Holiday · Life · Live, love, laugh · travel

Guest post series #placestovisit – Why You Should Visit Krka National Park, Croatiapos

Today’s post is written by Sarah from that squat bot, if you would like to know more about Sarah please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.

Croatia is a beautiful country with stunning landscapes, rolling mountains and excellent food and wine. If you wanted to stay around the coast, I wouldn’t blame you – the glittering ocean, the Dalmatian islands dotted throughout, and the incredible sunsets are certainly a draw.

What if I told you there was a place equally as stunning a little inland, just an hour from Split – and that in going here, you would get the chance to swim in a waterfall? It’s true! Krka National Park is a bus ride from the second largest city in Croatia, and is well worth the trip to walk around the forest and breathe in the magic of the waterfalls.


How do I get to Krka?

We got a bus from the station in Split, which cost around £20 return and took an hour and a quarter to reach the village of Skradin. From there you go into the glass visitor centre to buy your ticket to Krka (around £7), then you hop on the boat which takes you to the park. The boat takes 25 minutes but this is definitely a part of the experience!
You don’t seem to need your ticket for the rest of the time you’re there, but keep hold of it just in case. I’d recommend booking your return bus journey, as the buses back can get busy and ticket holders are prioritised.

What to take to Krka

Before going I read that you had to take your own food and drink as there was nothing there – but this isn’t true! There are quite a few places to buy food and drink, although I would imagine they are fairly expensive. You can’t go wrong with grabbing a sandwich and a pastry from one of the bakeries near Split bus station – just remember to take all of your rubbish away with you when you leave – and take cash along too.


You do not want to miss out on the chance to swim in a waterfall, so the main thing you’ll want to take to Krka is your swim kit, beach towel and swim shoes. Pretty much all swimming in Croatia requires neoprene swim shoes and Krka is no exception. There are just toilets to get changed in which you have to pay for, so if you can arrive in your swimming kit then it’s going to be much easier for you.

Finally, don’t forget your walking shoes and camera to capture the stunning views!
What to do in Krka

The main thing that drew me to Krka was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall, as this is a real bucket-list-ticking moment! However, be aware that unfortunately there are restrictions where you can swim, and you can’t swim under the actual falling water – I heard a staff member say they had to cordon off areas as people were getting silly jumping off. A real shame, but it’s good to know our safety is paramount.

The swimming area gets deep quickly, the current from the waterfall is powerful, and you can easily get swept into some big rocks so you do have to be a strong swimmer to get out there. However, there is a shallower area if you’d just like to relax, get some photos, and tick it off your list!


I must admit, although the main draw was the waterfall, the most beautiful thing about Krka was the forest and the lovely walk you can do around the park. It takes an hour to get fully around, and although there are some hills, it’s fully accessible with step alternatives and wooden gangways that lead you over streams. There are so many waterfalls within the park and there are many viewpoints at which to grab photos of them at.

Should I get a guide or do an organised trip?

It’s up to you and what you’re used to, but I don’t think it warrants it. It’s easy to book your bus online or in the bus station – information is clear and everyone speaks good English – and once you’re in the park it’s simple to navigate around. All you have to do is enjoy the views.

It may be away from Croatia’s glittering coast, but Krka National Park is not to be missed on your trip to Croatia!

Health & Beauty · Life

Easy winged eyeliner tip

I was shown this tip by a wonderful friend and it is so easy! I am the worst at eyeliner and if I can do it anyone can!

Start by doing a normal eye outline, I like the Avon Glimmerstick in Cosmic Brown, but tbh any eyeliner which works for you is fine. 

Take a Kirby grip/bobby pin/hair clip. You know the ones, with the little V at the end. 


Then colour the bobby pin V with a felt tip style eyeliner, again I like the Avon one but any will do. Then press the V on to the corner of your eye so the straight part goes up from your bottom eyelid line and the top of the V goes towards the upper eyelid line. 


It will leave a little stencil of the V on the corner of the eye which you then colour in to make the perfect wing. 

Check out my video here for the full tutorial!

