• Peter Jackson the Jeweller sign on wall in Preston store with blog title overlay
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    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
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    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
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    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…

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    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
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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…

  • Upsy Daisy at In the Night Garden Live - use our In the Night Garden Live discount code for £5 off your 2018 purchase
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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…

  • Woman petting a goat at London Zoo. Playing tourists in London during our parents' days off
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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…

  • The amazing Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon in all its gorgeousness
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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…