tips for skiing with kids

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Family holidays are what keeps the kids going, but choosing which holiday is right for you and your little ones can become difficult. As we all know, keeping children occupied and engaged, instead of dumping them in a crèche or a kids’ club, can mean more quality family time and memories.

When it comes to family activity holidays, a ski trip in the winter can be glorious. It’s the perfect option to keep everyone busy and the excitement of it will inspire the kids for months before! Ski holidays once seemed like such a luxurious thing but in recent years they have become a lot more affordable. With so much to organise, you probably have tonnes of questions. Fear not, there are certain things to look out for when it comes to ensuring a safe, happy and affordable snow holiday:

Location, location, location

Choosing where to go can be the hardest part. Of course bigger budgets allow for more options like France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, but if you’re hoping to keep things at a lower cost perhaps consider some Eastern countries like Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria or Romania. You may find that everything is half the price here, the people are extremely friendly and that it’s a more laid back atmosphere on the slopes.

Sun protection

Regardless of where you decide to go, you’d be surprised how sunny a ski holiday can be. With the high altitude, the cold wind, and the beating sun, people are always slow to realise how sunburnt they are getting when rushing down the mountain top. Another factor is of course the snow’s ability to reflect the sun, therefore adding reflected light to the direct sunlight. With this in mind, make sure to lather up the kids in sun cream before the day starts. If you’re sending them off to ski school, pack some sun cream in their pockets. In addition to this, a pair of sunglasses or goggles, like some Ray Ban Juniors, are not to be forgotten in order to protect the eyes – do some last minute shopping on the likes of the Edel Optics online store.

Ski gear

Combined together with ski passes for the family, flights, equipment rental, food and accommodation, ski gear is the last thing you want to be splashing out on. There are plenty of second hand shops that offer ski gear or why not try asking some friends of the family to lend something for the week.

Safety first

There is a lot of debate as to whether skiing is too dangerous for younger kids but one thing’s for sure, whenever you’re on the slopes you will without a doubt see hundreds of professional toddlers whizz past you having the time of their lives! Whether you put your kids in classes first or if you’re confident enough to teach them yourself, make sure they start to feel confident on the nursery slopes before they attempt the more advanced runs. Running through some safety tips with the kids is always a good idea: warnings like look uphill at crossings, slow down near the end of a slope, stay in control at all times, etc.

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I had an email this morning from a PR I’ve person not worked with before with the offer of a review for my blog.

‘Hi Lovely!’ it began, which immediately made me want to punch the sender in the face.

‘Hope you’re well,’ she went on. ‘We are looking for a Mum who’s had several natural births, for a non-invasive £5K vaginal rejuvenation treatment on offer with top Harley Street Doctor.’

What the actual f***? My first thought was of the doctor adjusting his head torch, and going in with a feather duster and one of those Dulux tester posts of satin finish emulsion. And then I got pissed off.

I wrote back.

‘Thanks for your email but it’s not one for me thanks,’ I said. ‘I have had two natural births which were, as you say, NATURAL. I’m quite happy with my vagina and do not want or need it rejuvenated. I find it very sad that women are made to believe that they would ever need to spend £5,000 on something as ridiculous as this.’

I mean come on.

I hate this. I hate that women are conditioned to loathe their bodies to the point that they would consider spending actual money on having their VAGINAS REJUVENATED. What the hell is the matter with the world?? Can we not just content ourselves with the MIRACLE THAT IS BIRTH?!?!

vaginal rejuvenation

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‘Oh yeah, I have grown and birthed two healthy human beings, but to be honest I think things are looking a bit shabby down there now, so I should probably have that tidied up.’

FOR WHO??

Who are we doing this for?

I’m pretty sure it’s not for ourselves. Do you crouch over a mirror every morning and dream of rejuvenation? After the treatment would you get dressed thinking ‘I’m so glad I had my vagina tidied up, I’m going to look so much better for it in my meeting this afternoon.’

It made me mad.

Is it just me?

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Writing as therapy

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As you might have guessed from my recent post about crying in public, I’m a firm believer in letting it all hang out. Emotions, that is. In fact, the older I get, the less I care about holding back. Whilst I get that not everyone is comfortable bawling their eyes out in public, I don’t think that keeping it all in is totally healthy either.

