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Friday, 6 August 2021

Days Out | Top Tips for The Ice Cream Farm

 

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If you're looking for a cheap day out with the kids over the summer holidays, the Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall is the place for you. We absolutely love it here. Entrance is usually free but you now have to book a slot due to covid restrictions, but this will still only cost you £1 for adults and £2 for children so it's still a bargain. Although the entrance fee is small and there is an outdoor play area there are additional activities which you have to pay for so a free/cheap day out can actually add up so here are my top tips on saving when you visit! 

EAT BEFORE YOU GO 

The Ice Cream Farm don't allow picnics on site so eat before you go! You could always pack a picnic and find somewhere nearby to eat it if you want to make the most of your day out. There are loads of nice parks nearby and Sandy Lane is a great one - there's even a splash zone for when the sun is shining. Just make sure you pack spare clothes ;) 

PURCHASE A PLAY PASS

As well as the gorgeous outdoor play area there are loads of other activities for your little ones to do, including softplay, mini golf, and a giant bouncy castle inside the floor as well as much more. Each of these will cost you extra on top of your visit but if you buy a playpass it works out cheaper. Playpasses come in bundles and the more you play the more you save. ! 

GIFT CARDS

Did you know The Ice Cream Farm do gift cards? Why not ask for them for birthdays/ Christmas off people if you're struggling for ideas on presents or your kids (like mine) don't need any more toys! This way you have something to look forward to as well. 

ENJOY THE FARM AND PLAYGROUND

It can be hard to dissuade your kids from wanting to have a go on everything there is to offer at The Ice Cream Farm but make the most of the free stuff! Especially if the weather is nice, walk round the farm and see the animals and try make a game of it. Print off an activity at home to take with you and distract them for even longer. Kids will be happy as long as they're busy. 

They're my tips for some damage control when you're taking your kids to The Ice Cream Farm. If you're a single/ co-parenting mum and need some more tips for cheap days out, come follow us on Instagram

Rachael xo


Monday, 14 June 2021

Days Out | Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of my favourite places to visit with the boys and we are so lucky that it's just a short half an hour drive away from us. Set across 120 acres and with over 20,000 animals to explore it makes for a boss day out and is a great way to burn off the energy of two feral kids like mine. 

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We are members of Chester Zoo and this is something I highly recommend if you're local because a yearly membership gains you access to the zoo as many times as you want. This absolutely takes the stress out of your visit because if you're like me and want to cram as much into your day as possible; but are unable to because of little legs then you know you can do it all again next time. This means the inevitable playground stops are met less begrudgingly and you can rest your legs with a coffee and twenty minutes peace! 

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We visited the zoo last Monday and there are current restrictions in place due Covid (as standard these days) so visitor numbers are restricted and there are sanitising stations situated round the park. The bat enclosure is closed at the moment, due the boys' dismay, and will not be reopening until the restrictions are completely lifted. We felt really safe throughout the day, the only issue was the toilets. They're currently staffed due to restrictions so make sure you plan for any toilet breaks with little ones as queues can be quite big! 

Some indoor attractions require you to wear a mask which wasn't as bad as I expected it to be considering the heat but if you want to go through the lemur enclosure, all members of your party must wear a mask so keep that in mind to avoid disappointment! 

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We always have a fab day whenever we visit the zoo and I already can't wait to go back and do it all over again and hopefully see some of the animals we missed last time. Although after spending a full day here I'm surprised that we missed anything at all, which should give you an idea of how much there is to do! I'm mostly looking forward to seeing the sloths and hoping to catch a glimpse of the jaguars next time. There was a time when I would dread big days out in my own with them but now I look forward to them and there will be plenty more zoo days to come this summer! 

Rachael xo


Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Home | Transforming Our Hallway


I used to scroll through Insta growing more and more envious of people with these gorgeous, big hallways that they could have big units in to hide the things my kids throw on the floor. My narrow hallway could never! But who says you can't make a feature out of a small hallway? So if you have a smallway like mine, here are my tips to transform it into something Insta worthy

Console Table or Radiator Cover

A radiator cover or console table can instantly make your hallway look more chic, especially when decorated with a few candles and prints. I knew I wanted a console table for the hall the second I saw one on my explore page - less bulky than a radiator cover and perfect if you're lacking in space like I am. These can be quite expensive to buy and I'm a girl with a budget so my grandad made mine out of an old shelf and some hair pin legs (mine are from Etsy).


