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    Stationery Wishlist

    Stationery Wishlist

    This week’s Planner Girls Collective post was budget craft ideas but I’m changing it up to being my current stationery wishlist. I don’t have any budget craft ideas at the moment…. not unless colouring in kids colouring books count?! No instead, here’s my current stationery wishlist.

    Star Wars Notebooks

    Star Wars Princess Leia Notebook

    I’ll be honest and say I am not a huuuuge fan of Star Wars BUT I have to admit that the Princess Leia notebook looks ace! She has some sass! And I’m totally loving her kimono outfit.

    Star Wars Stationery Range

    It’s a new range of stationery coming out soon from Paladone. It features the above notebook, some other notebooks, awesome Star Wars sticky notes (I am SO getting a set to jazz up files at work!), and a cute little stationery set which I believe includes some washi tape. I may just have to buy a set for the washi!!

    Tombow Pastel Pens

    As you may know, I’m a member of the Boho Berry Tribe on Facebook. And I can tell you there is a fair amount of lusting after these Tombow pens! It’s all Kara’s fault because she uses them a lot in her bullet journal. Trouble is they’re expensive but they look good quality! I’ve managed to collect enough Swagbucks now to get an Amazon voucher so will go towards buying a set of these beauties.

    Moleskine Dotted Notebook

    I currently have an A6 dotted Moleskine notebook as my bullet journal. I love it!!! The only problem I have is that the A6 version is a tiniest bit small so I think next time I’d rather an A5 version.

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    Check out these lovely lasses….

    The Stationery Geekette / A Beautiful Plan  / UglyBugPlans / The Vintage Planner / Rebecca Project Life / zzz0eee / PlannerMontanah / An Ocean Glimmer / Kerry May Makes / A Life Lived in Words /A Ska Loving Geek / The Royal Planner Blog / Plan With Hannah / My Chaotically Eclectic Life

    What’s on your stationery wishlist?

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    How to Tell When Your Child is Ready to Learn To Drive

    Ho to tell when your child is ready to learn to drive

    I was recently thinking back to days of learning to drive. Most 17 year olds are eager to jump in the car and get started. Personally, I wasn’t that eager but from listening to some conversations of teens at the bus stop over the last few years, it would seem that they just can’t wait to get a car (ahem for reasons not necessarily linked to driving!!).

    How to Tell When Your Child is Ready to Learn to Drive

    Just because your teen expresses an interest in learning to drive doesn’t mean they are ready to do so. After all, didn’t that toddler at age two or three pretend to be driving while at play? So then, if being interested in learning to drive doesn’t mean your child is ready to learn, how can you tell they are? There should be a few tell-tale signs that indicate readiness, which you can easily learn to spot.

    Driving Lessons for Children

    Until your teen is 17, they won’t be getting a driving licence in the UK, but there are schools that teach driving to children as young as 8 years of age. Few countries around the world actually offer classes like these and so you should take advantage of them whenever possible. Why? These instructors will tell you when it comes near the time to take the actual revised driving theory exam whether or not your child is ready and responsible to be behind the wheel of a car. That is the key right then and there. If they cannot be trusted to be responsible enough to be a safe driver, they are not ready. Who would know better than a teacher who has been working with them all along?

    Father Knows Best

    There was an old American television show way back in the mid-1990s called Father Knows Best. In this show, the children were always getting themselves into situations that dad had to help them out of. Sometimes they didn’t listen and things got out of control quite quickly. This can be similar to seeing whether or not your child is ready to learn to drive. How often do they come to you for help figuring out real-life situations that a bit of thought would help them resolve? How often do they actually take time our of their schedule to practice their driving theory? If you feel your child doesn’t have the cognitive skills to be a safe driver and you have noticed that they are not doing as well as they should on the theory portion when studying, go with your instinct.

    I remember when my Dad taught me to drive… it didn’t go down well! I think we were too close and it ended up in blazing rows! NOT what you need behind the wheel. So in the end I opted for professional driving lessons. Should have done that from the start – would have saved a lot of tears!

