Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Places To Visit In Majorca With Children

In May we went on holiday to the beautiful island of Majorca, somewhere I visited myself when I was younger and enjoyed re-visiting with my own family. We had a wonderful week in the sun and I know that we will definitely return again one day as it is the perfect destination for a holiday with children. It has a short flight time of just two and a half hours from the UK with daily flights and lots of hotels and resorts to choose from. I have been to the popular resorts of Alcudia and more recently to Santa Ponsa and have also visited Magaluf and Palma Nova for days out. It is somewhere that I don't think I will ever get bored of visiting as there is so much to see and do. 

So what are the must-see sights in Majorca? 

santa ponsa beach Majorca 2018
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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Fun To Learn Friends Art Magazine

With the summer holidays looming I have started to think of things to do to keep my children entertained, we have a few days out planned and probably lots of park and soft play visits as well as some time at home. My youngest two are three and five years old so they do often get bored easily and like to be entertained when at home, their favourite thing is crafting and getting creative. However, I am the least crafty person ever so when I heard of Fun to Learn Friends Art magazine I thought this sounded ideal for keeping my children entertained. 

Fun to Learn Friends Art is a 36-page magazine packed with inspirational ideas to make, design, colour, stick and cut-out. Each issue comes with a craft-kit attached that will help children make the ideas from the magazine. Perfect for an uncrafty parent like myself! 

 friends art magazine review
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Saturday, 14 July 2018

How We Are Saving For Our Wedding Next Year

In June we are getting married and we haven't even started saving yet, I really should as our original budget has almost doubled as I keep seeing things that I want for the big day. Thanks, Pinterest and Royal Wedding fever. I had a bit of a panic last week as I realised we haven't saved anything, other than paying deposits for suppliers and my dad paying for my venue hire. We have just under a year now to save and plan for our wedding day so I have been thinking of ways we can save some money whilst still enjoying family life.

Whenever I read tips or advice on saving money for your wedding it always mentions getting married on a weekday or out of season to save money, I booked a Saturday in June - prime wedding season. We also don't know anyone who bakes or does photography or make-up so we have had to pay for all of our suppliers. None of the tips in the magazines on saving money for your wedding worked for us so I have been thinking of ways we can save.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Robots Then & Now Exhibition At Life Science Centre Newcastle

The Life Science Centre in Newcastle always has interesting exhibits on, a couple of years ago we visited the Animal Inside Out exhibition and this summer it is the turn of the robots. Robots - then and now tells the 500-year work in progress story of the building of automated machines. You will discover 16th-century mechanical automations to the latest humanoids and everything in between. 

robots then and now

Robots are not really anything that I have ever shown any interest in but my other half and little boy love anything like this so we decided to visit the Life Science Centre to see what the robots were like. 
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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Things I Loved June 2018

Summer is well and truly here as we have been enjoying lots of lovely sunshine (I hope I don't jinx things by saying that) and it is almost time for the long-awaited summer holidays. Now it is July it is time for me to write about some of the things that I have loved from the month gone by, a sort of happy list. June was an okay month for us, it was not as amazing as May had been but it was not a bad month either. 

So here are some of the things that I have loved in June 2018. 

hook the duck at the fair
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Monday, 2 July 2018

A Year To Go Before I Say I Do

In just under a year I will be getting married! Last June we got engaged and booked our venue and it felt like it was ages away, I can't believe how fast the past year has flown by and I bet in no time at all it will soon be June 2019 and my big day will be here. Now that it is less than a year to go I have most definitely had an 'Oh my gosh this just got real' moment. 

When we got engaged last year we quickly booked the venue and registrar and then kind of sat back and though we have ages to plan everything. I am kind of regretting that laid-back attitude now if I am honest. We do have a lot of the 'big' things booked like the venue, the registrar, a photographer, DJ, cake maker and hairdresser. However, we still have so much to still book, organise and save for.

 
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Friday, 29 June 2018

Is The Nissan Leaf Electric Car A Good Family Car?

In recent years electric cars have become really popular with charge points popping up in local towns and cities all around the country.

 I will be completely honest and say that I didn't know a lot about electric cars and I honestly thought they weren't for families like my own, who like to go on day trips and use a car fairly often. So when we were set a challenge of taking an electric car on a family day out by Lookers I was curious to see what it would be like and how it performed as a family car. I don't actually drive so I was the passenger on this outing. 

On Saturday we were invited along to our local Lookers Nissan dealership in Newcastle to collect the car we would be test driving, the Nissan Leaf. The staff were friendly and helpful as they demonstrated how the car worked and explained all the extra tech and features that the car has, it has a lot! We also learned a little about the Lookers Electric Charge in aid of Ben group challenge, which Lookers is supporting by taking a 6-month long road trip across its dealerships from Ireland, over to Scotland and down to Surrey. BEN group is a not for profit organisation that helps people in the automotive industry and their families. So, with my own dad working in the industry for 40 years, I was interested to learn about this fantastic campaign. 

White Nissan Leaf car at the coast
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