East Cramlington Nature Reserve Trail


We decided to explore somewhere on our doorstep this week - East Cramlington Nature Reserve. We have visited a few times in the past when the kids were teeny and I used to sometimes visit with my friend when I was younger but it has been a good few years since our last visit. 

East Cramlington Nature Reserve Trail



There is a small free car park at the entrance along the B1326 from Cramlington to Seaton Delaval. If you are travelling from Cramlington hospital towards Seaton Delaval it is just before you get to the bend in the road. Use postcode NE23 6XF and continue driving along the road past Astor Court Care Home - the car park is on the left just before the bend. 
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9 Places You Can Visit Where Public Toilets Are Open


It is a personal choice whether you feel it is appropriate to use a public loo at this time. As always, I advise researching and reading scientific advice rather than what random strangers are saying on social media and making your own properly informed decisions.

9 Places You Can Visit Where Public Toilets Are Open


It is worth noting that because there are so few places available with open toilets, you may find these areas busier than normal and some places may have to close early when they are at capacity (check their social media for updates).
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Our May Half Term Plans (2020)


School is out for the week for us today and with the likelihood that Heidi is returning back to school on a reduced timetable soon, we want to make the most of it.



We usually go away for May Half Term and were due to spend the week at Center Parcs in the Netherlands this year. I am sure that trip will still happen at a later date. Steve still has the week off work so it is nice that we are all going to be together.
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Can we stop with the lockdown food shaming?


The UK Government recently eased lockdown restrictions. We can now go outside for unlimited exercise and leisure provided we stick with social distancing rules.



As set out by Government plans, many hospitality businesses may be looking to re-open in July. Some businesses like McDonald's could have made a couple of changes and stayed open this whole time if they had wanted to.
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Our First Trip to the Beach During the Pandemic


I will be the first to admit that I wasn't keen to rush out after lockdown restrictions were eased earlier this month.



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Fish & Chips from Colmans Seafood Temple : A Review


Colmans Seafood Temple is somewhere I have wanted to visit for ages. We were finally able to make the trip on a sunny Sunday in February when working on a different campaign with the Tyne Tunnel (who kindly organised/covered the cost of our meal). 

Fish & Chips from Colmans Seafood Temple : A Review

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North East Father's Day Gift Ideas (Delivered)


North East Father's Day Gift Ideas (Delivered)


Father's Day in the UK falls on Sunday 21 June this year. Who knows what the next month holds but for me personally, I will not be spending any time browsing physical shops for gifts any time soon.

I have been researching various gift ideas which can be ordered online and thought others may find this round-up handy. Let me know if you have any other ideas too.

As a side note, nobody has paid/ asked to be included in this post (although I may have worked with a couple of the brands mentioned in the past). This list is made up of my own personal recommendations and businesses friends / family have recommended/tried in the past too.

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Teachers Are Heroes


I have so much respect for our teachers. We all remember those special teachers at school who we connected with. They inspired us, listened to us, showed us another way and encouraged our passions. Teachers are the biggest supporters, advocates and role models for our children and I do not know what I would do without them.


Teachers Are Heroes


I cannot begin to imagine how tough trying to teach during Coronavirus must be. It is hard enough for me at home and I kind of have nothing better to do and only have three students to deal with.
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Why I Won't Be Rushing To Enjoy A Day Out

In England, lockdown measures have been relaxed slightly today and our Prime Minister has encouraged us to enjoy as much time as we like outdoors for exercise or recreation.



There is no time limit and we can now travel to beaches, beauty spots and parks by car / on foot / bike with no time restrictions. This is providing they are open of course, many councils have chosen to stagger the opening of their car parks / have not opened them at all / have asked the public to stay at home for now.
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Holiday Memories : Making Pretzels at Home


Welcome to another post from our Holiday Memories series.  Today I take us back to Florida in the summer of 2017 where I tasted the best ever Pretzels at Busch Gardens.


Holiday Memories : Making Pretzels at Home


Now I know Pretzels are German (and I have yet to experience a true German Pretzel) but Americans really know how to make a brilliant Pretzel too and for me, they were a real taste sensation.
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15+ Things To Do In South Shields

Disclosure - I have worked with some of the attractions mentioned in this post in the past but nobody has asked/paid to be included in this round-up. 

We absolutely love South Shields. It is around a 25 minute drive from our home in Northumberland and as we drive through the tunnel, it always feels like a proper day out.
15+ Things To Do In South Shields - dodgems at ocean beach

I still remember my first visit to South Shields - it was a day trip organised by our local Sure Start Centre (RIP) when the kids were under 5. I took my mam and we had such a good day out - I could not believe all of this traditional fun was right here on our doorstep.
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14 Things I Hate About Facebook


A bit of light entertainment to enjoy during lockdown. This post is a little tongue in cheek and to be honest, I am probably guilty of most of these myself at some point. Let me know your biggest Facebook bugbear.




