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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With less than 4 weeks to go until the return to school, there is only one thing on my daughter’s mind……. shiny new stationery. She has even dedicated a box in the playroom for all her new supplies, so when Smiggle sent her some awesome back to school stationery she was very excited.

Back to school with Smiggle

Smiggle stands for where a smile meets a giggle, quite possibly the best store name ever.  The first store was opened in Australia way back in 2003, and in 2014 Smiggle came to the UK. The brand is all about delivering fun and innovative products, encouraging children to be creative, and offering a fantastic range from pencil sharpeners to cool lunch bags.… Continue reading

Trampoline Parks are springing up everywhere at the moment, and seem to be the latest way for kids to spend their leisure time. We were invited to the official opening of Jumpnation trampoline park in our home town of Runcorn, and the kids were excited to try out this brand new park.

Jump Nation

Runcorn is the 3rd park to open under the Jumpnation brand, with their first park opening over 2 years ago in Manchester. They were one of the first to open in the UK, and the brand is going from strength to strength. During the official opening I got the chance to meet Matthew and Michelle, a couple that you instantly warm to.… Continue reading

Since February the 10 year old has been desperate to visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach again, and the other weekend we planned our trip. Visiting on a Saturday during the summer holidays we knew it would be busy, and my theme park loving husband had the day planned out.

Big One in the summer

As we were staying in the Big Blue Hotel, we took advantage of the VIP entrance which opens at 10am, the same time as the theme park. This entrance is close to the Big One, and Katie’s main aim was to ride it for the very first time. When she visited in February the ride was closed due to high winds and she was distraught.… Continue reading

I have written before how Katie LOVES dolls and will play with them every single day. She spends hours being creative with her collection, and just today they have all been in the garden taking part in the ‘Doll Olympics’. I love how real life will spill over into doll world, and I am sure we will be seeing a Barbie, Bratz or Monster High doll picking up a gold medal in the next few weeks. Overseeing the ‘Doll Olympics’ is Katie’s newest doll, Shizuka from the Shibajuku doll range.

Shibajuku Doll

Shibajuku Doll

Shizuku is certainly a doll with a difference. The first thing that struck both Katie and I, was Shizuku had huge glass eyes that were a different colour.… Continue reading

We were away last weekend and I didn’t get the chance to link up with Little Loves. So this is a look back at our past fortnight, which of course has been all about the summer holidays. We have enjoyed an evening in New Brighton, daughter has been to a sleepover and we had a mini break away in Blackpool. Check out the view from our hotel room.

Big Blue hotel view

Read

Absolutely nothing. Totally failing at my aim to read 3 books during the summer holidays.

Watched

We don’t often watch television all together, mainly because the kids can never agree on a show or film.… Continue reading

Last weekend we headed off to Blackpool for our first adventure of the summer holidays. Blackpool is only an hour from where we live in Cheshire, and ever since Katie went to the Pleasure Beach in February, she has been desperate to return. We decided we would make a night of it, and there was only one place we all wanted to stay….. The Big Blue Hotel.

Big Blue Hotel

We have never stayed in the Big Blue Hotel before, and to be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. Blackpool is notorious for hen and stag parties, and I wondered whether the hotel would be full of people dressed in various fancy dress themes.… Continue reading

Subscription boxes seem to be extremely popular at the moment, and we were very excited to be offered the opportunity to review Little Passports. The aim of Little Passports is to teach and inspire your child about the world, by offering 2 different subscriptions. Early Explorers is aimed at children 3 to 6, and the World Edition is for ages 6 to 10.

Little Passports suitcase

As Katie is 10 we chose the World Edition on a 3 month subscription plan which costs £10 (plus £3.95 postage) per month. This plan enables you to cancel anytime. They also offer a 6 month plan for £50 (plus £17.70 postage), and a 12 month plan for £90 (plus £35.40 postage).… Continue reading

With a teenager in the house, I know fully well that being together as a family is on borrowed time. When you are nearly 14, family time comes way down the list behind gaming, social media and playing football with your mates. But one thing that is guaranteed to have the teen saying yes to family time, is food. So when we were invited to a local Toby Carvery to spend some quality family time together, I knew there would be no excuses from the teen.

Toby Carvery Speke

I booked the meal for the last day of term, and we visited the Toby Carvery in Speke.… Continue reading