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Me & Mine 2016 - June

June has been such a busy month! It began with Zachary's birthday and continued with weekends packed with things to do and places to ...

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Joy of Motherhood and Playing Bingo

Life as a mother is a lot of fun! But it is equally hectic, isn’t it? What a mum has to go through to properly take care of her child and bring them up in a healthy environment! It can be exhausting!

A mother’s responsibility starts from the birth of her child and continues ever after! Even when you are grown up, your mother doesn't step back from making a nutritious breakfast for you or ironing your wrinkled clothes, does she? I know that my mum still does this whenever I visit. 

A mum would cross all limits and make endless sacrifices just to see you grow healthy, successful and happy. 

She would bear all the pains and still never complain a bit until she can see a smile on her child’s face. 

It often so happens that a mother forgets to look after her own well-being while going through such a roller coaster ride of responsibilities from dawn to dusk every day. 

But a mum should never ignore her health and happiness, as a happy mother can only make a kid cheerful and instill positivity in a child’s development. 

There are plenty of things a mother can do in her free time to be fit, fine and happy. 

She can do some exercises or go for a walk in the nearby parks to refresh herself up while getting healthier in the process. 

She can also get involved in some recreational activities that keep her entertained and help her forget all motherly worries for a while. 

Such fun activities may include playing with your children, watching television, playing some games over the internet, meeting close friends over cups of coffee and the list continues. 

So if you are a mother tomorrow, do not be worried about how to manage stress while carrying out so many roles every day. The stress buster named online bingo would surely come to your rescue and say goodbye to your worries! 

Simply sign up on the incredible site GameVillage and get a chance to play online bingo no deposit games. Participate in the exciting contests on Facebook and win free tickets to play absolutely free!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Paradise Island Adventure Golf - Review

We were invited along to Paradise Island Adventure Golf at the weekend, with our nearest one being based in Soar at Intu Braehead, Glasgow. They celebrated their 10th birthday on July 15th - the same day we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary!

Zachary and Husband have been along to the crazy golf at Braehead before and really enjoyed themselves. You can walk in on the day to play but, when we arrived at 2.30pm on Sunday, it was quite busy, so depending on when you want to go, it might be a good idea to book in advance.

As you go in, you choose your golf ball. There are lots of different colours and we were able to have a different colour each so we'd be able to tell which ball belonged to who. We were also given a scorecard which told us what par each hole was - how many shots you should be able to complete the hole in. If you complete under par then that's good. In golf, the winner is the person with the lowest score.

Once we'd gotten our ball and checked in, we headed up the stairs. There we were greeted and given our golf clubs. They have different sizes so there was a club suitable for Charlotte and Zachary as well as adult ones for us. Inside is amazing in terms of theming and decor! The little Tiki huts are so cute!

There were two courses to choose from; one had more twists and turns and the other had more hills and bumps. As Zachary and Husband had played the Tiki Hut Trail (twists and turns), we decided to play the Maggie MaGaws Challenge (hills and bumps).

Working our way around the 18 holes took about an hour and 10 minutes. It was quite busy and at certain holes we felt like we were being rushed because people started to catch up with us. But then we would have spells of quiet because of the tricky holes that people would get stuck at for awhile. It was after an easy hole that people would start to catch you up.

The course was really fun and well laid out. The kids loved seeing all the displays around the course and the addition of obstacles to some of the holes made the game even more fun. The full place was really clean as well.

Husband ended up winning, of course, but Zachary did really well as did Charlotte who managed to get a few holes in one. Charlotte is left handed but she played the course as a right handed person would and did great.

Once you've finished at the 18th, you have the chance to win a free game on a very tricky 19th hole. None of us managed it though!

There isn't a time limit on completing the course but if it is busy, I think it's natural to feel like you need to hurry a bit so people aren't waiting on you. We really enjoyed ourselves and it's definitely somewhere we'd go back to as a family. I also think it would be really fun at night as a group of adults as something a bit different from going to the pictures or bowling.

