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Throwback Thursday #3

Throwback Thursday

My third guest blogger for Throwback Thursday is Richie from One Hull Of A Dad

Think back to when you were a teenager and answer these questions!

1. What was your favourite band?
I used to like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre etc. I loved rap music, I was gangsta fo sure!
2.What was your favourite movie?
My favourite movie was and still is Die Hard, I must have seen it about 50 times. All men should like Die hard, it’s like a rule or something
3.What stereotype would you say you fitted into? (Emo,Chav,nerd..etc)
I’m not sure what category I would fall into, I wasn’t a chav, I didn’t hang with the cool kids but also wasn’t a geek, I could only really say I was just “normal” haha.
4.Tell us a funny story about something that happened!
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can’t really remember anything really funny (I am getting old now). one thing that was funny at the time was betting our mate he wouldn’t eat a shit mix of food we find in the cupboards (we were getting pissed). He agreed and spent the rest of the night throwing up! It was funny at the time.
5.Is there anything you regret that you did back then?
No, I don’t regret anything, I was a good boy. Sorry, no gossip here.
6.What was favourite drink?
Cans of Fosters were my tipple of choice followed by Vodka and Red Bull, there were many a drunken time on Vodka and Red Bull
7.Did you think you were cool?
I didn’t think I was cool, I wished I was. Looking back now I’m glad I didn’t hang out with the cool kids, mainly because their idiots! All of my mates were good lads and we just enjoyed chillin out and having parties etc.
8.Is there any T.V show you watched that you wish they still showed?
Friends! It has to be! I’ve seen every episode so many time I reckon I still know what they would say next in each episode. They don’t make them like they used to (god I sound old now)
9.What did you want to do when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a policeman, ever since I used to watch The Bill on TV when I was little. Once I left college that soon changed.
10. Share a picture of you then and now!
The small photo is of me at my prom, the quality is awful as it was a photo of a physical photo I took and then put on Facebook. The other photo is of my at Christmas with my family.

 

 

One Hull of Dad is a dad of two and husband to one. He lives in Hull and blogs about his life as a working dad and any other such nonsense he can think of. You can find him at www.onehullofadad.co.uk or on social media:
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I hope you enjoyed the third Throwback Thursday!
I have to agree with you on friends it was a wonderful T.V show! Hope your friend was ok and learnt a lesson to not just eat all of the food he finds!

If you want to get involved in Throwback Thursday give me a shout! =]
-WeeOhana x

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Beautiful Walk!

It was a glorious day on Tuesday so after mums & tots I decided to take advantage of our recently purchased National Trust membership again!
We went to Mount Stewart again which is where the wonderful park that I blogged about the other night is! With it being just Dylan and myself I decided that we would go on a little mini adventure on one of the walks as we didn’t have loads of time and I couldn’t wait to see what else we had been missing!
First of all, at the entrance I was greeted by a lovely pair of ladies, and one of them was actually the one who I took out the membership with so she was very happy to see me and was asking how I was and my little girl was, which was lovely! There was a beautiful little café that I was going to pop into on the way out to grab a quick coffee, but we spent so long exploring around the lake that I didn’t get enough time!
I was kicking myself as I had forgotten to bring my camera with me, but I must say I am very impressed with what my IPhone 5 captured!

As we rounded the corner and went out on the little platform, this is the beautiful view we were met with. Breath-taking.

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DylanDylan so peacefully sat and looked at the view and watched the water ripple. He really enjoyed watching everything going on, and it seemed to really relax him. I pointed out the ducks to him and talked to him about the trees and everything else that we could see.

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We then rounded the corner to see the most perfect little family of swans! I couldn’t believe how relaxed they were and just completely ignored the people around them! I knelt down beside Dylan and explained to them what they were and all about Swans, while leaving the older people to get as close as possible without being in the water.. I was just waiting for one of them to fall in! Dylan then started to look for a new biscuit so I took that as a hint to move on and see what else we could find!

We found a bench with a beautiful view, I sat and enjoyed the view as Dylan finished his biscuit.. If you haven’t worked it out yet, Dylan really love biscuits! Digestive biscuits, in-fact.. he would eat them all day long if he could! I fell in love with these beautiful little blue flowers too, I’m not sure what they are, but they are adorable and just beautiful!

IMG_6275We then found one of the swans grooming and making themselves look as pretty as can be! Just magnificent! Nobody was around so I told Dylan a lot about the view, the swans, what we had seen and what we could see.. not that I don’t like talking to him in front of others but you do get some odd looks sometimes!

