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Fashion and lifestyle from a mum of 4 from Nottinghamshire.

Showing posts with label Family days out. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family days out. Show all posts

Saturday, 19 April 2014

My London Marathon : Cheer Me Ons...



The weather has been amazing over the holidays and last Sunday it was just a perfect day for running a marathon.



Never being very well organised I did forget the sun cream again though!! you would think I'd have learned a lesson after getting burnt last year!!



26.2 miles of running is hard work and I take my hat of to my kids who spend the whole 7 hours walking around different parts of the course, cheering on all the runners.

My daughters arm above with her cheer leading pom poms, haha.




One of the best parts for the children is spotting out the charity runners and seeing all the fancy dress runners. How an earth some of these can even run is beyond me. They missed the man carrying the fridge, yes a fridge!! 



All in all it was an amazing day. Looking forward to seeing if me or my husband gets in next year!!


Linking up our outdoor fun over at-

Coombe Mill


Saturday, 12 April 2014

London Marathon Countdown : 1 Day To Go...


It's on!!

I have decided to do the London marathon and here is some pictures of us picking up my number.




My youngest 2 writing me a good luck message on the the boost message wall.



Top left-

Look who I bumped into at the Expo collecting my marathon number. Hugh Jones first British winner of the London marathon in 82. Legend. ..

Top Right-

Eventually got a photo with Stephen Kiprotich current World and Olympic marathon champion. After everyone kept passing me their phones for me to take pictures for them.

Bottom-

Watching an interview with Stephen, wow he only has a cup pf tea, banana, some bread and a bottle of water before his race!! Mind you he will be having lunch when I'm half way around.


A girl can dream, right!?!

But i know this one can do anything he dreams of..


On Sunday I will be running just over 26 miles, my family are all guessing, if I complete it and how long.

I'm hoping for 4 hours and 59 minutes..

Want to guess?


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Holidays, Trains And Bike Rides...


Wow we have had a few lovely days this week and it is getting me so ready for Spring. On Wednesday we decided to go visit my mum and dad, and have a day out at grandma and granddad.

They live about 10 miles away but if we walk a mile to the train station, then catch the train for a little while, it is only another 2 miles there.

So 6 miles with 2 children on bikes and me running, easy right!?!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

It Is Never To Windy To Pose!?!...


After seeing my personal video they made everyone to celebrate 10 years on Facebook, I realised all photo are magical. 

I joined Facebook in 2009. My 2 youngest children were babies and my young (soon to be men) sons were young teenage. 

Every photo tells a story, every story we remember with pride. 

My oldest sons waiting to run a race...
The stony beech at Bognor Regis...
Three youngest children making a pop group...
New trainer...
New haircut...
My youngest son eating ice cream at a race track (looking like a toddler)...
On the rides at Butlins...
Birthday...
Proms...
Posing..

To mention just a few..

Today's photos tell the story of a cold day to windy to pose!! 

A day that no one wanted to go out in but ended up being a really cool day out to shopping with lots of treats...

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Robin Hood Half Marathon...



Do you ever feel your ready to take on the challenge, but find out something is stopping you?

The Robin Hood half marathon!!

Not a good race for me
Perfect course
   Nice, flat and fast
Achievable Pb race
 Around wonderful Nottingham

Beautiful sites~

 University Boulevard, Around Highfields Lake
 Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham
Starting and finishing around the stunning Victoria Embankment
Amazing spectators
Over 6,000 finishes

But it just was not  my day.

Firstly I need to get out and race more, wow I was so impressed with how many runners and spectators were at this race. Only half marathons I have done are Worksop, Mansfield and Retford. Knowing I was going to meet up with some friends I expected to turn up and greet them, no way of this happening!!

It was a glorious day, the sun was shining there were thousands of runner and amazing crowds of spectators.

 Off I set wanting to break records ( only my PB records though ) I felt great up to 6 miles, not to fast and not to slow and on time for a pb at half way, that is if I could pull a little time back in the second half. At around 7 miles I slowed for a drink, energy drink station just what I needed. Then a man cut in front of me forcing me to stop, not a problem, usually but this time was different, my knees just felt like they locked.

