Family & Days Out


I Fear I Might Burst!

I fear I might burst. We leave for Disney World in a few days time. A holiday that we have been counting down to for twelve months. Our tickets have been printed. I have a packing list in progress. I have sent over our resort room request. We’ve ordered our food for our Be Our Guest reservations. And you would not believe the amount of times I have checked and moved around our Fast Passes! The kids are excited. Very excited. I am not sure how well the day before we fly will go. We need to pack, drop the guinea Read more >


Siblings May 2018

We have actually had a little sunshine this month. Not much, but enough to get out and enjoy the garden and have a few days out. Little Man and Boo are like chalk and cheese with most things, and the sunshine is no different. Boo loves the warmer weather, sees it as a chance to be outside all the time, invariably running around exploring everywhere. She’s always been the same, full of energy and curiosity. Little Man is more of an indoors, sedate kinda person! He’ll go out, then get bored quickly and retreat back inside, to Lego, Star Wars Read more >


Siblings April 2018

These two have absolutely loved the Easter holidays. We’ve not got up to much, it’s been a nice mix of catching up with friends and family, a few trips out and then lots of time playing and relaxing at home. They have enjoyed it all, whether they be playing ‘Peter Pan’ in the garden, exploring the Sea Life Centre, colouring side by side or snuggled up for a movie night, they have been happy. They’ve had a couple of sleepovers, once at my mum’s house and then once here as they shared a bedroom. They love doing this, and they Read more >


Jelly Invaders at the National Sea Life Centre

Over the weekend, we enjoyed a trip out to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. We’re working with them this year and love putting our annual passes to use. The kids are always excited to visit, and this time were even more so as they knew there was a new Jelly Invaders area to explore..ooohhh! If you’ve never visited before, it’s well-signposted throughout the city so you should have no trouble finding it. We normally park in one of the NIA car parks close-by, so it’s just a few minutes walk to the Sea Life Centre. It’s a lovely Read more >


Our Disney World Plans

How can it be only a few weeks until we go to Disney World? The time has just flown by, and I think, I hope, we are all set for it now. We have moved resorts since we first booked and are happy with that, we have got our seats on the plane sorted along with booking into the V Room at the airport, our ride FastPasses are all in place and we have a handful of reservations to look forward to.  Oh, and the less interesting stuff is all done, from ESTAs to insurance. We have also all acquired quite Read more >


A Free Day Out With The Kids!

Free days out with the kids can be hard to come by, especially when we have so much rain forecast over the holidays. Lots of our go-to free places are outdoors, from feeding the ducks to going to playgrounds to whizzing around on bikes or scooters. But it can be a little trickier when it’s wet, so today I’m sharing what we got up to on Monday, as Subway challenged us to have a day out without spending on the kids. Not easy to do! We decided to take a train trip into Birmingham as that’s always an adventure and Read more >


Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Tour

Last week we spent a magical afternoon at Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment tour. It was utterly brilliant! We are big Disney fans in our house, so this was absolutely perfect for us. We have seen Disney On Ice a few times now and it seems that we all get more excited about it with every show that go to! And I am delighted to say that Worlds of Enchantment lived up to expectations, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We got seated around ten minutes before it began and I was amazed to see how quickly the arena filled Read more >


Easter Fun with Cadbury Peter Rabbit!

Oh my, we had the BEST delivery last week, a bundle full of Cadbury Easter eggs. Can there be anything better than being picked up from school and told that when you get home you’ll be having some Easter fun and going on an Easter egg hunt? Not your average Wednesday afternoon, so the kids were thrilled! We kicked it off by getting their Easter bonnets ready, and then they happily donned them and embarked upon their Easter egg hunt. They were beyond excited! I hid the eggs around the house, and had fun playing ‘warmer/colder’ with them. This is Read more >


Siblings March 2018

These two are too close this month, just too close! I think it’s a combination of a few things, from awful weather weekends keeping us inside a bit more than usual, the excitement of our upcoming holiday and Little Man being poorly a couple of times. All of these things together mean that their energy levels are high and their desire to be as close as they physically can to one another has got up a notch. Boo hates it when Little Man is ill and counts down the moments until they can play and cuddle together again. And given Read more >


10 Ways to Enjoy the Countdown to a Disney World Holiday

10 Ways to Enjoy the Countdown to a Disney World Holiday

As regular readers will know, we are very excited here as we’re counting down to our first family Disney World holiday. We booked it last May and we now have less than three months to go, with the anticipation heightening weekly. With a Disney World holiday, a lot of the fun is about the planning, preparations and countdown. I know that you can just book it, forget about it and then pack your cases and you’re off, but I think you’d be really missing out! We are all thoroughly enjoying the build up to the break, and for me it’s Read more >


A Fun Day Out At Twycross Zoo

On Saturday we kicked off half term with a fun day out to Twycross Zoo. Twycross Zoo is one of my favourite days out, as I have so many happy memories of going there when I was a child, and it’s now great to see my kids enjoying it so much. The zoo has over 500 animals, 150 species, and as well as all of the zoo life, there are also playgrounds dotted about and plenty of places to stop for drinks and food. We always enjoy visits to Twycross Zoo, always. The zoo flows nicely round so we don’t Read more >


Siblings February 2018

A new tradition has started in our house. Apparently, every Sunday is now Disney Day! The kids decided this two to three weeks ago, when we got our Disney World holiday countdown up and running. They tell me that as it is now this year that we are going, they need to have a Disney Day every weekend to prepare for it. A Disney Day tends to involve watching at least one Disney film, playing Disney music and dancing round to it, colouring in Disney colouring books, playing Disney board games and getting their vast number of Disney toys and Read more >


Siblings January 2018

We had a brilliant Christmas break, a much needed fortnight off school for these two. We broke up quite late so they only had a couple of days off before the big day itself – it’d be fair to say that excitement levels were high! It actually worked quite well as they then had a couple of weeks together playing with their new toys and activities. And my two do like to play together. I’d say Boo likes to have the odd hour or two to herself here and there where she takes herself up to her room and plays Read more >


Christmas at the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Over the weekend we visited the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. We hadn’t been for a few months, and we were very keen to go whilst they had an extra special guest in residence. We were there nice and early, and it seems this is a good time to go as we had plenty of access to all of the exhibits. We wandered around peeking at all of the wonderful sea creatures. My favourites are always the penguins, with the jellyfish coming in a close second as they are so mesmerising, I think I could watch them all day! Read more >


Our Christmas Traditions

I feel like there’s no other time of year more full of traditions than Christmas. We already have quite a few here, and with the kids still quite young, I am sure we’ll be adding to them year on year going forward. So here are a few of our Christmas traditions, in no particular order…. We have Marty the Elf here, who arrives every year on December 1st, much to the delight of the kids. Our elf moves around each night, so the fun here is finding him every morning. I admit that this is one that seemed a good Read more >


Things I’m Most Looking Forward To On Our Disney World Holiday

If you’re a regular reader here you may remember when I shared that we’d booked to go to Disney World next year. To me, that feels like just a few weeks ago, but it was actually six months ago now which means we have only six months now before we go. Only six months! Given how quickly that time has flown by, I know we’ll be boarding that plane before we know it! A big part of this holiday is the anticipation and planning. We have spent so many hours chatting all things Disney, watching ride videos with the kids, Read more >

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