Loft Conversion

Homestyling Lofty Dreams

I can’t believe that we’ve been at this house we call our home for over 5 years now. In all that time we’ve done some redecorating which included painting our bedroom from a nasty lilac into the boring but clean magnolia and replacing carpets in said bedroom and the living room. We’ve also redone the downstairs loo and the toddler’s bedroom.

We’ve not done any major works but we have plans to eventually put a new kitchen and new bathroom in. But today I’m talking about our ultimate goal – a loft conversion!

Our attic is actually HUGE!! Not that I know because I can’t get in it but to go be you and idea, my 6’2″ hubby can stand upright and stretch his arms upwards and still not reach the top of the roof. That in my mind is huge!

We’ve had someone come out to give us a quote of how much it’d cost but it ended up being around £22k so that plan has been shelved for now. But I can still dream!!

Loft Conversions

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In my dream I would convert our loft into a master bedroom for hubby and I. It would have room for our bed, a walk in wardrobe and an ensuite with shower.

I’d love to have some windows by Velux along the roof at the back of the house because we could then see Snowdon. Unfortunately there’s an industrial estate right behind our house so we would also need to have some lovely blinds so to block out observers. I saw these lovely Velux blinds by RoofBlinds.co.uk – I do love lime green. Would be lovely!

Velux Roller Blind in Green from RoofBlinds.co.uk

When I was younger, one of my friends had an attic bedroom and I thought it was so cool! Oh if only I had the money! It’d be so awesome!

What do you think about loft conversions and attic rooms?

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Inigo Jones Slate Works

Inigo Jones Slate Works

If you know me at all then you’ll know I’m from a slate mining town and so I love my Welsh slate. You’ve heard me mention Llechwedd Slate Caverns before and you’ve seen me share pictures of slate mining remnants on my Instagram…. this one is my favourites and was actually my second photo ever on Instagram.

Vivian Quarry Llanberis

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I was therefore naturally attracted to the Inigo Jones Slate Works in Penygroes. It’s been there for years and I’m ashamed to say that it took me until this year to finally visit! Before I mention our visit I’ll give you some background about the slate works, well actually I will let John Lloyd the managing director of Inigo Jones give you some background…

We decided to visit one sunny afternoon in June because I had said to hubby that I NEEDED to visit to show him some fabulous products – or in other words to possibly give him some Christmas/Birthday gift ideas. The Jigsaw Coasters I shared above are just one product that I think I need in my life!

Anyway I digress…..

Inigo Jones Slateworks

Tour

We headed in and paid for two adult tickets for the self-guided tour (kiddos were free!), got given the headsets and instruction and were pointed towards the opening video presentation. The short presentation needs a bit of an update I think because it talks about the quarrying at Aberllefenni but that quarry has closed since 2003. But even so, it was still a good video showing how the slate was extracted from the mines.

Inigo Jones Slateworks

After the video you are instructed to put the headphones on and follow the instructions given on the recording. The first exhibits are contained in this shed and has numerous times of interest including old tools used in mining, various slate from around the world detailing the different colours. There’s also details of how slate is formed.

Inigo Jones Slateworks

Next stop was the old railway siding which is near Lon Eifion. There’s a lot of excess slate everywhere and an old crane. The tour explained that no piece of slate is ever thrown away as something can be made even from the smallest piece – hence all the slate bits everywhere!

Inigo Jones Slateworks

Moving on from the Lon Eifion stop you were taken into the old workshops where there’s a plethora of old machines. The tour also explained how you had an old water wheel in there generating electricity and how it had to be replaced by a generator when a local double decker bus crashed into the pipes carrying the water over the road.Inigo Jones Slateworks

After the workshops you’re directed towards the next building where there’s a beautiful slate fireplace. What’s quite gutting to me is that I’ve found out after putting in new stud walling that there’s a slate fireplace in our house!

Inigo Jones Slateworks

Upstairs in this building is the old style classroom – this was the only bit we couldn’t take a pram to. Along the walls and in the display boxes you have the history of communication. Fascinating little display. Oh and also you have the chance to try some engraving. Safety glasses are provided!!

Inigo Jones Slateworks

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It was a lovely little day out and I would highly recommend it. As mentioned, we could take the pram around everywhere other than upstairs to the classroom. There’s plenty of parking space and a cafe on location. There’s also a shop selling all manner of slate products including jewellery and this wonderful set of jigsaw coasters.

