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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Let’s Do That Again! – A Summer Day at Gulliver’s World

    Spike and I went to Gulliver’s World together two years ago, it was a gorgeous July day, before the school’s broke up. We went with her nursery as a final trip before she left. The entire day pretty much was spent with her best friend and her mum. Therefore Spike had fond memories and has begged to go back ever since Our First Gulliver’s World Trip As mentioned, it was July, a weekday and glorious. There wasn’t a single queue for anything and it felt like Spike’s nursery group were the only visitors. We got on everything within minutes. We rode the Wriggler rollercoaster 4 times without actually getting off.…

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    We’re going on a dinosaur hunt – A day out to discover the Brickburn Brickosaurs

    With Spike’s new love to all things Lego, and my adoration of dinosaurs, we knew the Brickburn Brickosaurs would make for a great day out! Brickburn is a great event that is hosted by Blackburn Bid. First taking over the town in 2019, the Brickburn Paw Patrol figures were a hit with Spike and her friends, but this year the sculptures got bigger and better! 2021’s Brickburn event saw the creation of 15 brick dinosaurs dotted in different locations around the city. We visited on a Sunday, which unfortunately meant we didn’t physically see 3 of the dinosaurs on the trail, but we enjoyed it all the same! Meeting our…

  • Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans Blog Graphic with two images of Spike, a blonde haired, brown eyed 6 year old. The first she is holiding a Lancaster BID balloon and showing off a tattoo of Ariel from The Little Mermaid and the second she is stood under the fountain at Williamson's Park in Lancaster, pretending the water is spraying out of her mouth
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    Better Late Than Never – Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans

    It may be week 5 of the 6 week summer holidays, but a lack of childcare and annual leave means that our summer is only just beginning. We are going to make the most of it though! Spike has been at kids club for most of summer, with a day a week at home while we work. While we’re in the fortunate position to do that, its been pretty boring for her. So with our annual leave about to begin, we have some amazing days out planned. And I thought I’d share them with you! Summer Holidays on a Budget We were planning on potentially going away with T’s family…

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    A Scratch Here and a Sneeze There – How Allergies Affect Our Home

    When Spike was born I was terrified that she would inherit my skin. I’ve got terrible eczema and its been a pain my entire life. When I was a baby my mum used to have to put mittens on me while I slept to stop me scratching until I was well into toddlerhood. I quickly learnt to take them off so when my skin was really bad she had to sellotape round the ends of them, obviously not on my skin, but making it so they would be too small to slip over my hands! Living With Allergies Because of this skin condition I’ve learnt to avoid certain things that…

  • Spike, a six year old girl, on a boat on Lake Windermere and Stood in the Bluebells in Skelyghyll Woods in Ambleside
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    Heading out onto the water – A family day out at Lake Windermere

    We love family days out and over the last year we’ve done our best to enjoy what we could. While we’re still missing museums and indoor activities, we thought we’d take advantage of some things opening up over the bank holiday weekend and head up to Windermere for a family day out in the Lake District. Getting into Windermere and parking up We headed out early, thats my biggest tip for travelling to the Lake District with kids. Head out early. Windermere in particular gets busy later on and you can be sat in traffic for a while. We headed to Bowness to park in the car park next to…