Learning To Drive, The Provisional Story.

With Spud starting secondary school next year, and the school I want him to attend being miles away, I've finally plucked up the courage and ordered myself a provisional driving license! Although we have a secondary school located just across the road from us - a two minute walk from our home, I would never send Spud there, and if he doesn't get the school we both want him to attend, then he will be home educated - pure and simple!

Either with him going to the school in question, or being home educated, I need to learn how to drive. I've wanted to drive for as long as I can remember, but two things have always stopped me, one being the funds to finance driving, lessons aren't cheap, nor are the test you have to do, and two being my anxiety about driving. I think until I get in a car for the first time, I won't know how I'm going to be, so there's no point in beating myself up and worrying about nothing!

So a little over a week ago, I went onto the DVLA website and purchased myself one of those green cards us Brits call the provisional driving licence. I just need to get my photo signed and then I can send off for my card! I'm planning on taking my theory test first, so I can concentrate on one part at a time, the first part being the theory, and then the second part being the practical side of driving!

As far as cars come, I don't want anything too juicy with it being my first car, I don't need a massive engine, nor do I want one with the price of petrol! I just want something that's safely going to get me from A to B! With it being my first car, I'm looking at buying a second hand car, and I want to buy it before I pass my test so I can get an experienced driver to help me practise more beyond my lessons.

My little brother Jamie recently passed his test and in April got himself a little runaround car, a three door Corsa to be precise and it suits him perfectly. At the moment, I would prefer a five door car, but if a three door makes the insurance cheaper, it's something I'd consider changing my mind about as I know first time drivers insurance can be rather expensive! I've been getting a few quotes and to say I was shocked was an understatement to say the least!

When searching around for second hand cars, I came across the infographic below from Trust Two, and wasn't surprised that 75% of families prefer Ford cars, I spend a lot of time with my sister and her two children, and she's had a few Ford models that have lasted her well, if I had to choose my first car right now, it would be a Ford Focus!

It's also interesting to see the difference in favourited brands across the UK, England's top car brand is Ford, whilst it differs across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland! Now I can imagine myself visiting these countries whilst looking for the majority in car brands aha!

Jada x


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Bringing Unique Home Comforts Into Your Home With DIY.

I've lost count of the amount of blankets and throws I've purchased for my bedroom since I moved in here 18 months ago, I've got at least eight stored in my wardrobe, purchased for the intention of being used on my bed, but none of them suited when they was opened up. It means I've lost a fair bit of money - over £100 at least, because as soon as you take the tags off, or open the packaging, the items can't be returned, so they've just sat in my wardrobe, collecting dust I can say.

I've also lost count of the amount of times I've been blanket/throw shopping, spending hours looking for a product that would be perfect for my bed, wasted hours I now can't get back. I've spent countless hours doing searches on the internet for what I think of being my dream blanket/throw, searched website after website, put so many products in my basket, to not go through with the purchase.

Just when I thought about re-decorating my bedroom, just so I can have my dream look, but unfortunately in a different colour, the lovely Emily over at Twin Mummy and Daddy blog gave me the inspiration I needed! I'm a keen reader of Emily's blog, she writes about literally everything parent related, but she also mixes it up with lots of DIY/Arts and Crafts style post, and recently she's been making lots of items from dolls, elves and even a blanket!


Emily made these elves from scratch! How talented is she!? You can read her post here.
Now, whilst Emily is amazing at what she does, I've not picked up a needle for a few years! The last time I picked up a needle was to try and save a hole in one of my favourite tops, my aim was to sew it together to stop it getting any bigger, but I somehow managed to ruin the top even more, so I vowed never to attempt my own sewing repair again!

However, thanks to my nan teaching me the basics of how to knit when I was younger, I'm not that bad at knitting believe it or not. I used to watch my nan with fascination, working the knitting needle over and over again to make beautiful patterns and designs. I soon had my very own little starter set, with my nan giving me unused wool and buying me my very own needles, I was most probably the only 11 year old of my era who had such an interest!

