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I always get a little emotional at this time of year as we say goodbye to another Summer holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely craving the return of routines and the daily clock watching. But I must admit we have had a ball yet again during this Summer. I used to dread the long 6 week break when they were younger, wondering how I would fill each day with activities. But as they get older, they are pretty self sufficient, and the tween spends some time outside the house playing with hanging out with his friends. So what have we done to fill our time this past 6 weeks.… Continue reading

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Well after a 2 month break from blogging I think its about time I got back to it, and told you what us Williams have been doing recently. It has been a crazy 3 week start to the Summer holidays. The last 21 days have seen us holiday in such fantastic places as Corfu, Scotland and a ‘theme park visit’ down South. I thought I would start with the theme park visit and especially the Chessington Hotel which we stayed in on Saturday night.

I had booked the hotel as a surprise for our sons 12th birthday. We went and had a look round the hotel last year when we went to the theme park and I was very impressed. … Continue reading



Today (10th June 2014) sees the launch of Frankie and Benny’s new menu. I was really excited as my family and I got the chance to sample the new menu on Saturday. I love Frankie and Benny’s, and was only there last Monday with 2 of my friends. We love going there for great food and a girly gossip. This visit I took my husband and our 2 children who have been to Frankie and Benny’s LOTS and also love it.

We usually go to the Widnes branch, but this time we were heading to Warrington Gemini. We were seated quickly and we were handed our NEW menu’s and were told we were the only ones in the restaurant that had them.… Continue reading

Woburn Forest Center Parcs

On Friday the 6th June 2014 Center Parcs will officially open its 5th holiday park in Woburn in Bedfordshire. I was one of the VERY LUCKY people who got the chance to visit Woburn on a trial break 2 weeks ago. I have to credit my best friend here, as she was the one who was offered a trial break, and invited me and my daughter to go with her. From the minute I got the text I was beyond excited. I LOVE Center Parcs and all it stands for, and have visited Whinfell over 10 times. But here I was getting the chance to go to Woburn before it opened.… Continue reading


Following on from my post about our trip to London, I wanted to blog about the Rainforest Café in more detail. We went to the Rainforest Café when we were in Orlando a few years back and loved it. So when I was planning our trip to London, I just knew that a visit to Rainforest Café would be on the cards. I booked a table online a few weeks before as I knew it would be busy.

View from our table

View from our table

Rainforest Café is just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus tube stop. You enter into the shop and head towards the back where you book in.… Continue reading


Yesterday we went down to London for a day out with the kids. I booked the train tickets back in May (thanks to Virgin Trains sale) and paid £57.00 for the 4 of us return. This would be our third visit down to the capital, and my sons fourth visit as he went with school in April. The main reason we usually visit London is to go to the Merlin Attractions, thanks to our annual pass.


Saturday morning was a VERY early start. We got up around 5.30am to ensure we were on the 7.00am train we had booked. Walking into the station I could not believe how busy it was !!… Continue reading

Go ApeOn Sunday, my children were given the great opportunity to visit the new Junior Course at Go Ape. Our local Go Ape is only 15 minutes away from us, in Delamere Forest in Cheshire. My son and husband had visited Go Ape last year, and they had a great time. This time my son and daughter went and tried out the new Junior Course which opened earlier this year. The Junior Course is aimed at children 6-12 years. However if your child is over 1 metre and under 6, they can still enjoy Go Ape, and just need an adult to do the course with them.… Continue reading


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