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Taking some well earned timeout

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Taking some well earned timeout

Taking some well earned timeout, is often needed and this weekend we did.

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Last week was good, Henry got to dress in yellow for #helloyellow day at his school to raise money for young people with mental illness. Check out my blog I wrote about How to look after the mind on my website https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/ for #mentalhealthday2019:

I also did another run last Thursday up at the #southbank in London, check out my sports and fitness passion blog about how I am On the Road to Recovery.

I posted a Homewares blog about Homewares for the Autumn.

On Friday, the one just gone I updated my website https://www.carriesrealworld.com to add the blog posts I had written in the week, to continue to promote and help raise funds see my Facebook page for #mentalhealth.

However come the evening of Friday I was completely and utterly wiped out. I could not do anymore. It was time to rest and recuperate. So got my son into bed, so I could go to bed and did not budge until the next day.

Come Saturday a start of a new day I had slept well and got my son’s breakfast ready, had a cuppa, got him dressed ready for the day, wrote another blog called Effective Communication/Getting kids to Make Decisions, did some homework with Henry, got myself ready for the day and then mum picked up my son, so my hubby and I could have some well earned time together just the two of us, whilst my son when to #bockettsfarm.

We went up to, guest where, twice in one week. The #southbank in London again.

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It was of course raining, and yeah we got wet, but we still had a really good day. As parents you just need that time to yourself and we chatted, laughed, reflected, had a few drinks and then went back home for something to eat and then went to bed.

There is a pub called The Vault under #towerbridge. Very expensive, £9.70 for a half of cider and a pint of Guinness, plus the toilets were out of order. Not impressed, nice pub but too expensive and so will not be going back.

Walking back I did manage to find a toilet, in London Bridge station and I have got to say, I do like the way it has been recreated. So much nicer and you get a good vibe now with these stations. I remember years ago when they looked like they had been down trodden and uncared for. There is a Hamleys in the London Bridge station now, so my hubby and I had a little look. I will be returning, not to that one as it is a bit small but the one in Regent’s Street in London.

They have some brilliant toys for kids of all ages and often have some items, especially this time of the year on sale.

We had a drink in the BFI along the Southbank and the Waterloo Tap, which sells natural beers, stouts and ciders.

The weather didn’t stop us. Come Sunday we went into Epsom, had a coffee and did a bit of shopping. I like the Halloween items in TK Maxx. They have some brilliant items which I will be sharing and some lovely planners for 2020 aswell.

Wilko Halloween Decor, not so great so far. Not sure if there is more to come, but there seemed to be more Christmas and less Halloween in our local one.

Once visited the shops we returned home. I was tired as i hadn’t slept well on Saturday night, so had a little nap. I had really bad indigestion and I put it down to having the left over picky bits we had on Saturday evening after our walk up the Southbank. I will not be eating Doritos again, as they had to be the culprit, due to having such problems before. Sometimes you have to admit defeat.

Nevertheless I still enjoyed Sunday. We had dinner at my mum and stepdad’s. A lovely roast. I would have taken a photo but as always I ate it before I remembered to do so. Not to self will remember next time as my step dad’s roasts are truly special.

I did catch up on Strictly Come Dancing on catch up. So far my favourite is Kelvin Fletcher. Brilliant and outstanding so far. Great replacement. Not seen the results so who knows. Here is his Charleston.

Anyway, I hope you had a good week and weekend. Let me know what you did this weekend and of any places you recommend going to visit, I love such feedback. You can comment below. I love exploring and am so looking forward to visiting a Christmas Market this year. I know, still a few months to go but it isn’t far and so going to enjoy it when it finally comes around.

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So here we are another Tuesday and already its time to put the dinner on. Have a good rest of the week everyone and will post on this site again next week. BYE FOR NOW!

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Carrie X

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My 41st Birthday

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Last Friday the 27th September 2019, it was my 41st birthday. On the Friday I woke up that morning full of energy, so around 6am I was up out of bed, got in the shower, got dressed, made the bed, opened up my birthday cards I received so far and cleaned the kitchen.

My hubby made me a lovely Bacon Sandwich with a cup of tea. I love that first cup of the morning, it really helps to set up my day.

Even the walk to my son’s school and back was a breeze, I didn’t lose my patience once.

Once I got back indoors, I did some training. I write a blog where I talk about my fitness training on my WordPress site: https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

I did some strength and toning, with dumbbells and then exercised my obliques and legs. Ending in some stretching, whilst listening to some Chill out music. This really helps me to relax and take my time.

I then did some more cleaning after this, and dusted my home, downstairs and up, and did some of my Autumn clean up. I will be writing some blogs on my website carriesrealworld soon. Check out my Seasonal Clean up page on carriesrealworld, of my previous seasonal clean ups, and of my last blog Preparing for the Autumn

Opening up the post received that day, as it doesn’t always arrive early in the morning these days, I received a cheque from Argos. WAHOO!

