Holiday styles – from saving to splurging

When it comes to going away on holiday figuring out what your budget is has got to be pretty high on your list. Even once you’ve booked the destination it’s important to think about activities, trips and food – well unless you’re all inclusive and don’t plan on moving from the pool. You lucky thing. There’s nothing worse than planning a holiday and realising that you’ve not saved enough for the things you wanted to…

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Our relaxing weekend in the Peak District with Sandybrook

Over Mother’s Day weekend we had a family treat and stayed at Sandybrook Country Park in Derbyshire. Nestled in the countryside near the town of Ashbourne, Sandybrook is a perfect little family getaway location. We had a lodge with two bedrooms and a living space with kitchen diner and relaxed seating area. Just what you need as a family of four. Our cosy lodge was perfect for evenings of family board games and films, and…

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My travel bucket list – Bali

Having a family so young, I was 23 when I had my eldest, meant that we’ve not really been away much over the last ten years. Money has been spent on the children, on renovating our home, and sadly, not on holidays. While we were in our early twenties our child free friends were off back packing and exploring the world and we were in a sleepless, nappy and milk filled haze! Having children at…

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Brucciani’s – The Best Independent Coffee Shops in Preston

This is the third in my series of the best independent coffee shops in Preston, and this time I’m sharing a more traditional coffee shop. Found on the main highstreet Brucciani’s is quite an institution in Preston and it’s hands down one of the most beautiful cafes I’ve been in. It’s like stepping back in time when you walk through the door. The interiors are stunning and it’s a lovely place to sit in and…

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Ham and Jam – The Best Independent Coffee Shops in Preston

Update – Sadly Ham and Jam has since closed down You know me, I love pitching up to a good coffee shop, grabbing a coffee and getting some work done, so it makes sense to share some of my favourite places with you. This is the second post in my series of The Best Coffee Shops in Preston and features Ham and Jam. if you missed the first one on Town House, then quick go…

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The Best Independent Coffee Shops in Preston – Town House Coffee and Brew Bar

This is the first post in a series of my favourite, and the ones I would consider to be the best, independent coffee shops in Preston. Whether to work from or socialise in, these are the ones you have to try out. Initially this was going to be one post for all of them but on reflection I thought they each deserve their own mention. The first feature goes to Town House Coffee and Brew…

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Learning to surf at SURF SNOWDONIA

I set myself a challenge this year to be more adventurous, to ‘say yes to new adventures’ and try things I normally shrink away from. To be frank I’m not the most outdoorsy of people, with this quote I found on Pinterest summing me up rather well… ‘I’m outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios’ So yes, not very ‘outdoorsy’ at all really! My kids and my husband on the other hand are…

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