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    Dreaming of a Paris Return – Where I Would Love to Explore with Spike

    I don’t know if it was the amazing trip to Lapland we had in December, or the pandemic, but something has reignited my love for travel recently. We have a trip to Cornwall booked next week and hopefully a UK city break in the summer holidays. But next year, once we feel more comfortable travelling abroad again, I really fancy booking another trip to Paris. My Previous Visits to Paris Paris, the city of love. It is on the travel wish list of many, and its easy to understand why. It’s a beautiful city, with the most picturesque locations to get all that instagram footage. I haven’t been back since…

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    Half Term Events in the North West – From Puddle Jumping to Superworm Trails

    There’s nothing like the last minute, or just being late, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t have planned out your half term events yet. I think part of the reason I havent is that its crept up on me so fast. We were out of action the last two weeks with Covid in our household so Spike was off school for 6 days, then me and T followed and it feels like February has just completely flown by. I’m not actually taking any time off this half term either, so I haven’t has as much to organise, but Spike’s auntie is coming to take her out for a…

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    Our 2022 Travel Plans – What We Are Planning For The Year Ahead

    With an amazing holiday to Lapland at the end of 2021 (which I promise, will have a review at some point!), the need to travel has been reignited inside me. However, the start of 2022 has brought with it a rise in the levels of Omicron. Also, the stress of rules changing the week we went abroad last year has put us off a foreign holiday this year too. So this year won’t have anything as major as Lapland in it, and once again our travel plans really focus on the UK. Thats not too bad though, especially as we’ve already enjoyed a mini break to the Lakes this year!…

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    Making Christmas Extra Personal with Aura Print – Eco friendly gift tag Review

    I know that reusable wrapping fabrics are the best way to be eco friendly at Christmas. However, there is something magical about watching kids rip the wrapping paper off presents which makes it difficult for me to go down that route! Instead, I go down the route of trying to be as eco friendly as possible, using eco tape rather than sellotape, and recycled wrapping paper, or at least recyclable wrapping paper. I do this all year – not just at Christmas. So that I know that at least the wrapping on our gifts to Spike’s school friends can be recycled after her friends have opened them. Eco Friendly Christmas…

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    Grey hairs, fitness levels and a strange year – How I feel about getting older

    I don’t usually post about my own birthday unless its to talk about what we got up to after the event. But this year I wanted to. I wanted to share how I’m feeling on this very strange day in August. Grey hairs My family is a family of young greys. So I didn’t really expect anything other than grey hair from my 30s. I have dyed my hair since I was 13 and its not a problem to continue doing so. But I recently realised that I’m now struggling to keep on top of them. They sprout up from nowhere and are pure white more than grey. I guess…

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    Saving up for our 5% house deposit – Making life easy by forecasting for payments

    A few years ago I mentioned that we had both started saving in a help to buy ISA. We wanted to buy a house local to us, and stop renting the house that we lived in as it was cold and damp. We were planing on putting up with it until we saved enough to buy, saving our house deposit quickly. But the year after I wrote about it, Spike started school and we didn’t want to put her through breakfast and after school club daily. So we moved to Lancaster, to be closer to work and have a better work-life balance. Clearing our debts and saving more When we…

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    We’re going on a dinosaur hunt – A day out to discover the Brickburn Brickosaurs

    With Spike’s new love to all things Lego, and my adoration of dinosaurs, we knew the Brickburn Brickosaurs would make for a great day out! Brickburn is a great event that is hosted by Blackburn Bid. First taking over the town in 2019, the Brickburn Paw Patrol figures were a hit with Spike and her friends, but this year the sculptures got bigger and better! 2021’s Brickburn event saw the creation of 15 brick dinosaurs dotted in different locations around the city. We visited on a Sunday, which unfortunately meant we didn’t physically see 3 of the dinosaurs on the trail, but we enjoyed it all the same! Meeting our…

  • Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans Blog Graphic with two images of Spike, a blonde haired, brown eyed 6 year old. The first she is holiding a Lancaster BID balloon and showing off a tattoo of Ariel from The Little Mermaid and the second she is stood under the fountain at Williamson's Park in Lancaster, pretending the water is spraying out of her mouth
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    Better Late Than Never – Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans

    It may be week 5 of the 6 week summer holidays, but a lack of childcare and annual leave means that our summer is only just beginning. We are going to make the most of it though! Spike has been at kids club for most of summer, with a day a week at home while we work. While we’re in the fortunate position to do that, its been pretty boring for her. So with our annual leave about to begin, we have some amazing days out planned. And I thought I’d share them with you! Summer Holidays on a Budget We were planning on potentially going away with T’s family…

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    Heading out onto the water – A family day out at Lake Windermere

    We love family days out and over the last year we’ve done our best to enjoy what we could. While we’re still missing museums and indoor activities, we thought we’d take advantage of some things opening up over the bank holiday weekend and head up to Windermere for a family day out in the Lake District. Getting into Windermere and parking up We headed out early, thats my biggest tip for travelling to the Lake District with kids. Head out early. Windermere in particular gets busy later on and you can be sat in traffic for a while. We headed to Bowness to park in the car park next to…

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    Pretty monthly doorstep drops – Stationary subscription boxes I just can’t live without

    I’m a stationary addict. I always have been. When I was in my teens I used to go into town with my friend and we’d hit up the shops in order of importance. First would be Ottakers – which some people won’t even remember but was a book shop chain. Then it was WH Smiths and The Art Shop for the stationary goodies. Thats if we were feeling flush. On the less pocket money days it would be Woolworths and Boyes – I’m showing my age with Woolies but I’m showing my northern-ness with Boyes as much people won’t be aware of that shop! But I digress… This post is…