Monday, 30 July 2018

Manuals

Eryn has just turned two which is crazy as it doesn't feel that long ago. I know that's totally cliché but I think it's because my pregnancy with her dragged and life seemed so slow and as soon as she arrived so much changed from moving house to getting a new car not to mention Jared starting school which speeds everything up, well not everything as Monday morning traffic during the school run is still about as quick as a snail. Anyway back to Eryn, she got a great selection of gifts, books, clothes, shoes and of course toys. She didn't know what to play with first although she did get excited about the shoes, she has a slight shoe obsession.


Some of the toys Eryn got were easy to work out how to set up and play with them other we had to refer to the technical documentation. Such as the Ariel bubble blower and water sprinkler she got from my mum, it connects to a hose but I still spent a solid 10 minutes trying to work out where the bubble mixture went and then a further 5 ok maybe more figuring which hose pipe head was needed. The manual explained things much better but I think it would of been useful to have picture diagrams. I prefer the one's with pictures so that it  makes it easier to identify which parts go where whilst trying to tell your kind to hang on while they impatiently loom over you asking "is it ready".


Majority of  these manuals are multilingual manuals now a days which is great not just because we are living in a more diverse country where there are so many different languages spoken but it also helps if you are learning a language. Sounds crazy doesn't it? but if you think about it actually makes great reading material, you literally have the correct structure in a sentence and the translation into your language as well. I definitely think we need more uses for manual's as after they have served their purpose they tend to get shoved in a draw.

We have a very large collection of manuals (we all have that draw full, don't we) which I really need to go through. I think the oldest one I came across actually belonged to me when I was 13/14 it was for an Alba CD and tape, yes tape!, player. I loved that thing I always felt cool carrying it around with my group of mates.

I have considered making my own manuals, child friendly manuals. As Jared is getting older he wants to do more for himself so I was thinking of just making a few up for little things such as, how to make a sandwich, step by step of working the washing machine and a few other little chores. Who know I could be on Dragon's Den next year (is that still going?). To be honest I actually think that would be a really cool idea maybe turn it into a book with different age appropriate chore manuals throughout with really awesome illustrations. If this already exists let me know and if not then I'm just saying this was my idea first and I expect 50% if you steal it.

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Affordable Days Out

The school's have closed and the kids are at home for the next 6 weeks! I have been busy trying to find affordable fun days out for the family, the cheaper the better. After all I will need the extra money to spend on cider to keep me sane. Now I don't plan on taking the kids out every day but I know some families only have these holidays to spend time as a family so I've added as many as I can. I will also have a post up on how to keep the kids occupied at home.

Soft Play

  • Jurassica - Based in Goole, Open from 9:15-18:00, Prices 1-3 yrs £5 4+yrs £6.50. They offer a membership and also hold SEND sessions. 
  • Goose - Based in Harrogate, Hours vary so best to check, there are two prices depending on what you want so it's between £2-£10, booking is advisable. 
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Based in Wakefield, we have been here many times when Jared was a toddler. Open 9:30-17:30 all week, Price 
  • Jungle Kids - Based in Leeds, open times vary depending on the day. Price is between £1-£5.
These are just a few of our favourite's some we have visited more times than other's and some we are planning to visit after hearing amazing things about them, or after visiting for a birthday party. 

Attractions
 

  • Go Ape - This covers a day out for those with children at different ages and prices start at £36 for 1 child and 1 adult. I recently went to our local Go Ape at Temple Newsam in Leeds you can read my review here.
  • Swithens Farm - This is our favourite farm to visit, it is affordable and you can actually interact with the animals and feed them. As my daughter is animal mad she loves being able to feed them and touch them it really helps with teaching children to respect animals. Swithens is based in Rothwell in Leeds they are open 10-5 Tues to Sun and are really affordable at £4 entry for adults and children aged 3+. There is also a cafe and a play barn and outdoor play area which has hay stacks to climb free bouncy castle and trampolines. 
  • Summit - There is a few activities at Summit one that we enjoy is the bowling as we have found it is the best value for money and often have some great offers. If you have a purple vouchers book then you can even bowl as many games as you want for free. Prices for the bowling start at £6 per person. 
  • Gravity - It seems to be the latest popular thing to do and kids and teens seem to really enjoy this. There are a few gravity places dotted about the country and I have found a voucher through Wowcher so you can bounce for £5 instead of the usual £9.95. 
  • Tropical Butterfly House - We went here a while back and it was rather cold and wet but we had a great time. We went as we had a voucher from the purple vouchers book we thought that it was just a butterfly house as the name suggests but there is a lot more there including really adorable Otters, a big outdoor play area and indoor area with a craft section. It is reasonably priced to get in but we found the food expensive so would recommend taking a picnic, entry pric is £13.20 for adults £12.20 for children 2+
  • Wheelgate - Perfect for the younger one's I would say aged 13 and under. There are rides, parks, animals and an outdoor splash zone which is perfect for this gorgeous weather we are having. If you are planning on visiting make sure you take your swimming stuff as you do need to be wearing correct swimming clothes to use the splash zone. Prices start from as little as £4.06 and it is a great fun filled day out. Wheelgate is based in Nottingham but they also have a sister park called Twinlakes based in Melton Mowbray, vouchers can be found in the purple vouchers book if you have one. 
  • Eden Camp - This is a favourite for Jared who has been three times now and always asks if we can go again we wrote a review the last time we went. We have been during hot weather and during wet weather as the museum is split into section in each hut they can get a bit warm on hotter days. The price of entry per adult is £10 and £8.50 for children, they do do family tickets which work out cheaper. Eden Camp is great for all ages and you can really take a lot away from it, located in Malton.   


