Project 365: Weeks 4 & 5

By | February 8, 2014


Week 4 consisted of T keeping a poorly daddy company, a couple of photos of our furry friends, a sleepy T and the girls having more cuddles.


In week 5 we played Twister, C posed with her artwork, the dog snogged T and I did some slinging.

I’m quite amazed I’ve got past my first month without missing a day, I’ve tried this before and failed after about 3 weeks! I’m getting into the habit of keeping my phone handy at all times now which means I’m capturing some great memories of the girls.


Manchester: Visit the City of Great Discovery

By | January 29, 2014

Manchester is well known for its premier league football, media links, edgy music scene, cultural influences and arty vibe. However, did you know that Manchester is also the home of beautiful architecture, and has preserved its rich history for centuries?

It’s often forgotten that Manchester was the hub of the industrial revolution. The city was crowned as the centre of trade in England, pioneering into the 1800s with its booming cotton industry.  Manchester’s roots in the textile trade and scientific discovery are all around you when you explore the city. Museums and historic architecture are peppered throughout cobbled streets, a stunning contradiction to the progressive and cultural buildings that have only appeared in the last century.

Before you visit, make sure that you book into a hotel near the centre of the city. Novotel’s Hotel in Manchester city centre is a favourite among visitors because of its delicious international cuisine and comfy quarters.

Now that you’ve got your accommodation sorted, you can go on to explore what Manchester has to offer.

Museum of Science and Industry

Back in the Victorian age, Manchester stormed ahead of the rest of the world, becoming the first ever truly industrial city. Today, the city is granted beta status* by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and this is down to Manchester’s early lead on the rest. Discover the roots of Manchester’s fiscal dominance by going back in time with the Museum of Science and Industry. Moreover, they showcase the contemporary too, with exhibits and discussions that explore the cutting edge findings of the best scientists in the world. They even have a 4D cinema, a fantastic attraction for those of you with children.

*Beta status means that the city has a high score on its economic contribution to the global economy.

Manchester Art Gallery

Awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the prestigious Art Gallery recently went through a 35 million pound expansion, dramatically refurbishing the landmark. Now the staple of a Mancunian day trip, the internationally renowned gallery showcases locally famous work within its grand interiors. Better yet, it is free to visit the gallery and it is open from Monday to Sunday, with late night opening on Thursdays with wine, live music and food. The building has three floors of art and design and a costume collection, featuring fashion from all eras, including contemporary styles.  We recommend that you bring your camera and mini-sketchbook along too; you never know when the spirit of creativity will take you!

art gallery

[Photo of artwork by Anish Kapoor in Manchester Art Gallery is copyrighted by Arts Council Collection via Flickr]

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate

If you’re interested in how a family would have lived during the industrial revolution, look no further than the Quarry Bank Mill. Visitors flock there to learn how people lived centuries ago. Each part of the landmark has been carefully reconstructed to recreate the conditions of the mill workers during the 19th century. Explore the Apprentice House, where the pauper children who worked at the mill ate, slept and lived. Get a tour from an enigmatic costumed guide, who will detail what the living conditions would have been like for these children, their medical needs and the food they would have eaten. If you really want to get into the spirit of the past, you could even make The Apprentice House children’s favourite, Lobscouse stew, for your own little tykes!

This post was brought to you in association with Novotel


Project 365: Week 3

By | January 22, 2014

2014-01-22 22.23.24This week has been one of sisterly snuggles, T trying out the jumperoo for the first time, her first pair of dungarees and a yummy meal.

3 weeks in and still going strong!



Project 365: Week 2

By | January 15, 2014

14 days have passed and I’m still going. I’m actually finding it quite easy at the moment, long may it continue!

This week we have work, my girls playing together, frosty garden walks, eating carrot soup and, finally, my birthday.


Meal Planning Monday 13/01/14

By | January 13, 2014

Meal Planning MondayA late plan from me this week.  Despite being on maternity leave I’ve been doing a bit of work getting tax returns done so have been rather busy fitting that in to an already busy day.

The husband is working late this week so I’ve tried to come up with meals that can be reheated easily to save me having to cook twice.

  • Roast duck with sticky plum sauce and noodles
  • Scampi and home made chips
  • Beef and lentil stew
  • Spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread
  • King prawn rogan josh and rice

As usual, click on the image above to see more meal planning posts over at Mrs M’s.