I remember my 8th birthday party as clear as day. I remember the friends that came; our meeting place outside; the weather that day and of course the immense fun we had on all of the rides. Fast forward 30 … Continue reading
Hooray, for the Easter holidays. Two whole weeks of delicious family time and no alarm clocks for 6am! We have a few plans for the coming weeks: days out; seeing family; Glamping (oh yes!) and hopefully some walks down the beach. … Continue reading
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As far as children’s cartoon characters go, you know you’ve made it when you have your very own theme park.
With Peppa Pig always on our TV and cuddly toy George and his dinosaur in our playroom, it’s wonderful for our kiddies, that Paultons Park have enabled these characters to come to life in Peppa Pig World.
As regular visitors to both the theme park and Peppa Pig World, we know that we are always guaranteed the perfect family day out, whenever we visit. It’s a day out that always receives lots of cheers when we are on our way and lots of sleepy children when we are on our way home.
Now, Paultons have launched Peppa’s Early Play Pass; brilliant news for all Peppa and George fans. Continue reading
While I was having fun, learning lots and meeting lots of lovely blogging pals at Blog Camp in Bristol, my little kiddies went to the Science Museum.
This is my favourite photo of Harley being blown away by the wind machine.
He loved how hands on everything was. I can’t wait to go back and see him enjoy everything, myself.
He also loved splashing around in the water outside the museum.
For me, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here, a picnic takes some beating.
Whether it’s planned to precision with traditional lemonade and homemade mini quiches (no, that’s never me!) or a last minute grab of the picnic blanket, there’s nothing better than eating outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.
With National Picnic Week just around the corner, 13th – 21st June, I thought I would share what makes our perfect family picnic. I’m also running a fab giveaway in conjunction with the lovely folk over at Seabrook Crisps, to celebrate National Picnic Week, so scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.
A couple of years ago, I felt I became a picnic pro when Luke brought me a proper picnic hamper. Wow, I love it. A white, buckle up hamper with real plates and cutlery. It even comes with salt and pepper pots, wine glasses and a corkscrew.
For me, the perfect picnic is made up of a few ingredients.
Firstly, the contents of the picnic basket:
It’s personal of course, and a grown up picnic would inevitably have different contents from the lunchables or dippers that would be found in our family hamper!
We usually have ham or egg mayo sandwiches, crisps, mini sausages, cucumber/carrot sticks, potato salad, something sweet and lots of fruit. Strawberries are the favourite punnet of choice. And lots of drinks.
Location is paramount for that perfect picnic. The beach or the New Forest is usually our location of choice and it’s lovely to see that two of our local hot spots have made it onto The Top 14 Picnic Spots in the UK:
1. Avon Valley Country Park – Bristol
2. Barafundle Beach – Pembrokeshire
3. Bodmin Moor – Cornwall
4. Brownsea Island – Dorset
5. Corfe Castle – Dorset
6. Devil’s Dyke – East Sussex
7. Formby Beach – Merseyside
8. Gibside – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
9. Glenkiln Sculpture Park – Dumfries and Galloway
10. Padley Gorge – Derbyshire
11. Rievaulx Abbey – North Yorkshire
12. Somerset House – London
13. St Herbert’s Island – Derwentwater, Cumbria North Pennines
14. Top Withens – Haworth, Yorkshire
and thirdly, if you have children, the perfect picnic is not perfect, unless you have some outdoor games.
A good old football is usually the first thing to be thrown into our car boot:
and we’ve even been known to bring some hard boiled eggs for an Egg and Spoon race…
So that’s how we do a picnic and we think it’s the perfect picnic.
To celebrate National Picnic Week, the lovely people at Seabrook Crisps are giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a month’s supply of crisps and a framed personalised packet of crisps!
If you would like to enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway below, follow the instructions and enter as many options as you would like.
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Good luck and dig out that picnic hamper and blanket!
The second week of our Easter holidays has nearly come to an end and it’s been bloomin lovely.
It feels like we have had a real break as we haven’t been thinking about going back to work and we haven’t been doing school work. Bliss.
We’ve just enjoyed being a family, for 2 whole weeks.
This second week saw us enjoying even more of this beautiful Spring weather.
We Luke did a bit of gardening. He took up some of the patio slabs which used to be in an ‘L’ shape and laid down new turf. He put down new edging on the patio. Now we have a bit more grass on this side of the garden but I’m pretty sure it will be football ridden soon! We’ve moved our conservatory furniture into the garden too, so it’s nice to have an adult space amongst the outdoor toys.
We went to the beach, as always. My lovely friend, Lyn was competing in the Bournemouth Bay 5k run and it was lovely to go along and show my support, from the sideline. Will it be me next year? Hmm… Maybe!
The boys went to Rock Reef and did some indoor climbing. It’s always nice to find an activity that they all enjoy with their 7 year age gap and this is definitely one of them. Ethan was so chuffed that he did the wall in his quickest time yet.
Whilst the boys were climbing, Lola and I enjoyed some girlie time on the sand. I think she’s going to be a beach baby like her Mummy.
One of the days, Luke and I even managed a few hours alone, to enjoy a beer garden. Heaven.
We also found a wonderful park and outdoor cycle track that is completely free. Needless to say, Harley was in his element. And such gorgeous surroundings too. Can you spot him?
