Day out at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

If your from North Yorkshire you may have heard of Birchfield Ice Cream, it is a family working farm that in recent years has grown to quite a attraction, but not yet that commercial where you avoid it like the plague! We have been coming here for quite a few years now when we visit my parents in law caravan in Ripley and love each visit.  I thought it was about time I shared this little gem with others! Every year they offer lots of different events throughout the season, but the two main events we always make sure we…

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Yuzu and Honey Hot cross buns recipe

  Apart from getting excited about the Easter Bunny visiting, oh and mini eggs, what else do you think of when it comes to Easter? Well for me it has to be traditional Hot Cross Buns! That sweet flavour of cinnamon and fruit mixed together with a good cup of tea is amazing!  So when I was asked to try make my own by Yutaka, the same company that brought you the Yutaka Noodles, I jumped at the chance. I was told they would be a little different from the normal variation we were so used to as the recipe…

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The Benefits of Travelling Alone

Travelling with your family is fantastic. It’s a great chance to bond and create shared memories; it means you’ve always got someone there next to you and it’s wonderfully good fun. Travelling with young children is different, but in many ways better. Children see the world through such innocent adventurous eyes; they just want to rush around and get stuck into everything. They can teach us a lot, and very much show us the way. But, there’s also a lot to be said for travelling alone, and if you’re not currently in a position to travel in a group or…

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Kielder Water and Forest – a place for night photography

Living in the North East of England offers so many opportunities for days out, camping trips and best of all photography opportunities. I have a collection of images that I dont always share right away and await for the right time to share them, usually when I feel like I need a boost to remind me of the amazing places we have on our doorstep to explore. If your a big Countryfile viewer like us then you may have seen the episode a couple of weeks ago showing Kielder Water. It was a good episode showing just how amazing the…

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Twiddle Ons Review

Ever heard of Sock Ons? They were designed to go over babies feet to keep their socks in place. Well the same designers have now released Twiddle Ons using the same concept but with foot finding toys attached to them. We were gifted these just at the perfect time for Elijah who has just started to roll and lift his legs up to find his feet. Chewing at his own toes has become somewhat of a new pass time to him! So i was eager to get these onto his feet to see what he thought. As you can see…

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Fix up, Look sharp – in decent pants and socks!

It seems once you are over the age of 16 years old it becomes mandatory for your parents or other family members to buy you some form of underwear or socks when it comes to birthdays or Christmas.  To be honest I can understand why they become the stable gift as pants and socks are a necessity, lets be honest, and such an easy gift to choose.  My mam has been buying me various styles and brands of boxers for many years now and if I am honest the sizes she has had to purchase have also varied greatly too! I have…

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Date Night Cinema Trip – with a baby in tow…

Me and my partner have been long standing members of the Cineworld Cinema Card. Many moons ago before we had kids we used it frequently and enjoyed seeing films nearly weekly. However since Zach came along we probably use it once or twice a month, which i guess still makes the monthly cost worthy but is a shame that we dont get to see all the films we want too. When Zach turned around two we have been taking him to see all the new kids films that have been released and he loves it. He calls it the “Big…

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Our annual Forest Holiday Trip – Ardgartan Argyll

We have been using Forest Holidays (watch my video) for around three years now and have visited three out of the nine locations across the UK. It is a place that offers luxury, peace and nature. All three of which are high on my agenda for a good holiday! We first visited in 2014 when Zach was around 12 weeks old – it was his first holiday and we loved it. So much so that we return at least once every year but mostly around twice a year – either as our family unit or with extended family.   This year…

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Escape Key – 27 seconds to spare…

If you go out and socialise quite a lot with friends it can sometimes get a little repetitive the things you do. It mostly might mean a few beverages out at the pub, food out, bowling or maybe the cinema.  Add on a few years and you may be grown up enough to have meals at each others homes or when you have kids your socialising becomes “playdates” at the latest child friendly venue. It can all get a little boring if were honest and the lure of staying in with your comfies on and a new series on Netflix…

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Date night steak recipe for two

When you think of a steak recipe, what springs to your mind? What if I was tell you to try it with cabbage and cheese? Not convinced? Does this look good? Right now you scrolled passed the image and salivated as you did – we can get to the recipe! This is something great to cook for a date night, or a special occassion. I cook this meal a lot for date night. I love steak and so does my partner so its win win! So what ingredients do you need? Steak of your choice, go to your local butchers,…

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Totally natural photography – taking photos of your kids

Ive been scrolling through a lot of images recently, both my own and online just for a bit inspiration. What I have noticed about my images compared to others is how natural they are. How I never get my son to pose for a photo, I always let him do his thing. How do I capture them? it really is easy, as long as you know your camera and you know what type of shot your looking for then you should know what settings to use, unless your using your mobile of course, by settings im presuming your using a…

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Is there such a thing as the perfect family car??

