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Sunday, 24 January 2016

My First Blogging Advent

A few weeks back I was kindly invited to my first mini blogger advent and of course i said YES! So I thought i would share my day with you.

I traveled up to London by train and underground with my friend Hannah to the Westfield shopping centre, at Shepard's Bush. We were welcomed by friendly staff at the florida pop up nail salon and was also given a goody bag.

The advent was ran by Kissimmee, that wanted to brighten up the darkest month of the year with a warm sunny gesture under the campaign #LOVE FLORIDA.

Brighting up January was definitely succeeded, from the bright pink sun loungers with back drops with psalm trees and four bright nail vanishes to choose from for a pedicure.

After having a pedicure we was also treated to lunch at the Byron Hamburgers restaurant. We were accompanied by the company director Ana of Kissimmee and Sian from VVV global marketing. Both very nice ladies and will hopefully get to work with both of them in the near future.

I had never eaten at Byron hamburgers before but very much enjoyed it. The meat was cooked to perfection, the sweet potato and courgettes fries were amazing too. I will definitely recommend eating there with so many choices of burgers and sides.

I met some other bloggers that were lovely ladies and i also hope we get to see each other again at another blogging advent soon.

Thank you so much for inviting me VVV global marketing and Thank you to Kissimmee for such a lovely day.

I really wanted to share my day with you all 
So thank you for reading 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

My New Year Goals and Resolutions

Last year was the first year that i decided to make myself new year resolutions and goals, even though some i didn't start until around May time i did finally get round to making them all happen. So this year there was no doubt in my mind that i wasn't going to set myself some more for 2016.

So here we are,

1.  Eat Breakfast

To be honest i can't remember the last time i sat down and had a bowl of cereal in the morning. My breakfast is normally A cup of tea and some biscuits while editing or writing a blog post. Tut tut. So in 2016 my plan is to eat something in the morning, Healthy. Biscuits don't count! Weather its a yogurt, toast or a piece of fruit. That leads me on the number 2.

2. Eat more fruit

How many people can sit there and actually say they have there 5 fruit and veg a day, every day. I know i can't. 2016 is my year to eat more fruit, and hoping this will come in with my first goal. My plan is to start making smoothies, Actually having time to sit down and eat breakfast on a week day is impossible but chucking fruit yogurt,water or milk into a blender is. This is where I'm hoping to get my fruit and veg up to the daily intake they recommend. 

3. Go to bed earlier

After a long manic day, having dinner and cleaning the kitchen I finally get to sit down and relax. However at the moment i find I'm actually sitting on the computer either editing or writing posts, Before i know it, its 11pm . This has to stop! Not only am i sitting there working, I'm not spending quality time with Mr B, Im straining my eyes and my head is so active that when I finally go to bed it takes me ages to get to sleep. To make this possible that then takes me to number 4.

4. Get more organised

I now get a longer period during the day to write post make and edit my videos now that Freddie attends nursery for three days a week. Meaning that i need to get more organised and do what i need to do during the school hours so that when the kids and Mr B are home we get our family time back.  

5. Drink more Water

Im not a big drinker and after reading and watching so many healthy eating, living blogs and vlogs I have decided that i need to drink more water. To help me do this i have bought a bottle with measurements going up the side to help you drink the recommended amount. Hopefully I will notice the difference to my skin energy and mood. 

6. Scrapbooking

2015 went so fast, and during the year we did so many things, went to amazing places and of course the boys growing up. For 2016 i want to make a book of everything we do, to have something to look back on in 2017 and remember what amazing year we had. I think sometimes we take life for granted and sometimes its nice to sit down and look back. This is also another reason i decided to start weekly volleying on my Youtube channel. Unfortunately children don't remember everything, do you remember every present, holiday, outing you went on as a child? I can't, so having something for my boys to look back on to see what they did this year will be lovely. 

7. Meet new people

Thanks to this large internet world, i have meet some lovely people that i talk to on a regular bases. In 2016 I want to make it my goal to meet up with as many of them as i can. Most of the lovely ladies I talk to are mummies as well, so I'm hoping during half terms, summer holidays we can make plans and go on a few outings. 

8. Work Out

Im 26 but chasing a lively nearly 3 year old around soft play / park i realise how unfit i actually am. I am wanting to be able to do a workout every morning. 1, to make me fitter 2, wake me up and give me a energy boost and 3, hopefully this will help with my over goals and resolutions. Do you see where 2016 is going for me...... 

go to bed earlier to get up do a work out, drinking water to keep me hydrated, Making my hungry for breakfast giving me the energy boost to keep me going to get things done during the day, organising

9. Save Money

Saving money when you are a Blogger and Vlogger is quite difficult. You want to buy new things that have come on to the market to try and give you review on it. I enjoy trying new products and being able to share my opinions on it with you is a plus. However the first few months of the year i need to save for our holidays. We are heading to disney in February and Las Vegas in March, so spending money is accentual.

10. Do more as A family

If you watch my vlogs then you will notice Mr B isn't in them that much, and mostly because he works long hours. (other reason camera shy) We own our own business so even sometime when his home at 6pm he still need to do banking and paper work. However Sundays are his days off, so 2016 we have said Sundays are our family days. Thats a family day outside. even though Sundays in 2015 were family days they were spent indoors. I want to change this for 2016, i want to go out and do more things together. Weather its to the park, walk down the beach, swimming it doesn't have to be much or cost an arm or a leg just outside getting fresh air and wearing the kids out :) 

11. One on One time

Freddie can be a handful some times and he and Taylor are two very different personalities. Freddie is load and out there and attention grabbing, Taylor on the other hande is quite and placid and very independent so he will just go up to his room and play lego, xbox or read. Now that Freddie attends nursery for three whole days this helps me with getting thing done during the day but also spending one on one time with Taylor. Unfortunately because Freddie is so demanding its hard to give Taylor my time when his around. So from the time i pick taylor up from school till having to pick Freddie up I'm want to do something or take Taylor somewhere or even just sit and have quite time to talk.

