Friday Frivolity – Food Glorious Food

Friday Frivolity

It’s time for another Friday Frivolity linky party! This week the hosts’ topic is Food and/or Dieting!

Food Glorious Food

There’s one thing* I love and that is food! I mean really, who doesn’t love food? If it wasn’t for the fact that you get fat, I would like nothing more than to eat myself silly!

* I’m clearly lying here because I love a lot of things like my family but you get what I mean right?

And as I can’t quite decide what to do for today’s post, I’m going to share some of my favourite recipes. Oh and some Food themed songs for you to sing along to whilst cooking them. Hey, it is Friday Frivolity after all! Gotta have some fun!!

Recipes

These are links to my own recipes (which have been inspired by someone else) but they’re things I love cooking.

Food

And who doesn’t like some yummy food photos?!

Now on to the Friday Frivolity Link-Up!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  😉  

Featured Post

French Toast

 

This week my featured post is this delicious French Toast recipe from Marilyn. It isn’t something I see on the menu here in the UK but when we went to Florida for our honeymoon it was my breakfast of choice. Well that and freshly made crepes!

THE HOSTS

 

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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! In her latest post Jess shares some old school books… must see!!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention!  Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! If you’re looking for a way to beat stress, how about some bedtime yoga?

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! In her latest post Lisa shares some Alphabet Videos. I know my toddler loves them!

 

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.”  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Check out her latest post for a step by step guide on making a Vision Board for success.

Oh and then there’s me – Co-Hosting for August:

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Rebecca is a fun and eclectic blogger who writes about family life in North Wales on her blog, Becster.com!  Her posts encompass parenting, travel, product reviews, tips for landlords, pop culture, and even her love of Formula 1 racing!  Her latest post shows off Little Miss‘ bedroom.

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  🙂  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’!

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay!

You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!

There are three rules only:

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HomeStyling – Little Miss’ Bedroom

Little Miss' Bedroom

It’s been over a year since we prepared Little Miss’ bedroom and I can’t believe I haven’t shared the “makeover” on the blog! So today I bring you Little Miss’ Bedroom!

Previously it was used as a spare room. It had an IKEA Malm Bed and Dresser in there. The carpet and walls were green as it was leftovers from the previous owners.

Kritter Bed

We got rid of the bed and repainted the walls – just to freshen it up really so the green is pretty much the same green. We’ve kept the carpet as it was in pretty good condition – until hubby spilt paint on it! But thankfully it was green paint and so you can’t tell!

IKEA Furniture

After we got rid of he Malm Bed and Dresser and replaced them with the IKEA Kritter bed. Also in the room is a whole lot of STUVA storage including the desk, wardrobe and bookshelf.

STUVA Wardrobe

STUVA desk

Also from IKEA is this wonderful toy storage. I love them! Unfortunately I can’t hang it from the ceiling so it’s behind the door. Also from this photo you can see part of the farmyard murual we have on the wall. How cool is it?

Farm Murual & Toy Storage

Bedding

For the bedding we wanted to keep the farmyard theme. You can buy this Apple Tree farm bedding from Childrens-Rooms.co.uk. You can also find matching curtains (See the photo of the wardrobe above).

Apple Tree Farm

I just love her bookcase! Especially when it’s all tidy like this…. and of course we have to have some Peppa, Frozen and Paw Patrol by her bed!

Little Miss’ collection of books and toys in her bedroom. Pop collection started already! #funkopop #toddler #toys #books #llyfraucymraeg #llyfrau #disney #salimali

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What do you think of Little Miss’ bedroom?

(Linking up with Jess and Caro for #HomeEtc)

Home Etc

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Shit Mobile Phone Signal – An Open Letter to EE

An Open Letter to EE

Dear Kevin Bacon EE,

I am writing to you today to explain my frustrations with your shit mobile phone signal in North Wales.

KEVIN BACON

Before I launch into a tirade of rants, I will admit, I thoroughly enjoy the Kevin Bacon adverts… I love seeing him back on the screen (especially in that astronaut costume!). However, I can’t help be rather pissed off when he tells me you have 4G! Oh my word 4G what a dream!

3G COVERAGE

To be fair, you do provide 3G coverage and even can pick up 4G on occasions. However my gripe today is not with the data coverage but it’s in relation to the simple reason we all had mobile phones in the first place – a simple phonecall.