I can’t believe the week’s not over yet. We’ve had so much fun. Tomorrow it’s Marwell Zoo and on Monday we are off to Legoland.
Phew, I’m exhausted but my heart is full.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter break.
Happy Holidays, everyone.
For some, I hope you have had a lovely two weeks, for others, enjoy one more week of the Easter hols. For us, it’s a weird one. My 2 step sons are staying with us for a week, however Ethan is back to school on Monday but Connor still has another week off. Despite the schools only being a 10 minute drive from each other, the different school holiday dates have made it a bit tricky for us, this year. Nevertheless we have tried to cram in as much as possible, to make the time off, one to cherish.
And hasn’t this week’s weather been stunning. T-shirts, sunglasses, suncream, washing on the line, and oh how pleased my feet were to see some flipflops. It’s been truly glorious.
Here is the first week of our holiday, with just some of my favourite pictures:
We were really fortunate to be given a chalet at Pontins for a few nights. You can imagine, Harley was in his absolute element; staying away from home, staying up late at the Disco! There were so many activities for him to do. He tried skateboarding down full size ramps and up jumps, for the first time and loved it:
He beat me at the Crazy Golf; we all went swimming (such a lovely, warm pool, perfect for Lola) and went on the Go Karts but I think Daddy secretly had the most fun!
It was so lovely to spend some time together, just doing things for the kids. And the best bit, it didn’t cost us a penny but Harley will remember it forever. And you know what, so will I.
We have also enjoyed the stunning weather, down the beach. We are spoilt for choice with our beautiful beaches here but as always, it confirms why we live here.
I love this photo of them together:
and this one, mid fall!
We also spent a lovely day at Moors Valley Country Park. It’s such a brilliant place for the whole family. The boys love doing the Adventure Trail walk, which is perfect as it encourages them to have a long walk through the forest, whilst stopping off at various play zones and wooden climbing frames. Ethan is 11 and Harley is 4, there’s not many places that we can go where all of the boys have so much fun, but this is one of them.
We had a picnic on the wooden toadstools and yes, I too question what I was thinking letting Harley go out in white shorts!
But I do secretly love seeing grubby hands and muddy knees … it’s a sign of innocent childhood fun, in my mind.
Here’s to another week of fun, next week. Let’s hope the sun continues to shine.
I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.
We have just bought an Annual Pass for one of our favourite family days out, Farmer Palmers. It’s such a perfect place to go to spend a whole day or just a couple of hours, they also have a great soft play area if it’s raining! Harley loves the Go Karts and riding the tractors.
I am not an animal person but I am trying to get Harley to enjoy being around animals. We like to go into the barn so that he can hold a guinea pig and he fed the goats by holding out a bottle of milk.
When we visited during the week, we saw the most adorable sight.
8 baby piglets having a feed.
If you’re anything like me, you will feel that the school holidays always fly by and you are already counting down to the next one.
Only a week ago, I had a very different feeling in my tummy: one of excitement for the week ahead; one of happiness to spend everyday, all day, together.
Regretfully, I sit here now with a different feeling in my tummy. Back to work, back to pre-school, back to the early morning rush, back to waving goodbye.
We had such a lovely week. Here’s our week in pictures:
Top left: We caught the little Noddy train at Hengistbury Head down to the beach. Lola slept the whole journey but Harley loved being on the train and especially the ice cream at the end.
Top right: A lovely friend had a pancake party on Tuesday and I was reliably informed that “Anna’s pancakes are much better than yours mummy!” We went up onto her rooftop terrace to admire the gorgeous view of the sea (hence my Sunday Photo) and managed to get a lovely photo of us four.
Middle left: We had Luke’s boys for half the week and managed to get a photo of all of them. Quite a task!
Middle right: We love going swimming and we went to the Wet and Wild session at a local pool. So much fun.
Bottom left: We visited Farmer Palmers and bought an Annual Pass so we can go as much as we want now. It’s perfect for a day out or just for a couple of hours. They have a new indoor area and Lola adored going up and down the slides in the hay barn.
Bottom middle: We spent a rainy afternoon at The Treehouse. It’s like an indoor soft play but it’s wooden with artificial grass. The kids love it there.
Bottom right: A game of Twister but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle version.
I hope you all had a lovely week too. Not wanting to wish time away, it’s only 6 weeks until the Easter hols!
B is for … Brave.
Last weekend we headed down to the pier. For a chilly winter walk along the beach? I hear you ask. Nope. To play the penny machines? Nope. We actually went rock climbing!
At the end of pier, there is now a fantastic indoor climbing zone called Rock Reef. As Harley is only 4, he was able to do the ‘Clip n Climb’ which is a series of climbing walls and ladders. I’ll be really honest and say that I didn’t think he would get a couple of rocks above the ground… but I was so wrong.
He did amazing. He was so brave.
As he got the hang of it, he managed to get all the way to the top and press the light. The wall in the photo above, stops 3/4 of the way up and then turns into a transparent wall. As the climbing zone is on the end of the pier, you are then climbing high, over looking the sea. Pretty spectacular. Totally wasted on a 4 year old, yet I thoroughly enjoyed the view; watching him and the sea.