This weekend we are off to Centerparcs for our annual trip. This is the 3rd year we have celebrated Katie’s birthday at Centerparcs, and this year I also get to celebrate MINE too. Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the activities on offer. The beauty of Centerparcs is you can do as much or as little as you wish. There are free activities such as the Subtropical Swimming Complex, walks around the beautiful forest or take the kids to the toddler disco. Having been to Centerparcs around 12 times as a family, we have participated in lots of varied activities over the years.… Continue reading

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Back on the 30th December I wrote about a very exciting Teletubbies parcel we had received. The box has been sitting in the corner of our dining room since Christmas Eve, teasing us with it’s contents. We had been told there was no peeking until the 11th January 2016, and finally that day has arrived. The 9 year old, quickly followed by myself, tore open the box and was met by the most colourful tissue paper I have ever seen.


We were quickly unwrapping each item, daughter going ‘oh I love this Mummy’ whilst I was silently reminiscing. I had previously written about if you have a teenager, there is a good chance they would have grown up with The Teletubbies. … Continue reading

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I don’t know about you, but the beginning of a new year is filled with excitement, dreams and more importantly me saying to the husband ‘when can I book our summer holiday’. I love to be organised, filling in dates in the diary and having something to look forward to. Since we became a family, holidays have always been one of our top priorities. As the children will be 10 and 14 this year, our holidays are changing. We no longer need soft play, playgrounds and cheesy entertainment. WIFI is a top priority for a teen and *maybe* for me too.… Continue reading

This is the first time I am joining in with the Little Loves linky that Morgana over at Coffee, Work, Sleep, Repeat runs on a weekly basis. Some of my favourite bloggers join in every week, and I enjoy reading all about their Little Loves. The idea behind the posts is to look back on the past week, and remember some of the things that might have just been forgotten. My aim for this year is to join in with linkys on a more regular basis, and I am hoping to join in with Morgana most weeks.

So this week has really been about getting back to normal.… Continue reading

The period between Christmas and New Year is always a funny one. Part of me just wants to hibernate on the sofa watching films and eating chocolate. And the other part of me wants to be out having fun with the kids and husband. So on the Tuesday we headed off up the M6 to Blackpool, to visit The Sandcastle Waterpark. The waterpark is conveniently located on the seafront, with plenty of parking right next to it (car parking charges apply).

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To make our day out extra special, we had decided to book the Tiki Cabana. The Cabana is located upstairs and is accessed by using the electronic wristband given.… Continue reading

So here we are about to say goodbye to 2015. I usually do my ’10 awesome things’ post at the end of the month, but today I am looking back at the past 12 months.

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16 days into 2015 and we were embarking on our first break of the year. We were off to Centerparcs for our 13th (I think) trip. It was my daughters 9th birthday whilst we were there, and we woke up to snow. Truly a magical birthday for her.

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In April we visited Majorca for 4 nights to see my dad and stepmum who live over there.… Continue reading

If you have a teenager there is a good chance they grew up with the Teletubbies. My 13 year old used to be obsessed with Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa, Po and Dipsy. And who could forget Noo-Noo, the Teletubbies vacuum cleaner that hoovers up the tubby custard. Our house was filled with talking Teletubbies, Noo-Noo, books and countless videos. Morgan would sit for hours transfixed with the colourful characters.

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So when I was asked whether I would like to receive a ‘very exciting Teletubbies parcel’ I of course said yes. Our parcel arrived on Christmas Eve, and there is no peeking until the 11th January 2016. … Continue reading

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Yesterday we were invited to test our golfing skills at the new Paradise Island Adventure Golf at Cheshire Oaks. It is located on The Coliseum Leisure Park, in the unit which used to be the Destiny and Elite nightclub. The reception desk is on the ground floor, and stairs will take you to the 2 courses which span an impressive 13,000 square foot. There is also a lift if needed.

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We chose to do The Lazy Lagoon course first, as it looked to be the quieter of the 2 courses. You start off in an abandoned ship and the course leads you to a deserted beach, complete with lots of palm trees.… Continue reading


One television programme that we have all agreed we will be watching this Christmas is The Stick Man. For those not familiar with The Stick Man, the programme is based on the children’s picture book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Alex Scheffler, who also created The Gruffalo. The animated programme is on at 4.45pm on Christmas Day, which is the perfect time to snuggle on the sofa with a hot chocolate in hand. Having read the book, my 9 year old is very excited that The Stick Man will be on our screens on Christmas Day. Starring Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville, Russell Tovey, Rob Brydon, Sally Hawkins and Jennifer Saunders.… Continue reading

At the end of November I was invited to attend the Co-op Christmas Blogger Evening, which was held at their impressive head office in Manchester. After a long journey I was very grateful to be handed a glass of fizz when I arrived. I had around 10 minutes to catch up with some blogging friends, and we were then invited to take our seats for ‘A Taste of Christmas’. During the evening we had the chance to try lots of food and wine from the Co-op Festive menu for 2015.

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We sampled starters which were pate and prawn cocktail which were both delicious.… Continue reading