I'm Jenny and I'm originally from Derby, but moved to North Manchester in 2007. My partner is originally from Mull. We're a blended family and between us we've had 7 children, who have all grown up together.

In July 2013 my partner developed, and mostly recovered from, Meningitis. He still has memory problems, hearing loss and some pain in his limbs. Just over a year later on August 15th 2014 we lost our family's eldest girl, Elspeth, to suicide. Each month I post the smiles that are the reason and the reminder for why we carry on. I also host a popular #TBCSmiles linky on Instagram where other people can add their smiles.

The Brick Castle is mainly about our lives and the things we get up to, with honest reviews, giveaways, and a moan every now and again. Our young people are now aged 16+ and mainly moved out. We have 3 young people currently at uni and 2 younger boys who help me with most of the reviews. They have the following birthdays 09/08 and 03/10.

I have a background in Education and love children's literacy and STEM supporting toys which promote skills such as Engineering, Maths, Technology and Science. We are also a big gaming family and play a lot of board and computer games, as well as being movie and theatre fans.

I work with brands to share information, reviews and giveaways that I feel will be relevant to my readers. I work hard to keep my blog running and spend a lot of my time, including during evenings and weekends, staring at screens. If I accept payment for that time spent then I will always tell my readers, and I will never endorse anything my family would never use. I write my own material and if you see something written by someone else, they've generally had to pay me to put it on my blog.

We work regularly with Drumond Park, Bandai, University Games, HASBRO, Asmodee, Studiocanal, Ravensburger, Warner Brothers, Dr Beckmann, Troubador/Matador Publishing, Carlton Books, Scholastic Books and many other lovely companies.

We love LEGO, Superheroes, Lemon Drizzle Cake and VW campervans, and we don't like chicken pox, nits or Marmite (well, I don't like it anyway, except in baking when you can't really taste it).

Contact Me

If you wish to contact me for any reason then you can email me at thebrickcastle@gmail.com.

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I am PR Friendly (I'm usually friendly to most people), and I accept paid posts, review items and giveaways for things I like, things my family would or do use. I always disclose as per UK Law, and don't work with gambling, baby milk or floaty loans. Some of the people we do work with are below...



  1. I'm new to blogging, and trying to see what's hanging in the world wide Web and I'm loving your blog!

    1. Thank you Helen! That's a really lovely comment :)

  2. Only just realised today that you are blogging Jenny. Going to start reading your back catalogue. Just read an awesome post.

    1. Thanks Tony! That's a lovely comment. I don't keep it a secret, I have no idea how you missed that! :D

  3. Love the idea of sharing smiles for elspeth, I went to NCS with her and I hope you wouldn't mind if I used your idea xx great blog by the way <3

    1. Hiya Leanne - Thank you for your comments, it means absolutely masses. You go ahead! Collecting my smiles helps me so much, I think it would be unfair to do anything other than encourage people to join in :) Please tag me at least occasionally, so I can enjoy them too. Best of luck in wherever life takes you this year, and thank you, truly, for taking the time to comment xx

  4. Hiya, I think you will recognise my name, I enter a lot of your competitions and read your blog a lot. Today I've took the plunge and bought the domain name for my blog, which I've wanted to do for years. I've just started to write content this evening and I've been visiting my favourite blogs for inspiration for the introduction. As I said I'm a regular reader of your blog, and I am very aware of 15th of the month, but until tonight, when I was reading your "about" I never realised the reason you lost Elspeth. I am truly so very sorry xxx

    1. Hiya Jennifer. Of course I recognise you, you are one of my longest standing giveaway entrants! I'm pretty sure you have won a few over the years too!
      Thank you for your kind words - it means a lot, it really does. I actually tried to keep the competitions and blogging about real life fairly separate, so in a way it's good that I was obviously successful in that.
      It's lovely to hear you've taken the plunge - enjoy yourself and have fun, I wish you the very best. I started as a comper and so did a lot of others, it's a really natural progression :)


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