My nan carried on with her knitting and still does to this day, but as I got older, I soon started to move onto different hobbies and interest (one of them being computers and writing!), but I would still take note in the way my nan knitted, watching in amazement at how fast and perfect she made her creations. I also had to listen to my nan moan about the price of wool on the highstreet, and how it was working out cheaper to buy products themselves instead of making them.

With the motivation I needed from Emily, last week I decided I would try and make my own blanket throw, using a pattern, and with the trusted help of my nan after a phonecall to her. I started looking around the very few fabric shops we have left in Reading, and soon recalled the conversation my nan and I had about the prices of materials. Whilst I want a blanket throw that suits my desire, I don't want to spend a fortune on having to make it.

Coming home feeling defeated yet again, I decided to look around online, first checking out online selling market places, until I got a bit more specific with my search which led me to Deramores, the 2015 winner of the Best Online Knitting Store and after making my purchase last night, with a basket full of items, I can now see why they won such!


I've decided to go with the pattern above, although it's not something I imagined, when I see it I instantly fell in love with it and pictured it in my room! Now I've just got to wait for my order to arrive and I can crack on, my lovely nan has said she will help me too, so there's no chance of me messing this one up!

Hopefully this post will help people who like me haven't been able to find their perfect buy, sometimes we need a little bit of DIY in our lives to create the perfect look we want!

Until next time,
Jada x
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Habito - Finding A Mortgage With Innovation!

When I was younger, I dreamed of owning a big house, a house with a swimming pool, a cinema room, a very large kitchen and at least one big garden. Naturally, when you become older, you take note of your surroundings and current financial position which gives you the reality that those dreams may just be that. However, being the owner of a property doesn't have to be a dream, and with so many ways to get a mortgage these days, as long as you have a steady working income, the part of your dream of becoming a homeowner can be reality.

Moving in seemed like the longest process of my life!
Having lived in this house for 18 months, I've recently been thinking about making it our very own home. At the moment, I rent the property from the council, which is great, but I know it's not mine. Of course I can decorate the walls however I want, and do limited moderations, but if the house was my own I could do a lot more. With the government's right to buy scheme, I must wait at least 18 more months to be considered, but there's no time like the present to get the ball rolling, after all getting a mortgage isn't as easy as buying a newspaper!

With the modern world advancing around us at an increasing pace, many of us are aware of online mortgage sites. One such site which launched in April this year is Habito, “using unique proprietary technology, Habito analyses every mortgage on the market across 100 lenders in seconds. It identifies the very best mortgage for each applicant, based on their individual circumstances, and enables them to complete their application online, from a phone or tablet, within around 30 minutes.”

Backed by some of the most successful fintech entrepreneurs in Europe - including Transferwise CEO Taavet Hinrikus and Funding Circle CEO Samir Desai - https://www.habito.com/ is the world’s only digital mortgage broker. Directly authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, Habito is completely impartial and free. With 7.6 million active mortgages in Britain, 69% of which are completed with the support of a mortgage broker, the market potential for the company is huge. Because the process is fully automated, the company is built on strong foundations to achieve significant scale quickly.

I decided to test out Habito myself, on the homepage as first impressions really do count, I was greeted by a clean cut design, with an easy to navigate system, a number of five star customer reviews greeted me at the bottom of the homepage, and being an established blogger, reviews are something I not only take seriously but look for first when it comes to buying or using a product/service. The bottom of the site also shows that Habito, has been featured on a number of valuable sources, including The Daily Telegraph, Sky News, TechCrunch and more.

I want our house to be ours, where my boys can make memories!
Being a first time mortgage looker (I say this because I'm not sure if I'm entitled to buy my home), having something easy to understand is a must. I don't know the ins and outs of mortgages, nor do I know even the basics, so having a handy help and FAQs page was welcoming. My concern was how a service which on first and final thoughts, could simply provide their custom free of charge, thanks to the help and FAQs page, my mind was quickly put to ease.

Two members of my family have lost their homes due to failed mortgages which came after job losses, so going down the mortgage route is something rather daunting as well as being exciting. I'm self employed, and after being a stupid young adult, I found myself slowly getting into debt, so I worry about these things affecting my potential mortgage, however Habito again put my mind to rest by ensuring that things work differently with them and their lenders.

