Monthly Roundup!

September Insta RoundUp!

 

So September has been a busy month

  • Kids have started full-time school
  • I’ve met Kirstie Allsopp 
  • And been to the handmade fair
  • Joined the Supercharged Gang
  • Had a trip to A&E 
  • Got ready for Autumn 
  • Celebrated with Stepson who has now turned 16
  • Been to soft play too many times
  • Ate too much
  • Got into a bit of a routine!
  • Attended  The Blogging conference BlogOn MSI 

Although I’ve had a virus that seems to want to stick around I generally feel mentally in a better place this month. I am embracing autumn with hygge as inspiration.

So here is to October, Autumn, Halloween, Half Term & More!

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Days Out, Precious Moments

Cuppa Of the Week- Aubaine Deli

Last week I was I was invited to participate in a workshop for the Woman’s Institute in London.

While There I met up my Hubby If you follow me or know me you will know he works in London during the week!

We managed to sneak a quick-lunch in! This is a rare occurrence!

SO we chose this lovley Deli in Covent Garden Market!

I love Covent Garden. the bustle of people the niche little market stalls, the food, & the street Performers!

Back to My cuppa

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Aubaine Deli is a french resturant chain with a few resturants dotted around London and a couple in Dubai.

At the counter you can see the pastry temptations along with the cakes!

We were shown a table by the window where you could people watch while enjoying your cuppa!

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I had a breakfatst tea with a ham & Cheese croissant – It wash delishous!

Its very rare that I get time in the day to spend with my hubby

Thats waht made this cuppa – Cuppa of The Week – to be honest we could have had a takeout and sat at a bus stop nattering.

The polite friendly staff and excelent food just topped it off!

If you would like to know more about Aubaine Deli pleae follow the links throughout this post.

 

Blogging, Days Out, mums day off

BlogOn MSI – Roundup

Hi All,

On Sunday I headed to Manchester for The BlogOnMSI Event.

I arrived at Manchester Station and met Up with Sally from The Midway Vlogs and Founder of Meet Other Mums along with Clare from Sons Sand & Sauvignon & also Award Winning Confetti Ave. 

We grabbed a taxi to the Museum of Science and Industry where BlogOn was being held!

When we arrived there were people still milling outside as the museum doesn’t open until 10am

Then as soon as the doors opened there were a crowed of people went in.

Christmas hit you as soon as you arrived at the top floor and we were greeted by christmas costumes and decorations.

We signed in put our empty suitcases in the cloakroom area and headed off for a cuppa and to purchase tombola and raffle tickets.

There were mountains of prizes for both.

For the rest of the day we attended talks and ate and drank!

There were lots of amazing brands to connect with too.

 

 

Check out my Vlog for a quick run through the day.

Thanks to everyone involved in making the day happen it was amazing!


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Wicked Wednesday

Wicked Wednesday – I told you it wasn’t broken!

Today’s post isn’t about my children as such but my god-daughter!

She is 15! Yes people they still deserve a good shaming blog post even as a teenager!

A couple of weeks ago Her mum asked if I could take them to A&E. My god Daughter(G)  had banged her wrist it had gone a funny colour and she couldn’t feel her fingers.

All the way there she rattled on (In nerves I suspect) about how she didn’t need A&E it wasn’t broken and if we lived in america we wouldn’t be going as it would be too much money!

Then when we got there and sat the 4 hour wait to get seen G decided maybe it was broken and she would quite like to have a pot, a sling, a brace!

Obviously in true mum style me and her mum said if you don’t stop whining you will need more than a pot! 😉

After she had, had a x-ray she was told just bruising and we went on our way!

All the way back G was like a stuck record – ‘I told you it wasn’t broken’

I think she was rather disappointed it wasn’t broken and she didn’t get a pot!

This is the obligatory A&E waiting room instashot!

Thins post is linked on Brummy Mummy of 2’s #wickedwednesday 

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Screen Free Weekends

Screen Free Tuesday (27.09.16) #Linky

Screen Free Bedtime!

