A September resolution about priorities

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’ve always been terrible at them. By 1st January, I always have a bit of a food hangover from Christmas. It’s usually so long since I’ve exercised that I’ve lost my trainers, so resolutions almost always revolve around losing weight. In September though, making a resolution to last me until the end of the year seems a lot more reasonable. So this September, I’ve decided to make a resolution to prioritise better. The to-do list Like most freelancers, work is always at the top of my to-do list. Of course, it sits alongside the…

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Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2019

Christmas days out in the West Midlands sell out fast! This is a comprehensive list of places to see Santa as well as other festive events. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any brilliant events off the list, I’d be happy to add them in. Advance booking essential at all attractions unless otherwise stated. If you’re looking for a Christmas event in a particular part of the West Midlands, click the county below to jump to that section. For more days out around the area at any time of year, check out my list of things to do in…

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Longleat Safari Park review: a family day out

Longleat Safari park is in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. A spectacular Elizabethan mansion and 900 acres of Capability Brown landscape would be worth a visit on their own. Now, throw in drive-through animal enclosures. Add a maze, boat ride and numerous other attractions and you’ve got a rather brilliant recipe for a family day out. We headed over to the park last week to see what it’s like. About Longleat Longleat Safari Park opened to the public in 1966 as a drive-through lion reserve. The first safari park of its kind outside of Africa. The house and estate…

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Win a family ticket for BRICKLIVE Birmingham 2019

This October half term, the NEC in Birmingham will host BRICKLIVE, the largest LEGO® exhibition in the UK. Visitors will have access to more than 10 million bricks to make their own creations. Experts are on hand with master classes, on-stage challenges and other unique experiences. This year for the first time ever, fans can join Chase, Marshall, Skye and the gang in a brand new, interactive PAW Patrol zone. Here, they’ll find brick-built statues of their favourite characters for selfie opportunities and much more. BRICKLIVE is a dream come true for LEGO® fans and you can win a family…

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Thursday photo #277

We’re into the home straight, the last full week of the school holidays. It has been brilliant. Chaotic, exciting, eventful and fun. Now though, I join the clamour of parents across the UK who are ready to get back to routine. I’m ready to have time to get my work done rather than fitting it in to the few minutes I have available. I’m ready for exercise, eating better and having time to myself. I’ll wave the summer a fond farewell and look forward to the autumn. Festival fun (tickets gifted) We spent the weekend at the Sunshine Festival which…

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Summer adventures with Sunbites [AD]

For many of us, the summer holidays bring an opportunity to explore the UK. Heading to the beach, a lake or glorious countryside to spend time outdoors. We spent a couple of weeks in our camper van so we could take the girls to some of our favourite areas. Whilst camping holidays keep costs down, they do bring their own expense. Taking a picnic is a great option on days out from the campsite because it’s so much cheaper than buying lunch. We tried out Sunbites as a picnic treat while we were camping beside Lake Bala. Adventurous spirit My…

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Pure Pet Food review

Dogs are funny creatures aren’t they? Bubbles is a fussy eater. That is to say that she’s fussy about dog food. She’s notably less fussy about titbits, scraps, rubbish she finds on the floor and poo from any animal. That all seems to go down a treat. Yet dog biscuits without a bit of added flavour? Not a chance. So when Pure asked if we wanted to try out their healthy, human quality dehydrated dog food, we were up for the challenge. About Pure Pet Food Pure was founded by Matt and Dan, who couldn’t believe that people felt they…

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