Thursday, 17 April 2014

Dream Holiday*

When I was little I remember my Grandma coming back from a cruise and showing us her amazing photos, ever since then I've always wanted to go on one. She went for a beautiful cruise to see the northern lights as it had been one of her dreams, she was so pleased and amazed at how beautiful it was.

On Fred Olsen, the Cruise deals in 2014 are amazing value. With so many choices of location there is sure to be something for everyone.

I love boats, my first holiday aboard was my first experience of a ferry, sure it's no where near as grand as a ship. But I loved how it was like a little town all neatly packed together. I loved going up on deck and watching the water, there was something very calming about it.

 Ben and I have always said for our honeymoon we're going to have a cruise around Europe. Nothing says romance like Europe and if I'm getting a holiday away from the children I want some relaxing as well as seeing the sights. Italy would be my ideal location. There is so much history and culture to see and how amazing would it be visiting Venice. Fred Olsen even offer the perfect tour which stops in Spain, Croatia, Greece, Gibraltar, Italy, and Malta. So many amazing places to get a taste of.


Cruises are perfect for those who want to travel the world. With so many stops at so many amazing places it's a great way to view so much in a shorter time. When retired, I can see when Ben and I being the couple that go cruising. I already have such a long list of places I want to see. It would be lovely spending a day sight seeing then heading back to the ship for cocktails in the evening!

Where is your dream destination?

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*This post contains a sponsored link however all words are my own

Life lately

I'm sorry I've been a little MIA lately. Last Friday I had surgery to have my very compacted wisdom teeth removed. In total I had 6 teeth removed and my mouth and whole face have been in terrible pain since. My bottom wisdom teeth had come in completely sidewards meaning they were growing into the teeth in front. They they had to go with the wisdom teeth and they weren't any good anymore anyway because the wisdom teeth had completely crushed their roots. It's been a week of tasteless soup and mash potato. I'm finally getting to a point where I am able to open my mouth more as the swelling is finally going down. So I'm starting to eat a little more. Even though I've been in a lot of pain from the removal the pain is still so much better than the pain the pressure the wisdom teeth used to cause. The head aches have already also disappeared so really it's great. I can't wait to be able to eat steak again! 

I've spent most of my week at my mums, the kiddies love it at Nannys and it's almost meant I've been able to heal nicely because like most Mums she takes over. What would we do without our Mums! Morgan is on a strict no trampoline ban while we are there, last thing we need is him hurting his arm more! I've seen him try and sneak on still! 

I did have so much planned this holiday however health is hasn't been permitting. We did get a lovely day out yesterday though! My brother likes to take the children out rather than buy Easter eggs that don't get eaten. So this year we headed for a day at Rand farm. I'm going to post all about it in the next few days as it was an amazing day and I have so many lovely photos to share! 

Today we heading to Nannys again however it's for a fun Easter Egg hunt. I do this every year for my kids and my nephews however they are going on holiday with their Grandparents this weekend so this is the last chance to be able to do it. 

Abby has been getting better at walking, she'll walking a couple of steps between things without holding on but she hasn't dared try anything longer. She has a new favourite thing to do which is to spin around on her bum. She isn't very fast but she'll just go around for ages. 

Those who have children starting school in September will have known we were able to collect their school places yesterday. I'm really pleased that Ewan and Rhys got their first choice which is probably because they have a sibling at the school. I kinda already knew they had it as the head had shown them around when we were there for Morgans parents evening but it's nice to have it in writing. I can't believe come September I'll have 3 in school, I'm going to miss them so much! We are hardly ever away from each other. I feel sad that they are growing so fast! I think they'll love it though! 

Anyway I have so much to prepare for today so I'll leave it there for today. 

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Places to visit in Lincolnshire for Children! #01 Seaside Towns/villages

After living in a little town called Louth for nearly 14 years now, I've come to know the area pretty well. Especially when it comes to activities for children.

We're very lucky to have a huge range of activities from petting farms to beaches, so this will be a start of a little series here on the blog. Today I'm going to start with my favourite Lincolnshire seaside towns/villages.

