Monday, 20 November 2017

My Illustrated Encylcopedia by Alain Gree - Book Review

front cover of the book my illustrated encyclopedia for children
Title: My Illustrated Encyclopedia
Author: Alain Gree
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Button Books (7 Nov. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1908985965
Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 1.5 x 21.7 cm

We were sent this encyclopedia to review and it really is a lovely book. The images are delightful and bound to catch the eye of any young child. It's aimed at children aged 5-11 years and is hardback so will last a long time.

The book has 80 pages and contains 500 illustrations from the archives of Alain Gree. It covers a huge range off subject areas including insects, birds animals, fish, weather, farming, trees, flowers, transport and space. The book provides the ideal opportunity for paretns ad young children to discuss the many subjects covered, giving children a wonderful platform to learn and ask questions about the world around them.

pages from the book showing different kinds of boats.

There are pages with the lovely illustrations to give you an opportunity to talk about the objects, like these different types of boats for instance. Then the next page will give more information such a how they work or interesting facts, or a more detailed look.

The recommended retail price for the book is £14.99 but you can currently buy it at a discount on Amazon for just £9.34

Do you have a child keen to learn about everything? 
This would make a great Christmas present.

Thank you to The GMC Group for sending me this book to review, please check out all the other wonderful books they have to offer.

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The Littlest Pet Shop Obsession

a photo of a selection of the littlest pet shop toys with logo

Boo is obsesses, I mean really really OBSESSED with the Littlest Pet Shop. She has at least a hundred of the little toys, then there are the houses and accessories too. She started with a shoe box full and now she has two shoe boxes and an extra big box we bought from Home Sense (I'm a little obsessed with the boxes you can buy in Home Sense!) and then there are all the ones that are in her houses.

When she's not playing with the little toys she is watching You Tube videos of other people playing with them. Or videos of people shopping for them or making accessories for them. When she's not doing that she's drawing pictures of them in her drawing pad, or writing stories about them in her notebook. She even dreams about them, she told me so!

I can't remember when the obsession began but I know she had some for her birthday last year in July, so that's well over a year ago. They can be expensive costing around £8 for a single one, you can save money by buying in sets or bulk or second hand. I wanted to get her as many as possible for her birthday last year so I paid £50 for a bundle of 20 figures, a house and some accessories on Ebay. She was thrilled.

Sometimes Star will play with her, but although Star was just as obsessed at first, her obsession seems to have worn off a little, especially since they stopped customising them.

littlest pet shop custom toy with a flower crown
LPS custom on Etsy

I know that I've spent a fortune on Littlest Pet Shop figures but I've also spent money on paint, air drying clay, beading kits, Fimo, and moulds. They have spent hours and hours at the kitchen table working on their little creations, turning them from one creature to another or just adding decorations. The weirdest was when they started turning them into Undertale characters!!

Undertale picture by Ionic Isaac on Deviant Art
They seemed to have calmed down on the complete customisation now though and just make them little accessories with beads and scraps of fabric. I've even crocheted them a couple of hats and a sleeping bed. 

Guess what Boo wants for Christmas? But she also wants a Sylvanian families house because it's just the right size for her LPS!!

Does your child have an obsession with a toy?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

My Sunday Photo 19th November 2011

4 girls paddling in the sea standing in height order.

I've had to resort to my archives again this week. This photo jumped out at me, it's always been one of my favourites. It was taken on a 35mm camera in 2001. Those little girls are all grown up now.

It's not the best quality but I just wanted a photo of the girls having a paddle in the sea (Aberystwyth, Wales.) It wasn't until I had the photo developed that they were all standing in a line in height order!

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Word of the Week - Salem

This is one of my cats, we have two, brother and sister, Salem and Sabrina.
Last weekend Salem got sick. We don't know what happened he just started being very poorly and the weight dropped off him incredibly quick. We decided we'd take him to the vet on Monday, but ended up going in as an emergency on Sunday. They checked his bloods which came back okay and then gave him anti-biotic and anti-sickness injections. We had to take him back on Monday.

He was given more injections but they really didn't know why he was so sick. We had some pills to give him from Wednesday and he has to go back to the vets today.

All week our focus has been on Salem. We lost two cats just two years ago, Suzie and Scribbles. They were both really old but it was still hard to let go. In comparison, Salem is quite a youngster at just seven years old. We really didn't want to lose him but it looked so likely at the beginning of this week, he was skinny and listless and did nothing but flop on a cardboard box. We tried cushions and blankets but he just wanted a cardboard box. 

