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Friday, 13 September 2019
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Halloween Activities to Do with the Whole Family
Halloween is just around the corner. The celebration is a great opportunity to get kids and parents together to collaborate on spooky activities and creative projects. Over the years, hundreds of these activities have been devised, so you’ll have no shortage of inspiration when it comes to your household’s Halloween celebrations. Probably the best-known activity for kids at this time of year is trick-or-treating – but this is falling out of fashion, thanks to concerned parents and annoyed residents who don’t want to have to keep a massive bag of sweets by the door. So what are the alternatives?
Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween if we didn’t dress up for the occasion. Grown-up costumes tend to be increasingly grim and gory, and informed by villains from film and television. Kid’s costumes aren’t quite as grisly, but they’re still a great opportunity to dress up as a favourite character from the world of cinema (or literature). If you’re willing to pay for it, you might find a brilliant costume online, but it’s usually more fun to make your own. Older children can help out with the design and the ideas, and parents can pitch in with any sewing.
Here’s another chance to get creative with the most famous of all Halloween decorations: the carved pumpkin. You needn’t limit yourself to the traditional grinning face, here: modern jack-o-lanterns can carry just about any image or message you like – provided that you can carve it into the vegetable. If you get a few kids sitting side-by-side on a suitable bench, you can set up a neat little pumpkin production-line.
Other home-made Halloween decorations, like slime, stringy-cobwebs and fake blood, can be just as fun to make. Just make sure that you supervise your children’s efforts, as you don’t want them to come up with anything that will stain your walls or carpet.
Particular mention should go to the witch’s cauldron, which makes a great centrepiece for Halloween parties. If you put another bowl inside the cauldron, you can fill it with an actual drink, and serve a grisly treat to all of your guests. As well as looking the part, this will let you teach the kids (and yourself) some basic chemistry. Just make sure you handle the dry ice yourself, as it can burn the skin if handled directly. Make sure you don’t put any in the drink directly, either, as you don’t want to swallow it!
Why stop at your punch? If you want to involve the whole family, then get them to chip in by making some Halloween-inspired treats for the occasion. You can put all of that leftover pumpkin into a few dozen snack-sized pies, for a start. This approach will allow you to skip those mass-produced chocolates, and provide your kids with the skills they need to stay healthy when they need to fend for themselves. What better way to celebrate Halloween could there be?
Ooooh and doesn’t my new lamp match my cat oh so very well and it was a bargain for £6.95 from a charity shop ( the lamp and not the cat )
Monday, 9 September 2019
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
And the super thing about Westerham is that you get three hours free parking which is enough time to visit Quebec House and have a wander and lunch in the town.We opted for a meal deal in Costa ~ who says Pom Bears are just for kids?!
Sunday was Dover Castle and again I stress you must get there early as there is so much to see.I would head to the wartime tunnels first , you’ll have to queue there’s 2 of these tunnels to look at each with a brilliantly guided tour.
We hold both English Heritage membership and National Trust , Dover Castle is English Heritage and you will pay an additional charge if something special on like it was in the Sunday we went and that was jousting .The additional charge was only £3.50 each.
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
There is much much to see and do here it’s a really accessible place though the huts might be a little narrow in places.Theres a guide you can take to help you navigate round the place as well as it giving you information about what took place at Bletchley Park.If you haven't seen The Imitation Game then that is a very good starting point to the important work that took here by all the ladies and gentlemen during the war.
There is plenty to do there for children and there is even a very good playground where they can let off steam , also you can eat there or bring your own sandwiches there are plenty of levelly places round Bletchley Park to have a picnic without tripping over people.There is of course the essential gift shop where you can buy everything from a pencil to a bottle of Gin what trip isn't complete without a bottle of Gin !
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
There is nothing I like better than visiting National Trust properties with my husband , it is our escape and our relax from the complexities of life.
Did you know you can freeze their cakes thus extending the joy cake and a cup of tea brings ,I say cake always always has to be served with a cup of tea there is no debate to this I am afraid coffee lovers !
A Bakewell Tart cake from Sponge for 8 people is £13.50 delivered while the same cake for 16 people will cost £22 pounds and there extra embellishments you can pay for is you so desire includes a cake topper, card etc and other gifts.
Thursday, 15 August 2019
But you can take your what ifs and leave them at the door for I will run free and have fun in life just so long as I don’t trip over my nasal hair...
