Posted in Christmas, Explore the culture, Healthy eating, Kent Family, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas

We have had a busy few months. I decided to have my own website for blogging, which is Bellandbear.co.uk. I have reviewed some lovely products by Interplay UK. Bell has tested out some lovely Shampoo by Vosene Kids . We visited Kent Life for their Spooky Halloween Week and we have had some fun bath time ideas too!

My favourite and the hardest post I have written this year is Being a Mum without a Mum. It was very hard to write it took me ages to get the words down. I found after I wrote it I felt happier. I am not going to bombard everyone with stories of being a mum without a mum but it does help others in the same place. Why not have a read?

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I have also started my own YouTube channel too!

I have a few exciting blog posts coming up for January 2017.

I will be working along side Teal Anchor . Which is a company which provides handmade body and facial scrubs which aren’t tested on animals and are Vegan friendly. The product is also Organic. I am very excited about trying this out as my skin is feeling very dry and looking very dull at the moment. Here is there Instagram page if you fancy checking it out over Christmas. Have a look at Teal Anchors Instagram here!

We have also been reviewing a game by Drumond Park and I have a review on my YouTube channel coming soon! But in the mean time why not have a look at the Little Live Pets Review I have done. Click here to view!

I will also be writing a Post about Healthy Packed lunch boxes.. The lovely people at Fruit Bowl have sent me some lovely products to include. Bell will enjoy these when she goes back to pre-school.  Why not have a look at their website for more information. Here’s the website!

My Last but not least is reviewing a Sleep Story. We have already started to review this and the review will be on the blog soon! If you don’t know already we have had battles with Bear waking up between 3.30-5am to start the day, We have also had Bell refusing to go to sleep until 8.30/9pm which is most of our evening gone. Why not have a look at their website.

And not forgetting my usual family life blogs  and YouTube Videos in between!

I would love to work with more Brands and companies in 2017. If you are a PR for a company I would love to hear from you!

I would also love to guest post too so If you are a Blogger and you feel we could work well together please feel free to contact me!

Now I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays , Happy Christmas. And also a healthy  and Happy 2017.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy what’s to come in 2017 I am very excited!

 

Posted in Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Life, life skills, parent blogger, School, summer holidays, Sunshine after the rain

And we are back to school…..

Seriously where have the last 5.5 years gone?! Bear is now in year 1 at school!

Bear has turned into the most caring, kind, compassionate, challenging, adventures little boy. And I grew him!

Year one is going to be a challenge, I don’t think him and his friends realise there will be less playing and more working in year 1. I don’t think they know how much homework they will be getting or how much. I have tried to prepare Bear for the fact that year one is going to be more sitting down and working than free play, whilst learning. We are going to be doing lots more things at home whether or not he has home work or not. We are going to get more involved in growing plants, doing a few science experiments, visiting some fun places and of course reading. I have promised if Bear improves and concentrates on reading he can have his own Kindle fire for Christmas or his birthday. It won’t have apps or games on it will just be for reading!

Here are a few pics from when Bear was younger!

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Explore the culture, Explore the world, holidays, parent blogger, summer holidays, Travel tips with children

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Adventure, Aeroplane, Airport, Beach, Explore the culture, Explore the world, holidays

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 Airport, Best things in life are free, Dinosaurs, Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, holidays, Life, love, pbloggeruk

Lanazorte 2013

**back to the past**

We went to Lanazorte when Bear was little and I was pregnant with Bell. 

It was Bears first trio to the airport and he loved it he was unsure of going through the security machine but do you blame him it must be scary for a child. He choose a magazine, some sweets and of course a drink for the plane.

The flight was great, we had  early morning flight, we packed small toys from the pound shop and wrapped in tissue paper, so he could open up during the flight, it worked really well. We also took sone of our own snacks too. He played, ate and had a sleep! 

We stayed in a hotel  (baby brain has made me forget the name!) Which was flintstone themed. Unfortunately the room wasn’t but that didn’t bother me at all. 

There was little dinosaurs to sit on and ride on. 

