Last week we got the chance to go away for 3 nights child free, to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. I had a list of possible locations we wanted to visit, which ranged from Barcelona to Centerparcs. After many hours researching and reading reviews on the internet, we decided on a UK break, and booked a stunning lodge. Due to its close proximity to Centerparcs, it would have been rude not to book the Aqua Sana and enjoy a day of relaxation in their spa.

Deerdale Lodge

Deerdale Lodge is located in Sherwood Pines forest in Nottinghamshire, a part of the country we visited last summer.… Continue reading

Wow where did that week go. What an awesome week as husband and I went away to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. We stayed in the most luxurious and homely lodge just outside Nottingham. We ate, drank, talked, laughed, walked in the forest and went to the Spa at Centerparcs. As you can imagine we had an amazing time away. Huge thanks to my mum who moved into our house for 3 nights to look after the kids.

Deerdale Lodge

Deerdale Lodge Lounge


Being away for 3 nights meant I had lots of time for reading. In the evenings the husband would head off for a bike ride in the forest.… Continue reading

Bratz Remix Dolls

My 10 year old daughter is a huge Bratz fan and our playroom is filled with Bratz dolls, Bratz Buses and not forgetting the Bratz Photo Booth she got for Christmas. So when she got the chance to review a doll from the brand new range, Bratz Remix Dolls, she was very excited. The new collection is all about the Bratz girls (Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, Sasha) and their love of music.

Bratz Remix Doll

Katie received Cloe, plus a fantastic pair of Bratz headphones, and Cloe was soon introduced to the other Remix Doll Katie already has. Bringing Bratz Dolls and music together is a dream come true for my 10 year old.… Continue reading

This week we have celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary. I know it’s a cliché, but the time really has flown by. I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday, surrounded by our family and friends. It’s funny to think we got married when social media was not around, and any photographs taken had to be developed at Max Spielman. Here we are looking a lot less knackered due to having no kids.



I finished ‘A Baby at the Beach Café’ by Lucy Diamond, which was a nice and easy read. I have just started ‘A Patchwork Marriage’ which I picked up in a charity shop for £1.49.… Continue reading

There are a few essentials you need when going to a blogging conference. A fully charged phone, a camera and some business cards for handing out to brands and PR companies.

Blogging Conferences

When I went to my first blogging conference last year, business cards were the one thing I overlooked. When people started talking on social media about their shiny business cards, I went into panic mode. The night before, faced with a printer with limited ink, I managed to design and print off some of my own.  Ok they looked pretty unprofessional, but at least I had something with my blog details on.… Continue reading

I am so glad we have reached the weekend as this week has been all about ups and downs.  Last weekend was going well until we received a phone call to say my husband’s dad had been taken to hospital. It has been a worrying few days but thankfully he should be back home either today or tomorrow. As my inlaws live over 4 hours away, husband jumped on a train and spent a few days down in South Wales with his parents.


Baby at the Beach Cafe Book

I finally finished Girl on the Train. Whilst it is not my usual type of book, I really enjoyed it and will definitely be going to the cinema when it comes out.… Continue reading

No trip to Blackpool is complete without a visit to the world famous Tower. The iconic building has been a part of Blackpool’s history since 1894, and stands an impressive 518 feet high. We love visiting The Tower as it is the ideal attraction come rain or shine.

Blackpool Tall Tales

This May half term there is an unique experience coming to The Blackpool Tower.  Families will be welcomed to the top of The Tower for ‘Tall Tales’, where fun stories will be told from high in the sky.

Children will be able to explore the adventures of Sydney the Seagull and his adventures around Blackpool, whilst meeting the special storytellers.… Continue reading

Ikos OliviaOver the past few years when we have travelled abroad, we have opted for all inclusive. Having a hungry teenager and a 10 year old that loves ice cream, it is the perfect option for us.  Ikos Olivia in Greece goes above and beyond the all inclusive experience, and offers ‘infinite lifestyle’. The hotel promises mouth watering dishes from Asia, Italy, France and of course Greece, most created by Michelin starred chefs. Dining out is a huge part of any holiday we go on, and we were all looking forward to trying out the different restaurants. We managed to dine in all of them, plus we used the Dine Out service that Ikos offer.… Continue reading

I can’t believe it will be the 1st May on Sunday and this can only mean one thing…….. BLOG ON.  This will be my 2nd year of attending Blog On in Manchester. I blogged last year about my first blogging conference, and this year I am so excited for attending the different sessions, meeting up with old and new blogging friends and eating cake…..Oh YES lots of cake.

The lovely Kara from Chelsea Mamma is hosting the Great Big Blog on Ice Breaker linky, so we can all get to know each other a little better before Sunday. So here we go……..… Continue reading