26/08/2016

I'll be embarrassed no more

This is the first post believe it or not that your not seeing images from my iphone, yep all this time I've been using shoddy images for my posts. Its so embarrassing really, for someone who's trying to be 'professional' in the way she works on her blog. Today marks a change, I have invested in a new camera for my photos, I decided to go with the Olympus Pen EL7. On first impressions I'm absolutely loving it but there's a still alot of playing to be done with the camera to understand its full settings and functions.

What I have figured out so far is that I can transfer images from the camera to my phone so I can also improve the quality of my Instagram uploads. Yippee! You can pop on over and follow me if your keen to see what I upload...babyy_pebbles its there if you want it.

My first image was going to be obvious wasn't it? My main girl, Penelope. Mind you, when I say I took my first photo, I mean that I turnt the camera on switched it to auto and took a snap of her ruining my back door and house walls with paint. Nothing fancy or remotely good for my parenting reputation but still the photos I took, I am still proud of...







 Let me know your thoughts? I see massive improvement already and that's before I've learnt anything really about photography. I cant wait to present better content for Babyy Pebbles, what an adventure.

  
        
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22/08/2016

Wendover Woods - The Stick Man Trail

Today we went out for the day with my cousin and her two boys, we've been hanging out with them lately which has been SO nice as the kids are really getting along. Its nice to seeing them starting to play together. The week before now we went to the Leighton Buzzard splash park which was so much fun, we decided while there that we would meet up this Monday and head to the woods for another lovely day out.

I'd never visited Wendover Woods before, why that is I have no idea as its such a fantastic place to come kids or no kids. Arriving we drove past the car park which was jam packed and we ended up heading for the overflow car park. Its obviously a popular place to visit with it being so busy. The great thing about it was it didn't 'feel' busy, if anything it still felt very calm and peaceful considering the amount of people that would have been there.

The first thing we did was head over to the wide spread park, huge it was and covered a wide area in the woods with picnic benches in between. On route to the swings Penelope collected every stick she went by, that was fine until she reached one that was bordering on being called a 'log' for obvious reasons, its was as big as her near enough. Never mind that she still carried it around for a good while.


Sticks aside, she was completely stoked to be there, she was breathing deeply, hyperventilating a little even. "Breathe" I said. I take it she was excited. You'd think she had never left the house, I can honestly say she does get out and does socialise with humanity. We had miles of fun in the park, obstacles, slides, swings, and tons more. 

The swings were hilarious, Karinas boys were kicking off their wellies having such fun while doing it over and over, it was so cute seeing them giggle away. Boys will be boys ay! Penny was sat next to a little boy who was counting each swing as he was pushed. Penny started to join in and was counting along with him, that was until he went past 10 and she started again from 3 to 4, 7, 8, 9 and then repeat. Complete innocence. She can count to 10 but with someone counting numbers you've never heard before its rather off putting, that's my excuse anyway! ;) 


Moving further into the woods we see a little stick shelter, obviously made from Bear Grylls himself. so we decided to investigate it. Noah went straight up to it and started to pack on some leaves as you will spot in the photo, that kid would survive in the wilderness if he knows how to protect himself already at his age. His dad would be chuffed to know that.

We found some bizarre whistle stepping 'stones' too along the way, and we all had a go jumping on them to get them to make the funny noises. I must say me and Karina looked completely ridiculous doing so but the kids, they were adorable. I would like one for my garden though, a discrete way to work out and piss off the neighbours while they think its an annoying bird or something muhaha!


After pissing about on those we went in search to find a picnic table, the one we had pre-planned to settle on was rudely taken by another family who didn't take in to account our picnic needs so we had to look else where.

Anyway. we found a ginormous table that the kids could barely reach from their seats to eat our feast. The kids all ate pretty well considering the fact Penny fell off the chair after struggling to reach for her lunch due to my bad seating choices, Sorry little P, we sorted it in the end, you sat on my lap. Penny had a mouthful of sandwich which was the most I've seen her eat from a sandwich for months! Outside eating more often? I think yes.


Finally it was time for the 'Stick Man Trail', a route in which you have to follow signs guiding you through a very exciting and fun filled walkway. We looked for little signs with characters from the story. Karina had eagle eyes at this game, she seemed to spot them before anyone else. Along the way every 30 paces or so was a billboard with instructions for a game to play. All stick related of course from building stick towers, to creating our own Stickman or Stick Women to hang on the special tree. All the activities that were set out we tried and gave it our best shot.

Now considering our kids are on the younger side they did really well and all wanted to get involved. Although Penny didn't want to stop hugging the trees when we had to identify how the tree trunks felt. It was great fun though. Below is our nest we made, what do you think?


 We had an amazing day at Wendover Woods, and will be back in a heart beat to vlog our day very soon, it was so much fun letting the kiddies loose to explore their surroundings. They really did enjoy themselves. All three of them fell asleep on the way home so that says it all.

