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Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Days Out | Graves Park, Sheffield

Image of a young girl and her father stood at the side of a large blue bear statue that is decorated with painted flowers and is part of the charity Sheffield bear hunt. Alongside the image is a title that reads 'Days Out, Graves Park, Sheffield, S8 8LL, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Graves Park was our first destination on our mission to complete the Sheffield Bear Hunt. The bear hunt is a charity event in which individually designed bears are placed around the city. You can sign up on the website to track your progress or collect a paper trail map from various places. We chose Graves Park as our first stop as it has so much more to offer than just bears.

Make Money | Earn Cash With The Numbrs App

Image of a calculator, some money and a laptop. Next to the image is a title that reads 'make money, earn cash with Numbrs app, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Please note this post uses referral links. 

I haven't really shared much about money saving on the blog but it's been a big part of my life for many years.  It was only me and my mum growing up and times were hard with little support. I admire my mum immensely for keeping a roof over our head whilst she worked so hard and dealt with an undiagnosed autistic child. I spent a lot of time scouring Money Saving Expert to try and find ways to make the pennies stretch a bit further. It became a bit of an obsession, I'd talk for hours about mortgage overpayments, debt management and how to stretch a cooked chicken into four meals. I was only 15 and absolutely in love with Martin Lewis and the idea of 'one-upping' the system and getting more for my money. It's something that has become ingrained in me and is a huge part of who I am. Now more than ever it's important to look after the pennies, family life isn't cheap and daily living just keeps getting more and more expensive. The internet has opened up so many more money saving and money making opportunities and I'm keen to explore them in more depth. So let's start with the Numbrs app. 

Accommodation | Skippers Rest Apartment, Scarborough

Image of the industrial style interior of Skippers Rest holiday rental accommodation in Scarborough. The image shows the living are with grey gloss fitted kitchen and black velvet sofa bed with bright coloured cushions. The right of the image is a title that reads 'Travel, Skippers Rest, North Marine Road, Scarborough YO11 7HZ, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Skipper's Rest is a one bedroom apartment in the North Bay area of Scarborough. It's located close to Peasholm Park and The Open Air Theatre. It's set one street back from the seafront and has access to the beach via the main road with pavement or via coastal cliff path. The cliff path has beautiful views and is easy on the way down but a bit tough on the legs on the way back up!

Days Out | Tattershall Farm Park

Close up image of a black and white goat. Alongside a title that reads 'travel and days out, tattershall farm park lincolnshire, LN4 4JR www.chatterfox.co.uk


Tattershall Farm Park is a small farm park with plenty of outdoor animal pens, outdoor play areas and a small assortment of places to eat. We visited Tattershall Farm Park during the time period when indoor attractions had to remain closed under the coronavirus restrictions, due to this the indoor play areas, indoor animal barns and the cafe were closed.

Accommodation | Tythe Lodge, Lincolnshire

Title image for blog post with text that reads 'travel and days out Tythe Lodge Lincolnshire NG34 9PT www.chatterfox.co.uk alongside an image of the inside of the lodge featuring a blue kitchen, a wooden dining table that seats six and a view into the double bedroom with en suite shower room.

Tythe Lodge is a wooden holiday lodge situated in the tiny hamlet of Howell. It's situated in the grounds of the owner's home. The owner's are on hand to help in emergencies (like when you forget ketchup for nuggets on the first day!) but the location of the property in relation to the owner's home  makes it feel exclusive and private. A lot of love and thought has gone into this holiday accommodation and it really shows.

Travel | Tattershall Lakes

Image title reads 'Travel, Tattershall Lakes, Sleaford Road, Lincoln, LN4 4LR www.chatterfox.co.uk. image to the right of the title shows the Aqua Park Inflatable Assault Course that is available to do at Tattershall Lakes. The image shows people wearing wet suits and life jackets climbing on the inflatable. Image also shows members of staff ensuring Covid 19 restrictions are being adhered to.


