Friday, 3 July 2015

Stunning Rose Gold Pieces for Under £35!

We've got a big 'number' birthday coming up in the family and up until today, I was quite unsure on what gift to present to the birthday lady. I know the lady in mention likes ginger biscuits, because she always brings them along to family gatherings, reminding everyone how a good cup of tea isn't complete without a ginger biscuit (I can't agree, I don't like tea and I hate ginger!) and I know she likes to wear perfume, but I don't have a clue what perfume it is, and asking her is just obvious, she'll know its for her birthday as it's just around the corner!

I've never brought the lady in question a present before, 10 years ago, on her last big number birthday, I was only 15, a student and a new, first time mummy, so I couldn't afford a more expensive present then a box of chocolates. I think I brought everyone chocolates when I was younger, it was a cheaper option, I know its the thought that counts but everyone likes chocolate anyway!

Now I am more older and wiser, I prefer to gift presents that are actually going to get used, or cherished, or loved. Not something that can be eaten, with a box that needs to be thrown away, well a box that needs to be recycled actually, or flowers that will eventually die, or a bottle of wine that will soon be drunk and the taste memory long gone!

I don't know much about my aunties likes, we're not the closest of relatives, but she is still a relative and she always makes the effort with me and Spud. I do however know though that she loves rose gold jewellery after we got talking about my ring when me and Gareth got engaged.

My auntie told me her husband had first of all brought her a gold engagement ring back when she was 19 years old, she wore it until she was 29, 10 years after their engagement, and five years after they got married, until she eventually admitted to her husband that she didn't like the ring and never had!

Off they went to town that very morning, and the ring was replaced with her stunning rose gold ring, still on her ring finger today. Her old engagement ring is on a chain around her neck, too precious to not be worn somehow or the other! Luckily Gareth will never have to worry about that because I love my ring, and would never want a different one, not just because of it's looks, but because it's personal too!


So with the idea of rose gold in my head, I visited Buckley and found the three stunning rose gold pieces above, all priced at £35 and under, I need your help in deciding what piece to buy! I suppose it all does come down to personal preference, I for example am not a big necklace fan, I always feel like I can't breath properly no matter how loose the necklace is, but I really can't decide what one is the best as all three pieces are beautiful!

If you was an older more mature lady, what would you prefer? Would you prefer the necklace, the hoop earings or the bracelet? I love the bracelet, so so much, but I'm thinking of an older lady, so would this be wise?

Ahh this is the battle I've been facing all day, and it's why I've decided to share them here, because I can't make a decision!

Please vote below by leaving a comment!

Jada x

Changing The Way Our Date Night Works!

Before children, you only have to worry about yourself when it comes to dates, holidays, evenings/nights out, events and so on, but when you have children, you have to think about them too. It's not just what am I going to wear and how should I style my hair that boggles your mind when it comes to such, but it's also who can babysit the children and much much more.


My beautiful Spud.
I'm lucky in the sense that I have my dad just around the corner from me because Spud loves his grandad and spending time with him, Spud also loves spending time with my dad's dog who Spud calls his best friend. Spud also loves having a sleepover at his auntie Paula's house because he gets to stay and play with his cousins, and every so often, my brother Jamie will watch Spud for a few hours with me, Spud loves this time because Jamie let's Spud do whatever he wants, good old uncles ay!


Jamie and Spud have a great bond, they're more like brothers then Uncle and Nephew!
So for me, a baby sitter is not a problem, Spud is only left with family members and I know he is always safe! I can speak to him on the phone as much as I want, and as much as he wants, and if I should need to get to him quickly in an emergency, everyone is local! However, Jamie still lives at home with our dad, so when Jamie looks after Spud, he has to do it here at our home, which isn't a bad thing, unless I have a night out planned and then I worry about coming in late and a little tipsy, and waking Jamie and Spud up, also we now have Jezeppi (our puppy dog), which makes it even worse because he starts barking as soon as he hears the front door open!


