Summer is fast approaching and I was very egar to get some sunglasses sooner rather than later. The only difference was that this year I would have to get prescription sunglasses. Even though I have my reaction lens day to day glasses they aren’t that great with full on sunshine, and with our holiday to Lanzarote getting less than 13 weeks away the race was on.
I received a email from Perfect Glasses which is based in the UK , which is also a Glasses online retailer, who kindly offered me a chance to review for them.
There was a great choice of glasses, titanium glasses and of course sunglasses. There are lots of brands to choice from starting from as little as £27. There are lots of styles which are suitable for women in their section for women glasses and men to choice from which would suit everyone’s face shape and personalities. If you know the shape of your face there is a chance to try on the glasses via a few photo’s which gives you a good idea whether or not that style would suit you. There are even lots of designer glasses to choice from too!
The great thing about this UK based website is that the frames are discounted already so you could get a pair of frames for around half the price. They also sometimes have offers on, which makes the frames even more of a barging!
After having a long look through their prescription sunglasses I asked if I could review the Esprit sunglasses and they said yes.
The service was really nice and polite even though it took me a few day’s to get hold of my prescription from a leading high street opticians. Once I got my prescription to them I received them less than a week. The sunglasses came in a lovely sunglasses cases and they were well wrapped up with bubble wrap and a padded envelope to protect them from any bumps and knocks whilst going through the postal system.
The quality of the frames are hard wearing and good quality. To be honest I have heard a few horror stories about ordering lenses on line and that they won’t be the same quality as if you went into a opticians but Perfect Glasses has certainly put my fears to one side as the prescription was perfect and I could see clearly, read and drive on the one day of glorious sunshine we have had since I received them!
Perfect glasses also have a section on their website which offers a chance to get your current glasses to be reglaze. I will certainly be using this service for both my sunglasses and normal glasses if my prescription changes in the near future.
I really can not wait for the sunshine to come to the UK, I don’t think I can wait another 13 weeks to wear them!!!
We booked the Protur Vista Badia Hotel in May 2015. We went for a week as when we went to Ibiza two weeks seemed far too long!
Vista Badia is a four star hotel and a Platinum hotel (i didn’t realize this until we actually got there!) it was so clean and well presented. And had a very modern feel to the reception area.
We arrived at (yawn) 3.30am to the hotel and the room was just a short walk from the reception area, we wasn’t told any details though of when Breakfast was and what time it was on until, it was given to us in a leaflet along with meeting our Thomson Rep at 10am.
The room was spotless to! it had a small kitchen area with a fridge, oven hob,microwave and a sink.There was a table with four chairs and a small living room area which had two sofas, a coffee table and a tv with a few uk channels.
The bedroom was separate and was a nice size even with a cot in. The bathroom had a shower and a bath which was a bonus with two young children.
On our first day we managed to get three sunbeds at the front of the children’s splash pool and to be honest there was only one day we were in the 2nd row. There was no arguing over who sat where and what time towels were out, Most towels were put out between 7.50-8.30 when people went for breakfast.
When we saw our Rep, he explained that there were 2 other hotels we could use the facilities one was the Safari Park hotel and the other one was the Spa hotel.Also there were 5 different restaurants we could go to for our evening meal BUT booking was limited and the restaurants spaces were divided between Badia and the Safari hotel which in total was over 2,400 guests. We luckily managed to visit three of them. There was also a petting zoo and water park attached to both of the hotels too, along with a mini golf course. During our week stay we saw our rep max three times!
We didn’t visit the Spa hotel but we did visit the Safari hotel and it was very modern and clean as well. The only down side was that it was packed it had over 2,000 guests but most of the facilities were in this hotel along with some of the restaurants.
We visited the Safari Zoo and the Marineland (more on that later), but mostly we spent the time around the pool, visiting the beach and walking around the area.
Around the hotel there were a few car hire places, lots of shops selling holiday souvenirs and lots of pubs and restaurants. Sa Coma is a purpose built resort which was built back in the 1980’s. Cala Millor and Porto Cristo are just up the road where you can hop on to a little train which costs around four euros per adult and two fifty euros for children, return. Or you can hop on the local bus, or get a taxi. There are also locals offering horse and Cart rides up to Sa coma Castle.