First to get a mention has to be one of the best known for our area. Skegness. This is one of the busiest seaside towns in high season, but it is also one with the most going on. Skegness is perfect for all ages even adults with plenty of nightlife. It also has a lovely beach and pier with plenty of arcades to keep you busy.

Just last summer we spent the day enjoying everything Skegness had to offer. We started off with going to The Pier. It's also where we spent a lot of time when we headed there for Ben's birthday in March. This is one of the best arcades around with bowling and laser tag all in one place.

We also spent a few hours on the beach building sand castles. There is also a lovely little beach train which is perfect if you have train obsessed boys like me. There is also mini golf, and a soft play area all close to the sea front.

Billy Butlins opened the first holiday camp in Skegness back in 1936 and still to this day Butlins is going strong. I grew up going on holiday to Butlins and it is by far some of the happiest holiday memories I have. I've also started taking the children as I want them to have the same memories I have.

Another fairly busy seaside town is Cleethorpes. I love Cleethorpes, it's smaller than Skegness but has a lovely little beach where you can sit back watching the boats heading into port at Grimsby. There is also a small selection of arcades. This is one of my favourite places to take the children because there is everything you need for a great day at the beach all nicely tucked together.

Another of my favourite places in Cleethorpes is the miniature railway. It is perfect for a little ride with the children. The journey takes you through a little park where you can also play in the sandpit near the boating lake.

If the tide is out and you don't want to walk a mile for a paddle in the sea you can always have a paddle in the padding pool that is located in the same park as the sandpit and boating lake.

If you are looking for something for older children Pleasure Island is great with a range of rides.
Next we have Mablethorpe, this is a seaside town that time forgot. My favourite part of Mablethorpe has got to be their paddling pool. This is a big hit with the children and there has been days that have been spent the entire time splashing in the pool. I'll worn you though, it's best to get there early as it gets pretty busy on hot days!

If you are looking for just a nice beach to get away to without the craziness of everything else that normally comes with it, then I'll share my secret beach with you. Okay, okay it's not a secret cos heck it still gets pretty busy but the little beach at Anderby Creek is just perfect. With just one quiet little shop near the beach it's the perfect place to get away and soak up the sun.

Lastly if you are ever in Lincolnshire off season around November time then a trip to Donna Nook should be first on the list. This is the time of year that Mummy seals come to the beach the have their pups and they are adorable! There is a fenced off walk way so you don't get too close to the seals but you get a good view and my boys have loved it every year!

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

My Sunday photo

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Guest post: Six Times Table Homework Help

Amy has kindly invited me to write a guest post for her blog.  As I am relatively new to the 
world of blogging, this will be the first guest post I have done. I like to write about helping children to find more interesting and fun ways to learn about the world around them.  After finding that my six year old son sometimes struggles with being motivated to do his homework, I have been trying out different ways to get him to be more willing to complete it.  Today we have been thinking more about the six times table.

Six Times Table Homework Help

My son finds some parts of the six times table 'easy' and other parts a lot more difficult. I think that it is best to start with what he does know first to build his confidence.  As he is six years old, we decided that we would think of a different way to look at his six times table.  He loves using my camera to take photographs of anything and everything, cutting, gluing as well as pretending to be a spy!  With all of these interests in mind, we decided to go on a spying mission to find 'sixes' around the house.  Armed with my camera, we searched our home for items that were in groups of six.  Our aim was to find ten lots of six items.  He enthusiastically ran around the house trying to find sets of six things.

Once we had collected the photographs that we needed, my son and I discussed how we would present these to help to work out the facts in the six times table.  After uploading the photographs onto the computer, I showed my son how to use the 'Insert Picture' function using the Microsoft Word toolbar.  He was already aware of how to do this so I asked him to change the shape as well as the size of the pictures to enable us to use them creatively later.  He was unsure how to change the shape so I showed him what to do.  Deciding upon using hexagons, he had fun re-sizing and moving the photographs around on the page.

We printed them, ready for cutting out and gluing onto a sheet of A3 paper.  It was decided that we would arrange them into the shape of the number six.  As we cut them out, I asked him how to find two times six using the groups of six.  He placed two photographs together and explained that he had put the first group of six into his head and counted on six more.  I asked if he knew what four lots of six were using the answer he had just found for two times six.  We discussed using doubling and checking answers by finding the total number of items in four of the photographs and then adding.  My daughter even helped out by practicing her cutting skills as well as counting aloud with us.