    They Understand the Very Real Difference between Good and Safe

    Another misconception many young drivers have is to consider a good driver a safe driver. Just because you can navigate quickly around cones without skidding off the road doesn’t mean you will be a safe driver behind the wheel. A safe driver knows enough not to try navigating those cones in inclement weather, but a good driver may wish to show off his or her skills. Being good doesn’t give you the logical thought processes necessary to being safe. If you feel your child is a good driver but not yet a safe driver, he or she is definitely not ready to be licenced.

    Take the time to really know your child’s driving skills before letting them behind a wheel. While it may take some amount of time to help them understand the difference between good and safe, it is your role as a parent to ensure their safety and the safety of others around them. When they are a safe driver, they are ready to take their driving test.

    Teaching My Girls to Be Safe Drivers

    I know my girls are only 3 and 1.5 but it’s not too early to teach them road safety. My eldest has recently got a scooter which she loves but she fails to review her hazards and so goes careering into people’s legs. She most definitely is not a safe driver at the moment! When the day comes that they start to drive, I will be making sure that they seek professional help! I will not be putting them (or me) through the self learning experience that I had because I don’t want the heartache!

    Have you got children of driving age? How were they taught? How did you assess when they were ready to learn to drive?

    (This is a collaborative post)

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    The Valentine’s Tag – Planner Girls Collective

    Valentine's Tag

    As it happens we don’t have any plans for Valentine’s this year. Looking back, I’m not entirely sure if we ever have any real plans for Valentine’s. We did once go back to Caer Rhun Hall for a Valentine’s meal but that was 3 years ago and around a month after Little Miss was born. I needed to get out of the house!

    No today I have no plans in my planner. Even if I did I would’ve cancelled as I’m full of a headcold and really just want to crawl into bed (to sleep I might add!!). Today has been a struggle… to the point that I didn’t even manage to open my bullet journal! So instead I’m giving you the Valentine’s Tag which I saw someone post on Facebook!

    The Valentine’s Tag

    • Anniversary? 8 April 2008
    • Wedding anniversary?  15 September 2012
    • Who asked who out? He asked me out
    • Do you have any children together? Yes two beautiful (but thingy) girls!
    • What about pets? Two mucky pups
    • Did you go to the same school? No
    • Who said I love you first? I think I might have done. Couldn’t tell you when though
    • Who is the most sensitive? We’re both pretty sensitive.
    • Where do you eat out most as a couple? Pizza Hut
    • Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Florida for our honeymoon.
    • Who’s older? Him by about three months
    • Who has the craziest ex? Neither of us
    • Who has the worst temper? Me but he does have a temper
    • Who does the cooking? Pretty equal these days.
    • Who is more social? He is.
    • Who is the neat freak? Hahaha!!
    • Most romantic? Him
    • Who is the most stubborn? Me
    • Who wakes up earlier? Me
    • Who’s the funniest? Hmmm
    • Who has the bigger family? Me
    • How long did it take to get serious? A month!
    • Who eats more? Me
    • Plans date night? We have to!
    • Who was interested first? Him
    • Who’s better with the computer? Me not that he’d agree
    • Who picks where you go to dinner? Joint decision
    • Best driver? Me!!
    • Hogs the remote? Him
    • Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? Him. I’m never wrong!
    • Who wears the pants in the relationship? Me
    • Who eats more sweets? Me
    • Who cries more? Me
    • Who shows the most affection? Him
    • How long have you been together? 9 years

    So that’s our story in brief but I would have a look at The Story Of Us for more in depth knowledge!

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    Linking up with fellow PGC bloggers so go check out what they have planned for this day.

    The Stationery Geekette / A Beautiful Plan  / UglyBugPlans / The Vintage Planner / Rebecca Project Life / zzz0eee / PlannerMontanah / An Ocean Glimmer / Kerry May Makes / A Life Lived in Words /A Ska Loving Geek / The Royal Planner Blog / Plan With Hannah / My Chaotically Eclectic Life

    How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? A re you a shower of rose petals, a low key thing or maybe “death to all the Valentine cards” type?!

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    My Sunday Photo


    First time taking part in My Sunday Photo for a while. I’m going to try and take part weekly from now on. 

