When we went on our holidays to Blackpool last month, on one of those days we visited the famous Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. A more detailed post will be shared about our day there at a later date, however, I wanted to share with you one moment that really fits in with a magical moment for me & the kids. 

As you walk into the park, they have a fabulous water feature that you can mess around on, and the kids did just that! Running underneath the archways of water, the water barely missing them, the laughs of them as they felt victorious for dodging the prospects of getting wet and still being bone dry was a real treat to sit back & soak in {excuse the pun}.
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Ellie clearly thinking she has some sort of water bending skill.

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Jacob being a jammy little dude and ‘just’ making it through!

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Look at those happy faces. Priceless.

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Something as simple as water, giving them that much joy was amazing to look upon, take in, and store to go over another day/week/month or year. Hopefully, go over those memories of running under archways of water and ‘water bending’ will live on and come out now again as they wear the biggest smiles on their faces, in a hope to go back one day to do it all over again. 
 
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I lived in Blackpool for 5 years or so and not once did I ever venture into the Blackpool Tower. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think there was much to see, other than going up the top and overlooking the spectacular views of Blackpool & beyond. But I was so so wrong. It’s honestly like a box of tricks! So much to see and do and all in one place! 

We were very lucky to have a few Big Blackpool Tickets and on one day we hit the World famous Blackpool tower. Our first stop was the 4D cinema show, this is all before we get to go up to the top! I had never been in a 4D cinema and I wasn’t exactly sure what the whole 4D experience was all about. But wow…the 3D effects were better than anything I have seen in any 3D movie I have gone to see. Honestly. Then the 4D effects, such as the water spray, the wind, rumbling of the bars we lent up against and more! It was really exciting to experience and we were all excited to get to the top!

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We all crammed into an elevator that reminded a lot of us of the glass elevator from Willy Wonka, as it has glass sides and we could see the structure of the tower as we went up, and up, and up! Finally, the lift stopped and we all filed out…unbeknownst to me, there was a glass floor 5ft from the elevator!! So everyone sort of walked out, a few yelled and we all just sort of…side stepped along, lol. 
 

I’ll not lie. You think you can just walk onto this 5cm thick toughened glass that shows you a 500+ft drop onto the streets of Blackpool town. But your body just….stops you! Or it did with me! I really had to fight my gut instincts on this one, yelling at myself that it would be OK, and it took some doing for me to finally turn around, stare into the eyes of my darling man and just….walk backwards onto the glass floor. Not once looking down until I was in the middle. 

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It took a moment or three for me to actually look down and even longer for me to encourage the kids that it was grand to come out and join me for a wee family photo.

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I love this photo because it’s a proper “OMG, hurry up and take the photo” face from yours truly. Ellie looks fine but I know she was bricking it! And Jacobs looking down and probably wondering “Aaaaaahhh”, haha.
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We loved watching the 4D cinema show & doing the Skywalk of Blackpool Tower! The gift shop even had these super cool medals to say you’d done it and survived! haha! Jacob just had to get one! 

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This was only one of many things to do in Blackpool tower, I wonder where we went too next! Stay tuned!
Disclaimer: We were supplied with two Big Blackpool tickets to attend these attractions in return for a review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. 

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When we went on holiday to Haven back in June, we got to visit one of Blackpools newest attractions, Illuminasia in the Winter Gardens. The idea is based on the beautiful chinese art of lantern making mixed with modern technology. Both of these crafts together make for a truly beautiful wonderland of light and beauty. 

As soon as we walked up the red carpet to go in, we were greeted by a tour guide who informed the children of a certain job that they needed to complete as they went through the attraction and if they got all of the answers on their discovery trail correct, then they’d get a certificate at the end. This instantly had the kids attention and we were even more excited to go in. 


As we walked up the steps we were greeted with this view…

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Wow right?
 

I stood there at the viewing window and I fell in love. I have a slight adoration for the light you see. Fairy lights, twinkling lights, you name it. They have a real beauty about them and this view made me so excited to see what was around the next corner. The tour guide lead us into this insanely beautiful Chinese garden, lined with Chinese guards, cherry blossom trees {my absolute favourite tree in the world!} and lanterns hanging from the ceiling.

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We met the lady you had the job to screw in each of the astonishing 5000 light bulbs that made up the exhibit and we were told how each construct was made. Each item had a steel frame that was covered in Chinese linen, each piece was truly exquisite. 
 

