Getting Moms Ready For Back to School

The kids are back to school for the new academic year. You have gotten them ready. School uniforms, shoes, bag, packed lunches, hair, etc. How about you? Have you gotten yourself ready? Someone once said if you fail to prepare, then you have prepared to fail. How do we prepare ourselves for the new challenge? It may not be new for you but after spending over six weeks of summer, kids starting new classes and new curriculum it sure feels like a new challenge. 

One key thing is for us to be healthy. Healthy minds, body and soul. Eat well, move a little more, rest and drink plenty of water. Take supplements to balance up any key vitamins your body is lacking will help you feel better. When you feel better, your mindset will be better and you can be a better mom, wife and colleague. I usually get tired, lack energy and motivation. Taking supplements like Pharmaton helped me a lot. 


Self care isn’t being selfish. I’ve said it several times, it’s important to look after number one so you can look after the number ones in your life. 

Another way to be prepared is to get organised. Organisation doesn’t have to be fancy or complex. A simple calendar with space in the boxes to write down appointments is ok. A more sophisticated planner with dates, telephone numbers, bills, receipts and vouchers is also ok. What’s important is being able to write down key things. When is homework due? when is after school club? when is the next jab or dentist appointment? When are you having your hair done? when is lunch with a friend? When does the fish tank needs washing? When is the parking fine due? When does the washing machine needs servicing? Car M.O.T due?Keep them short and sweet. Bullet points. Try to keep things on direct debit and annual things on yearly reminders on your phone. Most people use smart phones nowadays and they are great planners. Use both. 

Also remember to utilise resources at your disposal. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Ask from family, friends and the school for any support or resources that might be available to you. Find out from your local council what support or information is available in your area. Message people you follow on social media privately to ask for the full story behind the seemingly I -got-it-all- together picture. Be polite. Worst that can happen is they say no or ignore you but be proud of yourself that you put yourself out there. There response will speak more about their personality than yours (approache people you’ve built a good relationship with through liking and commenting on their posts, not people you ignore and now wants their help), it’s ok to ask for help from people outside our circle. 

Finally relax. The kids will be alright. Peace of mind and calmness can go a long way. Kids pick up on it. You will forget to return a signed slip, they will go to school without a jumper or water bottle some day and that’s ok. It won’t be the end of the day. There is always tomorrow. The hope of a better day. 

*Disclaimer: This post contains product I have been paid to advertise however all opinions are mine. I have used this product before I was pregnant (not suitable for pregnant women) and I’m now making an honest review. 

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The Yacht London Review

The Yacht London is a permanently moored boat restaurant on the London river thames. It is literally across the road from Temple underground station.

We first came to The Yacht London some years ago during my husbands birthday party. We had a meal with few of our friends and I always knew we would comeback. 

With so many restaurants to choose from in London, I must say I stumbled across The Yacht London by chance. My husband’s then office was in Embarkment, which is just few minute walk from temple and I was looking for something edgy, fun and yet classy. I think we had also just gotten back from a cruise to Amsterdam that left quite an impression on us, we wanted to taste that dining on a ship once again. It seemed like the perfect place.


on arrival, we were welcomed by a friendly waiter who asked us to choose where we wanted to seat ( we arrived early and they were just opening up so there was plenty of tables to choose from), of course we chose the seat with the best view. Tables on the right side of the glassed windows have London views and must of the iconic landmark like the London eye, Big Ben and the shad.

 

The boat rocked while we were eating, which was amazing because you would think you were actually on a moving boat. Not too cool if you are prone to being sea sick.

The food was mostly delicious. The started came quite quickly (a plus for hungry pregnant mamas) with a free refillable glass of still water. 


The mains was made to perfection. We both had steak which came with salad and chunky chips. It was filling and my serloin was well complimented by peppercorn sauce. 

The other half didn’t want desserts, I wanted to try one so I ordered what I call strawberry, cream and biscotti (it probably had a very fancy name that I can’t remember). It was served in a large glass bow. Very well decorated I felt guilty sticking my spoon in it to eat it thereby destroying the masterpiece. He saw it and asked for an extra spoon and dug right in. 


After two glasses of lemonade (which again had a very fancy name), couple with the fact that my unborn baby probably has my bladder in his hand, I had to use the loo before going. 

I always love cute toilet selfies but what was even more amazing at this restaurant was the hallway to the toilet, which is located in the basement of the ship. 


It was the stained glass windows that first caught my eyes. Then the beautiful, simple but elegant chandelier. 

The restaurant was lovely. It’s not cheap to eat here but it’s affordable and I will definitely comeback again. Highly recommend. 