Arranging, cutting and sticking the photographs to make a '6' shape was done quite quickly, with all three of us taking part.  I wrote some six times tables number sentences on the sheet for my son to answer and  to check using the photographs.  For this particular activity, I think that it was important that my son made decisions about how he would present the photographs as it gave him more control over the activity.  He was able to do it in a way that he would remember as well as to give him ownership over his work, as opposed to being told what to do and following the instructions without thinking too deeply.

Another day, we will continue the activity by writing them differently, for example, 6 x ? = 36 or ? x 7 = 42 to further his thinking.  We will also include six multiplied by eleven and twelve. If we did this again, we could use one photograph several times so that the items are all the same. For example, we could use twelve identical photographs of six stars, to help my son to visualise the facts more easily.

My son really enjoyed doing this activity.  He told me that he liked that he had familiar things on his sheet to help him to think more about some of the trickier six times table facts.  Although this was aimed more towards furthering my son's learning, my daughter was very excited about counting as well as taking photographs.  She asked if she could have a go.  As she is two years old, she started looking for items in 'lots of two' around the house.  She found her two hands, her two socks drying on the radiator, her two toy cars and took a photographs, her favourite being her two feet!  I think that this activity could be used to support all the times tables facts up to the twelve times table as well as helping little ones to think about counting.  

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Winners!

A few weeks ago, Debs from Superbusymum and I kicked off an amazing ten days of giveaways to celebrate our first year blog birthdays! It was so much fun to throw for you all and we got so many people entering - so thank you to each and everyone of you popped along to wish our blogs a Happy birthday and to enter our fabulous competitions. 

So, without further a-do....we're going to announce...
Winner of the Sugar & crumbs goodie bag is....Lani Mse Nash 

The winner of the elephant & kite Daisy Roots is....Laura Freeman 

The lucky winner of the Inkthistle package is....Jennifer Rhymer 

Winner of the Coverall Bib from Close Parent is....Julie Roo M

Winner of the 3 in 1 Plus Plus kit is....Melanie Clarke 

Winner of the puzzle & game package from Orchard Toys is....Alice Megan

The very lucky winner of the  Easter Tutu from Teeny Weeny Tutus is....Robyn Logan 

Winner of a Raggtagg Pixie character hoody is....Laura Pritchard 

The winner of a chocolate Magic-bed is....Kay Lou Smith 

Finally the the winner of the fabulous Quick Smart Stroller is....Rachel Rae Butler 

MASSIVE congratulations to each & every one of you, and keep an eye on your in boxes as a winners email will be dropping by this evening.

Also a huge thanks to everyone who took a few moments out to enter in these giveaways, giveaways aren't made great without people who aren't 'in it to win it'.

Congratulations again to the winners!!

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Giveaway! Ladies Scarves from Scarf World!

If you read my previous post you would have seen that Scarf World has sent me some lovely products for you my readers to win. You can also find the review I wrote on a scarf I was sent here..

Anyway the two scarves we have up for grabs are these two beautiful, spring/summer style scarves. 

In two different colours you should be able to complete a number of different looks. 

The first one I choose for my readers was this lovely pink and cream scarf. I thin the pattern is just gorgeous and I thought it would appeal to most.

What Scarf World has to say...
Feel like a new woman wearing this striking piece of art! Wear this picturesque woodland, thriving with fluttering birds everywhere you go. This beautiful bird scarf looks best draped around your neck with high-waisted jeans and a oversized cardigan
Next we have this gorgeous blue scarf with white trim. I have to admit I was so torn when picking one for myself. I love this one and I can see myself heading off to buy myself one. I think I'm going to have a huge collection of scarves pretty soon! 

What Scarf World has to say... 
If you’re into plain designs with a funky edge then this stunning blue crinkle scarf is made for you. The subtle blue colour will brighten up your everyday outfits and the gorgeous lace trimming will give it a beautiful elegant finish. 
To be in with a chance of winning simply fill out the rafflecopter below!
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