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Giveaway : Win £250 to spend at Furniture Choice

| September 17, 2014 | 4 Comments
Giveaway : Win £250 to spend at Furniture Choice

Its competition time again, on The Ana Mum Diary and this is an amazing one.  I’ve teamed up this month with Furniture Choice to giveaway £250 to spend at the on-line store.  So if you are looking at buying a sofa, dining table or even a new bed why not put this fantastic prize towards buying a new piece of furniture for your home. 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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Getting Ready for Autumn and Back to School : Clarks Shoes

| August 20, 2014 | 8 Comments
Getting Ready for Autumn and Back to School : Clarks Shoes

Not long now until school starts again.  Are you one of those parents that waits until last-minute, or plans in advance with all the back to school buying?  I tend to be fairly organised, I panic if I’ve not done things, and I think the summer holidays should be all about  relaxing  and having fun, not panic…well that’s the idea anyway.  This year I’ve had to be extra organised, as I’ve two at school, one of which starting secondary school, so its meant lots (a crazy amount) of new things needed to be bought.

Shoes were a breeze this year, as we (as usual) got ours from Clarks. We booked our in store fitting online.  I can’t tell you how easy that makes it.  You simply register on the site, enter your postcode, so it finds the closest stores to you.  Chose one of the store options.  We went for one in the town center so we could combine it with a trip to the cinema.  The slots are every 15 minutes, you just let them know your name when you arrive.  So simple! I even received a text message reminder. Continue Reading

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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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National Trust Discoveries : Belton House

| July 15, 2014 | 3 Comments
National Trust Discoveries : Belton House

We went on another National Trust road trip recently and discovered, the perfect country house.  Tall Dad loved the symmetry of the architecture, he has a bit of thing about this, and our own house is (nearly) symmetrical.

These are just a few images from a trip we did a couple of weekends ago to Belton House in Lincolnshire.  It’s not too far from where we live and it’s definitely not going to be our last visit, we were there all afternoon, and didn’t manage to see everything. Continue Reading

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

| July 4, 2014 | 18 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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Instagram and Cushion Love : Yellow Velvet

| June 19, 2014 | 1 Comment
Instagram and Cushion Love : Yellow Velvet

Amongst my loves (and I have many) I  have a passion for Instagram, I think its my favourite form of social media, and this comes from someone who disliked it with a passion to begin with.  If you ask Tall Dad (my hubby) he would say its more like an obsession. He berates me every time we go for a meal, and I have to instagram before anyone can tuck in. Continue Reading

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Finishing Touches : Vintage Cutlery

| April 4, 2014 | 8 Comments
Finishing Touches : Vintage Cutlery

I thought I would include a series on the blog about finishing touches.  Having bought a house, you then might need to rennovate, or simply decorate it, you may be lucky enough to just need to move in.   From this point though, you want to take it from a house to a home.  Give it some personality, and fill it with things that you love. Continue Reading

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Samsung WW9000 Ecobubble Review

| September 19, 2014 | 3 Comments
Samsung WW9000 Ecobubble Review

Following on from my first impressions post of the Samsung WW9000 Ecobubble, I thought I would now write a full review of this amazing new washing machine.

I’ll start of by recapping that the machine, looks and feels like no other washing machine I have ever used before.  This is one that I happily would have non integrated.  It fits well into my utility room, it fact it looks pretty dandy, If I do say so myself!

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V is for…. Innocent Champions

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
V is for…. Innocent Champions

They are back! Yes, the innocent smoothie magnets, loved by parents and children are back on promotional packs.

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Because innocent realise how frustrating it can be when a child is looking for all of the letters to spell their name, they are also offering a ‘on pack’ promotion where you collect 6 barcodes and send it to innocent Towers and they will send out up three names.

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Twycross Zoo

| September 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
Twycross Zoo

We had a very urgent plea to go to the Zoo from our youngest Miss A. She loves animals, and even though we have read books about them, and met in person lots of different animals. We even went on a Safari and Zoo when we visited Animal Kingdom and Florida. We’ve wracked our memories, and we don’t think she has ever visited a zoo in the UK.  So we decided to spend the day at a local one to us, and the world-famous Twycross Zoo.

Miss A was in charge, so armed with a map, we took guided tour to see all of the animals she was desperate to see. Continue Reading

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