An Afternoon At Bygone Times Chorley

Last weekend I took some much needed ‘me’ time, a few hours away from home and demanding children. It was bliss. I like to try to get together with my cousin Lisa regularly. She’s more like a sister to me so I feel it’s important that our relationship doesn’t get neglected by the busy lives we both lead. Lisa suggested we visit Bygone Times.

Bygone Times is an antiques and collectables centre based in Chorley, Lancashire. It’s a unique shopping experience where you can find everything from vintage clothing and furniture to collectable memorabilia. There is also a Titanic exhibition and war museum included in the entry price.

One of the most wonderful things about growing up together is that we share so many lovely memories of our grandparents. Our Nan’s house was like an aladdin’s cave, full of ornaments and other shiny wonders. We love nothing more than to reminisce about the time we spent there. Lisa had been to Bygone Times before and told me it was just like being back at our Nan’s house.

We spent hours walking around, there was so much to look at it was like a sensory overload. I thought of it like a huge warehouse full of memories and knick-knacks of bygone days. It was so nice to lose ourselves in memories of our childhood’s.

If books are your thing then this place would be heaven for you. There were cases and cases of books and magazines from yesteryear.

We almost forgot about lunch we were that immersed in the nostalgia of it all. There’s a lovely cafe on site where we stopped for a Pannini and some delicious chips.

The centre is also said to be haunted and we certainly felt some chills on parts of our walk around. They host ghost nights regularly if you brave enough to partake.

On one of the floors there is a penny arcade with vintage penny push and slot machines.

My favourite part was one of the  lower floors full of vintage car parts and beautiful antique furniture and clothes. I found a rail full of vintage wedding dresses. I was amazed at how beautiful they were and how much love and attention must have gone in to making them. I wondered where those brides were now and if they are still married to their true loves.

We came across so many things that our Nan had in her display cabinets, shelves and on her  fire place. From brass ornaments to the Bossons Head’s that she proudly displayed on the wall. It’s been over twenty years since she passed but I miss her terribly. Seeing all these things brought her to life again for me if only for a little while.

Everything at the centre is for sale and I couldn’t believe how reasonably priced most of it is. You can even telephone some of the unit holders to haggle for a lower price.

We had such a lovely time and I’m sure we will go back time and time again for lots more trips down memory lane together.

 

Post Pregnancy Hair Loss

I’ve always had a long thick head of hair, it’s been like that for as far back as I can remember. Apart from the very few times that I got fed up and chopped it to shoulder length. I soon regretted my decision as I just didn’t feel like myself without my long locks.

So when I noticed after having Daisy  that I had a small bald patch I will admit I felt quite anxious. Despite being pregnant twice before this was the first time I had experienced anything like this. Thankfully it was a very minor patch and it grew back within a few months.

During my pregnancy with Jake I was that busy with a toddler to look after I didn’t really notice anything different with my hair. Life got even busier once he arrived and it wasn’t until I saw a photo of myself 3 months later that I was shocked at how much hair I had missing. I don’t have a fringe as such, and I wear my hair pulled back in to a pony tail most days which made it even more noticeable.

I began to feel very self conscious about it. Chris assured me that it wasn’t that noticeable but to me it was like I had a huge flashing light pointing towards it. I also started to worry in case it never grew back.

I did some research and got some advice from fellow mums which helped to put my mind at ease. Thankfully around six months later my bald patch had disappeared completely.

Here are some things I learned about post pregnancy hair loss and what you can do about it.

The Facts

  • During pregnancy those wonderful hormones interrupt the normal hair growth cycle.
  • Higher levels of oestrogen freeze the normal daily hair loss cycle.
  • Your hair appears thicker and glossier during pregnancy but once you have given birth the cycle restarts and oestrogen levels fall and all that lovely extra hair falls out.
  • At around 3 months postpartum many women notice a dramatic hair loss.
  • For most women their usual hair growth cycle will return between 6 to 12 months of giving birth.

What you can do

  • Be gentle, although you can’t prevent the hair loss you can make sure you are not losing any excess. Condition your hair well and use a wide tooth comb to prevent tangles.
  • Don’t pull your hair back in to tight pony tails or up-do’s.
  • Put off any chemical based treatments like colouring or perming until the loss has stopped.
  • Eat well and take supplements to support healthy hair growth.

For some women hair loss can be more more extreme and long term, there is help available from hair clinics such as Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment. Of course if you are worried about your hair loss for any reason I recommend talking to your GP.

*This is a collaborative post*

 

 

 

 

#TuesdayTreasures 07.03.17

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures

Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky with myself and the lovely Rachel from RachelSwirl.

#TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old.


