Weaving my way through motherhood whilst trying not to mess up adulthood. An observational lifetstyle and parenting blog

Monday, 20 March 2017

Author Guest Post:Imposters in Paradise by Maxine Barry

My favorite thing to do after reading a very good book is to learn a little bit about the author. I find it intriguing and I find it refreshing to learn some fun information from the brains behind that book I just couldn't put down. I am excited to share with you all an author guest post from the writer of Imposters in Paradise, you can grab your copy here and let me know what you think.  
 The Blurb

When Imogen Dacres’ brother, Robbie, dies in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Bermuda in search of the truth. From the minute she sets out on her journey, Imogen is plunged into a web of secrets, lies and mistaken identity. She soon realises that beneath the glamour of Bermuda, there are unseen forces intent on doing her harm. When she meets Morgan Dax, her brother’s boss, and one of the richest men on the island, there is a powerful attraction between them. But did Dax have a hand in Robbie’s death, and can Imogen trust him with her own life?

All about Maxine Barry 
Firstly, I never expected to become an author. So at school, I took the O-levels and A-levels that would allow me to do a top-notch secretarial course, and my first job was as a junior secretary at Somerville College in Oxford. When I left, nearly 6 years later, I was the Assistant College Secretary. But I’d always loved reading (both romance and crime) and it was always my dream to be a writer, and so I worked up my courage and took the plunge, and let work to give myself ‘a year’ in order to write a book. Luckily (and more than a year later!) I found a Literary Agent willing to take me on, and with her help, I got my first romance novel published – back in 1993! My Mum and Dad were always very supportive – I come from a working class background, with none of my siblings going to college – so although it seemed something of a ‘far-fetched’ dream to become a writer, they never said so! And they were thrilled to bits when I succeeded. My only real hobby is reading (I can read up to 3-4 books a week) but I do like to walk, and since I’ve lived all my life in a small village in Oxfordshire, I’m lucky to be surrounded by lovely countryside. I’m also a fan of nature-watching (I love Springwatch!) and love it when I get to see herons or kingfishers (or any other wildlife) with my own eyes and right on my back doorstep.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Journey to Jamaica

Jamaica is probably most famous for its beautiful unspoiled beaches and its unbeatable rum, but there is much more to this awe-inspiring Caribbean island than that. There’s wonderful waterfalls, action-adventure activities, lush green landscapes and much more besides.

There is more about Jamaica to discover than you can imagine, so if you want to journey to Jamaica and make the most of your trip, check out these fun things you can do on the island:

Play Tarzan

If you take a trip to Irie Blue Hole, you can live out all of your wildest jungle fantasies by swinging through the 27 foot high cliffs into the water below, with nothing more than a vine to hold your weight. Just make sure that you ask one of the many guides there to point out the places where it’s safe to do this first!


In Jamaica, there is a bobsled team! If you loved the movie Cool Runnings, which is about a Jamaican bobsled team as much as I did, you’ll be delighted to know that you can actually have your own bobsledding adventure right there on the island of Jamaica. Yes, you can plummet down the hills in a bobsled or via the 252-foot high Mystic Waterslide located in the rainforest of Mystic Mountain, for a thrill you’ll never forget.

Blue Mountains Bike Rides

The Blue Mountains are located 60 minutes away from Kingston. 7000 feet high and full of picturesque little villages, exotic wildlife, and lush landscapes, they are the perfect place to explore on bicycle. You’ll see waterfalls, birds of paradise and locals going about their day before stopping off at the Craighton House Coffee estate for a cup of the finest Blue Mountain coffee and a tour of the coffee plantation.

Enjoy Some Reggae

Rebel Salute is a fantastic festival celebrating all things reggae, taking place annually, the event goes on through the night with performances from some of the finest reggae artists known to man.