I love these coasters that I spotted at Inigo Jones. I think I might spend a fortune here! #welshslate #llechicymraeg

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Have you ever visited Inigo Jones? If not, have I persuaded you to go yet?!

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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.

Saturday

Hubby had arranged to meetup with a friend from work to take the kids swimming. His friend has a little boy the same age as our MissMostyn. We packed all the swimming costumes etc and headed to Llandudno. Now we weren’t too sure if Little Miss would go into the water because she’s not overly keen. Hubby used to take her to swimming lessons but she would just scream the place down. We asked her before we got her changed if she wanted to go swimming and she said “Ia piiis. Nofio Mami” (Yes please. Swimming Mami). So we all got changed in a family cubicle and headed to the pool.

Miserable weather in Llandudno. But we had a good morning swim

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Hubby and MissMostyn went straight in but Little Miss decided she didn’t want to go in. We sat around the side of the pool for a while until I asked her again and she was still a bit unsure. So I went in first and then she decided to join me! She had armbands on and we had one of those waist tubes for her. She seemed to quite enjoy floating around the pool with me.

SUCCESS!!! I’m not a big swimmer and I’m not overly keen on water but I didn’t want her to be the same. I really hope this is a big step in the right direction to getting her swimming. I want her to be able to join her Dadi and little sister in the waterparks when we go to Disney in a few years time.

Lunch at Harvey's

After the swimming we decided to go to Wetherspoons to find some lunch. Unfortunately the weather was miserable and everyone had decided to head to Wetherspoons to get some grub! So we ended up going to Harvey’s New York Bar and Grill. There was a 15 minute wait so we went to The Works and HMV for a nosey. And for once we didn’t buy anything – OMG miracles happen!

We had a late lunch at Harvey’s – I went for my usual Quesidillas and hubby went for the usual burger.  Always very nice and I would recommend a visit – check out my other posts here and here.

Acme Games - Pop Collection

As always we stopped by Acme Games although it was my fault this time because I wanted to check out their latest Pop collection. This was a mistake because there’s just way too many that we want! Little Miss wouldn’t leave without getting an Elsa one. But to be fair, she has played with it non-stop since we got it. Including a lovely moment in the car when I caught her talking to Elsa.

Elsa

The evening was pretty much the usual for us – food, bath and “beis”. The photo above is all the little toys that Little Miss takes with her to bed. Her Bwni was in bed with her but I found Elsa on the floor so I put her on the side table to look after her whilst she slept. Oh my gorgeous girl!

Sunday

Sunday morning I went to work and around 45 mins after getting there I had a phonecall from hubby who said he couldn’t find his car keys. Well no he couldn’t find them because for some reason I had BOTH keys in my bag!! So he was stuck at home all morning waiting for me to come back! Oops!

Collecting Pokemon

After I got back we went out for a walk with the girls and the dogs… and yes I’m not ashamed to admit that it was because of Pokemon Go! Hubby was really into it back in the day and loved this new one. So we walked all around town looking for Pokemon and Pokestops!

Some Pokestops

It’s actually pretty amazing the stops that you find around town. I had never seen that pavement mosaic I must admit!

Some Pokestops

There are some impressive places around town and some spectacular views over the Menai Straits.

Menai Straot

It was such a beautiful day! And really warm so of course we deserved an ice cream. We stopped by Scoops where hubby had a marshmallow and waffle mania ice cream cone, Little Miss had a tub of chocolate ice cream and Miss Mostyn had a cone with no ice cream. I had a bit of a sore throat and had decided I wanted mint but they didn’t have any! 🙁 But Palace Cafe did so I had a sneaky cone of mint ice cream with a flake outside the castle.

(Yes I’m sorry I went elsewhere to find the min ice-cream! *hangs head in shame*)

Ice cream by the castle

After getting home we were so hot and sweaty that we couldn’t be bothered to cook and ended up having a Chinese (again!). ARGH!!!

How was your weekend?

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Hot Tubs North Wales (with UK Leisure Living)

Hot Tubs North Wales Showroom

If you follow me on social media then you’ll know that last weekend it was our little girl’s first birthday party. To celebrate we hired a hot tub for the weekend. I mentioned in that post that I would mention more about it….

Hot Tubs North Wales Showroom

Hot Tubs North Wales Showroom

Way back in March we went to the Grand Opening of the Hot Tub North Wales showroom in Mochdre. We got to see the different hot tubs on offer. They have two different ranges – the River Range and the Elite Range.

