Entrance to the Beefeater Preston Brook

Entrance to the Beefeater Preston Brook

What better way to spend a Sunday evening than going to our local Beefeater for a family meal. We only live a minute away from our local one which is in Preston Brook in Runcorn. It was previously a Table Table, and since it changed to a Beefeater last year we have never been just the 4 of us.

We were booked in for 5pm, and were seated quickly. The Beefeater chain has been around for 40 years, and they specialise in burgers and steaks. Husband and son need no excuse to order a burger, and daughter ordered Mac and Cheese with a side dish of peas and crunchy vegetables.… Continue reading

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The husband and tween are huge fans of the Gadget Show, and when they were given the chance to visit the Gadget Show Live they were beyond excited. The Gadget Show Live is held every year at the NEC in Birmingham, and promises to bring the television show to life. They caught the train to Birmingham International which is located at the NEC with the show just a short walk away.

What follows is what they saw, felt and experienced in their own words.

Upon entry we could not help but notice the vastness of the arena and the multitude of stalls and exhibitions. There were people of all ages there wandering around and taking in what was on show.Continue reading

Craft mine

Yesterday the children and I caught the train into Liverpool City Centre. We were heading to St Georges Hall for their very first Craft Mine event. Craft Mine is a maze of different activities and workshops, such as building your own optical illusion, creating an exploding volcano and playing on games such as Pac Man and Minecraft.

St Georges Hall is located opposite Lime Street Station. There are different sessions running throughout the day, and we were booked into the 12pm till 2pm session. The Craft Mine is located at the Heritage Centre entrance.  Once we were inside we were greeted by a lady who gave the children their cloth bags, which they could collect their creative items in to take home. … Continue reading

A princess meeting a princess !

A princess meeting a princess !

4 years ago today we went on our ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to Disneyworld in Florida. I still remember the excitement of that day. Our first trip to the magic had been years in the planning. 2011 had been chosen as we had been married for 10 years, and also hubby turned 40. The kids would be 5 and 8 which we thought would be a good age to visit Disney (though I do think ANY age is great to go there). We were going with my mum and step dad, my step sister, her husband and their son.… Continue reading

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A quarter of the way through the year and time for another post to look back at the things we have done during March. Normally March is a fairly quiet time, but this month seems to have been hectic. So here are our 10 reasons why March was awesome

1) The tween graded in Karate and got his purple and white belt. He is now only 3 belts away from becoming a black belt, which he will hopefully achieve by the end of High School

2) My mum and I had a lovely evening at the theatre watching Twopence to cross the Mersey.… Continue reading


The kids bedtime…. the time we look forward to so we can flop on the sofa with a chilled glass of wine. Also a time of stress, when those little darlings just won’t settle, no matter how hard we try. Last month Blinds 2go did some research which showed that bedtime was the most stressful time of the day. And being a parent for nearly 13 years, I have definitely had some stressful nights putting the kids to bed.

We always hear about creating a calm environment for getting to sleep at the end of a busy day. But this also goes for children’s rooms. … Continue reading

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If you live with a small child between the ages of 2 and 10, there is a good chance you have heard of Frozen. In fact not just heard of it but watched it around a million times. You probably know all the words and catch yourself singing the songs in the shower/at the traffic lights.

On Sunday, my daughter and I experienced Frozen on a new level. We went to our local theatre for Frozen sing-a-long. I had got the tickets back in January for my daughters birthday, and she was really excited to spend an evening at the theatre.… Continue reading

Twopence to cross the Mersey

Twopence to cross the Mersey

On Wednesday evening I enjoyed a lovely evening with  my mum. We took the train into Liverpool city centre, and headed to the Epstein Theatre which is a 10 minute walk from Lime Street station. We were off to see Twopence to cross the Mersey, which is a play based on the books by Helen Forrester. I remember reading them about 20 years ago, being captivated by them. So as soon as I saw the play advertised, I knew both myself and my mum would love it.

We were seated upstairs in the circle and had a good view of the stage.… Continue reading


*UPDATED* This book is currently free from 20th July 2015 to 22nd July 2015 and then from 24th July 2015 to 25th July 2015 from Amazon

Hands up who gets a little excited when they get something for free ? I love the word free, and I think this comes from being a SAHM for 7 years. As we only had one wage coming in, it was my job to make our money stretch as far as possible. I returned to work 3 years ago but I still love hunting out freebies. I use the website Latest free stuff every day, and have their app on my iPhone.… Continue reading


Teatox from Slimming Solutions

Teatox from Slimming Solutions

I was recently asked to try a Teatox for 14 days. I had heard about Teatoxing in the media, and thought if it was good enough for celebrities its good enough for me. Teatox is basically a detox but blended with tea and claims to ‘cleanse the body and banish the bloat’. There are many brands of Teatox on the market, and I was sent mine from www.slimmingsolutions.com

You receive 2 packs for your 14 day Teatox. The yellow pack is for daytime and you have this every morning, as soon as you can after waking up.… Continue reading