Hello My name is Nina and I have an addiction – My iPhone

It’s the last thing I look at before I go to sleep and the first thing I look at when I wake up!

I have tried to give it up but hubby works away a lot and when he’s not working away he leaves early in a morning before my eyes are open normally  so I like to send him a message to let him know I love him and hope he has a good day!

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Excuses Excuses!

So reasons why screens are not good at bedtime –

  • Screen time can limit sleep time – How many times have you been online and when you look up an hour or more has passed without you realising?
  • Screens emit Blue lights wich can stop melatonin from being produced – Melatonin is what makes us have a good nights sleep!
  • Being engaged in a screen activity can excite you – Your brain meaning even when you eventually put down the device your then to stimulated to fall asleep.

So with all this in mind what can we do to avoid the screen and get a better nights sleep?

  •  Switch off an hour or more before bed!
  • Put your device out of reach.
  • Use an alarm clock instead of your phone to wake you.
  • Try reading an actual book rather than a kindle at bedtime
  • Create a doubting for bed soon that routine will be come a habit – but a better one than picking up that device.
  • For children. – read a book with them. Or tell them a story. Sing a calming song, tell each other the good things about the day.

I hope you have found this post useful.

Is there anything you do at night that Stops you picking up the device?

Don’t forget to leave a comment and join in with the Linky


So New linky rules

  • Link up a blog post of your choice either how you have had screen free time over the past week, tips for screen free time or activities to do during screen free time.
  • Link will be live 8am Tuesday – 8pm the following Monday
  • Posts should be your own work.
  • Only one post per person please.
  • It’s only fair that we share the linky love by commenting on at least two other posts.
  • I will feature one blogger each week in my post so unplug those cables & let’s have some screen free time.

Share your posts on Twitter or Instagram using the #screenfreetuesdays  @readyforacuppa I will try to comment & retweet each one

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Collaborations, House Love, Planning

“House Love” – Kitchen / Utility Mood Board – With VELUX Blinds

 

We bought our house along with a business from my my Laws, It was very much a house to work from rather than a home that I fell in love with.

My husband has lived there since he was a boy and worked here for the family business when he grew up!

When we moved in we started making it ours straight away by updating the kitchen but after 10 years (a  business that’s now closed, two rabbits that have come and gone, two dogs that have come and gone and now two children that have come and… No wait they are still here and are not going anywhere for at least another 14 years probably.) we are still trying updating.

Recently we have installed a downstairs bathroom and the next project will be replacing a tired conservatory that is on its last legs. We use this area as a walk through but also a utility area.

When My In laws moved in over 20 years ago the conservatory as is now was and old bus shelter that was put up as a make do!

I have been thinking of ways to make this space a little more usable and a nicer place to enter. Although its our back door its where everyone seems to come to!

I love the idea of having roof windows as you can see its just a wooden roof at the moment.

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I used to live in a house in Whitby and my bedroom and landing had roof windows Like the ones from VELUX.
I loved them It gave a lot more light into what could have been quite a dull room!

Maybe built in appliances to match my kitchen that leads off from my conservatory.
Then It would obviously need some finishing touches.
Plants, fresh flowers a couple of pictures hanging some blinds for the windows.
Are you still with me I started day dream a little then sorry!

I have took to Pinterest to give me a little inspiration for my new project and come up with a mood board of sorts to get me started!

 

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Are you planning any home projects what do you use to help you plan?

Do you cut up mags or use Pinterest?

Have you moved in somewhere that has took you as long to update as us?

Right I’m off to book the builder

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This post was in collaboration with VELUX  Blinds

All Photos used in my mood board are credit to VELUX VELUX Blinds and Pinterest

 

 

Cuppa Of The Week, Days Out, mums day off, review, Travel

Cuppa Of The Week -River Hut Surbiton

This weeks cuppa of the week goes to The River Hut at Surbiton.

I arrived at Surbiton Station last week for my day at the Handmade fair and decided as it was a nice day I would walk to the Hotel.