IMG_6239ducksMy favourite find was this little duck family chilling out beside the lake, they were so relaxed and happy in the sun! I managed to get pretty close to them, but I didn’t want to push my luck, or scare them either as they were only babies! They were very happy with mummy duck close by and it was just adorable to see them so happy and relaxed. This was our last find of the walk, and I think my most favourite. I really loved seeing the family of swans too, but with all the people trying to get really close to them it took away from the enjoyment of watching them relaxing and taking a few snaps from afar!
All in all, a perfect walk and I would go everyday here with Dylan if I didn’t think the staff would start to give me funny looks! 😛

I can’t wait to be heading back very soon and to see how the cygnets and ducklings have grown. With how relaxed Dylan was here and how beautiful the views were, next time I’ll be sure to grab a coffee at the start from the café to take round with me!

-WeeOhana x

 

 

 

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My Sunday Photo – 21.05

We have had a lovely week! We visited Mount Stewart which is a beautiful National Trust property with a newly built park! You can read more about our visit here!

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I also got a wonderful bite to eat with my sister in a little café in Newtownards called Haptik! I had Baghdad Eggs for the first time, it was wonderful and a yummy watermelon Iced tea! check out how cute and pretty they are!

-WeeOhana
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Photalife

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Deliveries! =D

This week we got a few super cool deliveries!
One of them was a super amazing soft play mat that I had won in an auction on Facebook! If your interested in buying some soft play for in your house or business etc. I would really recommended checking out one of their auctions here!! They do them pretty regularly and there is always a bargain to be had!
When I saw this mat there was no way I was going to let it slip through my fingers!
It is the perfect size to fit in the little play corner we have in our room, blue and pink so means both my pair are happy and some wonderful stars stitched on to add a little magic! It is about the thickness of a gym mat, so wonderful for when the kids are throwing themselves about and works wonderfully as a head protector whenever Dylan decides to bang his hand.
Another winning feature on it for me was that it folds in half easily with a little grab handle, perfect for when we are having people over, or want a little floor space for train track building etc! Also very simple to clean, a quick baby wipe and it looks perfect again after any spills! I was more than impressed however with how quick I received this, I won the auction on Thursday, paid after dinner on Friday, it was posted on Monday and at my door on Tuesday morning! Wonderful quality, lovely customer service and super speedy delivery, I will be ordering some more shortly!
Here is a little video of Dylan enjoying dancing on the new mat to his favourite toy, BeatBo

 

The next delivery was one that took a little longer than I hopped, but boy was I pleased when it arrived! My sister sent me a link with what was the most perfect t-shirt I have ever seen. I then proceeded to look on the website and discover more and more amazing designs.. Luckily I had to be pretty controlled as the postage cost goes on weight of parcel and you can only have a certain amount in one parcel.. so I ordered us all one each of these t-shirts, but got a little disheartened when they didn’t do them small enough for little Dylan.. this didn’t discourage me though! I proceeded to place my order.. and discover that they did hoodies too! I mean .. check out this t-shirt!  (which I now have as a hoodie too)
img_6129So yes.. considering my blog name, and that this is also our favorite Disney movie I needed all of the things! I’m super impressed with how soft the t-shirts are, but I am very deeply in love with my hoodie.. fluffy on the inside, nice big hood, just perfect!
You can check out what they do here! They have three different designs each day that are at a cheaper price than the rest, but the others are also really reasonably priced and with some super awesome designs you wouldn’t find elsewhere!

 

-WeeOhana
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Mount Stewart!

Recently I decided to become a member of the National Trust! I don’t know why I haven’t done it before with so many great properties so close to me, but I decided that I would get a lot of use from it this year with both the kids able to enjoy it now!
Our first trip out using our membership was to Mount Stewart. We had heard about the new park that had been built there and when we woke up on Sunday and it was a glorious morning I decided that once I had fed and watered the kids I would take them out to see what the new park was like!
Amellia was very excited and just couldn’t wait to get going, and was even more excited when I let her know that it was only a 15-20 minute drive. A beautiful drive to along the Strangford lough with a spectacular view of Scrabo Tower!

When you go through the gates to Mount Stewart if you are wanting to go to the park go straight on at the round about and park in the first car park on the right! Once parked and you have everyone bundled out of the car, you then head to the little hut just in front of the car park! We got greeted by a lovely man who chatted to us about the park and told Amellia & Dylan to have a wonderful time! He then pointed us in the way of the park.. walk down the path and first left is up to the park but it is a barked path so not great for prams! We choose the second left so that I could push the pram up easily.. well not really easily it is a pretty uphill path but it was ok, We stopped to admire views and then hunted out the entrance to the park!

img_5865The park is based on letters wrote by Lady Londonderry while she was away in Spain to her daughter. They are trying to get these books republished so that they can help the park come alive to all the children who visit but for now you can check out some snippets from the books here.

