• Camera Obscura in Edinburgh
    Days out,  Family,  Travel

    “Haha! I’ve gone all funny mummy!” – Introducing Spike to the weird and wonderful at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Last weekend we were very lucky to be gifted entry to the fantastic Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh. We were on a mini break on the Berwickshire coast. With it having such good links to Scotland’s capital, and the forecast looking a little grey, we thought we’d take a jaunt into the city. We knew Camera Obscura and World of Illusion would be a great family day out. However, we didn’t know it would be as amazing as it was! Funny mirrors  As soon as you reach Camera Obscura and World of Illusions on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you are treated to magic mirrors. They are on the…

  • Spike signing her home school agreement after us changing her school after her primary school offer had been received
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    Moving before starting school – our experience of moving house and school the summer before your child starts reception

    So last year I mentioned that Spike was starting school this September and we had a few options about where to send her. We were considering schools around here. But we were also considering moving before the application had to be in to make things easier on us all. Things were undecided for a long time but finally, with a few months to spare. They are now falling into place.  To move or not to move  That was our main question. We wanted to move closer to work. We live 30 miles from work at the minute and its getting a lot. But with Spike so settled in nursery we…

  • A Day at Coral Island in Blackpool for Spike’s Birthday
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    Pirates, 2p machines and a fun filled birthday – Our trip to Coral Island Blackpool

    Blackpool holds a special place in my heart. For many people images of hen and stag dos, and cheap holidays when they think of Blackpool. But I don’t. I think of amazing things. Things like quiet, foggy, windy days on the pier in February. The special memories made with T for our 6 month anniversary just before I went away for 3 weeks and missed him so much that I knew that would be the longest time we’d ever spend apart. The first zoo trip Spike ever made. The first time she saw the circus. And multiple day trips spent at the 2p machines after watching the aeroplanes at the…

  • Ad,  Gift guide,  Gift Guides,  Toddler

    “I just want a crown please…. And a new fairy skirt” – Gift guide for an unusual four year old

    My child doesn’t follow any rules. She likes what she likes, does what she wants and is as stubborn as a mule. She loves going out and about and will find fun and excitement in anything. Tonight it was a snail shell found on the back doorstep. Which has gone to bed with her. Let’s hope there’s no snail still in it!  Due to this, it’s proven quite difficult for us to decide what to get her for her 4th birthday… don’t get me started on the fact she’s turning 4, I’m in bits. There’s nothing she needs, and not a great deal she’s taken a keen interest in. The…

  • Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels Tour
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    Celebrating 30 cracking years of Wallace and Gromit – Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels Tour review

    On Saturday we headed along to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to enjoy an afternoon showing of Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels. The show took place in the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena and Spike loved our journey to the Area as she got to see the rollercoasters and hear all the sounds of the Pleasure Beach. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena We headed to the show a little early to get to our seats. The arena was easy to find, with the box office area featuring a little refreshments area, a few souvenirs and an area selling programmes and kids activity packs. What made it more exciting was the fact that Wallace and…

  • Spike and I at the start of the Pendle SCultpure Trail in Lancashire
    Days out,  Travel,  Walking

    A trip into the hills – The Pendle Sculpture Trail

    So this post has been a while in the making. Truthfully I’ve wanted to write it for ages but kept forgetting about it when I was sat down to write! However with #NationalWalkingMonth upon us I realised it was the perfect time to talk about amazing walks me, T and Spike have enjoyed.  The Pendle Sculpture Trail is high on the list. We took to this trail on New Years Day. I always love to go for a walk on New Years Day, it starts the year right and clears your head. This trail was no different. It was harder than expected but with such a mild day to enjoy,…

  • Spike enjoying Tatton Park Farm
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    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…