WakeCup and smell the coffee !

Just in time for Christmas we have been given the opportunity to try out the WakeCup flask and straw.

GlobalWakeCup is a brand that is standing up the our throw away society, aiming for a zero waste world. If you have been following me on social media recently you will know that this has also become a part of mine and my daughter Effie’s lives. Effie says when she is older, she wants to ‘save all the turtles in the sea’ after learning all about them at a visit to an aquarium. She even made up a song about it;

I want to save all the fishes in the sea,

I want to save all the turtles in the sea,

I want to save all the whales in the sea,

Don’t put plastic in the sea!

There was a video of her singing it on my insta stories not too long ago – just the sweetest!

Now, we haven’t exactly delved into this lifestyle, banishing all plastics from our home just yet – as this seems counter productive. I think using what we have, and then figuring out the best way to dispose of it is the best option for us. And I have to say – I wasn’t particularly overjoyed with the thought of big clunky re usable things taking up all the space in our tiny kitchen. Turns out, this doesn’t have to be the case. The flask I have received is by far one of the nicest ones I’ve seen! I’m so happy I get to try it out. The design is very stylish and as far as I can tell, on trend.. I like it anyway!

Getting on with reviewing the flask, It feels robust – not flimsy in any way. I noticed a few minor scratches on the wood – but I think that is to be expected due to the nature of the material used, Its all metal inside to perfectly fine to use. The flask as you would imagine can be used to keep your beverage either piping hot, or ice cold, I had a little test and it seems to work for ever! Though I didn’t time it.. This handy dandy flask also had a tea leaf thingy inside it, I thought that was super cool, I personally haven’t seen that before in something like this. It is detachable though, if tea isn’t your ‘thing’.

Another thing I really like about WakeCup is the logo on the cup, its not tacky in any way its quite subtle and embossed – Lovely!

As well as the flask we were also gifted a straw. Straws are our nemesis – plastic ones anyway! we tried the chunkier plastic ones, paper ones (gross) metal ones but nothing compared to the evil plastic straws! I wasn’t holding out much hope for this one either to be quite honest, I thought it’d make our drinks taste ‘woody’ but it didn’t. It is a bit different but not unpleasant like I found the metal ones to be, and it wont go mushy (can’t stand it) like those paper ones.

Although I can’t really compare to other brands, I will definitely consider buying more from this range in the future – perhaps they could come up with a protein shaker? I’d be up for trying that one out! The smell you get on the plastic ones just isn’t something I want to even think about. Yuck!

Thanks for checking out our Blog, and thank you to GlobalWAKECup and WeBlogNorth for setting this up for us!

10 Things I wish I had known | NFL at Wembley Stadium

This year, we went to the NFL game at Wembley stadium – Eagles vs Jaguars  I like birds so naturally was all for the Eagles (Fun fact, Princess Diana also supported the Eagles!) I had never been to a game before – to be perfectly honest I has never watched a full game before either. These are just a few things I wish I had known before attending.

1. Wear clothes under your clothes! It is freezing cold sat there for so long – maybe invest in some thermals, thick socks and gloves.

2. Wear something with pockets big enough for your stuff, you can not take a bag – I wore leggings and a football jersey so had no pockets at all!

3. Practice your catching skills – if you want that t-shirt from the party patrol. I didn’t get one 🙁

4. If you’re staying over consider staying at another location, London is so expensive. We stayed at a hotel in Milton Keynes.

5. If you’re wanting to go to the NFL shop , get there super early, unless you enjoy queuing!

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, parking directions, your gate direction etc – all the staff are there to help you get to your locations safely.

7. Have a big breakfast before you go, we did actually do this one and lasted without needing to buy food at the stadium. This way you avoid queuing and save a bunch of money. We went straight for tea after the game was over… this is of course unless you’re wanting the novelty of having a massive hot dog.

8. If your group is splitting up for any reason, have a plan, a meeting location in case anything happens, make sure you all have each others numbers as it is likely the internet wont be working too well. Take care of each other.

9. Don’t let rude people ruin your day. There will be pushing, shoving, people sat in your seats, bad smells, drunk fans – its all a part of the experience I suppose. Our seats were actually double booked – I didn’t even know that could happen but apparently it does – this seemed like a safety issue to me but the ushers just moved us into someone else’s seats and so the process repeats. It was for the most part pretty unorganized from my point of view. But we still managed to have a great time.

