Best Places To Own A Home In Wirral

*In collaboration with Wirral.co.uk

Wirral is known for its diverse landscape, beautiful beaches, industrial towns, and quaint villages hence it is natural for one to feel confused when it comes to choosing the best place to own a home.

This is the reason why the following sections in the post will enunciate some of the best places in Wirral that one can buy a home.



Here goes – 


West Kirby – ideal for the lovers of aquatic adventures

According to the leading Wirral, real estate agents associated with www.wirral.co.uk people who have a knack for leading the coastal life should choose West Kirby to buy a Wirral home. It is located on Wirral’s north-western tip and the river-mouth of River Dee. As a bonus, homeowners in West Kirby never fail to sing praises of their view of the Irish Sea. 


West Kirby is famous for its water sports activities such as – 

  • Sailing

  • Windsurfing

  • Kayaking and

  • Paddleboarding.


Other outdoor activities include – 

  • Long walks by the West Kirby Marine Lake

  • Trying hikes to Hilbre Islands – (these are only accessible when the tide is low).

 

Furthermore, West Kirby is jam-packed with – 


  • Cafes

  • Pubs

  • Restaurants on or near the marina thereby making the lives of West Kirby residents all the more interesting.


Bebington – ideal for the ones with a nine-to-five job

The lives of people with nine-to-five-jobs are hectic, to state the least but when one chooses to buy a home in Bebington, then they could at least enjoy the perks of living in an ‘almost-island’!


Bebington is located on the East of Wirral and is just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool City Centre. One would not need to spend more than fifteen minutes to commute to and from Liverpool. This makes Bebington an ideal place to buy a home in case one’s workplace is located in Liverpool.


On top of this, in case one has plans to start a family they can rest assured that their child will be getting the best education as Bebington is home to – 

  • Wirral Grammar School for Boys and

  • Wirral Grammar School for Girls.

Convincing, right!?


Oxton – ideal for all the suburban socializers out there

Oxton is a suburban location perched on the industrial landscape of Birkenhead but don’t let this piece of information turn you off as Oxton is known for its natural beauty.

Oxton has the charm of a typical English village from the bygone era. Oxton has historical importance but that doesn’t mean life is boring here!


The place is riddled with – 

  • Local pubs and

  • Cottages

It also boasts a strong as well as an uplifting community. It is also home to numerous independent shops, and restaurants thus ensuring you wouldn’t need to lead a boring life every day.

Apart from the places in Wirral mentioned above, Heswall might be missing the glamour of Oxton or West Kirby but it still boasts natural beauty – a bonus for all the nature lovers out there thanks to Wales and the all-too-popular Dee Estuary. Furthermore, Heswall is also riddled with restaurants, pubs, shopping destinations, and whatnot! For more details, feel free to get in touch with a renowned Wirral real estate agent today!


LITTLE MOMENTS 2020: 48/52: SOFA DAYS

 This week we have spent quite a few days on the sofa. Unfortunately I had a call Thursday from school saying Blake was unwell so had to be picked up. Poor little man was not himself at all and was pale and shivering. The rest of Thursday he just stayed cuddled up with me not moving, eating or drinking. Friday he was starting to feel slightly better and was able to eat and drink again in small amounts and had much more colour back in his cheeks.

It's been nice just snuggling up under a blanket on the sofa watching some of Blake's favourite shows. Once Blake was in bed one evening I treated myself to a bath followed by some white hot chocolate which was delicious. 

BLOG BOOK TOUR: LETTERS FROM THE DEAD

 Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own.


Last year I took part in the book tour for Sam Hurcom's debut novel A Shadow on the lens which i really enjoyed. Now Sam's back with his second book Letters From The Dead which is a standalone  but follows the same protagonist, Thomas Bexley, who is one of the world’s first forensic photographers. This is a stifling and atmospheric gothic crime novel set in the early 20th century.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

The year is 1905. After a turbulent year, Thomas Bexley has become a drunkard and recluse, haunted by terrible visions of the dead. But when news of a spate of extraordinary kidnappings reaches him, he’s shocked to learn that his dear friend and former mentor, Professor Elijah Hawthorn, is the lead suspect.

