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One Place In The World We Love To Be.

If anyone ever asks where my favourite place in the world is, they are always a little taken aback when I say “Wales”  Well South Wales that is. A little place called Oxwich Bay on the Gower peninsular. Voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, which may come as a surprise to some.

But I have been holidaying here since way back when. It’s a place my family always return to, even more so since we all grew up.

I myself have never been abroad. I have always stayed right here in the UK, finding all the little jewels my own country has to offer and they are vast, albeit well hidden.

Oxwich bay doesn’t have a lot to offer attraction wise. But the beauty of this small village and the people who live here are enough to keep you coming back year on year.

The hotel practically on the beach has become the must have wedding venue. Set in the forefront of the beautiful forest the runs alongside the village, it’s a wonderful place to eat and stay.

Who doesn’t want to dine on the beachfront and watch the sun go down?

Just look how beautiful it is…

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The beach is stunning, with hundreds of rock pools and total freedom for the kids, we can spend all day here, hidden away from the world. Forgetting about the fact I have multiple sclerosis and just enjoy each other.

The sea is crystal clear and many a treasure can be found, and I’m not just talking about the hundreds of shells…

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I think Oxwich will forever be our got to place. Maybe it will even become the girl’s too? It’s a place untouched by commercialism, a place where you can forget the fast paced world and relax. Perfect.

The three things we love about Oxwich Bay?

The scenery, it’s stunning, even on rainy days.

The people. We have made friends for life here, that’s something we will never lose.

And finally, the fact its here in the UK. It’s so close yet remains so hidden and untouched.

 

This is our entry into the Tale Of Three Cities Competiton.

 

 

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Our Fire Side Fiction Favourites

This is our entry into the #Currysfiresidefiction competition. Both ourselves and extended family love a bit of fiction. whether its in the form of a book or a TV show/film, so we thought we would tell you about a couple of our favourites found over the year.

We will start with books, and our book of choice is The Bone Season.

The Bone Season is a fantastic book that is the début novel for Samantha Shannon and it is incredible. A read like never before you follow the life of Paige Mahoney in the year 2059. The world is not as we know it now, there is a new order and people with gifts such as Clairvoyance and psychic abilities are hunted like criminals.

One day Paige is drugged and kidnaped. When she regain consciousness she is in Oxford, a captive, policed by Raphaites. Assigned to an individual Warden Paige slowly discovers the horrors that Oxford now holds.

A completely unique tale, Shannon has created a world that captivates and grips you from start to finish. A must read. 

Next is a little different, but a real corker, The 2014 Transformers movie, Age of Extinction.

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Now this movie didn’t get the best ratings, compared to the others. However from a personal perspective, I loved it.

It was the first film Ben and I have been to see in the cinema together after five years of marriage (yes, madness) Although I felt the beginning of the film could have done with some changes with the story telling as far as how the new “creators” got there in the first place. Now the Autobots are being hunted for their metal to use to create a new breed of robots.

The type the humans can control.

But after melting down parts of Mega Tron, these new creations took on a life of their own and soon the Autobots were needed to save the day.

The graphics and soundtrack gave the movie a more emotional connection. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time worrying about Optimus and the gang.

This movie did do a fantastic job of setting up the scene for the next installment, which for me made me forget a little about the slightly odd start.

I cannot wait for the next movie, which I know will be full of more “edge of my seat” moments!

If you want to join in and have the chance to win a fab tech bundle from Currys, then please take a look. 

 

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We Are #KurioFamilyBloggers Our First Look…

So, we became Kurio Family Bloggers thanks to a heartfelt plea from Ninny. She will be using the Kurio XL tab to create youtube videos for her new channel, as well as playing the many games.

These are few of my own initial thoughts on the Kurio XL…

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The Kurio XL is a 10 inch tablet, designed specifically for kids. It comes with a charger, a stand and this lovely rubbery case. The sheer size of the tablet was first thing that hit us. Its the perfect size for Ninny as she struggles with her eyes, so with the Kurio XL she is able to see everything clearly and comfortably.

A couple of years back we actually won the original Kurio Tab, so we were really excited to see how much it had changed over the years and whether improvements had been made.

They have.

