#BWphotoproject, #MySundayPhoto 29/3/15

I saw this tree when I was out with the children. I found it fascinating and had to take a quick snap.

I knew the instant I saw the tree it would look amazing when I tried some different colour effects on it

I loved the way all the branches hung and how the tree trunk bent and twisted.

I thought it looked amazing, but I was really surprised how dark the sky went with the black and white effect. It made is look very eerie but still really  beautiful. 

This is why this is my #BWphotoproject and #MySundayPhoto. 

Nikki x 

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Finding great deals with Chemist Direct

Because yesterday I had my wisdom teeth removed, I have spent most of today I have been feeling sorry for myself and my big swollen face ūüė¶ 

I know woe is me! 

So to perk myself up and get my self ready for spring I have been shopping online and looking for some great deals on beauty and cometics. Because once my face is back to its normal size and shape. I am going to start taking better care of it.

I was thrill when I came across Chemistdirect.co.uk and there 1/3 off Vichy and La Roche-Posay offer that is running though out March.

This great offer means that I could save 34% off the normal price of these beauty products and as an added bonus  I can renew my complexion the natural way.

Which is just what I need after the harsh winter weather (that has been going from one extreme to the next) battering my skin and now the swelling an bruise of my operation. I believe my skin is in serious need of TLC, but at a price that I can afford. ChemistDirect do just that and I found some great products that I quickly put in my online basket, such as:

Which has been marked down from £11.50 to £7.59. This cream unclogs pores with out drying out your skin and helps it to feel softer and my velvety, while leaving you with a radiant complexion.

I love exfoliant into my skin because of how smooth and clean it feels. Plus after the changes in the temputure of the freezing cold outdoors to the warmth of my house, my skin can be left feeling dried out and nasty. I am hoping this will help get it back to feeling nice again.

Effaclar duo + has been mark down from £15.50 to £10.23 meaning you save £5.27. This product is great as it contains 4 active ingredient that help get rid of blemishes on the skin, unclog your pores and can be used daily on sensitive skin to help prevent spots, leaving your skin clearer, smoother and more moisturised.

This is something I need because even at the age of 27, I suffer from ache and spots. It’s something that annoys me to no end and can be caused by the slightest thing such as the change in temperatures and season. Which means anytime not my senitive skin is probably going to break out and I want to be prepared.

This amazing product was suppose to cost ¬£15.00 but instead is ¬£9.90. It is specially formulated to help reduce the puffiness under your eyes and helps moisturise dehydrated line and bags. 

This is something I definatly need. As a mother to 4 and one of them being teething 17 month old who doesn’t like to sleep I need anything that can help reduce the bags under my eye as well as leave my skin feeling rehydrated and refreshed.

I must say finding these great items that are all in offer was great specially when it meant I was saving up to 34% off of my total as well as supply me with products I can use to help me feel and look great.

These are just 3 of the products I brought today. I also bought some more but I will save those for a further review of these products so you yourselves can see how I get on.

Nikki x 

Disclaimer… For this post I was compensated with a ¬£50 discount voucher, but these choices and opinions are my own. 

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My first Blogiversary

This is a post that has been playing on my mind for the last few weeks. You see as the weeks turned quickly to days. I was wondering what I would actually do to mark this occasion.

Would I do a review, a giveaway, write a deep meaningful post or just mumble along through a random post and see what I can up with. (If you can’t guess I have chosen the latter)

Then a really happy coincidence happened. I was given a spa day voucher by the Hubby at Christmas and I had booked the day for me and one of my best friends to enjoy. We had thrown around some dates and I had actually booked the 17th March for our day together, not realising it was our spa day. (A very happy surprise)


I must say we had a great day and the rest and relaxation of my spa day was excatly what I needed. We even went out for a kid free lunch at Nando’s. Which was extremely strange but also really nice. It was a proper lady’s that lunch sort of day and was prefect to celebrate my first Blogiversary.

I will say that that most of today has been spent with me thinking back about when and why I first started my blog.