    Saturday was just me and the girls (human and furry variety). Whilst Dadi’s away the pups shall play! 

    Megs had a great time playing and didn’t quite know what to do with herself. 

    Gemma on the other hand was a bit overwhelmed so she hid in the play tent. Made for a cute photo! She’s getting a lot of love on Instagram.

    How was your weekend?

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    Latest Stationery Purchases

    Latest Stationery Purchases

    A little later than planned but it’s time for another PCG post with a round up of my latest stationery purchases! Yesterday I had the afternoon off work to do nothing! Ended up going out to get supplies to see me through #InCoWriMo! Ahh happy days!

    The Works

    First stop for me was The Works since they sell some wonderfully (cheap!) stationery. Stationery purchases include:

    • £3.00 – “Hand Lettering Handbook” – a random purchase but I want to try and do some fancypants lettering!
    • £3.00 – Watercolour felt pens – I’m fascinated by the pens that Kara of Boho Berry uses to colour in her Bullet Journal so I tried these. Yeah cheap pens don’t work as they bleed! But kids will love them so not an absolute waste of money.
    • £6.00 – 6 packs of notecards – perfect for #InCoWriMo!

    Stationery purchases

    Craft Centre Cymru

    Who knew that postcards were difficult to find? Ended up in here as a last resort really but found that there’s some really great stuff in there! Purchases include:

    • £5.00 – 2 x “Ewe” fridge magnets made from real wool
    • £2.00 – 4 x local scenes postcards

    Stermat Hardware

    OK I know this may not be a stationery purchase but I needed somewhere to keep all of my bits and bobs. Purchases include:

    • £9.99 – 4 drawer storage tower

    All in all not a bad little “haul”! I may have already filled the storage tower so I may have to invest in another. As it turns out you can add to it as you want which is really handy. However I can’t keep buying stationery or I’ll get addicted! Just thinking back to my gel pen addiction when I was a teen…. more money than sense!

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    Linking up with the fellow PGC Girls…..

    The Stationery Geekette / An Ocean Glimmer / The Vintage Planner / A Life Lived In Words / Life With My Planners / A Beautiful Plan /

    What are your latest stationery purchases?

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    Bucket List – February

    February Bucket List

    Before I get into what’s on my February bucket list let’s recap on January’s list….

    January Recap

    – Put child locks on the drawers and cupboards in kitchen
    – Sort out the cutlery drawer
    – Sort out our chocolate/cake cupboard
    – Install a spice rack as we have so many jars of spices around
    Clear out the cupboard under the stairs
    Twinkly lights on the mantelpiece
    – Buy and put up a mirror above the fireplace – partly done insofar as we know what we’re looking for now.
    – Sort out the kids’ toys – pretty much done, all toys now sorted into new boxes
    – Clear out all the shoes and coats from Red Room
    – Sort out the rubbish on the DVD cabinets
    – Tidy up the cables around the computer
    – Start taking the dogs for a walk every other day (EPIC FAIL!!)
    – Sort out my stationery and find storage for said stationery
    – Read a book. Specifically “The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding” by Carole Mathews.
    – Have a wonderful birthday for Little Miss! Can’t believe she’s 3 already!

    Considering how busy January was at work I’m pretty pleased with getting at least some of this done!

    February List

    Now on to February’s list! I’m not breaking these down this list between different areas. Also there’s some items on this list I am guaranteed to complete!

    – Buy a compost bin
    – Finish reading that book! (The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding)
    – Take dogs for a walk at least twice a week
    – Research rollerblading
    – Start rollerblading
    – Go car shopping (again!)
    – Research cameras/phones
    – Put child locks on the drawers and cupboards
    – Sort out the cutlery drawer
    – Actually buy and put up a mirror above the fireplace
    – Clear out all the shoes and coats that have been dumped there
    – Sort out the rubbish on the DVD cabinets
    – Tidy up the cables around the computer
    – Sort out my stationery and find storage for said stationery

    Phew I think I need to get started on this list ASAP! Although February should be easier as work won’t be half as busy.

