Things To Do On The Isle Of Man With Kids

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The Isle Of Man

 

Right in the middle of the Irish Sea, there is a little island called the Isle of Man. It is breathtaking in its beauty, with glens, beaches and stunning views around every corner. The island is steeped in history and culture, and despite being such a small place, you will find plenty to do. For me, there is something so special about being by the sea. I always feel better mentally and physically when I am breathing in sea air and I find it so relaxing to watch and hear the waves crashing and the seagulls cawing. It is pure bliss. The Isle of Man is not short of beautiful beaches or sea views!

 

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[Tower of Refuge and Sea Terminal, Douglas, Isle of Man]

 

If you watched my last video, you will already know that I grew up there and recently I took my baby boy for his first visit. Despite being half Manx, he had never been and I decided it was time to change that. I have some very fond memories of the Isle of Man and there is something so nostalgic about being on the island for me. Every time I go back, I find things slightly changed but still reassuringly similar. A lot of things from my childhood are long gone, but when I walk down the prom and look out into the sea, I feel like I’m home.

Travelling Around The Isle Of Man

 

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[View from our hotel in Douglas, Isle of Man]

 

We stayed in Douglas, on Queen’s Promenade, in a lovely hotel room with a sea view. I found this to be the perfect starting point  for getting everywhere. Public transport on the Isle of Man is excellent, with regular buses, steam trains and electric trams from Douglas so we had absolutely no problem getting around. As my boy is walking everywhere now, I didn’t take him out in his pushchair. He walked and when he was tired, I put him on my front in a baby carrier. Really, we had no need for a pushchair at all. The buses do have a pushchair space but I wouldn’t like to try and squeeze a pushchair onto the steam train or electric tram.

 

Things To Do On The Isle Of Man With Kids

 

Toddler walking along Douglas Promenade

[Queen’s Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man]

 

Before our visit, I spent a good amount of time looking at visitor guides and asking in local groups about good things to do with children on the island. Most of the suggestions I found were places I had already been to, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I have grouped what I found by town, to make it easier for anyone visiting to find fun things to do with their kids on the Isle of Man.

 

Douglas

Manx museum

Electric Railway Museum

Home of Rest for Old Horses

 

Santon

Mann Cat Sanctuary

Murray’s Motorcycle Museum (I had to include this one because this used to be my house!)

Fairy Bridge

 

Ballasalla

Rushen Abbey

Silverdale Glen

 

Castletown

Nautical Museum

Castle Rushen

 

Port St Mary

Cregneash

The Sound

 

Onchan

Onchan Pleasure Park

Groudle Glen

Groudle Glen Railway

 

Laxey

Snaefell Mountain Electric Railway

Laxey Wheel

Laxey Mine Trail

Laxey Glen

Dhoon Glen

 

Ramsey

Mooragh Park

Grove Museum

Point of Ayre (this is actually further North than Ramsey and not accessible by bus, but it is definitely worth a look if you can get there)

 

Peel

Peel Castle (I have a video of our visit here coming soon)

House of Manannan

Leece Museum

Manx Transport Heritage Museum

 

St Johns

Tynwald Hill

Tynwald National Park and Arboretum

 

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[Peel, Isle of Man]

 

Let me know if you have been to or plan to visit the Isle of Man. I’d be delighted to hear about it!

 

LoveAdele

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Chocolate Chip, Banana & Oat Muffins (Vegan)

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Vegan Chocolate Chip, Banana and Oat Muffins

 

Before going vegan, I used to love baking. I used to make lots of cakes and muffins for us to have as snacks or desserts. Since I became vegan, I have been more focused on health and eating as plant based as possible. I wanted to get away from junk food vegan, and give my body the nutrition it needed. That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having cakes and muffins in moderation. I can’t think of a better muffin to make than this one, the whole family loves this flavour, they are fairly healthy and they are so easy to make.

