Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Capturing Memories Travelling

I have always loved travelling even since I was a little girl, my best memories are from travelling with my family especially my late grandad John, who I miss dearly! The best holiday I can remember was from my childhood and it was when I went to Blackpool with my parents, siblings and my grandparents. When we were there we went to the pleasure beach, I have very firm memories of going on the ride and my nana taking my photo at every opportunity she had. Going to Blackpool happened nearly every year until I was a teenager and I  can say I never got tired of it because it was a time when all of my family was together and not working, just together as a family having fun. 

While in Blackpool we always went to the pleasure beach and I went on all the rides and me being sneaky always trying my luck to see if I was tall enough to go on the pepsi max, which is a massive rollercoaster and I wasn't tall enough until I was  about15 haha. I always ended up going on the carousel so many times because it was mine and my sisters favourite ride at the time. My nana would always make sure we had a laugh and even if we are not on holiday, she knows how to put a smile your face. 

My nana ( she likes to be called nana because she said she's young at heart and the name grandma makes her feel old bless her) has so many treasured photos of our holiday memories and honestly it brings tears to my eyes because it brings so many happy memories back. I really want to frame and put some of those photos in a photo albums because it would be nice for them to be seen more often and almost relive those moments.
I thought it would be good to mention that Destinaton2 said that 29% of people admit to leaving snaps on their computer and the same amount of people admit not doing anything with them, which I find is a big shame because with a mobile or laptop I feel they can be forgotten about more easily then the would've if were in an album with the holiday snaps inside. I am not saying that photos need to be seen all the time but it feels so much better for me personally holding a book of memories rather than the usual electronic device.

Next time I go on holiday whether it be from a destination thats on destination2 or elsewhere, I will always remember to make a photo memory of it, whether it be a framed photo or a whole album. I will always treasure my past photos and hopefully it will be the same for the future holidays too.

What has your favourite holiday been?

Melissa x
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Monday, 17 April 2017

My Brothers Badge Collection #autismawareness

 Hi Lovlies 
I have decided to do a blog series called #autismdiaries and one of the biggest reasons I have decided to do this is to show you all my lovely brother who has autism. I grew up knowing my brother had a disability and with knowing I have always helped my mum and step dad look after him because it has been a challenge at times but mostly beneficial. To show more about my brother and autism, I will writing a few other posts in the near future about him growing up, my mum words raising him, depression and so many more topics. 

I will give you all a little more information on my brother, he is 33 and was born in 1983. He loves music, making lots of friends sharing his talent of knowing what day it was if you tell him the month, day and year - he is like rain man if anyone has seen that film. Paul is also a keen collector and when he was a child he liked collecting penguins, then when he got older he liked collecting cars and old records then 10 years ago he started collecting Badges and thats were this blog post comes in.

I know not everyone is keen on collecting things and thats fine and some will wonder why my brother wants to have so many badges and the only answer I can give you all he doesn't need a reason because they make him HAPPY.

Paul, when did you start collecting badges? 
22nd July 2005 which was a Friday

Why did you start collecting them?
I found them interesting and a new thing to collect as a hobby

Where do you get your badges from?
Various places such as second hand shops, people also give me them who know me and they could be from anywhere such as holiday pins.

How many badges do you have in your collection? 
At the moment I have 9779, I have counted all of them

Do you have a favourite badge? 
The canadian mountain police badges are my favourite at the moment

Do you have any badges on your wish list?
They are quite a lot on my wish list such as Disney, German bowling and different cancer charity badges.

Where do you put your badges?
I put them on boards which are on my walls and some are in badge books.

I hope you all enjoyed my post because my brother had so much fun answering these questions, when he is on my blog he feels like a celebrity and he is because he is an amazing person and has been in the media before too. I will be posting more about autism awareness on my blog in the future.

For more info on autism check out these helpful sites

Melissa x
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Goodnight Ben

Writing this post wasn't easy and I did cry at some points writing this but I wanted to share the memory of our beloved dog Ben.

Growing up me and my sister always kept asking my mum "when are we getting a dog" she always replied the same answer to us both "when the time is right we will get one". Then one day I was looking in my local paper and in the pets section I seen puppies for sale and the puppies for sale were Airedale Terriers. I showed the paper to my mum and pretty much begged her to have a look at them and she finally said yes. It was with pure luck when my mum phoned the ad the pups were around the corner and we got to see them that very afternoon and thats were we fell in love and knew we wanted this partially pup, he had a sparkle to his eyes.

