Cat Hooper

  • Camp Marra

    Pirate Marra – Northumberland Scout Camp

    Lots of people would think I was crazy spending my bank holiday weekend in a field with nearly 3000 kids and not a pub garden in sight.  But on the last May bank holiday that’s exactly what I did.  The reason for this crazy holiday (or potential endurance test?) was that I was volunteering with […]

  • Hillcroft Camp Site Pooley Bridge

    Hillcroft Campsite – Pooley Bridge

    At the beginning of the year, we started to plan our annual camping trip with our friends the Lights and Walkers.  The previous year we had stayed at Park Foot campsite at Pooley Bridge which we enjoyed but wasn’t without a few minor hiccups.  Mainly involving our leaking tent and an incident with dog poo!  […]

  • Dobson and Parnell Newcastle

    Dobson & Parnell, Daily Set Menu

    Friday at work my mind was drifting to a weekend of child-free fun.  The girls were heading off with my parents to the Blackpool seaside for the weekend to ride the rollercoasters at the Pleasure Beach.  I had a more relaxed weekend in mind.  A nice meal out, long lie in, and some party planning […]

  • Colmans Seafood Temple South Shields

    Colmans Seafood Temple South Shields

    We have been itching to go to Colmans Seafood Temple since it opened last Summer.  Located in the iconic Ghandi’s temple (a former bandstand come public toilet!) near to Gypsy’s Green stadium, the finish line for the Great North Run. The Colmans’ brand is strong in South Shields dishing up fish and chips to South Shields […]

  • John Lewis Home Design Event

    John Lewis Home Design Event

    Last week I was invited down to John Lewis in Eldon Square to check out their Spring home range.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.  Despite the full-on motivation to decorate the house at the start of the year, that motivation was starting to wane.  I really needed some inspiration to put the […]

  • London Zoo Animals

    Visit to ZSL London Zoo

    As we only visit London once a year or so we like to try new places each time.  ZSL London Zoo is always somewhere I’ve fancied going so we made a plan to head there on Easter Sunday.  I really didn’t have a clue what to expect or how large it was.  Arriving around 12 […]

  • Meegos and Mini Meegos Series 1

    Meegos and Mini Meegos Series 1 | Collectible Crocheted Soft toys

    Our little Hoopsters are obsessed with collections. I mean they will start to collect anything. My issue is that most of the collectibles they go for are small plastic items that hurt your feet when you find them on the carpet. Today we’re looking at the Meegos and Mini Meegos Collectible set. We were given […]

  • Museum of London Docklands

    Visit to Museum of London Docklands

    We are back from our epic Easter weekend trip to London with sore feet and a lighter wallet.  Our first stop was the Museum of London Docklands. London for us is always worth the effort and we aim to visit at least once a year with the kids.  There is just so much to explore […]

  • Canny Crafty

    Canny Crafty Gosforth

    Our girls love to craft, however, the mess that comes with painting always puts me off.  This is where Canny Crafty Gosforth comes to the rescue.   Kids and adults can get messy with paint, create a unique masterpiece and let Canny Crafty do the cleaning up.  What’s not to love about that? Where is Canny […]

  • Longlox Pamper Party

    Longlox Salon Kids Pamper Party

    Abigail started talking about her 7th birthday party in the Spring, more or less the day after her 6th Birthday.  A Vue cinema party was the first idea but this was soon changed to Build a Bear, swiftly followed by Clip and Climb, trampolining, and Pizza Hut.  The option of no party instead opting for  […]

  • Newcastle Kitchen and Bedroom Company

    Bedroom and Kitchen Home Improvements

    While some people lust over designer shoes, handbags and the latest high-end fashion, for me it’s all about the latest home interiors.  Nothing makes me drool more than a perfect granite kitchen island with a Falcon stove! I really am my Mother’s daughter.  Give me the latest Farrow and Ball wallpaper design and Karndean floor to […]