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Do you like Bingo?

I do, I know this might give you a mental image of old folks at a retirement home, but it’s not like that. Almost every holiday park we go to I play bingo* in the evenings, just one book usually so around the price of a latte. I’ve never been keen on bingo in arcades, collecting tickets and taking them to a kiosk to cash in about a billion winning tickets for a single Mars bar. Nope! I’ll be honest I have played online bingo and won some, and lost some too.


Bank Holiday offers at PetShopBowl

As it’s a bank holiday weekend PetShopBowl are running some great offers this weekend: including Buy 1 get 2 free on Pro Plan Duo Delice, 99p Dentastix, 25% off Almo Nature food and more. This is running from now until Monday 25th August. http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/bank-holiday-offers/  You might remember Freya Woof recently tested out Almo pet food in cartons and she liked it and the other furry friends got some treats too. The Pro Plan Duo is the best offer, buy 1 get 2 free! This brand looks great, however our woof hates it. If your four legged family like this food buy it now. It’s a bargain! Disclosure : PetShopBowl asked me to post this.


The ultimate festival backpack

It’s that time of year again, when those of you who haven’t booked your festival tickets yet, will be scraping the money together to order them soon. The summer season is full of awesome festivals, ranging from folk to heavy metal, so that no matter what genre of music you love, you can enjoy some live music in an ultimate festival experience. You have to be ready for anything when it comes to packing your bags for a weekend in a field. You never quite know what the weather will bring, with it changing from sunshine to rain and back again in a matter of hours. Pack wisely, and you can be prepared, no matter what. But, what should you take? Remember that you have to carry your stuff from the car to the site, and sometimes that can be quite a trek! Clothes You should pack light and avoid […]


How to clicker train your pet

Clicker training is based on using a click (made by a clicker) to let your pet know when he has done something correctly. Although it is used mainly for dogs, it can be used for other pets including cats, birds and even rats. More Th>n have some helpful videos that can guide you through the process too. The basis behind clicker training The first step is to develop a link between the click and getting a reward, for instance giving your pet a treat each time he hears a click. Soon he will consider just getting a click to be a reward. Once this happens you can use a click to tell your pet that you are pleased that he has carried out your instruction; for instance when you tell him to sit click and give him a treat. Thus the click assumes a meaning. Your pet takes it as […]


Five reasons to staycation this summer 3

So, you’ve got some annual leave to use up and you’d like to make the most out of our summer while it lasts? Naturally, you may be dreaming about a holiday abroad, with sandy beaches and sangria as far as the eye can see, but the cost of such an adventure can soon add up. Instead, many Brits are considering staycations, making the most of what our home turf has to offer, and who can blame them? With so many fantastic destinations available, who needs to shell out on flights? Take a look at the Travelodge Get Up and Go Guide if you need some staycation inspiration and have a read of these five reasons why this type of break is a top idea this summer. 1 · Kinder to the purse – This isn’t always true as it depends on what you plan to do, and where you plan to go, […]


Have you heard of NISAs?

NISA or the New-ISA, I hadn’t heard about them either to be brutally honest. I am properly ditzy about savings and investments, I leave all this type of thing to Blokey. The New ISA (NISA) In his budget speech the Chancellor announced that from 1 July 2014 ISAs will be reformed into a much simpler product, the New ISA (NISA). Whatsmore, all existing ISAs will automatically convert to a New ISA. Meaning those already saving and investing into an ISA will benefit from the changes a foot. So what are the differences… Subscription limits From 1 July 2014 the overall subscription limit set by the Government for 2014/15 will increase from £11,880 to £15,000. It will be possible for new subscriptions to be split in any proportion between a New Cash ISA and New Stocks and Shares ISA – currently, investments into a Cash ISA are limited to a maximum […]


Last minute romantic getaways 2

At this time of year I am sure some of my readers are hoping to be whisked away by their other half. Or maybe you are the one doing the planning? Nothing beats a bit of alone time, perhaps cream teas and costal walks, or gyms and spas, maybe even sight-seeing? I’ve been thinking about places I would love to be taken to, whether for Valentines day or not, but I would love a relaxing child free break with my Blokey to be honest. The areas of the country we have spent a lot of time in over the years are Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall, and of course Gloucestershire where I now live. Yorkshire If you like “Up North” then Scarborough is ace, I am biased though, as I have a few happy memories from my Grandparents living around there. Ox Pasture hall is a lovely looking cottage-like country house, with ivy growing up […]


Early Spring Cleaning with John Lewis 2

Firstly I know it is not yet Spring, but January is a great time to have a proper clear out after all the chaos of Christmas. If your garden has been effected by all the heavy rain, like my poor garden has, I bet the carpet is a bit of a wreck? Around the same time I got Freya Woof, I got myself a cheap (entry level) Vax carpet washer ready for, erm, wet patches. I am extremely glad I bought this, but I keep thinking I should have forked out a little more for a better model like this one. I love my Vax and Blokey has previously accused me of being obsessed with washing the floor since I bought it. I’m not obsessed with cleaning, but I will admit I love seeing so much dirt come out of a carpet that looks clean, then just pouring it away. […]


Classic Cars. Which Are Your Favourites?

Since I was very small I have always liked classic cars, a thing that seems to have been passed along to me by my Father despite not really knowing him. When I was a toddler he got in to the local paper by making a stretched Jag car, it was beautiful, I was tiny but I remember this car. Outside it still looked like the normal Jaguar mark 10, but with 6 not 4 doors, inside its was pimped a bit. There was a mixture of faux fur in a black and white Dalmatian style, and crushed red velvet. I’d do anything to own that car, sadly I think he sold it in the years I did not know him. I’ve searched, well more like scoured the internet, but I can not find a photo. The photo is missing from my photo/memory box and I spent over an hour searching […]


Why Use A Dog Crate? 1

My Freya is settling in but does have a bad chewing habit. Plastic objects in particular, such as wheels from KNEX Jen forgot to put away, the dosing lids off of laundry soap liquid, and kids drinking tumblers. She’s a little monkey really. Whilst it’s very cute, it’s not great as it means I always have to watch her and can’t leave her home alone. I was advised by the Dogs trust she needs “indoor kennel training” which basically means allowing her to use a doggy cage in the house so it becomes normal, just another bit of furniture. I disliked the idea of cages, or crates as they’re called now, but it makes sense with a dog like Freya. She likes to nest and bury herself in blankets or the kids coats or anything she can grab that’s fabric and she could nest in a crate. Her issue is […]


South Tyrol, Italy With a Twist

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Oxfam Christmas Toy Range 2

Jen and D received a lovely retro gift in the post thanks to Oxfam. It is a boxed set of glass “days-gone-by” marbles, although marbles aren’t modern, and unlikely to appeal to the 3DS generation my lads like them. On our recent holiday to Devon Jen wanted to buy marbles from every little gift shop we went near. As we were camping we refused to buy any, as we knew if they were lost camping in the woods there would be many tears and sniffling. When these marbles came Jen was very pleased, “Ooooooh these are them things I wanted to buy in Devon Mum!” Although we’ve had these in the house for over a week life gets in the way sometimes, parents evenings, dog adoptions, play dates with little friends, and we’ve just got around to playing with them – sorry Oxfam.   Like me you might have been unaware […]