Does anyone else feel that Mother’s Day seems to creep up on us each year. Especially now as we seem to have regressed back to Winter with all this snow. I associate Mother’s Day with warmer days, not being wrapped up in 4 layers as you battle with the snow. But thankfully with Buyagift you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home.

Buyagift Smartbox

This Mother’s Day, Buyagift is supporting Breast Cancer Care for their wonderful Mum of a Kind campaign. When purchasing their Superwoman Smartbox, Afternoon Tea with Bubbles, or the Indulgent Pamper Treat Smartbox, 25% of the sale price will go towards helping families that are affected by breast cancer.… Continue reading

This weekend sees the Festive Flower and Food Show returning to Blackpool for its second year. Running from the 9th to the 11th November 2017 at Winter Gardens in the heart of Blackpool. Organised by The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), their aim is to take the art of flower arranging and place it firmly into the 21st century.


And this event is not just for adults, as kids will have their own workshops to attend on the Saturday. If you have not purchased your tickets yet, here are 8 reasons why you need to visit the show which opens tomorrow.… 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


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

Last weekend I managed to tick off another item on my A to Z of things to achieve in 2017….. hiring a beach hut. I have had my eye on the beach huts at Lytham St Annes for a few years now, and last Friday I got my wish of hiring one for the day.

Beach hut at Lytham

Lytham St Annes is a traditional seaside resort, and the beach huts are proudly displayed on the promenade. Prior to our visit we received an email advising us of our hut number, directions, and where you will find your key. The hut office can be found at the back of the cinema, and there are a few free parking spaces just outside the office.… Continue reading

Yesterday we were invited to try out the brand new Madagascar PLAY area at Chester Zoo. We were told that we could climb like a lemur in the tree top adventure, play on the sandy beach like a tortoise, and hide in the Madagascan grasses. Animal noises optional.

Lemur Tails at Chester Zoo

Our 2 explorers for the day were Katie and her cousin Finn, all set to experience Madagascar with their lemur tails. We were welcomed into the PLAY area by the most delicious and refreshing mocktails, and WOW what an area.


Slide at Chester Zoo

Madagascar PLAY at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo have teamed up with play experts, and developed the land into a place of wonder and adventure.… Continue reading

For our wedding anniversary last year, I decided to get my husband a love lock. For those of you who have never heard of a love lock, it’s a padlock which you can then lock to a fence, bridge or gate to symbolize your love. As we were celebrating 15 years of marriage, our love lock was inscribed with ’15 Years Married’ and on the other side ‘Tracey and Hywel, 12th May 2001’ which is the date we got married.

Love Lock - Wedding Anniversary

I am pretty sure my husband did the usual male response of thinking ‘why the hell has she got me a padlock’, and the lock has sat gathering dust in his wardrobe for nearly a year.… Continue reading

On our recent trip to London we were kindly invited to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! which is in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. We arrived straight from Euston Station on a Sunday afternoon, and after negotiating the tube and the busy streets of London we were thankful of Ripley’s air conditioning. Ripley’s is over 6 floors and you start your adventure on the top floor. Whilst you are up there don’t forget to check out the fab views over Piccadilly Circus.

Ripleys in London

Robert Ripley was an avid traveller and collector of unique objects. He managed to travel to an astonishing 201 countries in 35 years, all before 1949 when he died.… Continue reading

Trampoline Parks are springing up everywhere at the moment, and seem to be the latest way for kids to spend their leisure time. We were invited to the official opening of Jumpnation trampoline park in our home town of Runcorn, and the kids were excited to try out this brand new park.

Jump Nation

Runcorn is the 3rd park to open under the Jumpnation brand, with their first park opening over 2 years ago in Manchester. They were one of the first to open in the UK, and the brand is going from strength to strength. During the official opening I got the chance to meet Matthew and Michelle, a couple that you instantly warm to.… Continue reading

Since February the 10 year old has been desperate to visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach again, and the other weekend we planned our trip. Visiting on a Saturday during the summer holidays we knew it would be busy, and my theme park loving husband had the day planned out.

Big One in the summer

As we were staying in the Big Blue Hotel, we took advantage of the VIP entrance which opens at 10am, the same time as the theme park. This entrance is close to the Big One, and Katie’s main aim was to ride it for the very first time. When she visited in February the ride was closed due to high winds and she was distraught.… 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