FlexiGuard baby Gate By Lindam

 

In July we went to Wales for our holiday and we knew from previous experiences with stairs at places that we visited, that they always lacked in providing safety gates and stair gates. I was delighted when I spoke to the lovely folk over at Lindam and they agreed to send over this lovely item which really helped save our holiday and let me get a bit of rest. I didn’t have to keep running after the boy when this was up and I was even able to go upstairs and read for a while or go for a shower knowing that he wasn’t able to access stairs and fall which is every parents nightmare.

When we were packing, the flexiguard was small, light , and easy to transport and this was important as we were going away for a week with a lot of items for the two kids as well as our own suitcases, which meant that we didn’t have to worry about where it would need to go in the car as it fit right into a very small space within its own little carrier bag.

Now that we are home from holiday and have a new puppy, its being used as a barrier for when we eat dinner to keep her out, or when she is in the garden and I don’t want her running up the stairs. The flexiguard has many different uses in our home and I am really very impressed by how it can fit in almost every door way(there was one it didn’t), and that we didn’t have to use tools in order to fit it. It’s a very versatile gate and only retails at approx £27.99 and with all of the Lindam products we have had in our home , I would say that it is a small price to pay for piece of mind!

*Thank you to Lindam for sending us this gate. This post is a truthful opinion of this product.

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10 Interesting Facts about Llandudno

 

Llandudno may not be the biggest town in the UK, but it certainly has a lot to offer its residents and tourists. It’s brimming with history, heritage and excitement. We’ve taken to the web and have gathered 10 of our favourite facts about one of our favourite places in Wales.

1. Alice Liddell, who inspired the character of ‘Alice’ in C.S. Lewis’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, would take family holidays to Llandudno.

2. Winston Churchill stayed in Room 109 at the Grand Hotel when he visited Llandudno for the Conservative Party’s annual conference in 1948.

You can book your own holiday to Llandudno here – http://www.ukbreakaways.com/destination-guide/llandudno.

3. Actor Timothy Dalton, who played James Bond in ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘Licence to Thrill’, hails from Colwyn Bay. As does Terry Jones; ‘Monty Python’ star and patron of Theatr Colwyn.

4. Purpose-built in the 19th century as one of a new breed of seaside resorts, Llandudno goes 19th-century crazy each May when its splendiferous Victorian Extravaganza comes to town, a festival of marching bands and street entertainment, fire eaters and vintage fairground vehicles, striped blazers and frilly parasols.

5. Discovered in 1987, the town’s Bronze Age mines have been gradually excavated to reveal what is thought to be the world’s largest prehistoric mine.

The mines are definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Llandudno, and you can check out the website here.

6. Conwy is home to Britain’s smallest house (it is just 3.1 metres high and has a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres), and Rhos-on-sea is home to what is thought to be Britain’s smallest church, which seats just 6 people!

Take a look at the website for the smallest house in the UK here!

7. There are the remains of over 30 shipwrecks in Llandudno Bay. One of the oldest known wrecks around Llandudno is the Phoenix, a warship wrecked in 1642 off the Great Orme.

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How To Get Into Professional Photography

 It’s easier to get into some professions then others, and professional photography is one of those careers that are notoriously difficult to break into. There is a lot of competition and you have to really know your stuff to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

Here are some tips to help you get ahead…

Know your camera inside out

Having an eye for a photo isn’t enough. If you really want to get the absolute best photographs then you need to know exactly how your camera works. You need to know what settings to change for different conditions as well as when to use particular equipment to produce specific effects. Only when you now the intricate workings of your camera can you really get the best from it.

Get some work experience

The best way to get into a chose profession is to get some work experience on the job. Shadowing professionals will let you see how they work and what they do to get the best shots. You’ll also be able to ask questions on why they’re doing certain things or how they produce a certain effect. And who knows? If you impress the right people then they might just remember you the next time a job becomes available.

Think about going solo

Whilst you may want to try getting a job at a photo studio such as Venture, the competition for jobs at these places is massive and don’t come up all that often. Therefore you might want to consider going it on your own.  This might sound like a big step but it would allow you to specialise in a particular type of photography and you’d be your own boss! You could also work on a freelance basis and sell your photos to newspapers, magazine and websites.

