30 Jul 2017

Outgrowing a Toddler Bed

It was three summers ago that J moved out of his baby cot into a toddler bed. We did up his room then, complete with lots of Thomas the Tank Engine decals, toy boxes and a big bookcase.

He is six years old now, tall for his age, and is very snug in his toddler bed. The time has come to move him into a proper sized ‘big boy’ bed.

Outgrowing a Toddler Bed

27 Jul 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Lowry

Does anyone else think it is feeling more like the Indian monsoon than a British summer? As if the incessant downpour wasn’t a dampener enough, there are these mystery viruses doing the rounds and making life miserable. I have no wish to be hunkered down in bed during the summer holidays, but going by the sore throat I woke up to this morning, that seems to be a distinct possibility.

Viruses and rain notwithstanding, J and I headed to the local library to register him for this year’s reading challenge. This is his fourth year doing it, and I am so proud of how far he has come with his reading (more on that later).

We next went to The Lowry for what was undoubtedly the highlight of our day. It was warm, but J had insisted on wearing his tiger onesie for one reason alone. We were going to watch The Tiger Who Came To Tea and he wanted to look and feel the part.

26 Jul 2017

Refract:17 and Anyday at The Waterside Arts

Should I be surprised that the first day of our summer holidays was nearly a complete washout? All plans for the morning were put on hold as rain took over our lives. So J and I spent the day baking a batch of banana and walnut muffins, improvising on the recipe as we went along since we only had one ripe banana.

Refract:17 and Anyday at The Waterside Arts


The skies brightened by mid-afternoon and after a quick meal of creamy vegetable pasta that M rustled up in under 15 minutes, we headed out to the Waterside Arts to watch a performance of Anyday.

Anyday is Max Calaf Seve’s one-man trampolining act that is part of Refract:17, a festival of experiential performances, music and events that are being showcased at the Waterside till the end of this month. It is about seeing things differently, being challenged and inspired.



“There is no gravity on that stage,” my six year old exclaimed in incredulous delight as we watched Max perform one stunt after another. Quickly followed by, “I wish I could do that,” in response to Max’s ingenious use of props and mid-air somersaults on the trampoline.

Grill in the Park at the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

M and I hardly ever go on dinner dates. We have managed the occasional child-free lunch date when J was at school and M had the day off. But evenings out without a child in tow are a rare occurrence since becoming parents. I am not complaining, for I really do enjoy being accompanied by my son when out and about. I also have nothing against date nights at home. To be entirely honest, it is a lot less effort to curl up on the living room sofa with wine and cake in my pyjamas than sorting a night out.

Grill in the Park at the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

But every once in a while, it just feels nice to put on something pretty and step out with my husband. So I did, and we headed to the Grill in the Park at the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club to sample their new menu.

24 Jul 2017

Manchester City Bike Ride : The How and Why

Leading by example to motivate your child to bigger and better things is what parenthood is all about.

The Challenge


When his parents took on a cycling challenge in the new year and went on to complete it, six year old J was keen to follow suit. He wanted a cycling challenge of his own.

J has been on his Islabike for a year and a half now, growing ever more confident with his cycling. We have been out cycling as a family a couple of times, mostly on holiday, but had never done a competitive bike ride before.


Why We Chose The City Ride



Not that the HSBC UK Manchester City Ride is competitive. Far from it. It is touted as a family-friendly bike ride around the city, with roads closed to traffic along the route. It is open to people of all ages and abilities and you can choose to cycle on any type of bike. You can even hire a bike for the day if you don’t have one of your own.

20 Jul 2017

How the Internet Revolutionised Blogging

Can you imagine life without the Internet? Where would we be without it? I wouldn't be writing this blog nor would you be reading it if it were not for the Internet. 

As a blogger, Internet forms an integral part of my working life. The entire idea of an online journal stems from the premise that I have unfettered access to the World Wide Web, and I can call one tiny iota of it my own.

How the Internet Revolutionised Blogging

17 Jul 2017

10 Things You Need on a Road Trip with Kids

We recently went on a road trip from the north west of England up into the Scottish Highlands. We have successfully travelled long haul with our child, and we have been on a train with him on more than one occasion. This was our first time driving long distances as a family. 

A six hour journey along beautiful northern roads, where cruise control is of no use and you need your wits about you to handle the road, teaches you a lot about preparing for road trips with children.

Here is what I have learned about going on a road trip with kids.


10 Things You Need on a Road Trip with Kids


12 Jul 2017

This Girl Can!

It was early in the New Year when I signed up to do a charity bike ride along with a group of friends. 5 months of training culminated in the big ride this Sunday. I haven’t blogged about my progress in training, but there are snippets of my journey on my Instagram feed. Do pop over for a look.

Starting from Manchester, cycling 100 kilometres (60ish miles) to Blackpool and raising money in support of The Christie Charitable Trust was nothing if not challenging. I am pleased to say I did it!



As always, intense emotion makes me spout poetry. So here is a poetic take on what was undoubtedly my biggest physical challenge to date.

7 Jul 2017

Fantastic Mr Fox Live at The Lowry

An a capella quartet of birds is not how I imagined the opening of Fantastic Mr Fox. Having read Roald Dahl’s book and watched George Clooney preen as Mr Fox on screen, I wasn’t really sure of how this live stage version was going to unfold.  It was a delight to witness this rock/ jazz musical take on Dahl’s fascinating story of a fox and his struggle for survival against hostile humans.

Fantastic Mr Fox Live at The Lowry

3 Jul 2017

Digital Kids Show -10% off Tickets!

The Digital Kids Show is a unique family day out of techtastic family fun including everything from live shows with YouTubers to the latest family games and internet safety workshops and it is coming back to Event City in Manchester on the 18th and 19th of November this year. It will be my first visit to the show and I am so looking forward to it.

It promises to be a great day out for all the family. A dedicated family gaming zone will provide gaming fun for the whole family, including a Gamer Bus, Minecraft Hub and family friendly gaming, Augmented Reality and VR.



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