My New Web Address

Oh God… Finally I am back. This time not laziness. I just thought I lost my blog. 

I’ll cut long story short. 
I simply forgot to renew my domain (blog address) (yeh, I know I am blond..), so it was blocked… I could not accesses my website at all. And since it’s expired quite long time ago, I had no choice, but to change my page address 
I am so sad, as I had my regular readers by now and some of them wont find me with my old address no more… 
But hey, life goes on! 
I am back live again. 🙂 So relieved.. xx

How Do We Do

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Since I had quite a long break from blogging, I thought it would be nice to write an update on how do we do.

So let’s start with Daniella.

She is 16.5 month old now (can you believe???). She is such a little cutie… It’s crazy how fast time goes.. Daniella starts talking little by little. No sentences yet, but she can say quite few words now… Such like mama, dad, Salsa (our dog), Luka, pig (her favourite), shoes, baby and so on.

When Daniella wants something, she points with her little finger like a princess and we have no choice, just to get it for her!

Daniella’s eating is going very good. She can spoon-feed herself quite well now. She wouldn’t want anyone to feed her. Daniella is not fussy for food, eats pretty much everything.. Sometimes we even have to worry that she eats too much, as if she likes something a lot, she would bossily ask for food again and again.

Our princess loves her sleep. She goes to bed at around 9.30 in the evening, sleeps throughout the whole night and wakes up at around 7.30am. Then goes back to sleep at 11am for 2 or sometimes 3 hours! But that is not it. at 4.30pm – 5pm she becomes sleepy again and has another nap until 6.30pm.
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My older daughter Luka (10 years).

…Is slowly becoming a teenager.. She has always had a strong personality, but now it starts to come out more and more. I need to have a good thinking on this as losing my temper with her all the time wont do any good. She is a sweetheart though and I love her so much.

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Edward and I

We have now been together for more than 3 years. I am still very much in love with him, I do hope he feels the same. He is amazing man, I am so lucky to have him. We are thinking if having another baby at some point. Not yet, many other plans before that. But hopefully before I’m 40… So looking forward. 🙂

We had an amazing Christmas this year so as New Years Eve. On Christmas we went to Stoke-on-Trent to my cousins house. Had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends (not mentioning the headache I had after drinking too much of a red wine).

New Years Eve we had in our home. Cosy and quiet, with a few close friends, my cousin and his wife to be.

In general it’s been quite quiet period for us. Very family orientated, but that’s what we love!

I am glad to be back to my blogging. xx

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Day Out – Old MacDonald’s Farm

old macdonald's farm brentwoodWe finally decided to visit Old MacDonald’s farm in Brentwood! We passed it so many times and it did look so much fun, we had plans to visit for a while! So when we found a good deal on Groupon -tickets only £6 per person (normally £13), we could not resist! And we didn’t regret it at all!

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old macdonald's farm brentwoodSince it is half term and Saturday, it was pretty busy out there, but certainly not too packed. Daniella just fall asleep when we arrived, so we firstly had a good walk with Edward and a snack in their little cafe. Food – not impressed at all. My Hot Dog was not hot at all. Cheap tasteless sausage and bread. Edwards Hamburger with Bacon was very average too. We also had a tea and some chips on the side, we paid £13 for all this (you also have to pay for ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard separately!). Not worth. It’s worth bringing your own snacks – we will do that next time.

Daniella was well excited when she woke up. She was so amused to see all those animals alive, not on her book. We saw chickens, ducks, otter, goats, sheeps, pigs, parrots, rabbits, lamas and many more. Our favourite was a horse! It was so friendly to us! We could touch and stroke it – Daniella was all over the moon!!!
old macdonald's farm brentwoodThere are plenty activities for kids in Old MacDonald’s farm. I was pleasantly surprised they had quite few rides that you don’t have to pay separately for. There are plenty of them for little babies like Daniella, but also for older kids. Daniella her first rides so much. Inflatable slides, carousels, inside and outside play areas and many more.
We spent good 4 hours at Old MacDonald’s farm and have to say, that had a really enjoyable afternoon all of us. Checkout for this promotion on Groupon – it’s really worth for £6 per person, £13 could be a little overpriced. xx

old macdonald's farm brentwood

old macdonald's farm brentwood

Christmas is Nearly Here!

We had a wonderful family Sunday today! We decided to decorate a Christmas Tree. last year we had a real tree, but this year got an artificial one. We bought this yesterday at The Range shop. For our Christmas Tree we paid £50 (was discounted from £60). We bought our decorations from Ikea, plus we had some from last year. Christmas lights bought at The Range shop too. Found a really good deal – 360 lights half price – £24 only!

