This Little Big Life

This Little Big Life

Welcome to another edition of This Little Big Life. This my post for the weekly #ThisLittleBigLife linky hosted by Louise and Sarah. As always, skip the vlog for a more detailed post.

Friday

Bullet Journal and Happy Mail

The morning was spent at work discussing the EU Referendum result… I could bang on about it but I won’t. So my weekend started on Friday afternoon since I had an afternoon off work to take the dogs for their annual bath. I had planned a lovely afternoon of blogging, bullet journalling but that plan went a bit tits up when the plumber turned up to install our washing machine.

Totally rocking my Jurassic Park tee whilst I was playing around with the new little selfie cam accessory by @paladone – look out for the blog post coming up later today!

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And since I was home early I went to pick up the girls and played around with the Selfie Phone Clip on my way.

Saturday

Caernarfon Harbour

The weather was a bit doom and gloom but the morning was promising to be a bit better than the afternoon so hubby went to mow the lawn whilst I took the girls down to town. I needed to get to the Post Office since I hadn’t managed it the day before.

I went to Home Bargains and Asda as I’m trying to get inspiration for Miss Mostyn’s birthday present. What on earth do you get a one year old that already has everything because her older sister has everything? So the only thing I could think of was a slide for the garden? Although again this would be more for her older sister. Any ideas please comment!! Oh and I also managed to finally put our gecko up in our downstairs loo.

Finally put the gecko up! #geckosofinstagram #lanzarote #snowdonia

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In the afternoon my Mam came over to take away two old sofas. They’re surplus to requirements in our house since we have our main living room and then a smaller living room. These sofas were in the smaller room which we’re going to turn into our office/storage room. We should really change it to be a playroom but for now we just want to move things out of our main living room.

Slides and sofas

For dinner on Saturday I made some homemade pizza and whilst I was making pizza Little Miss was busy playing with Play Doh. And then the other piece of good news is that Wales beat Northern Ireland to go through to the Quarter Finals of the Euros. I’m not a big football fan but this is good! (Sorry Northern Ireland!).

Homemade pizza and play doh

Sunday

Well what a washout Sunday was! It rained all day but that didn’t stop us from going to From Goch Garden Centre for lunch. They do a mean carvery!

Fron Goch Garden Centre

We ended up buying a tree and some plants for our garden. We had to buy a tree since hubby had taken out our doggy poop bing which left a rather large hole in the garden. We decided to go for an oak tree so it can grow nice and big and become a feature at the end of our garden. We also bought some foxgloves and ferns to plant behind it since they’ll grow well in it’s (eventual) shadow.

Planted Tree and Flowers

So how was your weekend?

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#Selfie Phone Clip

Selfie Phone Clip

As a blogger there is one thing that we’re always doing and that’s taking photos. We’re permanently snapping away to make sure we have that perfect shot. I’ve only recently started taking selfies if I’m honest but what I have found is that I can’t ever get enough of the scene in so it’s pretty much just my face! And who on earth wants to see my face in close up?

Selfie Phone Clip

ANYHOW! I was sent this little selfie phone clip to help with my problem. It’s so cute and really simple to use. You simply unscrew the cap, clip it to your phone and voila away you go!

Selfie Phone Clip

Over the last three days I’ve been playing with it and here’s some shots. The top images are the ones without the clip, and the bottom images are the ones with the clip..

Selfie Phone Clip

Me totally rocking my Jurassic Park tee on the way to pick up the girls on Friday.

Selfie Phone Clip

Out and about in town on Saturday.

I don’t know about you but I actually really love it! It’s so easy to use. No more fiddling around with a selfie stick (and no more worrying whether the phone will fall out of it!!

The selfie phone clip is Designed by Paladone.com and the RRP is £6.99 and are available to purchase at IWOOT.

Do you take a lot of selfies?

