Staycation, Tips, Travel, Wellbeing

Surviving the Spring Holidays – Staycation

So today is the first day of our Half Term Holidays and while friends of mine are holidaying with Mickey 😦 and fellow bloggers are talking about holidays to my paradise Isle, I am at home.

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Lanzarote 

A staycation of sorts.

I have a few plans but they are not set in stone!

So here is what I need to do for less stress

  • Get lots of healthy snacks ready  – When the ‘mummmmmmyyyy im hunnnngery” whines start I will be ready!
  • Craft packs – When it inevitably starts raining I need to make sure I have activities on hand for the “I’m bored” moments
  • Meal Plan – If I create a meal plan it will take the stress out of thinking up dinner ideas.
  • Grab & Go Basket – In here will be suncream, hats, Sunglasses and bottles of water.
  • Book a Sitter  (Nanny) – So that I can have a little break of my own. Probably for  a swim.
  • Outfits laid out – to take the stress out of mornings Im going to lay out each days outfit the night before.
  • Brief Plan of each day – So I said i have lots of ideas for the week and if i write down a plan for the week it means I’m going to actually do things and not think oh well not today.

Monday – Butterfly Zoo

Tuesday – Local Peppa Pig Event with picnic

Wednesday – Trip to the seaside

Thursday – Camp Out In the Garden (Wether Permitting)

Friday – Mummy’s swim day – SoftPlay / Park day

I will report back next week as to how my week went!

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Good luck all the mums out there heading towards half term stress.

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Wishlist

Wish List Wednesday – Fathers Day Gifts Part Two

Following on from last week’s post Today Is part two of my fathers day gift ideas.

BREEZY BEDS
COMFORTABLE SEATING ANYWHERE!
£49.95
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No pumps, motors or ginormous lungs are needed to blow up this bed, just hold it open and let mother nature do all the hard work for you.

 

 

 

 


ERASABLE MEMO PAD WITH 4 PORT USB
NOW YOU SEE IT…
£9.95

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Combining two useful features, the Erasable Memo Pad is sure to be the business man’s best friend (no, really)! Not only does it provide a more eco-friendly way of taking notes (you won’t be killing as many trees), but it also offers 4 extra USB ports for your computer or laptop.

Once you’ve filled up the pad with notes and used it to your heart’s content, just use the slider to magically erase what you’ve written and you’re ready to scribble again and again.

Please note that this is not in any way synced with your computer and will not store notes onto your device.

 

Ultimate Geek Pen
£6.99

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Features:

Ballpoint pen with 5 separate functions
Contains a UV light at its head to detect counterfeiting
Laser pointer for use in presentations
Flashlight on a flexible rod for illumination
Stylus tip for digital touchscreens, twist the nib to use the ballpoint tip for writing
Batteries included

 
Book of Tools
£6.99

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Contents:

2 carbon steel flat head screwdrivers
2 carbon steel cross head screwdrivers
4 1/4″ carbon steel sockets (5-8mm)
3x carbon steel flat head bits
2x carbon steel cross head bits
1x carbon steel ratchet with rubberised handle

 

Nanodots Magnetic Constructors Silver – 125 Dots
£17.99

03197_-1_nanodots_lifestyleMake some serious shapes with the Nanodot Magnets. These small balls of magnetic force can be constructed to make any shape your imagination can conjure. Officially the world’s strongest magnets, the Nanodots will stick to each other like glue, you will feel the pull if you try to keep them apart!

WARNING: This product contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious or fatal injury. Seek immediate medical attention if magnets are swallowed or inhaled. Nanodots are not intended for children. Nanodots are recommended for Ages 14+


Retro Geek

 

RETRO GAMES CONTROLLER
RETRO GAMES ON A BIG SCREEN 
£12.95

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Remember those games you used to spend hours after school playing? Well now you can play them all again with the amazing Retro Games Controller.

This tiny handheld controller looks like it has come straight from the 80’s with its classic joystick and A, B controls. Plug it into your telly and see your favourite childhood games come to life on the big screen! This ultra-portable device is your key to memory lane and is sure to provide hours of fun for everyone involved. Simply plug the Retro Games Controller into your modern TV and choose from a plethora of 200 classic games including shooting, arcade, puzzle and sport based fun.

 
Lomography Instant Sanremo Camera – Brown
£107.99

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The Lomography Instant Sanremo Camera is the versatile, dedicated companion camera for your travels, offering you vintage-style, credit card sized photos in a matter a seconds to share with friends, family and adorn your home with fond memories.