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Planning A Wedding

If you are a regular to my blog then you will know that last year Liam asked me to marry him, of course I said yes. Ever since then I have been thinking about how our day will be, who to invite, what food we want and most importantly.....the cake!
Photograph by Petar Milošević
I know what colour scheme we are going to have and I know what style of wedding dress I would like and bridesmaid dresses. I really love the Morilee Kali dress from the 2018 collection, it is a ballgown style with a halterneck with beautiful beaded and embroider detail on the bodice but for me it's the skirt that makes it stand out. There are layers of ruffled/wavy organza which look so beautiful and pretty close to the layered up princess dresses. I would like my bridesmaid in something that they will feel comfortable in but that also compliments the wedding dress maybe one that is shorter in length rather than a full floor dress. I plan on keeping my bridesmaid happy so will take their views on board. I don't want to plan what the men are wearing as it is as much Liam's day as it is mine and as long as he sticks to the colour scheme I'm happy.

We have been looking at wedding venues which we have found a little tricky because we don't really know many places other than places where we have already been to for someone else's wedding. We took to the internet and found so many places near to us that we didn't even know existed, my favourite was a mansion that you could have sole use of including a spa and all the guest rooms. Unfortunately it's way out of budget, unless I win the lottery. We have already spoken about the type of venue we would like, we want a venue that can hold both the ceremony, wedding breakfast and the reception. For the reception we want a disco and have already got a long list of the song's that must be played. We are also thinking of adding a song request slip to the invitation, this is because we have been to wedding's and the music wasn't that great and it took a while for anyone to get up and dance. 

Morilee Kali Dress
I think it is hard to plan all the smaller details like decor and menu's until you have set a date and picked a venue. However this does not stop any future bride or groom from looking for idea's and we have started to use a website that pretty much has it all, including my dream dress. Having a look on the website I came across the list of wedding fair's which is great as I could really do with going to a few fair's to find all the little extra's that we possibly haven't thought of. If you don't have any fair's upcoming that are close to you then there is also a section that has a list of suppliers. 

Monday, 23 July 2018

To Snare A Witch By Jay Raven


Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. 

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it. 



No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.
But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty,  intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.
What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition  sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil...

To snare a witch is a historical horror, which is generally not my type of thing since I usually prefer crime when I’m reading. So I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to enjoy it when I started reading.
That being said, it was a good little book. Because I have kids I find it very difficult to find the time to actually sit and read a whole book and end up reading in bits and bats and having to reread chapters to refresh myself about what is going on. 
That wasn’t an issue with To Snare a Witch, since it is only 77 pages long and has quite short chapters it was a great book to pick up just to have a bit of me time once the kids are in bed without the pressure of trying to get through to the end of a huge chapter.
I liked that the chapter titles were all whimsical little rhymes, it contrasted well with the more dark content of the actual story. It gave a little break from the horror aspect of the story too which was quite nice. Plus the rhymes also managed to relay what was happening in the upcoming chapter which was pretty cool.
Like I said before, it isn’t the type of story that I’d usually read, but I did enjoy it even though I wouldn’t necessarily have picked it out myself, I’m glad I got the chance to read it. For anyone who does like the history and/or horror genre then it’s definitely a good book for you.
I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so I won’t mention too much about the plot, I just thought I’d mention the main character and how badass she is, it makes a great change from the man being the hero of a story. Plus the twist of where the story ends up compared to where you think it will go is quite a cool surprise.
Overall a nice little read to fit in when you have a break in a hectic life, or if you happen to have more time to read than I do then a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Xls Medical Shakes: Week 1

Last Monday I started my weight loss journey using Xls Medical Shakes. I've tried a few diets in the past and had only ever tried 1 shake diet beforehand which was Herbalife, I did not enjoy that. Before starting the shakes I spoke with my doctor to get the thumbs up as I have to take medication for my hashimoto thyroiditis and my diabetes. I got the thumbs up but was told to make sure I had a snack and if I felt funny in way then to eat something.


My starting weight was 14st 5lb. I'm not proud of that weight but hey I'm trying my best to get it down. I don't have an ideal weight in my head but I would like to get down to the 12st area which seems so far away. I'm not one to keep an eye on the BMI as I think it's a load of crap, when I was a size 8 I was told I was borderline overweight because of my weight.