 

Discovering a plea for help from Hawthorn claiming to have unearthed a gruesome conspiracy at the heart of the Met Police, Thomas embarks on a journey to prove Hawthorn's innocence.

 

But wherever Thomas goes, he is followed by the dead, and as the mystery of Hawthorn's disappearance deepens, so too does Thomas's apparent insanity... How can he be certain of the truth when he can't trust anybody around him, not even himself...?

 


Letters from the dead is a very gripping, dark and atmospheric read. I enjoyed the character Thomas Bexley who is smart but flawed in an authentic way. I like that due to him being addicted to alcohol, suffers from memory loss and has visions that he can be an unreliable narrator and at parts felt like he was the guilty party. Sam has done it again with a brilliant second novel. Although it works as a stand alone I feel reading his first book Shadow on the lens is a good idea as it gives you the background surrounding Thomas Bexley and why he has turned out the way he is.

LIKES & LOVES| NOVEMBER 2020

 We maybe in the second lockdown but we still have managed to find little bits of joy where we can. I've almost finished with our Christmas present shopping, have a food delivery slot booked for December and am pretty much sorted for Blake's birthday next month too.

With that said let's jump in to what I have liked and loved this month.


Podcast

Shagged, Married, Annoyed was recommended to me by my neighbour and her sister. It's hilarious and really cheers me up on days when I need a laugh.


Netfllix

I've watched a good few films and shows this month and fully recommend these ones:

- Emily in Paris (series)

- Queens Gambit (series)

-Dash and Lily (series)

- Over the moon (kids film)

- Game Night (film)

Smart Watch 
I purchased this smart watch from Amazon so I can keep an eye on my sleep and steps. It's been  eye opening and I definitely recommend this watch if you want a cheap one that is simple.


*Dermavive CBD moisturiser
I was gifted this moisturiser for review purposes and you  can read my post here. I had to mention it again as I've really been enjoying using it. My skin loves how smooth and hydrated its made it. 


Hot chocolate/ feeling festive 
I'm starting to feel more festive now and looking forward to putting up the tree and other Christmas decorations. I've started wearing Christmas pjs and even had a delicious hot chocolate bomb from aldi last night.

2020 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN NOVEMBER

 I'm a bit early this month with my monthly reads as I'm involved in a book tour this week so had to change my schedule a bit. I've read a total of 4 books this month which isn't too bad considering I've spent quite a bit of my free time binge watching some stuff on Netflix and listening to episodes of a podcast. 


Big Sky by Kate Atkinson 

I picked this up for the prompt a book with a bird on the front cover. I'm not sure if it's because I've not read the other books in the series but I did find it hard to get into. It wasn't as gripping as I was hoping either.



To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Picked for the prompt a book with a made up language. I absolutely loved this book. It's a dark retelling of the little mermaid but instead of being a mermaid the character is a siren. It features the made up language of Psariin and is a Young Adult fantasy.


The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
What a beautiful book telling the story of a beekeeper and his wife's journey from escaping Syria to managing to get to England. I picked this for the prompt A book with a character who has a vision impairment/enchantment. The Character Afra in this book is blind.


Letters from the Dead By Sam Hurcom
A full review for the book tour will be shared on Friday. This is Sam's follow up novel after his debut A Shadow In The Lens which I really enjoyed. If you are into crime/thrillers I'd definitely check out his books.


CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR THE ADULTS

  * I was sent the items featured in this gift guide in return for inclusion.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Gift Guide For Kids 4+ yesterday. Today though is for adults to give you some inspiration whether it's for those hard to buy people in your family, a gift for a secret santa or even something to add onto your own Christmas wishlist. There are also some great items featured that would be great as stocking fillers.


This set of reusable stainless steel straws includes 4 straight straws and 4 curved straws for ease of use with either hot or cold drinks. To keep both the stainless steel straws and environment clean, a sisal fibre cleaning brush is included. Help to reduce single use plastics by taking the straws with you when you’re on the go, in the linen drawstring bag. These are the perfect gift for someone wanting to be more eco friendly.

The box of favours are cards that are like "I OWE YOU'S".There are 10 set favours and then 5 blank cards for people to write their own personal favours. There is also a tongue in cheek contract to sign which is a promise from the gifter to fulfil all of the favours in the box. It's a fun gift that's perfect as a stocking filler.