After his vet visit on Monday he started to perk up a little and we managed to get him to eat a little cooked chicken. As the week as wore on he has eaten a little more each day and is now getting up off his box to walk to his food rather than having it shoved under his nose. It's progress, and he's even looking like he's starting to put on weight again. Fingers crossed he is on the mend and will continue to get better. It's been a tough week.

In other news, we missed the Little Man's parents evening because of being at the vets. We are waiting to hear when his teacher can fit us in for a chat.

On Wednesday we managed to go for lunch at my friends house, the lunch we had to cancel last week because of sickness. It made me realise that I'd not been to her home since before I got sick (I have seen her many times though.) Then I realised that there are so many places that I haven't been since I got sick. We had a lovely lunch and catch up though, I really must get out more.

Yesterday Star managed to fall up the stairs at school and has sprained her wrist. Thankfully it was a fall up and not down and that she didn't do more damage. With her condition she could have easily dislocated something. She came home with an ice-pack and a sling! 

Today is Children in Need day and the younger two have gone to school as last minute made up super heros. We were told we could be as imaginative as we wished, we just hope that they understand that the costumes were very last minute..eek...Boo has gone as Super Silver Cat, and the Little Man as Sonic the Hedgehog Super Fan. 

I'm hoping for a nice peaceful weekend. 

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

The A Word and a New School

The BBC drama, The A Word, is a great way to get everyone talking about Autism. One of my Autism mum friends the other day said we should be promoting Acceptance rather than Awareness. I can see her point, a lot more people are aware of Autism these days and now they learn how to be accepting. However, there are plenty more people out there who know very little about Autism, so how can they accept? Awareness and Acceptance go hand in hand in my opinion.

photograph of the cast of the A Word with a back drop of the lake District
BBC - The A Word

We are now two episodes down in The A Word and just in case you've not heard about it, it's a drama which features a family that have a young child, now 7, called Joe who is autistic. The first series focused on the family becoming used to the diagnosis, finding out all they could about the condition, and looking for cures, which are non-existent. The new series find that they have accepted their son's autism and are now finding the best way to deal with it. Besides the autism there is loads more going on in the drama, including romance, break-ups, lies, cheats etc. The usual stuff that make up a good drama, with autism as it's main focal point.

In the second episode we see Joe going to a new school, one with a unit, or centre for children with learning difficulties, or autism. I don't pair the two together because some autistic children are high functioning and have no learning difficulties.

Autistic children are difficult to place in schools. I think that those that are high functioning generally manage most of primary school okay because most of their behaviour can be put down to immaturity. it's when they get to secondary school that problems can begin. They are generally bigger, noisier schools and it's difficult for an autistic child to fit in. The routines are different and the lessons more focused. There is no room for immaturity or idiosyncrasies, or children that don't fit in the mould.

I'm lucky because although my daughter is in mainstream school, they have everything in place for children with difficulties. The child is allowed to carry on the school day with the other children as much as they can, but if problems arise they have a whole department of the school, including teaching rooms, dining rooms, toilets and shower room, and the children can go there if they wish. Only children with problems are allowed to enter, so it's a kind of safe haven, especially if there is bullying going on. The school is also very good with dealing with bullying.

My daughter is happy at school, and although she loses a fair bit of time due to her illness, she is coping really well. I think she may make it right through to the end.

She will be my first child to do that. My eldest child was taken out of Secondary School for home education when he was almost 13 years old. The school just had no idea of how to deal with him. He was uncontrollable, angry, violent and being bullied mercilessly. He was incredibly unhappy and after loads of meeting with the school the only option I had was to home school him, or the preferred term these days is home educate.

I found it difficult to control him at home so I was offered a home tutor as help but eventually he was found a place in a special school where he managed to go on and complete his GCSE's.  A lot of special schools don't go on to exams so I was lucky to have him one that did.

Last night's episode of The A Word, we also saw an older boy, called Mark. He was also autistic and his mum was single and it was obvious she had a lot on her hands. The situation reminded me of me and my son as I was also coping with all this while being a single mum. The meltdown scene had me in tears as I remembered how things used to be. I'm sure it would have resonated with a lot of other mum's with teenage autistic children. I am lucky that once my son had passed through puberty things became so much easier. Now, as long we mostly leave to do his own thing, he gets on fine and rarely has a meltdown. His way of dealing with things that really bother him is to leave the house and walk off his frustration. He's done this since he was nine years old and now at nearly thirty I still find it stressful.

