AS blogging goes, there have been many highlights for me over the years and my recent trip with Optiwell is most definitely up there.
Just a few weeks ago, Elsie and I joined a lovely group of parenting bloggers and kids to stay at a luxury family hotel as guests of Optiwell who organised the special event to give us mamas some much appreciated relaxation as part of their new campaign #ThankGoodness.
WAGAMAMAS is one of my favourite places to go and eat.
Since discovering it around ten years ago in London, my love affair with this Japanese -inspired restaurant chain has never diminished.
She thought that the city would be full of ‘pools’ and that she’d be spending the day in her swimsuit (well it kind of makes sense I guess!), and although I had to point out to her that this wasn’t quite the case, thankfully it didn’t dampen her enthusiasm!
We did find water though, at the incredible Albert Dock, and ice cream (!) so she was more than a happy chappy.
I don’t really know Liverpool very well.
But as a Great Mancunian originally (I think that’s a term) I am a HUGE fan of Northern cities. There’s just something about the grit, humour, style and ‘make the most out of life’ attitude that I adore and feel at home with, when I’m oop North.
And just like Manchester, Liverpool has all of this in spades.
Every time I visit – often for work, sometimes for pleasure – I discover something new or come across a part of the city which makes my heart flutter.
Which is why I’m thrilled to bring you a lovely competition today, which will enable you to go and have fun in our capital for FREE!
This dress. A special Frozen dress (which lights up and has a magical brooch and everything!)
Yep, Elsie would go to…Disney On Ice Presents World Of Enchantment, courtesy of the kind people at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena who invited me, Elsie and two guests (my sister Sal and niece Ella) as their VIPs on the front row.
A reminder, if ever there was one, that blogging really has changed not just my life, but my family’s too.
(I think I did a little squeal for Elsie when I got the email.)
So on a cold, wet Friday night, at just before teatime, when everyone else was still beavering away at work or at school, the four of us grabbed some drinks and chips and settled down to watch Disney On Ice in Sheffield.
And what a treat it was. Look at these two excited girls!
I’ve never seen the show before, neither had Elsie, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I knew that Elsie would love it. How could she not when it featured three of her favourite films – Toy Story, Cars and Frozen? (She’s not yet acquainted with the Little Mermaid yet, but she will be!)
But I couldn’t help but wonder, would it live up to the hype?
The show began with a quick introduction from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, much to Elsie’s delight, followed by the first ‘story’ of the night, Toy Story – a colourful, action packed sequence of storytelling, if slightly a little too long in parts.
As Buzz, Woody and all the other favourite characters skated around the rink, I was torn between watching Elsie’s beautiful, expressive face and watching the show!
But it’s safe to say it was a sure fire hit with my little girl, even if the aliens just were not on the rink long enough for her pleasure.
A chance to blow off some cobwebs.
A chance to visit somewhere we’ve never been.
(Even though it’s practically right on our doorstep.)
Hidden away in a housing estate and in the middle of urban life as we now know it, not many people know about this little gem of a place.
And I’m actually pretty ashamed to admit it’s taken me so long to visit after living in the town for over ten years, because it really is quite something.
A historic treasure and a local one too. Peaceful, impressive and incredibly quiet.
I have a feeling if this priory was located in rural countryside, it would be packed out with people visiting, but as it was, bar a few teenagers exploring and one other family, the only other visitors were us and some birds.
Elsie loved it here. As I’d hoped she might!
(Pretty in pink, I think this could be my new favourite photo of her!)
Well you lovely bunch, I have the most exciting competition to share with you all today, because, I have an amazing VIP family ticket to Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment to give away!
All together now, ooooo!
The ticket is for the show at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on Friday 20th November at 4pm.
This incredible prize will not only see you all sitting on the front row (these are super duper rinkside seats!) but will also allow the children from the winning family (aged 5 to 11 ONLY) to get up-close with the stars of the show and take an exciting on-ice ride during The Little Mermaid scene during the performance! (As shown in the picture above.)
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x
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