After our successful 36 hours in Edinburgh last summer, we decided that Glasgow would be our new city to visit for 2018. The easiest and most stress-free way to get to Glasgow from the North West would be by train, and once again I was quick off the mark when Virgin trains announced their sale.

36 Hours in Glasgow

After travelling back first class from Edinburgh last year, I decided we would travel in style again. I managed to book first class seats for the four of us, and it really does make a difference to our journey. Complementary food, more room in first class, a guaranteed seat with a table and plug, and that all important complimentary gin and tonic on the way home.… Continue reading

When you go travelling you need to think about the best places to go to get the most out of your experience. There are a lot of things you could choose to see and do on your trip, and there are many things that play a role in getting to your perfect destination. This is something you have to make sure you get right, and it can have an impact on the way you experience the trip.

How to decide on the perfect travel destination

Think about what is involved in the process of booking and choosing a trip, and the first thing you will no doubt consider is the destination you want to visit.… Continue reading

Two weeks into the school holidays and so far so good. Though I must admit as the kids are getting older they make their own entertainment, and I am a glorified taxi driver and bank clerk. But I can’t complain as I am currently sat in Starbucks, with an overpriced drink and my laptop.

Little Loves

Looking back, July was a pretty good month. The teen finished his NCS experience, Katie broke up for the summer, we said goodbye to year 7 and year 11, there was a romantic night away with the husband, I went on a Spa night away to Ribby Hall with 2 girlfriends, meals out, catching up with friends, and of course wall to wall sunshine for weeks on end.… Continue reading

I knew this would happen, booking a holiday 11 months before you travel does NOT make you more organised. With just over 3 weeks until our holiday to Mexico, the realisation has dawned on me that I need to buy things, book things, and pack things.

Getting holiday ready with Debenhams

Now I love shopping on the internet, but hate waiting in for deliveries, so I tend to use a store’s click and collect service if they have one. One of my favourite shops at the moment is Debenhams, as they have a wide choice of plus size clothes, as well as offering click and collect to my local store at Cheshire Oaks.… Continue reading

My teenager turns 16 in a few weeks, and I am well aware that over the next few years, raising him will get more and more expensive. Learning to drive, heading off to University, buying a car, getting on the property ladder, I can see the future and it’s not cheap.

Raising teenagers and how to save for their future

He has already started looking for a little summer job, but many places won’t take him on until he turns 16. Though I suspect when he starts to earn a little money for himself, his first thought won’t be about saving for a deposit for a house, instead opting to buy a book or the latest music.… Continue reading

I can finally say that one month today we will be on our way to Cancun, our Mexican holiday that was booked  back in September last year. The thing with booking so far in advance is that you get the initial excitement, and then the holiday is put to the back of your mind. But with a month to go, I really need to start getting organised.

Visiting Cancun with Teenagers

We are going All Inclusive to the Moon Palace hotel, which is situated on the outskirts of Cancun. We booked our holiday direct with the hotel, however if you prefer to book with a UK Operator, Holiday Gems has a wide range of hotels in Mexico.… Continue reading

Friday the 13th July was a day when the planets aligned. Both my children were away on school trips at the SAME TIME, so of course I had to take advantage of this momentous occasion and plan a night away with the husband.

24 hours in the Yorkshire Dales - The Coniston Hotel

I had been gifted a £200 Buy a Gift voucher, and this was the perfect excuse to make use of it. We both agreed that we wanted somewhere a ‘little bit special’, had a pool for relaxing in, no more than 2 hours from our home in Cheshire, and to be in a part of the country we had never visited before.… Continue reading

Australia is one of the many places we would love to visit as a family, if we ever won the lottery. But seeing as thought we don’t do the lottery, I will just have to dream of what we would do on an Australian adventure, starting with the 5 attractions we would visit in Sydney with the kids.

5 Attractions to visit in Sydney with Teenagers

Wet ‘n’ Wild

No holiday is complete without a trip to a water park, and Wet ‘n’ Wild in Sydney offers over 40 slides and attractions. Teenagers will have fun racing against their friends, parents or even strangers in the 360 Rush, then onto the Riptide where 20,000 litres of water pump through the ride per minute, ensuring that you experience high speed thrills on this water ride.… Continue reading

For the past few months our family life has been full of twists and turns. I have been through the emotion of being made redundant, the teen has been studying for his GCSEs, he has been to prom, finished high school, and there have been a few other things in between. Life has been busy, emotional, and stressful, and I desperately needed a break away. And if there is one place that can guarantee that your stress magically disappears the minute you get there, it’s Center Parcs.

Escaping to the forest

We decided to have a change from our usual park of Whinfell, and we booked Woburn after seeing a last minute break for less than £400.… Continue reading

I can’t believe the last time I wrote my Little Loves post was at the end of April, and life has certainly been a rollercoaster over the past 2 months. GCSEs have been and gone, the teen has finished High School, I left my job of 6 years, Prom has happened, and we have just returned from a chilled trip to Center Parcs which was very much needed.

Little Loves - June

Read

I am making the effort to read every night, as for me it’s the perfect chance to switch my brain off. I am currently about two thirds through The Keeper of Lost Things, and last week I finished Friend Request which my lovely blogging friend Angela from Adventures in Websterland lent me.… Continue reading