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Friday, 30 September 2016

September Month in a Minute

Oh my goodness, September has been absolutely mental! The B&B has been really busy (it always is in September), work has been manic. I am surprised we have managed to fit so much into the month considering how busy we've been with everything! September saw the children back at school (and my sanity slowly returning). Although we're now back to football and rugby at weekends and my daughter has recently started karate on a Saturday. I quite like the hustle and bustle of back to school though. I'm a person who really likes routine and the school holidays throw me off a bit!

I now have just two more weekends work at the B&B before we head off on our summer holiday and I am counting the time down. I absolutely can't wait to not have to clean or cook for ten days. It's going to be bliss! Here is my September in a minute. Enjoy.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Top 5 Legoland Windsor Tips

In the summer of 2015 we headed to Legoland Windsor for our first ever trip. We booked to go for one day, on the way back from my dad's house in Oxford to our house in Yorkshire. It rained the whole time we were there. Not fine rain, but torrential rain. Squeaky feet and soggy socks kind of rain. The kind of rain that makes putting dry socks on at lunchtime one of the highlights of the day! So it was with some trepidation that I booked a two day trip to Legoland for the summer of 2016. I booked in January during their sales and got a fantastic deal for two days plus a stay in a nearby hotel.

Legoland Windsor tips


Sunday, 25 September 2016

25.09.16 Silent Sunday



Friday, 23 September 2016

Your YouTube #86

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube.

The video I have chosen this week comes from Tas D, whose video of a family trip to vista's the Kelpies in Falkirk was amazing. I have to admit to never having heard of them before but the video made some me want to visit!


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Barbie Star Light Adventure Review

My daughter has recently decided that she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. This is a huge step as whenever we have previously asked her, she's always answered with "just a human" or "just a person". I fully believe that if she actually wants to be an astronaut then she will be. She's simply not the kind of girl who gives up on things! The same week that she came to this great realisation, she received a Barbie Star Light Adventure doll. A cosmic space Barbie who comes with a flying cat.

Barbie Star Light Adventure

Monday, 19 September 2016

Office and workspace makeover #ad

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

Do you have a room or area in your house where things just get dumped? To be fair, we have a couple of rooms like this and definitely a few areas (that chair in the bedroom covered in clean clothes)! The office is one of the main places which has driven me mad since we moved in here two years ago. It is full of so many things. My mum and her siblings' old comics and school books, my uncles tools, my grandad's (who died in sixteen year's ago) headed notepaper and old cameras. You get the idea. There's a lot of stuff in there that isn't ours, and not a lot of room for the things which we brought with us when we moved in. 

Speech bubble light Primark

Friday, 16 September 2016

Back to School Surprises | Education Quizzes

My children have been back at school for a couple of weeks now and it has thrown up some interesting surprises. After a pretty trying summer with them both, my first surprise was that I missed them a bit. I had got so used to them both being around that I actually missed their little personalities. I didn't miss the constant bickering though, and it was nice to have a cup of tea and a wee (not at the same time) without being pestered!


Monday, 12 September 2016

I need your help!

I'm not very good at this.
I really don't have any practice at it.
Asking doesn't sit right with me, but I know I should!
I'm sorry in advance, but here goes.

I've been nominated in the Mumsnet Blog Awards in the vlogger category and I am absolutely delighted. Also astounded, a little confused and flabbergasted!


Friday, 9 September 2016

Your YouTube #85

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube. I'm sorry there was a break last week, it was thanks to TalkTalk and no internet connection! To say it was a frustrating week is putting it very lightly indeed!

The video I have chosen this week comes from The DADventurer, whose video of his first ever tandem skydive had me hooked from beginning to end. I would love to do a skydive but I'm not sure that I have the balls. It looks amazing and Dave's reaction straight after the dive really made me giggle!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Ready for Autumn thanks to Polarn O. Pyret

The weather is starting to get a little chillier and the leaves are beginning to fall off the trees. I love Autumn, and as much as I am sad to say goodbye to summer, I am happy to embrace the changing seasons. It does, however, mean that it's time to get our lightweight coats out, ready for those cooler days out and, possibly, some wetter weather! Polarn O. Pyret sent my daughter a fabulous lightweight soft shell jacket to put through it's paces.

Polarn O.Pyret coat
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