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.

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!!!

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

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. 

17 July 2014

Ideas for Documenting your Family’s Summer

Summer is the perfect time of year to get out there and make some memories as a family, but what about when it comes to preserving those memories and having a way of looking back on them?

We’ve come up with some ideas to help you document your family’s summer so that you will not only always remember the memories but so that you actually have something to look back on and smile!

Keep a scrapbook or album of all your mementos
Scrapbooks are a great way to compile all those little bits and bobs that the kids don’t want to get rid of, but without them piling up and gathering dust on their shelves. Invest in a big scrapbook and all contribute to it; fill it with pictures, receipts, travel tickets, admission tickets, postcards...basically anything that sparks a memory!

Have each family member take a picture a day
Photos are the perfect way to document things as they can be looked at later and will take you right back to that moment. Why not start a fun summer project as a family that will also help you document the season? Take a photo a day of whatever you get up to. You could even get a few disposable ones for the kids to be in charge of too which they’ll no doubt absolutely love.

Have a professional photo shoot as a family
If you want something a little more special, you could always opt for a professional family photo shoot at a studio, or outdoors with a professional photographer. Venture family photo ideas are great in particular as they aim to capture the true essence of your family’s personality which will be fun, especially during the summer.

Make a memory wall in your home
Designate a wall or area in your home to displaying all those summer memories, and have each family member add to it as you go along. We love the idea of transforming a wall into a blackboard wall which makes it not only look great but also makes changing it really simple too. It’s really easy to make your own chalkboard wall as you can follow tutorials, and you could get the kids to help.

Make a bucket list and tick off each activity
Why not start the season by sitting down as a family and think about what sort of things you all want to do during the summer? You could turn all your ideas – no matter how small – into a summer bucket list. There is some fantastic summer bucket list ideas on the internet to get you started. Write down the list onto a big piece of paper and hang it up where the whole family can see it easily. Then, as you complete each activity, you can have the little ones tick them off. You’ll be left with a completed list of all the memories and activities you’ll have done and you’ll be able to keep it forever.

14 July 2014

Pregnancy And Surgery Update - Week 11

I do apologise for all the radio silence on the blog for the past few weeks. This pregnancy has hit me harder than I thought and has left me unable to do a lot of things. Team that with the fact that my husband has been in hospital all week having surgery and can now barely walk, you can imagine how hard we have been finding it at the moment. 

Although I do still have the constant nauseous feelings and often throw up on a morning, my Hyperemesis Gravidarum does seem to have settled a little meaning that I can now eat and drink a little better which in turn makes me feel better. Happy Days...

The boys are loving getting used to the fact that there will soon be 5 of us and Thomas keeps asking if we can make sure that the baby is a girl that he just has to call, Jo Jo. I guess Jo Jo is better than Betty which he preferred before. 

My sister, who is also pregnant and due the day before me, has got a foetal Doppler and so I had a go at it and got a lovely 158BPM reading. It was so nice to finally hear my little bump and on the 23rd July I have my scan so I will finally get to see our baby for the first time too.  

As I said above, my husband has been in hospital having surgery so a lot of the past week, the boys have spent time at my parents whilst I was in hospital visiting. He was having Microdiscectomy surgery to remove parts of 2 discs which were bulging into his nerves and causing pain. 
Although this is a common procedure which is usually over in 1 hour and a 1/2, my husbands didn't go exactly to plan and he had a dural tear which is basically a spinal fluid leak and the operation took 3 hours to finish. This tear happens in around 2% of these surgeries and means that post-operatively my husband was asked to lay flat, without movement at all, for 24 hours to allow the leak to seal. This also meant that he then had to spend an extra night in hospital due to this. 
Now he is finally home and resting. For the next 6 weeks he isn't allowed to bend, sit or do much at all apart from lying down and standing up and rattling due to all the tablets he has been placed on.

This is about as much as I can update you at the moment and hopefully this week I will be back to fullish health and start writing again...

1 July 2014

Little Tikes Tikeland Track From Asda

I love receiving goodies for the boys and so when Asda offered to send them a surprise toy from the Little Tikes range, I was excited to find out what they would be sent. A few days later, the Little Tikes Tikeland Track turned up and Charlie's eyes lit up.

This set comprises of a figure of eight track, a few signs and a car to play with. The track itself was simple to put together, just a few pieces that slotted together and you're ready to play. 

Charlie loves playing with it. Pushing the car around the track and stopping at the signs. It is also the perfect size for other cars too so it sometimes does get a bit of a traffic jam going on too.

The pieces are sturdy and you can tell are of a great quality that wont snap easily which is great around young children and the car comes with a dinted in bit on the top, perfect for little hands to hold on to it. 

At only £15 for the set, it's sure to keep little ones busy for hours. This Little Tikes Tikeland Track is available instore and on the Asda website too.

Week 9 Update - Hyperemesis Gravidarum

I haven't written much recently, as you have probably noticed. This is because I have been suffering at the moment with all the worst pregnancy symptoms.

This week, I have been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. To us common people, that is severe morning sickness. I had to fight with my GP just to stop them from admitting me to hospital with it. What it basically means is that I cannot take in much food or water without bringing it back up causing my body to use my reserves to keep me and baby going. 

I have promised to take it steady, eat little and often and to try to get in fluids as much as possible. If it hasn't subsided soon, then they will look to place me on medication to help stop the sickness. 

So for the moment, I am having to relax and take it easy, not rush things, which unfortunately means that my blog is suffering because of this. 

I will be trying to get back in to writing soon and hopefully get every post out that is due but please do bare with me at the moment.