I have recently returned from a girls weekend to The Hollies which is in the heart of Cheshire. The Hollies is a small collection of deluxe lodges, which all have their own private hot tub. I have had my eye on a lodge stay here since they were first built, and finally I got to experience the luxurious lodges. The emphasis here is definitely relaxation in decadent surroundings. I have stayed in a fair few lodges over the years, and this is definitely up there with the best.

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We decided to book The Grand Fir which promised us ‘a sense of serenity and relaxation’.… Continue reading

You know when you have a really good night out and you are still giggling about it days later. Well that’s me at the moment. The reason for this is Chris Ramsey. Chris Ramsey is a fantastic stand up comedian, and he has just started his new tour this week. The opening night was in our home town, and the second the tickets went on sale I was there, bagging 2 seats on the front row. I know…… the dreaded front row. We had sat at the front before, so I was willing to take a chance again.

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His show this year is called ‘All growed up’.… Continue reading

I have been a mum of a teenager for 5 weeks now. The transition from tween to teen has happened, and I am still standing. I know its such a cliché, but the last 13 years really have gone in a blink of an eye. Whilst the baby years, toddler years and the primary school years are really important, the teenage years will really shape the man he will become. A MAN. How hard is it to think about your children becoming adults. Letting them loose into the world, thinking and doing things on their own 2 feet.

From tween to teen

From tween to teen

Lately I have been thinking about the future for him.… Continue reading

When we were asked to review Strand Bands recently, I knew this would be perfect for my 9 year old daughter. The Strand Bands set comes complete with charms and stretchy bands. These can then be used to create bracelets, rings or even Barbie necklaces using the Strand Styler included.

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We set aside an evening after school to get creative with the Strand Bands. Once all the products are removed from the box, you are faced with the instructions. I found the instructions to be totally confusing at 41, so I have no idea how a 6 year old would follow them.… Continue reading

I have spent the last few weeks glued to the Easyjet app, waiting patiently for their next batch of flights to be released. Upon returning from Majorca back in April, I was looking at flights for April 2016. I was in shock that the flights were only £300 for all of us to fly with Monarch. The only sticking point was, we would fly back on the day the kids returned back to school. After umming and ahhing I went back on to view the flights and nearly fainted when the price was over £900. I could have cried sat at the laptop that day.… Continue reading

I was looking through some old photographs the other day.

This photo was taken on the 15th January 2014, the day I turned 40.

It is of my amazing cake, the cake my husband organised.

And a very talented school mum made.

I had one stipulation about my cake

It had to be something that showed my love of Disney.

I think this pretty much sums it up.

Disney cake

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A week and a half into the school routine and already the summer holidays seem a distant memory. As August is all about the kids, sunshine, holidays and spending far too much money, I decided to hand this post over to them.

My 5 awesome things by Morgan aged 13

Clay pigeon shooting in Scotland

Clay Pigeon Shooting – This was something I had never done before. It was harder than it looked and the best bit was beating my dad.

My birthday – best thing about having your birthday in August is definitely no school.

Scotland – We were in Scotland for my birthday and stayed in a lodge with a Seaview.  … Continue reading

This week it was my little blogs birthday. During the summer holidays of 2013, I began to look into starting my own blog. My hours in work were dropping to 10 hours a week, and I needed a distraction to keep me away from the ironing and housework. Blogging seemed the answer, and I knew I wanted to focus on our travels and adventures as a family. I spent the summer holidays researching ‘starting a blog’. Which platform would be the best…. WordPress or Blogger ? Looking at endless themes and thinking of a domain name. And on 7th September 2013, I published my first post, all about our adventures during the summer holidays.… Continue reading