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    4 Ways to Manage Your Technology When You Have Children

    Manage Your Technology When You Have Children

    Technology can be a hugely beneficial tool when you’re raising young children. If the weather is bad, it will keep them entertained for hours. If they are completing a school project, it will give them access to all of the information that they could ever need. Or, if they are struggling to think creatively, it will give them all of the tools that they require to let their imaginations run wild. However, children and technology are not always a good combination. If the correct safety measures are not put in place, both your child and your devices could be at risk. That is why it’s so important to take control. Below are four ways to manage your technology when you have children.

    Install Password Protection

    If you’re worried about how your children are using technology, you’ll need to install password protection. This will give you complete control over the areas of the internet that they are able to reach. It will also allow you to decide what apps they have access to, which games they can play, and whether or not they are able to stream television programmes. By using password protection, you can ensure that the adults and the children in your household have a very different user experiences.

    Protect Your Devices from Wear and Tear

    Make sure that your children aren’t left feeling responsible for any accidents. Remember to invest in protective cases and screen shields. This is the best way to avoid any permanent damage. Try not to get distracted by appearance, or be persuaded to let your children choose cute accessories. The important thing is to find protection that does what it’s supposed to.

    Limit the Use of Technology in Your Household

    Whatever you do, don’t let your children have unlimited access to technology. Instead use it as a reward for good behaviour. This will stop them from overusing the devices. You should also be encouraging your kids to take regular breaks. It’s important that their eyes are protected and they don’t get repetitive strain injury in their hands. You should also bear in mind that technology is extremely addictive. That is why it’s so important not to let a situation get out of hand. Instead, make sure that your children have a healthy relationship with technology.

    Have a Back-up Plan

    Have you ever been called into a technical crisis where your kids swear that the screen just when blank all by itself? Sometimes children can be oblivious to the button that they’ve pressed or the virus that they’ve accidentally downloaded. That is why you need to have a back-up plan. Try to find a service that uses a data recovery cleanroom. This is the best way to ensure that your media components don’t take on serious damage during repairs. If you want to retrieve your data, or to restore your device to its former glory, you’ll need to seek help from the best.

    How do you protect your technology?

    (This is a collaborative post)

    Rebecca

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    Bedtime Routine with Infacare Night Time Baby Bath

    Bedtime Routine InfaCare

    What can I say except that our evenings are rather hectic! Both husband and I both get in around 6pm-ish. Our bedtime routine starts right after food. One of us will take the girls up and start running a bath whilst the other loads the dishwasher, tidies up the kitchen and prepare the milk. After a bit of play – usually involves a couple of rounds of hide and seek – we start our evening routine with a nice bath.

    Infacare Night Time Baby Bath

    It’s specially formulated to take care of the most sensitive of skin. It’s so gentle and therefore suitable for use on babies as young as one month old. It’s also ideal for those with dry skin. For this reason I also use it as I suffer from dry skin quite badly.

    We love using Infacare’s Night Time Baby Bath. The girls love it so much! They love how it lathers up and spread it all over their tummies! They will take turns to write/doodle in the lather. They just can’t get enough of the stuff. Thankfully it comes in a decent 750ml sized bottle.

    InfaCare Night Time Baby Bath

    Also, it smells absolutely lovely! The fragrance is meant to relax and calm babies, children and adults alike – ideal for a bedtime bath! It must work as I find putting them to bed after a bath is much easier than when we skip the bath.

    All in all it’s a really lovely product and will be part of our bedtime routine for years to come. Even ducky approves!

    What do you use to relax in the bath?

    Rebecca

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    Easy Does It

    Easy Does It

    I mentioned in a previous post I was recently offered to review Adam Newman’s Easy Does It fitness programme. It’s a fitness programme that is designed to get complete beginners (or amateurs in my case) into a simple exercise routine.

    Easy Does It

    The Easy Does It programme really does what it says on the tin! It eases you into a daily exercise routine. As mentioned above, it is aimed at complete beginners. The exercises are designed to push you out of your comfort zone without scaring you.

    The programme is split into a three week course. Week 1 starts off gently with a mix of strength, cardio and stretch exercises. Week 2 develops on that and pushes you a bit more and then Week 3 pushes you a bit further. Some of the exercise routines will get you out of puff, but as the name suggests, whilst it does push you, it doesn’t kill you!!