So how did I find week 1, I'm not going to lie I found it difficult some days. Monday was pretty easy as was Tuesday but by Wednesday I felt so hungry and a little weak not to mention hangry (angry and hungry). On Wednesday I decided it would be best to just have one shake so I had toast for breakfast a shake for lunch then a healthy dinner. On Thursday I was back to the two shakes, I have two flavours so instead of sticking to one flavour at a time I had a strawberry for breakfast and then a chocolate for lunch. Friday was the same two shakes followed by a healthy dinner which on Friday was pasta and chicken. On the weekend I was a total fail. Liam was away sea fishing so I had planned a movie night with the kids and we had pizza and snacks, popcorn and chocolate. I'm human and everyone needs a treat I think I do more harm when I deny myself a treat. On the Sunday I had no shakes but also didn't have breakfast or lunch but we were at a BBQ I didn't eat too many carbs as they just cling to me and can make me a little bit poorly anyway if I eat too many.

BBQ Sunday
I weighed myself on the same scales and in the same clothes, in fact pretty much no clothes as I want this to be as accurate as it can be. As I stepped on the numbers started flying about up and down but I was surprised to see 13st 13lbs, which is a loss of 6lbs. I was a little bit annoyed with myself as I knew that I would of lost more if I would of stuck to two shakes and a meal but I also know that I have to be careful because of my Diabetes and my Hashimoto's. 

Looking forward I'm excited to see how much more I can lose I hope for at least a 4lb loss this week. I'm finding the shakes really tasty with Strawberry being my favourite flavour. When I mix my shakes up I leave them to stand for a minute as they get thicker the longer they stand and for me it just feels for foodie, the shakes do fill me to a certain extent but it's the action of eating that I seem to miss.
A current side view


Saturday, 21 July 2018

I Was Raped

According to the CSEW 5 in 6 victims did not report their sexual assault that's 83%. That would make me the 1 in 6 that did report my sexual assault. Below is my story I have changed the names of the people involved apart from my own. I'm sharing my story to show you that each case is different and that there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel. I have split my story up to make it easier to digest and also easier for me to write.

I had just turned 17 I was living with my (ex)husband in Germany and I was enjoying having a pretty care free life. My (ex)husband was in the Army and was being sent away on an exercise, he had asked his friends to pop in on me make sure I was ok whilst he was away, I was suffered with panic attacks.

His friend who I will call Dave was popping by one night for a few drinks and to watch crappy TV, he asked me if it was ok if his two friends Steve and Bob could also come along. I agreed and saw no harm in it, we were all around the same age and I had grown up around squaddies, I found I got on well with them as I got the humour and the lifestyle. So Dave, Steve, Bob and me sat in my flat having a couple of drinks which were leftover from my party, we listened to music played stupid drinking games and just being teenagers. As it got late Dave left leaving Steve and Bob behind, Steve and Bob were both pretty drunk although in hindsight I think Bob had been less drunk than he had been making out. I offered my spare room and sofa to them and took myself off to bed.

I was woken up, at first I couldn't work out what it was waking me up I just felt uncomfortable. It took a few seconds to realise what was happening, I was being raped. Bob was on top of me I didn't know what to do I just laid there wanting to scream, I wish I had had the strength to push him off but I was scared. I kept my eye's closed wishing it would just end, I kept thinking about all the crime programme's I had watched and how so many of the women were beaten or killed. I did think if I moved he might of tried to kill me after all he was raping me he could of been capable of anything. Time seemed to standstill until eventually it came to and end, well the rape anyway. He laid in my bed next to afterwards called me a fucking slut and went to sleep. I didn't dare move until I knew he was asleep.

When I was certain he was asleep I grabbed my house phone and went into my spare room locking the door behind me. I was shaking, sobbing and felt sick how could this happen to me? what did I do to deserve this? Those questions start straight away. I used my house phone to text Dave begging him to come and get Bob out of my flat. It took a while for him to respond but he eventually came back, he knew that something wasn't right. When Dave got to mine I told him what had happened he then woke up Steve and told him. I wanted him gone I wanted them all gone but it was hours before they left, I stayed in my spare room the whole time. I don't know for sure but I think Dave told Bob and I think that is when Bob started his story and getting the boys to have his back. I could hear them talking but couldn't hear what they were saying, they made themselves some food and even nipped to the shop for some cigarettes. Meanwhile I sat on my spare bed feeling sick and disgusted, eventually they all left. The minute they all left I cried harder than I had ever cried before.

I tried to ring my Husband but with him being away I couldn't get hold of him. I then rang his brother to ask if his Dad could get me a number (his dad was ex army same battalion). His brother could hear in my voice I was hiding something but I couldn't tell them what would they think? But his brother had said something to his Dad which made him ring me back. I broke down on the phone and I told him what had happened. He rang the military police.

Before the police got to me I had a few fellow solider's contact me, one asked me how I was doing the other told me Bob had gone back to camp and bragged about what he had done. I felt humiliated. Everyone knew. When the police arrived my friend and her mum were with me as they were dropping some stuff off for me, they were going to find out anyway so I told them. My friends mum packed me some clean clothes and told me I could stay with them until my husband got back. I can never thank her enough.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Simply Swim Uk

In a few weeks time we will be on our first family holiday. We are all super excited and have been busy saving up all those 2ps for the arcades, Jared has always enjoyed playing these when we have had a trip to the seaside.

