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Being Burgled

It still feels so raw for me being burgled nearly 12 years on. My son was 11 months old back In November 2006 and I had an evening cleaning job which only took a few…

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Top tips for Disneyland Paris

My guide of top tips for

Disneyland Paris

 

 

  • When you pack, consider all weather conditions. It was beautiful the week we went but the week after my friend arrived. They had a few sunny days and then it hammered it down.

 

  • Comfy shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking and queuing Disney days are long days.

 

  • Take refillable water bottles, drinks are expensive. We took fruit shoot bottles for when we drove to Disney and kept them so we could refill with water. There are water fountains all over the park to fill them up, we took a little squeezey bottle thing that had juice in so just squeezed that into the water after we refilled.

 

  • Take snack bags. We filled a bag each for our children with sweets, crisps, raisins, biscuits, popcorn etc in case they got hungry in between meals and it saved a lot of money.

 

  • Give your self a budget each day. We were stupid, we brought Disney toys at the park which would have been cheaper on the Disney store website and a Moana dress for 60 Euro because it was my daughter birthday. The dress fell apart a couple of days after returning home.

Illuminations

  • If your planning on watching illuminations don’t bother trying to get close its a nightmare and you will get gridlocked. Stand near the entrance where it is less busy, you will still be able to see everything and it is definitely worth seeing.

 

  • If you are staying in a Disney hotel you will be able to go to the park early for extra magic hours.

 

  • The food plan is a must, make sure you book in advance.

 

  • ADC princess meal is lovely for an intimate meeting with the princess’s, I didn’t find the food great and neither did the kids however it was worth it just for the interaction.

 

  • If you are disabled or have a disabled person in your party, make sure you go straight to city hall to get your green card. This was an absolute godsend.

 

  • Make sure you see the dragon under the castle from Sleeping beauty.

 

  • Have a good look at your map and plan what you want to do and see. Make sure you take time to just take in all the Disney magic. The atmosphere is incredible and the smell of Disney is amazing.

Princess Waltz

 

  • The princess waltz is a must see. There is also a secret spot where you can stand and see the princess’s and prince’s come out for the waltz. Go through the castle, turn right and go down a slope. At the bottom of the slope, you will see an opening which will be open. They place a rope across about 15 minutes before the waltz starts and they come out 5minutes before the show starts. The show times can be found in a leaflet that you will be given upon check-in at your hotel. You can, however, pick them up around the park.

 

  • Buy an autograph book before you go. They do sell them at the park for around 12euros however on eBay you can get personalised books.

 

  • Photopass is worth buying.

 

  • Take a stroller for toddlers, even if they don’t use one it’s a very long day. You can also hire them from a little shop on your left. Found near the toilets as you enter the park. This costs 20 euros a day.

 

  • Princess for the day experience for your little princess in the Disneyland Hotel. book there as soon as you get to the park. packages start from 55Euros.

 

  • Watch the parade from its a small world, it does get very busy so go early.

 

  • Take a small first aid bag ( paracetamol, ibuprofen, calpol, antihistamine, plasters, baby wipes)
  • Download Disney app for queue times, restaurants etc.

 

  • Make sure your phone is set up for France.

 

  • Get a pre-paid currency card

 

AND MOST IMPORTANT, ENJOY YOURSELF 🙂

Middleton’s Steak House and Grill Peterborough

When I first heard we was getting a steak house in Peterborough I was so excited to come and try it, me and my partner are huge steak lovers and eat it once a week at home, so I felt quite bad for him when my brother asked me to come review it without him. Of course I said yes. Also steak is free on slimming world and instead of fries you can order a salad.
So me, my brother,my niece and nephew arrived and took a quick snappy snap in front of the restaurant.

I couldn’t wait to get my teeth stuck into some delicious medium rare steak. Look at me all excited ^^
When we arrived we was taken to our table nice and swiftly and seated down. Our waiter Suraj ( I am so sorry if I have misspelt your name)  welcomed us in with a big smile and filled our glasses with cold bottled water and gave us a few minutes to have a look at the menu’s.

We was ordering of the fixed menu and can I just add this is only £9.95 for a 3 course meal. I chose Middletons Pate for starter. My god I savoured every bite of this, it was so tasty and presented nicely on the plate  too.
Starter

I almost forgot to take a photograph of this as it was so delicious, you must try this when you go.
Main
Next up for mains was the minute steak which is served with either fries or salad a mushroom and half a tomato.
I like my steak medium rare as it is so much easier to chew when wearing braces. it was cooked perfectly.