While I was watching the episode, alone, my eldest son came into the room. He saw the scene where Joe was really upset and wanted to listen to a song he had heard on the radio one more time. My son said 'they wouldn't let him go into school like that' so I told him that it was a special school. He watched for a few seconds more then got up to leave with the comment 'I'll leave you in peace to watch your program that's taking the p*ss out of Autism.' I was quite stunned. I certainly don't think that of the drama, but it's made me think a little more about it. Do Autistic people really want drama's featuring autism? Does it upset them? It obviously upset my son, but then he only watched one scene, maybe if he'd watched more he'd have felt differently...although maybe not the scene of Mark having a meltdown.

I find myself torn now. I will carry on watching and I hope it does raise awareness and acceptance of autism. But, maybe not in front of my son.

Have you watched The A Word? What do you think of it? Where you aware of autism before or have you learned anything by watching it? I'd love to hear your views.

Joe and his mum and dad from the A Word pictured against a backdrop of the lake district
BBC The A Word

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Toy Bargains for Kids

Have you done any Christmas Shopping yet? I like to get mine done early but I'm always on a look out for a Bargain. I've found a selection of bargain kids toys share with you. Enjoy!?

What U Talkin Bout?

Say it but try not to spray it! A real funny game for kids and adults. 

Jacks Wacky Face

If you don't want to pay over the odds AND get pie in your face, then you can get this Wacky Face Game for only £5 too, another £15 saving.

Nerf N-Strike Retaliator 

Have you got Nerf fans in the house, I know I have. This fabulous Nerf N-Strike retaliator has a fabulous 25% off at the moment. Check it out for just £27.74 (was £36.99) 

Disney Frozen Delux Elsa Styling Head

Perfect for little Frozen Fans and perfect for your purse (or wallet) at £15 off. Reduced from £39.99 you can now buy this Elsa Styling Head for just £24.99

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks Twilight Sparkle Doll

You can get this fab MLP Equestria Girls Doll with a massive 50% off for £12.50, was £25.

SuperGraph Art Set

My kids love something at Christmas that they can enjoy being creative with and this Super Graph Art Set would be loved by my Little Man. It's currently only £20.25, reduced from £27

Paw Patrol Splash Mat

All three of my young children loved their Aqua Pads and now you can get a fabulous half price Paw Patrol Splash pad for just £10. Great fun for kids, no mess for parents!

I hope you've enjoyed my bargain, if you want to find more bargain or just more toys for your Christmas Shopping then The Entertainer is a great place to go.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

My Christmas Wish List From Lakeland

I know Lakeland isn't the first place you'd probably look for Christmas gifts, but if you don't you really are missing out as they have a fabulous selection for everyone and all neatly categorised for easy shopping. Not only do they have gift lists, you can find some fabulous recipes and decoration ideas. And have you heard of Poppa Balls yet? They are fantastic in drinks and recipes. I first discovered Poppa Balls in my iced Matcha Latte which just have to buy every time I go past Meecha. If you haven't discovered them yet, go and give them a try today, they really are delicious and add a special touch.

Back to the Christmas Shopping, I've been through and decided on what I would like, so it's my Christmas Wish List so to speak. Extra bonus if my family pop by as they don't seem to have an idea of what to get me.

Heated Throw

I so need this lovely throw, I get cold so quickly and when I get cold I get more pain. I have a little blanket that I can pull out whenever I get too cold but how lovely it would be to have a heated throw, no more cold and painful legs! 

Lakes Gingerbread Vodka.

I love gingerbread and I love vodka so this makes perfect sense. It sounds like the perfect Christmas tipple to me. Costs £13.99 from Lakeland

Wilton's Food Colouring

Okay, this may at first, seem like a strange request as a Christmas present but this Colour Right Food Colouring system is absolutely amazing. Me and my brood are always looking for the right colour and with this kit you get a colour chart to mix the colours so no more guessing, you can get just the colour you want every time. 
Even Better! Buy this kit now and get a free Easy Layer Pan set! Just what I need to make a rainbow cake, which is something I've always wanted to do. 

