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Creating a Wall Gallery in my Ensuite

| August 26, 2014 | 17 Comments
Creating a Wall Gallery in my Ensuite

As you know the latest room in our house to have a makeover was our en-suite.  As happens when you are a busy family and on a budget, not everything get done all at once, and a room needs tweaks, and sometimes you just need to live with it a while to see if  it needs anything else.

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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 | 17 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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Giveaway : Pebble Grey LED Mirror RRP £150

| August 4, 2014 | 8 Comments
Giveaway : Pebble Grey LED Mirror RRP £150

It giveaway time again on The Ana Mum Diary, and today it is a gorgeous round LED  Bathroom Mirror from Pebble Grey.   Visit the site to see a fantastic selection of Pebble Grey bathroom Mirrors, ranging from shaving mirrors all the way to mirrored bathroom cabinets.  There are also a big selection of bathroom lights and accessories. Continue Reading

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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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Princess Mary and the Pea : Dormeo

| July 11, 2014 | 12 Comments
Princess Mary and the Pea : Dormeo

Now this tale I am about to tell, is an honest recount of a lady…I shall call her Princess Mary, and her quest for the perfect place, to rest her weary head. Dear reader, Princess Mary, was a very beautiful lady, she was generous and kind, and always offered to look after the children in the Ana Mum Diary household, when either the very Tall Dad, or Amanda (the diary keeper) needed help.  Now this had gone on for some time, before Princess Mary declared, she had something very grave to tell them…. 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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I Love Mondays : Orange Is The New Black #OIMB (Home)

| June 9, 2014 | 11 Comments
I Love Mondays : Orange Is The New Black #OIMB (Home)

I Love Mondays is a feature I run each Monday where I virtually shop for your every need.  I am hoping to rid you of the Monday blues, with my beautiful things. It could be a must see site, or a new idea I want to share with you.  Sit back and enjoy!

This morning, if you are feeling delicate after the weekend excesses you may need to avert your eyes.  Today’s selection is bold and vibrant, celebrating the new series of, Orange is the New Black. Continue Reading

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IHG Rewards Club : So Lucky

| August 29, 2014 | 3 Comments
IHG Rewards Club : So Lucky

So this is my final post (maybe not, but more on that later) about this summer and the fun we had when I was made a IHG rewards club millionaire.  First up, I blogged about what the IHG rewards club is, I then took my daughters on a fantastic shopping spree.

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Ana Eats : Zizzi’s Restaurant Review

| August 29, 2014 | 1 Comment
Ana Eats : Zizzi’s Restaurant Review

Enjoying a meal together out as a family is a real treat. So you want to be assured good service, and very tasty food.  Our go to choice is the Italian restaurant Zizzi’s.  We visit our Nottingham branch of  the chain regularly for just these very reasons. We headed to our local this bank holiday weekend to review the food overall, but especially the new Bambini kids menu. DSC_0268 Continue Reading

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Portland Dorset : Beach Fun

| August 24, 2014 | 2 Comments
Portland Dorset : Beach Fun

Portland Dorset, is where we headed off to for our holiday this year.  It’s a small island, just off the coast of Dorset, very near to Weymouth. We had a view of the sea from our courtyard behind the cottage we stayed in.  Chesil Beach, was where we walked to see the sunset each evening. A mere five-minute walk away. Continue Reading

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