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Back to school with Smiggle

August 26, 2019 admin 0

Can you believe that September starts next week and with that the kids will return to, or in some case start, school. These summer holidays seem to have flown by yet at the same time when I think of everything we have managed to squeeze into the 6 weeks it actually seems like they started ages ago. I think I’ll actually miss the boys come next week and the house is silent for the first […]

8 plum recipes for you to try

August 24, 2019 admin 0

Do you have a plum tree but don’t know what to with all the plums? Or maybe you have bought an excess of plums and need to use them up before they go off. Well here are 8 tried and tested plum recipes for you to try for yourself.   1.Plum Compote How about using Daisies & Pie’s  plum compote recipe and then serving it with some tasty Greek Yogurt as part of a healthy breakfast […]

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Pirates and Mermaids at Sea Life Manchester this summer

August 23, 2019 admin 0

This summer the boys and I were invited to Sea Life Manchester and the Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester  for the day. We had visited Sea Life Blackpool before but never the one in Manchester and so we were very excited about our visit. For anyone who has never heard of, or visited, one of the Sea Life centres across the UK they are basically large aquariums that give you the opportunity to get up close and […]

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Merlin’s School of Magic at Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester

August 22, 2019 admin 0

Last week we were invited to LegoLand Discovery Centre in Manchester for their new summer special, Merlin’s School of Magic, which is running until 1st September 2019. For those that don’t already know, Legoland Discovery Center in Manchester is ideally situated at the Trafford centre which means you don’t need to tackle the busy city centre and the parking is free. It is also within working distance of The Sea Life Centre, loads of shops, a […]

Ease the Stress and Anxiety of Parenting

How to Ease the Stress and Anxiety of Parenting

August 21, 2019 admin 0

You don’t have to be a parent very long to learn that it’s no walk in the park. Being completely responsible for the life of another takes a significant amount of emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual effort. The love you have for your children is essentially what gets you through each day. Yet, the reality is that without a proper outlet, the stress of parenting can begin to weigh on you. Here are our top […]

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This year we have opted for Treads school shoes and here’s why

August 18, 2019 admin 1

I don’t know about your kids but mine seem to go through school shoes like you wouldn’t believe, especially my eldest. It doesn’t seem to matter whether we buy their shoes from a well known brand or a high street supermarket, within a matter of weeks they are scuffed and looking messy and within no time at all they have worn away the fronts, or the soles, or both, and need a new pair before […]

Is Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm worth a visit?

August 14, 2019 admin 0

Last week the family and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to return to one of favourite UK destinations, Stratford-Upon-Avon where we once again stayed with the YHA in one of their pods. Having been before we knew the area and what to expect but also wanted to explore somewhere new, so when we got the opportunity to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm we thought it sounded like a lovely family attraction.   Now […]

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Why the YHA in Stratford-Upon-Avon is perfect for families

August 12, 2019 admin 0

It was with great trepidation that we first stayed in a YHA (Youth Hostel Association) property a couple of years ago when I thought they would be dirty, smelly and full of young travelers moving from room to room in the middle of the night or worse yet full of random murderers like on the horror films! Yet we (obviously) lived to tell the tale, loved our stay and have since stayed in various YHA […]

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The BBC Summer Social in Liverpool 2019

August 11, 2019 admin 0

This year we have embraced the festival life for the first time, visiting a mix of festivals across the UK including the BBC summer social in Liverpool which we were very kindly invited to. The BBC Summer Social is a two day festival with no camping aimed at families with children 12 and under. As with all the festivals we have visited this year we did lots of research before hand therefore I know first […]

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Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester

August 9, 2019 admin 0

A couple of weeks ago we visited Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester for the first time and here is our review along with a couple of top tips to help you get the most out of your visit. Our experience of Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester We arrived at Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester at about 12pm on a school holiday day so it was reasonably busy, however the staff on the till were quick and […]