Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

18 June 2018

Shuffle Your Music - what's on your playlist? #shufflethemusic

I really am from the 'mixtape' generation. There was nothing better than having a mixed tape curated for you personally by a close friend who really knew you or wanted to introduce you to their music. There was no Spotify or Deezer and back then the highlight of the week was recording songs off the radio too - both from the top 40 and the John Peel show. Anyway along comes technology and even though I love my vinyl and still have many of those tapes – so many good memories I can't bear to throw them away – I also love streaming music. You can listen to other people’s playlists, discover new artists and download new tracks as much as you want. 

So I’m really pleased to have been tagged by Sarah from MummyCatNotes in a challenge to shuffle my music and give me the opportunity to think about and talk about the tracks I love to listen to. 


what's on your playlist? #shufflethemusic


8 June 2018

10 Fab Father’s Day Gifts for under £30 (AD)

Father's Day is on Sunday, June 17 this year. Not long to go now before we can spoil our dads, and help our children spoil their dads too.  Buying the perfect Father’s Day gift can be tricky but if you are stuck for gift ideas, we've got some ideas to fit every budget from £1 to £30.


10 Fab Father’s Day Gifts for under £30
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6 June 2018

Transform Holiday Photos into Wall Art + Giveaway (AD)

Making use of my digital photographs is something I’m really keen on. I create a photo album every year and we do have some of my travel and kids photographs framed and on the wall at home. No canvas prints on our walls though, so when I was contacted by CanvasChamp recently and asked to review their canvas print online service I said yes. 

Read on to find out more and the opportunity to win your own canvas.

Transform Holiday Photos into Wall Art with canvas champ

1 June 2018

7 Things To Do In June

Well, I think we've had a pretty good Spring so far. Much more sunshine than we get during a whole summer some years. Long may it continue this month now that we have arrived in June. This month we have Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup to look forward to as well as long sunny days.


June is the sixth month of the year and contains the summer solstice and longest day and by the end, we'll be half-way through 2018 - how did that happen? Anyway to celebrate what we hope will be a fab month here are seven things to do, eat, make and also enjoy in June.

strawberry recipes, family days out, vegetarian food, sunshine in june



30 May 2018

Flying High over Durham (AD)

Balloons in Durham returned to Durham City in North East England last weekend and we were there in the rain, wind and sunshine to see what it is that draws people to this sport as a balloonist and a spectator. And during the festival over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, we were both!



10 May 2018

30 Fantastic Real-Life Random Acts of Kindness

When was the last time you did a random act of kindness? A totally selfless act that brought you no benefit, other than, maybe, a really good sense of wellbeing. Or maybe you have been on the receiving end of another person’s unexpected but very welcome gesture of kindness - no matter how small. 


30 Fantastic Real-Life Random Acts of Kindness


7 May 2018

7 Things To Do In May

Well, it's May Bank Holiday Monday today, and what a scorcher of a weekend it has been. Hopefully, the rest of May will bring us, even more, warmer and longer sunny days to enjoy.

May is not only the fifth month of the year but also gives us two bank holidays plus a week of school holidays too and it really starts to get warmer, lighter and we all start feeling better. So here are seven things to do with and without the family, to eat, make and also enjoy in May.
7 Things To Do In May

2 April 2018

7 Things To Do This Month - April

Well, April this year started on what was April Fools Day and Easter Sunday, but this month does give us two weeks of school holidays to enjoy, and hopefully some warmer and longer days with not too many April showers! We've been chilling out over the long Easter weekend and planning out our month ahead ... so here are 7 things we are going to be doing in April.

9 March 2018

Treat Yourself With Your Own Treatbox + Giveaway (REVIEW)

***REVIEW + GIVEAWAY***
How often do you treat yourself? We have teamed up with treatbox to offer you the chance of winning your own little treat. Just for you. 

Treat Yourself With Your Own Treatbox box of goodies

8 March 2018

Celebrating International Women's Day on My Boys Club

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. So I thought I’d take the time to outline some of the women I have admired most and celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. But also look at some of the women my young boys already know have contributed to our history; and also which women influence the influencers - I asked other mum and dad bloggers about their favourite historical female characters.

5 March 2018

7 Things to do this Month - March

Snowmageddon and the Beast from the East wasn't the start I was expecting for the month of March, and of course Springtime here in the UK. But it did turn our local park into a ski resort for a few days and we all remembered just how much fun sledging is, if not the road and traffic chaos that comes with so much snow. 

Anyway, the snow seems to be on the way out and now we can look forward to the month of March with St Patrick's Day and also this year Maunday Thursday and Good Friday.


