Collaborations, Travel, Travel with Twins

Lanzarote – Our second home.

Normally at this time of year, as well as planning Christmas and birthdays we, as a family are normally planning our yearly new year trip to what feels like our second home. That being what we call our “paradise Isle” Lanzarote.

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I was asked by Holiday Gems to talk about Lanzarote. I, of course, jumped at the chance. In fact, it’s fired up my love of the island again and so you may see a couple of Lanzarote posts cropping up. One next week about our love for the Festive season over on the Island.

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Anyone that knows us will know what this place means to us even going as far as to gatecrash our friends holiday to offer to be their tour guide on “our island”

We love all that Lanzarote has to offer.

  • It’s family friendly
  • The warmth & sunshine.
  • Friends we have made over there.
  • Delicious food in some amazing restaurants.
  • Just the whole relaxed feel of the island.

Our first visit to Lanzarote was back in 2010 back then it was just my self and hubby, we called it our honeymoon even though it was nearly a year after we had got married.

I got so emotional on that trip. The landscape was so dramatic. The history of the island really got under my skin.

We spent a lot of our holiday looking at show homes and planning how we would move there and what we could do to earn money when we got there.

Forward to December 2012 and we were parents to a set of nearly one-year-old twins.

We decided it was time to go back and visit the island we fell in love with on our honeymoon.

Lanzarote is great for family’s as well as couples. We had an amazing week again. Since then we have gone back every year sometimes up to 4 times a year!

We have stayed in some amazing resorts & Towns

Playa Blanca / Marina Rubicon

This is located in the south of the island, here you will find amazing beaches like Papagayo – where we are yet to go! But our friends who live on Lanzarote tell us that it’s amazing. Also in Playa Blanca is a beautiful marina, with a shopping centre that keeps improving each year we have been. There is a market at the marina twice a week. Where you can find lots of bargains but be careful of the “fakes”. Playa Blanca hosts one of the islands water parks and lots of amazing restaurants. The last time we were there, there was a lovely little Waffle House on the corner of the main shopping street.

Puerto Del Carmen / Matagorda

Here is one of the busier resorts. Though it still feels a great place for our family.

There is a shopping centre, The Biosphere Centre, with a range of shops and plenty of places to eat after all that shopping. If you find yourself at the Biosphere after dark there is the RoofTop Cinema & 6d cinema experience or the new crazy golf area.

Along what is called the strip are an abundance of restaurants and shops. One of the eating places is run by The sister of a friend of mine who lives on the island. Here you can watch the football, or join in with the entertainment they have on that evening.

Another favourite place we like to eat is in the old town of Puerto del Carmen. The restaurant we normally opt for is La Serena. Opposite is a play park that is gated, so safe to let the kids on to play while in a morning you enjoy a coffee, or in the evening a glass of wine or a cerveza (beer)

In Puerto del Carmen there is lots of beach to make use of, whether that for sunbathing or castle building.

There are other resorts on the island that we have visited but not yet stayed. Like Costa Teguise and Puerto Calero.

We have however stayed in a couple of the more local towns like Tias & Playa Honda.

We love to stay in these towns and act like we are one of the locals, though I’m sure we stick out as tourists like a sore thumb.

Around the island, there are many places to visit like the volcano -Timanfaya and bus tour, The caves made by the lava that flowed when one of the volcanoes erupted around 4000 years ago and The home of the islands famous artist Cesar Manrique. To name a few.

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One thing our kid’s love, is to try out new play parks. I once joked we were travelling the island one play park at a time.

As the island is such a family friendly place there are play parks dotted around in most places.

A typical day for us when we are there starts with a trip to the cafe, then head to the play park with our take-out coffee, juice and a sandwich or croissant with ham & cheese. And usually ends with a cuppa and a cake at a cafe with a play park.

I could talk about “our island” all day so if you’re planning a trip there and want to ask me anything drop in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.

Next year we are planning to take a couple of trips to Lanzarote to introduce our newest twins to our second home.

Recently I have found Holiday Gems a travel service that can help you to find your perfect holiday.

They asked me to collaborate with them on this post to let you know about them and about my family’s favourite place to make memories.

I’m going to head off to their site now and check out the great deals they have for our next Lanzarote Holiday.

look out for more Lanzarote posts coming up in the future.

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Nina x

Thank you, Holiday Gems for collaborating with me on this post.

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Christmas

It’ll be Lonely this Christmas.

In the news last week was an article that made me shed a tear or two.

It’s something that really pulls at my heart.

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It’s being lonely. It’s an awful feeling to be alone. At Christmas time it can be even worse. It can bring back memories of family members long gone, feelings of sadness that you no longer have that magic during the festive season.

The report says almost one million older people will be alone this Christmas.

I really hope that when I get to old age my family will still be around and will never let me feel lonely.

What can we do to help??

