Buh-Bye 2013…hello 2014!

WOW! It’s the middle of January already? When did that happen? 2013 has been & gone and 2014¬†is marching on ahead & I feel like I’m being left behind… ¬†I have soooo much catching up to do & I don’t know where to begin. I like to think I tackle life & work head on, at this time of year though with so much mounting up (the dreaded tax return to name but one obstacle!) I think I stumble slightly. Instead of my usual hey-gusto attitude, I want to lock myself in a cupboard and I have a daydreaming thought maybe, just maybe, if I ignore my ever growing to-do-list, it might by some miracle just get done in an instant? I’m pretty sure I won’t be alone in this thinking, especially in January!

The Long Road Ahead... 'The Journey is The Destination'! Lets go 2014....

The Long Road Ahead… ‘The Journey is The Destination’! Lets go 2014….

 

I need to get the wheels in motion & maximise the potential of my blog. One sentence. That made it sound easy peasy! When? I’m struggling to find time… My little bear, is now a fully fledged toddellee waddeleee! To whom i find myself acting as an interpreter on a regular basis: translating his ramblings to others, that for some reason only a mother can understand clearly?! I can’t keep up with him, he is a Duracell bunny with no ‘off’ switch. I’d love to say that once the evening arrives I crack on with my blog/ work tasks, but I’m exhausted! Secondly, How? I haven’t got the technological savvy, know how or time to set up everything… I need twitter & instagram (to name a few) and link them back here. I need to sort out my blog SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimisation to you & me). I just about understand the concept of these, but it’s kind of a false economy to think it’s best for Me¬†to configure all of this. By the time I work it out and get around to doing it, I’m far better off hiring a professional ‘tech wizard’ to take care of it within a couple of hours. Again How? It would cost money, how much? I’m a full time mummy who is rubbing her pennies together… I feel an Ebay surge a-coming! And Where?¬†Does anybody out there know where I can find one of these modern day wizards? (I’m stuck by how similar the search for a reputable, trustworthy & good Tech wizard is to that of finding a Builder/ Plumber/ Electrician can be!) Suggestions on a post card to me, please!

Help! I'm lost in cyber space!

Help! I’m lost in cyber space! Technology overload!!

 

Going forward, Posts that I intend to get up on here over the next month include: My Gluten Free Christmas Dinner, More gluten free eating, Traveling with a toddler-our favourite picks, My top rated baby & toddler equipment-for the first 2 years. If you have any requests then please get in touch & I’ll have a look into them (either comment on this article or via the mememe contact section).

…..i bid you a fond farewell 2013, and brace myself for the journey ahead through 2014. & I look forward to world blog domination (after all, what is January without some wishful thinking?).

Sun Bum…..trust the Bum!!!

Whilst on an early morning stroll we came across this curiously fun little truck..

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Sun Bum...trust the bum. Only on holidays you find this kinda stuff, Right?! Anyway, it turns out this is a cool sunscreen/ Sun accessories company. I just love finding random & amusing things like this. & everyone knows i love the sun.. i am a sun bum!!

A sun bum hat...this is their 'monkey' logo

A sun bum hat…this is their ‘monkey’ logo

'Protect your lazy ass'...you can't make this stuff up!

‘Protect your lazy ass’…you can’t make this stuff up!

So lesson learned… get out in the sun, be a sun bum, and protect your lazy ass dude!!!

 

Morning Sunshine!

SO…after much anticipation, hours of preparation, a mammoth packing session, a ridiculously long rush-hour-busy Heathrow taxi ride, 2 plane journeys and another short drive….we arrived at our friends place on the warm isle of Grand Cayman! All in all nearly a 24 hour trip, Phew!¬†That makes me feel exhausted just writing it down. I think it was pure adrenaline that got us through our marathon travels, for the 2nd time this year! My darling boy only sleep for 3 hours out of the whole trip, resulting in a countless number of walks around the plane cabin. In contrast my other darling boy (aka. the old chap), fell asleep at absolutely every opportunity! Our first night’s sleep was without any jet lag interference (oh, the difference a good night’s sleep makes!). And with this view greeting you as you stumble out of bed in the morning, every sleep deprived and travel exhausting moment is worth while………

What better 'welcome to Cayman' could you ask for? The fuzz in the pic is our insect screen.........

