Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A visit to Oceanarium Bournemouth

I managed to get us some free tickets through my Tesco Clubcard points to have entry to the aquarium in Bournemouth. We visited Oceanarium on Saturday as a family.

When we got our tickets, we were told it was an all day ticket. I thought that was really good, we could pop in and out throughout the day if we wanted. The feed times are throughout the day, so if missed them you could pop back later to watch them if you wanted to.

Its costs around £12 an adult and Sonny was free as he is age 2. We got in free as mentioned above as I used my Clubcard points.

Its a lovely little aquarium and has a range of sea life, otters, penguins, jelly fish, turtles, crocodile, shark, puffer fish and many more.

Sonny really enjoyed walking round and seeing all the different things, he loved just watching the fish in the big tanks. I think it's a great age to take a child to the aquarium as he seemed amazed by it all. They also had a little play area and a café which we didn't actually try out but it did look good. The café looks out to the beach and the sea so it has amazing views.

I love how close you can get to everything and see everything so clearly. They also have feeding times and presentations throughout the day. They have the times for these out on a board outside the aquarium but they also give them to you when you buy a ticket. We didn't attend any of these as Sonny wouldn't stay to listen for long enough.

Sonny was tired so we didn't stay in the aquarium too long and he fell asleep as soon as we left.

Although I thought it was quite small and it only took us around an hour to walk round I would still visit again. I am unsure if I would pay full price to visit and I would probably buy the tickets through the Clubcard points again.

Next year we plan to visit Weymouth Sealife which I hear is better than the Oceanarium.

Which is your favourite aquarium?

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bridesmaids and Flower Girls | Wedding Series

I was so lucky to have my two best friend’s book to come away to Cyprus for our wedding. I had been bridesmaids for both my best friends Claire and Sarah so I really wanted them to be there for my day.

So I asked Claire and Sarah to be my bridesmaids and they were delighted. I also asked Darren’s sister at Christmas if she would also like to be my bridesmaid and she also was happy and said yes.

For my little flower girls I had Claire's daughters Evelyn (5) Elsie (3) and Sarah’s daughter Lily (4).

The flower girls dresses were the easiest to find. We didn’t want to drag the little girls around the shops so ordered 3 different dresses from Next and found one that everyone loved straight away. Even the little ones loved it and they felt like little princesses in them. That was the easy part.

For the big girl bridesmaids I knew what colour I wanted it was just finding the right dress in that colour which was the hardest part.

We looked everywhere online and also tried a few from Next but they looked awful when we received them. I finally found a perfect one on Very.com and luckily everyone loved it and they fitted each bridesmaid so lovely. We went for a mint colour which I thought would be perfect for a wedding abroad.

I let the bridesmaids pick their own shoes as I wanted them to feel comfortable on the day.

I ordered some flower girl baskets off amazon and they were so cheap, I also ordered them a few fake rose petals to go inside and the girls loved these.

For the big girl bridesmaids I ordered them a single Ivory rose which was fresh on the day. it was wrapped in a light pink ribbon to match my flowers.

I think they all looked so beautiful on the day and made my day that extra special.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017


I was kindly sent some Marigold products to celebrate their 70 year anniversary.

I was just expecting to receive some rubber gloves but I had a small box of goodies all by the Marigold brand. I never realised they there was so many different products. You can now not only get gloves but scrunchie and cloths as well.

In the box I have

Wipe away clothes
Longer bathroom gloves
Handy lightweight gloves
Cleaning me softly sponges

The Marigold gloves are so good and can be used for many things. Washing up being the most popular, but also they can be used for cooking, cleaning and DIYing.

I love using the Marigold gloves for cleaning the cooker or BBQ as the cleaning products I use for these can sometimes have strong chemicals so I like to protect my hands. I also like the fact they come in different sizes, I have quite small hands so this is handy for someone like me.

Being a mummy I wash up so much during the day so using Marigolds stops my hands from drying out and protects them.

I think everyone has heard of Marigolds and has used them at some point in their lives.

One lady at work said that she can’t use other branded rubber gloves as she has a reaction but she never seems to get a reaction with the Marigolds.

I used the scunchie to clean my oven as it needed a good scrub and clean and this helps get the grime off the cooker while using the gloves to stop me from getting dirty and to stop the chemicals from touching my skin.

I think Marigolds is a fantastic product which will continue to grow and sell for many years to come.

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