There are various locations throughout the UK so if you want to check if there is a Paradise Island Adventure Golf near you, click here to visit their website. You can also find details of prices and booking. To give you an idea, a family of 4 costs £22 for one game and £32 for two games, which I think is pretty reasonable.

We made a short video of our time at the crazy golf. The lighting wasn't great (for filming anyway) and it was quite noisy but I think it shows you how much fun we had and what you can expect from a course.

This is a review post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Keeping the Family Safe Whilst Driving

As we prepare to head down to Manchester this weekend, aside from packing all the essentials for a weekend away, we always give our car a safety once over. This involves making sure all the lights work, making sure we have plenty of water for cleaning the windscreen and checking our tyres have the correct tyre pressure.

The car had its first service just last month so I know that our oil levels are all good as are our brakes and the necessary fluids to keep a car going. I was worried I was going to get a bill for new tyres though because our car has high performance Pirelli P Zero tyres meaning they are softer and wear down quicker. And, at almost £250 a tyre, I was definitely on the look out for somewhere that sold them a bit cheaper.

Point S have a great selection of tyres and a handy search that allows you to enter your registration plate (great for me who has no idea about tyres!) and they will display all the available tyre brands that are suitable for your car. My car has run flats; this means that if one of my tyres does get a puncture, I can still drive the car until I'm able to get a new tyre for it...within reason of course!

Thankfully the tyres are fine and still have a good 5mm tread left on them. However, it is still important to make sure that you check your tyres on a regular basis and that they have the correct, maximum air pressure in them. This ensures they provide optimum performance and, most importantly, keep you and your family safe on any car journey.

Other ways we make sure we are safety conscious on any car journey are:
  1. Plenty of water to keep us all hydrated
  2. Regular breaks for the toilet and for the driver to take a break
  3. An in-car phone charger
  4. Details of our breakdown cover and insurance details
  5. Tablets or the DVD player so the kids can be kept amused and don't ask if we are "nearly there yet?"

What safety checks do you make before you go on a car journey? 

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Book We're Loving from Maverick Arts Publishing

We really do love receiving books in the post to review so we're always excited when we get a delivery from Maverick Arts Publishing. They've sent us quite a few books recently so I decided to a round up of the books we've been loving.

Animal Magic by Phil Alcock

This is such a bright and colourful book with illustrations from Gina Maldonado. It's a fun rhyming book about an animal that can change into different animals. The book is really simple and easy to follow; perfect for younger children. I think I'll be taking this in my nursery story sack!

George and the New Craze by Alice Hemming

This is the third book in the George series from author Alice Hemming and illustrator Kimberley Scott. This book is similar to the previous two; bright and colourful illustrations and simple to follow text. In this book, there is a new craze sweeping the zoo: people cards! If your child loves animals then this is a great book for them as they'll be able to spot some well known favourites and discover some new, slightly unusual ones too.

Not Enough for Queen Fluff by Rachel Lyon

This is the story of a very spoilt bunny who lives in a fabulous castle and has a very big crown. But she feels a bit lonely and decides to write to the bunnies living in the town, asking if she can come for a visit. She soon finds herself having to eat some humble pie! Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, this isn't as brightly coloured as George and the New Craze but it is still a fun and engaging book as it is written in rhyme. It has a nice message behind it too.

Bossy Johnathan Fossy by Julie Fulton

This is the fifth book in the very popular Ever So series and Maverick kindly sent me the full series as the previous books have had a change of cover and are marked with the Ever So series logo. Bossy Johnathan Fossy, illustrated by Elina Ellis, is the story of a boy named Johnathan who is very bossy. The rest of the town are fed up with his constant demands and decide to teach him a lesson. We really love the books in the series.

Junior Fiction

This is a new category to the Maverick children's books aimed at children aged 6-9 years. There are currently 3 books in the junior fiction range which are due for release in October.