It was the end of October 2003 that we got our puppy and that was when I was 13 and sister was 9. We all decided the best name for him was Ben as we couldn't agree on anything else. He was an adorable puppy, he had lots of curly fur and lots of energy. Raising Ben was a journey with lots of hurdles such as house training him, he took a while to go outside and he actually had a poo on my favourite teddy that I had since I was a baby. Through all of that he was a ball of energy  that enjoyed playing, going for walks and being like a velociraptor till he got his adult teeth.
Memories we cherish 
  • Every time I came home from school and even when I grew up, Ben was always the first one to greet me when I came home or visited my mums house, he used to jump up to say hello and he also used to give me a paw and give hi5s.
  • Taking him on long walks he used to enjoy going through long grass and smelling different things with his beautiful button nose. He made lots of friends with lots of different dogs and the owners alike. 
  • My mum is the airedale lady, in the town that we live. Many people know my mum as the airedale lady because she took Ben pretty much wherever she went and he got many compliments because he was such a big teddy and loved getting attention. 
  • He wanted to go everywhere with my mum, honestly the friendship he had with my mum was so beautiful.  One example il give you is every time she went to college he wanted to go with her so I used to take him with me to go pick her up and honesty loved that.
  • He loved all of the family and he was like an uncle to my children. I cant explain but I am sure other dog owners will know what I mean.

Through the years
Ben was a very highly active dog who used to love going for walks once or twice a day and the longer the walk the better. We used to take him near the river or the countryside and he was in his element there because he ran everywhere and he made friends with other dogs and he loved to be stroked by other dog owners too and if they were a bit of luck he would get a treat.

Whenever he was thirsty he kicked his bowl over to the sink which made a big clatter to let people know he wanted a drink, whenever he needed a toilet he scratched the door and whenever he wanted a cuddle he put his head on your foot and looked at you with his big teddy bear eyes.

When we knew something was wrong
Ben was very healthy throughout his life but it was in November 2016 that I knew something wasn't right, he was lying on his back and I see lots of red blotches on his skin and I told my mum about them and she was a bit worried too so we took him to the vet the next day. The vet the next day said it was only a skin infection and gave him to medication. After a couple of weeks the medication wasn't working and not only that growths had started to grow on his tummy which looked very angry and sore and his mouth also started to smell.

We took him back to the vet and she looked at my mum with a very sad face and we knew then it was something more sinister than a skin infection. Ben was diagnosed with skin cancer and he was given a couple of months to live because of his age and how much it spread.

It was quite upsetting to be honest but we didn't want Ben to see us upset because he was smart and knows so much. He got more treats and he got his picture taken everyday.

Everyday with him was a blessing.

Ben was LOVED and is still Loved 💜

Saying Goodbye
Honestly Goodbyes are just truly awful and nothing really prepares you for it to be honest, Ben thought so hard everyday but on the 9th of December it just got too much for him and the vet was called out. Everyone gave him cuddles and talked to him and he passed with his family near him. It was a surreal moment and even now I am still upset by it at times because he has always been there and the thought of him not being there just seemed so cruel.

Gone but not forgotten 
Ben has been cremated and placed in a beautiful urn with dried flowers and a very nice wooden box. Getting him back was so much easier for everyone especially my mum. We have a few of his pictures dotted around my mums house for nice memories too. 

A letter to Ben 

He's the best friend you could ever want. He was a cuddly boy who loved to see you and always greeted you wagging his tail. He's had his daft moments but most of all he was the kindest sweetest Airedale ever 💜
You will be missed and I love you loads Ben ❤️🐶

RIP Ben 

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

20 Things That Make Me Happy

Hi Flamingos
They is nothing more I love more than positive and happy things so I have decided to post more upbeat and positive posts on my blog including this one. I know somedays aren't always going to be positive but I like to fill them with all sorts of positive things anyway. I know this kind of post may sound a little cheesy but you know I feel happy about posting these kinda of post and since its my blog and its all about me this blog I thought it would fit in accordingly. 