Carfume | £11.99

Carfumes are a luxury car airfreshener that lasts up to 4 weeks. Recently they have released their Christmas scents: Christmas Tree, Gingerbread and Christmas Spice. The bottles are handpainted and recyclable with carved cork lids.



Turn empty bottles into a decorative piece. Fits most bottles. Ideal table centrepieces to create romantic mood lighting. 5 warm white LED string lights connected to a cork top.

Lash Boosting 3-in-1 Mascara Gotham Black ARTISTRY STUDIO™ NYC Edition | £28.65

 This 3-in-1 mascara volumizes, separates and lifts lashes instantly; containing Calendula Flower Extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin C to help condition lashes.  

Carnuba Wax helps lift, curl and boost volume giving an intense, bold finish that lasts all day.  This mascara doesn’t clump, flake or smudge

With an easy-to-twist  3-in-1 adjustable wand that lengthens, curls, lifts and separates lashes. 




Magic Word bracelets | prices start at £15 

Magic Word Bracelets by Louby Lou are more than just a piece of Jewellery - it about the empowering WORDS and we all know that WORDS can change everything! Carry your magic word bracelet with you every day to inspire you, encourage you and to remind you that you are brilliant, you are enough and you are magic!" Magic Word Bracelet are available in gold, sliver, rose gold and gun mental, with varies colours of string.




Bamigo James Socks | £27.99

Made from sustainable bamboo, these super soft socks are breathable so you can enjoy unrivaled freshness throughout the day. They also feature a reinforced heel and toe for added comfort. The ribbed cuff and flat seams provide a custom fit, adding to the overall level of comfort you’ll experience. Available in a range of colours and sizes, for men.

A Christmas themed bottle of personalised mini Prosecco is a perfect stocking filler for friends and family. it is Christmas themed and personalised too.




Hashtag Mug | £9.49

#morningcoffee. #Monday. # whatever with this trendy ceramic mug. Use a dry erase marker to tag your daily mood, a message to your colleagues or family.


Anysharp Pro Knife Sharpener | £12.99 

Revive old blunt and dull knives with 3 simple strokes through this ingenious gadget. Old to new is seconds it makes chopping and cutting as easy as a hot butter.


G&T Board | £35

Know someone who loves a good old fashioned Gin and Tonic? Here is a board, perfectly made and perfectly formed to add to any kitchen or any bar where the perfect G & T , Pimm's or your favourite spirit can be prepared.



Tile Limited Edition Bluetooth tracker | prices start at £32.99

This year, Tile has added a personal touch to its world-leading Bluetooth trackers to give loved ones the gift of never losing their favourite items. Available in a range of brand-new designs to suit whoever you are buying for this Christmas, Tile’s limited edition trackers make the perfect Christmas gifts.

Tile Pro has a 400 ft. range and the loudest ring, making it the most durable tracker yet. Tile Mate is perfect for the essentials in your daily routine. Tile Slim is shaped like a credit card so slots easily into wallets, bags, jackets and coats.  



Give the gift of sleep with the relax and unwind gift set from Feather and down. The set contains their body lotion and pillow spray in the relaxing lavander and chamomile scent. 


Indulge your senses and pamper yourself with the ultimate bath and body set containing a collection  of fruity treats to leave skin feeling silky smooth from top to toe.




Looking to make someone’s day? Then Bradfords Sweet Treat Box is the ultimate foodie gift. Beautifully presented in a gold satin gift box with bow it contains a varied selcetion of luxurious items.

Each box features Bradfords Fruit Ginger Cake, a jar of Creamy Butter Toffees, Extremely Chocolately Biscuits, Shortbread Fingers, a satchel of tangy Lemon Bon Bons, a jar of Granny Bradford's Best Pickle and a jar of Bradfords Strawberry with Champagne Jam.

The Sweet Treat Box also contains a 75cl bottle or red, white or rose wine.