Hike Mayfield River

Mayfield River is located about an hour away from Montego Bay, and you can actually hike along it! Just strap on some water shoes, and you’ll be able to follow along the river, taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding tropical rainforest as you go. It’s not an easy hike, but it’s one well-worth the effort, and when you get to the end, you’ll be rewarded with not one, but two wonderful waterfalls to cool off under.
Become a Crocodile Hunter

45 minutes to the west of Treasure Beach, you will find the Black River, which is one of the best places for spotting crocodiles in the Caribbean. Book yourself onto a cruise of the swampland and you might just be lucky enough to see one or more of the impressive creatures with their huge jaws and steely gaze, before heading back to the beach for a spot of relaxation, and let’s face it you’ll need it after coming face to face with a croc!

What are your suggestions for a great time in Jamaica?


Bella Italia! Why Italy should be your next travel destination

Ciao! When you're trying to find places to travel too, it can be a pretty difficult task a lot of the time. After all, there are so many amazing places to choose from, how can you possibly decide? Well, not all places are equal, and some are more likely to capture your heart than others. If there's one place that you can absolutely guarantee is going to make you fall completely in love, it's Italy. Tourists flock to Italy every year in their millions, and it's really not hard to see why. It's one of the most beautiful, extraordinary places in the world, with something to offer no matter who you are or what you want from a travel destination. Need more convincing? Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to put Italy right at the top of your travel list.

The culture

One of the most wonderful things about Italian culture is that it's constantly walking a balance between the modern and the historical. Both are intimately connected and create an atmosphere that it is totally unique. Italy is the kind of place that, you could say, wears its heart on its sleeve. Every aspect of Italian culture is constantly on display, and it's all the richer for it. Italian culture is steeped in art and history, with beautiful architecture and facades throughout its many cities, but also with a vibrant, bustling culture right here in the present day. If you ever wanted to visit a place that knew how to honor its history without losing sight of the present and future, Italy is the place for you.

The people

Italian people have a lot in common with their country. They are willing to be open and emotional, they embrace their history while looking forward, and they have a well-deserved reputation for being very beautiful! Upon visiting Italy, you're sure to find that one of the very best things about it is just how kind and generous the people there truly are. Of course, if you can communicate with them then things are going to be a lot easier, and if you had the chance to learn Italian in Italy, wouldn't you take it? But even if learning a new language isn't your strong suit, you'll find that most Italian people will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and happy.

The Food

Let's face, if there's one thing that draws more people to Italy than anything else, it's the food! Italian food is legendary throughout the world and with good reason. The focus on rich flavours and fresh ingredients has allowed the reputation of Italian food to become so massive that it's hard to imagine that it's ever actually going to be able to live up to it. But the amazing things is that even knowing how amazing the food in this country is meant to be, that still can't fully prepare you for just how incredible it really is. You'll never want to go back to the kind of food that passes for "Italian" in other countries once you get a taste of their cuisine.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Try a British Beach Holiday this Summer

What comes to mind when someone asks you to picture your ideal beach holiday? You might just be thinking of Ibiza or the French Riviera. In truth, you don’t need to go that far to enjoy the sunny weather, the sea, and the sandy beaches. You could even stay at home, in Britain and still get a lot of your favourite summer things. Too many British holidaymakers forget about the beautiful South West of England along the English Channel. Think about John le Carré, Douglas Adams, and Thomas Hardy. While nothing unites their different writing styles, they all have one thing in common: They were all born in Dorset. And this is the place to be this summer!

Where To Stay

If you are heading down to Dorset for the summer holiday, you will need to find somewhere exciting and sunny to stay. Most holidaymakers choose an accommodation along the coastline, from Bridport to Christchurch, such as self catering Bournemouth homes or an exciting beach spa hotel in Weymouth. If you want to tour the region and see more of its historical monuments and its cultural marvels, you might want to look for B&B or self catering cottages in small villages inside the land, which will give you the possibility to enjoy your holiday away from the crowd of tourists. Do make sure to pick a large town, such as Bournemouth, Poole or Dorchester if you want to rely on public transport.