You may possibly be reading this article whilst thinking what's different from visiting a high street broker? Well first things first, with Habito, you don't need to leave your own home, that's always a bonus isn't it? No appointments, no scheduled times, no smart dress up, and pages and pages of paperwork at the very least. I comfortably laid on my sofa, with my laptop and completed a very quick search whilst wearing my pyjamas with 10 hour old make up on my face - I'm winning!

I can hear you saying but I like leaving my home, getting dressed up and having scheduled meetings with lots of paperwork to fill out, and that's fine, but can your broker check out over 100 lenders within 30 minutes? If they're a robot then yes, if not, then no! The average broker will look at 11-12 lenders and process an application in 2-3 weeks, but it’s impossible for one person to look at every mortgage in the market! This often leaves people with the wrong mortgage, and with 1 in 2 people in Britain suffering from ‘mortgage mismatch’ meaning they could be on a better deal, saving on average £4,000 per year that's something I'm not prepared

Habito are using technology to revolutionise the market and do for mortgages what Uber has done for taxis, eBay has done for auctioning and AirBnB has done for accommodation and for that, as a first time potential homebuyer, I thank and salute them!

Jada x
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Upcycling: Scrap or Hidden Gem?

Upcyling is a craze that took over the summer just a couple of years ago. A favourite of hipsters, teachers, parents looking to keep the kids occupied and environmental enthusiasts alike, upcycling is the process of giving something previously considered only fit for the scrap heap, a new purpose and a new lease of life.

How to Upcycle.
A favourite with fans of rustic home fashions, upcycling is the process of taking something tired, old and far past its best, and turning it into something new, useable and, most importantly, valuable.

Furniture is one of the most commonly upcycled items, along with scrap wood (pallets and crates are very popular) which is, in turn, turned into new furniture. Wooden items don’t require too much skill and are something that can be transformed by anyone with just a little imagination and knack with a paint brush. When it comes to turning old TVs into aquariums though, it’s likely to take a little more prior knowledge and is unlikely to be a weekend DIY project.

Image Source: Pixabay.

Why Upcycle?
Upcycling isn’t just about saving money, it’s about avoiding the pitfall of “saving money” on cheap items that don’t last. Instead, it makes more sense to spend slightly more on quality that can be repurposed again and again.

Etsy, for example, is a selling platform for individuals dedicated to repurposing, upcycling and re-using in a bid to create something that can be designed and sold for someone else to enjoy.

Inspiration
Next time you’re considering throwing something out because it’s past its best or no longer fits in with your tastes, look around for inspiration on how you could transform it in order to create something you can use again. Whether that’s reupholstering a tired looking chair with a bright a vibrant pattern, or perhaps the laying of old vinyl records of as a brand new floor surface, with a little elbow grease, imagination and willingness, you’ll be able to create a beautifully rustic, shabby chic finish.

Can You Upcycle Anything?
The answer here is probably yes, but there are times when it can be very expensive. Restored classic cars for example, look amazing but the process of restoring them is a time consuming and expensive one. However, there are quick and easy ways to get your car in the condition you want. A logbook loan from Auto Advance will free up some of the cash in the value of your car which will allow you to complete the restoration process, while also keeping full use of the vehicles too. As soon as you’ve paid the loan back your beautifully restored classic car will be 100% yours once again.

Image Source: Pixabay.
Why not take something you’ve fallen out of love with and see what you can do with it? Not only is the process cathartic, you’re guaranteed to love the finished product and save yourself some money in the meantime too.

Jada x
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Top Tips for Transforming a Child’s Bedroom!

As children get older their bedroom usually has to change to meet their needs – somewhere for a baby to sleep, becomes somewhere for a child to play.

The issue with changing this space is that a child almost needs constant supervision, while redecorating a room can be time-consuming, complex and expensive.

Image Source: Pixabay.
This list of top tips should help you transform your child’s room to meet their growing needs simply, safely, quickly and cheaply.

1. Give Yourself Room to Work.
Before you get started, remember it’s not wise to redecorate a child’s room with the child around. It’s better to instead ask a family member to keep an eye on them in another room, as you work, or leave them with a friend or relative for a few hours, while you get the majority of the job done.