 

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How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins

 

I used a large bowl to combine the dry ingredients, so I could transfer the wet ingredients to it later and not have to use another bowl. The flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda were mixed together in the bowl. I mashed the bananas in a jug then added the oil, milk and chocolate chips. The wet ingredients were briefly mixed into the dry, just enough to combine. It is very important that the batter is not overmixed as this will activate the gluten and lead to a dense muffin. I lined a muffin tin with 12 cases and filled each case about 3/4 full. I preheated the oven to 180C and baked the muffins for 20 minutes. I can’t even begin to explain the delicious smell that was coming from my kitchen. Warm banana smells so sweet and my mouth was watering waiting for the muffins to be cooked. I removed them from the oven and left them in the tray for 5 minutes. I transferred the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling, but to be honest, we ate a fair few of them before they had chance to cool down.

 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins

 

  • 200g plain flour (I used gluten free but regular flour will work too)
  • 60g oats
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 50g sugar
  • 365g mashed banana (I used 3 large)
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 125ml plant based milk
  • 75g vegan chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 180C. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all the wet ingredients in a jug. Transfer the wet ingredients to the dry bowl and mix just until incorporated, taking care not to overmix. Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases and divide the mixture among the cases. Bake for 20-30mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the muffins in the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

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They are delicious both warm and cold, and they usually don’t last more than a day before they are inhaled. There is something about the combination of warm banana and gooey chocolate. It can’t be beaten. This is a recipe that I have been using for some time. I have made slight adjustments every time I’ve made the muffins and I now believe it has been tweaked to perfection. It has just the right amount of sweet, without being too much and I love the addition of oats. It makes the finished muffins really light and fluffy. Let me know if you make them!

 

LoveAdele

Quick Skincare Routine For Busy Mums

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Quick Skincare Routine For Busy Mums

 

As a mum to three beautiful children, I know how difficult it is for us to find time to fit a full skincare routine in around everything else we have to do. With that in mind, I thought I would share my own quick and easy skincare routine. I have never been one for lots of different lotions and potions and I have always stuck to a few trusty favourites, so this skincare routine will reflect that. At the moment, I am using the Kaeso range of products. This is only available for use in spas and salons, and I actually bought it when I was in college doing my nail tech course. I emailed them and was told that their products are vegan and cruelty free, and I find their products very luxurious on my skin, so I kept on using them. This post is not sponsored by Kaeso, I am a genuine happy customer of theirs and therefore I am more than happy to share that with all of you.

 

Morning skincare routine

 

My morning skincare routine consists very simply of washing my face with a scrubbie that I crocheted and some warm water. This wakes me up and freshens my skin from my night’s sleep. I then apply a small amount of eye cream. I like to use Kaeso eye candy, which contains mallow and vitamin E.  Finally, I use Kaeso calming moisturiser for sensitive skin. My skin is actually combination. I have an oily t-zone with large, open pores and dry, flaky cheeks. I should technically be using a different moisturiser on both types of skin but I am a busy mum, and I don’t have time to apply two different types of moisturiser, so I find the sensitive range works well for both types.

 

Night time skincare routine

 

My night time skincare routine is a little bit longer, but not much. I start by removing my eye makeup with Kaeso eye makeup remover on a pair of crocheted cotton pads that I made myself. I use the medium size because I like to wear quite a lot of eye makeup, and I find that the small isn’t big enough to get all of my makeup off. To clean the reusable cotton pads, I run them over with some soap, and rub the soap into the pads well. I use handmade lavender soap from Turkey and it smells amazing. I rinse the soap out really well, then use the same crocheted cotton pads to wash my face. I use Kaeso calming cleanser for sensitive skin. Again, my skin is combination but really, who has time to use two types of everything for one face? I rub the cleanser in for a few seconds, then remove it with the damp reusable cotton pads. I find that using the cotton pads and the cleanser together cuts out the need to exfoliate. I rinse the crocheted cotton pads out in warm water and use one to apply some Kaeso rebalancing toner for oily skin to my t-zone only. Finally, I apply the same eye cream and moisturiser as in my morning routine, the Kaeso eye candy eye cream and the Kaeso calming moisturiser for sensitive skin. I wash the scrubbie and cotton pads in the washing machine, along with my other laundry, then I leave them to air dry to be used again the next day.