When the Holiday Inn was in sight I spotted Thames Ditton Marina. There was a little cafe / Bar on the side of the Marina it looked busy and quite contemporary – I decided that’s where I was going to have dinner that night!

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Hubby finished work in central London and met me at the hotel. Then we headed out for Dinner.

We sat outside as it was a nice night!

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Right on the riverside watching boats sail past.

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We ordered dinner the staff spoke to us like we were friends, such a lovely vibe. I could have almost believed I was on holiday somewhere abroad.

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So now to my cuppa –

After my day at The Handmade Fair all I wanted was a cuppa! so we headed back to The River Hut!

It seemed there was a private party on and all the tables inside were reserved! One of the ladies who we had met the night before greeted us at the door. She asked if we had reserved and when we said no she said oh were booked up inside but you’re welcome to sit outside on the deck!

I really only wanted a cuppa so we ordered our tea & coffee and decided that we would also sample some cake.

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Then me and hubby sat with our cuppa’s and cake discussing the day and listening to some sea scouts rowing in the dark on the river.

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It felt like such a great place to have a bite to eat and the deserts were amazing!

If we are ever in that area again Id love to go back for one of the live music nights!

You can find The River Hut on Facebook and Twitter or for the website click here!

I have not been compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Hmmm Where to next week?

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Days Out, review, Travel

Mums Day Off Hotel Stay – Holiday Inn Kingston South.

Good Morning everyone.

Last week I headed out to London for Kirsties Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. It’s quite a way to travel just for one day so as Hubby works in the centre of London we decided to book a hotel there.

So I searched through some nearby hotels through Booking.com and came across the Holiday Inn Kingston South – I have a fondness towards Holiday Inn as we actually got married in one at Doncaster – Warmsworth Hall. 

So I booked two nights  at the riverside hotel.

I arrived around 2pm and checked in. The lady behind the reception was quite helpful and gave me my room key told me that Breakfast was included with my booking. breakfast between 6.30am and 9.30am – Great for me as I needed to be up and out by 9am for the Handmade Fair.

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Anyway I head up the lift to my room and swipe my card The executive room is great king sized bed – Balcony overlooking the river – Although the river is across a busy road. I was so tired and hot from my journey down I hung up my clothes and jumped in the shower Then I sat on the balcony with a cuppa, some complementary snacks and I did a little blogging  work (its free WiFi) while I waited for my hubby to arrive from work!

A side note – The WiFi is free and seemed quite good on the Thursday afternoon while I was blogging however by the time we had got back from dinner although the signal was fair the WiFi seemed unreliable and I ended up tethering my 3G phone to my laptop to use it!

 

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That evening I had used all the teabags and I really needed a cuppa before bed so we came in from dinner and asked at reception – They gave me more milk and more tea bags!

We watched a bit of TV before we fell to sleep

The next morning came with a thunder-storm. If I hadn’t been going to see Kirstie that morning I would have stayed in bed most of the morning So much more comfy than our bed at home. and no one demanding Peppa pig or paw patrol on!   We headed down to breakfast – Buffet style with fruit & yogurt, cereal, porridge or full cooked english.

We were There for a Total of 2 nights and we had breakfast both mornings for this we paid £258

Features of the executive room

  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • wardrobe
  • Heating & A/C Controls
  • Black-out Shades
  • Extra Bedding Available
  • Private Bathroom
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Scale
  • Bathtub
  • Slippers
  • Refreshments / Kitchen
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Mini Bar
  • Kettle
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea Supplies
  • Complimentary Bottled Water

Check In Times from 3pm Check Out 11am

I enjoyed my stay at the Holiday Inn and would defiantly book again not only is it in a good location but the staff were helpful and friendly and the amenities were good.

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We were not compensated for our stay and all the opinions are my own!

Blogging, Friends

Liebster Award

Last week when I logged into Instagram I found I had been tagged in a post by The Lovely Mum but Still Me 

She had nominated me for The Liebster Award Tag –

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Basically The idea is to promote new Blogs. You answer a series of questions and then set your own and tag up to 11 other new bloggers to do the same.

I thought but I don’t know that many New blogs! – So i took to Facebook to find some others that would like to be nominated!