This is a Sponsored Post Is there such a thing as a perfect family car? A car that fits everything in and meets our safety requirements? A question I ask myself a lot. If there is, then I have yet to find it. We currently have 2 vehicles at home, our second vehicle is a van, which isn’t ideal to go anywhere in as it only has 2 seats. However it serves the purpose for getting me A to B and using for the allotment. Our main car is a Nissan Quashqai which the missus drives daily. We have had…

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Glen Douglas – Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Glen Douglas is just one amazing location here in Argyll and Bute, The place itself is home to the MOD, so when your travelling here, do be careful. I came from Arrochar and drove along the A814 you will see the sign for Glen Douglas. Taking a left turn you drive a steep bank until you reach flat ground. There are two routes you can take. Right takes you further up the mountain, but it is pot luck where the barrier will be open as it is used for military training, But if it is open you will be greeted…

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How young is too young for homework??

There are two sides of the coin when it comes to homework, some parents agree with the concept and others are against it all together.   I’m somewhere in the middle I think, but I am yet to experience an older child with hoards of homework that they are refusing to do! I guess though my opinion lies within the region of: its good for kids to get homework to continue their learning journey at home, but within reason. I think its important to also have time on a weekend and an evening to practise other hobbies, explore the outside…

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Kilchurn Castle – Loch Awe, Scotland

Located on a small island on Loch Awe in Scotland is a very beautiful picturesque place, surrounded by mountains and not far from the village of Lochawe. The Castle Itself is only ruins but most of the structure is still standing. I was looking for places to photograph when I came across this stunning place. I headed there for photos, even though the weather was terrible, non stop rain, sleet and snow couldn’t put me off. You can see the castle when travelling along the A819 but the car park its self is quite easy to miss as it isn’t…

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Tramp Menswear Beanie Review

I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for hats; beanies, woolies and a bobble pom pom, you name it I have them. Not so much caps though, I dont suit them! I think hats are a must have accessory in anyones wardrobe, they can be worn to keep warm or purely as a fashion item. Something to go to to finish of a certain outfit maybe, it doesn’t really matter what your reason, there still a classic favourite. I was recently approached by a company called Tramp Menswear and was asked to review one of their beanies.…

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Yutaka noodles – Great for the family (giveaway)

I love noting better than trying out different cuisines, both at home or eating out. Japanese food is something Ive never really tried, so when I was given the opportunity to test out Yutaka Noddles I jumped at the chance.   Yutaka noodles are both high in protein and high in fibre with the added bonus of them being organic and gluten free, so they make for a perfect family meal , and if your trying to diet or eat more healthy. A 50g serving is just under 170kcal which is perfect if your watching your daily intake, and if you…

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Personalised gifts for Mothers day – Dom and Geri Review

Ahh Mothers Day, once again another time of year that stresses us males out with the dread of what we can buy or do to make the day memorable. Buying for both my own mother (who happens to have her birthday the same month too!!!) and the mother to my two sons a gift honestly fills me with dread. I long for the missus to drop me a subtle hint so I at least have some idea! However this year I was approached by a company called Dom and Geri. Enter this years saviour – as they specialise in personalised…

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Why I decided to get help with my mental health

Mental health, its just a word, don’t let it define you The main reason for getting the help I needed was the simple fact that I needed someone to talk to, someone who didn’t know me to share my background with and try to get to bottom of me feeling unwell. Deep down I think knew the reasons but I wasn’t able to come to accept them. My partner was the person who noticed a change in me and even she didn’t know the reasons behind the change in behaviour. And the same questions were asked – HOW ARE YOU?…

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Using a foreground subject to make your image pop

This week I have 2 questions for you. Why should you use foreground interest? And should you use it all the time?   So why should you use it? Picture this –  if you were in a large field, nothing it is in this field just you and your camera. You take a shot. what does this shot look like? Not so good, now take that same shot of the field, but add in a few hay bails, a few close you, a few further in the distance. Now picture the shot. Better? of course it is, it adds interest…

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