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Parenting & Mental Health Blog

Hello everyone, I am Andrea, my usual website is Having my shop and my blog in 2 different places seemed a bit silly. So on that note, I will be transferring all my blogs onto here. All future blog posts are being written directly onto this site.

What is the xrp4u site?
This website belongs to my lovely dad. He writes about cryptocurrency. But he also has a huge love of history. Many blog  posts are dedicated to ancient civilisations (definitely worth a read if you’re a history nut.) Although we write on very different topics, by sharing the main site we are helping each other gain a better ranking in this maze that is the blogging world. The more amount of readers you have across the site means your site is pushed higher up the google ranking system. If you can share a blogging website between a few friends or family, it may be worth doing. ( I will report back on how my blog goes over here.)

Where have I been?
I have been very quiet over lock-down, I have only written one blog over the past few months. Having all the children home, ensuring they do school work, get exercise and don’t kill each other in the process has been quite a journey. I am glad to welcome in the summer holidays and hopefully, that will bring in a few calmer weeks. With lock-down slowly easing this also means we can get back to being out and about, writing about the amazing places across Norfolk we love to visit.

Speak to you all soon – Andrea xoxo

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Lost Ancient Archaeology In Plain Sight – My Rant

When an archaeologist fist investigates a new found ruin they draw upon all their training and experience to make sense of the site., maybe they consult with their colleagues and other experts and then together they make a decision as to when, why and who built the structure

The featured image for this post is that of Troy. Troy is, or use to be anyway, a mythical tale until the presumed location of mythical Troy was dug through, layer upon layer of older developments until it was found, the ancient city of Troy and its ancient wall location, revealed only recently.

Here lies the problem we want to shine a light on, what happens when all these historical academia experts come across something that is a bit odd, a bit out of place, something that is not found within their own reference material, after all they must come to a conclusion on their closing paper and they just can’t shrug their shoulders and say, “sorry aint got a clue what is going on ere mate!”. They must finalise their conclusion.

In our opinion, when I say our I refer to the alternative non academic researchers far removed from officialdom as possible, in our opinion there are two types of conclusion that seem to be reached in a lot of cases of the ‘odd’ stuff, and these are:

The Mistaken

The mistaken can sort of be forgiven for their incorrect conclusion, they are unsure of what they are looking at and they can only make conclusions on what they do understand on what the archaeology is telling them. Here is an example:

When the area of Göbekli Tepe was first look at in 1963 the archaeologist had a walk over the site, saw some parts of worked stone sticking out of the ground that looked like tomb stones and therefore concluded it was an very old burial ground and nothing more to see here! It was not until 1994 when Claus Schmidt, who had already found some similar worked stone nearby, then revisited Göbekli Tepe and decided the site must be investigated properly and returned with dig permissions in 1995, he then made the effort to actually dig and as they did so they uncovered the archaeological wonder of the world that is now known today, the oldest man made arranged stone structures and carvings, including 3D formed animal carvings and even possible the T-Shaped pillars have astrological alignments, Göbekli Tepe is now carbon dated to 12,000 years old, with much of the site still to be uncovered these dates are expected to go back further still.

Please make sure to read the Göbekli Tepe post as the astrological alignments are extremely interesting, the builders seem to have used the pillars, carvings and their obvious deep knowledge of astrology, even at 10,000 BC, to give the finders (us today) a very specific date from their own past, a date to be remembered for eternity!

Teaser, in the Younger Dryas post you will see exactly what did happen at around 10,800BC! You will then understand why Göbekli Tepe was built!

The first visit and failure to find anything in 1963 was a mistake, an error of judgement, hopefully not due to laziness. However the site was revisited 3 decades later, that’s 30 years of archaeological investigation time lost, the site will take another 10 years to be uncovered and conclusions made for it’s final age which is expected to go back further than 12,000 years ago, so lets wait for 2030 maybe when we will know it’s true age, what a loss that is to us today!

The Ignorant Denialist

These are the worst type of official academic sponsored archaeologist.

They look at a structure and they do not recognise the style of the bottom layer of precision cut megalithic stone blocks, maybe they pass over the 2nd layer also until they get to a third layer which is a jumble of poor quality cut and placed stone and conclude, ” ah yes that’s Roman of such and such period or Inca of that period, yes I recognise that so this complete site is what I think and decide it is based on the top layer of stone”, at some point later a non officialdom archaeologists points the academia’s attention back to the first layer and states that is not Roman or Inca or Greek only to be told they are a fringe outsider a hobbyist know nothing pretend geologist and it remains as decided!

