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Bank Holiday Monday- Butterflies, Tapas & Tiredness

In a bid to save my sanity I created a plan for this holidays

So this Monday with that plan in mind we got up had breakfast and headed out the door for a trip to the zoo.20160530_113957.jpg

We set off to The Tropical Butterfly House and when we arrived the car park was already nearly full!

We thought it might be busy thus creating stress but when we got in I was surprised although it was busy its well spread out and there was plenty of room for everyone.

They have also introduced a new catering facility. which minimises “Hangery Stress”

There is so much more than butterflies here and in fact the park belongs to The British & Irish Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums (BIAZA)

The children really enjoyed the animals and asked about them!SAMSUNG CSC

They also enjoyed the Play area ūüėČ Well it cant just be about the animals can it!SAMSUNG CSC

The staff are friendly and the facilities are clean I would recommend it as a day out if you live near – We travelled around half an hour and will definitely come again!

Throughout the day there are different animal experience , From Meerkat feeding to a parrot displaySAMSUNG CSC
You can even pay extra for a VIP experience where you can get exclusive access to some of the animal enclosures.

Afterwards we decided to go to Meadowhall for dinner (It is a 20 min drive away)

We enjoyed a Spanish vibe at Tapas Revolution  Its great here most of the staff are Spanish its great for people like me who want to practice Spanish or learn a little.

We had a great Bank Holiday Monday What did you get up to?

I have not been rewarded for this post and all of the opinions are my own!

This week is BIAZA Love your zoo week What zoos have you been to in the holidays?

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Wish list Wednesday – June Wishlist ÔĽŅLinky Party

Oh my. How is it June already.

My wish list this week is the first of my Monthly Wish Lists

I will be posting them on the first Wednesday of every  Month.

On my monthly wish list will be the top 5 Items on my wish lists

So here is My Monthly Wish List for June

 

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HAMPSTEAD LEATHER SHOULDER BAG
£169.00

This leather bag is a tried and trusted staple. Roomy enough to carry everything that you need and with zipped pockets to keep your belongings safe it’s a bag you’ll turn to season after season. Crafted from the finest leather we could find it’ll age beautifully too

 

 

With BritMumsLive this month this handbag would be great to fit everything I need for the day.

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61f91qHB7mL._SL1024_ AFUNTA Aluminum Alloy Handheld video Camera Stabilizer

£20.99

360 degree flexible handle strip which can be rotated smoothly. avoid the impact from your hand shake.
Shoot smooth in tight spaces, on stairs, through crowds, in cars, walking, running, skating etc.

 

This would be a great asset to my vlogging kit

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download.png Portable Kettle Barbecue

£10.00

This bright purple portable barbecue comes ready to pack away and take with you on your travels. With a generous 900cm’2 cooking surface, its an outdoor essential that’s perfect for small spaces and cooking on the go.

I’m going to a WI camp In July but I’m trying to sort out things I need now This would be great for the camp to cook not only our meals but also toasting our marshmallows.

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BB3_main Budget Book
£8.99

Keeping track of your finances needn’t be a chore with our pretty Budget Book. Designed to help you keep an eye on those precious pennies, there are pages to note what money you have coming in and going out each month plus 12 card pockets to store each month’s receipts.

 

As I’m trying to become more organised in every part of my life I think this could be a life saver!

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Basket with handles, bamboo
£9

Collecting newspapers, toys, hats and gloves in baskets makes it easier to find what you need and keeps the room looking neat and uncluttered.

 

Sticking with the organising theme these cute baskets could be great in the pantry with ingredients for each nights meal in them!

 

That’s my June Wishlist?

What’s on yours?

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Surviving the Spring Holidays – Staycation

So today is the first day of our Half Term Holidays and while friends of mine are holidaying with Mickey ūüôĀ and fellow bloggers are talking about holidays¬†to my paradise Isle, I am at home.

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A staycation of sorts.

I have a few plans but they are not set in stone!

So here is what I need to do for less stress

  • Get lots of healthy snacks ready ¬†–¬†When the ‘mummmmmmyyyy im hunnnngery” whines start I will be ready!
  • Craft packs – When it inevitably starts raining I need to make sure I have activities on hand for the “I’m bored” moments
  • Meal Plan –¬†If I create a meal plan it will take the stress out of thinking up dinner ideas.
  • Grab & Go Basket – In here will be suncream, hats, Sunglasses and bottles of water.
  • Book a Sitter ¬†(Nanny) – So that I can have a little break of my own. Probably for ¬†a swim.
  • Outfits laid out – to take the stress out of mornings Im going to lay out each days outfit the night before.
  • Brief Plan of each day – So I said i have lots of ideas for the week and if i write down a plan for the week it means I’m going to actually do things and not think oh well not today.

Monday – Butterfly Zoo

Tuesday – Local Peppa Pig Event with picnic

Wednesday – Trip to the seaside

Thursday –¬†Camp Out In the Garden (Wether Permitting)

Friday –¬†Mummy’s swim day – SoftPlay / Park day

I will report back next week as to how my week went!

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Good luck all the mums out there heading towards half term stress.

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Wish List Wednesday – Fathers Day Gifts Part Two

Following on from last week’s post¬†Today Is part two of my fathers day gift ideas.

BREEZY BEDS
COMFORTABLE SEATING ANYWHERE!
£49.95
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No pumps, motors or ginormous lungs are needed to blow up this bed, just hold it open and let mother nature do all the hard work for you.

