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Visiting Disneyland Paris After July 21st 2021

21 July 2021

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Travel is so uncertain at the moment. There is so much information to read and rules to follow. I'm sure this won't put most people off but if you have a trip to Disneyland Paris booked or looking to book one this Summer then there are new guidelines to follow after July 21st 2021. The France government have confirmed that everyone who enters Disneyland Paris after this date must have a health pass. 

disneyland paris castle


What Is A Health Pass?
A Health Pass must be presented in either digital or paper form confirming one of the following...

- You are fully vaccinated
- You can confirm a negative PCR result within the last 48 hours
- You have had COVID-19 and the result of a positive RT-PCR or Antigen test confirms you had Covid and that a period of time of at least 11 days and less than 6 months has passed since the test result was obtained (considered as a recovery certificate).

If you are fully vaccinated I would recommend downloading the NHS app which once registered will update your Covid Passport.

Who Needs To Show A Health Pass?
Every adult over the age of 18 will need to show their health pass. This will change after the 30th August when everyone over the age of 12 will be required to show a valid health pass before entry is permitted.

I assume this means that the focus will shift over the next 6 weeks to ensure all those 12 and over will be offered a vaccine. 

Keeping Your Health Pass Up To Date If Staying Longer Than 48hrs.
If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to prove a negative PCR to gain entry in to the resort. A negative result is only valid for 48hrs so if your stay is longer then you will need to retake a PCR test. 

disney village at Disneyland Paris


Where Can I Get A PCR Test At Disneyland Paris?
A testing centre is in operation within the Disney Village and is open 8am-8pm.

What List Is France On?
France is currently on the Amber list for those returning to the UK. However the Amber rules for France are different. You must quarantine for 10 days after you arrive back to the UK either in your home or other accommodation. 

little boy meeting Buzz Lightyear


Safety Measures Within Disneyland Paris
The rules for wearing face masks are unchanged in France. Face masks are to be worn by all guests aged 6 and over. They must be worn at all times except when eating. 

Downloading the official Disneyland Paris mobile app is a must for your stay. Guests will need to reserve a Standby Pass via the app in order to be able to join the queue for some of the most popular attractions during a specific allocated time slot.​ This will be available during certain times of the day. This will be to ensure waiting lines do not get overcrowded. 

Clear ground markings are in place within the waiting lines at all of attractions within the park to help maintain the correct social distancing. Please do remember that social distancing is still in force in France. 

Hand sanitisers are available at the entrance and exit of each attraction. 

Children's playgrounds and traditional meet and greets are temporarily unavailable. There will be chances to capture photo memories with some of your favourite Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel characters using the designated selfie spots. Unfortunately close interactions including hugs are suspended. I am sure Disney have done their best to try and make the experience as magical as possible. 

disney ears in at hollywood studios


Unfortunately things can change at a moments notice with regards to travel and safety measures so it is important to make sure that before you travel you check the government website for up to date information as well as Disneyland Paris

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Are You A Past, Present or Future Person?

19 July 2021

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woman looking in to the distance
Whilst chatting with a friend we got talking about different types of people. He told me that there are three different types of people. A past person, a present person and a future person. I had never heard this before but after he explained it to me in more detail, I got it and he is right.

When an opportunity crops up for light conversation or general chit chat a ‘past person’ will talk about things that have already happened. Their conversations will start with ‘remember when..’ or ‘ I remember’. They don’t live in the past as such but they do spend an awful lot of time talking about things, people, events that they have already experienced. They like to reminisce.

A present person lives in the here and now. They are right in the moment and their conversations and thoughts are based on what’s happening now. They may chat about things happening in the news, books they are reading, current music, what they are cooking for tea tonight. They are enjoying life now and very rarely think of the future.

Then there’s a future person. This is me. A future person is constantly talking and planning for the future. Whether it’s a birthday a holiday or even further, retirement. A future person is a planner, they always have something they want to book or plan way ahead for. It’s hard being a future person because at times I don’t enjoy the present as much as I should because my brain is constantly thinking of other things.

As I am a future person I have found the past year very hard. I love having things planned, and ideas in my head about what we will be doing next. Due to the uncertainty in the world and lockdowns this hasn't been possible and it's been tough.

As a future person I don’t really like ‘stuff’ I would rather spend my time, energy and money creating memories. 

John lives for ‘stuff’ and always craves the latest gadgets, entertainment or music. He definitely lives in the present and enjoys taking each day as it comes. He loves scrolling through social media or news pages looking for the latest news events. 

Now that the end of lockdown is in sight I have already looked through our post lockdown travel bucket list and started pricing up trips to Alton Towers or Disneyland Paris. I haven't gone as far as booking anything yet but it's nice to hope that it will be a possibility very soon. 

