• A super busy half term blog title image with spike lying on a bench at Seven Stories in Newcastle
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Holiday,  Travel

    A super busy half term – Our long weekend in County Durham

    So its taken me ages to get round to writing this. Spike has been a little difficult lately and it has stopped me from wanting to write anything. We’re finally over what I’m hoping is the worst of it but we’ll see. The difficult bit started just after we got back from our lovely little holiday in County Durham. It’s kinda put a dampener on the holiday but we had so much fun while there that I have to share some of the highlights, in the hope that it encourages more people to visit this little part of England that doesn’t seem to get many visitors!  County Durham as a holiday…

  • What we learnt from our latest house move
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    “How much stuff do we have?!” – What I learnt from our latest house move…

    Last week we made the big move we’ve been talking about for so long. We packed up all our belongings and moved the 35 miles that we’d been travelling every day for the past 3 years.  While the house is slowly starting to look like a home, there are so many things we learnt from this move. And so many tips I can now pass on to others (especially parents) looking towards their next move. Changes from our last move We were in our old house for over 6 years. Meaning during the last move we had our stepson part time, he was only 12, didn’t have that much stuff…

  • Find our favourite Paw Patrol Character in the Brickburn Trail
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    Finding our favourite Paw Patrol characters – The Brickburn Paw Patrol trail

    This bank holiday we were lucky enough to spend time with our friends in the sun. Looking for something exciting to keep the kids entertained we thought the ‘Brickburn’ Trail would be fun!  What is Brickburn?  Featuring Lego built statues from kids hit show Paw Patrol, the World’s First Paw Patrol Brick Trail takes place this week, for one week only, in Blackburn town centre. Pick up a map, and head to the 15 locations, following the trail to answer the questions about the statues. Submit the answers, along with the Paw Patrol Quiz, and be entered into a prize draw!  What the kids thought  With our group we had…

  • Spike with blog title graphic
    Baby,  Family,  Nursery,  Personal posts,  School

    Thank you for helping shape Spike into the girl she has become – An open letter to my daughter’s nursery

    Dear Spike’s nursery, For the last 3 and half years you have looked after Spike when I couldn’t. There were days when I needed to drop her off because she was testing my patience and others, more, when I wished that I could stay with her. But each and every time I left her, I knew she was safe.  She was being looked after by people that loved her. People who I could trust. People I knew would keep her safe no matter what.  When Spike started, she was only with you 2 days a week. But she was treated like any other. The enthusiasm I got from all the…

  • Camera Obscura in Edinburgh
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    “Haha! I’ve gone all funny mummy!” – Introducing Spike to the weird and wonderful at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Last weekend we were very lucky to be gifted entry to the fantastic Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh. We were on a mini break on the Berwickshire coast. With it having such good links to Scotland’s capital, and the forecast looking a little grey, we thought we’d take a jaunt into the city. We knew Camera Obscura and World of Illusion would be a great family day out. However, we didn’t know it would be as amazing as it was! Funny mirrors  As soon as you reach Camera Obscura and World of Illusions on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you are treated to magic mirrors. They are on the…

  • Days out,  Family

    Making the most of the Easter sunshine – Martin Mere WWT Easter Duck Trail

    The Easter holidays are upon us, and while it doesn’t quite make any difference to us as Spike hasn’t started school yet, it does mean there are lots more activities on for us to enjoy. Last weekend we met up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and took a trip to Martin Mere WWT in Burscough,  Choosing our trips with friends carefully Getting together with my mama friends is quite a feat these days. With us all working more or less full time and the kids always having different things on. Plus, one of my main mama friends having moved a good hour and a half away now.…

  • 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…

  • Whats in our January Buckt Box
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    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…