Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Best and Worst Linky #62

Beautiful Things


Run, Jump, Scrap!

Hi everyone and a huge welcome to the best and worst linky run by my lovely friend Sarah who blogs over at Run Jump Scrap and co-hosted by myself. If you're new to the linky we're delighted for you to join in, please do have a read of the rules. If you're a regular then thanks as always for the support. Sarah and I split the commenting now, it is working well doing it like that. You should have received a comment from one of us so if you are missing one please do drop us a tweet or email. We've had some great posts over the last few weeks!

This is the linky where you can tell us about the best or worst things that have happened in the last week or even the last year, this could in the form of a blog post, a photo or even a video. It can be an old post or a new post, we don't mind we just want you to share it with us. We want you to share your babies firsts, the crappy day at work you've had or a makeup disaster basically the good, the bad or the downright ugly! We want to share your excitement and tears, highs and lows no matter what it is.

Each week we will both choose our favourite posts from the week before and feature you on the next weeks Best and Worst, we will also feature you on our Twitter feed. 

So as always, on with the linky........please have a little read of the rules and we look forward to reading this weeks posts.

We are continuing to notice that some people aren't getting the comments they deserve, linkys only work if people spend time to read other blogs and comment on them.

Rules
  • The linky will open at 6.30am on a Wednesday and close at 23.55pm on a Friday
  • You can link up one or two posts each week
  • Please comment on the 2 posts before yours and have a nosey at the host's too. We've noticed that some people have just been link dropping and not commenting on the 2 in front, please do return the favour so everyone gets some comments and linky love, thankyou.
  • ***Please add the badge to the bottom of your page so everyone knows where you have linked up***
  • Tweet your hosts @helsy_1983 and @RunJumpScrap once linked up so we can retweet you. When tweeting and commenting use the hashtag #bestandworst so everyone knows where you have come from
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Visit to Woburn Safari Park.

Back in May we visited the rather fab Woburn Safari Park. It's taken me a little while to write this post (doh, stating the obvious there!), I had a few camera issues and uploading all the pictures........I have now managed to sort myself out and hope you'll like reading about our day and enjoy the many pictures that we took.

I'm not sure if you remember or whether you read my blog regularly but it's become a little tradition now that for Alfie's birthday we have a trip out and it seems that his choice is generally animal related, this year it was all about the safari experience. I cannot begin to explain how excited Alfie is when he knows we are off out to a zoo, he just loves it so much. We are lucky that we live close to several zoos/safari parks so we never have to travel that far to get to one, Woburn took us around an hour to get to and it was a fairly non eventful journey so made it in good time to fully enjoy the day. We were lucky to be able to go during the week, out of school holidays so I had a feeling it was going to be fairly quiet.

I have been to Woburn  before but many, many years ago so could only really remember the safari part of it and not much else so I was looking forward to seeing what it is like nowadays.



So we arrived and Alfie as always was pretty excited about all the animals he was going to see. It took a while for us to convince him that he was going to be safe in the car while driving into the enclosures, I did spend some time explaining that we stay in the car and look at the animals roaming free while staying in the car! We were really lucky with the weather and it was actually nice and warm so we had some fab views while we were following the track around the driving safari. We were able to stop for several minutes and look for the animals, we absolutely loved seeing the bears and their little baby.....honestly so blimming cute. 





I think, no I know that Alfie was most looking forward to seeing the lions and the giraffes, but mostly the lions! He actually had his day made when the females were feasting on a carcass of some sort. I don't know what it is with him at the moment but he's fascinated by what animals eat and seeing them ripping apart a carcass was of particular interest to him.......we had to park up and observe for several minutes!! 




I loved that the giraffes would just stroll in front of us minding their own business. I love watching them, they are just so elegant and majestic. 




