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1 In Creating a Lifestyle/ Daytripping, Holidays & Travel/ Family Life

FUN ON THE FARM WITH NEXT KIDS AND BOCKETTS FARM

Have you ever been pig racing? Us either, until this week!  Next invited us for a fun day out at Bocketts Farm and we were absolutely thrilled to be setting off for a day of adventures in the fresh air!  Our boys have worn Next clothing since they were born and we were all overjoyed to be sent some of their amazing range to wear on their special day – which by coincidence was also at just the right time…

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OUR TOP TEN FAVOURITE PLAYDATES

 Advertorial brought to you in association with Aptamil Growing Up Milks Playdates are so much fun for our little ones – and they should be fun for us grown ups too.  They don’t need to be hugely stressful in any respect.  Preparing for having friends over should be a pleasure [besides panicking that you don’t have a spotless living room or a well organised kitchen] and whilst I know that if you’re like me, the chances are that you’re worrying…

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MY FIRST THOMAS DAY TO NIGHT PROJECTOR

We’re quite attached to Thomas, having spent the last year being Drayton Manor Park ambassadors – and this little Thomas and his Tidmouth Shed are the sweetest.  It’s a Thomas Day to Night Projector set that we’ve been reviewing is just the cutest ever.  It’s a two part nightlight projector with Thomas and his Shed from Tidmouth, and little hands can play with Thomas and wheel him in and out of the shed to little tunes.  The shades of Thomas…

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4 In Photography

ONLINE MANUAL PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE FOR PARENTS

manual photography course for parents hampshire

I think it’s the teacher in me that misses it all now.  Paying it forward, seeing faces light up when they develop a skill or have an “aha” moment.  I taught my very first photography retreat last year [and still have to blog it – but I’ll get around to that this week, I promise] and it was so much fun that not only am I doing it again this summer, but I’ve also decided to run an online course for…

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0 In Daytripping, Holidays & Travel/ Family Life

THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE AT BUTLINS: THE FINAL DAY

On our final morning of our Christmas Experience at Butlins, the boys were still singing Aladdin Rocks! songs, and we set out to do things that we needed to make sure we didn’t miss.  Breakfast was delicious as usual; Hero enjoyed showing everyone that he was learning to be a very big boy with his knife and fork, and Lyoto managed to throw a huge glass of orange juice over both me and him.  We had to trip poor Yotie…

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THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE AT BUTLINS: ALADDIN ROCKS!

christmas experience at buttons

On the morning of day three of our Christmas Experience at Butlins, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast once more with Jensen eating nearly all of the melon and salami in Butlins, and we went for a little stroll along the promenade.  Granny and Grandad spotted where they had stayed years ago when visiting Butlins, and the boys had a run about in the fresh air.  Mommy wanted to collapse.  We were so excited though because today was our day to…

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THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE AT BUTLINS: DAY TWO

christmas experience at buttons day two

So, on day two of our Christmas Experience at Butlins we headed out bright and early from our chalet at the West Lakes Village to the Deck restaurant.  I should probably be honest and say that it wasn’t that early as we’d all slept so well – and so we arrived quite late for breakfast but everything was still very well stocked, very much operating and we were welcomed with open arms by the restaurant manager again.  I loved that no…

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THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE AT BUTLINS: DAY ONE

Christmas Experience at Butlins West Lakes Village

One of the nicest surprises for our boys this Christmas was a surprise trip to Butlins in Minehead for a few days with their Granny and Grandad coming along for the trip too, as part of our ambassadorship role.  Sadly as I’m sure as everyone is aware from my constant complaining, most of us were ill and exhausted by the time our holiday came around, but we tried so hard to pull it together and despite the boys being ill…

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0 In Creating a Lifestyle

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY: PRETTY IN PINK GIFT GUIDE

Valentine's day gift guide pretty in pink

Having been in labour twice, and giving birth once on St. Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the birthdays of two beautiful little boys instead of romance on February 14th [and 15th] in our house.  Although there’s no candlelit supper, rose petals or champagne sadly, I do have the most precious memories [the flash-backs of the excruciating pain have stopped, haha] of Valentine’s days in 2010 and 2012 that I wouldn’t swap, even for diamonds. Valentine’s day gift guide That being said, there are some truly beautiful…

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SUMMER IN ST. FLORENCE WITH COASTAL COTTAGES: FOLLY FARM

Folly Farm

When we awoke on our third day of the holiday, we knew just where we were headed – Folly Farm.  It had been recommended to us by so many local people before we set off for our holiday and we were so excited to set off.  Looking back – even as we left the Farm, I was annoyed.  I have so many regrets. I was so naïve.  It feels even worse typing it.  We were quite literally smacking our heads as…

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