Treating the family to a special meal is always a great opportunity to get together, eat delicious food and catch up on everyone’s news. It seems there’s quite a few families nowadays who don’t sit down together at the end of every day. Instead eating separately, and missing out on all-important family time.

The Brook Restaurant

As the price of living and eating out has gradually increased, are families going to restaurants as much as they used to? Has the growing number of home delivery food companies encouraged families to stay at home. Choosing to dine in the comfort of their own home? Are parents still happy to pay for the additional costs that come with restaurant dining, like travel and restaurant tipping?… Continue reading

This past fortnight has been a funny old mixture. Ranging from the normal everyday activities such as work, school and clubs. To the pure excitement of school trips, pancakes and secondary school decisions.

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At 12.10am on Wednesday morning I read two words ‘Place Offered’. Yes the 1st March was High School decision day. And even though I was 99.9% sure that Katie would be allocated a place at her brother’s school, it was still nice to get the confirmation. I was a mixture of nerves and excitement logging onto the website, not helped by the fact I had to reset my password at midnight.… Continue reading

I recently wrote about our trip to Bath, and today I wanted to share with you where we stayed in the historic city. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I love lodge holidays. So when I found out that Bath Mill Lodge Retreat was 3 miles away from the city, it seemed the perfect place to stay.

The Mill

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

We arrived on a beautiful sunny day in February, and checked in at The Mill where you will also find the bar and restaurant. Now if you are looking for a holiday that offers activities and entertainment, this is not the place for you.… Continue reading

What kind of a World Book Day parent are you ?

Are you the organised parent who has been excitedly pinning costume ideas to your ‘World Book Day Pinterest board’ for months. Safe in the knowledge that whatever theme is thrown at you, you will have at least 20 ideas for a costume.

Or are you like me, quaking at the thought of producing anything remotely creative that your child can be seen in public with. I breathed a sigh of relief when I realised that World Book Day would falll when my daughter will be on a school residential. But alas the school will be celebrating a week later.… Continue reading

A few weeks ago, bloggers up and down the land were eagerly awaiting news on Mark Warner’s Family Ambassador programme. Since starting blogging back in 2013, I have heard only glowing reports from people who have been on Mark Warner holidays.  And last years Ambassadors showed us how to holiday, ski and sail…. Mark Warner style.

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Mark Warner has been around since 1974, which coincidentally is the same time as me. Though I am sure Mark Warner has fewer wrinkles and grey hairs. In those 43 years the holiday company has grown and evolved, and it got me thinking of how much our family holidays have changed with time too. … Continue reading

During our recent trip to Bath, there was one place where the teen was desperate to eat at…… The Handmade Burger Co. The husband and I had dined at the Grand Central restaurant in Birmingham a few months back. And when we discovered we could also devour their burgers in Bath, we couldn’t wait for our evening at The Handmade Burger Co.

Handmade Burger Co - Bath

Our table was booked for Valentine’s Day. For my husband and son, a succulent burger is the perfect way to celebrate the day of love. I was resigned to the fact that there would be no cosy romantic meal for 2, as we were away for the kids.… Continue reading

Bath has been on my travel list for years, and last week I finally got the chance to visit this historic city. It was our first trip to Bath as a family, and whilst we were looking forward to exploring a new city, we also wanted to relax. As the kids are getting older they both need their own space on holiday, so I booked a 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, which is about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Bath.

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I will be writing more about Bath Mill in the next few days, but wow what a stunning place to stay.… Continue reading

I am writing this week’s Little Loves post a little hungover, after enjoying a few gins with friends last night. It’s the end of our half term and what a fabulous week it has been.

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Lots of information on Bath. As it was our first time in this beautiful city, we gathered up lots of leaflets to plan our days. We had fun exploring the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and a fabulous bus tour around the city.

Bath Leaflets

Bath Abbey

Roman Baths - Bath

The Weir in Bath

Watched

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Hmmmm not my type of film, but the husband and kids seemed to enjoy it.

Miss Peregrine home for peculiar children

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Ah sorry to use it again, but it has to be memories.… Continue reading

It’s been 2 weeks since I last joined in with Little Loves, and last weekend was all about the little lady heading off to Scout Camp in Bangor. This meant that I got to enjoy some much needed time with the husband, and what better way than enjoying Sunday lunch together followed by a walk.

Sunday Lunch

Runcorn BridgeRead

I started this a few weeks ago, and feels a little strange reading a Christmas book in February.

It must have been the mistletoe

Watched

Whilst Katie was at Scout camp we introduced the teen to The Hangover films. I LOVE the films, which I suspect has something to do with Bradley Cooper looking mighty fine in them.… Continue reading

One of the things we vowed to do this year was to mix up our meals and change our cooking habits. I don’t mean having breakfast at dinner time, though I am partial to a bowl of cereal around 9pm. As I shop online I tend to just buy the same products each week, and had got into a rut of cooking the same meals. I was bored cooking them, and the kids were bored of eating them. So when I was given the opportunity to try HelloFresh, it couldn’t have come at a better time for us.

Hello Fresh Family Box

HelloFresh is a recipe box service which gets delivered to your home.… Continue reading