03/08/2015

Best Freinds Stay at Lifehouse Spa!

Last weekend was a little different to usual! My friend and I were booked into Lifehouse Spa and Hotel, Thorpe-le-Soken for their Best Friends Spa package! What a bargain! One nights accomodation with Bed and Breakfast, Processo on arrival, full use of the Spa from 3pm on the day of arrival and all day until 6pm on the day of departure. We both needed this so much! 
We shared a contemporary twin room which was on the 2nd floor and had great views over the grounds. Perfectly comfortable and perfect for our needs.
The Spa facilities were lovely. Pool, jacuzzi, plunge pool, sauna and steam room. Really warm and perfect on a very rainy Sunday!
We booked a two course evening meal in the restaurant which was gorgeous! The wine went down a treat too.
During our break I had the best mini facial ever and then a luxurious pedicure. Both real treats and perfect for helping to unwind and de-stress! 
The cream tea on the afternoon of our departure was lovely. I could so easily have eaten so much more whilst we were there!
A perfect place to unwind, have a girly gossip and catch up with my mate. We both felt relaxed and happy but did both feel slightly guilty that our husbands were at home holding the fort and looking after the children! I wouldn't hesitate to go back though and only wish the sun had been out, as I would have liked to have wandered the gardens and sat in the sunshine.

 

01/08/2015

Project 365 - A Photo a Day!

Relaxing at the spa
Cream Tea for Two
Making his own sandwich
Hexbugs
In the pink
Mother and son
Furry friends

Day 207. And relax! Escaped the awful rain (and the monkeys!) for a girlie overnight stay at the Spa! Lovely.
Day 208. Cream tea for two, my friend and I had a much needed break and are now ready to go home! 
Day 209. Little monkey decided he wanted to make his own sandwich by himself! 
Day 210. Both monkeys actually played nicely with their toys for a change and the hexbugs were bought out! 
Day 211. In the Pink! Lush colour :)
Day 212. A rare photo with big monkey who usually shys away or pulls faces! 
Day 213. No week is complete without our furry friends! 

First full week of the school holidays done and it's been a good one! Not least because of the relaxed start! Next week big monkey is playing football everyday so it's just me and the monster (I mean little monkey!) Hope it's been a good week for you! 
 

31/07/2015

Toys from House of Fraser

We're soon having a family holiday so have been looking for family games we can take for everyone to play! We're also looking at travel sized games the monkeys can play, that are small, lightweight and easy to store. House of Fraser do a great range of toys including family games and some travel games too so we've been having a little test prior to our travels! 
Selection of Toys from House of Fraser
How cool to get all this for £30 in the House of Fraser Sale! Perfect, just what we were looking for.
Ludo
Traditional Ludo with a popular current twist, Disney Frozen Ludo is for age 4+ and for 2-4 players.
Snakes and Ladders
Our Snakes and Ladders got damaged so a replacement was needed and this Disney Frozen version is just the ticket. Again aimed at age 4+, this means little monkey can play! For 2-4 players it's perfect for us!
Connect 4
We love the full sized version of Connect 4, so this travel version will be ideal on holiday for killing time whilst the monkeys wait for the adults to get ready. Although for age 6+ little monkey loves it! This ones for 2 players.
Guess Who
Another favourite here, this is a relatively new game to the monkeys but they love it. As with Connect 4 it's for age 6+ and for 2 players.
Simon
Entirely new to the monkeys Simon is one I remember as a child. Electronic with sounds it's for age 8+. It came already fitted with batteries. Big monkey is trying to perfect his observation and memory skills! He is better than me!
Playing Sankes and Ladders
We're trying to stop big monkey from cheating when playing family board games and to teach little monkey it's OK not to win! Fun is had though playing Snakes and Ladders. The monkeys love it when the adults have to slide down the snakes! This version is well made and compact. The board comes folded in four.
Playing Ludo
Again, the Ludo board comes folded in four and with extensive play instructions. The monkeys had never played this before but soon grasped how it works.
Playing Simon
Big monkey is really enjoying trying to beat Simon! I have no hope! My skills are poor. This is definitely coming away with us, as it's ideal for the car journey or quiet times. 

The travel sized Connect 4 and Guess Who are both great and just smaller versions of the regular ones. We've played but forgot the photo's! There lots of competitiveness in this house that's for sure! 

I'm delighted House of Fraser gifted these games to us for this post, meaning we now have a great selection to take away with us. They do a far great range of toys which you can see here!
 
Which is your favourite family board game? 


30/07/2015

June Degustabox

Our June Degustabox arrived and has not disappointed. Full of scummy picnic food, we were keen to see what was inside as we planned a picnic for the next Saturday! Here's a quick look at what we got.
  1. Product of the month. Rekorderlig....Strawberry Lime Cider, available in packs of four at £1.49 a bottle.
  2. Love Chin Chin £1 a pack. A sweet snack popular in West Africa.
  3. Coconom Organic Coconut Sugar. Completely natural alternative to sugar. £3.25 a pack.
  4. Icycl. Delicious frozen Vodka icepops. £2.50 each.
  5. Melba Thins. Multigrain, now available in Tesco! £1.39 a box.
  6. Zeo Lightly Carbonated soft drinks. £1.29.
  7. Brioche Pasquier Pitch Chocolate 6 pack and Chocolate Chip 4 pack. £1.70
  8. Kallo Wholegrain Rice and Corn Cakes. £1.69 for the rice cake thins and 70p for the snacks.
  9. Vybe Juice. 100% Natural Coconut Water. £1.89.
 
We love the Pitch brioche, especially the monkeys! The Melba Thins were popular with them too and hubby has devoured the Kallo rice cake thins! He quickly drank the Zeo drinks too! I'm loving the recipe for Triple Chocolate Flourless Brownies sent in our box and am really wanting to try them with the coconut sugar. 

You can use the code P9609 to get £3 off the registration cost when signing up to Degustabox. 
 

29/07/2015

Thinking further about making more home improvements!

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As I've previously mentioned we are thinking of making more home improvements instead of moving and will need to think about how we are going to fund those improvements! However we do that, we are certain it will work out cheaper than the cost of moving house.

According to a 2014 survey by Lloyds Bank*, 40 per cent of people undertake renovations to improve the look of their home, while 33 per cent do it to add value. In all honesty we shall be doing it for both of those reasons!  
Our first port of call will no doubt be our mortgage provider which of course will mean credit checks and more checks but needs must if we want to go forward with our plans.
It won't be the first time we've borrowed to make big home improvements. We did so for our loft conversion a few years ago, so we know what to expect.
You too can learn more about your credit rating online. Keep your fingers crossed we can get this project running! I let you know how our plans move forward.

*Data taken from Experian blog.




 

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