May 24, 2015
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Gumbies Flip Flops Review

Mummy has been sent some gorgeous Gumbies flip flops to review, and she loves them. Over to Mummy…

gumbies flip flops

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May 24, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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My Sunday Photo #20 2015

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Linking up to My Sunday Photo     Living Arrows    Point+Shoot

May 23, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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TopCashBack Tesco Offer

There is a current promotion on TopCashback which I think is perfect for my lovely readers.

If you sign up through this link you will earn 500 Tesco Clubcard points when you reach £10 cashback. I also get to earn a little from introducing you, when you reach £10 cashback, it is through their Tell A Friend scheme.

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Top Cash Back is completely free to join, and you can earn cash back just from shopping on line.

In addition, Tesco Clubcard are currently running their ‘Clubcard Boost’, which means you can get even more value for your points. £5 worth of Clubcard vouchers equals £10 to spend on toys & £2.50 in vouchers is worth £10 in restaurants like Zizi, ASK Italian or Café Rouge, as well as many other retailers.

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If you are not already a member, pop over now to start earning whilst you shop!

In collaboration with Top Cash Back, we may receive a referral fee but have not been paid for this post.

 

May 23, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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Project 365 21/52

Oh my gosh, we are heading fast towards the half way point of the year!

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Sunday – Dry, sunny-ish day but still chilly, there is no warmth. Lea and Mummy took Bella to Neyland for a walk. I am not very well, I have a terrible cough and cold, so I stayed home with Luke. I had loads of cuddles with Mummy (who isn’t very well either) and we watched lots of Peppa Pig. Mummy ordered a personalised potty training book for me.

Monday – Woke to torrential rain. Lea had English Language GCSE. Big bro Luke home poorly, I wasn’t very well either. Mummy picked Lea up after her exam, and brought her home. She too is not very well. Mummy worked from home. It did brighten later on.

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Tuesday – Mummy worked. I went to Nana’s. It was a nice day. Still got stinky cold. Mummy took this sleeping selfie of me!

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Wednesday – met Granny Jane and Stuart in Tenby then went to Narberth with Nana. Chilly breeze again.

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Thursday – Nanas birthday :) We took her to the St Brides Hotel in Saundersfoot for coffee ( it is a beautiful hotel that over looks the bay). It started off sunny and warm, but went cloudy and colder.

Friday – A beautiful day, really warm and sunny. Took Nana to Haverfordwest to use her birthday vouchers. We had breakfast in Wetherspoons – it is a lovely old building – Mummy took this selfie in the loo!

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Saturday – Gorgeous, hot summer day. We went summer clothes shopping first, then headed to the beach with Bella. It was a great day :)

You can join in the #365 blog hop below – and check out the other fab bloggers weeks too.



Festival Fashion – Flower Power

May 22, 2015 by Ickle Pickle | 0 comments

Mummy says….

As we head into Spring, we start to think that hopefully we might have a long, hot summer ahead of us, and now is time to have a think about your summer accessories. There are several great looks around but I am loving the festival look right now. Although you can find versions of it everywhere, no one does it quite like Accessorize.

I guess the big festival that I think of is Glastonbury (not that I have ever been!) but, there are hundreds, if not thousands up and down the country. It is tricky to find something to wear that is up to date fashion, but practical and unique too. Even if you are not going to any festivals, this look is fantastic for the summer. The flower power range from Accessorize is gorgeous, I mean I already know that Accessorize equals high quality, and this range is no exception.

Clothes and accessories that can be mixed and matched with ones you already have are a great buy, and can instantly update your wardrobe.

 

You can add the festival look to any every day outfit with funky nail art and face painting, curl and plait your hair, and how about adding some fresh flowers for a novel twist for a very special day?

Complete your look with great garlands, necklaces, bracelet stacks and sunglasses. Spice up the classic metals with bursts of summer colour. Don’t forget to select a new bag to match your festival look. Compliment or contrast with your chosen colours, and you can’t go wrong with a mix of brown leather and bright colours. A bag is a must (to keep your tickets and loo roll in!)  Loo roll, you’re asking? You have never been to a festival 😉

May 22, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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Planning a Trip to London

Mummy has been to London quite a few times before with the others and has travelled and stayed in different places. She is planning her first trip on her own with us, and it is my first visit too.

london

Now Mummy is fine travelling on her own with us, she has taken us to Cardiff, Manchester, CenterParcs and Menorca. But London? We are staying for three nights, in two hotels.

south beach tenby

There is no where quite like London. It couldn’t be more different than where we live in West Wales!

