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Detangling Brush And Comb


IMG_9799Having very thick hair can be horrid when trying to de-tangle and get rid of those horrid knots. I have many horrid memories of this as a child, screaming as my mum tried to de-tangle my hair, OUCH!  (I still have the odd screams now as an adult if I’m honest) not nice memories but I am sure most of us women have them. So if like me and you have long thick hair you will agree that brushing can be is a problem, making sure I have brushed my hair through properly takes forever and is very time-consuming and very annoying when in a rush to go out.

So to try to help solve this problem I have been trialing the Bella and Bear de-tangling set this set consists of a wide-toothed comb and a detangling Brush.

IMG_9804This set is great on:

1. Dry hair

2. Wet hair

3. Curly hair

4. Short hair

5. Frizzy hair

6. And even long thick hair……bonus!



This set glides through my hair with ease, there has been no need to pull and there has not been any screams as yet!

This comb itself has an easy grip handle, features Bella and Bears logo, it also has wide teeth, making it easy to glide through your hair pain-free. The set comes in a lovely gift box and would make a lovely gift for an adult or child that would love to brush with ease. The brush has firm but not harsh cone-shaped bristles without an end bead so you so you can brush and glide through those horrid tangles. The brush is gentle but effective and you do not see big chunks of your hair in the brush after brushing, this happened to me fairly often with my old brush and it use to scare me. Now I have this set I am now brushing with ease.


Disclaimer: We was sent a Bella and Bear detangling set for the purpose of our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
gadget, Kitchen, product review

Ozeri Fresko Salt And Pepper Mill


Salt And Pepper Mill

Time to throw away the boring old salt and pepper pots, we have come across something a lot more stylish, something that we wouldn’t mind having out on display rather than chucked to the back of the cupboard that we have to hunt high and low for when needed, don’t you just hate having to hunt for salts and spices at meal times….we sure do!

This is not only a stylish little gadget it takes up hardly any room, it is that easy to fill up and use my boys even do it. The Ozeri Fresko salt and pepper mill has a lovely brushed stainless steel look to it and is of great quality, the grinder can be adjusted from fine to coarse at ease with the turn of an adjustment rod which you can easily fit two fingers round and turn.

Such Great Quality


One thing we love is fresh ground peppercorns and with the features of powerful ceramic gears, this salt and pepper mill grounds them with ease. The salt and pepper mill is designed in Germany and is made of stainless steel, with the perfect space-saving design. With the grinder having see through window’s this allows us to see the grinding in action and also allows us to monitor the levels so we know when it needs refilling.

The salt and pepper mill dimensions are 3.8 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm as you can see from the picture on the right, to fill the salt and pepper mill you just simply pull the sections open, fill them and then just push them back together again, it really is that simple!

at either end of the grinder there is a cap, when you wish to use the grinder you select what end you wish to use, pull the protective cap off and twist the grinder, when you have finished pop the cap back on. If this is a salt and pepper mill that you would love to have in your kitchen, you can by clicking here.


Disclaimer: we was sent a salt and pepper mil for the purpose of our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.

Buddy pets at home Nutrition Advice challenge – weaning off his food

Pets at Home Nutrition Advice

Following on from Buddy’s visit to pets at home, we are now into week 2, taking onboard all the great advice we had received from his nutrition consultation, we have been weaning Buddy slowly off his old brand of food and slowly onto his new brand of food called Wainwright’s, we have done so by still feeding him his old food but by taking away some off his old food and replace it with some of his new food.


dog food

We was advised to move Buddy slowly off his old food and onto his new food as this should help him to adjust to it slowly and save him from an upset stomach, we thought this was great advice and something we hadn’t done before in the past…and yes he did end up with an upset stomach, we did not want a repeat of this so we listened to the advice given to help us with the weaning process.


So how did we get on weaning Buddy slowly off his food…..Buddy has been very poorly, we had some very sad news relating to a lump on his toe, ending in Buddy having to have his toe amputated, this has been a very emotional time for all of us and we have pulled together to get Buddy through this. he has been on anti biotic’s and strong pain killers since then and is now coming to the end of his course, this week has been very hard for me to give full judgement on as seeing Buddy so poorly has been awful, we had already started the weaning process or we would have waited until he had recovered so we thought it would be best to continue.

