Random Ramblings

The Ultimate Guide To Chips

Among a plethora of tasty British favourites including afternoon tea, Yorkshire puddings, Eton mess and crumpets, the humble starchy chip is arguably the UK’s most simple and coveted food – and whether you like yours as a chip butty, fish and chips or a side-kick to your cheeky burger with a well-known takeaway chain, this versatile dish is certainly at the top of our most-loved food list! The rise in popularity of this tasty fried root crop vegetable over the last century is quite a success story. In current day, a whopping 12% of British potato crops are turned into Read more >

On Being 40

Next week I’ll be turning 41. I am enjoying my last few days of being 40. And I do find that I have enjoyed it. It’s such a milestone age, isn’t it? Some people dread it, some revel in it and some just roll with it. I’m probably in the latter category here, with perhaps a touch of revelling thrown in. 40 has been kind to me. 40 has seen me completing my degree. 40 has seen me taking my children to Disney World. 40 has seen me enter my 17th year of marriage to the very best man that Read more >

‘Grow’ with the Aviva Community Fund

‘In association with the Aviva Community Fund’ Today I’m happy to be sharing news about a local volunteer initiative, who were recently awarded by the Aviva Community Fund. ‘Grow’ applied for funding from the Aviva Community Fund last year and were fortunate to be chosen as one of the winners, receiving an award of up to £25,000. Grow, is a project run by the 10:10 Foundation, a volunteer group with projects focused on tackling climate change at a community level, in the UK. After they heard they were successful in their application for funding, I got in touch with Daniel Jones, Read more >

To Combat The Holiday Blues…

This month we are going to be off on a holiday that we have excitedly been counting down to for a year, a whole year. And when I say counting down, I do mean that literally as we have a countdown running in the kitchen that Boo updates daily.The anticipation and build up to this one has been huge, and I just know that once we are there it will absolutely fly by. Which is why my attention has now turned to booking holidays, mini-breaks and day trips for when we return, things to look forward to when the Disney Read more >

Today’s the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final!

Today is the SSE Women’s FA Cup final, will you be watching? It kicks off today at 5.30pm and you can tune in live on BBC1 to follow the action at Wembley. A record breaking audience is expected to attend, it’ll be a great family day out. It should be interesting as this year sees a repeat of the 2016 final with Arsenal Women taking on Chelsea Ladies. Will Chelsea turn the tables and prove to be victorious this time round? We will soon see! Since my daughter went along to SSE Wildcats sessions last year, she has taken much Read more >

What’s Next? – So Many Possibilities

I should be finishing with my Open University degree in the next few weeks. I have drafts of my two End of Module Assessments, so I’ll revisit those again next week and work on final revisions before sending them in. My studying has really taken up a lot of my time and thoughts over recent weeks and months, so whilst it’ll be good to be free of it, I think I’ll find it strange and will miss it. Then as we’re off to Disney World soon, I’ll also be finished with all of the planning around that, and there has Read more >

The Blog Plans…After Uni

As I move into my final few weeks of my Open University course, it’s fair to say that my attention is largely being diverted that way. So firstly I’d ask, please do bear with me. I will still be sharing and posting here, I will still be popping up on social media, but it may just not be quite as often. Though if you check out my Instastories, you’ll probably see streams of me studying there, so yes, that’s what I’ll be up to and where you can find me. All being well, I’ll complete my degree mid-May, and then Read more >

Things I’m Most Looking Forward To On Our Disney World Holiday

If you’re a regular reader here you may remember when I shared that we’d booked to go to Disney World next year. To me, that feels like just a few weeks ago, but it was actually six months ago now which means we have only six months now before we go. Only six months! Given how quickly that time has flown by, I know we’ll be boarding that plane before we know it! A big part of this holiday is the anticipation and planning. We have spent so many hours chatting all things Disney, watching ride videos with the kids, Read more >

Do Your Kids Have Cool Grandparents?

Do your kids have cool grandparents? Or do you? What makes them cool? I’d say that my nan was pretty cool. She taught us how to play cards, and yes, we played for money. Big stakes, a penny a go! My brother and I used to love staying with her because she’d do those little things that we didn’t do at home, the out of the norm treats. Staying up that bit later, sharing a room when we stayed there, playing endless board games with us and taking us round to the local shop and buying us lots of sweets. Read more >

Make A Difference In Your Community

Today I’m sharing some details about a local project that’s been making a real difference to the declining bee population. Buzzing Hotspots are being created all over the city, with the support of funding from the Aviva Community Fund. This is good news for the bee population and this year’s Aviva Community Fund is now open for you to submit your project, so do read on for more information on that. Over the weekend, the Urban Buzz project had an installation just outside the Bull Ring in Birmingham to spread the news about what they do, giving away seed packets Read more >

Must-Visit World War II Sites in Europe

A trip to historic sites is always an exciting one to share with the kids. Not only can you visit remarkable places and enjoy exciting activities, you can also teach kids about the past and important moments in history. World War II is not a point in history that should be celebrated, but it is a historic moment that should not be forgotten either. Europe has a lot of extraordinary World War II sites filled with stories about bravery and courage from the era. Since I’m planning another trip to several European countries, I decided to take a closer look Read more >

Influential Role Models Your Kids Should Meet When They’re Still Young

As the kids grow up, it’s easy for the years to fly by. Imparting lessons about life and the positive role models that certain people play in their jobs is an important idea to plant in the minds of the little ones. Here are a few important types of people who are worth meeting to open your child’s eyes to the possibilities for the future. Guarding the Palace When visiting London, seeing the Changing of the Guard is almost a rite of passage for anyone interested in pomp and ceremony. However, the role of guarding the British Royal family is Read more >

4 Nursing Qualities You Already Possess as a Mom

Nursing is an excellent field for women to consider. The number of career paths, career flexibility, and excellent pay are major reasons why. The fact that we cannot automate patient care is another benefit, though patients themselves wouldn’t want it. An aging population is increasing demand for nurses. Why aren’t more women in the field? Because they think they can’t handle it. The reality is, many of us can and are readier than we think. Here are four nursing qualities you already possess as a mom. Built-In Tolerance for Bodily Fluids There are jokes about medical students passing out at Read more >

Boo’s Dream Horse

Ever since Boo was around two or three years old, she has loved horses. Ponies, unicorns, zebras, any variation on the equine theme really, though I’d say that her absolute favourites have always been zebras. She used to adore Madagascar when she was a toddler, watching it over and over, and Marty the zebra was her favourite character, so I think this is where it came from. These days, she also has a love of soft toys. She doesn’t really ask for much, rarely mentioning any toys that she wants, but I can guarantee that the one thing she will Read more >

Little Man’s Dream Pet

What would your dream pet be? A beautiful blue French Bulldog? A cute ball of fluffy kitten? Perhaps something more unusual, a pygmy hippopotamus or a big cat? We have our lovely guinea pigs here, though when asked about dream pets, it’s nice to think about other animals we could have. I’ve always loved penguins, so perhaps a sweet little Humboldt or Gentoo. Now you’ll notice that these pets are all real animals, but when asking my Little Man about his dream pet, it was brilliant to see his imagination take flight as he sat down to create his very Read more >

photo printing

At Last I Have Actual Photos!

I take a lot of photos. I suspect we all do these days. Remember when we were little (and I am of a certain age here) and the camera only came out for Christmas, birthdays and holidays? And then you had to wait for the film to be sent off and developed before you could see the ones where heads had been missed off, the blurry shots and the random moments when you’d managed to get your hands on the camera. Admittedly the photos were worse than they are now as we can take and retake and actually see how Read more >