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Kindest Of Stranger – Anthony Nolan Charity

Anthony Nolan is the UK’s blood cancer charity. This year on October 10th, they launched their “Kindest of Stranger” Campaign, encouraging people to talk about what random acts of kindest they have done for strangers, or have had done for them. This is to raise awareness for the charity and the bone marrow register.

 

I remember when 7yo was a baby, and I had recently returned to work. It had been snowing that day, and more snow had settled since I had started work. Leaving late at night, in the dark and on icy roads, I was nervous to say the least driving home. Somehow, I left the car park easily and the drive didn’t appear to be that bad, until I got to the roundabout, and my car slid on some ice. I slid across the roundabout and honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to hit the central reservation, or whether I would avoid it.

Thankfully I managed to steer slowly to the road and continued on for a few more hundred yards before I stopped, physically shaking and unsure what to do next. Panic was freezing me and I couldn’t seem to will myself to continue the drive home. I was going to call Hubby when a car stopped next to me and a lovely lady asked if I was OK. She talked to me for a few minutes until she could see I was OK and left. She gave me the confidence to make the rest of the drive home. It wasn’t a long drive, and I was thankful for that. One stranger, a few minutes of her time and I was able to carry on. I couldn’t thank her enough for what she did for me in those moment. You just never know when you are going to need the help from someone.

Flipping the coin, at home we like to help out strangers by donating our old toys, clothes etc to charities that hopefully pass on our unwanted items to those less fortunate than ourselves. We don’t necessarily know the people we are helping, but that doesn’t matter. If someone can receive a little comfort from something we do then that’s all that matters.

My video tells a little more of my story of my experience of kindness of a stranger.

 

Disney World Florida Holiday Day 9

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Tuesday 29th July 2014 – Disney World Florida Holiday Day 9

I can’t quite believe we hadn’t made it to Epcot yet. Hubby’s Mum didn’t really want to visit Epcot, neither did 19yo, but I was really looking forward to it. I wasn’t coming all the way to America, not to see everything.

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The day started off very grey and threatened some rain as we arrived. We had left the ponchos behind at the hotel, so thought we were going to be doomed. Thankfully the sun came out and despite some grey sky, it was a super hot day again.

We started off by exploring some of the park near the entrance and ended up in the Journey into Imagination. On to the Living Seas where after a ride to see Nemo and his friends, we were looking at lots of sea life, Manatees and loads more.

At this point when it was time to around the world, hubby’s Mum decided she didn’t want the walk, so left us for the rest of the day as we explored all the different countries.

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We didn’t see it all by any means, but we were lucky with some of the character spots we saw, and had a great chat with Mary Poppins. Hubby wanted to try some Japanese food for his lunch, and 19yo wanted Chinese. 7yo couldn’t decide and neither could I, so we both decided to wait until we spotted something we liked the look of. It would be impossible to try everything, but hubby ended up with a Japanese curry and green tea cheese cake, whilst the girls both had Chinese meals. I got the best of it all and picked at everyone’s meals so I could sample more.

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I wanted the ladies in Japan remaking their Hidden Mickey which was a great spot. I had meant to look for more but the trip overwhelmed me slightly and I hadn’t been focusing on the Hidden Mickey’s very much. That’s something to think about for the next trip!

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The walk around the World didn’t take as long as I thought it would, but we didn’t deviate from the main path, and next time, I definitely would to see more.

As we arrived back at the hotel, we learned that Frozen would be playing on the outside screen by the restaurant this evening, so after a late dinner as we grabbed seats in the outside patio area, we all settled down to watch Frozen. We also had a bonus from the hotel as we cold see the Epcot fireworks and also the Hollywood Studios fireworks going off. All from the comfort of our seats with a drink in hand.

Bliss.

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Project 365 – 12th – 18th October

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I’m not sure where the week went, and there was no photo on Monday for some reason. I can’t remember exactly why either.

12th – We found some conkers on our dog walk today

13th – No photo today :(

14th – I discovered these chocolates when shopping, and the bag didn’t last very long.

15th – My new Filofax arrived today. A full review will be on the blog shortly. I am determined to become organised!

16th – The dog had a great pose on her when she was asleep today

17th – Sprats are in season so we enjoyed some for dinner. Great memories of childhood

18th – 7yo was trying on hats when we were in town this afternoon. She really wanted me to buy her this one.

 

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Pork & Chicken Stack

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We’ve all had those moments when you go to the cupboard and there is something that really needs using. I had some left over tortilla wraps in the cupboard that I really needed to use up, and there was also some odds and ends of meat in the freezer, so the pork & chicken stack was born.

