Email rules setup

Many of us are moving to smartphones to manage and setup of mailboxes. One thing I’ve always looked for in a mail app is to be able to organise my emails and out of office messages.

I use both Gmail and Yahoo emails, but only found that gmail offers a way to manage email rules within its app where as Yahoo you need to login into your email via internet explorer or safari to setup it up!

Not even MS Outlook mail app has the facility to setup rules in its iOS app like one can in the desktop version.

Yahoo email filter setup

Gmail App filter setup

Iams Dog Food

Dog food is a tricky subject when it comes to Spot’s dog food. I wouldn’t say he is a typical fussy eater he just knows what he wants.

He of course is our fur baby so he should have tasty food. When the parcel arrived little spot made a beeline for it. Not seen him behave in that manner. Day 1 was a hit with his IAMS as treats. With my sample pack I also divided up 10 smaller packages for friends and colleagues to try with there fur babies. The best review I received back was ‘Olive has taken to asking for IAMS for her treats with Finn and refused her cat treats’ ! Yes Olive is a kitten whom has made the swap to IAMS now as well.

Spot has been on IAMS completely now for a week and seems to have taken to it without and issues of missing meals. This is a keeper for us. I’ve also noticed that his coat has more shiny appearance since the change as well.

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Spot dog waiting Samples for work

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Yule’s explore Universal Studios

The Yule’s in Orlando I was lucky enough to be the Grand Prize winner for the Cartoon Network’s Transformers in Disguise Summer Promotion. I’d just started at a new work position earlier in the year when my phone rang! It’s that dilemma we all sometimes face with a unknown number do I answer it or do I leave it !! Well I answered it …. on the other end of the call was a lovely lady whom introduced herself and that she was calling from Hasbro, yes the toy makers. She went on to confirm my details with me and then proceeded to inform me that I’d only gone and won the Cartoon Network prize of a family trip to Universal Studios! As you can imagine I was in complete shock and thought she was having me on!! I took some details from her and she reassured she’d be sending me a email to confirm everything. I was over the moon when I called B whom whom thought I was having him on.

We agreed that we wouldn’t tell the boys tell we had confirmations which then led to us telling them only just before we where due to fly, only 8 months later after the the phone call. I will say it was painful keeping it from them but I want it to be amazing for them , so instead I was excited for them in planning it all!

Dates were agreed , holiday requests were handed in even the school holiday requests were handed in with all the paperwork required and a special slip asking for them not to disclose to the boys about the trip! In the days and weeks leading up to our holiday I planned and researched into the area around where we were going to be.

Firstly we had to apply for ESTA Visas for America, for any U.K. national whom is due to visit the USA for less then 90days would need to apply for one, they are valid for two (2) years from date of issue!

ESTA VISA Application

They cost $14 per person. Once applications are submitted it’s almost instant that you’ll get notification back on whether you were successful or denied. If you are denied a visa then one whom need to pay the USA embassy a visit to complete the application.

Next was to plan how and when to tell the boys. As our dates were close to H’s 8th birthday, we chose to tell both of them the day afterwards. In the meantime I searched for printable Harry Potter letters for Orlando.

I chose to do a acceptance letters for each of the boys and a marauders map with our travelling date. Below are our I made.

Wizarding world marauders map
Universal Studios Harry Potter Travelling Letter
Wizarding world Letter
Orlando Harry Potter Acceptance Letter

For more great letters and printable letters like these from Harry Potter Printables or More printables

I did as much research I could do on the theme parks and surrounding areas before we flew out.

If your are visiting for the first time or celebrating an occasion then I’d recommend a visit to guest service and collecting a pin badge from them and wearing it proudly to redeem extra treats and specials . These are  also a great mementos of your trip, staff and onsite restaurant also go that little extra mile with a free birthday muffin or selected one sometimes for those special part in an interactive show. For example at Ollivanders wand shop.

The Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group will rock your world. Blow  your mind and unleash uncontrollable laughter. It was the best 2hours live comedy show I’d seen for awhile. Even the boys laughed so much that we all had belly ache. Only advice I can advise is leave any expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises.

