Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Lovely Girly Day Out

B recently turned 13, and when I asked her what she wanted to do to mark the occasion, she said she wanted to go shopping with me to Milton Keynes.

I know she's wanted to go on a girly day out for coffee and shopping for a while; occasionally I go with my Mum and Sister and she has wanted to come with us.  We haven't been for a while, so I thought I'd surprise her and invite them along.  Only I only decided to do this on the morning so my Mum and Sister didn't have long to get ready to come with us, and unfortunately my Sister-in-Law couldn't make it.

The journey down wasn't too bad, and we got parked straight away which really surprised me as usually we struggle if we go on a Saturday.  Then we headed for one of B's favourite shops, Blot.  First shop, first bag.  She started how she meant to go on!

We shopped a bit more and B bought a pair of Heely's in bright orange, and Aunty bought two pairs of trainers and I bought a couple of T-shirts which were on buy two for £5.  B was looking for a coat, and had a specific style in mind, we looked everywhere and got lucky in TK Max just what she'd been looking for and a bargain at £10. 



We decided it must be time for lunch, and after a lengthy discussion and looking at several menus, B decided she just wanted McDonalds then a posh coffee later on.  I was a little disappointed with McDonalds new self order machines as you could order burgers with items removed, but you could remove everything except the bun, how difficult would it have been to put a picture of the roll and a tick box next to it along with the onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and patty?  I queued up and ordered my bunless burger and we had a lovely lunch.

We were re-fuelled and went off for round two.

More walking, talking and shopping, B bought The Theory of Everything, but she wasn't feeling so good, and we started to think maybe something she had eaten had contained milk, we hadn't actually checked the allergy advice in McD's with all the faffing about and I felt quite bad.  I was pretty certain her drink was fine, iced strawberry lemonade, she ate a McChicken Burger and fries. (I know the fries are fine)  Later on, after changing back out of her Heely's which she had put straight on after buying them, she realised she'd been holding herself funny on them and maybe pulled a stomach muscle. 

Realising that she wasn't ill made her feel much better, but she didn't want to risk having a coffee (we were going to get her a soya coffee) so we did even more shopping (I think we walked around the centre a fair few times!)  B's Aunty had to leave early as she was going out, so we carried on without her and B bought some summer clothes, denim shorts, and two T-shirts.  Then, although she still didn't want coffee, we did go for a drink.  We chose Marks and Spencer and B had a sparkling blackberry and elderberry drink, Mum and I had a filter coffee each, whilst I was there, I thought I'd have a quick look to see what was on offer food wise for gluten free people like myself, and I couldn't find anything, I was quite surprised as I'd heard that M&S were good for gluten free foods, I didn't have time to look around the food court though, but did think if they sold food there, they would have it in the café, maybe it was just because it was almost closing time and they'd run out?


Once back home, and after B had shown off her purchases, I made us some very tasty gluten free chips, not just any old chips, but MASSIVE ones lol, and they were much appreciated (I know, I know we had chips for lunch and dinner, but it is a birthday celebration!)

I think B enjoyed her girly day shopping and I think she may request to accompany us on further trips.  I enjoyed my day too, it is lovely to spend quality time with one of the children on their own, they're growing up far too quickly!



Lupin Girl x


4 comments:

  1. Hey, that's awesome, Lupin girl! Sounds like you all had fun, sorry that she didn't feel well though. :(

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    1. +AlishaTrost Thank you, I was just relieved that it wasn't something she ate in the end!

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  2. My girl will be 13 this year and i hope we have a nice day out together like you did x

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    1. +newcastlefamilylife I hope your daughter has a great 13th, and it just shows that you don't have to spend a fortune (let them do that lol with their birthday money!)
      Lupin Girl x

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