They are more things I love too and make me happy but I thought a little list would be fun and nice comparison to see what other things people find make them happy. 
  1. Being a Mum - I am a mum of 3 kids and they are my everything.
  2. All of my Family -This includes my kids, my partner and my lovely mum
  3. My Cats; Kitty, Bella and Salem. Kitty is like the mummy of them all, she is a tabby cat and she's 8 years old now. Salem is a tom cat who likes to think he's boss but he's just cuddly and very friendly, he's almost 5. Lastly Bella our youngest is a calico and she's just laid back. 
  4. Wrestling - I have watched wrestling for as long as I can remember, I like to watch WWE and also independent wrestling companies. My favourite wrestlers are Batista, Eddie Guerrero and Jack Jester.  
  5. Going to the gym - If you asked me 2 years ago this wouldn't of been on the list haha but you  know the gym is something I have learned to love over time. I enjoy going most days now. 
  6. Baking - I am not going to be the best baker and take part in the British bake off but I do enjoy baking from time to time. My favourite things to make are banana bread, cupcakes and cakes. My kids enjoy helping me and they like putting on sprinkles and mixing the cake mix.
  7. Flamingos (obviously 😜) - I have always stood like a flamingo growing up (no idea why) I love how pink and fabulous flamingos look. I have a few flamingo things like a phone case, cushions and candles.
  8. Jogging - When its nice weather I enjoy jogging with my partner, its great fun and quite competitive at times too haha. 
  9. Reading -  I must admit I didn't read much at all till last year that is. Last year I read 3 books and I have a few books to read this year. Reading for me is so relaxing 
  10. My Blog - Is it vain to say I love my own blog? oh well if it is I don't mind because I am so happy how far its come in nearly 3 years and also I am happy I've kept it going for 3 years too.
  11. Lush products - I have actually lost count of the amount of Lush products I have tried over the years, I honestly just love most things I have tried in there. Lush bath times always make me happy.
  12. Drawing - I am no professional at this but its great for me, I enjoy the drawing and colouring in.
  13. Makeup  and beauty products - Before becoming a blogger I hardly owned any beauty products at all, I think I had under 10 items altogether. I have actually lost count now.
  14. The Game of Thrones - I started watching this last year, after watching the first episode I was pretty unsure whether or not to watch the next and I am so glad I decided to keep watching. 
  15. Music - I love lots of different genres of music. My favourites are from the 70s-80s and I am also a fan of Michael Jackson and Queen.
  16. Shopping - Whether its for makeup, clothes or food I just love shopping, its just great fun. Most of the time I don't buy anything I just window shop.
  17. Long walks -I love seeing wildlife and the countryside, growing up I used to go on long walks with my nana and my auntie, I loved it then and still do now.
  18. Nights out - This can be going out wrestling and or going out for dinner, the combination of the two is my favourite though. 
  19. Travelling - I have been to a fair few countries including Mexico, Spain and France, even though they are brilliant places I would love to travel the UK.
  20. Tattoos - I only have four at the moment but I would love loads more in the near future. I want a sleeve of roses on my right arm in the near future.
I know happiness is measured differently with different things but this is a list of things I love and make me happy. I would like to hear what you guys love and makes you happy?

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Weekly Update #1

Hi Lovelies 
I have decided instead of having a weekly update on my fitness journal update I will be replacing it with a weekly update post instead. The reasons I decided that is because my blog is about everything that matters to me not just fitness, so Il be writing all about my week and my plans for the upcoming weeks and so on! Any ways you get the idea of what the weekly post will be about. 

Happenings during the week
  1. The kids went back to school again after being on October holidays. We had a little break at my mums house which is 100 miles away, so it was nice for us all to see my family that we don't always get the chance to see as often as we would like. 
  2. I went back to the gym after not being there for almost 2 months. I know its such a long break but I was visiting my mum and it slipped my mind. Fingers crossed I keep myself motivated.
  3. I went shopping with my partner and treat myself to some new lingerie! My old lingerie is getting a bit worn out now so treated myself. I also got myself an amazing low cut top in River Island, honestly it was nice to have some time to treat myself 
  4. I had Autumn Leaf bath bomb with my partner and honestly it was just divine! Its the perfect reflection of autumn in a bath product. 
  5. I Used a colour remover on my hair to get the dark hair dye out of my hair, remarkably it worked very well and I will have a post all about it in the upcoming week fingers crossed.

Plans for next week 
  1. Ive been invited to a Body Shop event on Wednesday! Me and my partner are very excited to go to this, I can't wait to update you all on how this will go.
  2. Me and my partner are hoping to go back to Steak, Cattle and Roll which is situated on Sauchiehall street in Glasgow! This place has the most amazing burgers and milkshakes I have ever seen. I went for my birthday and I've been wanting to go back ever since.
  3. You may not know it by my blog lately but I just love baking! I have plans to make a nut and chocolate cake! I have planned it out so fingers crossed it goes well so I can put it on my blog.
  4. I will hopefully have another blood test to see if my hormones are still on the high side, I haven't been feeling myself in ages and sorry for this *TMI* my monthlies are always 2-5 weeks late which can be uncomfortable.

The Super Duper Good News

  1. Me and my partner have been together for 6 years! The years have go past so quickly and we still love each other more and more, I know it sounds cheesy but we do.

The Darn Right Bad News

  1. Honestly this week has been super tough week because we found out the dog I grew up with, my mums Airedale Terrier Ben (he's 13) has got cancer. Unfortunately they isn't anything that can be done, so my mum and us are going to enjoy him along as possible.

What have you been up to this week?