10 Things to See and Do In Brighton.

Brighton is a seaside resort in England and its beach is amongst one of the 10 Best Beaches near London . Just under 2 hours train from London. There is a sense of cosmopolitan atmosphere, enchanting and exciting restaurants, shops and accommodations. Everything in walking distance. Spending a day in Brighton and going back to London the same can be achieved. But if you want to make it a little getaway there are several choices of accommodation to choose from.

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From boutique hotels, self catering accommodation to B&B, there is always a warm welcome for everyone. Brighton Holiday House is a selection of quality self gathering holiday accommodation. Keystay Holiday Let offer you home away from home accommodation at affordable prices.

If you not into self-catering accommodations but hotels are more of your thing, The Old ship Hotel located just a short walking distance from the historic Royal Pavilion will make you feel at home. With a little extra charges you can get a sea view room looking over the glorious Brighton blue sea and pier. Next to The Old ship is Jury’s Inn. It has a swimming pool and close to antique shops, boutiques and several restaurants including Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant. If you are looking for a little bit of American style kind of hotel, the Hotel Seattle will be right up your street. Hotel Una is a classy elegant boutique hotel.The Grand Brighton Hotel is a luxury seafront hotel with an elegant spa, iconic staircase that leads up to a skyline terrace.

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There are several places to wine and dine in Brighton. Where ever you decide to eat, make sure to enjoy a fish and chip by the beach. Other things you could do to have a truly remarkable time include:

  1. Go shopping at the Lanes – shopping at the North Lanes makes shopping in Brighton a unique experience, from vegetarian shoes to vintage clothes, you would find everything you looking for. Take a walk along the West street arcade and be mesmerised by the quirky narrow indoor shopping mall.

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2. Go to the Royal Pavilion – An Indian/Chinese style royal architecture will make you think you have been teleported to some exotic Arab country.

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3. Go to the Pier for an endless fun for the kids and kids at heart. There are several rides, restaurants and you can take a gentle walk along the beach overlooking the beautiful Regency architecture of Brunswick square and Adelaide crescent.

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4. Visit the Sea Life Brighton for a display of exotic aquatic animals like Sharks, Octopus, turtles and many more. This indoor family place is perfect for the British raining summers.

5. Do you need some Zen time? Go canoeing, paddle boarding or kayaking for some one on one time with nature. If its your first time doing water sports, don’t worry, there are packages for beginners and newbies.

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6. Let the kids loose at the Kings Road Playground and Paddling pool. Located west of the west pier (BN1 2LN) this play area allows little ones to play in the pool or climb the exciting castles and toys, then roll around in the sands. It’s free to the public, has a changing facilities and opens 10am – 7pm.

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7. Treat yourself to some ice cream and brownies at Cloud 9, or the traditional Brighton ice-cream at Marroccos or if you are a vegetarian, Boho Gelato has something for every taste buds.

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8. Listen to music at the Bandstand. The grade II listed building is not only for weddings and entertainments, it’s also has iconic architectural and historical importance. You can hear bands playing every summer Sunday afternoon.

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9. Go on the British Airways i360 – we could say go on the big wheel but we have a big wheel in London, The Official London Eye. The BA i360 claimed to be the Worlds tallest moving observation tower.

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10. Have an Afternoon Tea at the Grand Brighton Hotel.

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Whatever you decide to do, make sure to have a lovely time!

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Ad: A Perfect Day in a London Manor House


We all know life in London can be pretty hectic. Over cramped tubes, congestion, people briskly walking past you with their heads buried in their phones. Life in London is no doubt on the fast lane. London is also an expensive city, the weather is often horrible and we Londoners moan a lot. Regardless of all these 21st century 1st world problems, there is no place like London and we won’t have it any other way. It has become a home to us. We love its diversity, there is always something to see and do, beautiful places to go and unwind. There are lots of secret beautiful hide outs even though they may not draw as much crowd as the famous London eye or the Big Ben, nor are they likely to be on any tourist itineraries of “London top attractions To See Before You Leave” but, you will be amazed by the charms of some these (not so) secret hide outs. 

One of such places we often retreat to is the beautiful scenic manor house in North London, Forty Hall. We go there often to unwind for the day. This is my favourite sport to sit back and relax from all the hustle and bustle of central London life. The Grade 1 Listed Jacobean Manor House, nestled in leafy Enfield and set amidst an idyllic landscape, Forty Hall Estate is home to one of the oldest Cedar of Lebanon trees in England.

While you can have a picnic on the grass or go into the small cafe on the inside for some tea and cake, the kids can feed the duck (no bread) or ride their bikes around. hunt for bugs in the walled garden. The beauty does not just stop outdoors, indoors are fine architecture and stunning period rooms that will sure take your breath away.

