Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Walk in Waterfall Country - Sgwd Clun Gwyn and Sgwd Yr Eira

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A Walk in Waterfall Country - Sgwd Clun Gwyn and Sgwd Yr Eira



Difficulty - Strenuous
Parking - £4 all day

We decided to attempt the Four Falls walk in waterfall country, near Ystradfellte, Wales. We have done it before, many years ago when the children were small, and my over riding memories were that it was a long hard slog there and back, with hundreds of steps down to the waterfalls. We thought we wouldn't overdo it by doing it all at once so did two walks a few days apart, each taking in one waterfall.

Both walks are not for the faint hearted and require decent walking boots although we did see a supervised group of children doing it in wellies. It is perfectly possible to do the route in one visit, we just couldn't do all the steps down and back up in one go.

There are information boards in the car parks and at each waterfall. They describe the walks as strenuous and warn about the steep drops and uneven paths along the way. Although this is true the group of children (probably aged about 8 or 9) managed it. Even if they did complain all the way up from Sgwd Yr Eira!
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Gingersnap Cinematic A4 Light Box - Review


Ginger Snap Cinematic A4 Light Box - Review*

Since I have had my own room, to decorate as I like, I have wanted a cinematic light box. They conjure up the nostalgia of the great movie era of the 40s. I love seeing all the images on instagram of beautiful rooms and a light box with a simple message spelt out. I just had to have one!
I was therefore really happy to review a  Gingersnap Cinematic A4 Light Box for the blog.
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Monday, 16 October 2017

10 Funny Phobias (but maybe not if you have them) #Blogtober17 Day 16



10 Funny Phobias (but maybe not if you have them) #Blogtober17 Day 16



The theme for Day 16 of Blogtober17 is phobias, I do not have any. I'm scared of heights and I do not like needles, the dentist (both make me cry just to think of them), pain, flying, the cold, oh I could go on but none are phobias - A Phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of something.
None of mine are extreme or irrational, doesn't everyone cry in the dentist chair while waiting for a check up? Oh just me then.
Anyway I thought I'd Google some funny phobias, I know they are not funny if you have them but a fear of long words? Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia Honestly! You have to laugh.
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 41 - Old Photos

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#MySundayPhoto Number 41 - Old Photos

The theme for #Blogtober17 Day 15 is Old Photos. I thought this would be easy as I have hundreds of old photos, but which do I choose? Many are very old and obviously not digital, a few are black and white. During the 70s many were given a purple tinge that no-one liked but I guess the film processors thought was "cool".

I thought I'd choose some with me and my children, but there are so few and those that I do have are not very good quality. It is so much easier with digital cameras, we used to take just one or two pictures and not know if they were any good until weeks later when we got them back from the processors. Many would come back with stickers on them stating they were "out of focus" or "over exposed".
Now we all take hundreds, just remember to get some with the people that are important in your life.

Me and my son at Woolacombe. My daughter is taking the opportunity of me not looking to wander off in the background haha! This would be about 1992.


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Photalife


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Novels I Wish I Had Read - #Blogtober17 Day 14

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Novels I Wish I Had Read - #Blogtober17 Day 14


The theme for Day 14 #Blogtober17 is Novels. I could write about my favourite novels but I have already written My 10 Favourite Books and the only thing I would change is to include Game Of Thrones. I am reading it at the moment and loving it, I haven't seen the TV series though.

Inspired by squid mamma and her post Iconic Movies I Haven't Seen, I thought instead I would write a list of books that I wish I had read.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

Gift Guide For A Three Year Old

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Gift Guide For A Three Year Old*


Three is a magic number, toys and gifts that were out of bounds are now suitable. Bear was three last week and he had some amazing gifts. Some were bought because he asked for them and some we thought he would love. Three is an age where their hand eye co-ordination matches their imagination. They can put together puzzles and make their own games up with the simplest of toys. Gifts do not have to be expensive and most of these are affordable and suitable for both birthdays and Christmas.
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

10 Aphrodisiacs To Boost Your Love Life

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10 Aphrodisiacs To Boost Your Love Life


The theme for Day 12 of #Blogtober17 is Love. Aphrodisiacs are suppose to increase your libido. For thousands of years people have believed that certain foods can boost your love life.

