Monday, 18 March 2019

Top 7 rides and attractions suitable for an under 5 at Disneyland Paris

Today's post is a guest post by Jade (you can find out more about Jade and her blog at the end of the post. She is also a brand rep for my small brand, Magically Jasmine.

Traveling to Disneyland Paris with under 5’s had a lot of questions running through my head. The main one being ‘What rides and attractions would be suitable for an under 5?’

We’d booked this amazing adventure, but had no clue where to start with what the girls would like. Of course we could look at height charts to see what they could go on, but as Kairi was big enough for Tower Of Terror, the chats were just that, height not how child friendly they were.

So after multiple trips to Disneyland Paris with 6 Different under 5’s starting from 6 weeks old, I finally have the perfect list of rides and attractions suitable for an under 5 at Disneyland Paris.
  1. Ratatoulie
Ratatouille has to be one of my personal favourites at Disneyland Paris and one I get to share that love with my daughter too. You are ’shrunk’ down to the size of a mouse and taken on a 4D adventure through the kitchen visiting schemes from the Ratatouille movie. You will smell lemon as you go through the fridge, feel the heat of the cooker and some surprises too.

This ride is perfect for the whole family and one that under 5’s are sure to enjoy.

  1. It’s A Small World
It’s A Small World is a slow moving boat ride which takes you through various scenes and countries. The dolls sing to you in many languages and at Christmas you may get an extra surprise too.

The girls love this ride and ask for it to be both the first and last ride of the trip. Quick warning though, you may not get that song out of your head!

  1. Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
The ride is for those on the higher end of the 0-5 scale. You sit in ‘buckets’ hung underneath one of 4 parachutes. You are taken up into the air and dropped down quite fast.

From the top you get the most magical view of the park, the kids will love to put their feet up and when they get really courageous, their arms too!

  1. Slinky Dog Spin
Another Toy Story classic Slinky Dog Spin. After waiting in a fun queue, you board and sit inside part of slinky dogs tummy. As the rides name says, it spins you around and around in a circle as Slinky chases his tail! A fun family ride that will leave you all laughing.

  1. Carousel
Of course no theme park would be complete with a carousel and the one at Disney does not Disappoint. Embark on an adventure just outside the cast as your board your wonderful horse. Round in circles to classic Disney themed music you will go and if your little ones are on the smaller end, take a trip on one of the ‘stationary’ carriages instead.

  1. Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
Every now and again the kids will need to let of steam. If you are bored of the play parks, why not head into Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. From tiny doors to great photo shots the Labyrinth has plenty to do and if you have a little extra time you can make it all the way to the middle and climb the top of the castle too!

  1. Casey Jr
Last but in no means least, don’t forget to take a ride on Casey Jr. This classic train (as featured in Dumbo) is hidden away at the back of the park. The wait times are often quite short and this is probably one of the first ‘roller coaster’ rides your little one can go on!

Casey Jr plays the classic tune are you zoom around the back of the park taking in the exciting scenes from nearby rides. It’s one not to be missed!

Of course you could always spend your time meeting Mickey and friends or just playing around the parks and exploring! Do you agree with my picks? I’d love to hear what your top rides for under 5’s are in the comments below!

I’m Jade and I run where I help parents plan stress-free Disneyland Paris holidays to make magical memories that last a lifetime!


Monday, 11 March 2019

Quick Guide Before You Install Your Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a more convenient and easy way of flooring not only because it will save you a great amount of money, you can also do it by yourself. But then again, there are some things you need to know before installing laminate flooring.

The inner core of the material is made with wood or fiberboard that is susceptible to moisture damage so, avoid installations in any room with a floor drain or sump pump. It’s not a great choice for restrooms and laundry rooms, either.

You can place it in kitchens however, you should be over the top about cleaning up any spills right away. Laminate flooring can go directly over most other flooring materials with the exception of indoor/outdoor carpeting and others with short snaps. That implies you don't need to remove old surfaces before you start. Be that as it may, your new ground surface will raise the dimension of your floor somewhat — around 3/8 inch — so you should be aware of changes to different rooms. Most deck producers have change edges that consider shifting floor structures.


In case you're introducing overlay over existing ground surface in your kitchen, measure to ensure machines will fit into their unique positions after the new deck is introduced. If not, you may need to remove old ground surface before introducing the new.

