My Year of giving – January

January 31, 2018 admin 0

At the start of this year I decided not to make any resolutions as such but instead to give what I could when I could to help others and embark on #myyearofgiving. I also decided to document some of the things that I do throughout the year, not to brag or fish for compliments but to show people ways they can make a difference and to encourage more people to do the same.   During […]

How a RAOK eased the pain of losing a baby

January 29, 2018 admin 0

We often talk about carrying out random acts of kindness (RAOK) and how we can use these to help others. Lots of people like to share what they did with the world through social media and discuss how it made them feel but we don’t always get to hear from the people who received those acts, so this year as well as taking part in my year of giving and completing some RAOK of my […]

My Year of Giving

January 4, 2018 admin 1

Usually I, like the majority of the UK, make a dozen unrealistic New Years resolutions and then, again like most people, I ditch them all by February and go back to being a cheese eating, wine drinking couch potato, so this year I’m not bothering. Instead I have decided to commit to a year of giving. Giving money, giving my time, giving advice. This isn’t something I decided on a whim but have in fact […]

The parenting resolutions mummies are making today

December 31, 2017 admin 0

As 2017 comes to a close the majority of people will take some time to reflect on the year they have had and make resolutions for the upcoming year. Some people will want to be fitter, some wealthier, some more adventurous but truth be told most people wont stick to their resolutions for more than a few weeks, we are creatures of habit and it’s hard to change.  That being said those that make smaller resolutions […]

Santa’s Rule Book

December 20, 2017 admin 1

Once upon a time someone created the idea that a fat man with a long beard who isolates himself away from the rest of the world spies on us, “he sees us when were sleeping and knows if we’ve been bad or good”. Said fat man, who as it turns out only has one outfit and lives with his wife and 1000’s of tiny people who he makes work in a factory day and night, […]

Our first visit to Winter Wonderland in Manchester

December 12, 2017 admin 0

Last night we were invited to the Winter Wonderland in Manchester for some festive fun. This was our first visit and although I had heard all about it I still wasn’t sure what to expect or how an indoor theme park would actually work. We hadn’t told the boys where we were going just that it was an adventure, so when we arrived and were welcomed by elves, a winter bear, a dance show and a […]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Theatre Royal in St.Helens

December 8, 2017 admin 6

On Wednesday we took the boys to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Theatre Royal in St.Helens. It was the first time we had been to a panto as a family of four because I was worried the tiddler would get bored and the big’un, who doesn’t like loud noises, might get scarred and we would end up leaving half way through, so to say I was a tad nervous was an understatement. […]

The Collective’s Spiced Pear Tarte Tatin

December 4, 2017 admin 0

SERVES 6-8 INGREDIENTS 3 pears (we love Williams pears if you can get your hands on them) 80g salted butter, plus more for brushing 120g caster sugar ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cardamom (from 4 pods) ½ tsp vanilla powder or essence Pinch of salt 2 tbsp brandy Juice ¼ of a lemon 500g block all-butter puff pastry The Collective Pear + Maple yoghurt, to serve METHOD 1. Peel […]

Dogs ARE just for Christmas, right?

November 28, 2017 admin 3

Okay so you know that saying, “dogs are for life and not just for Christmas”, well I think I got it the wrong way round. You see we bought our boys a puppy for Christmas, Buddy the golden cocker, we have had him since October so technically by January we will have had him longer than JUST Christmas, but life?! seriously! What have I committed to.   This gorgeous, butter wouldn’t melt, puppy dog is a […]

Learning to drive at 5 and 7 with Admiral young driver

November 8, 2017 admin 0

During half term the boys were invited by Admiral young driver  to Manchester for their first driving lesson. Yes, you read that correctly my 5 year old and 7 year old were invited for a driving lesson and boy were they excited. I’m not talking about a go kart lesson or a car that is on rails but a lesson in a firefly care that the boys control themselves.  For all their excitement I was matching […]