Posted in Adventure, family fun, Kent Family, summer holidays

Our Weekend at Haven Weymouth Bay – Weymouth

We booked a long weekend at Haven Weymouth Bay. It didn’t take too long to get there even though we visited about 5 service stations on the way and got stuck in traffic!

When we finally arrived at 9pm, we did leave at 4.30pm, we were checked in with security but on the way to the caravan we noticed movement inside, we knocked and there was another family in there. We went back to the Security and were given another caravan key and we were lucky it was slightly bigger and felt very roomy.

The site was very clean and tidy and the caravan was only a couple of years old, and still felt brand new!

On Saturday we went swimming, Bear was up at 5.30am wanting to go swimming, we had a good few hours until 9.30 when the pool opened, so we had a wander around the site and cooked breakfast.

 

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Live Lounge at Sea View watching the children’s show

 

When we got into the pool it was lovely and warm, and also very clean and tidy. They had a lazy river which we could walk around which started of inside and went outside, it was freezing but after a few times round you didn’t even notice the cold air or the breeze. The lazy river did get very busy though!

Every where we went in the complex everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Saturday night we tried to get into the Live lounge but it was so busy, we went back home and tried their sister site Sea view which was a short walk away through a nature trail and it was less busy and we managed to enjoy a evening, dispute Bear wanting everything and everything from the shop which was situated in the back of the Live lounge.

We had dinner over in the bar in the Sea view complex on Sunday night and the food was lovely especially the chips, there was a Sunday carvery but no one mentioned this to us, which wasn’t too much of a problem but it would of been nice.

All the staff at both Weymouth Bay and Sea view where very helpful and couldn’t do enough for the guests, there is security on both complex’s and everyone’s passes where checked before they could enter the main areas. This gave a great peace of mind when the children were running around the arcade area.  The security team are very approachable and children could go and report any problems and they dealt with them swiftly.

The walk to the beach wasn’t as far as they mention on their website but it certainly isn’t buggy or wheelchair friendly as you need to go over a country fence and walk through another caravan site. The beach has a fun fair type area, ice cream shop, fish and chip shop, a restaurant and of course a gift shop.

 

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The beach near the caravan site

 

The beach is pebbly and a small area of sand. The river also meets the sea here which is really lovely to see and I found it very tranquil.

Weymouth beach is just 15 minutes drive and parking is very reasonable, there is the sea life centre, a small beach fun fair, lots of shops and restaurants. There were volleyball players when we went, playing a few games on the beach. The beach is very dog friendly so if you have little ones who are a bit scared please do be aware, they usually stay near where the Jurassic  tower end is.

Overall we had a lovey time here and will most likely go back sometime in the future!

 

 

 

Posted in Adventure, Days out, discover new bloggers, Family, family fun, Kent Family, parent blogger, Pepper pig, reviews, summer, summer holidays, Uncategorized

My Day Out At Drusilla’s Park In Sussex!

We have recently spent the day at Drusilla’s Park in Sussex, It took us about an hour and twenty minutes from where we live to get here. It started of a really gloomy over cast day, but it certainly brightened up nearer the end of our visit.

When we arrived the car park looked very busy, but once we were actually through the entrance the only busy bit was the first section which was the iguana and snake area. We then went around to the Farm Yard to see what happens down on the farm and Bell and Bear even had a go at milking a cow. (Okay it wasn’t a real cow but they certainly had great fun pretending to be farmers!)

 

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Milking a cow down on the Farmyard

 

We then followed the path around to see the other animals there is a lovely selection of animals here and their homes looked really well cared for. The animals which were our favourite were the Meerkats, penguins, the monkeys and Marmosets.

There is so much to see and do here whilst walking around the park for the children and of course the big kids (adults!) from the Zoo Challenge to the animal spotter book with a trail to follow. There is also a soft play (Amazon adventures) if the weather does take a turn for the worse and a huge outside play ground for all ages, and not forgetting the water play area which is called Get Wet!

