Archive for December, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Wow, time flies!
We are now at the end of 2012. Where I finally started blogging about the things I wanted to share. Looks like I have written 63 posts, that generated 1400 visits from 58 countries. I am glad if my blog was of any use during it’s 3 months of existence.
And apparently, my most famous post was Hollywood on Thames 🙂 Brangelina sells, huh?
I wanted to write more, but time and life’s different surprises sometimes nice, other times not so nice kept me away from writing more.
But here I am now cooking (again) the New Year’s Eve feast decided to write a quick post (have I ever sat down and wrote them down properly?)
First of all, thank you all for following my blog and reading it. Hope I am not boring you. When I see the stats and the search terms it cheers me up 🙂

Secondly, taking this opportunity I would like to wish you all A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May 2013 be the year of realisation of all the dreams, where we health, wealth and love will reside in our homes!

Happy New Year!


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If you are out of ideas like me what to get to people who have it all. This might help you.

We have visited Cambridge and Norwich and this costed us a lot! Hence when I saw this I was excited.

The trainline is having a sale on Greater Anglia service that normally goes between London, Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester for ÂŁ5 one way! That’s a lot less than ÂŁ82 we paid per person!

So if you think you might commute that way or visit a Colchester Zoo or any other reason you will use Greater Anglia service between 2nd January and 28th February in 2013 buy your ticket now, the offer ends January the 1st 🙂

Here is the clickable link to the deal.

Enjoy your CHEAP ride and your journey. Or this will make a good present. Well I would like smth like this 🙂

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I am one of those people who like to kill two or even more hares at one go. We were planning a trip to East London (it has been ages!) and I thought why not to visit something else, in stead of just finishing your business. And remembered about this place.

It is quietly tucked away in Bethnal Green, East London. It is easy to reach via tube. Or being our luck most likely there will be some maintenance works and we would need to use a bus in stead. Just take a good advice and leave your buggy at home! If you can of course. As last time we were there, we were two mums with buggies. And we didn’t know that people of East London are very very very fond of kids 🙂 Thus we waited for a buggy free bus about an hour!!! All of them came with 2 buggies already. We finally had to take all our belongings and kids and fold that bugger so we could jump into a bus 🙂

Childhood museum

I will be honest, it was the first time I was there and to be honest I was quite scared. It looked a little on a dodgy side, but later I found out that it is totally safe and people are harmless. I think it was just me not being used to those surroundings. And the passer bys were really nice, as Google maps was making us go in rounds, so whoever we asked stopped took good time to explain where and how to go, so we could finally reach the museum.

The museum itself is quite grand. The Museum of Childhood is spread over 4 floors, with the Mezzanine and First Floor acting like a balcony around the edge of the building so you can look down over the ground floor central hall with the shop, Information Desk, and a Cafe. We loved the time spent there, not only kids but us adults were swamped with the memories of childhood and were quite happy to be reminded of our own careless time. There were some arts and crafts and story time activities for FREE. Just make sure you arrive on time. The museum and the toilets were quite clean. The only let down was the cafe. I think for the kids friendly museum it did not offer much choice. But as our tots were hungry and we erranded for ages before getting into museum we had to just eat there. Next time, I would prefer just to go out and grab a bite in some restaurant as prices are quite cheap there and you will get served some proper food.

So while you are laughing at One pound fish man video and thinking why not to go and see him, take time to make your kids visit to East London fun too 🙂


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Fish philosophy

I came across this video after my husband mentioning it to me saying that it was hilarious. I laughed from the beginning to the end. And at the same time I really liked his enthusiasm. Those who studied Management studies are familiar with the Fish Philosophy. Which is about the fish sellers at the market who were doing their job very enthusiastically, thus succeeding good sales and a great customer satisfaction. As each customer would get a personal care and a great fun watching the fish sellers juggling with the fish and the fish sellers created a fun routine for themselves for otherwise”boring” job.

If you would like to know more about the Fish philosophy, please check it out here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FISH!_philosophy

The aim of the post is not to sound all knowing, but to admire the enthusiasme of this salesman. Who makes his routine a happy one, giving the passer bys a smile and something positive to remember and talk about.

He shows again that: It doesn’t matter if you can do BIG things, but if you do SMALL things IN A BIG WAY!

Another positive note to retain. And now IMHO East London’s Upton Park has a new sight seeing on it’s list. I hear a lot of people and tourists heading there for “One pound fish Man”  🙂 Besides it’s Childhood museum  (click if you want to see my post on it) of course!

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Making Christmas presents always gives me a happy heart, there is something very special about giving a gift which has been made with love and is unique to its receiver so I’m delighted to be guest posting here at Netmums today! I’m Chris and you can usually find me blogging at Thinly Spread (about life with 4 children aged from 6 to 16, stretched but not snapped!), Climbing Rainbows (about creative learning) and Life is Delicious (about living the veggie life). I love crafting, cooking and gardening and many of the Christmas gifts I make come from my kitchen, but today I want to share a home and garden craft to cheer up those dark winter days and bring a suggestion of spring. homemade christmas presents These really couldn’t be simpler to make, but I warn you – they become addictive, you may find it impossible to throw away a ring pull bean…

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A perfect toddler gift: a thrifty jar of handmade crayon shapes

Hello, I am Lucy of Lulastic and the Hippyshake. I love to craft, and more often than not my crafts have a thrifty theme. It’s not just because I am a scrooge; I reckon there is a magical creativity about recycling and making things out of odds and ends and bits and bobs. (Although, to be honest, I am a bit of a cheapskate too.)

I am always on the look out for gifts I can create that are lovely and frugal, but finding ideas for toddlers that fit these categories can be Well Hard. The tots in my life all seem to be obsessed with characters from telly, and building a Buzz Lightyear out of loo rolls and some pasta isn’t going to win anyone the Best Loved Aunty Award.

However, I THINK I may have found…

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