15 great box sets on Sky Q for Springtime #SkyQ

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I seem to spend my life watching box sets on Sky: partly because I can pick them up wherever I am in the house and because they are addictively good! A bonus is you are spoilt for choice. I love it. When I had some time off at the start of the year I finished off one box set series and I have box sets that I watch in between others. For example my husband and I love watching The Blacklist together, but I watch Criminal Minds on my own. I can watch it on any TV in my house, my iPad (anywhere) and also from my Mac too. 

Monday 20 March 2017 @SkyCinemaUK

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To celebrate the new Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, Sky Cinema are showing the original Disney Classic. You can download it from Sky Cinema onto your Sky Q box and watch it anytime, in any room. Amazing. I love this film and cannot wait to see the new take at the weekend. Thanks very much @SkyCinemaUK for Isla’s Belle doll, she has been welcomed with open arms by the other Princesses. 

Making the move over to Sky Q

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We have been trying out the new Sky Q system at home for a couple of months now and I cannot imagine what life was like before. We used to have a TV, Broadband and phone package with a Sky competitor before and although I loved the broadband speeds the TV system was slow, the remote control was frustrating and I could never find anything to watch. It was hugely frustrating. Sky Q has changed our lives. Not to mention the broadband speeds are still rather quick.

 

Five nightlights for kids in 2018

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When the night falls and you are more tired than your little one, you know that you have to find a trick to help him fall asleep. For a parent, it is not easy to find entertaining yet useful nightlights for kids. It’s way past 9 pmand you know that your kids should have been sleeping for a while now. However, no lullaby or game seem to work when trying to put them into their pajamas.

5 Ways new families can fund a Wanderlust lifestyle

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Every now and then you’ll come across stories where an entire family drops everything and lives a life of travel and fun. These families are not multi-millionaires. Their stories are often like ours. They went from sitting in an office cubicle to traveling all around the world with their family in tow, itching that Wanderlust impulse. 

How to move abroad with kids and actually stay there without breaking the bank!

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Having children is expensive as it is. Any parent will tell you that. And to move abroad with them? Let’s not even go there! From flights to shifting your priced possessions, everything’s an expense when you decide to make the leap and move abroad with your children. But let’s assume you’ve already made the move. How on earth can you stretch your budget when living abroad with your little ones? 

Saturday 28 April 2018

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Today was chilled, just what I needed. Isla and I did a spot of shopping in the morning and then we snuggled on the sofa watching Sky Movies. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon? It was lovely. This photo made me laugh, I found it in my photo roll when I was looking through my phone. She was making videos of her soft toy, monkey, and also taking photos as it would appear. 🙂 

Thursday 26 April 2018

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The doggies enjoyed a nice evening walk with little Isla. It didn’t rain tonight which was a bonus. I caught up with my Sky Q recordings today: the finale of American Crime Story, The Assassination of Versace has blown me away. It’s fab! Everyone should watch it.

How do you motivate yourself to run in the cold? Try Aaptiv

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For the past few months I have been quite unwell, feeling very lethargic and sluggish. Turns out I had low iron and folate levels and after taking vitamins for a couple of months to balance those levels out I am finally feeling back to my old self again. I am feeling a happier me too! So I got back into my fitness with a bang in February: gym classes, eating habits, sleeping habits and of course my lunchtime runs. I use two apps when I am out on a run, Aaptiv and Strava, they work brilliantly together and I find Aaptiv great for motivation when you are out on your run. 

Wednesday 10 January 2018

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What a gorgeous sky line? Whilst Daddy took the little ones to the dentist, I got a nice walk in the fresh air with the dogs. It was great that the rain had stopped coming down. I really loved the sky, for some reason it made me feel dreamy – I was thinking about a lot of random stuff. Processing the week, I think! I learnt a lot yesterday on my course, all about the brain. I will write it up soon! 

A little theory on the new stamp duty changes

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We are, still, looking for our first family home. That place to call our own. It seems a constant struggle: deposits, stamp duty and solicitors fees. It seems to be a never ending list of things to pay out for. All whilst trying to raise a family and be comfortable. The Autumn budget sees that stamp duty is being dropped for properties under £300,000. What does this mean though?

Sunday 26 November 2017

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Today we went for a lovely walk after lunch. The sky looked really moody. I love it when the sky speaks to you. Do you know what I mean? We got all wrapped up, including the dogs and went for a nice long walk around the marshy fields. It’s always fun getting your wellies on and stomping around. Not so fun, when you leave your wellies outside all night and they get soaked 🙁 

Friday 17 November 2017

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Today felt really cold and frosty. It was -3 degrees when we got in the car at 7:30am. I loved the crispy sounds as we walked to breakfast club. The sky just looks chilly. Isn’t it amazing how the sky can make the mood of a day, so easily. It really felt Christmassy this morning. 

Thursday 16 November 2017

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Today after we took Snoopy to get his hair cut, we stopped at my favourite abandoned barn. I love it. It’s in the middle of some open fields and the sky was just perfect for photos with the littles ones. So I stopped on the way to school with the kiddies and then stopped with the doggies on the way home. 

