• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Get 50% off your first Buckt Box with this code and enjoy Date Nights every month!
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    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…

  • Peter Jackson the Jeweller sign on wall in Preston store with blog title overlay
    Days out,  Discussions,  Reviews

    Everything is so shiny! – Mummy’s night out with Peter Jackson the Jeweller

    Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the very first Peter Jackson Jewellers blogger event. It promised to be an evening of excitement! There was a make up artist, jewellery cleaning station, diamond mining talks and an engraving station. I couldn’t resist the invitation and now I’ve been, I know that there will be more visits to the store in the future! Peter Jackson is a North West based Jeweller. With their flagship store in the centre of the larger of the two shopping centre’s in Preston, it was somewhere I was familiar with prior to the event. However, I had never actually stepped through the…

  • Cogsworth inspired flower display at Southport Flower Show
    Days out,  Reviews

    Flowers, singing and Shrek – Our day at Southport Flower Show

    I’m always on the lookout for fun days out to enjoy with Spike. However, I never really expected to have a great day out at Southport Flower Show with her. My dads big into horticultural events and has 3 allotment pitches. Spike loves nothing more than to go down to them to feed his chickens and help grow her own veg. Which is just one reason why I thought she’d enjoy it. The other was the Celebrity Theatre, which this year hosted CBeebies’ very own Justin Fletcher AKA Mr Tumble. Finding our way to Southport Flower Show Southport is an easy drive for us, just done a main road and…

  • Picture of Spike at Lowther Castle with caption Fun at Lowther Castle - Days out in the Cumbrian Countryside
    Days out,  Family,  Reviews,  Toddler,  Travel

    Days out in the North West – fun at Lowther Castle

    I first came across Lowther Castle on Facebook. I stumbled upon it, I’m not sure how. The reason it caught my eye was the epic play area, but more on that later. As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to visit. So where better to spend my 30th birthday? Deciding to visit Lowther Castle is a good hour and a half from our house. So I knew we’d need to clear a day out completely for our visit. I knew it was probably a bit too much for a weekend jaunt out. It was more of a special occasion type trip, which is why I thought I’d save…

  • Days out,  Reviews

    Our friend Iggle Piggle! – An In The Night Garden Live review

    Spike loved In the Night Garden until recently. She used to watch it with awe then slowly started going off it. Now Peppa Pig and Bing are more likely to get a look in, but I wanted her to experience the In the Night Garden Live show one last time because I think its good to take kids to live experiences as much as possible. Spike’s reaction to knowing the live show was on. Despite not being as enamoured with the show anymore, Spike still recognises the characters like friends. When I told her where we were going she cheered and asked if our friend Iggle Piggle would be there.…

  • Spike enjoying a stroll through the family picnic area at Formby Beach with blog title of Our Easter Sunday a Day on the beach caption
    Days out

    Our Easter Sunday – A trip to the beach

    We’re not religious. So much so, I would have probably done without Easter Eggs for Spike but I was told I’d be a spoilsport. But our non-religious belief means that we don’t have any religious traditions for Easter Sunday. I don’t think we did anything before Spike was around. I guess because there’s a bank holiday before and after it, we probably spent them drunk or chilling out before Spike arrived. Then the first year she was born I think we just spent the day at her Grandmas after spending the days before at my parents’ house. Last year we took to the great outdoors and visited local nature reserve…