(I was given this product for free in return for an honest review)

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This Little Big Life – Father’s Day Weekend

This Little Big Life

Another weekend is over with and whilst that is a bit sad at least I enjoy my work. But before I go back to work tomorrow let me fill you in on our little weekend life. As ever skip the vlog if you prefer to read about it…

Saturday

We ended up going out to Llandudno for the day. I think the main reason for this was because we had received £20 of Love2Shop vouchers and decided we HAD to buy Deadpool! Our closest HMV is Llandudno since they closed the Bangor store.

Debenhams

We had lunch in Debenhams where we all had cake and MissMostyn made a hell of a mess…. I always try to pick up what I can but unless I have a dustpan and brush then I can’t pick it all up.

On the way back from HMV I stopped in The Works (I do love this shop!) to have a browse and ended up buying some writing paper. Now if I had known that my Bullet Journal was going to fall apart later that day then I would have bought some wash tape to fix it with but alas hindsight is a great thing.

We stopped by Acme Games (hubby’s mecca at the moment) and I had a look through their impressive Pop Vinyls collection. I was tempted by Wall E and Dumbo but decided against it. In the retro games shop around the corner there was a Murloc Pop but we didn’t have cash to buy it.

Snowdonia

After getting back to the car we went home via the scenic route of Betws Y Coed, Nant Gwynant and Beddgelert. The great thing with going this route is that you get to see Snowdon from every angle. It was a beautiful day and we got to pass Llyn Gwynant where they filmed some of the Tomb Raider film.

Bullet Journal Disaster

We decided to have a Chinese takeaway for supper because our fridge was rather empty so whilst waiting for it I decided to compile my shopping list in my Bullet Journal…. which then promptly fell apart!

Sunday

Father's Day Cards

It was Father’s Day here in the UK (but I believe it’s the same day worldwide?). The girls had made Father’s Day cards at nursery – but apparently they don’t do this in schools? Don’t get me started on this subject!

The Mulberry

We went out for a meal with hubby’s parents. We went to The Mulberry in Conwy Marina. The food was nice enough but there wasn’t enough gravy for my liking. Also it could have done with more veg – in fact my husband had to actually ask for more potatoes since he only had 2 roasties on his and everyone else had a couple of new potatoes on their plates as well. I had the beef dinner and I must admit the beef was lovely.

The Mulberry

The rain caught up with us and so hubby’s plan to mow the lawn fell flat. After getting home we debated over staying in the car for a bit and having a snooze because both girls were asleep. But the rain was so heavy we decided to go in and have a snooze on the sofa.

We put the Formula 1 on – first race in Azerbaijan! Hubby slept through it and I slept for most of it – we were just so tired. I did see a couple of laps and it looks like an amazing track! Street circuit around the old castle in Baku. I had never considered Azerbaijan a country I’d like to visit but it’s now on my radar.

To finish the weekend I phoned my Dad because I couldn’t go to see him since he was working all weekend. Haven’t spoken to him in a while so it was good to catch up.

How was your weekend?

(Linking up with Louise and Sarah for #ThisLittleBigLife)

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Lanzarote – Volcanoes and Camels

Travel Tales Lanzarote 2016

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently but it’s been super busy at work. I’m back today with another vlog/blog of our Lanzarote trip! Today’s post is about our day out in the volcanoes which includes a camel ride. As usual, if you don’t fancy the vlog then skip ahead and read all about the day trip!

On the Wednesday we left the girls to have a day with Nain & Taid whilst hubby and I had a day to ourselves. We went on a coach trip to TimanFaya National Park to see all the volcanoes. We got off the coach at the Visitor Centre and found everyone else was wearing a cardigan or coat but we were just in t-shirts (hey we’re British and there was sun).

TimanFaya Lanzarote

At the Visitor Centre we got to see three “experiments” – one was holding hot stones heated by the heat from the volcanoes, the next was a geiser (see the video) and then the third one was seeing that the heat was so intense that it caused some hay to ignite. Inside the Visitor Centre there was a cafe and they were roasting chickens and baking potatoes over the heat coming from the volcanoes. It was real hot!!