There are a few street sellers, who do the braiding of hair and temporary tattoos but they aren’t in your face asking you to buy all the time which is lovely.
The beach is at the end of the shops and its actually dare I say very buggy and wheelchair friendly. There are wooden walking paths dotted along the beach and they do get you fairly close to the sea’s edge, you do have to drag the buggy slightly to get to a spot but I promise its very easy to get down as far as you can.
Back in the hotel you need your door card key to get back into the back door exit and entry. I think this is a great idea as it stops people getting in to the hotel who shouldn’t. The pools where lovely and clean too! There were two main places to eat during the day (lunch) they served food from 1pm until 3pm in the restaurant area and pool bar. The pool bar was quick food like hot dogs, burgers and pizza , where the main restaurant was rice and pasta dishes with a choice of meat, salad and cold meats. The food however was nice BUT it wasn’t hot, if you wanted hot food you would of had to go to one of the restaurants which you had to pre-book the choices where Asian, India, Italian, Greek and Country grill which was burgers, ribs etc.
The staff however couldn’t do enough for you all very helpful and there English is very good. There is also a English receptionist, who works most afternoons too.
The children’s club was very good it ran everyday except on Sunday’s and they do a varied program of art,games, water games and face painting. And run from 11am until 4.30pm!
The evening entertainment was varied also, and very good they certainly got the audiences attention. The evening entertainment kicked of with Mini disco from 8.30 until 9.15 Then family entertainment from 9.30 until around 11pm.
Would I go back? Yes I would, but I would either go half board or self catering… Why? Because the staff, the hotel where lovely and I wouldn’t want to go all inclusive to be eating cold food.
Out of 10 I would give the hotel 9/10
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review or approached by Thomson to do this. The words are all my own words and views.
Okay here is the deal. Almost every day now we hear of a attack somewhere in the world.
I have been following a few news papers on Facebook (can you tell I am a tad addicted to Facebook!) They comments on some of the posts are shocking. Some people were saying stay at home and holiday in the UK as there is a lower risk of being attacked. I am sorry to say the UK is on high alert for a terriosim attack and now sadly so is much of the world.
I personally will not stop going abroad. The risk is the same as it is at home. If people want to stay and not see the world. It would mean these nasty people would of won. They will think they have more power. We can not let them win.
Am I scared? Of course I am but I will not let them win. My grandmother lived during the 2nd world war. Some of the things she has seen and heard are very strange and scary. We are lucky we don’t have this on a daily basics unlike some countries around the world were voilance is sadly a daily occurnace.
I am looking at holidays for next year. I would like a family holiday, close to the beach, a few good day trips and not to far from the airport … Any ideas??
You Know when its school holidays everything becomes a bit more relaxed, calmer and the routine seems to go out of the window.
The children seem to want feeding every 10 minutes, they want to do something different every 20 minutes, toys are usually scattered all over the place and your walking on Lego, like its hot coal. They usually end up arguing with each other right when your preparing a snack or drink for them and then they moan that they are having to wait for what they asked for, with you replaying calmly to wait one minute as your are busy with their sibling.
The routine of the School term is usually a mad rush to get out the door so your on time for the lining up in the playground… (we live 5 minutes walk from the school). The homework they have has to be completed by a certain day and handed in, reading is done every night. Toddler groups are on and its finding the best one for your child as some get too packed, or their isn’t enough places to park so you frantically need to find another option or hope when you drive round again there is a space. Then its getting back for lunch and maybe a nap before heading of to the school pick up.
School holidays are usually lazying around in our PJ’S until around 9/10 am then actually starting to figure out what to actually do during the day with the children which wont cost the earth, but also checking which places don’t charge for under 3’s whilst we are at it!
The bedtime routine is also a bit hit and miss, We are usually aiming for bed by 8pm and dinner around 6 half 6.
Then there is the adding job of Blogging, writing and ensuring there is a post almost everyday, along with updating Instagram, Twitter, Path and Flickr.
Then there is work to also add, two days 7am-5pm, and preparing packed lunch and taking enough snacks/activities to do to kill the boredom they may start to get around 2/3pm…
And hopefully the rest of the summer will end up staying away from accident and emergency…
Also to add to my list is packing for a week away… this packing light seems not to be working, Maybe I am being a bit OCD with clothes after all Bell is still having the odd number 2 accidents and Bear usually drops some ice cream down his top.