  • Volunteer to become a befriender with a charity like age.
  • Keep an eye out for elderly neighbours – Drop them some mince pies in on Xmas eve, or offer to pick up some shopping.
  • Say hello to someone in the street, ask how they are and listen to their response.
  • Make an extra meal and take it to someone you know are on their own.
  • Offer to do some household jobs like changing a bulb, or taking out the bin on bin day.
  • At this time of year why not offer to put up some decorations and take them down again at the end of the festive period.
  • Wrap them up a gift. A hamper could be a good idea if you don’t know them very well.

Whatever you do to help will not only benefit them but helping others can contribute to your own sense of wellbeing!

I’m personally going to wrap a couple of hampers for local people and deliver them with the kids.

I want to show them that it’s important not to forget people especially at this time of year.

 

Nina x

Places to volunteer

Age UK

Contact The Elderly 

Royal Voluntary Service 

 

 

Grateful Sunday

Grateful Sunday #6

Welcome to week 6 of my weekly list of things I am grateful for or that are making me happy this week!

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

This week December has come which means there are loads to be grateful for the lights, the excitement of the children, the shopping and loads more.

Here are a few of my grateful moments this week.


My List for Sunday 3rd December 2017

  • A quiet day planning for exciting things in 2018
  • My dad fetching my Christmas Tree
  • I managed through the night feed & during the morning school run chaos on my own!
  • My Step Son coming over to help decorate the tree.
  • Our brilliant Dr for fitting little Miss J in for an appointment to give her the once over -No Chest infection Just a cold!
  • Family friends for getting Little Miss J & little Mister M their first tree ornament.
  • An hour just for me to get my eyebrows & lip waxed (Yep lip I’ve reached an age where it needs doing people) along with a massage & a sneaky coffee
  • A voucher for the above received from friends for my birthday but wasn’t able to use until now!
  • Volunteers from the lovely Chesterfield Canal Trust for giving up their time to run trips – We had a lovely time on the Santa trip. We even got to steer the boat!

 

The Chesterfield Canal runs for 46 miles. It is known as the most varied and beautiful waterways in England.

The canal runs through Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire & Derbyshire.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust is run entirely by volunteers and they have restored 12 miles of the canal, including 37 locks, 11 bridges and developed two marinas.

To find out more including the various trips along the canal head over to their website. 

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

This post has not been sponsored all opinions are my own

I just have a keen interest in boats and the canal!

Insta Round Up

November insta round up.

I joined Instagram years ago under a different account. When I opened my blog, however, I deceived to run an Instagram feed alongside it. I love to look back at what’s happened on my feed over the last month.

This month has also seen me change my Instagram name. We used this name a long time ago. And have decided in that in 2018 I will be knuckling down to try and make this blogging & social media my career.

So look out for changes coming.

I like Instagram it a great platform for microblogging.

Here is a round-up of my posts in case you missed them. Also a list of people I recommend you follow this month. If you’re not a follower And you think you like my posts head on over and give me a follow.

The Best 

 

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We got to see the Coca-Cola lorry and had this photo taken. Its the first one we have of us as a family of 7

 

 

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I put out a plea to see if anyone could either make me one of these. Thanks to one of my friends’ husbands (who is Spanish) I think I may have one coming for Three Kings Day. 

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I finally hit 600 followers in November! I’m hoping to hit 1000 by the start of 2018 but I think it’s a long way off really! 

 

 

The Rest

 

 

Who I’m Loving this Month

 

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Brummy Mummy Of 2, I’ve followed Emma on YouTube for a couple of years and on Instagram for ages. She makes me laugh, makes me cry and make me feel like I’m not alone in this parenting minefield. She is really down to earth. If your a mum Brummy Mummy is a must follow.
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Mummy Daddy Me, Katie’s feed is inspiring her photographs are amazing. She and her family seem to spend a lot of time visiting new places. When she posts them on Instagram I often add it to my places to visit bucket list!

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to head on over and give these great Instagramers a follow!

Nina x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grateful Sunday

Grateful Sunday #5

Welcome to week 4 of my weekly list of things I am grateful for or that are making me happy this week!

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!


My List for Sunday 26th November 2017

  • An uplifting post that one of my friends tagged me in
  • 10% discount night at the local Coffee Shop/Gift Shop – Ideal for Xmas gifts!
  • My Mum looking after the Baby Twins while I went to Lincoln Xmas shopping.
  • A bra fitting at M&S & new Bras!
  • Made a big dent in my Xmas gift list!
  • The chance to have a nice Whirlpool bath at the inlaws for the first time – I’ve been wanting to try out this new bath since they had it fitted in June last. Being pregnant though I couldn’t use the jets. It really soothed my back!
  • I’m actually feeling more and more normal as the days go on!
  • The babies this week have started sleeping that bit longer at night.
  • Cinema Date with big kids and My friend & her son.
  • A cuppa brought to me while I edit blogs in bed!
  • Micheal McIntyre Back on the TV. I know it started last week but I missed it due to sleep being more important.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

