Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pre-Nursery

My daughter has just started full time nursery and she is certainly taking it all in her stride.
She very much enjoys going and playing with all of her friends, some days she doesn’t actually want to leave!

Since I am now spending a lot more time with my 2 year old son, I have begun thinking about looking into childcare for him. As in him attending nursery possibly one or two days a week only for half days just to get him used to the concept and prepare him for when he starts school later next year.

He has been a bit of a handful lately, not listening and running off and I think that hopefully nursery could provide him with some basic discipline as well as providing him with an educational and social environment.


I do struggle to find ways to keep him occupied during the days, yes I take him for walks, to the park, make cakes etc with him but it’s the same every week. I think he could really benefit and enjoy the experience of a nursery setting.

I have only so far made some basic enquiries and have not yet actually visited any nurseries.

Have you put your little ones into pre nursery? What were your reasons? Did everyone agree with it? how did your child find it?
I really would love to hear your opinions before I decide for definite.
RachelSwirl

Friday, 12 August 2016

Grace Foods Caribbean Food Week

Grace Foods is celebrating its fifth annual Caribbean food week taking place 22-29 August 2016. 


To celebrate Grace Foods have challenged a number of bloggers to create a Caribbean street food party spread.

Armed with my fabulous Grace Foods hamper I set about working on what I could cook. 

My hamper included;
Ginger Beer
Coconut water
Aloe drink
Coconut milk
Peas and beans
Cock soup
Callalou
Jerk now sauce
Various seasonings

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Wicked Uncle Challenge

Wicked Uncle recently challenged us to allow a grown up who has no children to buy toys for our children using their website. It is difficult to find the right gift when you don't know what interests children have. 

We chose a family friend who gladly accepted the challenge. Using wicked uncles website they were able to use the filters, shop by age, gender etc to find some suitable gifts. 

They reported back that they found the website really easy to use and chose some great gifts for our children. 

When our parcel arrived we all eagerly gathered around wondering what surprises lay in store!

On opening the box we discovered the following gifts;

My First Mini Greenhouse

Butterfly Garden

2x projector touches (1 Dinosaur, 1 Fairy)



The mini greenhouse really is great and I think it's fab for all ages. It comes with a compost disc, cress seeds, coleus seeds and giant sunflower seeds as well as gardening tools and instructions. 

It's so easy to use and we were quickly growing our own little garden. 



The butterfly house is my favourite, again great for all ages. We had to send off for our pot of 5 caterpillars via the website or post. When they arrived we had to leave them in the pot and we watched them grow incredibly fast and big until they turned into chrysalides and were ready to be moved into the butterfly garden for their amazing transformation into butterflies. 

It really was amazing to watch and the kids absolutely loved it and even more so when the day came to set them free. I was amazed by just how at ease they were with us picking them up and I even managed to pose some of them on various plants and flowers for photos. 


This really is the perfect gift and a great way to learn about nature.

We also received two projector torches, each comes with a number of projector discs so you can swap and change your photos. The kids had great fun projecting the images onto the wall creating a little show for us. 



Our Wicked grown up definitely won this challenge and Wicked Toys really do have some fantastic and unusual gifts for all ages. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hollywood Bowl Cardiff

We were recently invited down to Hollywood Bowl at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay for a game of bowling and some food.

Hollywood Bowl have a passion for bringing families and friends together for affordable fun and healthy competition, giving everyone who visits their centres that feel-good factor.
A visit here isn’t just about the brilliant bowling… it’s about enjoying good times together, and that’s why they’re proud to offer so much great entertainment under one roof – including great food, drink, amusements and pool.
When we arrived we checked in at the bowling desk and were then greeted by the manager who showed us to the diner where we decided to have our food sitting down first before we started our bowling.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Budget Bathroom Challenge Ocean Finance

Ocean Finance recently challenged a small number of bloggers to give their bathroom a budget makeover!

They want to show how easily a bathroom can be given a fresh new lease of life by changing the accessories or by giving it a lick of paint. 

Armed with my £100 budget I set upon my challenge looking for items that would transform my dull colourless bathroom into a tranquil room for relaxation. 

Here is our bathroom before the challenge. 


As you can see it is quite plain and simple. 

I decided it would be lovely to add a splash of colour so I set out and bought some matching hand and bath towels as well as some matching accessories in the same colour; toilet brush holder, bin, hand soap and toot rush holder set as well as a new blind. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Dining Out

How to Make Dining Out and Ordering in More Affordable When on a Budget

Dining out and ordering in are a great way to relieve people of the duty of cooking a meal. Even those who love to cook may find it nice to get out of the house and enjoy a meal prepared by someone else in a restaurant they love, or like to kick up their feet and watch a good movie after their meal has been delivered to their doorstep. But, when on a budget, it may be difficult to keep dining out and keep money in your pocket from disappearing faster than you can replenish it. 

Here are a few tips for making dining out and ordering in more affordable when on a budget. 

Half and Half
It does not take much to spend $100 on food from your restaurant. The food is delicious and you know you will be satisfied, so you are willing to fork out the cash, no matter how much it costs. When on a budget, this simply isn't a good idea because spending $100 on food just isn't something you can afford to do. Instead of buying your entire meal from the restaurant, you can opt to only purchase one or two dishes and make everything else at home. For example, if you would like to have pizza and wings for dinner, you can order the pizza from your favorite place, like the Groupon discount code site for Papa Johns, and make the wings at home. This way, you are spending less, but still enjoying a great meal. 
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