Friday, 20 March 2020

Gigantosaurus Nintendo Switch Game Review

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For Christmas, my five-year-old son got a Nintendo Switch and plays on it for an hour most days, especially now that we are home during the pandemic. He currently only has two Mario games for his switch so when we were offered to review the new Gigantosaurus game (which is released next week) I knew he would be happy. Gigantosaurus is based on the Disney jr animated series of the same name, which is super popular with dino mad children. The game is available on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC and you can download the game to your device, perfect when we are all at home. 

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

My Teen Is Learning To Drive and Finding Out The Most Expensive Cities To Own A Car

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My seventeen-year-old daughter is currently learning to drive, she has had just over 20 hours worth of lessons so far so hopefully, she should be passed before the summer. She is really enjoying learning to drive and as it won't be long before she is on the roads we have started looking at first cars for her and looking into insurance and how much it is going to cost to run her car. Whilst searching online I came across a report by Kwik Fit on the Most expensive cities to own a car and luckily Newcastle was one of the least expensive cities to own a car in the UK. 

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The report found that Birmingham was the most expensive with average running costs such as fuel, insurance and parking totalling £3,326.87 which I found surprising. Newcastle was around £1,879.11 and Exeter was the cheapest at £1,675.75. 
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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Hockey Heroes Helping Children Discover Their Hidden Super Powers

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Do you have children aged between 5 and 8 years old? If so then you need to read on and learn all about Hockey Heroes which my 5-year-old son has just taken part in and thoroughly enjoyed. Hockey Heroes is a fun way for children aged 5-8 years of age with no previous Hockey experience to learn about the sport in a fun way, the programme lasts for 6 weeks and is a great introduction to Hockey and team sports for young children.

J taking part in Hockey Heroes lesson

What is Hockey Heroes? 

Hockey Heroes is a fun and empowering program aimed at children aged 5-8 that aims to develop both their physical skills and character 'super powers' helping them unlock the hero inside them! It is a six-week introductory programme for beginners.
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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

How I Make Money From Blogging

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As a blogger one of the questions that I get asked all of the time is how do I earn money from my blog? And the answer is lots of different ways, such as writing sponsored posts, working on brand campaigns, reviews and social media promotion. I have worked with huge household brands over the years such as Jet2, TikTok, Arla, Smyths Toys, Debenhams, ASDA, Pampers and McDonald's to name just a few. Other bloggers also add adverts to their blog or YouTube channels which generate income or they use affiliate links. 

The second question I get asked a lot is, can you really make an income from blogging? Again the answer is yes and most months I earn more then I would working part-time in a traditional job. Some months I even earn more then I did working full-time. 

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I have been blogging for almost 6 years now and I have been earning money from blogging for about 5 years. In the whole time, I have been blogging I have done it part-time around raising my family and studying for my degree,  full-time bloggers earn a lot more then I do! I love the flexibility that blogging offers, when my children are unwell I can take the day off and I can pick and choose what jobs I accept. Obviously being self-employed means there is no guaranteed income and some months I earn a lot more than others, some months last year I earned £2,000 other months zero. 

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Friday, 21 February 2020

A Year To Change My Life

The past few months have been rubbish, I have been poorly again! This time with a nasty chest infection which I am currently on antibiotics for. Since October I have been unwell, I had flu which totally wiped me out for two months and as soon as I started to get better I came down with this chest infection which has floored me for the past four weeks. I am fed up and I feel awful complaining about it but being unwell has started to affect my ability to be a good mam and that is something that is getting me down. We had so many plans this half-term and they have all been ruined by me being unwell. 

I have decided enough is enough and I need to change my life, not only for myself but for my family too. So I am giving myself a year to change my life for the better. Now before I start I know I am so lucky to have the life I do, I have just got married and have three happy, healthy children. My husband has a good job and I am a stay-at-home mam and we have a nice home and are able to have holidays. But I need to change things in my life to make me healthier and happier and a better mam to my children. 


So what do I want to change?
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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Encouraging Your Family To Eat More Vegetables

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When it comes to your family's health, you want to be giving them the best possible chance in life. A good diet not only keeps our bodies healthy, but it can also keep us mentally healthy as well. It can even improve how children perform at school. It can be hard to keep preparing fresh food and sometimes it is easier to just go for a quick option. A good idea is to prepare your meals on one day and have spares in the freezer just in case. 

Recently there were reports of people contracting Cyclospora from packaged salad mix - 600 people have been reported ill so far and the parasite can be particularly dangerous for people who are very young or very old. If this has affected you then you should find out if you can sue for Cyclospora. Although cases such as this are rare, it highlights the importance of washing all of your fruit and vegetables, even if it claims to have been washed. 

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Things I Loved January 2020

Can you believe we are almost half-way through February already? Once again this year is just whizzing on by at super-speed. I had so many good intentions for this year and once again they have been scuppered by ill-health, I honestly don't know what is going on with me lately. I had flu in October which totally wiped me out and I haven't been the same since and now here we are in February and I am unwell again, this time with a bad chest and cold that is zapping all my energy and I just can not seem to shift for the last few weeks. 

Anyway due to feeling rotten and a tad sorry for myself we haven't done a great deal recently if I am honest as Sophia has been poorly too and the husband had an accident at work and has hurt his knee and is off work unable to walk. Which is probably why I am not better really as I haven't had time to properly rest. So to cheer myself up and get out my gloomy mood I thought I would come on here and write something positive about the things that I loved in January 2020. A way to remind myself that even when you're having a bad month that good things can still happen too. 



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