 

Why should I use reusable cotton pads?

 

I love using reusable scrubbies and cotton pads in my skincare routine as they really help to cut down on my waste. I try to create as little waste as possible, and recycle or reuse as much as I can, so crocheted scrubbies and cotton pads fit well into my ethics and lifestyle. If I were to use disposable cotton pads for my skincare routine, I would use (and therefore dispose of) at least 1825 per year. That number is simply shocking to me, and I can’t justify that much waste at all, especially when reusable, crocheted scrubbies and cotton pads are just as easy and work out to be massively cheaper.

 

How to fit a skincare routine into a busy mum’s schedule

 

My morning skincare routine takes me about 1 minute, which is about as much time as I have to myself on a morning, especially school mornings. The night time skincare routine takes me about 5 minutes, so it is perfect for a mum who has children to get to bed, a house to clean, lunches to pack, uniform to wash and any of the million other things that we have to do every day. I can do it alongside my children, whilst they are washing their faces and cleaning their teeth before bed, so it works out perfectly, although the bathroom can get very cramped with us all squeezed in there!

 

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I would be happy to share my crochet pattern for both the scrubbie aswell as the small and medium cotton pads. If you would like to see the pattern in a future post, please let me know. Alternatively, if you do not crochet or just don’t want to make your own, you can find them in my new Etsy shop.

 

LoveAdele

8 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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Good morning everyone. Today I would like to share a fun video with you, telling you 8 things you don’t know about me.

 

 

8 things you don’t know about me

 

  1. I live in Shrewsbury now, but I am originally from Darlington, which is a town in North East England. I left there quite a while ago so I don’t sound like I used to. I have completely lost my accent and I don’t sound like I am from Darlington anymore, but I am.
  2. When I was a child, my parents moved us to the Isle of Man. I went to school there, met lots of friends there, some of whom I consider to be like family and I have lots of lovely memories from there. I try and visit as often as I can, which unfortunately isn’t often enough, but it will always feel like home to me.
  3. When I left the Isle of Man, I moved to Liverpool. I lived there for 7 years, and went to university there. I did psychology and sociology, which I really enjoyed, more sociology than psychology if I’m being honest. Also, my two eldest children were born there.
  4. I am a trained dressmaker. I always made clothes for my children from when I was pregnant with my eldest. I taught myself to sew and crochet and knit and I made lots of clothes for them and I still make a lot of their clothes and things for the house. A few years ago, I decided to go to college, to make sure I had taught myself properly and hadn’t picked up any bad habits so I am now a qualified dressmaker.
  5. I am also a qualified nail technician. I do like to keep myself busy and I am always trying to improve myself and improve my job prospects, so I decided to go back to college after I had finished my dressmaking course, so I went back and learned how to do nails.
  6. When I was growing up I was completely adamant that when I grew up, I was going to be an author. I was sure that was what I was going to be and I can remember when I was young, I found a magazine that had an advert for a writing course in. I was so excited, I ran downstairs to show my mam and asked her if she would buy me the writing course because I really wanted to be an author. She said no 😦 That was always my dream and I have not written a book yet but I do have a blog so I am writing. I will write a book one day. The dream is there and I will make it happen.
  7. My favourite film as a child was Labyrinth and I was so obsessed that I actually named my cat after the Goblin King and all I can say is, its a good job that I got my cat before I had my baby boy or my baby boy would’ve been called Jareth.
  8. I have a very slight (massive) obsession with country music. A lot of people are quite shocked when I tell them that because they don’t seem to think that I am the type. When I was young, my gran used to take me line dancing and it obviously came from there, I really like it!

 

So there are 8 things you didn’t know about me, hopefully you now know me a bit better.

 

LoveAdele

What I Eat In A Day As A Vegan Mum #2 (Plant Based)

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What I Eat In A Day As A Vegan Mum #2 (Plant Based)

 

I enjoyed making my first YouTube video so much that I decided to make another one. I have learned from some of my mistakes in my first video and the second video is slightly better. Hopefully the more I make, the more I will learn and the better they will become.