Repeated requests for funding to revisit or to simply discuss the blatantly obvious in-corrections are dismissed out of hand, some stubborn truth seekers simply labelled as ‘conspiracy theorists’, to be mocked!

You Are Being Denied The Truth!

Whether an incorrect conclusion was a genuine mistake or senior, old and near retirement, officials do not want to admit they were wrong and the books they wrote are worthless and the history our children are taught is so incorrect , the issue is you, your children and all of us are being denied the truth about OUR Lost Ancient History and that is not right!

I will avoid the subject of the ignorance of all global Faiths that can not, must not and will not allow in any way the question of historical events and ancient time be discussed and rediscovered in the event that their teachings are found to be actual real events but nothing to do with Godly interventions!

One such event being that of a Great Flood! It is fact that many Faiths around the world have a common story of a Great Flood! The truth that a naturally occurring Global Cataclysmic Event, if you can call a meteorite strike that almost made man extinct was a natural event, has been proven to be the cause of mass mammal extinctions in America (Humans are mammals also) and some around the globe due to an unimaginable amount of ice melt water that was catastrophically and suddenly released from 2 mile thick glacier that ravage the length of America in just a matter of hours and has to this day left geological scars across America as well as other devastating material fallout that went across the continents! This true epic tale of old repeated over many 1,000’s of years from parent to child until it is a myth of old and swallowed up into a belief of a godly intervention due to the sins of man when in fact this is a real event that happened around 10,800 BC, yep… there is that date again!! 10,800 BC or 12,800 years before today! That date in our recent human history just keeps showing up like a bad itch!

Our Saviour The Internet!

Today we have the internet, the world wide web of knowledge and so mush of it is free!

It is due to the incredible devotion of a small number of individuals with the use of the internet with Websites and Youtube and of course modern printing material that has already fixed one of academia biggest ‘mistakes’, that being the Younger Drya’s impact of 12,800BP (Before Present).

Yes it did happen and thanks to younger scientist willing to defy their peers, even with threats of being banned from their professional bodies, that have found the irrefutable evidence of such a cataclysmic meteorite impact event in our very near past dated at around 10,800 BC.

The work is not yet done, the oldies remain as seniors and heads of archaeological and historical institutions, their ‘story’ books are still on sale and their incorrect conclusions are still taught to our children in schools and Universities.

Just Like Göbekli Tepe we, as a modern open minded civilisation, are revisiting these ancient sites, we are starting to dig to find the truth and just like Göbekli Tepe I am sure what we will uncover will truly be a wonder to be told and taught for generations to come!

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The Younger Dryas Impact, 10,800 BC

Our planet is full of archaeological anomalies that our knowledgeable academia can not explain, in fact disturbingly, they deny or even sabotage archaeologist, geologist, and many other types of ist’s findings and conclusions because they do not fit in with acceptable teachings!

But! you are reading this blog at exactly the perfect time as one of the biggest global events that occurred on this earth during human times has only recently been officially accepted as happening. An event that changed the course of Human civilisation, an event that in fact left human civilisation teetering on the brink of extinction! Sadly many wondrous mammals that existed then were totally and immediately wiped from the face of the earth.

Yet again the earth was struck from above by a huge meteorite causing a global cataclysm, mass extinctions, destroying complete nations of humans from North and South America and possibly affecting every continent and every human around the world, leaving a bedraggled desperate human race on a road to survival and recovery.

This part of the earths history, this part of ‘your’ human history is not in the history books, you will not see it in the museums because only now has the stubborn pig headed professors of our acceptable knowledge now accepted this event did occur, but… they still stubbornly dispute the impact this event had on human civilisation, they still dispute the Lost Ancient Civilisations that have been lost and forgotten, like the Covice people, the original natives of the Americas.

BP is years Before Present, so 12,800 BP years from today. in BC term this is 10,800 BC

15 Minute overview presented by Matt of Ancient Architects YT channel

1 Hour deeper dive based on more recent work by experts and gives a a differing opinion of events, yet still Cataclysmic! Presented by Ben of Uncharted X YT channel

Short 7 minute Introduction

The below video describes some of the great beasts that were made immediately extinct due to this impact along with the Clovis Civilisation! The Lecturer does well for 2016 BUT….. lacks the knowledge of the now accepted Younger Dryas Impact so take that into account when watching this video, the poor Clovis Civilisation that met such a horrifying end once again get the blame, they died along with the great beasts!

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Vogue 73 questions.

I wanted to do an about me page, but not the usual boring “hey im Andrea, 29 from norfolk”. I have recently been watching the vogue 73 questions videos. The aim of the game is to answer all 73 questions in under 10 minutes. So here we go, my vogue 73 questions.