Image from The Blue Man Group

Our top tips:

1. Download Uber app beforehand, easy to use and get for getting to Walmart or local outlet malls.

2. See the Blue man group.

3. Purchase a refill cup according to how long while be at the parks. This can save you a pretty packet.

One of the best & probably greatest value items you can buy at Universal is a rapid fill mug  & comes in 4 different price plans. Now before you buy a rapid fill mug, you need to know what it is you are buying. You can buy one for different lengths of stay. The mug has an RFID chip built into it that starts from the moment it is activated.What you do is purchase the mug at 1 of the quick service restaurants or refreshment points in the parks & at the till they will activate the RFID chip that is built into the mug.

So how does this RFID chip work.
At all the beverage stations in the park you place the drinks mug on a receiver that reads the chip in the mug. The chip once activated lasts for 1 to 14 days+.The reader will pick up the chips unique signature & will recognise when that was activated & how many days are left. ​Now there is normally a wait time between fills, which is around 90 seconds. A screen on the dispenser will tell you when you can re-fill your mug. Once your rapid refill credit has expired the screen will also tell you this as well.

There used to be 4 price plans:

  1. $8.99 for 1 day’s use
  2. $ 11.99 for 2 day’s use
  3. $ 14.99 for 3 day’s use
  4. $17.99 for the length of your stay.

Depending on the length of your stay will depend on the savings you can make purchasing a rapid refill mug. But with over a 100 drinks to choose from water to slushy drinks at the refill stations.


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New Airline Route

On the 28th March Rwanda Airways announced that they would be doing three weekly flights from London Gatwick.

With family living in South Africa I'm always on the look out for competitive and value for money to go and see them regularly as we can. Having travelled the route with SAA Airways, Virgin , British Airways, Emirates, KLM and Northwest whom had a short lived route from London Gatwick to Johannesburg.

Having read several reviews and the Airlines objectives. I'm truly looking forward to a seem less flight with Rwanda Airways as travelling with children can be stressful enough of one. To see you soon on a Rwanda Airways flight as soon as next Thursday.

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Another Karate Grading …

For those whom have children doing Judo or Karate will know all about the dilemma one faces when they've completed a grading class. What do I do with the old belt or some cases belts?

For H's first few belts I hung them up behind his bedroom door not knowing what to do with them. Didn't want to place them in a drawer , never to be seen again. He worked so hard the move up and was proud of them so I looked around for ideas …. 
I came across a fabulous idea to store them and have them on display but the challenge was to find a prefect cyclinder vase to do so. It took a few trips to various shops but finally I some it the prefect glass cyclinder vase at Tesco. Large cyclinder vaseAfter spending a few hours locating all his previous belts and detangling a couple. We carefully rolled them into what H called snail shapes and layered them up in the vase.

I'm quite impressed with the results and now look forward to more gradings in order to fill another .Our little Karate star.

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Triple Winner

Back at end of May I was lucking enough to win a pair of rugby tickets to the premiership rugby final and to the Eng vs Barbarians game. Which meant either I or B were going to be spending the weekend in Twickenham! 

After a excited call to B I learnt he'd already purchased tickets to the England game the day before but all was not lost, I donated my Saturday game tickets to the rugby club and anither chap wish to go to the final was met (my good deed for the week met). Which left me with a pair for Sunday and B with a pair for Sunday as well, prefect result as each were able to take one of the boys with us. 

The weather was prefect a little nervous about taking boys into London and Twickenham so soon after an attack but after talking to them both and explaining I felt better. H and I ventured off to our seat which happen to be diagonal opposite to B and J on the same level. I'd been carry a graze box with me for another competition for a couple of days to get a great shot. #Grazedays was a competition with in which you had to share via Instagram or Twitter a snap of where you enjoy your graze boxes. H helped me out with the shoot and to nibble to contents as well afterwards!

