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“Getting Her To Sleep” #MySundayPhoto

“Poorly Little Santa wanted her friend to look after her while she was sleeping.
Lego Santa asked her friend to come and look after her…”

Check out the Tales From The Toyshelf Instagram page for more from Lego Santa and his family.

 

Photalife

10 Ways To Feel Better on Blue Monday

Been feeling like crap?

Like really – more then having a bad day crap?

You are not alone.

January is generally known for being crap. Seriously, it seems its a mix of things.

To start with, Christmas is over. The bright lights, excitement, and seasonal greetings, are being replaced with dark nights, winter flu, and grumpy souls on the bus. Less mince pies, more salad. You’ve probably also realised those New Year Resolutions aren’t working.

In fact this month is so rubbish a few years ago a PR company coined the phrase Blue Monday to describe the tipping point of crappy feelings that people feel in this post festive gloom. In short, Blue Monday is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. This year Blue Monday is on Monday 16th January, the timing of which is worked out based on a complex formula involving all of the above mentioned issues, and probably more.

I guess “Blue Monday” is mostly rubbish, but January may be rubbish month for many people. It probably a good time to remind ourselves to look after our own mental health.

I’ve found this over at Social Work Tutor Facebook page, and wanted to share this in case it helps someone…

I guess, have a chat with your GP if you’re feeling depressed, stressed, anxious or whatever.

Or at least speak to someone.

Chat to someone online if that’s easier.

kooth.com and www.qwellcounselling.com

You are not alone.

Conversations With A Tiny Person #7

Sometimes you have to learn to lose…

Sunset Over The River Exe in Exeter – #MySundayPhoto

The sunset over The River Exe in Exeter, Devon.

Taken after an afternoon of exploring around Exeter Quay with the little one. I would have played around to get a few photos from a lower angle… but I needed to stop the LO from wondering to far.

 

Photalife

Feeling Snug, At The Snug in Exeter

Normally if I rave about a eatery in Exeter, it can normally either be found in the city centre, or down near the River Exe. The Snug is found deep within the eastern side of Exeter, around the back of Whipton.

If you have kids, are in this part of Exeter, check this place out, if only for the kids play area. And its probably the kids area that sums up The Snugs selling point so well.

It feels like home.

I don’t have an indoor slide, or indoor soft play at home. But I have space, there are toys (sometimes all over the place), and I have a sofa. The Snug has all these things, with a fantastic sofa overlooking it all. The Sofa supplying a great place to both try and sleep, and show your daughter how a Jack In A Box Works.

Although called The Snug, they have plenty of space for buggies. There is also a “quieter” side of the cafe as well, which is away from the noise of the play area.

Food wise, its great little cafe style menu with daily specials… But I have to admit. I’ve been a few times now, and only ever eaten the breakfast. Make of that what you will, but it is worth noting that they talk about sourcing as much of their menu as locally as they can. Also the menu has gluten free options! Gluten free options are subject to what they have in stock, but I’ve always found the staff friendly and helpful when discussing this with them.

(Edit. The Good Lady Wife has just poked me in the back, and reminded me of their cake.)

Last point. (I feel I am gushing over this place too much). The Decor. Words cant explain it, so I’ll finish off with a few images.

More details about The Snug can be found on their Facebook Page.

2016. What Are Your Highlights?

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of 2016! Blogs all around the internet are looking at 2016, and summing up the highlights from what has been an interesting year. Well Dads Sofa is no stranger to jumping on bandwagons, and as such here is the Sofas attempt to look at highlighting the good news from 2016.

Here is The Dads Sofa list of top moments from 2016…

  1. Well…
  2. Err…
  3. Emm….
  4.  2016 could have been worse…
  5. Rogue One was released, and managed to sum up 2016 in the space of two hours?
  6. The Doctor Who Special was good..?
  7. And….
  8. Thats it?

Help me out here! Theres got to be some top moments right? 

Or.

 

When all is said and done.

Is it all summed up by this?

Sunsetting Over Devon #MySundayPhoto *

Christmas 2016 was spent at our “countryside retreat” (aka my parents place), a chance to enjoy some countryside air and you know… chill out as much as you can when you have a 4 year old.

I loved this image of the sun starting to set over the Devon countryside, and thought it was a good photo to act as my last Sunday Photo* of 2016.

Thinking about it… I cant remember editing this…

*Yeah… I know its not Sunday yet – but its a long weekend…

 

Photalife

Feel Like You’re Getting Old? Here’s A Soundtrack to Growing Up

With a New Year around the corner, do you feel like you’re getting old?

Here’s A Soundtrack to Growing Up

Be like Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Be A Hero.

It’s a popular observation that 2016 has claimed many famous people. One of the most recent being Carrie Fisher known for her role as Princess Leia.

Considering the amount of beloved celebrities that have taken their bow this year, Carrie Fishers death struck me the hardest. She was the one that was part of a crew that I grew up watching fight their way through the galaxy. I spent weekends at home watching VHS recordings of Return of The Jedi, and explored the other two parts during lunch times on the school video players. (I guess I was a geek back then as well).

And I guess that’s why it’s hit the hardest.

I’m getting to the age that I get to see my heroes of the big screen die.

And I guess that’s one reason why being an adult can suck.

The thing with Princess Leia was, she didn’t just get rescued. She took control, rescued others, and bossed the guys around in the process.

The character of Princess Leia opened the way for Rey and Jyn, and all three are action heroes for people today.
Heroes die.

But heroes can inspire new ones in their place.

Here’s one of my favourite Princess Leia scenes…

What is your favourite Princess Leia scene?

Title of this post inspired by manvspink, who has written a great piece on his defining image of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Image from StarWars.com

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