This is definitely one of our top favourite places to go and unwind, and thanks to Jord Watches for reminding us to take time out to enjoy the little pleasures of living in such a beautiful city. 


Daniel is always saying “mommy, Daddy it’s time to go” with (this) his father’s Ebony & Rosewood watch from the Dover series. The kids cannot have enough fun playing by lake.

If you fancy a chance to win $100 gift code to use on the Jord website towards your own piece simply click (here). Every one who enters the competition will also win a $25 gift code. Good luck!

* The giveaway will close July 23, 2017 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on October 29, 2017<
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10 Best Beaches near London

London has an excellent connection to some of England’s best beaches. Picturesque dunes, sugar grain sands, ice cream, colourful beach. We love the English sea sides in all it’s beautiful weathers. 

1. Minnis Bay, in Birchington Kent – this beach comes with free parking, kids play area with a paddling pool, windsurfing, kite boarding, sailing, restaurants and it even has blue waters like the Maldives. 1hr 52mins from London st Pancras. People come here for the sunset. It’s beautiful in the day and even more amazing just as the sun is going down. 

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2. Bournmouth – in dorset, 2 hours train ride from London waterloo sits miles of golden sands. So much to do and see in Bournemouth. 

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You even get Palms! Mimicking some exotic holiday destinations. 

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Bournemouth have a beautiful blue water, sandy beach

3. West Wittering in East Sussex lovely sandy beach with separate areas for dogs. It has a large car park, you can have a BBQ on the sand or in the fields. Lots of shops, toilets and cleaning facitities to keep it neat and tidy. With just under 2 hours from London, no wonder its many families favourite.

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4. Clacton-On-Sea in Essex is a stretch of clean golden sand, lots of cafes, bars, restaurants playing live bands. It’s just under 2 hours drive from London. Good train station with direct link to London Liverpool Street. Bus coach station. 

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Amazing rides, mini golf, water games including canoeing. Indoor play area, bowling, amazing restaurants from Mexican to American dinners all lined the street opposite the beach. The pier is lovely to go watch the annual air show or for just an evening romantic walk. 

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5. Mersea Island in Oyster Bars – This little Essex town will make you feel like you are in a different continent. From a family run vineyard service wine and cold bear while over looking the black sea, to water sports such as Kayaking. You will never be short of things to see and do. The beautiful blue water beach with a mixture of pebbles and sand is perfect for families with little ones as the water is shallow and hardly any waves. The views are stunning, especially as the sun is setting. you can see the lights from neighbouring towns twinkling like little stars. Don’t forget to collect some shells and pebbles!

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6. Botany Bay near Broadstairs in Kent – Pretty little cove, chalk cliffs and blue waters just 1hr 25mins from St Pancras 2 hrs from Victoria. This is one of our family’s favourite, the cliffs will remind you of something from the Algarve.

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7. Camber sands in East Sussex – A stretch of beautiful sandy beach for lovely pre and post dinner walks. Vast area of sands to play and build those sandy castles! Watch out for sand lizards! In the peak of summer, you might think you are somewhere in Morocco! 

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8. Holywell Retreat, East Sussex

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The view is spectacular, it will take your breath away. just don’t be tempted to jump! and be careful when taking those perfect selfies.
9. Brighton – this vibrant cosmopolitan city boast not only of its colourful beach hunts and an amazing long stretch pier but also stony beach with blue waters. Just under an hour and half Brighton is one of the closest beache to London.

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10. Margate Beache in Hastings – This beautiful beach is mainly sandy when the tides are low

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Love for kids to paddle in the water. 

This is a shortened version of some of our amazing UK seasides with amazing beaches. 

If your favourite beach that is few hours from London hasn’t been mentioned, tell us about it in the comments section. 

2017 May Day in and around London

Mid last year, we decided to live a more conscious life. Part of it was to explore our surroundings more. It is like going for a weekend break but without the packing and airport security.

Our long weekend adventure started with a road trip to Clacton-on-sea beach. Clacton beach (as it’s commonly known) is a sandy, clean and clear beach with plenty of room for walking. cafes, ice cream bar and a lovely pier plenty of rides. We swam in the cold waters, built sand castles, eat fish and chips from the local shop. If you are staying for more than a day trip, there are several hotels overlooking the sea, lots of different restaurants from Mexico grill to an American dinner with a new Milkshake bar.

There is an amusement park with fun rides for different age groups. Must of rides require tokens and a couple of the ride can be riden with a pound coin.

Few minutes walk is a garden centre with beautiful plants and flowers, golf course and even more stretch of coastline.

Street parking on Sundays are free.