The display is crystal clear, easy to navigate for both adults and children. The Kurios best feature is the safety aspect, it’s a tablet which is designed to keep the kids safe whilst online, and make it easy to use for little people. It has come a long way over two years and it seems to have harnessed all the changes needed, it’s grown with technology and it really is something I will be recommending.

The Kurio XL tab comes with 50 preinstalled apps, which have kept Ninny entertained for hours, other than Youtube, she has not asked for any other apps to be installed. WIN!

Being an android based tablet, this means you have access to everything the play store offers, as well as the fabulous educational, fun apps the Kurio store offers. A huge bonus.

The XL tab also has aHMDI port, which is something we were thrilled with, it makes it super easy to connect to the TV.

By far the most intriguing thing for me was the whole “motion” aspect of the Kurio XL, not something I have seen in other tablets, especially ones for children. I was looking forward to seeing how they have incorporated this into the games.

Ninny was recently playing a cooking game, in which she has to bake a cake, I noticed she was using the motion control to pour ingredients into the mix and then into the other bowl, it was lovely to watch her interaction with the tablet grow and I can see the Motion aspect of the tablet is something she will explore further in weeks to come!

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Over the coming weeks, both me and Ninny will be posting updates on the Kurio XL tab and exploring everything it has to offer, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

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My Top Tips For Black Friday

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So, another day from across the pond has made it to the UK, Black Friday and of course, Cyber Monday. All about stores dropping their prices in a bid to get us spending for the upcoming holiday season.

Do I think its worth it? Hell yes.

Companies everywhere are dropping their prices further down than ever before, so if you are looking to do some Christmas shopping, this weekend is the perfect time to do so.

So my top tips for surviving Black Friday weekend are…

Write a list. Sounds simple, but there will be so many people after the same deals as you. So write a list and stick to it where you can. Yes, you will see things you hadn’t planned to buy, it’s going to happen, but make sure you follow some sort of list and don’t get too carried away.

Read the fine print, big stores like Asda and Sainsburys have some amazing deals coming, but some products are limited to one per customer, and quite rightly so, as some of their prices are almost to good to be true.

Be prepared to go to the shops. Many will be having online sales, but the biggest reductions to be had will be in store. So dig out the hats and gloves, because it’s bitter out there.

Next is to keep an eye on sites like Hot deals, they have some early looks at the offers available and a list of stores participating. However, I have found their list of participating stores to be a little lacking as some large toy stores like The Entertainer and Smyths are not included and they are super important for us parents. Although they may end up being added. But, if you are unsure use twitter to reach out to the companies and ask!

Lastly, common courtesy is not needed on Black Friday weekend. Shops will be full of people desperate to get the best deals, they won’t kindly let you grab the last toy or pass you that cheap duvet set their standing in front of, so don’t do it for them. You will only be disappointed and get angry.

So, cards and lists at the ready, lets shop!

 

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Why Duncan Smith Is A Massive Pillock

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I woke up to the above picture in a Multiple Sclerosis group I am part of. Needless to say, Mr “Duncan Smith” you are a complete pillock.

I will start by kindly asking you to produce this cure? Because if these conditions are no longer classed as degenerative, then there must be a cure? Right?

So please, will you kindly present the thousands of suffers with these conditions, with this cure?

No?!

I DIDN’T THINK SO.

How come someone with no real knowledge made decisions like this? Because we cost too much? Because if that’s the case sir, surely you yourself and fellow MPs cost this country a whacking great amount.

Every day, myself and people like me with multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons wake up to face another shockingly painful day.

We take the medications we need to just be able to function and we go about our day.

And as each hideously painful minute gets more painful than the last, we carry on living. Surviving.

Because we didn’t ask to live with these DEGENERATIVE conditions.

Because that’s what they are.

They don’t get any better. The pain doesn’t get any less and the diseases spend their time taking a bigger hold over us.

Because the doctors can’t stop it. And neither can you!

We take medications which put us at greater risk of developing other conditions. Just trying to find a way to feel that little bit”better”

We face a life of scans and Neuro visits. More medications and eventually we face going into the worst and final stages of our diseases.

Where we relinquish all control over our own bodies.

Where we wait and hope someone will at least find a way to slow it down.

Because these are DEGENERATIVE conditions.

And trying to reclassify this will lead to us having fight even fucking harder to just live day to day. And all this just to save money?

Is this what this country has come to?!

 

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