Online Friends ARE NOT REAL

This is a post I have been thinking about for a while.

Having a blog online has opened up many things for my family and me. One of the biggest things is friendship. 

My facebook contains mainly people I know online, with only a handful of friends from school.

And I like it that way. Those people get me. I chose those people to see into our lives that little bit more.

A few months ago, some totally narrow-minded fool made the idiotic comment on how my online friends were not real.

They couldn’t possibly be my friends. They don’t care. They are not real. They are not who they say they are.

To that I say, BULLSh*t

Most of the “fake people” I talk to online I have met. I have spent real time with.

In fact, my best most closest friend in the world is someone I met online.

Her family have become a part of mine. We go on trips and visit each other. We talk all day long on facetime. We have the oddest in-jokes known to man. Yes we fight and we disagree but when push comes to shove, we’re family.

I am lucky enough to call some fabulous bloggers my friends. They are supportive, they listen, they care and they can take the world by storm if they need to.

They are people you feel honored to have on your side.  People who have your back when the poo hits the proverbial fan.

I have seen these “fake people” change lives.

Yes, there are some crazy people online who pretend to be someone else, but you can usually pick out those oddballs pretty fast.

I think these friendships formed online are becoming more and more prominent. The internet connects you with people who many not have otherwise known, and that is amazing.

So to anyone who doubts the connections made online are real or important. I feel for you. Being so cut off and cynical must be horrid.

Because me and my best friend do all sorts of awesome…

me and erika





I’m On One!

It’s true. I am totally on one with moving house and having everything new.

We have saved hard and now I am on a tangent making sure everything we have is new, nice, ours.

Maybe it’s to start again?

I mean, can you start a fresh with old stuff reminding you of the past?

Or is it just the environment?

I don’t know, but I do know I am so desperate to have everything perfect, just so, so we can make new memories and forget the old, painful ones.

I have so much running around in my mind. So much I need to make sure I can do.

But our new home needs to be just that, new.

No more fighting with my surroundings, feeling uncomfortable in my own home. We finally have somewhere we can live happily.

We can enjoy the outdoors, indoors and everything in-between.

I am so thankful I have an amazing family. They are using their own time to make our home perfect, they are putting it first. I cannot really tell them how thankful we are. It just wouldn’t be enough.

So, this is really happening. We are going forward and starting fresh somewhere new.

I will leave you with a picture of the girls exploring the new garden…

the girls


Love From The Hazel Key Xx

So, it’s been a while and things have changed so much around here. Now The Hazel Key in finally finished and I have somewhere that finally feels like home.

Somewhere that suits me far more.

This year I hope to see some change. In myself and moving house. Into our forever home.

I want to come here and mind dump again, force my opinions on people and hope bring a smile to some faces.

Not least my own.

SO thank you for staying with us and we hope you enjoy the new look and new name.


Love us XXXXX

PS Ben took the photo, so he’s still kinda there! 😛

My Top Tips For Black Friday

black friday

So, another day from across the pond has made it to the UK, Black Friday and of course, Cyber Monday. All about stores dropping their prices in a bid to get us spending for the upcoming holiday season.

Do I think its worth it? Hell yes.

Companies everywhere are dropping their prices further down than ever before, so if you are looking to do some Christmas shopping, this weekend is the perfect time to do so.

So my top tips for surviving Black Friday weekend are…

Write a list. Sounds simple, but there will be so many people after the same deals as you. So write a list and stick to it where you can. Yes, you will see things you hadn’t planned to buy, it’s going to happen, but make sure you follow some sort of list and don’t get too carried away.

Read the fine print, big stores like Asda and Sainsburys have some amazing deals coming, but some products are limited to one per customer, and quite rightly so, as some of their prices are almost to good to be true.

Be prepared to go to the shops. Many will be having online sales, but the biggest reductions to be had will be in store. So dig out the hats and gloves, because it’s bitter out there.

Next is to keep an eye on sites like Hot deals, they have some early looks at the offers available and a list of stores participating. However, I have found their list of participating stores to be a little lacking as some large toy stores like The Entertainer and Smyths are not included and they are super important for us parents. Although they may end up being added. But, if you are unsure use twitter to reach out to the companies and ask!

Lastly, common courtesy is not needed on Black Friday weekend. Shops will be full of people desperate to get the best deals, they won’t kindly let you grab the last toy or pass you that cheap duvet set their standing in front of, so don’t do it for them. You will only be disappointed and get angry.

So, cards and lists at the ready, lets shop!