Friday, 28 July 2017

Summer Sale - Get Yours Now!





Summer Sale!



To celebrate all these summer shenanigans I decided to throw together a summer sale. You get **25% off** the following offerings, just use the link to take you to the right page and in the payment page put in the coupon code "**july25off**" that product - yes, you can go wild and use all three if you wish!


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The offer is only good until the end of July!

As always, if you have any questions, drop me a line or hit me up on Moms That Rock
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

And we have landed...


I know, I know, I haven't been around much recently.

It all comes down to priorities and lack of time. I had to decide where to spend my time the last few weeks and unfortunately, the blog got pushed to the bottom of the list.

But... we are now in the UK for a month so I am hoping to catch up!

We have a pretty quiet start to the trip, we were hoping to go to Nantwich Show today to sample a bit of cheese - they had 5000 kinds of cheese on show!! I have been dreaming about this but we woke up to heavy rain. So we have had a day at home just dossing around and watching TV - proper holiday sort of stuff!

We had an early birthday with daddy before we left, this kid seems to drag his birthday out for weeks! He had a super simple baseball ball cake which I whipped up in about 10 minutes - store bought cake sponge - a shocker but it was that or nothing!

How can he nearly be 12?


He had a couple of presents early too, his main gift was a clip mic for his Ebi-kun eats show, it's something we have been thinking about for a while! He was made up with that.



And baseball is all the craze at the moment so Baa-chan and Jii-chan got him a baseball mitt. He couldn't wait to get outside with his mates to play with it!




His actual birthday we are having the cousins over for a bit of a party and of course he wants to go to Jamie's Italian - which gives me an excuse to go and have a mooch around the shops in Manchester too!

We are going to be spending some time down in Brighton and then popping over to Iceland for a few days, so that will give me a good excuse to write more often!

So stay tuned....


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - Long chips

I think this must have been one of the long lost videos that I forgot to upload! Bad mommy!

We went to do some shopping and then to see what was happening at the super arena, there was some kind of festival on which included beer and food stalls, which of course meant that Ebi-kun insisted on trying something new!

We have got him a clip mic for his birthday so that he can do more 'outside broadcasts' we have recorded a few in the past but the sound has been terrible so we haven't been able to use them.

This was actually from earlier in the year, better late than never or so they say... enjoy!





Tuesday, 4 July 2017

We have babies!

I have to say, I did get rather over-excited when this happened a couple of weeks ago!

We have had a praying mantis nest (?) on our holly tree for a few months and I have been waiting for the babies to hatch. Well, I went out to water the garden and they were coming out. I ditched the watering can and ran back inside to get my phone ASAP.

Ebi-kun had already left for school so I wanted to show him the wee beasties in action....






I did collect a pile of them in a jar so Ebi-kun could take a look when he got home, then we released them into the back garden. I can't believe how many praying mantis babies were in there! They just kept coming!

A few weeks on, there doesn't appear to be so many around, whether they have gone down the road to a bigger garden or eaten by the birds, I do not know. I do get excited when I find one though and I now know how David Attenebough must have felt when he was recording some new discovered species!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - Funny fruit


A big announcement!


Ebi-kun has flown past the 100 subscribers threshold which means he can now have his own vanity URL. 

You can find his channel over at https://www.youtube.com/c/ebikuneats

He had no idea that I had been rallying around trying to get him over the 100, so he was somewhat confused when I got him to check his stats, you can watch the big reveal here...





Other than being the videographer, I don't have anything to do with his channel, so I never know which episode is coming out next, this was recorded a while ago...








Friday, 30 June 2017

It's Here And It Will Rock The Pants Off You!

THIS!

This is what I have been slaving away, not really slaving as it was fun, but you know what I mean.

Hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears have gone into making this. I am absolutely in love with how it has all turned out, this is what the Kaizen Revolution looked like April 9th...




And this is where we are at today... The main menu page...







Masterclasses - a new one delivered very month with experts at the top of their game....






Kaizen hacks so that you can make the most of your time, do more and get more done! New hacks added each month.




How To... tech library of tutorials...






A bonus - The Moms Zone boredom busting, open-ended activity ideas for the kids, present by Ebi-kun...







As you can see there is a lot of great stuff in there, carefully curated so that you can make the most of the time that you have. The masterclasses come with action packs that you just need to fill in an implement, the guesswork is taken out of the equation. 

the tutorials are fluff free so that you can get straight in there get the job done without having to listen to a load old waffle!

