WIN tickets to GERONIMO – The Biggest Children’s Festival in the North-West!

April 22nd, 2015 — 9:49pm

Do you remember back in February I announced that I was an ambassador for the Geronimo Festival that is taking place in Tatton park, in my very own stomping ground, Cheshire on 23rd-25th May? You can read my original post for details of some of the line ups and more details here…

Geronimo is a brand new to the festival scene for 2015 , a weekend of organised mayhem at Tatton Park in Cheshire, May 23 – 25. You can expect a line-up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, including CBeebies favourites Mr Bloom, Katy Ashworth, Alex Winters and Cook & Line from Swashbuckle. Geronomites will also be able to enjoy den making, zip wires, donkey rides, circus shows, baby ballet, cooking workshops, storytelling, a petting farm, tree climbing, craft workshops and much more.

Recently announced additions include Sea Life Manchester who will be making a splash as they bring with them Geronimo’s very own Touch Pool where festival-goers can touch and feel the exciting sea creatures. Sea Life’s Breed Rescue Protect Workshop is a make and take craft workshop. Geronimites are also invited to track down Tyler the Turtle, the costume character who will be making special appearances every day.

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Sea Life Manchester’s Barton Square neighbour LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is also bound to prove a hit with boys and girls alike as the Master Model Build workshops will be setting up base, perfect for all LEGO® aficionados to get creative. Bertie the LEGO® costume character will be meeting and greeting fans throughout the weekend.

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Famous for it’s beautiful gardens and woodlands, Tatton Park has excellent motorway links and extensive on site parking. The whole programme is for the under 12s and tickets are on sale now priced £20.00pp. Children under the age of two go free.  If you don’t want to leave it to chance to get your tickets, you can purchase them at http://www.geronimofest.com/

If you would like to try your luck at winning, please enter below… hope to see you there!

I’ve got one family pass (up to four people) to give away to one lucky family. To enter, answer the question below:

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T&C’s: The competition closes on Sunday 10th May 2015. We have one family pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 2 years do not require a ticket). The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either May 23, or May 24 or May 25. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize. Travel and accommodation are not included. The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered. The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival. The prize includes all events and activities at Geronimo but not food and drink from any stalls or bar. Winner chosen at random.

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Easter Eggs For Grown Ups

March 30th, 2015 — 8:56pm

I’ve taken one for the team and given The Egglet H-Box from Hotel Chocolat my undivided care and attention. I know I am always giving me!

It took me all weekend, well Saturday night, to work my way through the selection of 15 delicious egglets, super smooth Pecan Praline, 65% cocoa Raspberry Supermilk, and the creamy Strawberry Blush. They were all delicious a lovely pressie, perfect for sharing equally perfect for keeping all to yourself!

Wishing you all a lovely four day chocolate covered weekend.

Happy Easter!

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Storksak Noa Changing Bag

March 17th, 2015 — 11:15pm

I am not going to pretend that I use this bag as a baby changing bag, as my children are both at school now. However I am going to tell you that I love to use it, and the majority of work bags out there could learn a thing or two from the Storksak Noa.

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Yes the Storksak Noa Grey is a pretty perfect baby bag for a mum, whether that is of a baby, toddler, child or all three. It’s a good looking carry, wipe clean inside and out, and includes a changing mat, an insulated bottle pocket, internal and external pockets as well as a separate mini-organiser bag, which features six pockets and an internal compartment. The straps include do the usual necessary adaptations for hanging on prams, with stylish silver hardware and luxurious leather handles. 

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I retired my last baby change bag a good few years ago now and have now returned to handbags, a refreshing change. The challenge these days as a working mum of two school age children is that I ‘travel heavy’ so a handbag usually isn’t big enough as it becomes overloaded and heavy and uncomfortable to carry. Never more so than when I come straight from work with Macbook in tow, afternoon snacks and changes of clothes for the after school Beavers, Rainbows, tennis, rugby, swimming etc. Just when I thought my baby bag days were over it would appear my need for capacity puts me back in the zone and the good news is Storksak makes grown up versatile bags that continue to be just what you need even when both your children are at school. So if you’re a modern parent looking for a new bag that will go from new born through to Primary School, and one that Dad would be happy to carry too, check out the new Storksak Noa Grey.

The Storksak Noa Grey is a new design for Spring/Summer 2015 and is available online, RRP £75. I was sent mine at the beginning of February to review and thanks to the hardwearing coated canvas fabric my lovely new bag still looks as good as new. Here’s me rocking mine…

storksak collagePhoto’s taken by the very lovely Nadine Hill from Juggle Mum.

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Wish Upon A Star with Hibou Home’s Magical NEW Wallpaper

March 4th, 2015 — 10:54am

I am having to promote Lil H to Mr H as he is rapidly approaching his 8th Birthday in April! We are having a pre-birthday bedroom clear out, the  play table so perfect for playing with trains is now a dumping ground, the trains were sold on before Christmas last year and it is time to clear out and upgrade from my boys bedroom.

This fabulous “Stars” range of wallpaper from Hibou Home caught my eye and has made it onto my Pinterest board of home-inspo.

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A contemporary but sophisticated, a beautiful print which features a combination of differently sized stars that have been sporadically placed for a truly unique and captivating look. Not just for boys the wallpaper is available in three stylish shades including an on-trend dusky pink Blush, shimmering Silver and a celestial Stellar Blue, the dreamy colour palette will coordinate wonderfully with today’s modern home and inspire a new generation of star gazers. The Silver and Stellar Blue colourways feature a subtle metallic finish on the stars creating a delightful twist within the sophisticated designs. 

hibou-home-pink-girlsWhat do you think, you like? Any tips and advice for long lasting bedroom design from 8 years up?

 

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Half Term Dinner Out At Pizza Express

February 22nd, 2015 — 2:49pm

We’ve been to Pizza Express before but not for a while and after a lovely half term week I fancied closing the kitchen and having dinner out so we were delighted to have been invited by Pizza Express to enjoy the new fun-packed Paddington experience at our local Pizza Express in Wilmslow.

The restaurant was busy with lots of families on Friday evening, I always find it more relaxing to know we’re in a family friendly environment and one where I can feed the family and not then have to tidy the kitchen and get a glass of wine is a bonus! I really like the open kitchen at Pizza Express, there’s something reassuring about the quality of the kitchen and freshness of the ingredients and food sharing the full process with all customers.

The kids ordered from the Piccolo menu having dough balls with cucumber and Salad to start, followed by their choice of pizza or pasta dishes and dessert and Bambinoccino. Mr L and I both ordered Romana Pizzas, Il Padrino with a side of polenta chips for him and a hot and spicy Etna with a side of coleslaw for me. Orders placed and drinks arrived the Mr H and Diva G focussed on the activity sheets. There was plenty to keep H aged 7 and G aged 5 occupied drawing, colouring, word searching and puzzling.

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The dough balls landed, were split and spread with garlic butter and quickly eaten up. Our main courses arrived and our Romana pizzas were so much bigger than the Pizza Express pizzas I recall from previous visits, thinner, crisper and certainly my pizza of choice now. Diva G enjoyed pasta and Mr H pizza and then returned to drawing their Paddington competition entries having ordered our desserts. A lovely vanilla cheesecake, Tiramisu, chocolate brownie and ice-cream sundae arrived, followed by a coffee to wrap up a lovely family supper out.

Thanks very much for having us for dinner Pizza Express we were very well looked after, the food was great, Mr H and Diva G loved the activity sheets it kept them occupied for the whole meal, we all had a great time!

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