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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…

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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…

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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…

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    Seasonal Change Includes Room Design – Flooring made simple with Luvanto

    With each passing season passes so too does our interior design choices.  Rain, snow and heat have an effect on our stylistic choices which goes to the walls, the ceilings and naturally your floor. It is here that all home improvement enthusiasts recommend a cost effective, easily installable and durable option – Luvanto luxury vinyl flooring. Spring The Spring weather can go one of many ways; nice and sunny or bleak and rainy. No matter how it falls, Luvanto has the built in tools to handle it all. Spring is the most rain tested season, so ensuring you won’t have any water risk from wet clothes or footprints soaking through…

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    Pretty monthly doorstep drops – Stationary subscription boxes I just can’t live without

    I’m a stationary addict. I always have been. When I was in my teens I used to go into town with my friend and we’d hit up the shops in order of importance. First would be Ottakers – which some people won’t even remember but was a book shop chain. Then it was WH Smiths and The Art Shop for the stationary goodies. Thats if we were feeling flush. On the less pocket money days it would be Woolworths and Boyes – I’m showing my age with Woolies but I’m showing my northern-ness with Boyes as much people won’t be aware of that shop! But I digress… This post is…