Je vais à Paris!

I'm so excited! It's all booked and for our holiday this year, we are off to Paris!

First off, let's go back to Christmas 2016. One of my our presents from the in-laws was a holiday. Our first family holiday as Mummy, Daddy and son. We've spent most days since then deliberating where to go. After months of searching, looking up reviews, videos and images of various different places, we settled on Paris. It's actually thanks to Hazel (Fleur Charms) and a video that she posted on her YouTube channel about her Centre Parcs break in The Netherlands, that we decided to take a chance on a Eurocamp (you can view her video here).

We will be driving across, catching the ferry from Dover to Calais, and back again a week later. We will, of course, be doing Disneyland! I'm probably more excited about this than I am to even go away! It's been over 10 years since I last went to Disney and I genuinely feel like I'm going home!

We're also going to be going into the center of Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triomphe, The Louvre and the Notre Dame.

What are your must-do's while in Paris? What about with a 2 year old?  Let me know!

Five Favourite Friday | 1st Gen Pokemon

Firstly, a big Happy European Birthday to Pokemon Go! A year ago yesterday, Niantic began to roll out the European release of Pokemon Go. Since it's release, it has had numerous updates, including the addition of over 80 Gen 2 Pokemon.

To celebrate, we are looking at our top 5 first generation Pokemon.

5. Cubone. For no other reason then, look how cute!!

4. Meowth. Another very simple reason - I love cats! And I'd love this one in real life!

3. Gyarados. This one would have been much higher on my list, perhaps top of the list even, if it weren't so difficult to get! As far as I am aware, you can not catch one, they have to be evolved from Magikarp. And if you don't live anywhere near water, it will be extremely difficult to get hold of approximately 200 Magikarp!

2. Eevee. And all her evolutions. Just like Cubone, Eevee is so cute and I love that there are numerous possible evolutions, 3 for first generation - Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon.

1. Pikachu. I used to watch Pokemon as a kid and Pikachu has always been my favourite. He's my number 1 choice for starter pokemon and I adore that little yellow bolt of electricity!

What are your favourite pokemon? You can read Tim's list here!

Coming Up!

Once again I've been a bit slack on the blogging front! Truth is my NVQ work has taken a bit of precedence. Hopefully, by the end of the week I'll be completely finished and have gained my qualification! Exciting!

But for now, I thought I'd let you know what I've got lined up. I've a post about holidays, our first Five Favourite Friday back after our break and some posts on products I've been loving lately! 

Can't wait to share them all with you!

Another Update!

So here I am again with yet another update post. I hate how these are becoming a 'thing' lately.

However, my NVQ is coming to a close so I will have much more time to focus on writing and getting regular content out for you guys. I also would love to start vlogging but I'm not sure how to include it in my day to day life. That and I have some serious anxiety issues to deal with first.

So, where have I been? Well, I've been working on the last few bits for my NVQ - I'm hoping to complete in the next 3-6 weeks. We've been focusing on ourselves as a family (which is why Tim hasn't been blogging regularly either). I've been feeling like we were growing apart, and I hate it. So I've felt, and I hope Tim will agree, that we've needed some 'us' time. I think we've resolved a few issues that cropped up and that we're now closer than ever. We still have bits to work on but I'm now feeling confident that it will all work out in the end.

What's next? We're reviving Five Favourite Friday and making sure we have a post to go out every week. I'm also looking into doing another regular posting series on different parenting products, techniques etc. I'm not 100% sure on the fine details as yet but I'm working on it! Basically you guys can expect us to be back to post regularly again! Woo hoo!

Also, I'm planning a move over to Wordpress! Eeek! It's a very scary move for me as I'm terrified of losing content and images and everything that I've worked on so far. But it does mean that I'll be able to blog from my phone and my iPad via the app, as everyone knows Blogger's app is just terrible (it's never updated and constantly crashes).

Thanks for sticking around during the last few months where we haven't been as active, and I really hope you'll enjoy what's to come!

So, what have you guys been up to?

Five Favourite Friday | Thomas and Friends Characters

It's the return of Five Favourite Friday! Woop woop!

Our son has been watching Thomas the Tank Engine non stop on Netflix so Tim thought it would be a good idea to go with Thomas characters! So here goes!