Get a Runner

Rugs and runners can instantly change the feel of a room - I have laminate floor in my hallway  so getting a statement runner has made a massive difference to how it feels. It's simple but effective! Mine was from eBay but Aldi have had them in their special buys recently - so keep your eye out.

Mirrors

It's no secret that mirrors instantly make a room look bigger and brighter so having one in a small space such as a hallway is a given - plus you can check your makeup right before you leave the house. Win win. This big one is from Jysk and it was £35 in the sale and I love it! 


Keep it Light

Bright colours are better for smaller spaces so try keep your hallway as light as possible. I kept my walls white and added some black accessories with some fake plants to add a pop of colour to make sure it still looks fun without compromising on any space. 



Add Texture

I moved this ottoman out of the backroom out of the way with the intention of using it in George's room as a toy box but it looked so good next to the height of the console table and it's perfect for storing all our shoes. So it made a permanent residency in the hallway and paired with this blanket from B&M I think it looks super cute! 

And that's how I transformed my small hallway into a feature
 hallway without compromising on space and I am obsessed with it! 

Rachael xo

Sunday, 18 April 2021

5 Places to Eat in Liverpool with Outdoor Dining

April 12th - the date that has been on everyone's lips recently. Pubs and restaurants in the UK have finally opened their doors for the first time since Christmas, providing they have an outdoor space of course! After a miserable three months of being stuck inside with nothing but my own thoughts, the idea of being back in the pub combined with the sun being out has ultimately changed my mood. See ya S.A.D.In honour of April 12th (albeit slightly late) I've put together a list of some of my absolute fave places to eat in Liverpool that have boss outdoor spaces so if you're looking to book somewhere to ease yourself back into society again then look no further


A M A L I A
2 Campbell Square, L1 5FB


Amalia was always going to be top of the list. I love Italian food and I need carbs to live so Amalia is my go to whenever someone asks where we should eat. I may even have a copy of the menu saved on my desktop in work. The Americano pizza is unreal because who doesn't want pepperoni and fries on pizza? Honestly my mouth is watering just thinking of it. Can't wait to go back this week! 




C R A Z Y  P E D R O S
25 Parr Street, L1 4JN


No list of mine would be complete without my favourite bar, Crazy Pedro's. Get yourself booked in for a bottomless brunch, all you can eat pizza, cocktails and more! Order will be restored when I'm finally stuffing my face with slices and drinking all of the Hooch. Try the Chippy Tea slice - it shouldn't work but it does!




B A C A R O
47 Castle Street, L2 9UB


If small plates are your thing then you need to try Bacaro. I don't normally like small plates because I'm not into sharing but for Bacaro I'll make an exception because everything on the menu looks amazing! Just make sure you book in advance because it's always fully booked!




T H E  C L U B H O U S E
Chavasse Park, L2 9SQ


The Clubhouse in Liverpool One has one of the nicest outdoor areas in town in my opinion. Situated on Chavasse Park it's absolutely gorgeous to sit in when the sun is out. The hanging kebabs are to die for. Just note they currently have a reduced menu (which I believe is to take the strain off the kitchen staff) so don't be disappointed when you turn up after studying the menu at home (like I do).




T H E  B R U N C H  C L U B
37-41 Duke Street, L1 5AP


Another favourite of mine (I really like places that are close to my work it seems but hey I'm a lazy girl) is The Brunch Club. Who doesn't love brunch, especially when there's the option to go bottomless? Pass me the prosecco. I can't wait to book in here again - I had the smoked salom bagel last time but I've got my eyes on the avo toast (hastag, you're basic)



So that's it for my top 5 places to eat in Liverpool with outdoor dining. 
Where will you be booking in?

Stay safe
Rachael xo




Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Top 10 | Christmas Movie Picks

It really is the most wonderful time of the year isn't it? I absolutely love this time of year. The Christmas playlist comes out as soon as Halloween and Bonfire Night are over and the spooky deccies are soon replaced with Christmas ones all whilst the girls are telling me it's "too early!"  I really am just a big kid at heart. Now the nights are dark and cold and we're all in Lockdown 2.0 : The Tier Months and can't go out for festive bevs (how I miss my annual Gingle Bevs email to the team); it's time to get on the couch with a Bailey's hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies to get you in the mood, so I've ranked my top 10 Christmas movies which was way way harder than it sounds: 


10.  T H E  P O L A R  E X P R E S S 

The Polar Express is an unreal movie and massively underrated. It's about kids who have stopped believing in Santa and are taken aboard a magical train ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express and a must watch! 


