Live Video Stream NOW!!

Last week I published a post, to say that my husband is taking part in a 24hr live gaming challenge, raising money for Macmillan.  He’s now a little over 8 hours in to the session, and is still streaming LIVE!!

You can view his live stream HERE.  You do not need to register to watch, but you will need to register / log in to chat!

He’s been broadcasting from midnight, and will continue live streaming until midnight tonight…

The Just Giving page for donations is HERE.  Please consider making a donation to this great charity.  Even if you can only give a pound / dollar – it all goes a long way.

Thank you.

24 hour gaming session

So my darling hubby has decided to take one of his passions to the extreme, and in doing so, he’s helping a fantastic charity.

Macmillan know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So they’re there to support you and help you take back some control in your life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, they’re there.

No one should face cancer alone. So when you need someone to turn to, Macmillan are there. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again.

My hubby has decided to take part in a 24 hour online gaming marathon, and will be “live streaming” the session via the xbox one app, “Beam”.  The session will start at midnight on 2nd going in to the 3rd of June, and will end at 23:59 on 3rd June.


Snipped taken from the donation page – Just Giving

So this is a post asking for donations.  Not for me – not for my hubby – but straight to this wonderful charity, so they can continue with their excellent work.

Even if you can only donate a pound, as the saying goes – “every penny helps”.

Please click here to make a donation.

Thank you.

A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins

Phil Collins, born 31 January, 1951 in London, England.  He started as a drummer for Genesis, and when Peter Gabriel left the band, he took lead vocals.

Let’s face it.  He can’t sing.  Well, he can, but he’s certainly not got the best voice.  However, ever since before I came in to this world, I was addicted to the sounds and voice of Genesis, and later, Phil Collins.

Their music was constantly playing whilst I was in my mothers’ womb, and right up until now, my dad still plays their music loudly.

If I had to pick just one song, that ever has existed, to be my favourite, it would have to be Phil Collins’ version of “Groovy Kind of Love”.  It literally gives me goosebumps, and more often than not, a tear to my eye, and I don’t even know why.

Here’s the lyrics – the video is below.

When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do
Is take a look at you, then I’m not so blue
When you’re close to me, I can feel your heart beat
I can hear you breathing near my ear
Wouldn’t you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love

Anytime you want to you can turn me onto
Anything you want to, anytime at all
When I kiss your lips, ooh I start to shiver
Can’t control the quivering inside
Wouldn’t you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love, oh

When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do
Is take a look at you, then I’m not so blue
When I’m in your arms, nothing seems to matter
My whole world could shatter, I don’t care
Wouldn’t you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love, oh
We got a groovy kind of love

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…  A partridge in a pear tree.

I didn’t want to make the “Santa Sleighs” for the kids at Kung Fu this year.  I was getting a little bored in repeating the same gift, year after year, and I felt under-appreciated that I had gone to the painstaking effort of (wasting) three hours to make.  I had to make twelve of them last year, and I am not exaggerating when I say that it took me three hours.  I wouldn’t mind because they looked great…


I had wrapped a 4-fingered KitKat, a ‘Freddo’ chocolate bar, and a Turkish Delight up in red paper…  Then I taped the candy canes to the bottle (with extreme difficulties, I might add), then the Father Christmas was added last.  To say that I had to rearrange the way that the candy canes and Santas’ were sitting more than once is an understatement.

So this year, I had decided that I was going to put together the dry ingredients for Christmas Elf Soup.  That way, all the kids had to do was to ask a grown-up for help in pouring the hot water over the mixture.

Christmas Elf Soup – How to make

What you will need:

Three re-sealable food bags.  Small.

One slightly larger food bag; to store the latter in once full.

Cocoa powder.

Milk chocolate drops.


Candy Cane.

The label with instructions…

Hole punch and Christmas ribbon OR a stapler with staples.

How to put it all together:

Add four heaped teaspoons in to a dry, re-sealable bag.

Add two heaped teaspoons of the dark chocolate drops to another dry, re-sealable bag.

Add a small handful of mini-marshmallows to a third dry, re-sealable bag.

Position the filled bags neatly in to the slightly larger food bag.

Add the (still wrapped) candy cane in to the bag.

Seal shut with the label, using staples, or hole punch with ribbon.


The label was designed, and made by yours truly.  It reads:

Front:  “Christmas Elf Soup”

Back:  “How to prepare your Christmas Elf Soup:  Empty the soup powder and pieces of Elf poop in to your favourite mug.  Ask an adult to help you pour hot water over the mixture.  Sprinkle on the snowman pieces, and stir with the North Pole!”

The latter on the back of the label states the ingredients (Cocoa powder, Milk chocolate drops, Mini marshmallows, Candy Cane).

I managed to fit four of my labels on to an A4 sheet of card for printing.  Feel free to use it, but if you are going to use it on your own site, please give credit where credit is due.

Christmas Elf Soup Wrapper for A4 print

Click to enlarge the picture

Once again, after handing the packets out to the students of the school, I felt like it was a waste of time.  Just a look, and a “thanks”.  Not a heart-felt one.  I suppose that’s just the way I am, but nether-the-less, my hubby certainly appreciated the leftover one I had made for him…  🙂