31 December 2017

2017: The My Boys Club Year in Review

What will you remember about 2017? There have been 365 days of political turmoil, tragedy and disaster and economic uncertainty, but it has also been a year that saw fab films, great music, a broadening of political understanding, and a Royal engagement.

For My Boys Club, we travelled the length and breadth of the UK, cooked vegan and vegetarian recipes, ate out at some amazing restaurants, shared giveaways with our readers, highlighted hundreds of free family events and activities in North East England and got on our soapbox too (but just a little bit). 

Anyway, as we await the 2018 Winter Olympics, World Cup, and a Royal Wedding, here is our monthly highlights and most read blog posts from 2017. 

2017: The My Boys Club Year in Review

28 December 2017

8 Ways to have Free Family Fun on New Year’s Eve in North East England

Sunday 31st December is the last day of the year in 2017. It is New Year's Eve. Many people will see the old year out with a party, welcoming in the New Year with toasts of champagne, fireworks, first-footing, singing Auld Lang Syne and exchanging good wishes for a 'Happy New Year'. 

How will you and your family be celebrating? We've compiled a list of FREE ways to have some family fun in North East England on New Year's Eve from 10am right up until midnight. 

21 December 2017

How To Spend Christmas Morning With Children

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly choosing to spend Christmas morning with children, namely Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as the newly-engaged couple are rumoured to be spending Christmas Eve with Meghan's future in-laws.

Before I had children of my own, Christmas morning as an adult was so different to now. Often spent nursing a hangover from Christmas Eve celebrations. All that changes when you become a parent though.

On Christmas Eve, no doubt we’ll be wrapping the final presents, prepping the veg for Christmas Day and enjoying the food and drink that has been left out for Santa & Rudolph. But what about Christmas morning? How do you spend it with kids?


How To Spend Christmas Morning With Children


19 December 2017

Dining Out in Hexham, Northumberland (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Have you been to Hexham? The picturesque market town in Tynedale is one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic places. It is located in the heart of the beautiful Tyne Valley just a few miles south of Hadrian’s Wall. We were recently invited by the Hexham BID to sample some of the amazing food now on offer in the popular town.



18 December 2017

15 Ways to Re-use Plastic Household Waste

Have you been watching Blue Planet 2? I have found the series both an amazing spectacle and yet so saddening too. All of that plastic floating around the ocean, and even worse damaging the innocent wildlife,  has been a reminder of the danger that our fragile world is in. 

It may seem to be a daunting, and sometimes impossible task to save the planet. But there are small eco-friendly things we can do to help. Re-using plastic waste is one of these things and in this post, we have 15 different ideas on how to do just that, to do our bit to help protect the future of the planet.


15 December 2017

Sleeping beauty - The Geordie Panto Opens in Gateshead (REVIEW)

There are lots of Panto's on offer this year in North East England - OH NO THERE ISN'T - OH YES THERE ARE - but one of the most 'Geordie' ones is on at Gateshead International Stadium with a Geordie Panto version of Sleeping Beauty. 

We headed along on press night to see what Gateshead's only Panto had to offer OH NO WE DIDN'T - OH YES WE DID!


Sleeping beauty - The Geordie Panto Opens in Gateshead

8 Stocking Filler & Xmas Present Ideas For You & Your Partner (AFFILIATE)

If you are anything like me and hubby you’re too busy rushing around trying to make sure that the kids have a great time this Christmas that it’s all too easy to forget about yourself or your partner. 

We are constantly being asked what we’d like for Christmas and most of the time I just don’t have an answer. I don’t want to say something too expensive so I’ve come up with a list of last-minute buys that mean the presents under the tree for you and your partner won’t be the same as last year. 

So with just 10 sleeps until Christmas Day here are STockign Filler & Xmas Pressie ideas for you and your partner.

8 Stocking Filler & Xmas Present Ideas For You & Your Partner

Please note that this post contains affiliate links to Amazon. It costs you nothing but if you do click a link and make any purchase then Amazon will pay me a small commission, so thank you if you do.

14 December 2017

7 Top Toys for Over 7s (Tweens) this Christmas - Boys or Girls (AFFILIATE)

Christmas is only a couple of weeks away but there is still time to sort your way through all the presents and gift ideas for your tweens, whether they are a boy or girl.