Water Fun

If you are wondering what you could do in Dorset during the summer, the most obvious answer is: Enjoy the water! Indeed, with plenty of stunning sandy beaches. There’s even a prized location which won the Blue Flag award, and it’s Durley Chine Beach in Bournemouth. It has a vast Kidzone, which helps parents to enjoy a relatively stress-free holiday, and despite its small size, it’s one of the safest beaches around. For a more scenic experience, you simply need to find Middle Chine Beach which is only a few meter further west. If you’re not a beach enthusiast, check the Splashdown in Poole. It’s a water park with some of the best water fumes, spins and tumbles in the UK. They also have a play zone for young children and toddlers, so there’s something for everyone.

Indulge In Vintage Nostalgia

If you want to relax during your holiday and disconnect from the stress of the modern world, take a ride through nostalgia with the Swanage Railway, a steam train - but they do diesel too - that runs through Dorset and offers even evening dining experience if you are up for a ride. You will find the station in Swanage, which is not too far from Poole for a day out. You can then sit back on a vintage train and enjoy a perfect cream team as you visit Dorset. If you are up for a drive, try to stop in Dorchester to visit the Teddy Bear Museum, with toys that are over 100-year-old. This is a blast from the past and a peaceful way to reconnect with your inner child.


Take your plate on a journey to spain

Are you a food enthusiast? Do you know your knife from your fork and your Ribeiro from your Albariño wine? If you have no idea what this is about, Ribeiro and Albariño are two of the best Spanish white wines. If you know exactly what this was about, and you are salivating in advance at the thought of delicious tapas, then it’s probably time to think about bringing a bit of Spain directly into your kitchen. Thankfully, you have plenty of option to call the Spanish sun under your roof. After all, this paradise of foodies is accessible to everyone, even in the comfort of your own kitchen. Yet, it’s best to see the real thing in the streets of Madrid or Barcelona!

                                The Paradise For Foodies

Spain is an uncomplicated food heaven for those who love the simple and authentic taste of the south. Indeed, Spain is a country for the foodies who cherish the real taste of simple things, and the pleasure of a meal to share in good company. It’s hard not to think about the tortilla española as typical Spanish food: Everyone in the world knows this potato omelet! But there is more to Spain. The cold soup, gazpacho, is a famous mix of tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onion and vinegar. But have you heard of the salmorejo? This is another cold soup, but this one counts bread as a base ingredient. The cocido madrileño is another hidden marvel typical from Madrid with chickpeas. But before you start your tour of the Spanish cuisine, it’s a good idea to check the Spanish vineyards too. Spain in one of the top producer of wine in the world, and while it is famous for the Rioja red wine, there are a lot more to discover on a wine tourist tour.

Plan Your Holiday


If you are planning to go to Spain and tour through the delicious world of sunny cuisine, you should start your planning early! While you will find plenty of travel agencies that offer specialist gourmet tours of Spain, you can access the same facilities if you choose to tour on your own. Check the best seasons to visit your favorite vineyards, and more importantly, plan to hire a car as some areas are remote and difficult to reach with public transport. As a last piece of advice, you might be interested in the latest project of the EU commission, the ETIAS - you can find out more on the website. The EU is planning to roll out a form of online VISA registration for visitors who come from countries outside of the EU in 2020. This is designed to work in a similar way to a US tourist visa for visits of 90 days or less.

Bring Back Recipes


Don’t just visit Spain. The love of good food goes beyond this sunny country! Why not research your favorite recipes to bring back home the pleasure of tapas with friends? Or maybe you could buy a paella pan and invite friends over for a paella and vino meal with plenty of good music and laugh. Spanish cuisine is about conviviality and simplicity: There’s nothing stopping you from recreating it in your own kitchen!


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Make Your Mum feel loved this Mother's day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and so, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you will make the day special for the number one lady in your life: Mum. Mother’s Day isn’t about the gifts; it’s about showing your mum just how much you (and your little ones) love and appreciate her and what she does for you. So, with that in mind, below are some ideas and suggestions for how you can make your mum feel loved this Mother’s Day and put a smile on her face.