The children were told that their next clue was to go and say hello to the Chinese emperor that lay in the next room. They were even taught how to say “Hello Emperor” to him and in Chinese that was “Ni Hao Kwon De” {Nee-how-kwon-de} along with the obligatory bow and hand gesture.

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As we left the Emperor behind, we walked through a fabulous room filled with videos and the history of Blackpool and also a gorgeous planetarium style room that Annabelle adored, in fact, it was hard to actually remove her from this room!
 

We took a corner and we were taken down what looked like the inside of a snake that leads us into the Land of the Giants! Tall grass, giant Kingfishers, giant snails and more. This part was by far my favourite so far!!

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Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool

Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool

Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool

Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool

Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool

Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool

This place is truly glorious and I for one could’ve happily pitched a tent and stayed there, soaking up its beauty. If you’re ever in Blackpool or just thinking of cruising by, I would honestly suggest popping in because it is stunning. They even put on a fabulous light show once you’ve reached the end of the tour…

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Illuminasia Winter Garden Blackpool


Before/after the light show the kids were able to hand in their discovery sheets that they’d filled in as they ventured around and each was given a certificate.

 
When we go back we’ll be certainly popping in here again. It’s too pretty not too!
  

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Wow…what can I say about my Britmums live experience that many, many other bloggers haven’t mentioned in their posts already! I had another post all written up, loads of photos and all about my time there…but it was far, far too long and the last thing I wanted was for my beautiful readers to get bored and move on. So I figured I’d do my post a little different…

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Was this your first Britmums Live experience?
Yes! And in truth? I wasn’t nervous until I saw a wave of other bloggers in the one place. By that point, my tummy dropped and I started to feel like a tiny fish in a very, very big pond. 

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What classes did you make on the Friday? I made it to one class on Friday. The one session that I was not going to miss in a million years. “How to make your blog gorgeous” by the beautiful and talented Lucy Heath. Her room was packed out. Pretty confetti filled balloons on the tables and even a tissue pom pom draped over her pedestal. So Lucy! And I never stopped jotting down her advice & tips throughout her entire session. 

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Was Saturday a little easier? Yes! So much easier and I loved how the Saturday was more focused on the sessions and learning, as Friday was a little ‘meh’ on the learning front and that was my main focus for being there. So I loved getting my teeth into as many sessions as I could make. I also loved being able to mingle in with the brands a little more too. 

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Britmums Live

Any regrets overall? I’ll admit, I was a little bummed that I had to pick the one class I could make out of four, that would’ve been the most beneficial to me. When in actual fact I could of happily attended more. Would’ve liked more classes spread out over the two days, personally, but I got to the ones ‘this year’ that I thought would teach me the most.

The food wasn’t exactly my cup of tea…the little nibbles that were offered? I’m from N.Ireland…us hearty food raised people need substance, and those did not float my boat in the slightest. They did look pretty though! Although personally I would have loved wee sandwiches {triangles, not squares}, cocktail sausages, sausage rolls….a classic British finger food bonanza! Maybe next year? 😉 

I didn’t get to take as many photos with other bloggers as I’d hoped. Got a little nervous and thought people would think I was a little weird, saying hello and then slipping into the convo “Say cheeessee” and ‘click’! haha. Maybe next year I’ll have more courage!

Highlights overall? Getting to meet so many bloggers that I have been chatting with online for the passed year. Such as Lucie, James, Kate, Emma G, Jade, Hayley & Emma K and of course my bestie Amy. I also loved seeing other bloggers that I’ve met before when at events or blogger meets, such as Donna & the wee N.I crew Vicki, Emma, Rebecca, and so many more. 

The Morrisons room! Beautifully laid out, constant replenishment of food laid out on every picnic style table, even cakes! Loved it. 

I also got a little blog-star struck when the lovely Katie from Mummy Daddy Me came up to me to say hello and even gave me a hug! When your a newbie blogger, it’s a bit OMG when an established blogger knows who you are, haha. 

Learning!! I loved being able to soak up as much new blogging related knowledge as I did. I took endless amounts of notes and came away with an ability to further my little blog and carry her through her next chapter.  

