Saturday, 20 December 2014

My Sunday Photo


This was taken whilst we were in Llandudno... we were unsure if the clouds were filled with snow or rain... it was so cold.... we ended up just throwing stones in, rather then a little splash around as planned.

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The Worlds Greatest Christmas Party

We were lucky enough to be invited along to one of the showings of The Worlds Greatest Christmas Party, with Mr Yipadee, Joe Chambers from Cbeebies Rhyme Rocket, and singing Santa and a flutterby the baby ballet fairy.
 
 
They are currently on tour, and are now touring the North-West. We saw them at Fun4all in Macclesfield on Tuesday evening, and it was actually scarily quiet for a tour like this. Maybe because the timing was so close to school closing? Im not sure. We still had great fun. The songs were unique, and perfect for children, and they even had Daddy M smirking away to himself....
 
 
Mr Yipadee is famous on the online music world, and is the No. 1 best selling children's album on iTunes.



It wasn't just them singing and the kids dancing... it was interaction the whole way through... bringing instruments and Santa's bells into the mix... .... and even a quiet moment.....


 
....they also did a story time through a song... some people may not like it, but us M family, was in hysterics about Rudolph farting... I mean passing gas....  the story book was large enough for all children to see with out struggling...

 
It was then time for some more fun, bringing back memories from mummies childhood with the wiggly worm n a stick...

 
I was amazed at how strong Flutterby toes were... she seemed to be constantly on the tips of her toes... it was so cute watching the other little girls attempt to copy.


The adults didn't get away with it though, and ended the party with a good old conga... I didn't get many pics of this, as I wanted to join in too.... it was so much fun...

 
...and we could even have our photo taken at the end with Santa and the gang...

 
 
Was it the words greatest party??? Well that's the name of the tour, and if you ask my girls, they would say it was. They had so much fun they didn't touch their dinner, and went to bed hungry. Oh dear!! They slept extremely well, and joined in through out, we would highly recommend them for some festive fun for the children before Christmas.
 
The tour is now almost complete, but they have a few more dates available, why not check to see if they have space near you?
 
21-Dec 13:30: Cheadle - Funtime Kids
21-Dec 16:30: Newton-Le-Willows- Prendoolys
22-Dec 10:00: Warrington - Giddy Kidz
22-Dec 14:30: Woverhampton - Jungle Boogie
22-Dec 16:30: Woverhampton - Jungle Boogie
 
If you do go, I would love to know what you thought too. The girls are still listening to the album now and singing along... we are certainly in the festive swing here....
If you want to hear some of the tunes, head over to www.mryipadee.com and have a look.
 
Thank you Mr Yipadee, Joe Chambers, Flutterby and Santa.
 
 
We were given two complimentary tickets, all photos, opinions and words are my own.
 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Colwyn Bay Travelodge Review

Before all the craziness kicked off for Christmas, we decided to escape it all for a weekend in North Wales. Colwyn Bay to be precise. We planned a 2 night get away with Travelodge, arriving Friday night to make the most of the Saturday, and the plan was to depart Sunday after breakfast, so we were home around lunch time so the girls could chill before school the next day. In my head it sounded perfect. A girlie break with quality time with Grandma M, a trip to the zoo, and to the seaside all rolled in to one. It didn't go to plan though.

We arrived Friday evening, the hotel was extremely easy to find, and just off the main road (A55) that runs along the top of North Wales. They didn't have their own car park, instead they shared the local shopping centres car park, it was free, but meant a little walk up a small hill, with two tired children and suitcases and teddies galore.
 
The friendly receptionist welcomed us, and gave us a map of all the cafes and restaurants locally for breakfast, and pointed us in the direction of our room. Check in was very efficient, and I can not fault that. S was irritable as she was cold and tired. So my check in photos are not the best. The room was set up as a family room, so we had two extra smaller beds, as well as a very large bed. (Bigger then our king size at home). We also had enough towels for each of us to have our own set.
 