    Also, because you can work through it at your own pace, you don’t have to do it daily. I will admit that I did not do the course in 3 weeks – it took me more like 4 weeks as I couldn’t find time to exercise everyday – this is life with young kids folks!

    Getting Started

    Easy Does It

    After delaying starting due to a horrible cold, I downloaded the app and I finally got started! Day 1 was the simple fitness test and trust me, it is the WORST bit of the whole experience. You have to do some steps, push ups and a plank. Measure heart rates before and after. Take measurements etc. Well I’ll tell you this much. I was ready to give up as I couldn’t even do one push up! I also didn’t take any of the measurements as I’m not fussed about measurements. I just want to exercise and become fit.

    After Day 1 comes the exercises…..

    The Exercises

    Easy Does It

    The app has all the details you need to do the exercises. There’s videos each day where Adam talks you through the workouts and shows you how to do them. He will coach you through each exercise and do the routines with you. Most exercises seems to be 10 reps each so not too much in one go.

    There’s a mix of different exercises and different routines during the course of the three weeks. Like I said, there’s strength, cardio and stretch. Some of the exercises that you’ll come across during the programme are:

    • squats
    • lunges
    • the plank
    • push ups
    • press ups
    • burpees
    • stepping
    • kettle bell workout (without the kettle bell!)
    • arm extensions

    There’s a few more as well which I haven’t listed but what’s great is that they can all be modified to suit your individual fitness levels. Adam will show the modifications so you can go at your own pace. So for example, if like me, you can’t do the press ups, then there’s a modified version. Over the course of the three weeks you can feel yourself improve until you will be able to do the full press up.

    Support Group

    The beauty of this programme as well is that there’s a Facebook Group for Easy Does It programme members. Members are encouraged to post on there when workouts are completed. Adam is always on the group and is always interacting with members and offering encouragement. It’s a lovely little community where members support each other as well. And it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who hates the dips!

    Pricing

    Another nice thing is that it’s low cost. It’s £7.99 to join the Easy Does It prgoramme. You can gain membership to FITme for a fixed sum of £12 per month. This gives you access to the Easy Does It programme and it’s follow on programmes such as the Lean Ladies programme and 12 week Body Fix. Also as part of the membership is access to meal plans and nutrition advice including the 8 week Diet Fix Plan.

    If you want more information then visit the website -> Adam Newman Fitness.

    Overall Thoughts

    My overall thoughts is that it’s a fantastic programme! I would highly recommend it. I’m rather self conscious (and socially inept!) so going to the gym or to an exercise class fills me with dread so what I love most is that you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. No equipment is needed to do it (other than a step) which means it is so easy to jump right in. Now that my 3 weeks has finished, I’m hoping to carry on with maybe the Lean Ladies class. I need to build on this Easy Does It programme and keep going don’t I! Also, I haven’t tried the 8 week Diet Fix Plan yet but I’m thinking of doing that next as my main problem is eating. I love foooooood!

    Oh and the best thing, someone has told me that I look like I’ve lost weight! (I haven’t measured myself at all during the programme but if I look and feel better then who cares about the numbers right?)

    How do you feel about exercising?

    (I was given access to the Easy Does It programme for free in return for the review. All words/opinions are my own honest opinions)

    Rebecca

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    Penrhyn Castle

    Penrhyn Castle

    Penrhyn Castle is situated in Llandygai, Bangor here in Snowdonia. It’s one of those weird places where I keep passing but never stop to visit. On Saturday we decided to stop and charge the car up. We arrived at lunchtime so after a quick pit stop in the cafe, we headed off for a scout.

    Brief History of Penrhyn Castle

    Penrhyn Castle

    Just to give you a very brief history, Penrhyn Castle isn’t actually a Castle. It’s a posh house which looks like a castle. It was built between 1822 – 1837 for George Hay Dawkins-Pennant who had inherited the Penrhyn Estate from Richard Pennant. The Penrhyn Estate had accumulated vast wealth from Jamaican sugar plantations and from the North Wales Slate quarries.

    The “castle” is pretty much a show off house. It’s the sort of house that Grand Designs would feature if they were around back in the day. It is said that there’s 200 rooms in the house although no-one seems too sure if that’s accurate!

