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    Days out,  Travel,  Walking

    That’s Just The First Bit – Tackling Catbells With Kids

    Since walking up Old Man Of Coniston back in January, me and T have been wanting to take on more of the legendary wainwrights of the Lake District. I have signed up to walk up Helvellyn (one of the biggest… eek!) in June for charity so I thought it would be a good idea to get practise in on some of the shorter fells. After a quick Google I discovered that Catbells was meant to be one of the best to tackle with kids. So off we went. Bank Holiday Walks The bank holiday gave us the perfect opportunity to get out in the lakes. Especially as the weather was…

  • Discussions,  Holiday,  Travel

    Dreaming of a Paris Return – Where I Would Love to Explore with Spike

    I don’t know if it was the amazing trip to Lapland we had in December, or the pandemic, but something has reignited my love for travel recently. We have a trip to Cornwall booked next week and hopefully a UK city break in the summer holidays. But next year, once we feel more comfortable travelling abroad again, I really fancy booking another trip to Paris. My Previous Visits to Paris Paris, the city of love. It is on the travel wish list of many, and its easy to understand why. It’s a beautiful city, with the most picturesque locations to get all that instagram footage. I haven’t been back since…

  • Child free,  Holiday,  Travel

    A Relaxing Spa Break in the Lakes – Beech Hill Hotel Review

    Back in January we went on a break to the Lakes to celebrate T’s 40th Brithday. He wasnt actually 40 until the begining of Feb, but doing it the week before meant we could get someone to move in to ours, taking Spike to school and relax in the knowledge that everything was fine at home. Of course, its a good job we ended up going early. Because two days after we got home, Spike got covid. And the three of us went down one after the other! If we’d have booked it for T’s birthday, we wouldn’t have been able to go at all! What to do on a…

  • Days out,  Discussions,  Holiday,  Personal posts

    Half Term Events in the North West – From Puddle Jumping to Superworm Trails

    There’s nothing like the last minute, or just being late, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t have planned out your half term events yet. I think part of the reason I havent is that its crept up on me so fast. We were out of action the last two weeks with Covid in our household so Spike was off school for 6 days, then me and T followed and it feels like February has just completely flown by. I’m not actually taking any time off this half term either, so I haven’t has as much to organise, but Spike’s auntie is coming to take her out for a…

  • Our 2022 Travel Plans
    Discussions,  Family,  Travel

    Our 2022 Travel Plans – What We Are Planning For The Year Ahead

    With an amazing holiday to Lapland at the end of 2021 (which I promise, will have a review at some point!), the need to travel has been reignited inside me. However, the start of 2022 has brought with it a rise in the levels of Omicron. Also, the stress of rules changing the week we went abroad last year has put us off a foreign holiday this year too. So this year won’t have anything as major as Lapland in it, and once again our travel plans really focus on the UK. Thats not too bad though, especially as we’ve already enjoyed a mini break to the Lakes this year!…

  • Ad,  Christmas and New Year,  Days out

    Celebrating Christmas with Friends at Luminate – Walton Hall and Gardens Light Trail in Cheshire

    We were meant to be exploring the Luminate light trails twice, once at Southport in Lancashire and then again in Warrington in Cheshire. However Storm Arwen put a stop to our first visit. Then we did start to wonder if our second would be rained off too. Thankfully though, it went ahead and we were able to visit with our friends this weekend. Luminate Cheshire Location Luminate in Cheshire is at Walton Hall & Gardens close to Warrington and really easy to get to from the M6 and M56. We met with the friends that we made at Spike’s baby group when she was tiny. In total there were three…

  • Ad,  Christmas and New Year,  Discussions,  Reviews

    Making Christmas Extra Personal with Aura Print – Eco friendly gift tag Review

    I know that reusable wrapping fabrics are the best way to be eco friendly at Christmas. However, there is something magical about watching kids rip the wrapping paper off presents which makes it difficult for me to go down that route! Instead, I go down the route of trying to be as eco friendly as possible, using eco tape rather than sellotape, and recycled wrapping paper, or at least recyclable wrapping paper. I do this all year – not just at Christmas. So that I know that at least the wrapping on our gifts to Spike’s school friends can be recycled after her friends have opened them. Eco Friendly Christmas…

  • Blog graphic with two images, one is from Laminate 2020 and the other with Raimy and Spike walking through Tatton Park in 2016
    Christmas and New Year,  Days out,  Family

    Winter Events in the North West 2021 – Grab Your Tickets Fast

    This year is the year of the more normal. There arent socially distancing santa visits planned, even if there maybe should be. And there are more events on again. That said a lot have sold out already! Here’s a little round up of the events we’re looking forward to that havent yet completely sold out! 1 – Luminate Southport and Cheshire So full disclosure here, I am attended both of these events and will have a write up on the blog about them at the time. But even if I wasn’t attending in a blogging capacity, they would have been on my to do list anyway. They look awesome! I…

  • Discussions

    Grey hairs, fitness levels and a strange year – How I feel about getting older

    I don’t usually post about my own birthday unless its to talk about what we got up to after the event. But this year I wanted to. I wanted to share how I’m feeling on this very strange day in August. Grey hairs My family is a family of young greys. So I didn’t really expect anything other than grey hair from my 30s. I have dyed my hair since I was 13 and its not a problem to continue doing so. But I recently realised that I’m now struggling to keep on top of them. They sprout up from nowhere and are pure white more than grey. I guess…

  • Blog title graphic with two images either side of a white box. Image on the left is a person handing some keys over to another, as though they have just completed on a house, the image on the right is a person crunching numbers on a calculator. Text in the white box reads Saving uo fir our 5% house deposit making life easier with mortgage calculator uk
    Discussions,  Home,  Money

    Saving up for our 5% house deposit – Making life easy by forecasting for payments

    A few years ago I mentioned that we had both started saving in a help to buy ISA. We wanted to buy a house local to us, and stop renting the house that we lived in as it was cold and damp. We were planing on putting up with it until we saved enough to buy, saving our house deposit quickly. But the year after I wrote about it, Spike started school and we didn’t want to put her through breakfast and after school club daily. So we moved to Lancaster, to be closer to work and have a better work-life balance. Clearing our debts and saving more When we…