 

 

What I Ate

 

I started off my day with a lemon and ginger tea, then for breakfast I had two bagels with vegan cream cheese and hemp seeds. For my morning snack, I was in a cafe and there was barely any choice, so I picked a chocolate flapjack that was at least vegan, if not healthy. For my lunch I was really hungry so I had two big helpings of a chickpea and vegetable stew I created. This stew was seriously so delicious, I will definitely be making it again. The recipe is in my video description box, for anybody who wants to make it. I didn’t end up having an afternoon snack, because I was so full after my massive lunch so for my dinner I made myself a salad. In my salad, I had spinach, rocket, half of an orange pepper, quarter of a cucumber, half of an avocado and some tahini and maple syrup dressing. It was so tasty.

 

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I hope you enjoyed watching the video and seeing what I ate. I love seeing what other vegans eat in a day.

 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like:

What A Vegan Mum Eats In A Day (Healthy, Clean Eating, Plant Based)

How To Eat Clean On A Vegan Diet

 

LoveAdele

Birthday Party Ideas For A Two Year Old Boy

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Birthday Party Ideas For A Two Year Old Boy

 

My baby boy turns two this week (where did the time go?!) so I have spent the past few weeks with my head firmly stuck down the Pinterest rabbit hole, trying to decide on a party theme for his birthday. His party will only be small, because let’s face it, he doesn’t exactly have any friends yet. We have some family and close family friends coming to celebrate with us and have decided on a tea party after school. That way, we will be able to have his party on his actual birthday, as opposed to at the weekend.

 

I have put together a list of my favourite party themes that I think would be suitable for two year old boys and I hope that you will get some inspiration from this list for your own baby boy’s birthday party. Most of these ideas will work for older boys aswell as girls, so just take the bits you like and leave the bits you don’t like or don’t think will work for your child. None of the themes are vegan so please bear that in mind. Most of them can easily be made vegan though, with a little imagination.

 

Pokemon Party

 

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This is by far my favourite party theme, by Fab Everyday. As a family, we are all slightly obsessed with Pokemon, and I bought my son a Pikachu teddy as his birthday present, so this theme would go perfectly!

 

Superhero Party

 

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I thought this superhero party, by Turtle Crafty Girl, was a pretty cool idea. I don’t know many young boys who don’t love the idea of superheroes, so I think this would go down well.

 

Dinosaur Party

 

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This party looked like so much fun, and I am in love with the dinosaur tails, made by Buggie & Jellybean. The footprint sugar cookies look so good too.

 

Outer Space Party

 

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This outer space party by Frost Your Cake is definitely out of this world. The rocket cookies are perfect and the cake looks amazing. I love the black backdrop with the paper planets, the whole thing is so cool.

 

Peppa Pig Party

 

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Lastly, I couldn’t possibly leave out this Peppa Pig party by The Experimental Baker HomeMaker. All I hear in my house lately is “ig! ig!” as the baby asks me to put it on yet again on Netflix for him. This is super cute and I know it would go down so well with both boys and girls!

 

I hope you enjoyed this round up and found some inspiration for your own party planning. Hopefully, all going well, I will be sharing my baby’s party in a future post.

 

LoveAdele

 

 

 

About Me

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Welcome to my blog

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog, I appreciate each and every one of you. Please take a look around and if you like what you see, be sure to let me know 🙂

 

About my life as a vegan mum

 

My name is Adele and I am a vegan mum living in the UK. I have three beautiful children who are being raised as vegans. With my children, I prefer to follow a natural parenting approach, as I feel that this is the best way for us.

 

With this blog, I would like to show other mums how easy it is to raise children in an abundant vegan lifestyle, without breaking the bank. I will be sharing delicious, healthy vegan recipes that the whole family will enjoy, aswell as meal plans to get you started, or just for inspiration if you are already following a vegan lifestyle.

 

I strongly believe in living as simply as possible and will be sharing my tips and tricks on how to be a frugal family; how to spend less money on the things you need, how to grow, make, craft and refashion instead of buying new and how to happily live with less stuff.

 

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LoveAdele