I was given the chance to review a personalised canvas from Canvas Design and as I am slowly making up a canvas picture collage wall of family photos this was a perfect item for me.
This is how far I have currently got, I am going to place them all together in an invisible rectangle made up of 7 canvas.
The middle one is our wedding photo as we are the centre of our family, then surround us with pictures of the children.
So choosing my picture was easy, as you can see above I have a picture of the twins when they were newborns, I needed an updated picture the same size to go alongside it.
I had taken a really lovely photo of the girls in the summer outside in our garden, it showed the beautiful bond that my girls have together.
This is the picture I chose in its digital form.
The website is really clear and easy to use, you can pick any size canvas from 6″ x 6″ to 40″ x 40″ you do need to have a good quality image otherwise it will reflect in the canvas quality of print.
You can select to have a thin or thick wood frame which is a nice option to have.
The canvas arrived really quickly, it was securely wrapped and protected well with bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard.
It was in perfect condition when opened.
The canvas quality was excellent, very well made with a good quality image.
My canvas is a stretch image around the sides so as you can see the edges are blurred and stretched.
You also get a hanging kit supplied which is very handy, the only thing is that maybe a small hanging instruction note would be helpful to the DIY novice.
I have placed it next to the twins newborn image to show how they have changed, on the opposite side at the bottom I am going to get another two canvases of T newborn and grown up.
So as you can see it is work in progress……….I will update once it is completed!
Canvas Design are offering you the chance to win one of the canvases, you can select any size from 6″ x 6″ to 40″ x 40″ as your winning canvas and any photo you would like.
To be in with a chance of winning please follow the instructions below this post.
I am sure your be as pleased with your canvas as I am
Now the girls have started school this year they can now take part on all the exciting days and events that the school take part in. Today is World Book Day and this involved them getting dressed up as a book character, we managed to raid the dressing up box and come up with an outfit! I would love to go mad and come up with something really creative for them both but that involves lots of time and extra money!
So L chose Snow White and S chose Tangled
Mummy loved having the chance to do their hair, successfully or not they were pleased!
S has a 3 plait design to make the fuller long plait and L had a plaited high bun with lovely red bows
I loved turning up to school and seeing all the children filled with excitement of guessing which characters they were! Even the teachers were playing along too.
T junior school wasn’t going to quite the lengths as the infants but we still had a task on our hands!!
‘Design and dress up a vegetable as a book character’
Well I have never dressed up a vegetable so we had to get our thinking caps on for this one!! Chosen character was ‘Where’s Wally’
Can you see the likeness????!!!!!…………………………………………
Does it look like ‘Wally’? I think we did quite well and T went off saying I think we may be in with a chance of being in the top 3 mummy!! So he was happy and that is all that matters. It isn’t something that I ever thought I would be doing BUT it was quite good fun!
Here they are ready to leave for school this morning
When I saw that The Co-op electrical shop was running a winter warmer recipe competition I knew I had the best recipe to enter!
I made a beef casserole in the slow cooker with a potato and garlic butter topping. This is perfect for making a double batch in the slow cooker so you can freeze the other half for another meal. There are 5 of us in our family and there was plenty left for another meal.
- Cooking spray
- 500g of beef steak
- 2 leeks
- 8 carrots
- 2 turnips
- 250g green beans
- 175g mushrooms
- 4 tablespoons of parsley
- 4 tablespoons of thyme
- 2 vegetable stock cubes into 500 mls of boiled water
- 500g of potatos
Mix together crushed garlic cloves and a butter block, wrap in cling flim
- Turn on your slow cooker to pre-heat
- Spray saucepan with cooking spray, add the meat and brown off meat to seal
- Add meat to the slow cooker
- Chop up all vegetables and add into the slowcooker
- Add the dried herbs and stock
- Leave to cook in slow cooker all day to cook through
Look there was even a dinner for the guinea pigs!
- An hour before peel, chop up potatos and cook until cooked through
- Drain off potatoes and leave them to cool
- Once they are cool enough to touch slice up into thin flat slices
- Spoon out half of the slow cooked casserole into a heat proof dish
- Layer sliced potoatos up over the meat and veg mix until covered
- Spread over the garlic butter
- Put dish under a medium grill heat until butter has melted and potatos are browning
Your probably thinking what a huge plate full!! That is Hubby’s before he was off to work so needed a good healthy meal inside him!
This went down well with all the family, including the children who gobbled it up. To me that is a good sign of a great meal when everyone loves it and we have clean plates!
Today we spotted something none of us had ever seen, as you can hear from the video below we all were very excited to witness it!!
I was trying to film it whilst getting the kids to see it, we thought it was a tornado forming and as you can hear the kids thought it was a tornado too!! My eldest son who is 9 thought we were going to get blow away!!!!! I didn’t get my video in to the press in time and we watched someones else on the local news. They told us it was a funnel cloud which is what a tornado is before it touches the ground. You learn something new every day hey! So I hope you enjoy our video of it, we are very noisy about it!!
Everyone loves a good excuse to get dress up don’t they, so when we decided to get some friends together for a murder mystery evening it was a great excuse!
We used the game set Murder alacarte “The Spice of Death” which is set in India in the 1930′s. We picked our characters out from a hat to make it fair on who was who and sent out the character descriptions with outfit suggestions.
I was the lady of the house, who wears a black chiffon dress with pearls. I had to call upon my mum for the pearls and eBay for my black dress (a bargain £1.04 with collection!!) I researched youtube for the hair styles and make up, I needed help and instructions on those two!!
I bought new cutlery and plates, set the table with a real tablecloth and my wedding candelabra, it looked really lovely.
Our only hitch was that it was a cassette tape (yeah I know it was a few years old!!) so we had a last minute run around trying to find someone with a cassette player!!
