Family Holiday Plans with Pontins

I do love a good old-fashioned family holiday in the UK. My childhood holiday memories include adventures on various caravan parks around the country, participating in kids’ clubs and enjoying the discos and evening entertainment. I want to share those experiences with my children as they grow up, and Pontins is one holiday club that we have to visit at some point.

 

Throughout 2017 Pontins have a jam-packed schedule of events waiting for you. Their world-famous Bluecoats and kids’ favourites the Croc Crew will be on hand with lots of fun and games, plus they have some amazing character appearances, entertainers, shows and much more planned this year. Check out all the available 2017 dates and don’t miss their upgrade and half-board catering deals!

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Hurry! Kids go Free Ends Soon at LEGOLAND

I know that many families are currently preparing their holiday schedules for the year. Maybe some of you are super organised and got it sorted before Christmas. Not me. I am surprised that I booked our summer holiday already, which is the earliest I have ever done it. Nope, I am not the organised type. I suppose I am more impulsive when it comes to booking holidays and event visits. I am trying to improve on that, however, so that I can plan properly and give my children the treats they deserve.

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Have you seen the special offer from LEGOLAND holidays? Book today from just £148 per family and enjoy their Kids Go FREE offer! All LEGOLAND Holidays include 2nd Day FREE, accommodation and breakfast. They have a brand-new Castle hotel opening up this summer. Every brick is bursting with LEGO® magic at the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel! A hero’s welcome awaits you in the ultimate Knight’s room, and enchantment awaits all Wizard apprentices in the Wizard’s room.

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Update on #365DaysofTarot and Reiki Healing

I feel it has been a while since I shared an update on my #365DaysofTarot challenge, and my reiki training. There are several domestic distractions happening at the moment, one being the difficulty with potty training my pre-schooler that I spoke about on Monday. I am seriously considering whether reiki would help to persuade her to toilet train…

Other distractions include my determination to move house, and all that entails, and several dramatic events among friends and family. Needless to say, my Tarot readings are not suitable for sharing at the moment, because they all refer to the events and situations that I am currently dealing with. They predicted one or two happenings, although I couldn’t identify specifics until the events occurred.

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A challenging day as told by the Gilded Tarot

The Tarot is proving very useful as a support mechanism. It helps me to make sense of my daily adventures, it offers intuitive guidance, and it sets me straight when my mind is in confusion. Have you ever had a Tarot reading? I think you should! I used my Tarot alongside my Angel Therapy oracle cards and a candle and crystal ritual on the night of the Full Moon. It helped to clarify some murky events, sort out my emotional health, and gave strength to a friend in need. All in a day’s work!

 

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Why Won’t My Child Potty Train?

I am beginning to feel very anxious and more than a little stressed about the fact that my younger daughter refuses to potty train. I have been trying to persuade her for around eighteen months now, to no avail. She will be four in August and starts primary school in September, so I really need to get this sorted. Help!

There might be a psychological block with her. When she was a baby, she struggled to empty her bowels. I even had her sitting on a potty at less than a year old, simply to try and ease the pressure because she became so distraught and it was so painful for her. We visited the doctor, did some tests, but they put it down to growing pains. There is no official diagnosis for her problem, but now it is impacting on her development.

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2 potties and 2 toilet seats later… no progress on potty training!

She knows what to do. She watches her friends use the toilet and the potty quite happily. She wears knickers, training pants and pull-ups (which I really detest because of the waste factor), but nothing works. I try leaving her half naked in the house, but if I try and put her anywhere near a toilet or potty, she screams and contorts her body. She has done her business on the potty before now, and she has sat willingly on the toilet, but it is sporadic and I cannot seem to take that step forward.

What am I doing wrong? Does anyone have advice or a story to share about potty training their older child?

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#ScribeFest 2017 – Middlewich Literary Festival

#ScribeFest celebrates all aspects of writing, illustrating and art. There are top secret plans for an interactive genre mix adventure! 23rd-25th March 2017.

Finer details are still being worked out, but we will have events running in different venues around Middlewich, including a Top-Secret Crime Scene Investigation, a children’s story writing and illustrating workshop, and visiting speakers and performers from the literary and arts industry.

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Ghost Hunting the Old-Fashioned Way

My Google photos app recently reminded me of my ghost hunting days, before I had children. They showed me a selection of photographs from the ghost hunt that I did at Mill Street Barracks in St. Helens, near Wigan, North West England. Ah, that was a fun ghost hunt! It was also fairly primitive when I compare it to the videos I see of today’s ghost hunters with their full spectrum cameras, special infra-red equipment, and devices that can allow spirits to speak using pre-programmed dictionaries.