    What’s on your February Bucket List?

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    Liked and Loved – January

    Liked and Loved In all honesty, I am glad to see the back of January this year. It was so hectic at work and I only managed two days off in the whole month! But that’s not to say that there weren’t things I Liked and Loved this month. So here’s some of the best bits….

    Little Miss’ Birthday Party

    Rhyl Seaquarium Ok let me tell you, a kid’s birthday party is not necessarily my idea of a good time but Little Miss was celebrating her third birthday and she LOVED her party! It was at Rhyl Seaquarium and we had around 10 of her school friends attending. She loved running around the place with her friends. We had a guided tour and the poor tour guide was so patient with this bunch of 3-4 year olds where just did not pay any sort of attention! We also got to see the seal show and the seal (Zulu I believe?) waved happy birthday to my girl! Not sure if she heard/understood but me & hubby loved it!

    Santiago Sent Us Tour

    My swag! @thetenderloins #santiagosentustour @trutvjokers #thetenderloins

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    Way back in early 2016 I managed to grab tickets for The Tenderloins/Impractical Jokers Santiago Sent Us Tour. The date was not the best date considering it was slap bang mid January but as I said at work, I don’t care if the Queen phones needing her tax return done I AM GOING! So on January 12th we headed up to Manchester to see the wonderfully hilarious show by the fab four! We had a great time and you can read all about it here!

    Date Night

    Date night!! #cineworld #assassinscreed #popcorn #tangoiceblast

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    Mam offered to babysit one Saturday evening. We ended up at the cinema to see Assassin’s Creed. I never played the game but the film looked good. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t as good as I had expected but to be fair, I did fall asleep in the fight scene at the end… well I had been working all day and didn’t have a baby to attend to so sleep just naturally creeps in.


    I know it isn’t happening until May/September but I’m so pleased I managed to get tickets for both events. They sold out really quickly!


    Chinese Takeaway January is also my birthday month (and also the Beagle’s birthday month). Nothing special but I did manage to not go in to work for a day. The only thing I had really wanted to do on my birthday was go into town to look for a mirror (see my January Bucket List) but on the way in Miss Mostyn threw up all over the car! Oh the joy of baby sick! We did manage to make it back into town afterwards and we found a mirror we liked but didn’t buy it yet. At least we now have a style in mind.

    Uh oh! Have to actually go rollerblading now!

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    Received some lovely cards and hubby bought me a pair of rollerblades (or inline skates)! This means I am actually going to have to go skating huh?! It is on my list of things to do this year so now I have no excuse! But the best thing about my birthday…. Chinese takeaway! First one for 2017! I am genuinely shocked that I managed 4 whole weeks without takeaway!

    How was your January? What did have you liked and loved during January?

    (Linking up with Stevie’s “Liked and Loved” linky)

    A Cornish Mum

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    #RockingMotherhood Tag


    Couple of weeks ago Vicky from Being Tilly’s Mummy tagged me in the #RockingMotherhood tag and finally I’m getting a chance to post about it!

    I’m #rockingmotherhood because

    1) I’m bringing them up to be bi-lingual – they will be native Welsh speakers.

    2) I allow Little Miss to wear her princess dress whenever she likes because life should always be a fairytale.

    3) I read bedtime stories to my babies. I read the same Peppa book over and over to MissMostyn but that’s ok.

    4) I watch hours (and hours) of Peppa Pig (despite the fact that I really want to turn her into bacon sandwiches) because the girls love it.

    5) I won’t go to bed without looking in on them. I stand there for a moment and think how beautiful they are.

    6) I love all the cuddles – “cuddles dynn dynn”!

    7) I work full time so I can give them all they ever want or need.

    8) I’m educating my girls in the ways of classic Thomas The Tank Engine…. thank you You Tube!

    9) I lie on the floor with my Little Miss when she’s going to bed. My hips might hurt like hell but it’s worth it for those sleepy cuddles.

    10) I have managed to produce two beautiful happy healthy girls.

    (Please don’t read this thinking that I’m taking credit for doing this all on my own because I’m not. I have a fantastic support network that’s helping me and so here’s a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s helping me #rockingmotherhood as I couldn’t do this without you.)

