Wednesday, 16 August 2017

10 Essential Items For Walking In The Mountains In South Wales

Essential-items-For-Walking-In-The-Mountains-In-South-Wales-pen-y-fan-in-the-snow


We have lived in Cardiff for over 40 years and have walked most areas of the Brecon Beacons, The Black Mountains and The Black Mountain. 

We have walked the mountains in fog so thick we couldn't see each other and in snow that was two feet deep. We only got lost once. In the Black Mountain on a beautiful sunny, summers day that rapidly turned nasty despite the favourable weather forecast. We had a new GPS, maps and compass but we both needed glasses to read them and we couldn't read any of them in the fog and blinding rain. There are no paths or landmarks. It was scary but we navigated our way out and lived to tell the tale.
SHARE:

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Women suffer hair loss too

women-suffer-hair-loss-too-text-over-image-of-red-clover

Women suffer hair loss too*


We all remember Wayne Rooney having his hair transplant, opinions were divided, some said just "man up" and go bald whilst others supported him 100% and said good for him. It is just the way it goes, some men lose their hair when they are young, and others keep it even into their old age. It is partly down to luck and a lot down to genetics.

Surprisingly women suffer hair loss too, I think it is worse for women as it is socially less acceptable to be female and bald or to have thinning hair. If a bald man walked past I probably wouldn't even notice, but I would if it was a bald woman. Hair loss can lead to lack of confidence and ultimately may stop women from leaving their home. I know I feel and look so much better when my hair is looking good. I love it most when I have been to the hairdressers and had my hair cut and restyled. Sadly it is now mostly grey and hidden under gallons of dye but a good hair cut makes all the difference.
SHARE:

Monday, 14 August 2017

Our Weekly Journal 14th August 2017 - Going Potty!

our-weekly-journal-14th-august-2017-going-potty-entrance-to-st-fagans-museum
The new entrance to St Fagans National History Museum

Our Weekly Journal 14th August 2017 - Going Potty!


This week I was hoping to spam this post with new baby pictures but our new grandson will not be rushed, he may have been due on the 9th but he will come when he is ready. While we are waiting we have stayed close to home incase we are needed. The weather hasn't been kind either but we did manage to get out. Bear has been practising using the potty again and is getting so good, he is also dressing and undressing himself. This takes an age but I have to be patient and try not to interfere. If I do I get told off very loudly!
SHARE:

Sunday, 13 August 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 33

#MySundayPhoto-Number-33-thumbs-up

#MySundayPhoto Number 33


Thumbs up! Bear was copying a picture on the back of a yoghurt drink. It is a character with his thumb up. Bear was so chuffed that he could do it too. Sometimes the simple things are the best. Have a happy Sunday.


teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo

SHARE:

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Toddler Explores with My Carry Potty from Cheeky Rascals - Review


A-Toddler-Explores-with-My-Carry-Potty-from-Cheeky-Rascals-Review-text-over-image-of-toddler-holding-potty-at-st-Fagans-Museum-gwalia-stores


A Toddler Explores with My Carry Potty from Cheeky Rascals - Review

We were asked to review* My Carry Potty from Cheeky Rascals. It is a travel potty that is like a little suitcase, totally leak proof and doesn't need liners.
We love going out and writing our Toddler Explores series but potty training terrifies us. It didn't seem so daunting when ours were little. I didn't worry so much about accidents in public places. I mean they are only little and if happens, it happens. Bear hasn't started potty training yet, all the advice we have been given is to wait until he is ready but I want to be prepared and a travel potty was top of my list of must haves.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bedroom & Office Makeover - Duck Egg And Gold Mood Board

bedroom-and-office-makeover-duck-egg-and-gold-mood-board-with-text
Top: Ikea desk; Kate Spade stapler; Arthouse Wallpaper;
Middle: Ikea chair; Peacock feathers; The White Company bedding; Dunelm Blind;
Bottom: Ikea Boxes; Marks and Spencers Dragonfly lights; Art Nouveaux Fabric

