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My Weekly Round-Up, And Excited

I missed last weeks round-up. Mainly due to the fact that I was London bound and decided to have a chill weekend. Usually when I travel by train I work non-stop. However I decided to have a rest and make the most of my time in first class (I treated myself) I read my book for the whole journey. It was blooming lovely, such a treat. 

The last 2 weeks have been mad, GCSE’s, I know I sound like a broken record, it’s incredible how they are so all-encompassing. But so far so good, all is calm and there are only 2 more to go. Then it’s prom! I felt so emotional when Jack tried on his prom suit. He looked so handsome and grown up, and it was something I was not ready for at all. I still remember his first day at school like it was yesterday.

Last week Joe and I head into Manchester to see Gangsta Granny it was wonderful, we loved the film and the show was just as good. It was tough as he was so frightened to go into Manchester. You know one of those moments as a parent where you feel you are encouraging your children to do something that terrifies them. Part of me felt awful but I knew it was a hurdle he had to get over.

A Night A The Theatre To See Gangsta Granny, Who Said Grans Weren't Cool

My Weekly Round Up, Excited

We head to Artisan for dinner and he started to relax, by the time the show started he was fine. I am so glad I encouraged him to go. We don’t want the boys growing up in fear; it’s no way to live. And sometimes their minds just can’t process all these awful things that are happening. God knows it’s hard for us and we have the benefit of life experience to draw on. What makes me sad is that our boys have grown up loving cities and this awful current situation enabled fear to creep in for a while. As parents we owe it to our children to show them that love and acceptance prevails not fear.

My London trip in aid of Blogtacular, I know, I have raved about it ever since on every social channel. But honestly it was revolutionary.

I left with the same feeling that I felt after my first BritMums Live. My blog was only 2 months old back then and wow it blew my mind. I just knew from that moment that blogging was for me. And here I am 3 1/2 years later.  Still so inspired by this amazing crazy, creative industry that makes me smile every single day. That has to be the best job in the world. I am so lucky. It’s not about the things, the opportunities, it’s about that excitement I feel every Monday morning, not everyone has that, do they?

My Weekly Round Up, Excited

Why Blogtacular Blew My Mind and it is the perfect blogging event for creative people

My gin of the week is the amazing Poetic Licence, Northern Dry Gin.

I tried out their Strawberries and Cream version last weekend and wasn’t so sure, it was a little sweat for me. Saying that my friend Kelly LOVED it, it just goes to show it’s all down to taste. For me the Northern Dry Gin is a winner. The flavour combination is a bit mad with cardamom, coriander, juniper, lemon and lime. It is so spicy but refreshing and one to add to the cabinet.

My Weekly Round Up, Excited

And lastly after so much excitement I have another exciting week planned

Today we are off on a 10-mile charity pub walk through the Lancashire countryside. The sun is shining and it’s going to be hot. It’s a huge event in our little group of villages and people come from all the surrounding towns to take part too. It’s all in aid of the local hospice so a great cause and I love that the whole community gets involved. I am planning to share a little on my stories but forgive me if I stop after a couple of pubs. That’s never a good idea is it?

Monday Escapes 5/06, travel bloggers link up

And then the lovely Karen and I are off to Greece, woohoooo. We are off the visit the new Sani  Dunes Resort in Halkidiki, it is part of the Ikos group so I know it is going to be just incredible, that makes me all the more excited. Meaning next week will be all about beaches and hopefully hot hot sunshine. Have a lovely week whatever you are up too.


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Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 17th June 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Oh, wow what a lovely break you have lined up! Glad it’s been a good week and the GCSEs are all going well, and Blogtacular sounds amazing! It’s awful that kids are so aware and scared of terrorism, but I think you’re right to help overcome that as cities are such fabulous, vibrant places, fear cannot win x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. 18th June 2017 / 4:26 pm

    2 more exams and then you can all breathe a sigh of relief. I will be coming to you next year for ways of dealing with them as a mum. It must have been horrible to see Joe so scared, but you definitely did the right thing for him. Katie is off to London next month with school, and she has said a few times that there is nothing to be scared off mum. I will no doubt be more anxious than her. Eeek I am so excited for Sani Dunes, though yet another holiday we miss each other. ONE DAY Sarah we will be somewhere at the same time lol x

  3. 19th June 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Well done for taling your son into his fear. Our 7 yo knows nothing about it. One day she will have to though. Your break sounds so lovely… enjoy! #wotw

  4. 21st June 2017 / 10:56 am

    So glad that Joe enjoyed going to see Gangsta Granny and that you managed to help him through his fear. It’s so hard when things like the recent attacks make you scared to go places that you’d once enjoyed visiting but you’re right to try and push through it and keep enjoying things. Glad you had a lovely time at Blogtacular too and good luck to Jack with his GCSEs x #WotW

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