10. Take a million photos, make loads of memories and have an amazing time. Enjoy the atmosphere, remember it is a football game – Its going to be loud…very, very loud!

xx

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

Planning Adams 30th Birthday

Adam says my Instagram post on this event was not long enough – so here’s a bit of a longer post! x

After a long time thinking of what to get Adam for his Birthday, I came up with absolutely nothing! So I turned to the Idea of a possible weekend or night away somewhere fairly local. We live in such a beautiful place so we are lucky at the amount of hotels and scenic locations we could choose from. My idea was to keep it a secret, I don’t think that lasted all too long.

Having only visited a few places I decided to go on a hotel hunt and had a good look around some of the hotels the lake district has to offer. For the most part hotels were already fully booked for weddings etc, but I managed to check out a few most of them being suitable for our needs.

The one that caught my attention the most was Low Wood Bay, I love this hotel – recently re vamped, the staff are just the best, the rooms are amazing – and the views! Need I say more?

Now, being the type of person that worries about anything and everything going wrong I double, triple, annoying customer checked every little thing would be perfect – months in advance. Making sure everything would be suitable for us and 100% wheelchair accessible so we could experience everything that Adam wanted too. I went to the hotel and picked out a room, checked where the lifts were and appropriate parking spaces etc. I was helped by staff throughout my planning worries.

Check again!

I checked again closer to the time to make sure I’d done everything. I hadn’t booked a table at the restaurant! We often go to the Wild Boar also one of the English lakes hotels, which is amazing – I wanted us to try out Blue Smoke which is conveniently located within the hotel, another selling point for me! Luckily they had a handy website where you can book your table and also leave any ‘special requests’ I mentioned we needed a chair removing to make space for Adam and also that it was his 30th birthday. I absolutely loved this website feature, I didn’t need to physically talk to anyone and I could see all the available times so I could choose accordingly.

Oh dear ..

Having already ruined the surprise we packed our bags and set off to the low wood bay. There were two options of locations for us to park, either round the front of our hotel – or there were some spaces in the main car park that were specifically accessible spaces, and being that there was a water fountain and fire pit ’round at that entrance I decided we should park there for the wow factor of this entrance. At first it was indeed very wow and I was so excited to see what Adam thought – however … Once we got in I noticed a sign on the lift saying that it was out of order – but I didn’t think anything of it assuming there would be another list as no one had contacted me to tell me it was broken. After a little look one of the staff came over to see if we needed any help with anything and I asked how can we get down to reception to check in? He said that there was no other way down for us but tried his best to resolve the issue, he pushed Adam back to the car as I think he could see me being a bit useless – and the slope to the hotel from this entrance is quite steep. The member of staff ran round the the front of the hotel at the other parking spaces and waited for us there, again offering to help. As there was nothing he could really do he went and checked us in while we got all out bits together. I really can’t remember this mans name but he was so amazing through out our stay.

So, obviously it was a bit upsetting that we were unable to access one of my favorite parts of the hotel, but I decided to try ignore it and not let it spoil our stay as the rest of the hotel is still very lovely and I was determined to make his Birthday really special. We got into the room and it was just as special as I remembered it, in some of the other hotels I went too the accessible rooms looked accessible and weren’t in my opinion presented as well as the other rooms but not a low wood!

We got settled and ready for tea at Blue smoke. This was one of the best restaurant meals I’ve had – especially the pud – whatever it was!

After tea we decided to go for a few drinks at the bar near our room, we chatted to the staff who were all very lovely and willing to spend some time while it was quiet.

Overall we had a really lovely time and we will definitely be returning to experience the rest of what low wood has to offer – they even offered us some prosecco and chocolates upon our return!

xx

13 things to do for Halloween | 3 years old

What can my too young for scary three year old do to join in with Halloween? I have come up with a few ideas of things to try out – we have loved doing them so far!

  • With weather being not always so great, try a ‘spooky’ movie, Effie really loves casper the friendly ghost and we also watch scooby doo
  • Cover fruit in chocolate – not just apples, try all sorts – maybe even something new … it might work, right?
  • Pick out your own pumpkin!
  • Draw a face on your pumpkin, and get your adult to cut it out (I’m not sure why I’ve started typing like a blue peter presenter here).
  • Get costume ready! We got Effie’s pumpkin dress from Home Bargains.
  • Party party party! We’ve been to two Halloween parties so far and Effie is loving it, she even manages to win a game of musical bumps with the older children … although, I’m not sure she was trying to join in – to me it looked like she was just sitting down. Or was it tactical playing? Who knows!