It costs £19.99 for the  Colour Right Food System Pack and you get the free pan set worth £14.99. 

Lakeland Chocoholics Christmas Hamper

Again, this is two gifts in one for me, I love chocolate and I love boxes. This gift would be a dream, just look at those irresistible treats, chocolate popcorn, salted caramel truffles, pandora with chocolate cream filling..and more..yummy!  Then you get the adorable wooden box with lid and heart shaped handles. This gift would last me for so long. It costs £39.99 

Robert Welch Tea Light Holder

Isn't this pretty? It really caught my eye. I love my tealights but current I burn them in old Gu ramekins, you know those little glass pots that come full of dessert. It's a great way of recycling my ramekins but this is really cute and I would love it. A bit pricey for tea light holder at £39.99, but it would look great in any setting and I'm sure the light effect would be amazing too. 

Lakeland doesn't just offer gifts for bakers or ladies, you can also get gifts for the whole family. You can find gifts for Him and gifts for the kids too, including some Harry Potter merchandise.

I hope you have enjoyed my wish list, is there anything you would like from it, or from Lakeland? Have you ever done  your Christmas shopping at Lakeland?

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Kindness Day 2017

Today is kindness day, did you even know? I like to treat every day as kindness day, I don't always give gifts or help people out, but that doesn't matter, sometimes just a simple comment or gesture is enough.

Kindness spreads like ripples on a pond. Do an act of kindness, like dropping a stone in the water and the ripples will take it further and further and that lily pad will have no idea why it's suddenly moving but it will like it.

But did you know that kindness is healthy too? Forget your special diets or exercise, all you need is to do something kind and treat your blood vessels and your heart to oxytocin. Scientific studies have shown that oxytocin is not only good for your mental health it has physical benefits too. It may even make you live longer. How do you get more oxytocin? Be kind, show love, give someone a hug. It's as easy as that.

'Live from the heart, good for the heart.'

So, what are you going to do today that's kind?
Here are a few suggestions that anyone may find easy.

  • Call and chat to someone you think might be lonely
  • Take a minute to help someone even if you’re in a rush
  • Help a mother carry her pushchair upstairs
  • Hold the door open for those behind you
  • Sign up to the organ donor register
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Let someone go in front of you in the queue
  • Give someone a compliment – it can make their day, week or year!
  • When making a tea or coffee, offer to make one for anyone else who would like one
  • Leave money in a parking metre, ticket or vending machine for the next person
  • Share positive posts on your social media pages
  • Donate clothes to a charity shop or offer them to friends instead of throwing them out
  • Send an appreciative text to a friend or family member

I'm in a group on Facebook for bloggers with children who have extra needs and we decided that we'd be kind by treating each other. We set it up anonymously, like a Secret Santa, and sent each other little gifts. Often, we parents, don't treat ourselves well, we do all we can to ensure the well being of our families, but who thinks of us? We don't do it for the rewards, well, not the material rewards anyway, but sometimes it's nice to know that someone is just thinking about you and has taken a moment to treat you to something nice. Of course it's also nice to give a little something to someone else who may be in the same position. Kindness breeds kindness. Here is the gift I received. I wish you could smell it, it's a lovely Snowman from Lush and it smells divine. Thank you so much to my gifter, I love it.

Lush Snowman bath bomb sitting in a box

I hope all my reader's have a truly lovely day today and remember a little kindness is good for the heart and the soul.

Do 1 nice thing for someone today, thank you

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Sunday Photo - 12th November 2017

A blast from the past today, September 2008. My two little girls in a shopping trolley in Asda. I love this photo so much, no only do my girls look incredibly cute but this was a shopping trip with my Mum. She wasn't well, but I had no idea that I only had three months left with her. She never even got to meet The Little Man.

We were talking about Nanny today, of course Boo doesn't remember her, but Star does, she remembers her stair lift. Nanny would let her sit on her lap to ride up the stairs. She also remembers Daddy taking her to the chip shop when we visited Nanny's house on Friday afternoons. It was only a short walk, but it was across parkland, so very memorable for a three year old. I wonder how long those memories will last though? Do you remember anything from when you were three?

The Little Man asked when she died and I told him it was on Christmas Day. He gasped and asked in a timid voice if Santa had killed her. I had to laugh, 'of course not,' I told him, 'Santa would never kill anyone he's a nice person.'  I hope he doesn't think that Santa would do something like that, I can imagine him not being able to sleep on Christmas Eve for very different reasons to any other child!

