Family & Days Out

We Are Going To Walt Disney World!

I mentioned last week that we were looking into booking our Walt Disney World holiday, and yes, we are now booked up and excited! We will be going next summer and are booked to stay in one of the Disney World resorts. As I have spent a fair bit of time researching this, I thought it would be helpful to put together a few reasons that we decided to book into a Disney hotel, rather than go for another hotel or a villa. On the surface, these look to be cheaper options, but there are several perks with staying in the Read more >

Top Reasons to Stay in a Disney World Hotel

Manor Farm and Country Park

A Hampshire Mini-Break

Last week saw us spending a couple of nights down in Hampshire, exploring the area and enjoying a few of the many family attractions there. To be honest, we could have spent a lot longer than three days there as there was a lot to see and do, but we did manage to cram a lot in, so here’s what we got up to on our Hampshire mini-break… Getting There We travelled down from the West Midlands and it took us just under two and a half hours and was a very easy run. On the way back we decided Read more >

Family Motor Show Events To Check Out This Summer

As the summer sets in, it’s time to turn to family days out. Make this summer holidays more exciting than ever by considering to visit motor shows and make it a summer of motoring. Over the recent years, motor shows have evolved drastically and are no longer the boring stuffy affairs with static displays. They have become family friendly, full of exciting turns and twists as well as unending entertainment. Here are some of the notable motor show events suitable for families to visit this summer: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Held in the Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Chesire, this event is Read more >

Siblings April 2017

Little Man seems to have had a growth spurt this month. I find them tricky to spot as I see him every day, but his trousers seem that bit shorter and several people have commented on his height to me. Yep, he’s shooting up and is quite a bit taller than most of his friends. This means that although Boo is also quite tall, as they run around and play together, their age gap seems so much smaller. The near three year age gap is barely discernible when they play together. They each get to choose what to play, both Read more >

Our Stay Play Explore Break

Last weekend saw us having a Stay Play Explore mini-break around Leicestershire. I have only got really good things to say about this, so I will say right up front that I think this break represents fantastic value for money, is great for families and every aspect of our stay and adventures were crammed with fun and great service. What more could we need? How the Stay Play Explore Break works For a family break, you can choose 3 attractions to visit over the weekend (or indeed over three separate weekends if you’re relatively local and want to do it this way) Read more >

Stay Play Explore Break - National Space Centre

Siblings March 2017

Another month has rolled by, so it’s time to take a look at my pair of siblings. This month they seem to be back to their energetic, buoyant selves. They are the very best of friends. They had a lovely half term together, lounging about in the mornings, playing and creating ‘shows’ for me to see, along with catching up with friends. Since Boo’s gone back to school, Little Man is quite content at home without her, but there’s no doubt that when she’s here, she is all he wants! They are often louder than I’d like, they often leave Read more >

Siblings February 2017

It’s time for me to share a little update on my two this month, and initially I though that not much had changed. But there has been a shift, and it’s largely down to my daughter. Boo and Little Man still play together, still giggle and conspire together, and last week saw them having fun on a ‘sleepover’ together – they both slept in Little Man’s bedroom, at their request, which they loved. On the surface everything’s the same but it seems that my girl is growing up. We took them to the playground last weekend, nothing out of the Read more >

Siblings January 2017

OK, to sum the siblings up this month is easy – they absolutely adore each other! Having two weeks off over Christmas has meant that they are the very best of friends. We had a wonderful break and the kids were just revelling in being together 24/7. Boo’s return to school has meant that every afternoon they try to cram in about a day’s worth of play in the couple of hours they have together, and they give it a good go! They have yet to come down after Christmas and as we were keen to keep the fun times Read more >

Our 2017 Adventures Wishlist

I have said it before and I will say it again, I do not like January. I am a summer person, I like warmth, sunshine and pottering about in the garden. I am OK with autumn as I love the changing colours and the cosy evenings, I then have Christmas to look forward to which I love but when that’s all over and I’m left with cold January I am not happy! Knowing this, I decided to book a little weekend away for us all for this coming weekend and having that on the horizon is making this month and Read more >

What the Ladybird Heard Live!

Yesterday we were fortunate to be invited along to Birmingham Town Hall to see What the Ladybird Heard Live! We are big Julia Donaldson fans here and I have so many happy memories of reading this one to Boo over and over and over again so we were all very excited about the show. Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Read more >

Siblings December 2016

Ah, December is here and with it comes over-excitement, anticipation and endless questions. When will it be Christmas? How does Santa do that? What shall we feed the reindeer? How does the elf work? What will we do on Christmas day? – this last question has been answered many, many times, but they do not tire of hearing the answer! I do love Advent and the countdown to Christmas, and we’ve been fully indulging in our fair share of Christmas movies, songs, meeting Santa, looking at beautiful lights and catching up with friends and family. And the kids? They are Read more >

Meeting Santa at The National Sea Life Centre

Over the weekend we took the kids to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham to meet the man himself, Santa Claus! It’s fair to say that they were really, really looking forward to it. We had a brilliant time at the Sea Life Centre last time that we visited, for their Finding Dory event over the summer, and then to top it off, they were getting to have a little chat with Santa. Now going into Birmingham in December can be a little chaotic, but we had no problems. I’d suggest going early, if possible, to avoid too much traffic Read more >

Win Tickets to ‘What the Ladybird Heard’!

We are big Julia Donaldson fans here, as I imagine most households with young children are. So I am so excited that we’ve been invited along to see What the Ladybird Heard at Birmingham Town Hall, just after Christmas. We’ve yet to tell the kids, so this will be a lovely surprise for them to go along to as the thrills of Christmas die down. Based on the award-winning children’s book, What the Ladybird Heard will be performed at  the Town Hall from Tuesday 27 December 2016 until Wednesday 11 January 2017, with a specially adapted relaxed and BSL interpreted Read more >

The Giovanni Rana Famiglia Table Challenge

A couple of weeks ago we were challenged to take the the Giovanni Rana Famiglia Table Challenge. Not ones to shy away from a challenge, especially one that involves delicious Italian food, we decided to take them up on it. Italian food always goes down well here with all of us. I’d say it’s my favourite kind of food and fortunately the Husband and the children enjoy it, too. Nice and easy quick pastas are a firm favourite, so Giovanni Rana is welcome in my home! So what’s the challenge all about? Giovanni Rana is on a mission to make Read more >

Siblings November 2016

Another month, another Siblings post. I have to admit, I am struggling to believe we’re in November! The kids are in Christmas mode. Already. It’s kind of difficult for them not to be as everywhere they go there are adverts, signs and products promoting it, so of course to them it’s just around the corner yet the wait seems like it’s forever. They are happy, they are excited, and they are like little bottles of pop! They are always cheerful and play well together, but it’s like they’re on a permanent sugar rush this month and I can only see them Read more >

Kidzania Is Not To Be Missed!

On Saturday we got the train down to London for the day. We had been invited by the team over at Kidzania to go along for a visit and I have to say, all four of us were intrigued to see what it was all about.     If you’ve never heard of Kidzania, they explain the concept as… Imagine a 75,000 sq.ft. child-size City where kids are in charge! KidZania has landed in Westfield London. Have your kids ever dreamt of becoming a pilot, a firefighter, or the next award-winning singer? Watch the excitement on their faces as they try Read more >

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