1. What’s your favorite time of day? Evenings, family movie on the tv, and a giant bag of popcorn.

2. What’s your biggest weakness? Doubting myself. I do it over everything, my blog, my personal life, work life, even social media.

3. What’s your biggest strength? Being honest about motherhood.

4. What’s the biggest learning experience you’ve had? Becoming a parent, nothing prepares you. No matter how many pregnancy books you read.

5. What’s your idea of a perfect date? Romantic restaurant, followed by ice creams and a walk on the beach.

6. What’s one vice you wish you could give up? Comparison.

7. What’s a cause that is important to you? Teaching people about mental health.

8. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? That I am raising my children the right way (even though I believe there is no right way, its still nice to be praised on parenting)

9. When are you the most inspired? Scrolling through my favourite Instagram accounts.

10. Sweet or savory? Sweet all day, everyday.

11. What song can you listen to on repeat? Euphoria by loreen. It won Eurovision in 2012 and I have been hooked ever since.

12. What makes you smile the most? When the kids are all playing together, and not fighting.

13. What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I wish I was a trained opera singer. Honestly I have always been amazed by the beautiful voices. Maybe I can have a few lessons one day.

14. Heels or flats or sneakers? Flats, or a platform. I can wear stilettos as I would go flying, and the only sneaker type shoes I would wear are converse.

15. Vintage or new? Vintage, anything from 1920s-1990s are my absolute favourites.

16. What are the three things you can’t live without? Family, humour, music. 

17. Window or aisle seat? Window! I get awful travel sickness so being able to see out the window helps a lot!

18. What’s your current TV character obsession? Lucifer. No questions, he is dreamy. 

19. Leather or lace? Lace, I don’t have plans to get married, however my dream dress is completely lace.

20. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life? I moved to cyprus on my own when I was 16. I had to come back after 3 months as I decided to go to college, however it was still an amazing experience.

21. How would you define yourself in three words? Loud, determined, opinionated.

22. What’s your current favourite piece of clothing that you own? My black star dress from Wallace, its my idea of heaven.

23. What’s a must-have clothing item everyone should own? A dress that you can twirl. Nothing makes me feel better than swishing a big dress around.

24. What’s inspiring you in life right now? Other bloggers doing amazingly. I can only hope to be where they are one day.

25. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? You have to work hard to pursue your dreams, so keep pushing on.

26. What’s your pet peeve? Chewing loudly. Honestly I cant stand it, especially crunchy foods, like crisps or biscuits.

27. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls.

28. What’s something you notice about someone when you first meet them? If they have a sense of humour, If they do then I know we will click.

29. What’s your biggest regret? Not traveling more before having children. I love them more than life, however I do sometimes think maybe I missed out on something by not taking the chance to travel when I had it.  

30. What’s heavily played on your music playlist right now? Harry styles…No explanation needed.

31. What’s your favorite board game? Monopoly! Classic.

32. What’s your guilty pleasure? Eating a full tub of ben and jerrys whilst watching Netflix. 

33. What book did you most recently finish? I honestly haven’t read a book in years. Probably twilight …. Cringe.

34. What are you currently reading? My social media feed… I cant read books! I get 3 or 4 pages in and just get bored. Im much more of a visual person so prefer films etc.

35. How do you start your day? Cuddles with the babies. Then coffee, all the coffee.

36. What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas! As soon as it gets to November the Christmas music comes on. With Halloween a close second of course.

37. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be? @s.nova.vintage All of those vintage dresses are just calling my name.

38. If you could switch lives with one person for a day who would it be? someone super rich. I just want to see what its like having all that money haha.

39. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do? Have singing lessons. I love singing, but I would never sing in front of anyone unless its my own family!

40. What’s the one thing you wish you knew at age 19? Not everything is about you. Honestly I was a bitch at 19. I thought the world revolved around me, if I could go back in time I would slap some sense into me.

41. Besides your phone or wallet, what’s a couple of must-have purse items? Hand sanitizer, baby wipes, bottle of water, kids snacks!

42. If you were not a blogger/stay at home mum, what would you be doing? I always wanted to be a paramedic. Its still a dream of mine.

43. What’s something you can’t do? Play video games. My daughters always ask me to play Minecraft but I just cant do it. It ends up making me angry.

44. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Cyprus, My homeland, the island of love.

45. What’s one city you’ve always dreamed of traveling to? Edinburgh, especially for the Christmas market.

46. What’s something you always travel with? My phone, I have huge anxiety so I must have a way of communicating with family at all times. Just incase.