Friday, 9 August 2019
One of the hidden places that is in York will surprise you and it's not what you expect it is English Heritage and no it's not a grand house or a ruined castle or fortification.It is in fact a Nuclear bunker
And even Bettys of York yes that must famous tea room in the world has its secret side from shop where you can step back and seems like your in some sort of Harry Potter cake shop to the Tea rooms both the one where anyone can go to ( and more than likely queue ) to the upstairs tea room where you must defiantly have to book.And the upstairs tea room is a whole new world of pure luxury and tea and cake decadence.
Thursday, 8 August 2019
I love trees they’re the best and I wouldn’t ever want a world without trees.
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
I’m not a big blogger, I’m not a big influencer , I’m not a Nano influencer , I’m not a micro blogger.
I’m not instagram ready so free from the pressures of perfection yet I’m perfect in each and every way.
Blog to inspire and influence yourself and others from the heart.
But blog as you want to but I’ll tell you from experience it isn’t worth the headache from the pressure of trying to keep up and I blog as I wish and want to, very rarely there’s a sponsored post.Sometimes there’s a review post but 99 % of the time it’s little old me and my many many thoughts that pop into my head.There are cats in here , tea countryside and goodness knows what if it isn’t for you I’m not offended they’ll be something that is for you.
This me this is what I like, I like observing and soaking in life’s moments like letting the sunshine dance upon my closed eyelids , thinking about which word I like for the day.I dislike giving opinions as I do find it quite hard to get my opinion across and I get all flustered but eventually I get there.Writing makes stuff easier you can say as little or as much as you like and it’s the bees knees and it’s magical.
I’m ready I’m here let’s do life.
I do have difficulties but hey ho I’m so very kind and I’ll do my very best for people .
Life is like a window you’ve got to look beyond what you initially see.
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Those there are my four pound Lacoste shoes not worn or maybe worn once and taken off maybe as they squeak.But charity shops break joy heartfelt joy and I’m not just talking about the fact that I found Lacoste shoes that were only four pounds.
Friday, 2 August 2019
Holiday Inn Express terminal 5 is only a couple of miles from Windsor so we thought it would be ideal for our little mini break of a weekend as we are not having a main holiday this year ( joy of having a son studying at university ! ) Before we went to Windsor we went to Osterley Park which was about 12 miles from where we were stopping and it is a popular filming location having been used in a Batman film and Vanity Fair in fact it was being used for some feature film while we were visiting but we didn't see anyone famous.
Before you go to Windsor I would suggest downloading the parking app they have available.Having the parking app allows you to just pay for the time you use instead of guessing how long you’ll be.We parked at Romney lock car park and I challenge you to find a better view from a car park.
Thursday, 25 July 2019
To place yourself back when you were young is not as hard as you think especially when it comes to reading books as they have the power to transport you both in time and age and this is what I love so much about books. This is what happened to myself when I was given the chance to review the book Battle for Yorintown by Tommy Turner , you do not need to worry when you read this book and you haven't read it for the start of the series and you think that you're not going to pick it up but you needn't worry if you read this book as the back story is filled in nicely as the story goes along.This book is ideal for those who are aged 8 to 12 or any age come to think about it.When you read this you're going to firmly strap yourself in for a wild ride as it is a fast pace book and you'll want to read it all in one go.
Nearly thirteen year Tommy is pulled into an adventure that he never expected on another planet where he has his hands full trying to save a planet where he had been before , not only has he got to save the planet but his friends as well he will face many grave dangers along the way.Tommy has to been the hero and pull everything together and this is a huge undertaking for one so young.
Within the book we see from the start the struggle between siblings where there is just a big enough age gap for it to be irksome to the older of the siblings!
"It's true Tommy Turner wanted another adventure , but he never expected to be headfirst into a bottle ! or to discover that, of all the creatures in the entire universe , only he can save an alien race from dying.He certainly didn't mean to time-travel with Uncle Harry and Digby to the great ancient Maya city of Pakatoka, where they must save themselves before they can find the pyramid with the secret chamber.But the fact is, when you're a tie traveller anything can happen ...."
A brilliant book for the summer holidays to lose yourself and have the best and most wonderful time of your life and leaving you yearning for more adventures ~ an inspiring and thoughtful read.
Book is written by Ali Seegar
Saturday, 20 July 2019
A cat like a politician will grab the headlines in any way they can.