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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I came across this article at NHS website today. I found it helpful, hence sharing it.
Enjoy reading it and stay healthy 🙂
It may be cold outside but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.
Watch a video on walking groups.
Here are five ways to make sure that even when your body is telling you to hibernate you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather’s like:

1. Eliminate your sleep debt

“On average we sleep six-and-a-half hours a night, much less than the seven to nine hours recommended,” says Jessica Alexander, spokesperson at the Sleep Council, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing. But in winter, we naturally sleep more, due to the longer nights. “It’s perfectly natural to adopt hibernating habits when the weather turns cold,” says Jessica. “Use the time to catch up.”
Read more about how to get a good night’s sleep.

2. Drink more milk

You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter so making sure your immune system is in tip-top condition is important. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12. They’re also an important source of calcium, which helps keep our bones strong. Try to go for semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, rather than full fat, and low-fat yoghurts.
Read more about healthy eating.

3. Eat more fruit and veg

When it’s cold and dark outside it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure that you still keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead, or sweet dried fruits such as dates or raisins.
Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.
Read more about how to get your 5 A DAY.

4. Try new activities for the whole family

Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a new activity, maybe ice-skating or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach. Regular exercise helps to control your weight, boost your immune system and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.
Read more about different types of exercise for your and your family.
5. Have a hearty breakfast

Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps you to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, which give you energy and help you to feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.
Make your porridge with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk or water, and don’t add sugar or salt. Add a few dried apricots, some raisins, a sliced banana or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit the five-a-day target.

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Have you got a fussy eater. then these ideas will help you to get your children to eat their healthy 5 a day.


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Today and next weekend there is a Santa’s trail at Ham house and gardens from 11.30 a.m. To 3 p.m.
Make sure you are in time though, not to come v
Back from the gates at 3.15 p.m. As we did yesterday. The river flooding is making it longer to reach the Ham house. So leave enough time to arrive in time. We are leaving there now 🙂
What better can it get, Santa’s trail in historic place, even I am getting all excited for my three year old 🙂

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