Do something different on a weekend away

So half term’s here, the first holiday of the school year and time to start looking towards holidays, days out and planning weekends away.

Planning a visit to a fabulous city like Liverpool there’s so much to see and do. There are  museums galore, cathedrals, architecture and fab shopping but how about finding somewhere a bit different.

Tucked 10 minutes away from the big tourist attractions of The Albert Dock and Liverpool One is a transformed industrial area called The Baltic Triangle.

What was once part of the historical thriving port is now a creative hub for arts, crafts, culture, and fabulous food.

The converted warehouses hold the most interesting places and there’s something for everyone, one of those places being The Button Boutique, a gorgeous fun place to visit for children and adults.

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Providing arts and crafts tailored to their visitors The Button Boutique provides a fun day or night out.

From kids crafts with afternoon tea…

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…to Hen nights, with a cheeky difference

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If you’re planning a weekend stay in Liverpool with family or friends add The Button Boutique to your places to visit, see what they’re up to here.

Are you planning a city break soon?

Why not enter this competition to win a 2 night stay in Liverpool including  tickets for   The Cavern’s Magical Mystery Bus Tour

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Talk about it Tuesday – charity share #1

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How often do we see people taking on challenging tasks to support a charity that is close to their heart.

This week former British Army Officer and explorer Henry Worsley died. On the brink of becoming the first man to cross the Antarctic unaided. He had covered 913 miles in 71 days to raise money for the Endeavour Fund, which supports the recovery of injured and sick service men and women.

Everyday adults and children are taking on tasks to raise funds and highlight awareness of charities all over the world, here are a few I’ve seen this week.

A young teenager has taken on his own challenge to raise funds for the Olivia Alice Foundation, the Foundation supports families and children with complex medical needs and helps to provide the equipment needed for care at home.   Aiden age 13 is swimming the equivalent distance of the English Channel, 22 miles and he’s very near the end.

There are challenges you can undertake too, how about a night under the stars to support the Winter Warmth Campaign.  The Big Sleep has already helped over 800 older people keep warm over the past three winters and it’s a great fun event for families.

Claire at Six degrees of harmony has written about the support for Refugees and an idea which seems to be growing beyond expectation. The Share Shop in Chester is helping provide food, clothing and hopefully shelter. You can read about it here.

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Another blogger, Natalie from ‘ Just because I love‘ , writes about supporting UK and refugee children. The new initiative, From a Mother to Another, is an idea from Laura Tenison founder and CEO of  JoJo Maman Bebe. Starting in February and working together with the Trussell Trust they’re hoping to collect outgrown or unwanted children’s clothing and donate them to families in the UK as well as Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

I hope you look up this weeks charities spread the word and support wherever you can.

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Talk about it Tuesday – Revision stress

Revision stress is making my teen ill

This week my son is expected to stay at school till 5pm to sit another round of mock exams, I think this will be the third!

His school, which went into special measures over a year ago, is now apparently turning around and this years GCSE results will need to reflect this, but it seems to be to the detriment of the children.

On Friday we received a letter saying the resits will begin 18 jan, there has been no lead up to this, no instruction to my son on where he needs to focus extra revision to build on grades and he feels it is all a waste of time.

For the first time ever he has said he hates school, and this is from the boy who started pre-school with selective mutism and overcame it.

He is upset and says he doesn’t care about grades and results, but I think he is worried and being put under pressure from school.

We have decided he is not staying for the re-sits, instead we will focus on revision material at home.

And this is why…..

My husband, a counsellor, is concerned about the stress children are put under in order for a school to ‘look good’ in the school league tables. It is known the pressure of getting good GCSE results leads to an increase in the number of teenagers suffering mental health problems.  Combine this stress with other factors in a teenager’s life and depression, self-harm or eating disorders can result in some cases. The charity Young Minds discuss this and can offer support.

Not getting A’s in GCSE exams doesn’t mean the future is ruined, there are far more options for young people to study after high school and re-sit any subjects they want to take further, after all many exams and tests can be repeated through life, like my 3 driving tests.

So let’s encourage our young people to study and learn but not frighten them out of it with a fear of exam results.

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Sleep rough for YMCA

When I was snuggled up comfy in bed the other night listening to The Archers, yes I know, too much information, it suddenly dawned on me how we take such simple things for granted.

After watching the news of the flooding over christmas I thought about the people driven from their homes. Bundled off to bunk with friends or to a community place of warmth and safety but without their belongings and no idea of how soon they would again be tucked up cosy in their own beds.

In most of those cases they will be back in their homes after a massive clean up, but what if you had no home, what if you never had a cosy bed in the first place?

Over the next few winter months the YMCA will be holding their annual fundraising initiative called Sleep Easy.

Sleepers raise sponsorship by spending a night under cardboard whatever the temperature, it will be a challenging experience but all funds go to making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young people.

Set up in 2010 the aim is simple: spend a night sleeping rough to highlight the issue of youth homelessness and raise vital funds to support the work of your local YMCA. Your money goes directly to the local YMCA projects; impacting your community and helping young people in your town build a future.

Sleep Easy has raised almost £1 million from people choosing to sleep rough for one night and being sponsored to do so. Your money goes directly to the local YMCA projects; impacting your community and helping young people in your town build a future.

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If you would like to make a donation or if you’re hardy and healthy and would like to take part contact your local YMCA for further information.

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Goodbye christmas, hello new year

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The holiday’s all over and done for this year

We’ve ate all the chocolates and drank all the beer

The kids are back fighting about who’s watching what

Ignoring their toys and presents they’ve got

The decorations are down and the tree is quite bare

My pyjamas are crumpled and there’s tats in my hair

Visitors have left and the house looks a riot

I’m chucking out cakes as I resolve to diet

But its back to school Monday and that will mean

My first bit of peace in 2016

Best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2016

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