Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Work Space

Working from home is a dream come true for me, it was something that I had wished I was in a position to do for a long time, and as amazing as it is, it turns out working from home can sometimes be harder than you may think. Much harder.

When you're working from home people don't really seem to consider it as working, because you are not going out to work in the conventional way (and let's face it blogging and freelance writing is a new age sort of job, especially when you are your own boss!). 

People call upon you for a favour that hinders your bottomless to do list, the dog decides he needs a 2 hour walk because he quite simply won't settle when he knows you're in the house, or you have to go and pick your poorly child up from school.

So yes, on a good day working from home is a dream come true, but there are so many things that can and do go wrong. This chain of thought got me thinking about my ideal work space, and I have to admit that I do have a pretty good setup (now that I have managed to invest in a desk chair!), and not to mention that I can work in my dressing gown and slippers if I so desire (and do when the weather gets colder!). 

There is no fighting over the office temperature, no freezing under the air conditioner, and I can quite simply revel in the cosy warmth that I covet. As I type this I am wearing the thickest fluffiest cardigan that I own, and I have matched that with a rather nice pair of slipper socks. At least this way when the doorbell sounds and I am face to face with yet another delivery driver, I won't have to look quite so embarrassed. 

At home office

So what would my #WorkSpaceWonder be? Ideally I would like a dedicated office space, right now I have my desk setup in the front room, but ideally to have my very own office with a door I can shut on the world would make life so much easier. Right now that is not an option, but this means that my two other family members are forever placing paperwork, toys and everything else onto my desk. It's not ideal, it can be rather annoying... And I have to clean my work space off most mornings before I can even sit down at it. It feels like I am forever having to sort through paperwork that isn't mine, I try and leave only my to do list and essential work load on the desktop, but they of course have other ideas...

I am not saying I would need to rent a office at Pall Mall Estates, but a designated room with no children and no dogs would be an absolute dream come true....For now though it is that, just a dream.

One day when we do eventually buy our own home, it would be amazing to have the room to set up my desk in a room all on it's own. This desk of mine is pretty special to me, it belonged to my Granddad who passed away just over a week ago, so I feel very blessed to be able to keep it in the family. It's an antique desk and although it doesn't keep in with my overall style, I was determined to make it work.

My little at home work space is pretty close to my heart, and even if the house changes, the desk will remain, and it will follow us to wherever I call home next. 

I have a pretty good setup all in all, it's a constructive place to work and above all else I can be flexible, flexible for friends, for family, for the pup. Working here, working from home allowed me to go and visit my Granddad in the care home on a weekly basis, it meant that I got some special extra time with him, it might not always be an ideal circumstance working from home, but how lucky am I to have been able to take that time out of my working day to spend with my Granddad.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Everything You Need to Know about is a super fun, online multiplayer game. It was the first public release for its developers and is a raging success for .io game lovers everywhere. This game is not only fun to play but becomes addictive as you want to do better and better each round. The gameplay is simple and easy to pick up on and pretty soon you’ll develop strategies for how to be the best player out there. You can play with all your friends, too. Just send them the link and share what username you decide on. You can even choose a different username for each game if you want.

Here’s how it works: Your goal is to be the biggest animal. How do you become the biggest animal? You bite other animals on the butt. The bigger you are, the harder it is to kill you. So, if you’re just starting the game and another player bites your butt, you’ll die instantly. If you’re a larger animal being bitten by a smaller one, it may take two or three bites to take you down. Your creature will get smaller with each bite. If you take down an animal that’s way bigger than you, you’ll gain special abilities to evolve. You can also get bigger by eating the little dots you’ll see around you, but it takes quite a bit longer than biting other animals.

The controls are very easy to learn and grow accustomed to. Your creature will follow your cursor. To bite other animals, you just have to direct your creature up to their butts; no other region can be bitten. You use the “Q”, “W”, and “E” keys to activate your special skills. You’ll know which to use for which skill by looking at that skills icon at the bottom of your game screen. It will say which key for which. The first ability you choose will be accessed through the “Q” key, the second through the “W” key, and the third through the “E” key.

There’s very little strategy necessary to succeed at this game, however, there’s opportunities wherein you can utilize strategy and improve your skills. If you follow the link we provided above, there is a walk-through video to show you how the game is played and demonstrate what it will be like, so you’re better prepared. This game was released just last month and is already very popular.