The Blog With The Booty

Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by both Rachel and myself to share with you all resulting in two winning (a winner is chosen by each of us).

This week I’ve chosen ‘The Art Of The Deal‘ by Thirsty Daddy. I really like Thirsty Daddy’s style of writing his blog posts always make me chuckle. This one is about negotiating with a 5 year old and I know plenty about that.

Thirsty Daddy is a husband and father to two wonderful girls. He is an X Ray technologist by profession and he’s a fan of the Boston Red Sox and whiskey. You can read more of his fantastic posts here.
Adventures In Websterland

 

 

I would like to thank Thirsty Daddy and award  him with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look forward to seeing your badge proudly on display somewhere on your fantastic blog.


Avast Ye! (The Basics For Linking Up)

The #TuesdayTreasures linky will be live from 5 am every Tuesday and will close at the end of the day on a Thursday. As with all linkys there are some rules and the full version of these can be found here.

Basically, you can link up to a maximum of two posts, new or old. Please comment on the hosts posts (that would be RachelSwirl and myself) and at least two other linked posts. If you can please finish your comments with #TuesdayTreasures that would be particularly helpful as it puts bloggers in the know as to how you found their posts.

If you are on Twitter then let us know, You can find us at @FrugalMrsW and @RachelSwirl, again try not to forget to include the hashtag #TuesdayTreasures. We will share your posts and in turn share the love!

Every week we will each pick a favourite #TuesdayTreasures post and will mention it at the beginning of our linky posts the following Tuesday, so don’t forget to pop back each week to check on both our blogs.

Here is the badge and code for you to use in your post/ posts which you select to link up.

Adventures In Websterland
Drink Up Me’Hearties Yo Ho!

Now it’s time to get linking, We look forward to reading all your linked posts shortly!

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Living Arrows 10/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

The first week back after half term has been a soggy one and the weekend has been no different. The kids think the gigantic puddles are great fun and they have wanted to splosh through them at every opportunity.

On Saturday while I enjoyed a much needed Mummy day out the kids enjoyed a trip to a soft play centre with Daddy. They had lunch and a play before heading home where I found them snoozing on the couch when I came home. On Sunday they went to Nanny and Grandad’s for the afternoon so they have had quite a busy weekend.

Jake

Jake loves to build, whether it’s blocks or bricks he loves to make cars and planes. His dexterity amazes me sometimes. There are only 2 months left until his 3rd birthday. He’s growing up so fast but in lots of ways he is still my baby.

Daisy

Daisy always wants to do what Mummy does. She watches me putting on make-up or doing my hair and always asks lots of questions. I know she’s excited to be a big girl but I want to keep her little just for a while longer. After her shower last week she asked to have a hair turban ‘like Mummy’. As you can she was delighted with the results.

 

Living Arrows

Make Money From Home With The Money Shed – A Guest Post

Almost two years ago I found The Money Shed and my online earning journey began in earnest. I managed to completely pay for Christmas in just two months using the tips and advice from owner Jon and the fellow forum users. Today Jon is here to share some great advice to get you started making money from home.

Earning decent money from home has long been some kind of urban legend. People either get exposed to some kind of crazy scam or equally as bad, surveys offering 50p rewards for your time.I’m happily here to change all that for you and show you 3 easy ways you can earn a DECENT living online!

My name is Jon and I run a website called The Money Shed which is actually the UKs largest community website dedicated to earning money from home! I’ve been at this ‘earning online’ malarky for a great number of years now and have been featured in the press quite a few times as well so I’ve helped a LOT of people out of financial difficulty by earning money from home.

With all that said, here are 3 sure fire ways you can make over £1000 a month from home in total!
1) Web Search Evaluator

If you can use Google or Bing you can do this job! Being a WSE is where you help search engines in terms of the results they present you with. It’s making sure when someone types in the search term ‘Manchester United’ they aren’t getting presented with results for ‘Liverpool FC’. The job entails a fair amount of concentration as you are paid BY THE HOUR at a rate that is well above the UK minimum wage! You can easily make £700 odd a month from this as I used to bring in that amount and that was when I was only doing it in the evenings around my main job! The companies you want to apply with to do this type of work are Leapforce, Lionbridge or Appen.

2) Website User Experience Testing

Have you ever used a website and thought that some of its design choices were a little bit off? Companies likes WhatUsersDo will give you the change to feed that information back to clients and pay you £8-£15 per time. WhatUsersDo is an excellent website that you can sign up to for free. You are assigned work as it becomes available and you are simply asked to go onto the website of the client and interact with it. This might involve pretending to order something or trying out various search options on the site. While you are doing this WhatUsersDo use a nifty bit of software to record your screen so they can see what you are doing. On top of this you need to use a Mic so that you can explain how you feel about the design and layout of the site and pages as you go about doing the task.

