29 April 2018

What's On in May - Free Family Fun in North East England

Looking for family fun and days out in North East England this May? We've found lots of free events and activities taking place across Northumberland, Tyneside, Durham and Teesside offering free family fun this month. These include festivals such as Balloons InDurham, Stockton Stages and The Late Shows as well as special days at Locomotion, Kielder and the Stephenson Museum, and a special performance to re-open Middlesbrough Town Hall.


What's On in May - Free Family Fun in North East England

26 April 2018

Easy homemade kids birthday cakes - recipe and decoration ideas

At this time of year, our family celebrates a lot of birthdays. Over the next few weeks, everyone in our household will celebrate their birthday, plus a few other relatives will too. Me and my eldest son even share a birthday. The other thing we all have in common is that we all love cake too!


I love baking and although I may not be the best baker or indeed the best cake decorator, in the world, I do love baking and making birthday cakes. A homemade cake is one of my favourite birthday gifts to give. So in this post, I'm sharing a tried and tested, very simple sponge cake recipe and method, and also some of the simple birthday cake creations I've made over the past few years, just using sweets and chocolate to decorate the cakes. They may not be award-winning designs but they have always gone down well with my boys and their friends.


Easy homemade kids birthday cakes - recipe and decoration ideas

24 April 2018

5 things to do in Barcelona with kids (AD)

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world. Who could fail to love this beautiful city on the shores the Mediterranean Sea? It has art, culture, shops, history, attractions, sea & sand and football. 

The capital of Catalonia, it is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains and medieval quarters. So Barcelona with kids. It’s a city I think my boys will love and I’d love to take them there, so for this post, we’ve teamed up with Musement - a website that helps travellers get the best from destinations by providing a great choice of local tours and attractions bookable on multiple devices. So if you are thinking of planning a Barcelona family holiday, read on ...


5 family-friendly things to do in Barcelona

19 April 2018

Holidaying with Hadrian! A staycation at Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland (REVIEW)

At the Heart of Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain comes to life! As well as the Hadrian's Wall Trail, there are amazing Roman Forts such as Vindolanda and Housesteads, fantastic countryside and a wealth of accommodation too. 

We were invited to review some new luxury B&B lodges close to Hadrian’s Wall, aptly named Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges. In fact, they are just 120 metres off the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. So read on to discover how we found our complimentary two-night stay … 


17 April 2018

5 family-friendly places to see wildlife this spring in the Land of Oak & Iron (AD)

Spring finally seems to have arrived. How much better does it feel to see blue skies and sunshine? I know it improves my mood, and it’s great to be able to get out and about in the great outdoors on family days out and excursions again. In this post we are collaborating with the Land of Oak & Iron and today we are looking at the top 5 family-friendly wildlife spots to visit this spring in the Derwent Valley.
5 family-friendly places to see wildlife this spring in the Land of Oak & Iron

12 April 2018

How to make Peanut Butter at home

Peanut butter is so popular in many countries. It’s also very popular with my boys. Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that enhance the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners or emulsifiers. 

However, you can avoid these additives if you make your own at home. And it’s so easy to do. You don’t need much more than peanuts and a blender and gives you a massive saving on the shop bought versions of the spread.



How to make Peanut Butter at home recipe


10 April 2018

A Family Day Out with Lowry, Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders are just over an hour away from our home, making a family day out to this part of our region, easily achievable for us. The border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed has the dubious title of being the most disputed town in the UK, as it has changed hands between the English and the Scots 13 times so far. 

Today, the town is the most northerly of England and located in Northumberland but the Scottish border is a just a couple of miles north of the coastal town. A couple of weeks ago we headed north up there on the A1 for a family day trip.

A Family Day Out with Lowry, Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Scottish Borders

5 April 2018

20+ Easy Family Friendly Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that in the UK we throw away over 7 million tonnes of food every year? That’s nearly 20% of what we actually buy going into our bins. Some of this food will have sadly gone off, but what’s worse is that according to research by WRAP,  more than half (4.4 million tonnes) of this food that ends up in our waste collection, could still have been eaten, which equates to around 13 billion ‘5 a day’ portions.

Food waste can be minimised, and in this post, I’m highlighting some of the ways that I’m trying to cut down on my food waste and I’m sharing some other peoples really great family-friendly ideas too. We haven't eliminated food waste in our house, but we are trying our best. Read on to see how to reduce food waste - helping to save you money and saving the planet.


20+ Easy Family Friendly Ways to Reduce Food Waste

2 April 2018

7 Things To Do This Month - April

Well, April this year started on what was April Fools Day and Easter Sunday, but this month does give us two weeks of school holidays to enjoy, and hopefully some warmer and longer days with not too many April showers! We've been chilling out over the long Easter weekend and planning out our month ahead ... so here are 7 things we are going to be doing in April.