Our trip to Paultons Park family theme park

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This place is incredible. No wonder it’s called the UK’s favourite theme park. There is something for everyone here and even on a hot, bank holiday Sunday, we had a fabulous day. Our favourite area had to be the Lost Kingdom, which I will explain a little more about later. The children enjoyed the huge toy shop at the end of the day too (it’s ginormous). Here are my tips on making the most out of your day at Paultons Park. 

What you don’t know about “Out of Contract”

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These days, broadband is a basic necessity, like gas and electricity. Unfortunately, some of the sharp charging practices that were discovered in those industries, are now being used in the broadband business. Consumers can find themselves paying hundreds of pounds more than they should do, due to costs called “out of contract” charges. Read on to avoid being overcharged…

Sunday 20 August 2017

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Today we had a nice day, despite the lack of Summery weather. We went for a nice walk through the woods and ended up at the RSPB lodge in Sandy. The children were given clip boards to note down colours and animals they see on their way. They loved it! They noted down all of the colours, from shrub colours, the sky to pretty flowers. We also went to see the huge Koi in the pond. It was a nice adventure. 

5 Things to check for when buying an old house

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There are many advantages of buying an older home if you can get the right deal on the right property. An old house can generally carry lower a price tag than brand new houses in the vicinity and being one of the first in the area, old houses can even be situated on the best plots. However, finding the right deal isn’t as easy as it sounds because if you are not extra careful, they can also come with a ton of problems. To help you avoid making such mistakes, here is a list of five things that you need to check before buying any old property.

Canada’s top natural wonders #Travel

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Canada covers such huge amounts of land. No surprise then that it’s brimming over with stunning natural scenery. You can get everything here from dramatic mountains and cliffs to beautiful valleys and waterfalls. There’s some great territory to explore on foot, by bike and by car. If you’re on holiday in one of the main cities, you’re sure to be within reach of both natural and beautiful – without travelling for hours. Check out some of these top natural wonders that Canada’s got waiting for you.

Sunday 30 July 2017

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Today was a chilled, yet busy day sorting. We had to get all the camping stuff put back away and tidy up the house. It’s amazing how much the cat leaves his fur around the carpets in just a few days. The children enjoyed being around their toys again, charged tablets and we watched Boss Baby from Sky Store – they have been impatiently waiting to see this film and it is hilarious! 

Friday 28 July 2017

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After a very windy and rainy day we went to watch the sunset over the sea. I love the redness in the sky as the sun settles. The sea looked ferocious. The kids had fun playing in the soft play, on site cinema and pirate ship pool at Woolacoombe bay. We then went for a nice meal in Mortohoe, a pub called the Ship Aground. It was nice to be somewhere the wind couldn’t reach us. It was a very windy night! 

What to do with the kids in Mont Tremblant

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Planning a summer vacation with kids is no easy process for parents. There is a whole lot to consider when picking the best destination and lodging. If you’ve set your eyes on Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada and you’re wondering if there’s enough to keep the kids busy, then you’ll want to read on. Here we’ll take a look at just a few of the activities that will keep the kids happy and entertained, making for a memorable trip.

Top tips on keeping your pets parasite free this Summer #furryfamily

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If you are anything like me you love your pets as if they were your children. My three furries are just that, they are part of our big decisions and they get lots of love. Unconditionally. A part of this love and care comes responsibility, as with anything, and we make sure that the dogs and cat get the appropriate medical care to ensure they are protected against parasites. Those nasty parasites can make it onto furniture around the home and onto us humans. Yuck!

Top things to do in Niagara Falls for foodies

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Niagara is known for its spectacular parkland, many nature trails and of course the magnificent Falls, but for any wine connoisseurs or gluttonous foodies out there, it’s still a star attraction. It’s one of the best-known areas for fine wines, it has some of the greatest restaurants in Canada, and people continue to flock here every year to sample the many culinary delights on offer during the many festival periods. If you still need convincing as to why Niagara Falls is a hub for foodies though, read on…

Saturday 18 March 2017

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I love this photo, not only because the dogs look like they are focused on something interesting, but because the sky looks completely different from left to right – its like two different days. I have to say the grey clouds did ease off a bit and then it rained! We had a nice day, seeing friends and we went to the theatre in the evening which was lovely. A nice change. 

Our BeWILDerwood family adventure in Norfolk #BeWILDerwood

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On Saturday we took a little trip to Norfolk to try out BeWILDerwood, we drove past it everyday when we stayed at Hall Farm Cottages in Ludham and we have been desperate to go since then. The weather looked dry and mild on Saturday so we knew it was the right time to go. BeWilderwood is in Hoveton, very near Wroxham, it’s a lovely area if you are planning a holiday as there is so much to do. 

How to keep your pets calm on New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve is one of most anticipated nights of years. But for our pets it can also be night of high anxiety. In the same challenges faced by pets on bonfire night, the loud music, shouting and of course the fireworks may cause our normally calm pets to think their world is under threat. This can have some upsetting consequences. Luckily our friends at Kennedy Wild Bird Food have some handy tips, to ensure your 2017 gets off to the best start for the entire family.