Blue Coffee Subscription box | From £7.99 a month

Know someone who loves their  coffee then the Blue coffee subscription box makes a wonderful gift. Membership costs from only £7.99 per month (or less for 3, 6 or 12-month advanced payment). Each month you will receive a letterbox friendly box containing 3 bags of freshley roasted coffee along with tasting notes and information about the origin and farm where it is produced. 






Give her the flexibility to choose from a range of exhilarating and relaxing experiences with Red Letter Days. Whether she is a pampered princess or a G.I. Jane, she is sure to find an experience to suit her. With thousands of days out to choose from, she can delight in a choice of afternoon tea, spa days, stadium tours, helicopter rides and much more. Treat her to a memorable experience.






These new true wireless earbuds feature an ultra-flexible ergonomic ear hook design to ensure a secure fit that moves with you and won’t come loose when you really start moving. With an IPX5 rating, the sweat-resistant materials are all-weather ready. The earbuds feature a 6 hour on-board battery life and up to 30 hours total with the charging case, giving you plenty of time to appreciate the full-range drivers that offer booming bass.

Mermaid Salt Vodka, from the Isle of Wight Distillery, is infused with island sea salt for a uniquely smooth finish and flavour ‘like the subtle kiss of a mermaid’. Plastic-free and Net Zero, it’s an environmentally-friendly vodka with a hint of sea air.

Epic Escapes is an escape room in a box that you
can set up in your own home. The Starter Pack
includes three different escape rooms. All of the 
rooms have separate puzzles and are fully
interactive and engaging. All games are suitable for 2-6 players (plus a host). It’s obviously harder with fewer players! Suitable for ages 16 and over.





Dainty and most definitely perfectly formed, this sweet little penguin piece just can't wait to be worn and be the envy of your admirers. Available in a range of metal types, chain lengths and the option for engraving.




The revolutionary Jose Eber Air Styler utilizes a high speed nano fan that propels cool air through the tool length expelling it through a grid around the tourmaline ceramic styling plates. This cool air instantly sets the hair in the desires style of curls or waves. The Air Styler's unique air cooling feature allows you to bring the barrel right up against the scalmp with no fear of burning. The Air Styler also straightens hair faster than most conventional flat irons.

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR KIDS 4+

 * I was sent the items featured in this gift guide in return for inclusion.



It's been a pretty awful year with covid, lockdowns and social distancing. So this year I'm trying to make Christmas extra special for Blake. With lockdown 2.0 it means alot of Christmas shopping is having to be done online. If your stuck with what to buy this Christmas I'm here to give you some inspiration. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a Christmas guide for the adults but today it's all about the kids. 


If you know a child who loves sensory play than they will love the variety of products from Zimpli kids. From Bath bombs to Slime and Gelli Baff their products aren't just lots of fun but can be educational too. 


The Wow Journal | £15
The WOW Journal is a fun creativity and wellbeing journal for ages 5-12, created for kids by kids.The journal has a simple premise: to help children notice, appreciate and reflect on all the amazing things in life that make them say: "Wow!"

There are four sections: Wow Lists, for things in various categories that wow them; Wow Days, diary pages with imaginative question prompts; Wow Stories, pages for them to write stories; and Wow Doodles, for when they'd rather do amazing drawings than write. UK customers can place their order by emailing wowjournalforkids@gmail.com



Where's (Name of child) by Itsyourstory | £19.50 (softback) £22 (hardback) plus postage 

Itsyourstory's popular Christmas book is back.
The personalised story follows the adventures of a young boy or girl who wakes on Christmas morning but is far too excited to go back to sleep. The child creeps around the house discovering that there's plenty of fun to be had while the rest of the family sleeps - from nibbling some icing from the Christmas cake to finding reindeer tracks in the snow and feeling their presents under the tree.

There are three animals to spot on each page and the story line is simple and engaging, capturing all the rituals of Christmas from building a snowman to leaving out a mince pie for Father Christmas. 


Peppa Pig Grow and Play sets | £9.99
New for 2020 Interplay have released the Peppa Pig Grow and Play sets. Peppa Grow & Play is a fun way to learn how things grow with your favourite Peppa Pig characters. Grow cress with Peppa Pig, pea shoots with George, basil with Rebecca Rabbit and red amaranth with Suzy Sheep. Suitable for ages 4+.
Fuzzkins Dress Up Mega Pack | £19.99

 Fuzzikins Dress-Up Mega Pack is the ultimate craft and play set, which includes 6 Fuzzikins characters, 6 washable pens and loads of dressing up costumes and accessories.

