For us Northerners, Blackpool illuminations is a rite of passage. It's a coming of age moment. Right up there with your first Greggs pasty, chip barms and rickets.
I'll not lie, I had high expectations. So much so I may have bigged it up a little too much.
Duinrell Family Park - Canvas Holidays
Big Shop with Little Helpers
Like Riding a Bike
You'll need a second child to truly see the benefits, but then having a spare is never a bad thing, just don't refer to them as such. Better to call them your eldest.
It's been five years in the making but I've nailed it. The holy grail of parenting. Finally, I've mastered 'the look'.
I've been close for a while. As a grumpy, middle-aged cynic I've had the raised brow of indignation for longer than I can remember; that wind changed a long time ago.
The wonderful Sam Coleman of dustandlove.com fame is running a competition for fiction. Three hundred words or less on the subject of parenting.
This takes me well outside of my comfort zone but I thought I'd have a go anyway.
Thanks for reading. I recommend heading straight over to dustandlove.
I'm not sure why our neighbours are struggling to sell their house? It could be that it's over-priced, it might be that the housing market is slow, or it may just be the crazy pigeon chasing neighbour that's scaring away more than just the birds? If it is the latter then I should maybe pop round to apologise.
I used to have a social life you know. Looking back through the last year or so of my social calendar you could be forgiven for thinking I have delusions of a socialite, but honestly, flick back a little further and you'd discover me out after dark for something other than emergency nappies and Calpol.
For two weeks prior to going away we'd been using CBeebies as our blueprint for our summer holiday, little did we know how much had been filmed in Scarborough ... and so began our CBeebies Summer Song pilgrimage!
I have my 40+ health check this week.
It's not helping with my post 40 denial but it'll be fine because I'm sat here drinking herbal tea, and everyone knows that replacing coffee with Chinese green tea for a couple of days can reverse twenty five years of abusing your body.
It's lovely to appear on a list in such good company. I already love following Rock 'n 'Roll Mum and Man in his Pyjamas. Both are brilliant.