Saturday, 20 December 2014

Our Disney cruise experience

OK I know it's taken me a long time to write this, we went on our Disney cruise back in June but I wanted to take my time and get it right. I have already written my tips for first time cruisers and about all the places we visited on our cruise, this post will look specifically at our experience on the Disney magic part of the Disney cruise line (DCL).

First impressions on the Disney magic was wow. We were welcomed aboard and announced over the microphone with members of crew clapping as we got on board. This gave you the all star welcome and feeling. The main deck was simply beautiful. Stunning elevators, statues and huge porthole windows to look through. With marble floors and chandeliers, you would be forgiven if you thought you were in a top class hotel.

Our rooms were not ready until a little later but we were allowed to visit the ship and use any facilities on board. The girls put on their costumes and went into the pool.


There was a separate area just for adults which we did not go into. I understand the pool and spa here were lovely but as we did not use them or see them I could not comment. 

The main pool is right in front of tunnel vision. This was were a variety of Disney films were shown. Children (and adults) could sit in the pool and watch films such as monsters inc, toy story, and other Disney classics. I thought this was really lovely. The pool was kept really clean and there were plenty of chairs and seating around.

The kids pool was simply fantastic. My girls would have spent all their time in here. There was buckets to pull, water guns to squirt, a pool to sit in, simply fantastic. All Disney themed of course but so much fun for them. There was even a small area for babies.

A well as swimming pool there were two slides, but the girls were too small to try these out. The did look fun with one hanging over the edge of the boat.

Food and drink

I could not believe that everything was included. You have 24hr access to drinks machine serving both hot and cold drinks, including water. The buffet bar seemed to be open all the time too but I'm guessing it closed at some point. On deck near the pools was every take away you could imagine and yes it's all included and you could eat whatever you wanted. There was an area that even did sandwiches and fruit if you fancied a lighter option.

Breakfast you could choose to eat either in the restaurant or have a buffet. Not mornings we had a buffet before getting off the ship. There was plenty of choice and something for every diet and taste. Most lunches we had off ship sampling local cuisine but again if on board you could choose the buffet or one of the takeaways.

Dinner was something spectacular. There were 3 restaurants we dined in and each had a different theme. Lumière was set out like beauty and the beast, with the tea cups just like belles. 

Carioca was more colourful and wasn't our favourite to dine in but it was still great food. Our favourite by far was animators palace. Here drawings came to life before your very eyes. It was a truly magical dining experience and whilst I don't want to give too much away it was fantastic.

Activities and leisure

There was plenty to do on board. A whole deck dedicated to sports, with a basketball court, table football and ping pong. A running track went round the ship which you could choose to walk around if you wish. Swimming pools and a spa. Not to mention the kids club. There was evening entertainment including bingo, quiz shows and variety of shows.

On board was a cinema showing latest releases and also a theatre. The shows in the theatre are award winning and simply stunning, like watching a Broadway musical without having to pay any extra for it. The one thing I loved was everything was family friendly. The shows are shown twice so it doesn't matter which dinner sitting you are on you can still catch one of the shows. There are no casino or gambling on board.


I had heard that cruise line rooms are really small. We stayed in an ocean view room, but on one of the lowest decks. The room prices rise the higher up the boat you go. The room was plenty big enough for all four of us, we never felt squashed in. 

There was two bathrooms and one had both a bath and a shower. Everything was kept clean and tidy and the girls loved the surprise of finding out what room service had made with the towels that evening.

We were very well taken care of during our Disney cruise. The girls loved the excitement of waking up and seeing the characters around the ship. They loved Peter Pan running around looking for tinker bell, or randomly passing one of the Disney princess on one of the decks. They loved the opportunity to dance with the characters, how many people can say they have danced to let it go with Mickey and Minnie Mouse?


I cannot recommend Disney cruise line enough, the experience was amazing. We were made to feel really special and the girls have some fantastic memories. We will be going back again.

I have not been asked to write this post, this is a holiday we paid for and have received no compensation to write about

Friday, 19 December 2014

Festive pick me up

It has been one of those days today.  You know the ones when every email [except one] was an email using the words 'sorry' or 'unfortunately' and when your favourite decorations got broken.  Plus you are so tired you are struggling to keep awake.  Then you had to battle with the people in ASDA because you have run out of bread, milk and chocolate tea and unfortunately ASDA is the only place which sells chocolate tea near you [chocolate tea = chocolate Ovaltine].

