22/03/2019

Scrumbles Natural Pet Food - New Food For Daisy!

Daisy was 1yrs old a few weeks back. Can you believe that? We've still not had her a year but it's like we've never been without her. A few weeks before her birthday the lovely folk at Scrumbles Natural Pet Food offered to send her some new food to try. 

I'll be honest, I'd never heard of Scrumbles. A British brand making cat and dog food, with no added nasties, which is naturally hypoallergenic, gluten free and with added probiotics! Worth a try I'd say! Not me of course.....but Daisy. 

We were sent a 2kg bag of chicken kibble, suitable for small and medium breed daring dogs not exceeding 25kg. Daisy is certainly daring, a medium breed and around 13kg......so spot on! 
I let her sniff the bag first and added the kibble into her usual food to avoid a quick change of food and avoid any upset tummy.
She can be a fussy soul, only eating certain dog biscuits and grazing on her food.....it took a few attempts if I'm honest before she would give it a try. Ultimately though, she ate it. Gradually we gave her more, so it replaced her usual food.
We focus on the meat content when sourcing new food usually and this is pretty good at 60% chicken (that's 35.5 freshly prepared chicken, 21% dried chicken and 2% chicken fat plus 1.5%chicken liver).
The higher the meat content the better. I can safely say Daisy did not have any tummy issues on Scrumbles and over time the entire bag was consumed by her. The gradual change most definitely helps with the change over. 

The size of the kibble is larger than she was used to but this wasn't an issue.

Would we buy it?

I think I would. It's more expensive than the one Daisy usually has though. £11.49 for 2kg. £40 for 8kg. We pay £7.99 for 2kg or £35 for 15kg. 

There are so many different brands on the market though, cheaper and way more expensive too. Ultimately it comes down to what you want to feed your dog, how they take to it, and not least the budget. 

Scrumbles gets Daisy's vote for taste and no nasty additives. No iffy tummy and free delivery over £20 too! 
The website is fun and dead easy to use. You can even subscribe and save 5%. Plus 10% of profits go to animal charities. We'd definitely recommend them!

Thanks Jack and Co!



21/03/2019

7 Landscape Edging Ideas for Artificial Grass Lawns

We're still debating what to do with our very patchy, dog hole ridden garden! The other issue we have is next doors tree....it drops leaves and flowers all over our garden each year and therefore leaves the bottom of the garden soggy and wet! We've often thought about having the whole garden artificially turfed, that way, there will be somewhere for the boys to play football and for the dog to play! There are things to consider though. Not least the outlay and of course the design.

When buying an artificial grass, there are certain things and factors that you need to consider in order for you to achieve that perfect, natural-looking grass in your lawn. The final look of your lawn greatly depends on your imagination, your choice of artificial grass materials and the location of your residence. You need to widen your imagination. This will allow you to get the most out of the money you spent on your artificial grass. While you can hire an artificial grass designer, there are some ideas that are quite simple but can have a big impact on the view that you can do by yourself.
If by any chance you have struggled on covering those uneven edges, you can actually use some of these ideas to minimise or actually eradicate the uneven edges of your newly-installed artificial grass.


1. Curbing
Curbing is one of the greatest ideas when it comes to edging your lawn. This is commonly used in streets to separate the road from the pavement but you can actually use this idea to cover the edges of your lawn. However, this will require intensive planning since curbing is made of concrete so if you are not sure with the design of your lawn, consider another idea.



2. Paving Stones
This is, by far the most common edging decoration in almost every house with a lawn. Not just because it covers the edges of the lawn, it also creates a pathway. This is a good idea because it will protect the artificial grass from heavy foot traffic. It will also create a balance of stones and green colours.


3. Bendable Borders
Bendable borders offer a safer edging for your children's playground. This is also applicable to those who plan to have a regular redesigning of their artificial grass lawn because bendable borders, aside from being bendable, are actually movable. While they are bendable and movable, this kind of border is also durable.


4. Logs or Wood
If you want to create that forestry vibe, you can actually use logs or woods to cover the edges of your artificial grass lawns. You can use this on both straight and curved edges.