Tattershall Lakes is a holiday park situated in the Lincolnshire countryside. The site is quite large and the accommodation is nestled within woodland or dotted around lakes. There are various types of accommodation on offer at Tattershall Lakes, from standard static caravans to luxury woodland lodges.  There are many ways to book a break at Tattershall Lakes, Hoseasons and Away Resorts being the lead booking sites but there are many private owners on the site so you can find some great deals by shopping around, I've even managed to find some on Booking.comWe stayed in an 8 berth caravan with hot tub that we managed to get as a last minute deal from a Facebook selling site.

Save Money | Bargain Shopping At Pound Toy

Image title reads 'save money bargain shopping at pound toy www.chatterfox.co.uk image to the right shows a collection of cheap fun and educational toys and books available from pound toy

I have to confess that I absolutely love a bargain. In a pre-covid world you would often find me browsing the aisles of my local pound shop and scouring the town's charity shops in search of a bargain. Now shopping for leisure is a somewhat banned activity I've found myself venturing online to get my fix of bargains and one place I cannot get enough of is Pound Toy!

Most Used | 2-3 Years

Katrina Over 30s UK blogger talking about parenting, autism, mental health, books and coeliac disease. Most Used items two 2 3 three year old


The terrible twos. The age of "I don't want to walk" but "I don't want to go in the buggy". The urgent cries of "I need a wee-wee" followed by a mad panic and no actual weeing taking place. A challenging year yet an amazing one. The year of long winded conversations and awkward observations in the most inappropriate of places. The emergence of people skills, kindness, turn taking, please and thank yous. A bright and brilliant time. Here's the things we've used the most throughout this wonderfully daunting year.

Days Out | Equine Dreams of Bawtry

Image title reads 'days out visiting equine dreams, north view farm, bawtry road, tickhill, DN11 9H ,www.chatterfox.co.uk image to the right shows a woman and her daughter stroking a horse.


This review is slightly different to the ones I've previously written (Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Rufford Abbey Park, Thoresby Hall Park) as this is a place that I hadn't visited pre-Covid-19 and so I can't really compare their new procedure to their old one, I can only comment on how I feel they've catered to the needs of the Covid-19 world.

Visiting Rufford Abbey Park During The Covid-19 Pandemic

image title reads 'days out visiting rufford abbey country park, ollerton, nottinghamshire, NG229DF, www.chatterfox.co.uk'. Image to the right is of the woodland, pram and disabled friendly pathway and the large lake with ducks and geese that is in the centre of the park.


Rufford Abbey is one of my favourite places in existence. I've been a regular visitor for the last 10 years and even have old camcorder footage of me there with my grandparents when I was just a toddler. We love it so much it is our wedding destination of choice when the coronavirus allows us to resume our wedding plans. It's a place firmly etched into my heart but like everywhere it's undergone some changes recently.

Gift Ideas For A Two Year Old

Gift Ideas For A 2 Two Year Old Duplo, Leapfrog, Balance Bike, Books,


It's been almost a whole year since Iris's 2nd birthday. It's been quite the year for us personally and also for the world as a whole. With the Coronavirus still raging across the world and the heightened anxiety about social interactions we've decided against a party for Iris this year which is rather sad as all she's actually asked for is her friends to come and play and a cake. I hope we can still give her an amazing third birthday. Over the last year we've had the chance to work out the most played with, most used and most helpful items from last years gifts and here they are, our collection of perfect gifts for 2 year olds.

Days Out | Thoresby Park

Image title reads 'days out visiting thoresby park, nr. ollerton, nottinghamshire, NG22 9EP, www.chatterfox.co.uk' Image to the right is of Thoresby hall and Gardens


After the success of visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park we decided to venture out again. Initially we planned to head to Rufford Abbey Country Park but found that it was pre-paid parking only and though we have an annual pass, the people we were meeting didn't so we took a detour instead and headed towards Thoresby Park.