We spent the most time in the monkey enclosure. This was my favourite part of the trip. They are always such cheeky little things and these dudes were no different. They completely loved the bus that was in front of us, I lost count how many were on it at one point! They seemed to avoid our car for quite sometime but once we were in the middle of the monkey enclosure we did find a few visitors sitting on our car roof and wing mirror! Hilarious. Alfie not so impressed and kept telling the naughty monkeys to 'shoo shoo', bless him.





After all of the excitement of the car safari (which took around 90 minutes) we then parked up and headed over to the foot safari. There was lots to see and I really liked the lay out of the park. It's not at all like I remember when we visited, but then it was a long time ago! It appeared that there were lots of improvements being made within the foot safari which once complete will look great, definitely a reason to head back and check it out.



Going around the foot safari was alot of fun for Elarna as driving around she couldn't really see out of the window so being up close and personal for her was fascinating. 











In between exploring we stopped for a bite to eat at the cafe towards the entrance. For convenience food it was actually pretty good, sometimes these things can be so disappointing but at Woburn we felt it was fairly decent and not a bad price. There were 3 bouncy castles just around the corner from the gift shop (forgot to take a picture of these sadly) but these were a very handy little diversion when Alfie got a bit restless. After having a bounce we continued to walk around looking at all the other animals.




Before we went to the lemur enclosure we went to the soft play that is inclusive in the ticket price. This is fab, although it consisted mainly of 3 different slides and a couple of ball pools it kept Alfie entertained for ages. There is also a lovely little baby/toddler section that I was able to let Elarna loose in so a win, win all around.



We then wandered over to the lemur enclosure, sadly pushchairs aren't allowed and since Elarna was chilling out Adi took Alfie into it and walked around. Alfie loved it and was even allowed to stroke one. Adi also managed to get some gorgeous photos of them. Lemurs are proper photogenic little things aren't they, right little posers!










After exploring the foot safari we made our way back up to the main part of the park and the lake. As the weather was nice and it was fairly quiet Adi took Alfie for a spin around the lake on a swan boat. I'm not sure who had more fun, Alfie or Daddy!



Elarna and I watched Daddy and Alfie with much amusement before watching the meerkats having a whale of a time.Again, we love these little creatures, they capture your attention and are just wonderful to watch. 








Before heading home we paid a trip to the gift shop (of course) and I allowed to choose a gift for him and Elarna, he was actually pretty well behaved and he chose a lemur soft toy for himself and a zebra for Elarna, very cute! We then popped into the little reptile centre which had a lovely selection of reptiles. Once again Alfie telling us he wanted a corn snake (not happening) and wanting to stroke the snake. The lady in the centre was really helpful and informative and showed Alfie the snakes and got a scorpion out, which he still talks about today! After this we managed to watch the parrot show, this was great, really interesting and lovely to see how the parrots responded to the keepers.

We had an absolutely fab day. I do love spending time with the kids and seeing the enjoyment in their faces. We will definitely be heading back to Woburn at some point soon, I don't think it's something that would get tiresome as you would see something different at each visit. I would advise going out of school holidays if you can as it is lots quieter, we are not going to be as lucky come September so will have to get used to going during peak times. Woburn is great for children and adults alike, there is alot to see and it's lovely to walk around. If you haven't been go, go, go!!!

Have you been to Woburn and did you have a fab time like we did? 

* Please note we were kindly given a family entry free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased post. All thoughts and opions are that of my own.


Sunday, 21 August 2016

List with Lyst!

Anyone who knows me well will be aware of my love to shop. I get a great deal of pleasure and relaxation from browsing and purchasing of items, I guess you might call me a bit of a shopaholic. Not only do I love physically browsing the shops but online shopping also tickles my fancy. Imagine my delight when I started to use Lyst basically a tailor made shopping experience that develops to your own personal  taste the more you use it. I love this idea, after all I am sucker for targeted advertising so if a website learns my style this is a bonus in my eyes!

So I had a good browse of the website and thought I would share with you a selection of my favourite items. What do you think?