Plan to spend the day with her

Plan to spend the day altogether as a family , you can do this by including mum and the rest of your family to members to join you on the day. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, just as long as it allows you to have lots of quality time your mum and your children. Or, if your children are young and don’t really understand about Mother’s Day just yet, why not treat your mum to a lunch out or a pamper day at a spa, just the two of you? Think how nice it would be to have some one-on-one time with her. There are plenty of websites like Groupon, for example, that offers discounted spa days, so it’s more than worth having a look.

Get the kids to make her cards

Obviously, you will want to get your mum a card but why not get the kids to make her one too? The chances are that they will be making you one anyway, so why not get them to make their grandma one too? Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating mothers; it’s about celebrating all the most important women in our lives, from our mothers to our grandmothers, aunts and even the special friends in our lives.

Pick the perfect present

When it comes to picking a gift for your mum, think about the types of things that she likes. Is she a major foodie and would appreciate a gourmet food hamper? Is she a bath bomb lover and would love a selection of handmade bath bombs? Does she love wearing perfume - would she appreciate a new bottle of her favourite scent from thefragranceshop? Is she mad about chocolate and would love a box of her favourite chocolates? Think about the types of gifts that your mum would appreciate and find her the perfect thing. If you’re stuck for ideas, take the time to have a browse online for ideas and inspiration.

Bake Cupcakes

As a little extra treat, why not bake your mum some cupcakes, with the help of your little ones of course? If your mum isn’t a fan of cupcakes, find another sweet treat to make her, such as chocolate brownies, fruity flapjacks, or fudge. If you’re stuck for ideas, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest, so take the time to have a browse on there.

There you have it, a few simple ways to make your mum feel loved on Mother’s Day and put a smile on her face.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Best Places In The World For Holiday Shopping


We all love shopping, right? And surely there is no one out there that doesn’t love holidays, either? Put them together, and you have a match made in heaven, in my opinion. While lazing away on a beach is a firm favourite for most people I know, having the chance to shop in some of the great cities of the world isn’t too far behind. With this in mind, I thought I would take you through some of the greatest destinations for shopping in the world today - let’s take a closer look.

New York

I know plenty of people that head over to New York purely for the shopping experience at Christmas time. While they can often spend a fortune, they come back with some genuine bargains - a lot of clothing and electronics is so much cheaper over there than here! Fifth Avenue, the Time Warner Centre, and SoHo for its incredible boutiques are all worth checking out. Just make sure you are diligent with everything you need before you go. According to https://www.official-esta.com/, you will need a visa to get into America, or you will be turned away before you get into the country. Don't forget yours or it will be the most expensive shopping trip you have ever taken, and you will still come home with nothing!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a gateway between east and west - and if you want to pick up some spectacular goods that you won't find anywhere else, it’s the perfect place. And the great thing about it is, like New York, it can be magical whatever time of year you go. According to https://www.lonelyplanet.com/, you should check out Langham Place, and ensure you visit the Jade Market, where you will find all kinds of super cool vintage and artisan wares.


Of course, you need a serious budget for going to New York or Hong Kong. But what about somewhere a bit closer to home? Madrid is an incredible city, full of atmosphere and a hugely varied range of shopping options. Plenty of well-known brands are based there, too, such as MANGO and Zara, so expect to get plenty of bargains. If you head out on a Sunday, make sure you go to El Rastro - it’s an amazing flea market that is perfect for exploring and buying everything from vintage gear to homemade crafts.


How can I not include my own capital - London has one of the best reputations in the world for shopping opportunities, too. It has everything there that you might need, from the luxury goods and sheer experience of Harrods to the fantastic Southbank Centre Christmas Market in Westminster. Another great thing about London is that if you are prepared to go off the beaten track a little, you will find plenty of tiny, hidden shops that sell incredible things, whether you are looking for food, new jewellery or something nice to wear for the weekend.

What’s your favourite city for shopping? Why not share your thoughts with everyone else in the comments section below this post!