Whatever the solution, you should aim to work quickly and get the new and improved room ready for your child as soon as possible.

2. A Lick of Paint.
Changing the colour of a single wall can revitalise a room with very little effort. Painting a bedroom wall a child’s favourite colour can also make it a more personal space for them and help them to put their stamp on it.

If you’ve got more time or you’re feeling particularly artistic (and are a dab hand with a paintbrush) you could go further and create a scene or mural on the wall. This could feature something your child really loves – princesses or pirates, for instance, or their favourite animals or cartoon characters.

3. Space to Play and Room to Work.
A room for a baby usually just consists of storage space, while providing somewhere for them to sleep. As a child gets older this needs to change to make way for play areas, work desks and bedside tables. 

It’s best to move any clutter; boxes and stored furniture somewhere else. You should aim to create as much floor space as possible, ideal for them to complete school work, while providing room to play.

4. A New Bed
As a child grows they will invariably outgrow their cot and need a new bed. It’s important to ensure the bed doesn’t take up so much space that there’s no room for them to play. So think about the size and style of the bed you buy – a kid’s sized bed, rather than a full-size single bed, for instance.

You can also use empty space underneath the bed as an area for storage. Storing books, toys and games there, for instance, can free up shelves and space in the room that would otherwise be used up.

5. Effective Storage
Let’s face it, children have lots of stuff: clothes, books, toys, and games, which, if not kept in check, can (and will) get everywhere. Having simple but effective storage solutions, like large plastic bins, drawers and baskets can help keep everything organised.

By investing in such storage units you can know where everything is, while your child can still easily find whichever toy they want to play with.

6. Soft Furnishings
Along with the coat of paint mentioned earlier, another way to quickly breathe new life into a room is from your choice of soft furnishings. If your child has got a new bed, this means you’ll need some new bedding and pillows, giving you an immediate opportunity to add some simple splashes of colour to the room.

There are many department stores and online shops, such as eBay, that do soft furnishings with a theme. This means that if you did indulge those creative impulses, and crafted a mural on your child’s bedroom wall, you should be able to get cushions, curtains, bedding, cuddly toys and a rug to really help tie the room together. 

You might need to adapt parts of the storage as they grow up and, perhaps, paint over the pirates or princesses on the ‘feature wall’. But combining all these tips should give your child a room that any kid would be proud to their call own for years to come.

This is a sponsored post provided courtesy of We Buy Any House.
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Top Garden Furnitures You Must Have to Enjoy Hot Summers!

With the rising temperatures we have been witnessing yearly since the past decade as a result of climate change and the Greenhouse Effect, the heat of summer months is becoming more and more intolerable for a vast majority of people around the planet. This condition has furthermore been worsened by the recent economic crisis, and subsequently many families who choose not to go on holiday abroad have opted for a more relaxing and budget friendly holiday, transforming their home garden into a perfect summer retreat where they can bask in the sun and take advantage of the many accessories and furniture essentials to make their garden into an enviable summer holiday experience and at the same time combat the heat.


Cheap furniture is available for under £50 at many outlets, and this includes essentials like a wooden drink trolley to help cool off the whole family while avoiding tiring trips back and forth between the kitchen and the garden. A BBQ grill is indispensable for outdoor fun with friends and neighbours, so keep a lookout on the special deals for large or moderate­ size BBQ set­ups depending on your needs. To ward off the excessive heat, parasols and garden sails of various sizes complemented with lounge chairs help make your summer garden experience more comfortable. Stand­alone parasols with solid base can be easily installed or placed to provide shade in any area of the garden, It is recommended to use high quality furnitures with resistant materials. A lot of brands provide similar products offering a large choice of luxury items like hexagonal and triangular garden sails that will help capture and deliver some of the fresh wind breeze.

Naturally, no summer holiday can be complete without a swimming pool. For the occasion, consider an inflatable swimming pool that can accommodate the whole family and your friends. With several inflatable models like a 10 ft across easily installable pool connected to the garden hose, this eliminates the hassle of built­in large swimming pools requiring constant cleaning and maintenance. Best of all, they can be packed and removed quickly and easily. The kids will also love a swing set­up where they can spend hours of enjoyment and which can be easily placed in any area of the garden.