Bedroom & Office Makeover - Duck Egg And Gold Mood Board


I have wanted my own space for as long as I can remember. I really want my own desk. We are lucky to have a spare bedroom and I want a place that I can fill with pretty and glittery things I like. I have got this far before, redecorating and adding some bits and pieces when my daughter decided she liked it and wanted it for her own. She now has a home of her own and I am finally planning and restyling the room again, just for me.
I want it to be a spare bedroom, with a double bed, for when family stay over but also to have a home office where I can do my sewing, write my blog or trace my family tree.
SHARE:

Monday, 7 August 2017

Our Weekly Journal 7th August 2017 - Trains and Bikes

Our-weekly-journal-7-august-2017-trains-and-bikes-toddler-on-bike 


Our Weekly Journal 7th August 2017 - Trains and Bikes


We had a lovely two days with Bear. Tuesday the sun shone so we jumped into the car and went to Forest Farm. It's not a farm now but a nature reserve with a canal, cycle tracks and woodland. The tracks join up with the Taff Trail which is totally traffic free and runs along side the River Taff.
SHARE:

Sunday, 6 August 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 32

#My-Sunday-photo-number-32-Cardiff-Forest-Farm-wild-flowers

#MySundayPhoto Number 32


On Tuesday we took Bear and his bike to Forest Farm. It is not a working farm but is parkland with a canal and the Taff Trail running close by.

We were greeted by these gorgeous wild flowers and as we approached the canal we got a glimpse of a kingfisher, even though I had my phone in my hand it moved so fast that there was no time to take a photo.

#MySundayPhoto-Number-32-Bear-on-his-bike

Forest Farm is full of wild life, Bear is watching a hairy caterpillar scamper across the road. Bear loved riding his bike, and the trail is traffic free but down hill! I am really struggling to keep up with him, so I think we may need a bigger car so we can take our bikes too.




Photalife
SHARE:

Thursday, 3 August 2017

I've lost 2 Stone so Why Haven't I dropped 4 Dress Sizes?

i've-lost-2-stone-so-why-havent-I-lost-4-dress-sizes-text-over-image-of-2-stone-award

I've lost 2 Stone So Why Haven't I dropped 4 Dress Sizes?


I read somewhere that for every half a stone you lose, you lose a dress size. I have lost two stone with Slimming World (yeah go me!) but haven't lost a dress size yet. How is that? Am I cheating?

Well to kick off I am not cheating. I really have lost two stone and have the lovely award to go with it so why haven't I lost any dress sizes?

The reason I started on SW was because I just couldn't squeeze into my clothes any more. They were cutting in and squashing my boobs. I had already moved into my "fat" clothes and they were too tight. You know the ones. The Marks and Spencers jogging bottoms that are huge but you do not have to go up a size so you kid yourself you are the same size, it's only when you nip into Next to try something on and you cannot pull them up let alone do them up that you realise you are at least two sizes larger than you think.

I am also a boy shape, I have never had a waist really, just straight up and down so female shaped clothes do not fit. I have to buy much larger sizes to fit my waist and then they are huge on my hips, they look like jodphurs. When I was young (and very slim) I wore men's Levi jeans as they fitted me the best. Those of you of a certain age will remember the shrink to fit jeans. Many a teenager sat in a bath wearing their jeans so they would shrink in all the right places, then dry them on the line. Buying a new pair of Levi's was an adventure, not to be taken lightly or swiftly. Anyway I digress.

So why haven't I lost any dress sizes? Well I think I have. My jogging bottoms that were too tight to sit down in now fall when I walk, I can't go to the next size down yet as they feel too tight. I have got used to really baggy trousers I suppose.

I have dug out some old tops that I couldn't get on and they fit again and those tight ones, the one's that squashed my boobs? They are now loose. So I must have lost a few dress sizes, and the weight loss is showing, mostly in my face. I have lost one of my triple chins and I am feeling slimmer.

