Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My Guide To Scarborough

I think everyone has a love of somewhere in the UK. That one place where you always go to and experience the best family fun not only with your children, but as your grew up yourself. For me, that place is Scarborough.

I absolutely love Scarborough. I has a mix of stunning historical places and all the seaside fun you could imagine. 

A simple cove of stunning sand and sea with its very own harbour and lighthouse at the end of the very long harbour end. It is a great walk to go along, to view the lighthouse and watch all the boats leaving the harbour. The view across the ocean from here is stunning, you can see for miles and miles. The benches here at the end of the walkway, just in front of the lighthouse, are a perfect place to sit and have a picnic whilst watching everything go by. 

The whole front of the beach-line has a plethora of shops, amusements and food eateries, even including a small fairground. The traditional and most loved fish and chips can be bought from all over, even a delicious restaurant right on the seafront, just for that extra special touch. Dotted along the beach are little stalls which sells different types of food. Seafood, sweets and rock, drinks, and the all important chocolate waffles and doughnuts. Well, you can't go to the seaside without indulging in the of the yummy fresh desserts to scoff down on. 

Walk up the hillside to find Brunswick shopping centre which is full of major shopping chains alongside boutique independent shops so you can do a little shopping whilst sightseeing. 

If you like a bit of history though then Scarborough Castle is for you. With 2,500 years of history, starting life as an Iron Age Fort and now being one of the most beautiful ruins to visit. With tours all throughout the year, you can find out all about the history of the castle. 

If you go to Scarborough in July, you might get to experience Seafest which is an annual festival and takes place at West Pier and around the harbour to celebrate the regions connection to fishing. It features many folk style bands and marquees where visiting chefs demonstrate the art of seafood preparation.

Pop to Peasholm Park where you can experience 20ft replica boats recreating the tensions of a battle at sea. When the Naval Warfare event aren't on, it's a beautiful place to sit and relax, by the lake, taking in the stunning views of North Scarborough. 

So, whether you are after a bit of history, family fun, or even a bit of everything, Scarborough can deliver. 

I wrote this post to enter the UK Breakaways Competition. You can enter too by writing a post about the UK destination that you love the most and explaining why. Just click here to enter the competition.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pregnancy Update - Week 13

Yes, I know I have skipped a week. Well, not actually because I had my scan this week and they placed me 4 days further on that what I thought. Hey, at least that means that it'll be over 4 days quicker (fingers firmly crossed!)

Here is my little squishy, the scan took place at 12 weeks and 5 days and I now have a revised due date of the 30th January 2015.

My sister and I are now waiting to book in for our private 16 weeks sexing scan and I cannot wait. She is due 3 days after me so we decided to go to the scan together so we can both find out. Only 3 and a half week till we go now and I'm super excited!!!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Win With Grace And Valour

Grace and Valour is a website that will soon be launching, selling an array of stylish jewellery, high quality accessories and original British designs. 

To get them off to a good start and get them lots of lovely new followers over social media, ready for when they launch, they have kindly offered me a prize to give away in my latest blog giveaway. How lovely of them!

This gorgeous Sugar Canadian Maple leaf comes in a silver finish and is actually a real leaf that has been turned into a stunning piece of jewellery.

It is part of the stylish Blowing in the Wind collection which features hand picked real leaves, preserved with different finishes. Each leaf is a hand-crafted piece of wearable art. Unique and totally individual, this leaf jewellery is stunningly delicate but surprisingly robust.

For your chance to win the gorgeous necklace above, all you have to do to is fill in the Rafflecopter form below. 

Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the mandatory entries will be disqualified. After the one compulsory entry of answering the given question the Rafflecopter will then open a round of optional extras, you do not have to enter any of these but these will give you extra entries into the competition. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends Midnight 15th August 2014

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Zoflora Disinfectant and Antibacterial Spray

Being a mum of 2 messy boys means that I am always cleaning up after them. They seem to like trailing mud around our tiled kitchen floor a lot, boys will be boys I guess, which does become hard to remove once dried in. 

I am a cleaner though, I can't go a day without washing, mopping, brushing something ad luckily for me, my husband loves cleaning too so there is always one of us cleaning somewhere in the house and so getting some cleaning products to try out and review was one thin we both liked. 

As I'm sure everyone will already know, Zoflora is a huge brand that is recognised all over. The small bottle of very, very concentrated disinfectant which not only kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, but also contains a powerful odour elimination ingredient and a beautiful long lasting fragrance which will leave your home clean and fresh.

I have actually used Zoflora for years. In fact, my parents who owned and ran pubs whilst I was growing up, always bought Zoflora to clean the premises with as it can be used to clean nearly everything. Floors, tiles, worktops, sinks, toilets, the list is endless and so they would always use it to not only give it that hygienic clean but because the lovely scent would last for hours after and get rid of the horrible toilet smells that you get in pubs. 

To use it, you simply dilute the liquid on a ratio of 1 part Zoflora to 40 parts water and off you go. I have diluted it into the mop bucket for the floors, added to a spray bottle to make cleaning the bath and toilets easier and even added to tubs and left toys to soak in for a while to clean them too. 

Luckily for me, I don't have to make up the spray bottle any more as they now also sell an antibacterial spray too which ready to clean anything. This is perfect for cleaning places that need a regular disinfection such as bin lids, toilet seats, cisterns and taps. Simply spray it on and then wipe clean with a cloth.

They really are like miracle cleaning products leaving a lovely lasting scent for hours afterwards. And the best thing is that even this small bottle lasts ages and will keep my house smelling gorgeous for weeks to come.