Oasis | Floral Midi Dress | Lyst
Floral Dress by Oasis

Chelsea Crew | Earn Your Peep Heel In Crimson | Lyst
Shoes by Chelsea Crew

So not only does Lyst feature high end designers it also features the affordable end of the scale with your high street style too. I like this in the fact you can create your ultimate wishlist/wardrobe and your realistic wishlist or just pick a choose a bit of what you fancy which is what I have done in this post.
MICHAEL Michael Kors | Brown Eleni Peep Toe Platform Sandals | Lyst






Balenciaga | Classic City Leather Tote | Lyst
Bag by Balenciaga

MICHAEL Michael Kors | Billerly Pleated Shirt Dress | Lyst
Shirt Dress by Michael Kors


To be honest I was spoilt for choice as there is some gorgeous items on the site, there is a good mix of prices and something to suit everyone. I could quite easily spend hours browsing and picking outfits choices and accessories aswell. I could have featured so many lovely items but the few items I have selected above are very much my style........although the chances of me actually owning a Balenciaga bag are extremely slim but a girl can wish right! 



Dresses are my absolute favourite item to wear and the one I love the most has to be the Michael Kors one I feature, I wear alot of shirts so I loved the design of this, you could quite easily dress this up for an evening out up but could just add a pair of flip flops for a more daytime, wearable look. 

So if you are a shopaholic like myself I urge you to go and have a look at Lyst and see if you become as obsessed with it as I have!

* Collaborative Post.



Thursday, 18 August 2016

Making our House our Home.

It's hard to believe that a year ago we were looking around at houses trying to find our perfect property. My timehop has been reminding me just how stressful house hunting was and how annoying trying to find a home that ticked all the boxes was! We have been in our home now nearly 9 months and as always I'm becoming increasingly more impatient about wanting to get it looking nice and how I want it. Before we moved from Suffolk we had more or less got our house how we wanted it, the rooms were decorated, pictures were up and we were happy with it. We had been there for 6 years so there were of course things that needed doing but these were mostly cosmetic and easily resolved. Moving into a 10 year old house I guess comes with things that need to be fixed or sorted but it's such a pain having to do little bits at a time. Like I said I am impatient!



I'm getting to the stage where I want to start decorating the master bedroom, re-do the en suite (which needs a huge overhaul) and sort out the conservatory. The previous owners had redecorated prior to putting the house on the market so it's fairly neutral which is good but they clearly did it in quite a rush as they made a terrible job in some rooms, the paint work is shoddy to say the least. 

So far we have decorated the dining room and Elarna's room but that's about it. I picked up some wallpaper samples for a feature wall in our bedroom but I'm still undecided about the look I would like to achieve. I'd like it to be quite glitzy and boudoir but trying to hubby that this would look good is proving to be some what of a challenge .......... plus he hates wallpapering (although I only want 1 wall doing!).  

However, it's not all about these cosmetic touches, there are much bigger jobs that need doing and as the months go by it's clear that eventually we are going to have to pay out for bigger jobs that need doing. It's such a pain but eventually we will have to bite the bullet I guess and have them done. It's to be expected with a property that is not new and although it's not an old house as such there are little niggles that need resolving. We already had to replace the oven as the previous one stopped working so after spending thousands to move we then had to dig deep and get a new oven (which is amazing but not what you need to be buying straight away!). We've had to get someone to sort the conservatory door out as it kept dropping when we tried to lock it and most recently we had a leak from one of our showers so hubby had to rip the base out and reseal it but because of this has meant we have water patches on the ceiling from where the water was leaking through. We also still need to sort out our study (think dumping ground) and make the spare room much more presentable than what it is at the moment.

