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Race for Life

Your Invited

Walk, jog or run 5k to help beat cancer, Do something amazing this summer with thousands of women across the UK.
Enter today and raise money for Cancer Research UK.
It doesn’t matter how you do the 5k – just make
sure you’re there!

you can read more about it here

is anyone doing it? my sister done it last year


New look

i have updated the blog with a new look, i’m not quite finished yet but will do that later on, i just wanted to get rid of the christmas layout,

signing off….


be back soon

sorry we have had a few personal problems to deal with, i didn’t realise it would take so long to get things sorted. the blog will be updated in the next few days as soon as i catch up. thanks see you all soon.


Happy New Year

The blog will be up and running again sometime soon in the new year as we are spending time with our families, we hope you all had a lovely christmas and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2009 and in the words of rabbie

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.


Getting in the festive mood

Ex and Chip have been getting in the festive mood

and have been making some Christmas signatures from tutorials

and making their own from their own creativity 🙂

click on the images too see the full effect

Twas the Night Before Xmas


The True Gift of Christmas


Happy Holidays


Here Comes Santa



Stinky Problem with Nike Trainers

article taken from bbc watchdog here

Watchdog has discovered a stinky issue with a range of football boots made by the biggest name in sportswear, Nike.

You might expect a pair of football boots to start smelling after you’ve had them for a while. But Watchdog has received complaints about Nike’s Mercurial and Total 90s ranges that start to produce a very unpleasant odour after their first use.

Made popular by footballers such as Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, Nike’s Total 90 and Mercurial ranges can cost anywhere up to and over £100.

Matt Vickers is the goalie for the Hatch Warren Saints under 13s in Basingstoke. He bought his Total 90 trainers for £50. They started smelling after the first time he wore them which was on a wet day.

We had to drive with the windows open
We weren’t sure whether one of us hadn’t had a bath, it was so bad. We had to drive with the windows open, it was really pungent” Matt’s dad, Mark explained.

Matt says that a lot of the guys at training had been laughing at the smell. He has now lost faith in Nike because of the stink they’ve caused.

Matt Jones from Burton upon Trent was badgering his dad all summer to get him a new pair of Total 90s to kick off the season in. He noticed the smell after the first one or two games.

It smelt like cat wee
He says: “I got accused of keeping the cat in my bedroom because it smelt like cat wee.”

When Matt’s family finally worked out the smell was coming from the shoes, they took drastic action, banning the shoes from the house. Eventually they couldn’t bear it any longer and they forked out another £40 for a new pair by a different brand.

We took Matt’s pair of football trainers to Nike’s flagship store to find out what the public thought of the smell. One person said: “They smell like they’re old and someone has had their feet in them for years.”

We’ve also discovered that the disgusting smell can start even in shoes that have never been worn. We wet a brand new pair of Total 90s and left them out to dry for four days. When we returned after four days the trainers smelt very strong.

This shouldn’t happen. Other boots and trainers can be soaked right through the season and even put in the washing machine without smelling this bad.

To find out what’s causing the smell, we took the boots to Kevin Guildford who is one of the UK’s leading footwear specialists.

According to our expert, what’s causing the smell is surprisingly not people’s feet. It’s the materials that are used in the footwear.

Nike has told one angry customer the problem started because they replaced some of the man-made lining just under the laces with a cotton canvas.

Kevin says that when the cotton canvas gets wet, it rots. The moisture can’t escape because the man-made materials around the cotton don’t allow it to breath.

Nike says that the quality of its products and customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to them.

When Watchdog contacted Nike, the company told us:
“We have seen a very small number of cases where boots start to smell (distinctly beyond the normal smells from sweat, rain or prolonged usage after football). While this does not affect the performance of the product, we understand the inconvenience it causes in those isolated instances where it occurs.

“We are continuing to explore the exact cause so we can ensure that the problem doesn’t occur moving forward. As with all our products we encourage people to ensure they appropriately clean and care for their boots. However, in the isolated instances where this problem has occurred, we recommend returning the product to the retailer where the footwear was purchased, be that a Nike store or another retailer, where a refund or replacement will be offered.”

Nike also apologises for any inconvenience experienced by consumers.

I have 3 boys who all where nike trainers and we thought he smell was coming from our cat turns out its nikes fault. has anyone else had this problem?



sorry i was meant to do my gardening spot today,

but i have spent all evening at the hospital with my youngest son,

he has broke his wrist again 😦 he has a plaster on just for now, as he has to attend the hospital

tomorrow and go under anaesthetic to get it fixed, as its his cartridge this time 😦

i’m just hoping he can come home tomorrow as my partner is away working and i can’t stay with him as i have another 2 sons, it would break my heart to leave him there himself, fingers and toes crossed.

i had some activities planned for today to do with my sons, which i got from here

I was thinking more of doing pencil jars for the boys using the above technique from the link

and also jazzing up some of my plant pots which i don’t like, if i manage i will post the pics tomorrow 🙂

signing off now hope your all having a good weekend xx

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