Monday, 28 April 2014

Help... I think I'm Turning in to a Runner

In less than 3 weeks time I will be running the Manchester 10k to raise money for the NSPCC. It feels strange to be telling you I'm running another race. After all my previous 5 mile run was an accidental win on Twitter!

In fact, if you'd have told me a year ago that I was even considering running 10k I would have laughed in your face. But strangely, at the age of 31, I find myself dragging myself out of bed at 6.30am on a Saturday morning so that I can eat my breakfast early enough before my 9am Park Run. Errr... WTF??

At school I hated running, I would get so out of breath within the first 100m that I would make myself ill. No one ever taught me about controlled breathing or starting out slow, I would bomb it for 30 seconds and then struggle for breath.

This is pretty much how my first runs went last year when I realised the mammoth task of a 5 mile run was approaching. Id sprint and walk, sprint and walk... and it was ok... it worked at the time. Gradually, after the race was over I began going out running for me... as a way of winding down after a long day. Still I'd exert myself and then slow down to catch my breath.. until one day, I started out slow. I jogged at a slow steady pace, controlling my breath and I jogged... and jogged... and I didn't stop. I couldn't believe it! I was running... albeit slowly... I was running non stop!

My biggest run so far (without stopping) has been 6k but over the next 20 or so days I'm going to hopefully ramp that up.

I'll keep you posted on the progress but in the meantime feel free to sponsor me.. it's for the kids!!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Haven Presthaven, Prestatyn Review

Over the first April Bank Holiday we headed over to North Wales to take the children on their first static caravan holiday. Eeek - exciting! We booked the holiday (our first of three) through a national newspaper deal and so in all honesty we weren't expecting much but that didn't stop us. Both Chris and I have fantastic memories of similar family holidays when we were children so we were looking forward to the adventure.

The Park

We stayed at the Haven Presthaven site on the coast of North Wales. Arriving at around 5.30pm on Friday evening, we drove right through the park following the signs to check in. The signposting wasn't great and we did wander around the restaurant before being directed to the reception desk.

The lady at the check-in desk was lovely, really taking time to talk to the children and ask if they were excited about the trip. She handed us our key and our entertainment pass wrist bands and showed us on a map the location of caravan where we would be spending the next 3 nights. As well as having each area of the park sign posted by name they also feature a Haven character so Little E and Mister A were always able to locate the character and find their way back (with us obviously!)

The first thing we noticed as we made our way to the caravan was how huge the park was and we panicked a little about getting around the site.

The Caravan

We had booked the cheapest and most basic 4 berth caravan so we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find we had been upgraded to a 6 berth caravan. It was really spacious with 3 bedrooms, a lovely living area that included an LCD TV, a kitchen with oven, hob and  microwave and of course a dining area...

Things to Do on the Park
The weather was slightly un-predicatable during our stay but there were plenty of things to keep us busy come rain or shine. There are 2 indoor pools on site that the children loved one with a water slide that even Chris and I loved. We stayed during April so unfortunately the outdoor heated pool and lazy river weren't open during our stay.

There are so many activities from a climbing park to go karts to pool activities and sports. Too many to share but all available to view on the website.

There are plenty of kids activities and clubs available but Mister A and Little E preferred to not to join in so we took to exploring the sand dunes and the playground instead.

In the evening there was plenty of entertainment for all of us to enjoy from Character FunTime shows for the children to live acts and bingo for the grown ups. My real bug bear about the site was that to get to the Live Lounge where the children's disco took place, we had to walk right through an arcade that was open to under 18s. It was filled with tweens gambling and I hated exposing my family to it. Immediately Mister A (7) and Little E (3) were asking for 'monies' to put in the 2p and 10p slots, fruit machines and grabbers. It was so frustrating. When we made it though the migraine inducing arcade the lounge was packed and we had to wait for someone to leave to get a seat.

The children loved the entertainment though and we found ourselves singing 'What does the fox say?' constantly for the entire hoilday much to Chris' annoyance! We obviously had to treat the children to  flashing toys, Mister A choosing a sword and Little E choosing a light up fish shaped bubble gun!! We were sat quite far back during the show but the enteratiners did make there way around the lounge and came over to talketo Little E and Mister A and asked them about thier toys. Little E even showed the entertainer her dance moves!

By 9pm the children were worn out so we headed back to the caravan, popped them in to bed and Christ and I cracked open the win and played cards!

The VerdictWe were worried the children might get bored but in actual fact we would have liked to have stayed longer. There was so much to do but make sure you do pre-book activities at the very start of your stay as they do fill up quickly. We really enjoyed the weekend and hope to visit Haven again soon. There was a real family vibe there and the staff paid great attention to the children which was lovely. Definitely worth a visit - we made some great memories during our stay.


As with most holiday parks, you do need to remember to take your own essential items with you. Luckily this wasn't a surprise to us as we researched before our trip, however a lot of people do get caught out and end up having to head to the shops unexpectedly and spending more than they'd anticipated. Here's a handy list to help you to know what to take on your trip...

Additional pillows if you like more than one

Toilet Roll

Cooking Oil
Food if your planning to eat in
Washing Up Liquid
Washing up equipment
Tea towels

If you do forget anything at Presthaven than there is a large Spar on site and a retail park 10 minutes away with a large Tesco supermarket and a pound shop.

Park address: Presthaven Sands Holiday Park, Shore Road Gronant, Prestatyn, North Wales. LL19 9ST  Park open: 14 Mar – 2 Nov

Monday, 14 April 2014

Happy Anniversary to us - 1 year married!

This weekend we celebrated our very first wedding anniversary!! I really can't believe that one year today we were enjoying our secret wedding on Bangtao Beach, Phuket. We celebrated with a lovely weekend away in Chester and the most amazing dinner at The Grill on Newgate Street - OMG - my first taste of chateaubriand steak!! AMAZING!!!

Anyway this little post was just a little one to tell my husband, my best friend and the best daddy to our wonderful children that I love him so much and yes I will go now so you can all throw up!!