The Gallery: School

September 7th, 2014 — 9:07am

This week was a milestone week at villa Lancaster, lil H returned to school starting in year 3 and Diva G started in reception. We did it. We survived the baby days. I’m citing the fact that all four of our household are still alive as evidence that deep done inside me there is in fact a person with patience and tolerance!

Lil H is now in the juniors, no polo shirt, no book bag for him. Doesn’t he look super smart in his shirt and tie and with a super cool Penny skateboard ruck sack? Finding a great rucksack has been a mission this summer.


Diva G definitely had some first day nerves with her treating us to a few broken nights sleep in the run up to her first day. Although G denied vehemently that she was worried about starting school, instead she said her concerns were about her preschool key worker and how they would get on without her. Bless. The solution in G’s mind was for her to go back to preschool just for a few weeks! But according to her she absolutely, definitely was not worried about starting school! She was thrilled to put her uniform on. I have discovered I dislike girls school uniform, it is so much more complicated than boys – skirts, pinafores, summer dresses vs boys trousers or shorts! Here’s little miss gorgeous on her first day.


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Our Cornwall Fortnight In Pictures

August 27th, 2014 — 11:13pm

Dolphin Street, Port Isaac

Throwing stones in Port Isaac


The Fisherman's Friends

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Falmouth Regatta

The Red Arrows at Falmouth

Surfs Up on Polzeath

Surfer Dude

Surfer Bug!

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3 Quick Easy Delicious Family Picnics

August 27th, 2014 — 10:15pm

Personally I am hoping for a late Indian summer in September with a few more weekends with the weather we enjoyed at the beginning of the summer. We’ve have some great day trips out and are just back from a lovely couple of weeks in Cornwall. With few exceptions our lunches were picnic lunches, including one in the car having just been hailed, I repeat HAILED, off the beach!

waitrose teddy bear
So grab your favourite teddy bear, they love a good picnic, and let me inspire you with three of our favourite picnics this summer to shake up your picnic basket. Make sure you download a copy of Waitrose’s Teddy Bear Picnic Game, your little ones can go on an exciting exploration adventure discovering the alphabet in the natural world with their favourite teddy too.

Hot Dog Picnic

A picnic for the British summer time

  • Hot dog sausages, pop into boiling water in a food flask
  • Hot dog rolls
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Pringles
  • Melon medley
  • Ella’s kitchen fruit smoothies
  • Pink lemonade

Wrap Family Picnic

A picnic for a playground

  • Wraps
  • Ham
  • Dairylea
  • Grated cheese
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Pringles
  • Capri sun

Pick Pass Picnic Ideas

A “pick and pass” picnic 

  • Houmous
  • Guacamole
  • Carrot batons
  • Doritos
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Flat peaches
  • Sparkling water for the adults
  • Apple juice cartons for the kids

For more picnic ideas to entertain your troops and stay enjoying the outdoors for as long as possible check out Waitrose’s easy picnic recipes, games and ideas to keep the whole family fed, watered and happy.

Thanks very much to Waitrose for inviting us to join this summers teddy bears picnic and the store voucher we received.

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August 18th, 2014 — 5:00am

It’s been a number of months since our last dose of Disney and our trip at Easter to Disneyland Paris luckily Disney On Ice is coming to a town near us in October and we can’t wait, let me tell you more …
Disney On IceDisney On Ice is returning to Manchester in October with the spectacular production of 100 Years Of Magic. It promises to be the celebration of the century, bringing to life Disney’s most remarkable characters from across the decades including Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse, joined by friends from the much loved Disney favourites such as Beauty & the Beast, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Peter Pan and many more!


Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years Of Magic! You’ll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you’ll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years Of Magic comes to Manchester!

Toy Story Army Disney On Ice


Cheshire Mum has teamed up with Disney On Ice to offer one lucky person the chance to win a family ticket (admitting 4 people), to see the show at Phones 4u Arena Manchester on Thursday 16th October 2014. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is answer the following question:

Q: Who lives with his Dad Marlin in an anemone in the ocean?

For additional entries simply follow, tweet about the competition and stay in touch!
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Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years Of Magic is at Phones 4u Arena Manchester
15th – 19th October 2014
Tickets are priced between £14 – £39
For further ticket information telephone 0844 847 8000
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Building A Jack And Jill Bathroom

June 30th, 2014 — 9:56pm

Our new house will create two of our three bathrooms as “Jack and Jill” bathrooms. Feel free to check out our first floor. ”Jack and Jill” bathrooms are bathrooms with two doors, usually to two bedrooms which is the case for one of ours. My daughters en suite can also be accessed from the spare room and my sons can also be accessed from the landing. This gives all permanent residents and overnight guests en suite bathrooms as well as having a “family bathroom” accessed from the landing. We achieve this without having to have additional and mostly unused bathrooms to pay for and to clean.

Diva G’s en suite is in progress and I shall share the before and afters very soon. We have just past the last of the brick dust days and the new wall to what will become the guest bedroom, currently still the now much smaller bathroom, is up and I am choosing the furniture. It is going to be a wet room style shower room – shower, sink, toilet, storage unit, mirror and towel rail – all wall hung. Colour wise we are going grey – large rectangular tiles, dark, slate grey on the floor and paler, softer grey on the walls.

I’m good with everything but struggling to find the right basin as ultimately for 99.9% of the time it will be Diva G’s bedroom from age five through to adult hood – it needs storage. There will be make up, hair styles and god help us, hair dye to be experimented with. She needs to be able to stand in front of the mirror and be able to have her “stuff” under the sink FOR HOURS!

I spotted this design from Bauhaus, Solo is small, beautiful and rather smart in its use of space and now available in Quartz which is a soft grey – just what I am looking for…


I popped down to my local stockist Opulenza by Tubs and Loos in Heald Green, Cheadle to check it out, loved it. The solo unit is the perfect fit at 500mm wide but the basin is wider than the unit by just 50mm and those 50mm make it just too wide – gutted! Luckily the team at Opulenza helped me leave armed with brochures of alternatives to flick through so I am now a little bit closer to making a decision. With the shower going in this week I need to get on with it too.

If you like the Bauhaus Solo it is also now available in Azure, a gentle blue joining the existing Graphite, Calico and White options, bringing the colour choice to five.

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