• The Best National Trust sites in the north of England - in our opinion! Featuing Formby, Tarn Hows, Aria Force and more
    Days out,  Walking

    Getting out and about with the National Trust – The best National Trust sites in the North (in our opinion!)

    As you know, we love to get outing nature and explore. One of the things I’ve realised in the last couple of years is just how many of the amazing places we love to go are looked after by the National Trust. A few years ago I naively thought that National Trust sites were just the big houses that you see in the countryside. But I’ve since realised that they look after some of my favourite open spaces too. So I thought I’d share some of our best National Trust sites from across the North of England in this post. Tarn Hows First on the list has to be Tarn…

  • Blue Coffee Box Subscription and my coffee cup with coffee brewing in my cafetière and my notepad
    Ad,  Discussions,  Reviews

    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
    Child free,  Days out,  Discussions,  Reviews

    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…

  • Personal posts,  Photography

    Our September in Pictures

    September went by in a flash. Mainly because all of a sudden I went from spending all my time job searching, to being offered a fantastic new position. Then obviously working my contract in my old place! I managed to squeeze in some awesome days out in-between all the days working though, including a few ‘me’ events without Spike! Shocker! Being back at school Obviously September saw Spike back at school after the longest break ever. She did two random days back in July but other than that hadn’t been in school uniform since March. It went ok and we haven’t had too many tantrums or upsets. She has been…

  • blog title graphic with blog title text and two images. Image one is my bullet journal and phone playing a podcast and image two is me doing a half back balance aerial hoop move
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    Low self esteem and how I combat it – My tips for those days when feeling low

    I’m not a very confident person. Recently I was in a situation where my confidence took a massive beating. I was probably the lowest I’ve been in a long, long time. This low self-esteem stemmed from one part of my life and I soon found it seeping into other areas. However, I managed to build myself up a bit and stop it from affecting them too much. I wanted to share my tips with you in the hopes it helps. Staying active I never really understood this method of combating low self-esteem. Thinking that it was just made up by a personal trainer somewhere I always ignored the whole staying…

  • Catching the distance learning bug; a blog post graphic with blog title and images of a person with a notepad on their legs and another of a MacBook with a notepad next to it.
    Discussions,  Home,  Personal posts,  School,  Technology

    Catching the distance learning bug – my diploma progress and what I’m hoping to do next

    A few months ago I wrote about learning as an adult and fitting in learning around Spike and other commitments. I thought it was about time I gave you a little update as to how thats looking for me and what is coming next, as I’ve definitely caught the distance learning bug. My ‘up to 3 year’ diploma When I signed up in January I had 3 years to complete the diploma I signed up for. I knew that they recommended the least amount you should take on it was 9 months. I managed one assignment between January and March. And figured it would definitely take longer than 9 months!…

  • A fantastic day out to bolton abbey in yorkshire
    Days out,  Family,  Travel,  Walking

    Beautiful waterfalls, amazing ruins and stepping stones – our awesome day trip to Bolton Abbey

    Last month was my birthday, and as always I wanted to celebrate with a special day with my family. A lot of things weren’t fully open near us, but thankfully I don’t mind driving that little bit further for special occasions. It turns out Bolton Abbey was the perfect place to visit. Beauty in the Yorkshire Dales Bolton Abbey is a ruined abbey in the Yorkshire dales. Its a massive estate with lots of walking trails, cafes and great areas for sitting and relaxing. The abbey and the stepping stones are what I wanted to go for but after we’d made the decision to go, I discovered the Valley of…

  • Blog post about judging the suitability of toys, books and TV shows for your child, with blog title in graphic and two images of Spike, one reading a Jurassic Park book about dinosaurs and the other watching Jane Goodall’s Documentary on my knee
    Discussions,  Family,  Personal posts

    Taking stock of what your kids are taking in – judging the suitability of your child’s toys, books & TV shows for yourself

    I recently read a thread by Jack Monroe about the David Williams books and what’s in them. As an avid book lover I was shocked to discover the theme and language used in these books. However I couldn’t help but think that this is what happens when we don’t take stock of what our kids are taking in. Or think about the suitability of toys, books and tv shows aimed at them. Having an awareness  It’s good to have an awareness of what Spike is taking in. I like to watch stuff with her then have conversations about what she’s watching. I like to read the books she reads first…

  • Birthday,  Days out,  Discussions,  Photography,  Travel

    Our August In Pictures

    This August was a strange one for us. We were meant to have a family week. We were expecting to go away for the first week of the month. But it didn’t happen. Instead we’ve been desperately trying to fit in our days out around work, kids club and other commitments. August is also my birthday month, which always means a fun day out in the sun (sunshine not always guaranteed.) And thankfully there was no exception to that this year. Days out – Grizedale Forest, Loughrigg Tarn, Rydal Caves and Bolton Abbey We had a couple of great days out in August and I loved each and every one.…

  • Spikes haircut and new school jumpers and shoes in the back to school preparations
    Discussions,  School

    “Will I be a big 5 when I go back to school mummy?” – Starting year 1 and what I’ve learnt from a year of school

    Its been a year since Spike started school. A year since we upped sticks and moved to a new city. We threw her into a place she knew no one and had no friends. But she’s coping pretty well I’d say. A Year On What a year its been. Spike has always been slow to make friends, and school was no exception. She was just starting to really make friends when the sh*t hit the fan and school closed its doors for what, at the time, we thought would be an extended Easter break in March. 4 months later and Spike has set foot in her school three times. She’s…