Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Five famous landmarks to visit


I don't know if it's the warmer weather but I have the travel bug and can't wait to travel abroad again! I mentioned my top five destinations in my travel bucket list. They included India, the Netherlands, Italy, USA and Japan and my reasons for wanting to visit each country. Since writing that post we travelled to Venice last summer. Now I just need to visit the other four, ha! I used to travel a lot but these days it's not as easy due to travel costs with a little one in tow and having to plan around school holidays when flight prices are at their highest. However, there are ways to travel for less as well as making any trip as relaxing as possible. As Pip grows he becomes more interested in the world and can already identify many of the world’s famous landmarks, despite only being four! Here are some of the destinations I’d love to take him to.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Caidr Healthcare App


I’ve recently been reviewing the new Caidr App. Designed by Clinova, it’s a healthcare app that helps you assess your medical complaints. I worked in academic research and public health for over 10 years and am passionate about anything connected to health so I was keen to give to review the Caidr app. Although I’ve used many apps including those focusing on kids’ education and family communication this was the first health app I have used. The Caidr app has been developed by a team of healthcare professionals with the aim of helping those at home distinguish minor ailments from more serious illnesses that would require seeing a doctor or seeking hospital treatment.
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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Restaurant Review: Food for Friends, Brighton

Food for Friends in Brighton
Food for Friends in Brighton is one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in the city. Despite living in Brighton for five years, I had yet to visit this award-winning restaurant until recently. I don’t eat meat (although do eat fish) and it’s very easy to find meat-free options in Brighton, with so many vegan and vegetarian eateries. Food for Friends serves high quality global vegetarian cuisine with vegan and gluten free options. I had heard great things about the restaurant and I was keen to experience it myself. Located on Prince Albert Street in the popular South Lanes area in the city centre, Food for Friends is easy to find. It’s a stone’s throw from the seafront and about a ten-minute walk from the station. The ethos of the Food for Friends restaurant is to serve fresh homemade and affordable food and to use local suppliers where possible. The menu oozes creatively with influences from around the world and changes frequently in relation to seasonal produce.
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Thursday, 3 May 2018

A lunch date with Arla





I was recently invited to attend an Arla Bloggers Lunch in Shoreditch, London. You may be familiar with the Arla brand especially when it comes to yogurt. This lunch was to celebrate the launch of Arla Fibre yogurts, now available in two sizes and four flavours, all of which contain 4.7g fibre in each 150g serving. I always enjoy travelling up to London from Brighton especially for blogger events like these and although I had details about the lunch I wasn’t sure what the schedule would entail. I was in for a treat!

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

5 things I’d do if I had a million pounds



Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you came into a large chunk of money? Have you imagined travelling around the world or buying your dream house? I’ve had discussions with family and friends on winning the lottery and what we’d do with a big amount of money. I don’t actually take part in the lottery and I’m not sure I’d like to be rich either. It often seems more trouble than it’s worth! And I’ve had some amazing experiences around the world with little money. However, occasionally it’s nice to dream. So, just for fun, here are 5 things I’d do if I had a million pounds!
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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Beach days: A week in the Brighton sun



Last week we had a beautiful burst of hot weather and sunshine. After a long winter with freezing temperatures and snow (the first time we’ve in Brighton!) it was a welcome relief and we made the most of it. Thankfully, we’re within walking distance to the beach so we took advantage of play dates after school and meeting up with friends at the weekend. I also met my friend for our weekly costal walk. In total, I was at the beach five times last week, wow! It was the first time we paddled in the sea this year and although cold it was so refreshing and relaxing under the sun! Coincidentally, it was also low-tide in the afternoons so we had the added benefit of proper sand beneath our feet with a calm sea. What a lovely feeling. I’m sharing some photos of our warm week in the sunshine!

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Brighton Foodies Festival Giveaway


Last year, we visited the Foodies Festival in Brighton for the first time and had so much fun! We are planning on returning this year and I’m delighted to be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to this vibrant event held at Brighton Hove Lawns, on 5th, 6th and 7th May, during the bank holiday weekend. Last year, we took part in kids cooking classes, experienced kids yoga, listened to live music and sat in the sun while sampling delicious food. We also sat on top of the special double-decker bus with views over the festival and out to sea.
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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Peppa Pig World with Save the Children #MuddyPuddleWalk


We were recently invited to Peppa Pig World with Save the Children to take part in their Muddy Puddle Walk. 16,000 children were involved in the event in the UK last year and £243,000 was raised for Save the Children, towards their vital work helping children around the world transform their lives. This year, there is expected to be an even bigger involvement in the UK’s muddiest fundraising event, which will run between 23rd and 29th April 2018. Families, nurseries and early year groups are all encouraged to join in with the fun. You can be entirely creative which the event and choose something that suits you! We live by the sea so splashing in the waves would be perfect for us. Likewise, splashing in muddy puddles, paddling pools or rivers could suit you. To raise money simply get sponsors, ask for donations or sell something on the day, such as Peppa Pig inspired cupcakes! For a free Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraising Pack sign up at www.MuddyPuddleWalk.org The pack includes activity ideas, tips for finding puddles and ways to fundraise! The website also includes details on how your vital fundraising will help children around the world with Save the Children.
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Saturday, 14 April 2018

My Homeware Wish List


It’s the time of the year for a spring clean and a homeware makeover. Recently I’ve watched a few YouTube videos on rearranging furniture and accessories within the home for a new look. These makeovers use items that already exist in the home, including ones that have been forgotten about and usually end up in the garage, shed or loft! The items are collected, rearranged within a space and a room makeover is complete! I love the creativity in these makeovers and the fact that you save money in the process without the need to splash out on new products. It’s amazing how arranging a few pieces of furniture and swapping wall hangings and objects in the room can make such a big difference. I did this a few months ago in my living room and it worked really well. Occasionally, though a new piece of furniture can make the world of difference. Here's my homeware wish list.
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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