47. Favorite food? My yiayias Macaronia tou fournou. (macaroni in the oven)

48. Favorite dessert? Ice cream, usually cookie dough or salted caramel.

49. Favorite snack? Chocolate snack a jacks. Low calorie but gets rid of my chocolate craving.

50. What’s a movie that made you cry? P.S I love you. Gets me every time.

51. What’s your favorite movie of the last five years? Bohemian rhapsody

52. What’s the one talent you wish you had? I wish I was more flexible. I would love to learn gymnastics.

53. What’s your favorite exercise? Long walks, hiking. You can appreciate nature and keep fit without breaking out in a full on sweat.

54. What’s your favorite band? I don’t really have 1 favourite band, I have a very eclectic taste in music.

55. What’s your favorite fast food order? Curry, chicken tikka masala, Pilau rice, onion bhajis.

56. What’s something you don’t want to be doing in 10 years? Panicking about money. I would love to just be financially stable enough not to worry about anything.

57. What’s the cutest thing on planet earth? Babies, all babies… im getting broody, stop.

58. What’s the best thing that happened this year? Getting to spend more time as a family, ok so its 2020 and we have been in corona virus lockdown. But at least I had my partner and my 3 amazing kids with me.

59. What’s your favorite cocktail? I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t like the feeling of being out of control.

60. Which movie makes you laugh the hardest? My big fat Greek wedding, I can watch it on repeat and it still makes me cry laugh.

61. What do you usually eat for dinner? We mix it up as much as we can. But a few family favourites are Bolognese, Fajitas and Pasta bake.

62. What do you usually eat for lunch? Kids

63. What do you usually eat for breakfast? If I remember to grab lunch its usually just something quick, like a sausage roll, so I can continue chasing teddy around the house.

64. What’s your favorite thing in the world? Family, my family is my everything.

65. What’s your favorite color? Yellow. It’s a happy colour

66. What color clothing do you wear most? Black. Im a secret goth.

67. What are three words to describe living in Norfolk. Scenic, Quaint, adventure.

68. Do you like surprises? Absolutely not, My anxiety is way too bad. I need to make a plan!

69. What’s one thing you had to learn the hard way? Parenting. There is no easy way, I learnt that the hard way!

70. What’s something you’re tired of? Hearing “Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuum” for the 50th time today.

71. Who do you turn to when you’re sad? Tom, my partner. He always knows the right thing to say.

72. What’s a trend you would like to see disappear forever? Sliders. Im sorry guys I just really don’t like them, especially when people wear them out, with socks!

73. What did you want to do with your life at age 12? A forensic scientist! I watched a lot of CSI. I thought it was cool. I later learned its not for me.

That’s it! I hope you know a little more about me.

Andrea x



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Free printable – 10 Affirmations for an anxious mind

positive affirmations for an anxious mind

I made these little flash cards for you to use when you’re having a particularly anxious day. Feel free to share them on social media, print them out, glue them in your journals etc. I hope they help someone, like they have helped me. Click the image to open it. Right click and hit save as. If you are on a mobile hold down on the image and click download.

Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome anxiety and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.

Mummashine x

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One click photo editing, using phone apps.

Hi everyone!
So many of you have been asking for photo editing tutorials. I do all my editing using phone apps. This is simply the easiest method for me.
Let’s start off simple, one click edits.
For those photos that you just want to enhance lightly to make them pop. But you really don’t have time to take hours fiddling with settings.

App 1: Adobe lightroom
This app has a paid and a free version. I use the free version. Pop your photo into the app and you will see a little auto button at the bottom. Simply hit that and it automatically corrects the lighting and colour in your photo for you! All you have to do is hit save and post it to your social media
.Before editing

After editing.

App 2: remini.
Again I use the free version, because why not! Remini is a face enhancing app, it focuses on facial details. I particularly love this app for older photographs, however let’s show you a quick tutorial on this photo. Upload the photo to the app, click the tick (if you use the free version it will make you watch an ad) then it will show you the edited version and the original in a comparison. Don’t forget to hit save!

Top – before, bottom – after

App 3: snapseed
Snapseed is by far one of the best free apps available. Everything is free of charge and they don’t force you to pay extra for any of the features. (love that). Upload your photo into the app, click tools and hit HDR-SCAPE this will then give you 2 options, landscape or portrait. Select the option you prefer for your photo, you can adjust the intensity by sliding your finger left and right. Hit save!Before editing

After editing

App 4: picsart
For this app I do have the paid version, however the method I am showing you is free!
Pop your photo into the app, click tools then enhance. It’s basically the auto button for this app. Your done! Hit save!

