "God will give" via the Greek Iosephos and the Latin Iosephus.

*. Jacquetta A feminine form of Jacques, the French form of Jacob or James. Jacob is from the Hebrew aquv or aqab, meaning "heel" or "supplanter".

*. Janetta Slavic feminine form of John, which is originally from the Hebrew name Yochanan meaning "God is gracious".

*. Kathleen A form of Caitlin, which is the Irish form of Katherine, from the Greek katharos, meaning "pure".

*. Katherine English name which is originally from the Greek name Aikaterine, either from the Greek Hekateros, meaning "each of the two", from the name of the goddess Hekate, representing "far off" or more likely from katharos, meaning "pure".

*. Kay A form of Kayley, from the Irish surname from the Irish Gaelic caol, meaning "slender".

*. Layla Layla is the subject of one of rock's most classic love songs by Eric Clapton. Alternative spelling, 'Leila" is a character in Lordy Byron's "Don Juan".

*. Lillian The word is originally from the Latin lilium.

*. Loretta Laura Bush became the First Lady of the United States when her husband, George, became President in 2001.

*. Maisie Maisie is a pet form of Mairead, a Scottish form of Margaret, from the Greek margarites, meaning "pearl".

*. Maxine Feminine form of Max, a short form of the Latin Maximilian, from maximus, meaning "the greatest". They are also used as a short form of the English name Maxwell, meaning "stream of Maccus".

*. Meredith From the old Welsh meaning "Lord".

*. Nellie A short form of Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Helena och Cornelia.

*. Neva - It may be related to nerve, Italian for "snow".

*. Nora A short form of Eleonora, probably from the Provençal Alienor, from alia Aenor, "the other Aenor".

*. Odessa From the Ukrainian city Odessa. They are also used as a feminine form of Odysseus.

*. Odette Melody.

*. Olivia A Latin name from the word olivam, meaning "olive tree".

*. Pearl From Perla, which is Yiddish vernacular for Margaret, from the Greek margarites meaning "pearl".

*. Penelope Believed to be from the Greek penelops, a type of duck.

*. Phoebe Latinised version of the Greek name Phoibe from phoibos, meaning "bright", "clear", or "radiant".

*. Quincy A Norman family name deriving from the Latin quintus, meaning fifth. The name is most popular in the US, where several towns are called Quincy.

*. Queenie From the Old English nickname cwen, meaning "woman" or "wife".

*. Quintina Fifth.

*. Regina From the Latin regina, meaning "queen" or "lady".

*. Rosalind Originally from the Germanic hros, meaning "horse", and lind, meaning "tender" or "soft", but the meaning later changed to mean "lovely rose" from the Latin rosa lindaI.

*. Roxanne From the Latin name Roxana, a form of a Persian name meaning "dawn".

*. Sadie A form of Sarah, a biblical name meaning "princess" in Hebrew.

*. Samantha Believed to be the feminine form of Samuel, from the Biblical name Shemu'el, which means "God has heard", from the Hebrew shama, meaning "heard", and el, meaning "God".

*. Scarlette An English name meaning "red".

*. Tabitha From the Hebrew meaning "doe" or "roe".

*. Tess The reaper of the harvest. Short form of Theresa. From the Greek word, theros means "late summer".

*. Trudy - Diminutive form of Gertrude, meaning "ruler of the spear", or alternatively of Ermintrude, meaning "wholly beloved".

*. Ursula From the Latin ursus, meaning "little bear".

*. UniqueFrom the Latin Unicus meaning "one".

*. Una From the Irish uan, meaning "lamb".

*. VioletFrom the Latin Viola meaning "violet".

*. Valentia From the Latin valentia, meaning "power".

*. Vivienne Feminine form of Vivian or Vivien. From the Latin vivianus, which is derived from vivus, meaning alive.

*. WaclawLatinised form of an East European Slavic name, composed of ventie, meaning more, greater, and slav, meaning glory.

*. Wendy Invented by J.M. Barrie for the play Peter Pan and known as an English expression meaning "Friend" after a young girl called him her "friendy-wendy".

*. WillaFrom the Old High German name, Willahelm, from wil, meaning "will, desire", and helm, meaning "helmet, protector". The name, in total, means "resolute protector".

*. Yareli Female equivalent of Jarl, meaning "nobleman" in Norse mythology.

*. YasminFrom Yasmin, the Persian name for climbing plant with fragrant flowers known as "Jasmine".

*. YolandaPossibly from Greek meaning "purple flower".

*. ZeldraPossibly derives from Germanic words gris, meaning "grey", and Hilde, meaning "battle".

*. Zelia - Zeal.

*. Zorina A form of Sarah, a Biblical name meaning "princess". Also from Arabic word zahir means "flower".

There are many lovely names to pick from, whether you prefer antique names for their classic flair, historical significance, or plainly because they aren't used often these days.
Choosing a traditional name that sounds modern and appropriate for a young woman in the 2020s is the actual issue. The good news is that "grandma names" are unquestionably returning, so you can't go wrong no matter which way you turn.
Additionally, even if a name seems dated, your daughter's spirit and sass will make it seem fresh.
On this list, hopefully, you've identified a few front-runners or, at the very least, found some baby name ideas.
Congratulations, and good luck choosing the perfect vintage name for your daughter.
Cheers for reading X