Jamie, Spud and Jezeppi. 
So me and Gareth had been planning differently for our date night last week, we asked Jamie to look after Spud, and put our plans to him. To save us waking up the household when we got home, we decided to stay at a local hotel, and luckily the Holiday Inn South Reading is literally two roads away from my house, so if an emergency should happen, we could get back quickly! It was also better for Jamie as he got to have my bed, instead of sleeping on the sofa as he usually would, a better solution for both parties!

We headed off to the hotel around 7pm to check in and leave our bags there, we then headed off out into Reading town centre only a couple of miles away from the hotel. Firstly we went to dinner, just the two of us to spend some alone time together, and then we spent the evening and night celebrating a friends 'big number' birthday! We got a taxi back to the hotel and didn't disturb anyone, or a puppy dog!


Me and Gareth on our date night/celebrating a friends birthday.
Me and Gareth got back to mine just before 9am in the morning, and Spud had only been awake for 20 minutes, so it wasn't as though he spent a lot of time away from me! Usually on a night out, I would be here when he wakes up, so it was a little different, but he was happy with the plan too as he got to have banana cake for breakfast thanks to uncle Jamie!

Me and Gareth didn't mind the change either, my bed isn't the most comfortablest, but it's not the most horriblest, however the bed at the hotel was a lot nicer, plus none of us had to cook breakfast, wash up, dry up and put away as we just ordered breakfast at the hotel! It was also nice to not have a dog jump on our faces and lick us everywhere at silly o'clock on a Sunday morning!

Have you ever changed the way a date night works for easier arrangements? I remember once in my younger days, just after Spud was born, me and his dad arranged a date, but due to my baby brain I forgot all about it and didn't turn up! Oops!

Until next time,
Jada x

*Written in collaboration with IHG.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Five Things To Do With Kids In Berkshire This Summer!

Me and Spud are lucky when it comes to our location, we live in Reading which is located in the county of Berkshire! Reading isn't far from London at all, especially if you jump on the fast train, you'll arrive at Paddington train station within 30 minutes having the capital at your feet with great public transport services!

However, to have a good time, we don't need to venture out of Berkshire at all, and here is just five places to visit in Berkshire that me and Spud love to visit as often as we can!

Places to Visit.

Windsor Castle - Windsor.

Windsor Castle is not only the home of Queen Elizabeth, but it's also the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world which offers an extraordinarily rich and varied day out for all the family! Tickets will cost you £11.30 for a child under the age of 17, and the same cost applies for disabled guest, children under the age of 5 get into the castle for free, with an adult ticket costing £19.20, and over 60's & student tickets costing £17.50 with valid ID. A family ticket will cost you £27.80 and gets up to 2 adults, and 3 under 17's in.


Image Source: http://www.everycastle.com

Go Ape - Bracknell.

Go Ape is the number one forest adventure in the UK with 28 Go Ape's around the country! If you like living an adventurous lifestyle, or want to be more adventurous, then Go Ape is the place to be! A classic Go Ape visit includes a 2-3 hours long Treetop Adventure where you'll be briefed on safety, before you fly down zip wires, leap off a Tarzan swing and tackle some crossings! Prices vary depending on location, dates and what course you'd like to do! Do check out the official website for more information!

Coral Reef - Bracknell.

Understandably you can go swimming anywhere, in any swimming pool, but you've not experienced a real UK swimming pool until you've visited Coral Reef! With three water slides (the Python, Anaconda and Boa), a lazy river enjoying the outdoor sun, relaxing poolside spa pools, the excitement of fast river and much more, you must visit Coral Reef for the ultimate swimming experience! If you're lucky enough to go on a day where the photographers in, you can even get a family portrait in the water to capture the memory forever! Prices vary depending on age and whether you're visiting during the peak or off-peak season. Car parking will cost you £3, but allows you to stay at the attraction for up to five hours.


Image Source: http://www.getreading.co.uk

The Living Rainforest - Thatcham.

