Monthly Archives: June 2011

Challenges!

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I love a good challenge!  Not saying I always stick to them but I enjoy trying them none the less!

There is a current challenge, I am taking part in which is a no shopping challenge, but I have also added my own element of food to it as well!  No am not giving up eating! LOL!

If you would like to read what it is I am going on about please pop over to this blog and have a read!

http://sharonsnotshopping.blogspot.com/

p.s. I started a new blog as I did not want this one to get bogged down with challenge stuff, and I have other things planned for this blog, when I can find the time to sit down and type up all the posts!

Bags! In particular my Zero Messenger Bag from Rickshaw!

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As most people know, a lady can never have too many bags and I am one of those ladies!  I am always searching for the perfect bag, but like a Filofax I think I may never find it!

I had been admiring the Zero Messenger Bag from Rickshaw in the States for quite some time, but the postage cost to me in Mud Island, was almost as much as the bag, so it never really progressed and remained a ‘I would love to have!’

That was of course until my dear family went to San Francisco in April, and suddenly realising they were in the same town as Rickshaw Bags, I could not pass up the opportunity to order a bag and have them collect it for me!  Which is exactly what I did!

Rickshaw has this great facility on their website where you can customise your bag to the colour combination you want!  But be careful!  I did this with my first bag and what I thought would turn out purple actually came out brown!

  This is the picture they sent me when my bag had been made so I could see it!  Looks lovely doesn’t it?

However here it is in my photo, and a more realistic photo, to be fair!

  Ignore the bag behind that will be explained later, however you can see that the colour came out totally different!

To say I was gutted was an understatement!  I had waited SO LONG for this bag and it was not perfect!  I emailed there customer service the minute I got it, and explained my dissatisfaction and I have to say…………………

I HAVE NEVER COME ACROSS A COMPANY THAT OFFERS THE OUTSTANDING LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT RICKSHAW BAGS DOES!

They offered straight away for me to return the bag and they give me a refund, but as I had used it over the weekend, I said I would keep it, but just order another!

They did a very good compensation deal for me, and I am more than thrilled!

Now to sizing!

I had originally ordered the small zero messenger, which I found is great for when it is just me going out, however when I have Luke in tow it really doesn’t hold enough, so I decided to order the medium size!  Wow what a difference!  The medium is huge!!

  Outside of the medium zero in Iris with Peacock binding!  Isn’t it lovely?

  Inside of the bag!  I am so in love with this colour combination!

  Now you can see the size difference between the small and the medium!  Quite a difference wouldn’t you say?

These are lovely bags and if you want to check out more details about them please visit their website :-

http://www.rickshawbags.com/

Africa Alive – May 1st ’11

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I love Africa Alive!  It is the one place I can feel like I am just a little bit back home, even if just because of the name!

May 1st we decide to take Luke, because under 3’s get in for free and as he was still technically 2 we couldn’t miss out!  We had a lovely day there, and I am sure Luke enjoyed it, as you can see from the pictures below!

  Can’t go to an African park and not bang the bongo drums!

  Spotting the train in the distance!

  What child doesn’t enjoy chasing ducks!  I know what you are thinking, not many African animals for an African animal park, but there are!

  LIONS! Yippee!

  A rare Luke and Mummy picture on the little train, about to depart for a ride around the park!

  Time to play on the swings and give someones little legs a rest!

We had a wonderful family day out, that shall be repeated again in the not to distant future.

They really do have a wonderful selection of African animals including, Rhino, Zebra, Giraffe and a whole host more!

WWW Wednesday (15th June)

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To play along answer the following three (3) questions :-

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Here are my answers :-

1. What are you currently reading?

  I am currently only on Pg 114 of this book and I will admit it is taking me a while to read, because I tend to highlight loads of things as I am going through it.  I will end up reading it again, because I think you always pick up more second time round.  I am enjoying it and it is really making me think about my own resolutions for the year ahead.   Well worth reading!

2. What did you recently finish reading?

Wow, wow, wow!  I LOVED THIS BOOK!  I have been struggling for a while to find an inspirational book to read, and well I just think I found it!  This book is amazing.  It is the story of a lawyer in America, who’s life is not going the way he wanted and actually it is pretty awful and he decides that he needs to write 365 Thank You notes in a year.  This is his story and boy what a story!  This book gives a great insight into how to be grateful even for the smallest of things!  Such an enjoyable read, please read it!

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

 I have read this book already, but I want to read it again so I can start setting up my own Control Journal.  I did enjoy reading this the first time round, but I think I going to get more out of it second time round!

