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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Weekend Reading - issue 2

Well I have just about survived half term. February half term isn't one I usually particularly enjoy - the summer still feels like sooooooo far away. These have been the first holidays where I have had to work as well as look after the kids since going self employed and I must admit - it's been a struggle! Jack especially is very demanding and constantly interrupts me when I'm trying to work. I definitely need to plan time better over Easter so this is something for me to work on.

Real Life

Although I may grumble, we have had a nice half term. We've enjoyed some quality time together and haven't actually spent too much money. We've been to see the snakes at Woodhorn (and would highly recommend), spent some time walking along the beach (very chilly), played ten pin bowling together at AMF Washington and I even braved the bus into Newcastle with the three kids by myself to visit the Hancock Museum and survived to tell the tale! I can't believe it was £12 for myself and the three kids to get to town and back on the bus though!

I asked the kids what their half term highlights were and they all surprised me by saying it was their trip to Mantra Thai on the Quayside! They really loved it. 

I earned some unexpected £ on Friday and tried to book Sunday lunch at a few different places as a treat for us to end half term but everywhere was booked :-( Instead we headed to Moorhouse Farm shop to buy some local ingredients to cook our own lunch at home - follow us on twitter if you'd like to see the result! 

Jack selecting the perfect piece of Broccoli for lunch

Blog Life

As stated above, I've really struggled keeping on top of emails and as we've been busy most days I've had to work mainly at night. It's only one week though and that's what I need to keep telling myself! I welcomed a break on Wednesday night when Chloe invited me to be her +1 and visit Hinnies in Whitley Bay. It was so lovely to catch up on wedding & blogging chat with some gorgeous food in between. I loved it so much I wanted to return with Steve and the kids this weekend but they are fully booked so if you'd like to visit - book well in advance. I'll be posting a full review later this week so keep your eyes peeled for that. I would highly recommend the slow cooked Newcastle Brown Ale Beef with Horseradish dumplings. 

I received an email inviting our family to France for a few days this week which is exciting indeed. I think it involves a little bit of driving on the continent though and I'm not sure how I feel about that......any tips would be gratefully received!

Finally, I finished our entry to the Mark Warner Family Ambassador hunt with this video entitled 'If Mark Warner did holidays in Northumberland' There have been so many fabulous entries as you would expect for such a wonderful prize and whoever picks the winners has a very tough task ahead of them! We thoroughly enjoyed taking part though and although chilly, it was a nice way to spend an afternoon.

5 posts I've enjoyed this week

We've had an influx of new members to our North East Network of Brilliant Bloggers this week and I have enjoyed reading these new North East blogs:-

I've also loved these posts from my old favourites:-

3 things that have made me happy this week

  • Lazy mornings and no school runs
  • Reaching 8k followers on twitter
  • Dancing on the beach with hubby :D

Instagram life 

Woodhorn Colliery | Blyth Beach Huts | Druridge Bay in the rain 
South Shields Beach | Arcot Hall Golf Club | Belsay Castle
Felton | Grey Street | Grey's Monument
Tynemouth Longsands | Belsay Hall | Warkworth Castle 

Thanks for reading and see you next Sunday :D 



  1. It sounds like you have a busy half term , I bet it is challenging working from home properly with all three children home. I have heard such great things about Hinnies and really want to visit soon. I love your Mark Warner video it certainly made me chuckle. Thanks for including me in your round up & for taking part in my new feature xx

    1. Ah thank you, it was a pleasure taking part in your new series. I REALLY want to return to Hinnies soon but I think it will just have to be me and Steve as every time I try and book for the 5 of us they never have the times I want. Booooo!

  2. Welcome to self employment with children, bribery if found is the only way to go, I usually negotiate a couple of hours of work in the morning and the we do things after that.

    1. Yeah I think that's the way forward - the next holidays will be Easter so I'll bribe them with Easter eggs for breakfast (joke).

      We are going away for the last week of Easter too so I really need to get ahead. March is going to be BUSY!

  3. It's hard isn't it I love school holidays so I have just not worked near as much as I should have this week!

    Loved your video x

    1. I'm definitely taking the second week of Easter when we are on hol off work xx

  4. It's so difficult trying to fit work in around the kids, but great news for your business that you were busy enough to have to. Thank goodness late nights aren't necessary every week. Good luck with the Mark Warner competition. I'm glad I'm not a judge! :)


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