For delightful evenings when the temperature cools and the fresh summer breeze blows, portable natural heaters like fire bowls and steel chimeneas will complement the party mood of your garden summer and keep you warm. Steel chimeneas are a good choice because they have a rain lid and are child­proof. And do not forget to liven up your summer evenings with outdoor stake lights powered by solar energy, easily popped in the ground during the day and when fully charged capable of delivering up to eight hours of light.

Jada x
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Some Of The Top Ways To Renovate Your Home For Summer

When it comes to renovating your home, there’s no better time to do it than during summer. Whether you’re making big or small changes, summer is the perfect time to make a change. It’s warmer, so if you have any issues with heating, you don’t need to worry as much. Not only that, each new season is a great time to give your home a new look. You don’t have to make huge changes, of course, but simply adding a fresh coat of paint or a new accessory could make your home look brand new. If you want a bit of inspiration, the following tips can help you:

I don't regret selecting the feature wall that I did, the way the sun shines through is lovely!

Add A Feature Wall
A feature wall is a great addition to any home. The only thing you should do is make sure you don’t have too many of them. Two in one house is definitely enough, but it’s up to you where you put them. One feature wall to a room is enough. You could place yours in the living room, bedroom, kitchen - wherever you like. The idea is that this wall draws the eye before any other wall, and creates a cool focal point in the room. While some people might simply use a large accessory as a focal point, creating a feature wall can be a lot of fun and a great way to show off your personality. You can use paint, wallpaper, lots of pictures, or even a texture to create your feature wall. Whatever you prefer and feel suits the ambiance of your room best!

To get this right, you really need to make sure you pick the right wall to feature. It shouldn’t have anything distracting on it, like windows or doors. Ideally, it’ll be a completely blank wall. In the bedroom, for instance, the feature wall could be the wall right behind the bed.

Pick A New Colour Scheme
Picking a new colour scheme for summer can work really well too. It doesn’t take much effort to paint the walls, and is a simple way to change things up. Maybe you could pick a more summery colour scheme, something with brights or pastels. You could even make it more neutral, so you can create the feel you want with the help of accessories. Neutral colours never go out of fashion, and they are so easy to accessorise. You don’t want to paint your house every few months, so picking something you won’t get sick of is a good idea. You can use a colour wheel to select your new scheme if you need help choosing mixed/matched colours. Contrasting colours can be an amazing way to make your home look more fun and unique!

Change Your Window Treatments
Having big, heavy curtains can be great for colder climates and even old period houses. But when summer comes, you want to be able to control the temperature of your home easier, as well as let in lots of natural light. How do you do this? With blinds! The Blinds Superstore has some great examples of different blinds you can select for your home. You can even just change to a lighter, more sheer curtain if you prefer. The great thing about blinds, though, is that you can control the amount of light you let in, and there’s always the option for more privacy.

Swap Your Accessories/Add New Ones
Swapping over your accessories or buying new accessories can add more personality to your home and give it a summer vibe. If you want things to seem really summery, you could purchase some colourful pictures and add some coloured pillows to your sofa. You could have a set of accessories you use for the colder months and a set you use for the summer months, and swap them over accordingly. Then you don’t have to spend a fortune constantly buying new accessories. The great thing about using accessories to make an impact is that they can really help to turn your house into a home.

My dad's garden, once in season it's one of the loveliest home gardens I've ever seen!

Makeover Your Garden
Having a pretty garden in the summer is a great way to bring your home up to date. People enjoy spending more time in the garden come summer, so you want to make sure yours is all ready. Whether you want to spend alone time there reading a book or invite your friends over for a BBQ, there are many things you can do. Make sure your lawn is well manicured, and get rid of as many weeds as possible. You can add more flowers if you like too, making sure to include lots of pretty colours. Bear in mind the types of flowers you include will affect the scent of your garden too - include all of the sense for the best experience! Water features make amazing garden accessories, and add a real feel of tranquility. Having a good seating area is a good idea, so you can spend time in the sun and maybe even eat dinner al fresco.

