Friday, 19 August 2016

Friday Frivolity - Funny Babies

Friday Frivolity

Babies are funny. Fact. I mean, just look at them:

Jessica Powell baby pic

I've been scanning in all our family photos, so I figure I'd use this opportunity to share a few of them. Here's my brother, Rhys, discovering chocolate:

Rhys Powell

And my dad as a baby back in 1966/7:

Kevin Mark Powell

My mum's baby photos mostly got flooded, so this is the earliest one we have:

Wendy Reeves

To make up for it, they ensured there were plenty of embarrassing photos of me!

baby pic
baby pic

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Now I am 5

My mum gave me a few old school books of mine she'd kept the other week, so I scanned my favourite pages in before consigning them to the great recycling bin in the sky...

Now I am 5

I struggle to do these things now...

I vaguely remember going on a trip with my parents and brother to see an Egyptian exhibit, and my brother being told they would leave him with the mummy overnight if he wouldn't stop being naughty. I kind of hope this is the event being referenced, because otherwise I was just some weird kid who wanted to see tombs and eat cheese on toast afterwards.

In my parents' recollections I'm always yelling at my dad as a little kid, so it's good to see proof that I spread my temper around. (!)

There were a few of these weird little stories in the book - Tommy Blue Tit featured prominently in one, and Moses in another. (It is not ours to question the teaching methods of the early 90s.) This one just edged its way into favourite position because of the 'secret life'. :D

The excitement, it never ended!

I'm linking up with -
Life Love and Dirty Dishes

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

True Crime

True Crime
The Titanic Switch TheoryMidnight Tragedy: 1909 Murder of Poor Kitty Roman

Other cases I've written about include the so-called 'Welsh Vampire' and Jack the Ripper.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Introducing Frog Bikes

Yesterday we went to the official opening of the new Frog Bikes factory on Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool. I was really impressed with what we saw!

About Frog Bikes

Frog Bikes are all about kids; they have set about making the best possible bikes for children, all with the goal of making cycling easier and more fun. The frames are all lightweight aluminium, as opposed to the traditional steel - which often means a child's bike weighs almost as much as the child riding it.

They also have a unique crank design, making the bikes easier for kids to pedal. (And less likely to tire after five minutes and leave you to push / carry the bike around...)

Right now, the range includes balance bikes (called Tadpoles!), first pedal bikes, road bikes, track bikes, and very smart looking hybrid bikes. Plus helmets, lights, bottles, bags, and 'Handlebar Heroes'. In readiness for the Olympics, they even launched a Union Jack range with Joanna Rowsell.

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Handlebar Heroes give your bike real horse power! (How cute is that!?)

Frog Bikes and South Wales

Initially, Frog Bikes were manufactured in China but this made it a) more difficult to control supply, and b) environmentally unfriendly in terms of the bikes' carbon footprint. The decision to relocate the process to the UK was good news for Torfaen as they chose to set up shop on the Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool, creating a bunch of new jobs.

I've had the date of the official opening in my diary for a while, as I knew I'd be standing in for the mayor. I also had it down as a family day so I turned up dressed down with Anthony and Marianna in tow - only to find everyone else in suits for a tour of the new offices and production line.

This is completely typical of my life, so it didn't even phase me. Marianna decided she didn't want to walk, and didn't want to go to Anthony, so he got to carry my handbag while I carried Marianna. (I think he's finally found his calling!) It was so cool to see how bikes are put together, and Marianna seemed transfixed by it all. Plus she got a piece of chocolate cake afterwards. :)

It's so great to see new businesses coming into the area, and bringing innovative products and ideas with them. You can get a look inside the factory yourself via THIS ITV news report.

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Check Out Frog Bikes

The bikes look awesome, and I hope Frog Bikes continues to go from strength to strength! Take a look at the Frog Bikes range for yourself at You can also connect with them on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

They also have competitions running every day until August 21st. Check it out!

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Out and About in Torfaen

Monday, 15 August 2016

Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas

This post serves as a repository for all of my gift guides and reviews of things I'm particularly convinced make awesome gifts - along with the places to buy them!

Christmas on a BudgetPick the Perfect Present with Wicked Uncle
Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Family Life

Sunday, 14 August 2016

This Week #45

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Life This Week

I've missed a few of these weekly round up posts now - but it has been nice to have a bit of a break! Council wound up for summer recess towards the end of July so I've been focusing on family time and fixing the house up.

We've been on a few days out: Longtown Castle and a meal at the Skirrid Inn, Newport Geekedfest, BBQs at my mum's, and spending time at our local. :)

Photo of the Week

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This Week, I 'ave Been Mostly...

☆ READING: A little less of Rosie and Jim - find out why in my Manners Maketh Baby post.

☆ WRITING: I wrote an open letter to the Natwest about their insistence that ATM fraud cannot be committed with a cloned card. Unfortunately for me and my bank balance, it can.

☆ WATCHING: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. I can't believe I hadn't seen this before, it's awesome!

☆ LISTENING: Dangerous Love - Fuse ODG. It's such a good summer tune.

☆ WEARING: I had a lovely new bracelet for my birthday which I'm wearing today.

☆ EATING: We were sent some gorgeous cupcakes from Caketoppers to try.

☆ REVIEWING: We took the #WickedUncleChallenge and tested out some really cool toys.

On the Blog

I've been tidying up my blog categories and putting new front pages together. Blogging related post over the last couple of weeks include Copyright for Bloggers and Editorial Calendar Ideas for August.

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This Week - Weekly Overviews

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Mini Mart Review: MyTinyWorld

Haul from My Tiny World Miniatures

Supplier: My Tiny World

Products: MyTinyWorld sell a huge range of 1/12 scale furniture and accessories. I've ordered through them a few times and always come back because the quality of their retro packaging is excellent - really clear printing and sharp lines - and their miniature glassware is some of the best. I was very pleased with the decanter (£5.00) and packaging (e.g. Brillo box, £1.10) I bought this time around.

My other favourite pieces were the 'spilled' tin of baked beans (£6.59), and the tiny hand carved sheep. I have a few of these little wooden animals now; here is the sheep (£4.20) meeting my old dog:

Miniature sheep, dog, clock and toys

Post and Packing: Free UK postage on all orders over £40. My order was processed quickly, email updates were sent along the way, and my items were with me in under ten days. Packaging is little baggies, surrounded by bubble wrap in a cardboard box.

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