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Celebrate Summer And The BBQ Season With Jack's | AD

17 July 2021

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Disclosure - This is a paid collaboration with Jack's. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

We are finished for the Summer now and looking forward to a much needed break from work and school. We have a few things planned which we are looking forward to including weekends away, days out and play dates. We are praying that the weather is kind to us too so we can fill up the paddling pool and enjoy a BBQ in the sun. Jack's have stocked up their chillers with lots of BBQ essentials so I popped in to have a look and see what I could find. 

bbq food


The chillers had a mixture of Jack's own products and the Fire Pit range. Jack's also sell big brand names however the Jack's products are great value for money and as a regular shopper I know they are quality products that taste great. 

When it comes to tastes we are all different here so I decided to get a wide selection of products for us to sample ahead of our Summer BBQ's. 

sausage on a finger roll with sauces


BBQ's have come a long way over the years and although sausages and burgers are still a family favourite there are plenty more products to choose from. The Jack's prime pork sausages looked amazing and include prime British pork. We teamed it up with Jack's finger rolls and a choice of Jack's sauces. We can also rely on the Jack's 1/4lb burgers to be 100% British beef and tasted great on the Jack's brioche burger bun. 

kebabs

kebabs


Kebabs from the Fire Pit range seem to be popular. We went for the garlic and herb chicken kebabs, chicken and chorizo, sweet and smoky bbq beef kebabs and grilling cheese and vegetable kebabs. Like I said earlier we all have different tastes so the choice of kebabs are perfect for those who have fussy eaters. The range is also perfect when you are having a get together over the Summer and catering for more people. 

For those not familiar with Jack's, Jack's is a supermarket that was founded and named after Jack Cohen who is also the founder of Tesco. As well as Jack's own branded products you can also find a selection of Tesco and Britain's favourite brands in store. It's a go to supermarket that is very popular as you can shop quality products that are great value for money. 

As well as selling food and drink you can also browse the toys, games and homeware. 

Jack's has twelve  stores in the UK and they can be found at St Helen's, Sheffield, Edge Hill, Barnsley, Immingham, Wakefield, Liverpool North, Walton, Rubery, Castle Bromwich, Chatteris and Middlewich. A full store locator is available on the Jack's website.

kebabs

bbq food

bbq food


Jack's is outstanding value for money and we are regular shoppers at the store and have really enjoyed sampling their BBQ bundle. Unfortunately the Great British weather wasn't kind to us so we had to move our BBQ indoors but that wasn't a problem at all. All the products we chose are suitable for BBQs but can also be cooked either on the grill, in the oven or both. 

Are you looking forward to the Summer? Do you have any family BBQ's planned?

Michelle
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Black Widow Movie Review And Where It Fits In The Marvel Timeline

14 July 2021

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Disclosure - We already have a Disney+ account through a previous collaboration. Our account has since been upgraded to include Premier Access to watch Black Widow. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

Wednesday 7th July saw the release of the new Marvel movie Black Widow. It was then available to watch on Disney+ via Premier Access from the 9th July 2021. Usually we would head to the cinema with a bucket full of popcorn to watch new releases however since all the recent restrictions we would much rather create a cinema movie night at home

Black Widow Movie Poster
We have been waiting for Black Widow to be released for a long time now as we are huge Marvel fans and Black Widow is such an interesting character, we couldn't wait to learn more about where she came from and how she actually became an Avenger.

I don't really like writing movie reviews as I would hate to spoil it for someone who hasn't watched the movie yet however there are a few things I wanted to share so thought I would write them for the Marvel fans out there. 

Firstly the movie wasn't what I expected. For some reason I thought this movie was set in Natasha's past and we would be able to see her growing up and learn how and why she is who she is. The movie does touch on this and we do learn about her past however the whole movie is set right after Captain America - Civil War finishes. If you do like to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order then you would fit Black Widow in-between Civil War and Doctor Strange.

So whilst we did find out more about Natasha's past and some of her upbringing it is actually set when she is already an Avenger and on the run. 

As a stand alone movie I really enjoyed it. It was action packed and everything you would expect from a Marvel Movie. 

There are no guest appearances from any of the Avengers or other Marvel Characters. There are references to Captain America and Clint Barton however no cameos unfortunately. 

The storyline ends where Black Widow heads off to try and rebuild the relationships that are broken after Civil War. The movies finishes with a cliff-hanger that makes us assume that it will continue to play out in the new upcoming Marvel mini series Hawkeye. 

Black Widow Movie Poster


If you are a Marvel fan you won't be disappointed. If you do want to watch in the comfort of your own home then you can watch through Disney+ Premier Access which costs £19.99 on top of your monthly subscription. The movie is then yours to watch over and over. 

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Shopping Exclusives At Truffle Shuffle Plus The Chance To Win A £50 Spend

12 July 2021

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Disclosure - We were sent the products below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own unless stated. This post contains affiliate links.

