Last Sunday evening my husband and I had the opportunity to visit our local Bistrot Pierre restaurant in Stockton Heath. It was our first visit to the popular chain of French restaurant, and I was really looking forward to our evening as I had heard excellent things about the cuisine from a close friend.

Review of Bistrot Pierre

There is a huge variety of eating places in Stockton Heath, and before our visit I must admit that French cuisine was never my top choice. But after dining at Bistrot Pierre my view has totally changed, and French cuisine now sits alongside my favourite, Italian dining.… Continue reading

*This post does contain pictures of the full contents of the Smiggle 2017 calendar* 

Tis the season to start thinking about advent calendars, and my 11 year old daughter has already started her campaign to find the best one. Being a stationery addict she is of course drawn to the advent calendar from Smiggle. The calendar promises 25 days of stationery surprises, as well as offering a great competition to win a whopping £500 Smiggle shopping spree.

Smiggle Advent Calendar 2017 contents

So the big question is….. what exactly is inside the calendar. The contents are not listed on the Smiggle website, and I was originally going to open a few doors to offer a sneak peek inside.… Continue reading

Afternoon tea has certainly had a huge revival over the past decade, and since turning 40 it’s one of my favourite things to do. When I wrote my A to Z of things to achieve this year, top of the list was to discover a new place for afternoon tea. Well in September I achieved this not once but twice, first enjoying afternoon tea in Birmingham during a weekend away with the girls. And the following week it was time for me to treat my mum for her birthday.

Champagne afternoon tea at The Mere

I decided to surprise her with afternoon tea at The Mere hotel in Knutsford in leafy Cheshire. … Continue reading

Just as we have been embracing jumpers and our winter boots, the weather changes and along comes a nice weekend. Well that’s what we have been promised so we shall see. Anyway enough about the weather, and here is a little look back at our past fortnight.

Little Loves

Read

I have barely had time to pick up my book recently. I promise I will get back into reading this week.

Watched

I don’t often watch vlogs (apart from when I am being forced to watch Zoella with the 11 year old), but somebody had shared this stunning video of What Alex Did when he visited Haven recently.… Continue reading

I think I can pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with Cath Kidston. My friend and I were in a local coffee shop about 2 years ago, doing what we do best, drinking coffee and eating cake.  That day our cakes were served on pretty flowery plates, and our coffee came in a Cath Kidston mug. Right then I wanted my home to be full of Cath Kidston crockery, tea towels, mugs, and of course bags (LOTS of bags). Basically anything I could sneak into my home without the husband noticing too much.

Cath Kidston Mugs

Before long I had purchased my first mug, oh hello my beauty.… Continue reading

In less than 2 weeks PLAY Expo will return to Event City in Manchester for its 6th year in the city. Running over 2 days (the 14th and 15th October), the convention will see an expected 25,000 attendees. If you are still considering tickets to this amazing gaming convention, here are 10 reasons you need to visit PLAY Expo.

PLAY Expo in Manchester

Minecraft

A gaming convention wouldn’t be complete without Minecraft would it. Head over to the Minecraft zone where you will find four huge sets up for you to play. There will also be a Hunger Games map where you can fight it out to survive the harsh landscape of traps, and of course other players.… Continue reading

How has it been 3 weeks since I last joined in with Little Loves. Time seems to run away with me in the week, and it always takes me a few weeks to settle back into the routine of school. Getting used to packed lunches, school admin and ironing uniforms again. But thankfully no more school runs for me, as both children walk to high school. Here is a little look back at the past 3 weeks.

Little Loves

Read

Reading lots of Trip Advisor reviews ahead of booking our summer holiday. Don’t get me wrong as I know some reviews you need to take with a pinch of salt, but I honestly think I could sit on Trip Advisor all day.… Continue reading

If you follow me on instagram you will no doubt have seen me posting about my recent trip to Birmingham. This was my 3rd trip to the city in just over a year, and it’s firmly in the top 5 of my favourite UK cities. The purpose of this trip was a girls night away. A chance to relax, catch up with 3 of my closest friends, and then return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Slight exaggeration with the refreshed part, after the weekend involved bottomless cocktails and of course gin.

Weekend away with the girls

We chose Birmingham as our getaway as one of our friends lives just outside Bristol, and the train journey was around 90 minutes for us all.… Continue reading

Riverside County

Riverside County is one of the most populous counties in Southern California, USA. It’s one of the best places to stay where work and life is a great balance. There are so many attractions to see and experience in Riverside. You can visit museums, theme parks, and indulge in food. Riverside County is an ideal place to live for families looking for a place to settle in California. The local government is very active and provides lots of programs and services that ensure that residents are happy, safe and secure. Considering moving here? Take a look at these 3 great places to live in Riverside County.… Continue reading

Having a teen and tween I know how important it is for them to start looking after their skin from an early age. Katie was 11 in January, and for the past few months she has been getting outbreaks of tiny spots on her forehead. Now I am not going to lie, I was a little taken aback when I saw them. Of course I know that most children will suffer with spots, but it was more the realisation that my baby girl was growing up.

Green People skincare range

So when we received a lovely package from Green People, it came at the perfect time for us.… Continue reading