I am also planning on reading her other book :-

  I have heard some good reviews about this book, but so I thought, seeing as I enjoyed her other book (see above) I wanted to see what I could take from this one!  Watch this space!

 

 

 

Disneyland Paris – June 6th to 10th

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Way back in January, Si and I decided that our holiday this year we would take Luke to Disneyland.  Florida seemed too far for the amount of time we had available, so the next best option was Disneyland Paris.  I have wanted to go there for a while, mainly because I have seen the Florida one and wanted to compare!

So Jan ’11 we booked, 4nights 5 days!  The countdown had begun…………………..

I am now on the other side of the holiday and we had a lovely time!  Luke was in complete awe of it all!

We caught the Eurostar from Ashford and I have to say what a great mode of transport!  Yes I know it is a train and I have traveled trains before, however we had premium class seats on the way out and the service was great.  We received breakfast on the train and the seats were alot wider and only 3 seats across, instead of in standard class which has 4 seats across.

   Luke waiting for the train to leave the station!

Our journey time was about 2 and a half hours I think, I never timed it! LOL!  I was really nervous about going through the tunnel as I am not good in confined spaces and sure as eggs, what happened, we stopped in the middle of the tunnel!  At least not for long and we soon got going again, but it really unnerved me!  Once I realised that the actual tunnel bit was not long, I was fine.

We arrived right at the entrance to the Disney Park, which I thought was great, especially for those with little children in tow!  Because we had taken the Disney Express service option, when we arrived, we gave our bags to the Disney Express service and they took our luggage to our hotel, ready for when we checked in later.  Likewise when we left, we checked out of the hotel and gave them our luggage and when we were ready to check into our train home, our luggage was already at the station.  Awesome service!

  Literally as you walk out of the station you are in Disney.  The Village has all the restaurants, then you opposite is the entrance to the Park and Walt Disney Studios.

It was very cloudy when we arrived and as the weather had predicted rain the week we were there we weren’t too optimistic that it would get any better.  Well it did and out of our 5 days it maybe rained for just 1, so not too bad!

The Park is very much like Florida, but on a smaller scale.  We actually did all of it in 4 days but at a nice leisurely pace!

If I were to go again I would say that 3 nights 4 days is more than enough to get all parks etc done.

We tended to do our week as follows :-

Monday we arrived about 1340hrs, and went straight to DisneyLand Park and spent the afternoon there,

Tuesday we did Walt Disney Studio’s – which was good as it rained some of that day and so it was good to have things to do inside!

Wednesday, we went back to the Park and did it more thoroughly, even managing to do some rides for a second time.  We also had breakfast with the characters on Wednesday, which Luke loved!

Thursday, we were back in the Studios, redoing things that Luke really enjoyed or that we missed the first time,

Friday we did both parks, as we had made a list of what we wanted to really do for a last time and focused on that, which was a good strategy!

The park was very expensive, especially as we were paying nearly £1 = 1 Euro!

I bought 3 magnum ice-creams, a bottle of water and a packet of crisps and that came to 16 Euros!

Food in general was pricey, but we tended to really stock up at breakfast and that lasted us till dinner, but I did take some crisps and snack-a-jacks from the UK that kept us going during the day.  Because we were walking so much, for some reason we really weren’t as hungry as we usually are!

I loved our week away.  Luke was in total awe with all of it from the start, but I have to say that by day 5 I think even he had seen enough of Mickey Mouse! LOL!

I have posted alot of pictures to my Facebook account so if you want to see my holiday please check out that account.  However I will post a few here to give you an idea!

  1st on arrival!

  Gotta have a picture of the castle!

  Mummy and Luke on the Mad Hatter Tea Cup ride!  Luke loved this ride so much we ended up going on it about 3 or 4 times!

  Peter Pan live show, we stumbled upon on the first day!

  Luke waiting for the parade.  Could not believe we had to get our seat 45mins before the parade started just to make sure we could see it, so popcorn was our life saver, keeping Luke quiet!

But the parade was so worth it, and we watched it every time we were in the park!

  Luke’s first visit with Mickey!

  Out of the whole holiday this is my favourite picture!  Luke decided that Woody needed to sit and have lunch with him, so he went and found him, grabbed his hand and brought him back to the table where, he told him to sit!  Hence this picture!  I was so proud of him, he knew what he wanted and he went and got it!  He then decided that Mickey needed to sit him and you guessed it………………………….

  Mickey got dragged to our table as well!