What better ‘welcome to Cayman’ could you ask for?
The fuzz in the pic is our insect screen………

Our sun rise morning beach stroll…

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sunrise2_Fotorsunrise1_FotorA Fantastic start to our Vay-Kay (gotta get with the americano lingo). Watch out world, here we come!

 

Welcome to…HELL

If you’ve had enough of heavenly bliss…..Go to Hell!

Hell...The Cayman Islands

Hell…The Cayman Islands

Welcome to hell my little lovelies! I’ve just realised it’s halloween so this is a very suitable post. This is a tiny little district in West bay, that has a blackened and jagged rock formation.¬†Hell’s intriguing formation, which resembles the charred remains of a hell fire, is a weathered form of the local rock called ironshore & has been estimated at 1.5 million years old. The formation looks like volcanic rock but it’s made up of very hard limestone, once white, now blackened by a surface coating of the algae which are secreting acid and eroding the rock into these unusual shapes. There are various theories where the name came from but all are folk law.

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It’s pretty cool, you can send a postcard from here & it’ll be post stamped ‘Hell’.

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And finally….. am i an Angel in disguise… or a little devil?! You decide!

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Happy Halloween!!

Missing In Action….holiday time!

Oh me, oh my! It’s been too long since i did my last post. I feel like a naughty child who hasn’t done their homework (No, the dog didn’t eat it)! I’ve been totally consumed in organising my little family for our intrepid adventures across the pond to the incredibly beautiful Cayman islands. And since arriving, i’ve just not had the enthusiasm to do, well, much really (hey, what are holidays for?)!¬†I’m planning on writing a more detailed travel post, as I’ve got so much to say but just too tired to get into the nitty gritty now.

As any traveller knows, the lead up to your holiday requires a fair bit of ground work and preparation, with a small toddely woddely in tow that seems to triple. how? They’re so small, surely they don’t need that much stuff? Gone be the days of any ‘capsual’ wardrobe for me and travelling light. It drives me potty now when i see articles in ‘womens’ magazines preaching about how you ‘only need a few staple items’ to get through a holiday (& is it me, or do they always pack white? White + holiday + small infant = disaster in my books!) Having said that, i do pretty well in packing the ‘essentials’ and we will all use 9/10 things bought away with us. & I’ve got some nifty tips………

Packing light?! More like movin' town!

Packing light?! More like movin’ town!

My secret...vacuum space saving bags

My secret…vacuum space saving bags

So my secret to saving on space and protecting clothes against any liquid spillages/ bags getting caught in tropical downpours is space saving vacuum bags. They fantastic! & they’re an absolute bargain… from ye old ‘pound shop’!

One thing that really annoys me when you’re planning your trip at this time of the year in from the UK (autumn) you really struggle to find holiday essentials readily available or much of a selection from either the high street or online. You seem to have to search the far reaching corners on the internet for any reasonable deals. & i Found one i’ll share with you… Suncream. I love Nivea, so when looking at a leading high street ‘pharmacy’ (not shoes, but B***s!) one bottle cost ¬£14.99- so special offers, no BOGOF’s. Shock! But buying direct through Nivea, i got 3 bottles of the suncream and a bottle of aftersun for ¬£20 (& free delivery)!!! SAY WHAT?!!!! Now that is a bargain in my books!

opening my nivea treats- what a cute package!

opening my nivea treats- what a cute package!

WOW! all that for £20?!!!

WOW! all that for £20?!!!

And a cute snap form Miami Airport (don’t get me started on the whole immigration/ customs/ transit situation at that airport! thats a whole rant post in itself there..)

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My little Bear with ‘Harley’ and ‘larry’. Yup that’s right, we name his stuff. Harley the harlequin ladybird trunky and larry that ladybird backpack!

Right, off now….some lovely sunny posts to follow, make sure you keep checking back in!!

Sending y’all some sun!