Category: Our Family Life

Happy 2018!

Well we are a couple of weeks in to 2018, and how many New Year’s Resolutions have you broken already? I’ve set several ‘resolutions’ for the year, including getting more sleep and moving more (the FitBit I got for Christmas will help with monitoring those goals), as well as a list of things that I’m planning on doing this year, or would like to do. Such as going to see Wicked at the theatre (for the 3rd time), building a Lego Marvel Helicarrier (already started), doing the Highway Rat trail with the kids at Whinlatter (we did this last weekend) and writing a book. So a mix of things that I can quite easily achieve and some slightly more ambitious projects! To be fair writing a book is on my list every year, so I’m not holding out much hope.

A new year isn’t just an opportunity to look forward and plan for the future, but also the chance to reflect and look back at the highs and lows of the previous year. For us, we visited Disneyland Paris and Legoland with the kids, and even managed a child free few days in Paris. The girls continued to enjoy nursery and school; Clara started dance classes and took part in her first ever dance show on stage in December, which Izzy also took part in; and Izzy learned to ride her bike without stabilisers. I ticked a huge thing off my bucket list when I did a skydive in April – something I’ve always wanted to do and to be honest I still can’t believe I actually did it!

The biggest thing to happen in 2017 was that we moved house! We love it. We have more space, a bigger garden and most importantly Izzy and Clara have tons of new friends here, meaning lots of impromptu play dates and the odd sleepover. They sometimes talk about our old house – in particular Bob, the Christmas tree we had planted in the front garden. Apparently they really miss Bob and were quite sad that we left him behind! Clara has asked if we could plant another Bob tree in our new garden, so that’s something else on the list to do this year!

So, looking back on the blog… I had quite the break over Christmas so haven’t been keeping up with much blogging-wise, but here’s my top ten most read blog posts in 2017:

  1. How to make an Easter Bunny Bonnet
  2. Scratch Sleeves: Stop toddlers pulling out their hair
  3. Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends
  4. Chalkola Pens Review
  5. Jungle Jam in Brazil Book Review
  6. Legoland Windsor: Tips to make the most of your visit
  7. “Don’t be a Donkey” Game Review
  8. #GrinUpNorth in Cumbria with The Cumberland Building Society
  9. Zeta Vooom Stroller Review
  10. It’s #GrinUpNorth with The Cumberland

Here’s to a very happy and productive year ahead! Happy 2018 everyone. 

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Our October Roundup

Autumn is here and its getting cold – and cosy. I don’t mind the dark nights when I’m safely at home, but its pretty rubbish driving home from work in the dark. Still, it’s a sure sign that it’s not too long until Christmas, and this month I’ve been making progress with present shopping – and putting together some Christmas Gift Guide blog posts to share some inspiration. So check out my round-up of personalised photo gift ideas and favourite subscription boxes.

  • The best thing that happened this month was that we had our first Halloween in our new home. This meant that the girls could really get into trick or treating and they loved getting dressed up and visiting the neighbours’ houses – almost as much as they loved answering the door to all the ghosts and ghouls! Clara dressed as a skeleton (and finally agreed to let me paint her face as a skeleton, after days of insisting she wanted to be a tiger), while Izzy was a bat/witch (I’m not really sure what her outfit was supposed to be!) They are properly at home here and Clara showed that by the way she was running up the street as fast as her little legs would go, announcing whose house she wanted to go to next. She knows who lives where and wasn’t shy about knocking on doors (repeatedly in some cases!)


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Our September Roundup

I can’t believe it’s October already – how did that happen? It’s full on Autumn now, and the temperature is making sure we don’t forget it. This month we have Halloween to look forward too, and even though the kids have only been back at school for 5 minutes it will be half term before we know it. But here I’m taking a look back at September, and what we got up to:

  • Izzy went back to school after the Summer holidays, and is now in Year 2. She missed her friends and teachers loads, so she was really pleased to be back and so far is enjoying it. They have already had a Pirate themed week and a school trip to a local museum, so she’s certainly got off to a busy start.


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A Holiday Gem from Portugal

Holidays are a time for creating memories – and of course we want to capture some of those memories on camera. We love looking back at photos from our family holidays, so when Holiday Gems asked us to share one of our favourite holiday snaps, it was hard to pick just one.

We took this photograph in 2015. Izzy was 4 and it was our first trip to Albufeira in Portugal – and to the amazing Zoomarine.


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Our August Roundup

And just like that the Summer holidays are over. It’s back to school on Monday and with that comes darker nights and the countdown to *whispers* Christmas. It feels a bit strange thinking about the festive season when it’s still months away, but some shops already have Christmas cards in. Already. What’s that about? I have to confess I’ve bought one present – I couldn’t resist buying a cute teddy wearing dinosaur pyjamas for Clara from a new gift shop that’s just opened in town. And the kids have started their lists already – Izzy would like an electric scooter and Clara wants a Jackson Storm car from Cars 3 – although I’m sure they will change their minds several times before it gets to December. But anyway, let’s not wish away the year. With any luck Summer isn’t quite over yet, even if the holidays are. So here’s what we got up to in August.

  • We spent the bank holiday weekend in Paris. By “we” I mean me and the Hubby. Yes, we got a whole 4 nights away from the kids, thanks to the in-laws. They asked a couple of months ago if they could look after the girls for a few nights at their house over the school holidays. They live in Manchester so they don’t get to see the girls that often. Great, I thought. We can spend a few days doing some decorating, adding the finishing touches to our new home. My Hubby had other ideas, suggesting a couple of nights in York. Somehow that quickly escalated to us booking to go to Paris. Well, we might as well make the most of having babysitters!  (more…)
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