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

Hi Lovelies!
As you all know I am a mummy of 3 amazing children, 2 girls and a boy between the ages of 3 and 8 and being a mum is such a blessing, sure they can be some stresses at times but its always overlooked with the pride of being a mom and of course they is always more positives.

Motherhood has taught me many things over the years and you learn so much too. I am glad to be tagged by Mum Amie to write 10 things motherhood has taught me.

1. Being Confident - Before I had children I wasn't the most confident person in the world, but now I still may be a little shy but my confidence has built so much since being pregnant with my first born, after going  through all the appointments, the c section and watching him grow, many years have passed and I've had two more since then I can now talk to anyone.

2. Appreciate the little things - a few things that always brings a little tear to my eye is when one of my children picks me a flower like daisy or draws me in a picture, those things I appreciate so much.

Also when one of my children says they love that makes my heart melt, its just a blessing and another amazing thing to appreciate.

3. Admire my own mum so much more - Being a mum can be a challenge at time and it reminds me of when I was a child and how I was with my mum sometimes, she was always amazing when I was growing up and she still is! I just love my mum and appreciate how good she is with me and her grandchildren.

I live 100 miles away from my mum and really wish I lived nearer because she's just a brilliant mum and I miss seeing her every week.

4. Become a stronger person then I thought - Pregnancy was a challenge and caused me to have lower back pain a lot but I always plodded along, I also had 3 c sections which recoveries weren't easy but I went through it with a smile because my babies were worth every minute and I would do it again if I had too.

Even now I feel strong because being a mum and being with my partner can have some challenges but they is always ways forward through everything eventually.

5. Appreciate time with my partner - Being a mum takes 100% of the day up so when my mum babysits and me and my husband go out for dinner or something we appreciate  that time together that little bit more. 
The same thing goes for night time we enjoy each others company and we try to squeeze and much as possible in at night time like watch a film.
6. Learning how to Cook - Before I had children I was lucky to make a pot noodle, now I can cook so many things like curries, cakes and pretty much anything in my recipe book! I even have my own little creations now too which is fab.

7. Plan - Another thing I didn't do before I had children was plan anything out, my basic day was going to work early in the morning and having no idea what to do the rest of the time, I know it sounds daft but that was just me in the past.

Now I plan out everything from meals, when I go shopping and where to go for mini holidays with the family.

8. Try new things - I have done so many new things over the years like learnt to knit, the reason I started was I wanted to make my own baby clothes for my children. I also started this blog two years as well.

9. Enjoy every moment - Its surpising how fast the years go, its so important to enjoy every moment and live each day to the most, I also have a photo album to look back at memories.

10. Patience - Sometimes in life its annoying having to wait for things but I have learnt sometimes waiting things is best then getting it straight away.

I tag anyone who would like to do this post too! Please send me links in the comments if you do this post too! I hope you enjoyed reading about 10 things motherhood has taught me, just so you all know they is many other things I have learnt too but these are the ones I just thought of :)

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Friday, 22 January 2016

15 things to do on a lazy weekend

15 things to do on a lazy weekend
Every now and again I just absolutely love quiet weekends in and after thinking back on all what I LOVE doing most on lazy weekends I thought I would share with you all my favourites things to do whenever a lazy weekend comes up. As much as I love a lazy weekend its not something I do every weekend its something maybe happens once or twice a month seeing as I am a full time mum of three beautiful children.
I know a lot of people like going out partying on a weekend or visiting a busy restaurant, but I much prefer a nice quiet weekend after a long week of taking the children to school, picking them up and other mummy and home duties.
 15 things to do on a lazy weekend
  1. Read a new book - I have never read the harry potter books so I am starting my journey with them now. I just loved the movies and my mum and sister recommended to me to read the books as they are so much better then the films, I can't wait to find out.
  2. Have a Lush Bath - This is probably one of my favourite things of mine to do! I love relaxing in a lush bath after a very long day, they make me feel amazing and they smell gorgeous too.
  3. Colour a colouring book- I used to always draw and colour in but I stopped doing a couple years back till until recently I discovered my love for it again. At the moment I colour in adult colouring books and they are very relaxing and make me feel accomplished once I am finished.
  4. Listen to your favourite music - I just listening to my favourite music on lazy weekends and my all time favourites have to be Michael Jackson, Queen and Enrique Iglesias.
  5. Paint your nails - The weekend is usually the time I change my nail paint and I find it very relaxing. I usually paint my toenails and finger nails at the same time and after I have painted and they have dried I usually apply a hand  cream.
  6. Moisturise - Even though I moisturise most days the weekend makes it so much more relaxing. I usually moisturise my body, my feet and hands.
  7. Use a face mask - After a long week they is nothing my skin loves more then a face mask to give it that uplift it needs. I usually use different types but my favourites are ones that cleanse the skin and improves its smoothness.
  8. Schedule blog posts -  For me this is the perfect time to plan the week/months ahead blogs posts and even take blog photos if its a nice sunny day.
  9. Watch a new series on Netflix - I recently bought Netflix and now I'm just addicted to it. At the moment I love watching Mr Selfridge and  would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch something new.
  10. Paint - This is an activity I love to do with my family and we manage to do it every weekend. We usually have a theme and they usually paint what they like, the last theme we had was flowers and they did some amazing painting, I loved joining in too.
  11. Bake  - I love baking and nothing beats home made cupcakes and cakes, the smell of fresh baking in the kitchen always uplifts my mood. I like baking cupcakes and my children like decorating them.
  12. Candles - Any day of the week I just love scented candles whether it be a Yankee candle or any brand its a mood up lifter in the evenings. My favourite candles at the moment are floral scents like sweet pea and roses.
  13. Phone family and friends - I know it sounds very obvious but its a great time to catch up with old friends and phone our loved ones. The weekends are usually the only times I have to have a good long conversation with friends and family.
  14.  Have Pizza - One thing I just love on a lazy weekend is Pizza! pizza is my favourite takeaway food and I can't resist eating it with wedges and garlic bread .... yum!
  15. Have a long walk or go to gym - I know its a silly suggestion for a lazy weekend but I really do think a bit of exercise to start the day makes a difference to the rest of the day. Once I come back from a long walk I feel refreshed and then I feel better with a lazy day.

