I’ve been keeping a little secret from Indie and Brook.  Very soon they are going to see Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and I know it will be such a super surprise for them. I love taking them to live shows as it helps to bring their favourite characters to life and of course there’s something very magical about Disney isn’t there.? I think it’s important to show children that there are many different forms of entertainment and it’s a good thing to go out there and

Unicorns are the must have toy this Christmas and we’ve been lucky enough to take a look at one of the latest to hit the shelves.  My 4 and 6 year old girls where just a little bit excited when the Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise appeared in our living room for them to play with so I thought I’d share with you how they got on. I had a feeling they would love this toy as firstly there was a huge unicorn involved and secondly there was some magical slime

Do you remember a while back that we were getting ready to send teen back to university for his second year?  Well, I’m not going to lie, there are two aspects to this change in our family that I really struggle with.  Firstly, I miss him so much when he’s gone.  I thought I would have been used to this by now, but it turns out I’m not.  Secondly, I can’t help but worry about him either.  I do wonder if we ever stop worrying about are kids, and at

Currently in the news, there’s a bit of a strange political ordeal going on in Spain. It’s not something that has affected very much to Spain at the moment. However, what it has stirred are feelings of great pride in Catalonia. Regardless of your opinion on the Independence Movement, Barcelona is being talked about more than normal. That could be a strange thing to mention because Barcelona’s football team is always in the news. What the city has to offer and what it could be is something you should pay

For most of our lives we will do what is standard. The first time you go on holiday, you do what everyone else has done and currently does. You’re going to use the same travel agencies, use the same websites to book things everyone else wants and you’ll go about your holiday in a very linear boring predictable manner. Well, it isn’t boring to you because it’s your first time doing it. The first time is always the best because you’re experiencing new things and you haven’t ever been through

Right readers! Perhaps you can help me out here.  How on earth did I not know about the huge savings that can be made on train travel and days out with the Family & Friends Railcard from National Rail?  I’m flabbergasted that I’ve been in the dark this long to be honest but fortunately this has changed and we now have a Railcard and I think we will busing it for many years to come. If you already have a Family & Friends Railcard you will know exactly what I’m

October half term meant the chance for the girls and I to enjoy a a short break in Chester with Roomzzz Aparthotel.   None of us have visited Chester before, which is pretty ridiculous for a family that loves city breaks.  We’d also not stayed at Roomzzz Aparthotel either, so we were really looking forward to seeing if they passed the family friendly test during our stay. I loaded up the car, handed the girls two fully charged tablets and made our way to Chester from Nottingham to begin our

I start getting ready for Christmas in October, so you won’t be shocked to know that I like to know what to expect on a festive family day out. If you have a similar mindset and are thinking about a trip to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour with your resident Harry Potter fans, these are the things you need to know: You Need to Book Ahead Unlike standard London attractions where you can simply turn up and buy a ticket, you absolutely need to pre-book your studio tour, as entry to

Relaxation isn’t always easy, especially when life gets busy with work and family.  This is exactly why a visit to Eden Hall Day Spa is going to be perfect for you as you can leave all the daily distractions behind you, just for a day, and focus on recharging your batteries just in time for the festive season. I was so keen to arrive at Eden Hall, that I was actually 30 minutes early for check in. It definitely wasn’t time wasted though, as I was able to tick a few

Did you enjoy city breaks before you had children? Does the idea of taking a city break with kids fill you with panic and dread?  I’ll be honest, city breaks with kids are different but honestly they are a lot of fun. Some of our best holidays have been exploring cities with kids, and sometimes while being on a solo parenting trip too.  I loved taking my 3 year old to Hamburg and sharing Amsterdam with Indie was so much fun. I personally believe that variety is the key to

I’m always talking to people about starting a blog, so I thought it was about time I wrote some of it down just incase any of you were curious.    I’ve been really building my own knowledge around blogging and social media recently, and I wanted to share some of that knowledge with you.  I really hope by reading this post about setting up a blog I will make your blogging journey a lot smoother than mine was. I have often described the way that I set up my blog

Halloween is just around the corner everyone and if you are anything like me you are super busy and before you know it this spooky night will be right on top of you.  Will you be prepared for some spooky activities and play ideas with the family? Halloween is a fab opportunity for you to have some fun with your family and create new memories, and I really don’t want you to miss out. Even if you’re not a fan of trick or treating, and I know lots of people

This post may contain compensated links When you are going skiing with the family, finding a good budget holiday can be a challenge.  I’m sure lots of you will argue that there is no such thing as a cheap family ski holiday, but there are definitely ways to stop costs escalating out of control.  These top tips for planning family ski holidays on a budget will help you save £££s on the slopes and leave you with money in the bank for your next trip. Top Tips for Planning Family

One of my favourite trips ever was going to New York with my son.  It was our first trip to NYC and quite likely to be a last holiday together for a while.  I spent a lot of time planning that trip and I think it’s safe to say we had a pretty awesome time.  I’ve been thinking about our visit a lot recently, so it seemed like a great time to write these top 10 things to do in New York with teens.  If you are planning a trip

Gifted Product Review What would be the perfect gift for LOL fans this Christmas?  I very much suspect that the LOL Surprise Pop Up Store display case will be as huge a hit in your house as it was in ours.  Possibly one of the best LOL Doll accessories to own, this LOL doll display case has enough room for 50 dolls to really show off your little ones LOL collection. One of our biggest problems is keeping the LOL Dolls safe and having somewhere to keep their clothes, glasses,

