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Monday, 20 October 2014

Our first Tropical Fish Tank.

Recently Morgan has been talking about having a pet, sadly this isn't really an option because we rent privately and our Landlord is very against pets. We would love a dog to complete our little family walks but unless we move house this won't be happening.

One thing we are allowed though are fish! Even though we can't take them on our country walks we've really been looking into having a good sized fish tank. We used to have goldfish but I would love a tropical tank. The fish are so much more interesting and pretty. I had tropical fish when I was a kid and I loved the little neon fish that zoomed around the tank.

With having a tropical fish tank they become slightly harder to look after than just gold fish. There has to be a good balance in the tank to keep the fish healthy. I also found the hard way as a kid that you really shouldn't over feed them!

It can be confusing setting up your first Tropical fish tank as there are so many things you have to consider. You need a heater to keep the water warm and a filter to keep it pure. It's best to shop at specialists like All Pond Solutions to make sure you are getting the correct items for you tank. Most of the time having a tropical fish tank is about looking after the water rather then the fish. Their environment has to be perfect for happy fish!

We are planning on buying the tank soon which means it's still going to be a while until we can actually buy the fish. You have to let the water settle for weeks so it is something you have to be prepared to wait for.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Secret Park! Shhhh!

We've spent a lot of our time at the park this past week. The weather still hasn't been terrible and there has only been a slight chill in the air. It's sunny right now as I'm typing and if Abby wasn't sleeping I would have packed her bag and headed out to enjoy the weather. I know it isn't going to last much longer and we won't be doing our evening strolls as much once the clocks change, so I'll be making the most of the light over the next week.

We've been at the park 3 times this week and whenever I ask the boys what they would like to do they always ask for "the secret park" it's always so quite there that they think we're the only ones that know of it! It's really cute as they sneak up to the ally way, making sure no one see's them disappear!

Rhys spends most of his time playing with the games that are painted on the floor. He has a brilliant imagination and could make a game out of anything.

Abby spents her time at the park trying to keep up with her brother, she is normally always running behind one of them!

Morgan never used to be adventurous however these days he likes to check whether I have any underlining heart conditions with the amount of climb he now does.

Ewan loves the swings, he would spend the whole time on them if I was there pushing him. He's a bit of a dare devil like Morgan and wants to no go as high as possible! He normally asks for Daddy-Ben to push him because he's better at it!

I love heading to the park with them, although I'm running around a lot I do love just stepping back and watching how they like to play. I'm hoping for a mild winter so we can continue to enjoy our hidden park!

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Friday, 17 October 2014

My Retro Business idea!

When I was a teen I always had a dream business that I would open up if I ever won the lottery. In the little town I live in, there really isn't anything for young teens to do. The nearest city and large town are both an hours bus journey away and I always thought my idea would be the perfect way to get out and socialise....

I always wanted to open up my own Roller Disco! As a kid I always loved my skates, although I may have had a few bumps and bruises from them, I just loved trying to go as fast as I could. The skate parks were never really any good as the paths weren't smooth and the streets were worse. Then one day I was watching some cheesy American movie and they headed to a Roller Disco and it looked so much fun.

Although it's still a distant dream, I still browse the Skate Hut looking at the pretty quad skates they have. Thanks to Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page, skating has become very popular again with their movie Whip It. Although I would love a Roller Disco, Roller Derby looks a little too dangerous, especially when you are as accident prone of me!

How fantastically retro are these awesome skates! It would have to have a retro theme the the whole place!

So I will keep playing my lottery numbers and if they come up, you all know what I'll be doing! Though I do have other plans too, but my own business would definitely be the way I would go!

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Throwback Thursday Blog Linky #2

Hey all,
Wow it's already been a week since the first Throwback Thursday Linky. I was amazed how many joined in, and I enjoyed reading everyone's posts! I hope you will all be joining in again this week!

I said that I would share my favourite posts from the week before and I didn't realise how hard that would actually be! I loved them all but I have to pick!

One of the posts that  I loved and I know my boys will love too, is this Ghostly Garland from A Mummas Time Out. It's perfect for this time of year and looks like such a great craft to get the kids involved!

Another post that I loved was this post all about whether your age defines your parenting ability from Loved by Mummy. When I had Morgan at 19, I certainly experienced some judgmental people and It can really knock a new Mum's confidence! Catriona's post is great at arguing why age doesn't always matter!

The rules are simple!
Find an old hidden gem that just didn't get the attention it deserved! It can be anything you like, recipes, fashion, your little one's update. Everything is welcome!
It just has to be over a month old!
Come and link it up here for everyone to have a read.
And lastly share the love, comment on a couple of other blog so that we can give them the attention they deserve!!

If you want to let them know how you found them you could use the #TBTL hashtag and I would love it if you could add the Throwback Thursday blog badge!
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I'll be commenting on everyone's post that is linked up and will also share the posts over on Twitter. The following week I will share a few of my favourite reads from the previous week.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Christmas List for a Toddler!

I'm sorry to all those that hate hearing about Christmas before November, but with four children I like to get an early start.

This week I've been shopping for Abby. Mainly because I know exactly what I want to get her. Just the past few weeks Abby has been loving helping me in the kitchen. I'll sit her on the floor with a pan or two and a wooden spoon and she's happy for ages. So with this in mind I've been browsing little wooden kitchens and I fell in love with the one pictures below.

 1, Viga Wooden Red Kitchen with Accessories This kitchen is amazingly cheap at just £24.99 I personally can't see the point in buying my 18 month old a £100 toy kitchen so this is perfect. It is aged 3 and upwards and with Abby being tall for her age I'm not worried it'll be to big.

2, Melissa & Doug Wooden Kitchen Accessory Set I love a few of Melissa and Doug wooden toys but I thought this little set was adorable. It also goes nicely with the kitchen. It was only £15.99, at just £10 less then the actual kitchen, I'm hoping like the other Melissa and Doug toys we have, it'll last!

Carousel Wooden Vegetable and Fruit Set
I love these little wooden chopping sets, we used to have some but sadly bits got lost during our last house move and the set just hasn't been the same.

4, Wooden Play Food Spreads I just love how cute these are! They would look adorable and at only £4 for two they don't hurt the bank!

Wooden Play Food Cutting Fruit Just like number 3 this set is from Bigjig Toys. I don't think a pretend kitchen could have enough of these sets and I know that Abby is going to love it!
So there's the majority of Abby's Christmas list. I just have a few more bits to buy and her Christmas shopping will be done.... Just three more kids to buy for!

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