Invest In a New Bathroom/Kitchen
Investing in a new bathroom or kitchen probably won’t be cheap, but summer is a good time to do it. As you’ll have to live with your new bathroom/kitchen for some time, you don’t want to pick a theme only suited to summer. Pick something classic that will stand the test of time so that the novelty doesn’t wear off. Even if you only treat yourself to a few new appliances, or change the faucets to give a new look, you can make your home feel much better. Changing your bathroom or kitchen in summer is a good idea, as you don’t need to worry too much about heating. Not only that, you’re more likely to go out to eat, meaning you won’t need to spend as much time cooking. The more you can minimise disruption when making these changes, the better.

Use these tips when making over your home this summer and you’ll find it so much easier. You’ll be able to create a home with lots of character too!

Until next time,
Jada x
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Our Mini Holiday To Weymouth 2016.

Every year, I try to get two holidays in with Spud, reflecting on my own childhood, where I had at least two holidays myself, I want my child to have the same that I had. Now my mum lives by the coast, we're lucky we're able to save a small fortune on accommodation by visiting her in the school summer holidays for at least a week, having a Cornish holiday, and getting to visit Spud's nanny/my mum, and Spud's auntie/my little sister at the same time.

We do love our holidays in Cornwall, but we also love our breaks away at holiday sites such as Haven, so we try to go away to one of those at least once a year too. What we love about holiday sites is the entertainment and park facilities, I fondly remember me and my siblings dancing away to party songs and being called up on stage, and it's nice for Spud to do the same.

My mums area in Cornwall has beaches, but they're not the same as beaches you can get in other area's like Weymouth. My mums area seems to be very surfer based, they don't have arcades, they don't have donkey rides, punch and judy shows and much more, so it's nice to get two different holidays in and let Spud see the difference, one is based on entertainment, whilst the other see's you making your own entertainment.

Spud had an inset day on Thursday and Friday last week, so after school on Wednesday we headed off to Weymouth and spent a few days there until Sunday. We left miserable weather in Reading and was greeted by sun in Weymouth, it was lovely to get away and as it was term time we was able to enjoy a break away at a much more affordable price, the inset days really did come in handy!

When Spud was at school on Wednesday, I packed and got everything ready so it was a case of picking him up from school and setting off. As soon as we arrived in Weymouth, we went straight to Asda to stock up on some bits for the caravan, such as cereals, breakfast items, fruits, drinks etc. We try to eat lunch and dinner off site or at least out of the caravan, but luckily there's a shop on site which sells all the basics you may need, as well as there being two shops on the main road if we did want to eat lunch or dinner at the caravan.

On the Wednesday we pretty much dropped off our shopping along with our luggage to the caravan and then headed straight to the entertainment complex in time for Spud to see the character show. We ordered dinner from the Papa John's on site, watched a little bit of the show and headed off to the caravan for a good night's sleep ready for a full day on Thursday.

Spud, my dad (Spud's grandad) and my brother Paul (Spud's uncle).
On Thursday, after breakfast, showering and getting dressed, we headed into the town centre which is also where the main part of the beach is! We had a look around a few shops, visiting the toy shop first on Spud's request where he spent some of his money on some new TY Beanie Boo animals, and then we headed off to the beach.


We spent a few hours on the beach, but unfortunately it was a little breezy and the sand was being blown into our faces, but more so our eyes, something that's never welcomed! We crossed the road back into town and had some lunch, before a quick visit to the arcade, and then decided to go back to the site so we could go swimming. 

The site we was staying on (Seaview) has both an indoor and outdoor pool, and due to it being sunny but breezy outside, me, Gareth and Spud decided to go to the indoor pool, whilst other members of our family visited the outdoor pool, something I soon wished we'd done as they told us how lovely and warm the pool was, a difference to the cooler indoor pool we visited!



We then headed back to the caravan, got ready and headed to the entertainment complex where we had dinner at the mini restaurant bar. The children's entertainment soon started and as usual my little man was down on the dancefloor getting involved! The FunStars GO Live really do get the children excited, especially when they say we have games coming up and we're looking for people to come up on stage for the chance to win!


