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Im Lew - A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I'm doing it anyway - expect all sorts of randomness.

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I have recently been camping in Seahouses, and with the beautiful Bamburgh Castle right on my door step I needed to go and photography this wonderful structure.

For those who don’t know, the castle is located in Northumberland right on the North East coast, it stands high on top of the hill overlooking the North Sea.

The Castle itself ofers so many photo opportunities and from so many different angles. It is part surrounded by sand dunes which make for a good foreground. I opted to stay in the dunes from the south beach, However if you want to shoot from the sand you need to go to the North beach.

It did take me a while to find a good composition but when I did I was quite happy with the results.

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I wanted to capture the sun rays because there wasnt much going on in the sky, I would have like a few more clouds for the light to bounce off and give me more colour but it didnt happen so the next best thing was rays.

As you can see from this image the amount of dunes, these stretch nearly as far as Seahouses itself .

After this I moved over the dunes for a different shot, The sun sets so quick I barely had time to get there.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Both of our children already have so many toys between them and yet we still seem to be collecting more. We all do it, we’re all guilty of over purchasing to some extent, and we’re all guilty of letting all the toys stack up, both old and new, most of them getting forgotten about. We live in a throw away world nowadays and yet we sometimes find ourselves never throwing anything away.

Children can have so many toys, most of which just never get regularly played with. Then what happens? They end up at the bottom of a pile never to be seen again, or sometimes they don’t even make it out the box.

To prevent the dreaded waste of toys I have put together a few tips to help you organise toys so your child may never get bored with what he or she plays with. Lets face it, there are always going to be toys that our children will always look to play with and favoured over others but if we learn to alternate them then it may prevent them getting bored of them.

In my eldest sons room we have bought two IKEA shelving units and storage boxes. In each box we have separated his toys into categories.  So for example in one box we have a collection of cars and trucks, another has his dinosaurs, or another has jigsaws. We have a total of 8 boxes in his room as well as other overflow plastic storage boxes that we keep in the garage, which house his Lego and train set collections.

Every day we will get a different box out from his bedroom and bring it downstairs for him to play with. Its a great idea for young children, as we all know attention spans aren’t great so having something different to play with each day should help. This way every toy that they own should then at least be played with at some point and not left to gather dust somewhere. Then as your child grows out of toys or gets new toys; you could donate your toys to a charity and add the new toys to the box.

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Under-bed storage

Make use of all the dead space you can. A layered sliding storage can be especially made for the under-bed area or you can just put things in a handy boxes under the bed, we bought a handmade bed that was made to our specification, rather than bunkbeds I opted for a cabin bed with built in wardrobe, cubby hole and plenty of storage.

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This was when we first got the bed, but as you can see there is a large draw under the bed, as well as each step on the left is a draw for storage.

Storage cubes

storage boxes and IKEA cubes are brilliant for storage, these are easy to build and stack up and Zach can get a box out when he wants, each box has been categorised rather than everything being put in and mixed together.

 

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Up on the rod

Here I found an old rod in the garage which I attached to the bed and it made a perfect place to hand all of Zachs dress up clothes.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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The best holiday destinations are visually impressive. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip or an adventurous excursion, you should aim to visit somewhere that has a lot to offer in terms of natural (or even manmade) beauty. Of course, there are a lot of places that fit such a description. If you’re stuck for future travel ideas then here are some of the perfect destinations for a scenic getaway.

Scotland.

We’ve talked a lot about the beauty of Scotland before. The shores of Loch Long in Argyll provide a natural paradise with stunning fir tree forests and the crisp waters of the loch itself. You can read all about our adventures in this beautiful place that’s teeming with natural beauty, but the western county of Argyll is only the tip of what Scotland has to offer in terms of scenic locations. Even the capital is a beautiful destination. Most modern cities are packed with glitzy skyscrapers, but Edinburgh retains its historic status with beautiful architecture, culture, and stunning natural sights. Arthur’s Seat is the peak of a beautiful group of hills overlooking the city; it’s definitely worth a hike. Of course, if you’d rather stay away from cities on your scenic adventure then you should head to the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye. These stunning pools sit at the foot of the Black Cuillin mountains and look like they’ve been plucked from a fantasy novel such as The Hobbit. If you want a scenic getaway in Scotland then this is the place to be.

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The Caribbean.

Of course, if you’re looking for a beautiful island getaway then you should definitely head to the Caribbean. There are some idyllic islands in this region that are well worth a visit if you want to experience both sweltering heat and some stunning natural sights. The islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer exquisite local amenities and unbelievable natural beauty. You should check out Courtyard Port of Spain if you want to stay in a luxurious Trinidadian hotel that’s near all the famous sights of the island. The Maracas Beach is a wonderful spot that you should visit if you want to relax whilst admiring the natural splendour of the island.