Rickety Rocket by Alice Hemming

This is the story of a girl named Spacey Stacey and her band of friends. They go on adventures on Planet Fiveways where they live. There are space missions and races, and dealing with pesky space bunnies. There are 3 books in the Spacey Stacey series, all illustrated by Emma Randall.

Letter to Pluto by Lou Trelaven

Because letter writing is seen as a dying art, Jon's teacher sets the class a task of writing a letter to a pen pal. But it isn't just any old pen pals; these are pen pals from outer space. Jon ends up with a girl pen pal which isn't too happy about because she is a girl and she's from Pluto, the most boring planet of all. Zachary loved the comic style illustrations in this book.

Grandma Bendy and the Great Snake Escape by Izy Penguin

This was Zachary's favourite book to read and I'm guessing it was because it takes place in a town called Pumperton. This book is about a girl named Lucy, who is being blamed for a deadly snake being released into the town. Along with her brother and her Grandma, they set off on a mission to find and capture the snake.

If you would like to find out more about these books, I filmed a video on my YouTube channel.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

366 Project 2016 Days 193 - 199

On Sunday, we got up a bit later and had a really, really lazy day. I wanted to watch the tennis so we put dinner on early and ate it in front of the match. It was such a good game and Andy Murray did so well. After the tennis, the kids asked if they could watch a film and they chose Minions. We had some yummy chocolate cake for pudding. Such a great way to spend a really miserable Sunday.

Monday wasn't much better although I did manage to get my washing out to dry. I had a bit of a tidy up in the loft and under my kitchen sink; places you never really think of tidying up. Charlotte played with her Build-a-Bears and Zachary read another Minecraft book. They picked out some bits to put in their Trunkis, ready to go to Gran's for a sleepover at the weekend. We had an early night because Zachary's best friend was getting dropped off early in the morning so his mum can go to work. It's great that we can help each other out when we're working and the kids are at school or if the kids are off. We had Chili con Carne for dinner which was delicious.

On Tuesday, we were up early as Zachary's best friend was coming over whilst his mum went to work. She helps me out during term time and I return the favour during the school holidays. The kids love having him over too. We decided to go down to the library to pick out some new books. I chose 3 books for myself and I'm really excited to be reading something other than a psychology, sociology or anything childcare related book. Charlotte and Zachary both chose Minecraft books. The weather wasn't that great but it was dry so we enjoyed our walk to and from the library by playing eye-spy. Zachary is a terrible person to play it with because he thinks outside the box and none of us could figure his out. One was two words; W and L. Well we couldn't figure it out and eventually gave in after asking him a million times if he "could still see it?" The answer? White lines...from the roads.

Wednesday was a much better day which saw the kids spending most of it outside. Charlotte and I went down to the park and she had a great time on the swings and the "horsey" whilst the boys played football. I started my second book from the library; Cecelia Ahern. The Jenny Colgan book was great and one of the first books I've read in a day in a long time.

It was another beautiful day on Thursday so off the kids went to play outside. We went for a walk to the shops and picked up some ice lollies and played in the park. I got 2 loads of washing out to dry; sad that getting a couple of washing loads out to dry makes me excited. After dinner, the kids wanted to have a bath and I painted Charlotte's nails, ready for a party tomorrow.

On Friday, after cleaning the house and getting dressed, the kids and I headed to the supermarket to get our food shop. It was such a miserable day so after lunch, I let the kids watch a movie whilst I did the ironing and caught up on Hollyoaks. After dinner, the kids had a party to attend. They had a lot of fun and Charlotte was loving her mocktail!

I was up at 4am for the Next sale on Saturday. I did OK; I didn't get as much as I usually would though. The kids went to their Gran's house for a sleepover so Husband and I could go out for dinner and then on to a friend's house to celebrate their 40th birthday. It was nice to spend some time together and we went to one of our favourite restaurants for our meal. It was delicious. At our friend's house, we played Cards Against Humanity which was really funny. We didn't get home until 12.30am!