Hot Tubs North Wales Showroom

The Elite Range is what some people would refer to as the “American” range in that they are bigger than the River Range. They had various tubs on show but the Obsession tub was up and running. The Obsession is the one featured in this video below.

The River Range are smaller tubs but still have a nice selection. The one that was up and running for the day was The Elwy. It’s big enough to hold 4 people and costs £3795 to buy. It’s also available for hire which is exactly what we did.

Hot Tubs North Wales Showroom

We hired it for the weekend and it cost us £195 + £20 delivery for three day hire. They delivered it on Friday morning and gave hubby a tutorial on how to test the chemical levels etc. Hubby was there to accept delivery and said it was so easy – the delivery guys set it all up with no hassle.

Over the weekend we used it – not as much as we hoped since the weather was too cold. Honestly, I did go in (and so did the girls) but there’s no photos of just me – all of the photos of me feature the girls so I won’t be sharing them here. But here’s one of hubby his lordship enjoying himself in the tub!

Hot Tubs North Wales Showroom

On Monday morning they came to pickup the tub. The delivery guys did everything – all I had to do was open the gate for them. Absolutely wonderful service!

Believe it or not, this was my first experience of a hot tub andI’ll be honest, I enjoyed it more than I imagined that I would! I can’t justify buying one because 1) we don’t have the money and 2) we wouldn’t get the use of it to justify the cost. But I would definitely recommend hiring one.

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Are you a fan of hot tubs? Have you ever been in one?

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F1 Wednesday – British GP 2016

F1 Wednesday

It was a wet weekend but what else do you expect for the British GP – typical British summer isn’t it?! But even so it was deserving of this…

Were there surprises in qualifying? Not particularly. Not sure if Verstappen qualifying in third is a surprise these days! That lad is the next big thing in F1 – Mark my words!

Race day was another wet one. So wet in fact that the race had to start behind the safety car. But the reactions on Twitter to that choice was pretty obvious…. not a good move in the fans’ opinion.

 

After the Safety Car pitted (lap 5 I believe) there was chaos in the pits with everyone pitting for tyre changes. Some releases were very close calls but no-one was penalised. Later on in the race, Renault managed to release Palmer with only 3 wheels on and was subsequently given a 10s stop/go penalty.

There were a couple of spins during the race including Alonso and Vettel. Pesky rain! Both recovered and managed to carry on. Retirements included both Haas cars, both Renaults, and a Sauber.

It was a simple win for Hamilton and despite some gearbox problems Rosberg still crossed the line in second and Verstappen finished third. Post-race Rosberg was given a penalty and demoted to third but even so was still on the second place step on the podium.

But the BEST bit for me was that Mark Webber was doing the podium interviews!! Lewis Hamilton spoke very well and tried to pre-empt the booing by praising Nico but even so, the crowd still boo-ed Nico. I thought that was very unfair of the crowd. And good ol’ Mark as always tried to brush over it.

I know it’s not a long post but I didn’t have a lot of time to get the post done! But I hope you enjoyed my brief synopsis!

Did you watch the race? What did you think?

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Miss Mostyn’s First Birthday!

Penblwydd Miss Mostyn

I can’t believe a whole year has been and gone since our baby girl was born. She’s no longer a baby and has grown into what I would call a mini-toddler. She’s not quite old enough to be a toddler because she can’t walk yet but she’s not young enough to be a little baby!

On Saturday we had a little party for her. We invited all our friends and family to come over for a BBQ/hot tub party which of course was looking like a disaster since it was chucking it down! But it wasn’t actually a disaster – we MIL/FIL cooked all the meat in the cooker and we had an indoor picnic.

Paw Patrol Picnic

What was nearly a disaster was the cake! We had someone make us a double layer Paw Patrol cake and hubby had bought two of the toys to place on top. On Friday, hubby brought the cake home and we left it to one side. Later that evening we caught the dog taking a bite out of the cake!!!

Birthday Cake Disaster

But we managed to save it by simply getting rid of the bottom layer and turned it into a single layer cake. It looked good!

A Paw Patrol birthday cake! #pawpatrol #pawpatrolparty #birthday #pawpatrolcake

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I didn’t take too many photos of the day because we were too busy having a good time! The only photos I took were of the food and of my girls (which I’m not sharing here – sorry!). It did stop raining for a bit in the afternoon so hubby and his friends went into the hot tub for a while. They seemed to enjoy it! (I’ll be doing another post about the tub soon).