 
In a corner was a desk, and a chair, with coffee making facilities, and kettle. There was 4 mugs which is great if your children want a cup of tea too. You can also see a small wall mounted TV which has basic free view channels. But most importantly in our case.... CBEEBIES!


The bathroom, was just that. Nothing to write home about, but clean, and everything you need. They had a wall mounted soap dispenser, and in the over bath shower, they had a shower gel on a dispenser too.

 
After a warm drink to warm us all up and to settle the girls, the girls soon settled, and was fast asleep.....IN THE BIG BED!!! The girls wanted to share the bed with me, so Grandma chose a smaller bed for hers for the night... I had a shower whilst the girls fell asleep, and when I came back in, there was no room for me, so I also ended up in the other smaller bed. The smaller beds are not as comfortable as the larger bed, they were very firm. But the bedding was warm. The larger bed however was extremely comfortable, and I think if I managed to squeeze in without waking the girls, I would not have wanted to move.
 
 
I would then like to say we all slept really well and had the best night sleep, unfortunately, that was not the case. The hotel was busy, and one of our room neighbours (across the hall and one over) decided they wanted to have a party. We were in bed early as we had young children, so to start with, I kept quiet, After all noise at 9 pm is expected. They had people visiting their room through out the night, and talking right outside our room, it got to 11.30 and it was still going on. The girls somehow slept through this, but Grandma and myself couldn't as they were also parking in the layby outside our window. I looked for a phone in the room so I could phone reception to let them know without the people knowing it was us complaining about the noise. The room had no phone, but a sign saying just to pop down to reception and they will help. I went to the door, and looked out the spy hole, I did not feel comfortable with the girls in the room, squeezing past people that sounded like they had been drinking to complain about them, so just got tucked back in bed... the large group dispersed around 12am, and came back around 2am... just as noisy.
Grandma was also right next to the window, and said the delivery trucks for the shopping centre were driving past throughout the night too, keeping her awake. So unfortunately, we did not sleep well, this is something the hotel could not control, unless a member off staff knew about this noise, and asked them to keep the noise down, however, we could not comfortably inform them. 
 
We did bring it to their attention in the morning, and we were told we could move rooms. Great, we would try anything. We hadn't packed the room up as wasn't expecting this. We said when leaving that we would be back to pack our stuff up later as we had planned a day out, and the new room wasn't available straight away. They offered to pack it up, but we insisted that we would rather do it so we wouldn't forget anything. We then left for our day out.
On returning, we were given our new room key, and our old key was checked to see if we were still able to get access so we could pack our belongings up. We had a shock when we entered our original room, with no staff with us, as it wasn't our stuff in the room, but someone else's stuff. Thankfully they were not in the room getting changed or in bed, but all their belongings were. Thankfully for them, we are not thieves, so we quickly left, and tried our new room.
 
The new room was like a mirror to our first, and all our belongings, including our dirty washing on the floor, was put back in place in the new room. Even the girls teddies were tucked up in bed. This was a relief, but we hadn't given them permission, and I feel incredibly embarrassed that someone else touched our dirty undies.
 
 
We weren't going to let that stop us enjoying our last night in Colwyn bay, as we had a lovely day at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, and Llandudno pier. So we finished it off by getting local fish and chips and having a picnic in the warm room. We would have had it by the seaside down the road, but we were still frozen by the low temperatures during the day whilst out and about.


 
After dinner, the girls wound down ready for bed with a lovely warm bath. And we were hoping for a more successful 2nd night. S had other ideas. S wanted to look out windows and mess around, and would not stay in bed. Grandma was ill with a bad cold, nose like a tap, and coughing. We gave S an hour to try and settle her, but gave up not knowing if we would have the same fate later, as the noisy neighbours were now directly below us. We decided to leave before it got any later, and drive the 90minutes home.
 
Grandmas cold deteriated even more that night, so I think we made the right decision cutting it short, especially as it turned out S had a bad ear infection. Unfortunately this time of year, a lot of viruses are doing their rounds.
 