Source: realestate


5. Railroad Ties
Railroad ties offer a more vintage-looking artificial grass lawn. You can use as an edging medium on your lawn and at the same time give a wonderful aura on your back garden. Remember that creativity is the key. Aside from that, railroad ties are versatile because they can fit in almost everything including stones and gravel. This will also serve as a guideline when you are planning to install an artificial grass.


6. Gravel
If you want a dynamic design, you can use gravel as a border. Although it can be dirty at times, it offers a more complex design to your artificial grass lawn which is good because you can redesign your lawn anytime you want. Aside from that, you can also top the gravel with statues, or anything you want to do with it.


7. Wood Chips or Bark
Just like gravel, you can put some wood chips or bark as your covering agent around the edges of your artificial grass lawn. Aside from being money-wise, this gives you that country-side, provincial vibe in your back garden while being in the depths of the city.

Source: neograss


So those are the 7 great ideas that you may want to do with the edges of your artificial grass lawn. You can do this according to your preference and you can also do this with your family as a form of bonding. Some of this ideas do not require heavy manpower.

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20/10/2018

Boots from BOGS!

Since getting our Sprocker Spaniel Daisy back in May I thought it would be a good idea to get decent wellies for the monkeys and I to wear when walking her. Daddy doesn't do wellies, so he opted out! Now, usually I'm not a great fan myself as I find them clumpy to walk in and often uncomfortable too but that was before we tried boots sent to us from BOGS

Waterproof footwear for all the family. BOGS footwear kindly sent me the Amanda Plush boot and both the monkeys a pair of Kids Arcata Wool Stripe boots. They are suitable for temperatures below -40 (and will be taken with us when we go to Lapland at Christmas!)
The Amanda Plush in Olive were ordered in a size UK 5 for me and are mid calf. They are 100% waterproof with handles either side for ease of putting on and pulling off and come with a lush faux-fur lining for extra warmth and comfort. Suitable for wear in temperatures of -25. Of course when the boots first arrived we had zero rain for about two months! Just typical. However, they have now been tested in the rain, in long wet grass and leaves on dog walks and on at least one 4 mile 'hike' whilst walking the dog. I can honestly say they are super comfy, kept my feet both warm and dry and did not squeak like some wellies do, or feel clumpy and awkward to walk in. I think the laces at the front really help to secure them comfortably, making them fully adjustable to the wearer. I really like them!
The monkeys have worn their boots to watch football being played in the rain and on dog walks also. They have not complained of cold wet feet and their socks were bone dry! Something they are not when often wearing trainers when it rains. True to size, they fit comfortably. Super durable, hard wearing, insulated and suitable for temperatures of -40, they are also super easy to get on and off with the side handles. Of course they have no idea we are off to Lapland but I fully intend for them to wear these there! Both monkeys have them in navy, with red and grey wool stripes and contrasting faux-fur lining. The laces are fastened with a woggle, making them so much easier for kids to secure.
We can highly recommends these boots from BOGS. Both types have dura-fresh technology eliminating odours. BOGS offer free UK shipping on orders over £75. The Amanda Plush are £100 on the website.
Thanks BOGS, we really do rate the boots. I shall be wearing them from now on on dog walks, when wet and soggy under foot. We look forward to testing the monkeys ones out in a much colder climate later in the year! Shh..........................I shall update on the monkeys ones when we come back from the Artic Circle!




20/09/2018

Exploring Malaga!

Often wondered where to go for a family City Break? How about Malaga, Spain? The second highest populated City in Andalusia, it's a Mediterranean seaport on the Costa del Sol. Did you know it's the birthplace of Picasso? To be honest, I had no idea!

The best time to visit is in May-June and in September. Definitely somewhere we would consider taking the boys to one day. I've never actually been to mainland Spain and have always wanted to. 

Flights are reasonably cheap and under four hours flying time from London Airports. Why not hire a car at the airport and explore the City and surrounding area whilst there?