So I think that’s my round up of what I thought following my first Britmums Experience. It was a whirlwind of actual madness and I really did love every minute. A MASSIVE thanks again to my wonderful sponsor Crawlerz Romperz – Having your support whilst there was fabulous.

Now…roll on Britmums live 2015!! 
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Going on a family holiday is never easy, especially when you have a small army of children to take along, like ourselves. It was a decision we would’ve loved to have to jumped on and been able to pay for there & then, but it wasn’t. So we weighed up our options, locations around the UK {we’re not big abroad lovers – in truth the quicker & easier a place is to get to when you have kids, gets our vote!} & finally, how much {ball-park figure!} we’d need to save.  

Finally, we fell across a Haven Holiday Park! Bonus part? They even had one in Blackpool, which not only did I live in for several years {never knew they even had a Haven!}, also my Ellie & Jacob have family there too. So it seemed like the perfect place to spend our first family holiday. It fell neatly into our price range and after a few months of saving, we got that bad boy booked! 


It was all very exciting with a side order of ‘OMG’ rolled into the moment, as we clicked the ‘BOOK NOW’ button. Then it all came reality once the confirmation booking dropped into my inbox. The saving/booking of our flights/train tickets swiftly followed & it seemed our first family holiday had been officially booked! Now all we needed was for June to hurry up! However a month or so before our holiday I was given some amazing news from Haven themselves and given an Ambassador role for my trip! OMG!


Then out of the blue {and quicker than we thought} the morning of June 9th sprung on us. I woke the children up at the ungodly hour of quarter to 5 in the morning. But with smiles spread across their sleepy faces they got ready and off to the airport we went. That feeling of ‘have I forgotten something?’ plaguing me the entire way! Thankfully I hadn’t!  

Eventually, shortly after lunchtime, we arrived at Haven, HURRAH! It was raining and the children did poke me to say “Mummy, didn’t you check the weather?” but after an hour of being there the sun shone and it stayed strong throughout our entire stay. The park itself was so much bigger than I had imagined and really attractive too. The reception staff were so lovely as we checked in, asking how our travels were, where we travelled from and to enjoy our stay.

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Once we unpacked and found our bearings around our new home for the next seven nights, we noticed the sunshine had come out in full, so we decided to do some adventuring!
 

We found a GIANT Deckchair that just had to be tested out. It was so super comfortable that we could’ve happily just chilled out there for a while longer, enjoying the sunshine.

 

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We followed the map, kindly given to us by the reception girls and we found this adorable little wooden park down by the estuary. It was so peaceful down there. Nothing but birds song filling your ears and the curious chatter & giggles of children playing.
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Haven-Holiday-Blackpool

We were so privileged
 to watch Mummy Swan waddle in from the water and to our surprise, she was quickly followed by a troop of little cygnets! All cute, waddling quickly and super fluffy! 

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One, in particular, came so close to us and just sat down. So we all sat very still and just admired the little beauty {of course Mummy taking a few ninja snaps!}.
 

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As the days fluttered by we got our teeth into the Marton Mere holiday park and all she had to offer. We hired some family karts…
 

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When it came to using our activity passes, one thing that got the children down was the fact that they weren’t able to partake in activities together, due to the age gaps. Either the 5 & 8yr old could do things together, or the 11 & 8yr old…either way someone was always going to be left out and none of them liked that idea. Archery was the one thing they could just about do together….so they got stuck in…
 

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The bow was taller than little Jacob, the poor kid has his Mummy’s imp genes! But the activity coordinator
 Steve was really good with him and helped him out lots. 

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As the kids would be shooting targets and having fun in their archery lessons, I spied Annabelle & Daddy having a sweet little slice of quiet time together, picking daisies and watching the wild bunnies bouncing in and out of the bushes.
 

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We had fun in the park, which is out the back of the gorgeous Boathouse Restaurant.
 

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The park was really lovely. Clean, thriving with other families having their own Haven adventure, but the highlight for me personally? Seeing wildlife everywhere. Bunny rabbits wandering around, resting underneath caravans and bouncing out of bushes. It was such a delight to be surrounded by that, as you felt a real sense of the countryside which when you’re from a City, is something you don’t get much of. 
 
The caravan we had was lovely, very modern but the fact that there was no room for Annabelle’s cot in our bedroom, meant she had to sleep in the kitchen. Which I am sure you can imagine, took some getting used too. The kids weren’t too hot on the idea of having to go to bed when Belle was going to bed either {what choice did we have?} but we worked out the kinks and finally, we all fell into the routine and everyone was happy.
 