We have so much planned for when we are away that I can't wait to share with you. During our holiday we will be taking the kids swimming which I think is an activity everyone has to do whilst on holiday. Jared can swim but hasn't been swimming since his lesson's ended so I'm hoping he will be like a duck to water. Eryn on the other hand hasn't really been swimming.

As Eryn is a non swimmer we needed to get her some armbands. We went for the Sea Squad ones in pink from Simply Swim Uk. When I opened them I was surprised at how they felt, they have more of a rubbery feel to them compared to the usual plastic feel in past armbands that we've used. When we tried them on her they look really comfy and as they are a softer feel they weren't scratching or digging into her arms, we left them on for a while to see how she felt in them, they definitely got Eryn's seal of approval as she cried when it was time to take them off.

The boys are sorted as they both have some swimming shorts, I on the other hand needed a new swimming costume. They have a great selection on Simply Swim Uk, costumes that shape you, costumes with built in cups, plus size, competition and so many more. I wanted a simple swimming costume and although some of the costumes had amazing patterns on I opted for a plain blue one by Speedo. This particular swimming costume has SPF 50+ UV resistance, which I didn't even know was a thing.


I found Simply Swim Uk really easy to navigate and with the many filtering options it makes it so much easier to find exactly what it is you are looking for. I particularly liked how they have something to cover every budget which is something I often find hard to find when shopping online for swimwear. I would use this website in future as like I mentioned I really like the way it's so easy to find what you are wanting.

**Please note we were given credit to purchase the items via Simply Swim Uk, this in no way affects our views on the products or the website. All opinions are a true representation of what we think. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Idea's For An Affordable Date

Having kids has made it harder for Liam and me to spend time together, in the seven years that we have been together we have only been on a handful of dates. The thing is we love dates and spending time together without the kids so we can be a couple and not just mum and dad. I have made a little list (I love lists) of affordable date idea's.

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Cosy Night In 
You don't need a new outfit or to spend money on getting your hair done, just make a little effort wear something comfy and Netflix and Chill! Of course you are going to want to get some food, order in and make sure you have some snacks.

Trip To The Pub
Many of our local pubs serve food and have a bit of a disco on during the night. Enjoy a nice meal, plenty of places have 2-4-1 deals, then enjoy watching people singing their heart out to karaoke. You don't have to dress to impress a nice pair of jeans and a sparkly top will do the job.

Cinema
Such a cliche I know but have you tried to watch a film with a two year old who refuses to sleep? Take some snacks in a bag and just buy drinks unless you can find some online voucher's. We have been twice to the cinema and each time we called at KFC before hand so then we wouldn't want lots of snacks.

Bowling/Ice Skating/Go Karting
When I first started to speak to Liam it stated I liked all three of the above, dating sites love that hobby section. Truth was I only actually really enjoyed bowling, which I still think is one of the best dates you can go on. You get to see the real person when it comes to a game of winning or losing. Again a lot of these bowling places have fab week day deals so you can really grab an affordable date night whilst kicking their ass.

Gig
Every town has tribute bands and some of them are pretty good but you can usually find some sort of comedy gig to go and watch if that is more your thing. Liam and me have been lucky in that he can get cheaper tickets through his work and we have been to see some great bands and comedians. We normally opt for something quick to eat like Taco Bell, I forced everyone to eat there before going to watch Blink 182.

What is your idea of a great affordable date? or maybe one of the above is your go to date night?

Monday, 16 July 2018

Success In Online Dating

I used to think online dating was just a way to find a quick hook up. So naturally after I left my ex I signed up. You may be thinking that that was a bit of a quick move but mine and my ex's relationship had been loveless from the start, thank King Henry for divorce. I can't say I was looking for love in fact I was just looking for more of a casual thing. There were so many free dating site that it took a while to choose the right one for me.

my dating profile picture
I found creating my profile difficult and trying to find a picture that didn't scream comes with issue's. In my profile it listed a lot of hobbies that weren't actually my hobbies I had just tried them maybe once or twice, it outlined outlines what I wanted in life. Happiness, love and a guy who wasn't an asshole. No sooner had I finished my profile my inbox was getting messages and I felt giddy. Seriously it's a good boost if your feeling shitty. I opened my inbox and was welcomed with an assortment of messages.
'your eyes are like pools I want to drown in'
'your legs must be aching because you have been running through my mind all day'
'your well fit fancy a'
I don't think I need to add the end to that last one. Some I replied to just because they look pretty hot and others I deleted. I couldn't believe how rude some guys were but luckily I have thick skin and could take all the hate when I politely refused offers or ignored them.

After a week of having my profile I had a message from a guy who was younger than me. His message wasn't asking for sex or some cheesy chat up line it was simply asking how I was and what was I look for on this website. I didn't reply straight away in fact it was two days later after I had checked his profile out and to see how far away he was, I was also not too sure as he was younger than me only by 2 years but I wanted someone older to connect with. I sent a simple reply back and we instantly started messaging back and forth, we eventually swapped phone numbers.