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Ingredients: 

  • Chicken breast / thigh chopped
  • Pork chop, diced
  • Mexican spices
  • tomato puree
  • grated cheese
  • tin chickpeas
  • tortilla wraps
  • water

Method

  • Brown the chicken and pork in a pan with the mexican spices, add tomato puree and a little water to make a base, cook through for five minutes. Add a tin of chickpeas and warm through.
  • In a large dish, layer tortilla wraps, spread a little tomato puree over and add some mixture to the centre of the wrap. Sprinkle grated cheese around the edge and place another wrap on top. Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
  • Sprinkle some more cheese on the top layer and cook in the oven for 10-15 mins at 180 degrees.
  • Slice and serve with salad.

 

A Sliding Door Moment

Have you ever had a sliding door moment? They don’t come along very often, but when they do, everything seems to fall into place and is almost meant to be. In July, after twelve years with the same company, I decided it was time for a change. I had been existing in the role for almost a year, wanting to make a change, when all of a sudden one day an opportunity arose to allow me to cut back on working full time and missing out on everything 7yo was doing.

Were we prepared for the change in lifestyle that we were about to embark on though? After our holiday, I spent a few days going through all our paper work and making sure we had the correct cover needed for our family. I remember taking out our life insurance when we got our first mortgage together almost eight years ago, but was it still the right cover for what we needed?

Having taken out our insurance prior to having children together, and also before we were married, there was a lot that indeed need updating, so where to start? There are plenty of options available to anyone wanting to purchase insurance, and had we the time we may have made an appointment to see a financial advisor. We are lucky that in our busy lives the internet is a massive entity. Any information is available at the touch of a button, and we can take the time to do the research without feeling pressured into a particular product or brand that may or may not be the right one for us.

Knowing we are covered for the worst life could throw at us, means we can get on with the present and enjoy the change of lifestyle we are experiencing now.

Do you have the right insurance for your family?
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Disney World Florida Holiday Day 8

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Monday 28th July 2014 – Disney World Florida Holiday Day 8

 

We were back on form today with another action packed day. This morning we set off to Blizzard Beach, thinking it was going to be an averagely relaxing day as there is a lazy river! Yeah right!

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We did spend quite a lot of time on the lazy river this morning that spans the whole park. We avoided all the chairs at the beginning of the park that everyone seems to migrate to, and wandered further in. By luck, but it turns out it was a great idea, we spotted some chairs to leave our towels that was right near an entrance to the lazy river (there are quite a few), took note of the name and used this as our exit point when we wanted to return to the towels. We did use lockers for our valuables but left our flip flops, sun cream and water bottles underneath the towels on the chairs.

I am not the most adventurous when it comes to rides, and I’m a little scared of going under water, but I was still determined to have fun. I’ll admit to being a tad scared going down the family raft ride as for some reason it didn’t want to twist around and I spent the whole time going backwards! Still it was fun.

We spent a very busy morning trying out the rides and enjoying the water before stopping for a late lunch. It wasn’t a scorching day but it was perfect weather as the water was nice and refreshing in the sun.

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With some short relaxation when we returned to the hotel, it was time to make our was to Hollywood Studios to watch Fantasmic. As we arrived, we were in time for the Frozen dance party to begin, so we enjoyed mingling with the characters for a little while. 7yo for some reason took this moment to turn shy as Donald and Daisy were right next to us. Never mind.

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A pit stop for ice creams and souvenirs before making our way up the fast Pass line for Fantasmic. I think the only advantage to booking a Fast Pass for the show was the shorter queue to walk towards the seating. Other than that there really is no perks to having a Fast Pass for the show. We didn’t miss out on anything else as we had spent the day at a water park, but bear this in mind if you are using this as one of your three for the day.

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Some flashing ears were a must, and we waited with the huge crowd for the show to start. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as it started getting dark, the show began and we were entertained for around 45 minutes with fire, water spraying, action, magic and adventure as Mickey told his story.

My photos weren’t great, and they don’t do any justice, but they are a little snap shot of what you can expect.

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Coming out of the Fantasmic arena was an experience. Hubby put 7yo on his shoulders as you are fielded out in a large group and it would be very easy to lose your group.

As we were taken back to the main park, we had to walk around the side of the arena which was a long walk, but this was to make way for the people to arrive in the arena for the later showing. It was a long walk but it was well done to avoid chaos and more crowds.

We realised we were in time for the Frozen fireworks to start as we neared the front entrance of the park. We didn’t have a hope of getting close at all, so we decided to stand near the gates and watch the fireworks. We couldn’t hear it very well, nor could we see the screen, but it didn’t matter as we hadn’t arrived for this, it was just a bonus.

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As soon as the fireworks ended we decided to make a quick exit for a bus. I looked around as we were walking past the exit gates and it looked like a sea of people coming towards us. I was glad we had that advantage over everyone else. We were really lucky and got to an empty bus queue, and the bus arrived within minutes so we managed to get a seat on the not full bus.

It was fairly late when we arrived back to our room, so straight to bed ready for the next day.

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