  • Collect autumnal debris from outside to create pictures – leaves, sticks ..etc.
  • Have a ‘spooky photo-shoot’ Effie isn’t always in the mood to be photographed, but if its themed shes all for it!
  • Baking is always a good one with smaller children, Effie and her Auntie baked some Halloween biscuits together – and of course, Effie was in costume!
  • Have a look ’round the shops at the Halloween sections, this one is fun and inexpensive – unless you can’t resist the tiny ‘please can I have’s’
  • Trick or treating at families homes, Effie is a bit young for big kid trick or treating, but why not do a practice year, aunties, uncles, grandmas etc – Providing you all live relatively close or it may be slightly inconvenient and not much fun.. I’m trying

  • Have a whole bunch of fun, and make a ton of memories x
  • Check pinterest 

The time she lost 50lbs

So, I’ve had a lot of new people come into my life recently and if they were to see this they may be shocked to see how much of a different person I have become in the past few years. Too give every one the short story, I was not living my best life, I was not happy – and I was really very overweight too a point where I did not recognize the ‘old me’.

I think it is amazing how just changing a few things in your life can make for a 100% better you. Here’s the proof ;

I know this makes for a brilliant ‘before and after’ but too me really this is two completely different people. I feel quite sad over how I let myself get knowing that previously I was a full time gym goer and I loved my life and my body. I’m not going to go into the details of how and why I got to were I got because that wouldn’t be fair to the people who were in my life at the time or would it..best keep it light-hearted and p c for the public blog 😉

 

So how did I get me back? I surrounded myself with love. Friends and family, people I could talk to. People that believe in you and want to support you and see you succeed. My family helped kick start my health and fitness by making sure I was doing exercise every day, and sure enough I felt so much better. Friends invited me to their fitness activities and I became a part of a community of athletes which is so amazing. For me I think it is all about mindset, if I am around negative people or people that want to see failure it rubs off on me being a really empathetic person. But being back home feeling all the love, I just ‘got better’ so to speak. Its not a huge amount of time between photo one and two. Someone has said, it looks as though I could be the daughter of my former self. The amount of energy I have now from then, I definitely feel as though I could be as well.

 

So for anyone who has asked, I’m sorry I don’t have a magic pill, or an amazing story. Just a lot of amazing people, and the knowledge that it is OK to need and accept help when it all goes to pot. I got my hobby back and made some new ones I really enjoy my life and try to make the most of every single day, whether its spending quality time with Effie or going on adventures with Adam (we will talk more about him another time). I think that’s all I really want to say in this post, life is back on track and everyone is doing really well. Obviously I’m still not where I was body-wise, but I am OK with that … I’m not the person I was either 🙂

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then” – Alice

My hive home

Were kicking it off with a review! Hive were kind enough to send us some products try out over on instagram, but thought it would be nice and perhaps helpful to do a more in depth review on here.

You can see here a little overview of the items sent to us;

How it works

So, as far as my understanding goes you require a ‘hive hub’ to be able to control all of your hive products – from here it sends a signal to your phone where you can control everything in the app! Being a country girl i thought this was very future and I was most excited.

As you can see above, we were gifted the hub and a light bulb to try out. The hub comes in at £80 and this particular light is £44 though upon checking out the website they have a wide range of bulbs to choose starting from £15. we also got some popcorn which Effie claimed all of!

Setting it up was pretty straight forwards – even for me … I have a lot of issues with technology. You just plug the hub into your internet box, then sync your product up to it via the app. Easy, right?

But do you like it?

Yes! At first we set it all up in the living room just to become accustomed to and unafraid of said new technology. It is now permanently residing in Effie’s bedroom due to its dim-able properties. I think this is such a handy dandy tool for bedtime, and now that its getting darker in the mornings great for waking her up using the timer function where you can set the light to come on at any time you desire! Great for my little sleeper, she does hate waking up – threenager?

What about the colour changing?

I think this is a lovely novelty feature, whilst we had it set up in the living room we had it set to a colour to suit what we were watching, blue for the little mermaid etc. Effie thought this was fantastic! However if I were to buy more lights which I probably will I think I would just go for the dim-able ones. I think for my family of two personally one is enough for the colour changing. Perhaps in a bigger family with more children it would be a really good Idea to have more – Or if you really love them, why not just do every light?!

Rating

I am not familiar with any other products of this type to compare. But on its own I really love using hive and would definitely give 5* and i’m sure Effie would too!

 

Our brand new blog

My name is Helen, my daughters name is Effie and we live in the Lake District!

I did have another blog, but it was very neglected so I have made the daunting decision of starting over – from scratch! We blog about anything and everything; Daily life, special events, reviews of products we find and love!

A little background – I am 25, Effie is 3. We live in the cutest little cottage (in my opinion) I love to up-cycle old furniture, so perhaps we could even post about that. I’m very excited to have my blog back again and look forward to sharing all of our stories.

Oh, here’s us .. in case you were curious 🙂

xx