We would spend the days texting each other and just getting know each other. At this point I felt nothing romantically, maybe it was because we hadn't actually met. After about 2 months of messaging I was getting ready to go to a pole dancing lesson and just as I set off the lesson was cancelled and I ended up outside his house. This is probably one of the most stupidest of things I have ever done, I had never met this guy and although we had spoken on the phone I had no proof he was who he said he was. His door opened and luckily he was who he said he was, he gave me an awkward hug and said 'Hiya you alright' I giggled and blurted out 'hmm your bit more northern then I thought you'd be'
That night I met his mum, dad and brother and we sat in his room playing on the Xbox. Not what I imagined it would be like when I first met him that's for sure.

One Of Our Dates
We always look back at how weird it was on the night we first actually met and how in hindsight I was really stupid in meeting him at his own house. We have been together now for seven year's we have two pretty awesome kids and we are planning a wedding. Online dating can be a real success you just have to be patient and choose the right website for what you are looking for. There are so many to choose from such as Match Me Happy.

**This is a sponsored post.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

My Ideal Home Improvement's

Currently we don't own our home, which is a shame as there is so much that I would love to do to make the most out of the space we have. We live in a semi-detached 3 bedroom house with a drive and a very spacious garden. We're actually really lucky with the amount of space we have but there is so much potential. The below is what I would love to change about our home if we could and if money wasn't an option.

The Attic
The attic is very large with half of it already being carpeted and decorated plus it has a sky light and electric sockets. This is great as we use it for storage an I often will take myself up there and use the sewing machine. The other half of the attic is how an unused attic looks with wooden beams and dark! The first thing I would do is make use of the all of the space but separate it into two sections, one for storage and one to serve as a fourth bedroom. I would replace the drop down ladder with a staircase as there is more than enough room on the landing. The storage section would also be great to use as a craft room.

The Bathroom 
The only downside to our home is the bathroom. I'm not sure what was done to the house to make the bathroom as small as is it but whatever it was I'm not a fan. We currently have a half bath, which is great for the kids but for someone like me who loves to enjoy a soak with a bath bomb I'm outta luck. I would build an extension towards the back so that we would have a larger space and could fit in a larger bath, maybe one of those nice Jacuzzi baths. As the extension would affect the downstairs I would keep the downstairs toilet and maybe use the larger area as a utility room and somewhere for the dog to have more space.

The Kitchen
So as I have mentioned the plan I have in mind for the bathroom would affect downstairs and as well as creating that space down stairs I would need a door leading into a conservatory. I think a nice conservatory with either bi-folding doors or french doors opening out on to the garden. I would like a lot of light as I would plan to use it mainly as a play and learn room for the kids Jared also has a pretty awesome telescope so lantern roofs would go really nicely. I would go for a nice laminate flooring but cover with a large rug so it didn't get destroyed by the children and dog.
The Driveway
We already have a drive-way the but it's stone's and there isn't a dropped curb. I would get it paved have a drop curbed installed then transform the front garden maybe add a nice tree and a couple of flower pots.

**Please note this is a sponsored post however all thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

HP Stream 14

A little while back I found myself needing a new laptop as Eryn had managed to fry my circuit board and break my charger on my much loved Acer. All of my pictures and video's of both kids as babies are still on that laptop and I need to find someone more techy than me who can get them off for me. So I was without a laptop which is no good when I have decided to up my blog game. I had a budget to stick to which wasn't very generous but I thought it would get me something that I could use to blog and save my crap on.

I shortlisted about 5 that I thought would do the job, I read the reviews and then made up my mind. The HP Stream was ordered and with me the next day and I loved how it looked. It was smaller than my Acer, lighter than my Acer plus it was purple. I love the purple colour, it wasn't a main selling point but it was nice to be able to have something other than the bog standard black.

I took to setting up the laptop and that is when I noticed it's actually more of a notebook than a laptop but I was fine with that. After a few days a prompt popped up stating there was an update so as you do you save all your stuff and wait for it to update. Error can't update! What the hell do you mean you can't update? I followed instruction's accepted what I needed why won't you update? I tried again and was again faced with ERROR. Storage full can't update. I was shocked how can storage be full when it literally had 5 pictures saved to desktop? I went through and deleted all the stuff that I didn't need like the game's and app's that were already installed. Try again. ERROR.

Delete more stuff. Try again. ERROR.

So I thought sod the update. I'll install the Office 365 which came free with the purchase. It downloaded several things then stopped, so I got in touch via the online chat I gave permission for him to control my laptop from his end. Two hours later he found that there isn't enough storage I told him to delete everything that I didn't and still not enough storage.


Now when I was comparing laptops and reading reviews most of the reviews stated it was great for uni work and for just saving a pictures and surfing the internet. Which is pretty much all I needed it for. This could not be more incorrect!!

If you are considering buying this laptop then I would urge you to think again. This laptop is only good for if you want to use the internet or stream Netflix. It will not save many picture's, word document's and certainly will not have enough space to download anything like Origin (trust me I tried). If you are thinking of buying this for your daughter or son who is off to uni again I would advise against this as they will need to purchase an external hard drive or a mountain of USB sticks.

