Sunday, 23 November 2014

Black & White Photo Project Wk 20

So many cheeky squirrels last week, I loved this one with his hands tucked under his chest.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs

Last weekend, we visited Center Parcs. I had never been before and as the last few months have been quite hectic, we decided to book a weekend away to spend some quality time as a family.

We had so much fun whilst we were there and I will blog more about the rest of our trip another time,  but I wanted to tell you all about the fabulous Winter Wonderland.

The spectacular tree made it all seem so real, and as Christmas songs rang out through the trees I wanted to cry a bit with excitement.

The lovely and enigmatic reindeers, all so cute and really added to the atmosphere, anyone remember the reindeers in Santa Clause the movie? I loved them so much!

We visited Santa, it was obvious where he was as he had left his sleigh and reindeers on the roof of the grotto.

Me & my hubby drank mulled wine and ate mince pies whilst listening to the Christmas songs.

The tree was really beautifully decorated and looked great in the day and at night.

Along the route from the village square to Santa's grotto were lots of little huts with beautiful characters to watch.

The trees were decked with snow and there was even a snow machine.

We must have walked past the little houses a dozen times, and each time we stopped to look.

All around the village square and main buildings there were things to see and watch, each one as magical as the next.

As we watched the lights for one last time, it really got us into the Christmas spirit, yes it was early but sometimes you need the magic, sometimes you need to experience the lights and sounds of Christmas that little bit earlier.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Good Nights Sleep with Dormeo - Review

After a rather long wait, my sons bed was finally delivered which meant we could get on with testing out this wonderful new mattress from Dormeo.

Arriving in a much smaller box than I had imagined, I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened it, but on opening the box and taking the mattress out it was obvious once we undid the plastic wrapping that it was going to more than double in size. 

The mattress itself feels great quality, designed and manufactured in Italy, the Florentine stitched cover is hypoallergenic and made from 100% cotton. 

The mattress has carbon fibre woven into the cover, this helps create a barrier to dust and parcels in the air, ensuring a hygienic sleeping surface. Which for anyone with allergies and for children is a big plus, it also means I don't have to worry too much about making sure the beds are cleaned.

It also comes with a 60 night comfort guarantee and 15 year warranty, which I think you'll agree is a good deal, especially with something like this that isn't easy to decide wether after a five minute rest it is going to be good for you.

My husband and I have both suffered with a bad back or neck for many years, so it is a constant concern for me that the mattresses my children are sleeping on are as supportive, having had a good lie on this one I felt relaxed and supported and my son has had brilliant nights sleep on the mattress.
My son was so excited about his new mattress he wouldn't even let me put the sheets on, it not only looks great but it really does feel great too.

Overall I think this mattress is great, if I was choosing for a bigger bed then it might possibly be a little on the thin size at just 15cm deep, but as it stands it was perfect for my sons new cabin bed. They do have many more mattresses on offer all with the same quality and standard so there should be something for everyone.

NB: I was sent this mattress for the purpose of the review, all words and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

DIY Fabric Garlands

I love to decorate the house and there is no better time to do this than at Christmas. These fabric garlands are a great way to add a splash of colour to your home, they won't break the bank as they can be made using old fabric scraps or even old clothes.

Firstly, choose your fabrics. I picked five fabrics and a red ribbon I had in the craft box. Cut the fabric into strips about 2cm wide and about 50cm long, you could use a few pieces of fabric and a few ribbons if you have them.

I chose to make mine look rustic so cut slightly up the fabric and then tore the rest of the way, this leaves a few strands of string hanging off.

Once you have cut all of your fabric into strips, you need to start building the garlands. To do this, stack one piece on top of another, mine have 11 pieces each, two strips of each fabric and one piece of ribbon. Once you are happy with how it looks, place the fabric pile with the rough side facing up and fold it over whatever string you are using. I am using brown string as it is a Christmas themed fabric selection.

Once you have folded it on itself, use either, another piece of brown string or, whatever you are using. I used some left over fabric and tied this around the garland, this part is made easier if you hang the string up, perhaps between two chairs, before adding the fabric.

Once you have done this with all of your fabric pieces, then you are ready to hang! You can make these as big or small as you like and you could have smaller garlands if you used thinner or shorter fabric pieces.

The garlands can be hung over your fireplace, on a wall or even on the window, they would also look great on the wall in a child's bedroom, you could make one using fabric to match their bedroom.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Be Safe, Be Seen - Keep Children Safe on Our Roads

I have written before about how important road safety is to me, in fact as the evenings get darker it is imperative that we not only teach our children how to be careful on the roads, but to help make them safer too.

As the roads across the country have got busier and there are drivers distracted talking on phones or using gadgets. There seem to be less focus on road safety than there was when we had David Prowse teaching us the green cross code as Green Cross Code man.

But not all is lost, over the past 5 years Co-operative Funeralcare have given out over 160,000 yellow high visibility reflective pin-badges badges to 1,500 schools and youth groups. They also deliver school assemblies or lessons about road safety prepared by road safety charity Brake for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years.

This brilliant campaign drives home the importance of being safe on the roads, making sure children understand that road safety is a vital part of their daily lives, both now and in the future. I always try to set a good example when out and about, making sure to never cross on the red man.

To order some badges for your child's school or youth group then contact your local Co-operative Funeralcare branch.

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