Thursday, 24 August 2017

Tenby 2017

I had said all last year "I don't want to spend my 30th birthday spent on the M6". The reality = I was stuck on the M6, after attending the wedding the day before. This year I had no choice but to have my birthday (not 30 anymore!) off as annual leave due to our childcare provider having the week off. (This was June so this is a little late, better late then never!) I was adamant we would do something special and not let another special occasion for me to go without a mention. Being selfish I booked Haven in Tenby as our destination. I just love being near to the sea!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Body Confidence Program Review

It comes to no shock to Daddy M that I embarked on yet another diet plan at the start of summer. Over the years that we have been together I have been on pretty much every diet going as the pounds crept on. The restricting calories, the 5:2, the Cambridge diet, Atkins, Slimming World and Weight Watchers to name just a few. He was getting fed up of the next "fad" especially as it came so close to giving up with The Body Coach 90day SSS Plan half way through. However, I had to give up that one due to injury as I couldn't complete the intense and strict exercise plan as I couldn't even weight bare on my foot. This time though, I managed to shock hubby and even myself with The Body Confidence Plan as I completed the full 8 weeks. WOW!! Now that says something in itself. If I managed to complete the full eight weeks when I couldn't succeed anywhere else it proves it is different.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Dinosaurs at National Forest Adventure Farm

The dinosaurs are alive... no they are not... yes they are!! The basis of the argument from the back of the car en-route to National Forest Adventure Farm. 'Just wait and see, and then we will know..' A few minutes into our visit we would soon know... a Raptor was out having his walk... S and little J (S's friend) were mesmerised. J was speechless until she saw the legs but as she was impressed she kept her mouth shut! Little J was a little apprehensive after the guide warned him that the dinosaur liked the animal food he was carrying...

Friday, 8 July 2016

Flower girls in the countryside

This year the M family welcomed another family into it when the girls Uncle N married Auntie R. We couldn't attend the official wedding as it took place in Oman during term time. However they had their vows blessed here in the UK during June and asked the girls to be their flower girls. The girls had been looking forward to the day for months knowing they would have 'princess dresses' and fairy wands.
The blessing took part in Grandma and Grandad M's village church at Crosby Ravensworth and the party nearby in Morland in a big country house that they had hired out for the weekend. Dressed in 'almost' identical mid calf ivory dresses (thanks Ebay) and Ivory ballerina shoes from H&M we decided to add a touch of colour with a dusky pink flower headband, again from H&M. Auntie R wanted the girls to have fun so opted for them to have wands instead of a heavy bouquet of flowers. They looked the part of flower girls. Trying to get a picture perfect pose those proved difficult due to the excitement.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Family day out at The Printworks

The Printworks is a great place to be in Manchester. I have memories of my 'up North' hen party taking place in a bar within The Printworks. With the bars and many restaurants inside and outside its a great night out, but what is it like for a family day out? We were invited along with the girlies to test it out.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Weekend by the River Wye

Last weekend we were invited to stay with the YHA at the River Wye. The main purpose was to review the bell tent, which you can read about in my previous post here. We have never visited the area before so didn't really know what to expect, but wow! The scenery was amazing. Everywhere was so green.
The river Wye is located within the Forest of Dean, and the easiest way I can locate that in my head is to say its between Bristol and the Welsh border. (Geography is not my finest skill).
With two days to fill, three children to entertain and a card I didn't want to splash I headed over to the geocaching website. From this website I had planned that from the campsite we could stroll along the river Wye finding a few caches along the route and end up at a pub at Symond Yat for dinner, before strolling back again. (The geocaching website shows footpaths and hints at where a stunning location is with photos, generally the more caches in an area the more beautiful it is!) The second day was due to be spent at the local castle exploring before heading home.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Glamping - YHA Bell tent review

Have you ever been camping before? We took the girls camping for the first time a few years ago which went well but we cut it short due to the rain forecast and having to put the tent down, which isn't nice in the rain. We haven't been camping since as our planned trip last year fell in the week it didn't stop raining so we decided to stay put at home instead. However if the tent was already up in place it could have been a different story.
The YHA invited us along for a night in one of their bell tents which is already up in place on arrival and we could not wait.
Daddy M was due to work on the weekend we picked so we invited V and K2 from Mummy3+1Dog for a girly weekend away 'glamping'. 