Before editing

After editing

Now you know the basics you can mix and match the auto buttons to suit you. If you click enhance on picsart but still think the faces are not clear enough, run it through remini too!
Tada! Perfectly edited photos that took you seconds.

If you try any of these tips tag me on Instagram. @mummashine. I would love to see your beautiful edits.


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Wroxham barns 2020

This is a gifted experience

I have a full review of Wroxham barns on a previous blog post, this is an update for 2020.

We went along to the opening day of Wroxham barns fun park for 2020. We have always been huge lovers of Wroxham barns. The new additions and changes make us love it even more. We always have a very tight budget when it comes to days out. So the fun park all being in with the entry price is very much appreciated! Perfect for ALL families.

The fun park includes bounce pillows, mini-golf, a range of rides, water wars, go-karts, play park and a new play frame in a sandpit. 🥰 Each ride gets cleaned down after each turn and staff are all wearing PPE.

Our children range in age from 2-8, they are able to enjoy pretty much everything together. (Excluding go-karts as Ted’s legs are too little) 😂 .

A few new changes on the farm include an education barn, alpacas and a Guinea pig village in the polytunnel. 🐹 Which is beyond cute as they have tiny houses! . Due to COVID-19, there are a few other changes in and around the farm.

One way systems ensure everyone can have fun from a safe distance. Signposts stating hygiene rules with hand sanitiser accessible. It’s easy to have a family day out without the worry of naughty germs getting in the way 💕

Its only £10.50 per person over the age of 2. 🥰 They have a cafe on site which is super handy for lunch. (Coffee to keep the adults going) or you can do what we did and make use of the distanced picnic tables 👍🏼❤️

We are now looking into annual passes as Teddy refused to leave, so we had to carry him out to the car 🤣



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Jr’s stomp, dine and strike

This is a gifted experience

Last Thursday we went to the amazing Jr’s in North Walsham. First off as soon as you walk in the safety signs are very clear, with hand sanitiser stations and staff in PPE. we felt safe the whole time without it ruining our day. We started off in the maize maze. It was bigger than I thought, it seemed to go on forever which was pretty amazing as we were expecting a small maze.

The kids took it in turns being the leader and trying to find the way out. I didn’t think Ted would enjoy it, being only 2. But he loved it! Having the freedom to run around and get lost was exciting for him (Tom and I were always a few steps behind, but it still felt like freedom for him.) There are no stops for water inside the maze so don’t forget water bottles just in case it does take a little while to find your way through.

We made our way over to the outdoor play area which has plenty for the kids to do. Including slides, climbing frames and a whole area to make musical sounds. Which is perfect for a bit of sensory play. I even had a go on the slide. However, I wouldn’t recommend wearing a dress as I nearly had friction burn on my bottom haha.

After playtime, we headed over to the American diner. Daddy being daddy ordered the biggest item on the menu. Then soon regretted it as it came out and was huge. He demolished the lot. (with a struggle.) He couldn’t leave any food as he kept going on about how incredible it was. Especially those maple chicken wings! Kids meals are all good sizes, Izzie (9) eats a lot and was more than happy with the kids’ size. We did have an issue with the kids not enjoying the mac n cheese. But the staff were amazing and helped us fix the situation. Everyone left with full bellies and a smile on their face. Plus they are participating in the eat out to help out scheme, with 50% off Monday – Wednesday.

I can’t thank everyone enough for being so lovely and welcoming. By far one of our favourite days out this summer. Hopefully, bowling can restart around the 15th so we can come back and enjoy the full experience. If you are in Norfolk it is definitely worth taking a look at. Be sure to take bottled water as the maze is hot. You can find jr’s HERE, you don’t need to book in advance for the time being. Be sure to check their website for any changes.



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XRPL Issued Currency Creation Time Trial

xrpl issued currency token

For those that remember Bob Way he once said, “You can create an XRPL Issued Currency token in 10 minutes”.

I have gone further and added an extra step of including a ‘SEND to 3rd Party address’ as well.

So how quickly can the an XRPL Issued Currency be created and sent to a 3rd party?, Lets find out!

This is the PowerPoint presentation contained within the video above.

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Create your own XRPL Issued Currency!

This Tutorial describes the complete process to create your own XRPL Issued Currency

It is in a old format and we are currently updating it to the new format and it will also contain a YouTube video Link, we hope to have this completed very shortly but please enjoy this version for now.

This is the PowerPoint presentation contains all the steps required