Shooting Fujifilm Instax Mini Film and battery powered, the Instant Sanremo comes with a versatile built-in 27mm wide-angle lens, a ‘B’ bulb setting for taking shots with longer exposures, and three shooting modes for perfectly capturing every moment. Four colour gels slip over the flash to allow you to experiment with different photographic tones and provide an artistic edge to your shots, and the Instant Sanremo is the only modern instant snapshot camera that allows you to shoot unlimited multiple exposures, meaning you can combine numerous shots on one frame for breathtaking effects. – L.R.


Ready For a Cuppa?

A collection of Mugs available to buy for fathers day.

Starting at £3.99

 

 


 Star Wars Fans

Star Wars The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Vehicle
£44.99

 

 

 

Other Star wars gifts Available from £4.49


 

That’s all for my fathers day gifts & wish list

Don’t forget fathers day is Sunday 19th June!

Thanks For joining

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Brit Mums Live

Seeking Sponsors – #britmumslive16

Ok so I know its only 36 days until the blogging event of the year!

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However Here is my sponsorship plea …..

On the 25th Of June I will be heading to London to the Brit Mums Live Conference.

It going to be a great opportunity for me to meet other parent bloggers and pick up tips, attend some of the workshops and come home with hopefully a wealth of knowledge.

I am looking for a sponsor or a couple of sponsors to help fund my trip!

I would love to link up with brands that would be relevant to me, my family and my blog

What will you get as a sponsor?

  • Pre conference blog post introducing you as my sponsor.
  • Company name on all #bml16 and #britmumslive posts on all my social media platforms.

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  • A button advert on the sidebar of my blog for 12 months
  • While at the conference I can wear branded clothing to represent your brand
  • 3 posts throughout a 12 month period promotiing your brand!

What am I looking For?

  • The cost of my Brit mums live tickets £79
  • The Cost of Travel £59
  • Cost of accommodation £179
  • A bit cheeky But Id love a nice new outfit for the day!

If you are interested in full or part sponsorship please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via Direct Message on Twitter or Facebook and we could discuss different rates.

I would love to find a brand I could create a relationship with and hopefully work together on future projects .

Looking forward to hearing from you soon

 

Nina x

 

 

Tips, Wellbeing

Loneliness as a parent. Making Friends  

You know that feeling of being lonely in a room full of people.

Yeh that.

I am currently sat in soft play with my children happily off making friends.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve a great group of friends. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the inhabitation’s of a child again. And go off exploring & making friends.

I’m mostly fine taking my children to places on my own,  But sometimes just sometimes I need another adult human to talk to.

Someone who isn’t going to demand juice and need me to take them to the toilet.

My friends have helped me through some tough times and Im hope I have them!

I’m sure there will be more tough times in our lives too but at least we will have each other for support.

 

How do mummies / Daddies make friends?

Well i met mine through a Sure Start centre – I joined every session especially the craft sessions.

One craft group turned more into a kind of therapy session I ended up bonding with a couple of other mummies who are now two of my best friends!

We eventually introduced our husbands who also now are good friends.

We often spend time together as a group!

  • Look up baby/ toddler groups

Get out there you could try a story session at a library, a baby group at your local church or local toddler coffee mornings –

When you have found them

  • Get out there.

Your not going to meet anyone sat at home! You need to take those first steps. I know how hard it is to get out of the door with a little one, I have twins but it helped me to have somewhere to go.

Well done you have taken your first step.

  • Strike up a conversation or join one thats already happening if its not too personal and is relevant.

So you get there and there are several parents milling around you put your little one down to play and grab your cuppa, there are a couple of ladies talking about how their little one woke them,   did you have a bad night too?  Could you offer advise or just be a listening ear?

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  • School age children? – Check out school coffee mornings  Again you need to strike up a conversation What about asking a little more about the summer fair, The school trip, anything that is relevant to you and your child!

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  • Volunteer – Often there are openings for volunteers on Parent Fundraising Groups so while the children are at school you could even run the coffee mornings!
  • There are sites out there that you can connect with other parents. In forums and chat rooms – Please remember safety first when connecting with people online Here are a couple I know about :

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I hope you have found these tips useful.

Now what are you waiting for?

Get out there it could be one of the best things you do!

 

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Thanks Gals for supporting me through some tough times!

Love ya! x

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Wishlist

Wish List Wednesday – Fathers Day Gifts Part One

Today’s wish list is more a gift guide.

Fathers day is not far away don’t leave it until the last minute.

Here is a list of gifts I’m sure most dads would love to receive on fathers Day!


