Sneak Preview of the Elf Workshop at the Lowry Outlet, Salford

Elf Workshop Lowry Outlet

It’s the Season of Sparkle down at the Lowry Outlet and they have lots of festive and elf-inspired activities planned. Look inside the wonders of the Elves workshop and see how they help prepare for Christmas.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the elf workshop for a sneak preview and I can reveal that visitors will be in for a special treat!


The Hunting of the Snark

The girls have been lucky enough to have visited the theatre a few times now. The whole experience can be somewhat magical for little ones, watching characters come to life on stage, even Summer at the young age of two, really gets into it! Later this month we are planning to go and see The Hunting of the Snark, a brand new family musical inspired by the creator of Alice in Wonderland’s classic poem which looks set to be a fantastically fun show for all ages.

The Hunting of the Snark Vaudeville Theatre Ben Galpin (The Bellman)

All aboard! The ship is departing! All children, animals and silly people welcome!


Fairytale Trail at Clifton Country Park, Greater Manchester

Clifton Country Park

Clifton Country Park is a nature reserve in the Irwell Valley in Salford, Greater Manchester. I think the last time we visited I was 40 weeks pregnant with baby Skye. We enjoyed a long walk around the lake to try and give baby a nudge to come out, it was a lovely day even though baby still kept us waiting a few more days! I can’t believe we haven’t even been back since, I really feel like we have been missing out on this local beauty spot…

Clifton Country Park

When I heard that the Salford Ranger team had recently created a magical ‘Fairytale Trail’ around the lake I knew we had to make a trip there soon with the girls. If you have followed my blog for a while, you will probably know that we have been on the Gruffulo Trail at Delamere Forest a few times now but to have something similar on our doorstep is absolutely fantastic.

On a recent Saturday morning, with the sun making an appearance we decided to head down, we got the kids ready and packed a picnic for our lunch.


Meet Local Mums with New Mush App


Becoming a mum is life changing and although it can be absolutely amazing, welcoming your new baby into the world and settling into your new routine as a parent can be challenging. Many of us will go through times of loneliness and isolation. While you are looking after your baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the world is still carrying on and sometimes it can be difficult to fit in parts of your old life. Shopping trips and cocktails dates with friends are now a somewhat distant memory. And now all you really want and quite possibly NEED is an adult conversation, with a fully grown person who has the ability to talk back. So there is no doubt that mum friends are amazing. It doesn’t have to be all baby talk but just chatting to someone who ‘gets it’, really does make all the difference. So when I heard about the Mush app – a must-have free app which helps mums to connect with other local mums, I was excited!


A Day in the Life of a Princess

DITL of a princess

All three of my girls love dressing up in costumes, getting into character and letting their imaginations run wild so when Matalan got in touch to see if the girls would like to try out some costumes from their character shop range I knew the girls would be more than happy to! At the moment the girls are princess obsessed so we were absolutely thrilled when three Disney princess costumes turned up at our door…


Piccolo Organic Baby Food Review


The Piccolo brand is all about Mediterranean goodness: bright sunshine, colourful markets, families eating around the table. The Mediterranean diet introduces children to good, honest, natural food with a variety of delicious ingredients. The great news for us is that Piccolo have created a range of organic fruit and veg purées and meal inspired blends which are made with 100% natural ingredients. With having three young girls myself, I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks and food ideas so I was thrilled when I received two boxes full of Mediterranean goodness for my girls to try.


Picking Pumpkins for Halloween at Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington

Spooky World Fun by Day at Apple Jacks Adventure Park, Warrington

Spooky World Apple Jacks Adventure Park
Check out Sophia’s scary face!

On the first day of October half term we made a trip to Spooky World’s Fun by Day event at Apple Jacks Adventure Park in Warrington – an outdoor space with rides and attractions for all ages. Apple Jacks has been on my ‘places to go with the kids’ list for a while now and with the girls daddy having a week off work we had a perfect time to go.


Halloween Activity Basket


You may already know by now that I love putting together themed boxes and baskets for the girls, I like to add a mix of treats, fun stuff and activity materials. For us, a themed basket is a great way to keep bits and bobs together, to use at the weekend and particularly over school holidays, so when we have some free time or a chilled day at home we can have a rummage through our basket and pick an activity we can do together. Last years Halloween basket was jam packed with weird and wonderful goodies to keep the girls entertained. (more…)