New Comfi Lenses with Feel Good Contacts


For the last month, I’ve been reviewing the new Comfi lenses with Feel Good Contacts. I’ve been wearing contact lenses from Specsavers for the past few years and although they are fine to wear, my eyes do get quite dry by the end of the day especially after travelling or parenting all day. I have been keen to try another brand for a while so the option to try another type of contact lenses came at the perfect time. Comfi are a new type of daily disposable contact lenses which are advertised as giving ‘exceptional comfort and performance from a highly afforadable lens.’ With a 58% water content the lenses keep eyes moist and refreshed for the whole day. There are several other advantages for using Comfi lenses:

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Mini Bakers Club Box Review



We’re already half way through our Easter school holiday and have fitted a lot in. We’ve had family visiting, visited Peppa Pig World in collaboration with Save the Children, had a mini Spring clean and watched Pip learn to ride a bike without stabilisers! We also reviewed the Mini Bakers Club Spring Box for the month of March. BKD run the Mini Bakers Club and they send out their creative boxes each month. Every box includes quality baking ingredients to make a themed project, a craft activity, instructions for a detailed recipe and a lovely little booklet with fun facts. Plus, each box is personalised and has your chosen name on the delivery box.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Link-Ages Family Communication App Review


This month I have been reviewing the family communication app, Link-ages. It is an app that allows easy communication with family members, especially those who do not live close by. Its simple design is focused on older generations and it is advertised as bringing ‘instant, private and safe communication to the older or less experienced user’. The Link-ages app allows an unlimited number of family members to link to each profile and communication can be facilitated in several different ways. The app offers a great alternative to apps such as Facebook and Whatsapp in that it offers a secure connection, privacy and comes without adverts. There are three apps in total. The Link-ages Hub is downloaded by the older member of the family, Link-ages Go is used by all the other members of the family that wish to communicate with the hub user and Link-ages Shadow app is used to remotely manage the Hub.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Paris Guy Launch - fun guided tours in Paris

New Paris guided tours in the 'City of Light' 
Last summer we were fortunate to review the Venice Food Tour with the tour company, The Roman Guy! I had never been on a food tour previously and it was marvellous! Enough food and drink to last us all day and a great way to discover hidden gems with the guidance of a Venetian tour guide. Pip and his little friend came along on the 3-hour tour, and although I was worried if the tour would be suitable for four year olds, they both had a lot of fun! Always having a big appetite, Pip was in his element as we travelled through Venice on foot, from venue to venue, sampling the best food and snacks the city offers. For Pip, the highlight of the tour was eating a double scooped ice-cream from one of the best Gelato parlours in the city! For the adults, the highlights were sampling delicious local delicacies and drink, being shown hidden corners of Venice, learning new and wonderful facts throughout the tour and it was a fun way to be shown undiscovered parts of the city!
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Friday, 9 March 2018

10 ways to lead a healthier life


We are well into 2018 now. One of my 18 goals for the year was to exercise more and live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve made small changes here and there and haven’t done too badly so far but when life gets busy (and cold!) I tend to do the easiest option rather than the healthiest. However, spring is around the corner, the season of rebirth and renewal and here’s a little reminder to myself of the things I need to do to lead a healthier life! I hope these tips are handy for you too!
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Monday, 5 March 2018

Chinese New Year in London


A couple of weeks ago we travelled up to London to watch the Chinese New Year celebrations! This was the first time I had seen them in London and I wasn't expecting such huge crowds! But it was worth the trip. The celebrations included a vibrant and colourful parade in central London; starting in Trafalgar Square, travelling along Charing Cross Road up past Leicester Square station, turning into Shaftesbury Avenue and eventually reaching China Town. There were also traditional ceremonies in China Town itself including the 'Lion dance' where dancers dressed as lions visit local businesses that have left lettuce and red envelopes hanging in their doorways. The lions perform a dance to the beat of a drum outside each shop and finally eat the lettuce and red envelope, before spitting the lettuce out over the crowd symbolising the spread of good luck and fortune! It was an amazing tradition to watch. Meanwhile in Trafalgar Square, dancers, musicians and performers entertained the crowds from the main stage. Although cold, it was a lovely day out! I'm sharing some photos of the event and have included some handy tips for travelling in the future.   
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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

5 Easy Ways To Save Money


One of my goals for the year is to be more mindful when it comes to saving money! There are huge benefits for putting a little aside each month and saving for a particular event, such as a holiday can be incredibly motivating. However, in our current economic climate with high living costs, saving can be difficult!

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

18 goals for 2018


I can’t believe we're half way through January already! I’ve been tagged by Lisa from Mummascribbles in her 18 goals for 2018 post. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions but at the same time I think the start of the year is a great time to reflect and think about what I really want out of life! I do like spontaneity but at the same time I'm more motivated if I have certain future goals to work towards. I wrote about looking back on 2017 and my general plans for 2018 and I've already made some small changes in my life. Here are my 18 goals for this year.
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Thursday, 4 January 2018

A New Year


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday. I barely logged into social media during Christmas and it was such a welcome break! I sometimes feel in the blogging world there is the tendency to be online all the time but it’s not necessary. It was lovely to barely open my laptop during the holidays and instead make the most of each day. I spent a lot of quality time with Pip, now having to get used to the school holiday system. I also spent a lot of time with friends and for the first time in many years I went out for New Year's Eve, yay!
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