What we can say is he has adjusted rather well so far to the different food and no food has been left in the food dish old food or new, so this is a very positive sign that he likes the new brand of food, when he was on his old brand of food most days he would return to his food dish and cry for more food and there has been no sign of this as yet, Buddy has not wanted much food due to his medication making him drowsy but he has been eating little but often. He has had a little upset stomach but this could be caused by his medication he has currently been on.


Buddy has been sleeping a lot since his operation, so I can’t comment as yet to what his behaviour is like since the food change, he has been on very strong tablets this week to help him to rest and recover from his operation, he his now coming to an end of his medication and is seeming more himself again so hopefully fingers crossed his energy levels will improve and I can give more of a judgement on the food change once he is himself again.

Have you had a nutrition consultation at pets at home for your pet? did I mention to you that it is free.

If you have had a nutrition consultation for your pet did the advice given help?

Disclaimer: we received some Wainwrights food for the purpose of this challenge, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.

Laptop Skins review and competition

case app pictureAnyone that knows Lee will know how mad he is about football, so having his favourite pictures made into  unique and personal laptop skins for his very own laptop would be something I knew he would love. Well what teenager wouldn’t want his personal football memories somewhere he could see daily and be proud of. The skin gives Lee’s laptop a personal look whilst protecting it, as I am sure you can imagine like any other teenager Lee’s laptop gets left on the floor, sofa, kitchen worktop and any other place it shouldn’t be left so protecting it in a fun way is great.

case app pic

Case App is a company that enables you to create and personalise phone cases or design a custom skin for a ipad, Android or laptop. I found the process of designing Lee’s fairly easy (so it must be very easy)

1. first of all click on what option you want, either phone case or skin.

2. I wanted to create a laptop skin so I scrolled down to laptop.

3. I then clicked on the collage tab and chose what collage I wanted to use.

4. I then started to choose what pictures I wanted to use and uploaded them to the collage.

caseapp pic

Once you have chosen your favourite pictures you can then decide if you would like to add any clip art, text or even a background. Once you have finished designing you can then click preview and check your work before purchasing. The laptop skin works just like a protective sticker and as I found out is very forgiving if you do not get it in the right position first time. Removal is fairly simple, you can just un-stick and try again, there is no horrible residue left behind once removed which is great. The skin itself is protected as it is covered in a matte laminate, so we should get some good wear out of the skin.

We chose to design a laptop skin but if you would like a phone case then the process is the same, but with more collages on offer.

Head over to Case App if you would like to design a case or skin. These would make a perfect personalised christmas gift this christmas.



Now how would you like the chance to win a case or skin?


For your chance to win please enter via the rafflecopter form below, please remember all entries will be checked.


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Disclaimer: we received a laptop skin for the purpose of this review/giveaway, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
Fitness, Health and fitness, healthy living., review.

Health And Fitness Fun With Virgin Active

Health And Fitness Fun With Virgin Active

Health and fitness made fun

The boys was rather excited to be invited along to trial a new form of fitness programme as part of the launch of virgin active crew. This scheme is aimed at boys and girls aged between 8 – 15 offering a fun fitness programme, this is to encourage the children to have a positive attitude towards their health and fitness.

302_Virgin Active Crew

Warm up fun.

The kids were rather excited to be going to the gym to keep fit and healthy. Me and Ian have had gym memberships in the past but that was a while back, we no longer hold a gym membership at the moment. The boys are very sporty kids….where they get it from we do not know, but we do like to encourage this as much as possible.

325_Virgin Active Crew

WOW look at that jump…..I wish I could jump like that.

We arrived at the gym in Acton with two excited boys, excited and ready for action. They started off with gentle but fun warm-up exercises one of which was lifting and dropping sandbells, these was all of different weights and sizes. After the warm ups had finished Lee and Brad’s fitness was then really put to the test, this involved lots of fun frog movements, gorilla crawls, hurdles, speed skills with fitlights, jumping, catching, throwing, team challenges and much more all whilst having fun and increasing their strength, ability and core fitness.


Sweating but smiling

As any parent we are keen on keeping our kids moving and burning off energy, we was very impressed at how the staff was able to motivate the children and get them involved with the exercise session by delivering it in a very fun and energetic way that the children enjoyed. Lee and Brad lose interest fairly easily but this really held their attention extremely well and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Virgin active have worked together with an organisation called SAQ international to develop a very exciting programme, ( virgin active crew ) this aims to:

Building on basic skills, such as running, jumping, throwing.

