Saturday, 31 December 2016

Thoughts On Saturday - Goodbye 2016

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Thoughts On Saturday - Goodbye 2016. 

I thought on New Years Eve it would be appropriate to say goodbye to some of the celebrities that have died this year. This isn't a complete list, it's a small list of those that had an influence in my life.
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Friday, 30 December 2016

10 Reasons I Can't Sleep At Night

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I used to be able to sleep anywhere, tie a piece of string across a room and I could hang there and sleep happily all night. For the nights I found it difficult to sleep, like Christmas Eve or before going on holiday or when my mind is racing and will not shut up, I have a couple of strategies. You know the sort of thing, reciting something boring in your head until you drop off, the proverbial counting sheep, although I don't count sheep I recite the Kings and Queens of Britain. Yeah, works for me a treat.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Bears Boxing Day Christmas

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Where is Bear? I don't know..

Our weekly update is very late because something happened, yes! Christmas happened!! We only have Bear when Mummy and Daddy work so we are on holiday except everyone came over on Boxing Day - Bears Boxing Day Christmas.
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Saturday, 24 December 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 52


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#MySundayPhoto Number 52. Well I've managed to post a photo ever week thanks to Darren Coleshill and his linky. Even weeks when my photos were rubbish, or we have been poorly with flu we still managed to find one photo.

This week is a selfie of Bear and me. I never get any photos of us together as I am always the one taking the pics. 

You may have guessed that I have added a couple of filters and embellishments this week :-)

Merry Christmas to you all

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Thoughts On Saturday - Christmas


When I started Thoughts on Saturday a couple of weeks ago, I wanted somewhere to reflect and express myself on things that have happened, or that I've read, that make me think. This week though it's Christmas Eve and I wanted something a little lighter.

I haven't forgotten the awful events that have happened in the world this week, in Berlin and elsewhere. My sympathies and thoughts are with all those who have been affected by these tragic events and with those who have lost someone they love.

As it is Christmas Eve, Thoughts on Saturday is all about Christmas.
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Christmas Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Jenni over at Chilling With Lucas to answer some Christmas related questions for 'The Christmas Tag', so here we go... 

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Flu, Bear and Me

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This week we should have been getting festive. Trimming the tree and making greeting cards but Bear and I have been poorly with flu. I have been so tired with a sore throat and achy limbs. Bear has had a bad cough and runny nose with hives. Hives are a rash that can be caused by an allergy, a sting or a virus. Bears is due to a virus and there is little we can do except treat the symptoms, Calpol, anti-histamine cream and various smelly oils and balms.
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 51


#MySundayPhoto Number 51 was supposed to be all Chrismassy. You know the sort of thing, a tree, a toddler in a Christmas jumper, reindeer and lights. But we got the flu.

Poor Bear has a nasty cough and hives and I have a sore throat, achy joints and a cough.That means we have taken no photo's and have cwtched* on the sofa all week.
So I thought I'd use a photo from last week. This is a rainy, grey day in Cardiff. Bear, Grandad and me are watching an ambulance go past "ne nah"  outside Burger King. It's freezing and raining, we go inside so Bear can watch the cars through the window.

If you look closely you will see Cardiff's Christmas tree. Honestly it's there, look closely!! Yep, that has cost us, the people of Cardiff,  £30,000 to loan for 3 years. China saw us coming didn't they. The baubles are peeling, it was suppose to be 40m high and is just about 40 feet. At least Cardiff Council had a sense of humour and joked on twitter they had sacked the person who ordered it. We all laughed into our council tax bills.

*Cwtch - best Welsh word ever, it's not possible to translate exactly but means cuddle, hug, with love, warmth, mmmmm, cosy, more hugs and so much more.


Photalife
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Thoughts On Saturday. Aleppo, Fake News and Southern Rail

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Thoughts On Saturday. Aleppo, Fake News and Southern Rail.

Aleppo

I don't think any one could avoid the horrors of Aleppo this week. I am in a quandary though. I do not know who to support. As I understand it, it's a civil war in Syria between the government forces and rebels. Rebels who rose up four years ago in the Arab Spring and one of their strongholds is the second city of Syria, Aleppo. The government forces are being backed by Russia and the rebels by the USA. So the rebels are good then? Well no, part of the rebel group is ISIS and they are bad. 
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Friday, 16 December 2016

5 Minutes Games For Toddlers - Blow Football

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5 Minutes Games For Toddlers - Blow Football