    The Slate Bed

    The Slate Bed

    It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a slate bed in the house. It was made using slate from the local quarries owned by the family. The bed was crafted especially for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1859. She flatly refused to sleep in it as it “looked too much like a coffin”. She wasn’t wrong, the carving details does look like that on slate headstones around here. But what do you expect when the bed was carved by local stone masons who’s day job was carving headstones?! I’d love a similar one but seeing as the bed weigh a ton, I don’t think the floorboards of our house would survive!

    Gothic Detail

    Penrhyn Castle

    As mentioned, the house was built using the masses of money and as one of the guides said, when you have so much money, what do you do with it? You build a house and spare no expense. You put in so much detailing in every single part of the house. Everywhere you look there is amazing detail – from the doors, to the ceilings, to the stairs. The above photos are just a teeny tiny bit of it all.

    And There’s More…

    Penrhyn Castle

    There’s so much more to see but as we were only there in the afternoon we didn’t get to see it all. We had fun searching for the teddy bears around the house – there were 14 to find in total but we only found 10. We think the rest of them was down in the kitchens which we didn’t get a chance to see. There’s also a mini railway museum which we visited but I’ll post about that separately.

    National Trust

    Penrhyn Castle

    The house is now owned by the National Trust. It’s open all year round and has special events every so often, including an Easter Egg Hunt which the girls did back in April. For more information please see the National Trust’s website.

    Oh and if you enjoyed the photos in this post, head on over to the Facebook page for more….

    Have you ever been to Penrhyn Castle?

    Rebecca

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    Sioe Môn (Part 2)

    Sioe Môn

    As mentioned in my previous post, I attended Sioe Môn this year. There was so much to see and do that I couldn’t fit it all in to one post. So here’s part 2 of my Sioe Môn experience….

    Animals

    Sioe Môn

    There were so many animals there – it’s an agricultural show so what do you expect? I went around to see the cattle and sheep pens. I also saw some of the shearing competition. It’s amazing how quick these guys can shear a sheep!

    Sioe Môn

    Racing Camels

    Sioe Môn

    Also in attendance was the Joseph and the Amazing Racing Camels! It was such fun to watch them race. But this white camel pictured above, decided he was not going to race the final race. He had a strop and sat down and refused to move! Ah camels! Reminded me of our Brian!

    Competitions

    Sioe Môn

    There was also plenty of competitions going on in the produce and craft tents. Lots of pretty flowers, impressive vegetables, amazing cakes and cute crafts on display.

    Marge & Mabel Dog Treats

    Marge & Mabel

    I mentioned in the previous post that there was a lot of shopping to be done at Sioe Môn. One of the best stands that I stumbled over was this one – Marge & Mabel’s Homemade Dog Treats. I got chatting to the owners and they explained that all the treats are 100% human grade ingredients – no additives etc. I bought the pups a doughnut each and the owners kindly gave me a beef cake and pork pie slice for free! Pups LOVED the treats!

    Welsh Slate Products 

    Jon March & Gilly Mixtures

    Now of you know I love my Welsh slate! Well I stumbled over Jon March Photography in one of the shopping tents. He was selling local scene photos printed on Ffestiniog Slate. Above left, is a photo of one of the printed products – I adore this photo. It’s a photo of Llyn Cwn on the way up to Cwmorthin in Blaenau Ffestiniog. I almost bought this but after talking to Jon, I thought I’d leave it and have a browse of his website in case there’s more Ffestiniog photos. There’s LOTS – can’t make up my mind which one(s) I want! His partner was also there and she did some crafts using slate including the cute little disks shown above. I’m going to visit their shop in Caernarfon soon me thinks.

    There was so much to see at Sioe Môn that I know I’ve missed bits out. I didn’t even see the fairground! If you want to see more then I prepared a little video….

    Have you ever seen racing camels before?

     

    Rebecca

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    Sioe Môn 2017 (part 1)

    Sioe Môn

    On Tuesday and Wednesday I attended Sioe Môn – an annual agricultural show on Anglesey. It was the first time I had ever attended and was there with work. We had a stand there this year promoting our new Bangor office.

    Work Promo at Sioe Môn

    Sioe Môn

    I think out stand looked pretty good considering the tight deadline we were working to. As you can see, we had an awesome flag! And stickers! The stickers (and biscuits) were a success with the kids. I even had a visit from my Little Miss who went away with a sticker on her balloon. I tried to get her to take a second sticker but she flatly refused saying she didn’t need more than one!!