It was the begin of Down syndrome awareness week (just like it is now) and it was also my first one as a DS mum and at the time and I still wasn’t in the best of places when it came to fully accepting my daughter’s DS. It was a hard time, so I wanted to learn more about my daughters condition and other parents experiences. This meant I was reading loads of different blogs, that DS parent from all around the world.

It was then that I decided that I would join the world of bloggers and I would put my little Baby’s story out there. I am really glad I did because it help me get all my feelings out and it help me come to terms with everything my ¬†family and I were going through. It was great and by the time I had written a handful a post my feelings had already started changing. A year on I can happily say the DS isn’t an issue anymore. Compared to when I started this blog and DS was always in my mind, now I hardly ever think about it. I can go days, weeks and sometimes even months without DS being in my thoughts. When I look at my Baby I don’t just think DS anymore, I think of how much of a wriggle bum she is, how much she loves cuddles, how she cries if someone around her is sad or how she is as stubborn and determined as I am.

It is because of this determination that I know she will be fine and that baby won’t let anything stop her.

It is also why my blog has changed numerous times of this year as I find where I belong and what I want to share. I think I have finally found my little bit of the blogosphere. I have made it my own and it maybe be a bit random, a bit disorganised and full on my children. But that’s me!

I find it hard to believe that I have been blogging a year! It has been a great and what a year I might add. And that Something that started out as a random thought and as just a hobby, is now this massive part of my life. I don’t think I would know what to do without it.

So here is to a great year everyone and a massive thanks to all my followers on here, twitter and my blog Facebook page.

I hope you all enjoy reading and I can write another post similar to this on my 2nd Blogiversary.

Happy Blogiversary to me!

Nikki x

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Play at Brewers Fayre at the Old Brickworks

I can not begin to explain how excited I was when I received and email offering me and my family a VIP invite to the Play at Brewers Fayre event at The Old Brickworks pub and restaurant in Drighlington, for the launch of their new Beano themed indoor play area.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

What made it even better was the fact that it was the day before mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary. so it meant that we could all go out for a family meal while the kids had loads of fun in the new play area.
When we arrived Dennis was stood outside waiting to meet people and take photo. The kids were thrilled and even Baby was intrigued to see who this person knew person was, instead of crying like her brothers and sister did as babies.

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The kids were blown away by the new play area and couldn’t wait to play and were itching to go explore all the new equipment. We had never been to the Brewers Fayre before so the whole experience was new to us. It was one I was excited to be taking part in.

The new area had all been designed with children in mind. There is a Toddler zone which is prefect for the little menace’s to have fun, a Treetop play house for the older one’s (height restrictions apply) and they even have a party room that has been named ‘The Den’. Which means that you can actually book the space out for your child’s birthday party. The play area is open every day from 9.30am – 8pm and its only cost ¬£3 for 90 minutes of play. Plus you get to meet Dennis and Gnasher in person.

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As you can see the kids loved it. The day was made extra special because there was an amazing lady that who was doing some beautiful face painting. Of course P and E were straight over to get their faces done. P wanted a dinosaur, where as E went for Frozen.

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Once the kids had their fun, we decided that it was time to eat and went in the main restaurant to get our meal. I had order a chicken and bacon salad, whereas the hubby had chosen the Brewers Fayre burger. We both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely pleased. The kids ordered off the children’s menu, with P and E having The Big Bad Dog, while T and Baby had pasta meal such as Macaroni cheese and Spaghetti Beano-ese.
I only really managed to get a few picture of the food because everyone wolfed it down it was that tasty.

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The Hubby mentioned that he really loved the little extra added touch they added to the meal, such as the wrapper for the burger or how the hot dogs came in a little basket.
I was really impressed with the prices that you could get the meals. You could order off the children’s menu for ¬£3.99 each and there is a Brewers Fayre Day Time Value offer where you can choose 2 adult main meals from a choice of 12 for just ¬£10. Plus you can order 2 desserts for ¬£2.(This is on weekdays only)

Brewers Fayre doesn’t just have an indoor play area though they also have an outdoor play area. For those lovely summer days when you want to let your kids run free and play while you enjoy a cheeky pint or glass of wine.

