Monday, 22 January 2018

Win The Ultimate School Trip With Jet2holidays

Do you have a child aged between 9 - 13 years old? If so read on as Jet2holidays have an amazing competition running at the moment where one whole school class could win The Ultimate School Trip. My eldest daughter Chloe has been on school residential trips abroad which she thoroughly enjoyed, if she was a couple of years younger I know for a fact that she would be entering this amazing competition with her classmates.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Beko WX943440B Washing Machine Review & Giveaway

Before Christmas we were sent a Beko washing machine to review that has a 28-minute wash cycle, I know it sounds amazing, doesn't it? As a family of five with a partner who wears a new work uniform each day, three children in uniforms (two of whom are under 5 and come home covered in paint daily) as well as regular laundry, my laundry pile is never ending! We probably do 3-4 loads of laundry per day minimum (no joke) and our old washer took forever to do a load so it felt like it was on all day long. So a washing machine that can wash clothes in just 28 minutes was like music to my ears.

Black Beko Washing Machine

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Brio Railway Starter Set Review

My three-year-old son Jacob loves vehicles like trains, he especially loves playing with train sets. A few months ago we reviewed a Brio Metro Railway Set and he spends hours building the track up and playing with it. So when we were asked if we would like to review a Brio Railway Starter Set and starter pack I thought this would be a great addition to his Brio collection. 

Brio makes lovely wooden toys and all of the playsets easily connect together, meaning he can put all of his sets together to make one big set or he can just play with his sets on their own. The sets are all really sturdy and well made and I know that they will last him for years.

Brio wooden railway set and train

Friday, 12 January 2018

Cookhouse And Pub Holystone Review

Just before Christmas, we were invited along to the Cookhouse and Pub in Holystone, North Tyneside which is just a five-minute drive from where we live (Just off the A19 and near Benton Asda). Locals will probably remember the Cookhouse as previously being called the Stonebrook which served up traditional pub food. Well, it has had a whole new refit and has rebranded into the Cookhouse and pub and I have to say we were seriously impressed. 

The pub is now very well presented, it has a really modern yet cosy feel to it with an open plan kitchen, large bar area and cosy tables dotted around and dim lighting. We visited on a Saturday evening with the in-laws and were warmly greeted upon arrival by the friendly and welcoming staff and shown to a table by the window. The weather outside was freezing cold but it was lovely and warm and cosy inside the pub and we instantly felt at home. 

Roast Turkey at Cookhouse and Pub Holystone

Thursday, 11 January 2018

My Top Ten Blog Posts Of 2017

At the start of each year, I always check to see which were my most popular blog posts from the year gone by, as it helps me see what people are interested in hearing about. Old slimming world recipes are always my most popular as they have a crazy amount of views on them but this year I have seen I am getting more views on more local posts. Every single post on my most popular list this year is a local one and my most popular post is actually something that I only wrote a month ago. 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Look Back On 2017

I have just had a wonderful couple of weeks of blogging and social media over Christmas and New Year and it has been so nice to have time away from the laptop. However, while I have had time away I have been thinking about this blog and I am going to be making some improvements and changes to this blog for 2018, I am also going to set up a new wedding blog next month too which I am so excited about. But before I jump back into blogging and the year ahead I thought it would be nice to look back on the year gone by, which is something I do every year (you can read last years post here).

Berwick

2017 was a strange year for us, it was not bad but it was not great either it was sort of average.