Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ridley Park - Blyth. The best park ever!

Last year when we went to see the tall ships in Blyth we came across Ridley park and we promised the kids that one day we would go back and visit when it wasn't so busy....

Last week we decided the time was right....Blyth is about 30 minutes from us by bus and on Friday the weather wasn't too bad so we packed a bag and off we went.....We stopped off at Greggs bought some food and drinks then headed for the park which was only a 10 minute walk from the town centre.


There is two playgrounds at Ridley Park. One for younger children and one for the older children.....We headed for the younger playground first....By rights Becky shouldn't have been allowed in as it is for under 11's but there were kids older than her there.

The playground was perfect for little one's....There was slides, roundabouts, swings and even a sandpit....There was a water area too with pumps and fun things. In the summer I could see this getting a lot of use....

My girls had a go on the roundabout and the slide but the queues were massive for anything else....It was packed and little kids are ruthless. They don't queue for anything and think nothing about pushing in.....My girls are far too nice to stop a little one going before them....hehehe

After about half an hour we decided to try our luck in the playground for older children....It was just as busy but older kids know how to queue. hehehe

Some of the equipment and rides looked quite terrifying but the girls have no fear.....Before I even had chance to tell them to be careful they were off.....

They both had to go on the huge slide first....It was up a steep hill and within seconds they had both whizzed down and were running back up for another go....There were kids going down headfirst. Eek! They had no fear!


Next up was the zip wire.....It was fantastic! Stu came in handy for this and gave them a push to start the girls off....They shrieked and screamed but had a blast....


They made their way around every piece of equipment at the park....Balance ropes, swinging things and even climbed and jumped off a huge rock....


The girls had about 4 hours at the park and could have easily stayed for much longer.....We only left because it started to rain.....

The only negative I have about the park is the toilets. They are pretty grim. They are in brick buildings near the cafe and it looks like they haven't been cleaned in years.....Eww! It didn't put it off Ridley Park though. We will be back sometime soon.....




Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Family is a funny thing....

Family is a funny thing....I don't have a large family. Sometimes I wish I did for the fun aspect of it like at Christmas and birthdays but 95% of the time I am happy with my family just how it is....


My grandparents from my fathers side are dead and my dad is an only child.....My mother fell out with her parents when I was a baby and now my mother is dead. She has a sister who I can't remember ever speaking to and I have cousins from her side of the family which I don't know or talk to....

I have a brother who is a couple of years younger than my but we grew apart and he did things which I did not agree with....He has fallen out with most of my family now. I could write a whole blog post about him being an idiot but that might be for another day.....hehehe

The only blood family I have actual contact with is my dad, my great Aunt and my nephew.....I have a couple of my dad's cousins and their children who I keep in touch with on Facebook but the distance between us is a problem....Ugh

I saw something on Facebook. One of those pointless passive aggressive pictures people posts. It got me thinking about my family..... 


I don't think the people you call family have to be blood related.....

Sarah....My dad's girlfriend. Oh I hate saying that. They are both too old to call them boyfriend and girlfriend and he is my dad. I don't want to think about them being boyfriend and girlfriend.....Eww! As far as I know they are not planning on getting married so Sarah won't be becoming my step mother anytime soon but she is as good as. I would go as far to say she has been a mother figure to me for the last couple of years.....She is good for my dad. I am shy and socially awkward. I find it hard to speak to people but she is one of few people that I can speak to without thinking and analysing every word I say. I feel comfortable with her.....

Louise is my nephews mother. I met her about 18 years ago which seems a lifetime ago, way before any of us thought about kids. We always have a good giggle about the fact we all went on all the roller coasters at Alton Towers when she was a few weeks pregnant. (Obviously before she knew). Louise isn't my sister in law. Her and my brother have been split up for about 14 years. She hasn't really had any contact with him in about 8 years. When they split she said she would keep in touch but I never thought she would but she has been true to her word and she visits about twice a year......She drives up from Scunthorpe, stops off at my great aunts for the night then brings her up to visit too.....She got as far as my great aunts last week and then the exhaust fell off her car. Oops. Louise is just one of those people who are genuine and honest.....I had some issues in my life a couple of months ago and after a few phone calls to her my mind was put to ease....She is one of those calming people who see's the positive in everything.

Then there is my friends. I have three close friends and they are there through the good and bad....We may not see each other as much as we did when all our kids were in the same school but I know they would be there for me if I needed anything....

Another time when blood doesn't count is when it comes to my fella Stu and my teen Becky....Stu is not Becky's biological father but he is her dad. I'm not going to go into the details about Becky's biological father....

People don't realise that Becky and Ellie are not full sisters...They look so alike and are so alike....When it was discovered they had problems with their hearts their defects were identical. They may as well be full sisters...hehehe One child is blood and one isn't to Stu but he treats them both the same....People have always seemed shocked that the girls are only half sisters when we tell them. We don't hide it and the girls don't think anything about it. I know Stu and I certainly don't.....

To me family isn't about the blood relations....It is about the people who are there for you through the best and the worst of the times.....

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hasbro Boggle & Win with Pork Farms.

We love board games here especially one's we can play as a family....We were recently sent Boggle by Hasbro to try out. 


Find as many words as possible on the 4x4 letter grid before the sand timer runs out. You’ve got 3 minutes to search out as many words as you can see spelled out on the cubes. The longer the word, the higher your score, but you only score points if nobody else has the same word. Add up your points and see who the winner is....


Ellie is 9 and is at an age now where she can do with improving her spelling and knowledge of words....This game is perfect for that. She is learning and having fun at the same time.....

Boggle is so easy to set up and within minutes of opening the box the girls were playing....Making up words from the letters they rolled....


They had a great time playing Boggle and ended up playing for over an hour....Ellie my youngest actually beat my teen in a couple of games which was a great boost to her confidence. We did put a rule in that that you could only have a maximum of 4 letter words which kept things even between the girls which worked well. I think we are going to have to up it to 5 letter words as Ellie is doing a little too well. heheh

Boggle is a fantastic family game and it will be one we can all play together.



From the 8th to the 14th May it is National Board Games Week and Pork Farms are inviting you to host your very own Family Board Games Night....Families can get involved by downloading a free family bundle to help plan a board games activity night at home and you can potentially win prizes including a stack of board games, special certificates and a year’s supply of Pork Farms’ pork pies! 

We were sent the board game Boggle free of charge to review and in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


We're nearly back to reality. The girls have a teachers training day today then we're back to school tomorrow which will be a bit of a shock to the system after having lazy mornings for two weeks over Easter...

Last weeks meal plan went to plan....We ate everything! Hooray! It really surprised me....Meal plans don't usually work for us during the school holidays.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Sandwiches, cakes, crisps....
Tuesday - Chicken burgers and curly fries....
Wednesday - Sausage & bean hotpot....
Thursday - Tuna rice salad....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Pork stir fry....
Sunday - Pie, mash & veg....

What are you eating this week?