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It is safe to say that we had a really great time (I think the amount of photos I took shows that) and the Hubby was already arranging our next visit before we had even left. He has loads of ideas about use having the kids parties there too. I guess we will have to see what happens, but I know I would be more than happy go to Brewers Fayre for lunch again.

I would really recommend!

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion.

The 5 chores I wish I didn’t have to do!

We all have those chores or odd jobs around the house that we completely hate! The jobs that make us groan out loud at the very thought of. 

I am no different and I have a list as long as my arm of job I can put up with but I also have a list of jobs I would avoid like the plague and I am more then happy to past off to my hubby or I will leave them until they really need to be done or even better I just won’t do them at all!
(I know that makes me sound really bad but not all of these job at that important)


So here my list

  • The Washing Up

I completely hate the washing up with a passion but with 7 of us living in 1 house. It not exactly something that can be left. Luckily for me though it was a job my hubby happily agreed too and I very nearly had it write in to our wedding vow.
“I promise to love, honour and always wash up” has a catching ring to it wouldn’t you say?

  • Pairing socks

In this house it’s a fend for yourself kind of approach to pairing socks. I just can’t stand sitting there pairing and matching socks because you are never fully finished because there is always those few left over singles that you can never find the match to. It infuriate me, so instead of putting myself through the undo stress of marrying socks. I just put them all in a basket and you fend for yourself and if you find a pair, BONUS!

  • Ironing

Some people say they love ironing but I just do not see the appeal. Specially when I know my kids will just end up rolling around creasing them again or shoving them in a draw very untidily. I save my time and sanity and only iron if I have too or I’ll ask the hubby to do it.

  • Scrubbing the toilet

I think this is a universal one for most people. I know it needs doing and I will do it if and when I have too, but it a very unpleasant experience. Specially when I have 2 boys at home that seriously need to work on their target practise.

  • Sorting through the clutter

This is one of those tedious jobs that I hate. Mainly because of the constant onslaught of paper work I get given for the kids school or hospital appointments. Then there is the fact that they never stop growing out of clothes or  mixing up and breaking their toys. Which means that at least once a month I have to go on a declutter mission that ends up taking hours or sometimes days out of my life. Just for the clutter to re-accumulate within a matter of days.

So there you go my lists of job that I despise having to do but will do if I have too. (Well apart from the socks, I’m just not going there)

Do you have any jobs that you hate?

Is there any job you won’t do?

And who does them for you, if you don’t?

Nikki x

 

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February Half Term

For most of us the last week has been half term.

While I do love normally love school holiday, I completely despise them over winter. The weather is crap, the kids don’t want to play out cause it’s cold and quite frankly I can’t blame them. I know most winter days I would much rather curl up in my pj’s in the warm.

For us our half term has been spent going on days out or playing at home in tents and doing arts and crafts when the weather was bad.

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You see instead of telling you about our half term in 1 post, I planned to tell you about all the stuff we got up over multiple posts. I was going to tell you about the day I met up with my sister and we took the large brood of kids to the Media Museum in Bradford. It was a fun day but because they had a Shaun the Sheep exhibit on the place was completely packed and we didn’t really get chance to enjoy it or do everything they had to going on. It was completely manic and with 2 pram and 9 kids you can imagine how much fun was to be had. We did manage some but I wasn’t able to get many photos. The kids loved it though, especially E.

By the time Saturday had rolled around I realised the kids hadn’t really played out. Of course we had been out and about to museums, play areas etc but they hadn’t gone outside to play except for a bout 5 minutes, when they ran through water fountain in
City Park on the way home from the Media Museum.

Because of this I was really happy when one of my mummy friends messaged to ask if I wanted to join her and kids for a walk to park and then down to local farms to see the animals.

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The kids loved the park and I enjoyed watching them all play nicely. T really impressed me by being so grown up and helping the younger ones on the slide or pushing them on swings. It was amazing to see how grown up he was becoming.

