Thursday, 15 February 2018

Visiting the National Space Centre

This was one of our attractions during our Stay Play Explore Break at the weekend.  It was VERY busy here.  I guess the fact it was the start of the half term holiday, a weekend and a rainy day ALL combined meant it was always going to be packed.  We haven’t been here before, so we didn’t approach it the best way. 

We arrived as it opened but I think many others had the same idea but we then and made the mistake of watching the first available show in the planetarium.  We should have used our head start on the larger crowds to go around some of the exhibits.  We pretty much jumped straight into the queue for the show with quite a few others, when we could have left it to just before the time slot for the show as there was HEAPS of seats in there.  Plus, a later show would have given us a bit of breathing space round the displays. 

That said, we still enjoyed our time here.  You just needed to be patient and willing to wait if you wanted to interact with any of the displays.  I don’t think we did the space cadet training justice, only managing to get around a few of the challenges as a massive scouts group was in the area and it was rammed!  I would love to be here again when its quieter, so the boys could take their time.  The activities they did do they loved.  They liked picking out supplies to last the crew a month!  Although both forgot a vital supply as they were too busy filling the shuttle with chocolate and fresh fruit to keep the crew happy!

I’ve realised space travel isn’t for me!  You can’t have a bath, you rely on wet wipes to keep yourself clean.  

Food needs to be spicier in space as fluid builds up in your head when you are weightless, and your taste buds suffer as a result.  It’s like having a permanent cold.  You must eat tortillas not bread as the crumbs are no good floating about the spaceship, this I wouldn’t mind.  But mealtime would be tricking with relying on Velcro and magnetic strips, so your lunch doesn’t float off!  Being in space can be quite disorientating for your body and you can feel sick.  I have enough problems with some of the rides at a theme park there is no chance I could cope with the sensation for a few days whilst I adjust.

Even though it was busy we still enjoyed learning so much about space travel and the planets.  It’s very educational and informative but presented in a way that is very appealing and fun for children.  As it was half term there were more pop up stands and a show on, so if you do pick a busy time you know that there will be extra things to see anyway.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Sick Of The Same Old Holiday Spot? These Ideas Should Spice Things Up

Going on holiday should always be fun. When you work really hard, or you’re always swept off of your feet looking after your children and the house, then you need a break - we all do. It’s hard to go an entire year without one. When you don’t, you’ll often find that you’re kind of off your game. You’ll be tired, and have less energy to get the things done that you need to. So, instead of putting it off, you need to make sure that you book in that break each year. But when you find that you often go to the same place, or same kinds of spots, then you may be put off of going away at all.

Because there’s nothing like the monotony of holiday routine to ruin your idea of a break. You’ll feel like you’re not really having a break at all. So when you are sick of heading to the same spot, then you’re going to want to shake things up a bit. And to do that, you need some inspiration. Because you may find that you can only think of that same old spot, or style of holiday! And that’s not going to get you anywhere. So let’s take a look at the different kinds of holidays that you might like to go on, so you can actually get the break you deserve this year.

Classic British Coastal Holiday

If you’re someone that tends to go abroad whenever you head on holiday, then maybe this year should be the year that you stay on British soil? Because there are some truly beautiful seaside towns just waiting to host you. Okay, so the weather may not always be guaranteed. But when you have children, there’s nothing quite like a seaside experience. Some of our own best memories are often of the classic British coastal holiday, so why not let theirs be too?


On the same note, you could also consider camping. And before you imagine yourself dirty for days in the middle of nowhere - it doesn’t have to be a survival style thing. You could head to a cute little campsite or even stay somewhere a little more luxury. Maybe in a luxury log cabin. The idea would be to get out into nature, which can be the perfect backdrop for a relaxing break.

City Break

Maybe you need to change the pace? If so, a city break is going to be perfect for this. There are so many cosmopolitan spots across Europe that are great for dining out, seeing the sights, shopping and more. So if you want to enjoy more of a culture-clad and fast-paced break, then heading to a city is for you.

A Cruise

When you still want a luxury break in the sun, but you want to do it differently, why not think about heading on a cruise? With luxury river cruises, you’ll be able to experience a break in style, but not in one place. When you want to see a range of different sights and get a lot out of your holiday, a cruise can offer you that.

Luxury All-Inclusive

If you tend to go self-catering when you’re abroad, you’ve probably never really had the best kind of luxury experience. You can get some stunning villas, of course, but they won’t come close to some of the incredible luxury all-inclusive resorts around the world. So if you’re ready for a break that will allow you to switch off with the ultimate indulgences, look for a resort in the country of your choice.

Road Trip

When you want to see a range of different spots, but not necessarily on the coast, then a road trip could be exactly what you need. Whether it’s throughout the UK or Europe, you’ll often find that you can cover a lot of ground. So if you’re torn between seeing a few different places, or you want to go from the coast, to the city, to the countryside, then road tripping can be a great choice to get it all in.

Adventure Break

Finally, you may want to go with something completely different. Maybe you don’t want something slow and relaxing. Maybe you want to go with something exciting and adventurous? When that’s the case, take a look at the many active holidays you could head out on. When your kids love to be adventurous, skiing or hiking or cycling could be just what you need to make your holiday exciting this year.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Learning to live with Asthma

I have suffered with asthma since I was five years old.  As I have got older I have learnt to manage it better.  I have had to learn to live with asthma.  I don’t want it stopping me doing the things I love and impacting my life too much.  When I was little it could be quite scary.  Now I know more about its triggers and how to avoid them.  I want to live life to the full, travelling and cramming in new experiences. 

If I take my preventer inhaler and avoid certain situations my condition is generally well managed.  When we were decorating and stripping walls in our previous house I had an asthma attack.  In a way that has worked in my favour as I know tell my husband I couldn’t possible jeopardy my health by helping decorate!!! There is a silver lining even when your asthmatic.

Another trigger is the cold weather which makes me feel quite bad.  When I catch a cold 9 times out of 10 it ends up on my chest and I feel much worse.  It helps if I wrap up and stop the cold air getting onto my chest.  A scarf over your nose and mouth warm the air up and stop it being an issue.

What surprises me is that you can develop asthma through your work, occupational asthma occurs through allergens you are exposed too when doing your job.  One in ten asthma sufferers are a result of work-related factors.  As someone who has really struggled with asthma over the years I think it’s a real shame you can develop it through a job.  I have had to be dosed up on steroids and had to use nebuliser.  I haven’t been admitted to hospital, but I think that was down to me being bloody minded and refusing as a child to go!!! 

I have felt the real struggle to be able to breathe, the raw panic when you can’t get enough air!  I think its only fair if you have developed asthma in your job that you can claim compensation.  Also, I guess it’s about greater awareness.  If you work in a job that has dust, flour, grain or other hazardous substances your employer hopefully will make sure you have the right equipment to protect you from allergens.  If your already an asthmatic be even more careful in those environments because they will only worsen your condition.  

Make sure you use the masks, helmets and hoods they provide you with.  Don’t compromise your health by failing to follow health and safety procedures.  It’s too late afterwards when you must learn to live with asthma and make adjustments to your life.  

Once I had an asthma attack through sheer panic, I was stuck in a lift and the extreme emotions tightened my airways and set me off.  I think it would be a real shame if someone went on to develop asthma just because they didn't realise the dangers of working with floor dust, latex, spray paint, metal working fluids or animals.