If you’re about to make a big move, be it relocating for a new job, moving to start a family, or retiring and looking for a calmer atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, there are many factors you should consider before making the move.
Firstly, you should decide if the move you’re about to make will improve your life and that of your family. Will you be moving away from family and friends? Is the cost of living higher?
Answering these questions will allow you to make a strategic decision.
Location, location, location
On making your decision to relocate, one of the first factors you should research is the area in which you will be moving to.… Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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
Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool
Back in 2016 we headed off to Blackpool for our first adventure of the summer holidays. Blackpool is only an hour from where we live in Cheshire, and ever since Katie went to the Pleasure Beach in February, she has been desperate to return. We decided we would make a night of it, and there was only one place we all wanted to stay….. The Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool.
We have never stayed in the Big Blue Hotel before, and to be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. Blackpool is notorious for hen and stag parties, and I wondered whether the hotel would be full of people dressed in various fancy dress themes.… 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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