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Gamer's Guide to Coding -Book Review

How many of you out there have kids that play Roblox? I have three who love it because it contains a whole range of games for them to log on and play. Did you know that players are able to develop their own games for the site too? I logged on to my Little Man's Roblox account and he has 20 games in progress of being developed. He hasn't managed to finish any of them and when I asked why he said, because the coding is too difficult. Well done to him for trying though.

It's because of this I jumped at the chance of reviewing the book, The Gamer's Guide to Coding, by Gordon Mc Comb.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454922346
ISBN-13: 978-1454922346
Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm

Straight away Star got stuck in reading away for ages. She is learning coding at school too so this may be a little extra boost for her. It is set at children aged 12 and over so she is the perfect age for it. The Little Man is only 7, so it's a little tough for him but I'm sure with my help we can get through the basics and maybe get a little further on developing his Roblox Games.

The book starts with the basics, looking at coding with HTML, CSS and Javascript. I love that the book starts really simply, it eases you in so it's great even if you have no experience at all of coding.

In the Appendices of the book you are given details of a completely free support site where you can find free bonus games, links to the best online references and book updates. You are also told where to play and publish your games whether it's your own computer, the internet or on a mobile device. 

A lot of people find coding a daunting subject. I remember, once during a psychology course, we were put as a group in a room with a computer and told to make a program that models a child's maths skills. I was dumbfounded at first, having no computer experience at all (we are talking early 80s here) I was completely lost. Once we started writing the code though, we realised that it was quite natural, for such a simple program it was just a case of putting in commands that said, if 'this' happens then follow with 'that.' Then you can follow with certain variables or looping your commands. Starting at the very beginning is not as daunting as it first seems and my kids are keen and eager to learn. 

With this illustrated, interactive guide to coding, readers will discover how to create, test and play fun 2D computer games. no prior programming knowledge is required to become proficient: just follow the easy step-by-step examples to program and share games on an Apple or Windows PC, Android device, or Apple iOS tablet. With code instructions in JavaScript - a user-friendly programming language used in millions of websites - this book is the perfect springboard for mastering any coding skill. 
Do you know of any budding computer game buff who would love this book?

For Ages 12+ and retail price £19.99
Distributed by the GMC Group 

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Word of the Week - Productive

I was struggling to think of a word to sum up my week. The first words that came to mind were lazy, sick and boring, but then I realised my week has been anything but!

The week started with Star being too poorly to go to school, which meant we had to cancel going to a friends for lunch on Monday. Then I caught Star's bug and was poorly myself and Tuesday was spent lounging around. Star went back to school on Wednesday but I've been feeling under the weather all week and I certainly didn't feel like going out.

So I have been stuck at home, feeling unwell, and it seems that some days I've barely moved from my chair. Then I started to think positively and count up the things I had achieved this week, and when I did I was pleasantly surprised at how productive I'd actually been.

Christmas Shopping - Don't tell the kids but I've completed more than 80% of my Christmas shopping this week online. I've had to work out what they would like (with help from the circles drawn in the Smyth's Toys catalogue,) then work out the cheapest place to buy them from. It was hard work, but worth it.

Blog Work - I've written several posts this week, tidied up some loose ends and worked on some great collaborations for the near future.

Crochet - I have finished my lovely scarf, which is the first large item I've crocheted. I've also managed to complete three Christmas Pudding Chocolate Orange holders. They look really cute and I'm hoping everyone is going to enjoy their stocking fillers, including the two youngest's teachers.

Reading - I've almost finished reading the Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman and can't wait to get started on his brand new book, La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust) I've also read through two review books which I'll be sharing soon. I'm so happy that my reading choices are rubbing off on my girls, they both came home with library books this week, Star had 'The Wintersmith' by Terry Pratchett and Boo had 'Northern Lights' by Philip Pullman.

And the most productive thing of all....yesterday, albeit for a very short time...I saw the bottom of my washing basket!! (No mean feat seeing as the beginning of the week I had two baskets full both the size of Everest.)

So, even when I'm sick and stuck indoors, I can still be productive.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

My Top Ten Wishlist of Amazing Trips Around the World.