PHONECALLS AND TRAVELLING

I am so fed up of your shit mobile phone signal. Completely fed up of not being able to pick up mobile phone reception – not data, just the ability to do a phonecall. As you can see from my map, coverage per your coverage map is good. If that is the case, why CAN’T I FUCKING PHONE?!

You see, I do a fair bit of commuting to and from work. I travel approx 40miles a day – I attach a handy map for reference.

EE coverage

EE Coverage Map which shows there’s coverage all over North Wales

Google Maps

My Map – blue being where I can normally get mobile phone signal and hold a conversation. The ORANGE bis is where it either drops out completely or is so patchy that it’s impossible to actually hold a conversation!*

* actually the signal has been even worse than this over the past three days. But usually this is as good as it gets.

OTHER PEOPLE ARE FED UP TOO

I understand you have come under a lot of critiscsm lately and in all fairness, it was called for. I wish to thank the lady that chained herself to the Bangor store for bringing your shit mobile phone signal to your attention and I’m hoping now you will stop treating your North Wales customers as second class citizens. We pay the same amount for contracts as people in major cities yet we don’t get a decent service from you.

Oh and when I went to one of your stores to discuss my mobile phone was being blamed and that if I could travel by sea I should be able to pick up signal. I mean WTF?!

(As an update, see this Daily Post article about the response from Giff Gaff in relation to the padlocked woman!)

So tell me, what are you going to do EE?

And how about you my lovely readers, do you suffer with rubbish phone signal?

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#FridayFrivolity – Funny Babies

#FridayFrivolity

How is it Friday again already?! So that means it’s time for another Friday Frivolity linky party! Today’s theme for the hosts is Funny Babies! Which is awesome because I have two of them!

My Funny Babies

My eldest – Little Miss – loves to watch YouTube. She finds random videos on YouTube of people playing with toys. For example, she loves watching the FuzzyToyShow Channel. Personally I find it annoying but she finds it funny. She sits there watching it and all I hear are giggles!

Anyway, things they do that make me laugh:

  1. Tickle tickle – nothing better than watching Little Miss play with her little sister She’ll announce “tickle tickle!” and proceed to lunge at MissMostyn which then involves a lot of giggling.
  2. Baby giggles – nothing better than baby giggles!
  3. Random phrases – Little Miss is a talker now so she copies everything we say. Thankfully she’s not picked up on any swear words but we’ve had all the Paw Patrol phrases and this week we’ve had “Here’s Rocky! He’s super cute!” <- this one is something she picked up whilst watching YouTube
  4. Miss Mostyn’s proud as punch face – my littlest has a thing about changing the TV channel. She’ll change the channel and then look at you with a big smile on her face and her little scrunched up nose!

OK so maybe this is more of a cute babies rather than funny babies! So in honour of funny babies, here’s a funny baby meme or two. They’re mostly potty training related since we’re doing that at the moment.

Potty Training Meme

Pee Pee Everywhere

You Will Never Sleep Again

(The poor kids in these photos – it’s going to haunt them forever!)

Now on to the Link-Up!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  😉  

Featured Post

5 Reasons To Read To Your Kids

This week my featured post comes from There’s No Place Like Home I love reading to my girls (although not the same book over and over!) and here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids.

THE HOSTS

 

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.”  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Check out her latest post full of photos from Mission Beach in San Diego.

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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! In her latest post Jess shares some old school books… must see!!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention!  Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! I love her latest crafts adventure!

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Sometimes kids fall asleep in the most random places!

Oh and then there’s me – Co-Hosting for August:

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Rebecca is a fun and eclectic blogger who writes about family life in North Wales on her blog, Becster.com!  Her posts encompass parenting, travel, product reviews, tips for landlords, pop culture, and even her love of Formula 1 racing!  Her latest post is all about a recent visit to the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis.

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  🙂  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’!

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Welsh Slate Museum (Llanberis Snowdonia)

Welsh Slate Museum

The Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru (Welsh Slate Museum) is located in Llanberis and as the name suggests it’s a museum about slate… Welsh slate. Given my love of Welsh slate, this place feels like home. And in all honesty, you can’t blame me for feeling at home when I visit because these houses – the quarrymen cottages – were taken from my hometown.

Editing some photos for a blog post and now I know why going to @amgueddfalechi feels like home. I remember this row of houses in my village and I was there watching them being taken down brick by brick (or slate by slate) and painstakingly numbered and references for rebuilding at the National Slate Museum. And here they are, rebuilt in Llanberis #snowdonia

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Entrance and Courtyard

As you walk in through the archway you’re reminded of how dangerous quarries were with framed Danger Notices and copies of the Workmen’s Compensation Acts.

