As soon as I stepped into Côte Brasserie on the corner of Grainger Street, Newcastle it was if I was transported to a different time period. Effortlessly chic and tranquil, I imagined myself in an early French era of elegance and sophistication, while still maintaining an air of a modern French bistro. The service from […]

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Since the Dotty House moved to a more central location within Low Fell it has become even more popular, with busy mams and dads on the school run taking advantage to pop in and purchase some of its original gifts. Sitting on the corner, the old building was extensively re-modelled so that this charming and quirky […]

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Low Fell Food Market might be small, but it is perfectly formed. It began around 2 years ago in the grounds of the local school, and was originally named Kells Lane Food Market, after Kells Lane School situated on Kells Lane. The school has a lovely old building which was built in 1876, so it would […]

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Spying Lumley Castle in the distance and knowing I was visiting for Afternoon Tea was a really good feeling. I absolutely love this place and travelling up the drive surrounded by beautiful parklands overlooking the River Wear in Chester-le-Street in, this 600-year-old castle perched at the top of the hill is a majestic site. Once parked […]

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My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 9 years old. I had no idea there were different types and the similar sounding names can be confusing. But I don’t get cross or upset when people don’t understand and assume she can’t eat sugar or may be overweight, because I had no idea what […]

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So…….if you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram pics this week you will know that I have done a series of Happy To Me posts. I decided to set myself a challenge and see if for one week I could treat myself to something yummy and delicious every day ……… AND FOR FREE! Yes, that’s […]

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I’ve been meaning to pop in to the Open House on Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead for a while now, but with the addition of their Refill Station it was an absolute must. This ‘planet conscious’ shop launched in the summer of last year specialising in recycled, renewable and sustainable products providing shoppers with a more […]

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I decided to review the Escape Rooms on Scotswood Road again as on our second visit we opted for the slightly more difficult challenge of ‘Dr Fitzakerley’s Dungeon’. It didn’t look good for us when for some reason we thought the main door was locked and stood outside in the cold wind for 20 minutes, […]

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From My Disney Experience to Kenny the Pirate, we use every tool in the book when our FastPass+ window opens and when the clock strikes 12pm, we log into MDE and hunt for the rare yet must-have FastPasses for Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios and Seven Dwarfs Mine […]

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Friday night dinner at the Victoria Bar and Kitchen, Low Fell in Gateshead was a pleasant surprise. Food is served from lunchtime till 9.30pm and there are several options on offer, but the main event is definitely the rotisserie. Half a roast chicken with a choice of 2 sides, I chose roast baby spuds with […]

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The Late Shows dates have now been announced for 2019….17-18 May. It’s a ‘free late-night culture crawl taking place in NewcastleGateshead when museums, galleries and historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events. These can be workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances, parties’. You name it, it’s on.  It’s aim is to encourage people to do […]

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Love love love escape rooms. Anyone reading this who used to watch the Crystal Maze? Well, you’re in for a treat because Escape room – Never Give Up on Scotswood Road in Newcastle is like the Crystal Maze version of escape rooms and what fun we had! There are two challenges, Dr Fitzakerley’s Dungeon and King Tut’s […]

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Lucky enough to get front row seats on Christmas Eve to see A Christmas Carol at Northern Stage in Newcastle. Handily located between Newcastle University and the Great Museum of the North, a nice easy trip into town by metro to Haymarket, followed by a short walk. We’ve visited Northern Stage over Christmas now for […]

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So many Christmas related things to see, do and eat at the moment in Newcastle city centre, it’s a job to know where to start! So in no particular order here is a rundown of what I’ve visited so far…. Northumberland Street – lovely Christmas lights and a funfair for the wee geordie bairns. Could […]

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So after family and friends asked for some items with my logo on, I decided to use an online Print on Demand store (POD). I chose Teespring as my weapon of choice, uploaded the sweet geordie life logo and ordered some tote bags and mugs for the family. I got a few requests from other […]

