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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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

One Month Of Trying The DietBon Diet Meals Delivered Service

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Every single New Year I make the same resolution, get healthier and lose some weight. Every single year I fail. I have tried every healthy eating plan going and attended slimming groups in the past and I always end up failing for a number of reasons, the main one being lack of time. As a busy, work-at-home mam of three, I struggle to find the time. I normally have something quick like a sandwich for lunch and then I make an evening meal the whole family can enjoy in the evening. When I have previously been on healthy eating plans I found I was cooking two separate evening meals most nights as the children did not like the 'healthy meals' plus I found the healthy meals were expensive or took a long time to prepare. 

So when DietBon got in contact in December and asked if I would like to try out the DietBon diet meals delivered service I decided to give it a go. 

DietBon pasta meal with a side salad

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Monday, 20 January 2020

10 Netflix Shows Worth Binge-Watching

I don't know about you but January is a month where we spend a lot of time at home as the weather is a bit rubbish and we are a bit skint after Christmas. I am such a home-body though and actually like staying at home although it can get boring at times I do love nothing more than getting cosy on the sofa on an evening when the children are in bed and binge-watching a series on Netflix. At the moment I don't have any series to watch so if you have any recommendations of must-see Netflix shows then be sure to let me know in the comments below. 

If you too are looking to get stuck into a new Netflix series then here are ten Netflix series that I have enjoyed binge-watching over the past few months. 

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

2020 Goals

I am totally late to the party here but for the last few weeks, I have been pondering about what I want to achieve this year. There are so many things that I would like to improve in my life but I am not really a one for resolutions (I always end up breaking them). Plus I always think January is a daft time to start making changes as its a bit of a miserable month, the weather is rubbish, everyone is a bit skint after Christmas and if your house is anything like mine it will still be full of treats from Christmas. 

February seems a much better month to make changes in my opinion so I have been thinking about the goals I want to achieve in 2020. I always think goals are a much better way to improve your life then resolutions, as goals are something you can work towards throughout the year. 

So here are some of the things I want to achieve in the year ahead.


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Refreshing Your Home For The New Year

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If you're not too keen on the whole 'new year new me' thing but still feel like you could do with shaking off the cobwebs of the last decade, then a little sprucing up of your living space may be just what you're in need of. The new year brings with it a new sense of the refreshed and revamped and a lick of paint and a fresh interior can really make you feel ready for the new decade, fully equipped with a cosy home to sit back and relax in. 

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Wallpaper is a bit daunting for a lot of us as it's a bit of a commitment and requires a little more effort than a lick of paint, but it brings to the table (or the room) something a little extra with the effort you've put in. Wallpaper gives your home more character and a burst of colour that will bring real vitality into your space. Choosing something a little more out there and taking the plunge when it comes to colour can really change the way you feel about a room that may be lacking in the design department. By even just papering one wall, you can create a feature that speaks for itself, gives you a focal point and breathes new life into your home.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Taking Care Of My Health In 2020

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Now that it is a brand new year and everyone is talking of resolutions and goals for the year ahead it got me thinking about what my goals for the year ahead are. I am so bad at always making New Years Resolutions and breaking them so I much prefer the idea of creating achievable goals for the year ahead that I can work on throughout the year. This year my main goal is to work on my health. 

So many people have goals and/or resolutions this year to lose three stone or drop two dress sizes or run a marathon. I don't have any of those goals, me and fitness do not go well together and while I would like to lose weight that is not what I am focusing on. I am simply going to focus on being healthier. 

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Thursday, 9 January 2020

A Look Back On 2019

At the start of the New Year, I always like to look back on the year gone by, it doesn't seem so long ago that I wrote about 2018 and now here we are in 2020 writing about 2019 - time please slow down a little. 2019 was a funny old year for us, it started off well and the highlight was most definitely our wedding in the summer (best day ever!). Thing's kind of went down-hill a bit after the wedding though and it has been a very stressful few months and my mental health has suffered massively so I took a huge step back from blogging and online life last year. I ended the year feeling thankful that I have my family and determined to make this year a much better year for us all. 

Anyway here is a look back on 2019

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Things I Loved December 2019

We are now a week into 2020 and after a lovely break from the online world over the festive period I am back blogging and I feel so much better after the break. 2019 was a bit of a mixed bag for us, the first half of the year was good and we got married in the summer which was the highlight of the year for us. However, the second half of the year was not so great and as a result, this blog was majorly neglected but now I am back and I am going to blog more often again as I have missed it. 

One thing that I did manage to do each month last year was write my monthly 'things I loved' posts, as these are a nice way to record the happy moments from the month gone by. Even when you have had a rubbish month there are always things to be thankful for and that made you happy and these posts are my way of recording the happy moments. So let's have a look at the things I loved in December 2019. 

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

10 Most Popular Blog Posts Of 2019

At the start of each year, I always sit down and look at my analytics to see which of my blog posts performed well and which not so well. It is always super useful as it lets me know what kind of content performs best and helps me plan what kind of posts to write more of this year. I normally get a surprise when I work out which posts perform well as sometimes the most unlikely posts perform the best. This year an old recipe post from 2015 received 46,400 views on my blog this year alone, the photos in it are shocking and it is an old post but for some reason, it keeps getting daily hits via Pinterest. 

My second most popular post with 18,500 views this year is my review of Pirates Village Hotel in Majorca. This was a holiday we had paid for ourself and went on in 2018, we had booked it a year in advance and we had been so looking forward to it and it was a brilliant first holiday for the little two. All of the other posts I wrote about the trip performed really well this year too. 

However, I only like to include posts written from the past year in my most popular posts so here is a look at the most-read posts from my blog in 2019. 

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