We only stayed in the park for a short time because we wanted to go see the animals, plus I wanted to go an take some photos of the wild flowers and views for my #BWphotoproject and #MySundayPhoto. There really are some beautiful sights to see where I live and I got some great shots.

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IMG_1783 although I wish I could have found and done more. But when you have kids running round that are wanting to explore, sometime you have to miss the taking picture to gain memories instead.

We carried on down the dirt road marching in a line, as the boys pretended to be soldiers and exploring their surroundings. We spent ages looking at the sheep and horses.

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E was super excited saying “Just like Shaun the Sheep The Movie”. It’s funny how excited she gets about the movie, as we haven’t actually seen the film. I guess it going to have to go on the “must see list”.

After some fun and giggles we carried on down the path until we reached the level train crossing.
It’s one of my favourite places to walk with the kids because I get to talk to them about all sorts of things. Telling them about my adventures at the same spot as a child and explaining why you only cross when the light on green. Why you should always close the gates and why you should never play on the tracks.

Every time I take the kids to the crossing. We always stop and wait to see a train pass by.

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Sometimes we would be stood there for quite a while just waiting and talking. But that doesn’t matter because as soon as the crossing light turns red and starts making a beeping sound to warn the a train is imminent. You can see the excitement that spreads across the kids faces as they giddily clamber up the gate and the furiously waving at the approaching train.
It’s like a modern day image from The Railway Children.

And this trip was no exception and the smiles lite up their little faces when the train eventually came along and sounded it’s horn as and the driver and some of the passengers waved back.

After wards we turned back and walked back towards the park. So the kids could enjoy some more time playing in the park.

It was a great afternoon that was filled with lots of fun, exploring and excitement. It was amazing adventure that has left me with some fond memories to keep me going, until we head out on our next expedition.

How did you spend you half term?

Nikki x

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Outdoor park fun

This weekend I have wanted so badly to go on a day out with the kids. This urge was made even greater by the fact that all weekend it has been lovely and sunny. (It was still freezing though)

Unfortunately I have still been feeling really run down and plain awful, add that to my lingering ear infection that is still bugging me and now Baby and E developing a lovely dry cough. So you can see why we didn’t really make it out.
Even with all that I was still desperate to get out of the house. I knew once I went for a walk or just got some fresh air I would feel better. I would blow way the cobwebs and soak up some vitamin D (even if it was only my face on show).

On Saturday I ended up cancelling my plans to go to a frozen fun day because I just could face the crowds of people with the kids on my own, while I felt this horrid. On Sunday I was planning to go for a walk down woods with the kids. That way we could all have some fun and explore. But with Baby and E’s chest I decided against that too.

Instead we went for a walk and then to the park. As soon as I stepped out of the door, I was hit by that bitingly cold breeze and I could feel myself waking up, an the fogginess in my head slowly blowing away.
The kids were happy to be running about and having fun, even though E was coughing all the way.

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We soon got to park and found that a piece of the equipment that had been broken for over a year had finally been replaced and fixed.

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It an amazing seesaw that spins round as well as bounces up and down. It great for little kids …

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And big!

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I was itching to have ago but I decided to wait until I was feeling better and because a line of excited kids was forming, they were waiting to take their turn on the new seesaw.

Instead the kids went off and played on other equipment and I went to go push Baby on the swings.

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She really does love the swings and so does E.

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All the kids had great fun and Baby even had a go on the slide with E and T

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Unfortunately the cold was creeping in more as the winter sun began to fade, E’s cough was getting worse and Baby was getting fussy and wanted to go home. So I called the kids to tell them we have to leave. The kids all groaned out loud and wanted to stay and play but poor Baby was ever so upset and just wanted to go home to for her nap.

We soon walked home after “one more go on the roundabout.”

I was glad we had managed to get out of the house and I felt much better for getting some fresh air, even if we were all much colder. I know the kids had great fun and would have played for hours and if had been summer I would have let them.

As I told the kids now the weather is turning brighter we will go back again soon or maybe even try a new park or too.

Nikki x

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