We sampled the Boathouse for dinner on my birthday evening and I have to admit, the food was divine. Every single one of us cleared our plates! It had a really relaxing atmosphere about it too. Lovely decor, amusements just next door if the kids were wanting to stay occupied as their meals arrived etc. It was a really lovely family place to eat, we really enjoyed it. 

We loved that we could do our laundry on site. A little expensive in my opinion {almost £10 for a wash/tumbledry} and we had a fluffy bummed toddler on board, so we were doing a wash every other day {£30 on washing for the 7 days!}. Opening hours were great though and you could have a wash & dry done within an hour. So really handy, so you’re not sticking around waiting for it to be done! 
 
There was one hiccup that I cannot finish without mentioning, of a fire alarm going off and everyone was evacuated from The Boathouse building inside the Haven holiday park. We were already out the back and our only way out into the car park {fire alarm grouping area I will presume} was through a locked gate. Several Haven staff attempted to open this locked gate and not a single one could do it. It ended up the fire alarm stopped after several minutes, the gate remained locked, a few shrugs from the staff who made attempts and advising that we could now exit via the restaurant. What if there was an actual fire? Why couldn’t they unlock that gate? That to me was very unsettling and something that I could not leave out of my review of the park. 

But overall? The kids had a blast, my darling man and I had a blast and we had a really great time experiencing our first family holiday in Haven. I think next time we’ll visit a different Haven holiday park, but I wonder which one we’ll visit next!

Disclaimer: I was there as a Haven Ambassador and supplied with 6 activity passes to use on site & my family and I paid for the accommodation ourselves. All photos, videos and opinions are my own.

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As you know we’re off on our first family holiday soon and something that has been playing on my mind quite a bit. We’re going to be in a super busy place, with a bundle of little ones and between the darling man and me, we only have two sets of eyes to keep track of them all. So I came up with a solution; to make
 a Child Safety ID bracelet for each child or minor.

Now I don’t intend to lose my children {just thought I’d air that!}, but if one of them do happen to stray, get turned around and lose sight of us, they’ll have the means to go to someone nearby {shopkeeper, Policeman, etc} and give them the number on their wrist to call me. Phew. Even the idea of this happening TERRIFY’s me, but better to be safe than sorry, right?

They were super easy to make and thankfully a local store in Belfast called Abacus Beads had the number beads that I needed. But I’m sure you have a store like that nearby that you were unaware of or you could even try eBay or Amazon

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Ellie picked out some pretty coloured beads and Jacob picked up colourful dice to be added to their child safety ID bracelets. I got more beads than I needed as initially I wasn’t intending on making Annabelle one, but the darling man insists {just to be on the air of caution and all that}. Even though she’ll only ever be on the reins or buggy, but then again it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

We have taken our child safety ID bracelets away on several holidays and as we’ve visit a few places on days out and they really do give you a great peace of mind.

Have you ever considered making your Kids some Child safety ID Bracelets before going on Holiday?

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Yesterday I took the children out after school to get some final bits for our holiday. As we were picking up some jammies for the toddler, my eldest daughter asked me a question that I didn’t think I’d hear for a few years yet…

“Mummy, do you think you could buy me a bra?”

I stopped in my tracks, helping my very tired brain process the question. Thoughts whizzing and screaming inside my head of “But she’s only nine”, “Is she feeling pressured in school?” and all the while trying to rectify the expression of shock that I was looking at her with. My shock quickly soothed and was replaced by sadness and understanding. 

I asked “Why do you want one of those sweetie?”
“Well, not a bra exactly, a crop top! All the other girls in class wear them!” she exclaimed.

“Oh” I replied. “Maybe we’ll get some at the weekend” I said.
“Ok” she responded, with a shy look on her face. 

I actually felt my heart crack. I’m scared for her. Growing up as a girl is tough and the fact those pressures seem to be starting from a younger age, makes me so terrified for her. I grew up with all of the pressures and other glorys of becoming a woman {psssst periods} on my own. As being a young girl being raised by her Dad I found it a difficult thing to bring it up over a meal at the table!