And you get all this for just $20! I know, batshit crazy BUT I wanted this to be affordable for all those just starting out and wanting to make shit happen but are getting stuck on the how.

Now you have no excuse!

If you don't have $20 to invest in your business, then honestly, you have no right to be in business. I started out with nothing, I scraped and saved enough to make the first investment and that was the push I needed to take things bigger. A caramel Frappuccino a week is all it costs. What are you waiting for? Sign up here...













Thursday, 29 June 2017

I've been away chasing the PIG

I know I have been away a while, it's due to a combo of things. Firstly I have been having awful bouts of vertigo which make looking at the screen feel like I'm living through that Inception movie but without the guns!

And then there is the tale of the PIG that got away...

As you may or may not know, I have been working on a new project. This is my project to end all projects - that sounds far more dramatic than it actually is!

So I have multiple income streams, which is fab but I was getting worn out with the constant launching, especially as launching really isn't my favourite thing ever. Which made me have a sit-down and a big think about where I am going with all this.

I am a creator, I love making things, putting things together, helping others learn stuff, when I'm doing that, I am in my happy place.

The problem is everything I create then needs the whole launch and sales funnel and all that jazz set up, yawn! I needed a different way to do this....

Which is how I came up with the genius idea of having everything all under one roof as it were. And so The Kaizen Revolution was born.


But what about the PIG?



I'll get to that in a minute.

You know I am the queen of organisation and productivity right, so this site needed to be ordered and in a logical way and it also needed to contain all the useful stuff, no fluff. So I dug into the research to find out what my people, you! needed help with and combined that with my skills. It was important to me that:


  • It was accessible for everyone, from absolute beginners to those a bit further up the ladder
  • Everything is actionable, just fill in the info that is useful for you and go and do it
  • To have experts run classes that were not just information but filled with steps to get you going
  • A more than affordable price
  • Allowed me to create and teach, to add something new every month
So the last few months, I have been beavering away, pulling this all together, building a new site from scratch, gathering my guest experts and recording lot of video!

So... what about the PIG?


Well as part of the launch I put together the Passive Income Generator AKA PIG which accidentally got released into the world a week early - and a week is a long time when you haven't quite got everything behind the scenes up and ready ***panic***




What exactly is PIG?


She will help you take your passions, talents and skills and generator lots of passive income ideas for you. Which in itself is pretty neat yes?

But there is more, I didn't want to leave you there with a fab idea and no clue what to do with it, so in the following training, you will learn how to validate your idea and finally I spell out the steps you need to take to put it all together.

I'm a big believer in having more than one income coming into the home and passive income rocks, there is nothing more satisfying than waking up to a load of Kachiiiing notifications on your phone. I also think that with the easy to use technology available these days, anyone can do it!


Ready to get your PIG on?


Pop your name and email in the form below to try it out!


Saturday, 3 June 2017

A Big Day Snorkelling In Ishigaki

When I was a kid, I nearly drowned TWICE!

Needless to say, even though I can swim, I don't like being in the water if it's anything deeper than the bath tub. So to go snorkelling is a big deal.

I have tried this once before, when I went to the Galapagos but that was soooo different. They took us out to the middle of no-where, to where there was an extinct volcano, and told us to swim around until you got to the entrance then go inside. What they forgot to tell us was there was a really strong current!

About 2 minutes in I had a panic attack and had to get out.

To say I was a bit nervous about all this is to say the least but I'm all about facing your fears so I did it anyway...

We met up at the Dive Shop, where we were fitted out with suitable equipment, and wet suits. Then we were given some training on how to use the snorkel. I decided to stick to my full face mask as I find it so much easier than an actual snorkel.

Then we got on the boat and head out to the point. (I have to admit, when Yasutoki was talking about 'The Point' I thought he was talking about a specific place but it appears that The Point is a place where you dive!)

Live and learn.

This is where we stopped and I have to say it was stunning, photos never do the place real justice. The water was so clear and just looking over the side of the boat you could see the fish.



Yasutoki was in charge of the camera and he isn't as snap happy as me but he got some good shots, these stripy fish just hung around us the whole time as if it was totally normal to have humans swimming along side them!



And just to prove to the doubters that this actually happened, here I am, in the ocean, snorkelling! Go me. And yes that is a life vest, I'm taking no chances hahaha. I have to say, I look pretty good in a wet suit ha!




After the dive we got back on the boat and headed back to port for lunch, because the water was quite choppy when we left they had decided not to have lunch on the boat. We had more Okinawa soba, it was good at a place which looked like it was rundown from the 70's.