I think it's very obvious from by blog that I am a huge Disney fan. I have collected so much Disney memorabilia over the years including dolls, pins, castles, snow globes and most recently my new found love 'Disney Loungefly Bags'. My love of Disney has taken me to lots of different websites on the internet and one in particular that I visit most often, Truffle Shuffle. Truffle Shuffle is home to amazing t-shirts, retro gifts and their wide range of Disney clothing and accessories. I have purchased lots of different items over the years, not just Disney branded and most recently I stumbled across their Truffle Shuffle Exclusives page and found lots of amazing items that are exclusive to them.  

two t-shirts and a tote bag




When it comes to clothes I certainly don't dress the way I'm supposed to for my age, the brighter the better. I always have so many comments about my T-shirts and bags and people go out of their way to let me know they like the clothes or bag I'm wearing. 

When browsing the exclusives range on Truffle Shuffle I noticed there were well over 500 items that are exclusive to them so cannot be bought anywhere else. I could have bought so much however three things caught my eye. 

girl walking


The colour of the yellow Rainbow Brite roll sleeve t-shirt caught by eye. It's so bright and colourful, perfect for Summer. I used to love Rainbow Brite when I was younger and had so many dolls. I love that it has a Made in the 80's design which is ideal for me as I am an 80's baby. 

The t-shirt is an oversized fit and it is recommended to order a size down for a more fitted look. I ordered two sizes down and it is a perfect fit across the chest but still a little longer so I tie it up and it looks great.

man and woman in a fairground car


Did you ever watch a programme when you were younger and wish it was still on TV now? I do all the time. One of my favourites was Clarissa Explains It All. Clarissa was on TV from 1991-1994 and starred Melissa Joan Hart. It was a classic teen series that I never missed an episode of so when I saw the Clarissa Explains It all Logo tie dye t-shirt I had to get it. 

It has a tie dye effect and the Clarissa Explains It All logo in the centre. The t-shirt is a unisex fit and I ordered my normal size and it's a great loose fit. I wore this recently on a day out to Blackpool and within minutes a lady who worked at the Pleasure Beach commented on it. She used to watch Clarissa too and we reminisced about how great the show was. 

Now although I do love my Loungefly bags I do have other bags in my collection such as crossbody's and totes. Keeping in with my teen years I noticed the Sweet Valley High tote bag and thought it would be perfect for carrying my work in. 

truffle shuffle exclusives


Like I said earlier these are just three items from well over 500 exclusive to Truffle Shuffle and cannot be bought elsewhere. I can spend hours and lots of money browsing the Truffle Shuffle website. You can use the dropdown to search by category, gender, interest, sale, new in and even what's trending. There are usually discount codes available too so make sure you check out the flashing banner on the home page. 

Truffle Shuffle are kindly giving one of my readers and followers the chance to win a £50 spend on their site. All you need to do to be in with the chance is complete the entry form below and make sure you pop back daily for bonus chances. 

Good Luck

Michelle
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Elegear Cooling Blanket and Pillowcases

7 July 2021

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Disclosure - We were sent the products below for the purpose of this post and compensated for our time. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

I am the type of person who is always hot yet I like to snuggle under a blanket on the sofa if I am watching TV or if I am in the garden in the evening. I would even take a blanket to the cinema if John would let me. As you can imagine finding the right blanket has always been tough. They are either too heavy, too fluffy or too hot so I usually end up with one or two legs out of the blanket or it just draped over my feet. 

woman in the garden with a blanket around her


When I heard about the Elegear Cooling blanket I was keen to give it a try as it sounds perfect for me. The idea behind the Elegear cooling blanket is it can absorb heat and sweat from your body, absorbing the heat helps to keep you cool. It does this by using special Japanese Q-Max 0.4 Cooling fibres. 

The Japanese Arc-Chill Cool Technology Fabric can quickly absorb human body heat. It does this when the human body touches the fabric. The body surface temperature immediately drops by about 2 to 5 degrees, so that the body feels cool.

elegear cooling blanket


The blanket is lightweight which surprised me at first as I thought it looked heavy when I took it out the packaging. There are different 'feels' on each side of the blanket and one side felt more clingy than the other. When I checked one side is made of 80% mica nylon and 20% polyethylene cool fabric which makes this side perfect for hot summers. The other side is 100% cotton so perfect for keeping cool on a Spring or Autumn evening. 

I have been using the cooling blanket on the sofa however it would be ideal as a throw over the bed as the range also features matching cooling pillowcases. The pillowcases work exactly like the cooling blanket, perfect to keep you cool during the hot evenings. 

Unfortunately I haven't been the only one using the blanket, I have had to share with the kids. This means that the cooling blanket has had to deal with sticky fingers and muddy hands. Luckily the Elegear Cooling blanket is machine washable. Wash on a gentle heat of up to 30° and then hang out in the shade. It's recommended that you do not iron, tumble dry, bleach or dry clean. 