On arriving at the YHA Wye Valley we checked in and was given our allocated bell tent. There were 4 bell tents on our site in a field away from the youth hostel itself.

All the tents faced into the middle of the campsite with three clustered close together and a fourth situated away at the back of the site. Our tent was in the heart of the camp site.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Party at Chill Factore Review

Who doesn't like a good party? Who doesn't like the snow? (when you don't have to drive in it?) Who doesn't like to have fun with friends? If you said yes to any of the previous questions, this post isn't for you!
J loves the snow, and I mean LOVES the snow. We were tempted to host her 6th birthday party at Chill Factore but didn't really know what we would get for our cash so when we got offered to try it out and review it we jumped at the chance. To bring the party atmosphere she was able to bring some friends along to make it a real party.
We hired the clothing which is a party add on (£6 per person) which includes warm waterproof ski trousers and a ski coat. M had his own ski wear so opted to wear his. We wrapped everyone up warm and popped the ski boots and helmets on (everyone receives these to hire for the party). And we were ready for the fun.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Geronimo Harewood House review 2016

We were eagerly awaiting Geronimo 2016 after attending the launch last year in Manchester (you can read about it here). However, I'm due to run my half marathon the weekend it comes back to Manchester and with a planned child-free weekend it wasn't ideal. Therefore we decided to visit Geronimo at Harewood House and book a hotel the night before to enjoy the day without a long drive beforehand; that is how much we LOVED Geronimo last year. We ranted and raved about our experience and from that we have friends that have paid to visit when it returns to Manchester later in May.

This year, our experience was completely different. I'm not going to mention the difference in weather at this point as we were prepared for that with wellies and waterproofs. However, the experience before even reaching Geronimo put our backs up. After peeling off a main road 6 miles away we reached traffic jams. This would lead us all the way to the main gates taking an extra hour. Geronimo had at this point opened another gate allowing cars in from a different direction which I think helped the situation and we weren't charged to park the car like the website had previously mentioned. I am presuming they got rid of the parking charges to help alleviate the traffic in the surrounding roads. I really felt for the locals that were stuck in the queues.

When we were in the grounds we were greeted by the queue to get into the park. This left Daddy to say, "If we have to stand in that queue as well, we are going home!"

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Easter at National Forest Adventure Farm

The girls adore most animals which makes it very easy to LOVE the National Forest Adventure Farm in Staffordshire. We have been almost every season for the past year and know we will walk away having a great day out. Last years Easter visit can be seen here. This year they have made some changes and it is an even better day out for it. We visited Good Friday this year and it was VERY busy. The queue was half way around the car park!! Daddy doesn't do crowds and was tempted to go home before even going in, however the girls persuaded him to stay knowing what was inside the gates.
The staff managed to get the queue moving by letting people in the side entrance who had pre-booked, which included us too, yeay! Once inside the crowds quickly dispersed so it didn't feel over crowded. After all there is so much to do.

Our first port of call was to the animal barn for the lamb feeding. This is one of the areas they have invested in, add it has paid off. Its a first come first served basis now, compared to the push to the front to try and get a bottle. In the queue you are now given a number between 1-8, each number is given out 8-10(?) times and when the numbers have gone, its full. (They have many sessions throughout the day) They also provide seats. Two numbers are called at once and the children come and sit on hay bails. All the ones on one side, all the twos on the other. Its then a race to see what lamb drinks the milk the quickest. The bottle is still passed along the line but there is no pushing and shoving and every child gets a go.