Get the room ready

Prepare the room by taking off the base shoe and baseboards. Ensures the floor is spotless and level — introducing over a non-level floor can prompt delicate, light zones and may add to creases opening up. Tolerances are typically 1/4 to 3/8 inch estimated more than 10 even feet. High spots on wood floors can be sanded down. Then again, you can "fill" low spots with bits of 30-lb. felt. Low spots on solid sections ought to be loaded up with leveling compound.

Measure the room

Measure the space to decide the all out area of deck you'll require, at that point include 5 percent for waste and missteps. Keep in mind that you'll need to leave a hole of around 3/8 inch around the edge of the space to take into consideration the deck to extend and contract with changes in mugginess. That hole will be concealed when you reinstall the baseboards and base shoe.

Acclimate the flooring

Adjust the deck by bringing every one of the bundles of ground surface into the room. Open the bundles and disperse the free boards around the room in short heaps. This encourages the ground surface settle to the encompassing moistness in your room, a procedure that takes around 48 hours. Utilize the chance to examine any boards for harm.

Prep door frame

Prepare entryway outline with the goal that the deck will slide underneath the trim and frame (it's a lot simpler than endeavoring to slice a sporadic shape to fit the embellishment). Utilize a bit of ground surface and underlayment as a guide and imprint the entryway trim and support for cutting. Cut the pieces utilizing a pillar saw — a claim to fame handsaw with a balance handle that makes it simple to cut close to the floor. You can rest the saw sharp edge over a bit of ground surface to ensure you have a straight, even cut that is the right stature.

These things you have learned will give you a smooth installation of your laminate floorings. In any case that you find it hard to do these things, you can always hire a professional installer from your manufacturer but it can cost you a lot of money so better consider doing it by yourself instead of hiring a worker.

*This is a collaborative post*


Friday, 8 March 2019

West Lakes Chalets at Butlins Minehead

If you follow me on instagram  then you'll know that over the last half term we had a weekend away, staying at the West Lakes Chalets at Butlins in Minehead. It was a fantastic few days and I'll be going into detail about what we got up to on other posts, so keep an eye out for those. This post is focusing on the accommodation alone.

There are many different types of accommodation available at Butlins Minehead, categorised into value, moderate and premium. We were fortunate enough to stay in a Lakeside Chalet in the West Lakes area. 

We arrived at about 7.30pm to check in, which was all very quick and simple. We were handed a map and shown which way to drive to our accommodation and where to park. the parking was not directly next to where we were staying but it was about a 2 minute walk so that wasn't an issue for us. It may be an issue for others with carrying things back and forth from the car but it honestly isn't far too walk.

First impressions of the area and chalet were wonderful. The surrounding area seemed very quiet, peaceful and pretty. From the outside I thought the chalet would be quite small but it wasn't at all. It was like a Tardis. We were staying in a 2 bedroom chalet.

Once through the front door there was a hallway with plenty of coat hanging space and areas to place bags and shoes. 

To the left was the master bedroom which had a double bed, plenty of wardrobe space, a TV, hairdryer and iron. The main bathroom was also accessible from the bedroom as well as from the hallway.

The main bathroom was a good size with a bath, shower, toilet and many shelves for placing your toiletries etc. It also had a mini wash bag with some essential products in it.

The other side of the hallway had the 2nd bedroom which was sized well for our 2 children. It had 2 single beds and a small wardrobe and dressing table which was more than adequate for their belongings.

There was also a separate toilet room which was at the end of the hallway, which again had a mini Butlins wash-bag  I was pleased to see that 2 toilets were in the chalet as I think it's needed when you're staying as a family.

The lounge/dining area was at the end of the hallway. It's an open plan room with the kitchen to the left and lounge area to the right. It was modern, bright but it still felt very homely and welcoming. The TV had plenty of channels to choose from. 

The kitchen area had everything you could need including a dishwasher (essential when you're away on holiday as you don't want to be doing all the chores). All cutlery, pots, pans etc were there. We had a meal plan which including breakfast and dinner so we only used the kitchen area for making lunch and drinks.

