• Banish the boredom with our north west kids activities blog post image
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    I’m bored mummy! Where are we going today? – Banish the boredom with these great North West summer activities for the kids

    Even though school holidays don’t come into play for us with Spike staying at nursery this year, we still fall victim to the boredom fairy every now and then. We do a lot with Spike. We go out and enjoy fun days out wherever we can. And because of that I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do. This year we’re looking for the freebie options as moving house is proving to be more expensive than we thought… So I thought I’d share some of our favourite options with you!  Things to do near Manchester  Manchester’s Museum Obviously my biggest, happiest place to recommend in Manchester is the…

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    Getting Creative with Wayfair – win up to £300 with the Room for the Stars Room Planner Competition

    Ever seen a scene in a TV show or movie and thought ‘I wish I could have a house like that!’? I know I have, many a time! I love interior design and often picture what I would love my dream home to look like in my head.  Wayfair’s Room Planner The team at online furniture and homewares store Wayfair have  also seen movies and thought the same! They have gone a step further than thinking about their ideal room in their head though. They want you to recreate the scenes from your favourite TV show or movie with their Room planner for their Room for the Stars competition.  The…

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    Confidence building at its best – Why I wish I’d found my street dance team sooner

    A year ago I took the plunge and joined a street team class. This took a lot of doing for me. As I got into my late 20s I lost a lot of the confidence I used to have. In the past few years my confidence has been as low as it ever has been. I didn’t want to put myself into any new situation around others. However I pushed myself to throw myself into this class for a number of reasons  Getting fitter for my health  As Spike grew older I realised how unfit I was. I’d run after her down the street, or chase her in the park…

  • Our tips for renting in a town where there are no houses to rent
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    Our quest for a new home – Finding a house to rent in a town with no rentals

    I don’t know if its just in the North West, or if its difficult anywhere these days to find a decent rented house. However when we moved house 6 years ago, we had no trouble finding something to move into. There were loads of houses to rent and they were on the market for a while before they were taken.  The whole thing back then seemed much less stressful! No there are fewer houses and more people wanting them. Here’s a little about how we’ve managed to find a rental in that kind of market. A bit of background about our move  Since we started working in Lancaster we’ve toyed…

  • Camera Obscura in Edinburgh
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    “Haha! I’ve gone all funny mummy!” – Introducing Spike to the weird and wonderful at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Last weekend we were very lucky to be gifted entry to the fantastic Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh. We were on a mini break on the Berwickshire coast. With it having such good links to Scotland’s capital, and the forecast looking a little grey, we thought we’d take a jaunt into the city. We knew Camera Obscura and World of Illusion would be a great family day out. However, we didn’t know it would be as amazing as it was! Funny mirrors  As soon as you reach Camera Obscura and World of Illusions on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you are treated to magic mirrors. They are on the…

  • Spike signing her home school agreement after us changing her school after her primary school offer had been received
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    Moving before starting school – our experience of moving house and school the summer before your child starts reception

    So last year I mentioned that Spike was starting school this September and we had a few options about where to send her. We were considering schools around here. But we were also considering moving before the application had to be in to make things easier on us all. Things were undecided for a long time but finally, with a few months to spare. They are now falling into place.  To move or not to move  That was our main question. We wanted to move closer to work. We live 30 miles from work at the minute and its getting a lot. But with Spike so settled in nursery we…

  • A Day at Coral Island in Blackpool for Spike’s Birthday
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    Pirates, 2p machines and a fun filled birthday – Our trip to Coral Island Blackpool

    Blackpool holds a special place in my heart. For many people images of hen and stag dos, and cheap holidays when they think of Blackpool. But I don’t. I think of amazing things. Things like quiet, foggy, windy days on the pier in February. The special memories made with T for our 6 month anniversary just before I went away for 3 weeks and missed him so much that I knew that would be the longest time we’d ever spend apart. The first zoo trip Spike ever made. The first time she saw the circus. And multiple day trips spent at the 2p machines after watching the aeroplanes at the…

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    “I just want a crown please…. And a new fairy skirt” – Gift guide for an unusual four year old

    My child doesn’t follow any rules. She likes what she likes, does what she wants and is as stubborn as a mule. She loves going out and about and will find fun and excitement in anything. Tonight it was a snail shell found on the back doorstep. Which has gone to bed with her. Let’s hope there’s no snail still in it!  Due to this, it’s proven quite difficult for us to decide what to get her for her 4th birthday… don’t get me started on the fact she’s turning 4, I’m in bits. There’s nothing she needs, and not a great deal she’s taken a keen interest in. The…

  • Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels Tour
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    Celebrating 30 cracking years of Wallace and Gromit – Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels Tour review

    On Saturday we headed along to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to enjoy an afternoon showing of Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels. The show took place in the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena and Spike loved our journey to the Area as she got to see the rollercoasters and hear all the sounds of the Pleasure Beach. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena We headed to the show a little early to get to our seats. The arena was easy to find, with the box office area featuring a little refreshments area, a few souvenirs and an area selling programmes and kids activity packs. What made it more exciting was the fact that Wallace and…

  • Spike and I at the start of the Pendle SCultpure Trail in Lancashire
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    A trip into the hills – The Pendle Sculpture Trail

    So this post has been a while in the making. Truthfully I’ve wanted to write it for ages but kept forgetting about it when I was sat down to write! However with #NationalWalkingMonth upon us I realised it was the perfect time to talk about amazing walks me, T and Spike have enjoyed.  The Pendle Sculpture Trail is high on the list. We took to this trail on New Years Day. I always love to go for a walk on New Years Day, it starts the year right and clears your head. This trail was no different. It was harder than expected but with such a mild day to enjoy,…