On Friday evening I drove past my son’s high school and was overcome with emotion, blinking away the tears as I drove my daughter back from her dance class. The reason for this sudden and unexpected outburst was prom night, an American tradition that we have adopted over here. Driving home it hit me that I will be the one standing outside the school in just 2 years. The mum who will no doubt be saying ‘just one more picture’ as our son rolls his eyes. And if I get emotional just driving past, what an earth am I going to be like when I see him, all ready for his own prom night.… Continue reading

Last month we went to our very first family festival which was a very exciting experience for my 10 year old.  Where else can you wear a flower headband and fluorescent face paint.

Flowers at Geronimo

A few days after we were sent a Bratz doll from the fantastic Festival Vibes collection. The five Bratz girls Sasha, Cloe, Jade, Yasmin and Raya are counting down the days until the star studded annual Bratz music festival. Each doll has a different style which is inspired by their favourite genre of music. We were sent Raya who loves rad retro swing tunes, and comes dressed in a rather funky outfit.… Continue reading

I had every intention of writing this post yesterday morning, but unfortunately I spent most of the day in bed thanks to a migraine.  Thankfully it had disappeared this morning, and we have had a lovely day celebrating Fathers Day in New Brighton.

Happy Fathers Day


I finally finished The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green, and I really must devote more time to reading. For some reason I have been sucked back into the world of Candy Crush, which has taken over my reading time.  My aim for this week is to get back to reading at bedtime, starting with The House Husband by Owen Whittaker.… Continue reading

Num Noms

Back in March, my 10 year old was very excited to review a brand new product called Num Noms. The latest in collectible toys, Num Noms are cute, fun and scented.  Due to the huge success of the Num Nom products, I am offering a 2nd giveaway on my blog to win a Num Nom Deluxe Pack (worth £14.99) PLUS 2 mystery pots (worth £2.99 each). All you need to start your very own Num Noms collection, and create your very own recipe of fun and laughter.

Num Noms are great for taking on days out, holidays and playing with them in the garden on a rare sunny day.… Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at Slaley Hall

Regular readers will know that we spent May half term with Q Lodges, and I posted last week about the luxurious lodge we stayed in. We visited Slaley Hall near Hexham, and we were looking forward to exploring the local area as we have never been to Northumberland. However there was so much to do at Slaley Hall, we didn’t even leave the resort until it was time to go home. A stay here really can be as relaxing or as non stop as you want it to be. We managed a good balance of family fun activities, great dining experiences and a little pampering time for me.… Continue reading

During the May half term break, we spent 3 nights at the luxurious Slaley Hall resort in Northumberland.  We were invited by Q Lodges to stay in a 3 bedroom lodge, and experience what Slaley Hall has to offer.  I first heard about Q Lodges when Sarah, from Extraordinary Chaos stayed at Slaley Hall back in October. Sarah is the Q Hotels Ambassador, and she is doing an amazing job of highlighting the facilities that Q offers for families.

Q Lodges at Slaley Hall

Readers will know that as a family we LOVE lodge holidays, and it is our first choice of accommodation when staying in the UK.… Continue reading

Before we went to Geronimo, I must admit I did have my reservations that my daughter was too old to enjoy it. Even though the festival is aimed up to the age of 12, the names of Mr Bloom, Swashbuckle and Andy Day went straight over our heads. It’s a long time since I was forced to watch endless programmes on Cbeebies.

Geronimo Festival

We visited Geronimo at Tatton Park on the Bank Holiday Monday, which was the quieter of the 2 days. We arrived at 9.30am and were greeted with no queues to park nor to get in, perfect. We left just after 4.30pm, after what was a fantastic family day out for us all.… Continue reading

Here we are at the end of half term and what a fantastic week we have had. On Monday we went to Geronimo at Tatton Park, which was an amazing family friendly festival. On Wednesday we travelled up to Northumberland and stayed at Slaley Hall with Q Lodges. We returned back home yesterday, and I am still smiling about our wonderful trip.

Slaley Hall


I had every intention of finishing my book when we went to Slaley Hall, but late nights seemed to get in the way.  I did however read the guide to Northumberland which was in the lodge, if that counts.… Continue reading

These pictures were taken as we were travelling home from the beautiful county of Northumberland today. You might think we stopped off at a local beauty spot. But no, we stopped off on the M6, and these pictures were taken at a service station. Yes a pretty dismal, run of the mill service station with an amazing view at the back. We certainly didn’t expect that.

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Bird in flight

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Slaley Hall

You know when you arrive somewhere for the very first time, and you instantly know you are going to love it. That is how I felt when we arrived at Q Lodges, Slaley Hall yesterday just after 4pm.  It took 3 hours to drive from Cheshire to Hexham in Northumberland, and I didn’t realise what a straight forward journey it would be. Check in for the lodges is in the main hotel, and as soon as you enter the reception area you realise what a breathtaking place Slaley Hall is. We were given our keys, information pack and also our golf buggy keys. … Continue reading