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    Electric Car Revolution – ChargePoints

    Electric Car Revolution - ChargePoints

    I’m telling you guys! The electric car revolution is coming! I am way ahead of the game and already have our setup in place. But let me get YOU prepared by discussing how to get your car charged!

    Home ChargePoint

    You will inevitably need an electric charge point at home. There are a number of charge points out there such as NewMotion chargepoint. A decision will need to be made between a normal charging point or a super-fast charge point. The cost of a charge point will depend on which option you go for. Either way there is an OLEV grant currently available which is claimed by the installer. After the OLEV grants the charging points cost roughly £400.

    Charge Card

    Depending on which charge point provider you go for, they may provide you with a charge card. A charge card will give you access to their charge point network. Charging points are springing up all over the UK. There’s a handy map to be found over at ZapMap. It gives you details of all the charging points in the UK including it’s location, type of charger, provider and it will also give you their current status i.e whether they are switched on or not!

    Starbucks Card

    Charging your car will take longer than fuelling up a conventional diesel/petrol car. So I would advise you get yourself a Starbucks* card! You can then enjoy a nice cup of tea (or coffee if that’s what you prefer) whilst your car charges up. I would suggest that you might also need a small loan if you’re going to have a brownie to with that tea – £8 for a tea and a brownie!!

    * or an equivalent coffee establishment. Starbucks is the first one that comes to mind.

    Have you ever had to charge an electric car? 

    Rebecca

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    Liked and Loved – November

    Liked and loved November title image with a wooden heart in the background

    I’M BACK!!! Sorry it took so long but I’m finally back and I can’t believe that’s another month done and dusted and I feel like December is almost done with as well. Before I go into what I Liked and Loved in November let me explain where I’ve been….

    MacBook Problems

    As explained in a previous post, my MacBook has been having problems. PC World have now informed me that it’s pretty much stuffed and in order to get it repaired, it’ll cost me £890! So as you can imagine, my response to that is “get stuffed”!! Now obviously I don’t like not love the fact that my MacBook is officially stuffed, but I do love the fact that I have to go looking for a nice shiny new laptop! Always exciting!

    Birthday Celebrations

    Photo of my husband wearing silly birthday glasses and a photo of the lovely food we had in TGIF

    The husband hit the grand old age of 34 this month! As is customary, we went out for a family meal. His choice so we ended up in TGI Friday’s in Cheshire Oaks.

    Blue Planet Aquarium

    As part of the celebrations we went to the Blue Planet Aquarium. I’d never been there before and it was such a great day out.

    New Chocolates

    Wickedly Welsh Peanut Butter chocolate bar - it is so yummy!

    Siop Eluned has a new stock of chocolates from Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company. The great thing about is that it’s handmade in Wales. It’s posh chocs – like Strawberry and champagne flavoured white chocolate, Pembrokeshire Sea Salt and caramel milk chocolate and Peanut Butter milk chocolate. The Peanut Butter one is my favourite…. It’s so nice and I can’t resist which means that I eat it all in one go!

    Stunning Scenery

    This was a spectacular view this morning. #pwllheli #sunrise #snowdonia #sun #beautiful #nofinerplaceonearth

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    I do love this time of year. If it’s not raining, the sun can create some stunning views. It helps that I live in the most beautiful place in the world (in my opinion). I just wish I had a better camera to capture it all.

    Formula 1

    Booking tickets to the 2018 British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone

    We decided not to go to Belgium next year so there will be no racing around Spa. Instead I’ve booked tickets for the British Grand Prix! YES I BLOODY WELL DID!! Also have my babysitters locked down, a hotel and carpark booked…. #SORTED!

    What have you liked and loved in November?

    Rebecca

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    Designing T-Shirts with River Island

    Header image for the design a t-shirt competition with river island with two t-shirts crafted by my girls.

    Now let’s be honest, I love the idea of crafts. But crafts with kids? Hmmm…. But when I was asked to be involved with River Island’s design a t-shirt competition I thought I would embrace the chaos and glitter!!

    On a lazy Sunday afternoon Little Miss and I took over the front room and laid out our white t-shirts from the River Island girls section and discussed what we were going to do.

    Craft supplies for the River Island design a t shirt competition. Includes stickers, pva glue, glitter... Lots of glitter

    We browsed through the crafts stuff we had on offer – pva glue, pipe cleaners, Pom poms and of course GLITTER! What do you think Little Miss was most excited to use? Yes the GLITTER!