After all this I then had to do the school pick up in the cold, windy and wet weather.  The walk seemed to last forever.  Lucky for me my youngest was full of festive fun and my eldest was happy to be on school holidays.  They cheered me up, especially when they decided to wear their Father Christmas dresses.

They have been good girls and gone to sleep with minimal fuss which means I can now settle down and enjoy my treat that arrived in the post today.

I think I deserve it

This day I love Festive pick me up

Dyson Cinetic

Back in March I attended an event with Dyson. The event was to look at the new Cinetic range and I was really excited to have been invited. Before the event we were asked to send in a sample of dust from our home to be analysed. The results would be given to us after the event.

I made the journey down to London in the pouring rain and was looking forward to seeing what the event would bring. The event was held in a shopping centre near to the Olympic park. I took the opportunity to have a quick look and it did seem very impressive.

Dyson gave us an introduction to the Cinetic and explained about the design process. It was really interesting to hear this insight and learn more about it. The Cinetic is really powerful and we were shown a demonstration of it picking up baking powder of a shiny black tiled surface. It did this with ease. The Cinetic has also been designed not to tangle and of course not to loose suction.

In order to demonstrate the advantage of the Cinetic it was placed against a normal vacuum cleaner and the results were really surprising.

Overall it was an amazing day and great to chat with the engineers behind the Cinetic. In case you wondered why I haven't written this post until now, well I am still waiting for the results from my dust sample and wanted to include the results in this post to make It more complete.

I have not been asked to write this post, I am documenting the events from 2014

Linked : Week 11

Welcome to week 11 of Linked. 

There seems to be a problem with week 10, I open the page and it says 7 days 7 hour remaining and 0 link ups.  Yet when I log onto Linky tools it says 7 entries.  I click to see the entries and it says 0 entries.  If you are one of the 7 who linked up, Thank you and my apologies.  I am hoping week 11 works, if not I shall be using a different linky subscription.  

For those new to Linked, Linked is a weekly directory of Linky.  Come and add your Linky below or any Linky or blog hop you know about.  I will comment on all that are added and share on my twitter page.  It would be great if you could add my badge, so that more people know about Linked creating a more in depth directory.  As always if I can join in with the Linky I will.

This day I love - Linked

Linked also works in a reverse order, this means the latest to be added is first in the list.  If your Linky ends just as Linked starts feel free to add both your previous and current Linky to the list.

Look forward to your Linky and blog hops again this week and thanks for joining Linked!

Thursday, 18 December 2014


Eldest relaxing

I just had to share this photo of my eldest relaxing in the bath.  Up until recently she refused to put her ears in the water and lie back in the bath.  Now though she loves relaxing and lying in a bath of water [don't worry I always watch her].  I just love how relaxed she looks, clearly school means you need to unwind on an evening.

This day I love relaxing

Turning up the heat

It is certainly getting colder outside.   The girls were having dinner with Grandma and Grandad so I decided to turn up the heat a little in the kitchen.  Using some Old El Paso BBQ spice mix and Old El Paso tortillas I made the quick and simple fajitas

Old EL Paso selection

As you can see from the image above we love fajitas in our house.  We have normal fajitas seasoning, crispy chicken and BBQ.  As well as a Taco mix.  We have however never tasted sweetcorn relish and so wanted to give this a try.  Everyone in our house [even the girls] enjoyed sweetcorn relish.

The Sweetcorn relish worked really well with the BBQ seasoning, which is what we had for dinner tonight.  It balanced the flavours really well.  I think we will be having the crispy chicken seasoning over the weekend, as it is one the girls enjoy.

It might be cold outside but we can still turn up the heat in the kitchen.

We were sent a selection of Old El Paso to review, all words are my own opinion. 

A little bit of me time with LA skincare

We all need a little bit of me time.  I remember taking time at LA skincare when I had a chocolate face mask.  My skin felt amazing afterwards and it was so lovely taking time out just for me.

I have teamed up with the lovely people over at LA skincare again and am pleased to be able to offer a gift set worth £75.

The gift set includes all six amazing products steps 1-6 including daily cleanser, to leave slim fresh and radiant, scrub to get rid of dead skin, chocolate peel to give skin that salon treatment at home leaving skin amazing! 

Then nourish skin with steps 4-6 serum and a choice of 2 moisturisers gel for oily skin to give you a lifting feel as well or the creamy one with SPF as well!

All the steps to leave your skin delicious and radiant and it is simple to use yet achieves clever results.  LA skincare has even been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply follow the instructions on Rafflecopter.  The giveaway is open to UK residents and closes on 30th December 2014 at midnight

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