Cat Hooper

  • I Amsterdam card

    How much did we save using the ‘I Amsterdam’ City Card?

    As we were planning our Amsterdam trip this summer Google kept suggesting the ‘I Amsterdam’ city card.  This card covered museum entry, public transport & a canal boat ride. Would we get back the 84€ it would cost us for the 72 hours in the city?  We decided to take the punt, explore the city […]

  • Hotel not a hotel Amsterdam

    Discovering Hotel Not Hotel in Amsterdam

    When my parents kindly offered to take the girls on a Norweigan Cruise this summer, we decided to take the opportunity to head off on a child-free city break.   We toyed with a few destinations but settled on Amsterdam.  With daily KLM flights from Newcastle with less than an hour flying time and easy transfer […]

  • New brownie Badges 2018

    New Girlguiding Programme

    Girlguiding hit the national news last month.  For the first time in decades, a new programme was revealed to the nation, parents, and leaders.  After 18 months of research, trials, and focus groups by Girlguiding Headquarters, the organisation revealed a new 21st-century ready programme!  Girls’ interests have evolved over the years so it is only […]

  • Disney On Ice Dream Big

    Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

    Disney on Ice is an Autumn family tradition in the Hooper household as the show makes its annual October stop at the Metro Radio Arena.  I don’t think we have ever missed a show since taking Imogen as a tiny baby.  One year I took 50 girls aged between 5 and 10 on a guiding […]

  • Seaham Sea Glass

    Seaglass Hunting on Seaham Beach

    I cannot believe we have made it to week three of the school holidays, it’s going so fast.  Although waiting for my holiday from work this last week has dragged a bit! Roll on the August holidays! The amazing hot weather of 2018 has been fantastic and I’ll be sad when it comes to an […]

  • 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 […]