 

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Go Wet! Yes my children are in their pants and knickers! At least they had plenty of fun!

 

There are also lots and lots of information and interactive areas dotted around the park which certainly keep the children entertained and learning new facts and information about the animals.

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We were very excited to be able to walk through the lemurs in Lemurland and walk through the Lorikeets in the Lory landing area.

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When we last came to Drusilla’s Hello Kitty secret garden was still being built, the rides in Hello Kitty last a couple of minutes which is ideal for little ones and Bell was able to go on a few of the rides by her self which is a bonus! The rides here are little teacups, ride round Hello Kitty’s Garden and 25ft Hopper ride. Did I mention this is the first Hello Kitty attraction in Europe, so if you have a Hello Kitty fan why not pop down and see the attraction for yourself and if your really lucky you maybe able to even give Hello Kitty a huge cuddle, during the holidays.

 

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Hello Kitty Secret Garden Car Ride – I let Bell drive!

 

One new area for 2017  is GO SAFARI! GO SAFARI opened in  This is now were the old water park area was, there are two rides here, flying cheater’s, a hippo which goes up and down . Both the children loved this area, and they wanted to go on the flying cheaters again and again!  Despite going during the school holidays the longest we had to wait to go on the rides was 2 minutes which was a  perfect waiting time for little children. Bear and Bell kept coming back to this area and also wanted one last go before we left for home and the one last go turned into about 6 lasts go as they were both having so much fun!

I almost forgot to mention there is also a GO Safari  African themed safari express train ride, where you can see a few animals and along the way you can also peek and see the play area and the water play area. Also there are jokes so do keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to give everyone a wave as you go passed!

 

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African Themed Safari Train

 

 

There are also a few payable activities which are available to everyone which are panning for gold, Penguin plunge and vertical limit. There is also a discovery centre which has lots of information and we saw lots of animal fur and goods which were on lone from the HM revenue and customs.

There is so much going on through out the year as Drusilla’s is open 362 days of the year from 10am until 5pm in winter and until 6pm in summer, the last entry is one hour before closing but I would recommend a good 2 or 3 hours here if you would like to see and have a go in the play park and the Get Wet Area. You could easily spend all day here, as there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee.

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There is certainly lots to look forward to for the rest of the year here from meeting Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo, Paw Patrol and Meet Hello Kitty over this summer. And not forgetting Meet and Greet with Scooby doo over Halloween so don’t forget to bring your Scooby snacks and Father Christmas from the middle of November with Winter Wonderland Illuminations which is a daily light show at 4pm.

 

 

 

 

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Travelling with Kids Guest post by Amy who blogs at Eps and Amy!

Hi, I’m Amy from Eps and Amy blog (www.epsandamy.co.uk), which covered bargain sales, product reviews and lifestyle/family blogging.I have 2 children aged 5 and 8 (although the photos attached are from previous car journeys too) and we do lots of family holidays and travelling.

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Last year we headed to the south of France, if you do the journey all in one go it would take about 12 hours, so we decided to split the journey and stay at various euro camp sites on the way down.  We left home at 3am and got a 5am ferry across from Dover.

I always recommend this, the kids happily sleep until you get to the port and then have breakfast on the ferry to occupy the time.  We reached Disney in time for opening and although the adults were tired we had an amazing day. We stayed a few days in Disney, check out my post on Disney hints and tips (https://epsandamy.co.uk/2016/11/30/Disney-tips-guest-blog/) then moved on to a euro camp park a 3 hour drive away, we stayed 10 days at this park, then faced a 6 hour drive down to the south of France, stayed there 6 nights then had the journey home, 5 hours one day over night in Burgundy then 6 hours the next day.

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So lots of driving, but I have some good tips to make the journey a lot less painful: * if you can journey early or late so your kids sleep in the car

* pack lots of food, snack stuff like pretzels and fruit strings.

