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

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Another month gone and time to look back at what we have been up to. With Easter and the school holidays I can certainly say it was a busy month.

1) We had a fantastic 5 days away in Majorca, and we stayed at a gorgeous all inclusive hotel in Santa Ponsa.  We met up lots with my dad and step mum who live over there. We ate, drank, had lots of fun, and we all made some fantastic friends.

2) I took Katie to her very first concert a few days ago. We went and saw The Vamps at Liverpool Echo Arena and it was such a great night.… Continue reading

Pirates Show in Majorca

Pirates Show in Majorca

On our recent holiday to Majorca, we spent the evening at The Pirates Show in Magaluf. The show is now in its 29th year which is just incredible, and promises an evening of acrobatics, comedy and dance. My Dad who has lived in Majorca for over 20 years, raved about how amazing the show was, so I knew we were in for a good evening.

We got to the indoor theatre before the doors opened, and there were pirates outside interacting with guests. There was the chance to have your photo taken with a large bright parrot, and on the way into the indoor theatre we were handed a small bottle of cava each.… Continue reading

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Chez Jules is a gorgeous French restaurant in the city of Chester, which opened in 1997. When I read that they had recently started doing ‘cinema nights’ I was intrigued. They have seen a gap in the market as Chester is without a cinema, and created there own unique evening, which happens once a month. The films all have a French connection, and when I saw that Leon would be the film of choice for April, I knew we had to book.

Leon at Chez Jules Cinema Night in Chester

Leon at Chez Jules Cinema Night in Chester

This was our first visit to Chez Jules. Friends of ours had been and said both the food and service were amazing.… Continue reading

New bedroom for Katie

New bedroom for Katie

Over the Easter weekend we did the traditional task of DIY. Well when I say ‘we’ I mean husband did lots of sanding and painting, and I did the fun stuff of shopping for new things. This time it was daughters room to get a new image. We had last painted her room for her 3rd birthday, all pink and Disney Princess. But as she is now 9 it was time to give her room a more grown up feel. Katie has the small box room, and I did look at getting her a cabin bed. We even contemplated building a bed over the ‘block’ in her room, but in the end we have seen an Ikea bed which will be ideal.… Continue reading