Mummy has driven all over Menorca, and has driven in Orlando too, but is a bit nervous about driving around London. So, train or car?

Travelling by Train

If we drive to Port Talbot Parkway Station the train goes straight to Paddington Station – it is two and a half (ish) hours. We can leave the car there. It is about an hour and a half from us to Port Talbot. It is then a half hour walk from Paddington to our first hotel The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.

We will then have to travel across London, by tube and train to our second hotel the Travelodge at London Docklands, with our luggage, then travel back into London to spend each day.

We checked Taxi costs – to get us all across London is about £35. We checked on-line – we can pre-book too so we would know the exact cost.

Once we are on the train at Port Talbot, we are on it, no changes, straight through.

But we have to manage 3 days of luggage for 5 of us, and a pushchair – and me!

Getting to Paddington from the Docklands early enough on Saturday might be tricky.

 

london congestion charge zone

 

Travelling by Car

Mummy needs to think about The Congestion Zone, charges, and times of charging.

It is £11.50 a day, Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm. She has worked out that we do not need to drive through it, we can drive along the boundary almost!

In the car we can leave, stop and start when we want to. I can have a sleep. We can take whatever we want to.

Both hotels have parking, so that won’t be a problem.

After much thinking, and looking at Google Maps, Mummy has decided to drive.

The trickiest part will be driving from Kensington to the Docklands.

She is spending time looking at maps, checking out apps and searching for places to go.

So far…

1. We are thinking of setting off Tuesday late afternoon, stopping at Leigh Delamere services, to get a head start.

2. If so, we hope to arrive in London 10-11am Wednesday.

3. The hotel are letting us check in / leave our luggage from 10am, and park the car.

4. We will head into London :)

5. Back to the hotel for an early evening meal.

6. After dinner we will enjoy our family suite in the hotel.

7. On Thursday we can leave the car at the hotel until 6pm so will have another full day sightseeing. We have already decided we all want to go on The London Eye and The Natural History Museum

8. After 6pm we will drive to the second hotel.

9. On Friday we will head, by train and tube into London again, and back. We are not sure what we will do yet.

10. On Saturday we will leave after breakfast, and make our way home.

Things to do before we go…

1. Check the best way to travel around London – and whether to buy pre-paid travel cards.

2. See what there is to do near each hotel, to limit travel time and tube changes.

3. See if there are any special offers on any attractions.

4. Join the AA (just in case).

5. Pack!

Have you been to London? Have you any tips to share?

Linking up to Binky Linky, PoCoLo and The List linkys.

May 21, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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Can you get free Calpol?

Did you know there is a scheme called The NHS Minor Ailment Scheme?

It is available in pharmacies in Scotland and Northern Island, and selected Boots stores in England and Wales.

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May 21, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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Did you know?

I had no idea that Bingo was so old, or so big! My great nana loved Bingo, and Mummy and the others love a game when they go on holiday. There are lots of places you can play including Paddy Power Bingo and bingo halls. Our local village hall holds Bingo every week. It is a bit of a British tradition, especially in seaside towns. But did you know it really started in Italy, and the Germans used it to help teach maths as well as other things? That sounds fun!

Did you know these facts about Bingo?

Do you play?

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May 20, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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Why the Highlands of Scotland?

I have never been to Scotland. Nor have any of my family. It looks so beautiful though.

If we were to visit, I would like to stay in a really lovely hotel, and there are some things I would like to do…

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May 20, 2015
by Ickle Pickle
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Travel with Kids #7

Hello and welcome to #travelwithkids, a brand new linky brought to you by the lovely Jen at Smiles & Trials and myself. This linky is for anyone who enjoys family-friendly travelling from days out to road trips to city breaks.
We are very excited to find out about new places to visit all over the UK and beyond and aim to create a rich archive full of interesting finds. To join in, simply link up a post using the Inlinkz tool at the foot of this post; it doesn’t have to be a new post, it just has to fit the #travelwithkids theme.
It would be lovely if you used our #travelwithkids badge, which can be found below, but this is not essential. The linky will go live every Wednesday at midnight and run until 8pm on Sundays. We will try and leave comments on all posts as well as sharing on Twitter. Enjoy!
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