    My eldest busy applying of glue to the White t shirts ready for glitter

    First of all I gave her the pva glue pot to splatter all over the white t-shirt. She loved making all the splats and went – in her words – crazy!  (She’s been watching too many YouTube videos).

    After she’s finished with the glue she took hold of the glitter and proceeded to dribble it over the glue. To be fair she was very tidy with it.

    Lots of lots of glitter!!!

    Whilst she did that I took some of sequins and made my own little mini design…. can you guess who it is? Ok it’s meant to be Dizzy the egg from the gaming series.

    My favourite pieces - sequins arranged to look like Dizzy from the computer game. And a fox animal sticker next to the River Island tag

    I then made their initials out of pipe cleaners to decorate the shirts. Then Little Miss proceeded to use the animal stickers all over the shirts.

    So here’s the end results. It’s safe to say we won’t win the competition but we had great fun designing them. Our style is chaotic glitter!

    Final designs of the two t-shirts

    What do you think to our designs? Have we got a future in design?

    (This is being entered into the River Island competition. The t-shirts and craft supplies were given to us for the purpose of this competition)

    Rebecca

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    Pass The Pigs – Giveaway

    Pass the Pigs header image for the Christmas giveaway

    Are you looking for a new family game this Christmas? Well how about checking out Pass the Pigs. It’s not a game I’ve played yet, but it sure looks like fun! There are two versions of the game – Pass The Pigs (travel edition) and Pass The Pigs party!

    Pass The Pigs (travel edition)

    Images of the Pass the Pigs travel edition

    So the aim of the game is to earn points and the first to 100 points wins. Ah but how do I earn those points? You throw your pigs of course! Each pig acts like a dice and each turn you get to throw your piggies to see how they land. Points depend on how your piggies land so once they’ve landed, compare their positions to the scorecard and note your score accordingly. First player to reach 100 points wins the ultimate prize – being crowned Pass The Pigs champion!

    Pass the Pigs scorecard

    This edition come in a handy travel case which includes 2 pigs, 2 pencils and a scorecard. It is perfect for a family trip. I can see this being part of our in flight entertainment for our next holiday!

    It’s suitable for ages 3+ and the RRP is £9.99 – and available directly via the Pass The Pigs website and from all good retailers

    Pass the Pigs Party

    Image of the Passé thePigs Party boxset

    This version is for all you party piggies out there and perfect Christmas! In this one, there are 8 pigs to play with. You have to roll piggies and be first to match the positions on your card. You get bonus points if you do it on the first go! As with the travel edition, first to reach 100 points wins!

    This pack contains:

    • 8 small plastic piggies (four pairs)
    • Deck of 30 cards
    • Carry case

    The recommended retail price is £14.99 and is available directly via the Pass The Pigs website and from all good retailers.

    Giveaway

    Now for the best bit – I have some Pass The Pigs packs to giveaway! Enter below and of course, please read the following terms and conditions.

    1) Enter using the Rafflecopter options below
    2) Giveaway is open until 11.59pm on Friday December 8th.
    3) Winner will be contacted via email and Twitter (where applicable)
    4) Prizes will be sent out directly to you from the supplier (and should arrive before Christmas unless there’s unavoidable circumstances such as a snowstorm or postal strike!)
    5) No cash alternative

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    Good luck everyone!

    Rebecca

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    MacBook Problems

    Photo of MacBook on a dark surface

    I should be in Britain’s Got Talent considering the disappearing act I’ve just done! No blog post in almost two weeks. Oh the shame!!!

    MacBook Problems

    It wasn’t an intentional break. After getting my going replaced due to a smashed scree, disaster struck! My MacBook died during a software update and I’m still struggling to get it fixed.

    We’ve had two online chats with Apple and two phone calls with Apple Tech. No one know what to do to fix it. I now need to take it in to be repaired. Trouble is my local Apple Store is in Liverpool which is just under 2 hours away. So I can’t just turn up and instead I’m trying to book an appointment. This is a struggle as they’re fully booked and can’t book in advance further than a week ahead. Why is it so difficult to get an appointment with the the Apple Store? I may defect to a Windows laptop due to this shit.

    PC World to the Rescue

    As it happens we went to PC World and asked their guys if they could help. They said they would have to send it off but it would invalidate any warranty as they’re not an authorised repair centre. Warranty has run out and by now I just want it fixed! So the husband took it in for me today whilst I took my eldest to a birthday party. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

    Buy a New MacBook?

    If it can’t be saved do I buy a new MacBook? Browsing Amazon one Friday (hoping for Black Friday deals but alas they were rubbish!). Then Wowcher emailed and they had one on sale for £499. But it sounds too good to be true?

