For The Love Of Five Guys

posted in: FOOD, LIFE | 6

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Fun Fact: I LOVE Five Guys! I’ve heard mixed reviews online and in person but I think it all comes down to what you’re expecting from the experience. If you’re looking for another low cost fast food joint you will likely come away feel totally robbed but if you’re looking at it as a restaurant (think Nando’s, Frankie&Benny’s) you’re more likely to enjoy your visit. If you’re a plain burger and chips kinda guy you also won’t get the most from this place, it’s a lot to spend for something basic but if you like a burger the way YOU LIKE IT you will probably love the chain! I’m not sold on their fries but their burgers are large and tasty enough to do as my meal. Their drink selection is insane, from the bottomless (of which there are hundreds to choose from at the magic Coke machine) to beer and milkshakes that are just as customisable as their burgers it’s definitely a departure from fast food as we know it.

IMG_0700 IMG_0705 IMG_0707My burger of choice is the little bacon burger with mushrooms, ketchup and mayo but there are SO many toppings to choose from, all of which come at no extra cost so you can see how you might not get your moneys worth if your order it plain. Everything is fresh, they pride themselves on this, hanging reviews that state ‘not a freezer in the joint’ and signs announcing which local provider their potatoes were shipped in from that day. Overall it’s great, not a day to day eatery but a treat everyone can enjoy.. just don’t expect th chips to be cheap!

Do You Pokemon?

posted in: KIDS, LIFE, STYLE | 9

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Did you Pokemon as a kid? I was too old for the cards and the TV show however my little brother was their target audience so there was a lot of Pokemon talk in my house. I played the video game with him on the N64 and eventually got REALLY in to the Gameboy Advance version which I still play to this day. In fact I recently purchased an old Nintendo DS to play the game only for Pokemon Go to be released a couple of months later and the franchise be totally reborn.

It feels bizarre to me that I’ve lived through such an amazing evolution of technology, I had a games console with wired controllers and now we have augmented reality on our PHONES.. it’s insane! The game knows where I am and I’m walking through the real world to play it, encountering fellow gamers along the way. The general concept is so mind blowing to this 80s child I couldn’t not be entirely sucked in by it. As this goes live I’ll be in New York where I’m hugely excited to play and catch Pokemon and see how the game differs from my small home town.

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What I have encountered a lot of in the short time the game has been online is judgement. It’s kind of mad to me that anyone would care about a game that someone else is playing but it’s been dubbed as childish, ridiculous, dangerous even and there’s a general vibe of ‘I just don’t get it’ from a lot of people who, well.. just don’t get it. If someone said they’d stayed home and powered through 3 seasons of Breaking Bad on Netflix that would be met with a more positive reaction than ‘I walked 4 miles catching Pokemon yesterday’. I personally don’t get the fascination with Candy Crush but I’m not about to call people stupid for playing it!

The only difference can be the social media attention Pokemon Go has garnered that is irritating people. I felt a little of this during Love Island, I’ve never watched an episode but the number of people talking about it in my twitter feed made me HATE it! Totally irrational but I think I can relate to the Pokemon No crowd via this analogy.

As a stay at home blogger (i.e.: not an event attending blogger) I am not particularly active, I am home most days and the most exercise I get is walking the dog when Lee isn’t around but this game has had me out and about more than ever before and excited to get moving to level up and achieve goals. Ok there are people that have gotten in to trouble playing because they have zero common sense or awareness of their surroundings but you can’t blame the game for that.. it’s modern day natural selection.

At the end of the day it’s just a game, it’s a huge game that I can’t believe is a reality in my lifetime and has the potential to get even better but it’s just a game.. do we need to fall out over it? Do we need to judge others because of how they choose to spend their free time?. I’m 30 years old and I enjoy it, my Mum is 56 and she’s been playing too.. as has my 4 year old. The only reason to care if someone else is playing it and you’re entirely disinterested is because you feel left out of something. Well that’s me when everyone’s talking about Game Of Thrones and Downton Abbey.. you do you and let me do me!

