26 July 2015

Silent Sunday

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25 July 2015

How to Help Your Kids Learn About Recycling

To many in the older generation, recycling was something that we should have been doing when we were younger—but it wasn't really enforced. Although it can seem like what we do now with our waste won't have an effect on our lives, it definitely will for our children and grandchildren. One of the easiest and best ways we can ensure our future generations are living on a healthy planet is to teach them about recycling from a young age. 

Decorate your recycling bins

Kids love an excuse to get messy! Give them a bit of artistic freedom and load them up with paints, pictures and glitter to decorate your recycling bins. Remember to have separate bins for plastic, glass and paper, and why not give each one a colour theme?

21 July 2015


"Take time to work - it is the price of success
Take time to think - it is the source of power
Take time to play - it is the secret of perpetual youth
Take time to read - it is the foundation of wisdom
Take time to love and be loved - it is the privilege of the gods
Take time to share - life is too short to be selfish
Take time to laugh - it's the music of the soul
Take time to travel - and see the world in a different light"

~ Unknown
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18 July 2015

WIN 1 of 5 Bluestone National Park Resort Breaks

Bluestone National Park Resort has something to offer for everyone. Whether you're seeking a fun filled family holiday, a romantic getaway for two or an action packed break with friends, it's the perfect location to create magical and unforgettable memories.

Not only is the accommodation luxurious but there are activities to enjoy whatever the weather for those after some rest and relaxation or adventure. The spectacular 500 acres of stunning Pembrokeshire countryside where Bluestone is situated has a variety of great restaurants, including the newly opened Oak Tree, an exclusive spa and also the incredible Blue Lagoon Water Park and Adventure Centre to enjoy.

16 July 2015

Flowers From Floraqueen (Plus Your Chance To Win)

Established in 2002, Floraqueen has been delivering beautiful bouquets and gifts around the world for over a decade. They have flowers to celebrate new arrivals, birthdays, anniversaries or simply to say 'I love you' and 'I Care'. There is something for every occasion.
Arranging a delivery is the perfect way to cheer someone up and to put a smile on their face - I'm hoping the Mr takes the hint and fills my vase as it has been gathering dust for a good few weeks!

My personal favourites are 'Tender Sweetness' which is a bunch of pretty pink roses or 'Infinite Love' with deep reds and dark green that indicates romance.

 For your chance to win a bouquet of flowers, of your choice, from Floraqueen you can enter via the Gleam entry form below.

The giveaway ends at 11.59pm GMT on 13th August 2015 and is open worldwide.

Leaving a comment is mandatory but there are additional entry methods available also.

Good luck!

15 July 2015

The Funny Things Kids Say - Grumpy Grown Ups

Life isn't always sunshine and lollipops and there are sometimes moments when you may wake up on the wrong side of bed and be a little short or snappy with loved ones. It could be because you're unwell, tired, hormonal, stressed or just due to the fact you aren't a morning person and you require large quantities of caffeine before you're able to function fully! The Mr was a little miserable the other day and the Mini Mes soon picked up on this...
Minxy: "He's so grumpy isn't he mum!"
Me: "Everyone gets grumpy sometimes, I'm sure things will be back to normal soon."
Minxy: "You should dump him in a bin and try eHarmony.com if he carries on, but make sure it's after the holiday and once he has done the food shopping. I really want some crumbed ham."
...God help her future boyfriends!

14 July 2015

Tips For Sleeping While Travelling

Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile this summer, getting the kids to sleep can make the journey a lot less stressful. So, here are some useful tips to help get your little ones off to the land of nod.

An Early Start
If you’re driving to your holiday destination it’s always a good start to leave in the early morning; sometime just before before dusk is great as the roads are quieter and it’s still not too bright for the kids to get some shut eye. But don’t forget, when they wake up they are going to be hungry, so take a packed lunch!

Plan your journey
I know this sounds obvious, but having a rough idea of the route just isn’t enough. Remember, your youngsters are a dab-hand at picking up any tension or stress, so try to remain calm if you take a wrong turn and invest in a Sat-Nav if your map reading skills are a bit rusty. Also, designating regular bathroom breaks, as well as one or two stops just for stretching your legs, will help to break up lengthy journeys.
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