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  1. I have totally been loving building, framing and creating our Harry Potter Wall this year. It's so nice to have all our photos and trinkets in one place instead of all over the place. Especially things like our Butterbeer bowls and Studio Tour Passports, things that would end up shut away in cupboards. I selected a range of different frames and photograph sizes to mimic the adorned walls of Hogwarts filled with paintings. I've also started collecting round side plates with cats on to create a little ode to Umbridge, I mean who doesn't love cats.

    harry potter wall canvas

    There are so many quotes from Harry Potter that I absolutely adore and I use as many as I can on social media for specific situations.

    Earlier this year our beloved great grandfather sadly passed away I used the wise words of Albus Dumbledore (I quote him a lot) To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    During the horrendous attacks in Manchester and London I wanted to acknowledge them but not make any grand political statements, I prefer to stay neutral on social media so of course I turned to Harry Potter.

    We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.

    And last week my daughter Megan said goodbye to her first school and most of her friends and again I turned to Dumbledore. If ever you need a cool, calm, collected voice in a situation no matter how scary, Dumbledore is your man, he never fails to have the perfect mantra.

    When I saw HIBS100 had a teamed up with Smart Sign, I knew exactly what I would have written on a sign. Harry Potter is peppered with quotes full or meaning and motivation that taken from the context of of fighting Death Eaters and he who shall not be named, make perfect sense in our muggle life.

    These are my most favourite quotes :

    Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light. Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban

    "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stonehp quote

    Either of these adorning our Harry Potter wall would make me incredibly happy.

    This post is an entry into the #MyCustomSign blogger challenge 

  2. The summer holidays are mere days away now and as I attempt to juggle full time parenting with running a small business I'm always looking for days out. I love the summer holidays, I enjoy a break from working which is good for the soul and brain, there's no routine and we can be free to wake, eat, sleep when we want. I love seeing the kids snoozing, worn out and dirty rather than having to go to bed just because they have school in the morning.

    marwell photographers

    We love days out too, love exploring our local area or going to major UK attractions. Being a parent of 3 though summer holidays can be an expensive experience. I spend a lot of time looking for places that offer family discounts as 1 adult, 3 children, groupon site deals and where I can make savings using their Blue Peter badge. Getting a Blue Peter badge is super easy and can save you loads of money on days out as the child with the badge gets in free. However there are many parents who will be sorting which UK attractions to visit depending on how accessible they will be for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

    Mobilty Nationwide  have produced a super infographic which details some UK attractions which are accessible for the less able. I love that so many mountains accommodate wheelchair access allowing everyone to take in the stunning views we are so lucky to have in the UK. Daddy Moo, Charlie and I are planning to climb Snowdon this summer and I can't wait to see the breath-taking views. I'm hoping to climb to the top and back again but it's handy to know there is a train down should I need it.

    We are visiting London Zoo this summer, like many London attractions is housed in a listed building. Listed buildings come with a whole host of issues so it's great to see that they have made strives in being accessible to all. 


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