Restore

Hey readers,

My word or the week is:

as it is the return school and the non stop letters and now double the amount of letters I recieve as I have two kids that go to school now.

Of course I had to mention Halloween. We decorated the home and looks awesome. Both boys went to a Halloween party and loved every minute of it especially when they had to try and eat a donut hanging up. They got suited and booted as well with their outfits – a witch and a Skelton. There was a disco and my eldest has really gotten into recently dancing so definately in his element with that.

I am loving the early dark nights. I just feel more relaxed maybe becuase there is less people knocking around haha. I was also impressed with how well the boys managed with the clocks going back.

Cheers for Reading X

Wentworth wooden jigsaw review

Hey readers,

In today’s post I give you a review of the lovely handmade micro puzzles from Wentworth. The jigsaws are individually cut from wooden boards and come from a forest that is managed on a sustainable basis.

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To celebrate  #NationalJigsawDay Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, have launched a competition to find the golden puzzle pieces. Order any 40-piece micro puzzle from 2nd to 4thNovember 2018 and if your puzzle contains 1 of 3 golden pieces you’ll WIN over £400 of jigsaws for a year! What’s not to puzzle out?! PLUS–order any puzzle between 2nd – 4th November 2018 & receive 10% off of your order.

Wentworth provide a variety of different jigsaws for you to enjoy and play. They are a UK company are based in Wiltshire. The company use British material and craftermanship so you are getting the best service for the product.  You can pick from a selection of themes or if you feel adventurous design your own personalised jigsaw to make it even more interesting. Each jigsaw piece is thought out by a team of jigsaw specialists and thoroughly planned to make exceptional quality. The jigsaw pieces are of high quality meaning that the jigsaws will last for years to come, so there will be plenty of enjoyment out of them for all involved. Wentworth wooden jigsaws are at the frontier of cutting-edge jigsaw technology.

There are beginnings jigsaws for young children right up to older people love a good old jigsaw to amuse themselves with. It is a great way to bond and relax. It also challenges you to think and plan out beforehand making jigsaws brilliant brain exercises.

Cat Selfie – National jigsaw day puzzle. 

This puzzle is a Christmas theme with cats having a cheeky selfie. It consists of 40 pieces and would make an excellent Christmas stocking filler.

Me and my eldest loved working together to fit the pieces and he loved that some pieces were shaped with letters.

The jigsaw pieces and quality are really well made and overall I cannot nock it.

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Festive Bookshelf – National jigsaw day puzzle. 

Again this festival bookshelf jigsaw is a micro jigsaw puzzle which contains 40 pieces. The picture is Christmassy and is a picture of a Christmas book shelf.

Unlike the first one the picture it is a bit more difficult and you need good lightening to see (which at the time I didn’t have so that probably would of helped me a greatly to see the picture better). However, I enjoyed the challenge of completing it more than the cat one as it was more complex with finding the correct detail to go together. If you like something that tests you then this one would be for you.

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I love the idea of the different style pieces with letters and slanted sides which made a refreshing change from say an original type of jigsaw. It gave an extra element of difficult which as I say before I really enjoy.

Cheers for reading X

This is an advertisement feature . Both jigsaws were sent to me for free in exchange for a review. Allopinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review of Birmingham National Sea Life Centre

Hey readers,

Last week I and the family went to visit the sea life centre in Birmingham. If you haven’t ever been to the sea life centre they showcase a variety of different sea life creatures for you to go and see them in their natural habitat.

The types of sea life available to look at.

At the start of the centre you could see the penguins playing, squabbling, and swimming that type of thing.

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There is a section for octopus and you can see the way they transform into the spaces and sometimes got to see their long tentacles.

There is also seahorses which are really elegant and very beautiful to watch.

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The centre have the option for children to touch a star fish. This is a great experience for children to interact with fish. A child can feel what a fish feels like and work out the different textures on their fingers.

There is a massive fish display at the beginning like an upward tank that hols different fish swimming around.

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There are rays in a big area further along that swim a big area and the glass is clear so you can watch them swim about.

We really enjoyed seeing the different types of jelly fish and you even got to change get to change the lighting in the tank by a touch screen which I thought was rather cool.

One of the big features is the 360c transparent tunnel where you can walk under the fish and see them go around you. You can walk on the glass floor while the big sea turtle and sharks swim by, totally blow your mind.

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Obviously, there are many more fish but I am just giving you a general feel of some the types of fish you can visit.

Extra fun parts for children.

At the end of the exploring all there is to see at the sea life centre there is soft play which is free. It is small but wonderful for kids who love to have a free play and to run around and get in the ball pit. There are two tiers so you can climb as well.

At the reception desk where you pay for tickets or enter the centre you can get a stamp sheet where you go and collect six stamps around the location. During the Halloween period as well there is a list where you write all the Halloween items you have spotted that are hidden in various location. At the end you can collect a medal and a cup as a price, no charge occurred, which I thought was really good as one it is Merlin and we know they don’t do cheap normally and secondly most places that similar activities normally just give you a sticker.

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Photography.

With the witch though lucky that the camera were broken so could use your own camera and was free saving made of £10-£15. However before in the middle section there is a green screen where you could sit in a boat and present your being attacked by a shark. We did actually buy them pictures for £15 which I think is a lot but my hubby is a sucker for things like that,lol.

4d cinema experience.

4d cinema experience (free and part of the price ticket) is great fun for kids and adults too. We saw a show though I have been before and it is different so they do change the films. Not only do you get to experience a short film based around a fish but also there is plenty balls, the chairs vibration you get randomly squirt water unexpected making it more fun. Plus with the 3d glasses you feel the fish are coming out of the screen.