The Romans thought that foods worked as aphrodisiacs if they were warm, moist and made you windy.
In the Middle Ages people thought that anything that looked phallic, like cucumbers, would increase desire and in the medieval period many herbs and spices (such as basil, saffron, pepper) that were used in love potions were banned.
Honey was widely thought to be an aphrodisiac and the Honeymoon was named after the custom of couples drinking honeyed mead in the first month after their marriage. I  am not sure if they actually work but there's no harm in trying.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A Dozen Fun facts About Bread

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A Dozen Fun facts About Bread

It's day 11 of #Blogtober17 and the theme today is Kitchens. I did look for facts about kitchens but they were very dull so I thought I'd give you some fun facts about bread instead.
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Joke - Day 10 #Blogtober17

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Joke - Day 10 #Blogtober17

I have been doing a big declutter, I've thrown out at least fifteen bags of recycling (shredded paper and old magazines). I have shredded GCSE work, nursing courses, NVQ work and more, both mine and my daughters. It mostly went back to 2008! Stuff just put into boxes, hidden in cupboards and forgotten. I came across a sheet of paper. It made me giggle when I saw it so I thought I'd share it with you as part of #Blogtober17.

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Scary and true Ghost Stories for Hallowe'en

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Scary and True Ghost Stories for Hallowe'en

Today is Day 9 of #Blogtober17 - the prompt is Ice Cream. I couldn't think of anything about ice cream so instead here is I SCREAM!!

I don't believe in ghosts but (there's always a but) I have heard lots of stories, my neighbour saw one in a chateaux in France this year which reminded me of an event many, many years ago.
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 40 - Happy

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#MySundayPhoto Number 40 - Happy


#Blogtober17 theme's run alphabetically, yesterday was G - Goals and today should be H - Holiday. It was Bears 3rd birthday this week and I wanted #MySundayPhoto to be about him so I've chosen Happy instead.
I love this photo, he was throwing the balls for us to catch and every time we caught one he reacted with the loudest false laugh ever. He would then collapse into fits of giggles, which I did too. So much I just couldn't take any more photo's. This is Happy.

Happy Birthday Bear!

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Photalife

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

How to find your goals and achieve them

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Day 6 of #Blogtober17 is Goals. This got me scratching my head, laying in bed awake and generally deciding that I do not have any goals and that I am happy plodding along, but that's not strictly true. I have goals but they are vague. They are wishes, dreams not goals. Unattainable because they have no structure and no measurable end - there is no goal. So it got me thinking (and googling) what does it take to find your goal and once found how do we achieve them?
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Friday, 6 October 2017

How To Use Flowers In Your Home - #Blogtober17 Day 6

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How To Use Flowers In Your Home - #Blogtober17 Day 6


I love fresh flowers, they brighten up a home. We are not all florists (and I am completely rubbish at arranging flowers) so how can we use flowers in the home?
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Learning Through Messy Play

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Learning Through Messy Play 

The theme for Day 5 of #Blogtober17  is education. I was stumped as I have no expertise in this field. I thought maybe I would write about my pet grammar hates; the misuse of there, their, they're, but I wasn't inspired. We were then forced to have two days close to home. Bear had a tummy upset (euphemism for poo, poo and more poo) and going anywhere was out of the question, firstly incase of accidents and secondly, we didn't want to pass it on.
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

10 Ideas For A Date Night Without Leaving Home #Blogtober17 Day 4

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10 Ideas For A Date Night Without Leaving Home


The phrase date night may make you cringe a little but whatever you prefer to call it, dedicated time together in a relationship is important. This is especially true when you have children. Date night is not just for hopeless romantics.

There are a million excuses to not have a date night from not enough time and no childcare to not enough money but it does't need to be expensive or even away from home. The most important thing is that the time is set aside just for the two of you.
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

What's in My Car Boot? - #Blogtober17 Day 3

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What's in My Car Boot? - #Blogtober17 Day 3


It's day three of #Blogtober17 and the theme is Car. Firstly the image above is not my car, in fact I do not drive, but all the other images are mine. We were getting ready to go out. There were three of us. Grandad, Bear and me. We were going to Garwnant, about a thirty minute drive, and had planned to stay a few hours. Garwnant has a visitor centre and cafe, it is not in the back of beyond but as I was filling the car with essentials it made me think if I am the only person who takes so much? Please tell me you fill your boot too!
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Monday, 2 October 2017

Our Weekly Journal 2nd October 2017 - Babies and Honey Bee #Blogtober17 Day 2

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Honey Bee 

Our Weekly Journal 2nd October 2017 - Babies and Honey Bee

Day two of #Blogtober17 is Babies. So this weeks journal includes Bears baby brother. I don't see him as much as I saw Bear when he was a baby, mostly due to our other commitments and they now live a bit further away.