Improve fitness levels.

Increase self-confidence.

Teach team building skills.

Help understand more about healthier living.

Give the kids social interaction.

Most of all, make fitness fun.

All of this whilst having great fun with specially trained coaches and with the use of the latest fitness innovations and equipment.

Lee and Brad really enjoyed meeting Nathan Helberg from Zuu Chimps and loved the physical and animal exercises that he had shown them. They had great fun and got rather competitive, we loved seeing them enjoying themselves whilst keeping fit and healthy.

101_Virgin Active Crew

The race was on.

We loved seeing the kids take part and try their best, they was made to feel part of a team and every effort made by the kid’s was noticed by the staff and rewarded with a high-five….there was no loosers in this class, but it was a class full of smiles and great fun to be had by all.

357_Virgin Active Crew

Look at the concentration on Brads face.

As soon as the kids got they’re breath back after the session they was asking if they can be signed up to a class, this has got to be a good sign that they enjoyed themselves…..right?


 Lee enjoying a rest at the end of the session

My challenge set by the kids is to look on the virgin active crew website and see where our local session is held.

Want to get involved: If this sounds like something your kids would enjoy why don’t you see if there is a class near you, if your clubs not on the list don’t worry as Active crew will be launching nationwide in January.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netmums Blogging Network, a unique community of parent bloggers from around the UK who have been handpicked by the Netmums team to review products and brands on their behalf. I may have been paid expenses, and have been supplied with a product sample for this review, but retain all editorial control. 

This is a Netmum’s sponsored review.


Bradley has a secret to share – Child Modelling

We have been keeping a little ok BIG secret from everyone. The reason we have kept it a big secret is because it took the pressure off Bradley incase he didn’t pass to the next stage. We applied to a couple of companies for child modelling as we thought Brad would be perfect for this. Brad has shown signs of being a lover of the camera and loves to do poses, anyone who knows Brad will know he is not a shy person at all and is always in front of the mirror doing his hair, trialing different styles etc. In Brads words he’s got to look cool.

We sent a picture of Bradley over to a few companies and one day the phone rang and it was a company saying they loved the photo we had sent in and they would love to invite Brad along to a trial photo shoot, this shoot would be around 4 hours long and he would need at least 5-7 changes of clothes. We waited for Brad to return home from school, we sat him down and explained to him that a company had got back to us, we also explained what would be involved and asked of him, we asked if he would like to go along and have a trial, Brad was over the moon and excited will not even come close to how he reacted, he was straight up practicing his poses and searching his wardrobe for what he was to take to his photo shoot.

The photo shoot was for Brad to trial what it will be like having a photo shoot and to see what it is like in a studio. It was also a chance for the company to see if Brad had what it takes to make it in the modelling industry.

Since we had told Brad about the shoot, out came his diary and he had marked the date and time down, he had been chatting away about it to us, the neighbours and anyone close by since he had been told about the call. We had asked him a few times if he was still sure he wanted to go ahead with it all, we also repeatedly told him he can back out at anytime, he was certain that he wanted to go ahead, so he did with our support, and guess what………… he got accepted, he is so over joyed and we are so proud of him, he showed no signs of nerves and enjoyed every minute of it, he was in control of the whole shoot and was told he can stop at anytime, but he wanted to continue, we are so pleased for him.


Please join us by wishing this little champ good luck!


Getting to know me Questions tag

I have been tagged by Kate’s Wonderland in the getting to know me questions tag, I’ve 30 questions to answer… here goes.

1. What was the last TV show you watched?

I’m a celebrity get me out of here.

2. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed?

Vodka and coke.

3. Have you ever lied to get out of a date or relationship?


4. What do you think of velvet knickers?

Love them.

5. have you ever been in the back of a police car?

Yes, but not for being arrested or anything like that.

6. Post a pic of something you love?


7. Post a pic of something you hate? …….Being ill


8. What do you normally order in a bar/pub?

A nice big glass of wine.

9. Have you ever wanted to be a police officer?


10. What is your normal everyday dress code?


11. Do you lift weights?

Only a very light one to help aid my recovery of my car accident. (a set exercise by my physio)

12. Sherlock or Dr Who?

Dr Who

13. Do you know self-defence?

No but would love to learn.

