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

It’s been a few months since I joined in with Julia’s challenge of showcasing 5 things under £5. Of course last month was all about the sales, and I bagged a few bargains. Plus I discovered how fantastic the home section is in Primark, and more importantly how cheap it is. So here are my top 5, and please do pop over to Rainbeaubelle to see what everybody else has been buying.

Five under five

Everybody needs a pineapple in their life, right. My daughter spotted this in the clearance section at TK Maxx, and she just knew that I would buy it at the bargain price of £5.… Continue reading

When I look back at 2016 and our year of travel, I love how many adventures we managed to fit in. Some trips were taken just me and the husband (ah blissful lie ins and child free times). Some were with girlfriends, where there was lots of chatter and far too much gin. But the majority were me, the husband and the kids. With Morgan turning 15 this year, I am under no illusion we are on borrowed time with family holidays. And whilst on one hand that makes me sad, it also makes me determined to pack as much travel and adventure in as we can.… Continue reading

I nearly wasn’t going to write this Little Loves post as I have been really poorly this week. But I suppose that’s what Little Loves is all about, remembering the little things that have happened in amongst the ordinary. The ordinary either being in bed or on the sofa. So here are some of the little things that have made me smile amongst the illness. I apologise now for the lack of photos.

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One advantage of being poorly is that not only have I picked up a book, I managed to finish it too. I read Caroline Flack’s autobiography, which was the perfect book to read in between naps.… Continue reading

I usually post about my Little Loves once a fortnight, but this week has been a whirl of fun and crazy times. We celebrated 2 birthdays in the Williams’ house, and this week has been filled with fun, presents and of course birthday cake.

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Birthday presents

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I got lots of lovely books for my birthday, but typically have not managed to pick one up yet. I think I will start with the wonderful Hurrah for Gin, as I fancy giggling myself to sleep every night. I did read LOTS of birthday cards, and when your daughter’s birthday is 3 days after yours, the cards get regulated to the side table.… Continue reading

Katie is in her final year at primary school, which can only mean one thing…….. SATS. It seems that the minute they start year 6, working towards the SATS is very much part of the curriculum.  Thankfully Katie is fully embracing the SATS tests which will be happening in May, and enjoys going to her SATS Booster club on a Wednesday. She also loves quizzes (she gets her competitive streak from her dad), so combining SATS with fun things to do is a win win for her.Sats

This is where Education Quizzes comes in. A website that offers fun, yet educational quizzes written by teachers.… Continue reading

I love to celebrate my birthday, and on Sunday we visited Chester to indulge in some shopping, eating and of course a birthday cocktail or two.  Chester has an abundance of eating places in the city, and Hickorys was top of my list for a celebration. Husband and I had previously visited Hickorys back in February, and since then we had been desperate to take the kids. And we were not only celebrating my birthday, but it was Katies in a few days time.

Mojito Cocktail

Hickorys has a fantastic spot by the river, and as soon as you enter you get caught up in the lively atmosphere.… Continue reading

My first Little Loves post of the New Year. Whilst I appreciate that January is a pretty dull and dreary time for most people, I love the first month of the brand new year. Here are my little loves from the past 2 weeks.

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I purchased this book on Amazon after I saw a post on social media from another blogger. I don’t usually go for the ‘self help’ books, but one thing I want to do less of this year is worry about the small stuff. Big things that happen I tend to deal with fine, but smaller things that I can’t control, well that is a different story.… Continue reading

Ah January, the month of avoiding the remains of the Christmas chocolate, drinking copious amounts of water instead of gin, and writing lists. And in true January style, I sat down the other evening and wrote my list of some of the things I want to achieve this year. Sorry about the ‘yellow submarine’ one, I really couldn’t think of anything else beginning with Y.

My A to Z of 2017

Discover a new place to have afternoon tea

Hire a beach hut

Visit a new city

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At the start of 2016, I was inspired to join in with the Take 12 Trips challenge after reading Karen from Mini Travellers post. The idea is simple, to take 12 Trips over the course of the year, which was thought up by blogger Clare from Need another holiday. I have taken a total of 14 trips during 2016 (1 night or over), of which 2 have been girlie weekends, 4 trips with my husband and 8 as a family.

January

15 days into the New year and we were off on our first trip of 2016. It was a double celebration at Centerparcs, with Katie and I celebrating our birthdays whilst we were there.… Continue reading