This week was different, I spent Friday morning with Mummy and Bee. YES! He has a blog name. Bee was lying on the sofa and I was cooing and chatting away (as one does) when I called him my Honey Bee, no idea why, I had called him lots of endearments, but he looked at me and smiled. I think that means he likes it. So I now have Bear and Bee.
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

10 Things That Make Me Mad! - #Blogtober17 Day 1

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10 Things That Make Me Mad - #Blogtober17 Day 1


Day one of #Blogtober17 is All About Me. I wrote that last year so I didn't want to repeat myself, and I haven't done anything amazing in the meantime. No lottery wins, no Peace Prize.
I thought that a list of What Makes Me Mad would give an insight into my very angry brain.
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Saturday, 30 September 2017

#Blogtober17

#Blogtober17

#Blogtober is a challenge of posting every day for the month of October, using given words or phrases as a prompt. I really enjoyed writing every day throughout October last year. #Blogtober16 was whole phrases, from what am I afraid of, my favourite movies or songs through to more important things like what's in my handbag or my fridge!

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Britax Römer Dualfix Car Seat Review- First Impressions

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Britax Römer Dualfix Car Seat Review- First Impressions


We were overjoyed to be given the Britax Dualfix car seat to review*. With our second grandson we were looking for a car seat that swivelled. We found one of the hardest things with Bear was putting a squirming baby or toddler into a rear facing car seat in our Kia Venga. It is a smallish car which has ample room in the front but a bit restricted in the back. Even if it wasn't the law we want our grandchildren to be rear facing as long as possible. We didn't want the struggle to get them in to become an excuse to turn them at the first opportunity.
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Monday, 25 September 2017

Our Weekly Journal 27th September 2017 - Fun at Garwnant

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Our Weekly Journal 27th September 2017 - Fun at Garwnant


Every week I think that I will use less photos in our weekly journal. They take ages to resize (so that they load quickly), and then I have to label each one twice, once when I save it on my desktop, and again when I post it on the blog, it takes ages. So this week there is only one photo, well two, Ok I lied, there's hundreds. Maybe next week I'll just have one (or two).

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 39

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#MySundayPhoto Number 39


This week #MySundayPhoto is of Bear with baby Bear at Garwnant. It is a wonderful place, free except for a small charge for parking. It has walks, sculpture trails and a great playground. There is a visitor centre and a cafe too, all in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. We love it there.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

A Touch of Luxury with Prestige Flowers

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A Touch of Luxury with Prestige Flowers


I had a small procedure in hospital yesterday (nothing serious, just zapping my leg for varicose veins) so I was feeling a bit sorry for myself. When I arrived home, there waiting for me was a huge box and inside the most gorgeous bouquet* from Prestige Flowers.
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Cheese Tag

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The Cheese Tag


The lovely (and slightly crazy but in a warm, and very funny sort of way) Mrs Helicopter has tagged me in The Cheese Tag. Jess is a turophile. I love cheese so couldn't say no.
Jess asked me some questions, I put the answers here and then tag some other cheese lovers to answer them on their blog. Easy Peasy.

So here goes;
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Monday, 18 September 2017

Our Weekly Journal 18th Sept 2017 - Conkers and Potty Training

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Our Weekly Journal 18th Sept 2017 - Conkers and Potty Training


We have talked about Potty Training with Bear before, but he just wasn't ready. Of all the tips we had been given the most popular was do not force it by starting too early. Wait until they are ready. This is such good advice.
Bears parents started on the Saturday so by Tuesday he was on day four. We wanted to go out while the sun was shining so took the easy option of visiting Tredegar Country Park. It's only a fifteen minute ride away so less opportunity for accidents. We packed his travel potty and buggy, bike, coats, wellies, change of clothes (times two incase of accidents) and filled the boot. Anyone would think we were going away for a week not having a walk in the park.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 38

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#MySundayPhoto Number 38



This week #MySundayPhoto is of one of the Snowdogs in Cardiff. There are 43 scattered around Cardiff and the Vale raising funds for Ty Hafan, a childrens hospice.

I didn't know this event was happening, I was just walking through the city centre when I came across one, then another and saw about four or five. There is an app that can be bought and downloaded to follow the trail or a map is on their website.


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Ty Hafan is a great cause so if you are in the area see how many you can find.