I hope this list helps anyone planning a nice weekend in and its also a great list of things to do on a day off work when you just want to relax. I am planning a nice lazy weekend this weekend and I am looking forward to my lush bath followed by me reading Harry Potter with some chocolate and a packet of crisps.

 What do you do on a lazy weekend?

 Melissa x
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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Goals for 2015 - Update

Hi Lovelies
I can't believe its nearly Christmas and also the end of 2015 and I'm already writing an update! I really think 2015 went by too fast, probably the fastest one I can remember. I almost forgot what my goals where for 2015 until I recently checked the post I wrote last year, I must admit I did not complete most of my goals but I did achieve other things which evens things out for me.
My Goals for 2015 were as follows
Schedule blog posts - This one was a bit of a hit and miss for me as I did have a few times this year where I actually did manage to post everyday but also they was other times that I completely had an irregular posting pattern. This is a goal that I will continue to have for 2016 and hopefully will be able to achieve, the dream is to post everyday in 2016.
Learn Arabic - I totally failed at this one to be honest, I know very little Arabic and I don't think I have even learnt anything new from 2014, I probably only know how to pray and simple things like the Arabic alphabet. I am a little disappointed with that but on the other hand I am happy with my learning of the Quran.
Complete my Makeup Artistity course -  I failed this one but not because I was rubbish at it or anything like that, its because I would rather be something else in life which I am currently working on and will share with you all later on. I am very happy with the way I apply my own makeup and my fab makeup collection I just don't think being a makeup artist is the job for me.
More Charity work -  I wouldn't say I did more charity work this year but I think I did a pretty good job in 2015 with giving to charity. Charity has always been important to me and every year I will continue to give and do as much as possible for people in need.
Be more confident -  Being confident is one the biggest thing I wanted to do in 2015 and I wouldn't say I'm the most confident person in the world but I have came a long way since the end of 2014 and hopefully through time my confidence will continue to get better and better.
Visit my dads side of family - unfortunately this is a goal I didn't do as they is so many reasons why such as its so far from where I live and its very expensive to travel for me with my 3 children and my husband at the moment too. Hopefully one day when my dad decides to talk to me.
Save money -  I think this one has went very well and we are very well onto our way of buying our own house. I am so looking forward to having my own house instead of paying rent and not being able to design the house the way I would like.
Lose weight -  I gained a lot of weight this year that I am not even going to write down how much I have gained because sharing it is not going to do anything. I am not even upset about it to be honest as I know I will loose it eventually through time. I am happy with the way I am at the moment and will continue to be regardless of what the scales say.
Did you achieve your goals for 2015?
Melissa x
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Silent Sunday

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Day out - Edinburgh Zoo

 Hi Lovelies
Its been a while since my last post but I've had a busy and eventful past few days and I have a lot to share with you all on my blog. As some of you may know its recently been Eid for Muslims and I've had a busy weekend as I went to Glasgow central mosque for the first time ever for the Eid prayers and after that we went to dinner at my husbands mums house! she made the most amazing food and dessert I was full for the rest of the day. My husbands mum gave us Eid money for the kids to take  them zoo so we ended up taking the kids over to Edinburgh Zoo for a lovely Eid treat.