    Weather

    The weather on Tuesday was great – as evidenced in the photos above. I forgot the suncream so was a bit burnt getting home on Tuesday evening. Wednesday however was awful! It was so windy that I got scared that our gazebo was going to be blown away! We survived until 2pm but decided to pack up before the rain came – rain promptly arrived at 3pm so it was a good call! Trouble was, I was stuck there until 6pm as I wasn’t allowed to take the car off the field until 6pm. So I got to see some of the other stuff on offer….

    Shopping

    Sioe Môn

    There were plenty of shopping to be done there. Anything you wanted you could get… tractors, ATVs, stationery, homeware, food, books etc. Above is just some of the selection of what was on offer. I really love the heart shaped plates but didn’t buy one.

    Food

    Sioe Môn

    There was an amazing choice of food. A lot of stalls selling produce such as meats, cheese, drinks etc. I did some cheese tasting and was very temped with some of the Snowdonia cheese on offer. However I didn’t buy any as we wouldn’t be able to eat it all.

    Sioe Môn

    I did gobble up some street food whilst there. The crepes were AMAZING! I do love crepes. The chicken noodles was also very tasty but just a tad too greasy for my liking.

    Machinery

    Sioe Môn

    Being an agricultural show, there was an abundance of machinery on show (and for sale). Directly opposite our stand was the Lucas Oil stand which had an amazing monster truck on display! I got to watch the truck move about on Wednesday afternoon as they were packing it up – that beast has some noise!

    I’ll be posting more about the show in a few days as I can’t quite fit it all in one post!

    Have you ever been to Sioe Môn (Anglesey Show)?

    Rebecca

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    What’s New In Our Toy Box?

    Toy Box August 2017

    The girls have been given many gifts over the last couple of weeks what with a birthday, holiday and some freebies in the post. So let me give you a run down of the latest things in our toy box.

    My Little Pony Racers

    MLP Racers

    This is a gift given to Miss Mostyn for her birthday. I believe it was from my Dad but I can’t be sure. Anyhow, it goes great with the other mini My Little Ponies she was given for Christmas. Both the girls love watching the racing cars. And I must admit, I do as well!

    Itty Bittys

    Itty Bittys

    I saw these at BlogOn back in May and thought they were so cute! I was given a Lion Itty Bitty on the day and since then I’ve been sent this awesome set of superhero Itty Bittys. Little Miss LOVES them! She’s been carrying them around in her backpack ever since she’s received them. She even took them for a trip to the Eisteddfod last week. She’s now learnt who they all are so maybe it’s time I introduce her to some superhero films?

    Minions 3D Puzzle

    3D Minions Puzzle

    This is an item received in the BlogOn goodie bag which I came across last week whilst tidying up. It states on the box that it’s for ages 7 upwards and yes most definitely not suitable for my two girls. I’m not sure if I’ve even  understood how to do it! To be fair, Little Miss did manage to do it with the help of my friend. They did a good job!

    Peppa Pig

    Danny Dog

    Our toy box is full of Peppa Pig stuff but now we have a few more! Well we couldn’t go to Peppa Pig World and not buy a new toy right? So we bought this little Danny Dog figurine.

    Water Painting Doodle Mat

    Water Painting Mat

    This is another freebie from the BlogOn goodie bag. Girls got hold of it over the weekend and managed to have a full blown argument over who got to colour the pink bit! So now I need to buy another one! But a lot of fun was had (in between the rowing at least).

    I might turn this into a series if people enjoy it! Please let me know down below.

    What’s new in your toy box?

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    Rebecca

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    August Bucket List

    August Bucket List

    Ok I’m a bit late to get started with an August Bucket List but better late than never eh? I don’t think I ever compiled a July Bucket List but the only thing I had on the list was having a great holiday with the girls! JOB DONE! So what’s on the August Bucket List?

    August Bucket List

    At the time of writing this, some of these have already been done. But here’s the list!

    – New sofa delivery
    – Paint the front room
    – Put up a mirror above the fireplace (yes still not done it)
    – Sort out the toys
    – Meet up with my two best friends who both have their birthdays in August (on same day!)
    – Fully utilise my Bullet Journal
    – Publish at least 3 blog posts a week
    – Comment on 5 blog posts every 2 days
    – Finish the Easy Does It programme
    – Take my tablets & inhalers properly
    – Cut out (most) unhealthy snacks

    Health Focus

    My main focus this month is my health really. I’m seriously fed up of feeling frumpy and having clothes not really fit. So I’m taking action! The last three points on this list is to try and get my health back on track. I’ve been lax on the tablets and inhalers but I’m now trying make sure I’m taking them as prescribed. I’ve found that my asthma has improved and I hardly use the Ventolin now that I’m taking the steroids properly. The thyroxine tablets I’m hoping will make a difference over the coming months but I need to go back for another checkup to make sure I’m on the correct dosage.