14. What fandoms are you apart of?


15. Who is your OTP (one true pairing) ?

Tiana and naveen from the pincess and the frog

16. Glitter or feathers?


17. Daisies or buttercups?


18. What countries have you been to?






19. Do you think schools should bring back corporal punishment?

No definitely not.

20. Post a pic of something completely random?


21. Have you ever eaten a whole pizza to your self?

Ewww no never.

22. Do you look after your body?

Not as much as I should do, but I am in the process of loosing weight, I have currently lost just over one stone so far and I am still going. My aim is about four stone.

23. How much sleep do you get a night?

Not as much as I would like.

24. If you could take only one trip with the Doctor in his Tardis where would you ask him to take you?

Back to when my kid’s was babies.

25. Do you think women look good in suits?

Hell yeah.

26. Matches or lighters?


27. What is your favourite type of cake?

Has to be chocolate.

28. Who was the last celebrity you spoke to and what did you say?

Linda Lusardi. We chatted about her luxury skin care range.

29. Do you get starstruck?


30. Who was your favourite author as a child?

Roald Dahl

I now tag the lovely ladies:

Emma at My side kick and me

Carolynne at Mummy endeavours

Vicky at Around and upside down

If you would like to join in and answer the same questions.



Emmerdale Tours

Are you a Emmerdale fan? we are, well most of our family are to be honest. I have become a big fan of Emmerdale due to my mum watching it when I was a child and now my kids have become big fans too.

We was lucky enough to be Travelling local enough to go on a locations tour and visit where filming had been done and in some cases still get used for filming. Whilst on tour we learnt about when filming first started and where. Do you know when the first episode of Emmerdale farm was screened? it was screened at 1.30pm in a little village of Arncliffe in Littondale on October 16th 1972.

Time to test your knowledge a little, do you remember who lived here?


This was Annie’s house, a lot of filming was done in her kitchen.

We also learned about when weddings took place and when some of the cast joined.

We all love a good TV wedding, Emmerdale has averaged about one wedding a year, do you know when the first Emmerdale wedding was and who it was that married? this was March 1973 when blacksmith Frank Blakey married Janie Harker in Beckindale church.

In 1976 the location of filming moved from Arncliffe to Esholt as Emmerdale fans began to seek out the village.

Do you all remember the loveable Seth Armstrong? he joined the cast in 1979, do you remember what his job was? he was the gamekeeper.

Was you tuned in to the 1000th episode? this was November 1985, by this time the programme appeared regularly in the top 10 and was watched by millions.

Do you know the name of this home ?



Yes this is known as Home Farm, somewhere we all wish we could live right!

1989 was the year in which “farm” was dropped from Emmerdales title and production moved to a special studio in Sunny Bank Mill at Farsley. Do you remember the Tate family? this was also the year they arrived in Emmerdale.

Do you recognise this farm?


This is known as Butlers farm.

From then there have been fires, shock confessions, kidnappings, romances, weddings, very sad miscarriages, affairs, there is always something exciting happening in Emmerdale.

Esholt is the home of where Emmerdale was filmed for twenty-five years, this is where you will find.

The Woolpack


The heart of the village and centre of many fine story lines.

The post office


Owned by the Windsor family for many years.

Demdyke Row


This was used as Demdyke Row, residents included, Seth Armstrong, Jackie Merrick lodging with Joe Sugden, and later with Kathy when Joe signed the cottage over to them. Demdyke Row was devasted by the plane crash which killed six villagers in December 1993.

Pear Tree Cottage


This cottage has starred as the residence of many cast members.

The Vets Surgery


The Vets used by Paddy Kirk.

The Village Playground


Featured occasionally throughout the series.

The Main Street Cottages


Just opposite the Woolpack were the homes of Betty Eagleton, Caroline Bates, and Eric Pollard.

St Paul’s Church


Known as St Mary’s church, it has been scene for many weddings and funeral services.

Walking round a village that I have watched on television for many years is such an awesome experience, we was able to go into the Woolpack and order a drink, we could even go into the Post Office and purchase things.

If this is something you would love to experience the tour is about four hours long and the tour guides are extremely friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have.

Here is a clip of Emmerdales first episode.

Disclaimer: We received two tickets to go on a locations tour for purpose of our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.