As we Live in Glasgow already Edinburgh isn't that much of a journey for us thankfully so we just took the car and it took us about an hour to get to Edinburgh Zoo. Parking at the Zoo was ok even though I found it a tad bit expensive at £4. They wasn't much of a queue when we went to the zoo as it was just before 3pm and it cost us just under £50 for us as my youngest daughter who is 2 got in for free. I know its a zoo and the upkeep of the animals is expensive but for me the price was a tad bit on the expensive side but I was optimistic visiting the zoo.

They was a nice selection of animals to see at the zoo but I found the some enclosure's weren't suitable for the sizes of the animals. The biggest disappointment for me is its impossible to see the pandas, this is the second time in 3 years I have been to Edinburgh zoo and both time the pandas have been fully booked so its really hard to see them, last time I visited I went super early too. We looked seeing the monkeys and they looked very happy to see visitors and they were my youngest daughters favourite part of the day. As a treat for seeing the whole park we decided to get ice creams as a nice treat and it cost over £8 for 2 ice cream and 2 calipo, so I would suggest if you visit the park bring a packed lunch as it can be a bit expensive otherwise.
To leave the zoo you have to go through the gift shop so be aware haha! We got the kids 2 dinosaur teddies and I also got my brother a badge as he loves to collect them and have over 7000 now.
I don't like giving a negative reviews but for me Chester zoo is so much better and you can see more animals and its easier to get around.
Have you been to Edinburgh Zoo before?
 Melissa x 
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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Preparing for Ramadan 2015

preparing for Ramadan 2015
Hi Lovelies
With roughly only a week until Ramadan and this will be my second year of taking part in Ramadan as the previous ones as I was pregnant so I am looking forward to starting and completing this years Ramadan with my husband Inshallah!
Last year was a big surprise to me, as it was very hot, hotter then usual and I completed so many more days then I expected and it was easier then after a few hours and usually during the day I was fine but once it got to 1 hour before iftar time, the minutes feel like hours and especially when you start preparing the food and can see ice cold pop waiting at the dinner table.

What is Ramadan?
I will just give you all a quick idea what Ramadan is all about, this is only a brief guide on it and my own personal view on it, more information is online and you can find out more by visiting your local Mosque (Masjid).
Ramadan is a celebration celebrated by a billion Muslims all around the world and is observed by Muslims on the 9th month of the Islamic calender which is the month Muhammad (PBUH) had the first revelation of the Holy Quran. Ramadan is one  of the five pillars of Islam and Ramadan usually lasts 29-30 days depending when the crescent moon is spotted.
While fasting from dawn till sunset Muslims refrain from eating food, drinking liquids, smoking and engaging in naughtiness haha!  We eat food after sunset and just before dawn.
During Ramadan I try to read Quran more and offer more prayers (salah) Ramadan is very relaxing for me and is one of my favorite times of the year.
Ramadan is only done by healthy adult Muslims! and children, people with illness, pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruation are exempt from fasting. They is other exceptions too, you can find out more about the month of Ramadan over at www.ramadan.co.uk

How me and my husband are preparing 
I still can't believe its only next week but I am trying to sort everything out ready such as food and meal plans and so on. I find it best getting completely ready for Ramadan a few days before and it worked out really well for me last year. I am making meal plans up for the family so I will cook once a day and have meals ready prepared for my kids during the day and I will have mine and my husband already made for night time (Suhoor)&(Iftar)

I have wrote a meal plan out for opening the fast, the main meal and a meal to have before sunrise and I will have a separate post about that very soon. I am going to bulk buy things like rice, lentils and things like that so it reduces the amount of times I need to go shopping during Ramadan so we can save as much energy as possible without running around Tesco when the weather is so hot!

Prayers (Salat)During Ramadan we observe our usual 5 prayers a day but its also a time where we offer more prayers seeing as Ramadan is the most blessed month of the year.

Zakat (Charity)
Charity is very important for Muslims and its even one of the pillars of Islam, so yes very important. Zakat is 2.5% of how much is earned, wealth and belongings. Zakat helps charities from all around the world. The minimum given is 2.5% if a person can afford it and a person can also give more if they can afford too.

This is just a basic outline of Ramadan and they is much more about it online!

6 Days till Ramadan

Melissa x
Thanks for reading ♥

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Weekly Summary

Our week in Pictures
I baked a lemon cake and made some cupcakes for my children to decorate. When I bake my children look to help so I let them help me put ingredients in the bowl and of course they decorate the cupcakes, I know its messy but its worth it as they love it and enjoy them more as they made them, themselves.