I couldn’t believe it, plus a lovely card from my Mum and Tot (my Step-dad).

Later on the Friday gone, of my birthday my husband, son and I had some gorgeous Fish N Chips, from our favourite Chip shop, as we do have three good ones to choose from in Epsom, Kingfish, in Horton Centre. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and then finished the evening off with a glass of Old Mout Cider.

On the Saturday, once again I got up early full of energy so I made, my husband and I breakfast, whilst Henry had his breakfast.

Before that my husband kindly gave our son a bath, instead of me doing it. Sometimes as a mum, you do need to delegate and take time out for yourself.

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We (my husband and I) took our son over to my mum and Tots, who were looking after him for the night and received a lovely card from my Step-sister.

Then returned back to Epsom and found a few things in the charity shops. A new collared beige/brown jumper, a gift set and a set of boys pants aged 5-6 years.

We also visited Poundland, but I am going to share these pieces on other blogs coming soon.

Once dropped these items back home, we then went onto the train to Leatherhead to watch Leatherhead FC vs Bowers and Pitsea FC, and at last, as we have been a bit of jink last two games we went to see Leatherhead FC. Leatherhead won 1-0.

The price of the tickets were £12 each, so total of £24.00. The food is good there too. Not for the healthy gurus, but if you like the occasional burger and chips or Hotdogs, then the quality is pretty good, and doesn’t cost a lot either. We also had a few drinks. The alcoholic kind. Well it was my birthday still, as far as I was concerned.

Travelling back from the football, we went on home and chilled out watching a bit of TV. Only Fools and Horses. Had a cup of tea, a bit more to eat, such as a roll, some crisps and finished with my favourite thing since I was a kid. Good old Cake and Custard.

I also received a lovely surprise. A slip from Royal mail had been put through my letterbox. Both my husband and I were puzzled, as I hadn’t ordered anything and neither did my husband.

It had been delivered next door, and so my husband went to pick it up for me, and saw a big long parcel. It was for me.

I opened it up on Saturday evening, and saw it was a lovely box of fresh flowers from my brother, my sister-in-law and nieces.

So was a lovely surprise.

On the Sunday after I had slept well, as was child free for the night, woke up in the middle of night, really early Sunday morning and had a cup of tea. Eventually I did go back to sleep, I woke up again, still early on Sunday morning and made another cup of tea, did some more of my Autumn Clean up, which I will write a blog about soon, and cleared and cleaned the shelf in our bathroom storage cupboard and cleared the bathroom windowsill.

I did some more training, my Sunday morning training, which I am really enjoying, to some 90’s club hits, then had breakfast made by my husband, went to Colliers Wood.

We stopped in Starbucks whilst we waited for the shop Dunelm to open up.

I had a Classic Hot Chocolate, which is delicious with of course Cream on top and husband had a large Latte.

Then walked to Dunelm, where I could have shopped until I dropped. I am going to share what I bought on my Homewares page (coming soon) on Carriesrealworld.

Then we dropped the car off at my mum and step-dads, home and walked into Wimbledon main shopping area, and checked out some more charity shops where I bought a pair of black tights.

We walked back to my mum and step-dad’s home, where we saw my brother, sister-in-law and nieces and we all had a lovely Sunday dinner together, cooked by my step-dad. I had a glass or two of some red wine and then dessert had crumbled and custard.

All in all it was a bloody good birthday. I have written a blog on my theparentingadventurestipsandtricks site, about Celebrating Birthdays.

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Celebrating the Easter Holidays

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It was a good two weeks off, I was working through part of it, but still got to enjoy the holiday.

My son got to do lots of adventurous things, like riding on a bus and train which he loves. He was taken on a Thomas The Tank Engine Train, and didn’t want to get off.

We took him to a funfair in Wimbledon Park, which is on a lot during the Easter Holidays, only once a year, but my son and my nieces loved it.

Then my mum put together an Easter Egg hunt, for my son and my nieces and put around the gardens in the school where my mum lives.

Putting together an Easter Egg hunt is fun to do, and you can make your own, check out my blog I wrote on The Parenting Adventures tips and tricks, called

What to do with your kids during the Easter Holidays

All you need is to hide a load of eggs and my mum used Easter Chocolate coins aswell, write some clues or for smaller children, get them to see how many eggs they can find, and a different section, put their names by them so they know which ones to look for.

So what did you do over the Easter holidays I would love to hear from you?

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Carrie X

 

A Great Weekend

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Last weekend was brilliant celebrating my friends 40th birthday last Saturday.

We had a little hiccup, where by our hotel accommodation was moved, and we ended up staying instead of So Arch Hotel, stayed at the So Kings Cross hotel.

Would not recommend the room was very basic, at a cost of £107.40 and the breakfast the next morning was great either.