Buddy’s Nutrition Challenge With Pets At Home


I don’t know if you are aware but Buddy suffers with skin allergies and is allergic to beef and chicken, we found out about his skin allergies a few years ago following a blood test we requested at the vets, he also suffers with hip dysplasia which we found out when he was unwell at the age of 4.

We was recently invited along to our local pets at home for a nutrition consultation, where we spoke about Buddy’s health, his weight was checked and it was like a dog MOT where they checked his nails, ears, fur, eyes and also his joints. Ian said Buddy gets a better check with pets at home than he does at our GP surgery.

We was asked a few questions about Buddy’s skin allergy, the food he is currently on and Buddy’s bowel movements, after a long discussion we was advised that the food he was currently on was probably not the best one for Buddy due to all the added extras in the food which is probably not good with his allergies.

Anyway…..after a long discussion we had a good look at all the other foods on offer in store and Wainwrights seems like the best option to try Buddy on and see how he goes, there seems to be a lot more of a choice for him in this food range, unlike the other range he was on there was very little in variety for him with his known allergies.

We was informed that changing his food over from his old food to the new food should be done slowly, by adding a little of his new food to replace some of his old food and gradually wean him off his old food onto the new one. We was informed that just changing straight over could upset his stomach and this is something we do not want.

pets at home nutrition consultation has been a real eye opener for us and we learned some new interesting facts during our consultation. With the help and advice we received we will hopefully be moving Buddy over to Wainwrights with Buddy agreeing of course!

We will be updating you on the progress of Buddy’s food change shortly, but in the mean time have you ever considered a nutrition consultation for your pets and was you aware that pets at home offer them?

Disclaimer: Buddy received a free consultation and was supplied with enough food for the duration of the challenge. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
General post, health

Confidence building

Confidence building

Confidence buildingI don’t know if you are aware but I was in a horrible car accident back in June this year, I was in hospital for ten days following my accident, I had suffered nerve damage and lost the use of my left arm and leg for a while, I was in a wheelchair for 3 months, I have had intense physio every week since the accident and with a lot of determination and support from my family I am now getting ready to go back to work.

I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about going back to work, I am not one for sitting around at home and I absolutely love my job as a support worker. I have one HUGE hurdle left to confront before I am free to return to work and that is to get back behind the wheel of the my car, I feel sick to my stomach at the thought of even just sitting in the driver’s seat again. My car accident happened on the motorway, my back tyre had a blowout causing my car to spin across two lanes of the motorway and then send me skidding facing the wrong way up the motorway and all I remember seeing was a lorry coming towards me, I ended up crashing into the barrier and needed to be cut free from the car by the firemen.


Since my accident back in June I have worked so hard along with my physio therapist Ann to get me back up and walking un-aided again (this has only just happened this week) that I have not even had time to think about my feelings of driving again as I have been concentrating on not getting my self down about my current situation, I was suffering nightmares at the time and flashbacks, my health was my main priority at the time.

I was at the hospital yesterday chatting with my neurologist along with Ian about me returning to work and she asked me how would I feel about driving home from the hospital and at that moment in time it hit me, everything came flooding back about the accident, I couldn’t breath, I started sweating and I just broke down, it hit me, the accident has made me absolutely petrified of getting back behind the wheel.

I am determined to not let the accident beat me, I am going to try so hard to get back behind that wheel but it is going to take a lot of determination, I am aware that it is going to bring back all the horrid memories of my accident but if I don’t face this fear then I will not be able to return to the job I love and it will put strain on us as a family. I am now confidence building and will hopefully be back behind the wheel very soon.

Have you had any horrid fears that you have had to face? do you have any hints or tips that will help me?

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in ay way to write this post.
couples travel, Hotel review, leeds, Travel

Travelodge Leeds Central

Travelodge Leeds central

Our Stay In Leed’s

Recently me and Ian traveled to Leeds, with it being such a long drive away from home     (roughly 190 miles) we stayed in Leeds at Leeds central travelodge. This location was great for us as we had everything local that we wanted/needed, we was close to shops, restaurants and transport links and they was all within walking distance…..Perfect!


When we arrived the staff was friendly and welcoming, with us not knowing the area they informed us of all good places to visit which was a great help. There is no car park on site so we had a little walk with our luggage, the parking fee is £10 for 24 hours but you can claim a discount from the hotel reception.