HP you have basically made a tablet with a keyboard attached.


Monday, 9 July 2018

Top 5 TV Binge Show's

Now that I'm no longer working I have more time to watch TV, well in between the episode's of Peppa Pig that I have to suffer through. Seriously how many times does that school roof need mending? On a night I tend to watch programmes that interest Liam as well as myself, although with the world cup on it's been more his interests than mine. So during the day I try to binge watch things I love, I like to mix it up a bit so I don't catch up to the point where I have to wait for the next season which is what happened a few years ago with The Walking Dead.

No.1 Fear The Walking Dead
I'm not normally one for a spin off show but when the latest season of The Walking Dead ended I had a big empty zombie hole that I needed filling. I tried watching another zombie based show but I just couldn't get into it so I started on Fear The Walking Dead. After two episode's I was hooked and rang my mum and told her she has to watch this. I have my characters who I love and who I really hate but I'm not ready for them to die yet. I have just reached season 4 which I'm hoping isn't the last season but have a feeling it may be. If you love zombie's then I would urge you to watch this as it is basically another view of how people are coping with the zombie apocalypse.


No.2 Supernatural 
A programme I have loved for many years and the reason my son is called Jared, but with the constant channel swapping and then going to a channel I didn't have I fell behind and had no idea what was going. The solution to this was to binge from the start even though I still remember a lot of the earlier episodes they are good to watch and there is little bits that you miss or forget about. I find that this programme can be very dark and on my bedroom TV can be hard to see what is going on but if you have a good quality TV like the 4KTV Panasonic one's then you should have no problem at spotting a demon hiding in the shadows.


No.3 Game Of Throne's
Ok so I'm late to this party. When I see so many people watching the same show and bigging it up I like to avoid it, not because I don't want to be a sheep but rather I don't want to be disappointing. I have to admit that I'm finding it hard to get really gripped on it an it's more of an occasional binge rather then a oh my god I need to watch more. I have been expecting big feels for this show and so far I've not really got them but I shall carry on with the binge and maybe by the time I reach season 2 I will be hooked.

No4. Orange Is The New Black
While I feel this show has lost it's popularity, mainly due to other Netflix shows, this is one of the more serial binger binge show's. In fact my binge watching started with this, it was December and I had lots of prezzie's to wrap so I wanted something I could watch and not have to really concentrate on. Well that changed fast I was hooked and slightly shocked at how graphic it was (the shower scene!) if you have watched you will know what I mean. Although it is very full on like that it is, I mean come on how many show's actually tell it how it is without trying to dress it up and making something it isn't. If you are yet to watch this then please be advised there is a lot of naked ladies in this.


No.5 Making A Murderer 
During this show I like the other thousands of people who binge watched this, became detectives. I love crime programmes I watch so many, Lock Up, Homicide Hunter, The First 48 the list goes on, basically if it contains murder and prisons I'm watching it. Making A Murderer isn't just a binge watch it literally consumes you, it played with my emotions I got angry, hopeful and even cried. It hit me that these were real people, real lives and a real crime and I wasn't happy with what I saw. I spent hours well actually months of researching about this and I still check to see what progress there is in Brendan's case as I don't think it went the right way with him. This show also got me thinking about other people sat in jail who have a story that may have just as many unanswered questions, so I write to people in American jails. My binge watching turned it into a hobby of writing to inmates and hearing their stories against the evidence and information available to the public, but that's a post for another day.

Have you binged any of the above? I'd love to know your thought's. If not what have you watched? I'm always looking for recommendation's to add to my binge list.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Perfect Interview Outfit

It's that time of the year where a load of young people leave education, some will be leaving high school and looking at starting college or an apprenticeship and some may be embarking into the world of work after finish their final year in education. Which ever journey you are on you will at some point have an interview either for a job, apprenticeship or a place at your chosen education place. Below is a little guide from CT shirts, retailers of menswear and suits to give you some great advice on the perfect interview outfit. 

Casual
If you are attending an interview for a place where you will be volunteering or an internship without pay then dressing casual would be suitable. Most of the people doing these interviews won’t expect you to be dressed very formally, and will be more concerned with your personality, including your punctuality. However it’s always good to make a positive first impression, so still consider what you’re wearing. Some interview's will also include a trial run of the job so take that into consideration when choosing your outfit.

Women
Casual wear for women can include jeans and skirts it's best to go for something that you will feel comfortable in.To ensure you still look presentable, you should avoid mini-skirts with bare legs and ripped jeans as this is too relaxed for an interview environment and can give off the wrong impression. You could wear a smart dress with tights and a cardigan or a shirt-jumper combo with a smart pair of trousers or jeans. Since it’s likely to be a relaxed vibe, you shouldn’t worry too much about footwear. Opt for a smart ankle boot or flat pump, and perhaps avoid trainers and high heels. I would say trainer's are a no go for any interview, unless you have a medical reason to need to wear them.