If you've been to the woods lately what was your favourite part of your day out?

  
        
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17/08/2016

Mummys Found Her Love For Shopping

In two years I haven't bought myself near any clothes and I'll be completely honest, I was wearing my maternity clothes still up until not that long ago. Since Penelope was born I had pushed myself aside and put everyone before my wants and needs. The last thing on my mind was shopping for myself, it would almost make me feel guilty to spend money on myself. I thought it would make me selfish for doing so.

Only in recent months have I started to see that those thoughts were ridiculous and I should have treated myself to new clothes when I could afford too. If I wanted a pair of new shoes, I should have gone out and bought some. This month I took the plunge and did a fair bit of online shopping, because after all that time I bloody deserved it.

I'll be talking about an amazing shopping service that I KNOW your going to love. One that will convert you into loving it within just a few minutes as soon as you see just how many great brands they include on their website. Have you shopped via Love the Sales before? It's the only website that brings all the sales together from the brands that you love to shop at. Instead of trolling through each individual website you've got all them at one easy click away to browse through at your pleasure, grabbing all the greatest offers at the same time.

Here is a casual outfit I have picked out from a browse I did recently, Every item is from a different brand and all in the sales!


This top from the Ted Baker sale is completely my taste. A beautiful Scalloped Edge Lace Top that just screams 'girly' is a winner when it comes to my shopping basket. I really love this piece and would find it so easy to put it together with lots of other outfits. This top retails usually for £109 but at the moment is on sale for just £55, I would completely pay out for it as a brand such a Ted Baker they produce such great quality clothing. I've brought from them before so this is a brand I trust and would gladly purchase from.



 I chose a Maxi Skirt because I actually haven't got one yet and I've really been loving this skirt trend lately. Although black isn't exactly a summer colour, I think it would still make for cool wearing as it is very loose and flowy. This skirt would really go well with my top of choice too. This skirt retails at £69.00  from Hallhuber usually then went down to £49.00 but has been reduced yet again to just £39.00, that's amazing value.




Finally, I have these super cute Snake Print Cross Over Sandals to show you! I adore these types of sandals, I love that they are so diverse. You can pair them perfectly with a skirt like the one I picked, also with jeans, shorts, dresses, just absolutely any look. I love the leather snake print strap on the back. I think that make for an edgier look. They retail usually for £117 from HUGO but in the HUGO BOSS sale they are £78. Which I would happily pay for having the amount of wear I would get from these shoes.

Let me know what you think of Love the Sales, I'd love to know what catches your eye?! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I'd choose for my wardrobe, I'll be sure to do more posts like this soon.

*This is a collaboration via lovethesales, all opinions are completely my own.
  
        
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13/08/2016

Get Your Hands These Marks & Spencer Promo Codes

I am guilty. Guilty of not being cautious with money, spending more than I need too. If I did a little more digging to find better deals online I could save myself a fortune long term. One thing that I have never done is look for promo codes to also help me save money online. How stupid am I? I didn't know too much about them in order to know how to go about using them if I'm completely honest.

I don't understand it all so I assume its just a long winded waste of time that wont really save me money in the long run, wrong. There are websites out there designed to collect all these promo codes and to offer them to you in one easy usable place. A great example is a website called My Favourite Voucher Codes. They currently have 9540 codes live on offer to their users right now all to save YOU money.
Another great feature to their website is that they have a continuous updated log of when the site was last updated. I went to check today and its last actual update was today. So I know going on there no promo codes will be old and out of date. How annoying it would be to get to the check out on the Marks and Spencers website to then have it say it has expired!

An example of some of their top discount vouchers, deals and offers currently go to;
-Debenhams
-Argos
-Sainsburys
-B&Q
-Cath Kidston
-Wickes
- Newlook

These are all places I regularly go to, and could have saved myself money if I used the websites codes. I stumbled across a whole collection of Marks and Spencer promo codes, what a massive brand to be able to give discounts out on. I love Marks as the quality is beyond any other super market but I only go there every now and then because the Pennys do add up if you do a full shop there. With thanks to My Favourite Voucher Codes I have all of these deals and discounts for M&S to go through and save money. One of them being 20% off Processco! Hello M&S, I'll be over tomorrow, this mum would appropriate a nice glass of bubbly.

One last thing, to make things even more amazing...they even donate a huge chunk (20%) of their profits to charity, so with every voucher/promo code you use your giving to charity. I'm going to make a real effort to start saving money by using such services because why not they are available to be used so why not take advantage of that.

Do you use promo/voucher codes when you shop online? Are you a super savvy shopper? OR maybe your like me and didn't have a clue this type of saving was even available to use.

  
        
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*This is a collaborative post, all thoughts and opinions written are all my own.