All of you about to lose weight, or who are already on the journey do one thing that I always say to do but I didn't and that is measure yourself first. Measure a few places such as the usual waist, hips, chest but also thigh and upper arm, then you will see the inches fall off. (Inches are a measurement us oldies like, you can use centimetres if you must)

If I had worn the correct size clothes, and all stores sold the same size, I would definitely have lost a few dress sizes. Four? I doubt it, but definitely two.


i've-lost-2-stone-so-why-havent-I-lost-4-dress-sizes-comparison-photo-before-and-after
Me back in January and wearing the same clothes on Sunday. I am glad I took a before photo as I can now see how much I have lost. 

teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo

SHARE:

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Walks in South Wales - Pen Y Fan

Walks-in-South-Wales-Pen-Y-Fan-image-of-Fan-Y-Big-Cribyn-Pen-Y-Fan

Walks in South Wales - Pen Y Fan


We didn't get out to walk this weekend, the rain has been so heavy and we agreed that walking is for fun, not a duty. Once we are back walking on a regular basis then we will probably walk in inclement weather but at the moment we are just trying to get back to our previous fitness. Rather than not post a walk I am sharing an old walk. We have walked it many times but it's not my favourite as it's always so busy. I prefer to see it in the distance whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of another mountain peak. It is still a must do walk, Pen Y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales. We haven't walked Pen Y Fan for a couple of years but I am sure the routes are the same.
SHARE:

Monday, 31 July 2017

Our Weekly Journal 31st July 2017 Sun and Rain

Our-Weekly-Journal-31st-July-2017-Sun-and-Rain-toddler-at-Roath-Park-Cardiff

Our Weekly Journal 31st July 2017 Sun and Rain


We only have Bear two days a week now so we try to fill them with fun things. Tuesday was forecast to be fine and Wednesday would be rain. Bears mummy had to go to the dentist on Tuesday so we decided to take her so we dropped her off and went to the park. Every week we see a difference in Bear, going to nursery has made him so confident with climbing, he tackles everything.
SHARE:

Sunday, 30 July 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 31

#My-Sunday-photo-number-31-Cardiff-old-library-in-the-rain

#MySundayPhoto Number 31


This was last Wednesday in Cardiff, on the Tuesday it had been hot and sunny and we had the paddling pool out all day but the sun had quickly been replaced by rain.

Bear wanted to go on a bus, he loves buses so we went into town and visited the Old Library. They have a museum there now, The Cardiff Story and a small play area for toddlers. Just as it was getting busy and we had thought about leaving the fire alarm went off. Bear loved it, he even didn't mind the rain as a few minutes later a fire engine arrived.

We have very few old buildings in Cardiff, the planners like to knock everything down and make Cardiff look like any other city in the UK. Luckily the Old Library has survived and it is beautiful inside too. 


teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo

Photalife
SHARE:

Friday, 28 July 2017

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Muddy Creatures

5-minute-games-for-toddlers-muddy-creatures-text-over-image-of-brown-gloop-and-bucket-of-water

5 Minute Games For Toddlers - Muddy Creatures

5 Minute Games For Toddlers just take a few minutes to prepare and mostly use things that you would already have in the house.
Bear loves to watch You Tube, he loves the reveal videos. The ones where creatures or toys are pulled out of a messy gloop or a bowl of smarties. I have been meaning to do this for him for ages and this week the sun was shining, we had the paddling pool out and I thought it would be a perfect game for him.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Lottie Dolls - Muddy Puddles and Astro Adventurer - A Review

Lottie-Doll-Muddy-Puddles-and-astro-adventurer-outfit-in-packaging

Lottie Dolls - Muddy Puddles and Astro Adventurer Outfit Set - A Review


When we were asked to review* Lottie Dolls - Muddy Puddles and Astro Adventurer outfit set we didn't hesitate. We have no gender divides here and Bear enjoys pushing prams and playing with the dolls house at his Tots Club as much as playing with the other toys, so I knew he would love Lottie.
SHARE:

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Walk Up Sugar Loaf


A-Walk-up-Sugarloaf-text-over-image-of-trig-point

A Walk Up Sugar Loaf


Difficulty - Moderate
Parking - Free.