Spud soon grabbed his uncle Paul's hand and had him down on the dancefloor for a dance competition, and to no one's surprise, they was picked to go up on stage! Every year for the last five years, Spud has been picked to go on stage, so he's use to the attention being on him, and he's from a very big family so he's already got the competitiveness blood in him!


Spud and Paul (my second eldest brother), had to compete against another child and adult, Spud had to guess what sports Paul was acting out, and then Paul had to have a dance competition with the other adult, it was safe to say Paul and Spud won, leaving the stage with lots of cheers, and a certificate, badge and sticker for Spud!


It's these things that make my heart melt, Spud doesn't have much confidence, but when on holiday he leaves his worries at home. He does need his ear defenders once the children's entertainment is over and the family entertainment starts as it gets too loud for him in the complex, we've not been able to stay for any longer than 30 minutes due to the sound, but he always tries and for that, I'm the proudest mummy!


The rest of our mini holiday see us visiting Bowleave Cove, an area situated at the top of a very big hill as Spud says, featuring a established small fair catering for younger children (no teenager onward rides), a large indoor play centre, a cafe, a restaurant and an arcade - which Spud wanted to visit every day due to it housing two Animal Kaiser machines! You pop a pound into the machine, play a game and get a Animal Kaiser card, Spud has over 30 cards now, and even gave some doubles away, so you can imagine how much money went into this machine from myself and other family members with four of the five children wanting to play it!


We also got the children a wristband each which entitled them entry to the soft play house, and as many goes on the rides as they wanted, they had an hour in the soft play running around, whizzing down slides and having ball pit fights with one another! They went on all the fair rides along with the trampolines but soon got bored and wanted to go back to the Animal Kaiser machine!


Other days see us spending more time on Weymouth's sandy beach, with Spud enjoying a donkey ride for the first time! I've lost count of the amount of ice cream and ice lollies that was purchased, and if I see pizza this week, I think I'll cry because of how much of it we seemed to of consumed!


I wasn't feeling to great on the Saturday, so Gareth took Spud swimming for me when we arrived back at the caravan so I could have a nap. My dad (who we was sharing a caravan with), went off alone to Bowleaze Cove and Weymouth, reminiscing about the times and holidays he's spent their with his mum - my nan and Spud's great grandmother who we sadly lost a few years ago. Weymouth was her favourite place to visit, and through us all, the love carries on.

Spud and Gareth arrived back at the caravan and Spud had been treated to a Greedy the Gorilla teddy along with a dinosaur costume for Greedy! A few of my siblings and inlaws had planned to go into town for the night, as my dad said he'd look after the five children, me and Gareth did originally plan to go but due to me feeling poorly we stayed in and had a night at the caravan alone as my dad had Spud and the other four with him at one of the other caravans.


Sunday see us packing our bags and cleaning the caravan, but we wanted to make a day out of it and enjoy the lovely weather we had! We spent a bit of time at the beach, before taking a trip around the town where Spud got more items for himself, including a Skylander Light Trap which he has been after for a little while! Gareth also replaced my engagement ring after I sadly lost the stone out of it whilst Christmas shopping.


Coming home wasn't disappointing as we got to see our puppy dog Jezeppi who we'd missed so very much. Gareth's parents had him for us, so he was in very safe hands, but we still missed our pooch, after all he's a big part of the family! He loved the presents we got him, and soon didn't want to know us, instead favouring his new toys!

On Sunday evening, Spud and then Gareth started to feel poorly in the same way I did, I'm not sure if we'd picked up a bug or if it was something the three of us ate, we went from being really happy and positive knowing we'd just had a lovely mini holiday in the sunshine which seems to be a rare appearance for England nowadays, to feeling really rubbish and sorry for ourselves.

Spud couldn't attend school on Monday, but is now back to school and I'm sure telling all his friends and teachers about his holiday in Weymouth.

When Spud's older, I'd love for him to read this post (if he wants to of course!) and be happy with remembering the memories from our first holiday of 2016!

Until next time,
Jada x
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