Life

Mum guilt; don’t let it burn you out

As a mum you are busy all the time, there are a million jobs which need doing all the time and, let’s be honest, there isn’t enough time in the day to do them all. 

I have been seeing a “Time to Talk” CBT specialist about my anxiety and last week we had a discussion about Mum Guilt. It wasn’t a term he had come across before and the discussion ended up being very insightful, so I thought I’d share. 

As I see it there are two types of Mum guilt; there is the guilt of making your child go to school, even when they are clinging to you crying that they don’t want to; because you know it is best for them, then there is the guilt of sitting down and having a hot cup of tea while the Baby sleeps, where you could be using the time to do housework. 

The first type is hard on you but i want to talk about the second kind; the one where you feel bad for having a few minutes “me time” because you know you have a dozen other things you “should” be doing. 

Everyone deserves a bit of “me time” and a bit of peace and quiet to do something they enjoy. Not only do they deserve it but it’s good for you, you can not live your live only doing things for others; it’s not healthy, you need to be you too. 

So take that time to have a bath and read your book, join that exercise class you have been thinking about, sit down and have a cup of tea and a cake while thinking about nothing. Don’t let yourself disappear and just be “mummy” all the time, you are not just a child cared and house cleaner and cook, you are still you! Don’t feel guilty for doing something which brings you joy, the housework can wait!

food · Recipes

Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

I got this delicious recipe from Mummy in a Tutu’s site. It is, what I call, a “store cupboard cake” with no fancy ingredients needed.

All it needs is self raising flour, all spice, butter, brown sugar, eggs, milk, apples and sultanas. 

Check at Mummy in a Tutu’s blog post for the full recipe. 


Great eaten hot with custard or I made salted caramel butter icing for the top of the cake.

This recipe is so tasty!

Earn & save money

Earn money for free; Swagbucks

Epril and I often share easy methods to earn a bit of cash from doing very little. My suggestion today is to visit Swagbucks and register with them!

The aim of Swagbucks is to earn “SB points” and then you exchange your points for gift cards. It is quite easy to earn the first selection of points from filling in your details, but after that you can earn points from completely surveys and as a form of cash back for purchasing online or opening accounts (often for free) with online websites.

Do watch out of those sites that sign you up for a monthly/weekly subscription, you will need to cancel if you don’t want to continue and for some often offers you need to put £5 cash into it to get it to give you the SB points (eg gambling sites). I don’t use these offers personally I just use the survey options.

I have tested this for you and received £10 into my PayPal in exchange for 1600 points.


There are daily rewards for completing certain tasks and further bonuses if you get to a target number of SB points, so it is worth logging in daily, completing a few surveys and getting the points.

Generally I earn £10-20 a month for maybe 10 minutes “work” a day. Also if you don’t use the account for a few months they try to tempt you back by offering SB points for coming back, which if you want can be exchanged immediately for cash lol

It is free to sign up to Swagbucks, but you do need to register your address before you can be paid, which involves them sending you a postcard with a verification number on nd you confirming it online. Which is a bit of a faff, but not too difficult.

The link for Swagbucks is here. Definitely one I recommend.

*note: I get a small reward for recommending this site

Competition · Giveaways

Birthday giveaway!! Win £20 from us to you!

Eps and Amy Blog is a year old this month! As a special birthday giveaway we are offering one lucky winner £20 (sent either as PayPal or bank transfer). Who doesn’t love free cash?! So enter now and be in with a chance of winning…


Enter via the rafflecopter link below:

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Life · Motherhood · Ocassion

Baby shower games!!

