As we have Merlin cards, we decided to visit the Sealife Centre in Manchester last weekend, which is located at The Trafford Centre. We had visited it last year just after it had opened, and it was very busy. This visit was much quieter, and as such we were able to enjoy the different exhibits without getting herded along with the crowds.

We went on the Sunday morning and got there at 10.30am. The attraction opens at 10.00am and there was no queue to enter. When you first go in, there is the obligatory picture opportunity that you can purchase at the end in the shop.… Continue reading

A few weeks ago I came across Nanna Kay’s convenience meals for toddlers and children. As a family we always try and cook healthy meals from scratch, however I like to have a few convenience meals in for when we have our busy nights. I liked the idea of this range of products as it has no added salt in, which is fantastic for a convenience product. We were sent 5 different meals to try, along with an informative brochure explaining how the company started.


My children could not wait to try the meals, and they quickly decided what they were having for tea that evening.… Continue reading


You may remember a few weeks ago, I blogged about booking our £69.00 bargain break to Scotland in a caravan. Well we returned from our break on Friday and I thought I would blog about our trip.

Our break was to Auchenlarie Holiday Park which is in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. We had previously visited the park 5 years ago, and had a great time. Again this trip up to Scotland did not disappoint. I knew we had booked a standard caravan, which had 2 bedrooms and a fire in the living room. We took our trusty electric fire too for the bedrooms, as everyone knows Scotland can get quite chilly.… Continue reading


I was inspired to create a Spring and Summer bucket list after I read another blog post which featured one. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who wrote the post, and if you are reading this thank you for the great idea. Now I love lists, and I thought writing the things we want to do, and places we want to visit, would help us. Sometimes at the weekend, hubby and I will lie in bed wondering what we can do that day with the kids. I thought if we had the ‘bucket list’ this would save all those minutes of thinking !… Continue reading

Merlin pass

This weekend sees the start of the 2014 season at Alton Towers theme park. I think Thorpe Park and Chessington also open this   weekend, with Legoland opening last weekend. We have Merlin cards which means we can look forward to visiting the theme parks over the coming few months. We are now in our third year of having our cards, so I thought I would look back and see whether they are worth it, for anyone thinking of purchasing them.

You can find the current prices of the passes over on their website, but as a rule our passes are around £300.00 for 2 adults and 2 children.… Continue reading


A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to sample some ‘Peanut Hottie’. Now the name alone has me smiling, and I have visions of being served a scrummy hot drink by a near naked ‘hottie’. When the package arrived, it contained a full jar and a smaller packet (no naked man arrived and my vision was shattered !)

I patiently waited for the kids to arrive back from school, and then the kettle was on. I used 4 teaspoons per cup. You can use more if you prefer a stronger taste but 4 was fine for us. It looked and tasted yummy, and was a big hit with us all.… Continue reading