Five Go Festive! The Lanterns at Chester Zoo 2019

#ad [press trip] If you’re a regular to my blog and social channels then you’ll already know that we are huge fans of Wild Rumpus. They have been responsible for providing some truly magical memories for our family (at Timber Festival, Just So Festival and Art on the Run) during the last couple of years.…

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See Santa in Stoke: Christmas 2019

I realise that some of you reading this are already super organised for Christmas and I can say with all certainty that I’m unlikely to ever join your ranks! So far the only Christmas presents I’ve purchased for my boys were disguised and hidden so well that my hubby threw them away…that will teach me,…

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Our Top Festive Finds 2019: Something A Little Bit Different!

We (well, me and the kids…Ben not so much!) love the run up to Christmas, and over the years we’ve discovered some treasures that aren’t your usual run of the mill festive offerings, but something unique that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer! We don’t venture too far (long car journeys with 3 small…

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Fun Finds for Kids: ‘Up ‘Anley Duck’

Stoke-on-Trent is a funny one as far as cities go! Made up of six towns, Hanley is known as the city centre locally, yet Stoke itself also has plenty to offer. But, for the purpose of this post I’m listing some great ideas to keep the kids happy while you’re ‘Up ‘Anley Duck’ as we…

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The Snowman Tour 2019: A Preview

#Ad [Press Trip] We’re now into September, the kids are back at school, the leaves are starting to fall and therefore I’m declaring it perfectly acceptable to start talking about Christmas! Yaay! There are certain films and programmes that I always associate with Christmas, however the one that really does top my Christmas TV tree…

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Days out for Nowt: August activities in Stoke-on-Trent 2019

So we’re nearly halfway through the Summer holidays now, anybody a bit scared to check the bank balance…or is that just me? If you are searching for ways to have a fun filled day out without splashing the cash then look no further, here I’ve compiled some of the best FREE days out that our…

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Schools Out for Summer: Our Top 10 Places to Visit Locally

We have A LOT planned in for the holidays and we are are very lucky to live in an amazing place so most of our adventures this Summer will be relatively close to home. Leek is nestled on the edge of the Peak District which affords us some amazing days out set in beautiful scenery…

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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 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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