A Woodland Walk

You can tell when the weather improves and Spring is on its way by the fact that the girls want to go on a walk in the local woods. Last weekend with the weather warming up a little bit the girls asked if we could have a walk in the woods. It was a little muddy but there were lots of signs of Spring plus it gave me the chance to grab some photographs. As a bonus the girls also let me take a few photos of them...this doesn't normally happen.

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It’s Pie Week!!

There are certain times of the year that I remember…the girls birthday’s, the start of the F1 season and pie week. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves, the classic pie should never be forgotten; it's a thing to enjoy and treasure. I’ll admit something…there was a time when my girls were younger that I may have neglected the pie. I’m ashamed of myself.

Fast forward and Aly who’s 9 has developed a real love of having pie for dinner and this means we get to enjoy it lots and it’s our special meal. Of course, there are many beautiful pies you can savour like a warming steak pie but our personal favourite is a chicken pie.

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It All Started In Barcelona

We are by no means massive travellers, we've visited a few places and most of them hold special memories. From our first holiday as a couple, first family holiday or the first time the girls flew on a plane, they all have their place in our heart. One trip really stands out and that's Barcelona which was in February 2007. The plan was for us to enjoy a short break in the lovely Barcelona, just the two of us.

We had been trying for a baby for a little while, but not a long time. Mrs LADs had bought a pregnancy test while in the airport before we had left England but she decided not to tell me. After dropping our bags at the hotel before we head off to have a look around and grab some dinner she heads to the bathroom and a few minutes later comes out with a look on her face, straight away I can tell "We're having a baby!"

The words you'll never forget, the words that will change your whole World.

By this stage, we'd been a couple for 6 years and married for almost 3 years so we knew we were ready to start this next chapter.

Before we left for this little break we'd just had the news that the landlords wanted our flat back by the end of March. Laura at the time had said that these things happen for a reason and now we knew what that reason was.

Barcelona would always be in our memories.

Once the excitement had died down slightly we wanted to make the most of Barcelona and all that it had to offer. When we travel we get very organised and plan what we want to see and on which days.

The first place to visit in Barcelona is, of course, Gaudi's amazing La Sagrada cathedral which after over 100 years still isn't finished. It's a remarkable sight and you can visit many parts of the cathedral and around it, you'll find lots of gift shops and plenty of places to eat.

Being a massive football fan I couldn't visit Barcelona and not make a trip to Camp Nou. If you're a sports fan then you need to visit one of the iconic stadiums in the World. We didn't get to see a match but if you can then I would really recommend it.

We tried to fit in as much as possible so we visited the Sea Life centre, the Barcelona Zoo and enjoyed lot's of yummy food.

Barcelona is a city that will always hold a very special place in our hearts and in the next year or so we will try and visit again with the girls.

The team at Avis have produced its own Barcelona travel guide. It’s well worth looking at if you want some hints and tips for visiting the city.

If you plan on visiting then we'd suggest getting a car to hire so it makes it easier to get around, check out Car Hire in Barcelona and really enjoy Barcelona.

The article has been sponsored by AVIS

Russell Hobbs 6-in-1 blender and Nutella Cheesecake

I enjoying cooking the problem is that I very rarely get the chance so when the chance to try out the Russell Hobbs 6-in-1 blender I thought this was my chance to set some time aside to give it a test and I also get to make something yummy.

So what can this kitchen gadget do? Well, it is a 600W multi-functional hand blender with food processor attachment and can do 6 functions in one including processing, creaming, slicing, shredding, blending and whisking.

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Our Film Date Night

Look at their beautiful faces, filled with excitement and joy as they run to their grandparents for the night. It’s one of those truly blissful moments as a parent but you can’t show your happiness too much, party poppers and fireworks as they leave aren’t allowed. It’s a rare night off for us as we don’t ever get babysitters. In fact, I can’t remember the last time that we went out for a meal, as just the two of us. But this weekend is our weekend, you see two weeks ago it was the 16th anniversary of our first date. How did we celebrate? Well, we didn’t and the day almost passed us by.

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Men's Health | A Personal MOT with TENA Men

Men's Health | A Personal MOT with TENA Men

The New Year for many signals the start of a new health and fitness plan. Most of us have high hopes of joining the gym and ditching the junk food. We use this time to think about improving our body and look after ourselves.

How many of us actually stick to it?

I'm exactly the same, the running trainers have been cleaned...the healthy eating cookbook has been ordered and I have no doubt it'll soon be forgotten.

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