The little play park was good too but more for a 3 year old plus child. Bear enjoyed it Though!!!

The hotel was clean and the food was okay. The children’s pool was just a round pool no slide but Bear was very happy with that.

We visited the local zoo which had a play park, water park and lots of lovely animals which had so much space to roam around and it was so clean, and it was reasonable priced too!

Bear loved the beach he was very happy toddling up and down on the sand building sand castles and padding in the sea! 

The weather was amazing, and I really do not understand why people call Lanazorte, lanzorgote at all! 

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Bucket List, Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk

Future Holiday’s


Okay here is the deal. Almost every day now we hear of a attack somewhere in the world. 

I have been following a few news papers on Facebook  (can you tell I am a tad addicted to Facebook!) They comments on some of the posts are shocking. Some people were saying stay at home and holiday in the UK as there is a lower risk of being attacked. I am sorry to say the UK is on high alert for a terriosim attack and now sadly so is much of the world.


I personally will not stop going abroad. The risk is the same as it is at home. If people want to stay and not see the world. It would mean these nasty people would of won. They will think they have more power.  We can not let them win.

Am I scared? Of course I am but I will not let them win. My grandmother lived during the 2nd world war. Some of the things she has seen and heard are very strange and scary. We are lucky we don’t have this on a daily basics unlike some countries around the world were voilance is sadly a daily occurnace. 

I am looking at holidays for next year. I would like a family holiday, close to the beach, a few good day trips and not to far from the airport … Any ideas?? 

Posted in Explore the culture, Explore the world, Kent Family, parent blogger, pre-school, Reading

Reading and books


Okay I admit it, I have already written about this subject but please bare with me. I Love Book’s and talking about them, I am  sucker for books. I will buy books as though they are going out of fashion. 

Wether it’s for me or the children I am always on the hunt for a bargin book or too. 

I leave hubby to buy his own his taste changes almost weekly! 

Myself and the children seem to get a new book once a week. The children especially could open  a library with the amount of books they have. I however usually  donate my books to a charity shop or offer them for free or small donation on my local Facebook selling page.

I remember when I was little, my nan and my aunts used to read to me loads. I still have a couple of the books which I have now put on Bear and Bells bookshelf  

We love the classics, Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and the latest classic is Harry Potter. Bell and Bear are a tad too little for Harry Potter but a local mum was having a huge book clear out and they were there so I managed to get them and donated some money to a Charity. 

We also love visiting the library too. 

I personally think reading is so important for a child, especially from a early age. It helps with speech and word recognition. It helps a child be knowledgeable about certain subjects. It helps a child find out more about a subject they love Wether it’s about space, fairy’s, dinosaurs or how the earth moves. It can encourage conversation  when bigger. It can help with study skills when they are studying for exams.it can help them get far in life and find a passion which can be a cheap and fantastic passion  to explore.

What’s your little ones favourite book? Also what’s yours?

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Best things in life are free, Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, summer, summer holidays, Travel tips with children

Routines have gone out the ….

Routines have gone out the window at the moment!

You Know when its school holidays everything becomes a bit more relaxed, calmer and the routine seems to go out of the window.

The children seem to want feeding every 10 minutes, they want to do something different every 20 minutes, toys are usually scattered all over the place and your walking on Lego, like its hot coal. They usually end up arguing with each other right when your preparing a snack or drink for them and then they moan that they are having to wait for what they asked for, with you replaying calmly to wait one minute as your are busy with their sibling.

The routine of the School term is usually a mad rush to get out the door so your on time for the lining up in the playground… (we live 5 minutes walk from the school). The homework they have has to be completed by a certain day and handed in, reading is done every night. Toddler groups are on and its finding the best one for your child as some get too packed, or their isn’t enough places to park so you frantically need to find another option or hope when you drive round again there is a space. Then its getting back for lunch and maybe a nap before heading of to the school pick up.

School  holidays are usually lazying around in our PJ’S until around 9/10 am then actually starting to figure out what to actually do during the day with the children which wont cost the earth, but also checking which places don’t charge for under 3’s whilst we are at it!