    I might just defect to Windows and be done with it.

    What sort of laptop do you have? Are you an Apple person? Have you ever used Wowcher?

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    Colorado Adventures

    Colorado Adventures header image with 6 photos of Colorado including mountains, rivers, Union Station, Denver, railway, rafters and hiking

    I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few places in the USA but there’s one place* I would love to visit and that’s Colorado. Seriously, the landscape looks AMAZING! I mean I visited Yosemite National Park a few years back but Colorado looks even more spectacular.

    (* who am I kidding? There’s plenty of places I want to visit in the USA!)

    Places to Stay

    A photo of Byers Court mansion for rental in Colorado

    First thing to plan is where to stay. There are plenty of stay options available including hotels, camping and private rentals. If camping under the stars is not your thing (creepy crawlies are a big no no here as well so don’t worry you’re in good company) then how about trying some of the Colorado vacation rentals? The listed properties are just as amazing as the Colorado scenery. I might have lost a couple of hours browsing that website.

    One my favourites has got to be Byers Court – wowzers that’s an impressive property! House goals right there! Or a cheaper option would be Alpine Majesty in Breckenridge. This property to me screams authentic ski chalet. In all honesty, you’d have a hard time getting rid of me if I went to stay in one of these rentals. They seriously look so amazing!

    Now that we’ve got somewhere to stay let me give you some of my ideas about what I’d love to do whilst out there…

    Skiing

    My number one adventure would be skiing! Yes there are a number of ski resorts in Colorado. I’m ashamed to say that I never realised that the infamous Aspen ski resort is in the Colorado Rockies. Of course there are a number of other ski resorts in Colorado and I have been browsing the family friendly resorts – that’s the type of holidays I’ll be having for the foreseeable future.

    From what I read, resorts in Aspen include Buttermilk (how cute is that name?) where 35% of the slopes are easy tracks and not only that there’s kids lessons there. Also Aspen Snowmass offer great kids facilities including childcare for kids from as young as 8 weeks! I’m thinking it’d be a fab place to take the kids skiing. Now to convince the family that’s where we need to go next Winter!

    Hiking

    Photo of a hikers track set in the Colorado mountains

    If you miss the Winter season then there are plenty of hiking trails in the Rocky Mountains. Oh it’d be blissful – I can just picture myself in walking boots taking in the views. Just imagine it, hiking through those snowcapped hills mountains, expansive prairies, amazing wildlife including the wonderful deers and stags. But before I go hiking in Colorado I need to get myself in shape.

    Hot Springs

    After a long day hiking or skiing, what better way to relax than dipping into one of the many hot springs in the area. There are a number of hot springs in Colorado and they all look blooming’ wonderful. Beautiful hot pools set in majestic snow covered mountains – ah bliss! Even for me who doesn’t like water that much, it’s very inviting. And I know that the husband would absolutely love taking a dip in these pools. He’s such a water baby!

    Rafting

    Image of people white water rafting down a river in Colorado

    Now I’ll admit, I’m not really a water person but I do like the idea of going rafting. I’ve been rafting in the US before (on the Colorado river near Las Vegas as it happens!) but it was more of leisurely cruise rather than white water rafting. But if you’re more adventurous than I am, then there’s plenty of white water rafting adventures to be had in Colorado.

    I’ve been told that the white water rafting tours out there are suitable for all ages and abilities. So maybe I could go for a leisurely cruise after all. It’d be brilliant to cruise down the Arkansas River and take in the view. Ah that’d be the life eh?

    Railways

    Steam train and carriages traveling along a river in a gorge in the Colorado Mountains

    If you’ve been a long time reader then you might know that I love a bit of steam trains. It’s the smell! There are a number of heritage railways over in Colorado. Some of them travel through the wondrous valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Think Ffestiniog Railway but on a much much grander scale! One of the routes I’d love to travel on is the Royal Gorge Route. The views are just spectacular!

    There’s also a railway museum in Colorado which preserves the great railroad history of Colorado. From browsing the internet I see that they have Doc Brown’s last time machine. (OK maybe not the actual time machine but similar ones.) Magnificent machines!

    Gold Digging

    During the Gold Rush people flocked to the Rockies looking to cash in on the gold in them thar hills. Legacy of the Gold Rush still remains to this date. You can follow the Gold Trail which takes you through many of the rush towns including Boulder . You know I love my slate mines but over there you can visit the old gold mines which include digging and panning for gold. So, you might come away with your weight in gold!

