My mum recently celebrated a very special birthday, and as a surprise I booked afternoon tea at Nunsmere Hall Hotel.  The hotel is situated in the heart of Cheshire, and despite driving past many times we had never visited before.  As soon as you enter the grounds of Nunsmere, you know you are somewhere special.

Nunsmere Hall Hotel

Being surrounded by a lake on 3 sides, it really does feel that you have escaped to somewhere magical. You can’t help but gaze at the stunning building and gardens, and once inside I felt like I had stepped into Downton Abbey. We were greeted by the most charming doorman, who showed us into the lounge area where our afternoon tea would be served.… Continue reading

Another 2 weeks has passed since I last shared our Little Loves and phew, what a busy but fantastic fortnight it has been. Here are some of the things we have been up to.

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I have finally finished my book, The Secrets to Happiness, and was another great read from Lucy Diamond. I can’t wait to start reading Summer at Shell Cottage.

Lucy Diamond Books

Watched

As part of my mum’s 70th birthday celebrations, we watched Cirque Du Soleil in Manchester on Wednesday night. It was my first time watching a Cirque show, and WOW what an evening. Amaluna was breathtaking and mesmerizing from start to finish, and Katie was captivated by all the stunning costumes.… Continue reading

The feeling of pure relaxation.

The feeling of never wanting to leave.

The feeling of being surrounded by forest and nature.

The feeling of sinking into your hot tub at the end of the day.

Our feelings of our recent relaxing weekend break to Forest Holidays.

Forest

 

Ever since we visited Forest Holidays last summer, we have all been desperate to return. The summer holidays were ticking along nicely. We had enjoyed days out, meeting up with friends, and a couple of overnight breaks away. It had been busy and fun. But towards the end of the holidays, we I just wanted to get away for a relaxing break.… Continue reading

As always I was sad to say goodbye to the summer holidays. We have had a fantastic time, and ended the holidays with a break away at Forest Holidays in Nottinghamshire. This is what else we have been up to over the past fortnight.

Forest Holidays mug

Daughter in the forest

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The Ikea catalogue popped through my letterbox this week, so it would have been rude not to have stuck the kettle on and read it with a cuppa. We had an Ikea delivery yesterday, and husband is currently in flat pack hell building Katie’s new bed. I am staying well out of the way, and my job for the day is tea lady.… Continue reading

I always feel a little bit sad at this time of year, saying goodbye to the summer holidays. It was my 10th summer holidays since the kids started school, and they are definitely getting easier. The 14 year old is pretty much self sufficient now.  Yes he has probably spent far too much time on his PlayStation, but at times he has left his cave to play football with his friends. Katie is happiest when she is outside playing, and at times I have felt a little bit redundant. Part of me feels sad that they don’t need me as much, but kids grow up and I know this is the next stage of parenting.… Continue reading

My 10 year old daughter loves being creative, so when she was asked to review the brand new Gel-A-Peel kits from MGA Entertainment, she was very excited. Creating your own jewellery with Gel-A-Peel has never been easier. You just simply design, peel, wear and share your designs with all your friends. The Gel-A-Peel kit we received is the perfect pack to get you started. It included 5 cool Gel-A-Peel tubes, a selection of nozzles which help you create different patterns, design templates, and items to help you create earrings and other accessories.

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On our recent trip to London we were kindly invited to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! which is in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. We arrived straight from Euston Station on a Sunday afternoon, and after negotiating the tube and the busy streets of London we were thankful of Ripley’s air conditioning. Ripley’s is over 6 floors and you start your adventure on the top floor. Whilst you are up there don’t forget to check out the fab views over Piccadilly Circus.

Ripleys in London

Robert Ripley was an avid traveller and collector of unique objects. He managed to travel to an astonishing 201 countries in 35 years, all before 1949 when he died.… Continue reading

We seem to have done so much over the last week. We have been on our first overnight trip to London, plus swimming and meals out with the kids. I met friends for a curry, and husband and I managed a night out on Saturday with our good friends. And yes far too many gins were consumed.

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Lots of tube maps. Yes we are typical tourists that stand infront of maps deliberating which line to get on.

Tube Map

Watched

Horrible Histories at the Apollo Theatre in London. Watching a show in the West End has been on my ‘to do list’ for years, and I  finally ticked it off.… Continue reading

Having a teenager who is burger and film mad, Planet Hollywood was top of our list for visiting during our recent trip to London. We wanted somewhere that not only served delicious food, but a restaurant that offered something unique and quirky, and Planet Hollywood looked as if it would tick all the boxes.

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We decided to book a table for 5pm on the Sunday, which would give us plenty of time to enjoy our meal before our night time bus tour at 8.30pm. We arrived at the restaurant after a pleasant stroll from Piccadilly Circus tube station, and despite being 30 minutes early we were shown to our table.… Continue reading

As we have visited Walt Disney World (WDW)  in Florida 3 times, I often get asked which Disney Park is our favourite. Florida has 4 resort parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and each park offers different experiences. Here are our favourite parks.

Katie

Katie was 7 the last time we visited WDW, and it will come as no surprise that her favourite park is the Magic Kingdom. Where else can you go inside Cinderella’s Castle and be transformed into a princess before meeting Sleeping Beauty.

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