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Reasons to Visit Legoland Florida
Terrified

This photo of of our eldest Lily at Legoland Florida on our recent trip to Orlando! Parenting at its best! I'm linking this photo up to My Captured Moment hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender.  You can find it here. ...

Me & Mine - March 2016
Me & Mine – March 2016

We took these photos the weekend before Easter as we unusually didn't have anything to do. We had a lazy morning, went to Church at the girls request, scooted down to the park and had lunch in the garden. It really felt like Spring.  My next Me & Mine for...

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How to Feel Like Wonder Woman

On Monday morning I went for a run, and as I often do, I listened to a podcast of Woman's Hour.   There was a really interesting piece by Ann Cuddy on how women should strike a pose like Wonder Woman before starting to do something they are fearful of. The...

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My Captured Moment – Friends

I'm linking this photo up to My Captured Moment hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender.  You can find it here. One of my favourite photos from our weekend at Carden Park, I love it because we are so relaxed and having such a good day. Jess was one of the...

Sunday Stars
Sunday Stars

Welcome to Sunday Stars on Mother's Day the 6th March 2016. Hope you are being spoilt, spoiling yourself regardless of the day, or doing some spoiling! Sunday Stars is a place for you to share your favourite old or new post each week. My co-host this week is Katie over at...

The Mother of All Tea Parties
The Mother of all Tea Parties

I'm joining in with Julia this week over at Rainbeaubelle and linking up 5 Things for Under £5.  I've cheated a little as most ofthese goodies were actually sent to me as a gift from the Co-op, but all are Under a Fiver.  The gifts were a way for me...

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Me and Mine – February 2016

I have meant to join in with the Me & Mine Family Project so many times: I really did mean to make time to do this in January but never quite managed it. To be honest I thought we might have managed some slightly better photos that these on our...

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My Captured Moment – Tigger

This is week 57 of the fabulous link up My Captured Moment hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender.  You can find it here. I love this shot of Lily on the prom at New Brighton. It was a nothing special sort of day but we had 'Tigger' home from school...

Rugby in Rwanda
Teaching Rugby in Rwanda – Why it Matters

One of the charities my husband and I support is Friends of Rwandan Rugby (FORR). FORR is a small innovative charity which teaches the joys of rugby to boys and girls in some of the most impoverished regions of Rwanda.  FoRR’s mission is to promote reconciliation through sport, using rugby to build...

Sunday Stars
Sunday Stars

Welcome to Sunday Stars on the 7th February 2016.  How has your start to 2016 been? I feel like there are signs of Spring coming and my thoughts are definitely turning to holidays. Sunday Stars is a place for you to share your favourite old or new post each week.  My co-host...

Stumble Upon
Stumble Upon Has Doubled My Views

Stumble Upon has doubled my views every day since I started using it three weeks ago on Mini Travellers. There are some great articles kicking about, about Stumble Upon and how to use it so I don't want to try and re-write those, but personally I have found some of them...

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Enjoying the Change

I have a vision of a day last year that I know at the time made me wonder what I was doing, and days like it are the reason I am now where I am and have changed from lawyer to blogger. I came home from a board meeting at an...

Rode Hall & Gardens
My Captured Moment – Rode Hall & Gardens

This is week 56 of the fabulous link up My Captured Moment hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender.  You can find it here. This is a photo of Izzy whilst we were out on a walk at Rode Hall & Gardens this week I love her cheeky pose. ...

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War and Peace Challenge

So I can't be the only one loving War and Peace on a Sunday night. Apart from the beautiful people in it, the story gives more back than Downton Abbey (sorry if you loved that!) but then really it should.  The TV series based on the epic novel by Tolstoy...

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L’Enclume in Cartmel, Lake District – 2 Michelin Stars

Last weekend me and hubby had the most amazing treat.  We went to L'Enclume in the Cartmel to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  We got married on 27th December so we usually celebrate some time the following year.  This year hubby surprised me with an envelope containing a sample menu for L'Enclume....

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My Captured Moment – Sandcastles

This is week 54 of the fabulous link up My Captured Moment hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender.  You can find it here. This is a photo of my three girls on a beach in Pembrokeshire where we had our first February holiday at Croft Farm with them in 2013.  This year...

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My Captured Moment – Beach

This is week 54 of the fabulous link up My Captured Moment hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender.  You can find it here. This is a photo of me taken by my husband on our local beach just before Christmas when we had a great walk out to Hilbre Island with...

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Time to Run 

Yesterday I went for a run on an absolutely stunning winters day. Well I say I went for a run. I did run around 8k and I did run quite a bit, but I also stopped quite a lot as the views down on the beach were simply stunning. These...

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Five Under £5 For January

I'm joining in with Julia this week over at Rainbeaubelle and linking up 5 Things for Under £5.  I've cheated a little to be honest as these books are not actually available in hard copy for under £5 but they are available on Kindle.  Is that cheating, I'm not sure, but...

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Sunday Stars

Welcome to Sunday Stars on the 10th January 2016 the first Sunday Stars of the New Year.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have enjoyed the start to the New Year. Sunday Stars is a place for you to share your favourite old or new post each week....