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Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club - Grill Menu... EL Reviews....

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I was invited to the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club to try out their new Grill menu. I'd been recently to try out their breakfast menu, which was a real treat, easily the best breakfast out I ever had, so was really keen to accept the invite.

I took my little pal from work. I picked her up from Uni, and in a quick trip on the M60, a couple of junctions, we were there. What's funny despite it being so very close to the Worsley M60 roundabout, it doesn't feel that way. It has a very rural feel to it, but is in fact very accessible. So (camera-shy) Aisha and I turned up for Monday dinner out! The grounds are lovely, really calming and green. Lots of (free) parking, making a change from trying to park in town and taking a hit £££.
First off, cocktail making lessons, this was interesting, did you know, Tom Cruise actually didn't start the craze back in the 80s!  No, they've been around since 1800s.  There is a difference between shaking and sti…

Not making lists #SISILTDBND

I'm a girl who like lists.   I make a list every night before I go to bed, as I eat my breakfast, as I drive into work, during my working day.  These are often mental lists but I write them down too. Obvs I have a lovely collection of list books from Paperchase. I mostly tick things off, the more practical sort of task: 
Check out online shop Post birthday cardMop throughout downstairsRSVP to such-a-body's kids partyPayPal for Y6 collection 
These are sort of important, dull certainly, but to a degree vital to the workings of family life.  It's the other things I put down: 
Read for half-hour or 50 pagesDon't go on FBDon't eat any biscuits WhatsApp three friendsMake time to read with Willow for 30 minutes Drink herbal brews instead of coffee
These sort of additions seldom get ticked off.  As they sit un-ticked, often copied to my new/next day list, I feel the pressure of them.  It's silly I myself put myself under this undue pressure.  I feel stressed by these what…

Billy and Andy’s Music Club – Saturday Sounds

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We don’t make a huge fuss about our Willow having a diagnosis of ASD, we don’t really buy into labels, or putting people/children into boxes?  I’m not sure of it as a thing, well it is a thing, but I suppose our lad functions in a way that we can ignore and disregard the label.  Willow is Willow, a monster mostly, but he is the way he is, because he is the way he is, not because of autism or being autistic or having autism spectrum disorder.First most he is Willow, he has yellow curly hair, thick black glasses, is full of fun, smiles a lot, and has an excitement about him which is physically contagious.He 100% always lives in our world with us.
Anyhow his bigger sister has attended loads of clubs over the years, ballet, crafts, choir, gym, newspaper, the list is endless.  These have mostly ran after school.  It’s a long day for Willow at school and so far we haven’t signed him up for any after school clubs.    I was looking out for a weekend one for him though, I was tipped off to Satu…

New Year... Resolutions...

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Happy New Year to all!  
Resolutions, well I'm clearly an expert on them, so much so I was called as an official expert on the telly this morning.  Actually, my strap line on BBC Breakfast was 'Emma-Louise Cullen, Blogger'.... well it's been quite a while, but to kowtow to the BBC's image of me.... here I am, Emma-Louise Cullen blogger! 
So resolutions, well usually I have a list, here is my list from 2016 (not exhaustive):  
to read a book a week to gym every other day to spend 30 minutes a day playing with each of my children cleanse, tone, moisturiselimit Facebook banish the biscuits limit coffee to one per day blow dry/style hair everyday all the time spending NO MONEY 
Well I kept to errr none of those, I did read more, but alas I didn't get to the grand total of 52!  I wonder looking back at this list; did I at the time feel guilty about not spending so much time with the kids.  This isn't a concern for me at the moment, actually after the Christmas holid…