* avoid sweets or chocolate, they are very sticky when dropped and the kids will feel sick after a handful

* take colouring or puzzle books, and drip feed to the kids only when they are seriously cranky

* invest in kids headphones; they are volume limited so won’t deafen themselves and you won’t have to listen to the iPad

* fill the iPads with TV episodes, avoid films, kids get board of films so quickly

* I highly recommend these in car sets for kids: https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2944/100-things-for-little-children-to-do-on-a-journey suitable from aged 3-10 ish

* when the kids start getting fractious stop the car for a bit, especially if you can find somewhere with a play area! But if the kids are quiet or asleep keep driving, get as many miles done as possible when you can.

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I hope some of these tips can help you, we have had some very easy journeys with the children.

Amy’s holiday in the South of France sound’s amazing and she has some lovely tips to help during a long car journey! I will certainly be using some of these tips next time we go on a long car journey adventure! Thank You Amy!

Posted in Adventure, back to school, holidays, parent blogger

IT’S HALF TERM!!!

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Here are some of the things we will be getting up to this half term!

Explore the outside

Get Crafty

Learn something new

Have a breakfast or Lunch out somewhere

Visit A Castle

Visit the nature Trail

Dressing up

Make some Arm pit fudge

DVD time

A trip to the Cinema!

Okay it doesn’t sound exciting but with Christmas fast approaching money is tight. With autumn being mild, we are able to get out and about and explore the local area a bit more too, as well as taking full advantage for our National Trust Memberships.

We will also be making some pictures to go into frames for relatives for Christmas presents, as requested by my aunt and cousin.

Now just the rest of the family to sort!

Posted in Adventure, creativity, Family, Home made, more to life, parent blogger

Fun Bath Time Ideas!

Bath times can be either stressful or calm. Either way bathtime can be very repetitive.
Here are a few fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained in the tub. I promise they are super easy, easy to clean and cheap

  • Shaving foam paint… Shaving foam and food colouring.
  • Colour themed bath… do you have lots of yellow ducks floating about? Why not change the bath water to yellow, add some rubber ducks and a few yellow balloons.
  • Disco bath… Glo sticks and bubbles
  • Read a story… why not read a story whilst in the bath a great one my two love is “Going on a bear hunt” beware through the floor does get a bit wet!
  • Music… play some music outside the bathroom, calming music works well as it calms your little ones down…. hopefully!
  • Add ice to the bath…
  • Why not buy some glow in the dark shapes and Bluetax them on to the tiles for a space, insect, dinosaur or princess theme.

You can buy glo sticks and glow in the dark shapes from eBay or Amazon  for super cheap!

Posted in Adventure, Explore the world, Kent Family, Life, reviews, thoughtfullness

Books I think you should read… 

Did I say I was a book worm? I love reading whether it’s on a kindle or a good old fashioned book, you will find me with a head in a book. Whether it’s a romantic, a crime or even a history book the list is endless! I will keep the reviews fairly short as I will either give away the hole story line or just write and write! 

Hear are my top 5 books for Autumn 2016

  • Me before you by Jojo Moyes (also after you is brilliant too! Classing this as two separate top picks!)

Such a brilliantly written book, I really felt the emotions that Louisa was feeling and I admit I cried at the end! It makes uou also think about if you were in Lousias situaton what would you do?.Book two gets you thinking will Louisa ever get her happily ever after … I just want to know will there be a book 3?! 

  • Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris 

This is a lovely but sad book with a happy ending. It definitely goes to show you never know what is going on behind closed doors 

  • The Lonely Hearts Travellers Club Destination India by Katy Collins

WOW a story I think everyone could relate to. It’s about finding yourself before you find love or realise it’s been right in front of you the whole time! 

  • Written in the Stars By Ali Harris 

Have you ever wondered what if? This book certainly allows you to read about Bea and is wondering if she choice the right choice. A love story, with her life going down different roads. 

Posted in Adventure, holidays, parent blogger, Travel tips with children

Safari Zoo – Sa Coma

The Safari Zoo In Sa Coma has been there since 1969. We picked up the free transfer  Safari bus from just outside our hotel and it took us to the Zoo.