Keep a portfolio of your work

As you take photographs, remember to keep an up-to-date portfolio of some of your best work. This is an easy way for potential employers to see your work and means you can easily add to it as you go along. Websites such as Portfoliobox are great for easily creating a great looking online portfolio.

Learn about post-production

Nowadays it’s often the case that actually taking the photograph is a very small part of the whole process. You also need to be able to apply post-production processes to the photograph to ensure it looks as good as it can. You might need to lighten or darken a photo, crop it, apply filters and various other bits and pieces. Photoshop is expensive but still the industry standard, although you can do basic techniques on free websites such as Pixlr.

Get snapping!

If you’re serious about becoming a photographer then you need to be taking as many photos as possible. This will help you get to know your camera, about what settings work best in various conditions and also help you to build up your portfolio. Always have a camera on you so you don’t miss that perfect photo opportunity, even if it’s just the one on your phone.

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Lesson Learned

It was Thunderpants’ 7th birthday on Friday but as I’m working this weekend, we opted to go to the family fun night at the school and then have one of her friends stay the night until we could organise a party for her in two weeks.

Her friend arrived around 9pm with a card that contained £10 and Thunderpants dropped it and it blew away across the street. One of the kids found it and proceeded to show other kids and say that she had just found it.

Thunderpants heard that it was found and went to the door of the child who said “my sisters friend have it to me”. That was it and the sister who is approx 14/15, backed her up. I spoke to the child’s mother who said that she was winding Madeleine up and that she hadn’t found any money but asked where it was found. She also said that there were load of kids who could have picked it up.

I went to the doors of those who saw what had happened and both backed up the original story. Anger doesn’t come close to how I feel… I’m so disgusted by the mothers behaviour and the fact that she is lying about her daughter stealing and allowing her to keep the money. I could have called the police but it’s my word against theirs and I feel it unfair to send the police to the other two doors as the girls are young an I fear scaring them but my instinct is to report it.

Yesterday after leaving for work, my husband said that she came round and told him that my daughter had been telling everyone that she had stolen her birthday money. My husband told her to go away an that he wasn’t interested.

This morning for the second time in a row, I woke trying to figure out how a grown woman can allow this type of behaviour and encourage it. The other thing is that my daughter has played with her in the past and she’s been over here a lot and allowed in the house and to play with toys.

I want to shout every time I see the woman but isn’t that just setting a bad example for the kids? What would you do?

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Cat In The Hat: A Review

The Cat in the Hat set for series of performances at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 

Last Saturday, my daughter, a friend and her kids went to Edinburgh to take in a show at the Pleasance Theatre, “Cat In The Hat”. We were invioted along to review the show and having read @GlasgowMummy ‘s review, I knew that I should expect fun and not be dissapointed.

We were late in getting in due to a mix up in tickets but apart from that, I would say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was funny, interactive and really very cool to see a book that I had grown up reading, in action! It was also nice to share that with my daughter because we are Dr Seuss fans and have many of his books in the house. As a child I watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every year on Christmas Eve, so this was as much a treat for me as it was for the little ones.

I was thoroughly impressed by our seating arrangements and how we were quite close to the front and were able to see everything. The story, incase you aren’t familiar with it is about a cat who visits the main characters , Sally and her brother in their house whilst their mother is out. He shows them tricks and brings along his two friends “Thing 1 and Thing 2″, and they start creating an almighty crazy mess which worries them and their fish. However all is well when the cat brings in a machine to clean it all up and dissapear before the childrens mother comes home and all is well again.

When Thing 1 and Thing 2 came out, they started interacting with the audience which made all of the children squal with laughter, we got sprayed by water guns and had huge red and white beach balls which we all threw about. I think this was one of the best parts., That and the fact that it was a relaxed atmosphere but the cast and crew certainly had the attention of all in the audience. I didn’t think it would have been suitable for my youngest but having seen it, I wish I had brought him as I know he would have been as captivated as we all were.

I loved the way that they decorated the stage, the props and the costumes were all in keeping with the original book. Lots of black , red and white. We enjoyed reading the book when we came home for bed time that night and I would thoroughly recommend seeing this show. I give it a 10/10 !

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