 

 

 

 


ERASABLE MEMO PAD WITH 4 PORT USB
NOW YOU SEE IT…
£9.95

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Combining two useful features, the Erasable Memo Pad is sure to be the business man’s best friend (no, really)! Not only does it provide a more eco-friendly way of taking notes (you won’t be killing as many trees), but it also offers 4 extra USB ports for your computer or laptop.

Once you’ve filled up the pad with notes and used it to your heart‚Äôs content, just use the slider to magically erase what you’ve written and you‚Äôre ready to scribble again and again.

Please note that this is not in any way synced with your computer and will not store notes onto your device.

 

Ultimate Geek Pen
£6.99

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Features:

Ballpoint pen with 5 separate functions
Contains a UV light at its head to detect counterfeiting
Laser pointer for use in presentations
Flashlight on a flexible rod for illumination
Stylus tip for digital touchscreens, twist the nib to use the ballpoint tip for writing
Batteries included

 
Book of Tools
£6.99

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Contents:

2 carbon steel flat head screwdrivers
2 carbon steel cross head screwdrivers
4 1/4″ carbon steel sockets (5-8mm)
3x carbon steel flat head bits
2x carbon steel cross head bits
1x carbon steel ratchet with rubberised handle

 

Nanodots Magnetic Constructors Silver – 125 Dots
£17.99

03197_-1_nanodots_lifestyleMake some serious shapes with the Nanodot Magnets. These small balls of magnetic force can be constructed to make any shape your imagination can conjure. Officially the world’s strongest magnets, the Nanodots will stick to each other like glue, you will feel the pull if you try to keep them apart!

WARNING: This product contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious or fatal injury. Seek immediate medical attention if magnets are swallowed or inhaled. Nanodots are not intended for children. Nanodots are recommended for Ages 14+


Retro Geek

 

RETRO GAMES CONTROLLER
RETRO GAMES ON A BIG SCREEN 
£12.95

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Remember those games you used to spend hours after school playing? Well now you can play them all again with the amazing Retro Games Controller.

This tiny handheld controller looks like it has come straight from the 80’s with its classic joystick and A, B controls. Plug it into your telly and see your favourite childhood games come to life on the big screen! This ultra-portable device is your key to memory lane and is sure to provide hours of fun for everyone involved. Simply plug the Retro Games Controller into your modern TV and choose from a plethora of 200 classic games including shooting, arcade, puzzle and sport based fun.

 
Lomography Instant Sanremo Camera – Brown
£107.99

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The Lomography Instant Sanremo Camera is the versatile, dedicated companion camera for your travels, offering you vintage-style, credit card sized photos in a matter a seconds to share with friends, family and adorn your home with fond memories.

Shooting Fujifilm Instax Mini Film and battery powered, the Instant Sanremo comes with a versatile built-in 27mm wide-angle lens, a ‚ÄėB‚Äô bulb setting for taking shots with longer exposures, and three shooting modes for perfectly capturing every moment. Four colour gels slip over the flash to allow you to experiment with different photographic tones and provide an artistic edge to your shots, and the Instant Sanremo is the only modern instant snapshot camera that allows you to shoot unlimited multiple exposures, meaning you can combine numerous shots on one frame for breathtaking effects. ‚Äď L.R.


Ready For a Cuppa?

A collection of Mugs available to buy for fathers day.

Starting at £3.99

 

 


 Star Wars Fans

Star Wars The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Vehicle
£44.99

 

 

 

Other Star wars gifts Available from £4.49


 

That’s all for my fathers day gifts & wish list

Don’t forget fathers day is Sunday 19th June!

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Loneliness as a parent. Making Friends  

You know that feeling of being lonely in a room full of people.

Yeh that.

I am currently sat in soft play with my children happily off making friends.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve a great group of friends. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the inhabitation’s of a child again. And go off exploring & making friends.

I’m mostly fine taking my children to places on my own, ¬†But sometimes just sometimes I need another adult human to talk to.

Someone who isn’t going to demand juice and need me to take them to the toilet.

My friends have helped me through some tough times and Im hope I have them!

I’m sure there¬†will be more tough¬†times in our lives too but at least we will have each other for support.

 

How do mummies / Daddies make friends?

Well i met mine through a Sure Start centre – I joined every session especially the craft sessions.

One craft group turned more into a kind of therapy session I ended up bonding with a couple of other mummies who are now two of my best friends!

We eventually introduced our husbands who also now are good friends.

We often spend time together as a group!

  • Look up baby/ toddler groups

Get out there you could try a story session at a library, a baby group at your local church or local toddler coffee mornings –

When you have found them

  • Get out there.

Your not going to meet anyone sat at home! You need to take those first steps. I know how hard it is to get out of the door with a little one, I have twins but it helped me to have somewhere to go.

Well done you have taken your first step.

  • Strike up a conversation or join one thats already happening if its not too personal and is relevant.

So you get there and there are several parents milling around you put your little one down to play and grab your cuppa, there are a couple of ladies talking about how their little one woke them,   did you have a bad night too?  Could you offer advise or just be a listening ear?

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  • School age children? – Check out school coffee mornings ¬†Again you need to strike up a conversation What about asking a little more about the summer fair, The school trip, anything that is relevant to you and your child!

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  • Volunteer – Often there are openings for volunteers on Parent Fundraising Groups so while the children are at school you could even run the coffee mornings!
  • There are sites out there that you can connect with other parents. In forums and chat rooms – Please remember safety first when connecting with people online Here are a couple I know about :

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I hope you have found these tips useful.

Now what are you waiting for?

Get out there it could be one of the best things you do!

 

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Thanks Gals for supporting me through some tough times!

Love ya! x

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