What will your favourite pet be? A doctor hippo, a superhero hamster, a bear in a tutu…..the possibilities are endless! Suitable for ages 4+.

Fuzzkins Ice Cream Van Bag | £14.99
Colour and carry your Fuzzikins ice-cream van bag!

The new ice cream van bag can be designed and personalised with the washable colouring pens. The cute playset includes a new Fuzzikins cow ice-cream seller, flocked ice-creams and many accessories - which can all be coloured in and personalised! The van doubles as a bag, so you can take it anywhere! Suitable for ages 4+.


Have fun making your magic sand by mixing the coloured powder and the magical white sand, then decorate with confetti.You can store your sand in the base of the ball! Includes storage ball, sand, decorations and cutting tools! Its so easy! Shape, slice and squash for ASMR fun and relaxation! Suitable for ages 6+.


Pass the Pugs | £9.99
The fun dice game Pass the Pigs has launched their first ever variation (that isn't a pig), PUGS! Be the first to get to 100 points by throwing the pugs in the air and seeing how they land. Will your pugs 'play dead', 'faceplant' or will it be 'puppy love'? This is sure to be a fun game this Christmas. Suitable for ages 6+.

Geomags confetti sets | varies 
I had a chance to review a Geomags confetti set this year which you can read about here. These starter sets are a great introduction into Geomags. They are a fun construction toy that are educational too featuring all the components of STEM. Suitable for ages 3+.



The Go Glam Nail Salon is a  at home nail studio that includes everything you need to decorate 125 nails of any size. You can easily stamp and style custom manicures and pedicures and it even includes a built in nail dryer.

Trendy nail patterns include Butterflies, Stars, Leopard print and more and you can mix and match your designs to express your own style. Suitable for ages 8+


Cool Maker Hollywood Hair Extension Maker | £19.99
The Hollywood Hair Extension Maker gets you designing and creating your own hair extensions. The kit contains everything you need to customise and style 12 hair extensions. Customise a hair ribbon with the included hair markers or choose a printed design. The extension maker gives you the chance to have lots of bright colours and designs.


Thunder Glow Drone | £50
The Thunder Glow is a medium size Drone with LED lights all around it. Including 6 axis gyro stabiliser, long range 2.4 GHz control, low/medium/high speeds and an automatic trim function. Includes: back to home and headless mode. It's ideal for using both indoors and outdoors.


The Wall Racer is a gravity defying sports car that will turn the walls and ceilings into a new playground. By incorporating suction with the fun of a remote control car, the Wall Racer is able to climb walls and race across ceilings. It has two bright LED headlights to light the way, ideal for night time driving and is available in 3 great colour combinations.

The cars charge directly from the remote and are available on a tri band frequency so you can race 3 cars at once and with a flick of a switch, can change from wall to floor driving. The whole room can now become your race track.


Air Ball | £15
A new hit from the Buzz Retail range. A floating ball that can be played at any surface: wooden floor, laminate, marble or even a thin carpet.

The ball creates an air bubble underneath it so it’s actually hovering over the ground.

A fun toy for all the family together without breaking all the house!

LITTLE MOMENTS 2020: 47/52:TRACKING MY STEPS

I've been umming and ahhing about getting a smart watch for awhile so that I could track my steps and sleep. I caved in and purchased a cheapish one as I didn't want to spend alot on one  incase I ended up not using it. 


Since starting to use it last Sunday it has been a real eye-opener. On average I do around 7,000 steps a day. The most I've done is just over 11,000 steps and the lowest was just under 3,000 steps which was on the Sunday which in general is a lazy day for us.


 I've found it so interesting to see how much light and deep sleep I've been having and how long I've been awake each night. The watch I went for has other features such as heart rate and sports mode. The sports mode I've used for when I do the school run to track how many steps I do, how long it takes me, my heart rate etc. There are a few other features I've chosen not to use such as messaging and alarms but overall I'm happy with my purchase. The app is easy to use to and look back at my data, change settings etc.