Location of Birmingham sea life centre.

The location of the sea life centre is fairly easy to get to as is in the city centre and not far from Lego Land adventure world and the arena and ICC.

Cost of tickets.

How much does a ticket cost, well as national sea life centre is part of the Merlin attractions you can get combined ticket that includes another attraction such as Warwick Castle or Lego Land discovery centre they start from £23 24 hours in advance online. For just your basic sea life centre is from £13 through if your carer and have a letter to confirm you can go free. You do also have to book 24 hours advange on the website.

Car parking.

With regard to parking there is a car park very close by and in walking distance however due to location costs a lot more. We go to paradise parking car park which is a lot cheaper but five minute but very easy to get to. So always best to check before going where the parking is and the pricing.

Cheers for reading X

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SeramegYBala ceramic necklace review

Hey readers,

Today I am doing a review of SeramegYBala jewellery. If you have never heard of this name well let me tell more. SeramegYBala is a shop on the Etsy website who offer unique handmade ceramic jewellery and gifts. So, each one is crafted individually which gives it that special quality as it is not just simply from a machine and massed product.

I received my item super fast in the post and the piece of jewellery came in a lovely recycled cardboard box with the stamp of the business logo on it (see pictures below).

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The item comes as described and it is lovely hand crafted made.

I love the simple design on a hexagon with spots, it adds character to my outfit. There may different designs. This would make a lovely present for Christmas. The piece is well made and sturdy. At the back, the necklace has a clasp so you can keep the jewellery secure around your neck. Giving you that peace of mind that is safe and you don’t have to worry about the necklace getting broken. The necklace its self isn’t heavy which I was thinking it might because of it being ceramic, however, once I tested it out it felt light. Another good thing about the ceramic material as someone who has sensitive skin it didn’t react and it was comfortable to wear off for several days without any irritation. The whole ceramic piece is smooth and no bits were sharp that could cut into your skin, therefore, making it much more comfortable to wear compared to other pieces from different places that have sharp bits that dig into your skin.

I like the design of the necklace with the spots and the subtle colour as it is can be worn with a variety of different colours and not have to worry about it clashing and not completing the outfit nicely.

The necklace can be worn for many different occasions so you can get a lot of use out of it.

Cheers for reading X

This is an advertisement feature. I was given a piece of jewellery in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Lovely

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

Lovely word of the week

This week has been fun having not the stress of raving our in the morning and relaxing. We went out for the day to Birmingham National sea life centre which the boys loved seeing all the fishes and penguins. Hubby and I were really impressed with how well the day turned out with no meltdowns which are a refreshing change.

We also had picnics and spent time outdoors in parks this week as we could be more flexible with time therefore not having to stress about time and have options to go to different places.

Overall this week has been lovely for my boys and myself as we have all really benefited from some downtime. Although not shew the will be happy next week with being introduced with the getting up early in the morning.

Hope you had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

Things I loved about the 90s

Hey readers,

Remember the 90s… it feels like ages ago! They were ace, didn’t really think much at the time but hindsight is a valuable thing. So, here are some of the things that rocked about the 90s and not just having no responsibility for small humans and doing whatever I felt like. 

Daria was my icon during the 90s. Daria was a cartoon about an American school girl and the focus was on her life at school. She is not popular but different shall we say, she was crippled with low self-esteem and a popular sister. I loved Daria not just for sarcasm which to be fair was tremendously glorious.

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MTV channel was the bomb, it was incredible unlike now where it is crap!  Of course, there were some great shows like my darling Daria, who could forget Bevis and Butthead and the amazing and slightly addictive deathmatch. That at the time was what I was hooked on watching, I am not surprised I didn’t have square eyes but hey ho, I am still standing!

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Of course, the 90s would not be the 90s if you haven’t played the wonderful Sonic the Hedgehog on the old Sega Mega drive. I miss the carefree days when all you needed to worry about was when it was your turn to have a go and collect the golden coins.

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On telly when I was in the 90s there was a brilliant game show called Supermarket sweep and it involved Dale Winton as the host. The contestants had to answer questions to earn time to dash around the supermarket. Then the contestants had to run around and get as many high-value products into their shopping trolley within the time frame given wins.

I am now officially old because I can say this, if you are a youngster then you may not have heard of a thing called a cassette tape. A cassette tape according to Dictionary.com

Also called cassette tapecompact case containing a length of magnetic tape that runs between two small reels: used for recording or playback of audio or video in a tape recorder, cassette deck, video camera, or VCR, and for storage of data by some small computer systems.

You can get music already on the tape but you can also record it. In the 90s I spent a large portion of a Sunday afternoon recording the certain songs I liked whilst listening to Radio 1 top 40. It turned into a mixtape of my favorite hits. I put so much work into making them start and stop within the time, such beautiful concentration was made.

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Reflecting back from the 90s I vividly remember glaring into a Where’s Walley book and trying to find this random man dressed in a red and white striped hat and t-shirt lost in a picture full of themes such as on the beach, it provided hours of entertainment for me.

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When I was a youth in the 90s the best place to get clobber was from a store called Tammy Girl with such items as a skirt over trousers or peddle pushers.

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After you had been shopping at Tammy Girl the place to hit was the pick n mix in Woolworths where there was so much choice it took a good half an hour to make your selections.

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Flip out pencil case was my whole life when I was a child at school. It was amazing and the best piece of stationary that I have ever and I mean EVER owned. If you have not been fortunate to experience a flip out pencil case then you are missing out.

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Cheers for reading X