What a busy but thoroughly enjoyable fortnight it has been. We have all finished work and school and we are ready for the Christmas holidays. The past fortnight has been filled with Christmas get togethers with my mum, afternoon tea with 2 of my bestest friends, Christmas dinner day in work where I get to sit on a toddler chair surrounded by 40 kids, Winter Wonderland in Manchester, School Christmas Fairs and lots more fun.

Dining and Activitiesat Q Lodges Slaley Hall (44)

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I have very nearly finished Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery (yes I know, reading a summer book in winter), and it has been a lovely read.… Continue reading

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Maui, Hawaii with kids

Maui is an island in Hawaii that is blessed with 30 miles of beautiful beaches, making it one of the best family destinations in Hawaii.  There is an abundance of activities to explore here, and fun filled activities for the whole family. Families flock to this Hawaiian island to enjoy the Polynesian culture and those pristine beaches. As Maui is not packed with tourists, families can head just about anywhere and explore the adventure that is on the island. You can choose to stay in one of the beautiful homes for rent in Maui and enjoy a comfortable stay.… Continue reading

A few weeks ago Katie and I were invited along to Very for a VERY special Christmas event. It was a chance to get in the festive spirit, and see some of the items that would be available online this Christmas.

Very Christmas Party

Whilst I do shop at Very from time to time, I really wasn’t aware of the huge variety of brands that they stock. Even selling one of my favourites, Cath Kidston.

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Katie loves looking at clothes, and she was happy browsing both the children’s and adult clothing section. She picked out this unicorn top and fluffy blue jacket, and I only wish they did this in my size too.… Continue reading

Another two weeks has passed since my last Little Loves. The mocks have finally finished and the teen seems to have handled them pretty well. He has been working incredibly hard, and I hope this is reflected in his mock results.

Little Loves

Husband and I spent a lovely day in Chester on Wednesday. For the first 2 hours it was all about the Christmas shopping, and I was like a woman possessed. Once the bags had been deposited back to the car it was time to wander around the Christmas markets. And of course I had my first mulled wine of the season.… Continue reading

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With the holidays nearly upon us, it is that time of the year when a family vacation becomes just one of those unavoidable things. And if you have kids who are not prone to mid-air meltdowns, you may actually even look forward to it. Planning a holiday with kids has got to be meticulously planned – and I say that from ten years  experience. Your holiday must revolve around their interests (at least some of the activities) and respect their body clocks. I try to mix things up a little, with things that are both fun and educational.… Continue reading

If you are still struggling what to get friends and family this Christmas, then Personally Presented could be the answer. Their website has over 5000 personalised gifts, and I am pretty sure that they could even cater for the ‘really hard to buy for great aunt’. I was recently given the opportunity to try out some of the Personally Presented gifts, and below are the 3 items I chose.

Personally Presented Gifts

Initial Tea Box – £25.00

This beautiful wooden tea box comes complete with a selection of Pukka tea which you can choose from 5 different options. I went for the traditional selection, and it was nice to see that you get a good variety of teabags in the box.… Continue reading

With Christmas on the horizon you might be one of those organised people who have bought, wrapped and are sat at home feeling smug. Or like me you could be scratching your head wondering what to buy friends and family. If you have anyone who is travel obsessed, I have picked out 6 travel inspired gifts from Uncommon Goods to help you this festive season.

Travel Gifts from Uncommon Goods

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These cork globes are not only practical but stylish too. Perfect for tracking your adventures using the five pins included, though of course you can always buy more if you love holidays as much as we do.… Continue reading

There is no getting away from the fact that advent calendars seem to be a huge part in the run up to Christmas, and it seems nowadays you can open those 24 (or if you are lucky 25) doors and find pretty much anything behind it. I have selected 5 calendars that are available this year suitable for tweens, teens and adults.

Advent Calendars for tweens teens and adults

Mad Beauty

This has got my 11 year old daughter’s name written all over it. The Mad Beauty calendar is filled with 24 items of make up which includes eye shadow, lipsticks and nail polish. The full contents are listed on the back of the calendar, so no peaking if you want it to be a surprise.… Continue reading

How has it been 3 weeks since I did a Little Loves update. It always get a little crazy at this time of year, but I am determined to keep on top of things and remain cool, calm and collected ahead of the festive season (please remind me of this in a few weeks).

Little Loves

Last weekend I met the lovely Angela from Adventures in Websterland, and we had a delicious breakfast at Bistrot Pierre which thankfully included free refills of coffee. Blogging can sometimes be a little lonely, and it was nice to meet Angela and talk non stop about blogging.… Continue reading

When you hear the word Lindt at this time of year, you can’t help but think of their gold chocolate reindeer. The cute little reindeer with it’s red velvet bow and tinkling bell, all ready to surprise you when you open your Christmas stocking. But it’s not all about the reindeers, as Lindt also has a fantastic variety of other products to tempt us with this Christmas.

Lindt Chocolate Giveaway

From advent calendars to the Lindt chocolate Santa, and not forgetting the oh so delicious Lindor truffles that are produced by Lindt,  they certainly have something for the chocolate lover in your family. And to get your Christmas started, I am giving away a box of Lindor truffles. … Continue reading