My friends are planning a baby shower for a brand new mama-to-be, so I thought it would be a good time to suggest some fabulous baby shower party games:

  • Chocolate covered nappy: this infamous game involves using a CLEAN nappy filled with various melted chocolates and the guests have to sniff/taste they way to a guess of which chocolate was used. Suggested by Amy from the smallest of things.
  • Abi from something about baby suggested loads of games (see her post) my favourites were the egg and sperm race (decorate the wooden spoon as a giant sperm) and guess the celebrity baby name.
  • This game sounds great: fill baby bottles with a drink and the first to finish the bottle wins (could be any drink in their). Thanks to Mia for this suggestion.
  • Some twists on traditional party games from Nicola (all things spliced) pin the dummy on the baby, modelling play doh babies and fill in the missing nursery rhyme lyrics.
  • Porn or Push? You all get pictures of women giving birth mixed with porno faces and have to guess which is which. Thanks to Leslie from Messy Blog for this suggestion.
  • Michelle from the purple pumpkin Suggested guess the famous baby, using childhood photos of celebrities.
  • The baby food game was also suggested but I think I will avoid that one, thanks Emma from the Money Whisperer.

I now have loads of ideas for games, can’t wait to show you all photos from the party!!

Motherhood · other

Phobias? Insomnia? Addiction? Anxiety? Here’s something new to try. 

Personally I suffer from dentist phobia, I have since I was little. I get worked up days before my appointment, losing sleep and getting anxious and then on the day of the appointment I will feel sick and get a tight upsetting feeling in my stomach and will often have panic attacks in moments before I go in.

When I was contacted by Hypnosis Ninja I immediately though to trial their “fear of dental work” track.

The track is sent to your email and you can save it to iCloud which means you can play it directly from there. It is about 10 minutes long, you need to be sitting or lying comfortably (ie not being distracted by other things and definitely not driving), I used it as heading off to sleep, I found it help settle me really quickly as it has a meditative quality to it as well (they state that you can happily fall asleep while listening to it and it still works).

I listened to the track about 10 times, although they say it can work from listening to it once, and had a dentist appointment this week: I slept normally the night before and although I still got anxious and nervous before my appointment I did not have a panic attack and was much more calm than normal. So I would say it has helped.

Hypnosis Ninja offer all kinds of hypnosis help:

I’m off to download the “get to sleep fast” track to try out with Bethany! I hope there is something here for you to try x

*please note: item was received free for review, however this has not effected my opinion and all words are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

Motherhood · Toys

#tsumtsumtravels travelling chums to make your journeys less painful

We all know how hard work travelling with children can be, check out our tips and hints here.

Posh Paws International, exclusive producers of the Tsum Tsum collection have recently brought out the Tsum Tsum Vacation Pack.

The Tsum Tsums are all dressed ready for their summer holidays. Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Dumbo and Pluto (I love Pluto best!) all with rubber rings, goggles, swimming hats and surf boards, they are so cute!

Since we are a blogging team we separated our Tsum Tsum buddies and half went off to the Philippines with Epril and half stayed home with me an my kids (sorry for the boring holiday Minnie, Dumbo and Pluto lol).

They went to the Arundel Wildfowl Trust with us, spent time on Worthing seafront and helped teach my kids to ride their bikes!

The Tsum Tsums are small enough to fit in your handbag and yet really help entertain the kids when they are getting bored. Definitely a toy worth pulling out when the kids start getting irritate half way through the journey.

Here are a few of Epril’s photos from the Philippines, even if their holiday was upset by a family disaster.

 

*note: toys were provided free for the purpose of this review, this did not effect my opinion and all words are my own

Gift guide · Home & kitchen · Motherhood

Photowall Prints: so much better than “just a canvas”

Since having the children we have had several photoshoots which we have bought canvases from and boy are they expensive; I think the last one cost £1000! It’s a lovely print but ouch!

We all have so many lovely pictures taken on our phone now and the quality of the cameras are so good that you might as well get some prints done from them.

Photowall offer some lovely canvas prints and wallpaper murals but they also offer the option to upload your own image and put it on a canvas with frame or as a wallpaper mural.

Photowall were kind enough to send me a canvas with frame from one of our photos, from Disneyland Paris last year. I admit I didn’t pay attention to the sizing and was stunned when it arrived:

But the quality is amazing considering it was taken on a lowly iPhone 5. Although it didn’t arrive in its frame it was really easy to put together (well it was easy for hubby).

If you would like 20% off at Photowall as well then use the code: amyshiphamcampaign2017 code valid until end of November 2017

*please note: canvas was provided free for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are my own.