• Days out,  Family

    A family day out in Manchester – We Are Lager festival, Great Northern Warehouse Maker’s Market and more

    The March Buckt Box subscription we get included tickets to the We Are Lager Festival. This naturally meant we took advantage of their family day and took Spike along for a day out in Manchester. Manchester with kids  Manchester is a fantastic place to visit with kids. It’s so vibrant and full of great places to visit. We went with the intention of joining in with the We Are Lager festival but knew that if it wasn’t our scene we’d have an abundance of great museums and things like that to do instead. We Are Lager Festival  The We Are Lager Festival took place just off Deansgate, one of the…

  • Reviews

    Sharing our monthly activity subscription box – March Buckt Box review and discount code

    I mentioned in January about our Buckt Box subscription and some of the things we were looking forward to the most. From January’s monthly activity subscription box we enjoyed Elizabeth Gaskell’s house and axe throwing. Following a break in February we’re back on it in March. I cannot wait to enjoy the activities in the box!  Quick recap of the Buckt Box For anyone not familiar with the concept Buckt is a monthly subscription box. There are two versions. One each for people in the Greater Manchester and Birmingham areas. Each box contains 5 activities and is worth up to an average of £50 per person. Our subscription is a…

  • Discussions,  School,  Toddler

    Learning to read – Watching Spike learn to read through phonics

    Last week I really enjoyed sitting down with Spike to read a storybook. She’d picked this particular book up off the shelf at home and asked to take it to Grandma’s with her so I told her to put it in the bag without really looking at which book it was. Ant and Bee, a learning to read book The book in question was Ant and Bee. A lovely book blogger friend sent me it when I had Spike saying it helped her to read and thought it would be nice for Spike. It introduces simple words starting with each letter of the alphabet and puts those words into a…

  • Child free,  Days out,  Travel

    Playing tourist and exploring the capital – A childfree weekend in London

    Last month for T’s birthday we decided to hop on the train and head to London for an overnight stay. It was bliss. Not just because we got a change of scenery. No, because we didn’t have a child complaining after 3 minutes of walking that her legs hurt. And we got to spend some quality time together without being prised apart or interrupted. And how often does that happen as a parent? Travelling in style We headed down to London on an early Friday morning train courtesy of Virgin Trains (#gifted) in their first class carriage. It was a stress free, comfy journey and thankfully, despite the wind, we…

  • Blog title in image with photo of Raimy and T at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester
    Child free,  Days out,  Personal posts

    A date with a difference to celebrate our anniversary – an afternoon at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing

    Last month T and I celebrated a huge 10 years together. We aren’t the romantic type, so we don’t celebrate with gifts and things. However that milestone did seem a big one so we decided to have a day date at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester. Buckt box activity  The axe throwing was part of our January Buckt Box subscription. I knew as soon as I saw it in the booklet that it would make an awesome day date activity. We booked on quickly and easily through the Buckt website and with a quick message back we were confirmed.  Whistle Punks Axe Throwing Manchester Whistle Punks is in the…

  • Baby,  Toddler

    How we’ve ditched the dummy – and all of Spike’s excuses for not sleeping since

    Around 18 months ago I spoke about ditching the dummy. Spike had just turned two and we’d managed to get her to only have her dummy at nap and bedtimes. I thought it would be a few months or so after that when she gave it up completely. But I was wrong. Bedtime dummy Spike transitioned well from having her dummy all the time to just having it at bed and nap times. There were a few meltdowns but all in all within a week she was fine. However whenever I tried to get her to sleep without it all hell broke loose. It was only when she was that…

  • Whats in our January Buckt Box
    Days out,  Family,  Gift guide

    Axe throwing, meditation and more – Our January 2019 Greater Manchester Buckt Box

    I posted about the Greater Manchester Buckt Box before Christmas and spoke about how amazing it sounded. Well our first box arrived last week and I was more than impressed with the contents so I thought I’d share. January 2019 Buckt Box One of the best things about this subscription box is that it fits nicely through your letterbox. I am always worried about this kind of thing as we are never in when the post arrives and I end up having to wait for days to pick things up from the sorting office! Its a small notebook size – A6 I’d say, and only around 2cm thick. With a…

  • Rethink Mental Illness and Virgin Trains team up for Christmas Kindness campaign
    Christmas and New Year,  Family,  Personal posts,  Travel

    Virgin Trains spread a little kindness this Christmas – It’s a wonderful line from London to Glasgow

    This Christmas Virgin Trains and Rethink Mental Illness are encouraging you to spread a little kindness. They have teamed up to paint the entire Script of Its a Wonderful Life on the train platforms between London and Glasgow Central. Spreading the story Its a Wonderful Life is a Christmas Movie like no other. Its about kindness and about the lows that can be found at this time of year and how other people can bring you out of them. Its a story that makes you think and believe in the kindness of others, and makes you want to spread that kindness. Our mission Virgin Trains asked us to pop along…

  • Stocking fillers for last minute buys this christmas
    Christmas and New Year,  Gift guide

    Last minute stocking filler gift guide – Because panic buying is the way forward

    No matter how organised you are, there will always be someone you end up panic buying for! This year I’ve panic bought for a lot more people than usual. With a little over a week to go, I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping and I have no idea when its all going to come. Thankfully I know and trust my favourite online retailers so I can trust their final delivery slots. The only things I’ve got to buy now are the odd bits. Nursery staff, stocking fillers and that kind of thing… I thought I’d share a five of these stocking filler, last minute purchases with you on the…

  • Get 50% off your first Buckt Box with this code and enjoy Date Nights every month!
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Home,  Personal posts

    The ideal subscription box for your partner this Christmas – get 50% off Manchester’s Buckt subscription!

    Are you always looking for things you and your partner can get up to on those oh so important date nights? I know I am. They are few and far between for me and T these days. After Spike was born we forgot about making time for each other. But I’m hoping Buckt will change that! What is Buckt? Buckt is a subscription box which gives you 5 activities to take part in each month. For just £25 you and your partner can book onto the activities with no extra charge. Launched for Greater Birmingham, the company has 5 stars on Trustpilot and Facebook, and is now available for us…