I still believe that Christmas is probably the best, most beautiful time of the year! Decorating Christmas Tree is super exciting for all of us – Edward, Luka, myself even Daniella was in that Christmasy mood – we even played some Christmas songs while decorating! Ha ha 🙂

After all efforts, proper team work, we have a result which we are very happy with! It feels so cozy in the house. So excited about Christmas this year – Daniella is now much more aware of what’s happening around, it will be proper proper family celebrations. 🙂

Family Holiday at Sharm el Sheikh

I cannot believe our holiday is now over… It felt like it is never gonna come, and now it is just memories. However, it was amazing. We had super relaxing time all of us.

As I mentioned in one of my posts, we decided to take kids to Egypt with us. I just could not even think of leaving Daniella for a week without getting emotional. Therefore Edward and I sat down one evening, talked of all plus’ and minuses  and came up with a decision, that Luka and Daniella are going to Sharm El Sheikh with us. 
So finally The Day has come! And one cold Thursday morning we were all off to the airport! 
The biggest challenge for us was the 5 hours flight to Egypt with Daniella. We had tickets booked with Thomas Cook airlines. I have to say, I wasn’t impressed with Thomas Cook airplanes at all. Quite old fashioned, seats are squashed- very little room for legs, not much difference from Ryanair, ha. 
The flight was long. We managed to put Daniella to sleep for nearly two hours, the rest we spent trying to keep her occupied. Finally we arrived!
That first feeling when you get off the plane was the big wave of the hot air which is unforgettable! We were at Sharm!
We booked Sharm Grand Plaza Resort, 5* hotel for our stay. Transfer was also booked, so we had no problems with getting to the hotel. Hotel was beautiful. Amazing gardens, many swimming pools, private beach. I emailed them before our holiday, so we had a really nice, large room allocated, very close to the pools. I requested for our room to be on the ground floor, as it would be quite inconvenient to carry Daniella’s buggy upstairs all the time. Definitely impressed with the room and lands of Sharm Grand Plaza Resort.

Our holiday with kids was much nicer and easier, than I thought it would be. Luka met some friends and was always busy playing in the water. Daniella slept a lot during the day letting mummy and daddy to relax. 🙂 Our day at Sharm El Sheikh looked like this: 7.00am we wake up (Daniella would not let us sleep any longer), 8.00am we go for breakfast, by 9.00am we would already be relaxing next to the swimming pool. Daniella loves water, so she would normally be paddling until 10am, then she has her milk, we have a little walk around the hotel and she falls asleep in her new Mamas & Papas Sync buggy (yes, yes, we bought a new one again!).. Daniella would normally be sleeping for at least two hours, so mummy and daddy can relax. After Daniella wakes up, it’s already nearly 1pm, which is lunch time at the hotel. We all go for lunch. After lunch we go back to the pool where Daniella is paddling for another hour. At around 3pm she falls asleep again leaving mummy and daddy to rest for another two hours. What a good girl! 🙂 In the evening Daniella falls asleep at 9pm and does not wake up till 7am. So when we go to see the entertainment at the hotel or for a nice cocktail to a pool bar, she is nicely sleeping in her Mamas & Papas Sync buggy. And no matter how loud is the music, she will not wake up till morning.
We had, of course, couple of excursions, visited Naama Bay and Soho Square in Sharm El Sheikh, had a shisha (bought one as well), went to the seafood restaurant and couple of other places to eat, so really really had a great time.
In terms of our resort (Sharm Grand Plaza), rooms and grounds were really nice, but i didn’t like the food. It was often quite bland, breakfast was exactly the same every morning. I was so happy to see pancakes, but they tasted horrible. We noticed, that vegetables were not always fresh. There was a seafood evening at the hotel, we were so happy to know, as we both love seafood. However, I was so disappointed in the evening. Everything tasted just horrible. I tried to eat mussels, but there was hardly any meat – only shelves and they were full of … sand…. 🙁
Another thing that Sharm Grand Plaza could improve on is lack of entertainment. They had shows every evening at the hotel and these were pretty good, actually. Also in the morning they had water polo, Aqua Gym music, was really cool. But after evening entertainment, hotel becomes completely quiet, you could only hear the music from hotels next door. 
Yes, Sharm Grand Plaza has a disco until 2am, but it is always empty, as it is indoors. They would rather keep their music playing in their Luna bar, next to the pool, as it’s always full of people.
So in other words, thank God we were there with children, otherwise we would have been quite bored in the evening at the hotel. Next year we are planning to go to Egypt again, but we will look for another resort. As I said, it was a beautiful looking place, but there is room to improve. 
The flight back home to London seemed even longer. Why do holidays go so fast? Now we are back to rainy England, back to work but have many amazing memories from our lovely holiday. Hopefully next trip will be very soon. 🙂