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
With holidays never far from my mind, I can often be found dreaming of our next adventure. I have a huge travel list of all the places I want to experience with the kids, but I am also aware that the teen will be turning 16 next year. If only I could wave a magic wand and win the lottery, but in the meantime I can spend my days dreaming of my 10 top destinations to visit if I won big with Lottoland. Would your adventure be an African safari, or maybe sailing around the world ?
Walt Disney World in Florida
The world class entertainment is spread across 40 square miles and features four theme parks, two water adventure parks, resort hotels, spas and 81 holes of golf on five courses along with an entertainment, shopping and dining complex. … Continue reading
I like to be pretty organised for Christmas, and tend to start my shopping once the kids go back after October half term. I usually have a pretty good idea of what to get the kids, and to be honest they do present me with a rather large list. But when it comes to buying presents for the males in our family, I find myself getting a little stuck. Do you stick to the traditional pack of socks, the Lynx gift set, or a set of beers from around the world.
This Christmas I am going to take a little inspiration from some of the gifts my husband received for his recent birthday.… Continue reading
If you are a fan of the fun loving stationery brand Smiggle, then I am sure you are aware that they release an advent calendar each year. Twenty five days of lovely stationery surprises await the lucky recipient, guaranteed to start your December with a smile and a giggle.
We recently had the chance to review one of the advent calendars which have been released for this year. I of course passed the very important task of opening each door over to my daughter. Katie discovered Smiggle a few years ago and loves the products as they are bright, fun and colourful. … Continue reading
I know that some people have yet to start their October half term, but I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of ours. And what a half term it has been for us, filled with amazing adventures for the teen, and new experiences for Katie. The teen went to Iceland on his school trip for 4 days, and what an amazing time he had. If your kids ever come home from school with an ‘Iceland trip letter’ I can honestly say it was worth every single penny. Trouble is, I now want to experience this amazing country too.
Really failed with picking up a book again, but I did stalk the schools instagram account whilst the teen was away.… Continue reading
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.
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*
*I am also giving away a Smiggle advent calendar here*
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.
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.
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.
I have barely had time to pick up my book recently. I promise I will get back into reading this week.
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.
Before long I had purchased my first mug, oh hello my beauty.… Continue reading