It’s the sixth time!

Every day we are hit with news of how bad people are, how one person has hurt another and we often think what is actually going on with with us humans?

I wish that the news programmes/sites would share much more good news than they do and talk more about how caring and kind humanity can be and often for nothing in return.

Take this for example.

In October 2012, we lost our little girl Millie. Fast forward 12 months and we’ve set a charity up in her memory and a local hair salon contacts us and tells us that they are planning a fundraiser – a fabulous one at that… they wanted to do a full 24 hour fundraiser where they worked from 12pm one day until 12pm the day after, a full 24 hours and all donations came to Millie’s Trust.

We didn’t know this lady (she’s called Vikki by the way), we hadn’t met her, we hadn’t even spoken to her and she decided that she wanted to do something in Millie’s name.

This is Vikki, say hi!

As it happened, Dan and I had already booked a week away when she had planned it, so we couldn’t attend – but we paid a visit on a return to say thank you.

Roll on the year after and she contacts us again … they want to do it again … unreal!

How amazing though

Here we are now, 6 years down the line and tonight they are taking on the sixth 24 hour fundraiser on behalf of Millie’s Trust and finally I have been able to do the full 24 hours with them. (I’ve always wanted to do this but every year after the first holiday one I’ve either been ill in pregnancy, pregnant or just about to have a baby)!

So here I am with them, watching them work hard with hair, selling raffle tickets, talking to people about us etc and it’s fabulous. They work so hard together and a lot of these girls have been here since the first one 6 years ago. 💕💕💕

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You can still give us a call and pop in during the night for a quick appointment (no chemical treatments) or just pop in for some raffle tickets! (There are some amazing prizes).

What a fantastic feeling it is for us, that they keep coming back, they keep fundraising, they keep creating awareness for us and they keep choosing to support Millie’s Trust, that’s amazing.

The equivalent fundraiser by these lovely ladies last year raised enough money to train over 800 children – fantastic for them to see what we were using their fundraising to do.

V12 Hair Boutique are not only amazing fundraisers, they are amazing hairdressers … so much so, this is where I have now been coming for over 2 years! Check out my lovely hair!

So, if you got a few spare pennies, please text VIKK12 £3 to 70070 .

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Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Fun Day

If you’re local to the Worsley area this weekend, there’s an event happening that your children might just enjoy.

It’s 20 years since the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club was opened by Sir Alex Ferguson and to celebrate on Sunday 23rd September they are having a big family fun day and everyone is invited.

It will be running from 11am – 4pm and there are lots of fun activities going on. There’s plenty of parking available but I’d recommend to get there early to get a good spot.

There will be an on-site BBQ available to purchase lunch from which will probably be your last BBQ of the year, so make the most of the gorgeous food before winter really does kick in.

Entertainment List

Children’s activities

• Children’s Inflatables

• Giant inflatable hoopla

• Children’s outdoor movie station

• Face painters / Braids

• ‘Imagination station’ with children’s slime making activity

Stalls and games

• Fair stalls/Arcade Games including balls in the bucket, mini cross bows & test of strength

• Lawn games including giant Jenga, connect four & lawn darts

• A wide range of craft stalls including Roscoes Cakes, Pocket money toys, Karmarocks, Bodyshop, Tropic, Sweet trees by Carol, Henna tattoos, The Joshua Lancaster Foundation, St Anns Hospice, Worsley Park Weddings, F&B at Worsley Park, Pets Deli stall, Cats protection, Bespoke photo frames @whatsyourstory, Cornelia contemporary designs

Getting active

• Archery

• Golf open day activities

• A giant inflatable obstacle course

• Football shoot out

• Gladiator jousting

Entertainment

• Bloomsbury roaming act

• Police

• St Johns Ambulance

• Fire mascot (Cracker)

• Fire engine and crew

• Raffle (4 ball with 2 buggies) (Sunday lunch for x2) (afternoon tea for x2) (xmas party night for x4) (overnight bb)

Food and refreshments

• Food stalls including a BBQ and hot dogs

• Craft beer and gin stations

• Ice cream van

It’s not actually looking too bad for weather in Worsley on Sunday, so make the most of it and pop on out with the kiddies and have a little bit of weekend fun.

Entry is free but activities are payable.

Facilities at Worsley Park include 158 bedrooms with five suites, nine meeting and function rooms, three restaurants and bars, a championship golf course and spa. The hotel and golf facilities are just seconds away from direct transport links info Manchester and the surrounding area

For more information on Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, visit www.marriott.co.uk  or call 0161 975 2043.

Event Address

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley, Manchester M28 2QT

Time

11-4pm

Feeling guilty

It’s so hard isn’t it.

Trying to do the right thing but feeling like you are completely doing the wrong.

I’m packing my stuff today (yes, I know that’s later) to head up overnight to a camp to start the Three Yorkshire Peaks tomorrow to raise money for our daughter’s charity, Millie’s Trust.