14 Things I Hate About Facebook 


1 - People who ask to make a post in a private group shareable 

OMG the whole point of a private Facebook is that it is private - you cannot share info outside of the group or make a post which has been published directly into the group shareable. Can people stop asking......


2 - When people do not use the FB search function

We are all in those FB groups where the same questions are asked time and time again. Where delivers Chinese is my personal fave. There is a search function in FB groups - save us all a lot of hassle/repetition and use it.


3 - Unsolicited advertising on my Facebook posts 

If I am in the wrong mood, this drives me mad. I am super strict about adverts and who I work with on Social Media and when businesses try to take advantage of my audience and start advertising and posting their own links as comments on my posts without asking,  I find it to be the height of rudeness.


4 - Friend requests & MLM scheme invites 

When somebody friend requests you then 2 minutes later you receive a DM from them with an unbelievable way to make cash. No thanks.


5 - People who share fake news 

This is SO dangerous and really annoying. Check your sources people and only share news from verified sources.


6 - People who share fake giveaways 

I cannot believe people fall for this to be honest. Fake Facebook pages to run fake giveaways and harvest your data has been a scam for years yet people still fall for it. Before entering a giveaway, check out the page and check they are legit.


7 - Naked photos of kids

I just do not understand why people would put naked photos of their kids on the internet for all to see.


8 - Asking unnecessary questions 

A business can take time to post an informative post yet are inundated with ridiculous questions which they have usually already answered in their post.

A prime example is - Tonight, we are delivering to Blyth, Cramlington and Morpeth, here is our menu, call 01670 000 000 to order. I can guarantee this type of post will receive countless people asking in the comments if they deliver to Blyth. READ THE POST BEFORE YOU COMMENT PEOPLE.


9 - Checking into hospital with no further info 

Vague-booking at it's worst!


10 - Not sharing from original source (or at least referencing them)

This always happens with popular posts or memes. Rather than sharing from original source and crediting the creator, people will upload their own version and try and make it look like it was their idea.

This happens with popular quotes and memes all of the time. It would be lovely if we could all start giving credit where credit is due.


11 - Not disclosing freebies properly

More of a blogger thing but as a consumer, it frustrates me too. I want to know if you are working with someone and are not sharing a plate of food / outfit / make up off your own back up front. Have some respect for your audience and always let us know rather than trying to hide it.


12 - Facebook lurkers

We all know someone like this - never, ever posts on Facebook but when you see them in real life, they seem to have studied your Facebook posts and know exactly what you have been up to.


13 - Forgetting to be social 

Facebook is supposed to be fun and social. Remember when people uploaded blurry photos from nights out or a silly little status. I feel like this kind of fun and frivolity has been lost a bit over the years now and many people seem to use Facebook for their own personal agenda only.


14 - Following...... 

When people type FOLLOWING on a post. OMG this does nothing really. Why not hit the three buttons at the corner of a post and save it to come back to instead? Much more useful.


Ah I feel better now that I have that off my chest. I am guessing we are all guilty of at least one of these at some point (I know I am). Let me know which is your biggest bugbear too. 
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Podcast Reviews & Recommendations : May 2020


As mentioned in previous posts, I have started listening to podcasts during lockdown and I am loving the escapism they have provided. Popping my headphones on whilst doing the dishes / washing has never been so appealing.




As a fairly new podcast listener, I am always on the lookout for new podcasts to subscribe to so please recommend any you think I will like. I will update this post weekly with mini reviews and what I have been listening to throughout the week.
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Holiday Memories : Recreating a Moroccan Riad Experience at Home


Welcome to my brand new mini-series. Holiday Memories will take a trip down memory lane as I reminisce about some of my favourite travel experiences. I will then aim to recreate a little part of the trip at home (with probably varying results). I hope you like it.


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Nelson's at the Park, Swarland

A lovely cafe by a fantastic play park serving delicious homemade food.
Nelson's at the Park is an absolutely gorgeous cafe overlooking Swarland village park serving delicious homemade food. 

Nelson's at the Park, Swarland - Review


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15+ Easy Star Wars Activities to Enjoy at Home (No Printer Required)


15+ Easy Star Wars Activities to Enjoy at Home (No Printer Required)


My kids are obsessed with Star Wars. They suggested the idea of a Star Wars themed day at home for May 4th. Their idea was to binge-watch Star Wars movies on Disney+ all day but I wanted to make it a little more fun / educational so at the last minute, I researched a few easy activities we could do at home.
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8 Easy Ways to Have Fun in your Garden this Summer

This is an advertising feature. Whilst enjoying your garden, please follow current Government guidelines re: social distancing. 

I have never been a keen gardener. We usually cut the grass, plant new flowers in Spring and that's about it. However, during this extended period at home, I have really discovered a new appreciation for our garden and as the sun has been shining, we have thoroughly enjoyed and been thankful for our outdoor space.

8 Easy Ways to Have Fun in your Garden this Summer
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