KADIANN TURNS 15

Yesterday my firstborn turned 15. Where has the time gone?. I can’t believe how fast it has flown by. I can honestly remember having her in the hospital. I was 17 ,and I can remember thinking, as they placed her in my arms, wow, now our journey begins.


SHE WENT UNDER WATER | TURTLE TOTS #BRINGONTHESMILES

Happy Bank Holiday Monday Everyone . I hope you are all ready for a lovely half term if you have children off of school. Friday was our  last swim lesson before the half term , so we have this week off. We are going to take the girls swimming in the holidays as a treat and also to make sure Nila doesn’t lose her confidence in the water as she is loving it so far!.


TICKET TO RIDE | REVIEW

Next game we are testing out is ticket to ride . Ticket to ride is a railway themed German style board game. It looks very old fashioned but I really like that about the board . We got the instructions out and started setting up the board.


Honestly, the instructions are not the best. They don’t explain the game very well st all , and it took us almost half an hour to actually understand and figure out how to play the game , which was very frustrating for Alessia.

We eventually got there in the end and managed to figure out the aim. So the aim of the game is to complete your destinations and collect the most points.

You are given three destination cards and 4 travel cards , which help you move around the board , providing you have the right coloured card to move on to the same coloured train . The grey coloured trains are a free for all, so you can use any colours from your travel cards to move along these trains.


It does sound confusing , but it is pretty straight forward once you get the hang of it .On your turn, you can either try and complete one of your destinations, pick up travel cards if you need some or you can pick up from the 5 travel cards that are laid out at the beginning of the game .

The game as a whole me and a Scott enjoyed. It can take anything from an hour plus, depending on how many people play . It is aimed at 8*, but we both agreed that it is definately not a children’s game and more of an adults game as both the girls got extremely bored and stopped playing half way through .

The girls gave this game a 2/10. Scott and I have it a 6/10. If you are into travelling and have travelled quite a bit then you would probably enjoy this game , and it is definately played better when there is more of you :)

-We were sent this game as part of the asmodee bloggers board club

LETS PICK UP THE PACE

We all have a favourite game don’t we?. If we are on holiday in the arcades or we are having a games night at home with friends . There is always a favourite . Mine is car racing . I have loved racing games from as young as I can remember . Playing them in the arcades when we were on holiday as children and then slightly obsessing over need for speed on the PlayStation in my teens , honestly , it’s like my guilty pleasure.


DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE BIRMINGHAM

Yesterday I booked the day off work as we were kindly invited to attend Birmingham to watch the Dinosaur world live show with the girls. We had been looking forward to this for a few weeks now and honestly, we are a family that love dinosaurs!. I think we have probably watched all the Jurassic Park movies over a hundred times! :)



OUR FIRST SWIM LESSON WITH TURTLE TOTS

This afternoon we had our first baby swimming lesson with turtle tots. If you haven’t read our latest post about us becoming Turtle Tots brand ambassadors then you can click HERE for a read - plus we have a fab giveaway running to win £50 worth of turtle tots goodies :)


TOP 5 TIPS WHEN TRAVELLING ABROAD

When you book a holiday abroad . The excitement finally kicks in doesn’t it. You have the confirmation letter and you are just counting day the days to sun and sea and hopefully a nice tan!. Something I struggle to get, even from a week in Turkey! I am just one of the unlucky ones :)


#MENTALHEALTHAWARENESS WEEK - YOU ARE NOT ALONE

With it being mental health awareness week, I wanted to share my journey with my mental health and honestly, to let people know that it is ok not be ok , and to say that.

I have struggled for years with my mental health . It started in my early teens and hasn’t left me . Of course I have coping mechanisms now I am older and I feel like I know when enough is enough and I need to give myself a break before my mental health gets affected.


POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS DILEMMA

If you have followed me for a while you would remember how long my hair was . I loved my long hair and even though it was a pain to wash and dry it , it was almost like a comfy blanket to hide behind if I needed to.Once I fell pregnant with Nila , my hair was in its element!. It became even more thicker and glossy- typical pregnancy hair, and I loved it!. Fast forward 9 months later, I had a gorgeous baby girl and serious hair loss.


BACON & COURGETTE CREAMY PASTA

Now the weather is getting warmer and we have had some lovely hot days,I shall cross my fingers and hope it stays this way! :) , I try and cook a little less heavy. The last thing I want to do in the heat is slave away over the cooker sweating my socks off, and to be honest , the girls enjoy a lighter meal at tea time when the suns out .


THE SIDE OF BEING A CARER THAT NO ONE SEES

The weekend has been a very hard one for me . If you didn’t know , I work as a community Carer on weekends. I decided that after having Nila and once maternity leave ended I would go back only
On weekends as we have no family to look after the children and childcare costs are absolutely ridiculous!.

CORTEX | REVIEW

So this months game from the blogger board game club is Cortex. Now when i first initially looked at the instructions, i thought it was going to be super hard to play.It is a brain game, so i was expecting a little bit of a headache, these kind of games always do that to you don't they :) but that was not the case.


WE ARE TURTLE TOTS AMBASSADORS #BRINGONTHESMILE

We can finally let you in on our secret that we have been keeping from you for weeks! We have been chosen to become turtle tots ambassadors!! We have had to keep quiet until the big announcement on 1st May and I have honestly been so eager to tell everyone, I’m rubbish with secrets :)



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