The simple things in life are free, dancing in the rain, to seeing nature bloom and spending time together. Money doesn’t buy happiness it doesn’t buy sadness either. You learn to live within your means. You grow confidence in becoming a teenager, a adult and a parent you learn through the good and you learn through the bad.
You learn that people who make up lies are insecure of themselves and want others to feel insecure themselves.
You learn Bullies or Trolls will sometimes not say things to your face but some hide behind others or behind a screen. They will talk bad about you behind your back and your friends will always be true. You learn to stand tall and you learn to remember that life is too short to hide away, you learn to be proud of who you have become and realize you won’t go down to their level.
You learn that the loneliness people are usually the most kindest people you will ever meet. You learn the generous people are usually the one’s who have nothing to give or if they do they don’t want anything in return. You learn the happiest people may have some sadness in their lives but will always be positive throughout everything. You learn the positive thinking people are usually the most confidant people you will ever meet.
You learn that the truth will always come through. You learn that everyone hopes they will follow their dreams and many people do with the support of family, friends and the confidence within themselves.
The best things in life are free, you certainly realize that as you get older and have children or grandchild. Expensive holiday’s, clothes, cars, phone’s and joining groups and clubs ( even though they are great for social skills!) aren’t what will make your children happy it’s spending time with them. They won’t remember how much you spent on things its how much time you spent with them which will away’s matter.
They won’t remember the bad day’s you have, they will remember the happy times they have had with you. They won’t want for anything other than love, affection and honesty from you. Which will help them develop into kind, caring, loving adults.
They will learn that the little things in life are always the best and the free things in life will become the most amazing memories they have.
I am saying this as Bear only seems to remember the trips we have taken which didn’t cost the earth, he remembers going to the beach and building sand castles and splashing in the sea, he remember’s playing in the paddling pool at his great nanas with his cousins, he remembers playing with his friends in the garden. He remembers going to the nature trail when he was younger or playing in the swimming pool when we are away abroad. He remembers the simple things like making pizza and cutting his own vegetables and helping me make dinner.
So you see children seem to remember the simple things, the things which don’t cost the earth, things which are free. Please do not get me wrong, I love a holiday aboard it helps develop their understanding of different cultures and to see the world. But as I get older and wiser I certainly realize the little things are the things which you will remember more.
YAY! School’s are almost finishing, some already have!
Many families will be heading of to the airport with excited children and excited husbands in tow. Or if they are like my Hubby he will be grumpy all the time and moan until we land at the otherside!
We have been travelling with Bear since he was 18 months old and Bell was 8 months. So my tip’s are a mix of ages from 8 months to 5 years.
Here are my top tip’s for travelling with children.
When Booking your holiday, select a night time flight. Why are you mad I hear you say? Yes I thought that too when somebody suggested flying at night BUT oh my goodness it was great Bear and Bell slept most of the flight! Which meant I managed to get some shut eye to, by that a eye half open to make sure Bear didn’t jump up and down and cause havoc.
On the plane try and pre-book your seat’s you will be able to book your seats to be near the toilets (I know but if you have a child who is just toilet trained it will help) or near a exit if you have a baby so you can be first off the plane.
Book valet parking if you are driving, you can drive straight up to the airport door unload and walk in and not worry about parking your car . And it is also brought back when you land. So easy with children!
Pack Plenty of snacks! You can not take drink’s through the security area unless its baby milk or a prescription. Be prepared to be ask to try it too! Baby milk tastes awful! Packing plenty of snack’s will keep little ones distracted whilst you queue up and go through the check points
Wrap up small toys with very few bits, We love the 99p shop for this. It is great idea for children as they won’t know what they have got and it will keep them busy for about 10 minutes.
Pack books, coloring books and stickers so so handy!
Change of clothes, make sure they are easy to get off and on. Also wear layers as aeroplanes and the airport can go from hot to cold due to the air conditioning
Changing baby in the toilet of a plane is very tight. So just take a Clean nappy and wipes, If baby needs a change of clothes (we have all been there!) strip them down to the nappy and get them dressed in the seat instead its a bit more spacious. Also change baby just before you board especially if its a short flight, baby should be fine. Also have more nappies than what you may need as you could be delayed.