A leaky ceiling - never good!
We probably need to replace all of the windows at somepoint because some of these are so stiff to open but not only that they have no safety catches on them so are terribly unsafe in the kids rooms which I hate. I'm slowly replacing the horrible curtains that the previous owners left and this is an expensive job in itself as all of the windows are quite wide! I've also been looking at blinds for a few of the rooms such as these from the company Velux as I prefer for some rooms to have blinds rather than curtains but again a bit of a mammoth task. So far I have sorted curtains in the dining room, living room and our bedroom (although these are still waiting to go up as when I took the previous curtain poles down they literally took away half the wall with them - god knows that the previous owner did!). 

Then we have the garden to sort out but this is more hubby's domain - he has big plans for next summer including a pizza open, outside kitchen and water feature. I'm still trying to convince him to build me a sunken hot tub, ha!

So as you can see lots to be done to make our house our home and it may take a few years to get it how we want to but it is starting to feel a bit more our style. I need to stop stressing too much about it and just accept that it can't be perfect in an instant.

Any tips for me to help make our house a home?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Best and Worst Linky #61

Beautiful Things


Run, Jump, Scrap!

Hi everyone and a huge welcome to the best and worst linky run by my lovely friend Sarah who blogs over at Run Jump Scrap and co-hosted by myself. If you're new to the linky we're delighted for you to join in, please do have a read of the rules. If you're a regular then thanks as always for the support. Sarah and I split the commenting now, it is working well doing it like that. You should have received a comment from one of us so if you are missing one please do drop us a tweet or email. We've had some great posts over the last few weeks!

This is the linky where you can tell us about the best or worst things that have happened in the last week or even the last year, this could in the form of a blog post, a photo or even a video. It can be an old post or a new post, we don't mind we just want you to share it with us. We want you to share your babies firsts, the crappy day at work you've had or a makeup disaster basically the good, the bad or the downright ugly! We want to share your excitement and tears, highs and lows no matter what it is.

Each week we will both choose our favourite posts from the week before and feature you on the next weeks Best and Worst, we will also feature you on our Twitter feed. 

So as always, on with the linky........please have a little read of the rules and we look forward to reading this weeks posts.

We are continuing to notice that some people aren't getting the comments they deserve, linkys only work if people spend time to read other blogs and comment on them.

My featured post from last weeks linky was the lovely Hayley from Sparkles & Stretchmarks - I love this post, what they don't tell you about having a boy, made me feel all warm and gooey inside! Check it out.


Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog

Sarah's featured post is from Lizzie over at Firstooth - we loving this post about spending time one on one with the kids, such a lovely idea, go check it out. 

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  • You can link up one or two posts each week
  • Please comment on the 2 posts before yours and have a nosey at the host's too. We've noticed that some people have just been link dropping and not commenting on the 2 in front, please do return the favour so everyone gets some comments and linky love, thankyou.
  • ***Please add the badge to the bottom of your page so everyone knows where you have linked up***
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Friday, 12 August 2016

The Diva.

' A diva is a female version of a hustler' sang Beyonce a few years ago - it's one of my favourite Bey songs and one I seem to hum and sing with regards to my daughter. She is THE biggest diva going. When I was told by several people that I would have my hands full with a girl and that I would notice a big difference between a girl and a boy it wasn't a lie. 

As Elarna approaches 16 months old it is clear that she is a very independent and stubborn little girl.  She is so strong willed, watching her develop into such a little person with this attitude is quite remarkable.

To be honest we have seen her independence grow and wanting to do things by herself for the last couple of months I would say. It started with small things like wanting to feed herself or wipe her face to then wanting to climb up the slide by herself (cure Mummy having cold sweats) and then slide down with minimum supervision. She is now wanting to climb on everything and zips around on her ride alongs at some speed, it's petrifying - the girl knows no fear. 

This is quite a contrast to Alfie who wasn't doing these things at her age. He was very physical and was climbing but I would say slightly slower than when she is. He was beginning to become more adventurous but not to the same degree as Elarna. I would absolutely agree with people saying that the 2nd child advances quicker than the 1st as Elarna watches Alfie like a hawk and is absorbing everything and then tries to copy him. 


