Just What Kind of Mother Are You? #weektoview

DSC02263Hope you had an amazing Easter break? Ours was great, although a huge challenge to juggle work and children. I really enjoyed just hanging out in Nottingham with the kids for once. It was a chance to reconnect, to recharge some flagging batteries and to rethink. Having worked hard on some travel blogging press trips as a family we kept our days out low key, and the photos too. Although we did go to one blogging event, Next’s Summer 14 for Kids day, more on that in another post. hello Continue reading

How to Pond Dip

How to pond dip

Chances are your child will demand to know how to pond dip on a day when it is the last thing you have planned. Kids are like that I find. The last thing I expected to do on Mother’s Day was relearn how to pond dip, but it turned out to be the perfect activity for the most beautiful day, as I explained over on Becky’s blog A Beautiful Space. Continue reading

Golfing at The Lost City


Last week we got to try adventure golf at The Lost City in Nottingham’s Corner House. You can play either 18 or 36 holes indoors in the fabulous exotic Incas themed course. This is a great concept with appeal to a wide range of groups – families, stag and hen dos, corporate groups, couples, teens and those wanting something a bit more active to do in the city centre. They also have lots of Easter treats in store.

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My #weektoview Tigers Tigers burning bright


Mr G was a cat in his reception year show. 90 kids in animal costume and onesies singing – very cute. He made me laugh (wrongly) by taking off his wired tail and poking it in the air during the bits where I couldn’t see him and popping up in other children’s masks. In this photo he has managed to detach most of his costume, crafty cat.

I am really proud of how well he has adjusted to school. For a wild cat it hasn’t been easy, I can’t believe how they have tamed him and channelled his raging imagination so brilliantly.

Miss L got herself covered in stickers in the last week of term, they both have been working incredibly hard, definitely time for a holiday! Continue reading

Get your kit ON, with Cycle Centre

Cycling gear

Cycle Centre very kindly agreed to sponsor my kit for Nottingham’s leg of the #teamhonkrelay. I might have looked like a complete amateur on the day, but underneath that Robin hood costume from Joke I was fully equipped and prepared for anything. It was a good job really as we suffered 8 punctures on the day, so lots of waiting about in the freezing cold. Continue reading

Rate the Date – Mr A’s take on Direct Line Icy Roads

A few weeks ago I was invited to take on the skid pan in Kettering with Direct Line. As it was a night away from the kids and the sort of thing Mr A would love I asked if I could bring him too, Direct Line kindly said yes and that he could probably get a quick lap of the skid pan. On the day another blogger dropped out so Mr A was lucky enough to get the full experience.

The end of the clip says it all really, don’t you think?

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#weektoview Miami to Sheffield

DSC01161I want to stop the time flying thorough my fingers. I don’t have time to blog all the mad things that happen in a week, but some of them are really worth a mention.

I would love you to join me in the most laidback visual linky on the planet. All you do is post your week in pictures. It might be all the week in glorious technicolour, part the week, or maybe you only took one photo. Maybe the one photo says it all. Sometimes that’s the way weeks go. A chance to look back at the seven days or so that just flew past.

I’m starting as I don’t mean to go on, with the most bonkers week I’ve had in years….my life isn’t always this exciting so please, let’s still be friends?

It started with a flight home from Miami where we were recording a promotional film on board Carnival Breeze as Carnival Cruise Lines #funnestfamily. We made it look easy of course, but we did work quite hard.

Loved Miami, more on it later, it was so cool, even though we were tired!

Tuesday found me on my bike for the first time in years, cycling 50k for Sport Relief. We only had 8 punctures!


While we were cycling we hit #teamhonkrelay’s £20,000 fundraising target for Sport Relief, this photo of Lucy from Lish Concepts says it all, it really helped us through the hellish bits.DSC01200

After a day of recovering, on Thursday Jaime from The Oliver’s Madhouse and I took to the Peaks to take the baton from Chatsworth to Sheffield. it was a very long straight road and it was a very tiring walk, mainly on the muddy verges of busy A roads, but we had so much fun.

Despite the road being one long straight one, we got so lost!


Since then I’ve been trying to catch up on work, I don’t feel too bad physically, after lots of chocolate, radox and deep heat, but oh my, mentally and emotionally I am knackered. I hate being disorganised and forgetting stuff, but this week I had to accept chaos ruled.

I’ve missed this guy so much, I have been trying to curl up with a cup of tea and Max at every opportunity. Two worn out racers.

Do share your #weektoview with us. As many or as few words and pictures as you like, in whatever format you like. It would be lovely if you would comment on two of the other posts linked up too and maybe show them some social love using #weektoview.

Cheeky 😉

If like me, this week your week has been particularly crazy, you could just leave any blogs you visit a cheeky 😉 in the comments.

Fun Family Things to Do in York

Lendal Bridge

When I was little my Mum and Gran took me and my brother to York for the weekend. We thought it was a magical place, my parents had a tiresome fascination with dragging us around churches, purely from an architectural perspective, but I do remember being in awe of York Minster. Continue reading

Christmas Activities for Kids

christmas decoration

christmas decoration by stvcr, on Flickr

I don’t know about you, but it took me a while to find my stride with creating my own family Christmas: the best bits of my family, Mr A’s family and some ideas borrowed along the way. Today’s guest post in association with Parkdean Holidays has some lovely suggestions for memorable activities to add to your Christmas rituals.

During the kids’ holidays this Christmas you might want to stay on top of things and keep the excitement under wraps before the big day. Distraction is the best way to do that, so keeping the kids busy is one method to ensure a fun and peaceful Christmas. Here are some great ideas on what to do with the little ones this time of year. Continue reading

The Perfect Situation: A National Trust Dovedale Family Walk


Was you ever in Dovedale? I can assure you there are things as noble as Greece or Switzerland.

Lord Byron, of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire.

I can’t fully explain the buzz we felt at the end of Sunday. The four of us sat on a picnic rug at the bottom of a huge hill, by the river, exhilarated, grubby and full of chocolate cake, sharing a huge sense of satisfaction after a Dovedale family walk. The perfect situation.

Dovedale in the Peak District is a place we go back to again and again. I’ve blogged about the snowy walk my Dad and I took there. I’ve also blogged about visiting Ilam and staying at the amazing caravan site. Whatever the season, the Peak District is a great place to visit as a family. Continue reading