Cat Hooper

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    Cat’s Best Books of 2016

    To kick off 2017, I thought I’d share my round up of the best books of 2016, that I have read. I had been an avid reader before the girls came along.  Many an evening was spent reading a classic novel or a light-hearted chick lit. My part-time student job was in the local library. […]

  • Disneyland Paris at Christmas

    Top 5 – Disneyland Paris at Christmas

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas is a great time to go. From the amazing decorations,  piped in festive music, themed Christmas shows and parade it really is a magical experience. Disney know how to pull together the Christmas theme. Here are some of our highlights from our last trip to inspire anyone thinking of going next Christmas, grab […]

  • James and the Giant Peach - Northern Stage

    James and the Giant Peach – Northern Stage

    I Cannot quite believe we have made it to Christmas Eve.  It’s been a crazily busy month but we have loved every single Christmas light, market, party, nativity performance and despite almost having a meltdown last week really wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m so very ready for a few days staying with the family-eating […]

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty & The Beast at the Tyne Theatre

    It’s December and ‘Tis the season for frantic shopping trips, too much food and of course the British tradition the pantomine! ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House was to be the first of many this season. After a fun and slightly stressful Christmas tree putting up morning where yet again […]

  • Late Night Xmas Market

    Grainger Market Late Night Shopping

    It’s been years since I’ve properly looked around the Grainger Market. Working up near the Civic Centre, it’s just too far to pop there and back in my 30 minute lunch break and weekends are usually so busy taxiing the girls to their various social engagements. So when the blogging opportunity arose to pop down as […]

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    December Plans

    Wow! I cannot believe it’s already December and the big man in red’s visit is imminent.  2016 has gone in a flash and in January our little baby ‘Here Come the Hoopers’ will be celebrating it’s first birthday. The past few weeks have been so busy, so this year shopping will be left to the last […]

  • The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay

    The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay

    Child Free Day After a lovely coffee in the Long play cafe we meandered up to town, grabbing some last minute crafty bits for Imogen’s party taking place that night.  After bumping into our neighbour Kim, and my sister in law Janice and her Mam in the space of 5 minutes, Alan came to the […]

  • Katies Garden

    Katie’s Garden – Sunderland

    On the eve of Imogen 9th birthday we took a trip down to Katie’s Garden in Sunderland with my friend (and fellow Brownie owl)  Victoria and her daughter Elizabeth (7). It had been quite a crafty weekend as Imogen had celebrated with a little party with her classmates on Friday evening decorating mugs, canvas bags […]

  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin

    The Gardens – Wynyard Hall

    You have to love facebook for throwing up some good ideas for days out.  The ‘Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin’ event at Wynyard Hall Gardens came up on my timeline and it seemed like a good way to fill in a Thursday afternoon of half term.  The cost of the event was £15 per child for 3 hours […]

  • The Vampire Rabbit at the Mining Institute

    The Vampire Rabbit at the Mining Institute

    A few months ago I spotted on North East Family Fun’s blog a guide to the exciting events taking place during the 2016 Juice Festival.  I have to admit, the Juice Festival wasn’t a programme I was overly familiar with so we were keen this year to find out more and book onto one of the […]