7 Top Toys for Over 7s (Tweens) this Christmas - Boys or Girls

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13 December 2017

How Would You Build Your Dream Bed? (AD)

***Collaborative Post***
What kind of bed do you have? What bed do you dream about?


A good night's sleep is incredibly important for our health and wellbeing. In fact, it is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. But as sleep deprived parents we know only too well that getting enough sleep is not always possible. Cats on the other hand always seem to have a good sleep. They always look so comfy in their beds and on ours. Think they must be able to teach us something!



Here are some tips for getting a better nights sleep and we ask other parents (sorry not cats) what their dream bed would be ...




12 December 2017

The Hullabaloo in Darlington - Everything You Need To Know

The Hullabaloo opens today in Darlington and is the only specialist children's theatre north of London. I was privileged to work on the PR for this great new place for children and their families to enjoy right here in the north east of England, and here is everything you need to know...

The Hullabaloo childrens theatre in Darlington

11 December 2017

Thai Cookery Experiences at Chaophraya Newcastle (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Do you love Thai food? Do you wish you cook a meal to the standard and quality you’d expect to find in a restaurant? Did you know you can learn to do just that at Chaophraya Restaurants – including the one in Newcastle?

Thai Cookery Experiences at Chaophraya Newcastle

8 December 2017

How to Make Rudolph the Reindeer Gingerbread for Christmas

***RECIPE***
Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world.  You can even get the wonderful smell of gingerbread from a candle. However if a gingerbread house seems a little daunting try making our Rudolph Ginger Bread Biscuits instead - they are really easy and your children can help too.

How to Make Rudolph the Reindeer Gingerbread

7 December 2017

Family Lunch at Bistrot Pierre in Middlesbrough (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
A few weeks ago we headed south to Middlesbrough to experience some new food. And no it wasn’t a Parmo.  It was for a family lunch at the newly opened Bistrot Pierre Restaurant in the heart of Middlesbrough. We had been invited to review the restaurant which opened in September.

Enjoying a Family Meal at Bistrot Pierre in Middlesbrough

6 December 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Enchanted Parks 2017 ... Now That We’ve Been to The Inventors Ball (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Last night we went were invited along to review to Enchanted Parks 2017 – The Inventors Ball at Saltwell Park, in Gateshead.

It’s a popular after-dark arts adventure in the atmospheric setting of Saltwell Park. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights in total.

Everything You Need To Know About Enchanted Parks 2017 Now That We’ve Been to The Inventors Ball

5 December 2017

Tasting the Christmas Menu at River Beat in NewcastleGateshead (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Christmas means a time to eat, drink and be merry. 'Tis the season for indulgence, and Riverbeat on NewcastleGateshead Quayside has upped the game with the introduction of an Asian Style Christmas Dinner on offer during the festive season.

We went along on a snowy November evening to try out the new menu...

Tasting the Christmas Menu at River Beat in Newcastlegateshead

4 December 2017

7 Festive Things to do This Month - December

Christmas is a time for family and community and for sharing love and wellbeing. It's a time for fun as well as peace, love and understanding, Yes, December can get busy, sometimes too busy but I'm also very grateful for the amazing things we get to do, see, eat and discover in the festive season. And here are seven things we'll be doing this month, now that it is December.

7 Festive Things to do This Month - December

2 December 2017

Alice in Wonderland - The Festive Production at Northern Stage (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
It’s official. The Christmas Countdown has begun in our house. The tree is going up this weekend. We are off to visit Santa for the first time, today. The advent calendars are being enjoyed, the Christmas cake has been baked and we’ve been to our first Christmas Show – Alice in Wonderland at Northern Stage in Newcastle.

Alice in Wonderland - The Festive Production at Northern Stage

1 December 2017

Silicone Baking Cups & 3-in-1 Slicer Giveaway (REVIEW)

***GIVEAWAY + AFFILIATE LINKS***
A confession here.  I am one of the world’s biggest fans of kitchen gadgets and accessories.

So when I was offered the chance to review some Silicone Baking Cups & 3-in-1 Slicer giveaway, plus the opportunity to offer a lucky reader the chance to win both, I obviously had to say yes!