    I’ve also started keeping a food diary to note down what I eat. I know what my problem is but now that I’m actually writing down what I eat I see a pattern. I pretty much need to feed every 2 hours! So I’m trying to stop the ice buns (doing well actually!) and substitute the chocolate for fruit. I’ll let you know next month how it’s going.

    What do you have on your August Bucket List?

    Rebecca

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    Do You Really Have The Time For A Pet Dog?

    Do You Really Have Time for a Pet Dog

    Today I bring you a guest post by the lovely Craig. It’s all about whether you have time for a pet dog because they are a commitment I can tell you! Anyhow, take it away Craig….

    Do You Really Have Time For A Pet Dog?

    Selfies

    Big dogs, small dogs, black ones, and white ones too, dogs really do make great companions. The thing that every dog owner knows is that they are so much more than pets. Dogs, no matter what breed, become part of the family. We treat them almost as if they were our own kids, and rightfully so.

    Dogs deserve the very best in care and support, especially because they can’t really take care of themselves. That does beg the question of whether or not you actually have time for a pet dog. Yes, they do require a fair amount of care and attention, so do you really have time for it? After all, you don’t want to get yourself a new Rottweiler or Golden Retriever just to realise that you don’t have the time or resources to properly care for it.

    How Much Time Do I Really Need For A Pet Dog?

    Gemma-pants

    While dogs are undoubtedly some of the best pets out there, they are going to require some looking after. Time is something that you will definitely need if you have your own dog. You need to spend at least 1 hour per day walking it no matter what. Yes, this does differ in terms of the dog breed. Some smaller dogs like Pugs only need something like two twenty minute walks per day, once in the morning and once at night.

    However, larger dogs like Huskies, ones built for action, need anywhere from one to two hours of walking per day, at the very least. These animals are built for movement so you need to find the time to provide them with a way to release their energy. Moreover, you will need time to feed your dogs at least twice per day, albeit not that much time is needed for that. There is still more than that, because dogs are man’s best friend, or in other words, they can be a little clingy and attention seeking.

    If you have your own dog, expect to spend at least 30 minutes per day playing with it. Then there is also the issue of giving your dog baths, grooming its coat, clipping nails, and cleaning ears. Plus you need to factor in the time for visits to the vet as well. All in all, dogs do require a substantial amount of time taken out of your daily routine for proper care. Of course it does depend on the breed and size of the dog. A larger and more active dog needs a lot more walking, attention, and will take longer to groom than a smaller and more relaxed dog.

    Now, this is all very true for adult dogs, but puppies are another story all together. If you get a puppy, you will need even more time. Simply speaking, puppies need to be taken outside to do their business at least once per hour, and almost like a baby, you will need to get up several times per night to let them out as well. Puppies don’t have the biggest bladders so they urinate a lot, so if you don’t want your carpets ruined, taking them outside very regularly and very often is a complete must. Puppies need more attention in general, so just keep that in mind before you get one.

    Do I Have Room For The Dog?

    Dogs - Megs & Gemma

    Besides time, you will also need lots of room for your dog. Once again, this does depend on the size of the dog more than anything else. This is a two pronged issue, because you need enough space in your home to comfortably house the dog and you need enough garden space so they can go outside, play, do their business, and just be outside, which is something that dogs definitely like to do.

    This is where the problem of having a house or apartment comes into play. If you have your own house, chances are you have enough room for a dog. Even a 3 person family in a 1 story home can fit a dog no problem. Also, since you have a house, it is also safe to assume that you have a little bit of a front or back garden as well (there are also some hidden dangers in the garden that you really need to be aware of). So, this is a matter of judgment, and it is not like we can see your specific house, so you need to judge if your house is big enough for a dog.