We had a small cleaning set which including washing up liquid, tea towel and sponge. There was also tea, coffee, sugar etc provided. My husband said a coffee machine would make a great addition to the kitchen.

The wow factor came from the balcony/veranda area. It was stunning. It was huge in size and provided fantastic views of the lakeside area and other chalets. The girls loved watching the wildlife out there whilst we sat and enjoyed a glass of wine or tea. It would be perfect during hotter weather.

Cleaning was offered at the chalet daily although we only accepted it once.

Overall, we were very impressed. The chalet was more than big enough for a family of 4. It had all the amenities we could need. We felt very comfortable and relaxed. It was quiet and fairly soundproof as we didn't hear our next door neighbours at all (they were definitely there). We loved all the decor and the Butlins vintage prints. 

The downside was how far away the West Lakes area was from the main area with all the attractions etc. It was about a 10 minute walk with the kids (would be shorter without them). It's not too far but if you have children who don't like walking then that may be an issue. This could also be seen as a good thing as you're away from all the noise and commotion so I guess it's a catch 22. We did appreciate the quietness of the area. 

The other negative for us was that the doors were quite heavy (especially to the living room) but I'm guessing this is because they are fire doors perhaps?

We would definitely stay again, in fact we are pricing up a break over the easter holidays. We would either stay in a West Lakes chalet again or we'd like to try their new premium seaside lodges or bayside apartments which look fantastic. 

*We were already booked to go on our break to Butlins but they Kindly upgraded us to this accommodation in exchange for this blog review. All opinions, words and photographs are my own*.


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

A Spring Wardrobe Update with JD Williams

As much as I love winter clothes for the comfiness, the layers and the boots, my favourite season for fashion is spring/summer. We've been experiencing some mild weather so far so when JD Williams got in touch to ask if I'd like to pick some of their new pieces, I couldn't say no. It was a great time to update my wardrobe.

I'll fully admit that JD Williams is somewhere I have never shopped before because I thought it was for an 'older woman'. How wrong was I? My first impressions when browsing the website was that I couldn't believe how much choice there was. I also only thought they did their own clothes so I was pleasantly surprised to find many fantastic high street names such as Monsoon, Oasis and more. Another thing I didn't realise was that they sell things other than clothes.

I was completely spoilt for choice with their new in fashion section but there was one print that kept catching my eye and that was 'animal' print. Animal print had been huge over the winter season taking many different shapes, forms, colours and patterns which was great to see and I'm so pleased to see it continuing into the spring/summer trends.

I was instantly drawn to a 'Black and White Maxi Skirt'. It has an animal print on one side and plain black on the other making it very striking. It can be worn casually with a baggy jumper or a tee and paired with boots or trainers. It is also perfect for an evening paired with a shirt/blouse and heels. I can imagine wearing it in the summer with a loose fitting tee and sandals.

I found the perfect jacket to match the skirt and that was the 'Oasis Curve Faux Leather Biker Jacket' which is in Ochre. Ochre is one of my favourite summer colours. It goes perfectly against a tan. The jacket is a match made in heaven with the skirt as it makes the animal print pop.

I also chose a 'Leopard Print Swing Dress'. During the transition from winter to to spring/summer, I like to wear casual dresses with tights and ankle boots. Even though this one is long sleeved it's a thin material so it could be worn throughout the year.

Last up I chose something for the gym, an 'Under Armour Favourite Duffle Bag'. I didn't have a proper gym bag so I needed one anyway but I wanted one with a bit of colour and found this lovely pale blue one. It's a great size and it's water resistant as let's face it that's an essential in this country with the wet weather. In fact as I'm typing this now it's pouring down with rain. The last thing you'd want when you got to the gym would be damp trainers.

What do you think of my picks from the website? Have you shopped with them before? Head over to my instagram to see more pictures of the clothes, Kerry Louise Norris.

*I was gifted the items above in exchange for this blog post. All words and opinions are my own*

Monday, 4 March 2019

Ink Drops Stationary Box Review

Hands up if you're a stationary addict! (I'm waving with 2 hands). I am a sucker for stationary and could be described as a stationary hoarder. I love anything pretty and I collect notepads like they are going out of fashion. 