Everyone has a bucket list of places they'd like to visit, things they'd like to see, experiences they'd like to have. I'm no different. Sometimes I think I may have left it too late, my original plan was to have a dream trip with the money from a savings plan that matures when I am 55, but now I am disabled I'm not sure that will happen. I still hold on to my dream though and I thought it would be nice to share with you some of my trip ideas.

1. Northern Lights

Yes, this is top of my list because I'm not a sun lover, I adore the snow! I would love to  see the Northern Lights. My dream would a be cruise along a Norwegian Fjord, wrapping up warm and enjoying a relaxing drink while waiting to see the spectacular light display. This tour departing from Tromso looks amazing. 

The front end of a boat sailing along a fjord with the Northern Lights glowing in the foreground.

2. Lapland

Okay, I'm still in the cold and snow but I promise to warm you up later. 
Despite Christmas bringing me many sad times I'm still a lover of the magic of Santa and his reindeer and how wonderful would it be to visit Lapland! I would be thrilled to take a trip on a reindeer pulled sleigh and visit the old man himself in his hometown. I would send everyone a postcard from Santa Claus Post Office. I'm excited just thinking about it. Oh, and I guess the kids would like it too.

Santa Claus feeding a reindeer in Lapland

3. Vienna

When I think of Vienna I always think of Romance (And Mozart, but not at the same time.) What could be more romantic than a trip around the city in a horse drawn carriage, taking in sights like the Ringstrasse, Vienna State Opera and St Stephen's Cathedral? Then enjoying a 3 course meal by candlelight, perfect for popping the question, but I'm already married...maybe an anniversary treat?

a horse drawn carriage riding through Vienna

4. New York

If there was a city I'd really love to visit then it would have to be New York! I'd have to take plenty of money and leave plenty of suitcase space for all my shopping. I'd revel in the sights but most of all I'd love to go to the top of the Empire State Building (preferably not in the arms of King Kong!) I'd like to see the place where Sam and Annie (Sleepless in Seattle) finally meet. But most of all I'd like to feel like I was on top of the world and soaking up all the views of such a large and amazing city below me. 

5. Lake Como

I have always wanted to visit Lake Como since watching the film, A Month By the Lake. The scenery totally sucked me in and I so wanted to be there. So my next trip will start to warm you up a bit as I go for a cruise and dinner on Lake Como in Italy. 

A view from the lake of the city of Verenna in Italy with a back drop of the Italian Alps

6. Corfu

As a big fan of My Family and Other Animals from when I read it as a child, I have always wanted to visit Corfu. I'd love to see the crystal waters of the Paleokastritsa area and tour Corfu Town.  A mixture of gorgeous beaches and old towns with narrow streets.

7. Death in Paradise

Don't let the headline fool you, this would be an incredible trip. I love the television series Death in Paradise, the views are stunning and if there was anywhere I'd love to live it would be on the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe. Even more exciting would be a tour of the fictional island of St Marie where Death in Paradise is filmed. The only thing is, I would certainly hope not to be the next murder victim. 

Two character from Death in Paradise walking along a Caribbean beach

8. Hawaii

Staying with the heat (you're welcome) my next Island visit would be Hawaii. I'm sorry, I'm not one for lounging around on the beach though, so I'd opt for an Island tour and this one around Oahu sounds perfect. You can circle the whole Island and stop offs include the Byodo-In Temple, Diamond head and Halona Blowhole. It sounds entrancing.

Byodo-In Temple

9. Tokyo, Japan

I would love to visit Japan for two reasons, shopping in Tokyo and sight seeing of the more ancient areas. So this is a two in one dream trip. First up shopping in Tokyo, I've heard it's easy to get lost so how about a Shopping Tour? I love anything Japanese, so I'd just choose my shops and away we'd go.

Second up would be a Sightseeing Tour. I would love to visit some of Tokyo's temples and gardens, such as Asakusa Kannon Temple and Imperial Palace East Garden . Then the trip would end with even more shopping.

japense temple taken at sunset

10. Dunkirk

I am a pacifist and truly hope that we never experience another world war anything like WWI and WWII. I think a tour of Dunkirk would bring home the reality of the wars and although we should always remember those that suffered we should also think about the horror that another World War would cause. Plus, this trip is one that would please my husband as he has a thirst for knowledge about the history of the wars. 

war plane in flight

I hope you have enjoyed my tour. What do you think of my list of trips, is there anything you would like to do? Would you add your own, I'd love to know where you would really love to visit?

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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