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    Celebrating Christmas with Friends at Luminate – Walton Hall and Gardens Light Trail in Cheshire

    We were meant to be exploring the Luminate light trails twice, once at Southport in Lancashire and then again in Warrington in Cheshire. However Storm Arwen put a stop to our first visit. Then we did start to wonder if our second would be rained off too. Thankfully though, it went ahead and we were able to visit with our friends this weekend. Luminate Cheshire Location Luminate in Cheshire is at Walton Hall & Gardens close to Warrington and really easy to get to from the M6 and M56. We met with the friends that we made at Spike’s baby group when she was tiny. In total there were three…

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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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    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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    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…

  • Two images of Spike and T enjoying the countryside despite his allergies and me and Spike looking forward to a day out even with my skin issues
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    A Scratch Here and a Sneeze There – How Allergies Affect Our Home

    When Spike was born I was terrified that she would inherit my skin. I’ve got terrible eczema and its been a pain my entire life. When I was a baby my mum used to have to put mittens on me while I slept to stop me scratching until I was well into toddlerhood. I quickly learnt to take them off so when my skin was really bad she had to sellotape round the ends of them, obviously not on my skin, but making it so they would be too small to slip over my hands! Living With Allergies Because of this skin condition I’ve learnt to avoid certain things that…

  • Two images of stationary subscription boxes you can get in the UK
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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…

  • Image showing Photowall Print on the wall of our bathroom, and close up of the print we chose form Photowall, with blog title in between them
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    Brightening up the house – Giving a bit of colour to a tiny space with Photowall

    We live in a new build, its rented, and that means that every wall is white. Every carpet if beige and every space feels very minimalist. Now don’t get me wrong, we love our minimalist home. But we like living somewhere homely and not like a showroom. Which is why I was happy to partner with Photowall to bring some colour to a tiny space in our home. Is there anything more depressing than a tiny colourless space? We quite quickly made our mark on the living area, and the kitchen has bright accessories. So the only downstairs space that wasn’t making me happy was the downstairs toilet. Its tiny,…

  • Blue Coffee Box Subscription and my coffee cup with coffee brewing in my cafetière and my notepad
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    Opening my door to the world of coffee – Blue Coffee Box subscription review

    Now that I’m working from home, I thought it’s about time I used some of the appliances I’ve gathered over the years. I’ve had a cafetière for years since being bought it as a gift. But haven’t used it since I ran out of the last bag of coffee I had. Partly because rushing out of the house on a morning didn’t offer me enough time to brew it. And partly because I kept umming and ahhing over what coffee to buy. When Blue Coffee Box got in touch to ask if I wanted to give one of their boxes a go, it came at the perfect time. I’d just…

  • Blog title graphic with two images, first image is Kato the Alpaca looking out over the Lake District, second picture is Raimy, a 32 year old woman with purple hair and glasses, with Kato on my alpaca walk
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    Taking Kato and Dougal for a walk – Our morning alpaca walk with Alpacaly Ever After

    Me and T prefer to get each other birthday gifts that are experiences rather than material goods. It fits in with the more minimalist lifestyle we’re hoping to create. Meaning that theres less gathering dust around the house. We’re still waiting (two years on) for my hot air balloon ride that he got me for my 30th, but never mind! This years gift was the amazing experience of an Alpaca walk in the Lake District with Alpacaly Ever After and I managed to get that one booked in quick! Alpacaly Ever After’s options Alpacaly Ever After is an awesome company that rehouses alpacas, and a few llamas I believe. They…

  • Kids plasters always come in handy on days out when you have a little one as clumsy as Spike
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    Being prepared on a day out – dealing with the inevitable with a little help from Safe and Sound Health

    This post was written in collaboration with Safe and Sound Health, but all words and pictures are my own. Spike is so accident prone. She falls on also every day out we have. So in addition to the standard lunches and water bottles, I like to be prepared with the essentials like kids plasters whenever possible. Our trip to Grizedale Forest Last week we made the most of the sunshine and headed to our nearest Forestry Commission Forest, Grizedale. We’d spent New Year’s Day here and loved it. We spend a lot of our weekends travelling out to places like thi. Spike loves to explore and me and T like…