Men
It can be difficult for men to find a casual look without giving off the impression of looking to relaxed. Jeans are definitely appropriate, but similar to our advice for women, steer clear of ripped jeans, you can team the jeans up with a nice long sleeved top or jumper. You should avoid wearing tracksuit bottoms or tracksuit tops, as these will not give off the best impression. For shoe's a smart pair of brogues or Chelsea books to give off a bit of a smarter look.

Business casual
For some interview they will advise you of the type of attire they expect you to wear. This may be because they have this dress code in the office or it may be for an assessment day where you are expected to be there all day and recruiters want you to feel comfortable for example if tou are working a trail at a restaurant they will want you to look the part. If you are unsure what to wear, it’s best to dress too formally rather than too casually to avoid giving off the wrong impression. You may feel a little over dressed but it gives a good impression and that you have thought it through.

Women
When dressing business-casual there are many choices of what to wear than in a strictly professional interview. You could wear pinstripe or patterned dress, trousers with a smart shirt tucked in. Or, wear a smart shirt with a wide collar underneath a long-sleeved sweater. This look gives off a formal impression, whilst not as professional as a shirt and suit jacket. Shoe's should be smart looking but you don't have to go for a heel a nice pair of flat's works just as well.

Men
For men smart slim fitting shirts look great teamed up with a nice pair of trouser's. Why not invest in a non-iron shirt? It stays free of creases and there’s no need to rush around with the iron the morning before the interview! Also, if you’re travelling by car or public transport to the interview, a normal shirt can become creased but this is avoided through the non-iron garment. Jean's are a no go even if they look smart, a smart pair of Chino's could work well with the right shirt and shoes. For shoe's either a nice pair of dress shoe's or brogues.

Professional
When attending a more formal interview a professional look is required. These interviews could be in front of directors of the company for a graduate job or an internship. So you want to look your best here as your appearance certainly counts, and with the high level of competition at this stage, you don’t want to fall at any hurdles.

Women
It can be difficult for women dressing in a professional situation as a suit is the best option. For the lower half there are two option's a skirt or trouser's it's best to go for what you feel the most comfortable in. If you decide to wear a skirt, wear one with a hemline just below the knee to avoid it rising and becoming too revealing. A suit doesn’t have to be boring,  shop around and discover suits that are tailored in different ways  and find one that suits your body shape. When it comes to footwear, heels are acceptable but make sure you can walk with confidence in them. If you don’t feel happy wearing heels, opt for pumps or shoes with a smaller heel. There are some really great skirt suit's about.

Men
For men a suit is what they should wear. You can choose to go for a tailored suit that will be a nice fit and also through the choices you can choose something that represents your style. Wear dark socks to blend in with your outfit and bring a briefcase to look professional, you can get some really trendy looking briefcases now that are a better suited to the younger generation. Brogues are a good choice of footwear they are stylish and smart without being too dull.

What to avoid
As we can see, the main thing to do is to make sure you feel comfortable in your outfit — it will show in the interview! However, there are a few things that you should avoid:
* Too much perfume or aftershave.
* Too much jewellery or makeup.
* Shoe's that are too high or dirty.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A Two Year Old's Wish List

At the end of this month my daughter turn's two. This past year has flown by and we have watched our daughter turn into a funny. smart and argumentative little girl. Eryn is pretty independent but also a mummies girl. With her birthday being just weeks away we have had so many people ask what to get her so I thought I would create this post because apart from anything branding Peppa Pig's face what do you get a two year old?

Clothes
If my daughter needs anything at the moment then it is clothes. The problem is there is so many to choose from and some so expensive (who knew girls would cost a fortune?). I love being able to grab a bargain for her and have got some great outfits for her from Primark and TKmax but lately I have found some amazing dresses which are handmade. There are many little online boutiques who have a small but beautiful range of dresses, skirts, shorts and much more. One of my favourites is a dress that has a bee design on it and is made by That's Just Crafty there is also a skirt with the bee design too which is also gorgeous. The price of the dress is more than what I would normally pay if I bought it from the high street but I know that a lot of time has been put into making it and that the quality is a very high standard. What little girl wouldn't look adorable in these?

 


Puzzles
Eryn is really into shape sorter's and puzzle's and at this age I encourage her to play with them as often as possible. She loves trying to figure it but can become a little bored playing the board style one's. So in my search of finding something she will love and that is also that bit special I found Peek A Boo Puzzle. You can have your own images put on to the board so that when the shape is removed your image is underneath. I like these because I not only can are they personal but they can also be a keepsake, my two favourite things ever. Other puzzle's that I have been looking at are the big floor puzzles and also a huge foam Peppa Pig one.


Shoes
Can a girl ever have too many shoes? In Eryn's case no because she loves shoes. She wears her own shoes, my shoes, Dad's shoes and has even tried to put other people's shoes on at softplay. I have seen some lovely pair's of Mini Melissa's which are currently on sale and I know she will love them.