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But the guilt of leaving our boys for the weekend is so intense. I’m going to miss them so much. I shouldn’t feel guilty, they’re with their fantastic daddy and they’ll have an amazing time but I still can’t get this feeling to go away.

I’m heading up there with an amazing group of people who I know will keep me laughing and distract my mind, so I’m hoping I’m going to be ok.

Wish me luck! Oh and if you’ve like to donate, please use this link here or Text HILL12 £3 to 70070 to help us reach our target.

Running, yay or no?

Do you run? Have you tried? Would you like to? I’d love to hear your thoughts …

I’m not a natural runner, far from it but I don’t half enjoy it once I start and really get into it again.

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The timing of runs have never bothered me, I just like to keep going and I’ve recently been working on an endurance phase with my lovely personal trainer Squatbot.

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Now with Squatbot, I’ve been lifting and doing a hell of a lot of weight work and less Cardio than I have ever done before but I love it! I absolutely love lifting weights and becoming stronger, so much stronger than I’ve ever been before and the endurance phase is definitely going to help when I do the Yorkshire Three Peaks in September!

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Just to mix it up a little, we’ve just added running into my training! Now tonight I went on just my second run since I and Asher but you know what I loved it. The reason I loved it was that I kept going – I ran 40 minutes straight with absolutely no stopping! I’m so chuffed with that as I didn’t expect it all.

To be honest, I was dreading it! Although I’m hitting some great weights in the gym, I didn’t know how I was going to do with the run but my legs felt so strong! I’ve still got my mum tum jiggling away but we are working on that and I will be happy to be in a good place with that issue in another 6 months I reckon!

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So Squatbot decided to add a run into my schedule this week and this morning when my phone pinged to tell me that I needed to go, I was saying to myself, I’ll go later, I’ll go later … then it got to 6.45pm and I thought I need to go as I felt guilty! Made to feel guilty by own bloody phone! How hilarious is that! Anyway it made me go and I’m so glad I did and I can’t wait to head off again later in the week!

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White Roses. Do one.

You’re disrespectful, how can you not see that? You come to our daughter’s place of rest and make it obvious that you have been but think you can keep your anonymity and it not disturb us?

Yes, I’m talking about you…. anonymous white rose leaver, you’re an absolute disgrace, you’re an absolute arsehole and that’s putting it mildly.

If you’ve followed me for a few years, you might know that maybe 18 months ago, I had a rant about someone leaving white roses at Millie’s Resting Place and it stopped. Whoever it was, stopped leaving them.

The same bunch of white roses always turned up on or around special dates to do with Millie and I’m going to be honest, it wound the shit out of us.

The last time I talked about this, I said that it’s like someone going into Millie’s bedroom without permission but making it obvious they’ve been and some then waste of space told me that she was public property because she was buried in a public cemetery.

It doesn’t work like that … far from it.

This is our daughter’s resting place and we’ve never publicly said where it is. We know that some people know where she is buried because people have seen us there but we have just chosen, never to publicly mention it through our own personal choice.

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Don’t get us wrong, we love people visiting – but all our friends and family know to drop us a little text or leave a note to say that they’ve been, it comforts us. It comforts us that people still visit and that they let us know. We have random members of the public that often see Millie’s place and they might leave a little something or they message us through our Facebook pages and let us know that they’ve been and we love this; it’s lovely to hear this.

What’s not to love, is this.

The same insensitive person has once again turned up and left the white roses and not just on any old day, the day that Asher turned 9 months old (this is how old Millie was when we lost her) – coincidence? We think not.

Whoever it is (we’ve got an idea) … you’re creepy. You are so creepy because you make it obvious that you’ve been. It’s like you want us to know that the same person is back again and you do this by leaving the same white roses every time, like it’s a message. You’re strange and you’re gutless. If you want to express your sympathy, express it to us, Millie’s parents – not by hiding behind the same choice of flowers but making it obvious. Grow some.

And the flowers, ripped up and in the bin, yet again! Every time you leave them, they get torn up and stomped on and until you own up and tell us who you are, this will continue to happen, so stop wasting your bloody money trying to wind us up, it doesn’t work, we get angry and then laugh at you for not having the guts to admit who you are.

Rant Over.

Oh wait, no it’s not … let’s hope I don’t see you there …

Regards.

One Angry Mother & Father

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Kick Air

We were very lucky to be able to check out KickAir (an indoor freestyle park) in Manchester recently and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations.

This is the first time that we’ve taken Leo to anything like this and he loves trampolines, so I knew he would enjoy it!

We headed on over to reception where you sign the usual disclaimer at places like this and this is where you can purchase your socks for your visit.