In our room we had:

A nice comfy kingsize bed that was made for arrival

The room was fully equipped with tea and coffee

An En-suite bathroom with hand, hair and body wash

TV with 17 channels

WiFi access 

Dressing table/desk


We found the travelodge location to be very well situated in the heart of Leeds, a perfect tourist hotspot. The travelodge has a bar area for those like us who are not ones for the night clubs, the hotel was very well situated with plenty of clubs and bars to choose from, we had a nice meal then had drinks in our room with a nice film. After visiting tourist hotspots during the day a relaxing evening in our room was most welcoming and needed.


After a very comfortable nights sleep we went down for breakfast, there was a choice of a full english or a continental breakfast, this was a self-service eat as much as you like breakfast so you know you will be getting a good start to your day.


A Good Start To The Day

Whilst I opted for a continental breakfast Ian had a full english. With a choice of yoghurt, cereals, croissants, fruit, toast, tea, coffee and fresh juice, we certainly had a good start to our day.

Our stay with travelodge was very relaxed, we had everything nearby that we needed/wanted. With the location of the hotel being in the heart of everything this made our stay much easier. With breakfast being self-service eat as much as you like, this made our start to the day much easier as we was not waiting around to be served and we knew we was leaving full, giving us a perfect start to our day following a comfortable nights sleep.

Are you off on your travels and needing somewhere to stay, check out travelodge website to see if they can accommodate your stay.

Travelodge has invested £57 million in modernising its hotels across the UK, including new bespoke kingsize beds, making your stay with travelodge even more comfortable.

Disclaimer: we recieved a two night stay in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
baking., Christmas cake, festive food, food, food preperation, Home baking, homemade

Homemade Christmas Cake

Time To Bake

If there is one thing we enjoy at christmas it is a nice homemade christmas cake. We have been busy preparing and baking our cake ready for this christmas. Last year I prepared our cake about the same time of year and everyone that tasted it said it was very tasty and really enjoyed it.

This year we have been asked to make a cake for other family members as well so we have been busy preparing cakes for them too as well as our own so it is a good job we enjoy baking.
We love to bake our own christmas cake as we think you can not beat homemade cooking, especially at christmas time when you have family visiting it is nice to offer something home-baked.

Ingredients we used

1kg mixed dried fruits

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Zest and juice of 1 orange

You can use any alcohol of your choice we used brandy

250g butter

200g light soft brown sugar

175g plain flour

100g ground almonds

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

100g flaked almonds

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract


How We Made It

  • We started off making our christmas cake by pre-heating the oven to 130c, we then added the dry fruit, butter, sugar and brandy in a large saucepan, set over a medium heat, we then brought it to boil, we then lowered the heat and left it simmering for about 5 minutes.
  • While the fruit was simmering we double lined a cake tin with grease proof paper.
  • After the fruit mix had been simmering for about 5 minutes we tipped it into a large bowl and left it to cool for about half an hour.
  • Once the fruit mix had cooled off we then added the rest of the ingredients stirring the ingredients in well, we then put the mix into our tin, covered with grease proof paper and tied with string to keep it covered, then placed it into the oven for 2 hours.
  • Once the cake had been in the oven for 2 hours we removed it and allowed it to cool off, we poked holes in it with skewers to make pockets for when we add our alcohol.
  • We will be adding alcohol to our cake by pouring over two table spoons of brandy every fortnight. We have wrapped our cake in cling film, we will be icing our cake and decorating it a week before christmas.
This is our cake we baked last year with a winter wonderland theme to  it.
This is our adults only cake due to the alcohol in the cake, we will bake a separate cake for the kid’s nearer christmas.
We are still thinking on a theme for our cake this year. Do you bake your own christmas cake ?

Our bad experience of using kennels – Pet Injuries

Trust is something we had in the kennels we had chosen for our loving dog Buddy, we had dropped him there Saturday as we was having a family party to celebrate our sons 18th birthday, an hour later while we was getting things ready for the party we had a call saying there has been an accident and Buddy has two cuts to his face that is rather deep and no one knows how this had happened.

Ian went straight back to collect Buddy and took him to the vets where he was informed Buddy will have to stay with them, be sedated and have it cleaned up and stitches will be needed. Our poor dog we still to this day have no answers on what or how this has happened to our family pet. This has been a very upsetting time seeing our very much-loved dog in pain, we feel really guilty as we had put him in the kennels, but we had put him there thinking he would be looked after and never dreamed of him being injured like this.

