• 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
    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…

  • 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…

  • Get 50% off your first Buckt Box with this code and enjoy Date Nights every month!
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Home,  Personal posts

    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…

  • What to expect when you give blood for the first time
    Discussions,  Family,  Personal posts

    “Oh! Mummy, what have you done!” – My Friday night giving blood

    Back in August I made the decision to finally look into giving blood. I can’t remember what spurred me on. It’s something I have wanted to do for ages. I looked into it a few years ago but I had had a tattoo recently. Then I looked again after having Spike. But too soon after having her. Finally, last Friday night, I was able to donate my first pint of blood. The rules around giving blood There are a lot of rule around giving blood. You can’t have had a tattoo in the last 4 months. Have had a child or been pregnant in the last 6 months. You have…

  • Picture of me and spike in the leaves with blog title and tag line in box
    Discussions,  Family

    Crunching leaves, wrapping up warm and stumbling on awesome adventures – why I love Autumn

    For the past few weekends we have had very little on. Its been a bit like the calm before the storm. As soon as December begins we are here, there and everywhere because of various different Christmas events and plans. November has been exactly what we needed because we’ve spent true time together. We’ve built snowmen out of rainbows, had our first taste of hot chocolate and crunched through as many leaves as possible. Its made me remember why I love Autumn so much. And I thought I’d share the things I love with you all today. Crunching leaves on Autumn walks For some reason I think we spend more…

  • Raising a cuppa for Pregnant Then Screwed's workplace Equali-tea day!
    Discussions,  Family

    Mums want workplace Equali-TEA #mumsequalpayday

    According to the fantastic Pregnant Than Screwed today marks the day in the year where women start working for free. Today, due to the gender pay gap, marks the day where the 30% pay difference between mothers and similarly educated fathers shows. In true solidarity, the team over at Pregnant Then Screwed is asking mothers to take a break, put their feet up and share a cup of Equali-TEA! We all want workplace equality. I am lucky to have understanding employers. However today I am actually off for the day, having to take annual leave, due to my role as a working mother. Not only does today mark the day…

  • Discussions,  Family,  Nursery,  School

    Working bank holidays – missing out on that extra little us time

    I work in the travel and tourism industry. Although I work an office job, I’m one of a small minority for my company. Therefore our contracts are written like those on the holiday parks we manage. We aren’t meant to have a large chunk of time off within July and August. And we work bank holidays as standard days. The only exception to this is Christmas. Working Bank Holidays I don’t really mind too much as my parents were never off on a bank holiday. I grew up in a shop where my parents time was spent working 7 days a week, 363 days a year. The only days they…

  • 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…

  • Discussions,  Family,  Toddler

    There’s nothing like leaving it to the last minute – Planning a party

    Spike turned 3 recently, and we booked a local play centre for her party lsat weekend. Bad move, as we should have foreseen this beautiful weather and stolen the Mother In Law’s back garden like we did the year Spike turned 1… Darnit! With the party booked months ago, the actual date has crept up on me quite quickly. I only realised the other day that if I didn’t get my finger out and buy some decorations, we would be sat in a very bland party room. Theme ideas So the weekend before last was spent trying to figure out what theme to go for. This is very important for…