Category: Other

  • Setting up a Dwarf Hamster Cage.

    We got Dwarf Hamsters for Christmas!

    After nearly 2 years of looking into a pet for our girls, we eventually decided to surprise them with Dwarf Hamsters. I’ll add that this was one of their Christmas presents, but that wasn’t the reason we got them. While deciding a Dog wasn’t going to fit that well into our lives we felt that Dwarf […]

  • UK Blog Awards 2018 | Shortlisted Finalists

    2018 has started on a high already. We were just starting to turn around from our holidays to getting back to work mode when an email landed from the UK Blog Awards 2018. UK Blog Awards 2018 Finalists We’ve been selected on the Shortlist for the final judging panel for the UK Blog Awards 2018 […]

  • A Year of Home Improvements

    A Year of Home Improvements

    Everything seems to hit at the same time and sometimes it’s intentional, while other times it’s just bad luck. 2017 in the Hooper House was one project after another. Some projects had been put off, some had been planned for and others were just pure luxury wants. Upgrading the Wifi and Creating a Data Point! We’d […]

  • Hoover Freedom Pets FD22RP Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

    Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review | Hoover Freedom

    We’ve been having a little bit of vacuum bother in the Hooper House this year. I’ll not name brands, but our bagless vacuum cleaner stopped being a super sucker. It could have been that we had been doing a lot of decorating this year… or that we vacuumed the fake grass outside twice… or maybe […]

  • 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 […]