The bedtime routine is also a bit hit and miss, We are usually aiming for bed by 8pm and dinner around 6 half 6.

Then there is the adding job of Blogging, writing and ensuring there is a post almost everyday, along with updating Instagram, Twitter, Path and Flickr.

Then there is work to also add, two days 7am-5pm, and preparing packed lunch and taking enough snacks/activities to do to kill the boredom they may start to get around 2/3pm…

And hopefully the rest of the summer will end up staying away from accident and emergency…

Also to add to my list is packing for a week away… this packing light seems not to be working, Maybe I am being a bit OCD with clothes after all Bell is still having the odd number 2 accidents and Bear usually drops some ice cream down his top.

So today’s plan is PJ’s, DVD and popcorn day…..

Posted in Adventure, Explore the culture, history, Kent Family, Local life, National trust, New Blogger, parent blogger, past life, pbloggeruk, summer holidays

A spooky Moment …

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We had a lovely morning out at a National trust Property  recently . It was lovely dry but slightly windy day.

We had a lovely wonder around the gardens and through the woodland walk which isn’t buggy friendly but that is my personal view.

Whilst there we had a Ice cream in the coffee shop and a wander around the big lake as Bear call’s it. (more like a huge pond!)

Whilst we were walking over the bridge, you cant access the other side as its closed off. I heard somebody sounded like a Male voice ask how I was in a old fashioned way. I called out Hello anybody there twice and nobody answered. Nobody was about unless they were hiding behind the hedge but once we walked back over the bridge I looked back to the Island and nobody was there. I even asked Bear and Bell if they heard the voice and they looked at me like I was going mad!

The house we visited was home to Sir Winston Churchill. Who was the British Prime minster between 1940-1945 and again 1951-1955.

He was also a Officer in the British Army and was also a honorary citizen of America.

Now please do not get me wrong, I believe in Ghosts, Witches and all things spiritual. But this is the 1st time I have actually heard someone’s voice and not even known who it belonged to. It has really intrigued me to find out some more History of the National trust property, from who also lived there pre- Winston Churchill and after Winston Churchill .

Do you believe in Ghosts?

Posted in Blog, Diary, Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, parent blogger

The world is changing…

The world is changing at a scary place. People seem to be loosing the compassion and kindness to others. The community spirt which once was is slowly fading if not already dying out. 

There was a saying I remember from college “it takes a village to raise a child”. This is very true. Back in the 1940’s (and probably before and after that date too) people would watch over people’s children whilst they nipped to the shops, helped each other without wanting anything in return. Helped if there was a problem and called the emergency services if need. 


Now let’s skip forward to 2016. Where smart phones seem to be out when somebody does something wrong so people can shame them via Facebook and other media outlets. Where people stand and film somebody being attacked or in a accident. What happened to talking to people or writing a polite description or just say “hi if you were her between 9 and 10am please contact me” 
What happened to reporting things to the police before you name and shame. There was a post regarding a local shopping center of a attempted abduction of a child. Before I shared (it was already shared by 100 ‘s of people) I sent a quick email and the shopping centre didn’t know anything about it and the lady blocked the account from them. Where do people get of with lies and shaming people for no reason?

Why do people think it’s fine to get away with shaming and accusing people? 

With so much technology there is now cyber bullying also known as trolling. This can happen to anybody you can be at work, school, blogger or just somebody minding your own businesses. If it happens to you do report it the police take this seriously. It can destroy families and lives. 

There is so much voilance in the world it is a daily occurnace. The good things people do are hardly mentioned. The bad things how ever are. With growing threat of terrorism around the world most countries are on high alert. 

I’m not saying there wasn’t terrorism back in the 1940’s or before that date. There were wars the biggest terriosim of all. 

I’m not saying the world will get worse, I’m not saying this world will get better. What I am saying is if everybody makes a little difference, going to speak to the mum who looks unhappy at a toddler group, helping somebody get a trolley or help get something down of the shelf, a simple smile, a simple please and thank you will slowly make the world become a better place and hopefully compassion and kindness will return.