Ensure Ipads/ tablets are well charged, short flights seem not to put on any movies.
If you do, do a night flight change your Little one’s in to their pajamas just before you board the plane, as you will be landing at night time, if a short flight, and when you get to the hotel you can just put them to bed without having to change them. Also if they need a change of clothes you can just put them in the clothes they were wearing.
If your child is old enough I would say 4 plus. Encourage them to do small jobs at home to get some holiday spending money for the airport or whilst on holiday. It will make them appreciate it more.
Packing with children. I personally found it a nightmare as I didn’t know what to take.
here is my run down for a 2 and 5 year old. Obviously each child is different.
Bears Holiday Clothes list
4x causal t-shirts and 3 x causal for shorts
4x evening t-shirts/shirts and 3 x smart shorts
3 x swim wear (one is a total Uv protection suit)
7 x pants
3 x socks
1x flip flops
a drinks bottle
1x beach towel
2x sunhats just encase one fulls in the pool and gets wet!
Bell’s holiday check list
4x swim suits
4x Evening dresses
2x causal dresses
3 x t-shirts
3 x shorts (including a smart pair)
1 x smart top
10 x knickers (we still have the occasional number 2 accidents)
a drinks bottle
hair bobbles and hair brush
In their hand luggage. They both have the same so will just do one list.
dot to dot for Bear and Sticker book for Bell
A pencil case full of pencils
a water color book
little drawing board
spare comforter (don’t forget to pack one at the top of the suitcase just incase you forget it!)
I have had people come up to me after flying (three countries) and all of them asked if we were actually on the flight as my children didn’t make a noise. ie screaming, kicking seats and shouting. I felt very proud.
Do you have anything thing planned for your summer?
Take me back to the clear Blue seas and the clear blue skies.
Look at the sea, the clear blue sea was amazing. I have traveled a lot, I’ve seen the Caribbean, I have sailed the Caribbean sea. I have been to Miami, I have visited Disney land. I have been to Jersey, France, Portugal and Zante.
I have been to the Canary Islands, Ibiza and am of to Majorca soon!
I have the travelling bug and have done since I was tiny. I love to see the world. It opens your eyes to so many experiences and adventures. I am so pleased I have the opportunity to explore the world with Bear and Bell, They are so so lucky to have this amazing experience.
I am sure they won’t remember many of the place’s they have been but with Photo’s they will have some wonderful memories to look back on.
I don’t think just sitting by the pool is a good idea especially when children’s minds are constantly wanting to explore and find out more. We try and do one visit to a church or some thing which we can create a learning experience.
But yes I do like sitting by a pool!
Kids clubs yes but not all the time, a holiday is about spending time as a family in our busy lives. Please do not get me wrong we do have family time during the week but it sometimes gets missed with so much going on. Birthday parties and work commitments.
Here is my Bucket list for places I really would love to go
Thailand – have you seen the beaches there?
Morocco – For the food and the beaches
Australia – I have no idea why, but the land of down under seems to attract me.
New Zealand – The islands looks amazing
Place’s I currently won’t go are
Why? There is so much trouble out there and the military are trying to take control of Turkey. I am sure in a few weeks/Months or even years I shall change my mind but at the current time I will be avoiding. Even though I would love to see the Pyramids!
We are so lucky to have a beautiful beach less than an hour away (depending on traffic). I have been going to Hastings since I was a baby, and I have since taken Bell and Bear there too! It has undergone many changes all for the better. There has always been the aquarium, little road train and of course the pier.
Unfortunately the pier has now gone, as there was a fire, but the aquarium is still there, along with the arcades, a medium size boating lake and a small funfair.
There is now a museum with modern art and it also has a ramp over the pebbles to make getting to the sea easier for those with buggies or a wheelchair. There is also a fab new (about 3/4 year old) play park with a sand pit as the beach is mainly pebbles.
It was so nice to see Bell and Bear together as this was around March/April time and Bear has been at school since the previous September.
We had so much fun! We played on the trampolines (they have been there since I was a tiddler) , played on the beach, visited the aquarium and the boat museum.
We also had fish and chips by the sea and played in the arcades. The arcades have lots of 10-20p machines where the little ones could win anything from a sweet to a teddy with a £5 note attached!
Cant’t wait till our next adventure there maybe we will venture up the North Hill lift and see the abbey…