Five Go Barging About! Heritage Narrow Boats

March can be a tricky month to predict weather-wise, in the past we’ve had glorious sunshine and warmer no coat days and then again we’ve had snowdrifts and road closures. So it seemed an impossible task to try and arrange a special family day out for Ben’s 40th (in case you were wondering, I’ve got…

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I Picked a PukkaPaca: Charnwood Forest Alpacas

What defines a mid life crisis? Well, probably secretly booking up a 90 minute session to walk a South American camelid as a Mothers Day treat to yourself! Technically I blame my sister, she put me onto it but I needed little no persuasion. We booked via Groupon…oh we do love a deal…and grabbed the…

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Five Go National Trusting!

We love a bit of the National Trust, have been members for 3 years now and we’ve always got our monies worth from our membership fee. It’s something I highly recommend to friends with young families, as the National Trust has worked hard over the last decade to become more family focussed and shake off…

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Snow, Slime and a Stegosaurus!

#ad You may recall that I’ve partnered with Zimplikids before, back in early January we tried out their Snoball Play pack and had a great time having a snowball fight up at our local park. Read more about it here. We were sent two more Zimplikids products to use and this time we got a…

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WIN a Family Ticket to see Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels at Buxton Opera House

#ad Hold the phone!!! I’ve got a cracking giveaway for you… You may remember that back in February I told you that my animated favourites Wallace & Gromit are coming to Buxton this summer with the Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels UK tour. The show comes to Buxton Opera House on Thursday 16th May at…

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Parenting Alphabet Challenge

Thanks to The Wandering Pram for nominating me for the #parentingalphabetchallenge and to Yule Times for creating it. Mines a bit of a mixed bag to say the least (what’s new?) but I’ve enjoyed taking part, and believe me it’s harder than it looks! So, read on for MY a to z experiences of parenthood.…

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Teething Times with Fiddle Beads

#ad Firstly, sorry for the radio silence, but for the last few weeks I’ve been dealing with a full on slobbery, red cheeked, clingy, sleep regressing 4 month old monster albeit a cute and cuddly one, who has hit teething hard. Luckily for us, some relief came with the arrival of two #gifted teething products…

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Five Go Underwater! Blue Planet Aquarium

#ad For James’s 2nd birthday treat day out we needed somewhere that would keep both him and Stanley entertained (no easy task!), be predominately indoors (gotta love February birthdays), and have plenty of facilities for Eli. Blue Planet Aquarium Chester was our chosen destination, and is roughly 1.5hrs away from us and so there was…

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How We Became Local Legends: Leek Life

…not that we weren’t already, you understand!! Hands up if you love where you live…I know I do! We call Leek (a small market town on the edge of the Peak District in the Staffordshire Moorlands) home. And, in my opinion it is an absolutely brilliant place to live and raise children! Why? Because there’s…

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Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels

#ad Hold onto your Wensleydale my old chums, I have some exciting news for you! Wallace & Gromit are back in a cracking live tour celebrating the 30th Anniversary year of the cheese loving pair. (c) and TM Aardman/W&G Ltd. All rights reserved. In May and June 2019, Carrot Productions will tour Wallace & Gromit’s…

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