Days Out | Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Image title reads 'days out, yorkshire wildlife park, dn9 3hq www.chatterfox.co.uk image to the right is of two polar bears playing in their enclosure at yorkshire wildlife park



We've held annual passes to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the last few years so it's a place we know well but due to the coronavirus pandemic it's undergone some changes recently to enable visitors to safely access the site. As someone with Aspergers I find comfort in familiarity and predictability so these changes  have been quite upsetting me for me even though I completely understand the need for them. I think all people, whether they have Aspergers or not, could do with some predictability right now so hopefully this review will help you understand some of the changes that have been made and help you assess whether visiting is right for you in the current climate.

Travel | 72 Hours in Amsterdam (Child Free!)

Image title reads 'travel 72 child free hours in amsterdam www.chatterfox.co.uk' the image to the right shows a view of an Amsterdam canal taken from a bridge featuring a bicycle and flowers


We visited Amsterdam for a very specific reason and that was to see Ed Sheeran. We'd tried for hours to get tickets to any UK venue but it just wasn't happening so when we found tickets for Amsterdam that were cheaper and readily available we dived right in and decided to make a weekend of it. We flew from our local airport that is just 20 minutes away and we stayed at NH Museum Quarter. The hotel was in the perfect location, just a five minute walk from the beautiful Museum quarter and we were lucky enough to have a room with a canal view. The rooms were light and spacious and thankfully offered guest controlled air conditioning as we stayed during the summer heatwave.

Parenting | What Is Reflux And How To Treat It.

Image of a fire burning on a black background. Alongside this image is a title that reads; Parenting, What is reflux and how to treat it. www.chatterfox.co.uk


Reflux occurs when the oesophagus is underdeveloped and allows stomach contents to flow back up into the mouth and throat. There are two types, Reflux and Silent Reflux. Reflux tends to manifest as significant vomiting whereas silent reflux tends to be where the stomach contents flow up to the mouth and irritate the area. 

Most Used Items | Our Weaning Essentials

Image of Best Weaning Products, Ikea Kalas Plates, Bebe style highchair from Asda, munchkin soft tips spoon, Nuby Simply Grip and Sip, Tommee Tippee Comfi Neck Bib

Weaning can be scary and just like with breast vs. bottle you will be judged on how you approach it. Sad but true. We personally adopted the baby led weaning approach and it worked exceptionally well for us and Iris is a fabulous eater but it won't work for everybody. Weaning is like the entirety of parenthood, it's down to you to work out what's best for your family and the types of product you use for weaning are also very much down to personal choice but for us these are the things that have found most useful.

Gift Ideas For A One Year Old

Gift Guide For One Year Olds Featuring  Musical Instruments Bubble Mix Crayons Trolley Books


They always warn you that children grow so fast but until you've had a child of your own you don't really understand just what that statement means. From birth to 12 months old your child completely transforms from a helpless newborn that is entirely dependant on you to a feisty, independent toddler. 

At this age attention spans are short but there is so much development happening that the right toys can be instrumental in aiding a child's development. This is the age where 'learn through play' really starts to develop and it is a joy to watch. This gift guide aims to provide gift suggestions that will keep a child engaged and allow them to exercise all their newly developing skills.

Review | Mutsy Evo Travel System

Image title reads review mutsy evo travel system image to the right is of a black framed travel system with a dark grey carry cot and a cognac leather handle



Mutsy? Not a brand you've heard of right? Prior to attending the Baby Show at Birmingham NEC in 2017 I hadn't heard of them either. I researched all the pram and pushchair brands that were going to be at the show, the price points and read any reviews I could find. We knew we wanted an all-in-one system, something with a carrycot, that could adapt to fit a car seat and then convert to a stroller. We wanted a product that would last for years but we didn't want to spend a fortune. Practicality and quality engineering were paramount, 'designer' brands were irrelevant. Prior to the show I'd narrowed it down to four options. The moment I saw the Mutsy Evo Stroller and Carrycot the others were blown right out the water.

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