Sugar Loaf is a mountain near Abergavenny in South Wales. It is one of those mountains where the National Trust have a free car park half way up so this makes the walk less demanding. We walked it many years ago with our children, they were about three and eight. (The littlest did have a shoulder carry for a lot of the way). As long as the weather forecast is good then this is a great family walk. There are two car parks, this walk starts at the second, a National Trust car park at the end of the road.
SHARE:

Monday, 24 July 2017

Our Weekly Journal 23rd July 2017 - Upset Tummies


Our-weekly-Journal-24th-July-2017-Upset-Tummys-toddler-with-a-fire-engine


Our Weekly Journal 23rd July 2017 - Upset Tummies


Oh Dear! This week did not start, or continue well. Bears Mummy and Daddy wanted one last date night before the new baby arrives and we planned for them all to stay over on Saturday night. We retrieved Aunty S's fire engine from the loft to entertain Bear. It must be almost twenty five years old and still works. We have never worried about gender relevant games, toys, careers and so on. Aunty S wanted a fire engine, so we bought her one, much to the bemusement of some family and friends.
SHARE:

Sunday, 23 July 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 30

#MySundayPhoto-number-30-toddler-with-a-camera

#MySundayPhoto Number 30


Last weekend I had left the camera out and Bear found it. He wanted to know how to take photos and he managed even though it is really heavy. He struggled to hold it and press the shutter release but after a little practice he was taking photos of everything.


teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo


SHARE:

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Garwnant - The Wern Walk

Garwnant-the-wern-walk-text-over-image-of-path-crossing-stream

Garwnant - The Wern Walk


Difficulty - Easy/Moderate
Parking - £2 all day (at time of posting machines do not take new £1 coins, I'm told the cafĂ© does not give change for parking).

We previously visited Garwnant with Bear. He loved the sculpture trails and the playground so we will bring him back another day. Our walk this week was a route called The Wern Walk. It is described by Natural Resources Wales (who manage Garwnant) as moderate, I would say it's on the easy side of moderate. It is two miles long and their expectations are that it will take an hour. We strolled, took lots of photos and completed the walk in under an hour. The route would be fine for children but one path is loose gravel and it may be difficult for buggies.
SHARE:

Monday, 17 July 2017

Our Weekly Journal 17th July 2017 - Knights and Sleepovers



Our-Weekly-Journal-17th-July-2017-Knights-and-Sleepovers-toddler-at-caerphilly-Castle

Our Weekly Journal 17th July 2017 - Knights and Sleepovers


Bear loves being a knight. We bought a sword at Cardiff Castle and he loves to take it with him, when we remember, to the other castles we visit.
SHARE:

Sunday, 16 July 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 29

#MySundayPhoto-Number-29-toddler-on-adults-shoulders-at-Cefn-Onn-Park

#MySundayPhoto Number 29

This was not the walk we had planned to do this weekend. Bears parents went out on Saturday night for a last night out together before the baby is born in August so we had Bear overnight. Both Mummy and Daddy woke up vomiting. It can only be something they ate last night, definitely not a hangover, and they did share a dessert.

There was no way either of them could look after Bear so they all stayed here and we took him to Cefn Onn park to ride his bike. No sign of a bike you say. No, I am walking behind carrying a bike, a helmet, wellies, two coats......

teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo

Photalife
SHARE:

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Llwyn Celyn Whips - An Easy Walk With A View Over Cardiff

Llwyn-Celyn-whips-an-easy-walk-with-a-view-text-over-image-of-path-and-view-over-cardiff

Llwyn Celyn Whips - An Easy Walk With A View Over Cardiff


Difficulty - Easy
Parking - Free
Child and buggy friendly

This is an easy walk through woods following forest roads. No special equipment or navigation skills are required although the paths can be really wet and muddy after rain. It is a gentle up hill climb with glimpses of the Brecon Beacons and at the top views over Cardiff.