What’s In My Carry On?

posted in: KIDS, TRAVEL | 0

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TOMORROW, TOMORROW, I’m going on HOLIDAY, tomorrow, it’s only a DAY away! Okay, I’m excited now. I’ve finally finished my epic to do list and can relax a bit before my mad cleaning dash around the house and drive down to Heathrow tonight with the fam. I posted a video on my carry on (pre-filmed cause y’know.. organised, innit?) but this is the final edit. I think the carry on is almost harder to pack than the regular luggage when you’re talking long haul. The idea of being confined to a small space with my two children and not so tolerant husband for 8 hours without a vital item I’ve forgotten is enough to give me nightmares but I think I’ve nailed the balance between only what I will actually use/need and totally over-packing.

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Most of this stuff is going in my backpack and the every day/more valuable items will be with my in my handbag. I’m taking a reasonably large handbag for how much I’m carrying in it but I wanted the option to go backpack free in the city on days when I didn’t fancy lugging a big bag around with me.

The absolute essentials are passports, travel documents, money, a variety of medications/plasters, phone, mobile chargers and headphones – with splitter!! I’m taking some BASIC inflight skincare, baby wipes (not pictured) my vlogging camera (I used the PEN as a placeholder because I was using my G7X to take the photo but that’s what I’m actually taking) the GoPro with waterproof case, selfie stick, my bullet journal for notes while we’re there and because it has my itinerary and notes that I’ve already made in it. I have a pair of fluffy socks for everyone (because the plane gets COLD), a hairbrush (or two), a rollerball perfume (Fresh Brown Sugar) and of course my Nintendo DS loaded with Pokemon since the kids have commandeered the other entertainment.

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I will also be taking my laptop (Macbook Air 11in) in my backpack.. not sure whether I’ll use it on the plane as I can’t imagine I’ll be able to concentrate on work with the kids around and it has pretty poor battery life when it comes to gaming (The Sims) but I don’t want to risk checking it with my regular luggage. I will also have my charger and SD cards/card reader for the same reason.. can’t be too careful when it comes to stuff you really can’t live 48hours without/risk losing completely.

IMG_0630For the children it’s pretty basic.. I’m going to throw in some snacks we plan to pick up on the drive down to the airport tonight but otherwise this is it. Activities are the name of the game so they have colouring books, paper and pens but I’ve stolen an uber indulgent trick from my Mum and also packed a pencil case full of surprises for those “OMG I’M GOING TO KICK OFF IF I DON’T GET WIFI SOON’ moments. It’s all blind bags and boxes so total surprises they can fight over to their hearts content but I’m hoping they will kill some time if they get bored of the on board entertainment. Because that’s never guaranteed (I have been on flights where mine is faulty or the plane is older/doesn’t have it) they each also have an iPad and headphones loaded with all their favourite shows and games. Lastly they have sunglasses (cause why not?) tissues (cause SNOT) snap (which Milo legit asked me ‘is it like snapchat?’) and a change of clothes. The change of clothes is mainly in case of accidents for the youngest but Ella loves to spill and there’s always the ‘lost luggage’ potential so it just seemed smart. I feel totally prepared for every eventuality but I’m sure I’ve missed something so feel free to point that out in the comments and hopefully I’ll catch it before we board.. if not it will go in the bank for next time.

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This is my first time on a plane with my kids and I’m WAY more nervous than they are. Ella has flown with her dad before but Milo’s only ever been on the Eurostar so as we near the day I feel totally insane for ever thinking this was a good idea but I’m trying to be positive. They’re not bad kids and so long as I can keep my own fear of flying in check (oh, did I not mention I usually knock myself out to fly?) we will likely be able to distract each other with fun and games till we land.

See you on the other side!

EDIT. I ended up rescheduling this so actually TODAY TODAY, My holiday’s TODAY and I will likely already be in the air.. be sure to check out my instagram for updates along the way but I will likely post some pictures here next week!

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