So please remember when you are staying in a hotel this year, that you are not the only ones staying in a hotel, you may ruin someone else's break. Im sure if it wasn't for the noise, we would have had a lovely stay with no complaints, as they would not of had to move us room, and we would not have had the mix up of rooms, or our undies touched and moved without permission.
 
 
I was given a two night complimentary stay in return for an honest review. All opinions, words and photos are my own.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Welsh Mountain Zoo....

Last weekend we were lucky enough to have a complimentary stay at Travelodge for two nights in return for a review. I have always wanted to visit Llandudno since I moved up north almost 6 years ago. We almost made it in the summer when we camped nearby, but had to leave early due to poor weather, and being new to camping, we decided not to push ourselves too much.
 
After researching what to do nearby to fill a day, we came across the Welsh Mountain Zoo. They were running a selfie competition to win tickets for entry, and we won. Yeay. So that was a must. After a gorgeous breakfast at the coffee corner in Colwyn Bay, we drove up the hill to the zoo. It was almost empty, and it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
 
We were wrapped up warm... and it was certainly needed. We could see snow on the tops of the mountains/hills nearby.
 

As we walked up to the monkeys, we could here them making silly noises. And as soon as we walked near the enclosure, one came running over to say hello and to greet the girls.

 
The same happened at the meerkats too. They were just as curious over the girls, as they were with them.

 
We went into the alligator house and reptile house, but as it was so cold outside, both my glasses and the camera lens steamed up, so couldn't get any photos inside.
The girls saw a park, and we just had to have a little go. Grandma helped S.
 

...and it was nice to see them both smiling even though they were both ill...


... and J just wanted to see if she could make them bounce at the top....

 
Three little monkeys
 We found some Tigers, but they wouldn't pose for photos, but the snow leopard was very sociable.


It was then time to warm up with a nice hot chocolate.


 
...then it was time to go back outside to see the sea lion show...
 
 
..but J soon got distracted, and wanted to pose for the camera instead.... I think the bar was right at her eye level so she couldn't easily see what was going on, and she didn't want to crouch down... she is too big now to lift for long periods.


...it was then time to return back to the park after seeing the flamingos and penguins...

 
....we had soon seen all the animals there was to see, unfortunately they didn't have S's favourite animal... the giraffe, so she was a little upset. But she soon cheered up with the promise of going to the seaside nearby.
 
It was a lovely morning, made even more special as the animals seemed interested in seeing us, unlike at other zoo's. Why not check their twitter feed out to see if you can win the next competition. If not, they have discounted rates before Christmas, and even though its cold, its still worth while going.
 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Sugar Lilly review

The girls recently received a parcel in the post, just for them... it was bright pink, and beautifully tied off with a ribbon. The presentation was gorgeous, and it was a shame it had to be opened. The parcel was from Sugar Lilly, a brand new company, specialising in girls accessories for girls aged 3 to 10 years old. As it was for the girlies, I let them do the honours....
 
 
They needed a little help with the ribbon, but was soon inside. J, got in first to see the delights just for them. I let them do it this way, so we could see exactly what it is they liked the most. I never know these days, as they change their minds so often.


S soon had her hands on the metal clasp purse. Bright pink, and shiny with the fantasy character... a little monkey with a cute heart shaped nose... on the front.


It was soon a scavenger hunt... on who could get hold of the most items the quickest... J took claim to the note book and stickers.

 
Then found a shoulder strap bag underneath, again bright pink with the Sugar Lilly monkey on the front, and flowers. This did not come off the whole evening then.


S then found one of the many bracelets... we decided to share these out between the girls.





They also found the stick on ear-rings, and wanted them on straight away. Which I just had to do, as it seemed like Christmas came early for them. With the ear-rings I found they stayed on longer then the ones I used to have as a child. S wanted some on too, and even taking a jumper off, they remained on.
 
Now I did the wrong thing as a blogger letting the girls open it this way, as I couldn't get great photos of the items.... but you can see the items my girls loved the most out of the selection we were given...
 