Breakfast In Bed?

Black iBed
£9.99

10898761-3294347678298746  The Black iBed will allow you to use your iPad in bed, on the sofa, on a plane and much more.

 

 

 

 


Breville VCF050 Coffee Express Coffee Machine – Black
£24.75

11237226-1984368687378480 The coffeexpress is the convenient, fast, and cost effective way of enjoying fresh coffee on-the-go. It is super simple and quick to use and will have you a delicious cup of coffee ready for you in just 5 minutes!

 

 

 


Man Mug
£9.99

10611926-2104344900204381The Man Mug is a great gift for any real man who loves to DIY. It’s oversized at a height of 13.5cm and a width of 10.5cm, so there’s plenty of room for a large dose of your favourite caffeine fix. This white ceramic mug is emblazoned with the following slogan: “Man Mug It’s Not For Girls” and has an eye-catching red interior.

 

 


Chocolate Egg and Bacon on Toast
£7.99

11121719-3344309635660336 Handcrafted in the UK by chocolate artisans Choc on Choc from the finest Belgian chocolate, the Chocolate Egg and Bacon on Toast offers you a new, delicious way to enjoy your morning fry up.

 

 

 


Dirty Boy!

Braun Water Flex Shaver
£160.00

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Braun Water Flex Shaver helps you to enjoy a comfortable, close shave with its contour adaptive swivel head. The shaver adapts to every contour of your face, such as around the jawline and under the chin.

 

 


Waterproof Notebook
£11.99

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Lightbulb moment in the shower? Now you can put it to paper!

It’s worth stopping to consider the ideas, theories and world-beating strategies that might have been lost in the shower.

 


Emergency Shower Gel
£6.99

11092153-6164346964248151  We’ve all experienced the excruciating realisation when preparing for that all-important job interview, meeting, or date of having forgotten to replenish your stock of shower gel. Do away with that stress with this emergency bottle of shower gel,

 

 


Beer o’Clock!

Industrial Bottle Opener – Copper Finish
£8.99

11254270-1794375994588700  The Industrial Bottle Opener is a professional-looking contemporary bottle opener. Made from heavyweight steel with a copper finish, beer bottles will open with ease thanks to is industrial chunky ‘nut’ design. An ideal gift for any discerning beer drinker.

 

 


Bar Games Beer Mats
£6.99

10532287-1424283852-178685  Great for parties and gatherings, the Bar Games Beer Mats will keep you thoroughly entertained whilst you enjoy a refreshing pint.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

BBQ King

Gentlemen’s Hardware Portable Suitcase Style Barbecue
£49.99

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The barbecue’s compact size and innovative design makes the Portable Suitcase BBQ an ideal travel companion for picnics, camping trips, or for warm evenings in the park, by the beach or simply in the garden.

 

 


 

Machete Spatula

£8.99

11096478-1714287056527032  The ideal accessory for chefs cooking up a killer feast on the BBQ, the Machete Spatula not only flips over sizzling quarter pounders but also doubles up as a bottle opener to crack open a bottle of your favourite beverage in times of need.

 


 

I Hope you have found a little inspiration in this post!

I will be back next week with Part Two

For your those dads that are  Geek, Gamers and Gadget Fans!

Thanks For joining

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Brit Mums Live, Channel Mum

BritMums Live 2016 #BML16

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Hi all I’m going to Brit Mums Live!!!

So after starting a YouTube channel in December as a bit of encouragement for my stepson to start making videos I followed up with this blog!

I want to keep growing my channel and blog and meeting other like minded folk who can inspire me or who already have.

I’m so looking forward to the conference but I’m a little nervous

I thought I would join in with the linky on Brit Mums to help anyone else who might n#be feeling nervous and to stalk some other blogs to gather tips about the conference.

So here is a little about me

My name: Nina. 
My blog: Ready For A Cuppa.
Find me on social media at:

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How I look: A little like this …

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Well alot really as this is me In Lanzarote from 2015.
Is this my first blogging event? Yes I’ve never been to any event like this before.
I will be wearing… Hmmm I’m not sure yet depends on the weather i think! – When I decide I will post a pic on Instagram.
What I hope to gain from #BML16: Meet new people, gain some inspiration and ideas from others, get tips on building my blog & YouTube Channel & Have a fun day out.
My tips for a great conference: I have no idea! I’m a little nervous although I’m Taking Mr Ready for a cuppa with me for moral support.

So don’t forget to keep upto date with Brit Mums Live news by checking out the BritMums Live Hash-tag on social media. #BML16

See you there!

Nina x

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