Jade Priscilla

The Everyday Superfoods we should be eating


You might have heard the term “super food” being bandied about. It seems that every week there’s a new food on the market that will keep us healthy, keep us trim, help us to fly, and so on. However, we don’t have to look to such exotic foods to get everything we need to stay healthy. There are plenty of overlooked everyday foods that you could be including as part of your diet. Time to throw away that junk food and head to the supermarket….

Fruit and Veg

All fruit and veg will do good things for you, but some fruit and veg are better than others. The old adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ might have been said in more hope than expectation, but now we have the data to back it up. For starters, apples are an outstanding source of vitamin C - and they’re better than taking vitamin C tablets because they also have powerful antioxidants in the skin, which has bags and bags of benefits. Eating more bananas, meanwhile, will give you more energy than you can shake a stick at and help to reduce blood pressure. Also: berries, any berries. They’ve got superfood qualities running through their delicious taste.

Oily Fish

Alas, by fish we don’t mean a battered version from your local takeaway. We mean real fish, fish that tastes like it has come straight from the ocean. A few of the best are fresh anchovies, salmon, and tuna. These three are loaded with Omega-3, which keeps our hearts healthy, keeps our brains sharp, and generally keeps us in sound all round shape. Some fish is an acquired taste - especially anchovies - but it’s all a matter of finding the freshest and best version you can find. There are also plenty of great dishes you can create with fish, but the best bit? Most fish has all the taste already locked inside it, so it needs next to no preparation anyway. Salmon is one of my favorite fish to cook for this exact reason, little to no effort yet seriously delicious!


Eggs, I hear you cry as you spit your coffee out over your keyboard. Yes, that’s right: eggs! They’ve had a bit of a topsy-turvy reputation over the years, and there’s definitely an argument to be made that you probably shouldn’t go wild and eat a dozen a day. However, eating one egg a day can have plenty of benefits, specifically by improving your intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which have shown in studies to keep our eyes healthy and protect our skin from UV damage. Not so much an issue in England...but you’ll feel the benefits when you’re on your travels!


God bless the humble avocado, is there anything it can’t do? It’s tasty, it’s fun to look at, and...it’s really good for you. Just having one avocado is enough to give you a full third of your daily requirement of vitamins K, B6, C, and also boosts your cholesterol levels. Spread on your toast, add some chopped tomato and basil, and eat yourself healthy!Way before Avocado became a ‘trend’ I would enjoy this when I was younger as my nan and Grandad had an avocado tree in their garden so our meals were never short of a slice of avocado.

 What's your favorite superfood?


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

I remember the press surrounding the release of a new Harry Potter book. The excitement, the guessing what has become of our favorite characters. Then there was the shock, the shock that JK Rowling had in fact co-written a stage play rather than the anticipated 8th novel. For me, not a problem I still wanted to read it all the same. Then came the reviews, the disappointment that the book was a script and not a novel which we all knew from the beginning anyway. I don't know if those reviews put me off but I wasn't running out to buy the first batch that hit the book shelves, instead, I waited until Christmas and placed it on my Christmas list and hoped that Santa (Bae) delivered on the big day. And he did!

Usually every Christmas I get an autobiography and I don't know if it's because they are usually hardback and in a slightly larger print but I tend to sail through and will often be finished reading by lunchtime boxing day. This time, I took my time...digesting each word and trying to absorb all the new characters and plot twists. It must have been a coincidence but Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was playing on the television which is referenced heavily in the Cursed Child so it was great for remembering. Besides, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has always been my favorite.

The book is set as a stage play and after all the press and reviews I hoped that it wouldn't be irritating or all stage instructions but I was wrong. It reads so well, okay there is a lot of dialogue but then it's a script so what else is there going to be. Despite it being a script, it flows really well. The only time I got a bit bored was when the master of ceremony kept repeating the same introductory lines over and over again. I get that for stage/screen it would be needed, I just got tired of reading the same words over and over again.

The story focuses a lot on Harry Potter's Son Albus and Draco Malfoy's son Scorpius, I loved Scorpius and the fact he is so different to his father. To be honest, I didn't really like Harry in this. I get he has grown up and he has a family blah blah blah but...he just wasn't Harry. 

