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How to Etch Mirror or Glass

| October 14, 2014 | 8 Comments
How to Etch Mirror or Glass

I’m really proud of this one, and I think I’ve mastered etching mirrors now.  The key is a little patience (not something I have lots of) and a little elbow grease at the end.  So if you remember my last attempt was for my youngest daughter, and it was a Disney crown (from the Cricut Design Space) etched onto a mirror.  So she could be a princess every morning when she woke up! Continue Reading

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Hotter Shoes

| October 9, 2014 | 14 Comments
Hotter Shoes

Don’t you just love crisps bright mornings, full of promise of the day ahead.  Kicking leaves, collecting conkers, long dog walks with the family.  I love this change of weather and autumn and winter, and I especially love the fashion that goes with it.  So every autumn and winter there are always two things top of my wish list – a new coat, and boots. 

I was invited to a fashion evening with Hotter Shoes, together with some other bloggers, to try out the new styles of the season. I’m  already sold on the brand, and I’ve written about my love of the comfort concept that Hotter Shoes is known for before. Last year I was torn between two styles that I loved, and well this year was exactly the same, but more on that later. Continue Reading

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Ana Loves : Chop Chop

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ana Loves : Chop Chop

I’ve been on the look out for a new chopping board, so I thought I would share with you, a few of my favourites that I have found on my travels.

 

First up from Ella Doran :

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Carpet Trends

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Carpet Trends

It’s actually incredible, the change to a room that new flooring can make.  A while ago I talked about the different laminate floors that are available from Carpetright.  In this post I wanted to highlight four trends in carpets in 2014. Traditionally changing your flooring is something we look at doing in the Autumn and Winter. Whatever room you are looking to carpet, and whether you have the budget for pure wool or need something more man made and hard wearing, carpet is known for adding comfort and warmth to a room. Continue Reading

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Samsung Camera Giveaway (worth £179) #BirdsEyeViewBloggers

| October 2, 2014 | 10 Comments
Samsung Camera Giveaway (worth £179)  #BirdsEyeViewBloggers

At the Pic Gallery in London this week, there was an exhibition which showcased the best images from a ‘A Birds Eye View’ competition held by Birds Eye. It was an exclusive photography exhibition presented by the world-famous photographer Martin Parr. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it.  Anyone who reads my blog, knows how much I love photography and I would have loved to chatted to Martin Parr and gotten some hints and tips. Continue Reading

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Ana Snapshot : John Lewis AW14

| September 26, 2014 | 9 Comments
Ana Snapshot : John Lewis AW14

Well this isn’t an image I ever thought I’d be sharing on the blog, and what a fab night we had too.  This Wednesday evening (23rd September) we were invited to John Lewis in Nottingham for the launch of its Autumn Winter 2014 Private Label collection.

When the invite popped itself into my virtual letterbox, I couldn’t refuse.  A chance to listen to, and meet the infamous Liz Jones, I think my reply was…HELL YEH! Continue Reading

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Getting the most out of a Soda Stream

| September 23, 2014 | 6 Comments
Getting the most out of a Soda Stream

Oh how we love our Soda Stream! We are all lovers of soda or pop, as we like to call it, at The Ana Mum Diary house.  Gone are the days when the pop man (do you remember him?) in an open backed truck would collect all of the empty bottles and deliver more pop for the week. I love that idea even now, having drinks available for when you need them.

We have been testing out the Soda Stream Play (£69.99) for the past couple of weeks, together with the new collection of Del Monte flavourings for drinks. Three new flavours of syrup each one £3.99 – Orange, Caribbean and Tropical, all really delicious. Continue Reading

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A Photography Workshop : Modern, Angles and Clouds

| September 4, 2014 | 12 Comments
A Photography Workshop : Modern, Angles and Clouds

I love photography, its a passion I’ve always had, but blogging has meant I get more opportunities to explore it, and I’ve also now been able to invest in a DSLR, my Nikon D5100.  So though I get more opportunities now, I don’t really ever find the time to experiment. So when I was invited to the Goodman Photography workshop in Birmingham city centre, I was thrilled, as it would mean I could have a day learning and spending time with other people passionate about photography.  DSC_0476

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A Weekend in Amsterdam : My Top Picks and Tips (photo heavy post)

| August 14, 2014 | 18 Comments
A Weekend in Amsterdam : My Top Picks and Tips (photo heavy post)

Earlier in the week I posted about my weekend in Amsterdam, we stayed at an amazing hotel (InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam) thanks to me using up some of my IHG Reward Club points, which even covered the flights too for both of us. You can read all about my experience using my 1 Million IHG Reward club points HERE.

