• 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
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    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…

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    In The night Garden Live 2018 – Discount code

    Is your little one obsessed with In the Night Garden? Would they love to go see Iggle Piggle and his mate live in their very own show? Well, In the night Garden Live will be perfect for you – and them! And what’s more, I have a great In the Night Garden Live discount code for you too. We went to the Manchester In the Night Garden Live show last year and Spike absolutely loved it. She loved seeing the characters she watched so frequently on TV come to life on the stage. This year might be a little different as she doesn’t seem to love the show as much.…

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    Dear Zoo Live – Coming to a stage near you!

    I’m sure many of you will remember the classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo from your own childhood – I know I do! It was a fantastic book full of every animal imaginable and I loved seeing which was behind which flap! I was over the moon when I got a copy for Spike when she was tiny. Even more when she loved it. It’s still battered and bruised on the bookshelf and comes out frequently. It’s even better now she can make the noises associated with each animal. Spike loves animals and the book just as much as I do. I was so excited to hear that Dear Zoo Live was…

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    Playing tourists in London – Parent days off in the big smoke

    Me and T had the opportunity last week to have some much needed us time. We met up with my best friend and her husband in London to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the west end. The shows were amazing and I would definitely recommend them to any Harry Potter fan! I love the Harry Potter universe so I was always going to love it, but nothing prepared me for the magic and special effects of the play itself. Day 1 in London We booked cheap tickets from Virgin during their summer sale. So we got to the City at around 11. I forget how long it…

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    Walking in the ghost of amazing footsteps – Shakespeare’s Birthplace Review

    With a long, long journey ahead of us for our holiday we decided to break things up  bit. When we looked at what was half way between home and our destination Stratford-Upon-Avon really jumped out at me. Its in the ideal spot, 2.5 hours from home and from Minehead, and has loads of amazing places to visit. Of course high on my list of possible places to visit was the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust buildings. My love of Shakespeare Me being the massive literature nerd that I am, I really wanted to walk the streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon. I wanted to see what had become of the place where the amazing Shakespeare…

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    What’s that noise? Oh a dinosaur! – Brick Dinos at Preston’s Harris Museum

    Earlier in summer we took a trip to Preston’s Harris Museum. We go there regularly as it’s also a library, that happens to be open on a Sunday! This time, we went to the actual museum, the part I’ve been meaning to visit again for a while! And whilst there, we took total advantage of their latest exhibition, Brick Dinos! The Brick Dinos exhibition is a series of dinosaur models made out of Lego created by Warren Elsinore. They were incredible works of art as they really represented each different dinosaur that they were meant to! We went on a Sunday afternoon and headed straight up to the room. Wed…

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    Dinosaur got my finger! A Jurassic Kingdom Tour review

    It was my birthday earlier this week. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I spent the day in the best way possible. With Dinosaurs at the Jurassic Kingdom Tour in Blackpool! I’m a fan of dinosaurs, everything about them fascinates me. The way they lived before man, the way they show evolution. The way we think we know so much about them but in actual fact its all guess work. I love the dinosaur species names and how they have been thought of and how you can make everything into a raptor or a saurus! Dinosaurs are a big feature in my house so its…

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    My name is Iggle Piggle… An In the Night Garden Live review

    On Sunday afternoon we headed to the Trafford Centre. Its not the ideal place to head to on a rainy looking Sunday but we did it for a special occasion. The occasion being the In The Night Garden Live showing that was happening that very afternoon! One of the first show’s Spike watched, In the Night Garden has always been a hit in our house. She dislikes Iggle Piggle, but loves Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy. She also likes it when we since the Tomliboo song to her while she’s brushing her teeth. So we expected the live show to be a hit too. However after sorting the tickets out…

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    Searching for starfish – A Blackpool Sea Life Centre review

    Last weekend we were lucky enough to have an invite to Blackpool Sea Life Centre. As it’s just 40 minutes away we jumped at the chance to go to the seaside and hoped in the car. We’d had Diddikicks that morning so Spike slept peacefully in the car and we got there at around 1pm. We made our way to the centre, grabbed our tickets and made our way to the lift. With the lift a bit small, with a fair few people with pushchairs this was a bit of a downside for us. However once we were upstairs and looking at the giant snails in the rockpool all was…

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    Free days out in the North West or Lancashire

    Me and my little family love to go out. We love to explore everything the world has to offer. If its nearby thats even better because we can make it home in time for tea! If its free, its a definite bonus because trips out for a family of 3, sometimes 4, can be costly when you’re doing them lots! So I thought I’d put together a little post about free things to do in the North West, mainly Lancashire!   Visit the Park There are so many amazing parks in Lancashire, especially if you live in south Lancashire like we do. Our favourite for walking include Worden, Yarrow Valley, Cuerden…