This Harry seems different, colder and not so heroic, in fact for all the bravery and brilliance of his youth, his adult life seems a bit of a flop in my opinion, which I also found with Hermione and Ron too. The only one who has gained a bit of gumption is Ginny Weasley who has grown into a fiercely protective mumma.

The plot was gripping and introduced a whole new story surrounding Voldemort and Harry’s family which was interesting and did leave me wanting to know more. However now I think about it, perhaps it would have worked earlier on because without giving too much away, I think the new story line leaves too many questions, too many huh, how and especially WHEN?!!

I love the Potter books and I always wonder what they would be like older and with families of their own. I would like to see this developed into a novel with a little bit more depth and perhaps space for some unanswered questions.
Rating: 3.5/5

Monday, 30 January 2017

Face the day beautiful


Have you ever stopped to think what is the first thing that people notice about you? If you don’t know the answer, here’s a little hint, it isn’t always your choice of shoes. The first thing that people see when they look at you, is your face. Your face is the most expressive part of your body it reflects the most about your lifestyle habits. If you go to bed late at night, there’s a good chance that your face will reveal it: Puffy eyes, dark circles and a pale complexion. So, what can you do to make sure that your face only shows the best and healthiest side of yourself?  Here’s how to do it.

Makeup Enhances Your Beauty

There is a common misconception that you can use makeup to hide your flaws. In truth, while it is possible to use makeup to hide a few spots or areas where your skin is red or pale, it will not last if you don’t have the right skin treatment. Instead, oily, dry or damaged skin will cause your makeup to melt off and disappear! This can be frustrating, but unfortunately, you will need to incorporate a regular skin care routine to your beauty regime. Always clean your skin deeply, as when your foundation looks as if it has lifted from your face, it’s because your skin is oily and it has forced the make-up to separate. It’s also important to stay hydrated with plenty of water and a good moisturiser too. Finally, do make sure to exfoliate your skin regularly to get rid of dead skin cells, as they will make your make-up look very unhealthy and dry!

What About Facial Hair?

Facial hair is the nightmare of most women, and it is completely unavoidable. As a mammal, you will naturally grow hair all over your body. But don’t worry, there are ways around it! When it comes to your eyebrows, you should only use gentle hair removal methods, such as eyebrow threading or simple plucking it yourself. As the skin is very sensitive in this area, it’s best not to use any wax. You can find ready-to-use wax stripes for facial hair around the mouth and the chin, which are perfectly suited to do the job. However, there are some women in pre menopausal and menopausal periods who suffer from excess facial hair growth. You should discuss the issue with your GP, but be aware that there are treatments available;you can order vaniqa cream online,which can be used to help destroy the follicles of your facial hair.

Sleep And Learn To Relax

Getting a good night sleep is key to achieving that relaxed and refreshed look in the morning. For some of us, it is not always easy to switch off but there are many methods available to help combat the dreaded night owl syndrome and to help keep your mind calm and relaxed such as yoga, meditation or my favourite, a nice relaxing bath followed by a nice hot drink. It’s not just at night we should learn to unwind. By listening to our bodies signals, that indicate we are exhausted or dehydrated and acting upon it, we will all be on the right track to showcasing the our beautiful, bright faces.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Facing Up To Facemasks: Figuring out what's what


Face masks seem to be everywhere. They can be useful products to add to your beauty routine, but they're also a little confusing. There are different types of mask with a range of purposes. Choosing one that works for you isn't always easy, especially if you don't know where to start. You need to find a mask that works for your skin type and helps you to achieve your goals. You might want to use an anti-ageing mask or one that helps you get rid of blackheads. Before you choose a mask, you should have a look at what's out there to understand what's what.

