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It’s felt like we’ve had such a long winter and I’m sure it’s not just me dreaming of family holidays, looking online and wanting some warmth on my face? I need some sun and I need some time out with the family to enjoy time together without the rat race of the day to day life. It feels like a lifetime ago since we went to Disneyland Paris last year, and although it was a lovely little few days away it was in February and in the minus figures weather wise. For our next holiday I definitely want some sun! I have been finding myself browsing the internet during the evenings looking at holiday companies, seeing what they have on offer and looking at where we might like to go. I think this year we won’t go too far, just a week perhaps somewhere within a few hours flight time.…

Being a parent of a teenager I am quite often fearful for her future. The world is a challenging place at times with big competition ahead. When I heard of the National Citizen Service (NCS) I couldn’t help think what an amazing opportunity this could be. Providing life skills and team building for those demanding years ahead. What is the National Citizen Service all about? National Citizen Service (NCS) is available for 16 and 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. The NCS is a government-backed service which was established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. NCS is a two or four-week programme, which takes place during the school holidays includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn life skills, a…

We recently visited London for the weekend and we chose to stay at the Premier Inn, Heathrow Airport, Bath Road. We have stayed here before and were very happy with our stay so we re-booked to stay there again. I booked our reservation online on the main Premier Inn website. Booking our room was nice and easy and their website was easy to navigate. Check in on arrival was very quick and simple. We were welcomed by a very friendly staff member and we were asked how we made our reservation and because we had booked online we could use the self-service check-in machines. The self-check in was very quick and easy to use and it issued us two room key cards. We were using the Premier Inn car-park for the duration of our stay and for this particular hotel they require a fee per 24hrs. We went over to…

It was a whole year ago today we found out what primary school Caiden would be attending. On Monday this year parents up and down the Country were feeling the same as we did last year. Waiting for the news and that email to arrive felt like forever. It was lovely seeing my social media of happy parents who had secured their preferred choice, I remember feeling the same myself, but I have also seen that’s not possible for everyone and I hope they manage to find a solution they are happy with. So a year in … how are we finding school? I can’t believe that this time last year we were finding out and fast forward to today and he’s been in school for 7 months!!!! How can he only have 2 more half terms before he finishes Reception??  Well, he’s thriving. He really is doing so well. There…

With Summer finally approaching it’s made me think about how best I can ensure my car is safe during the summer months after the long winter we seem to have had. The heat of the summer sun can see lots of cars on the road, meaning you will be doing lots of stop/starting in heavy traffic, the summer dust and the heat itself can take its toll on your car. You can reduce any possible failures by ensuring your car well prepared. Here are 5 tips to follow to get your car summer ready. Tires: Check the condition of your tires. Inspect them for thread life, and uneven wearing, cuts and nicks. Your tire pressure should be checked once a month and if your car tends to pull to one side you must get the alignment checked. Brakes: Check your breaks. No doubt you will be doing lots of breaking…

Mothers Day… or Mothering Sunday was celebrated yesterday here in England. I’m sure mums up and down the Country were treated yesterday in one way or another and for those who didn’t … it’s just another day really isn’t it? Another celebration in the diary where shops and business can hike up prices for flowers and cards and make a fortune (yes I’m a bit cynical, I don’t believe you should be told to have a day to tell your Mum/loved ones you love them, do it every day!). Anyway, I was treated to some lovely flowers and lots of my favourite chocolates. What more could I ask for? However this year something touched me, I had a little extra special gift and that gift meant so much in lots of different ways. On Friday Caiden and the rest of his school had to take along £1 in change. Then…

Today Lauren & Caiden are back to school after half term. The last week has flown by and although I spent the first part of the week feeling ill we still made the most of the week. I see all the time on social media and I hear in person people saying how they can’t wait for the school holidays to be over and for the kids to be back at school. I am definitely not one of those people. I love having them home from school. It’s Monday morning and the house seems too quiet and empty and I always take a few days to adjust back to not having them around for the day. I would much rather them be home. On Monday last week, we met with friends and took the children to Bounce World. A bouncy castle company hired a local gym sports hall and they bought…

Valentines Day to me is a couples ‘occasion’  It seems to over the years turned into much more of a family event. Growing up I never received a Valentine’s card from my parents and I never gave them one. Same as for now, we don’t get anything for Lauren and Caiden we just exchange cards between ourselves and I’ll possibly get a bunch of flowers and/or a box of chocolates. We don’t tend to go mad over Valentines by going out for a meal or celebrating it. When we first got together many years ago we did head out for dinner on Valentine’s day and it was the one and only time. It was so overcrowded and the restaurant had squeezed in as many tables as they could to maximise the night, we felt like we were sandwiched between two couples and no-one really spoke much for fear of everyone overhearing…

I was pregnant with my second baby and up until a routine test at around 4 months pregnant I had never even heard of Group B Strep before. I had routine doctors appointment where she took a urine sample from me and a week or so later I had the call to inform me I had Group B Strep in pregnancy (Group B Streptococcus). It is estimated that one in four women have Group B Strep in their digestive system and vagina. Usually, this wouldn’t pose a problem but during pregnancy, the bacteria can sometimes be passed to the baby via the amniotic fluid or as the baby passes through the birth canal in labour. Most babies will be unaffected but around 1 in every 2000 cases, they can become infected. Whilst the risks are low, to prevent this from happening if it is detected the mother has Group B Strep she will…

Birthday Stationary with Dom & Geri – Review. As we approach the end of January I start to think ahead to L’s upcoming Birthday. Her Birthday is at the end of March so we’re only about 9 weeks away. This year she will be 15 – I can’t believe it, 15 sounds so grown up and mature. Every year I always make an effort to decorate the lounge with balloons and in the younger days when she had parties with her friends I would dress the party room. No matter how old you are I always think it’s nice to have a room decorated and even for a few days afterwards. When Dom & Geri contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing some personalised Birthday stationary I thought what perfect timing for L’s upcoming Birthday. Dom & Geri have a range of personalised cards, wrapping paper, banners and gifts…