• Peter Jackson the Jeweller sign on wall in Preston store with blog title overlay
    Days out,  Discussions,  Reviews

    Everything is so shiny! – Mummy’s night out with Peter Jackson the Jeweller

    Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the very first Peter Jackson Jewellers blogger event. It promised to be an evening of excitement! There was a make up artist, jewellery cleaning station, diamond mining talks and an engraving station. I couldn’t resist the invitation and now I’ve been, I know that there will be more visits to the store in the future! Peter Jackson is a North West based Jeweller. With their flagship store in the centre of the larger of the two shopping centre’s in Preston, it was somewhere I was familiar with prior to the event. However, I had never actually stepped through the…

  • Cogsworth inspired flower display at Southport Flower Show
    Days out,  Reviews

    Flowers, singing and Shrek – Our day at Southport Flower Show

    I’m always on the lookout for fun days out to enjoy with Spike. However, I never really expected to have a great day out at Southport Flower Show with her. My dads big into horticultural events and has 3 allotment pitches. Spike loves nothing more than to go down to them to feed his chickens and help grow her own veg. Which is just one reason why I thought she’d enjoy it. The other was the Celebrity Theatre, which this year hosted CBeebies’ very own Justin Fletcher AKA Mr Tumble. Finding our way to Southport Flower Show Southport is an easy drive for us, just done a main road and…

  • 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…

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    Our friend Iggle Piggle! – An In The Night Garden Live review

    Spike loved In the Night Garden until recently. She used to watch it with awe then slowly started going off it. Now Peppa Pig and Bing are more likely to get a look in, but I wanted her to experience the In the Night Garden Live show one last time because I think its good to take kids to live experiences as much as possible. Spike’s reaction to knowing the live show was on. Despite not being as enamoured with the show anymore, Spike still recognises the characters like friends. When I told her where we were going she cheered and asked if our friend Iggle Piggle would be there.…

  • Spike enjoying her new Diddikicks football group
    Football,  Reviews

    Welcome to the Mids – Spike’s new Diddikicks football group

    As many of you may know from my Instagram, Spike goes to football every Saturday morning. It was important to me when I started working Full Time that I did something for her every weekend. I tried Diddikicks because I thought it would be perfect. She loves ball games, the classes were on a good time and I thought it wouldn’t hurt having her run around a hall for an hour every weekend. First impressions of football She loved it after a matter of weeks. Getting excited when she knows she’s going to football to see her friends. We started Diddikicks with two of her friends, ones we met at baby…

  • Level in Preston's door with the caption Taking our parents night out to a new level in preston's latest entertainment venue
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    Taking our parents night out to a new ‘Level’ – Preston’s latest entertainment venue

    In the midst of tackling the terrible twos its always a good idea to get out and about. Which is what me and T did on Wednesday night – hitting the new venue in Preston Level. I’d heard mummerings of a brand new multi-purpose venue coming to Preston a while back, but slowing they solidified into the announcement of a whole complex in the top end of town, within the Guild Hall. What is Level? Its a brand new entertainment venue in Preston’s Guild Hall. Boasting bowling alley, with Laser Tag, crazy golf, assault course, bar and more! A place I have only known from my Graduation Ceremony I wasn’t sure…

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    Personalised Christmas gift ideas from Photowall – our holiday memory captured

    My family are a very sentimental bunch. So when looking for Christmas gifts I always look for the personal touch. They are the type of family that love things that mean something special to them, even if it won’t make sense to anyone else. Thats why my sister gets presents with Llamas on, and why I almost always look for photo related bits for my mum. Christmas gift ideas from Photowall This Christmas I stumbled across Photowall and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to get an early gift for my partner, and a bit for me too. We recently went on holiday to Butlin’s and have an…

  • 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…

  • The amazing Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon in all its gorgeousness
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    Walking in the ghost of amazing footsteps – Shakespeare’s Birthplace Review

    With a long, long journey ahead of us for our holiday we decided to break things up  bit. When we looked at what was half way between home and our destination Stratford-Upon-Avon really jumped out at me. Its in the ideal spot, 2.5 hours from home and from Minehead, and has loads of amazing places to visit. Of course high on my list of possible places to visit was the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust buildings. My love of Shakespeare Me being the massive literature nerd that I am, I really wanted to walk the streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon. I wanted to see what had become of the place where the amazing Shakespeare…

  • Peppa's laugh & Learn Alphaphonics toy review featured image
    Reviews,  Toddler

    Toys for long journeys – Peppa’s Laugh & Learn Alphaphonics™ review

    Spike has recently started to love Peppa Pig. Seriously, its all she talks about. She either wants to watch Peppa, read Peppa, or wear Peppa. It’s driving me insane, but keeps her happy. So when the chance came to review Peppa’s Laugh & Learn Alphaphonics toy I had a sneaky suspicious it would go down a treat! We received the toy in the middle of July, which was perfect timing. We had a long drive up to my parents, at a time when she wouldn’t really nap well in the car. The journey is almost two hours so I needed something to keep her happy! I unwrapped Peppa’s Laugh & Learn Alphaphonics™ and…