I have changed my diet to add more fruits and vegetables, I am not saying I didn't eat enough  before but I just added more variety of fruits and vegetables into my diet. I have bought more varieties of fruits and vegetables so its a great way for my family to try new foods. My family love fruits with their breakfast every morning so I just added more then usual haha.
We went for our first meal out in Glasgow after being here now for just over a month. We treated the family to a nice meal out in Pizza hut we all enjoyed the food and the kids had plenty to do with the colouring books and crayons.

We visited my mum in my old hometown and in town they was tractors! My son loved seeing all the tractors and my mums dog an Airedale terrier really wanted to be in the photos too.
We all went to Primark for the first time in months so I had my fingers crossed I would find some lovely pajamas and thankfully primark didn't let me down and I treated myself to this lovely pj set! I bought some other stuff for my husband and my kids too.

I made a lemon cake, a recipe my nana taught me how to make me when I was 14 so over 10 years ago. Its still a favorite in my house, especially by husband. Check out my Simple Lemon cake recipe here!

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Interview with the real Rain Man

Hi Lovelies!
I would like to introduce you all to my brother Paul Major! My brother Paul is 31 years old and he has aspergers syndrome. Paul has had a difficult time growing up  and struggled with bullies and fitting in with people as people can only see Paul, what he is like on the outside but don't realise he is disabled or if they did they made him feel worse about himself.  My brother has my mum as a full time carer and she has been amazing looking after my brother, I myself try my best to look after my brother as he loves being with his family. 

Paul has many talents and realised them at an early age, one being is having a mind like a calender, My brother can tell anyone what day they were born on just from them saying their date of birth and  he can tell you the answer in lightning speed. He can also remember exactly what date he bought his badges and he has nearly 7000 of them which is just incredible. If those talents weren't enough he can also tell you what was number one  at any time in which the charts started.

Paul was in the News & Star in November 2014

Interview with Paul Major

How are you today? I am great thank you 

When did you realise you had your talents? When I was about 9, when I found an old calender in an old suitcase and I looked at it and thought to myself I can work out the dates on this. I have been brought up with music and have looked up the charts and everything from their I have just remembered.

How did you learn your talents? I have many ways the first being the calender and working out dates like a mathematician would work out maths and with music I looked at the chart books and I have just remembered from then on.

What are your hobbies? Badge collecting, CD collecting and seeing my girlfriend at the bowling and at the disco.

What are your favorite ways to showcase your talents? I love impressing people with my knowledge and being cool.

Do you have future plans for your talents?  I hopefully would like to show them on the TV and just carry on enjoy doing them.

I would love people to remember my brother has been wanting to show people his talents for a long time and he just wants people to like the work as he loves doing it and has done this for such a long time now. Paul would like people to know that a disability does not mean its ok to bully and we against bullying full stop! we hope to end disability hate crime as hes gone through a lot of it through the years.

Thanks for reading ♥

Melissa x 

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Reasons I love my Husband


Me and my husband have nearly been married for four years, we may of had our ups and down but our love has grown so much more since the day we got married. We got married 4 years ago in Glasgow and we had our honeymoon there as well, we are going for a weekend again this year again to celebrate our 4 crazy years being married.

Reasons I love my husband
- He is an amazing dad to our 3 children
- I am training to be a makeup artist at the moment and he such a flower! he lets me makeup practice on him and he just loves it!
- Every now and again he surprises me with my favorite flowers
- His dance moves aren't the best but they are hilarious 
- He never gives up, at the moment he works long shifts, goes to college and is a dad and husband.
- He loves hoovering, that's a chore off my list haha.
- He coughs when he farts to try and disguise it, he thinks hes being a gentleman haha
- We never fall out for over 1 hour as one of usually starts to laugh and we end up hugging and making up.

They is many more reasons but this post would be extremely long but I am sure you all get the idea.
I will do some more posts like this in the run up to our anniversary so I can share our celebrations with you all.

 Till next time guys and dolls!
Melissa x 

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bye Bye September

 September was an extremely very busy month in my household seeing as my son Dante went back to school and my daughter started at nursery after the long 6 week summer holidays and on top it all off it all they was loads of family birthdays to plan and so on.

1- It was mums dog, Ben's Birthday. Ben is an Airedale terrier and he is like a big teddy bear and it was his 11th birthday. He is such a big softy and has been the most wonderful dog ever so we had a little birthday party for him we bought him bandannas and a new collar and of course my sister made him a cake that was the a replica of him.

2- My son Dante started school again he is now in year 2 and I am sure he has grown over the summer holidays, he was looking forward to seeing his friends again and getting back to learning.

3. Another birthday was my brother Paul, he was 31. My brother Paul lives at home with my mum as he has autism he looks forward to his birthday and mentions it every day from July on wards so we always try our best to make the day super special for him. He collects Badges and has over 5000 so we got him some more and we made him a cake he loved his day.