Of course, if the family are travelling too, you do need to check whether the car hire company provide car seats (if required) or whether you need to provide your own. Some companies provide cars to collect at the airport and others will send courtesy buses to get you to your car collection point. Then of course, once you have the car, you are free to explore as you wish.

First stop I assume would be your hotel or base for the duration of your stay. Hopefully, you'll have checked on parking! There are loads of places to stay that's for sure.

Whilst touring Malaga and it's surrounding areas there are plenty of places to see! The parks for one. Parque de Malaga is one not to miss.

If culture and history are more your thing, why not take in Alcazaba? An historic castle dating back to 1057. How about Malaga Cathedral?


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You can even travel further afield, ditching the car for the day and taking a day trip to Morocco, or sightseeing trip to Gibraltar. Excursions can be booked directly or through your travel company.

Of course, whilst in Spain you have to have tapas, there will be many Tapas bars to choose from. Book a Tapas and Wine tour, if travelling without the kids! 

With plenty of places to eat, Malaga has cuisine to offer anyone.
 
With 320 sunny days a year, Malaga has many beaches to explore. Many have bathrooms, children's play areas and places to eat also.

Whilst in Spain, shopping is a must! Many shopping centres have cinemas, theatres, restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys similar to those found back in the UK. The Atarazanas - Malaga Central Market is a great place to get local produce, used daily by locals and tourists alike.

So, you see, there's lots to keep the family entertained, not least the hotel pool! I'd say Malaga would be the perfect place to stay for just a short break or longer. Versatile and full of diversity and culture. What's not to love! 


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I once worked with a couple of lovely ladies from Spain who always said we should visit. They were the most amazing cooks....their food to die for! I will get there one day and I will taste the gorgeous Mediterranean cuisine again! Now, where's my passport! 

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17/09/2018

Visiting Orlando!

One of the places I'd like to take the boys one day is Orlando, Florida! I've had the good fortune of going twice in the past and I think they would love it! 

The first time I went was with school, many moons ago. I was 12. It was my first time away from home. What a place to go! We stayed with host families and visited all the usual places (that were there at the time). Epcot hadn't even been open that long. Now there are even more parks than before! You can get your park tickets online now but not back then! I remember we went to Disney World, Epcot (which at the time was my favourite), Wet n Wild, The Kennedy Space Centre and also Sea World.
I'm pretty sure Universal Studios Orlando Resort and MGM (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) were not open then. Now you can get multi park tickets, for the duration of your stay. There are numerous Orlando Combination ticket packages, with 6 Disney Parks now. Not to mention all the others! WOW! Did you know there's even a Legoland Florida? I only found that out myself recently. Boy, I bet the place has changed so much.

I next went to Disney, Orlando as an adult with friends and their family. We stayed in a Villa and rented a car to visit the parks, eat out on International Drive (which was so much bigger than the time before) and to visit the shopping malls. We're going back 13 years. I remember it being just as magical as the time when I went with school and being an adult I was probably more excited to be honest! So, really there is no ideal age! Young or old, we're all still big kids at heart! 
I really think the boys would love Universal Studios Orlando Resort the most! I think they would relate to the film themed shows and rides more than the typical Disney ones! (personally I love them all). My plan would be for us to stay in a rented Villa with Pool and hire a car. That way, you can be more flexible with meals, chill out at the villa (as lets face it visiting Orlando isn't a rest) and come and go as you please! As much as we would like to stay in one of the Disney hotels, I also think hiring a villa is more affordable! 

Best time of year to go? For us it would have to be Easter! Still warm and sunny but not super hot, like in the school summer holidays out there and hopefully less packed too. I've been at Easter and in July, both great, but with a hubby who cannot cope with it being too hot and the boys, I think for us Easter is best. 
You'd have to go for at least two weeks wouldn't you! I don't think anything shorter would be long enough. Three weeks would be better, but I'm not sure we could afford the time to do that. I'm super excited to see if we ever get there as a family. I really hope so! Even if we all go when they are young adults. 

It's certainly on the bucket list! Have you been? Want to go?

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