Day Out at Bletchley Park: Code Cracking and Computer Fun

After a long car drive to Bletchley Park, the first vehicle we came across was actually a vintage motorcycle.  The codes that were brought to the code cracking experts Bletchley park on moterbikes like this one were delivered by women during world war two. The McAfee exhibit in the museum was all about codes and computers today.  It was quite scary to read just how much information is stored about each of us online. There were some cool interactive elements in the exhibit too.  Our nephews Greg and Cody had fun playing with the interactive touchscreens. We learnt so much […]

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After the ball was over… #britmumslive 2014 – live from London

Hey space fans!  I know I have been neglectful of late but I have a good excuse, I promise – and a note from my Mum.  The intrepid bipedal and 4 wheeled warrior (aka J and I) have been living it large in Espania, and now in London.  It feels like we haven’t seen home in a while and I hurt in places I didn’t know existed, but we have had a blast! This Friday and Saturday (today – hurrah!) was Britmums Live 2014, and I have hardly begun to process the fun, laughs, and frolics as well as the […]

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Spring has sprung: Goodbye February Hello March – Hello Sun! – fun days out #motivationalmonday

For me, spring is an opportunity to get outside.  I love looking at pics of others having muddy welly splashing adventures, but that’s just not possible or us, as I’d either sink or short circuit. This weekend was the first time this year that I really felt spring was on it’s way, and we had a lovely day out to celebrate! The Spinnaker Tower is the biggest landmark at Gun Wharf Quays in Portsmouth, where we started our day.  It was supposed to be built for the Millennium, but did not open till October 2005.  We did go up to […]

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What does the fox pizza say? Happy Valentines Day: Heart Shaped Pizzas – cooking with kids

In the run up to today, me and the kids have enjoyed doing loads of heart based activities, from crafts to baking; sweet and savory!  I wanted to share one of our efforts with you. Valentines Heart Pizzas Make pizza dough (tutorial here) and use your palms and fingers to fashion into a heart shape Cover with BBQ sauce or passata – depending on preference Cover with a mix of grated mozzarella and cheddar Add toppings of your choice Cook till golden on top with a light crispy crust Seafood and goats cheese  //  BBQ meat feast Pepperoni  //  Tuna […]

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Let’s go fly a kite: crafting and outdoor fun – what’s the story? #getyourcrafton

Jess and I have been really enjoying our crafting on these wet and windy days we’ve been having.  In addition to our own independent endeavours, we have been lucky enough to receive free samples of both The Toucan Box and The Weekend Box.  They are generally aimed at a lower age group than our 11 and 31 respectively (my 14 year old prefers XBox), but we were happy to give the crafts a crack. What better on a windy day than an opportunity to make a kite.  It was very simple, make with drinking straws and carrier bags, but the […]

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A lighthearted look at gender specific health, beauty haircare and makeup

In the beginning I have to confess that I did not even know what the word gender meant until I was in my first year of senior school, and I was handed a questionnaire with the mind-bending field emblazoned on it.  Had it been accompanied by the handy little M and F tick boxes, I might have had a clue.  As it was, I quite meekly approached the person handing out said questionnaires, and muttered ‘erm…what is this gen-dray (pronounced as such) thing’.  It was actually an older pupil and not a teacher, so after giving me a withering look […]

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Why I love J20 at Christmas: glitter berry is here again!

Hail the glitter berry goodness – Christmas is officially here There are certain universal markers of Christmas, including the decs and gifts that arrive promptly in our shops when the clock strikes 12 on October 31st, and the twinkly light and decorations inside and outside our homes that light up the winter nights.Other things are more personal, and can range from the first bite of a mince pie, to opening the first window of the advent calender.  It is only when these things have happened that we can say it’s truly the Christmas season. One thing I enjoy about the […]

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The sweeter side of life: Crafty and sweet making projects for older kids – candy floss

Recently I’ve been reading lots of blogs by parents of young children, under 10’s and under 5’s, who have tonnes of fun with crafts and make and do projects with their kids.  I love to live vicariously, and the smiles and joy on the children’s faces in these blog posts are genuine.  You can see how much they enjoy not only the crafts, but spending quality time with a parent.  As a parent, I have to say we often enjoy this time together just as much. Now my kids are a little older (11 and 13), we don’t do the […]

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