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I love the weekends as its a chance to relax at home with the husband and kids. I am really lucky as hubby loves to cook, and he takes over the kitchen on a Saturday and Sunday. Quite often we will have a ‘night in’. He will cook a lovely meal complete with wine, candles and music playing. Whilst the kids argue play quietly upstairs.

So when I was asked to review a Jack Daniels sauce plus a bottle of Eisberg alcohol free wine, I thought these would be the perfect ingredients for our next ‘night in’. Now Jack Daniels has been my favourite drink for about 20 years, but funnily enough, up until last week, I had never eaten it.… Continue reading

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May is one of my favourite months of the year. I met my husband in May, and married him 2 years later also in May. We usually get a glimpse of the warmer weather this month, but this May has been a total disappointment. I say this as I am sat here with the heating ON ! So here are some of the things we have been up to this month

1) At the start of the month I went to my first blogging conference. Even though I was a mixture of nerves and excitement, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I met lots of awesome and friendly bloggers, ate cake, drank Prosecco, and came home with the most amazing goody bags.… Continue reading

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas is a chain of restaurants that specialise in South American cuisine. Over the years we have been frequent visitors, even celebrating my 40th birthday at the Cheshire Oaks restaurant. When I heard on social media they were launching a new ‘late night menu’, I thought that would be an ideal night out for me and the husband.

New late night menu at Las Iguanas Cheshire Oaks

New late night menu at Las Iguanas Cheshire Oaks

The new menu is available from Sunday to Thursday from 9pm. You get a starter, main course plus drink, all for just £9.90. I think this is a great deal considering you can choose from a glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink.… Continue reading

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As a family we love to eat out which was one of the reasons I started this blog. One restaurant we have never been to as a family is TGI Fridays. So last night we drove to our nearest one at Cheshire Oaks, which is 20 minutes from where we live. The restaurant is located just outside the Cheshire Oaks shopping complex, and has plenty of car park spaces which are shared with KFC.

Having booked online a few days before, we were quickly shown to our table. I am so glad we booked, as the restaurant was really busy for a Tuesday night.… Continue reading

Smugglers Cove in Liverpool

Smugglers Cove in Liverpool

The Smugglers Cove restaurant in Albert Dock, Liverpool was on my bucket list to visit. So when daughter and I were heading to the Echo Arena, it was the perfect choice to visit for a pre concert meal. As the name suggests, the restaurant is decorated in a pirate theme. It certainly has a wow factor when you walk in, and Katie had a look of wonder and excitement on her face.  Even the menus resembled ancient treasure maps.

The menus at Smugglers Cove

The menus at Smugglers Cove

Katie ordered sausage and mash from the kids menu and I had steak and chips. … Continue reading

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I have been tagged by the lovely Lyn who blogs at twoteenagerstwocats to write an A-Z post all about me. Be warned I am writing this after a few glasses of Prosecco, so the answers might be a little fuzzy !

A) I am an Administration Assistant in a children’s nursery and work 10 hours a week

B) I started blogging in September 2013 to write about our holidays and days out

C) I LOVE Centerparcs. I have been to Whinfell 12 times, and I was lucky to visit Woburn last May before it opened.

D) My favourite Disney park is The Magic Kingdom in Florida

E) Esher is my best friend and we have been friends for 33 years, since we were 8

F) Florida is one of our favourite holiday destinations.… Continue reading

Zhu Zhu hamster

The innocent looking culprit

Zhu Zhu hamsters are the devil. Not because they fail to turn off, but because one of them was the reason my son had to have his first operation. 4 years ago my son dropped a Zhu Zhu hamster on his foot. At the time I remember him crying and me soothing him with a cuddle and some chocolate no doubt. His nail broke and I assured him that it would grow back in a few short weeks.

Fast forward 4 years. Son has half a nail on his toe but he was forever knocking it and it kept bleeding LOTS (mainly over the bathroom carpet… joy).… Continue reading

12th May 2001

12th May 2001

*Warning – may contain soppiness*

Tomorrow is mine and the husbands 14th wedding anniversary. 14 years that have gone in the blink of an eye. Time has gone so quick, and in those 14 years we have laughed, cried, shouted and supported each other through the good times and the bad. We both met in our twenties and we are now in our forties. We have grown together over the years, but we also make time for the close friendships we have. We met on the 15th May 1999 amid a haze of Jack Daniels, and the rest is history as you can see below.… Continue reading

The Crocky Trail in Chester

The Crocky Trail in Chester

On Sunday we made our very first visit to The Crocky Trail, which is in Waverton in Chester. Over the years I have heard many good things about it, and we were really looking forward to trying it out for ourselves. As I knew there would be mud involved, I packed a change of clothes and some towels, along with a bin bag to put the muddy clothes in.

We parked easily and the children couldn’t wait to get out of the car and head to the activities on offer. Now with having a nearly teen boy and a 9 year old girl, I really struggle to find days out that they both enjoy.… Continue reading

The fantastic Blog on cake

The fantastic Blog on cake

Yesterday I attended my very first blogging conference at the Museum of Science and Industry (or MOSI for short) in Manchester city centre. The conference is organised by the very talented Laura Seaton who blogs over at www.tiredmummyoftwo.co.uk . In the run up to the conference I spent my days on the Blog on MOSI Facebook page. I learnt that an empty wheeled suitcase was a must (for the amazing goody bags), everyone would be super friendly, and most importantly there would be Prosecco and cake.

Cookies for breakfast

Cookies for breakfast

I took the train into Manchester with my empty suitcase for company.… Continue reading