We have now lost trust in using kennels and in future Buddy will stay where we know he will be loved, looked after and kept safe. He is now 8 years old and we have been using kennels for buddy since he was a pup and we have never had any problems in the past. Our old kennels we had used in the past has recently closed down (Hence the recent change in kennels) the kennels he was injured at was Buddy’s second stay at.

We have filed a complaint and we are waiting an outcome of that, we have never been in this situation before so we are not 100% sure on the procedure, but one thing we do know is that we are not going to let this go as this could happen again to another poor animal.



We put Buddy in the kennels for one night expecting him to be looked after and kept safe, but one hour later we have a call, his injured, needing sedation and stitches to his face. All trust in kennels have now gone.

Have you ever had any bad experiences of using kennels?


Captain Woodgets apprentice

IMG_9556Ahoy there! the Cutty Sark are looking for apprentices that are hard-working and are ready to sail the seas all they way to Australia. Do you know anyone up for the challenge? the Cutty Sark is ready to set sail on yet another epic journey and is in need of apprentices fast. This will be no cruise and your skills and efforts will be put to the test, the crew is in need of help fast.

The Cutty Sark have joined forces with Gamar and created a unique gaming experience. The game enables people to become part of the crew; they can unfurl the sails, steer the ship, ring the bell and even catch mischievous monkeys!


This is a fantastic opportunity for todays children to step back in time and experience what life was like for those who sailed the Cutty Sark over 100 years ago. During your journey you will be set important tasks to complete throughout the ship, you will need to remain focused at all times,but be warned captain Woodget will be judging your efforts and he is a hard man to please. You will need to prove you are handy in all aspects of the ship and indispensable to all on-board.


The gamar app is very clever as it interacts with real-life objects and environments, it triggers interactive, augmented reality gaming experiences that are then played through smart phones and tablets. Lee and Bradley found this a fun learning experience and it helped them both understand what it would have been like for those who sailed the Cutty Sark all those years ago. Lee and Bradley enjoyed working on the set tasks together and had great fun learning about the day-to-day life of a sailor on board, they loved bringing the ship to life using the Gamar app and experiencing the thrill and hard work of life on board as part of the crew.



Are you ready to be put to the test by Captain Woodget ? if so you can download the free Gamar app and then Captain Woodget’s Apprentice can be purchased at £2.49. So do you dare put yourselves to the challenge upon the Cutty Sark, we did. The Gamar app is a great way to turn iconic London attractions into interactive adventure playgrounds that are educational, unique, popular, interactive and most of all fun for all. You can use your mobile phone/tablet to explore, discover and learn, after you even get the option to share with the community how cool is that.


Disclaimer: We was invited along to trial the Captain Woodgets Apprentice game on the Cutty Sark for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Life changes at 18

IMG_9562This week was a very special week, it was the week our boy turned 18… how the heck did that happen! turning Eighteen is a BIG deal, not just from our emotional parent perspective but from Danny’s also. Eighteen is a magical birthday, it’s a milestone that comes with lots of privileges and also lots of responsibility. Our boy can vote, get married, drive and lots of other big and wonderful options that are out there in the big wide world. new doors have now opened for Danny and lots more options and responsibility are now oozing out at him.

Our boy no longer requires our parental permission for anything, he is now fully responsible for his own decisions even his health, it’s kinda scary for us as a parent to loose all this control/say over night just like that. Obviously we will still be there helping and guiding Danny, but only now if he is wanting/asking for help as he is an adult now and the responsibility is his, we can only sort things for him now with his permission.

We have to adjust to a lot of changes now, we now have to:

Stand back and see him as the Adult he now is

Let him lead and just stay in the distance for when needed

Ask how can we help

Remind him we are always here to help when needed……ALWAYS!

Give guidance where/when we can

And this is just a few changes, where before we would be the ones in control just doing things naturally, we now have to have Danny’s permission and its kind of strange.

Anyone got any tips on helping us to adjust to this situation and guide Danny into these BIG changes? I know things will settle and we will adjust given time but it is just a strange feeling…..a very strange feeling, our boy is now an adult.

Is there anything you done at 18 that you wish you hadn’t and could go back and change/do differently?