On Monday we went to the Natural history museum to explore the dinosaurs. The museum which is 5mins walk from South Kensignton Station, it is a free entry museum (but donations accepted and we recomend it). With plenty of things to see and do at the museum, there can never be a boring moment. You can easily lose yourself here, plenty of knowledge, fun facts about animals, human body, interactive gadgets, gigantic dinausurs models, amazing architecture, lovely location – there are more things to see and do around the Natural History Museum. if you are visiting London, this museum is definitely a must. It’s charming and has lots of characters

You can spend the whole day at the museum or spend some time there and move on to explore other nearby London attractions such as Hyde Park or the museum of science which is just 10 mins walk.


It was time to go.


We had a 6:30 dinner reservations at Sketch London. Sketch is a French restaurant located on Conduit street, just off Regent street.  It is a quirky chic French restaurant with a unique experience. well presented food, wonderful service from polite staffs who were ready to take our orders and were making jokes with the kids. they asked if anyone had any food allergy (first time we had been asked by any restaurant. This was important to us because our daughter has a white fish Allergy). The pink lush décor, funny crazy drawings on the walls is grand and opulent. It is an expensive place but affordable and you need to book ahead of time.

The food was delicious – told the chef how I like my steak medium to well done and it came out really nice. Service charge is already included in the bill.

The street names on the dining plates was a really lovely touch.


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Every woman should go on an Helicopter ride 

When I was in my early 20s, I had a list of things I wanted to do before turning 30. It was like a bucket list or you could call it a dream. They weren’t big or necessarily sentimental, they were just things I fancied doing or places I wanted to go. 

One of it was to go in an helicopter ride around one of my favourtite cities in the world – London. Then life happened. Got married, had kids, went to university, bought a house, went passed 30 – way passed. It never seemed right to go on a joyride in an helicopter. Especially as one is trying to balance life as a mom.

With my little gift card (I didn’t want any material gift for Christmas), our kids now in full time primary education and a little more time in my hands ( that is when not cooking, cleaning, doing the laundering, shopping, changing the light bulbs or the engine oil in the car, helping kids with their home learning or attending one PTA or another and oh being a good wife, a sexy lover/girlfriend (role play *roll eyes*) to the husband, a spontaneous date, a daughter, granddaughter, an aunt, cousin, friend, colleague, …. ) it was time to re-visit the list of things I wanted to do.

Its never too late to make plans or try to accomplish one. What would you like to do? What excites you? As a little girl or boy, what were your dreams? write it down and work towards it. You would be surprised it doesn’t cost a lot, it’s ok to treat yourself and that you can actually find the time to do it. It doesn’t have to be done immediately, Knowing that it would be done some day is good enough to give you that tingery sense of excitement. Like the one I have for my next one. 


The anticipation to the event was mind bubbling. I could not contain myself. But then there was the big question to what do one wear to an helicopter ride? I googled it and had only 2 outfit inspiration I fancied. And they were celebrities. I ain’t got no fancy celebrities clothes, shoes or bags. 

What I had was my DKNY handbag, Tommy Hilfiger jeans, thigh high boots from Asda George and an old white shirt I’m not even sure where I got it from – that old. And my camera!

Going for something comfortable, simple and classy can not do anyone any harm. 

The next worry was how would it go? The experience was booked for spring, but British weather being what it is, it was a little hazy and foggy. How safe would it be? If by now you haven’t guessed, I worry a lot. I worry about being worried, which makes me worried. 

But I needed not worry so much. If only I knew. Don’t let your fears and anxiety hold you back. Be scared but go anyway. 

The day was amazing, there was a chauffeured driven executive car that came to pick us up from the house. We got there plenty in time to a very lovely modern glass office building, in Borehamwood – Hertfordshire, a 20 mins drive from our north London home.

There was a little delay, because of the weather. But soon after, we were ushered into a room to be briefed on safety. We were then lead to our chopper (I love that word chopper *smugged face* ). It was nice being able to seat in the front seat with the pilot (made a girl feel like the co-pilot). The pilot was very good and professional – he didn’t mind me taking a thousand selfies or flipping my braids from one side to the other in order get the best view of London from above. 

The experience was a 30 mins helicopter ride around London. 

It was amazing seeing how the roads form boundaries. The pilot ran commentary pointing out famous landmarks like The Shad, The Gherkin, the London Eye, The O2, West Ham football ground and many more he could fit into the seemingly brief experience. I forgot how beautiful The Thames looked from above. The curve snake like shape. 


The whole experience lasted about 30mins and soon came to an end. It was so wonderful, I definitely would recommend it for every woman ( ok, and men). The ride was phenomenon. The euphoric feeling lingers on even several days after. It was an experience I would never forget in an hurry, and I’m looking forward to doing it again! and oh, you don’t have to duck when entering an helicopter, except you are extremely tall ( I ducked though, thinks its a reflex thing observed from too much TV)