Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Nationwide House Price Premier League! #QPR

So Nationwide did a survey, and we are a tad higher than reality *coughs*, thought it was a little bit of fun yayyyy,

So where are QPR in the House Price Premier League?  

YEAH BABY!!!!!!!

COYR's!

Annie x

Friday, 30 January 2015

Team Honk Red Nose Day Danceathon #Lastingchange

My finest Zippy moment
Last year I felt priviliged to be part of the Team Honk Red Nose Day relay event, which saw bloggers across the country link up to send a batton from Land End to John O'Groats.
It was lots of fun, with silly costumes, and lots of children joined in the fun too, AND we managed to make a huge amount of money along the way.

This year I am very excited to be part of the Red Nose Day Danceathon, which is taking part across the country, and I am hugely grateful for Popdance sponsoring me to take part in the event at Wembley Stadium - though I am yet to be told what I will be wearing!   I am sure it won't be just leggings and some lycra?????

Pretty, pretty please, please, please sponsor me to dance for 6hrs, or at least send wine and kebabs (maybe not)!  My Just Giving Page is HERE

The amazing Tanya, Annie and Penny are out in Kenya at the moment, visiting projects that have benefited from all our efforts, as well as seeing some of the ways our fundraising can help further this year.  Below are some links outlining some of these.

Power Porridge

Helping Mothers and Babies with HIV in Kenya

Girls playing football and changing their futures

This is going to be a huge event, and a lot of fun, but at the end of the day it is about raising money. I would be grateful for all sponsorship, as it all goes towards the big pot of money hoping to bring #LastingChange.

Photos will be added as we go, and YES it will include *that* costume, whatever it may be!

Thanks for looking!
Annie x


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

That Design Store, St Albans

On Saturday I was having my hair done, and Apollo and I were chewing the fat about the changing High Street, and obviously blaming the loss of a lot of our individual shops down to the influx of discount shops, and the slippery slope from there.   After my new "do" I wandered into town, only to discover the opening of a new Shop, where the old Whittards used to be, called That Design Store.
I had to have a look see, and I wasn't disappointed, it was full of lovely designer goods, from gorgeous lighting, champagne buckets, candles (that I NEED in my life), and other kitchen accessories (can never have enough)!
 












It reminded me of a scene from my favourite all time show "Absolutely Fabulous".......

Eddie: I'm opening a shop, Pats.
Patsy: Ooh, what are you going to sell?
Eddie: Oh, just gorgeous things, you know.
Patsy: Ooh, lovely.
Eddie: Gorgeous, tasteful, little stylish little gorgeous things.

The candles I was particularly drawn to, as they were made out of recycled wine bottles, and they smelled beautiful!  I love wine, I recycle everything I can, and I love candles.   These will definitely be on my Christmas list!

This is an unsponsored post, but I thought I'd share the love, as definitely some great Christmas present ideas in there, so go have a look!

Some more of this back in our lives would be fabulous! IMHO, though I wouldn't say no to a Primark - fickle thing that I am!
Thanks for reading!
Annie x


Sunday, 2 November 2014

At the wrath of a mums group on Facebook

So apparently I have been trolled?  Luckily I am too old to be that bothered, but it sure provoked a reaction amongst the baying crowds of local mummies!

I dared to ask out there whether other people would consider leaving their near 7yo daughter at home for 20 mins max whilst you nipped out for something?  It was meant slightly tongue in cheek, whilst still being interested in peoples opinion (I never left her by the way)!

The reaction varied from "stupid women", "unfit mother", "case for social services" to "did you not hear what happened to Maddie McCann"?

I bit my lip several times, and sat on my hands even more, as I saw the comments fly in.   Was more irked by the "does she not know better" but then they started to bring into the forum what I did for a living!  No matter my profession I am also a mother, and that is how I approached the forum.

To be fair a lot of mums sprang to my defence and it definitely sparked a debate,

Although I didn't leave her on this occasion, in fact dragged her out in her onesie!!!!! I do think the answer is down to the child in question and the set up at home.

1) Both my children know how to access the phone and call me, Chris, my mum or Chris's parents, or the police.
2) They know not to answer the door (have previously left Jasper who is 10)!
3) My house is so damned risk assessed you wouldn't believe, and safeguarded beyond reason, even my husband has trouble getting into the knife drawer!
4) Would always check a neighbour is in and child is aware in case they were worried.
5) I do a fire drill every three months with all the children.
6) Lastly, and most importantly, I know my child!

I believe children should be brought up to be independent and that their confidence grows with being given said independence.

Someone mentioned "but what if you were in a car accident and she was left at home" erm, would that not mean she was in a safer place!

Just thought I'd put it out there, but in the meantime will run and hide in a wifi-less zone until Next Christmas ;)

Annie x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Crete, has it succumbed to some British tourists expectations of food.........

Don't get me wrong, you can still get great food, fresh vegetables, fish that were probably still swimming locally a few hours ago, and meat that looks and tastes like meat.  Not a white, insipid piece of plumped up pork in sight!

However..............

Back in the day, after a great meal, you would traditionally be served some fresh fruit, maybe with honey, and some Greek yoghurt, to accompany the slug of Raki of course!  This holiday it appears it's all change.   Gone are the fresh figs, or pomegranates, grapes or apples, it is now chocolate cakes and waffles drowned in Nutella, in huge portions, to which my kids of course fell in love with. Problem is, they would previously have devoured the fruit and yoghurt just as eagerly............

what would you chose?

Portion size, in some tavernas, also seems to have gone into the humongous regions.  We ate in one of these recently and it made me feel sick at the sight of it - I was brought up having to eat everything "because there are starving children" somewhere.  Last night I saw some children being served food on huge platters, with mounds of chips, the size even my dear old dad would have struggled with.



Yes, I know, you can leave food, and we all did, it just seems such a waste.  The amount we left probably would have fed us for the week!  We may not be going back to that taverna for a while!

Luckily, our favourite place hasn't succumbed to this war over bigger the better!  It's about quality, not quantity, however they have given into the chocolate cakes for dessert.

Whether it's what the tourists demand, or what the Cretans think we expect, I'm not sure, but either way it's a sad, sad thing..............And it's evident that some of the local ex-pats have markedly put on huge amounts of weight too.   Wonder why, hmmmmmmmmmmm

Rant over, now back to the sunshine, which thankfully no-one can mess about with (not going there ha)!

UPDATE:  Since writing this post I have discovered that you can still get the fruit and honey option if you ask for it, but the chances are the waiters will try to upsell you to some cake or waffles etc. Last night we had the fruit and honey, and without the option of anything else, the kids loved it.

Annie x