9.  E D W A R D  S C I S S O R  H A N D S

The story of the first snow might not be the most festive of movies and you probably wouldn't necessarily call it a Christmas movie but it's cute and sweet and dark all of which are my favourite things and as a massive Tim Burton fan it had to make the list.


8.  H O W  T H E  G R I N C H  S T O L E  C H R I S T M A S ( 2 0 0 0 )

My dad took me and my brother to see this in the cinema and it started off our annual, festive cinema trips. I love Jim Carrey as The Grinch and I know a lot of people hate this movie but I love it and The Grinch has some of the most relatable quotes ever. Love. Him.


7. H O M E  A L O N E

The McAllisters didn't get done for neglect which just goes to show if you're rich you can get away with just about anything. What list is complete without Home Alone though? It's a Christmas classic after all. It's not really a Christmas movie (fight me) but it's just tradition am I right?


6.  A R T H U R  C H R I S T M A S

This film is incredible and had to make my top 10! I force the kids to watch this every year and they definitely don't enjoy it as much as I do. Arthur is the son of Father Christmas and wants to deliver a bike to Gwen, the child who got missed, whilst his controlling brother, tries to stop him. BOSS.


5.  T H E  N I G H T M A R E  B E F O R E  C H R I S T M A S

Is it a Halloween movie or is it a Christmas movie? The most asked question from October through December. Well I have the only answer for you and it's BOTH. In fact I watch it all year round but that's just because I'm a massive goth. 


4.  M I R A C L E  O N  3 4 T H  S T R E E T

Before Mara Wilson was old enough to start spouting drivel on Twitter she was this really cute child actor who starred in Miracle on 34th Street - the part where Santa signs to the deaf child gets me all teary eyed every single time.


                                                                3. T H E  H O L I D A Y 

The Holiday > Love Actually. I said what I said. Two women with boy probs agree to swap homes for the holiday season where they each meet a local fella and fall in love. Jude Law is dreamy in this BUT Jack Black is the real MVP here (slightly biased because I love him! ) 


2.  E L F 

This is one of my absolute faves and I know so many people who hate it because of Will Ferrell but those people have no taste - it is fantastic and I won't hear another word! 


1.   T H E  S A N T A  C L A U S E 

Taking the top spot is the one and only The Santa Clause - I wanted to list the entire trilogy tbqhwy but I thought that would be cheating. I love Tim Allen so much even though my mate told me recently he is a massive Tory and ruined the illusion a bit. Scott Calvin takes Santa's place and turns from a crappy dad man to the world's best dad ever. This entire trilogy get watched every single year in our house without fail because I love it so much.

What's your favourite Christmas movie? 

Rachael xo

Friday, 9 October 2020

Top 10 | Ways to Survive Cold and Flu Season

 

Ahhh (chu) flu season is upon us and I'm not talking just your avergae cold here. Flu can be so nasty and leave you achey and unable to move from your bed. I have only caught flu twice in my life and twice I have been left absolutely wiped out. Now a new virus is amongst us which presents with very similar symptoms leaving us with the question cold or flu or Coronavirus? This is why if you do expereince any symptoms you should get yourself tested and stay the fuck home. However, if you're lucky enough to avoid Miss Rona but have been struck with flu, here are my top ten tips on how to survive: 

1. D R I N K  P L E N T Y  O F  F L U I D S

Water helps keep headaches at bay - the last thing you need when you're feeling lousy is to be dehyrdrated as well. Warm drinks also helo loosen mucus in your chest so get your fella to bring you all the cuppas to bed while you rest. 


2. C O L D  F L U  S A C H E T S  /  T A B L E T S

These are a godsend, trust me and the blackcurrant ones taste like warm Ribena and soothe the throat nicely. Don't forget though, they do contain paracetemol so remember you're actually drinking medicine and check the labels on anything you're taking because afterall, I'm no doctor! 