 

Can we just take a moment to appreciate this picture ^^
Throughout the meal our glass’s were being topped up with fresh cold water.
Desert
My absolute favourite pudding ETON MESS I love this desert so much and it definitely didn’t disappoint me and I actually took my time to eat this one as I didn’t want it to end.

Overview

I would definitely come back to this restaurant and in fact I did go back yesterday with my partner this time and ordered the exact same menu as it was so good. My partner thoroughly enjoyed his meal.
We was on a time limit yesterday as I was treating him on his lunch break, I was a bit worried that we wouldn’t be finished in time for him to be back to work, so I asked the waitress if she could bring our starter and main out together which she happily did for us. You wasn’t made to feel rushed through your meals but wasn’t waiting long for the next course which was just what you want, there is nothing worse than ordering your food and waiting forever for it to come out. The service was brilliant both times I visited, first time reviewing alongside with my brother and his kids and this time as a regular customer coming in to eat and not to review.
http://middletons-shg.co.uk/

Hypochondria syndrome is real.

Never in a million years did I think hypochondria was a real thing. Well it is and I suffer badly from it. I focus on my body looking for symptoms and when I get a tummy ache or a headache I really fixate on It and convince myself I am dying. I book a doctors appointment to get checked out and get some kind of relief from them which lasts for a few hours until I am in full panic mode again.

I am constantly making sure the kids and David are well, checking their bodies for unexplained bruises as that can be a sign of leukaemia, looking at their complexions and asking if they feel ok, I drive myself round the bend panicking.

My daughter suffers from growing pains and went off her food I panicked and took her to the doctors who tried to reassure me she was ok but I still panicked so for peace of mind he sent her for a blood test, which was normal so panic over and I could relax.

Then I notice I am getting up a lot during the night to have a wee and I panic that I am diabetic because I am drinking a lot and fatigued. you guessed it I went back to the doctors and was sent for a blood test which guess what ? was normal and as soon as I didn’t fixate on that I noticed I wasn’t actually getting up a lot through the night at all.

I avoid adverts on the tele about cancer because it scares me soo much that I have a anxiety attack. I don’t read magazine’s anymore as there are always health stories which I cant handle. I catastrophize everything  to do with mine and my families health.  The girls have had a awful cough for weeks now and even though I took them doctors and he said it was going about, I didn’t believe him and thought cancer!

David has been really poorly all last week and on and off for a few weeks before  and that has drove me crazy and him as I am constantly asking. are you okay?do you need to go doctors? shall I book you a appointment? what symptoms are you getting ? and asking every 30mins to a hour if he is feeling better. I saw a sign that said if you have had a cough for 3 weeks or more to go to the doctors as its a sign of cancer so again I Freak out and think he is dying and how would I cope without him, morbid I know and I hate it.  He said he feel soo much better now which has made me relaxed.

My mumma bear has type 2 diabetes and she worries me a lot, I am constantly asking her when she had her last blood test, when is she going to the doctors next, I must do her head in but she doesn’t say that to me. all she says is that she is getting old now and she’s just getting aches and pains from getting older, which then sets me of into another anxiety attack about her dying.

I cant cope with this, it is ruining my life, I am not living at the moment as I feel like I’m constantly panicking, worrying and stressing myself out. I joined a health anxiety and hypochondriac support group on Facebook as I thought it would help me be around like minded people, all it did was make me ALOT worse. Every time  someone posted a symptom I would think I have the same thing and again start to panic so I left it.

I started my 2nd round of counselling last week, this time it is CBT cognitive behavioural therapy and for the first time in a long time I thought about my health anxiety in a different light and that in my mind I am trapped  in a very vicious circle with toxic thoughts.  I am really excited about my sessions because she is helping me to understand why I feel like I do and showing me how our minds work and I feel like I come away ready to try think about things more positively.

I will beat this horrible illness and I cannot wait for the day to not feel trapped in my mind. I fell emotionally exhausted just writing this.

Rosie’s tricks she has learnt so far.

I am so proud of our little pupster Rosie. At only 14 weeks old she is doing fantastic. I thought I would give a video a bash to see if she can show off the tricks she has learnt. In the 6 weeks, we have had her.

Video