There is a picnic table at the top so a good place to pause for a snack. We just walked to the ROC (Royal Observer Corps) Station and back and the route took us 1.5 hours, but we didn't rush and paused many times to take photos and admire the views, also it was Mr Ps first walk not on pavements since his operation so we took it easy. There is a longer, circular walk described on the Ramblers website.
SHARE:

Monday, 10 July 2017

Our Weekly Journal 10th July 2017 - Goodbye Dummies

Our-Weekly-Journal-10th-July-2017-Goodbye-dummies-car-seat
A Mickey Mouse for Bear instead of his dummy, ignore the dirty footprint on the car seat 

 Our Weekly Journal 10th July 2017 - Goodbye Dummies


It was a very important week. We dropped from four days having Bear to two and the dummy fairy came and took all his dummies away. Bear's mummy had it well planned. She bought a toy each for when he is in the car and one for bed. Also an extra toy as a treat. They were put in a bag with a card from the dummy fairy. He was so good, and never asked for one all week. He didn't nap though and his only nap was in the car on the way back from shopping.
SHARE:

Sunday, 9 July 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 28

#MySundayPhoto-number-28-wet-hair

#MySundayPhoto Number 28


Bear has always hated getting his hair wet and water on his face, that is before he started swimming lessons. He has been to three and now he is purposely getting his hair wet and laughing when it runs down his face. He has also been trying to swim in the paddling pool. It is amazing how quickly his fear has gone.



teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo

Photalife
SHARE:

Friday, 7 July 2017

The Vicar Of Dibley - Everyman Production at Cardiff Open Air Theatre 2017 - A Review

Vicar-of-Dibley-Cardiff-open-air-theatre-2017-promotional-poster


The Vicar Of Dibley - Everyman Production at Cardiff Open Air Theatre 2017 - A Review


We were delighted to be invited* to review The Vicar of Dibley an Everyman Theatre production at Cardiff Open Air Festival in Sophia Gardens. We saw Spamalot two weeks ago, which we loved, so our expectations were high.
The festival is an annual event held in the beautiful Sophia Gardens, just a stones throw from Cardiff Castle.

SHARE:

Number 10, Cardiff Pre-Theatre Supper - A Review

Jolyons-Number-10-Cathedral-road-cardiff-pre-theatre-supper-review-text-over-image-of-hotel

Number 10, Cardiff Pre-Theatre Supper - A Review


We were invited* to review the Pre-Theatre Supper menu at No.10 Cardiff. No.10 Cardiff is a luxury boutique hotel on Cathedral Road and backs onto Sophia Gardens. We were going to The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival to see The Vicar Of Dibley and this is the ideal location.

No.10, Cardiff is very close to the City Centre and literally a minutes walk from the venue and so our meal was relaxed without the usual clock watching.

The restaurant has a set evening menu throughout the year and service starts at 5pm so is convenient for events at other venues throughout Cardiff City Centre.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Grief

grief-wave-ocean

Grief

Grief, I wonder how long it lasts? Does it get easier? When will this emptiness go? My mother died five years ago today and I miss her every day. I sometimes forget she is not here any more and think "I must tell her that" or "I must ask her that". But I can't. I can never tell her anything again. I can never ask her those questions that only she would know the answer to. Every time this happens it takes my breath away, for a second I cannot breathe, I am struck with the finality of it all over again. It hurts.
SHARE:

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A Walk in The Mountains - An Introduction

a-walk-in-the-mountains-Pen-Y-fan
Pen Y Fan 

A Walk in The Mountains - An Introduction


Before we had children Mr P and I would spend our weekends wild camping in the Brecon Beacons. It would take all day Saturday to travel there and all day Sunday to get home. We didn't have a car so relied on public transport. Then I started nursing which meant working every weekend so our wild days were gone.
SHARE:

Monday, 3 July 2017

Our Weekly Journal 3rd July 2017 - Don't Look At Me!

