20 THINGS MUMS & DAUGHTERS SHOULD DO TOGETHER
A CITY BREAK TOGETHER
It’s always fun to explore a new city and what better way to do it than with mum & daughter. Isabelle and I always have a couple of trips to London every year. Once at Easter where we catch a show, eat in a fabulous restaurant, shop, drink cocktails (mocktail a for Belle) and visit a different attraction each time. Then, in the summer after Isabelle has done a week summer school at one of London’s top theatre schools, my mum and I go to pick her up and we make a weekend of it and do something fabulous. This year we went to Wembley Stadium to watch Britains Got Talent the Champions live and my mum & I went to watch Loose Women live.
We also like to visit new cities and our next one is NYC! #makingmemories
A MARATHON DAY WATCHING THEIR FAVOURITE MOVIES/BINGE WATCHING THEIR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TOGETHER
Isabelle and I lead very busy lives & sometimes you need to just take a break and relax for a while. What better way to do it than a day at home binge watching your favourite to shows or movies. Luckily Isabelle and I love the same things and we’re currently binge watching ‘xoxo Gossip Girl’
A SUNSHINE BREAK
Isabelle will be taking her GCSE’s the year after next and I’m already planning to take her away for a mum & daughter few days in the sun once her exams are done & before schools break up. At the moment I’m looking into Marbella again or somewhere new like the stunning Santorini
A FULL DAY AT THE SPA
Isabelle is desperate to be 16 so she can have a full spa day with me. It’s one of my favourite things to do in the world and I can’t wait to take Isabelle when she’s old enough.
FOOD & COCKTAILS AT A GORGEOUS RESTAURANT
Isabelle and I love to dress up and go out and what better way to do it than a gorgeous restaurant with cocktails & mocktails. Tony & I have taken the children to nice restaurants since they were young so they’ve always known how to behave and how to order for themselves. #lifeskills #independence
A MUM & DAUGHTER PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SHOOT
A couple of Summers ago Isabelle and I had a fantastic day having a Mum and Daughter makeover and photo shoot. The photos were amazing and such a lovely memento. I will be booking another on very soon for some more up to date images.
A MUM & DAUGHTER MAKEUP LESSON
This is something I want to do before Christmas. Isabelle is at an age where I want her to have a proper makeup lesson to learn how to apply it properly and to find out what suits her skin tone and colouring. I, on the other hand, am now in my mid 40’s so I’m ready to change a few things in my makeup routine so I thought it would be a nice day out with a bit of shopping thrown in for Belle and myself. Mac cosmetics do makeup lessons in store so I will be booking one shortly.
TAKE AN EXERCISE CLASS TOGETHER
Isabelle is still only 14 so she’s busy at school and dances 4 times a week. However, for a slightly older mum & daughter trying out a new exercise class such as Yoga, Pilates or Zumba is a great bonding experience as these classes usually offer different levels and going with your mum/daughter can encourage you to keep it up.
A SHOPPING TRIP IN A DIFFERENT CITY WITH LUNCH
What do Mum’s and daughters love more than a shopping trip in a fabulous city with lunch at a lovely restaurant and a cocktail or two? Our last shopping trip was at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds which is our nearest large city. Our favourite place for lunch in Leeds is The Alchemist with a couple of delicious cocktails for mum!!!!
GO FOR AFTERNOON TEA
Isabelle & I love the finer things in life and lovely experiences so this half term I’m going to be taking her for afternoon tea at once of my favourite restaurants in our home town 315 Bar & Restaurant. It’s classy, elegant and something a girl should experience with her mum.
GO TO SEE A SHOW WITH A PRE SHOW MEAL & DRINKS
Being a professional dancer and dance teacher, going to the Theatre is a common occurrence in our family. Max is not too keen though so Isabelle and I often go to see any new shows that open on the West End or ones we love that are on tour and a pre show meal with drinks makes it a lovely mum & daughter treat for us. We recently watched Mamma Mia in London, with a fabulous pre show dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s Maze Grill.
GO ON A LONG WALK (DOG WALK IF YOU HAVE ONE)
This is a great opportunity to have a long talk without any distractions. Sometimes teens can get wrapped up in their own worlds or get a bit stressed about exams, school, friends etc. It’s good to remind them from time to time that they can tell you anything and you’re there for them no matter what. It’s also good just to put the world to rights and laugh.
BAKE OR COOK TOGETHER
This is a great bonding experience with an end product all the family can enjoy. You’re also teaching her a valuable skill. Isabelle is enjoying cooking and baking at the moment and her new thing is to cook the family tea on a Friday making a new dish each week to broaden her repertoire with me close by if she needs assistance.
SING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS ON A ROAD TRIP
This is a great stress reliever, fun and exhilarating. Isabelle & I did this on a recent road trip to the coast together and it was liberating.
LEARN A NEW SKILL TOGETHER
At the moment Isabelle is far too busy with school, dancing, singing etc to do anything else but for older mums and daughters learning a new skill such as flower arranging, Pilates etc is a lovely way to bond more and to keep a regular date to see each other when we all have such busy lives. A lunch or dinner date before or after could be included in this too.
DO SOMETHING CHARITABLE TOGETHER
A few years ago Isabelle, Max and I set up a small charity called The Angel Tree. We ask people to buy just one extra Christmas gift for a child in care and we deliver them to The Salvation Army before Christmas. These are sometimes the only gift some of these children get and over the years we’ve donated hundreds of gifts. It’s something we really look forward to doing together every year.
GO TO A CONCERT OR EVENT TOGETHER
Over the last year Isabelle and myself have been to see Britain’s Got Talent live at Wembley & Little Mix on tour at Huddersfield’s John Smith stadium. Both of these were wonderful days and something for the memory bank!
DO SOMETHING DARING
Isabelle is not the most daring of girls so this is a tough one. However, we’re planning to go back to Florida next year and we plan to swim with the Dolphins, go snorkelling & have fun jet skiing. I loved all these things when I was travelling in my 20’s and I know once Isabelle fights her fears she’ll love them too and be glad she did it and pushed herself out of her comfort zone.
EXPLORE NEW PLACES AND ATTRACTIONS WHENEVER YOU HAVE A FREE WEEKEND
We love nothing more than a weekend free from work or planned activities so we can go somewhere we’ve never been to before such as a uk attraction or a mini break weekend. We’ve got a bucket list full of places we want to see and things we want to do.
GO OUT FOR DESERT & A MOVIE
Simple but fun. When a movie you both love is on at the Cinema, finish off a great evening with your favourite deserts! Isabelle & I treat ourself to some famous New York Cheesecake in NYC. Naughty but oh so very nice!