When Ink Drops got in touch to ask if I'd like to receive one of their monthly subscription boxes, I obviously couldn't say no. I used to love receiving post when it was cards, hand written letters but I have to say as I've got older I've fallen out of love with things that are delivered through my mailbox, with the likes of bills coming frequently etc. Also the gift of a hand written card seems to have disappeared too with digital card companies becoming more popular and also just sending texts or writing on social media. 

I remember squealing with delight when I was younger, when the postman delivered a letter from my penpal. I used to spend hours writing letters, making them look pretty by decorating the envelopes etc. I guess it was then that my love for stationary started. 

Ink Drops are a monthly subscription service who will deliver unique stationary to your door every month. They are available in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. If you don't want to subscribe monthly, then you can order a one off box or one of their ready made gifts. The monthly subscription is £15 including postage and packaging to the UK. Themed one off boxes vary in price.

My parcel arrived and inside it was 6 items which included 2 cards, an exercise book  a pen, an eraser and sticky notes.

The space themed exercise book was my favourite item out of the selection. I'm actually a bit of a space geek so I found the print adorable.

I also loved the note dispenser. It's in the shape of a typewriter and dispenses notes that say 'once upon a time'. 

The pen writes and holds really well. It's smooth and soft to hold. My eldest daughter stole the cat eraser from me as soon as she saw it, typical. I also really liked the card with the rabbit and the doughnut on it.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the patchwork card. It wouldn't be a print I'd like to receive myself but I've added it to my card box as I'm sure someone would like to receive it.

Whilst I loved the selection I received I'm not sure I'd sign up for a yearly subscription. I think £15 a month is a lot to commit to when you don't know if you will like everything in the box. You can get a sneak peek of the set that is due to arrive so that would be handy for ordering one off's.

I'd definitely order some of their themed sets, in fact I have my eye on quite a few of their sets such as I love Fairytales, Say Hello, Get Happy and I Love New York. 

Disclaimer: I was sent a selection box in exchange for this blog post. All words and opinions are my own*


Saturday, 2 March 2019

It’s Time For the Spring Clean

After last week’s record breaking February temperatures it has become apparent that spring is knocking on the door. It’s time for the heavy blankets to go into the attic and to finally sort out that Christmas clutter. Prepare yourself to to give the house a thorough spring clean!

Note: A good idea before we start is to find a “sorting room” with some spare space where we can keep everything we are going to sort later on. In my case it was our guest bedroom. We will come back to this later.

Can you imagine if you were to read this article then print it off and store it in your house forever? That’s sort of what magazines are. Here’s how we are going to handle this situation:
The obvious place to begin is by sorting through the pile and getting rid of anything that you know you won’t read and be donated to either a hospital or a doctors surgery. When I did this, I managed to move over half of the pile into the sorting room.
With the remaining magazines, decide on a time when you are going to read them. I decided to read one a day at lunch time, but you could read them on your way to work or even before bed. That’s one a day on the read pile!
Finally, make a scrapbook full of cutouts of your favourite articles, recipes and outfits before the magazines are disposed of. 

You might think otherwise, but I bet there’s a load of stuff in your wardrobe the you won’t wear for months. Don’t believe me? Try this decluttering trick:
Start by taking all the clothes off your hanging rail and putting them back on with the hook facing you. Then, whenever you use an item of clothing, put it back on the rail facing away from you. By the end of the month you would have sorted your clothes into what you wear and what you don’t wear and you can feel less guilty about moving that nasty blue turtle neck into the sorting room.

I personally think mail is a useless waste of trees that does nothing apart from giving me yet another job. Heres how we’re going to approach it:
Instead of letting it take up every surface within ten feet of the front door, we are going to put a box by the door. Coupons and other junk mail can go straight in the recycling bin, but all that important stuff that you will need to file later can go into this box.
When you have the time, go through the whole box and file accordingly.
Pro tip: putting a “No Junk Mail Please” sticker on the door actually works.

Clean out cluttered rooms
This is actually a lot more difficult than it sounds. When you’re in the mess its impossible to organise it, so I use what I like to call “the hallway technique”. To do this technique you should completely empty the room and move everything into the hallway. Then, item by item, you can move everything you want to keep back where you want it. Everything left in the hallway goes straight into the sorting room.

Sorting the Sorting Room
By now you should have a sorting room full of rubbish and ready to be broken down into 3 piles:



-and store.