Spending a day or weekend even at spa, free from distractions, is one of life’s simple pleasures as far as I’m concerned.  I like to think of a visit to a spa as a mini holiday for the body and mind, and what’s so great about it is you don’t have to travel that far from home.  If you live in Nottingham and like to visit the spa, this post is going to be right up your street. I’ve done the very tough job of bringing together the best spa

We have been putting together our plans for things to do in Nottingham for Christmas and we soon realised there are lots of events to keep kids busy for the festive holidays.  We love this time of year and find that going to Christmas events form a huge part of our family traditions.  We have hand picked the best Christmas activities just for you to make sure you have a magical time during the season. If you are looking for great Christmas days out and festive activities near Nottingham we’ve got you

Contains Affiliate Links  I’m super keen to start taking my children to places that are not only beautiful and interesting, but where they can also learn more about the different cultures around the world.  I, like you probably, have not taken my children to Morocco but it’s somewhere I’d love to visit.  Seeing as we are in the same boat, I figured we would be asking similar questions about visiting the country.  By the end of this post I’m hoping we will all know whether you should take your kids to

Gifted product review The lovely people at KEEN Footwear asked if we would review their latest walking shoes for kids.  Once I took a look at their latest range of kids hiking boots and shoes I was sold and they agreed to send some for Brook and Indie to try out, but how did we get on? Kids love being outside and make for great hiking companions.  I know that a lot of active families will already know this but if you are just starting out with hiking with kids, if

Gifted Product Review Over the summer we were asked to review the Vango Edoras 500XL Air tent for the blog.  We set ourselves the task of finding out if this was the best Vango tent for family camping? It was the perfect excuse to book a family camping trip to North Yorkshire and test out the Vango Airbeam tent, so we packed up our gear and off we went. The girls were really excited about their camping trip.  They love being outdoors and having the freedom that comes with it.  As

Collaborative Post  Planning the perfect family vacation isn’t all that straightforward. You’ve got to find activities that will appeal to everyone — particularly to young children, should you have them, while also sticking to a budget.  Maintaining a certain harmony and equilibrium that can withstand the frayed nerves that so often come with annual holidays is also key. There are many different things that people do in order to ensure the best family vacations for themselves. Some choose to hit the open road in luxurious motorhomes and wake up somewhere

Hello everyone.  I hope Monday is treating you well so far.  Did you read a post I wrote a few weeks ago about how I was feeling about my weight and the plus size movement in general.  I got some really lovely  helpful comments on that post which was awesome, so thanks so much for those of you who stopped by. Writing that post was really cathartic for me and acted as a bit of a catalyst to some much needed change.  It made sense to come back to the

We have been putting together our plans for things to do in Nottingham for Halloween and we soon realised there are lots of events to keep kids busy for October half term.  We love spooky fun Halloween events that the whole family can enjoy and we have picked out the best in the region just for you. There are free things to do for Halloween as well as great days out and activities.  No matter what your budget, we will soon have you out and about enjoying the best of

Advertisement What do you by a man when you just wanted to cheer him up a little bit?  I really struggle with how to show Daddy how much we appreciate him on a regular basis.  It’s really easy for him to surprise me as a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates is always appreciated.  When it comes to returning the gesture, I often draw a blank though, and it can feel incredibly frustrating. There has to be a way to bring joy to someone’s day though doesn’t there?

Both Indie and Brook are slightly crazy for LOL Dolls.  They watch a lot of LOL Surprise unboxing videos on YouTube of course and they already have a few toys from the LOL Surprise collection.  Did you see their L.O.L Surprise Biggie Pet Dog Review recently? That was a real hit! They were also asked to take a look at the new series called LOL Surprise Eye Spy Under Wraps.  I agreed they could both review the new LOL Surprise Toy if they did well on their reward charts.  Brook has been

Today I’m really wanting to reach out to all the parents of Thomas the Tank Engine fans.  I know there are a lot of you!  I’ve got a really lovely surprise for you today which I think you will love.  Have you seen the  Thomas & Friends Big Loader Sodor Island Delivery Set yet?  If you haven’t I think you are in for a real treat then. Thomas will always have a special place in my heart as my son loved him growing up. When I saw this toy I

This post contains affiliate links Lots of road trips will be being planned at this time of year.  The most common will be a long car journey to see friends or family for the holiday season.  It got me thinking about the last long car journey with a baby that I took and all the things I learnt about baby travel. I was travelling with a 6 month old baby, a toddler and a teenager from Nottingham to Scotland.  At the best of times it’s a 5 hour trip, but car

You guys already know that we love live shows.  It will come as no surprise then that when I was asked if I’d like to see OVO Cirque du Soleil in Nottingham that I was quick to take them up on the offer.  I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil  at the Nottingham arena before but the rest of the family hadn’t yet had the pleasure.  Our invite to OVO seemed like the perfect opportunity to change that and I was really interested to see what a 4 year old and 6

I’ve read so many Just So Festival reviews and seen lots of photos and videos on various social platforms the last couple of years.  The impression I got was that it was a magical event just for families and I really wanted to experience it for ourselves.  Well, this year we were lucky enough to be invited as a family to the Just So Festival and it was an opportunity and adventure I couldn’t pass by. Just So Festival is based in Cheshire so for Midlands based families it’s really

Written in collaboration with Mary J When many of us list travelling as one of our passions, we tend to be referring to discovering amazing new places, foods and cultures, rather than the plane journey that gets us there! Air travel can be tiring and stressful as the best of times, but when we add children into the equation stress levels can begin to increase by the minute. But travelling with kids is also incredibly rewarding, and so important for your child’s development if you are able to offer them

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