A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool

As a parent, saying ‘no’ becomes a habit. Denying requests for expensive toys, late nights and sweets galore. Sometimes though, it’s good to say yes. So, when we were invited to spend a day at Coral Island in Blackpool, I decided to use it as a ‘yes’ day. Because Coral Island has everything the children love. Games, rides, arcade machines that you can win tickets on to exchange for prizes. All the things I’d often say ‘no’ to. So, how did it go when I said yes? What is Coral Island? Located directly opposite the beautiful Blackpool seafront, Coral Island…

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big 2018

Much to the delight of children across the country, Moana makes her debut in this year’s Disney on Ice. We are huge fans of the show and go at least once a year, sometimes twice. Every time I wonder whether the girls will get fed up of it. Then, the show excels itself  yet again. And I remember why we love it so much. Meeting their Disney on Ice idols For many little ones, meeting Elsa and Anna is a dream come true. My two are no exception. When we were asked if we wanted to go to a meet…

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Thursday photo #232

As the sunny days get fewer and further between at this time of year, I find myself appreciating each one a little more. There are many advantages to working from home, but the main one for me is being able to get outside in daylight every day. It makes the darker months of the year so much more bearable. A much awaited achievement Libby has been having swimming lessons since she turned four years old. To start with, she progressed quickly, whizzing through the early groups. She could already swim, so when the assessments only required her to go along…

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A family day out at Cadbury World Birmingham

What do you do on a rainy day? Parenting always seems so much easier when we’re out of the house. So, in most weathers we wrap the girls up warm and get out anyway. But with Storm Callum looming and our plans cancelled due to rain, we were on the hunt for a day out that would be suitable for any weather. Luckily, Cadbury World is just up the road in Birmingham and they invited us to spend the day there. And what a day it was. Cadbury Exhibition Tour (indoors) On arrival, we headed straight indoors to join the…

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Finding the joy in reading

Society puts a huge pressure on young children to learn to read. Very early on in school, they start recognising letters, piecing together words and eventually reading them out loud with the correct expression and punctuation. Books come home and it’s a parent’s job to listen to their child read. Encourage them when they’re right, work through errors and help the child to learn. Learning to read Every day, Libby would bring home her reading book. We’d plough through it. She’d get frustrated that it was difficult and I’d be left questioning how she could get totally stuck on a…

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Thursday photo #231

Can somebody please remind me how long the sniffle season lasts? I expected it when the girls went back to school although maybe not quite as quickly as the colds appeared. I anticipated it continuing for a week or two but seriously, it’s been over a month. Enough already. Sniffle season My husband and I succumbed to colds this week and mercifully, the girls have had nothing more than a tickly cough. In fact, it wiped me out so much that I had to turn down a swim in the river on Monday. Thankfully though, I’d recovered enough by Tuesday…

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Why Haven holidays are not for us

Social media is full of ‘perfect’ lives. Glorious, happy holidays to beautiful places. When I share information about a place we’ve visited, it’s almost always positive because it’s a recommendation. Often, they’re places we’ve paid to go to and I share them so others can discover a place we love. But life’s not always like that. Sometimes we go somewhere and it’s not great. And that can be important to share too. So, this is what happened when we went on a Haven Holiday. Why Haven? As the girls get older, we try to go on holidays to places where…

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