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Old-school ghost hunters

Back in the days when I was a semi-professional ghost hunter, working with North West Spirit Seekers, our technical equipment consisted of a collection of EMF meters, basic video cameras, thermometers and our own natural instincts. We also employed traditional methods of divination, including glass tipping, planchettes, table tipping and séances with mediums. Those were the days! Here is an account of my ghost hunt investigation at Mill Street Barracks…

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Mill Street Barracks Ghost Hunt

“This was my second visit to Mill Street Barracks, and was definitely more active than the first.  In the cellars, we felt the presence of at least two male energies, and they made my sister Emily very uneasy.  She felt that we were unwelcome down there.  Ours was an all-female group, and by using dowsing rods we spoke to a man who had previously been involved in secret talks, possibly strategy negotiation.  He basically said we weren’t welcome in the cellar; he had no use for us, so please leave the area!

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Haunted cellar Mill Street Barracks

 

Upstairs in the training room we had a similar experience.  I sensed two men watching us from the balconies but they wouldn’t speak.  When I joked that maybe it was because we were women and what if we offered them food, the dowsing rods suddenly jumped to life and began swinging around very quickly!  They had been held loosely in the hands of one of the women in our group and she was very surprised at their strength.

Later we were upstairs using a planchette on a table and were trying to speak to a young man we knew was there.  Eventually he responded when one of our group mentioned using Morse code.  He lifted the planchette up and down on and off the surface of the table, and I got a photograph of a very distinct orb underneath the table at the same time.

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Orb under table Mill Street Barracks

I came away from Mill Street Barracks with the satisfaction of a good and active investigation, and would certainly like to visit the place again and see if I can persuade some of the male spirits to actually speak to us!”

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Romance and Love this #ValentinesDay

I don’t know why, but I am feeling especially loved up this Valentine’s week. Perhaps it is because my husband and I are emerging from a very challenging phase in our relationship, and I am happy to say, things are on the up. Perhaps I simply appreciate the value of love in the face of current world events. I truly believe that love is a powerful, magical force, and when we embrace it and have faith, it will help us overcome our life obstacles.

Whatever the reason, I want to extend my love and gratitude to all of you, my beloved blog readers. It makes me very happy to know that my work is appreciated and relevant. If it is not, then I should not bother to do it. My novels are in progress, life changes are moving along nicely, and all is well in my world. I truly hope that all is well in your world, or at least that you are taking positive steps to improve what is not quite right.

Embrace a little romance for yourself this Valentine’s Day, even if you are single or in a challenging relationship. If you cannot love yourself, who can love you?

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#ValentinesDay Gifts Discount Offer

Enjoy savings at English Heritage Shop this month with a New Code. Spend £45 or more and receive £5 off with voucher code SHOP5. Why not take advantage of these savings and get a perfect gift for your most loved one with a wide range of Valentine’s Day Gifts? Unusual and romantic gifts that will be treasured forever.

How about a Stonehenge Equinox Leather Travel Wallet, perfect for summer holiday planning.

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Photo credit English Heritage Shop

Or you could gift this beautifully crafted Stonehenge Leather Satchel that is ideal for the office, for academic work, or simply as a stylish accessory.

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Photo credit English Heritage Shop

Finally, here is a lovely gift for the home. The Medieval Hunt Trinket Box is perfect for the LARP or history fanatic in your life, or simply as an elegant, unusual ornament.

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Photo credit English Heritage Shop

 

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Win a Psychic Reading for Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air, and I know there are many people who are reassessing their emotional and romantic situations in life. Some of us have been working hard to heal and strengthen existing relationships, while others have taken the painful but necessary steps to break away and seek a new life with someone else. Perhaps some are still searching for that perfect other half. The journey is different for all of us.

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Photo credit: Psychic Light

Today I share with you a competition brought by our friends at Psychic Light. Enter now and you could win a free 1 hour psychic reading which will help to answer some of those questions and queries that are spinning around in your mind. You also receive a unique £5 discount code just for entering the competition, so go for it. You never know where it may lead… Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Dressing Up is Fun to Do

My girls love to dress up. They get it from me. If someone suggests a fancy-dress party, I get all excited and start planning my costume! Last weekend I took great pleasure in wearing a 1940s-style glamorous costume for my themed book signing event in Telford.

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West Midlands Valentines Book Signing Event

Currently my daughters favour princess costumes. The youngest (aged 3) wears her Anna dress from the movie Frozen at least three times per week, if not more. I literally wash it one day and she wears it the next! My elder daughter is moving more into the medieval princess dress styles, and she would love something like this Tudor Gown and Head-dress. She has a similar costume already.

 

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Photo Credit: English Heritage Shop

Another favourite dressing up game is to be the characters from the children’s TV programme Ben and Holly’s Little Kindgom. My elder daughter is always Princess Holly, occasionally Queen Thistle, and so this gold crown would make a perfect accompaniment to her costume. Do you and your children like to dress up?

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