We also found that the blanket felt warm after a few days so I would recommend popping the blanket near air conditioning or a fan if you have one. This will help to absorb the cooler temperature in to the blanket. If you don't have a/c or a fan then it can take a while for the cooling blanket to release the absorbed heat. 

However you choose to use the cooling blanket it will definitely keep you cool. It's perfect for the sofa, out on the patio, as a throw for the bed or even for travelling. 

elegear cooling blanket


The Elegear Cooling Blanket and Pillowcases are available to buy online at Amazon and come in a range of colours and sizes including blue, pink and grey. We chose 200x220cm in grey and it's a perfect size for the sofa or our bed. 

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60 Seconds Workout With Legmaster Total Body

5 July 2021

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Disclosure - We were sent the product below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are ours unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

Recently I have started to look at my overall fitness after spending lots of time at home over the past twelve months. I've not been as active as I usually would be and I really want to spend the rest of this year getting my health and fitness back on track. With juggling work, looking after the kids and being a football Mum, I don't always have a lot of time to work out but I knew I needed to start pencilling in some 'me' time to concentrate on my goals for the rest of this year. 
woman standing on leg master




leg master





As well as eating more healthily, drinking water and heading out for walks as much as I can, I have also been using the Leg Master Total Body. I have been using it for a few weeks now and I am impressed with how easy it is to plan it in to my day. 

The Leg Master Total Body promises a full body workout in 60 seconds and is simple to set up and use. The Leg Master has two places for each foot and once your feet are in position you are ready to start. 

woman standing on leg master


All your body weight is now on the two platforms for your feet. You have to manoeuvre your body to glide both your feet in to the middle. As you glide your feet in and out you are actually using over 200 muscles. 

Although it sounds simple I didn't find it easy at first. I struggled to move both legs at the same time in to the middle. I found my right was stronger than my left but I continued to use the Leg Master and now I can glide my feet simultaneously in and out using the flexible handle bar for that added support and balance. 

woman standing on leg master


As well as providing a full body workout the Leg Master does have lots of other health benefits and for me improving my pelvic floor muscle. It’s common for women to experience incontinence and pelvic floor problems after childbirth, but I recently read that new research has found that older women who sit for too long are also at risk. The study, which looked at a group of 495 over-60s, found that those with bladder problems were seated up to 19 per cent longer than others. They are now urging women to sit less and follow simple techniques to fix bladder problems rather than reaching for incontinence pads first. 

I know a lot more people are working from home at the moment, and although I'm not in that age bracket it definitely gave me a reminder to move more and the Leg Master has definitely helped. 


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Why Bookkeeping Needs To Be Done By Someone Qualified

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Running your business is a task that can mix between interesting, challenging and rewarding instances on a day to day basis. However, when it comes to bookkeeping, most business owners find it a negative experience to have to sit and do it alone, preferring not to be bothered by anyone.

Bookkeeping


Bookkeeping is vital to the success of a business, where the responsibility lies in everything from sales invoicing to managing accounts to VAT returns to keep your business not just afloat, but feeling the benefits of daily operation.

Many business owners are not good when it comes to numbers and filing, and opt to have someone take care of it for them. This means either employing someone specifically for the task or outsourcing professional bookkeeping services.

Tasks at Hand
Dealing with business finances involves much more than filing a few receipts here and there - most of the time a bookkeeper will be on hand to offer support and advice, as well as managing cash flow and payroll processing.

When you pull in a bookkeeper to handle these areas as your business begins to grow, you are gaining a very valuable asset. However, you need to be sure that those responsible for your bookkeeping are qualified to do so, otherwise, you could stand to lose a lot of money very quickly.

In choosing someone not qualified, you may find that you have little to no feedback on debtors, creditors and reporting regularly, which means you will not have a grasp on how well or how bad your business is performing.

bookkeeping


Trust Issue
In working with professional bookkeeping services in Manchester, you need to feel that there is a position of trust and communication, understanding what is going on at all times with regards to customers, suppliers and bank accounts. 

Bookkeepers tend to earn that level of trust by always being accessible and providing insight and support not just to how the company is doing but also strategizing with you to help the company financially prosper. Without the knowledge and training that professional bookkeepers have, there is bound to be difficulty in solving any issues in accounting and recording that could end up to a way too late stage to fix.

Working With You
Professional bookkeepers work for many different kinds of clients, utilising many different structures and tools to help them keep on track. They also work well with other divisions helping to guide and support your business such as your accountant.

Whilst an accountant will work with you on tax planning and compliance, bookkeeping services work alongside both of you on your records and VAT. This makes for complete stability for your business where everyone's job aids the others.

Bookkeeping is a qualified profession and one that is tailored to helping businesses grow. Also as an individual bookkeeping is also a great way to save for holidays.

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