It's not just about her independence though her strops are something else. Once again very different to Alfie who would tend to wail and cry and throw the odd toy about but it would be over within a couple of minutes. Elarna on the other hand throws herself on the floor head in hands and sobs, screams and screams till she's bright red in the face - and god she is loud. She might roll around a bit and then she'll stand up and hold her arms in the air to be picked up.....if we don't pick her screaming ensues once again. These diva strops can just happen for no reason but more especially if she is being told no or if we stop her from doing something. This morning, for example I stopped her going into the cupboard and you would think I just threw her favourite toy away - epic strop. 

When we were away on holiday with our friends (who have a daughter) they referred to Elarna as feisty......they hit the nail on the head - they also gave us an insight of how a four year old girl strop compares to a four year old boy strop (louder, intense and quite long). Alfie's strops these days are more like the grumps...... think throwing toys and hiding. I think when Elarna starts hitting Alfie's age we may aswell hide under a rock! I definitely need to start preparing for the terrible twos I feel and I daren't even think about the teenage years!



My husband jokes that she got her attitude from me, pffttt I have no idea what he is going on about - I'm so laid back and stress free (ha!) I'm sure she gets her temperament from hubby! That being said I do love seeing her feisty side come out at times, I think even at this young age is shows that she is going to be a very determined and eager individual. She is a little firecracker and I wouldn't change it for the world but I do however DREAD the terrible two's with her, Alfie was bad enough so god knows what this little diva will be like. 



So yes, this is my daughter - as I have said previously don't be deceived by her cute and angelic exterior, it's merely to draw you into a false sense of security because beyond this sweetness lies a devil, a cheeky little diva ready to unleash her wrath!

So come on guys, I want to know, what are your experiences of girls vs. boys with regards to temperament and behaviours? I'm intrigued.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Best and Worst Linky #60

Beautiful Things


Run, Jump, Scrap!

Hi everyone and a huge welcome to the best and worst linky run by my lovely friend Sarah who blogs over at Run Jump Scrap and co-hosted by myself. If you're new to the linky we're delighted for you to join in, please do have a read of the rules. If you're a regular then thanks as always for the support. Sarah and I split the commenting now, it is working well doing it like that. You should have received a comment from one of us so if you are missing one please do drop us a tweet or email. We've had some great posts over the last few weeks!

This is the linky where you can tell us about the best or worst things that have happened in the last week or even the last year, this could in the form of a blog post, a photo or even a video. It can be an old post or a new post, we don't mind we just want you to share it with us. We want you to share your babies firsts, the crappy day at work you've had or a makeup disaster basically the good, the bad or the downright ugly! We want to share your excitement and tears, highs and lows no matter what it is.

Each week we will both choose our favourite posts from the week before and feature you on the next weeks Best and Worst, we will also feature you on our Twitter feed. 

So as always, on with the linky........please have a little read of the rules and we look forward to reading this weeks posts.

We had another fab week last week but we are continuing to notice that some people aren't getting the comments they deserve, linkys only work if people spend time to read other blogs and comment on them.

On to last weeks featured posts. My post from last week is from the  rather splendid Frenchie Mummy wondering if she's still 'the cool cat', I am loving reading this blog, relatively new to the blogging scene she's funny, engaging and beautifully French, go and check it out.

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Sarah's featured post was from the wonderful Kaye from Hello Archie this post is ace, the pox told through watsap....you must have a read!




Rules
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  • You can link up one or two posts each week
  • Please comment on the 2 posts before yours and have a nosey at the host's too. We've noticed that some people have just been link dropping and not commenting on the 2 in front, please do return the favour so everyone gets some comments and linky love, thankyou.
  • ***Please add the badge to the bottom of your page so everyone knows where you have linked up***
  • Tweet your hosts @helsy_1983 and @RunJumpScrap once linked up so we can retweet you. When tweeting and commenting use the hashtag #bestandworst so everyone knows where you have come from
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