3. C A L P O L  P L U G I N

No this is not an ad but I am obsessed with my Calpol plugin. It's menthol of course so it's really good for those stuffed noses but it has lavender in as well so it's perfect for night time so you can relax and get some sleep. If you're lucky you might be able to find one at the mo in the middle aisle of Aldi.


4. E X T R A  P I L L O W S

Chesty coughs are nasty business and they get worse when you're lying down. This is because mucus is more likely to collect in the back of your throat. Prop yourself up as much as you comfortably can to get yourself that much needed rest your body needs.


5. P A I N  R E L I E F

Keeping on top of pain relief is important for any aches and pains and of course bringing down a high temperature. Don't forget to check those labels though ;)


6. R E S T 

This is one thing I think we are all guilty of neglecting but your body needs time to recover. If you can nap during the day then do it. Sleep is the best thing for poorly bodies. Those dishes can wait just concentrate on getting yourself better/ 


7. B A L S A L M  T I S S U E S

Another absolute gem of a creation. These are perfect for delicate noses. Who needs to deal with a sore, chapped nose on top of everything else? 


8. D I S I N F E C T

Clean your surfaces. Your door handles. And make sure you bin those snotty tissues as soon as you've used them to prevent the spread or reinfectio and of course don't forget to wash those hands. For 20 seconds. Whilst singing happy birthday or something. 


9. T A K E  A  M U L T I V I T A M I N 

Anything containing vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc is boss. Humans cannot produce vitamin C so we need a constant intake of it and of course we live in the UK and don't get that much sun especially in winter so get that vitamn D down your neck as well. Zinc also plays an important part in immunity so get boosting! 


10. S W E A T  I T  O U T

When you've got a high temperature it is your body's way of fighting something off so get the heating on, jump in a hot, steamy bath and sweat it all out. You might need a shower afterwards but it'll be worth it. 


So there you have it, my top 10 tips for surviving cold and flu season and I've got my fingers crossed you all stay healthier than I have because I've felt rough as toast this week with a nasty cold. 

Stay Safe

Rachael xo

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Things to Do This Halloween in Merseyside

Spooky Season is just around the corner and it is my time to shine. Pass me the pumpkin spiced lattes, the cosy knits and a pair of boots, yes I'm that basic autumn bitch. I am so excited for Halloween this year even if Corona is trying to ruin our lives so I've put together a list of things you can enjoy with the whole fam despite Miss Rona. 

G E T  C R A F T Y

I'm awful at carving pumpkins so last year I bought some foam shapes from Aldi (seriously their special buys are the one!) and we stuck them on our pumpkins instead. Plus you don't have to deal with the stinky pumpkin mush. Winner. The kids also get to do this themselves as well which is a massive bonus. Anything you can get your hands on is a good way to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day and let's face it, our Autumn months have plenty of those. 


W A T C H  M O V I E S

Grab a blanket, light some candles, a bowl of popcorn and a toffee apple if you're feeling fancy and get cosy for a movie night. Autumn nights are a perfect opportunity to stay in and make the most of your Netflix subscription. If you're stuck for ideas on kid friendly movies, check out my list of kid friendly Halloween movies the whole family can enjoy here


P I C K  Y O U R  O W N  P U M P K I N

Pumpkin patches were all the rage last year and where better to get some pics for the Gram with the ultimate Autumnal aesthetic? We never did it last year and I had serious FOMO so hit up your local farm and get picking!


C H U R C H  F A R M  F A M I L Y  F R I G H T  F E S T I V A L

The Family Fright Festival is back at Church Farm this year albeit some restrictions due to current circumstances. You do have to prebook but surely I don't need to tell you that? As well as a PYO pumpkin patch there's a scarecrow trail with a prize for successful completion. Just note that the PYO pumpkin patch isn't included in the admission price but you can kill two birds with one stone here! 


W O O D S I D E  D R I V E  I N  C I N E M A

Hocus Pocus and Coraline are both showing this Halloween at Woodside Drive in Cinema so get dressed up in your spookiest gear, grab your toffee apples and do the cinema from the comfort of your own car. Just don't forget to restart your engine midway so you don't need a jumpstart from Winne the Witch like I did last year!


So there you have it, a list of things you can still do this Halloween without going to a party or trick or treating. In your face covid-19 - you're not gonna stop the festivities for any of us despite your best efforts! 

Rachael xo