After the Visitor Centre we went back on the bus and went on the tour of the volcanoes. It was really scary on a bus! Sheer drops on both sides! Our guide was very funny! He was very informative and explained all about the volcanoes, how they were formed, when etc but what kept me amused was the fact that he kept mentioning “Lava Ah Ah”! Oh just the way he said was funny! I’m easily entertained!

Camels at TimanFaya Lanzarote

On the way back from TimanFaya we stopped with the camels. I was a bit apprehensive about going on the camel ride because I’m allergic to horses but I though sod it I’m doing it! And I’m glad I did because it was actually a lot of fun. We were worried about the welfare of the camels though but the tour guide assured us that they were taken care of. They worked half days and when not working they lived in a near by sanctuary. Brian (our camel) did look content enough  and the camel that was behind us in the caravan was certainly happy to stick his nose in my armpit! I ha never considered camels to be so cute until I met Brian and his chum!

At a vineyard in Lanzarote

From there we travelled on to a vineyard. I had seen little half circular stone walls all over place but hadn’t realised they were windbreaks for the vineyards. We didn’t get to do the wine tasting because we had to go to the loo and when we got back out the others had been and were all coming out saying it tasted horrible! I did however sample the cactus mojo. Oh my word it was so nice! I’m really regretting not bringing some home with me.

El Golfo the Green Lagoon

After the vineyard visit we stopped in Yaiza for some food before heading off to El Golfo to see the Green Lagoon. Now unfortunately there had been some works done to the beach which meant the Green Lagoon is no longer as green as it used to be as the algae that created the colour had been diluted. It was very windy there!!

Los Hervideros Lanzarote

Last stop before heading back to the hotel was Los Hervideros where we got to see how the sea is busy eating the land. There were some impressive seacaves there. And the sound of the seas was very impressive. On the way back to the hotel we also stopped to have a look at the salt mines were I may or may not have picked up some volcanic rock to take home with me – it’s ok! I didn’t take it from within the National Park!

So that was Day 4! What did you think of Brian?!

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This Little Big Life – Celebrating the Weekend

This Little Big Life

Today I’m linking up with Sarah and Louise for this fab new linky which celebrates the weekend with This Little Big Life! I did this short vlog about it but I suggest you read this post as the video is very very short!

 

Saturday I spent the morning at work because it’s hectic and I have just too much to do. I’m telling you, my To-Do list breeds over night I’m sure! After I got home I tidied the kitchen whilst hubby watched some Paw Patrol with the girls. I found some little helpers in the kitchen! 🙂

This Little Big Life

We decided to have an Indian takeaway for supper because I couldn’t be bothered to cook. It was a mistake! It wasn’t bad or anything I just always regret my choice!!

This Little Big Life

Our big news of the weekend is that we started to do some proper potty training and it was a success! Some parents offer stickers as a reward for using the potty but we use Blu Tac! She wants Play Doh but we have Blu Tac! 🙂

Sunday

We were meeting my friend at a local garden centre for lunch. I hadn’t seen her for months so it was good to catch up. We also bought some more vegetables for our veggie patch – broccoli, spring onions and lettuce. It’s looking good!

This Little Big Life

After my friend went home I took some time out to make some homemade flapjacks. So easy I can’t believe it! I’m trying to cut back on the amount I spend on lunch by making my own flapjacks especially since they’ve started putting sultanas in the ones I buy.

This Little Big Life

And in the evening I had some extra long cuddles with my baby girl Miss Mostyn because she was starting at nursery on Monday. Emotional rollercoaster!

How was your weekend?

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Lanzarote – Rancho Texas

Travel Tales Lanzarote 2016

As we walked through the airport towards the bus we spotted signs for Rancho Texas and it looked like a fun day out. We decided to book it as our Tuesday outing. Below is another vlog of our day but if you prefer to read about our day out then skip the video and carry on…

…we had a coach transfer from the hotel to Rancho Texas and after waiting for 30mins it finally turned up! I was getting rather worried we’d been conned!

Before I go on you should know that Rancho Texas is styled as an American ranch… hence the name! So everywhere was all cowboys and indians. There was a little play area made from old carts which we had fun on!