As we ventured in I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting to find, I thought it would be a cute little park, but I was wrong, It was an amazing, large, very open, with wonderful made play features in! Whenever we arrived nobody else was there as it was early on a Sunday morning, so it made it perfect! I parked the pram in the middle of the park, lifted Dylan out and we set out exploring!

My little girl loved spotting all the wooden animals about the park and was on full charge mode to find them all in a record-breaking time! There was lots of them all crafted into different animals! I was so impressed with them all, the detail on them was incredibly! By the time Amellia had raced around and found them all, Dylan was still busy inspecting the first on he found in great detail! My favorite was the cute little octopus & Amellia loved this rabbit the best!

Onwards to explore! There was stepping-stones.. well stepping logs in this case! Climbing frame, balance beam, seesaw and lots of other wonderful things all made out of wood! It was just simply amazing. While Amellia was happy exploring and climbing on everything possible, Dylan really enjoyed pottering about in the big open space in the sun!

At the far end of the park there is a big open space which Amellia and Dylan spent a long time in, drumming on the stepping logs, running about and digging in the dirt! Dylan really enjoyed this as he has only just accepted the feeling of dirt on his hands, so they both sat down for a while and played in the dirt.. and ended up covered! Typical!!
There was also a big wooden chair at the end.. which I tried to get a lovely photo of my pair in.. obviously it wasn’t successful, when do those pictures ever go well, right!?
img_5920We spent two hours here, running about, laughing, climbing on things, watching a honey bee on a flower, practicing our balancing and enjoying being outside without being to restrained on where we could wander! Dylan wanted to stay there for a lot longer than I expected, he normally really likes new places like this for about thirty minutes then realises that it is somewhere new and starts screaming to leave. I think what really helped here was that we had gone so early so we were the only ones there, there was lots of open space between everything so lots of room to potter about and enjoy the fresh air and it was such a large area that I only had to turn him round a few times to keep him close by so that I could see Amellia too!

When it was time go he came over to me and put his arms up, so I picked him up and walked about for a little while showing him the wooden animals again so that Amellia could have minutes before leaving!

We then were going to go to the cafe to grab a spot of lunch.. but silly mummy forgot her purse, doh, so we had to head home for some lunch! The kids cannot wait untill the next time we visit, which will be very soon and I will remember my purse next time!

You should be sure to pop by and visit Mount Stewart if you are wondering where to head for a day out with your family! I will be sure to let you know about all the other hidden gems around the Mount Stewart gardens whenever we have explored further!
-WeeOhana x

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Throwback Thursday #2

Throwback Thursday

My guest blogger for Throwback Thursday number two is – Ruth Cartwright, teacher and blogger over at craftwithcartwright!

So; think back to when you were a teenager and answer these questions!

  1. What was your favourite band?
    My Favourite band was Nirvana, I had all the albums and even scrapbooked about them.
  2. What was your favourite movie?
    Truly, Madly, deeply. I’m still a big weepie fan now.
  3. What stereotype would you say you fitted into? (Emo,Chav,nerd..etc)
    I was a grunge queen!
  4. Tell us a funny story about something that happened!
    I once re dyed my hair peroxide blonde and it went blue instead. Had to have all my hair shaved off to be allowed back into school.
  5. Is there anything you regret that you did back then?
    Kissing the boy who gave me glandular fever, my health was a slippery slope downhill after that.
  6. What was favourite drink?
    Hooch and 20/20. I don’t know how I drank them, they were gross. I don’t drink now.
  7. Did you think you were cool?
    Of course!
  8. Is there any T.V show you watched that you wish they still showed?
    Buffy the Vampire slayer.
  9. What did you want to do when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a marine biologist. I should have stuck to sciences rather than the arts.
  10. Share a picture of you then and now!

    I’m the one with the pink buzz cut in the middle.

Ruth Cartwright, mother, teacher, designer, blogger. Full time tea drinker.
My blog craft with cartwright is a lifestyle blog, with recipes, reviews, crafts and tutorials.

www.craftwithcartwright.co.uk


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I hope you enjoyed Ruths answers! I really did!
Nirvana & Buffy the Vampire Slayer were right up my street then too!
-WeeOhana x

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My Sunday Photo! – 14.05

The rain came back on Saturday so the kids and I spent a day inside, painting and making some mini food.. apparently it tasted disgusting but it was fun and something different to do!
Love these two so much ❤
Hope you have a lovely week!


WeeOhana x


Photalife