• Keeping the 3rd bedroom from turning into a junk room - finding the right storage solution with Wayfair
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    Keeping the 3rd bedroom room from turning into the junk room! – Finding the the ideal storage solutions with Wayfair

    In our previous house we had two reception rooms, and a separate kitchen, as well as an outside room that was perfect for storing bikes, chest freezers etc. The understairs cupboard houses all our Christmas decorations, the hoover, our mounds of memory boxes. There were 3 bedrooms, and a huge cupboard on the stairs for towels, bedding etc. The new house, lets just say its much, much smaller. However, the front reception room was literally a junk room… Being smart with our space  We have moved to a new build.  There is no understairs storage (It’s a toilet). The living room and kitchen are open plan. There’s two grass filled gardens,…

  • What we learnt from our latest house move
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    “How much stuff do we have?!” – What I learnt from our latest house move…

    Last week we made the big move we’ve been talking about for so long. We packed up all our belongings and moved the 35 miles that we’d been travelling every day for the past 3 years.  While the house is slowly starting to look like a home, there are so many things we learnt from this move. And so many tips I can now pass on to others (especially parents) looking towards their next move. Changes from our last move We were in our old house for over 6 years. Meaning during the last move we had our stepson part time, he was only 12, didn’t have that much stuff…

  • Find our favourite Paw Patrol Character in the Brickburn Trail
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    Finding our favourite Paw Patrol characters – The Brickburn Paw Patrol trail

    This bank holiday we were lucky enough to spend time with our friends in the sun. Looking for something exciting to keep the kids entertained we thought the ‘Brickburn’ Trail would be fun!  What is Brickburn?  Featuring Lego built statues from kids hit show Paw Patrol, the World’s First Paw Patrol Brick Trail takes place this week, for one week only, in Blackburn town centre. Pick up a map, and head to the 15 locations, following the trail to answer the questions about the statues. Submit the answers, along with the Paw Patrol Quiz, and be entered into a prize draw!  What the kids thought  With our group we had…

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    Thank you for helping shape Spike into the girl she has become – An open letter to my daughter’s nursery

    Dear Spike’s nursery, For the last 3 and half years you have looked after Spike when I couldn’t. There were days when I needed to drop her off because she was testing my patience and others, more, when I wished that I could stay with her. But each and every time I left her, I knew she was safe.  She was being looked after by people that loved her. People who I could trust. People I knew would keep her safe no matter what.  When Spike started, she was only with you 2 days a week. But she was treated like any other. The enthusiasm I got from all the…

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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…

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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…