All you need is some straws, a small box for the goal and something light for the ball. I used pompoms and made my own goal as I didn't have a small box. Remember this should take less than 5 minutes to make and toddlers do not worry about how good the goal is!
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

toucanBox Craft Subscription Box review


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I was asked to review a toucanBox* with Bear. They describe their craft boxes as suitable for children from 3 - 8 years old and Bear is only 2. This I thought would be fine as all his crafts are closely supervised and I am careful that he doesn't have anything with small parts or dangerous items. So why would I even consider a craft subscription box that is for an older child? Two reasons really, firstly if he had an older sibling he would be exposed to all these things anyway and secondly, toucanBox are great! Have you ever seen one? I reviewed a box last year when Bear was one and he was definitely too young. I'll show you what we received this time and you can decide whether it is right for your child.
The box arrives through your letterbox so you do not have to wait in and it's addressed directly to your child. Even Bear who is too young to read understood the toucanBox was for him.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Painting and Photography


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Some weeks are quiet and some are really busy. This week turned out to be a bit of both. Bear hadn't been feeling well, he had a blocked nose and hadn't been sleeping very well. On  Monday we decided to stay in to ensure he would get a nap. After breakfast he asked to do painting. "Painting, painting" he said, so painting it was.

He started with yellow I asked if he was doing a treasure map and the yellow was the sand. He wasn't too sure about this but we all chatted about pirates and he liked that idea. Then he painted with blue "is that the sky?" I asked, "no, water". He had painted lots of parallel wavy lines like Grandad had last week. I'm always amazed at his memory.
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 50

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#MySundayPhoto Number 50 is probably technically the worst photo I have taken of Bear. It's blurred and I only just managed to get Bear into the frame. It is like that because we went to Mambo, a soft play centre, and Bear loved it. He just didn't stop smiling and skipping or running. Two and a half hours and he only paused once when I made him stop to have a drink. He just was so happy and because of that I love this picture.

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Thoughts on Saturday #1

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I used to like Question Time on the BBC. I loved shouting at the TV, disagreeing with the panelists and ranting on Facebook with like minded (or not so like minded) friends. Then we had Brexit.

David Cameron and Brexit have a lot to answer for, not least that QT is now so boring. Blah, blah, Brexit, blah, blah! Just SHUT UP I want to scream.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

Mambo Soft Play Cardiff - A Toddler Explores

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Mambo Soft Play Cardiff - A Toddler Explores. Mambo is a soft play centre in Cardiff. We pass quite often as we drive around Cardiff and have been meaning to let Bear explore it for ages. It was raining in Cardiff today and Bear was so full of energy we needed to get out so it was a perfect excuse to visit.
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Treasure Chest

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5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Treasure Chest is a simple game made from a box and a piece of paper.
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

12 Days of Christmas at Dyffryn Gardens - A Toddler Explores

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We love Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan. We have National Trust membership so do not have to pay every time we visit. We enjoy the gardens at any time of year and it is a great place for toddlers too. Bear loves to explore and at the moment they have a 12 Days of Christmas Trail.
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Beer52 Craft Beer Subscription Box Review

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A knock on the door and I have a special delivery, a Beer52 craft beer subscription box for me to review*. I must say that I was really excited to try this.
I'm not usually a beer drinker, when I'm out I opt for lager as I know exactly what I'm getting. Craft beers by their very nature are each unique and that is what appealed to me with the Beer52 box, I could try different beers chosen by experts.
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Sun and Ice

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This week we were blessed with lots of glorious sunshine but boy was it cold. On Monday we decided to go to the park so Bear could enjoy the sun. He wanted to wear Grandads cap and scarf and he looked so cute. Our own little cockney.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 49

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On Thursday the sun was shining and although it was frosty it promised to be warm and bright so off we all went to Dyffryn Gardens (one of our favourite National Trust properties). As we got closer the fog got thicker until we could hardly see. Where had the sun gone? Sadly it had hidden behind the fog and cloud.

Dyffryn Gardens have a 12 Days Of Christmas Trail and Bear had great fun finding lots of them. We didn't stay to find them all because it was freezing so #MySundayPhoto Number 49 is 6 Geese A-Laying. What I really liked was that many are interactive and encourage children to play. Bear enjoyed moving all the eggs from the baskets into one on the end. Don't worry they were rubber and bounced.


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Photalife

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Friday, 2 December 2016

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Lacing

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Todays 5 Minute Games For Toddlers is Lacing. I could say it is great for hand-eye coordination or fine motor skills and colour recognition but all I shall say is that it takes 5 minutes to make and toddlers love lacing things.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Hide and Seek with Lights

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Our third 5 Minute Games For Toddlers is an old favourite Hide-and-Seek. This time with lights.
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