We had to pay before we bored and at 19 euros per adult and 10 euros per child is was’t too badly priced. When we got there we had to hop of the safari bus and get into a little train which was very open. We started of going round a dessert looking field and there were lots of Animals roaming around with very little shade for them. They all looked a bit skinny, but happy and healthy, if that makes sense?

Anyway we carried on and we stopped with the Zebras, one of the Zebras came right up to the trailers and the guide said he was very friendly and he liked being stroked. Seeing as I dout I would ever get to feel a Zebras skin again it was a great opportunity. The Zebras skin/fur actually felt silky but rough at the same time, if that’s even possible? Bell and Bear didn’t want to touch the Zebra.

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Next we drove along to the area where most of the Monkeys where hanging out and the monkeys were all wondering around expect for one who ran as fast as he could, then slowed down and climbed up onto the trailer and sat for a minute or two on the side enjoying the ride. Bell wasn’t keen on the monkey catching a ride with us she moved from me to another bench, Bear however couldn’t stopped looking at him.

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We then went to the Graffias and some people even feed them, there tongues  are very strange, but they are beautiful creatures. We didn’t feed them as I do’t think the correct diet for them is bread!

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We then carried on and we got dropped of at the top to where the lions and tigers, Llamas where along with a few birds and my favorite the Meerkats, I could watch them for hours.

There was a huge play area for the children, some of the rope bridges where frayed or had holes in them which was a shame. The cafe was nice and friendly, but the floor was a bit grubby with crumbs where we were sitting.

But overall it was a lovely few hours out of the hotel complex. All these views are my own and I haven’t been paid for this.

 

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Protur Vista Badia and Sa Coma

We booked the Protur Vista Badia Hotel in May 2015. We went for a week as when we went to Ibiza two weeks seemed far too long!

Vista Badia is a four star hotel and a Platinum hotel  (i didn’t realize this until we actually got there!) it was so clean and well presented. And had a very modern feel to the reception area.

We arrived at (yawn) 3.30am to the hotel and the room was just a short walk from the reception area, we wasn’t told any details though of when Breakfast was and what time it was on until, it was given to us in a leaflet along with meeting our Thomson Rep at 10am.

The room was spotless to! it had a small kitchen area with a fridge, oven hob,microwave and a sink.There was a table with four chairs and a small living room area which had two sofas, a coffee table and a tv with a few uk channels.

The bedroom was separate and was a nice size even with a cot in. The bathroom had a shower and a bath which was a bonus with two young children.

On our first day we managed to get three sunbeds at the front of the children’s splash pool and to be honest there was only one day we were in the 2nd row. There was no arguing over who sat where and what time towels were out, Most towels were put out between 7.50-8.30 when people went for breakfast.

When we saw our Rep, he explained that there were 2 other hotels we could use the facilities one was the Safari Park hotel and the other one was the Spa hotel.Also there were 5 different restaurants we could go to for our evening meal BUT booking was limited and the restaurants spaces were divided between Badia and the Safari hotel which in total was over 2,400 guests. We luckily managed to visit three of them. There was also a petting zoo and water park attached to both of the hotels too, along with a mini golf course. During our week stay we saw our rep max three times!

We didn’t visit the Spa hotel but we did visit the Safari hotel and it was very modern and clean as well. The only down side was that it was packed it had over 2,000 guests but most of the facilities were in this hotel along with some of the restaurants.

We visited the Safari Zoo and the Marineland (more on that later), but mostly we spent the time around the pool, visiting the beach and walking around the area.

Around the hotel there were a few car hire places, lots of shops selling holiday souvenirs and lots of pubs and restaurants. Sa Coma is a purpose built resort which was built back in the 1980’s. Cala Millor and Porto Cristo are just up the road where you can hop on to a little train which costs around four euros per adult and two fifty euros for children, return. Or you can hop on the local bus, or get a taxi. There are also locals offering horse and Cart rides up to Sa coma Castle.