As a society, we’re so obsessed with keeping it all together. Let’s be honest, the question “how are you?” tends to trigger a reflex response of “fine, thanks” (or something along those lines). And quite frankly, most people would be horrified if we actually went off on one about our deepest thoughts and feelings. Sure, there’s a time and a place; I’m not saying we all need to walk around with our hearts on our sleeves, or make every conversation a therapy session. But this is why it’s so important to have some kind of outlet.

Writing this blog has taught me many things – random things, technical things, even personal things. I have also learned that writing is seriously therapeutic. Who knew that the mere process of organising thoughts into words could be so cathartic? This doesn’t just go for blogging, either. If you think about it, all kinds of writing can be therapeutic. Whether it’s venting to your bestie via text or drafting an angry email that you never actually send, I’d be willing to bet that everyone has benefited from writing therapy at some point or other.

So what is it that makes writing so therapeutic? For me at least, putting pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) helps me to make sense of my thoughts. It forces me to acknowledge and process them, and eventually turn them into a coherent blogpost. But ultimately, it’s not about the finished product – it’s actually about the process. Writing our thoughts down helps us to express things we wouldn’t feel comfortable saying out loud. It can be a “safe place” for our most absurd, ridiculous and downright petty thoughts.

The best thing about writing as a means of therapy? It’s free and accessible. You don’t have to be the next Jane Austen or be a grammar boffin. Just pick up a pen or open a Word doc and write whatever comes into your head. Maybe you’ll be inspired to turn your thoughts into a full-on blog. Maybe you’ll rip it up and throw it away as soon as you’ve finished. The point is, writing is just like dancing or screaming or crying. There’s not always a point to it, but it’s a wonderful release.

So next time you feel furious, anxious, or sad, try picking up a pen. It won’t solve all your problems, but I guarantee you’ll feel a hell of a lot better.

 

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best coffee makers

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Technology has allowed for the retail market to be oversaturated with coffee makers, espresso machines, and instant coffee makers such as Keurig’s and the like. With so many choices to choose from, it is hard to make a decision.

This article will help identify 3 fantastic automatic coffee brewers that are perfect for your home in 2017.

Moccamaster Classic

Handmade in the Netherlands, the Moccamaster Classic will work perfect at home or in at the office. It can brew up to 1.25L of hot coffee in less than six minutes. This coffee maker is unique in that it has a 9-hole shower head that promises to saturate the coffee grounds consistently throughout. Finally, the warming plate comes with 2 settings and has the ability to keep your cup of coffee warm for over a half an hour.

This coffee maker is perfect for the sophisticated coffee lover. If you are interested in having the ability to have a bloom phase as the beginning step to your coffee brewing process, the Moccamaster can provide that for you. For those who are new to this process, blooming allows for a balanced extraction of flavors from the coffee grounds. While this coffee maker is perfect for the average family, it does come with a great deal more than your typical brewer. If you would like to learn more you can do so from these Alternative Brewing’s Moccamaster reviews.

Cuisinart DCC-3200

While it is your typical coffee maker that is straightforward and easy to use. With the ability to program this coffee maker to brew up to 14 cups of your favorite coffee, you can set it and leave it overnight. This machine is easy to use with a LCD screen and indicator lights that will let you know when the brewing process is complete. In addition, when the machine is in need of a cleaning, a light will go off that indicates that it is time to decalcify the brewer. This can save you from guessing about when to clean the coffee maker and ultimately save you from having to purchase a new machine. While on the smaller size, this brewer can make a cup of coffee in just over five minutes. This is perfect for those who need to brew a quick cup as they are dashing out the door in the mornings.

Hamilton Beach 49980A

This coffee maker is a great buy for those who are inconsistent with their coffee drinking. Advertised as a low maintenance coffee maker, it allows you to brew a single cup of coffee or even a premium roast in just a few minutes. Made with a stainless steel chassis, this machine can brew one serving or as many as 12 cups if you are having friends and family over. You can also set the machine so that it will brew a cup for you in the morning. If you are rushing out the door and forget to turn the machine off, it will shut off on its own after 2 hours.

 

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Did you watch SING when it was on at the cinema? Belle and I did. We’d been seeing the trailers for absolutely months and really looking forward to it. It’s out in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray next week – May 22nd – so this is to get you EXCITED!

In case you’ve not seen it, this will get you in the mood:

Ahhh! That was nice wasn’t it? That made me all smiley.

I love a proper ‘if you just want it hard enough, you can make your dreams come true’ type of film. Especially went it involves a German pig in a red leotard.

“I’m warning you, this stage is about to EXPLODE with major piggy power.” View Post

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