Phew what a week that was. When you have 2 birthdays to celebrate in one week, it is always going to be filled with lots of fun. What I didn’t factor in was the husband getting the flu. Not even man flu, but the real deal which has seen him signed off work for over a week. It has been a real mixture of a week, but plenty of positives and birthday celebrations.

Little Loves

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I got this book for my birthday and can’t wait to start reading it. This year I have set myself a challenge to push my boundaries and read books that I wouldn’t normally pick up.… Continue reading

If you follow me on social media you will know that we went to Bath just before Christmas. As soon as I realised the kids were breaking up on the 15th December, I knew it would be the ideal time to get away for a little festive break. A chance to escape the chaos of the Christmas build up, and reconnect as a family.A festive break to Bath

Bath was top of our list, having enjoyed our trip to the city back in February. We returned to Bath Mill Lodge retreat, which is the perfect place to come and unwind. The kids had had such a busy run up to Christmas with mock exams and rehearsals, they were longing to kick back and relax.… Continue reading

I think I am slowly emerging from the Christmas bubble and getting back to normal life. I am one of those strange people who love January, as we celebrate not one but two birthdays this month. But before the birthday celebrations we need to take our decorations down this weekend. Christmas has been brilliant this year, and even though the kids are 15 and nearly 12, the magic and excitement is there but just in a different way.

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It was my mission to read two books over the Christmas period and I failed miserably. However I am very nearly at the end of this book, and it has been a brilliant read.… Continue reading

I love writing this post which gives me the chance to look back at our travels for the past year. In 2017 we managed 14 trips of 1 night or over. 2 of the trips have just been myself and the husband, 1 has been a girlie night away, 9 trips with the family, and the kids have enjoyed 2 school trips.

2017 - Looking back at our year of travel

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Our first trip of 2017 was to the beautiful city of Bath. Staying in a luxurious 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, it was the perfect base to explore the city. We enjoyed visiting the Roman Baths, wandering around the stunning Bath Cathedral, and enjoyed a bus tour around the city.… Continue reading

We all know how important getting our 8 hours of sleep is every night, but sometimes the reality is very different. Whilst I don’t struggle with getting to sleep, it is very rare that I will get a full 8 hours. Over the years my bedtime has got later and later and that is down to one thing….. older kids. Of course having a teen and tween means they are not tucked up in bed by 7pm.

Wax Lyrical Silentnight

When the last child has disappeared up the stairs around 10.15pm, husband and I tend to watch television for an hour. At 11.30pm I head upstairs, to indulge in my 30 minutes of ‘me time’ before the husband comes to bed.… Continue reading

What a busy but thoroughly enjoyable fortnight it has been. We have all finished work and school and we are ready for the Christmas holidays. The past fortnight has been filled with Christmas get togethers with my mum, afternoon tea with 2 of my bestest friends, Christmas dinner day in work where I get to sit on a toddler chair surrounded by 40 kids, Winter Wonderland in Manchester, School Christmas Fairs and lots more fun.

Dining and Activitiesat Q Lodges Slaley Hall (44)

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I have very nearly finished Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery (yes I know, reading a summer book in winter), and it has been a lovely read.… Continue reading

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Maui, Hawaii with kids

Maui is an island in Hawaii that is blessed with 30 miles of beautiful beaches, making it one of the best family destinations in Hawaii.  There is an abundance of activities to explore here, and fun filled activities for the whole family. Families flock to this Hawaiian island to enjoy the Polynesian culture and those pristine beaches. As Maui is not packed with tourists, families can head just about anywhere and explore the adventure that is on the island. You can choose to stay in one of the beautiful homes for rent in Maui and enjoy a comfortable stay.… Continue reading

A few weeks ago Katie and I were invited along to Very for a VERY special Christmas event. It was a chance to get in the festive spirit, and see some of the items that would be available online this Christmas.

Very Christmas Party

Whilst I do shop at Very from time to time, I really wasn’t aware of the huge variety of brands that they stock. Even selling one of my favourites, Cath Kidston.

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Katie loves looking at clothes, and she was happy browsing both the children’s and adult clothing section. She picked out this unicorn top and fluffy blue jacket, and I only wish they did this in my size too.… Continue reading

Another two weeks has passed since my last Little Loves. The mocks have finally finished and the teen seems to have handled them pretty well. He has been working incredibly hard, and I hope this is reflected in his mock results.

Little Loves

Husband and I spent a lovely day in Chester on Wednesday. For the first 2 hours it was all about the Christmas shopping, and I was like a woman possessed. Once the bags had been deposited back to the car it was time to wander around the Christmas markets. And of course I had my first mulled wine of the season.… Continue reading

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With the holidays nearly upon us, it is that time of the year when a family vacation becomes just one of those unavoidable things. And if you have kids who are not prone to mid-air meltdowns, you may actually even look forward to it. Planning a holiday with kids has got to be meticulously planned – and I say that from ten years  experience. Your holiday must revolve around their interests (at least some of the activities) and respect their body clocks. I try to mix things up a little, with things that are both fun and educational.… Continue reading