    Denver

    The updated Union Station in Denver - photo shows the old and new signage

    You can’t visit Colorado without visiting it’s capital – Denver. History and modern mix in this city with buildings dating back to the Old West as well some more contemporary structures. No matter what sort of traveller you, are you are guaranteed to find something for you in this city – restaurants, museums, parks, theatre – you name it, they’ve got it!

    For more ideas about Colorado then visit Colorado Tourism

    Who’s up for an epic Colorado adventure with me?

    Rebecca

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    Little Loves

    "Little Loves" header image with the words "little loves" together with photos of a book, my husband, my girls in costume and my pumpkin doodle

    I’ve not done a Little Loves post in quite a while but this week I really wanted to look at the good stuff….

    Read

    Photo of the cover of the Amanda Brown Omnibus book with a "The Works" £1.99 sticker on it

    I’ve started reading an actual book! Not a children’s book but a book for me! It’s “Family Trust” by Amanda Brown – the same author that wrote Legally Blonde. I’ve not read Legally Blonde but have seen the film. Who am I kidding? I LOVE the film! So I’m hoping this Family Trust book is of similar ilk.

    Watched

    We’ve started watching Taskmaster and it’s fantastic! But then we stumbled over Greg Davies’ “Throwing Cheeseballs at a Dog” show on Dave. Bloody hell that man is hilarious! We just missed his shows in Manchester! 🙁

    Heard

    I’m not listening to anything new of late. I’m currently listening to the Nashville soundtracks in the car. I really need to get Charles Esten’s album. I adore his Nashville tracks. Plus he’s a handsome fella.. am I allowed to comment on people’s looks these days? Or is it frowned upon and un-PC?

    Made

    Drawing of pumpkin, gravestone, bat and spiderwebs with the word "Hydref" (October in Welsh) in calligraphy. My hello October page in the bullet journal.

    Well I’ve not been very crafty of late but I have made use of my bullet journal. I have finally found my vibe for it which I will share soon. It took me until November to actually do my “Hello October” spread (pictured above).

    Wore

    I didn’t go out trick or treating so there’s no Halloween costume here! The eldest went to the houses on our little estate dressed as a pirate. The littlest decided she wasn’t going out at all nor was she wearing a costume to the nursery Halloween party. I did manage to convince her to wear here skeleton hoodie though.

    And Lastly…

    A photo of my husband wearing fun birthday glasses in front of a very blue sky

    I want to wish the husband a happy birthday!! I’ll post again about what we got up to soon.

    What were your Little Loves this week?

    Rebecca

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    Liked and Loved – October

    Liked and Loved - October 2017

    Well that’s another month done and dusted… so here’s what I liked and loved during October!

    Date Night

    Mam offered to look after the girls so we could go to the cinema. We went to see Thor Ragnarok and it was a good film. As DadvWorld said it’s a cross between Guardians of the Galaxy and the previous Thor.. The music is cool and colourful and there’s some adult jokes in it. It isn’t as good as Guardians but much better than Thor 2!

    Impractical Jokers

    YAAAAAASSSSS!!! It’s @joe_gatto y’all!!!! #thetenderloins #whereslarry #impracticaljokers

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    We went to see The Tenderloins (aka Impractical Jokers) for the third time! We were around 6 rows back so at the end we stormed the stage which resulted in the above photo! I really love it! We waited outside but the guys didn’t come out. But we got a message on Twitter from Murr….

    New Job

    I mentioned in a previous post that husband had been offered a new job. Well on the 3rd he started said job and he’s enjoying it – phew! It’s in the same town we live in so there’s no travelling and he can take girls to school!

     

    Wales Rally GB

    On the 28th I went to the Wales Rally GB with Mam, her partner and his daughter. We went to the Dyfi stage which is not where we had intended on going. It was still a great experience. A cold and damp experience but still enjoyable. I can see us getting into this now!

    Yellow Roses

    Yellow Roses

    If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know about my little yellow rose bush. The roses have now bloomed and I have two beautiful yellow roses. There are others budding as well and I’m super pleased as the rose bush came from Taid’s house.

    So that’s it! What have you liked and loved this month?

    A Cornish Mum
    Rebecca

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    Winter Sun Destinations

    Top 3 Winter Sun Destinations

    The cold weather of late has made me start thinking of sunnier climates. It’s an inevitable side effect that I start looking at holiday websites like Holiday Gems. There are some amazing little holidays on there. I’ve been on a bit of a nostalgia trip of late so my top choices for winter sun are places I’ve visited before.