There were so many rides, etc that we did and that Luke loved, especially, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Slinky Dog, Cars, Driving 1950’s cars and many more.

The whole experience is well worth doing with our without children.

Don’t forget to see more of my pictures please check my Facebook or Flickr  accounts!

Birthdays!!!!!!! (picture heavy!)

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Seems like an age since it was Luke and mine’s birthday, but of course it has only been a few weeks!

As you surely know by now my son was born the day before my birthday and whilst everyone keeps saying how wonderful it is, in reality, it is pretty crap!  Bad planning on our part that is for sure!  But hey I can’t really change it now can I!

So another year and again my birthday is overshadowed by Luke’s and I have to be honest and say I feel really resentful about it!

Luke’s birthday fell on a  Thursday this year and so he was packed off to Nursery as usual and then we had swimming in the afternoon.  Of course the difference was he got a present in the morning, and then had 3 birthday cakes throughout the day!

 There were presents to start with!

  The first present of the day, the large gift was to be given at his birthday party!

     2 of the 3 cakes, I forgot to take a picture of the small Buzz Lightyear cake!  These were used at Nursery!

 Birthday dinner, his favourite, spaghetti and meatballs.  Yes he can use his fork, but birthday treat he was allowed to use his hands!

  Getting ready to blow out the candle!

  The big blow!

Between Luke’s birthday and his party, was of course my birthday!  My day did not start too well!  I decided to travel to Peterborough to spend the day with my family, but the traffic on the A14 was just a nightmare and it took me a little over 3hrs to get there!  But I have to say it was worth the wait!  Why?  Because look what was waiting for me……………………………………

 A wonderfully large cupcake cake!  Isn’t it lovely?

I did get my Kindle, which I am thrilled about, and my family got me my lighted Kindle cover, an FM transmitter for my iTouch and I had bought myself a skin for my Kindle.

  Front of my new cover from DecaGirl

  Back of cover

  Lighted Amazon Kindle cover

  All set up!  Love it!

I did have a good day, and some lovely gifts from dear friends as well!  The only thing I never got was a dinner out!  Oh well, maybe next year!

So that was Friday sorted, onto Saturday and Luke’s birthday party!

My brother traveled back with me on Friday night to help me on Saturday as Si had to Luke to Little Kickers and I wanted to get the food collected, decorations up, table sorted all by the time he got back and my parents arrived!  As with all my planning it went to perfection!  LOL!

  Inspecting the big present, what could it be…………………..

  First time on his new bike!  Can’t believe he looks confident already!

  Out riding his new bike and loving it!

He got so many lovely presents from everyone and had a wonderful day!  I love seeing my little boy not only grow up but so happy and loved by all!

Here are pictures of his ‘official’ birthday cake!

  The one and only Lightening McQueen from Disney Cars!

    I really have set a tradition now, because each year Luke gets an awesome cake, for his first birthday he had Noah’s Ark, last year was a Fire Engine, and believe it or not I am already starting to think of next years cake, because I can’t let traditions die!

So our birthday’s are over for another year, and my darling little boy is now 3 and as adorable as ever.  I just hope that one day, my birthday will have signifance again, but till then I am getting used to sharing it with one of the most significant people in my life!

Belated Happy 3rd Birthday Luke!

Ebay

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On my list of 101 Things to do in 1001 Days was to sell something on Ebay.

I have always been a little skeptical to sell on Ebay as I never thought I would actually have anything that others would want!

How wrong was I?

I have so far sold a whole host of magazines, books, cross stitch kits and other bits and bobs and I am thrilled.  It is so easy to do, however there is a real down side to it………………………..

The additional fees you don’t realise you loose when you sell something!

I wouldn’t say you make a lot of money on there, or at least I didn’t but I did make some.  I never took into account the cost of postage (in some cases my p&p charge just covered it!), cost of envelopes to post item in!, fees to Paypal for receiving payment via them, and of course the fees to Ebay for selling on them!  Luckily I never paid the insertion fees because I started all auctions at just 99p!

But saying that some good things have come out of it, and they are :-

1. I have decluttered (still have alot more to do!!)

2. I did make some money

3. I managed to buy a few lovely goodies for myself out of the profits!

4. I really enjoyed experiencing the excitement watching the bidding going up on items I am selling!

I have had such a positive experience that I shall be listing more items, just as soon as I get myself sorted!

So if you want or need to declutter and not sure what to do with the items you are throwing away, why not list them on Ebay and see if you can get anything for them?