When disposing of the “bin” pile, be sure to recycle anything that is eligible. Depending on how big the rubbish pile is, you might want to hire a skip and clear the garden whilst you’re at it. 

Many things that you don’t want might be of some value to someone else. Whenever possible, donate to a local charity shop.
Everything that you decide to keep should be moved into storage by a removal company. This way, it is out of your house but still yours. I would recommend coming back to everything you have in storage after a month or two to see if you still want all of it.

These are my tips for your spring clean and now its time to get out and enjoy the daffodils! 

*This is a collaborative post*

Friday, 1 March 2019

Be in the Picture - Weekly Favourites 9

Welcome back to the Be in the Picture weekly roundup. Once again there were lots of wonderful pictures shared on instagram and I struggled to pick just a few favourites. I could have featured so many. If you missed the last roundup you can catch up with it here, Be in the Picture - Weekly Favourites 8.

For those of you that haven't heard of #beinthepicture, it is an instagram hashtag that myself and Alana from Baby Holiday created. It is designed to encourage you to get in-front of the camera as opposed to behind it. I used to always be the one taking the pictures and I was never in them myself. 

You can use the hashtag on any pictures that feature you whether that be fashion, parenting, travel, with your partner etc. You name it, we want to see it.

This week I decided to choose some fun pictures that made me smile and chuckle.

My favourite picture of the week came from Rachel at Illustrated Teacup. It literally made me laugh out loud and it's super cute.

Next up is a picture from Little Ladies Big World. This was a picture of their family enjoying an experience gift they'd received. It looks like a great day out.

Today’s half term fun is sponsored by (not actually sponsored by) @grouponuk and Christmas gifts. Seriously if you haven’t asked for experiences over presents yet for Christmas and birthdays or checked Groupon for things you might do anyway then may I suggest doing it right now, or, you know, December. Today we went snow tubing and tobogganing thanks to one of my sisters and apart from Roma looking terrified at how fast snow tubing was (she got over it) and Eva’s huge epic meltdown at the top of the toboggan run where Eddy had to bunny bump her down the entire way all whilst she refused to take the break off and formed a kind of toboggan queue (she didn’t get over that) it was all in all a good family activity and didn’t cost us a penny. The lady at the top also offered to take our photo which considering it was quite busy I thought was really nice and as someone who loves to get us all in the frame in the moment it actually made my day. Until she said put your hands in the air and I’m too polite and British to say no because we will look like twats on Instagram πŸ˜‚ so here we are, looking like twats and having a jolly good time. (Except Roma because she, is a maverick and everything I wish I was πŸ˜‰) I’m also writing this to relive the loveliness tomorrow when I cry with every step because my goodness they need a travelator there, the climb back up was pure torture!!
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The last 2 pictures are selfies. The first one is from Mary at Over 40 and Mum to One . She talks about how she hardly ever gets in the picture and that's what this hashtag community is all about.

Smile for the camera I said. Not his most flattering face, but it shows the boy I love as he is. Funny, silly and a typical nine year old. He is my one and only and I treasure our moments together, no matter what face he's pulling :) Have you got in front of the camera this month and captured moments with your children? If you haven't then do it, it's something I've been trying to do each month for the last three years. We've captured lots of lovely memories over that time.⁣ ⁣ #freespiritedchildhood⁣ #mycolourfulkids #happylittlebuttons #littlefamiliesofig #kidsoftheoutdoors #documentyourdays #standstillmychild #myfamilyadventures #tbcsmiles #outdoorsfamily #countrykidsfun #outsidewithkids #ukparentbloggers #snaphappybritmums #tinybigadventure #outdoorsfamilylife⁣ #themagicofchildhood #celebrate_childhood #snapfromtheheart #my_magical_moments #storiesoftheeveryday #theoutdoorchild #parentsinthepicture #ShowYouWereThere #motherhood_magic #beinthepicture #mummyandme
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I had to include this last picture as it was just adorable. You can't help but smile when you look at it. It's by megtansom.

I'm not sharing a picture from my own profile this week as I don't think I've shared any that fit the bill.

Make sure you join in with #beinthepicture over on instagram and also follow it to see everyone's pictures. 

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