 Trying to talk myself out of the problem I tried to carry on running, but how do you run when you can not straighten your legs? shuffle, yes shuffle around the next 6 miles. After slowing and shuffling, feeling sorry for myself and drinking to much I then got stitch, arr how can this be happening to me?

The only thing that got me to the end was knowing my family was waiting for me at the end. Oh well I have another half marathon or 2 to plan before London Marathon.

 Got home and slept all afternoon,,, onwards and upwards.

Same thing happened as in London, thought it was my trainers then but now find out not. Husband checked it and found out I have some weak spot to work on, lots of squats... 6 months to improve for London as I never want this to happen again...

Watch out Nottingham, same time same place next year, I am coming to get you and after my shiny new PB

Hahaha



Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Victoria Embankment Nottingham : How Does Your Garden Grow?...











 
 
This week I'm sharing a beautiful park in Nottingham we stumbled upon a few weeks back when it they held a Arm forces day. My husband often talked about talking me on a run around the embankment, as he knew I would love it, he was so right.
 
 Especially when we found this amazing flower garden. Whilst every where was packed with visitors we had a lovely stroll around the peaceful gardens.
 
Can you believe 3 weeks of the summer holidays have gone already? Still lots of time to find some more beautiful garden though. How does your garden grow?
 
Linking up with the lovely Mammasaurus for-
 
 

Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower And The Bromley Hotel...




Sharing some more pictures from our holiday to Blackpool from a few weeks ago. Love these pictures taken all on my phone..

Top - Bromley Hotel

Middle - Blackpool Tower

Bottom - Blackpool pleasure beach

 


Thursday, 25 July 2013

Blackpool Ambassador 2013....



Can you remember over a month ago I entered a competition to become a Blackpool Ambassador?

Yeah I was one of the lucky bloggers who won!!
We stayed there this weekend.
What can you do in 48hours? Read on ;)
 Stay 2 nights in the Bromley hotel

A 3 course meal and a show at the Viva Blackpool

And got the chance to visit 9 attractions with the Blackpool Resort Pass -

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Nickelodeon Land

The Blackpool Tower Eye & 4D Experience

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon

SEA LIFE Blackpool

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Blackpool Zoo

Sandcastle Waterpark

Blackpool Model Village & Gardens



Bromley hotel


The Viva


Blackpool Pleasure Beach


The Blackpool Tower Eye & 4D Experience


SEA LIFE Blackpool


Madame Tussauds Blackpool


Sandcastle Waterpark
Sadly we ran out of time for -

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon
Blackpool Zoo
Blackpool Model Village & Gardens

 We had an amazing time with all the things we managed to fit in.

And here is our video to show you some of the best bits!




All 5 of us enjoyed the weekend, everyone has their highlights.
My Daughters was the Pleasure Beach, particularly laughing at how scared her Dad was. That was just the ghost train!! (just kidding if you are reading dear hubby!!).

The boys both loved the water park loads of slides and waves, that was the breakfast calories worn off.
I enjoyed the Tower, there is always something magical just seeing the Tower. Whether it is the history, child hood memories or just the view. Awe inspiring.
My hard to please hubby loved not paying!!

Everyone as a family loved the Hotel, and also as a great night out we all loved the Viva Blackpool show. This show is a real traditional cabaret show with showgirls, singing, dancing and so much more. Star of the show is Blackpool favourite Leye D Johns. Who is the host and architect to the evening of fun and laughter. A true seaside great.

A bit cheeky in places for a family show, but never vulgar. This show was absolutely fantastic. If you go to Blackpool it is definitely worth seeing. I cannot praise it enough. If my Husband is impressed with something it must be good !!

It even helps with geography as there are some places in Devon I didn't know existed until now. ( You will find out if you see the show).

 About this review-

I won this 2 nights stay as part of a competition with the Tots100 and Visit Blackpool to be a Blackpool Ambassador. Everything above was included and all thoughts are my own honest opinion. We love Blackpool and have been going once or twice a year for over 20 years now. We received no payment for this post.

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