Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Crafty Halloween

This year will be the first time that we mention Halloween to our girls. We haven't done so in previous years because they've been too young to understand and get involved in with Halloween activities.

We'll make some decorations together to hang up around the house. I have some orange tissue paper I'm sure I can put to good use!

We can make paper chains with spiders drawn on and add some cotton wool to make it look like cobwebs!

We'll dress up as cats, clowns or pumpkins and make pictures to put on the fridge, walls and doors. I've seen a great idea for making a ghost picture using white paint on black paper or card. You just need to paint your little ones hand with the white paint and press it gently down onto the paper to make a hand print.

Turn it upside down so the fingers are at the bottom and then using either googly eyes or some paint add some eyes and voila! A ghost!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Mini Micro Scooter Review

A little while ago I was debating whether or not to get our girls a bike. I couldn't decide between a trike or a balance bike.

After asking around on Twitter the general consensus was to go for a balance bike, so that’s exactly what we did. Sadly, a number of months after buying the balance bikes they’ve barely been used.

It never even crossed my mind to get a scooter each for the girls. I’d seen children the same age as our girls and older going around on scooters, but I only ever thought about a bike.

When micro-scooters kindly agreed to send us two of their new Special Edition Lollipop Mini-Micro Scooters we were very excited!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Binky Linky


This linky is for bloggers who have been blogging for a year or less. It's your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

Binky is the American term for a dummy which babies obviously use. I thought the name Binky Linky would suit seeing as this linky is aimed at newbie bloggers!

I'm your host!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Are you Quackers?

This post is an entry into QHotels Family Ambassador Competition.

QHotels are looking for a new Family Ambassador to work with on making their hotel experience even better.

The chosen Family Ambassador would be appointed to visit each of their extra family-friendly hotels, spend a night with them and then advise on ways they think the experience could be improved for families.

Sounds great to me!

Since having children we've been on two family holidays and a short break away too. Our first family holiday was abroad and although there wasn't much for kids to do, our twins just enjoyed playing in the pool all day!

Our UK family holiday however, was a bit of a disappointment as there wasn't much for kids to do, even though the place claimed to be 'family friendly'. We ended up leaving a day early!

Anyway to be in with a chance of winning, all I need to do is help to re-design the activity package that all children get when they stay with QHotels.

I think it's great that QHotels actually give all children an activity package as I don't know of any other hotels that do this!

In the current Quackers Pack you'll find:

  • 4 colourful crayons
  • 2 x Quackers badges
  • A flag to colour in
  • A postcard to send back to friends and family back home
  • A colouring in sheet
  • A fun puzzle and activity booklet
  • An envelope addressed to Mummy and Daddy containing a £20 voucher (to redeem off a future two-night stay)

Diet Chef Review: Week 4

It’s my last week of Diet Chef.

In my last update I expressed that I felt a little bored with the options I had chosen for my evening meals.

This hasn’t changed, but I think if I were to continue or if I were to pay for Diet Chef myself I would definitely spend a little more time choosing my meals and ensuring that I had enough variety.

In total I’ve lost 8lbs in 4 weeks, which when you think about is pretty good. That’s just over half a stone.

I haven’t lost any weight since last week, which again is a bit of a disappointment, but I feel I should be exercising more in order to aid my weight loss.

In my honest opinion Diet Chef is a great way to lose weight.

The food is all prepared for you. All you have to do is buy your fruit, vegetables, dairy and potatoes or rice etc to add to your meals.

Some people have said that they think Diet Chef is expensive, but personally it would work out quite cheap for me. I guess it depends on everyone’s budgets. 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Folly Farm Review Featuring Nant-Y-Ffin

Folly Farm opened as a tourist attraction back in 1988 with a mission to educate and entertain. It's a family run farm and to this day the whole family are still heavily involved in the running of the business on a daily basis.

Folly Farm very kindly gave us tickets to visit them. We decided to make a weekend of it and also booked an overnight stay in a local family run hotel (more on the hotel to follow below as I couldn’t write this review without giving them a mention).

We live in Cardiff so set off around 08.30am on a Saturday morning. The farm opens at 10am daily so we were hoping to arrive around 10am, although after checking online we found out it was a two hour journey.

Luckily there was no traffic on the road at all and we arrived at 09:50am!

The car park was spacious and had guides directing people to where they could park. They car park filled up surprisingly quickly, but they do have an overflow car park too which had plenty of room for a lot more cars.

Once we’d unloaded the car, we made our way to the entrance. A queue had formed already, but it was fast moving so we didn’t have to wait very long.

There were two types of entrances. One for people who had bought their tickets online or were season tickets holders and one for people who needed to buy tickets. As mentioned above both queues moved quickly.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Advice to my younger self

The older I get the more I've found myself thinking about what advice I would offer to my younger self if I could go back and do so.

Thoughts range from 'don't even think about dating him' to 'don't eat that chocolate bar!' In all seriousness though it didn't take me long to start remembering all of the things that used to worry me as a child.

I was always a bit of a worrier. I don't know why really. I mean I had everything I could ever have needed and wanted. I even had worry dolls! They were like little knitted dolls that I would tell my worries to at night time. I'd then put them under my pillow and they were meant to help ease and take your worries away!

Oh, how I loved my worry dolls!

I think I may have been the only 13 year old to worry about pensions, retirement and how I would ever be able to afford to own my own car!

I worried about how old I should be when I should have children. When would I get married? What would I do for a living?

It may seem bizarre, but those really were the things that I worried about as a teenager.

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to stop worrying so much!

I'd reassure myself that I have plenty of time to do all of the things that I want to do, so there is by no means any need to rush into anything.

I would also tell myself not to worry too much about my financial future. As it turns out I'm quite savvy with money and this means I know how to save it.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Binky Linky


This linky is for bloggers who have been blogging for a year or less. It's your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

Binky is the American term for a dummy which babies obviously use. I thought the name Binky Linky would suit seeing as this linky is aimed at newbie bloggers!

I'm your host!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Diet Chef Review. Week 3 Results

This is going to be a fairly short post in comparison to my previous (which you can read here and here).

I've been full of a cold all week and after a visit to the doctors on Monday I've since discovered that I have a chest infection. This means that I have been antibiotics and have been generally feeling quite pants!

All illnesses aside though and this weeks weigh in has revealed that I haven't lost any weight so I am still at 10st6.

That's great as it means I  haven't gained weight, but I would have liked to have seen some loss. Maybe me being a bit under the weather has something to do with or maybe I just need to start exercising a bit.

In last week's post I mentioned I've been really enjoying the breakfast and lunches that Diet Chef provides, but I have found that I've become really bored of the dinners.

I think I should have thought a bit more carefully about the meals I chose as I seem to be left with a lot of curry's, pasta and a few chicken dishes, which I'm getting a bit bored of now. The food is tasty, but I long for something a bit different!

Anyway, that's this week's progress. Fingers crossed for a loss next week!
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