In The Night Garden Live

On the 24th of July myself, teen daughter, Harry and Jack headed to Birmingham on the train to watch In The Night Garden Live. Both Harry and Jack are fans of the show so we’re super excited! 

We got there an hour early which we thought would be annoying but actually we discovered it was actually a good time to arrive because the doors to the show opened half and hour before the show starts. 

When we first walked in their is a huge stand with lots of goodies to buy, you cannot miss it and it’s near impossible to go past with the kids and not buy something. 

Then we were put in a cue. Premium ticket holders in one and standard ticket holders in another. We had standard tickets but we’re first in our cue. It didn’t take long for it to soon get very very busy! I’m glad I asked what we do with the pushchair because was told that she would open the line to let us in and you would either walk in or walk the other way to park your pushchair which just seemed like a pain in the bottom with 2 kids so I parked my pushchair and then waited in the line so I could just walk straight in. 

Once in we found a seat and it was basically very large stairs. So when you sat down you were just above the people in front of you. So if you’re attending next year, don’t panic about getting a good seat because basically you can see the show wherever you sit. 

I thought the kids would get really bored and play up for me in half hour but actually there was lots to keep their minds active. We were in a big dome and there were lots of things projected onto the roof including all the characters and every few minutes the pinky pink would fly past which made the boys watch so they could put it out. Also the narrater Derek Jacobi would keep us reminded of the time and how many minutes was left which made everyone get excited. 

Once the show started the kids just stared in awe! We thought Jack would get bored being only 18 months but he loved it! The show was 1 hour long but I would say about 45 mins was Jacks limit until he started to want to wonder but luckily not too bad. 

It was a great show and I would recommend it to all parents with a child who is a fan of In The Night Garden. 
* I was given tickets to this show but all words and opinions are my own. 

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A Nonessential Amino Acid Can Become the Most Essential Part of Your Sex Life

Erectile dysfunction is not a jargon for men who are unable to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. You might have seen advertisements or overheard two men talking about supplements which can help to increase sexual performance and wondered if they really work. Most of the erectile dysfunction supplements and other natural remedies have long been used in Chinese, African and other cultures. But unlike prescription medications for erectile dysfunction, herbs and herbal supplements haven’t been trusted much for some reason or other. Some can cause side effects or interact with other medications. And the amount of the active ingredient can vary greatly from product to product.
Shift From Prescribed To Herbal Remedies

There is no shortage of promising treatment options if you’re dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED), you may be willing to consider any number of promising treatment options. The quick cure amongst all which does not need any prescription is herbal supplements. Though there is a little evidence supporting the use of most supplements to effectively treat ED, one of the more common supplements marketed to help treat ED is L-arginine. It’s found naturally in meat, poultry, and fish. It can also be made synthetically in a lab. You may find supplements or combinations of supplements with L-arginine in the market or on sites like if your diet is still not sufficient.

However, not everyone may need this amino acid to get and maintain erections on sexual arousal. There could be some other lack or reason for your erectile dysfunction. In that case, taking L-arginine might not help. So before you start its dose, it is really important to know what it is capable of doing and how can you make the best use of it on taking it alone or in combination.

Using L-arginine alone

L-arginine is an amino acid that helps make proteins. It also becomes the gas nitric oxide (NO) in the body. NO is important to erectile function because this gas helps blood vessels relax so more oxygen-rich blood can circulate through your arteries. Healthy blood flow to the arteries of the penis is essential for normal erectile function. L-arginine has been studied extensively as a possible treatment for ED and many other conditions. L-arginine is a chemical building block called “an amino acid.” It is obtained from the diet and is necessary for the body to make proteins. L-arginine is found in red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as medicine.

The results suggest that the supplement, though generally safe and well-tolerated by most men, won’t help restore healthy erectile function. The Mayo Clinic gives L-arginine a C grade when it comes to scientific evidence of successful ED treatment. However, L-arginine is often combined with other supplements, which have different results.

Using L-arginine with Pycnogenol

As you read, l-arginine alone may not be able to treat your ED completely so researches further continued their study on this compound and found that a combination of L-arginine and an herbal supplement called pycnogenol may help. This was found in a study mentioned in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy where a significant number of men ages 25 to 45 with ED achieve normal erections without side effects by using L-arginine and pycnogenol supplements. If you have not heard about Pycnogenol before, it is a trademark name for a supplement taken from the pine bark of a tree called the Pinuspinaster. Though other ingredients may include extracts from peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark which are again all natural. You need not worry buying both L-arginine and Pycnogenol separately and using it to treat ED as there are pills like Prelox containing both which you can use as recommended by your doctor.  

Better be safe than sorry

There are a number of nonprescription products which may claim to be herbal forms of Viagra. Some of these products contain ingredients in unstipulated amounts to the medical standards, which can cause dangerous side effects. Some actually contain the prescription drug but sold without prescription. For all these category of products the Food and Drug Administration has taken legal steps and banned many of them but some potentially dangerous erectile dysfunction remedies remain on the market. Don’t fall in the trap of such supplements.

