16 March 2018

Vote for Hall Hill Farm as #TourismSuperstar Voting Draws To A Close

My full-time job is not that of blogging but an independent PR & marketing practitioner. It's a role I've undertaken on a freelance basis for over seven years now, with clients, primarily in the tourism and leisure sector right across North East England. One of my first clients was Hall Hill Farm in County Durham, and their 26-year-old shepherd is currently nominated for a national Tourism Superstar Award. 

If you feel like voting for him there is still time, voting closes in the VisitEngland competition on March 20 via The Mirror newspaper website.



15 March 2018

#EatDrinkSunderland Returns to Sunderland For Restaurant Week (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
North East food lovers will be able to enjoy a range of top dining experiences at bargain prices, again as Sunderland Restaurant Week returns to the city between Saturday 17 March and Sunday 25 March. We were invited to a preview event for #EatDrinkSunderland with the organisers, Sunderland Business Improvement District, for a taste of what was to come. 
#EatDrinkSunderland Returns to Sunderland For Restaurant Week

13 March 2018

Exploring Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland

A few weeks ago we were enjoying a staycation in Northumberland just a few miles from Alnwick so we took a trip to Barter Books as we headed further into England’s northernmost county before heading home. My eldest was so captivated by the bookstore that he spent his own money on buying a hardback copy of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

barter books Alnwick Northumberland JRRTolkien

9 March 2018

Treat Yourself With Your Own Treatbox + Giveaway (REVIEW)

***REVIEW + GIVEAWAY***
How often do you treat yourself? We have teamed up with treatbox to offer you the chance of winning your own little treat. Just for you. 

Treat Yourself With Your Own Treatbox box of goodies

8 March 2018

Celebrating International Women's Day on My Boys Club

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. So I thought I’d take the time to outline some of the women I have admired most and celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. But also look at some of the women my young boys already know have contributed to our history; and also which women influence the influencers - I asked other mum and dad bloggers about their favourite historical female characters.

6 March 2018

Family Games Night Playing Quirky & Baffled with Our Tweens (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Friday night is often family games night in our house. I’m a big fan of board games so I’m really pleased that my tweens seem to have my enthusiasm for them too. They like card games, board games as well as computer games, and I love how they all provide the opportunity to spend some quality family time together, creating important bonds and memories. Have to admit, we (I) do get a little bit too competitive at times though!

Review of Baffled and Quirky board games
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5 March 2018

7 Things to do this Month - March

Snowmageddon and the Beast from the East wasn't the start I was expecting for the month of March, and of course Springtime here in the UK. But it did turn our local park into a ski resort for a few days and we all remembered just how much fun sledging is, if not the road and traffic chaos that comes with so much snow. 

Anyway, the snow seems to be on the way out and now we can look forward to the month of March with St Patrick's Day and also this year Maunday Thursday and Good Friday.


2 March 2018

Win Snazaroo Brush Pen Face Paints

***GIVEAWAY***
We have teamed up with Snazaroo to offer you the chance of winning two packs of their new innovative face paints. Snazaroo’s innovative face paint Brush Pens are a clever combination of paint and brush that’s set to revolutionise both novice and professional face painting.

Win Snazaroo Brush Pen Face Paints


1 March 2018

What’s On - March – Free Family Fun Events & Activities in North East England

***FREE EVENTS***
Every month I aim to highlight some of the great FREE events, places, attractions and things to do with your family across Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Teesside, Durham and Northumberland.

We are so lucky. North East England has so much to offer. There are many great paid for attractions and events as well, but as we head into March here is a list of 20 family events you can enjoy for free across the month.

What’s On - March – Free Family Fun Events & Activities in North East England

27 February 2018

A Family Day Out at Space Golf, Newcastle – All You Need To Know (REVIEW)

***REVIEW***
Adventure golf has come to Newcastle. In the former Co-op Department Store building on Newgate Street, in Newcastle City Centre, sandwiched between Zaap Thai and the Premier Inn, you’ll find Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf.

I’m going to be honest when I first heard’ Space Golf’ I really didn’t know what to expect. But after meeting up with Adventure Leisure in the autumn, and hearing about their plans for adventure golf in the city, I knew it would be something my boys would love. So when we were asked to go along and review the first Space Golf after it opened during half-term in Newcastle, my boys didn’t need asking twice.

A Family Day Out at Space Golf, Newcastle – All You Need To Know