After getting to the park we made our way through the gates and first thing we see is a couple of owls. Which in all honesty were ideal because Sheffield Wednesday had won the night before.

Rancho Texas

After that we saw some parrots, snakes, lizards and an alligator turtle. That was pretty impressive – had never seen one of them before. I couldn’t get a decent photo but the name is pretty descriptive though.

Rancho Texas

Then we saw a white tiger and a leopard and then some armadillos and a bison. There was a bird of prey display there with eagles and condors. We only caught the end of it but they were pretty impressive.

Rancho Texas

The absolute best thing was the sealions. We didn’t catch the show but we did catch the photoshoot! Oh my word he was just so gorgeous!! We got a photo of me & Miss Mostyn with him and of hubby & Little Miss and him. The photo quality below is a bit rubbish because it’s a photo of a photo. We spent a while watching the sealions swim around the pool.

Rancho Texas

We went to see some farmyard animals including a cute white pony. The pony tried to eat Little Miss’ shoes! There was also a beautiful white stallion but he was shy and hiding in the shed. A little further along there was some baby billy goats! But they weren’t half as much fun as the goats in the videos being shared on Facebook! 🙂

Rancho Texas

After watching the sealions swim around a bit more – we could have watched them all day – we went to have a look at the pool area. There was a  magnificent pool area there – would have been so much fun if we’d had enough time to go swimming.

So that was Day 3 of our Lanzarote trip! If you’re ever there then I would recommend Rancho Texas as a family day out!

Have you ever been here?

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Bloda Eluned, Pwllheli

Bloda Eluned

Yesterday was the Grand Opening of a new shop in Pwllheli. A lovely little flower shop called Bloda Eluned. I may have actually mentioned their other shop previously – it’s a beautiful little gift shop which also sweets which is why I’m a frequent visitor. Anytime I need a gift that’s my first port of call.

Bloda Eluned

Anyway! Today I wanted to share some photos of the grand opening of Bloda Eluned with you!

There was cake and crisps and drinks, and you know that free cake* is always good! But, even without free cake it’s well worth a visit for all the beautiful flowers! (*from Hayley’s Piped Dreams – mmmm!)

Bloda Eluned

And there’s more than just beautiful flowers there’s also lot of lovely decor dotted all around like the amazing bike I posted on Instagram last week.

I adore it when shops have cute decorations like this! Can’t wait for the grand opening next week! #blodaeluned #siopeluned #flowers #bike

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Or the beautiful dresser with the daisy handles.

Bloda Eluned

Although I can see my favourite spot in the shop would be this little nook with the amazing flower wallpaper. Who wouldn’t want to sit here browsing through wedding magazines looking for inspiration?

Bloda Eluned

That’s the other thing I should tell you, is that they do some beautiful wedding flowers and also this cart which for weddings is filled with sweeties (but yesterday it had cake, biccies and crisps). Also for weddings they can rent out the cute little white postbox (shown below).

Bloda Eluned

Bloda Eluned

Their website is currently being re-done so I’ll direct you to have a look at the Facebook page for the gift shop instead. Trust me, if you’re ever in Pwllheli or planning a wedding in North Wales, be sure to contact Bloda Eluned – you won’t be disappointed.

Pob lwc i chi!

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Lanzarote – Playa Blanca

Travel Tales Lanzarote 2016

This is my next post in my Lanzarote 2016 series! I have a very brief video of it but skip past for more detail. 

As I mentioned in my previous post, we’ve just been on holiday to Lanzarote for a week. I had never been there before so wasn’t fully prepared for just how windy it was there! Anyhow, we were staying in the H10 Lanzarote Princess hotel in Playa Blanca. 

We didn’t do much exploring but it’s a pretty normal seaside resort. There’s a beach and a lot of shops selling the usual seaside “tat”. Nain decided to buy Little Miss some Play Doh (thanks for that Nain!!) and she wouldn’t let it go!


