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.

#ThinkIAMS #SpotDog #Review

Spot dog waiting Samples for work

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review. My reviews are my point of view and research into the product.

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.

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.

Disclaimer: This review has not been paid and is the opinion of my own. #FamilyTravelling #Airlines #RwandaAirways

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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.

Disclaimer: This review has not been paid and is the opinion of my own.