This past week has seemed a little hectic and slightly chaotic at times. We have finally started work on the playroom after years of it being on the ‘DIY to do list’.  As the kids are getting older, we plan to have it as a second living space. Yes it will still be filled with the 10 year olds toys, but I have a multitude of Ikea storage units to hide them in. I can’t wait for the walls to be painted in a gorgeous grey colour. Anyway here are my little loves for the past week.

Dulux paint


This week I started reading the Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling.… Continue reading

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The other weekend I was lucky to be whisked off to Carden Park Hotel, which is nestled in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. This was our 3rd visit to the hotel, and I was really excited to be going back as I knew the Spa had been updated since our last visit.

From the moment you turn into Carden Park you know you are somewhere really special, and the first glimpse of the hotel always takes my breathe away. Rooms are either located in the main hotel or in the courtyard outside. We were given directions to our room in the main hotel, but when we got inside I could tell from my husband’s face something was wrong.… Continue reading

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The reason I started my blog back in September 2013 was to document our holidays and adventures. I wanted a place where I could write about our memories, as well as offering tips and advice about the places we visit. When Mark Warner opened up their Ambassador programme for 2016, they wanted to know what makes a perfect holiday ?

My perfect holiday is one where I can relax, but also have lots of fun as a family. The kids like to be challenged on holiday, and enjoy doing things they wouldn’t normally do. And the husband likes to be on the go.… Continue reading

Phew that week seemed to go by quickly. I was a little sad to say goodbye to January, as the first month of the year is always lovely for us. But hello to February, Pancake and Valentines Day and of course half term. This past week has been pretty normal with work, school runs and ferrying kids to their clubs. But we did have a relaxing night away last weekend. And thank you to the wonderful staff at Carden Park Hotel for an upgrade to a Suite which was amazing.

Carden Park Hotel


The Cheshire Life magazine was in our hotel room, and I just had to browse through it with a coffee. … Continue reading


Pleasure Island Adventure Golf


I have teamed up with Paradise Island Adventure Golf  to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket to the new indoor miniature golf centre at Cheshire Oaks.

The adventure golf leisure destination features two 18-hole mini golf courses set amidst a tropical island paradise and offers an exciting day out for families, friends, couples and groups. It’s also a great place to host birthday parties for all ages and corporate events. You can read our full review here about our visit in December.

The prize admits a family of four for two rounds of 18 holes of adventure golf at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Cheshire Oaks.… Continue reading

It’s the last day of January, and it seems that the majority of people on social media are glad to see the back of the first month of the year. January is usually filled with grey and rainy days, our bank balances are feeling the pinch after Christmas, and our clothes are feeling tighter.  But I am in the minority. I absolutely LOVE January, and I always feel sad when the month comes to an end. It’s one of my favourite months for 2 reasons.

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It’s my birthday right in the middle of January. Even though I have just turned 42, I still act like a small child and get really excited for my birthday.… Continue reading

Well this week has been all about putting all the birthday gifts and toys away, and having a little sort out. I started with our bedroom and managed a huge bag for charity plus some bits for eBaying. I love a good declutter session, and plan to go through the house in the coming weeks. I am a woman on a mission.


I am still reading my Sweet Temptation book ( I WILL finish it this week). I have also been having a read through of the new Slimming World magazine. The gorgeous looking Salted Caramel and Coffee Cheesecake certainly caught my eye.… Continue reading


It seems each year cruising becomes more and more popular. Long gone are the days where the cruise ships would be full of wealthy middle aged couples. Families are being drawn to cruising, and it got me thinking, would a holiday on the high seas suit us as a family ?

Many cruise ships have fantastic kids clubs that run from morning to night time. We all need a little me time on holiday, and I am sure the kids would love the clubs.

Cruise ships have amazing pools, some even with slides and wave pools. How cool does that sound.… Continue reading

Having just returned from our 13th trip to Center Parcs, I wanted to share parts of our holiday that work really well for us. One of those is hiring a Cabana which are located in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. We have hired a Cabana at Whinfell for the past 3 years, and it has really enhanced the time we have spent in the swimming complex.

Centerparcs Cabana

We booked our Cabana via the online booking system. There are different times available and generally the use of the Cabana is for 3 hours. The price depends on whether you book the Cabana for four, six or eight people, and is more expensive during the day.… Continue reading