Monday, 29 February 2016

London Trip

Recently, we went to London for a short visit.  It was overwhelming in the beginning because it was going to be our first time to go to London and not really sure what to expect especially with a toddler.  Booking the flight not only involved finding the cheapest but also the most convenient airport.  Eventually we decided to go with EasyJet through Gatwick Airport.  Then of course we had to find a place to stay in for a couple of nights.  Again we had to figure out which one would suit our needs best in terms of affordability, closeness to the places that we wanted to see, caters for a family and so on and so forth.  We decided on staying at Premier Inn which turned out great as it met all our requirements plus, all the places that we wanted to go to were just walking distance away from it.  Then we realized, we also had to plan our transportation from the airport to London.  By train was the best choice which was also a bit overwhelming because there's so many different ways to get from point A to point B.  Eventually decided, Gatwick Express would be the simplest way to go for us.  Upon arriving at the Victoria station in London, it was quite difficult figuring out the tube for the first time with a toddler that was getting impatient, so we just took a cab from there to the hotel.

I could go on and on but overall, we had a great time in London and would love to go back again.  To summarize, I made a couple of videos of the trip below and hope you enjoy!








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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Playtive Junior Play Kitchen Set Review


We have been wanting to upgrade our daughter's kitchen play set for while so we decided that it was going to be one of her presents for Christmas.  Of course the first thing I did was do my research online on what would be the best to get based on quality, the amount of fun that she will have with it, our budget, compactness and so on and so forth.  I saw a few different sets and actually even saw this one (although it had a different name) but it's price was a bit too much for what I was looking for so decided that I was just going to get another one.

On the day that we were going to Argos to buy a kitchen set that I have decided on, we dropped by Lidl first to get a few things and to our surprise, they were selling this very kitchen set that I saw online for only about £25!  That's half the price that I saw it for in the other stores!  So of course, we went ahead and got this one instead and we very are pleased.  We got to save a bit and our daughter plays with it everyday since she received it on Christmas day!

Please watch my review of this beautiful play kitchen set here:



You might also be interested to see the kind of pretend play fun that kids can have with this play set, check it out here:




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Monday, 21 December 2015

December 2015 Haul





Merry Christmas everyone!  Hope you all have a wonderful celebration with your family and friends.

Anyway, we all know that December is probably the biggest shopping month of the year whether we like it or not.  So yep, as the title suggests, this is about some of the bits and pieces that my husband and I bought these last few weeks.  I'm not one for spending big so I always do my research online about where I can get the best prices and of course, I never forget to check out Lidl and Home Bargains because when they have what I want or need to buy, they usually have the best deals.  So it is not a surprise that we got these things from Lidl, Home Bargains and Amazon.  Here's the video of my December Haul! :)







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Sunday, 29 November 2015

"Christmas" Song


After creating my original nursery rhyme which you can find here, I thought why not come up with an original Christmas song as well (since the holidays have already started)!  Again, I only used my laptop microphone and smartphone app for the musical accompaniment so the sound is by no means professional but I still hope that it will bring the Christmas spirit to anyone who listens to it.  Here's the video and you will find the lyrics transcribed below.





Christmas


Let's decorate, light up the Christmas tree
Make time to spend the day with family
This season comes around
Warm embraces, wraparound
Let's celebrate together this day

Everybody smile from ear to ear
As greetings come and go, far and near
This season comes around
Christmas carols make a sound
Let's celebrate this joyous day

Chorus:
Christmas 2x
A very merry Christmas
Chri-----stmas
Christmas 2x
A very merry Christmas
Chri-----stmas

It's time to share again some love and cheer
Coz sometimes we forget this through the year
This season comes around
So hope again is found
It's truly a wondrous day

Chorus

Bridge:
C H R I S T M A S (2x)

Chorus

Merry Christmas!



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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

K's Mum Poem #6: Winter



The days are short and nights are long.
Put on your coat, it's freezing cold.
The ground is white and covered in snow
Time to make a snowman
from snow balls, big and small.