We had a good rest then headed out again to a different spot. The Captain knows the waters well and chooses the place to dive depending on the weather and season.

We saw a few sea snakes in this spot and lots of different fish, I have no idea what most of them were apart from clown fish and pipe fish. I wasn't too happy about the sea snake but apparently they can't bite through a wet suit anyway.




Back on the boat we had hot water to drink, seemed odd but it was actually good. I have to say the staff were excellent, the Captain and two girls were really friendly and kind and very professional. The equipment was all in excellent condition and they obviously knew what they were doing. We were lucky to get a day booked with them, the captain told us that they don't get many new customers, it is usually repeat clients that book in year after year. I understand why, they were brilliant!




I can't say I am over the fear of water but I was much happier with these team, I could actually enjoy the experience rather than worrying about dying!

The skies started to get dark as we headed back and the water choppy but it was a great day!





For our last dinner we went to the buffet at the big hotel. Most of the food is sourced on the island and there was a great mix. Plus cocktails! It was a great end to the day



And yes, I caught the sun, lobster red is fashionable these days, didn't you know? And the sea water striped the colour from my hair, I don't know how mermaids manage to maintain those vibrant colours!



It was a great holiday, next time we will skip the main island and head straight to Ishigaki. Although island life is lovely, slower, more relaxing, I'm not sure I could handle the heat of the summer.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

OKINAWA Day 5 - Ishigaki Island - Kabina Bay, Sukuji Beach and Fusaki Beach

We woke up to heavy rain - gah! We had breakfast then spend a couple of hours just lolling around, reading, writing and generally chilling.

We decided as the rain cleared up a bit, to take a drive up to Kabina bay. It is supposed to be beautiful and the bay has sea in 7 shades of blue. By the time we got there the rain had stopped so we found a place to park and went for a look at the bay. The sky was a bit grey so it wasn't as impressive as I expected. These are the after lunch photos, when the sun had come out...





We had parked in a cafe's carpark so we decided to have some lunch then decide what to do next. We had Okinawa Soba which is not made of soba noodles, rather confusingly, instead the noodles are made from egg and flour. This was my favourite noodle dish that we had on the trip, it was with spare ribs that were so tender the meat just fell off the bone. Plus we had a table over looking the bay.



The cafe is around the back or front, depending how you look at it of the Ryukyu pearl shop which specialises in black pearls - worth a look but bring plenty of money if you plan to buy some!

By the time we had finished the sun had come out so we had another look at the bay from the view point, it really is stunning! The boats are glass bottomed and you can take a ride out into the bay. We didn't try but from the looks of the faces of the Chinese tourists that we saw get off, it looked good!

The bay has strong under currents so there is no swimming allowed.

We thought we would try giving Sukuji beach a go. We got there and it wasn't busy at all, I think this was one of the most surprising things for me. No where seemed to be busy, it was always my impression that going to Okinawa in Golden Week would mean fighting with the crowds but it wasn't like that at all.




Anyway, we didn't stay at this beach because there was a sign up saying that the jelly fish nets were not out because they were being checked. Ebi-kun has had a couple of run ins with jelly fish before so he didn't want to try his luck! We decided to go back to out hotel and use Fusaki beach instead.




To get onto this beach you have to walk through the hotel lobby, head to the back right and a door will bring you onto a path, follow it round to get to the beach. There is also a small conbini at at the back of the lobby, we didn't spot this until we went to the beach.




You can rent chairs and parasols, snorkels, fins, floats etc. Take banana inflatable rides and there is a pool - the usual resort stuff. We actually rented snorkels for the guys from our hotel which is a dive tour place too. Some kind of water shoe is recommended, the beach is made of broken coral not sand.



There are a couple of places you can swim out to to see the coral, we managed to find Nemo and saw lots of other fish. near the beach there were some big white fish that Ebi-kun was trying to catch, it was funny watching him in action!




After wearing ourselves out we went and got cleaned up. We needed to find an ATM so we drove into the port town to get some dinner then dropped at the combini on the way back. What a long day!





Handy Links:

Kabira Bay HERE
R's Cafe and Pearl Shop HERE
Sukuji beach HERE
Fusaki Beach HERE


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - Long chips

This is actually from a couple of months back but Ebi-kun has only just got around to putting it up! We accidentally ended up at a festival in Saitama Shintoshin and long chips were all the craze, of course, a certain little person insisted that we really needed to try them, for research purposes of course!




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