Smiggle where a smile meets a giggle

July 5, 2016 admin 3

At the weekend my boys and I got to visit the Smiggle store in the Arndale centre at Manchester for a V.I.P blogger event. I made out like it was for the boys but being a teacher I am a bit of a stationery nut so it was as much for me as it was for them. Smiggle, if you haven’t already worked it out, is a stationery shop with the cutest strap line ever […]

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The strawberry fountain go strawberry picking

June 19, 2016 admin 2

Here at the strawberry fountain headquarters we love nothing more than, well, strawberries, of course! So what better way to spend our father’s day than to go strawberry picking. We headed over to Claremont Farm on the Wirral where you pick a variety of fruits throughout the year, currently available are strawberries and gooseberries, obviously we opted for the strawberries. With a large tub in hand we headed over to the rows and rows of […]

The acropats have landed – a review

May 30, 2016 admin 3

This week we received a gift from acropats, a box of foam figures that connect together, bend  and float, suitable for all children over the age of 3. When the package arrived both my boys, (6 and 3), were equally excited to play with them. My eldest noticed that they were in the shape of little people and once this had been pointed out my youngest thought it was hysterical. Straight away they started building […]

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Gino’s at the Corn Exchange, a hidden gem in plain sight

February 18, 2016 admin 0

We all know I love a doing a review, I get to have a look at a new place or try a new product and then dish the dirt or rave about it to everyone, so when I heard the corn exchange were looking for bloggers I didn’t hesitate to get in touch. This time however it wasn’t my opinions they were interested in (I know can you believe it!) the corn exchange wanted my […]

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Would you ever stay in a youth hostel?

November 24, 2015 admin 1

The youth hostel association got in touch with me and asked if my family and I would like to review one of their youth hostels, any one we could choose. I dismissed the idea immediately, I’m not a snob by any stretch of the imagination but I had no intentions of taking my children to a grubby run down youth hostel full of all sorts of strange individuals sharing one large room.  Out of curiosity […]

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A family day out at Lakeland Maize Maze

November 23, 2015 admin 0

During the last school holidays my family and I spent a wonderful weekend in one of our favourite UK places, the Lake District. We stayed in Ambleside at the Youth Hostel and visited the Pencil Museum, Bowness and Lakeland Maize Maze. The Maze is situated in Kendal about and definitely worth a trip if you are up that way. My boys love being outside, running and climbing and generally being boys so I was really […]

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Who loves a bit of Hanky Panky?

October 31, 2015 admin 0

During half term I had to take my car for the dreaded MOT whilst I had my two boys, 5 and 3. The mechanic said it would take about an hour so we took a walk into Chester in hunt for a pancake house that had been recommended by friends. It took us a while to find it as it’s off the main road hidden away down a quiet little street behind the hustle and bustle […]

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Secret Sausages – The verdict is in!

October 10, 2015 admin 0

I have two boys aged 5 and 3, both gorgeous, both monkeys. My youngest has a brilliant appetite and will eat almost everything, my eldest is fussy and reluctant to try new foods making meal times a challenge on occasion. Despite his fussy tendencies I still ensure that he eats plenty of fruit and vegetables, even if it is always the same ones, they still count. On more than one occasion I have slipped some […]

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Family Trip to the Pencil Museum

September 8, 2015 admin 0

Last month my family and I had the pleasure of staying in the Lake District for the weekend, one of our all-time favourite places in the UK. Whilst we were there we visited a few different attractions as well as soaking up the outstanding scenery that the Lakes has to offer. Our first stop was to the Pencil Museum in Keswick. Now I know what you’re thinking, a pencil museum – wow how dull! And […]

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Day out at Conkers – Family Fun

August 17, 2015 admin 2

A couple of weeks ago I bought a voucher from groupon for a family ticket to Conkers for £16, a half price saving. As a family we love to be out doors, running, climbing and enjoying the fresh air, so this attraction really appealed to us. We drove an hour and 45 minutes to get there as we hadn’t checked the distance before buying tickets – family fail number 1, but a few games of […]