Making memories at Carrickfergus Castle

We may live on a relatively small island, but it is a beautiful island, regardless of her size. There are so many gorgeous places to visit here in Northern Ireland and we’re lucky enough to leave nearby to quite a few of them. We recently hopped on a train and paid a visit to Carrickfergus, a large town on the North shore of Belfast Lough. Carrickfergus is one of my favourite places in the world and I guess it’s because I have family from there, I have lots of childhood memories that have blossomed from Carrick and I suppose in a way it feels like a home away from home.

Carrickfergus Castle

Aside from being County Antrim’s oldest town and one of the oldest settlements in Ireland as a whole, the one main feature that Carrick is famous for is for Carrickfergus Castle. Originally built in 1177 by John de Courcy it is one of the best-preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland and it played an important military role up until 1928.
Carrickfergus Castle
I will never tire of seeing the castle walls, in fact, I even abseiled down the walls of its highest keep for charity a few years back. But I also love that my children have fallen in love with not only the castle, or the town but everything Carrickfergus has to offer.

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
This is the first time we have taken Annabelle into Carrickfergus Castle that she has been able to appreciate it in all of its glory. In fact, it was actually her idea that we go in on this particular day and I could not say no to my little castle loving tot.

She practically ran through the doors and for the whole time we were there, which can take just over an hour, she explored every nook and cranny with her siblings that she could.

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Carrickfergus Castle
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Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
The kids had the best time during our visit and I have to say, so did I and mainly because there were new parts of the castle that you could never explore before when we visited. Being able to see the whole other part of the Castle, i.e the murder room {a bit grim} and it’s Chapel {which was seriously creepy} and even the room above the murder hole {see below}. Also even a weird section of the castle that I can only assume was some form of holding cell.

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

After the castle exploration was done, we decided to walk over to the Pirate play park. This park was only recently built a few years ago and what child wouldn’t love a park with a replica galleon ship made for playing on! Sadly I have no photos of that because it was so busy, that I wasn’t comfortable in case I got other people’s kids into the shot. Trust me, though, it’s pretty awesome! So here are a few photos of the kids on the shore next to the castle instead! 😉 Oh & on a tank!

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
We all had a pretty amazing afternoon and thankfully the weather behaved itself too. We were all pretty tired out by the end of it all and even treated ourselves to a milkshake from The Shake Shack before getting our train home. Annabelle loved the Castle so much that on the train home she asked to go back the next day! 🙂

Maybe in a few weeks time kiddo, xx.

D xx

I love a good bargain!

Reading the title to this post, you’re in complete agreement with me, right? Everybody loves a good bargain and I am definitely one of those people. 

When I am scrolling through my Instagram or Facebook feed I gush over the shots of some people’s homes. Not only am I completely jealous of the amount of natural light their home allows in, but the little bits and pieces they have sprinkled throughout their homes. 

Now, I’m a Mum to five, which means my funds for ‘pretty things’ are pretty nonexistent. This makes me sad of course but never fear because…..I love a good bargain! There are so many stores around nowadays that stock great quality home interior products that are completely affordable and look amazing in the home. There are even some great websites available for bargains too, such as, Bargain buys for Busy Mums and they have so many bargains for different things ranging from kids fashion to health & beauty products. 

For example, I recently picked up this super stylish LED ‘&‘ marquee light which was originally priced at £9.99 {at B&M} but was in a sale for £4.99 and I’m not even sorry that it fell into my basket. Isn’t is gorgeous!! I think it gives our front room a real funky vibe and knowing that it was a bargain buy makes me feel a little giddy.

Marquee Light

Now, aside from household bargains if you follow my blog or any of my social media channels, you’ll know I’m soon to become a Mrs. So saving the pennies as we organise our wedding has been paramount. I have spent hours scrolling places like Amazon & eBay for ways to cut the cost on what are usually, very expensive occasions but still giving off a high-end feel.

planning a wedding

I’ve been very lucky and found some amazing bargains on everything from my gifts for the Bride and Groom parties, favours, wedding decorations and even my wedding dress. Whatever way you view a wedding {yes, even your own!} it’s for one day! One single day. So is it really worth spending 10k+ on it? Realistically, it shouldn’t be, but each to there own at the end of the day. I for one, love shopping for bargains and I doubt that will ever change.

Do you love a good bargain? What has been your most recent bargain buy?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Back to School with Label Planet

When the children finished school I never expected the summer holidays to whizz by as quickly as they have. They have gone by unbelievably fast that I’m both pleased about and a little sad, too. So as I finish getting the children prepared I forgot to get one essential back to school item. School clothing labels! I cannot tell you how many items we lost in last year’s school term, which I’m sure you can relate to. So when Label Planet got in touch offering us some of their labels to test out on my children’s school uniforms, I was happy too.

First of all, I’m just going to share that from ordering the labels to receiving them in the post, the delivery time was insane! So crazy fast and I think I received them within 36hrs of ordering them. How’s that for a super speedy delivery service! Especially here in N.I where things can usually take a day or so longer to get out to us.

The labels we’re reviewing are the Stikins name labels from Label Planet. Now, when I agreed to review these labels I did cringe a little at how many items I would have to either sew these labels onto or iron. But hold up A SECOND! With Stikins name labels there is no sewing or ironing required because they just stick right on there. A huge time saver for me as a parent, in fact, the children could even label their own clothes themselves.

Stikins Name Labels from Label planet
Stikins Name Labels from Label planet

These are multipurpose labels, so they’re not just for clothes. They can go on everything from shoes, lunchboxes, books, mobile phones and water bottles too.

Stikins Name Labels from Label planet

These labels are great and in no time at all I had all of the children’s Back to school clothes and essentials all labeled and ready. I haven’t needed to wash any of their school uniforms yet to see how the labels hold up, but I’m sure I’ll mention it in a little update post on the blog after the kids first week back at school. So keep an eye out for that.

These name labels are available in a range of different amounts, including standard white labels, gold, silver and even a pack of mixed labels are available. A great and an essential piece for my kids going back to school, hopefully resulting in no more items going missing over the school term!

Disclosure: These labels were sent to us for the purpose of this review, in collaboration with Netmums. All thoughts, photos, and opinions are my own. 

Back to School with Debenhams

The summer holidays are swiftly coming to a close and the children will soon be starting a new school year. It seems like yesterday the children broke off for summer when we had hopes and dreams for weeks to come. Of places, we would go and the fun we would have. Now it’s time for that to end and for learning and education to take a firm place in their lives once again.

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