Historical signs at the Welsh Slate Museum

In the courtyard that follows, there’s a lot of old slateworks items such as trains and carts etc. Being a fan of Thomas the Tank, Little Miss of course absolutely loved the trains! We have a fantastic photo of her stood in one of the “troublesome trucks” (as she called it).

Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru Welsh Slate Museum

Exhibitions

Along the sides of the Courtyard there are numerous rooms which hold different exhibitions. One exhibition currently there is the World War Exhibition which details the impact of the War on Welsh mining communities.

In another was an exhibition and video about the life and times of a Welsh quarryman. And in that room there was also a number of aerial photos of the Welsh quarries including a scale model of the Blaenau Ffestiniog area. I stood there looking at it for quite some time and couldn’t quite place what was wrong with it. It was clearly Blaenau but it just wasn’t quite right to me.

Scale model of the Blaenau Ffestiniog quarries at Welsh Slate Museum

Cafe and Playground

From there you walk through to another area beyond the courtyard where the cafe, play area and the quarrymen cottages are located. The cafe serves the usual foods and we had a nice soup and an afternoon tea (scone, clotted cream and jam).

The children’s playground is also located by the quarrymen cottages. Natural, Little Miss had a go at the slides. She has no fear!

Someone being daring at the park yesterday #ukparentbloggers #welshslate #llechicymraeg #amgueddfalechi #llanberis #snowdonia

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The Sound Of Slate

Not far from the playground and cafe is the big water wheel. We didn’t go to see that on this occasion but it is fully accessible with a pram or wheelchair (i.e. there’s a lift!). Instead we went to see “The Sound of Slate” installation by Jay Harrison. It was amazing!! Open this image fully to see the description or alternatively, have a peek at the short video that follows.

Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru Welsh Slate Museum

Yes! I got to see the musical slate installation at @amgueddfalechi #welshslate

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Old Workshops

Moving on from here, you are directed through old workshops which house a plethora of old tools including a number of these sturdy vices.

Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru Welsh Slate Museum

Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru Welsh Slate Museum

In another room off the Courtyard you can find one of the little steam engines on display. I’m not sure if this one is used on the railway that goes by the Welsh Slate Museum.

Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru Welsh Slate Museum

As you can see, there is plenty to see at the Welsh Slate Museum. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter accounts to see about any upcoming events. Unfortunately The Sound of Slate has now finished otherwise I would definitely recommend it.

Opening Times and More Information

The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm (10am to 4pm Nov-Easter) and is FREE entry.

Welsh Slate Museum – Website / Facebook / Twitter

I hope I’ve convinced you that you ought to visit the Welsh Slate Museum! I enjoyed our visit and hope to go back soon!

Have you ever been to the Welsh Slate Museum? What did you think?

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#Friday Frivolity – Olympics

#FridayFrivolity

How is it Friday again already?! So that means it’s time for another Friday Frivolity linky party! Today’s theme for the hosts is the Olympics since well it’s the Olympics in Rio!

If I’m honest, I’m not too bothered about the Olympics as I’m not a very sporty person. Formula 1 doesn’t qualify for the Olympics as it’s mechanically propelled sports! Ah well never mind! But I found this perfect meme for my thoughts on this year’s Olympics….

Olympics Don't Care

That’s probably a bit harsh really as I’m supporting Team GB and hope they do well. But really, I can’t get behind it.. unlike 2012 when I totally got into the buzz! So in the spirits of being happy about it, here are a couple of memes I found online..

Olympics - no Ussain Bolt?

I found this one to be really funny! But then I thought, why is he not competing?

Phelps Ouswims everyone since conception

I had to give you a Michael Phelps one – although I know there’s some better ones of THAT face!

Pokemon Go the new Olympic Sport

Well naturally I couldn’t let it slip by without a Pokemon meme (or two, or three…)

No Pokemon Go in Rio!

Phelps Rio 2016 Pokemon Meme

(Yeah THAT face!)

Are you watching the Olympics and are you enjoying it? Or are you like me, and a bit bleh about it all?

 

Now on to the Link-Up!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  😉  

Friday Frivolity featured post - Penny's Vintage Home

So my FEATURED POST from last week is from Penny’s Vintage Home. It’s a beautiful makeover of a bedroom and of course it’s all vintage and just so beautiful and even has a little ballerina frog.