 

Grateful Sunday

Grateful Sunday #4

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

My List for Sunday 19th November 2017

  • Mindfulness Course Started at Sure Start With Free Creche
  • Clean Sheet Night
  • Filled all 3 rings on I watch for the first time in ages
  • NHS – & no one being in the waiting room when I got to A&E
  • Feeling better about how to manage gallstones and flare-ups!
  • Felt better and managed to get to WI
  • Time to spend with big kids at a school Trip
  • A hot bath after being at a Freezing cold school trip
  • Hit 600 Subscribers on Instagram –
  • Hubby Home from work travels
  • Made a start on some video prep for relaunching my youtube channel

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

Grateful Sunday

Grateful Sunday #3

I’ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

My List for Sunday 12th November 2017

  • I’ve reserved our real Christmas tree!
  • Saw a friend in the street. We haven’t spoken for months. We had a hug & a Cry It was lovely to see her.
  • The twins had a hip scan at Jessops. Both were fine. M has now been discharged.
  • Xmas Radio, Me & the big kids managed a dance at breakfast time in the kitchen to Xmas tunes.
  • Cuppa with friends.
  • Me time – I had my hair done at the hairdressers.
  • Living next door to Grandma, Shes a great help.
  • Cinema date with big twins & Hubby to see Paddington. While nanny Sue had Little two.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below with what your grateful for this week.

See you all next week.

Nina x

Grateful Sunday

Grateful Sunday #2

I”ve decided to start a daily gratitude list.

I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

My List for Sunday 5th November 2017

  • I’ve been discharged from Jessops
  • My appointment to discuss gallbladder has arrived.
  • Lunch with the hubby.
  • A great neighbourhood to take the kids trick or treating in.
  • A nice hot bath.
  • Discharged from breast clinic after a follow-up appointment for a lump that flared up during pregnancy.
  • A day spent online Xmas shopping & snuggling with my babies.
  • Grandmas cooking and baking. (Pork roast dinner with plum crumble to follow.)
  • A great evening spent with family playing retro games and waving sparklers.

Nina x

Insta Round Up

October insta round up.

I joined Instagram years ago under a different account. When I opened my blog, however, I deceived to run an Instagram feed alongside it. I love to look back at what’s happened on my feed over the last month.

I like Instagram it a great platform for microblogging.

Here is a round-up of my posts in case you missed them. Also a list of people I recommend you follow this month. If you’re not a follower And you think you like my posts head on over and give me a follow.

The Best 

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The first photo of me and hubby with our new twins a few hours after waking from my operation!

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The first day I was left alone with the little twins. They gave me an unsettled afternoon! I was so tired and they just wouldn’t stop crying! I ended up picking them both up!
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Everyone seems to have done the pumpkin patches this year. I jumped on it too!
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I love this Magazine. Its a shame its only once a season!
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I love this photo! The dress I wasn’t sure about but after posting this picture I had so many lovely comments I now feel fab in it!

The Rest

Who I’m Loving this Month

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Jules Furness
I’ve followed this lady for ages she is such a down to earth person. I love her feed it’s honest yet stylish. go check her out!
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Amber @ Meet The Wildes 
This lady is such an inspiration her photos are amazing She like me has two sets of twins but hers are much closer in age! Again her posts are very real!
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Stephanie Stephaniemartinez84 lady gave me hope and encouragement through one of the toughest things I’ve ever done!  She posts anything from health to her kids, to knitting and nails!
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I love Rachel’s feed Shes witty, and true! She is one of the twin mums I follow.  

 

Don’t forget to head on over and give these great Instagramers a follow!

Nina x

Grateful Sunday, Uncategorized

Grateful Sunday!

This week I decided to start a daily gratitude list.

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I have done it before both on my own and as a family – We would send our list to each other (Myself Hubby & Stepson) via our family messenger group! It really helped especially when hubby worked away and with stepson only being here at weekends anyway!

Gratitude lists or journals can really benefit your mental health. They help you focus on the good things of the day, give you 5 – 10 minutes of calm, and when you’re having a bad day you can look back and see all the good things you have written in the past!

To keep me accountable for writing out my list I will post a few of the top things I’ve been grateful for each week!

My List for Sunday 29th October 2017 

  • Being half term I have been able to spend some quality time with the big Twins 
  • My New cord dress ( I think it may become my fave outfit!)
  • Great friends that live nearby
  • My Mum (AKA Nanny Sue) Giving me a break from the midnight feed so I could catch up on sleep. I think she may feature a lot in these lists! 
  • My Hubby for being home when he can
  • Our garden – Hubby Pushed himself over the summer to create an amazing space for our family 
  • Family cinema Night – We watched Polar Express, I made hot Chocolate, & We had popcorn

Nina x