16 February 2018

Win a month’s supply of speciality coffee from Coffee & Kin! (REVIEW)

***GIVEAWAY***
If you are a caffeine addict like me then we have the perfect giveaway competition for you. We have teamed up with Coffee & Kin, who roast their coffee beans on Holy Island in Northumberland, to offer you the chance to win a month’s supply of coffee! 

Choose from coffee beans or pods to make your coffee the way you like it!

 

5 February 2018

7 Things to Do This Month - February

February is only the second month of the year. Still mid-winter it does at least give us Shrove Tuesday, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and half-term to take some of the gloom away. So here are seven things to do with and without the family, to eat, make and also enjoy in February.

7 Things to Do This Month - February

10 January 2018

Taking Your Tween to their First Football Match

Football is the nations favourite game. Over 13 million people watch a football match every year in the UK. Even more, watch on TV, and then there are the thousands of people, male and female, who play the game on a regular basis too. 

Newcastle United FC is our local team and one I have supported since I was a child. Over, 50,000 people watch every home game live in the stadium of St. James Park and I was really excited to get the opportunity to take my tween to his first footy game.



31 December 2017

2017: The My Boys Club Year in Review

What will you remember about 2017? There have been 365 days of political turmoil, tragedy and disaster and economic uncertainty, but it has also been a year that saw fab films, great music, a broadening of political understanding, and a Royal engagement.

For My Boys Club, we travelled the length and breadth of the UK, cooked vegan and vegetarian recipes, ate out at some amazing restaurants, shared giveaways with our readers, highlighted hundreds of free family events and activities in North East England and got on our soapbox too (but just a little bit). 

Anyway, as we await the 2018 Winter Olympics, World Cup, and a Royal Wedding, here is our monthly highlights and most read blog posts from 2017. 

2017: The My Boys Club Year in Review

21 December 2017

How To Spend Christmas Morning With Children

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly choosing to spend Christmas morning with children, namely Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as the newly-engaged couple are rumoured to be spending Christmas Eve with Meghan's future in-laws.

Before I had children of my own, Christmas morning as an adult was so different to now. Often spent nursing a hangover from Christmas Eve celebrations. All that changes when you become a parent though.

On Christmas Eve, no doubt we’ll be wrapping the final presents, prepping the veg for Christmas Day and enjoying the food and drink that has been left out for Santa & Rudolph. But what about Christmas morning? How do you spend it with kids?


How To Spend Christmas Morning With Children


18 December 2017

15 Ways to Re-use Plastic Household Waste

Have you been watching Blue Planet 2? I have found the series both an amazing spectacle and yet so saddening too. All of that plastic floating around the ocean, and even worse damaging the innocent wildlife,  has been a reminder of the danger that our fragile world is in. 

It may seem to be a daunting, and sometimes impossible task to save the planet. But there are small eco-friendly things we can do to help. Re-using plastic waste is one of these things and in this post, we have 15 different ideas on how to do just that, to do our bit to help protect the future of the planet.


15 December 2017

8 Stocking Filler & Xmas Present Ideas For You & Your Partner (AFFILIATE)

If you are anything like me and hubby you’re too busy rushing around trying to make sure that the kids have a great time this Christmas that it’s all too easy to forget about yourself or your partner. 

We are constantly being asked what we’d like for Christmas and most of the time I just don’t have an answer. I don’t want to say something too expensive so I’ve come up with a list of last-minute buys that mean the presents under the tree for you and your partner won’t be the same as last year. 

So with just 10 sleeps until Christmas Day here are STockign Filler & Xmas Pressie ideas for you and your partner.

8 Stocking Filler & Xmas Present Ideas For You & Your Partner

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14 December 2017

7 Top Toys for Over 7s (Tweens) this Christmas - Boys or Girls (AFFILIATE)

Christmas is only a couple of weeks away but there is still time to sort your way through all the presents and gift ideas for your tweens, whether they are a boy or girl.

7 Top Toys for Over 7s (Tweens) this Christmas - Boys or Girls

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13 December 2017

How Would You Build Your Dream Bed? (AD)

***Collaborative Post***
What kind of bed do you have? What bed do you dream about?


A good night's sleep is incredibly important for our health and wellbeing. In fact, it is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. But as sleep deprived parents we know only too well that getting enough sleep is not always possible. Cats on the other hand always seem to have a good sleep. They always look so comfy in their beds and on ours. Think they must be able to teach us something!



Here are some tips for getting a better nights sleep and we ask other parents (sorry not cats) what their dream bed would be ...