    The same can be said for the garden, because after all, a 5 by 5 foot patch of grass is hardly going to be enough. Of course, this is a problem that can be solved simply by living near a park, forest, or any other kind of wilderness. However, if you live in an apartment building, this may be a problem. Apartments are usually smaller than your average house, so space is going to be tight for the most part. There is also the fact that most apartment buildings in larger cities, and even smaller cities, don’t have a garden, lawn, or some kind of communal place for dog walking. Smaller dogs need less room and vice versa.

    The point of all this is that you need to take all of these considerations into mind when deciding whether or not you have the appropriate amount of space for your new pet. This is all going to depend on the size of dog of course, as well as how active they are.

    For instance, a little Pug that barely moves is going to be fine in a two bedroom apartment with 2 or even 3 people, but the same can surely not be said for a large Rottweiler or any other larger and more active dog. The bottom line is that you need to have enough space in your home to not trip over the dog with every step you take, and enough grass, or at least access to grass, for your dog to run around and do its business.

    How Does The Family Feel About Getting A Dog?

    Jimmy Jones at Cwmorthin

    Something else to keep in mind before you purchase or get a dog is whether or not everybody in the family is on board. Now, one thing that needs to be said is that it is important for the family to meet the dog before buying it. This is at least true if you are getting a dog that is already fully grown. You want to make sure that it has a good temperament, is friendly, not too boisterous, and will fit well with the family. If somebody has a problem with the specific dog, you may want to keep looking for another one.

    Now, this is harder if you get a puppy, because you can’t really judge a dog’s character until it starts to mature, but if you want a puppy, that is just the risk you will have to take. The point is that everybody should ideally be on board when you are getting a family pet. Now, if you have several kids, say three, and one of them doesn’t really want a dog, you can probably make a compromise. Hey, you can’t make everybody happy, plain and simple. The point of whether kids like the dog or not is minute compared to if they feel safe with it.

    Dogs are generally the responsibility of adults, so it is the adult’s decision at the end of the day. As long as your kids feel safe and comfortable with the dog, or if you can at least get it to the point where they feel safe, then all should be just fine. Put it this way, if your kids, for one reason or another, don’t want a dog, but you do, well, to be honest, don’t let that stop you! Kids will quickly learn to like and love the dog. Let’s be realistic though, there is not a child in the world that does not instantly fall in love with a puppy!

    It’s never ever the kids that have a problem with getting a dog. It’s usually the adults anyway! At the end of the day, as long as everybody feels comfortable and safe, you have nothing to worry about.

    Can I Actually Afford To Look After A Dog?

    Gemma-pants

    The other matter when it comes to dogs is that they can be quite expensive to maintain. First off, if you buy a dog instead of rescuing one, if you get a pure bred or other popular breed, you can except to spend anywhere from hundreds to thousands for it, so there is that to keep in mind.

    Next, you need to account for toys, beds, blankets, dog houses, leashes, doggy bags, and all of that other fun stuff too, which generally speaking you can expect to cost you a few hundred at minimum. Dogs eat a lot, so there is that as well. For instance, a 100 pound dog is going to eat around £100 worth of food per month easily, at least if you get quality food.

    Basic maintenance for a dog, especially a larger one, is going to be fairly costly. You also need to take into account grooming tools or trips to a groomer. There is also the fact that dogs, especially puppies, like to destroy things. Chewing is something that dogs love to do and boy do they do it well! Just take into account that a puppy might chew apart pillows, sofas, wooden objects, shoes, drywall, and anything in between. If you are ready to wake up in the morning to find your Air Jordan shoes in shreds, then you are definitely ready for a dog.

    Oh, and of course we can’t forget to mention those guys called veterinarians. If you did not already know, while they are great at their jobs, vets do tend to gouge customers for every penny they can squeeze out. The trick here is to find a good vet that won’t take advantage of the fact that you are just looking out for your dog.

    Dogs and especially puppies, need various shots and immunisations, which can easily cost a few hundred. Plus, you need to remember that dogs get sick just like we do and when something happens those trips to the vet can add up pretty quickly. People aren’t kidding when they say that dogs are almost like kids because they need lots of time and can be pretty costly too.

    Should I Get A Rescue Dog?

    Megs and Gemma

    Absolutely! If you can, you should definitely get a rescue dog. Dogs deserve good homes, but unfortunately every year tens of thousands of these poor creatures get abused and left homeless. Pet shelters are great places that do their best to house these animals, but the often run out of room, time, money, and man power to do a really good job of it. These shelters are in place to let kind souls like you adopt the dogs in need.