Types of Mask

Face masks vary in their application. Some of them are meant for you to put on, dry and then peel off. Others are intended for washing off, while others are meant to simply sit over your face. Understanding how each one benefits you will help you choose the right type. Mud masks and clay masks are simply washed off when you're finished with them, these are great to help treat oily skin, whilst peel-off masks are intended to help with blemishes. Cream and gel masks are lighter than mud and clay ones and have the opposite effect of moisturising. You can also get sheet masks, that you lay over your face.

Mask Purposes

Face masks claim to do a huge range of things. Beyond the basic purposes of the different types of mask, various products will supposedly have certain properties. Some are meant for moisturising, while others should draw out oil and moisture. Some masks will claim to tighten your skin or help with anti-ageing. You can get a face mask meant for brightening your skin or one to fight blemishes. It's easy to just look at the packaging and see what a mask claims to do. But don't forget to check reviews to see if they work.

Finding the Mask for You

Choosing a mask that works for you isn't as simple as picking one with an express purpose. Everyone's skin is different and so are your preferences when it comes to beauty products. Some types of mask might not be to your taste, and others just might not work for you. When you're looking for the right mask, start off by finding recommended products to try. Decide what requirements you have, whether it's natural skincare or low price. If you can get hold of a free sample, that's even better. You need to try something out to see if it will really work for you.

Using Your Mask

Applying a face mask can be a little messy. If you want to use yours more easily, you might consider making sure you have the right tools. You can get face mask spatulas or gloves to make it easier to apply them. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging to ensure you get the most out of your mask.

Face masks can make great additions to your beauty routine but only if you use the right products. Consider them carefully to find one that works for you.


Jade Priscilla

Friday, 27 January 2017

Fun History Trips For All The Family


It seems like as soon as Lei returns to school it’s time for another half-term break. As I work full time, I value these breaks as it gives us as a family the opportunity to either book a holiday or plan a day trip . Some trips might purely be for fun, like a day at a theme park, Lei is an absolute thrill seeker like her daddy so the two of them love any opportunity to go whizzing round on a roller-coaster. This is great but sometimes, I like to mix fun with educational as it's no fun if the only learning your kids do is at school. Just because it’s the half-term doesn’t mean our children can’t continue to learn, especially if we are showing them that learning can still be enjoyable. The UK has plenty of history, making for some great day trips. Try these places in England for plenty of fun and learning during your next weekend or half-term break. 


If you're looking for somewhere that's packed full of history, you really can't go wrong with a trip to London. It might be more expensive than other places, but you won't run out of things to see and do. There are museums like the Natural History Museum and British Museum, which are fun for all ages. Plus, there are historic sites, such as the Tower of London. If you're with older children and teenagers, you can explore the more gruesome side of London history too. Going on the Jack the Ripper Tour can be great for teenagers studying for their GCSE in History.



If you want to explore a specific period of British history, it's often best to pick somewhere in particular. In the case of Vikings, York has to be one of the best places to go. Once known as Jorvik, the city is home to the Jorvik Viking Centre. It had to close for a while due to flood damage but is set to open again in spring 2017. There's much more to explore in York, though. The Yorkshire Museum, York Castle and the National Railway Museum are all fun places to visit with kids. You can even discover the city's history of chocolate if you visit York's Chocolate Story.


Kids always love castles, and they're excellent places to learn about different periods of history. From toddlers to teenagers, they can enjoy something about a magnificent castle with sprawling grounds. Warwick Castle offers plenty for people of all ages, including an impressive schedule of events, tours and live shows. Try exploring the Horrible Histories Maze or even staying overnight in the Knight's Village. Older children and teenagers might like to venture into the dungeon to learn about the more gruesome aspects of the castle's history.


Ironbridge Gorge

The Industrial Revolution and the Victorian age are also important parts of British history. At Ironbridge Gorge along the River Severn, you and your family can learn about both. There's Blists Hill Victorian Town, which is full of actors showing you how people once lived there. You can also visit the Enginuity science and technology centre, the Coalport China Museum and the Jackfield Tile Museum.

There are so many places you can visit with your children of all ages for an educational day out.

Have you been to any of these places?


Jade Priscilla
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