There are a few street sellers, who do the braiding of hair and temporary tattoos but they aren’t in your face asking you to buy all the time which is lovely.

The beach is at the end of the shops and its actually dare I say very buggy and wheelchair friendly. There are wooden walking paths dotted along the beach and they do get you fairly close to the sea’s edge, you do have to drag the buggy slightly to get to a spot but I promise its very easy to get down as far as you can.

Back in the hotel you need your door card key to get back into the back door exit and entry. I think this is a great idea as it stops people getting in to the hotel who shouldn’t. The pools where lovely and clean too! There were two main places to eat during the day (lunch) they served food from 1pm until 3pm in the restaurant area and pool bar. The pool bar was quick food like hot dogs, burgers and pizza , where the main restaurant was rice and pasta dishes with a choice of meat, salad and cold meats. The food however was nice BUT it wasn’t hot, if you wanted hot food you would of had to go to one of the restaurants which you had to pre-book the choices where Asian, India, Italian, Greek and Country grill which was burgers, ribs etc.

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The staff however couldn’t do enough for you all very helpful and there English is very good. There is also a English receptionist, who works most afternoons too.

The children’s club was very good it ran everyday except on Sunday’s and they do a varied program of art,games, water games and face painting. And run from 11am until 4.30pm!

The evening entertainment was varied also, and very good they certainly got the audiences  attention. The evening entertainment kicked of with Mini disco from 8.30 until 9.15 Then family entertainment from 9.30 until around 11pm.

Would I go back? Yes I would, but I would either go half board or self catering… Why? Because the staff, the hotel  where lovely and I wouldn’t want to go all inclusive to be eating cold food.

Out of 10 I would give the hotel 9/10

 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review or approached by Thomson to do this. The words are all my own words and views.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ibiza 2014

I never did the whole club 18-30 holiday, never been to Ibiza either.


So for honeymoon we were ment to be heading to the Caribbean but Bell came along and there was no way I was travelling on a 9 hour flight with a 3 year old and a 8 month old! 

We managed to rearrange our holiday to Ibiza, the quite side of the island.


the flight was great they both slept as it was a night time flight, and we were given a room on the ground floor. 

There wasn’t much to do on this island it is very much a relaxing island or clubbing island! 


We visited a few local towns which were very old fashioned and we went on a boat ride to a neighbouring little island.


We went on a glass bottom boat and saw the fishes swim passed.

We also stayed on the pool side and chilled on the beach.

One day there was a sand storm, it was crazy luckily we Popped back to the room for Bear and Bells nap, and we could hear parasols being blown away and people walking away to shelter pretty quickly! 

It started and finished within 10 minutes.

We made a few friends and it also turns out a little boy who is now in Bears class was there exactly the same time as us too! Unfortunately we didn’t meet each other that time.

Would I go back to Ibiza… Yes without the children as there wasn’t much to do there as in terms of visiting places or I would wait until they were quite happy to play in the pool all day. 

Posted in Adventure, clothing, essentials, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, son

Flash back to a day shopping….

Bear was around 18 months old, and we had a day shopping at our local shopping center. 

Bear was very slow in talking, his speech didn’t really start until he was almost two years old and he would not stop talking or parrorting everything everybody was saying. 

Bear had a growth spurt so we Popped out shopping as I didn’t have work, housework was done and to be honest I really needed to get out the house for a bit.

We had a slow walk around the shops, brought the essentials for Bear, spent the last of his birthday gift voucher and Popped into  the Disney store.

Whilst we were walking round. Bear spotted the balloon stall, he kept pointing to the helicopter balloon and I said to him (this sounds like I’m a naggy mum but to be honest I really didn’t want to buy a balloon!!!) , if he could say Helicopter I would buy it for him, we went into another shop and then went to make our way home. On the way back we passed the balloon stall again and as clear as day Bear pronounced Helicopter as clear as day… and true to my word I brought the balloon. I was very proud as Helicopter is a very hard word to say at 19 months old!!!!

So my warning here is be careful what you say as it may leave you out of pocket….