THE HOSTS

 

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more!  In one of her latest posts she details how to make some homemade hankies – something I need at the moment (#snotface).

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.”  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more!  One of her latest posts is the a review of Sarah Eliza’s book “Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe”.

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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more!  One of her recent posts is a review of Caketoppers and boy do they look good!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention!  Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! Psst she has released an e-book!

Oh and then there’s me – Co-Hosting for August:

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Rebecca is a fun and eclectic blogger who writes about family life in North Wales on her blog, Becster.com!  Her posts encompass parenting, travel, product reviews, tips for landlords, pop culture, and even her love of Formula 1 racing!  Her latest post is some Christmas present ideas for toddler (as inspired by her own toddler).

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  🙂  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’!

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay!

You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!

There are three rules only:

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Christmas Present Ideas for Toddlers

Christmas Presents For Toddlers

I know it’s only just turned August but today I started thinking about Christmas. Well I thought I should start getting some items for the girls now so I don’t max out a credit card over Christmas period.

My Little Pony Go Glow Projector

Saw this being advertised on Nick Jr and I think it’s so cool! Little Miss does enjoy MLP so I may just get her this for Christmas. The light also projects images onto the wall. She already has a nightlight – a plain old dimmer lamp from Argos but this would be so much better!

Paw Patrol

There’s a plethora of Paw Patrol stuff out there now but when we went looking last year there was hardly anything on the shelves in Toys R Us. But I want to get her some new books because I’m getting fed up of reading “Chase is on the Case” on loop!

Crayola Wonder Magic

I came across these in Tesco once and they’re fab! The felt tips only work on this special paper and it is completely mess free! We bought a Paw Patrol one but it didn’t last long. It was quite pricey but worth the money. Although I have seen some at ridiculously high prices on Amazon. The above for example is for sale for approx £269 and honestly you must be bloody kidding if you expect me to buy felt tips and paper for that price!

Frozen – Elsa’s Costume

Little Miss is slightly obsessed with Frozen (yes we’re two years late but hey!). Her “thing” at the moment is putting a blanket around her (like Elsa’s cape) and sing Let It Go. And by sing Let It Go I mean she sings “let it go, let it go, ca hold me back no mow”. Ahh love my girl but sometimes I wish she’d learn the whole song!

Now Disney

And carrying on from the singing I think I’d like to get her this CD so she might just learn to sing some different songs! And honestly, hubby and I would enjoy it! I can just see us singing along loudly to Hakuna Matata in the car! 😀

I have no idea what to get MissMostyn though because she’s in the unfortunate position of being the second child so she gets Little Miss’ cast offs! Poor mite! Also she (currently) is of the age where she hasn’t taken a liking to anything specific. So wish me luck with ideas for that little one!

Have you got any toddlers? What are you getting them for Christmas and what did you think to my selection?

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Friday Frivolity – Puns

#FridayFrivolity

I’m co-hosting Friday Frivolity for this month! Bear with me on this because it’s all new to me!

Today’s topic would be PUNS! There’s nothing better than a good pun in my opinion. But what is a pun I hear you ask? It’s a play on words usually in the form of one-liners. An example would be

Exit signs? They’re on the way out! ~ Tim Vine

My boss is good at puns… he normally gets one in on a daily basis. The trouble with puns is that I can never remember them so I can’t give you an example of one he’s said!

But the ultimate master of the pun, the king of the one-liners is Tim Vine. If you’ve not heard of him then you’re missing out. He is hilarious!

I first came across Tim Vine when I saw Not Going Out – a sitcom with Lee Mack. I also love Lee Mack, he’s another good one with the one-liners! Both of them together in that make me laugh so much!

Tim’s so good that he has won the award for the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and 2014 and was runner up for years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He also held the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour – having told 449 jokes in 60 minutes! That is A LOT of jokes!! Unfortunately someone else snatched that record away from him in November 2014.

One of my favourite Tim Vine one liners has to be this one though:

I was in this restaurant and I asked for something herby. They gave me a Volkswagen with no driver.

If you haven’t seen any of Tim’s stand up I would suggest you have a look at YouTube for some clips and if you still want more then he has a couple of DVDs out.

Now on to the Link-Up!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  😉  

THE HOSTS

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention!  Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more!  Check out her hysterical Pokemon Go post for funny memes and crazy real-life stories about the popular app!

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more!  Her latest post is “Passport to Fun: Italy” — all the recipes, music suggestions, costumes and more that you’ll need for an awesome Staycation “trip” to Italy!