3) Earn money doing tasks on your Smartphone

These amazing apps have been around for a few years now. They are sort of an offspring of traditional Mystery Shopping and just involve you going to and taking a photo or two and answering any questions the clients may want. Everything is done via your phone but the pay is very high and you can make a good few hundred each month by doing them. To get started head on over to your App store of choice and download

Apple : Task360, Roamler, BeMyEye, StreetSpotr, Field Agent
Android : Roamler, StreetSpotr, BeMyEye

Set the apps up and you will soon see if there is work available in your location. The work flow on these apps is DYNAMIC so while there may be no work on Task360 for you today in 2 days time that may not be the case! The work generally just takes minutes to do and payment is usually around £5 for the simpler tasks and £7-£10 or the more involved ones that require a few more photos. There’s nothing stopping you generally making around £300+ a month from these apps so they really are fantastic earners!

I hope all this helps you. It’s just a very small fraction of the sort of information we have available on The Money Shed so if you want to earn even more please do pop over to our site and join in with our community as we would love to have you there!

Polar Bears, Singing Husbands & Rapunzel #LittleLoves

I’m so happy that March is finally here although I’m not sure how we are already in the third month of the year. Hopefully this month will bring us lots more opportunities to get outside and have some fun. I don’t know about you but when the sun is shining and things start to grow again it improves my mood and lifts my spirits.

I’m making it a priority to indulge myself in my little loves each week. For the last six months my work/life balance has been non-existent and it’s just not the way I want to live anymore. As much as I love being my own boss I just haven’t been taking the time for myself. I’m trying to rectify that by following a new working hours schedule and actually taking some days off.

Read

I read a post over on The Cornish Mum called The Unfair Stigma of Diabetes. Her message struck a chord with me and has really helped me with some of the guilt I feel about my own diagnosis with type 2.

Other than reading lots of blog posts I haven’t picked up a book or a magazine this week at all. I would love to get back in to reading regularly again but it’s the one thing that gets neglected when I’m pushed for time.

Watched

Another series I’m late to the party with is Fortitude. I started watching it earlier this week on Sky box-sets and I’m hooked already. It’s certainly not what I expected it to be. I love it’s Arctic setting and the plethora of recognisable actors. It’s got it all, stunning backdrop, murder, suspense and polar bears. If you love a good ‘who done it’ with lots of twists then I definitely recommend it.

I also watched a film at the weekend called ‘Nerve’. I think it’s more suited to the teen audience but I really enjoyed it. I thought it was like a modern day Hackers.

Heard

My husband, Chris is an amazing singer (of course I’m biased) he was singing at an open mic night when I met him. He has this beautiful rich tone to his voice that gets me right in my stomach every time I hear him. His guitar has sadly been gathering dust for a while as real life took over so I was delighted when he brought it downstairs at the weekend. We all sat in the kitchen and listened while he sang my favourites. I wish I had an ounce of his musical talent.

Made

Every half term I like to let the kids bake something. It’s great now that Jake is old enough to properly get involved. They made some cupcakes and lots of mess.

Worn

I have to let Daisy have this section this week. With world book day on the horizon I was so happy and relieved when she said Rapunzel was her favourite book. We already had the costume so I didn’t need to dash round trying to sew bits of things together. I’m just not that creative kind of Mummy. Next year Jake will at school too so I think I might snap up lots of costumes in the inevitable sales that follow.

And lastly 

It’s no secret that I’m a huge YouTube fan, I could watch videos all day long. I’ve had a bit of a shuffle and sort out on there this week and have found some great new accounts to follow. I don’t know what it is but having a video play in the background while I go about my day but it really makes me happy. There’s always something new to watch.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

 

Word of the Week-Rain

This weeks word was almost going to be pancakes but after being defeated by them twice this week I’m going with rain. Rain has certainly dominated the school run this week, I’m still waiting for my shoes to dry out.

Our route to school runs alongside a brook that usually holds very little water. It was such a shock on Tuesday to see it actually flowing and almost full ! Not to mention the size of the puddles that I had to carry Daisy through.

Along with the rain came snow, sleet and hail stones. Daisy and Jake were really excited about the huge puddles and the chance of snow. Me not so much I was freezing with soggy shoes wishing someone would carry me over the puddles.

I haven’t even had the option of an umbrella as Jake has had to go in the buggy while it’s been pouring down. I can’t wait for the day when I have both my arms free again.

Getting Daisy to school on Thursday for World Book Day in her Rapunzel dress was interesting. I think she must be the first fictional princess to wear welly boots.