Similar to Katamari Damacy, the more you devour the bigger you grow, but if other players bite your butt you’ll shrink until you die. It’s also similar to and, if you are familiar with those games. The whole point of the game is to bite as many opposing players as possible and make your character as big as possible. To block other players from biting you, you merely have to spin around to not allow them access to your butt. The bite only works if it’s on the butt.

This game is a great time-waster and is actually enjoyable. It’s not like those pointless freemium games you can download on your phone; there’s some strategy involved, but it’s not so challenging that it will become too time-consuming. This game is light and fun.

If you’re looking for a great online multiplayer game that’s free and easy to pick up, look no further than this addictive game. You should not that this game is relatively new, just having been developed last month, and is already available on several websites and loved by many. This addicting game will have you logging on every spare second you get to try to make your animal the biggest in the round. The longer you last, the better your chances are at being the best. There’s opportunities to develop and utilize strategy, or you can just play casually when you have some down time. This game has a little something for everyone and involves cute cartoon animals; who doesn’t love cute animals? What are you waiting for? Start playing today and get all your friends playing too!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Take me to New York

Empire Sate Building from Top Of The Rock

I always seem to find my mind wandering to warmer climates when Autumn arrives, don't get me wrong. I love the changing seasons and there is definitely something refreshing about the crisp mornings and cooler temperatures that can be felt now, but it has got to the point where I did use the hair dryer to warm my bed for the first time last night (yes, apparently the hair dryer is the modern day equivalent to the bed warming pan). Maybe I should just admit defeat now and stick the heated blanket on the bed...

Luke and I were talking the other day about holiday's and where we would like to jet off to next. Realistically if we want to go anywhere next year, we do need to start thinking about it right now so that the finances are in place to accommodate such luxurious dreams. There are a few ideas that come to mind when we start shooting destinations back and forth between the two of us (and these change again when you Leo jumps in!). 

New York, California, Costa Rica, Mexico and Australia.

As you can see we are quite indecisive, these are the 5 parts of the world that keep coming back into the conversation... 

Empire Sate Building from Top Of The Rock

We seem to keep landing back at New York though, and it does seem to be a pretty good place to start.

Leo is already very well travelled in Europe (I hadn't even been abroad at his age), and has so far visited France, Tenerife, Cyprus and Crete twice, but  he has wanted to visit New York ever since I flew out there in November of 2016. 

Leo has seen it in the movies, he has admired my pictures and now he wants to visit the concrete jungle that is the big apple for himself. It's something that I really want him to see too, I was completely blown away for the whole time I spent in this rather wonderful city. You never do stop looking up at the buildings, you can't help walking along the sidewalk and just marvelling up, I couldn't help wondering how anyone ever found anything.

We were only there for 3 days, we had flown from London and used Purple Parking for the car while we were Stateside. 3 days was not enough time to do everything that we wanted to do, and I long to go back and walk around the 9/11 memorial, I will never forget the feeling of standing at the foot of where the twin towers once stood, it was still a very raw place even all of these years later. It was hard to wrap my head around that I was stood exactly where the events unravelled all of those years ago, where all of those people lost their lives. 

Ground Zero - 9/11 Memorial New York

We walked into Brooklyn over the world famous Brooklyn Bridge, took a boat ride out to see the Statue of Liberty and did all of the typical touristy things that you would do when in New York, but the whole time I was there I kept thinking how much Leo and Luke would love this experience too. 

Brookyln Bridge

Statue of Liberty - New York

Leo talks about going all the time, and I can't help looking at deals to fly back out, and it would be so nice to go during the festive season again. We were lucky with the weather and the sun shone throughout the entire time that we were there (creating some absolute stunning backdrops over the iconic city), and we even saw them preparing the Rockefella Christmas Tree. 

Then there was Ice Skating in Central Park, you know, where the bad guys in Home Alone 2 Lost in New York go skating! 

Central Park Ice Skating  - New York

There is so much to see and do in New York, but of course this kind of experience doesn't come cheap. Once you have taken into account your flights and accommodation you have to remember that food costs on top with the additional tips that are even applicable on drinks that you may order from a bar (This completely threw me!), it can get pretty pricey. 

What an experience though? When I arrived home, I felt like I had been gone for weeks. I had never left Leo for this duration before, and it felt like a lifetime. When I go back here, we will be going as a family, as I want to show my boys just how amazing New York really is, and we will most definitely be going for longer so that we can fit EVERYTHING in.