Friday, 30 January 2015

Binky Linky

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Bluestone Wales Review. Day Four

After all the fun and excitement of yesterday's activities, we all woke up pretty tired today!

We decided to have a lazy day and avoid the pool as M has a bit of a cold.

We were going to go and have a walk around the lake as we hadn't gone there yet, but weather wise it's been pretty windy and wet so we decided against this!

We went to the activity centre instead and spent the morning between the circus room and the room downstairs with the bouncy castle in.




Whilst in the activity centre we booked onto toddler sensory class for the afternoon.

As with previous days we returned to our lodge for lunch.

When it was time for the toddler sensory class we made our way back to the activity centre.

This class is £7 per child and in hindsight the class really wasn't worth the £14 we paid.

The leaflet showed it as being an hour long class, but the first 20 minutes was spent doing 'free play' in a room that was free to use anyway?!

So in truth the class was only 40 minutes long. 

When it eventually started we sang an action song before the girls were given a washing up bowl to use as a drum whilst we sang a song. 


We then held a parachute which some flashing 'star' toys were placed on and we watched as the stars rolled around.

The girls enjoyed chasing after the stars and throwing them back onto the parachute.

After this all the children went around the 'obstacle course' of benches and soft play obstacles. They had to jump up and down when they landed on a green square.

To finish the session there was music and bubbles. 

The girls loved popping the bubbles, but weren't so keen on the choice of music - queen!?


The session definitely wasn't worth £14! 

Bluestone, I think you need to look into making this class better value for money and don't advertise it as an hour when it's only 40 minutes!

We stayed and played in the circus room for a while longer before going to the Knights Tafern for some food and then back to our lodge for the evening.

Overall, a very lazy day! I think an early night is in order!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Bluestone Wales Review. Day Three.

I can't believe how much we've actually managed to do today!

This morning it was a quite windy and very wet. I hoped it wasn't in for the day, but luckily it brightened up by the afternoon.

We decided to spend the morning at the Blue Lagoon making use of the swimming pool, although before we'd even arrived I looked like I'd already been for a swim!

Just a tip to anyone planning on going to Bluestone. If you hire a buggy and it's been raining, make sure you get as much water off the roof as possible before driving.

We didn't and seeing as I sat in the back with the girls, when my husband drove off all the water from the roof poured down onto me and the girls!


Anyway! We spent about an hour in the pool which the girls really enjoyed.

We went back to our lodge for some lunch and then headed out toward Camp Smokey.

I'd seen in a leaflet we were given that there was a free hours session in the woods where you could meet Huwie the Hedgehog.

We arrived a bit early so we went for a walk and jumped in the puddles!

I managed to take some lovely photos.








When Huwie the Hedgehog arrived we played hide and seek with him, helped him make a potion and a den, then we all made some rafts to float down the stream.

The girls really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend it, even more so because it was free!





We then went for some food in the Wild Wood Cafe before making our way to the Granary at 5pm for an hour of kids free play.

We played games such as Ker Plunk, danced and listened to a story. 

The girls thought it was great fun and they both took a balloon sword away with them!

Overall it's been a busy, but very fun day.

Keep an eye out for my next post tomorrow!

Don't have kids if...

1. You like sleep
2. You don’t like being woken up with a smack in the face or a kick in the back
3. You want to eat a whole chocolate bar to yourself
4. You like peace and quiet
5. You like having lazy days
6. You like having daytime naps
7. You like wearing clean clothes
8. You like to go to the bathroom alone
9. You like having money
10. You like spending your money on yourself and no-one else

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Bluestone Wales Review. Day Two

Before I tell you all about the fun we had at Bluestone today, I promised yesterday that I would share a picture with you of the upstairs of the Ramsey Lodge that we're staying in, so here it is!



My little blogging office: How to create a great workspace

One thing I've always wanted is my own office.

My own little desk where I can write in peace, without any distractions.

We'll be moving home very soon, not through choice, but that's a whole other story! One thing that I'm planning on doing when we find our new home is creating a small area for me to do all of my blogging.

I've been thinking about what would make a perfect workspace for me and this is what I've come up with so far.

Light and airy

I'd like to have plenty of windows around so that I have lots of light available to me when I'm writing and photographing products. 

It's important to have enough plenty of light so that you don't strain your eyes, but it can also really to ensure your photos are clear and show what you want them to show.

I wouldn't want any heavy curtains though, so I think I'd opt for something more classic looking and modern such as some blinds.

Talking of light, a desk lamp is a must, as is a good ceiling light. 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Bluestones Wales Review. Day One.

This a very photo heavy post!

I'm currently sitting in a comfy, sophisticated leather sofa in a beautiful Ramsey Lodge at Bluestone Wales.

R is fast asleep in my arms and M is fast asleep in daddy's arms. 

We arrived in Bluestone around 2pm after a relatively short two hour drive from Cardiff.


The worst advice we've ever been given about having twins

Double trouble, are they twins?, two for the price of one, we've heard it all a million times, but why when it comes to being a parent does everyone think it’s a free for all on the advice giving front? We’re doing quite well on our own thanks! If I wanted your advice I would have asked for it!

Here’s a round-up of some of the worst advice we've ever heard about having twins. Enjoy!

1. When one twin wakes up, you should always wake the other up too. Why? Because dealing with one awake, tired and screaming baby just isn’t fun enough so we should we invite the peacefully sleeping other child to the party too?!

2. Potty train one child at a time. Potty training is just so much fun that I want to prolong it for as long as possible and that means doing it twice! Actually, if it’s alright with you, I’ll potty train them both together! They both learnt from each other and were trained within months!

3. Don’t share a spoon! Don’t let them share a spoon. They’ll catch whatever illness the other one may have. Rubbish! They’ll catch whatever illness the other one has anyone, so why double up on the washing up when they can share a spoon?!

4. One will always achieve more than the other. What a load of rubbish! Is this because one twin was given all the brains when they were in-utero? They both have the ability to achieve and do anything they want to do if they work hard enough!

5. Don’t let them share a cot, they’ll suck each other breath away. Seriously? Have you not heard of following safe sleeping guidelines? It’s perfectly safe for twins under the age of three months to share a cot as long as you follow safe sleeping guidelines. It can actually help them to sleep better knowing that they’re next to each other!

Friday, 23 January 2015

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Wales Vs. England - Where is best to live?

Right in the middle of a bustling city or set in acres of peaceful countryside. Where is the best place to live in the UK?

I guess it depends on personal preference, but in some ways the area in which you grew up in will also have a bearing on where you’ll eventually settle.

I grew up in a small village which is about a short 15 minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. I still live there now, although not in the same house.

I’m renting at the moment and I hope to be able to buy my own home one day, but when exactly that will be is anyone’s guess!

I live in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It’s a beautiful city, full of history and places of interest. It’s great for kids as there are lots of parks, social groups and farms to keep children entertained.

Of course there’s also Cardiff Castle, Roath Park Lark and a short drive away St Fagans National History Museum - a favourite day out of ours!

I’ve been thinking lately about expanding my horizons by seeing what other places in the UK, specifically England, would be desirable to live. Property for sale in Wiltshire for example offers locals plenty of culture and history. From Salisbury Cathedral to the pretty Caen Hill Locks there are plenty of things to see and do. 
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