    Tenerife

    Rebecca on board the catamaran at Tenerife

    I’ve only been to Tenerife once and that was 9 years ago! It was November 2008 when we visited but it was the first holiday for the husband and I to go on. It was great! We stayed at the Barcelo Santiago hotel. The food was great, there was a pool, a little walk to the beach…. what else could you want?

    We also took a trip to Siam Park – the water park a little way down the coast at Costa Adeje. Also went on a day trip out to sea to look for dolphins. And another trip to Loro Parque – a really lovely zoo in Puerto de la Cruz.

    It is definitely somewhere I would visit again… unfortunately we can’t go this Winter but have just booked for next July!

    Lanzarote

    Playa Mujeres Lanzarote

    Another Canary Island in my Top 3 – Lanzarote! It’s another place I’ve only been once but I would go back. We stayed at Playa Blanca and took a few trips out including Rancho Texas, Glass Bottom Boat and Timon Faya.

    The kids loved Rancho Texas which is a great zoo with a Wild West theme. Plus there’s a fab water park area there. Speaking of water parks, there’s another waterpark in Yaiza (nearer to Playa Blanca) which we saw but didn’t get a chance to try.

    If you like the volcanoes then I would suggest a trip to the Timon Faya National Park. The visitor centre there has a great experience and information about the volcanoes. We took a bus trip around the volcano and it was a pretty hairy experience! If you’re scared of heights, close your eyes!

    As part of that trip, we also had a ride on the camels. The camels have been doing it for years! My Nain remember going on the camel trek over 15 years ago!

    Malta

    Malta - Mellieha Bay

    Another winter sun destination I would choose is Malta. Again I’ve only been there once but we enjoyed it. We stayed at the Mellieha Bay Hotel up in the North of the island. The food was good, there was a swimming pool and a private beach. We were only a short walk from the main beach as well so plenty of sea and sand around.

    We were also close to the ferry port to the island of Gozo. We took a trip over and from what I remember it was a cheap to cross over to Gozo. Both islands are seeped in history and whilst over on Gozo we visited the Citadel.

    We were also a short drive from Anchor Bay where they filmed the movie Popeye. The place is fab! See my mini review over on TripAdvisor!

    Oooo I’m now dreaming of winter sun again!!

    Where are your top winter sun destinations?

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    Rebecca

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    Hair Today Gone Tomorrow – My Hair Loss Worries

    Hair Today Gone Tomorrow Hair Loss Worries

    I remember years ago a woman came in to the cafe I was working at. She was in her 60s but what I remember most about her is the fact that she had very little hair. It was patchy and whispy. I remember the staff discussing this woman and the staff, being mostly young teens, weren’t all that complimentary. I remember talking to the woman and she was lovely.

    Anyhow, years later I find myself thinking about her again. The woman had alopecia or hair loss. It’s common in both men and women but of course, it’s more generally associated with men.

    My Experience of Hair Loss

    I have personal experience of hair loss. A couple of years back I found a small bald patch just above my forehead. It wasn’t visible to others as I had a lot of hair which covered it. But I knew it was there. Looking back, it was a period of stress. The husband was going through a bad time at work and was desperately unhappy. Anyhow, it eventually grew back.

    Back in January of this year, I found another patch. This time it’s at the back of my head. It might sound funny but I only found it because I felt a cold breeze! I put the initial hair loss down to stress again as this January was one of the worst I’ve had at work. It’s now 9 months on and the patch is still there. It doesn’t seem to be getting any better unfortunately.

    What Causes Hair Loss?

    There are many causes of hair loss as detailed on the NHS Choices website. The reason for my hair loss is mostly stress… it’s definitely the trigger at least. I’ve recently been to the doctor who thought I might be anaemic. Blood tests have been done and I’m not anaemic. I have had to increase my thyroxin intake as both the doctor and the consultant at the hospital said that if my thyroxin levels where out of balance then that would cause further hair loss.

    What Are My Options?

    Well if the hair loss continues then I will have to seriously consider my options. I have briefly looked at what could be done…

    • sort the root (ha!) of the problem
    • steroid injections or creams to stimulate hair growth
    • wigs – there are some really stylish ones out there but also, I could totally rock the rainbow hair look!
    • hair transplants – I’ve been looking at FUE hair transplant cost details but I’m not at that stage… yet!

    Currently, I’m looking at sorting the cause of my problem – the stress – and sorting out my medication levels. And I’m hopeful that I will recover from this recent bout of hair loss.

    Have you ever suffered from hair loss?

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    Rebecca

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