The Living Rainforest is home to over 700 species of plants, insects and animals, you can experience the rainforest experience without even leaving the UK! Keep an eye out for free roaming birds, lizards and butterflies, plus the monkeys, a crocodile, toucans, snakes and much more! Also to be seen are some of the worlds most popular food plants, including coffee, ginger, banana, vanilla and cocoa! This is a fab day out if you're into nature and living things. Once you buy a ticket to The Living Forest, you can return over and over again for one whole year, ticket prices are as follows; OAP's and students £9.35, adults £9.95, prices for children between the ages of 2-14 is £8.45 with under 2s getting in for free. Family ticket prices are between £32.35 and £33.35 depending on the number of adults. 

Cliveden Gardens - Maidenhead.

Part of the National Trust, if you visit Cliveden Gardens you can follow in the footsteps of royalty, earls and dukes as you explore a series of gardens each with their own special charm. With vibrant floral displays the gardens will delight you in every season. For children, the Storybook Play Den encourages imaginations to run wild as children find wooden carvings of storybook characters whilst the 500 metres of winding paths in the Cliveden Maze make it a challenge to all visitors at the centre! Tickets depend on your visit, so do check out the official website for prices.


Image Source: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Getting Around

Berkshire has a great range of public transport available if you don't drive, with main train stations and littler unmanned stations, you'll be sure to be able to reach your destination either by train, bus or taxi! If you drive, then you've nothing to worry about, with no silly zone charges in Berkshire unlike London, its easy to access attractions by car!

Accomodation.

With the Holiday Inn Maidenhead situated very close to Windsor and in Maidenhead itself, sorting out accommodation for you and your family is relatively easy! If you do decide to stay there, you're very close to London, which opens up a whole new chapter of attractions to visit, and places to go with the kids!

Until next time,
Jada x

*Written in collaboration with IHG.

The Ultimate Guide for the Groom and Groomsmen

Planning a wedding is hard work, especially when you have to choose between expensive venues and decide which relatives to invite. Then comes the time to decide about the seating chart, table decorations and bridesmaids dresses; however, the groom and groomsmen have their own unique set of decisions, including suits and speeches.
So here are some tips to help reduce those wedding day nerves and make sure the groom and groomsmen feel prepared.
Suits and Styles
There used to be very few choices when it came to suiting up the groom and groomsmen, but nowadays there are many more stylish and personal trends. While you can opt for a traditional three piece, morning suit, or tuxedo, you could consider something less conventional. Have a little fun and choose mix matched suits for each groomsmen, select art deco inspired Great Gatsby ensembles, or go for romanticised vintage with checks, tweed, bowties and braces.
Gifts for Groomsmen
After all of their hard work organising an incredible stag party and always being on hand to offer help, you can repay your groomsmen with thoughtful gifts. Consider purchasing fancy neckwear (Knightsbridge offer some great styles), an expensive bottle of whiskey, a keepsake watch, or a box of cigars, or a pair of engraved cufflinks. Alternatively, you could pick a present that shows how well you know them, refers to an inside joke or gift something handmade.
Photo Opportunities
You've probably hired a professional photographer to capture your day, but it's important to remember to discuss the shots you want at your consultation. As well as images of the groom and groomsmen getting ready and waiting at the ceremony for the bride's arrival, arrange for some funny shots, too. You could wear superhero t-shirts, re-enact scenes from films, hold bouquets, have a sword fight, or have photos while you're jumping. Your wedding day is supposed to represent you, so have some fun and make your photographs more personal.
The Speeches
Speeches can be the bane of the groom and groomsmen's lives, as they are hard to write and can be nerve wrecking to deliver. There are templates all over the internet to help you with structure and content, but the most memorable speeches are personal, tell stories and express feelings. When you've finished writing, make sure you take time to practice before the big day, as this will help you banish those nerves. Oh and whatever you do, don't forget your paper copy!

Now Gareth will never have an excuse when I ask him nearer the time of what he's suppose to do!

Until next time,
Jada x