    When you adopt a rescue dog you are giving an innocent creature a good home and you are taking a burden off of the shelter. There is also the fact that rescue dogs are free, so you won’t need to pay a small fortune from a breeder. There is the small issue that many rescue dogs may be scared or nervous at first, and some may have abuse related issues, but those problems generally go away when you care for them, are nice to them, and provide them with love and support.

    After Reading This I Don’t Think We Have The Time Yet, What Are My Other Pet Options?

    Alternative Pets

    It is of course perfectly understandable if you don’t have the time required to really keep a dog happy and healthy. After all, it is a very big commitment and responsibility, which is true in more ways than once. If you don’t have the time for a dog, there are some other pet options which are not quite as money or time consuming.

    Betta Fish

    A fish, especially if you only get one or two, is a great way to go if you don’t have that much time to spare. Betta fish are very playful, they look beautiful, don’t require much room, and are very easy to take care of. All you really need is a 2 or 3 gallon Betta fish tank (this site has covered some cool betta fish tanks) , some plants and substrate, a light, and some food.

    The tanks don’t take up much space, Betta’s can breathe air from the surface, so you don’t need an air pump, and they are very resilient in general. As long as you have a good filter you don’t even need to do all that many water changes. Besides regular feeding and cleaning of the tank, they don’t take up much time at all.

    Cats

    A cat is another good option to consider. The real reason why they don’t need so much time is because they are much more independent than dogs. Cats clean themselves, they don’t need to be walked, and they don’t even like human attention all that much. Sure, they love to play at times, but they don’t need nearly as much attention as a dog. Yes, cats do also need to be fed and they need visits to the vet too, but when compared to a dog, the work involved in taking care of a cat is minimal.

    Turtles

    Turtles are also another neat option to go with. They are much cheaper than dogs, both to buy and maintain. You need a tank, some substrate, plants and rocks, a heating lamp and UV lamp, a filter (turtles need a powerful filter) and that is about it. Sure, you can buy more stuff to pimp out the turtle tank, but the above things are the basic necessities.

    While setting up a turtle tank can be slightly costly, in the long run they are much cheaper than the supplies requires to keep a dog. Just like Betta fish, your turtles need to be fed and their tank needs to be cleaned. That is about it. There is really not much more work involved here. Your turtle certainly does not need to be walked!

    Conclusion

    Megs & Gemma

    At the end of the day, just consider these four things. Do you have the time to look after a dog? Do you have the money to support your dog’s needs? Does everyone in your family feel safe and happy about getting a dog? Do you have the space for a dog? If you answered yes to all of those questions, stop wasting time and go get an awesome new pet dog!

    Do you have a pet dog? Has Craig convinced you to get one?

    Rebecca

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    Attingham Park

    Attingham Park

    One of our stop overs on the way down to Centre Parcs was at Attingham Park near Shrewsbury. We stopped to have a spot of lunch and a bit of a play in the play area before the second part of our journey. We didn’t get a chance to explore much but I did notice that there was a tour guide. We’ll have to go back for another visit – especially now that we have National Trust cards.

    Food at the Stables Cafe

    Attingham Park

    The food here was amazing! And the setting was pretty great too. The cafe is located in the converted stables and looks out over the forecourt. For food I had the gnochi and it was delicious! Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the courtyard but it was really lovely!

    Attingham Park

    After food we went for a stroll around the grounds. We stopped by the vegetable garden and we had a browse at the greenhouse. I saw some cucumbers being grown – never knew they grew from trees! Or maybe they weren’t cucumbers? I’m not a gardener – clearly!

    Children’s Play Area

    Attingham Park

    The main reason we stopped off here on the way is because there was a children’s play area. As Nain cleverly noted, the girls could run around a bit before continuing on with the rest of the journey. There were swings, slides, a roundabout and a climbing mound. There was plenty of space and enough room for a few older lads (and Dads) to have a bit of a kick about. Even though it was a busy day at Attingham Park, the children’s play area wasn’t at all bad. The girls had a great time on the swings. Oh and most importantly there was a food van in the field which served ice cream!

    Archery Tournament

    Archery at Attingham Park

    On the day we were there there was an archery tournament going on. We watched it for a bit. Some people have some skill! I got chatting to someone on Instagram who said that they had a bit of excitement when a Beagle ran onto the field! It wasn’t ours I must add!

    Have you ever been to Attingham Park?

    Rebecca

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