25 Jun 2017

Tonka Tinys Car Crush Escape Review

We had heard lots about Tonka’s (you would, seen as they have been around a really long time and are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year), but this was our first time playing with Tonka Tinys.

                  Tonka Tinys Car Crush Escape Review

For those of you new to the world of Tonka, they are a range of vehicular toys that are now available in miniature as Tonka Tinys. They are available either as three packs or individually as interlocking surprise blind box garages, each housing one of 20 miniature vehicles.

Also new to the range are a pair of Tonka Tinys playsets available to buy now from Amazon.



18 Jun 2017

It's Not Cricket!

There is no disgrace in defeat, but in the manner of succumbing to it. 


                 It's Not Cricket!

You can't win them all, but when you fold in and give up without a fight, it's simply called 'taking the p***'.
That's exactly what the Indian cricket team seemed to do today in the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy. 

The stage was neatly set
For an enthralling game of cricket 
The sun shining in a cloudless sky
On what seemed the perfect wicket.

16 Jun 2017

Fabulous Family Fun at The Lowry this July

There’s always something amazing going on at The Lowry, and this July is no exception. There is an incredible line-up of family shows, with something for everyone no matter what your age or interest.

Here is a sneak peek at all the family-friendly shows on at The Lowry in July. 

The unmissable brand new production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox (Wed 5 July - Sun 9 July), the classic tale of The Railway Children (Tue 25 - Sun 30 July), The Tiger Who Came To Tea (Thu 27 - Sun 30 July) and winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family The Red Shoes (Tue 11 - Sat 15 July).


The venue also hosts it first ever dementia friendly performance in the form of The Mikado on Weds 26 July at 2pm.

Although not yet confirmed, adaptions to The Mikado for the dementia friendly performance can include things like looking at the pacing of the story, if there are quick plot developments they may look to slow things down and make more obvious references to changes in the story. There may also be a lot of repetition so that theatregoers are able to follow along with the story.



As a theatre The Lowry can make adaptions like keeping the lights up in the auditorium so that theatregoers are not in complete darkness; having an open door policy so that theatregoers can see all exits and are free to leave when they need to; having extra trained staff on hand to help out with individual’s needs.

In the galleries, Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 (Sat 10 June - Sun 24 Sept) and the permanent display of LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist continues daily.


Why not head over to The Lowry website and book tickets to your favourite performances now?

Images courtesy The Lowry

13 Jun 2017

5 Things to do in Glencoe When You Are 5

Our first ever road trip with J and we decided to head north of the border into the Scottish Highlands. The village of Glencoe on the southern shores of Loch Leven was to be our base as we rambled, explored and looked for adventure. The weather was predictable in that rain alternated with sunshine in an unpredictable pattern. But we were prepared; we were geared up to make the most of our half-term break no matter what the weather. Glencoe was just as stunning as I remembered it from seven years ago. The only difference this time was that I was seeing things through the eyes of my five year old son.  

5 Things to do in Glencoe When You Are 5

Here are our top 5 things to do in Glencoe when you are five:

31 May 2017

Ready Brek - a Smooth, Nutritious Start to Your Day (Giveaway)

I have always been a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good, substantial breakfast sets you up nicely for the rest of the day. This holds true for any normal day, but the real significance of a hearty breakfast becomes glaringly obvious when you set off on a challenging ramble or a bike ride.

Ready Brek - a Smooth, Nutritious Start to Your Day

Needless to say, a routine breakfast in our home includes porridge. Oats are an excellent source of slow-release carbohydrates, releasing energy gradually and keeping you fuller for longer.

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