🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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The best #view comes from...

Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

We were sent this game to play with the family, we love property games and have spent many hours playing them over the years on our family holidays, Christmas Day and with friends over New Year. Now we have a new game to add to the mix, Hotel Tycoon.

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Initial thoughts

Before I opened the box up, I was really excited about playing, I love property buying board games and so I already knew what to expect from this type of boardgame as it has been likened to Monopoly. It looks a lot bigger than its comparison though, what do I mean by that? Well I mean the properties are more grand, the idea of the game seems more involved and I think it looks really fun from the box image. Now when I opened up the box for the first time I was a little shocked, I had NO idea it was going to come flat packed – there was little bits of plastic and card everywhere and you know what that meant? I had to build them all up. So before we could even play the game I had to sit and build the hotels ready for when we did actually play.

When you buy this boardgame, please set aside an hour to build the hotels and set it up before you will actually play the game, even if you build the hotels on a seperate occasion you will appreciate it!

What’s in the box

The box opens and inside is:

  • 1 game board
  • 30 plastic hotel roofs
  • 30 plastic hotel bases
  • 30 red hotel entrances
  • 30 card buildings
  • 8 leisure facilities
  • 8 title deeds
  • Money (5000; 1000; 500; 100; 50)
  • 4 planes (in four different colors)
  • 2 dice (one standard and one planning permission die)
  • The rules document – do not loose this one!

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The aim of the game

 So, once set up, what is the idea of the game: players have to buy land, build hotels and then buy entrances for their guests – whilst trying to bankrupt their opponents in the path to winning. To get the hotels with the foundations, building and guest entrances you have to buy them all seperately, obviously using the in-game money! You earn money by getting the other players to pay rent when they land on your property. The more luxurious the hotel, the more money you will earn from the other players. So what are the hotels involved:

The hotels

The Artika (4 buildings)

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The Reine (5 buildings)

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The Dragon Gate (3 buildings)

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The Zebra Lodge (3 buildings)

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The Reef Resort (1 building)

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Uptown Towers (4 buildings)

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Coconut Beach Club (5 buildings)

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The Al Walid (3 buildings)

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Gameplay

You start off at the control tower, using the normal dice you use your planes and navigate the board, when you are next to a piece of land you may ask to see the deeds of that land. You can purchase it if you wish, you pay the banker. You can only buy one piece of land per turn though, so it’s not a free for all. Then on your next turn you can start to construct on that land.  When you pass the hanger, its the passing go concept, you get 200 from the banker and this helps to build your developements and pay rent on other peoples.

When you land on other peoples land, you roll the dice to see how many nights you will be staying and the owner will charge you, depending on what is written in the title deeds. The amount you pay is calculated from the hotel star rating and the number on the dice – similar to real life I suppose.

You keep going around the board, buying/selling and building until everyone has been made bankrupt and there is one player left. It can go on for 90 minutes or so, so make sure you are comfy!

Packing it up

How do you get all the pieces back into the box and the lid on properly? Yes I wondered that too, but there are some great instructions on how to pack the pieces back into the box and the lid did go on just fine.

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Our thoughts

We found this game great fun to play, once it was set up and everything was ready to go – we were up against it as my mother-in-law is not good with games like this. We read the instructions quickly and then used them to play the first round, we found the game very easy to pick up and once you get the hang of it – it was fun. My mother-in-law said it looked fun and complicated, then after we played the game she was surprised how easy it was. This game will come in handy over Christmas, I have no doubts we will be playing it with our families and friends over the next few weeks.

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