May 31, 2017

A Chocolatey Poem

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I love all things chocolate, that much is true
Then Beech's chocolate got in touch to ask for a review 
I was sent three of their new flavours to try
Champagne, salted caramel and coconut macaroons, oh my!

The chocolates arrived and I couldn't wait to see

What chocolatey goodness awaited me
Champagne chocolates, I didn't know what to think
The chocolate was lovely and they tasted like the drink
I tried the salted caramel on an evening for supper

They went down a treat, especially with a cuppa
The caramel was sweet and the chocolate tasty
My sweet tooth was really going crazy

My kids love chocolate and they were enthused
When they were sent some chocolate teddy bears to aid the reviews

They loved the taste and couldn't get enough
They even tried pinching mine, ha! Good luck!

Joseph loved the teddy bears the most
He loved them so much he wrote a blog post

The coconut macaroons were by far the best
For me, they were better than the rest
The chocolate and coconut went great together
I could carry on eating these forever

Beech's chocolates can be shipped to all UK regions
They are gluten free and most are suitable for vegans

If you're looking for some chocolates I could give you many speeches
But you can't go wrong if you choose to buy from Beech's

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We were sent these chocolates to review. All opinions are 100% our own.

May 29, 2017

Who says you can't have fun for free?

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This weekend the weather was gorgeous. Sunburn weather. Living in England you have to make the most it. We decided we wanted to do something that wouldn't cost a fortune but is something a little different than our normal routine. We decided to go to the Humber Bridge Country Park or "Little Swiss" as it's nicknamed.

This is a place near the Humber bridge that is full of trees, a pond, places to sit and eat, play football (or whatever you fancy) and you can also get onto the foreshore and walk underneath the Humber Bridge (which was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world when it was built).

Best thing of all is, it's totally free. We took a packed lunch so we could have a picnic. It's a fair walk around the place if you don't go down all steps, which we couldn't because we took the pram in case Hurricane Alice needed a kip. We had the fold the pram up down one set of steps as there was no alternative but the rest was great and the exercise did everyone good.

All of the last week was boiling! Which makes a change as usually when I'm off work it rains. We don't cope well with the sunny weather in England, we moan when it rains all the time then when it's hot we moan that it's too stuffy and moan that we can't sleep. Now I'm, not one to break a stereotype so I had done a weeks worth of moaning about it being too hot to sleep, so imagine my delight when it started to rain! We all had shorts and t-shirts on which was a bit unlucky but as we were covered by hundreds of trees we barely felt it. It did cool us down though.

Joseph and I had an epic stick fight reminiscent of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader's duel in Star Wars. Needless to say, I trounced him!

As you walk around there are a few signs telling you what the trees are and Joseph took great delight in reading them and asking me what the trees were called. Now I'm no treeoligist so most of my answers were my go to "oak tree". Sadly I was wrong on all accounts. The only tree I knew was the Holly tree. Go me! Think I need to brush up on my tree knowledge, probably do that another day though.

Afterwards, we went to a local dogs home for a look round. We're not going to get a dog for a few years but we want to get the idea into the kid's heads now so they aren't frightened when we get one likeIi was when my parents first brought a dog home many years ago.

After the dogs home, we decided to go up to a place called North Newbald, this is a lovely small village and where my grandma lived for many years. I spent quite a bit of my time there when I was little so I wanted to show Joseph and Alice where Great Grandma used to live. We also visited my Grandad's grave. I haven't been for several years so it was nice to go. Alice was asleep but Joseph got to see it. If it is possible I do hope my Grandad was looking down so he could see my kids. I do wish he could have met them.

We walked back to the village and sat outside a local pub and had a drink. Alice was still asleep! There were a few clouds coming over so after the drink we decided to head back to the car. Good job really as soon as we sat in, it started to thunder and lightening!

We all had an enjoyable but tiring Saturday. It was nice to get out with all four of us in some nice weather for a change.

What do you enjoy doing as a family that doesn't cost the earth?


May 18, 2017

Date night disaster

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The Mrs and I haven't been out together for a meal or night out in over four years. Last Saturday we decided that we would go out for a meal. We managed to get the kids looked after! Happy days!

I was at work until 5 pm. Art the start of the day we still weren't sure where we were going to go for a meal. We wanted to try somewhere we haven't been before seen as though this was our first meal out alone in years. We had a few places in mind and whilst on my break at work I checked a few places out on social media.

May 14, 2017

10 for 10 award

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I have been nominated to complete the 10 for 10 award. I was nominated by Mummy of five miracles and Grounddad day

They call it 10 out of 10 because you ask 10 people to name 10 celebrities/famous people that they would like to have some bedroom fun with or invite to dinner.

May 11, 2017

Are you a textbook parent?

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Parenting can take many forms, you can wing it, take advice from friends and family or you can read how to parent your child from a textbook/Google. Which one are you? Are you a bit of all three?

May 07, 2017

Should schools shoulder all the responsibility

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Our children spend an awful amount of time at school from the age of 3 upwards. Their teachers have just as much influence on their lives as us parents do. Some might say even more so.
So, where do our responsibilities as parents end and the schools begin?

Learning Schooling

You hear many things on the playground like "oh they should be teaching them this", "they should be able to do this by now, why aren't they teaching them it" etc. Well, why can't you show your kids? After all, you are their parents, you and your husband/partner/Friday night oops I did again/baby machine decided to have 3.2 seconds of fun and create a child, why can't you at least teach said child a few things?
May 05, 2017

Alice in wonderland

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I have a daughter named Alice, she wasn't named after the Disney film, she was named after someone special in our family. Alice is 18 months old currently and she is without a doubt, the face that runs the place, her world is full of happy and crazy things, after all she is a toddler. I would love to know what really goes through her mind. Alice stars in her own blog series called Alices Adventures!

Alice is extra cute, she has a gorgeous smile and is incredibly cheeky. She has this uncanny ability to make you smile even when you're telling her off. Both my kids are beautiful, I was going to say I have no idea where they get it from but I might be in trouble with the Mrs so I best say it. They do get it from me. Obviously.
May 01, 2017

Tracking your stats

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In this #BlogLife post, I want to talk about making a note of your stats. I have only done this for the last three months and found that it has helped me focus on certain areas. It has also helped me realise what I would need to focus on.