4. One thing is that is that I accepted myself as beautiful even when I wake up in the morning with no makeup on and my hair all over the place! I feel fabulous and its thanks to RuPaul and watching RuPauls Drag race!!

5. Last up it was my son Dantes Birthday he is 7 and we planned a little party with our family he loved his presents and most of all his batman cake. We are planning to take him to a museum when it is the next school holidays.

What did you do in September?

Melissa x

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Ameerahs First Week In Nursery

Hi Beauties
I can't believe its September already! August has just flown by and its that time when my little girl Ameerah had her first week at nursery, she has 2 half days and one full days and she is 33 months and she is 3 in January.

She had 3 settling in periods that were for 2 hours at the end of August and she loved it as soon as she went in thankfully, I had to fill out a few forms and things about what she is like and things she likes and enjoys such as her favorite program and foods things like that. At the moment she absolutely loves Peppa pig she loves to watch it and if she sees any clothes with Peppa pig she just have to have them :D. As for food she isn't really picky but she does not like broccoli. 

Starting properly on Wednesday the same day my son went back to school, she could not wait get to nursery! as soon as she woke up in the morning she said oooo nursery today. She ate her cheerios and we got her ready in next to no time which is not the way our mornings usually go haha.

On the way up to the Nursery she was hopping like a Kangaroo her favorite animal all the way until we got to the nursery door which is so grand and old fashioned! They answered and she gave them the most lovely smile and said NURSERY TIME! she knew excatly which room she was in and just hopped straight in and said bye bye mummy! it really did bring a tear or two to my eye it was so lovely to see my little girl in nursery and that she was happy.

They day for me went quite slowly wondering if she was enjoying it still and getting a long with the other kids but my husband reassured me she would be fine and by then it was time to pick up my son from school which took some of the time away and it would not be long till I had to pick her up.

The time came to pick her up and me and my husband decided to go together to pick her up seeing as it was her first day, arriving at the door we shouldn't of even worried at all ! she absolutely loved nursery and she even asked when it was time to go back again! she had an amazing day and got to know other kids and painted. I am happy she enjoyed it and so is my husband, I am pleasantly surprised it was an easy process for her to settle her into nursery as my was not keen to go and usually just wanted to stay at home haha.

Melissa x

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Are Black Cats Bad Luck ?

black kitten

Are black cats the cause of bad luck or something of witchcraft or even the work of Satan ?
This is many of things i have heard about black Cats , i have had people walk across the road so they don't walk past my cat thinking they would get bad luck crossing his path. I looked online and seen people think that if you cross a black cats path that its an omen ... o for goodness sake come on ??? a cat ? they are so beautiful creatures.
My friends boyfriend asked why did you get a black cat they are bad luck and demonic and to me its just plain stupid thing to think .Deep down i really did wonder where did all these superstition thoughts come from ? why are people so wary of black cats ?
I have found so many things on why people think Cats are bad luck.
1. The gambling world is wary of black cats crossing there path as they think they would bring them bad luck , maybe they should think a bit deeper and actually see that most of the time you loose its down to the casino and not a cat.
2. The Black cat in Folklore was actually believed to have changed shape into a human form to spy for witches or demons , its amazing what people actually think in such times but it was likely that it was one of there own who was a spy and not the actual black cat.
3. Pilgrims in Portsmouth devout to the bible thought of black cats of companions on the witches  and anyone caught with one would be severely punished or even killed. They believed that black cats were demonic or part of sorcery. 
4. The Middle ages when the Black death occurred peoples superstitions led them to believe that it was the fault of black cats rather then the real cause which was the rodents. They was mass and regular massacre of black cats as they thought them as satanic.

These are all myths and the added bonus of Halloween people are more superstitious even though they is no true claim that they are evil.
All these things are added on today's modern thinking's of the black cat
I have a black cat and he is called Salem i named him off the TV program Sabrina the teenage witch and he is such a friendly cat. He purs and loves cuddles hes never acted like a friend of Omen , he might be cheeky every now and again but no different from any other cat. He is such a family friendly cat he loves having the kids about he even and he loves it when my mum brings her Airedale terrier over they have a little kiss every time he visits like hes happy to see him again.
The amount of cats that are in shelters and even in some countries they will not allow them in because they are unwanted and for obvious reasons the superstition . It really makes me sad because they have such a lot of bad things said against them even thought the claims are not true , i really hope more people adopt more black cats because they are beautiful companions and a loyal friends.
If you look they is a lot of stories of black cats being good luck too from pirates to ancient Egyptians these should be highlighted more then the bad things. If you see a person with a black cat they are happy and the cats are a highlights for them .

Whats your thoughts on black cats?
Melissa x
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