Category: Other

  • AO.com Christmas Gifts 2017

    Christmas Gifting Challenge with AO.com

    A few weeks back we were approached by Ao.com to be part of their Christmas gifting challenge.  In short, we needed to buddy up with another blogger to select a gift they would love and they would reciprocate with a gift for us.  All very exciting!! Deborah at Country Heart and Home was our blogger […]

  • Cheated out of my ancestral home

    Many years ago my Dad started to tell me a story about how he should have been living in a manor. Apparently, he had “proof” of how he’d lost his ancestral home. Information about hidden graves of children who had no nameplates or plaques. A tomb behind a secretly blocked up crypt. Buried workmen crushed […]

  • Meccano off Road Racer review

    Our Girls build the Meccano Off Road Racer

    Meccano has been around for years and although I remember it from my childhood, it is something I’d never built. Spin Master offered us the chance to test out and review the Off Road Racer kit. I thought this would be a great chance for our Girls to try out something totally different. Abigail has […]

  • Disney Party Tea

    Celebrating Getting Back To School with a Disney Party

    After the 6 long weeks of school holidays September was finally here.  Parents throughout the country rejoiced (or was it just us?) as it was back to school time!! The summer holidays were full of fun but Abigail was really looking forward to seeing her friends.  6 weeks is a long time! Holidays and work […]

  • Small Steps, Huge Leaps and Plodding Along!

    The beginning of September is a big moment in so many peoples lives for many different reasons. The most important is that it is  my birthday (I’m now 39). The second is preparing for photograph your front door day. All parents will be aware that the first week of September it is LAW that you […]

  • 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 […]

  • I Love Football

    The UEFA Woman’s Euro 2017 and our Girls

    The UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 are being held in the Netherlands this year. The England women’s team qualified, but are also joined this year by Scotland for the first time. In the World cup Finals in Canada 2015 the England women’s team came 3rd, so the pressure is on to bring it back home this […]

  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles Mystery Puzzle

    Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mystery Puzzle – Review

    Our two girls get obsessed with the latest must haves. Recently we ventured to Tamworth to see Toys and Me star Tiana at the Launch of Hatchimal CollEGGtibles. Since then Hatchimals Colleggtibles keep getting sneaked into our shopping baskets. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mystery Puzzle We were sent the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mystery puzzle by Spin Master to […]

  • Fathers Day Makeover

    A Father’s Day Treat

    Apparently Father’s Day isn’t real! After a pupil asked the school why there is no Father’s Day assembly, the reply confused me. Father’s Day isn’t real as it is just a holiday that we have adopted from America. So there you have it your wasting your time today. Nothing special to see here. Unless you […]