5. Thomas. He had to be on the list didn't he?

4. Cranky. This stubborn crane holds a place in my heart, not gonna lie! He's just very funny.

3. Victor. He's just so friendly! All the time!

2. The Fat Controller. He loves all of his really useful engines, so why wouldn't we love him?!

1. Harold. A British rescue helicopter, what's not to love!

And there you have it! Who are your favourite characters?

Next week I'd love us to talk about our home town of Shrewsbury. So we'll be doing our top 5 thing to do in Shrewsbury!

Be sure to leave a comment below if there's any suggestions for future posts!

ElementCase Aura iPhone 6s Case*

Back in March I attended BlogCon and had an absolute fab time with the girls, trying new products and speaking with different brands.

I spoke to the lovely Jessica from Bleat PR and they were showing off some technology accessories. The ones I was drawn to were their ElementCase phone cases. We were told a bit about the company and the product - including that these cases had been military tested (dropped from numerous heights, run over numerous times etc.)

While military testing is great, it's not quite the same as as toddler testing is it? So I was sent one of their cases and immediately put it to the test! As I was putting the case on to my phone, my 2 year old became very interested and no sooner had I put the case on had he taken my phone off me! Within 5 minutes of it being in his hands it had been dropped more than 5 times (why are toddlers so clumsy with your phone but their precious teddy bear doesn't get dropped at all - haven forbid that should land on the floor!). I was very surprised to see not a mark on the case or the screen. So far so good. One of the things I really like about this case, is the ways it feels to hold and how the buttons still feel like buttons. I know I know, that sounds like such a dumb thing to say but the buttons actually 'click' and you don't have to press them hard like on some phone cases. All the ports are freely accessible as is the 'silent' switch.

I'm going to fast forward to now. 2 months on and the case has a couple of small marks around the edges but my phone is in 1 piece! No smashed screen, no bent phone - perfect. I am over all majorly impressed with this phone case. I have to admit to having a tempered glass screen protector which I reckon really helped but the combination is a definite winner. I can highly recommend!

The cases retail for $39.99, not overly cheap but for a good quality phone case that can survive the wrath of a 2 year old I do think it's worth it. I'll definitely be purchasing one for my next phone once I've upgraded!

They have other styles on their website too, so why not pop over and take a look!


Another update! Is it just me or are these becoming increasingly more frequent? It's not out of choice though, we've had a lot going on (mainly illness) over the last few weeks or so.

Let's go back a few weeks to 18th April. During the school holidays and the only shift I worked (it was lovely). Until I went to pick Tim up from work. It started with what I can only describe as a strange zig zag wobbly line that appeared to the side on my one eye. Once that disappeared a headache quickly set in as did nausea. I had to ask Tim to drive back to Shrewsbury. Once back in Shrewsbury I was promptly sick and spent the rest of the night in bed throwing up every hour or so. After a trip to Shropdoc & an anti-sickness injection, I crawled back into bed for the night and actually managed to sleep. The following day I felt 100%. As if I had never been poorly! 

Fast forward one week, back at work for my morning shift and this zig zag line appears again. Gradually as the morning goes on the pain in my head is increasing and I started feeling sick. I was sent home with instruction to call the GP. I got an appointment and went in an hour later. I spent a total of 3 hours in the GP surgery before being sent to the Acute Medical Centre at the hospital for tests. I've been diagnosed with migraines and prescribed anti-sickness medication, and was told to take one of those along with some paracetamol and to head straight to bed in a dark room the second that wobbly line appears. That was the end of that and I was back at work the following day.

Fast forward again another week. Back at work after the bank holiday but this time Alex had started being sick. He'd picked up the gastroenteritis virus that had been going round. I stayed home with him and went back to work on the Wednesday. Then on to Thursday. My turn to have gastroenteritis! What fun that was! My appetite is still not back to normal. And then Thursday night through Friday, Tim had the bug. So it has now made its way through my household. Fingers crossed its gone and won't come back!

Since then and now my life feels like it's been hectic. We've been to the Shrewsbury Kids Festival, we've had not one, but two flat tyres, I'm back at CBT and working at it harder than ever (I'll do a separate post on that soon) and I'm now honestly looking forward to next week as it's half term and a Bank holiday weekend.

I'm also looking forward to the content I have planned for the next few weeks and getting back into writing up our Five Favourite Friday posts again!

What have you guys been up to over the last few weeks? I feel like I've missed so much!