Spain.

Finally, you need to visit Spain if you want to experience culture and beautiful locations rolled into one. This country has so much to offer when it comes to fantastic visuals. The city of Barcelona is the perfect place to start. Walk the streets of this amazing city and admire the beautiful architecture of Gaudi that practically makes up the majority of the city. And the Sagrada Familia is a stunning cathedral that you should stop to admire whilst you’re in Barcelona. It’s still being built to this day, a century after Gaudi’s death, and that’s a true testament to the impact that his artistic mind has had on the city. You should also head to Alcala la Real to see the Fortaleza de la Mota castle. Set in the heart of gloriously green hills, it’s a beautifully scenic place to visit.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Many parents worry about travelling when their children are young. Often putting it off entirely or staying relatively close to home and avoiding long drives and air travel until their children are older. This can be a shame. Travelling with young children can be wonderful. They view the world with such innocent wonder, exploring everywhere without discrimination or fear. This can be contagious. As an adult, your sense of wonder may have been deadened slightly. Travelling with a child and their infectious excitement can bring it all back. Yes, you need to be more organised and plan a little more. Yes, the flight might be a little more stressful (but probably nowhere near as bad as you think) and yes if you get a delay, it could well be a little nightmare. But, it’s surely worth it to see the world in such a wonderful way while introducing your children to all it has to offer and instilling in them a fantastic sense of adventure.

Often when we do travel with children, we spend a long time worrying about the flight. But, your choice of accommodation also plays a big part in the success of your trip. Here are some of the best options when you are travelling with family.

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A Villa

Staying in a luxury villa like those from Elegant Address can be a great option when you are travelling with kids. You’ll have everything you need close to hand, plenty of space, room for a car and perhaps even your own private pool. You can have a safe and enclosed holiday without worry. Villas also tend to have extra bedrooms, so you could take the grandparents along to help with babysitting.

Camping

Camping might not seem like the ideal choice when your children are young, but it could be perfect. Children love the excitement and adventure that camping brings. They relish getting stuck in and sleeping on the floor, and they’ll love exploring nature and eating around a campfire. As they get older, they might start to moan and ask to stay in luxury hotels so make the most of it while you can. We have just bought a folding camper and our first trip away with it is fast approaching. 

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A Package Holiday

If you are a bit of an adventurer yourself, the idea of a package holiday where everything is arranged, you stay in a hotel with other tourists and all your meals are provided might not sound too appealing. But, if you are travelling with children for the first time, it can be a great way to find your feet. There are usually kid’s clubs and plenty of activities to keep them occupied and you can always brave going out to explore the local area when you are ready.

A Cruise

A Cruise is probably the last thing that you’d think of. But, some cruises are catered with families in mind. There’s always plenty going on and lots to see, fantastic facilities and they are completely safe. It’s like having all of the benefits of a package holiday while getting to see a little more of the world.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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I have some exciting news for you all, one being a new series of Rusty Rivets is on its way and secondly we have a fabulous giveaway just in time!

I have been tasked to host a giveaway of The Rusty Rivets lab playset in Partnership with Nick Jr.

The new series of Rusty Rivets airs on tv from Monday 23rd April 2018! Never heard of it?? You can watch a clip here,

Rusty Rivets are from the creators of the well known Canine hero’s show; Paw Patrol and is just as gripping and fun as the six pups.

 

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Episode Synopsis:

In “Rusty’s Mobile Rivet Lab,” when Ranger Anna crash lands her planes in the distant savannah, Rusty and Ruby realise they need a new vehicle that can not only travel the distance but aid them in their builds. Thus, the Mobile Rivet Lab is born!

 

 

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Synopsis:

When there’s a job to do and stakes are high, ten-year-old Rusty Rivets – along with best bud Ruby – invents his way out of every jam by repurposing parts and objects into the wildest, coolest most awesome contraptions ever.

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Here are the all important competition guidelines:

This giveaway is open to residents of the UK only

Entrants must be 18 or over at time of entry

No purchase necessary

There will be one winner

The winner will receive one Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset worth £44.99

There is no cash alternative to the prize stated, the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions

The giveaway will open from Monday 9th until Monday 23rd April 2018 which is when the new series starts.

The winner will be drawn at random within 24 hours of the giveaway ending and notified by email. If the prize is not claimed within 28 days, another winner will be chosen

Invalid or incomplete entries will be disqualified

AdventureBrown accepts no responsibility for the delivery of this prize (the prize will be sent out direct from the Nickelodeon offices)

The Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset prize will be delivered 30 days following notification of win.

 Get entering and make sure you have the new series of Rusty Rivets set to reminder!

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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