My first experience of a blogging conference with Blogon

May 22, 2017 admin 2

On Sunday I attended my first ever blogging conference with Blogon in Manchester and to say I was a nervous wreck would be an understatement. I booked it on a whim a few months ago after a couple of glasses wine, a shot of courage and chaser of inspiration and then shut it from my ever anxious mind until the day itself. Well, that day was yesterday and I survived, just! I left with plenty […]

My little rock star

May 8, 2017 admin 0

Since a young age both my boys have had their own style, to a point this has been influenced by us and the clothes we have bought for them but they have both made their preferences known early on. The eldest loved wearing “smart shirts” and as I look back over our family pictures there are numerous snaps of him in various shirt and jean combos and still to this day he will often ask […]

Ustickers saved the day and earned me some mum points

April 28, 2017 admin 0

You can personalise anything and everything these days, in fact I bet there is even a website to personalise your underwear if you so desired. Not that I am complaining I’m a sucker for a personalised gift, maybe not my knickers though. Anyway, personalised items are great keepsakes and are brilliant for sharing memories and being nostalgic but they rarely have an actual use, so I was pretty impressed with myself last week when I […]

How do you keep your home secure?

April 28, 2017 admin 0

The other day I was talking to a friend about our recent renovations and how, now that our house is nearly complete and we have spent a lot of money doing it up, we are thinking of updating our home security system, to which I got the strangest response “just buy a fake kit!”. Now this conversation went on for a while and turned into more of a debate and even now I still can […]

Educational quizzes to help prepare for Key stage 2 and beyond

April 22, 2017 admin 6

As a parent and a teacher I am a firm believer that education is important, children should be encouraged to learn both in school and at home. However, I am also a firm believer that education should be fun and that children should learn without realising that they are being taught or lectured at, the stress should be removed and the experience should be enhanced. From reading my blog you will know that I am […]

days out

It feels like going home

April 15, 2017 admin 0

Although we do love going abroad as a family, we also love a staycation and with two children we now find that this is a much more cost effective way to holiday and we have just as much fun. We spent (roughly) 24 hours in the Lake District at the start of the week, sleeping in a tipi near Troutbeck, courtesy of YHA Winderemere and we had an amazing time. I love the Lake District, the sheer […]

Top tips for a weekend break in Barcelona

March 9, 2017 admin 3

For my mums 50th birthday my brother and I decided to treat her like she treated us for our 21st’s, so we booked a surprise weekend away, just the three of us (hoorah no kids!).   After a lot of deliberation we finally agreed on Barcelona and I am so glad we did. We had the most amazing weekend, full of culture, wine and plenty of laughs. Here are my top tips for a weekend […]

The bathroom makeover

March 8, 2017 admin 0

This year is the year of hard work and house renovations and our first project was the en suite. When we moved in we were over joyed to have an en suite with a bath and although not decorated to our taste, there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it and it remained that way for three years. However, just before Christmas a pipe started to leak under the sink, which wouldn’t have been to much of […]

The year of renovations

February 12, 2017 admin 1

2017 is the year of renovations for us and where as most people would be excited by this, I am terrified. Terrifies that something won’t go to plan, terrified we could run into complications that could cost more than we have budgeted for and terrified at the thought of living in a building site with two small children. Three years ago we bought a lovely house in a nice little village and although it was […]

A Look Back at January

February 4, 2017 admin 0

It’s hard to believe that we are already in February especially as Christmas only seems two minutes ago. Yet at the same time we have managed to fit so much in to the first month of the year that when I look back at January I can’t help but smile and hope that the year continues to be as fun packed as the first month. The boys have started swimming lesson and by some miracle […]