Happy Half Term, the pick of the voucher box

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New shoes? by benjaminasmith, on Flickr

Happy half term, a few ideas to make it less painless and expensive, from the folks at www.voucherbox.co.uk. I have got out the habit of checking for vouchers before I commit to buying, but there are always some bargains to be had, make day one of the holidays a PJ day, make some plans and snaffle some discounts… Continue reading

Visiting a Food Bank – Hope #Nottingham #SR14 #teamhonkrelay

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It isn’t easy choosing a charity, which is why I got so involved with Comic Relief. You are rarely more than 30 miles from a Comic/Sport Relief funded project in the UK. I like the idea fundraising is helping people close to home and around the world with so many different circumstances.

Last year I visited Stonebridge City Farm, in Nottingham, this year I went to see Hope, a cafe, food, clothes and furniture bank and much more. I took Jen from LoveChicLiving with me, we are both used to writing about food, clothes and furniture in a very different context on our blogs.

Food is such a basic need. Any of us could lose our home, our health, our partner, our stability and find ourselves in need of a food bank. Looking at the floods around the UK is an unsettling reminder of how fragile our circumstances are. Continue reading

Tinker with fairies and a sprinkle of pirate dust

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We saw a preview of Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy on Saturday, it is released on Friday 14th February. The night before we went Mr G (5) threw Miss L’s (7) Tinkerbell DVDs across the floor and pronounced them ‘Poo’ so I was interested to see how we would get on. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes. My week in Photos

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Picture by Emily Leary

Life seems crazy at the moment, full of exciting projects, fun, friends and family.  It has been amazing to see #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief grow beyond me Tanya and Annie, and completely snowball.

I’m thrilled it has raised £15,000 already and I can’t wait to take my turn with Nottingham later this month. We had a fab photo shoot in Nottingham this morning when the press photographer cancelled, Emily from A Mummy Too and her son JD took some stunning photos. Our fab costumes are from joke.co.uk

I got a new camera last week, and I wanted to try and capture stuff myself too. So when I am not thinking #teamhonkrelay… Continue reading

Carnival Cruise Lines Funnest Family Episode 5 – singing and voiceovering

IMG_0482Last year we were selected to go on two cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines, and be their funnest family. We had so much fun on board Carnival Sunshine in October, enjoying the ship, the destinations and working with the film crew, and there are now five short funnest family films about cruising as a family, featuring us.

In the last of the five funnest family films from Carnival Sunshine, me and Mr A sing with Seth in the piano bar and fine tune our voice over skills as we look towards our next cruise in the Caribbean… Continue reading

Some truths about female genital mutilation, by Christine #endFGM

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Christine by Kate Holt/Shoot The Earth/ActionAid

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. ActionAid’s work in ending the practice of female genital mutilation has a lasting impact. ActionAid work closely with men and women to educate people about the damaging effects to women. Tonight, thanks to ActionAid and a very brave lady, I want to hand my blog over to Christine, from Kenya and let her tell her story. Continue reading

Carnival Cruise Lines funnest family Episode 4 – Let’s Eat!

2013-11-032Last year we were selected to go on two cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines, and be their funnest family. We had so much fun on board Carnival Sunshine in October, enjoying the ship, the destinations and working with the film crew, and there are now five short films about cruising as a family, featuring us. Continue reading

Be afraid, be very afraid #teamhonkrelay #Nottingham

team honk test cycle nottsI have guest post from my friend Sarah today. We are doing the 50K Nottingham #teamhonkrelay cycle together for Sport Relief. Sarah and I met at a post natal group after Miss L and Legoboy were born. Whereas I love the bigger picture, ‘Let’s cycle 50 k for Sport Relief’, fortunately Sarah specialises in planning in detail.

This relay couldn’t happen without people like Sarah, happy to take the big picture and turn it into reality. Over the last few weekends she has been planning our route and posting scary pictures on facebook like this one: Continue reading

Meet my greyhound Max

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It was his big brown eyes that drew us all in at the kennel. As I stared into them the lady from Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust told me about his history. I was smitten in seconds. However you feel about greyhound racing, getting to know Max for me meant understanding his history. I’ve spent a lot of time googling him, watching videos of him in action and reading accounts of him in the Racing Post, he really was an amazing racer. Continue reading

Carnival Cruise Lines Funnest Family Episode 3 – Nightlife!

IMG_0773Last year we were selected to go on two cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines, and be their funnest family. We had so much fun on board Carnival Sunshine in October, enjoying the ship, the destinations and working with the film crew, and there are now five short films about cruising as a family, featuring us. The whole family had an absolute ball at night time…

Film One is here and Film Two here. Film Four and Film Five coming soon. There’s a behind the scenes post of the day the film crew appeared. I’ve answered all the questions I was asked about cruises as a family here. Read more about our adventures in Venice and the sailaway party or have a look through our photo album.. There’s a behind the scenes post of the day the film crew appeared. I’ve answered all the questions I was asked about cruises as a family here. Read more about our adventures in Venice and the sailaway party or have a look through our photo album.

I’m feeling so nostalgic looking back, it really was the trip of a lifetime, but not long until we sail on the incredible Carnival Breeze in the Caribbean.

Where would you like to go as a family in the USA?

As we were ploughing through series 3 of Breaking Bad this week I said to Mr A I would love to take the kids to America. Obviously not to see the dark and grim sides of gangsters and meth labs, but to experience the real US.

Since reading Little House on the Prairie I have always had a childlike fascination with the scale and vibrancy of the US. I have only ever been to Boston, but I loved it there. The food in the Italian area we stayed in, the American breakfasts, pancakes and homefries, the skyline from my friend’s roof terrace. Continue reading