• Discussions,  Holiday,  Travel

    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…

  • Child free,  Holiday,  Travel

    A Relaxing Spa Break in the Lakes – Beech Hill Hotel Review

    Back in January we went on a break to the Lakes to celebrate T’s 40th Brithday. He wasnt actually 40 until the begining of Feb, but doing it the week before meant we could get someone to move in to ours, taking Spike to school and relax in the knowledge that everything was fine at home. Of course, its a good job we ended up going early. Because two days after we got home, Spike got covid. And the three of us went down one after the other! If we’d have booked it for T’s birthday, we wouldn’t have been able to go at all! What to do on a…

  • Days out,  Discussions,  Holiday,  Personal posts

    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…

  • Days out,  Family,  Holiday,  Reviews,  Travel

    Let’s Do That Again! – A Summer Day at Gulliver’s World

    Spike and I went to Gulliver’s World together two years ago, it was a gorgeous July day, before the school’s broke up. We went with her nursery as a final trip before she left. The entire day pretty much was spent with her best friend and her mum. Therefore Spike had fond memories and has begged to go back ever since Our First Gulliver’s World Trip As mentioned, it was July, a weekday and glorious. There wasn’t a single queue for anything and it felt like Spike’s nursery group were the only visitors. We got on everything within minutes. We rode the Wriggler rollercoaster 4 times without actually getting off.…

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    Family,  Holiday,  Home,  School

    Our plans for Summer 2020 – What we’ll be doing during Spike’s first summer holidays

    Summer 2020 was meant to be Spike’s first proper ‘summer holidays’. With me and T both working full time we arranged a week at Spike’s aunty’s for her, and a week off work together for a holiday. With the rest of the summer spent at kids club for Spike. But of course, because of Covid-19, things were a little up in the air. Now though, it seems to have settled and as long as a second wave doesn’t arrive we’ve got things sorted – though they have changed. Working full time in school holidays We always knew that having full time, 9-5 jobs meant that some of the summer would…

  • A blog graphic with post title and two images. The first showing a girl in a unicorn scarf/hat browsing books in Waterstones and the second a 3 year old girl in front of art showing wings at Chester Zoo
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Holiday,  Home,  Personal posts,  School

    Our Post-Lockdown Wishlist – Days out and things Spike is looking forward to when we can start the new normal

    Early on in Lockdown Spike was asking a lot of questions about the things that we could not do. It was devastating to hear her ask to visit people, see friends and go on her favourite days out and have to say no. While the questions have stopped, the wishing has started. Spike refers to the lockdown period we are in as the ‘Nasty Bug Days’. She often wishes to do things as soon as these days are over. I have told her we’ll keep a list of all the things she wants to do and try and get to them as soon as we can. Here’s just a few…

  • 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…

  • Holiday,  Travel

    Trying to meet our holiday desires – Where shall we go this year?

    So last year, we decided to holiday in the familiar. We haven’t really done any holidays for years but wanted to take Spike away. So we opted for a Just for Tots break at the Butlins we took L to 9 years ago. This year, we are a little more strapped for cash as we have decided to put more into savings in the hope we can buy a house sooner. So we are choosing our holidays wisely. Butlin’s Minehead T’s family are heading to Butlin’s Minehead in August, as my nephew is at school already. A week is coming at just under £900 and that is for the worst…

  • read our Butlin's Just For Tots review with mummy and Spike enjoying the giant deckchair
    Holiday,  Reviews

    We went on holiday! It’s gone now – A Butlin’s Just for Tots review

    Today I thought I’d finally get our Butlin’s Just For Tots review written and posted for you all to enjoy! Butlin’s needs no introduction for many of you as it’s a big deal in the UK for family holidays. We opted for a trip to their Minehead resort because thats the resort we visited with my Stepson 9 years ago.  We have special memories of that trip and we wanted to revisit with Spike. The Just For Tots holiday, aimed at children under 5, seemed perfect for us too! Our road trip At just over 4.5 hours, we split our drive down there up a bit. Read all about there…

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    Days out,  Holiday

    Parents night off; Leeds, a band no-one has ever heard of and an interesting hotel stay

    So last month me and T took to the road for a rare parents night off. We’ve had a few of these since Spike was born but they are few and far between. They usually contain a quick journey into Preston for a meal and a couple of drinks then a decent nights sleep while her Grandma has to deal with her. This time though, things were a bit more special, and we went a little further… to Leeds, in fact. I grew up in the North East so Leeds was always just down the road for me. This was even more so for the year I studied in York.…