Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Tour De Yorkshire

I love this picture as it has Scarborough castle in.

So a few weeks ago the Tour de Yorkshire was in my home town and came through my village. Stage 1 started in Bridlington and finished 174 km later in Scarborough.
Im not huge bike fan, in fact I don't even own a bike myself but for me watching the riders steam though my village it's a little hard not to get excited!
The kids were excited to come out and watch and my older children that are at school could leave early to go and watch the race.
So I'm not going to talk about the race but simply share some of the shots i got of the day. Blink and you would miss them as they were traveling that fast so I'm afraid it was a hold your camera smartphone and hope for the best!

Kids getting ready to cheer the riders on.

Waiting for them to come past.

They are here! Blink and you'd miss them.

 Close to the finish line North Marine Road Scarborough

Post race police had finished their duties.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

I am a bad blogger!

So as the title says I am a bad blogger!
I have been AWOL.
I don't really have a reason for my departure and lack of blogging times other than I just didn't really have much to say, who wants to listen to me dribble on about rubbish?
Well, the writers block is well overdue and now its about time I got my blog back on!
I often found mostly in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep I wanted to blog I knew what I was going to say, I had lots to say, come morning I had forgotten I didn't know where to start. I kind of gave up.
So since I last blogged not much has happened, my Grandad passed away at the end of November, so supporting my family and helping my mum out has kind of taken up most of my time, along with my three sproglets doing their various clubs etc.
I'm looking forward to the lighter nights, hotter days and spending more time online whittering away to you all.
So there you have it, I'm back and ready to blog.

I won't leave it so long next time! *slaps wrists*

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My little fish - Club Championships 2014

So last week my eldest little fish took to the water at his swimming clubs championships.
The races were split over three nights, he took part in Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Freestyle and a distance race.
Butterfly is a stroke that he wasn't overly confident on but he took us all, including himself by surprise!
He only came Blooming first!!!

This is him after he was presented with his award and I think you will agree that he was over the moon with himself.

His second race that evening was Breaststroke, not an overly fast stroke for him but he does pretty well. He didn't get off to a good start, his goggles came off when he dived in and you could tell that he just panicked. He still carried on and tried not to let it bother him and he finished the race in sixth place out of nine.

The next on his list was his distance race 100m Freestyle a few days later, this again ended up with another goggle malfunction when he dived in and after 50m he had to stop to get his goggles back on resulting in him finishing the race fourth out of ten.

The following week we had the final two races, he was ready to go with goggles firmly attached to his face! 

First race was Backstroke, one of my favorites when i was younger. He did amazing in this race, so amazing that he didn't stop and bashed his head on the side of the pool..... Ouch! He was a little shook up and he said his head was really hurting. but he landed at the top of the podium with another first! 

He's not as happy as he was in the first picture but with a nice bump on the head giving mummy his cheesy grin was probably the last thing on his mind! 
Last and final race was Freestyle, his dive was good but he just didn't have to momentum and some of the other swimmers were really fast. He came in fifth out of ten swimmers so was happy with that. 

This years club championships went really well for Tino, he now knows what he needs to work on and if things go wrong. He has improved lots since last year but he needs to just stay calm and try not to panic. 
I'm happy that he loves swimming and the effort and time training that he puts into it. 
Keep up the good work little fishy! 
Love you lots xxx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

What can busy mummies do to relax?

So when the kiddies are tucked up in bed the nights getting dark and colder, you've watched all the soaps what else can us mummies do? 
Well apart from house work... lets be honest we love NEED a break from it no matter how small. I've put a list of a few things that can help keep us busy mummies calm, relaxed and stress free.

  • I often find myself loosing a few hours on Pinterest, I've only recently starting using it, creating boards jam packed with great ideas of crafts I can do with the children, an Elf on the shelf board, decoration ideas... The boards are endless. Its great for some inspiration and extra awesomeness that every mum needs from time to time! 
  • Comping, this is fun and more importantly great especially at this time of year. Lots of bloggers, brands and companies seem to run some fantastic competitions during the run up to Christmas. Some useful sites to get you up and off the ground for finding competitions are LoquaxTheprizefinder and moneysavingexpert.com. Twitter and Facebook are also useful for finding competitions try using the hash tag #Win and #Competition to bring more up. 
  • If your feeling extra lucky then there are always online casino's. www.i-phonecasino.co.uk have a great mobile app perfect for the odd a little flutter. Games range from casino games to one us women all seem to enjoy... Bingo! Its simple, easy to use and perfect for snuggling up with the iPad Bringing Vegas into your living room any time you want. 
  • This is one my husband isn't very keen on.... Online shopping, I must admit i'm more of a browser but I do like a good bargain... who in their right mind doesn't? Coming up to Christmas I love looking around for offers and bargains, I keep an eye on things my children are hankering after on Amazon and another great website is Hotukdeals. Just remember its only a bargain if you actually need it :) 
  • Lastly why not just curl up with a good DVD and a bottle of wine? Take time to relax you are totally worth it and need it from time to time... The house work can Will wait till tomorrow! 

Mel x

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Carbon Monoxide Awareness & Giveaway

With the cold days drawing closer, its that time of year again to fire up your central heating.

This is a crucial time for boilers, most people will have had the heating switched off for the summer and will fire it up hoping it comes on so that their family will be toasty and warm.
Without a Carbon Monoxide detector they will have no idea that carbon monoxide may be seeping from their boiler.

Corgi HomePlan are campaigning for every home to get a carbon monoxide detector, so that they can keep both themselves and their family safe.
Carbon Monoxide detectors cost as little as £15 a small price to pay I think for safety!

Here's what Corgi HomePlan have to say.

"Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas and, as such, it is very difficult to detect and can easily be inhaled without you realising. Being exposed to high concentration levels can be fatal or cause several other long-term health problems such as brain damage. According to NHS statistics, every year in the UK, over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die.
The most common cause of a carbon monoxide leak is from incorrectly installed or poorly maintained household appliances – such as cookers, heaters and central heating boilers. A blocked flue or chimney can also cause carbon monoxide levels to rise to lethal concentrations in an enclosed space."
There are several warning signs in your home that could mean you have a carbon monoxide issue. 
  • The flame on your cooker should be crisp and blue. Yellow or orange flames mean you need to get your cooker checked
  • Dark staining around or on appliances
  • Sooty marks on the walls around boilers, stoves or the cover of gas fires
  • Pilot lights that frequently go out
  • Increased condensation inside windows
Would you know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

Corgi have kindly sent me a FireAngel Model Co-9X Detector to giveaway to one of my readers. please enter using the gleam widget below.

The Corgi Website is packed with some great easy to follow advice and tips, make sure you check it out.

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*This post is in collaboration with Corgi HomePlan to help raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. I received no cash payment but a product in return.*