I know Ellie is a couple of years off that yet, but it’s hanging up there over her beautiful young head, waiting to drop onto her shoulders. I need to be there for her, to listen, help her understand the goings on of change {when they occur!} and I hope I can be everything she needs me to be as she enters into a world of new experiences. 

Why didn’t I buy her some crop tops there & then? Honestly, I’ve no idea. I think I just went into shut-down mode that this sort of thing wasn’t happening, she is still just a little girl, or at least that’s how I see her. How I will forever see her. But I do know there will come a time where I need to see her in a different light. 

My little girl is growing up and there isn’t a damn thing that I can do to stop it, or slow her down. As her Mother, I’m going to have to put myself into the mindset of a young girl, soon to be flying out of little girl-ville & heading straight for womanhood in a just a few short years. 

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For a few years now we’ve seen flyers and adverts displaying the Maritime Festival with Tall Ships over at the Odyssey in Belfast. We never got to it before now & this year we actually got to go too it by coincidence. With a friend & her pups, we’d arranged a trip to the LEGO Brick City Exhibition in the Titanic Building. The slot for the exhibition was only for an hour so having the Maritime festival just outside was a big bonus!

 

We arrived a little early and as we walked over the bridge towards the Odyssey we could see the masts of the tall ships. That’s when the kids started pointing and getting quite excited. The continental market was there too which gave me an epic excuse to buy a slice of my favorite mint swiss chocolate {£4.50 a slice, ssssshh!}.

There was a carousel which of course had to be rode on! So as I stood by, watching them go round & round, finding me every time to smile for the camera and act like crazy kids on their horses, galloping round & round and I could not help but beam and laugh. 

We came up to our first tall ship, her name was Pelican of London. According to her background she is a sail training vessel based in the UK and she is beautiful. The children thought it was amazing to be able to get onto her and have a good look around. 

The second tall ship we went to look round was called, Gulden Leeuw. She was a lot bigger than the first ship and was built in the 1930’s but restored in 2010 to resemble the layout of a classic yacht. 

The third ship went saw was called the Morganster and Ellie immediately pointed out the lovely Mermaid riding a giant seahorse on the front of the ship. Beautifully crafted and elegant looking. This beauty was built in 1913 and used as a fishing ship off the North Sea. 

In among the fabulous ships and the buzzing atmosphere we bumped into banjo playing Pirates, A Mermaid called Misty Shell and her Dolphin Flip-Flap, a staggering Jack Sparrow and more. 

The kids got hired by Jackie Sparrow {Jack Sparrows old lady!} to be part of her scurvy crew on board the Nomadic {Titanics little sister}. Apparently there was a nasty pirate on board and it was there job to find him! THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! Honestly! The kids where given pirate hats and swords and had to follow Jackie Sparrow around the ship in search for the Stowaway Pirate!

After being lead round this gorgeous vessel, which even had ghost like projections at the bar and in pantrys. VERY well done, I wish I could stay longer for a better look round! But after the kids helped Jackie Sparrow, they all got their very own pieces of eight as a thank you!

The kids couldn’t decide if they where summoning the Kraken or opening the Black Gates of Mordor when they were turning this! lol.

Ellie sat in a spitfire, my BY FAR favorite aircraft ever. The noise of those beasts flying overhead which I’ve witness when doing crowd control during memorial fly overs and such…man….your spine TINGLES. Beautiful sound.

We bumped into Mist Shell and Flip-Flap!

The jumping clay workshop was ace! Tables all laid out and guys showing the kids how to make their very own Pirate keyrings. Ellie and Jacob loved this and how good is jumping clay!!
The children even did a zip line! I didn’t think they would’ve done it! But they proved me wrong and down they zipped!!!

We had SUCH an amazing day, I cannot even tell you! So bring on next years as we cannot wait to go back and have little Annabelle enjoy it with us too!! 

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If there is one thing to know about me, it’s my weakness for mint. Imperial mints, mint chocolate, mint ice-cream. If it’s minty, I love it! So when I came across the recipe to make my own mint aero cheesecake, how could I not do it {and eat it all myself!! Mwahahaha!}

This mint aero cheesecake is a no-bake recipe, super simple and insanely tasty! It can be rustle up within 15 mins prep time and ready to devour within a couple of hours.

