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SWANAGE RAILWAY: AN OLD FASHIONED TRIP TO THE SEASIDE

I love days out – but quite honestly, if they aren’t on our doorstep and are more than a couple of hours’ drive away, then by the time we’ve gotten up early, been out and about and driven home, a day out leaves us exhausted.  After our day at Corfe Castle we were very lucky to be treated to an overnight stay at Travelodge Poole so that we could turn our day out into a weekend away, and on Saturday…

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IN THE FAMOUS STEPS OF ENID BLYTON’S FIVE – A TRIP TO CORFE CASTLE

Corfe Castle

When I’d learned to read properly – and by properly I mean for the love of it, rather than because I was told to, the very first series I picked up and was immediately swept away by was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.  Tales of adventures on Kirrin Island and mysteries galore, and I was hooked.  I collected as many as Enid Blyton had published by the time I moved onto stories that made me want to hide under the covers…

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ST. GEORGE’S DAY INSPIRATION

st. george's day inspiration

Poor St. George.  Patron Saint of England and he’s so overlooked in the celebrations department.  St. Patrick gets to entertain the boys with little leprechaun antics, St. David brings Welsh cakes and daffodils into the house – but St. George?  We need to up our game here.  I remember draping huge flags from our halls of residence windows at law school, but that was 20 years ago [yikes]. St. George’s Day Inspiration. We love dragons and knights – and so here’s…

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ERIC CARLE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR CRAFT SETS REVIEW

very hungry caterpillar eric carle crafts

The most well loved book on our huge bedtime bookcase is easy to spot.  It’s a “well worn” [which is putting it politely] flap and pop up book, and most of the little characters on the paper wheels and levers have been, er, moved, by little hands.  It’s a book that probably every little person [and most of us grown ups too] have read over and over, and it never gets old.  It’s the Hungry Caterpillar.  The boys LOVE it.…

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CHILLFACTOR BRAIN FREEZE SLUSHY MAKER

chillfactor slushy maker brain monster

I’m always dubious about food creation toys for children. More often than not they disappoint and as parents we see the adverts on TV and roll our eyes – they set children’s expectations for the output of the toy far too high, and usually come with a ridiculous price tag to boot.  I still remember how much I wanted a toy sweetie shop from Father Christmas when I was little – and how sad I was when I never got…

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BRIO WORLD FAMILY HOUSE REVIEW

brio world family home

This Tuesday we’ve been reviewing more toy sets from one of our very favourite brands, Brio.  The last time we were looking at the Brio Fire Station and Rescue Helicopter – and now we’re exploring the Brio World Family House playsets for 3-7 year olds; which is every one of my boys. The boys have had all kinds of people living in the Brio houses so far – Batman and Friends, Lego people, the Paw Patrol – you name them,…

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TO THE PRIDELANDS’ END, LION GUARD DEFEND [TALKING KION PLUSH REVIEW]

When we stayed in Disney World a few years ago with the two bigger boys [and the smallest one just weeks into my pregnancy], we spent some of our time at the Art of Animation resort because of the theming.  Just outside our block stood a full sized statue of Simba, Timon and Pumba as they Hakuna Matata’d their way across the log over our heads, and a little further down sat Janja the hyena’s hideout in the Outlands.  Our…

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FIVE THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF FROM THIS BLOG

It’s been 360 days since my last birthday – which means it’s been 360 days since I ate these too-good-to-be-true macrons from my little sister, mom and dad.  Beautiful macrons that they went to extraordinary lengths to get for me after I actually crushed my own macrons from the Dordogne into crumbs [embarrassing story right there].  Which means that it’s taken me a whole year to post these photos.  Awesome!  However, it does mean that when I was sorting though my drafts…

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SUMMER IN ST. FLORENCE WITH COASTAL COTTAGES: SAUNDERSFOOT BEACH

Coastal cottages pembrokeshire

We’re back to reminiscing our holiday with Coastal Cottages in St. Florence again today!  The closer we get to the Easter Holidays, the more I enjoy looking back through our photos.  Family holidays are the best times – even if you feel as though you need to recover when you’re home from one.  I  never quite understood what my mom and dad meant when they used to say that.  Now, with three boys I completely understand.  I’m not sure how…

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FIVE STEPS TO PLANNING A BLOCKBUSTER PLAYDATE

Advertorial bought to you in association with Aptamil Growing Up milks Hero is 2 and a half and LOVES playdates.  If I tell him that his friend Zaccy is coming over, he’s over the moon and asks me every two minutes if he’s here yet.  I openly admit that I love playdate days too [and I too check the clock to see it it’s time yet] – I get to see a grown up who shares the same life experiences…

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