So here are the ladies…
and the lads…
This is my very best friend
and ‘who did it’……………………………ME!!!!!
The evening was a really good laugh, great company and a good game!
When I was offered the chance to review Sands Hotel in Margate by Whats Good To Do I was over the moon. It was a fantastic chance for myself and my husband to get away and have a well needed break together. Sands Hotel looked perfect for this.
The booking was easy, and if travelling by car you should take the opportunity to pre-book your car parking permit for £5 per night per space at the time of booking. You can park in the reserved yellow parking bays in the nearest car park which is only an alley way away from the hotel entrance.
From the high street the hotel looks beautiful and very welcoming. Upon entering you walk straight into the reception/bar area. The bar and restaurant is open to the public and was fairly busy with people having afternoon tea. We were welcomed straight away by friendly staff that were polite, courteous and efficient. We were shown to our room, whilst waiting for the lift I was able to see the true beauty of Sands Hotel. The restaurant area looks out over the beach which is fronted with a glass wall to see far and wide.
Even the landing areas were something to say wow about!!
Upon entering our room we were shown how to operate the room climate control system. This was a fantastic feature to have in each room. We were in control of how cold/warm we wanted our room. No worrying about opening windows or feeling too hot/cold. However we braved the January sea breezes to go and sit outside on our own balcony that overlooks the Margate beach. With two little seats and a coffee table I could see you making the most of this in the warmer weather with your morning papers (can be ordered to your room), coffee or evening drinks whilst you watched the world go by.
As we arrived just after 3pm we wanted to get out and have a look around Margate and a walk along the beach before it got dark so we quickly unloaded and had a walk along the front. As you walk around Margate you can see that Margate has hit hard times in the past but you can also now see how the town is now being rejuvenated and Sands Hotel is one of the big steps towards this. Myself and my husband both believe that Margate has all the potential and roots to becoming a great seaside resort again.
When we arrived back at Sands Hotel it was suggested we popped up to the roof terrace, this currently wasn’t laid out how it should be, as possibly it had been subjected the January storms! I just enjoyed going up the spiral staircase which had the most amazing centre piece that ran from top to bottom and looked like it never ended. Made using the stairs worthwhile!
The view was fantastic, you can see right over the roof tops. It reminds me of the Disney film ‘Mary Poppins’ with all the old roof tops and chimney pots. It would normally be laid out with comfy garden furniture and with the glass railing you get a great all around view of the beach whilst chilling with a glass of wine. Complete bliss!! Although for us it was a little windy up there in January!!
We were already booked in for dinner so we were able to get ready in our room before dinner and what a lovely room to get ready in. It had all the mirrors a girl could want!!
The detailing in the room was just amazing, it looked so special. From lamps to crystal encrusted light switches, every bit was perfectly thought out. As the original building is from 1888 they have made sure they have used some of the original detailing ideas. These just finished off the rooms and keeps them looking like any other hotel rooms.
Inside the wardrobe it was spacious with lots of hanging space, spare pillows, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safe, complimentary snacks, tea and coffee making facilities.
The bathroom was fantastic, with a bath and a very large separate cubicle with rain shower head. The bathroom is set up for whatever you prefer. All the provided towels (which there were plenty of) and bath robes are fluffy and crisp white. I went home smelling of the lovely shampoos and shower gels that are left for you to use. My only negative is they could have left a spare toilet roll.
Once we were ready we went downstairs for dinner. The restaurant is so beautiful and the atmosphere of the room is so relaxing and calm, even though it was a busy Saturday night. Whilst we were waiting for our food we were given some small slices of bread and butter served on a square piece of slate. All food is cooked to order and some do have a note to say please allow extra cooking time. We waited approx 20mins for our starter which when it arrived you could not fault it, it was presented stunningly. I could not wait for the other courses to arrive!
For Starters I ordered ‘Mille Fuille of Apple and Duck Livers, Blackcurrant Compote and toasted Brioche’ This was a lovely starter but for me I found it a little strong after a while and I was happy to eat half of what was on my plate but I enjoyed what I had.
For Mains ‘Pave of Sussex Red Sirloin, Wild Mushroom, Roasted Garlic, Horseradish Pomme Puree and Madeira Jus’ This just melted in my mouth, I have not tasted steak like this in my life. Everything about this dish was flawless and I enjoyed every mouthful.
For dessert ‘Banana parfait, toasted vanilla marshmallow, chocolate sauce’ This was a scrummy pudding to end a wonderful dinner on. Everything blended perfectly together it was just a shame I was so full up I could not finish it all. Boy did I try!!
We then retired to our room where we were able to chill out and watch TV on the large flat screen internet TV. We were able to catch up with a couple of programmes using the free on demand services which a nice extra to have.
Although the room is facing out onto the main road the road noise was not a problem, the curtains were blackout curtains and we slept very well. When my alarm went off to get up for breakfast I would have happily stayed in bed a lot longer! Breakfast finishes at 10am at the weekends and 9:30am in the week.
Again we were greeted by friendly staff and could choose our table to sit at. This time it was daylight so we could see clearly the beautiful outlook of Sands Hotel. We were offered unlimited tea, coffee, toast and to help ourselves to the large buffet of a continental breakfast selection whilst we waited for our traditional cooked breakfast to arrive. Again I was not disappointed; the food was cooked to perfection. I forgot to get a picture of my cooked breakfast!
Check out was easy and I was sad to leave. I think everyone who is looking for a boutique hotel, sea views and to treat yourself to some fine food then this is the hotel for you. We had an amazing time and I thank all the staff for making it that.
*Disclaimer – I was given the oppotunity to review this hotel by Whats Good To Do. Room stay, car parking and food was complimentary however all my opinions were my own. All photos are my own, apart from the first resturant view photo which was taken from hotel images