We decided to have a bite to eat and found a Italian Restaurant, which I could imagine being in Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. There appeared to be a lot of arguing among the staff, and not a lot of serving going on.

Then we went for a coffee in Costa near the train station, which was a much better atmosphere, and good service.

We then sat outside of a bit as it was a nice afternoon, and sat and watched these people doing the Salsa in the middle of the square there.

We went onto the N19 in Archway, to celebrate my friends birthday, and got there for 6pm and watched the rest of the football. Then they had a band on, which were good and very entertaining.

The next day I was feeling a bit rough, but was well worth it as it was a great weekend.

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Carrie x

A Trip To Southampton

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It was a brilliant new year, one I shall never forget. We traveled to Southampton to see my husband’s parents.

Firstly when we arrived we took my husbands real mum and her husband for a coffee in a place called Woolston. Not that many shops, but there is the Woolston Cafe there and they do a lovely full English Breakfast, or you can have other meals too and a drink.

As you drive through to Southampton you come across the harbour, with many boats. It is a beautiful place and I get goose bumps whenever we drive to Southampton.

Then we went to see my husbands real dad and step mum, who live in a place called Sholing, which has a few shops, but it is mainly houses. It was a lovely surprise to them as we didn’t say that we were coming down on new years eve, and they loved the surprise.

We had a bite to eat there and then went out to a pub called The Juniper Berry where they had Karaoke, at which my father in-law got up and sang a few songs.

Then went round to one of our friends in Southampton place to celebrate the new year and had a few drinks in doors.

Picture of our friends on New Years Eve

The next day we stayed mainly indoors with my husbands dad and step mum, watching some old films. My husband and I did take a little walk up to the shop, but that was all we did do in terms of going out.

On Wednesday we celebrated my husbands dads birthday, and started off in a pub  called the Heartbreakers, which was a nice little pub round the back of town very quiet but very comfortable.

They do a huge range of drinks and I was drinking Symonds Cider.

My husband on the left of this picture in the blue suit and my father in law who was the birthday boy.

In between visiting the Heartbreakers we went round to Christina’s for a bite to eat, they do a whole range of nice food. I had my favourite, scampi and chips, which I know it is not healthy, but when I am on holiday I like to treat myself a little bit.

Then on from Heartbreakers we walked to another pub called The Angel, which had again wasn’t packed so plenty places to sit and we all each put on some music on the jukebox. There were a good variety, plus they had the football on live aswell.

It was a really brilliant evening and good to play some music and have a drink at the same time.

Southampton is great for shopping aswell and they have a great selection if you like me, like shopping in charity shops, aswell high street stores like Primark, Marks and Spencers and Debenhams.

I also love going down to the Quay but not much was open on this day, and none of the big Cruise ships were in, so we didn’t go down there this time.

In any case we still had a fantastic time and I would totally recommend it.

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Carrie X

 

 

 

Chessington Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto

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This week we took my son to the Santa’s Grotto, at the Chessington Garden Centre. You do have to book way ahead of time as it tends to sell out rather quickly, but was really lovely to go.

Chessington Garden centre is on the Leatherhead road about two minutes away from Chessington World of Adventures.

We had a bite to eat in the cafe and which came to about £16 but not bad for 3 of us as my son had something to eat aswell, and you can get some lovely Christmas gifts there too.

We did the fantastic Christmas Wonderland experience, which is sold out this year, but worth planning on going to as of next year. You get to meet the creations team and make a gift for father Christmas, and then you follow it around to see the fantastic wonderland and get to see some familiar characters from those famous films and books.

Then at the end you get to meet the man himself, Father Christmas.

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Carrie X

 

Riding on the Watercressline and a visit to the cinema

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Last weekend we took a trip to Alresford to ride on the Watercressline in Hampshire, The Santa Special, at 12:15 and back again.

It was a bit of a trip to get to, about hour and half, not the best day weather wise, but still a great trip, and look who popped by Santa Claus himself.

santa claus on the train

It takes you two stops and then back again, but you do get a 15 minute break in between whilst they move the engine to other part of the train, and for guests to look around the different stations, and you can get off the train to watch. You also get a mince pie, wine or orange juice for the adults, and children get a carton of juice and a gingerbread biscuit.

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The Dates it is available to do the Santa Special is on the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th 19th to the 24th December. Times are 10:40, 12:15, 1:50 and 3:25.

The prices do vary depending on age of children and if they are child or adult, but I thought it was a great day out. The kids loved their gifts they received from Santa Claus and then we finished off the day with a nice meal in Alreston town centre Pizza Express.

In the evening my husband and I went to see Bohemium Rhapsody. One word brilliant definitley would watch it again. I thought the actor who play Freddie Mercury was amazing, so well performed and real tribute to Freddie himself.

All in all a great weekend.

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Carrie X