Traveling the UK this Easter

January has its way of making us feel all doom and gloom with a shrunk bank account, a larger waist size and a damaged liver. So aside of planning how to refill the bank account, shrink the waist size and nurse the liver, planning holiday breaks has this power to rejoice the mood, don’t you think?

I have recently announced a decision in the house: we are going to travel the UK at least once a year! Of course this came as a little bit of a shock to my British husband, who can’t wait to do what most Brits love doing on holiday: escape the UK.

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But why? I know the weather is unreliable and the cost of traveling in the UK often mounts to as much as traveling abroad BUT have you looked at your country recently? It has some of the most beautiful scenery and it is full of history and hidden treasures.

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Being French I am used to staying in the same country on holidays. The French travel in France. After all have we not got the most beautiful country in the World?! This is the reason why they constantly ask me when are you coming back? and why are you still living in the UK?! That’s shocking to them.

Anyway I am thinking Easter Break and I was wondering where to head. There are so many places I want to go to I don’t know where to start. Of course in a minute I will have to stop procrastinating and go back to work but in the meantime I am going to go and spend some very useful time on Pinterest and locate our future destination!

I am already feeling a lot lighter, let’s find some chocolate!

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Fill up the stockings and get crafty with Marks & Spencer goodies

Last week the boys were sent a selection of M&S Christmas crafting kits and gifts, to their utmost delight.

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What I loved about them is the quality of the products but also the very lovely design.

Our favourites out of the pack are

The Christmas Decorations that they both painted one side each. I love the fact that I will be able to put them on the tree every year from now on.

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We loved the card games too. They are perfect stocking fillers and the design on the cards is beautiful.

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The puzzle with the same design as the cards is also very nice.

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And there was the lantern garland which was supposed to look like this

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but ended up like that…

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That’s what happens when you leave a dad in charge of the craft activity with two eager boys….

Find out more about these products at Marks & Spencer’s website. Each of the products mentioned above are £5 and under.

Disclaimer: We were sent the products for the purpose of this review.

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The Snow Gorilla at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

The Snow Gorilla, Kingston upon ThamesYesterday night we attended the press night of the Snow Gorilla. We live locally but it was the first time we went to the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames and it is the perfect venue for a show like this one.

This was magical and the kids left with with stars in their eyes.

The story retraces the life of a circus struggling to survive but refusing to give up, meeting a young orphan Sunny who soon becomes the saviour of the circus family.

Everything is there: the circus acts that are breathtaking, Flamenco dancers that got a whole audience totally mesmerised, beautiful songs that left me crying (I am easy on that front), great acting and a gorilla that got the moves!

Everyone from the youngest to the oldest left uplifted and with a huge smile on their faces. I often complain about how a British crowd is hard to please. I find them too often clapping and cheering inside, but not that crowd.

Find out more info about it and book tickets here The Snow Gorilla and go and enjoy a truly beautiful family show!

Disclosure: We attended the show as guests.

 

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Silent Sunday

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And so the eye patching journey begins…

I have written before about my children and their weak eyes and today we have received the confirmation V needs eye patching. At the end of today’s appointment we were sent home with 60 patches, funky charts and the dread to have to argue with him to make him keep it on.

He hates having his good-ish eye covered and so I thought we would have a major struggle to make him have a patch for a few hours a day. Every day. For the next 8 weeks…
Today is the first day and so far he has been extremely good, no complains or attempts to take it off.

The painful bit has been to argue with E who thinks the peak of unfairness is NOT having an eye patch as well. Life is so cruel kiddo, trust me, I know…

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Happy Halloween!

I love that this year Halloween is during half term. It seems we have been celebrating all week with spooky cupcakes, picking our two pumpkins from a beautiful pumpkin patch and of course a carving contest between C and I…

The kids started as helpers but soon deserted us, leaving two competitive individuals in the same room.
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So I tried to get him drunk, but not too drunk, you know sharp tools and alcohol…
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He chose a Bat and I chose Frankenstein. You will agree that one requires more labour than the other and that taking this into consideration I should be the winner, right?

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Silent Sunday

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Counting Chicken…

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V is in year 1 and every evening, well mostly, when he doesn’t forget to change it, he brings back a new book to read.

I have to be honest, having two to listen to every night, I very often sit next to them,  paying real attention when a word is being stumbled on. Unless a book really catches my attention, like this one…

Counting Chickens.

The books starts with “Meg was poor…”

The word poor catches my attention, mainly because I am not sure V actually knows the meaning of it. So I ask him what he thinks poor means and as I guessed he gives me a definition a bit far from what it actually means. So we clear this and move on.

Meg was lucky to meet a man along the way who is kind enough to give her an egg and she starts dreaming of all the things that could happen now that she has an egg. You know have more chickens, sell their eggs to buy a cow, then sell the cow’s milk to buy a sheep, sell the sheep’s wool to buys clothes… but!

She trips over some wood on the floor.

Drop the egg.

The egg smashes.

Her dreams are shattered.

The book says “Meg is still poor”.

The end.

The end? THE END?

How about “If Meg hadn’t been so quick to think about all the things she could achieve with it but instead focused on bringing the egg safe home this wouldn’t have happened. That’s a lesson that Meg will surely remember!“. Ok you need to fit this in words and sentences a 5 year old could read. But still…

Anything has to be better than Meg is still poor… without moral to the story…

Is it just me?

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Silent Sunday

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Help me create the best DIY Blog Design course ever and enter for your chance to win the full course!

headerturquoiseThis is a little bit of a different blog post.

As you may already know I have been working at creating a DIY Blog Design Course and we are now on the final straight line.

It will be yours to take very soon and as I am working on the final technical details I thought that I would ask for your help to make sure that the course covers what you need to know.

This is a course designed especially for creative bloggers so whether you excel at Parenting, Lifestyle, Food blogging, Craft or Photography (anything creative) and as long as you have in common the aim to have a blog that looks beautiful, uniquely branded and stylish and you are keen to learn how to make it happen, then you are in the right place.

What I aim to teach you is how to get all this, step by step, learning how to use tools that are not going to cost you an arm, not even a finger. My guarantee, if you follow this completely, is that in the space of a couple of weeks you will have a beautiful blog, and you will be able to do it again!

This blog is designed for Worpdress users and if you are not already using Worpdress you will have to be willing to move to it to get the full benefits from this course.

However the biggest part of the course is about creating your visual identity and branding your blog. This is something that all bloggers, unrelated to which platform they are using, can benefit from.

I will be opening registration at the end of the month with only 8 spaces available at a discounted price. This group will have to commit to giving me all the feedback I will need to improve this course. Call it the BETA version, it sounds quite cool.

I wanted to offer the chance to one of you to win a space on this course as a thank you for taking part in a little survey. It won’t take you too long to answer but it will help me make sure the course is answering your questions and solving your challenges.

To access the survey please click on the image below

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