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Yorkshire Afternoon Tea at the Doubletree by Hilton, York

The idea of stopping for a Yorkshire Afternoon Tea at the Doubletree by Hilton, set in the  lovely historic city  of York really appealed.  So in the half term holidays, three of my blogging friends and all our children went to sample the Yorkshire picnic, described as Afternoon Tea for Yorkshire folk.

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My Mental Health Bucket Overflowed – Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week’s focus this year is on Stress. Stress can have an impact on you at anytime and sometimes it can hit when everything seems to be finally going right. Like what happened in my case. With mental health it is always good to talk, so although it is a very personal thing for me I wanted to share my experience.

I see your mental health like a bucket, it stores everything you push aside and at times it can become too full.

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 5 Tips When Visiting Alton Towers and the Weather isn’t on Your Side

 

On the weekend we went to Alton Towers, a trip we had planned back in February. As the weekend approached the constant weather watching started. It wasn’t looking good, with rain showers all day and a feels like temperature of around 5 degrees. A cold and wet 2 and 7 year old didn’t fit in our planning equation. Continue reading ” 5 Tips When Visiting Alton Towers and the Weather isn’t on Your Side”

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Family Days Out – Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

One of our favourite places to visit is Legoland Discovery Centre. J is completely Lego (and in particular Ninjago) mad. With the school holidays approaching and a variety of ways to get discounted tickets, it’s a fun day out for all the family. – Lets face it you never really grow out of Lego do you !

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Healthy and Easy Thick Minestrone Recipe - FI

Healthy and Easy Thick Minestrone Recipe

One of my downfalls when trying to lose weight is finding something quick, easy and healthy at the end of a long day. The slow cooker has become my best friend over the winter, as well as frozen veg. You can chuck all ingredients in and cook while spending time with the kids or while you’re at work.  With 15 minutes prep time here is my Healthy Easy Thick Minestrone Recipe.

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Merlin Annual Pass Weighing up the pros and cons

Merlin Annual Pass Weighing Up the Pros and Cons

On Saturday, we were deciding where to go to have a family day out. The park was out of question as it the weather was not good. While googling for ideas, one thing that came up was SeaLife and Legoland discovery at the Trafford Centre. When I went to see how much it would cost to visit, I seen the January sale on Merlin Annual Passes. We had been contemplating getting passes ever since we visited Alton Towers a few years ago.  So I weighed up the pros and cons again and decided after doing so to get the family the pass. Continue reading “Merlin Annual Pass Weighing Up the Pros and Cons”

How to Make Easy Jumping Clay Tree Decorations. FI

How to Make Easy Jumping Clay Tree Decorations.

Our tree is up and it’s time to crack on with the Christmas decorations. This morning we made some tree decorations out of Jumping Clay. With a 20 month old, the tree is an attractive *toy* so I wanted some decorations that wouldn’t be damaged if she pulled them off and played with them. So with some Jumping Clay, phone charm attachments and cookie cutters the kids and I made some tree decorations. Here is how you could make them too.

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Christmas Gift Guide to Keep Their Creativity Sparked Post Christmas.

It is almost December, and those first doors of the advent calendar will be opened and the festive build up will kick up a notch. ( if that is even possible! ). I love the magic of Christmas but after the 25th, the excitement comes to an end. So I have put together my Christmas gift guide to keep their creativity sparked post Christmas, and maybe even help you keep your sanity in the remainder of the school holidays.

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