Talking about L-arginine, it is used in combination with a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications for various conditions. However, it shouldn’t be taken with Viagra. So even if it is not prescribed medication, you can always ask a doctor for the correct use of the supplement if you really care for you and your partner.
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1940’s Day at Black Country Living Museum

On Sunday the 16th of July myself, Tom, Harry, Jack, My Mum and step-Dad headed to the Black Country living Museum for a 1940’s day. It was actually on all weekend but we just went for the one day. It’s not compulsory to dress 1940’s but we chose to (as many others did) because we love to.

I love this photo I captured of Jack, Harry, My Mum and step-Dad. I put it in black and white for a more realistic effect. I’m going to get it printed and up on the wall.

When there it feels like you have been taken back to a village in the 1940’s. It covers 26 acres and has houses you can look in, vehicles, fairground, stalls, and a complete street with a pub and shops plus much more.

When had fun at the fair

We waited 40 minutes for fish and chips but they were so worth it. They tasted amazing!

We watched a re-enactment of a fire being put out caused by a bomb.

I had some victory rolls put in my hair

And we watched a Lancaster bomber flypast which was incredible and left me quite emotional.

And it was just an all round fantastic day of walking around, singing, dancing and having fun. I will definitely be returning next year!



*This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the tickets myself and just wanted to share our great day out.

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Teen daughters Prom 2017

I have a school leaver. I have to keep reminding myself because I keep forgetting (and waking her for school) and quite honestly I just don’t want to believe it! But on the 6th of July she attended her prom and it was a very emotional reminder for me. I kept it together for her though.

She looked beautiful and had a wonderful time and I am incredibly proud of her regardless of what her GCSE results are (when we get them)

On the day we made sure she had lots to drink and to eat so she wouldn’t feel rubbish in the evening.

There wasn’t alot to do most of the day until around 3pm when it all got very busy. My dad and step mum treated her to her hair being done at a hairdressers so she did that first.

Then she came home, put her own make up on and very expensive (tacky, im not a fan of) nails and finally got herself dressed.

And then we all had photo’s with her (Harry wasn’t in the mood and wanted to stay naked so he’s absent)

We didn’t get her a fancy car (she didn’t want one) we just took her in our Nissan Qashqui +2. We stayed with her for 30 mins watching people arrive and then left her to enjoy the evening.

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Getting Festival Ready with Superdrug Essentials

So far this summer we have already been to 3 festivals. We all went to the peace festival and my teen daughter has been to two with her friends. We hope to go to a few more yet too.

When we go to festivals I usually take lots of things like water, food, a little money, blankets and chairs and the usual things you need with children.

But there is also things that I think are really important and are never forgotten. We all have hayfever so we never forget the tablets, liquid, eye drops/sprays etc. Superdrug sent me a few essentials from their range and they’re just what we needed at the festivals.

  • Piriton Hayfever relief tablets
  • Superdrug Dry eye Spray Mist 10ml
  • Fix’em plasters

All of these are essentials for us but I also think good essentials at festivals are

  • Condoms
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Suncream
  • Tissues
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Bottled water
  • Paracetamol

Do you go to festivals? What are your essentials?

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5 Things I discovered About Mcdonalds

On the 6th July I was invited to McDonald’s in Coventry (Walsgrave)  to have a look around and discover what was new and see the changes coming to the restaurant. I had a lovely afternoon chatting with some bloggers and the staff including the lovely franchisee Sarah Mclean.

Whilst there I discovered so may things about McDonald’s that I didn’t know before and I am going to share them with you.

  1. Not only can you now make your order at your leisure with the new self checkout and have it delivered to your table, you can also totally customise your order. We always use the touchscreen screens to order but I always eat the same items because I don’t like some aspects of some meals (I.e pickles on burgers and certain sauces) but now when you order there is a customise button and that will let you take off or add as you wish.

2. Big Mac’s taste nice. In all my years if visiting McDonald’s I have never tasted the most well known of burgers, the Big Mac. But while visiting I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes and make my very own Big Mac (before eating it).

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I think I did a pretty good job

3. While I was in the kitchen we discovered that all food served in McDonald’s is made fresh to order.

4. Some McDonald’s have activities on (this one had face painting) for a small charge. And all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. I had never heard of this charity before but hearing about it on Thursday made my house want to burst. It is a fantastic charity that I will be donating to from now on.

I hope I have helped you discover a few things too with my post and you will be visiting your local McDonald’s soon to have a look at what they have new to discover. The Coventry branch is not the closest one to me but its not a million miles away either so I will definitely be visiting again soon. The kids love the new tablets that they can play on at the tables

Will enjoy their face painted or a balloon (that are given to all children free of charge) or to play in their very awesome soft play.


*This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are my own and honest.

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