• Spike enjoying Tatton Park Farm
    Ad,  Days out,  Reviews

    Fun in the sun at Tatton Park Farm – An Easter adventure thanks to our Buckt box

    I’ve written about our Buckt box a few times in the past and praised it for how good it is for those date day or night planning activities with your partner. However, it occasionally has some great activities for you to enjoy as a family, with the kids too. Our March box had a few activities which were perfect for this including entry to Tatton Park Farm Tatton Park Farm This working farm’s history goes back decades. It still features all the same machinery etc as it did in the 1940s so its essentially somewhere where time has ‘stood still’. You can see how old it is as soon as…

  • Days out,  Giveaway,  Reviews

    Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels – A cracking good show, coming soon to a theatre near you! Plus Giveaway!

    Wallace and Gromit was a stable part of my life growing up. My sister loved the movies and in turn I grew to love them too. There was something so hilarious about them and I can remember watching them over and over again. And wanting a pet penguin who disguised himself as a chicken – no matter how naughty.  Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels This is why, when I heard about Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels, which is celebrating 30 years of the duo, I had to get myself tickets! An opportunity to see Wallace and Gromit on the big screen, with a live orchestra performing alongside the show! What…

  • 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…

  • Reviews

    Sharing our monthly activity subscription box – March Buckt Box review and discount code

    I mentioned in January about our Buckt Box subscription and some of the things we were looking forward to the most. From January’s monthly activity subscription box we enjoyed Elizabeth Gaskell’s house and axe throwing. Following a break in February we’re back on it in March. I cannot wait to enjoy the activities in the box!  Quick recap of the Buckt Box For anyone not familiar with the concept Buckt is a monthly subscription box. There are two versions. One each for people in the Greater Manchester and Birmingham areas. Each box contains 5 activities and is worth up to an average of £50 per person. Our subscription is a…

  • Discussions,  School,  Toddler

    Learning to read – Watching Spike learn to read through phonics

    Last week I really enjoyed sitting down with Spike to read a storybook. She’d picked this particular book up off the shelf at home and asked to take it to Grandma’s with her so I told her to put it in the bag without really looking at which book it was. Ant and Bee, a learning to read book The book in question was Ant and Bee. A lovely book blogger friend sent me it when I had Spike saying it helped her to read and thought it would be nice for Spike. It introduces simple words starting with each letter of the alphabet and puts those words into a…

  • Child free,  Days out,  Travel

    Playing tourist and exploring the capital – A childfree weekend in London

    Last month for T’s birthday we decided to hop on the train and head to London for an overnight stay. It was bliss. Not just because we got a change of scenery. No, because we didn’t have a child complaining after 3 minutes of walking that her legs hurt. And we got to spend some quality time together without being prised apart or interrupted. And how often does that happen as a parent? Travelling in style We headed down to London on an early Friday morning train courtesy of Virgin Trains (#gifted) in their first class carriage. It was a stress free, comfy journey and thankfully, despite the wind, we…

  • Blog title in image with photo of Raimy and T at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester
    Child free,  Days out,  Personal posts

    A date with a difference to celebrate our anniversary – an afternoon at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing

    Last month T and I celebrated a huge 10 years together. We aren’t the romantic type, so we don’t celebrate with gifts and things. However that milestone did seem a big one so we decided to have a day date at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester. Buckt box activity  The axe throwing was part of our January Buckt Box subscription. I knew as soon as I saw it in the booklet that it would make an awesome day date activity. We booked on quickly and easily through the Buckt website and with a quick message back we were confirmed.  Whistle Punks Axe Throwing Manchester Whistle Punks is in the…

  • Baby,  Toddler

    How we’ve ditched the dummy – and all of Spike’s excuses for not sleeping since

    Around 18 months ago I spoke about ditching the dummy. Spike had just turned two and we’d managed to get her to only have her dummy at nap and bedtimes. I thought it would be a few months or so after that when she gave it up completely. But I was wrong. Bedtime dummy Spike transitioned well from having her dummy all the time to just having it at bed and nap times. There were a few meltdowns but all in all within a week she was fine. However whenever I tried to get her to sleep without it all hell broke loose. It was only when she was that…

  • 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…