This shot led to me winning my first ever year supply of a product and in this case a years supply of graze boxes … yum. On the day I'd noticed a display board flash that you could win the match ball so quickly out came the phone again as I search for the company I needed to follow on twitter. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission were celebrating 100years and hosting a chance to win the match ball by following @CWGC. Thinking no more of my quick follow and having enjoy the rugby game with H we headed home. 

About 9days later I received a message notification on my twitter account saying I was the winner of the match ball from the England vs Barbarians game. I can't wait to tell J about the win! A few days later the parcel containing the prize arrived and it was the best moment watching J open the box and take out the contents and he was chuffed to have a picture of the England Squad included. Only trouble was that ball mad J wanted to play with it the minute it came out of the box and but not one! Quickly informed but H it's got a grass stain on it and why did it have to stay in the box till we got home. 

"The best prize mommy , J !!" It's taken prime location in the display cabinet since its arrival! I hunk it's the. Eat prize ever too! 

So that's my three (3) wins all contested to rugby and with great outcomes too ! 

Triple winner, Triple winnings all thanks to rugby it's been an amazing year to date! Especially with planning my biggest win coming up in October.

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Transition Days

So its that time of the year again …. my boys  are super excited about the summer holidays which are apporaching but first transition day.  I’m sure that i will not be the first nor th elast parent to be nervous, excited or proud of my children.

Its been great to have both boys in the same school for the past 3 years but that all changes after the summer break as J moves to Secondary school and greowing up fast. H moves to Year 3 and hoping for a strong teacher to guide him for the forth coming year.

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog as i planning our summer around great reviews and holidays.

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Minis Rugby Tour  

So Friday we set off the first every minis tour with our boys and into the unknown. 

Arrival at the rugby club was met with fantastic hawaiian themed outfits and kids buzzing with excitement. A short thank you to all involved and mascots were issued to all age groups to take care of over the weekend! 

Once we had been issued with tour passports,  itineraries and coach allocations , we had a run through to the tour song and dance moves that we would each have to re-create each time we heard the Wipeout song. Three coaches and a mini bus later we were ready to set off the Wimborne for thewhat was  going to be a fantastic tour. 

With over 170 people on the minis tour one would’ve expected some fall outs amongst the kids! But they were so well behaved and no issues on the journey! Once we had arrived at Warmwell holiday park for our accommodation during the tour for the next 3 nights things changed! Not saying it in a bad way but it was so nice to see them all playing and playing all out together and in the woods but in the distance those flickering lights of the arcade always seemed to draw them back in and a few adults too! 

Saturday was filled with more activities that were organised for us and loads of Swimming. And a day closer to the rugby festival with a small change in some of the plans. But most importantly the Worthing Raiders had won their game and are remaining up in the league! It was time to celebrate all round again on the great news! 

Sunday approached and we split into twos as H had all his games in the morning and J had all his games in the afternoon! And for a change I didn’t have to do the early run so lunches made and a departure time of 3 hours later J and myself set off on the two coaches with the remaining U11s and U12s and a change in the weather as well! One can almost say if it’s not raining then it’s not a rugby festival or any type of festival without a little mud! On arrival I was greeted by H with a super proud smile has produced a medal to show off for the superb games they played in the morning.

With the raining pouring down on us some of the parents quickly got the tent erected whilst the coaches started the boys warm ups before the start of the first games ! The kids were so cold that we tried to warm them up with hot chocolates and coffees for coaches and folks whilst attempting to stay dry. In the end I think most of us gave in to the wet rain as attempts to stay dry were limited but never the less tour shirts and  Hawaiian assessories and leis were still being worn to avoid fines! 

The boys showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the games cheering each other on in each game. There are two brilliant tries on the weekend from all the boys games which not gave the boys more drive to keep pushing their opponents back but it demonstrated how they gave the boys a pick me up moment just at the right moments! I’ll cherish these two moments, super proud on how each of players have developed in the two seasons that J has being playing. These were by G C and one by J , great push through and length clear run throughs to tries. 