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Photalife
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots Baby Doll and Pram - Review

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Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots Baby Doll and Pram - Review*

We were pleased to be asked to review Kid Creations Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots baby dolls and Out & About accessory set. Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots are miniature baby dolls which fit in the palm of your hand. Each doll is dressed in a beautifully designed miniature outfit and comes packaged in it's own card cot bed.
There are fifteen Tots and two accessories to collect, the Out & About Set and the Bed Time set. We were given two Tots and the Out & About Set to review. The Out & About set includes a baby in an all-in-one outfit, a pram, a changing bag, changing mat and fabric nappy.
Bear has just had a baby brother, I thought it would be perfect but what would he think?
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Slimming World Weigh-In #24 - A New Beginning

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Slimming World Weigh In #24 - A New Beginning 


I knew I had been off plan for a month but when I looked back I have actually been off Slimming World for over two months! Wow, I really didn't think it was that long. I wrote a post about losing two stone but not losing four dress sizes. Looking back I can see how fed up I was. I was losing weight but not actually seeing a difference, even though photos told a different story.
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Our Weekly Journal 11th Sept 2017 Buses

 Our Weekly Journal 11th Sept 2017 - Buses 


It wasn't a good start to the week, the car had a problem with the rear brake lights and our local garage had told us the switch had to be replaced but this could only be done by the dealership. That wouldn't be too bad but it's two buses and they do not have courtesy cars. I had to stay indoors as we were waiting for the appliances we had borrowed for Grandads post surgery recovery to be collected.
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 37

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#MySundayPhoto Number 37


I just love new born babies, so soft, so small. Just gorgeous.

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Cardiff City Sightseeing Bus Tour - A Toddler Explores


Cardiff City Sightseeing Bus Tour - A Toddler Explores


Bear loves buses, I mean he really, really loves buses. We often catch the bus into Cardiff City Centre just for the bus ride. So for ages we have wanted to take him on an open topped bus tour of Cardiff. At the moment we only have Bear two days a week and we have been waiting for some dry weather on one of those days. Today the forecast was dry so we caught the bus into town, and then caught the tour bus.
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Our Weekly Journal 4th Sept 2017 - Selfies and No Internet

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Our Weekly Journal 4th Sept 2017 - Selfies and No Internet


I didn't write a journal last week, there were many reasons for that. Our internet went down and I couldn't edit any photos. I don't do a lot of editing, I just make them smaller so they load quickly. I did manage to use my phone as a modem but I was so busy writing complaint e-mails to BT that I just ran out of time. We were decorating, everything went wrong from the wallpaper not being printed correctly to the blind being a pain to fix. I couldn't even get a good selfie as Bear kept hogging it.
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 35 & 36


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#MySundayPhoto Number 35 & 36

Well I'm cheating at bit this week and having two photos. I missed last week by not having any internet and struggling to get photos loaded or anything to work quickly. So this week I have two.

The first is of the Weeping Window at The Senedd in Cardiff. It is made up of thousands of handmade ceramic poppies. They can be seen from outside and inside the Senedd (The home to The National assembly for Wales).

They are a small part of the sculptural installations, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, that were at the Tower of London in 2014. They are in Cardiff until 24th September.

They are both beautiful and poignant.

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The second is of my gorgeous grandsons (of course). Bear is becoming the best big brother and although he does have some jealous moments he is mostly being so lovely.

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Photalife
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Summer Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor

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Summer Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor

I love afternoon tea so was really pleased to be invited* to The Celtic Manor for Summer Afternoon Tea with Jo from First Time Valley Mam and Julie from Picking Up Toys.
We were taken into the beautiful Olive Tree Garden Room and once seated offered a glass of Prosecco. How could I refuse? Jo had kindly given me a lift and Julie was also driving, so whilst Jorge, our waiter, opened a fresh bottle at the table and poured me a glass they looked on wistfully.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

An Easy Photo Gallery Wall


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An Easy Photo Gallery Wall 


I was given* some Command Strips by 3M as part of my bedroom makeover. I had planned to hang a photo or two on one of the blank walls but found it hard to choose which ones. I then thought it would be nice to make a feature of the photos and hang them in a gallery. I was worried that it would be difficult to do but needn't have worried. It was so easy so I thought I'd share it with you.
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Bedroom Makeover with Valspar Paint


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Bedroom Makeover with Valspar Paint*


Our spare bedroom was in dire need of a make over. I wanted to incorporate a home office and make the room bright and cheery. It was my daughters bedroom but she moved out many years ago and the room had just become a place to dump stuff. Valspar Paints provided me with everything I would need to redecorate as part of their Valspar Paint Club. They invite people to join their club and get free paint to decorate.
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

International Literacy Day 2017 with Viking

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International Literacy Day 2017 with Viking*


We were really lucky to be chosen to help promote International Literacy Day on 8th September 2017 with Viking Direct. I feel very strongly that everyone has the right to literacy, it is the basis of freedom in all it's guises. Freedom of thought, freedom to express oneself and freedom for self rule.

International Literacy Day was first declared in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to celebrate efforts to increase literacy rates around the world.
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