They loved the Shoulder bag, priced at £12.00 which is a very reasonable price, its very sturdy and strong. Its not too big to be filled with lots of things to carry, but perfect size for the purse, notebook and pencil.
 
 
 
The matching clip purse, priced at £4.50 again, seems strong, and is the usual size of a clip purse, the clip is strong, and doesn't break when put to the test by our destructive S.
 
 
 
Ear-ring stickers, these come as a sheet, with hearts, flowers, and Sugar Lilly, and are priced at £4.50. They are perfect for girls that want their ears pierced, and parents that don't want to.... like us!
 
 
 
They have various bracelets, priced at £3.50 and the rubber type wristbands for £2.50. And these also went down extremely well.
 
They have so many accessories in the range from hair clips, which have gone down well as well, and being used daily, to notebooks, and cards.
 
Why not check them out, especially if you are looking for Stocking fillers for Christmas, and you will be helping out a brand new company, as well as purchasing quality items, that im sure your little girl will love just as much as ours.
 
So if you want to get your hands on these lovely products, go to www.sugar-lilly.com .
 
 
We were given a selection of the Sugar Lilly range, in return for a review. All views, opinions and photos are my own.
 
 
 
 

The M family does London

Ok, so at the end of November, you know we visited London mainly for the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which due to the queues left us un-festive, but we did enjoy the ice kingdom whilst there.
What you don't know is we made the full day of it... here is our family day out in London.


 
The day started by the elves leaving some special tickets for the girls for the train.
 
Which the girls loved, and we were all ready for the 8.20am train, which got us in London for just after 10.30. J made a start on her class's Christmas cards whilst on the train.


When we arrived into Euston, we then caught the underground. Last time I was in London, I was on my own with both girls, this time Daddy was with us, and it was a lot less stressful. But after all the escalators, I was glad I didn't borrow a buggy. How do Londoners do it with pushchairs?? I have no idea, and have a lot of respect for the parents of London that do it day in, day out.

 
We ended up getting the tube to Leicester square. Daddy needed the loo, and the girls were saying they were hungry, so we decided on an early lunch at McDonalds... the girlies were pleased! I was shocked at how un family friendly is was though with no seats, except for 8 (in the whole place) that were high stools and unable to be tucked in!

 
We decided to walk down to Covent Garden to explore, and so we could say we've been.
 
 
Where we discovered a Lego Santa and his reindeer....


The girls queued up for their turn to sit in the sleigh, and as soon as J sat down, she clunked her head, resulting in tears, and S followed suit.... so here is our tearful Santa visit for the year... Teehee...


We then walked along the strand and towards Trafalgar square. The girlies were fascinated by the fountains.


We were taking f=photos with one of us missing, when a kind man offered to take a family photo of the four of us. Yeay! J got shy though as it was stranger asking her to say cheese.
 
 
From there we walked to the start of the mall.


The girls loved crunching on the leaves as we walked down, and I was amazed S was still walking at this point.

We stopped for a while to grab a drink, and watch the guards, as well as the compulsory shots in front of the palace.


 After the palace, we walked through St James park, and this is the part I enjoyed the most. S made a beeline for the big piles of leaves, grabbed a huge handful, and came charging at me with them... she remembers our leaf fights at our local parks... yeay!! And she must enjoy those moments.

 
Time was passing quickly though, and we couldn't stay for long. We were headed for the tube at Westminster, so the girls could see Big Ben. It took us through quiet streets of London, and it was nice to be away from the crowds, and let the girls run off some steam.


As we turned a corner, the Big Ben could be seen. J was pleased, and she actually knew what it was.


Someone again kindly offered to take our photo as a family of four.

 
By then the girls we needed a sit down and a brew. So we headed back to the tube to make our way over to the winter wonderland. On our travels, J found a tube station she could read her self and recognised from Monopoly junior, and wanted a photo taken...


So that's our sight seeing day in London. I am amazed how far both girls walked. We worked it out to be between 6 and 7 by the time we got back on the train. And with no tears or tantrums. A little drama due to the queues to get back to Euston, but apart from that, a stress free family day out.

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