Decor
Not so exciting for her but I want to make her bedroom more snuggly in the hope's that it will help her learn to fall asleep in her own room. I'm going to find a nice warm light night light, I have seen a few in the Range. Her shelves are looking slightly bare so I would like to add to her little collection of snow globes. Eryn's room is really bright which is a nightmare at any time of the year so I will be making her some blackout blinds. I have found some gorgeous patterned fabric which will be lined with the blackout blind material.


I know that she will get more toy's bought for her but I really hope that these will be appreciated just as much as a toy. As well as the above I also hope to have a little tea party in the garden with a bouncy castle and BBQ for tea. I find children are tricky to buy for so I hope this list can help inspire you to find something different from the usual toy's. 


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Go Ape: Temple Newsam Review

Go Ape has arrived in Leeds, well it arrived a few months ago but it nearly didn't arrive in Leeds at all. The site wasn't actually originally planned for Temple Newsam it was meant for Roundhay Park but we are glad we finally have a site in Leeds. For those who are reading this who have no idea what Go Ape is then let me just sum it up in a few words, sky high adventure!

We arrived bang on time for our time slot at Go Ape which was lucky as traffic had been a bit of a nightmare. When we reached The Cabin we were given safety sheets to read and hand to sign a few things. We had a few personal belongings with us which we kept in the cabin, we swapped our belongings for a wrist band with a number on. After we had signed in and got our wrist bands on we went round to the back of the cabin to get strapped into our harness. I was nominated to be the first person to get strapped in, the harness was pretty comfortable and held flabby bits firmly in place. The harness that I wore went over my shoulders and round my legs my sister's harness was slightly different and also had a whistled attached in case you needed help around the course. Everyone has to wear a harness which is fitted by an instructor to ensure that it is on correctly.


After getting fitted into the harness you are told about the trolley and the carabiner and taken to a practice area. The instructor then demonstrate's how to use them and give's a few ground rules on the do's and don'ts of the course. It was at this point I realised you don't have an instructor go round the course with you. We then got to take it in turn's to go on the practice course, up some stairs walk along a rope to the next tree then zipline down. Easy!

At Temple Newsam if you are doing level 3 like we did there are five courses to complete. We started at number 6, this was an easy course to start on. I took the lead on this followed by my 13 (Molly) and 15 (Trinity) year old sister then friend and fellow blogger Nicola. My 13 year old sister is not the best with heights and need a lot of encouragement to get round this first course but she did it and was super proud of herself as were we. On one of the part's of this course there is a section where you can go one of to ways, the difficult way or the extreme way. Molly and me went the via the difficult route where as Trinity and Nicola Go Ape and take the extreme route. To get back to the ground it's just a zipline a way.

All courses but one end via a zipline. The one that does not has what is called the plummet, the course for this is really short and simple. You climb a tower walk and in my case lose your footing across a bridge then get clipped in and jump. I didn't think Molly would do this as you are pretty high up and you are stood there looking over the edge of the platform and you have to make yourself jump, which is actually pretty difficult but what's even more difficult is landing it. I literally hit the floor like a sack of potatoes.

The most testing course is the one that starts you off by climbing a tower, watching and hearing people scream as they fall or get pushed off the ledge. They swing across into a net then have to climb the net to reach the platform. Molly opted out of doing this one whilst at the top but luckily there was a route that took her to the next stage other wise everyone has to get off as once your trolley and carabiner are on you can't get them off until the end. On the tarzan swing there is a Go Ape instructor who makes sure that you are clipped on correctly and then tells you what to do when you hit the net. If you don't feel like you can jump or slide yourself off the edge then they do offer the option of them pushing you, clearly the best job there. Trinity jumped off the edge no problem where as Nicola and myself chose to sit and shuffle off none of us required a shove though.


We ended our day on course 7 which I think is the best to end on. This course didn't require too much pulling yourself across up down and round which was great as my body was aching so much at this point and my hands were so sore, gloves are optional but I would recommend wearing some I know I will next time I go. So this course is super fun you zipline from tree to tree landing on a platform each time, at some points it looks like you won't make it across but if you don't there are so ropes so you can pull yourself across. Be careful of those ropes though as while I was flying across one got trapped under my arm and gave me a nice little rope burn, ouch! After flying from tree to tree you then reach the last zipline back down to the ground. Now at the training part you are told how to land at a zipline so you run forward if facing forward and drag your heels if facing sideways or backwards, during the whole course none of us managed a good landing we all sort of flopped into the wood chippings collecting plenty in our pants. However the final zipline I was the last to go down and I landed it, I bloody did it I landed that last zipline like a pro.



I really enjoyed this experience however there are a few things that would of made it better. There are a few rope bridges and whilst I was walking through these my harness would get caught and loosen a little meaning I then had to get an instructor to tighten it again for me. I think it would be better if they could either make the rope holes smaller's or make another elastic part on the harness so it didn't flap and get caught. We couldn't take out phone's with us, not because we weren't allowed but we just didn't have any pockets that would keep them safe while we went round. It would be great if they could add something onto the harness like a zip pocket so that people could take a phone round to take some pictures. I did mention these points while there as it isn't something you think about before you go you so if you do plan to go make sure you have zipppy pockets if you want to take a tree top selfie.