Having looked at the weather forecast this morning it looks like rain is going dominate for the weekend too. Oh well it’s nice weather for ducks as they say.

The Reading Residence

 

 

Bidvine Review

Recently I’ve been thinking about getting a professional family photograph done. It would be lovely to have us all in the same photograph as very often it’s either me or Mr Webster taking it. I didn’t have a clue where to start looking so when Bidvine got in touch to ask me to review their service I thought it would the perfect opportunity to find someone local for the job.

Bidvine connects customers with local service providers and professionals all over the UK. Whether you want your tap repairing, a florist for your wedding or a personal trainer Bidvine can help you find one to suit your needs. The service is totally free for the customer and provides you with competitive bids for you to choose from.

Using the website is super simple. You type in the service you are looking for, I went with family portrait photography and then you enter your postcode. You will then be asked a series of questions to further specify exactly what it is you need from the service. I found this part really useful as it means that you will receive a more accurate bid estimate.

Some of the multiple choice questions included things like the size of the party to be photographed and the location I would like the photograph taken in. The whole process of answering took about a minute to complete.

 

Once completed your job request is sent to trusted local professionals who then have up to four days to contact you with their bid. How many bids you receive will depend upon the nature of your request or other factors such as seasonality.

Once you have your bids then it’s up to you to decide who to choose.

I would definitely recommend Bidvine as a first choice when you have those niggling little jobs that need doing or if you want to employ someone trustworthy and local. I think Bidvine is a great service for people with a busy lifestyle. who want a quick and easy way to get a job done.

*This is a collaborative post*

 

 

#TuesdayTreasures 28/02/2017

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures

Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky with myself and the lovely Rachel from RachelSwirl.

#TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old.


The Blog With The Booty

Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by both Rachel and myself to share with you all resulting in two winning (a winner is chosen by each of us).

This week I have chosen Monday Motivation #12 Be nice! written by For the love of Jars. I believe in kindness above all else, there’s certainly not enough of it around at the moment. I love how Nicola’s decision to be nice in a situation that would leave most of us fuming made such a difference to a strangers day as well as her own.

Nicola is a mum of 2 who lives in Northampton with her children,  partner Andrew and their two dogs. They have a pretty hectic but normal life that Nicola loves to write about. Nicola is hoping to turn blogging in to her career so she can spend lots of quality time at home with her family.

For the love of jars is a family and lifestyle blog and you can read lots more of Nicola’s motivating posts here.

 

Adventures In Websterland

 

I would like to thank Nicola and award her with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look forward to seeing your badge proudly on display somewhere on your wonderful blog.


Avast Ye! (The Basics For Linking Up)

The #TuesdayTreasures linky will be live from 5 am every Tuesday and will close at the end of the day on a Thursday. As with all linkys there are some rules and the full version of these can be found here.

Basically, you can link up to a maximum of two posts, new or old. Please comment on the hosts posts (that would be RachelSwirl and myself) and at least two other linked posts. If you can please finish your comments with #TuesdayTreasures that would be particularly helpful as it puts bloggers in the know as to how you found their posts.

If you are on Twitter then let us know, You can find us at @FrugalMrsW and @RachelSwirl, again try not to forget to include the hashtag #TuesdayTreasures. We will share your posts and in turn share the love!

Every week we will each pick a favourite #TuesdayTreasures post and will mention it at the beginning of our linky posts the following Tuesday, so don’t forget to pop back each week to check on both our blogs.

Here is the badge and code for you to use in your post/ posts which you select to link up.

Adventures In Websterland
Drink Up Me’Hearties Yo Ho!

Now it’s time to get linking, We look forward to reading all your linked posts shortly!

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February At The Websters

I’ve said it before but February is my least favourite month of the year. Each year no matter how positively I think it brings illness and stress. myself and the children have spent almost the entire month fighting off one cold and cough after another.

Thanks to vitamins, Berocca and lots of rest we are all feeling much better. I’ve told Mr Webster that we need to go somewhere hot for the whole of February from now on.

Our car Val also had her MOT this month which was rather costly. Thankfully we had some healthy looking savings to pay with.

Anyway, here’s some other things that happened in February.

  • We took a few trips to the park.
  • I went to the cinema to see ‘Split’ (fab film).
  • We tried potty training again with Jake.
  • We celebrated valentines day with a nice meal together as a family.
  • We watched tons of Netflix.
  • Pancakes were made and enjoyed.
  • Chris and I went for a delicious meal at PizzaExpress.
  • I won some great prizes including some gift cards which meant lots of treats.
  • Daisy and I enjoyed a pamper evening at home.
  • I made a start on Spring cleaning.