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.”  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more!  One of her latest posts is the hilarious “Seven Things I Don’t Post on Facebook #SorryNotSorry” — a must-read for anyone who has ever rolled her eyes at a friend’s social media overshare!

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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more!  Her most recent post is her flash-fiction horror story “Secrets” — such fun shivers, and the story just won a magazine competition too!

Oh and then there’s me! I’m being welcomed to the #FridayFrivolity family and Co-Hosting for August:

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Rebecca is a fun and eclectic blogger who writes about family life in North Wales on her blog, Becster!  Her posts encompass parenting, travel, product reviews, tips for landlords, pop culture, and even her love of Formula 1 racing!  Her latest post is a peek into the life of Ginger Spice… hint:  Ginger showed up somewhere unexpected!  ;P

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  🙂  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’!

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay!

You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!

There are three rules only:

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Ginger Spice

I’m currently watching the British Grand Prix and I see Geri Halliwell Horner during Martin’s Grid Walk and it’s prompted this post… a bit random but there you go!

I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about Geri Halliwell if I’m honest. Back in the days of Spice Girls she was outspoken and rather out there and had a rather unique fashion sense. I mean there were some pretty outrageous outfits and some truly amazing ones as well… who remembers the Union Jack dress?

Yes. THAT one!

Then she decided to leave the Spice Girls and went off on her lonesome. I actually felt for her at the time because it seemed to be a bit of backstabbing and ill feeling going on at the time.

Putting aside the fact that her first single had a rather self absorbed title (“Look At Me”) I bought her Schizophonic album and to this day I still enjoy it. One of my favourite tracks is actually “Bag It Up” even if it has a bit of a crap video!

(Sorry but I think the Look At Me video is way better than the Bag It Up video!)

She went off my radar for a while (other than a god awful cameo in Sex And The City) until she started popping up at F1 races and kept being talked to by Martin Brundle. At first I was like, what on earth is she doing there?! But then I found out that she was linked to Christian Horner and it was rumoured they were dating. As it turns out, they got married and she is now officially Mrs Horner!

(To be fair they make a pretty lovely couple.)

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6 Tips For New Landlords

6 Tips for New Landlords

If you’ve read my blog before then you’ve seen me mention the other house on a fair few occasions. But for new readers let me just explain:

Back in 2014, we bought a second property – it was my family home and it had been empty since Taid died two years before. I was determined to keep the house in the family so with some help from family we bought it.

After going through the process of buying the property and the baptism of fire that was become a landlord here’s some advice:

1) Tenancy agreement – a tenancy agreement is essential to protect both you as the landlord and the tenant. A clear tenancy agreement detailing who is responsible for what avoids confusion over who pays the bills! Also, the bank insists on a tenancy agreement to be in place as part of the mortgage.

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2) Get a good financial adviser – mortgage applications can be tricky especially when it comes to buy to let mortgages. We have a unique situation where we are renting out to a family member so the mortgage market instantly constricts. Not all banks will lend in that circumstance because of risk.

3) Insurance – be clear to get insurance. As a landlord you must ensure that you have at least buildings insurance. There is no point for the tenant to have buildings insurance as they don’t (normally) have an insurable interest in the property. It’s the landlord who has the insurable interest in the property and as such, buildings insurance is essential. Cheap landlord insurance can be found in numerous places including HomeLet insuranceOh and the tenant should also be advised to get contents insurance. 

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4) Register with Rent Smart Wales – if you’re a landlord in Wales then you will need to register with Rent Smart Wales. I have yet to do this (I have until October as I was an existing landlord when the rules came in) but I’ve been told it’s really easy to register but that you are required to take a little test/exam in order to comply with the rules. More info can be found on their website.

5) Budget – if you acquire a property that requires some work like we did, plan it out and budget. Don’t do what we did and go in guns a-blazin! You’ll turn around in two years time where on earth did all that money go?!

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6) Tax – yes people, rental income is taxable income so you will need to register with HMRC and declare your income to them. Please note that there can be complex rules when claiming for expenses especially with the upcoming changes to interest relief. It may be worth getting in touch with an accountant or tax adviser. I can recommend Griffith, Williams & Co if you’re looking for one.

I certainly wasn’t prepared to be a landlord but l I hope that was enough to give you some food for thought. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that HomeLet are launching the second edition of their ebook series that offers advice to landlords. Be sure to keep an eye out for that in August.

Are you a landlord or thinking of becoming a landlord?

(in collaboration with HomeLet)

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