Sunday’s festival overran for us just a tad which added to the madness of a quick turnaround to get the boys changed and looking draper for their awards dinner. With a great awards meal and of course court! Yes court for fines were issued out for sinful deeds and triumphs from the past few days. 

Looking back over the weekend I must say that and the planning and all fundraising that went into the past 15months by U12’s Team had lead to a fantastic tour and we’ve had a incredible minis tour. U12 and U11’s now progress to Juniors status for 2018 season and paving the way forward for our our current U11 squad to organise next year’s tour for them! Onward and upward to the great 2018 Holland rugby tour planning and fundraising here we come. 

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Choosing rugby boots

Been a mom to two young rugby players I never understood the differences of between rugby boots and whether playing in football boots made a difference. And with myself starting touch rugby, my trainers just don’t cut it! This is what I learnt there are very few Rugby Boots manufactured specifically for Women and the costs vary greatly to our counterparts rugby boots.

Not only that but there are so many important factor to consider before purchasing ones most important kit item for rugby.

Factors I never considered and when it comes to the next season kit I’m going to be choosing right for the boys! Rugby boots are categorised into soft ground (SG), firm ground (FG) boots and all rounder boots (like football boots).

Soft ground boots are made for playing on soft, natural surfaces which you will find through most of the rugby season in the UK. It’s these that are ok for the boys until the ground is very muddy!!

Firm ground boots are made for artificial surfaces I.e Astro turf.

All rounders boots have both short metal studs and moulded studs. I didn’t find too many of these but I’d say they ideal for both boys and similar to football SG boots!

What abouts studs ? Have you ever wondered what the difference between a 6-stud and 8-Stud boot? You aren’t alone I just thought it was design styles, but this is not the case.

With different positions on the field call for different features of the stud formation which are key in a player’s position . As forwards need grip, and plenty of it, 8 studs in a 6×2 formation are to give great grip in rucks, mauls and scrums and tough construction. Whilst a 6 studded formation with a 4×2 layout, lightweight construction are ideal for backs needing to focus on acceleration, agility and speed. Third type of rugby boot I came across is a hybrid rugby that has both metal studs and mounded studs.

Boot studs
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Armed with my new knowledge I went in search of the right type of rugby boot for myself, I’ve got to say rugby boots are the most personal bit of sports kit I’ve bought in a long time for myself and can completely see the importance to get it right. Browsing a wide range of rugby boots in various styles and designs from the world’s best boot manufacturers in several sports shops, I did find it a bit overwhelming.

All the rugby boots I saw and tried armed with my new knowledge of specific positions and roles on the field in mind, rather than whether men or women will be wearing them. I’m still surprised that there weren’t many actually Women specific rugby boots in my high street stores, leaving me to chose a pair of men’s boots based on the same criteria. I choose a all-rounder type of boot as it’s the end of the season but hoping to continue in the summer months playing touch rugby and would have my trainers as a fall back at the height of summer when the ground would be hard.

Something else I learnt in my morning of boot fitting was that some styles and makes I had to go up a half size if not a whole size, this was not down to my socks I took along to tryouts. But as a general rule of thumb Women will need to go up half a size to full size from what they normally wear if buying boots in Men’s sizes, e.g. a Women’s UK 5 becomes a Men’s UK 5.5 (see below for link to a comprehensive size guide by

Womens Rugby Boots Size Chart

I knew immediately I’d found the right fit, didn’t matter how many I still tried on I just went back to the ones I found comfortable. Once your foot is in a boot with a good width fitting for you – it will feel comfortable and right down the sides of your feet. Too narrow and you’ll know about it pretty quick – however boots will stretch out slightly in width over time.

I hope you have found my journey in finding the right rugby boot helpful. And hope to see more women specific rugby boots and football boots in the high street.


The correct aftercare for boots which I will try to install into my boys for their boots after each time they wear rugby boots, you should untie the laces properly to allow them to dry as this prevents shrinking, fraying and eventually snapping under the stress and strain.Dirt should be removed by knocking the boots together and using a soft brush on the sides and top of your boot.

Won’t stay this clean for long

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