Ingredients:
 
2 1/2 oz butter
200g cream cheese {I use Philadelphia}
15 digestive biscuits {or more if you feel it necessary!}
250ml double cream
4 oz icing sugar
2 large bars of mint aero chocolate

For the base:

Melt the butter in a pan. As that’s melting, crush your digestive biscuits. Once the butter is melted, add to the crushed digestives & mix well. Line your cake tin with the biscuit base and press down to ensure they are well combined.

For the topping:
Mix your icing sugar & cream cheese together {either by hand or a whisk}, then make up your double cream {whisk it until you get soft peaks} and add it to your cream cheese & icing sugar mixture.
 
Bash the life out of your aero bars {great stress reliever!}, I find keeping them in the wrapper and giving them a few whacks with a rolling pin helps and add the crushed mint aero bars to your mix. Don’t use it all though {I know it’s tempting!} but put some aside to sprinkle on top before it goes into the fridge to set.
 
Add the minty mixture to your biscuit base, smooth it out with a spatula, sprinkle it with the leftover crushed aero and put it into your fridge to set. It should be set & ready to enjoy in a couple of hours.


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Those few hours were SO insanely long for me. It’s like it knew I was waiting for it, so it {somehow} slowed down the space-time continuum just to torture me! But as that last second ticked passed, I opened that fridge door and BOOM! It was ready for me to enjoy! And enjoy it I did! Only a slice mind you, I didn’t eat it all by myself
{my kids would’ve hunted me down if I did!}.

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Any other mint lovers out there? What’s your favourite minty dish?
D xx

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 As a child to say I was a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle fan {as they were known back then!} would be the understatement of the century. I had the shoes, all of the action figures {Barbie? Pfft, please! Don’t offend me!} and even the jeans {see photo – haha!}


Next is this…

This chest of lego is well over 25yrs old and in the original chest that my Daddy gave to me is SUPER RETRO LEGO pieces! So when Nickelodeon revamped the current TMNT series {which we’re loving by the way!} & both my childhood loves came together to make a lego TMNT creation – my instant thought? Totally tubular dude!
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This particular lego kit is aimed at 6-12yr olds and contains all the pieces you need to build your own Mutation Chamber Unleashed, including a very cool Lego Raphael, Victor and Spider Bytez characters.
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The instruction manual for this kit was fabulous, superbly laid out making it really easy to follow, even my 5yr old was able to follow it which made me super proud. The visual direction and the way the packs of lego were labelled made this a very fun project to make.

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The kids worked together as a team, sharing each page as their job to do. It was really nice to watch them working together like this. Them being off over Easter caused a lot of ‘living in each other’s pockets’ and sibling rivalry, so it was lovely to see that being put aside for the sake of this project.
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This lego kit is awesome and not only did the kids have fun making it {and ok, I had fun making it too!} and it looks pretty cool when assembled. RRP for this is around £19.99 and well worth it. We’ve seen other TMNT lego kits that I’m sure will be on the kids birthday/Christmas lists this year. 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for the purpose of my review. All thoughts, photos and opinions are my own.
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Last week the sun shone so beautifully from 6am and the temperature just kept rising. By 10am it was 15 degrees and glorious! So we had to go out! You may have read Part 1 of this day out saga, if not, you can read it here. But on the second half of our outing, we went for a walk around the Castle & Gardens of Belfast Castle. 

Belfast Castle is just a stones throw away from the Cavehill Adventure Playground and it has the most gloriously beautiful gardens. Especially on a beautiful sunny day. 
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The kids love trying to find all of the cats, hidden around the Castle gardens. We’ve never found all nine though! Always been one that’s eluded us!
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Kids being kids and having fun with water!
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Annabelles face in this photo makes me chuckle.
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The kids made wishes!
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My three younger birds and of course, the gorgeous Belfast Castle.
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View looking out over the Irish sea.
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Snoozy cat.


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Annabelle was fascinated by these hedges. She’d just stand there looking intrigued as she shoved her hands straight in. No fear! Was so fun to watch.
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We had some drinks and even ordered some lunch – it was scrummy!
Belfast Castle Gardens

Oh looky! Kitty cat paw prints were sprinkled around the gardens too. 

This is such a great place to visit and the few hours we did spend there, playing in the adventure playground, walking around the Castle and its beautiful gardens, there are also acres of forest to walk round too. I think we’ll do some walking and adventuring next time and bring the papoose for good measure! 
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