To begin with, we took a look at the Kick Zone that is dedicated to football and even I loved it in there. We hit the Foot Pool , which is a brilliant game! It’s a fab one for the kids as Leo just ran around with the footballs trying to get them in the pockets (much more interesting than just playing pool with a cue)

Next up was the the Kick Darts which is a giant inflatable Dart board that you kick sticky footballs at! It takes some serious kicking strength to get them on the wall but we all managed it (even though Leo and I were a lot closer when we kicked our balls, it still counts)!

What we had come to see though was the newly launched Wall Jam which is an electronic game that scores you for how you play. I was totally rubbish at this but Dan seemed to get the hang of it.

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You’ve got this huge electronic wall in front of that lights up and you have to aim the ball at the lights, hit that and a new one will light up – you’ve got just 50 seconds to prove how good you are!

I of course, was THE worst at this which was inevitable as I am awful at kicking a ball but Dan did good and enjoyed it!

The last thing to do in the Kick Zone was my favourite (even though I was still awful) … RoboKeeper … an electronic goal keeper that works on sensors and is really hard to score against but what a workout you get trying to get passed him!

According to their website the KickZone has “footballing concepts used by the professionals and rarely seen by the public” – so if you have a football enthusiast in the family, it’s definitely worth a visit just for this area on it’s own .

We then headed on over to the Air Zone that includes Trampolines, Wipe Out, Airbags, Children’s Ninja Course, Battle Beams, performances trampolines, climbing walls and much more.

We only tested out the trampolines and the Airbags before we moved on because Leo (and mummy) loved the trampolines that much that we spent most of our time here.

If we’d have had more time to play, I would have loved to have gotten on the climbing wall as it looked fab!

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I also heard over the tannoy that they do adult parties! I reckon one of these might be in the planning soon, I love stuff like that and they have an Adult Ninja course that I will be returning to try out!

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The last little bit that the boys loved was the Little Kicks Area, a lovely little play area where Leo could run around at ridiculous speed throwing himself over and into padded obstacles whilst Asher chilled out in the ball pit! The play area was just the right size so you can keep an eye on where your child is, I’m not overly keen on these huge ones where your children just disappear, so this was the perfect size for us!

There is of course the standard food/drinks area where this is quite a large selection to choose from and a large clean area full of tables and chairs to relax on to have a break.

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The question is … would we go back?

Definitely

We absolutely loved it and I was thrilled that Leo loved it even more than we thought he would at his age (3). He didn’t know whether to run for the trampolines, play with the footballs or head to the play area as he was loving it so much! It’s a great place for kids of all ages so a fab place to head to if you’ve a wide range of children’s ages in your family or friendship group. If you are in the area, definitely head on over and take a look!

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What would you take to a desert island?

A week ago one of my favourite things EVER broke and I had to go a week without them before I could get some new ones and it got me thinking about what three things that I would take to a desert island (it can’t be people 😀)

So what broke that I cannot live without ???

My hair straighteners

I didn’t realise how much that I used them but I do pretty much use them everyday and yes I know that I shouldn’t! Anyways ….

So Dan bought me an early birthday present and replaced my GHDs with Cloud Nines on recommendation from my lovely hairdresser Vikki at V12 Hair Salon in Cheadle Hulme.

If you remember my blog last week about queuing for 4 hours for a Build A Bear (click here if you missed that) , we managed to get our hands on two Star Wars teddies including Chewbacca …. I actually likened myself to looking like him when I woke up one morning and couldn’t straighten my hair!

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Anyway, so item 1 on a desert island would be my straighteners … (and of course, yes there would be a plug socket available for me to use that had previously been installed in a palm tree by an ex desert island resident 😆) …

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And yes , water is already available and there are lots of pineapples and coconuts to eat so I’m good for food and would probably actually enjoy the detox!

Item 2 …. contact lenses …. I know such a boring item but I cannot see very far without them and I’d be missing all those ships that passed by the desert island because I couldn’t see them which means that I couldn’t wave and alert them that I was on the island, I’d end up wasting away on the island all because I couldn’t see properly 👀….

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Item 3 and my last item … Scrabble … yes seriously a board game … I could have chosen a book as I love to read but a book gets a bit boring when you’ve read it a couple of times … but Scrabble … that just keeps on going! You’re never going to play the same game again are you… especially if I’m playing against myself 😀.

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So there you have it my three items … what would you choose?

If you are wondering how the Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners are in comparison to the GHDs, I love them, I wasn’t sure that I would as I’ve had GHDs for years but I took a chance on a new product! They are so smooth and I love the temperature control on them too!

If you fancy buying a pair and are local, V12 are doing a very kind offer where over the summer (until 1st September 2018) they will donate 10% of sales of Cloud Nine products to Millie’s Trust.

They do NOT carry stock but they order it in for you. This way they can ensure you have the latest model and not something that’s been sat in a shelf. If you would like to be added to their order list then please give Vikki a shout.

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