Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A Pug's Christmas

I love Christmas adverts! When I spot the first one on TV I know it's officially the festive season! We all have our favourites when it comes to festive TV adverts and as a glasses wearer I have to admit that Vision Direct's take on the Christmas advert is pretty good!

Featuring a young boy and his pet pug, Gizmo, who by the way is super cute, this advert starts with the traditional Silent Night Christmas carol playing in the background. A white front door is shown, followed by some adorable photos of the young boy and Gizmo.

Sat on the floor in the hallway we see Gizmo who is waiting for the young boy to return from school. It's clear to see that Gizmo and the young boy have a unique, special bond, but something keeps getting in the way of the Gizmo being able to fully enjoy the Christmas season and that's his glasses.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

St David's Launches Christmas Toy Appeal

St David’s Cardiff wants to ensure that every child in south Wales receives a gift this year by launching its first Christmas Toy Appeal on December 1. 

Shoppers are asking customers to buy an extra Christmas gift for a child in need, and drop it off at the St David’s Donation Station. A team of Christmas helpers will make sure all gifts are delivered safely in time for Christmas.

Running from 1 – 22 December, the Toy Appeal will be supporting six key charities across South Wales – Ty Hafan, Llamau, Home Start, Valleys Kids, George Thomas Hospice and Sparkle.

SEO for bloggers

As a blogger I’ve heard the term SEO bandied around quite a lot. On twitter, various Facebook blogging groups and forums. If you’re a new blogger it can be quite intimidating trying to keep up with keywords, SEO and monetisation, but it’s really quite simple.

SEO is an abbreviation of Search Engine Optimisation, which is basically the process of affecting the visibility of a website or web page in a search engines unpaid results (also known as organic results). 

The idea is to get to the top of the first page of google without having to pay for it. If you’re at the top, you’re blog is more visible meaning you’re more likely to be found on the internet as no-one wants to scroll through a load of pages to find what they’re looking for!

So now that we have a basic understanding of what SEO is, how do you go about creating a post with SEO in mind?

If you’re looking for a more advanced learning experience of SEO than there are various SEO courses available online, but in today’s post we’ll just talk about the basics.

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It's December Already!

I can't believe it's December already.

This year really has flown by in a blur.

We've done so much.

Experienced lots of new things and our girls have grown so much in the last year too.

They've gone from toddlers to proper little girls.

They started nursery and are doing so well there. They really enjoy it there and I'm so pleased with how well they've both settled in. I'm so proud of them both.

Monday, 30 November 2015

3 modern house gadgets that you MUST buy!

Nowadays, people are buying luxury items on a regular basis – largely because of the rise and increase in technology. While some may have previously purchased their coffee from a shop, many now own their own coffee machine. By the same token, a large proportion of children now have a laptop whereas ten years ago, many families shared a single device. As technology improves, people want to move with the times and keep up to date on current gadgets. We take a look at three items that you simply MUST get your hands on!

Tablet devices

In recent years, the table device has been all the rage and that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Whether it’s the iPad or a Windows version, tablet devices are incredibly handy and can be used for various purposes and functions. Some choose to use their device to watch films whilst relaxing, others simply prefer to work on a smaller screen – particularly those who have desktop computers and not a laptop. As technology is increasing, these tablet devices are becoming incredibly popular and you can do almost exactly the same tasks on here as you can on a laptop.

Ty Hafan's Precious Moments Campaign: Week Five

To read about this campaign please click here. I'd also love for you to read this post all about our visit to Ty Hafan Children's Hospice so that you too can hear about the amazing work they do.

This weeks word is 'inspiring'.

The first thing that came to mind when I heard the word inspiring was our twin girls. They do honestly inspire me and I can say 100% hand on heart the everything I do, I do for them. 

Born six weeks premature, weighing in at 4lb3 and 2b11, our girls are amazing. The strength and determination they showed in overcoming the odds and becoming who they are today does truly inspire me. 

Christmas Crafts with Baker Ross

I love doing craft activities with our girls so when we received a box of Christmas craft supplies from Baker Ross we were pretty pleased and excited!

If you're not familiar with Baker Ross, they're a family owned and run business that was co-founded in 1974 by Patti Baker. Their innovative ideas have led to them becoming one of the leading suppliers of arts & crafts to schools, playgroups and organisations in the UK. 

They sell a range of craft supplies including paint, card making kits, craft boxes, stickers and lots more! They currently offer over 4,000 items through their website and catalogues.

Inside the box that we were sent were:
  • Snowflake stampers (£3.99 for a pack of 10)
  • Christmas stampers (£3.99 for a pack of 10)
  • Six ready mix paint bottles (From £7.99)
  • Festive fingerprint card kit (£3.49 for a pack of 10)
  • Christmas wreath fingerprint photo frame kit (£3.49 for a pack of 6)
  • Penguin foam stickers (£2.99 for a pack containing 120 stickers)
  • Christmas ceramic tea light holders (£3.96 for a pack of four)

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle: Book Review

Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle by Axel Scheffler is a great book for children who are being potty trained. Like most toddlers, Pip and Posy and best friends meaning they have lots of fun together. 
Their friendship has its ups and down as they do get cross and sad with one another at time, but like any friendship it takes sharing, understanding, and a cuddle now and again to make things better again.

One day Pip and Posy are playing together. They’re having so much fun that  Pip forgets that he needs to go to the loo and a puddle appears on the floor.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

We're going on a bear hunt: Book Review

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen is a beautifully written book for children of all ages. The lyrical, repetitive text is easy read and easy for even the youngest of children to understand.

In this book we follow a family as they go on a bear hunt. They wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. At each obstacle such as the grass, the river and the mud, the family announce that they can’t go over the mud/grass/river etc or under it so they’ll have to go through it! 

Friday, 27 November 2015

A Special Visit to Ty Hafan Children's Hospice & How you can help!

Today, my husband and I were very privileged to have the opportunity to visit Ty Hafan Children's Hospice.

Ty Hafan are currently running a precious moments campaign which you can read all about here.

Ty Hafan is one of the UK's leading paediatric palliative care charities and offers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales.

It's not a place that simply provides a place where children go to die. That's actually very far from the truth. They offer comfort, care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families in the hospice, in the community and in their homes so that they can make the most of the time that they have left together.

Parents and carers can relax and recharge their batteries while the wonderful staff at Ty Hafan make sure that the needs of brothers and sisters are never forgotten.

When we arrived we were greeted by Bethan, who has been working for Ty Hafan for just four weeks, yet it's clear to see how passionate she and the rest of the staff are about the families who use their services.

We were shown around by Jenna who is friendly and very informative. The first area we visit is the bedrooms. Upstairs are the family rooms and downstairs are the children's rooms. Parents can chose to share a room or have separate rooms. Separate rooms allow the parents much needed rest, but in addition to that parents are reassured and comforted knowing that their children are being well looked after.

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