Finally number 12

I just want to carry on making good content for you all to read and watch in 2016. Blogging and Vlogging is actually my first hobby I have had since I was around 16. I enjoy making videos and writing my thoughts for you all to read. Its not easy, trying to film edit think of new fresh ideas with a busy family life but i enjoy. So for 2016 i just want to keep enjoying it, you all still enjoying reading and watch my content and having more people join my Internet family by following my life here, Youtube and Instagram.  

Let me know if you have any goals or resolutions for 2016 and please follow and subscribe to follow us on our 2016 journey. 

Thanks for reading 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Lapland Uk Review

When I posted my last Vlogmas video I got quite a few questions and requests for more information on Lapland UK. Unfortunately I wasn't sure when I would be able to upload a video on it as i already have so many other videos organised to share with you. However I definitely wanted to answer the questions you asked and give you a bit more information, so here it is.

From the moment we got to Lapland UK the kids were entertained and were made to feel really special. You wait in A tent until your tour time begins, where there is tables and benches and a cafe that sells refreshments and snacks. Believe it or not things warn't over priced, like you normally find when you go to places like this.

While you wait you check in with kind, happy, jolly elfs that interact with your children. The elf gives the children their elf passports telling them they collect stamps throughout the day and not to lose it because this is what santa looks though before you meet him.

You also collect your elf jingles at this point. When you buy anything though your travels in lapland you use these instead of £s. However they do have card machines in the shops incase you run out.

There is an elf walking around interacting with the children getting them to join in skipping in a circle and singing. Which kept them entrained while you waited for your tour to begin.

You first go through a woodland tunnel covered in light and this is where it start to become magical. You meet your first two woodland Elfs that tell you a little story about elf, lapland and mr and mrs clause.

The woodland elfs then open the magical door into Lapland with a rhyme which is in the Childs Elf passport. As you have been sitting in the little woodland forest, which is actually just apart of the tent at the beginning. It is covered in lights and with around 50 people in this small space it gets quite warm. So as soon as they open the magical door into Lapland you can really feel the cold.

Everything is beautiful the trees and ground are covered in snow, this is where your trip round Lapland begins.

You begin with helping the elfs in the toy factory making teddies and wooden horses. Followed with a short walk though the snowy forest to get to mother christmas's house to decorate gingerbread houses and have a story. You then get to make your way to Elf village where there is a an ice rink  a place to get something to eat, yet again reasonably priced and the food is AMAZING too. (i'll put all prices at the bottom) A Shop that sell toys, teddies home things etc, A sweet shop, A post office to post a letter to santa, and a foundry where they make magic keys and tree decorations.

You are at Elf village for around an hour and a half so plenty of time to get something to eat, Ice skate and look around the shops.

On the back of you elf passport is the time when you can start making your way to santa. You see the elf at the meeting spot (which is the way to see santa) They check the time on your passport and tell you to follow the path. There was NO QUE!!

The path is about 500 meters long, up and down hills though a lovely snowy woodland with a bridge, a few elf houses, reindeers and of course Santa's slay. You then get to a little wooden hut, which has log seats and elfs talking to the children before you have your own elf that comes and calls your child's name and takes you on our way to meet Santa.

Santa was BRILIANT, he is exactly what you imagine santa to be like. He welcomes the children in telling them to sit down, talks to them about all the things you told them on the form you filled out when you pay for you tickets.

We also told the Elf in the hut (that checks all the details they have are correct) about Puck our elf on the shelf and i don't know how or when they gave him the message but he mentioned him to the boys. *MAGIC*

He checks to see if they are on the good list and shows their name in the book and then passes them a toy each. You don't feel rushed at anytime, it is a truly magical experience.

Lapland is Amazing and we are definitely going to be returning next year and for many more.  If you are looking for a magical christmas, meeting an actual santa that looks, sound and acts like santa then this is the place to go.

I can't tell you how many times my eyes whelmed up with the look of surprise and excitement on Taylor's face.

Lapland makes your experience simply magical with the invitations from santa inviting you, the day and also letter from santa to put out on christmas eve.

More information on Lapland UK

£1 = 1 Elf Jingle.
Boots to ice skate are FREE.
Family of four - 35 jingles for food and drinks at the elf village cafe.
You can NOT take picture with santa as they do this but you can film.
Picture £15 each or three for £30 and can download off the website they give you in 24 hours.

Prices are from £45- £89.50 per person plus booking fee (Booking fees are charged by SEE tickets)

If you have any other questions please leave them down below. Also if you haven't seen week 4 of Vlogmas that contains the footage from Lapland Uk then you can follow this link -
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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year All !!

I hope you are all well and all had an amazing christmas and new year. As 2016 is now here I wanted to just write a small post letting you know my plans for this year on my blog. 

If you have visited my blog previously then you will know in the middle of December my blog had a renovation :) I am really happy with the way it looks and the way it is all set out. I hope you all like it also and you find it easier to find things. 

I havent been blogging for as long as i've been making videos on YouTube but i really enjoy it (when I think of things to share with you.) This year I really want to try harder and want to start posting every Sunday at 5pm. 

2016 is my year to become more organised and dedicated to my blog. I have already planned the next five post ready for the up and coming Sundays and have a few more written down for during the year.

However I would love to hear from you, Please let me know if there is anything you may want me to review, talk about and see here. 

Thank you for sticking with me, Also if you interested in my plans for 2016 on my youtube channel follow the link below. Don't forget to subscribe and follow to keep up to date, It means a lot. 

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