Do you know I’m glad I did I’ve now connected with some other bloggers that I probably would have not connected with otherwise.

You see the thing about blogging is the community feel of it – Especially around the parenting blogs – They are like having an extended circle of friends. Others that are going through or have gone through the same things.

Rules

  1. Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer. I’ve actually got 13 
  5. List these rules in your blog post.

SO first to answer The questions I was sent:

  1. What is the biggest lesson that motherhood taught you so far?  That no matter how prepared you think you are things can and probably will turn out different to what you expected. 
  2. What’s your guilty pleasure? Clean with me video’s on YouTube – I often watch them instead of actually cleaning 😉
  3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I always wanted to be a graphic designer but then in my final year my mum was ill and It was as if my brain suddenly forgot how to draw.
  4. What makes a great party for you? I love to host so I like to know everyone is having a good time. but ultimately a great group of friends and good food make a good party. 
  5. How do you deal with your fears? I have anxiety so there are many things I fear but my “normal” fear is spiders this is generally dealt with by running away or shouting the hubby.
  6. What does blogging mean to you? I started blogging when I struggled with conceiving and suffered with insomnia It was a bit of an outlet for my emotions and thoughts. A kind of therapy. Now its much more than that Its a community that I love meeting up with other bloggers and connecting on social media.
  7. How would you describe your style? Eclectic – I don’t really have a particular style – Id like to think I’m a little but boho but I also love my jeans & jumpers really anything I feel comfy in!
  8. What can’t you live without? My Iphone – Oh and my husband and kids 
  9. What is your most treasured possession? Did I just mention my Iphone 😉
  10. What do you love the most about yourself? My determination! 
  11. How do you want to grow old? My husband and I often say we want to be that carefree couple walking hand in hand on the beach. To be Honest since losing a few close friends and family all around 90 years young  I keep saying If I get to 90 and are as fit and happy as they were then I’d take that! 

 

It’s now time for me to nominate New blogs from around the interweb!

I thought it was going to be hard finding new bloggers out there but after turning to Facebook here I am with not just 5 or 6 but 13 new bloggers all eagerly  awaiting my questions 🙂

New Blogs for you to check out!

  1. Life Through Rosie’s Len
  2. Flump has two Mummies 
  3. Life Of An Auntie 
  4. Counting to Ten 
  5. Hooked
  6. The Unsung Mum 
  7. Someones mum 
  8. And then she said
  9. You, Me and the 6 C’s
  10. The Mediocre Mum
  11. Living with Jude
  12. Bell and Bear 
  13. Organised Jo 

 

My questions to the above bloggers

  1. What or who inspired you to blog?
  2. Who would you invite to a dinner party?
  3. If you had to give up one what would it be out of Tea, Coffee, Alcohol?
  4. Whats your favorite view?
  5. Who is your inspiration in life?
  6. Whats the best piece of advise you’ve been given?
  7. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  8. Is there anything you would do differently if you could?
  9. Whats the one place you would love to see if money were no object?
  10. What would you do with a lottery win?
  11. How do you relax?

So now its over to you!

Don’t forget to check out the blogs above and leave a comment or two

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Wicked Wednesday

Wicked Wednesday 21.09.16

This morning M asked if she could go downstairs and start getting her breakfast I said yes. Everything is in a cupboard that she can reach. Why not. 

I went to wake up J and headed downstairs. To find this …

 

She had climbed on the cupboard and got a glass for her juice. 

This face says it all. 

Obviously I took a photo before I got her off the counter. 

Why is it I struggle to tell her off. 

If J had have done this I’d have shouted at him. 

I often feel M is a lot more advanced than J she looks at a situation and learns what she needs to do to be safe. With J it’s trial and error. So Often it’s J that gets told of as he’s doing things that I feel are not safe. 

When M does something I feel more disappointed with her as it’s rare. 

So this morning when I found her on the worktop I was shocked but i almost knew she would have climed safely. 

This post is linked up with 

Brummy Mummy Of 2’s #wickedwednesday