    Are you #RockingMotherhood?

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    Sali Mali, Y Pry Bach Tew a Siencyn

    As a Mami I now read a lot of children’s books. Some of them are classics from my childhood including the books from the Sali Mali series. These books were ones I read as a child, and possibly my Mam read as a child. They are simple timeless Welsh classic designed to help children to start reading. I’ll take you through the ones I’m currently reading to my girls.

    Sali Mali

    Sali Mali & Jac Do

    The story of Sali Mali is really quite simple. Sali Mali hears a “Cnoc cnoc cnoc” on the window in her house. She goes out to meet whatever it is that’s making the racket. It’s a Jac Do (a little crow). He’s cold and hungry so she brings him food and a bed. Very good example of being kind.

    Pry Bach Tew

    Y Pry Bach New

    This is the story of y Pry Bach Tew (little fat fly) who holds a dinner party for his three friends Pry Hir, Pry Sidan and Siani Flewog. They have a great time partying before going for a spin in the car – I assume there was no alcoholic beverages consumed at that party.

    Annwyd Y Pry Bach Tew

    Annwyd Y Pry Bach New

    Following on from his party shenanigans Pry Bach Tew develops a nasty cold and his friends order that he goes to bed with a lemon drink. They visit him three times a day to give him his lemon drink but by the time evening comes, he goes to hide in the garage. I really don’t blame him!



    Siencyn buys himself a new pair of socks and when he’s out on his walk the wind blows him over and he ruins his lovely new socks. He then washes them and puts them on the line to dry out. The wind steals one of his socks and a little bunny manages to get himself tangled in it. For some reason I always thought Siencyn was a giant but turns out he isn’t! This was never one of my favourite books but Little Miss loves it!

    What were your favourite books as a child? Or what are your favourite books to read to your kids?

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    Heart Breakfast with Spence and Rachael

    Heart Breakfast Presenters Spence and Rachael

    A couple of years back it was announced that Heart Radio were taking over Real Radio. So all of a sudden Heart Breakfast took over Jagger and Woody by switching over the South Wales coverage to North Wales coverage. I was rather gutted as I am a big fan of Jason Harold on DriveTime.

    After a couple of months (possibly years) of protest (or not tuning in) I caved and switched on Heart Breakfast. I was missing Jagger and Woody but I thought I’d give these two randoms a chance. What can I say, I was hooked! The chemistry between Spence and Rachael is just amazing! They bounce off each other and are just a real good laugh!


    Spence is a bit of a misery guts when it comes to spending money and by now it’s a running theme that he’s a bit of a tight git (but in the nicest possible way!).

    He’s a dog person and has two pups Lola and Daisy who are rescue dogs. I believe Lola was a rescue pup from Spain. Much admiration for that! He’s into his tech and recently bought one of those VR headsets and made poor Rach test it out….


    Rachael is awesome! Such a character and a right laugh! She has the patience of a Saint having to put up with Spence! The running gag with Rach is that she’s desperate for the perfect man to enter her life. And Spence does nothing but tease her about it!

    They are fantastic and are always discussing something interesting. Recently they are discussing what new things you’re going to try for 2017 and when I mentioned that I hoped to start rollerblading this year they phoned me up to discuss on the radio!

    Spence and Rachael’s Big Town Showdown

    One of my favourite things though is “Spence and Rachael’s Big Town Showdown”! It’s a daily quiz that they do around 8.20am where they ask 10 questions and you have to answer them in the quickest time possible. I’ve been on it (twice!) and first time round I managed to get second place!! Second time on it I didn’t do as good.

    Heart Breakfast

    If you want to tune in to Spence and Rachael then you can catch them on 107.2-107.7FM in the North or alternatively you can download the app or listen online. I highly recommend that you tune in in the morning from 6am as I can guarantee you will start your day with a smile on your face!! You’ll be laughing before you get to work that’s for sure!

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    What do you listen to in the morning?

    (I’m not affiliated with Heart Radio I just really enjoy the show!)

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