Rugby’s Got Balls

As you know we recently moved home. Our nearest town is now Rugby, which is the second largest town in the country. One day we decided to go exploring as we’re not used to having such a big town close by. While we were in the town we came across a large egg and Harry wanted a photo next to it. Harry talked a lot about it so when I got home, I did a little Google search and found that it was in fact a rugby ball (makes sense really) and it was placed there in 2015 to celebrate the Rugby World Cup. 

Then I discovered there was actually 5 dotted around Rugby so Harry got really excited and wanted a photo with each one. So far we’ve only been able to find 4. The fifth one is in a car park (which we’re not familiar with) but we’ve been told it was damaged and was unsure if it’s been put back. If we find it, I will add it to the post. 

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Silent Sunday 

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Saturday is Caption Day

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Do you fear ‘collection only’?

Do you fear ‘collection only’? A lot of us have been guilty of browsing through eBay, coming across something we love, but when we look down to see delivery method, we sigh at the site of ‘collection only’ next to the seller’s location being out of reach to pop over on a Sunday afternoon. You might even be someone that ignores ‘collection only’ listings entirely, or even filters them out of search results.

If this sounds like you, you could missing out on some great bargains!

Shiply is a website where you make a listing for an item you need moving, and transport companies send you quotes. It saves you money because the transport companies are already going in that direction – they are already booked for a delivery, and the quote you receive is basically a quote for the spare space in the vehicle. This makes deliveries much cheaper and more friendly on the environment than sending only the one item (Essentially carpooling for deliveries).

It’s also an eBay-compatible application, which means you can put in a link to the eBay listing and it’ll fill in all the product and sizing details for you to save you time.

Still not sure? Have a look at some recent listings on Shiply to get an idea of how much your item is likely to go for before making the purchase.

Once you’ve made the purchase, get in touch with the seller to agree on a suitable pick up date, and make your listing on Shiply. Tip: the longer you leave it, the more likely the prices are to decrease. Once you’ve found a quote you like, accept it on Shiply and off you go.

Shiply transport providers are vetted before they are allowed on the site, and belong to a transport company anyway, so you’re only getting quotes from professionals. There are even specialist companies that move pianos, cars, boats etc so you really can get anything delivered!
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Peace Festival at Leamington Spa

On saturday the 17th June we headed to the peace featival at Leamingon Spa. We have been every year since the teenagers were little, I think we’ve been going for about 9 years. We’ve also gone every year with my dad and step mum. 

It’s such a great place to visit. They have…

  • Stalls
  • Food
  • Live music
  • Kids entertainment
  • Face painting

So so much going on that it’s easy to spend the whole day there. There is lots of food for sale but we usually take a picnic because who doesn’t love a picnic? 

We never get bored of going because every year something has been different. So it’s always exciting. It’s always such a relaxing day, even with children. 

It’s on every year around Father’s Day and it is free admission. 

Here’s a few photos from our recent day out….

It’s a great day out and I recommend it to every one of any age. 
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Happy Father’s Day Tom

This man is the most amazing person I have ever met. And he is the best Dad. I met Tom when we were both 23. Tom still lived with his Mum and Dad and didn’t have any children and I was a single mum with 2 kids.

When we met in a nightclub I told him about my children straight away. He didn’t seem to mind that I had children but I thought that may be the drink talking and didn’t expect him to see e again after that night. But i’m happy to say he did. We went on a few more dates and I would tell him about the kids and he would also ask about them.

When he finally met the children, they took to him straight away (phew) and he liked them. We eventually moved in together and he treated the kids as if they were his own. We acted like any normal family and they soon started to call him Daddy. We never pushed it, it was just something they decided themselves. Their biological Dad has never been in the picture (his own choice) so we just went along with it.

Fast forward 11 years and we have two more children and he treats all four exactly the same. They all love him as much as he loves them.

Happy Fathers Day Tom, we love you xx

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Silent Sunday 

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Saturday is Caption Day

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Our bedroom makeover

As you know we recently moved home. When we moved in almost everything needed doing. We’re slowly getting there and as we do each room I’m going to share them with you. 

First room to be done is our bedroom. We’ve almost done the living room too. 

We did our bedroom first because we needed new wardrobes (we had built in ones in the old house) so we thought it would be silly to put in a wardrobe (as you will see I ordered a massive one) just to take it down and decorate. Especially when we had over a week before the wardrobe was delivered. Also the nicotine stained walls were not the healthiest for Jack. 

Anyway, it started like this…..

And now it looks like this……

We’ve still got to gloss the skirting boards and Tom’s wardrobe door (it’s a built in wardrobe and yes, all of that double wardrobe is mine) 

The other side of the room still has Jack’s cot in it but when he moves in with Harry, I will show you what we do with that area. I’m still not sure yet. Any ideas? 

I love my dressing table! I’ve always wanted one but never had the room before. 

I’m so happy with it! It just feels so relaxing. Which is a must when you have 4 children 🙂 

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The Space Between Us DVD


In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.
Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
Starring Gary Oldman (Child 44, Criminal), Asa Butterfield (Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Carla Gugino (San Andreas, Watchmen) and Britt Robertson (Mother’s Day, Tomorrow Land). The Space Between Us is Directed by Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness).

I thought this was a really lovely heartwarming film. If you’re not a fan of soppy and a little unrealistic films then this wouldn’t be for you. I must say it’s not usually my kind of film but I actually really enjoyed it. It helps that I like a lot of the actors in it. I think it’s definitely worth a watch and I will probably watch it again. I give it a 7/10.

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