Well in this post, I wanted to share a little bit more about what we got up to.  It took Tall Dad and I a while to get acclimatised, and if I’m honest, some parts of Amsterdam, weren’t really for me.  The red light district being the main thing.  To be so overtly there, at the turn of a corner I really didn’t like.  We even saw a nursery in amongst that area, I did struggle with that concept. We did however see so many other things that we absolutely loved, so here are the top picks! Continue Reading

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A Weekend in Amsterdam : The Video Edition

| August 13, 2014 | 17 Comments
A Weekend in Amsterdam : The Video Edition

We have just returned from a weekend trip to Amsterdam, three days and two glorious child free nights.  What did we do there? Well we flew Friday morning stayed at a fantastic hotel, we ate, drank, sampled the nightlife, canal cruises, we walked…LOTS. We met people, used the metro and trams, we people watched and picnicked on chocolate waffles and stroopwafel washed down with Danish beer. We flew back on the Sunday evening, tired with aching feet, but definitely with smiles on our faces.

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Canvas Holidays : Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière Review

| July 4, 2014 | 19 Comments
Canvas Holidays : Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière Review

Canvas Holidays (Wyndham Vacation Rentals) has many beautiful and well located sites through Europe.  I think when I first heard about Canvas Holidays, I actually thought it would only be tents.  Now I know this is a really popular way of seeing Europe, and facilities in European campsites are said to be amazing.  Canvas Holidays are so much more than a camp site though, amazing variety of accommodation is on offer, with facilities to match families and couples holidaying.  They offer nearly 50 years of experience too.  That really did show when I visited the French la Croix du Vieux Pont site on a Canvas Holidays trip in June.

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Oasis of the Seas : The Biggest doesn’t even cover it!

| October 18, 2014 | 4 Comments
Oasis of the Seas : The Biggest doesn’t even cover it!

Everywhere in the media has been coverage of the largest cruise ship in the world making its maiden trip to the UK and docking earlier this week in Southampton.  The Oasis of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean a beautiful and impressive ship, that you can see an aerial shot of below.  Yes its huge, and that’s impressive, it really is, but boy this ship is so much more than that.  Continue Reading

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Something for the weekend : Pumpkin Decorating

| October 17, 2014 | 13 Comments
Something for the weekend : Pumpkin Decorating

With Halloween just around the corner, we did a really easy craft after school, pumpkin decorating.  Using some vinyl pumpkin face decals that I cut out using my Cricut Explore, Miss A and I set to work.  This is so simple to do, and looks really effective, I think you’ll agree?  You can make the faces, as large or small as you need depending on how big or small the pumpkins are. Continue Reading

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NSPCC Letter from Santa #lettersfromsanta

| October 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
NSPCC Letter from Santa #lettersfromsanta

I know, I know… it’s only October, but these things take careful planning readers! I actually bought my first Christmas present this week.  I’m determined to get in all done by the end of the November so I can enjoy the magic of Christmas with the children.  I love Christmtas, and everything that goes with it.  I think it’s a shiny light to look forward to, no matter what your age.  With this in mind, I am so delighted to have been chosen as a NSPCC Letter from Santa Ambassador! Continue Reading

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Making your own Sloe Gin

| October 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Making your own Sloe Gin

I am a huge fan of DIY flavoured alcohol.  In the past I have made orange spiced vodka, and elderflower and blackberry vodka, all of which were delicious.  Today I wanted to share my very easy sloe gin recipe.  All you need is a little patience to not drink the gorgeous looking red nectar before Christmas time.  It makes a perfect handmade Christmas gift too if you can bare to part with it! Continue Reading

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