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 […]

WIN with The Strawberry Fountain and Zippo

December 11, 2017 admin 4

The Strawberry Fountain have teamed up with Zippo to offer you the chance to win one of their 6oz stainless steal flasks.  These make great gifts and with Christmas just weeks away what better time to win one for someone you love, or of course keep it for yourself and fill it with your favourite tipple over the holidays. I think mine would be full of gin or Bacardi.   What would you fill yours with? […]

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. […]

Ditch the sugar, grab the granola

December 7, 2017 admin 0

Mornings in our house can be manic sometimes, just like I imagine they are in most homes. Between preparing ourselves for work and helping the boys get ready for school there barley seems any time at all and although we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day sometimes it also needs to be the quickest and that often means cereal or fruit. Earlier this year we decided to ban certain cereals […]

WIN with Tiana and The Strawberry Fountain

December 5, 2017 admin 2

This week The Strawberry Fountain have teamed up with Tiana to offer you the chance to win a jar of their fantastic fair trade organic virgin coconut butter.   Tiana’s coconut butter is great in the kitchen and can be used for cooking, baking, frying and even making sauces and as it is cholesterol and trans-fat free it is a healthier option for the whole family. In addition to having health benefits you can also use […]

Christmas gift ideas for children

December 4, 2017 admin 0

This year I have decided to do a children’s gift guide instead of a girls and then a boys because quite frankly, it really annoys me when toys are aimed primarily at one gender than another and my boys are made to feel they shouldn’t choose a particular toy, book or hobby. So I have compiled a list of some of the things my boys will be receiving this year. Smiggle back pack Christmas is […]

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 […]

Do your children want wheels for Christmas too?

November 30, 2017 admin 0

Has your child asked for wheels this Christmas? So far every Christmas at least one of the boys has asked for an item with wheels, if not both of them. We have had requests for scooters, bikes, roller blades and even a skateboard and just when I though we had every possible option already covered and filling up the garage this year we have had a request for shoes with wheels in them. You know, […]

Christmas gift ideas for the ladies who have everything

November 29, 2017 admin 0

I don’t know about you but I just love looking through other people’s gift guides and seeing what suggestions they have, especially when I am buying for someone who seems to have everything already. So this year I have put together a gift guide full of unusual ideas that you might not have considered but are just perfect for that special lady.   Eyejusters Is there a woman in your life that wears glasses? Do they often […]

What the boys are reading

November 29, 2017 admin 0

I love to read, always have and I imagine I always will. When I was little I remember my nana would read fairy stories to me when she babysat, our favourite book was about flower children that I absolutely loved and when we weren’t reading that she would make stories up for me. Once I was old enough to read by myself I would devour books, loosing myself in the twists and turns and as […]