We also found an electric car parking spot. There was no charging point but a local informed us it was being installed. Not sure if I believe that but it was still nice to see the space. 


Walking along the seafront I spotted these love locks. There were loads of them! Some of them had been there a while and had started eroding. 

Further along there was a ferry port taking passengers and cars back and forth to FuerteVentura. 

Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the beach there but it was golden sand which surprised me. I thought it would’ve been black sand like Tenerife.

It’s a decent enough place if you’re looking for some activity. There’s a water park there as well so plenty of things to do with kids. There’s also plenty of bars and we spotted that they were all showing the play off semi final between Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday. So hubby got to see the match. 

Have you ever been to Playa Blanca?

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas with UncommonGoods

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is coming up here in the UK next month (June 19th) and I’ve been browsing through UncommonGoods for some ideas of what to get the hubby from the girls. First question, do I get one gift from each of them or one gift from the both of them?

I had heard some buzz about UncommonGoods on Facebook so when I was contacted by them I was pleased to hear that they now ship to the UK! Fab news for UK customers like myself.

After reading up some more about them I was also pleased to hear that they’re an eco-friendly company and by working with suppliers they make sure that products are made in a more sociably and environmentally responsible manner. And they’ve never sold fur nor leather which is a definite plus. I’m not normally too fussed about sources of products but the older I get the more concerned I am about things. If you want to read more about their mission statement then see here, it makes an interesting read.

Anyhow! Moving on to some fab finds on their site….

Uncommon Goods

(From top left – Lawn Dice / Owl Touch Lamp / Deep Sea Sand Art / Foodie Dice)

I had to choose the dice because hubby is a Warhammer geek and dice are the thing to have when you play that. And the the Owl touch lamp because he’s a Sheffield Wednesday fan (and their nickname is “The Owls”). The Deep Sea Sand Art would be for me really because I had one as a kid and loved it so much!

For more ideas on gifts for him have a look here or here (yes I know it’s anniversary/birthday gifts but some still work for Father’s Day). Whilst you’re at it why not have a little look for a little treat for yourself eh? (I suggest here and I especially love Recycled Glass Tree Globes.)

So what items do you like?

(This was a collaborative post with UncommonGoods.com)

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Lanzarote 2016 – Day 1 and My First Vlog!

Travel Tales Lanzarote 2016

Hi everyone! I’m back in the UK after a week in Lanzarote – thanks to the MIL. I had hoped to share my experiences whilst I was out there but the wi-fi was just rubbish! I did take plenty of photos and I even did some vlogging and I’m so excited to share my first vlog with you guys! If vlogging isn’t your thing then scroll past it and I’ll share all about our first day with you!

We were up at around 3.30 am thanks to Miss Mostyn. She’s teething and been pretty miserable at night. We needed to leave at 5am so it wasn’t all bad I guess. We had around 2 hours to drive to Manchester Airport and it seemed such a shame leaving North Wales behind especially in the beautiful weather we had.

The North Wales coast at sunrise #northwales #nofilter #beautiful

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We got to Manchester early enough and after going through security and passport control headed off to one of the lounges to wait. We had bacon baps for breakfast and watched the airplanes. Little Miss was so excited watching the planes and shouting “awyren!!”

Our airplane to Lanzarote

Miss Mostyn slept for pretty much most of the flight – she was teething and just needed to sleep through it. Little Miss was sat watching Chuggington on the iPad in between eating her sausage and mash and sitting with Nain & Taid.

The ground floor of the Lanzarote Princess

We were staying at the H10 Lanzarote Princess and got a bus transfer to the hotel from the airport. The hotel was pretty posh looking and we were given a glass of champagne or orange on arrival. I was quite thirsty and downed it in one! Miss Mostyn really fancied it as well but I had to keep little hands at bay.

Food at the Lanzarote Princee\ss

The food there was great! Such a great selection every night and on Friday we had entertainment whilst we ate. Five of the chefs sang some pretty amazing classical songs. Oh and yes Charlie Chaplin was also there. Please don’t ask me why!

Have you ever been to Lanzarote?

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