Hot Tub Birthday

Now it’s a shame I can’t share the video of us singing happy birthday to MissMostyn because she loved it! Little Miss had a cry though! I don’t think she likes it when we sing en masse! But like I said, we all had a great time and I want to thank everyone who came to celebrate our little girl’s first birthday.

Penblwydd hapus fy nghariad bach del i.

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10 Things – June Edition

10 Things

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Stevie’s linky *hangs head in shame* but I’m back with a 10 Highlights for June.

1) Father’s Day – it was Father’s Day at some point in June and despite the rain we went out for a meal to The Mulberry.

2) Gecko – such a small thing but I finally put our gecko up in the downstairs loo! We bought it whilst in Malta. Little Miss chose it and it was the only souvenir we bought.

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

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3) Bloda Eluned – a new flower shop opened on Pwllheli high street. I spend a fortune at the sister shop (selling all sorts of goodies!) so of course I was there at the grand opening and wrote a little post about it.

4) Wales’ Euro Dream – I’m not into football but I did get behind the Welsh team at the Euros. They did so well and June saw them win the group stages and reach the quarter final. OK so July saw us lose at a semi final but even so we’re so proud of the boys!!

5) Work – super busy at work and I was off out promoting our payroll bureau.

6) Garden – the garden is coming along nicely. We’ve finally planted some veggies in the veggie patch and we even have some flowers in the flower beds. Oh and an oak tree!

7) House – there’s been huge progress at the house. Someone has been busy stripping paint off the skirting boards and the wooden panels and waxed them. There’s now wallpaper on the walls and even carpet in two of the bedrooms and lino in the bathroom!

Home improvements

8) Bullet Journal – I’ve been doing this for a couple of months now but it’s only during June that I started to be a bit creative with it. I now doodle in it as well and have created some “nice” doodles.

Some F1 doodles #f1 #formula1 #motorsport

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9) Dimension Jump – we booked tickets for next year’s Red Dwarf convention! Oh yes people we’re going to DJ2017!!! Last time we went

10) Happy Mail – I joined a Bullet Journal Penpal Facebook group and have started sending and receiving happy mail!!

#happymail from @d_a_p_h_n_e_l_e_i_g_h – thanks so much!! X

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What were your June highlights?

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F1 Wednesday – Austrian GP 2016

F1 Wednesday

This is going to be a long post so I’ll just give you my highlights.

Qualifying – I didn’t watch qualifying but I heard that Jenson qualified in 5th but due to grid penalties he was starting 3rd! THIRD!!!! How on earth did he manage that in that crappy McLaren? Heard people say on Facebook “Did no-one else turn up?!” because no-one could believe he’d managed to get that car into 3rd!

Race – I didn’t get to watch the race other than the last two or three laps. So I got to watch THE crash that everyone’s been talking about. From what I saw it did look like Nico deliberately went into Hamilton which seems to be the thought of the stewards hence the 10 second post race penalty.

Then the surprising result (other than Jenson’s 5th place finish) was Verstappen’s 2nd place finish! I think that boy is going to be the next big thing.

I told you it wasn’t a long post!!

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Lanzarote – Glass Bottom Boat Trip

Travel Tales Lanzarote 2016

This is the last one from my Lanzarote 2016 series. On the Thursday we went on a glass bottom boat trip.

It was a really clear day so the sun was rather hot. We had booked on the Glass Bottom Boat trip and it wasn’t what we had expected. We had a but of a journey around the Playa Blanca bay before we moored off the coast of Playa Mujeres.

Playa Mujeres Lanzarote

The trip offered some watersports such as kayaking and rides on the banana boat. Also you could go swimming in the sea. We watched others on the banana boat and it looked like a lot of fun! They also offered a trip over to the beach at Playa Mujeres but because of our pram we couldn’t easily do that.

Fuerteventura Lanzarote

Now of course since it was a glass bottom boat you could go under deck and view the fish in the beautiful blue sea. It was great but did get a bit boring after a while because there was pretty much only one type of fish out there – grey! But Miss Mostyn seemed to enjoy herself watching the fishes!

Glass Bottom Boat

During the trip there was food and drink provided as part of the excursion cost – if I remember correctly it was chicken drumsticks, chips, salad etc and drinks.

The staff on the boat were very friendly and helped us with the pram (including carrying it to the top deck). Also, I was sporting my trusted Mark Webber Red Bull baseball cap which the captain spotted so we had a great discussion about Formula 1.

Overall thoughts – wasn’t ideal for us with a toddler and baby but would’ve been perfect for adults and older children. Still was enjoyable enough.

Have you ever been on a glass bottom boat trip?

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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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