Last week saw Caitlin, Mark’s eldest daughter, turn 10.
I find it so hard to buy for them once they turn a certain age and love that once they get to that age, a day out shopping is something they look forward too.
We spoke about taking her out on her own when we were on holiday, we decided on Intu MetroCentre and set the balls in motion.
After I finished work on Sunday we drove up to Newcastle and collected Caitlin to take her for a shopping spree. I was really quite excited about some of the surprises I had planned, but also I knew Caitlin wanted to look in some shops that Mark would never dream of looking in. (Perfect opportunities to get some ideas from Christmas too).
The plan of attack was to start in Thaikhun for lunch, then hit the shops for some serious retail therapy on Dad. (Not sure he was aware he was there for that purpose although if he wasn’t it soon became apparent as he trailed around the shops behind us).
Still on a high from the surprise, we went on a mission to shop. With our first visit being to CEX.
When we asked Caitlin what she would like for her birthday she had no idea, but as we were talking I picked up on a few things that we could take her for. That is how we ended up in CEX.
Minecraft got added to the basket as did a box set of DVD’s. Good job I say. You really can’t beat a bit of Minecraft. It was the only game for long enough that I would play on the Xbox with the boys.
Next up was The Village. For the life of me I could not remember where it was but somehow I managed to get us there.
Being 10, of course means that you are aloud to visit shops that are packed full with candles, bath bombs and soaps. So we paid a visit to Fizzylicious. To say she was in heaven was an understatement. After smelling lots (to the point where they all smelt the same), she settled on a lovely fruity soap slice, a small cupcake like bath bomb and an extremely glittery bath bomb (massive apologies to her Mum for the mess that will make). Happy girly with her boutique bag we wandered on….
During the week when I contacted places to let them know I would be visiting for Caitlins birthday and I had a lovely message from Yankee Doodle Candy, located also in The Village. It said that she was more than welcome to pay them a visit. Which of course we did.
We all love a good sweetie shop and this one is full to the rafters of not only American goodies but I saw a few Swedish ones in there too (much to my delight). Unlike the other sweet shops in Intu MetroCentre this one is very personal and the lady in the shop was lovely. Caitlin came away with a can of Fanta Berry and and all caramel MilkyWay (one of the only times I am gutted to be Calorie Counting).
We were headed over to the Platinum Mall calling at whatever caught our eyes on the way.
Caitlin loves reading so calling in at WHSmith seemed like a good idea to see if there were any books that she may like. It is so refreshing to see Children get excited over books, well I think it is. Libby, Regan and Penny do but I have never seen Caitlin react like that. We had a good look and ended up with a Awful Auntie by David Walliams and Diary of a Wimpy Kid DIY. (I really must read the David Walliams books, keep getting told how fabulous they are by the kids)
The bar is very colourful and eye catching and everything is there for you too see. Having never been before we took our time decidingfrom the Menu. In the end we ordered a Raspberry Crush, Passion Crush and a Gym Junkie, all with double fruit.
The Raspberry Crush contains apple juice, raspberries and fat free sorbet.
The Passion Crush contains orange juice, passion fruit, mango and fat free sorbet.
Gym Junkie is packed with bananas, strawberries, low fat milk, fat free frozen yoghurt and gym fuel (Whey Protein).
They all tasted fabulous and it is something I will be trying again. (My sweet tooth strikes again)
Next up with our Fuel Juices, was Smiggle. Not somewhere I have ever been into. I have walked past but that is about it. Caitlin was in her element and so was I to be honest. Lots of funky stationary and bits and bobs. I will certainly be coming in for stocking fillers as Libby would love it. Caitlin settled on a fragrance key ring, a pencil with added rubber,set of mini rubbers and a light up watch. All very girly fab choices.
At this point the time was ticking on and we set about making our way to the exit, but not before visiting Claires (no girly shopping trip is complete without a visit to Claires, or so the girls would have me believe). Caitlin had mentioned that she would like some hair things and Claires didn’t disappoint, three clip in bows later and we were done…….
Well that is until we realised that we had not visited Primark. Never mind girlie shopping trips, no visit to Intu Metrocentre is complete without a visit to Primark. We had a mooch around and to finish off the trip Caitlin spied a nightie and slippers she liked. Done deal….
Feeling very full and still drinking our crushes from Fuel we headed for home.
Caitlin had a fabulous day and so did we. Its not very often we get to spend one on one time with any of the kids but it was a joy. As a result they have all asked for the same opportunity for their next birthdays. Something we are more than happy to oblige to do.