Can you think of a local hero ? A person or group that have given up their time to make others smile, or made a difference to your home town.

Pork Farm Website

It could be the lady who works for a local charity, giving up her time to others who are less fortunate than her. Or how about the  scout leaders, who give their time and passion to bring fun and laughter to local children (my daughter being one of them, who benefits enormously from her weekly scout group and camps). Or a community group who has helped to transform an unused patch of land into a calm oasis for local people to enjoy.… Continue reading

I can’t believe we have less than 3 weeks of the summer holidays to go, and of course my mind is full of various to do lists. Anybody else have the dreaded school shoe purchases still to make ? Thankfully Katie is one step ahead of me, and is organised as ever with her ‘back to school stationery box’. I kid you not, a box FULL of stationery for when she starts high school in September. And thanks to Smiggle, she now has a few more items to add to her box.

Smiggle Back to School Range

Katie loves the ‘adventures wallet’ and with it being so bright and colourful there is less chance of her losing it.… Continue reading

Back in January I wrote my A to Z of things to achieve in 2017. Seeing as though we are halfway through August, I thought it was time to update you on my progress.

Discover a new place to have afternoon tea – I am booked in for afternoon tea in September, so this will get ticked off next month.

Hire a beach hut – In June I got to spend the day in a beach hut in Lytham St Annes.

Beach hut at Lytham

Visit a new city – Bath was our ‘new city’ and what a wonderful 4 day break we had back in February.Continue reading

A few weeks ago I was browsing through Facebook and something caught my eye….. The Virgin Train Sale. In less than 20 minutes I had booked and paid for our next adventure, all whilst my husband had been at the gym. He often jokes that he should never leave me alone with the laptop and the credit card, and that evening was no exception. But how could he complain when we had a trip to Edinburgh to look forward to.

Scottish Bag Piper

 

Edinburgh had been on my travel list for ages, and last Friday we had a very early train to catch at 7.30am.… Continue reading

Where an earth did the last 3 weeks go. If I am honest I have been consumed with the emotion of Katie leaving primary school. In the past 3 weeks we have had the Year 6 trip to London, leavers assembly, leavers party, and then the final goodbye to primary school after 11 amazing years. It has certainly been an end of an era in the Williams’ house.

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Katie’s leaving book and shirt which had so many wonderful messages from friends and teachers.

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It has to be the leavers assembly which was last Friday.  My tears were kept under wraps for all of 2 minutes, until Katie opened the assembly.… Continue reading

Today I will pick my little lady up from primary school for the very last time. The final school run EVER at 3.15pm, after doing it for 11 years.

Primary School

11 years of doing the school run in the wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail and occasionally the sun.

11 years of getting my children to school on time (apart from that time I was REALLY late and Katie got a late mark). Oh and that time my husband went to work with the house keys in his pocket and we were locked in.

11 years of standing in a soggy school field, cheering on your kids at sports day.… Continue reading

We have visited Disneyworld 3 times, and twice we have taken advantage of the Disney dining plan. Both times we have benefitted from the ‘FREE Disney dining’ that is offered at certain times of the year, and for us the dining plan has always worked out really well.

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The key to a successful dining plan is being prepared. If you are staying at a property in Disneyworld, your reservations can be made 180 days before. Start by booking the most popular restaurants first, such as Be Our Guest located at the Magic Kingdom. On our last visit Be Our Guest had just opened, and we were extremely lucky to have got a reservation.… Continue reading

During our 4 night stay at Sani Dunes we wanted to experience as much of the Sani resort as we could. At Sani you can choose to be on the go from early morning through to late evening, or simply relax around Greece’s largest pool. Thankfully we struck a happy medium where we had plenty of pool relaxation, whilst still experiencing the amazing dining and activities on offer at Sani Dunes.

Pool at Sani Dunes

The Sani and Volvo Experience

Now this is an activity not to be missed, a 2 hour tour around the Kassandra Peninsula in a chauffer driven Volvo. Our driver stopped at 3 different locations, each unique with breathtaking views and picture opportunities.… Continue reading

If you have a school age child there is no doubt you have already heard of Smiggle, the stationery store that is taking over the UK. The stores are full of fun, bright and innovative products from pencils cases to water bottles, fruit smelling pencils to brightly coloured bags. Smiggle certainly have all your stationery and school supplies covered.

Smiggle Store

Smiggle store - Warrington

So when we were contacted to review some of the new products that Smiggle have launched this summer, Katie was overjoyed.

Smiggle ummer products

The first product that caught her eye was the fluffy biscuit pencil case from the Smiggle Besties range.  A cute collection of limited edition pencil cases and key rings.… Continue reading

Another 2 weeks has passed since I last joined in with Little Loves, and what a fortnight. Last week we were in Greece, and this week has been a blur of high school transition days, work, family life, school reports, SATS results (both amazing) and orthodontic appointments for the teen. I am ready to flop on the sofa this evening with a bottle of wine and Gilmore Girls.

Glass of wine

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I am loving Big Little Lies (thanks to all the Little Loves people that have mentioned it in their posts recently). I am about half way through and it has gripped me from the first page.… Continue reading