Our-weekly-journal-3rd-July-2017-boy-on-bike-don't-look-at-me
Don't look at me Nanny!


Our weekly Journal 2nd July 2017 - Don't Look At Me!


This week has been hard, we had two mornings of screams and tears as Bear was left with me. He wanted his Mummy, which is OK but what was so hard was that he didn't want me. He kept saying "don't look at me" "don't talk to me". This meant that for the other two days I stayed upstairs while Grandad took him from his Mummy. He only wanted Grandad, I was not allowed to do anything for him.
SHARE:

Sunday, 2 July 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 27

#MySundayPhoto-number-27-Park-Plaza-Afternoon-tea

#MySundayPhoto Number 27



Doesn't this look good? It tasted amazing, totally not Slimming World friendly (oh dear there goes another week) but it was so worth it. I went with my daughter, Aunty S, and Bears Mummy (Pixie Does) for a little baby shower as Bears brother is due in August. We love the Park Plaza in Cardiff for lunch and coffee so thought we would try their afternoon tea. It was just perfect.

teddy-bears-and-cardigans-logo

Photalife

SHARE:

Friday, 30 June 2017

10 Fun Ideas for Free Days Out in South Wales - perfect for the Summer Holidays

10-Ideas-for-Free-Days-Out-in-South-Wales-perfect-for-the-Summer-Holidays-text-over-image-of-toddler-playing-at-Cardiff-Bay-Barrage-playground

10 Fun Ideas for Free Days Out in South Wales - perfect for the Summer Holidays

The Summer holidays are here soon and we will all be looking for fun places to take our little ones that do not break the bank. Everywhere that charge an admission raise their prices  during the holidays and that can be expensive if you have multiple children. Here are a 10 fun free ideas for days out that we love. These are based in South Wales, within an hour of Cardiff but I am sure you will have similar near you. Although these are all free to visit there may be a parking charge.
SHARE:

Monday, 26 June 2017

Our Weekly Journal 26th June 2017 - Heatwave and Ice Cream

Our-weekly-journal-26th-June-2017-toddler-at-Techniquest-Cardiff-Bay

Our Weekly Journal 26th June 2017 - Heatwave and Ice Cream

Our week started hot and just got hotter. It was perfect weather for paddling pools, the beach and ice cream. Bear spent so much time in the paddling pool, but all au natural so no photos for our journal. He is also great asking for the potty when he has no clothes on, he knows he mustn't wee on the floor, or in the pool and had no mishaps at all.
SHARE:

Sunday, 25 June 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 26

#MySundayPhoto-number-26-toddler-eating-ice-cream


#MySundayPhoto Number 26


I just had to have a picture that summed up how hot it has been this week. So ice-cream has to be on the cards. Bear never liked ice-cream "too cold" but he has suddenly found a taste for it.
SHARE:

Friday, 23 June 2017

Spamalot - Everyman Production at Cardiff Open Air Theatre 2017, Sophia Gardens - A Review

Spamalot-Cardiff-Open-Air-Festival-Everyman-Theatre-Productions-poster

Spamalot - Everyman Production at Cardiff Open Air Theatre 2017, Sophia Gardens - A Review

We were delighted to be invited* to review Everyman Theatre productions at Cardiff Open Air Festival in Sophia Gardens. Our first open air theatre was last year when we saw  'Allo 'Allo, which we loved so we chose two more comedy productions to review this year. Spamalot and The Vicar of Dibley.

The festival opened last night with Spamalot. I have never seen such silliness before. We laughed from the very first moment to the inevitable grande finale. It was rude, crude, silly and hilariously funny.
SHARE:
© Teddy Bears And Cardigans. All rights reserved.
Blogger Templates by pipdig