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Just got back from a weekend break in Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. As there was just my daughter and I we opted for one of the Lakeside Apartments which are located centrally between the village/sub tropical paradise and the sports centre. We arrived quite late so missed the rush of others checking in […]

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Choosing a camera is quite a personal thing and there are a lot of factors that influence the purchase, not least the price!! Depending upon your usage you need to choose wisely, so whatever you decide, ultimately you need to start at the beginning and think about what you will be taking photos of and if […]

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When my daughter was little, Halloween was so easy. There were so many places to visit that offered pumpkin carving, spooky trails, Halloween crafts and ghost stories. We did it all and had great fun; Whitehouse Farm, Adventure Valley, Souter Lighthouse, Thornley Woods, Brockbushes, Down at the Farm, West Boldon Lodge, 3D Mummy ride at Centre for Life etc., etc., etc. But now that is she 12 […]

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So lucky to have front row seats for Wicked (UK Tour) at Sunderland Empire last weekend. We booked the tickets over 2 years ago (I’m not usually that organised by the way!). It really is a fantastic production, everything from the music, set, costumes to the amazing vocals of all the actors. No wonder its […]

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Wow!! What a great Saturday night out we had at Revolucion de Cuba. Located in the Cloth Market, a stone’s throw from High Bridge, we scuttled on down to check it out. After waiting for over 5 minutes for the ‘Express Lift’ (maybe of bit of irony there!!) we headed up the 3 flights of […]

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Okay, so a few months ago I mentioned in a post that I had placed an advance order with Garden Grocer to have some supermarket supplies delivered to us at our hotel in Florida. So as promised at the time, here is the review!! We ordered about $80 worth of stuff, including bottles of water, crisps, […]

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Previously when I visited Florida I booked direct with Disney and flew from Newcastle via Dublin to Orlando. The trip was great, no problems, but obviously added time on to the journey with connections outbound and inbound. This year, we got a quote for a package holiday to Disney World via the TUI website (affiliate) […]

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We recently attended the Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. It’s $69 for adults and $41 for kids and includes unlimited eats and drinks, plus a promised great view of the Happily Ever After Fireworks. We arrived at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant at the suggested 90 minutes before the […]

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect at the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show at the weekend, especially as I was going with my teenage daughter. Would it be full of macho guys revving their engines at us? Well, yes and no! There was a lot of revving – the sound was incredible, echoing all […]

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I’ve loved the Hancock museum since I was a little girl and luckily the renovations it underwent a few years back did not diminish its charm. I’m lucky enough that my daughter has also loved it and even though now nearly a teenager, we found that the new items on display as part of Which Way […]

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Just relaxing with a beer in the sun writing about my visit to the Americana Festival yesterday, down at the Sage on the Quayside. What a fantastic weekend of music! It’s a three day festival held in and around the Sage celebrating the finest American roots music. Did I mention that a lot of it is […]

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My daughter was 9 when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A life-changing day for the whole family. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, which means your immune system attacks healthy body tissue by mistake. In this case, it attacks the cells in your pancreas. Your damaged pancreas is then unable to produce […]

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So holidays in Disney World, Florida aren’t exactly cheap are they, but I’ve discovered a few ways to make those dollars go a little bit further. Eating in Disney is an adventure and there are so many lovely restaurants and amazing cakes and gooey products to try (the last two my faves personally). However, eating on site in […]

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My friend just sent me a personalised link to Honey, its basically a browser extension which works with Chrome that finds and applies coupon codes when you shop online. She recently used it with success when through Groupon she found a hotel deal for one night plus prosecco and in addition to the already discounted groupon […]

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A spontaneous trip to South Shields seafront after a long hard day stuck at work. Nothing better than chips by the seaside when its sunny outside and I’ve been looking at a computer screen all day. We started our fun at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf. Being a very competitive family, the game was on. Unfortunately […]

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