Cat Hooper

  • Newcastle Eagles vs Glasgow Rocks

    Newcastle Eagles kicks off BBL Championship 2017 season

    Friday night and excitement was in the air in the Hooper household.  Thanks to Northern Print solutions we were heading to the Newcastle Eagles first home game of the season in the BBL Championship league.  The girls changed into their sports gear and tracked down the foam finger from the 2016 season-which I’m sure is […]

  • Cheap Kitchen Makeover

    Annie Sloan Kitchen Cabinet Transformation for £400

    Around this time of the year we start getting itchy feet for a new home project. Summer holidays are a distant memory and Chrismas is around the corner.  September is the perfect time to get the house in shape in time for Santa coming. As our budget was tight a plan was made to paint the […]

  • Saltholme RSPB

    A Day of Discovery at RSPB Saltholme

    The journey towards Teeside from Newcastle takes us along the A1 and across on the A689. Both roads are pretty uneventful. You get used to the beautiful scenery we have in the North East and take it for granted. Hills, fields, trees, dual carriageway embankments and the occasional flyover! It sort of becomes part of […]

  • Cat's Book Club

    Autumn Book Recommendations

    You know the Summer is nearly over when the nights start drawing in and it’s dark at 8pm!! As sad as that is it’s also nice to get in from home and chill out with a good book. No need to feel guilty about not making the most of a nice sunny night.  Here’s a […]

  • Tyne Theatre and Opera House

    1867 at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    After a crazy busy day at my day job helping the new university ‘Fresher’s’ with all manor of random queries such from the mundane ‘Where can I buy ziplock bags?‘ to the more serious ‘What happens if I’ve missed my induction?‘ I was really looking forward to a Monday night out at the Tyne Theatre […]

  • Surprises our Girls at Alton Towers

    How we surprised the girls at Alton Towers!

    Some people think a day out walking round a crowded theme park the equivalent of hell. Queuing for disappointing rides, being fleeced for overpriced hotdogs and listening to other kids whine is just not for them.   If you have learnt anything from our blog ramblings you will know that is just not us! We […]

  • Things to do in the Costa Del Sol

    Costa Del Sol Things to do : A Day in Malaga

    It was a happy coincidence that our friends the Duncans (Craig, Debbie, Alex and Kieran) were docking in Malaga on their super swish Royal Caribbean Med cruise when we were in the area. Plans to catch up with them over a Rioja or two close to Malaga cathedral were hatched. The last time we saw […]

  • The Hoopers Family Photo Shoot

    Family Photoshoot with Mandy Charlton

    Buying birthday gifts for my Dad is always a tricky one.  This year my Mam came up with the idea of a Mandy Charlton Family Photoshoot. Genius plan! It’s been a couple of years since we had some nice shots and Mandy always delivers with her natural, relaxed style.  The girls are growing up fast. […]

  • Northumbria University Clearing

    Northumbria University: The Best Decision

    Northumbria University has been part of my life now for 15 years.   After completing a Sociology degree in 2005, I started working at the Students’ Union that same year and have been there ever since. Helping students to make the most of their time at Northumbria University is extremely rewarding. Forget school, University really […]

  • Spiegel Tent Q Festival

    Q Festival: Glitz and Glamour

    I’m a little late to the party with this one and can’t believe I haven’t been down to the Q Festival on Baltic Square.  Based in the beautiful 1920s feel Spiegeltent, Q Festival has been running since July 14th ending on Sunday 6th August. Q Festival is running in conjunction with Gateshead Council and Jesterval […]

  • Disney Cruise Line, Newcastle

    Disney Magic Cruise Ship & the Shields Ferry

    When the Disney Cruise liners started their UK tours in 2016, I did wonder how popular they would be.  After all, the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean aren’t really comparable with the choppy North Sea.  However, the itinerary must have been a success as the liner is back on a 2017 […]