Inside we go for some hot cocoa
To rid of the cold from head to toe.
By the fire, snuggle and cuddle
keeping warm under the throw.
Storytelling with crackling fire,
moment at its best to remember forever.

On Christmas Eve before going to bed
leave some treats, somebody needs fed.
Sliding down chimneys is a lot of work.
Delivering gifts all over the world.
When morning comes under the tree
well deserved presents for you will be.


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Our Stay at The Cuan Guesthouse Hotel




A couple of months ago, we went to Strangford in Co Down for a short visit just to have a bit of relaxation and different scenery.  When I was looking for a hotel to stay in, there were two choices that stood out but after some online research, I decided to go for The Cuan.

Having read good reviews and seeing some online photos (plus the affordable price) made it easy to make the decision to stay at The Cuan, but actually experiencing it there confirmed that we made the right decision.  From the moment that I sent them an email to make an inquiry, I have felt how very accommodating they are and responded very quickly to any inquiries or concerns that we had.  And true enough, when we arrived, we were pleasantly pleased at how very welcoming they are and made us feel right at home.  They made an effort to remember our names and always took the time to have a small chat when they see us to ensure that we have everything that we needed.  We really like this personal touch at how they treat their guests.


The Cuan is a family owned and run hotel in the beautiful conservation village of Strangford.  It was a sunny autumn day when we arrived there and the view of the Strangford Lough, which was just a few steps away from the hotel, was just beautiful.  The area is a nice, quiet little village and if you have a car, you can park outside at the front of the hotel or at their designated parking area.

We stayed in one of their twin rooms which had a simple and clean layout with one single bed and one double bed and ensuite bathroom.  It has all the basic and necessary facilities that you would expect in a hotel room including Wi-Fi connection.

We booked a bed and breakfast stay and I have to say that the breakfast part is one of the things that we looked forward to.  Again, they have that personal touch where when you go down to the restaurant, they are already expecting you and have your table ready and waiting.  They would have a table spread of food selections that you might want to have while the breakfast of your choice is being freshly made.

We also had dinner at their cozy restaurant and the seafood chowder and scampi quickly became our favourites.

We only stayed there for a couple of nights but it was definitely a great experience and will definitely stay there again when we go back to Strangford.


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Monday, 16 November 2015

My First Original Nursery Rhyme: Animal Parade


As I was thinking of what to do next for our K's Toys video while organizing my toddler's toys (for the nth time), I found her animal finger puppets (which we got from Amazon) and remembered how she loves to sing along nursery rhymes.  So that day, as I had a chance to sit down and write a bit of my "practice poems" that I do, I thought why not write a poem or a rhyme based on her animal finger puppets!

It was so much fun because I got to be more silly in the writing without worrying too much about each line being too realistic in meaning.  I was not planning on adding a melody to it initially because I knew that I do not have the proper equipment to record a nice sounding song but, as I wrote away, I ended up hearing a melody in my head anyway so I just went with it.

I will have to admit that I wish I could have created a better sounding song for the video but because I only have my laptop microphone and a piano app on my smartphone to put the song together (plus the fact that I am not a trained musician), I still feel great for coming up with a nursery rhyme that I can call my own and that my toddler likes singing along to.  You can watch the video if you're interested to hear the nursery rhyme and to see the finger puppets that it's based on.  Do read on for the transcription of the Animal Parade. :)




Animal Parade

Watch the parade of our animal friends,
Count them all from one to ten.
Here they are, let's say hello,
Wave and cheer as they come and go.

One and two, a hippo so blue,
And there's a cow and she goes moo!
Three and four, a panda snores,
And there's a mouse with a nose so sore!

Five and six, a doggie does tricks,
And there's a bear that plays with sticks.
Seven and eight, a hopping white rabbit,
And there's a frog and he goes ribbit!

Nine and ten, a duck quacks again,
And there's an elephant that writes with a pen,
The time has come for the show to end.
Let's say goodbye to our animal friends!


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