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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Eagle Heights, Enysford , Kent

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We were lucky enough to be invited to Eagle heights. Eagle heights is based in Enysford in Kent, which is the ideal location to see the birds fly. At Eagle heights there are seven different types of eagles, three vultures, five hawks and two falcons. There are also owls and a caracara, along with the usual chicken, ducks, raven and  few other birds.

There are also mammals, a few farm animals and sled dogs. I can’t forget that they have a small selection of reptiles too!


 

Eagle heights is the perfect size for families, its not too big and not too small, there is even a play area for over fives and a separate play area for under fives.  There are plenty of picnic tables so you can have a picnic or a reasonably priced tea room. There are signs about warning that food shouldn’t be eaten during the meetings of the animals which are at set times during the day. The centre is buggy and wheelchair friendly. Viewing the animals is also suitable for everyone.


The staff were amazing with the animals and were also friendly and helpful to the public.

The shop, tea room, toilets were very clean and tidy.

We were lucky enough to meet the husky’s. These are beautiful dogs and they look so happy and well cared for. There are experiences to have a personal meet with the husky’s along with husky rides where you are pulled along by a sledge and of course camping out with the husky’s. I will certainly be doing this once Bear and Bell are older as it sounds amazing, marshmallows around the fire, meeting the dogs and camping out. I just need to get over my fear of actually camping first!


There are also eagle shows where you can see these amazing, stunning birds fly and learn all about them. You can also do experience days too.

There is also a Owl experience which is available, I am very tempted to book this for myself whilst the children are at school. Owls are my favourite birds.

Prices for the experiences start from £80.

If you fall in love with one of the animals, you can also adopt them, obviously they stay living at the centre.


Eagle heights is working on wildlife conservation in the UK, whilst assisting on a conservation project in West Africa. If you fancy popping down to see the animals, and learn more about how they are helping Wildlife conservation both here in the UK and West Africa, prices for children are currently £4.95 for over 2’s, and adults are currently £8.95, with a slight discount for over 65’s, students, disabled and carers.

 Oh and did I mention the Crystal place eagel lives here? 

 

 

 

 

 

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ChalkOla review

I hate the feel of chalk, it makes my teeth feel funny and the thought of the chalk being scratched along the chalkboard makes my skin tingle and feel very strange.

When I was ask to test out some chalk pens I jumped at the chance.

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To be honest I was a bit dubious about them, would they feel like chalk, would they have the chalky feel to them, the list was never ending!

When they arrived they came in really nice packaging and looked very smart, too smart for the children to use straight away, but they spied them and spent the next 5 minutes giving the pens a good shake to start the chalk flowing!

The chalk was lovely went on the chalk board with ease, the thicker pens started of a bit runny but nothing major.

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The markers were great too, very easy to use.

All of the packs have a great choice of colours, and I would recommend them for anyone who really dislikes the feel of chalk prices start from £8 on amazon.

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I would defiantly recommend these to anyone who uses chalk pens.

 

Posted in Explore the world, family fun, Travel Guest Post, Travel tips with children, Uncategorized

Travelling with kids guest post by Zoe who blogs at Chummy Mummy!

So the day has finally arrived.  Packing day.  We booked this holiday over 12 months ago, I’ve had that long to prepare and yet I feel totally un-prepared for the task before me.

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My stomach is turning at the thought of a 7 hour car journey with 3 children aged 10 and under, not to mention the packing for 5 people, an over night stay on a ferry (which requires separate packing), a picnic and two rucksacks.  The list goes on and my mind feels terrifyingly numb to it all.  More tea and cake, lots and lots of cake.

I find myself scurrying from room to room as my glowing and pregnant sister lies draped across my bed, chuckling.  The extremes of my control issues are presenting themselves in new and previously un-seen ways.  I begin by rolling every item to achieve maximum surface area to volume capacity and at the same time mindlessly count, count and count again (and yet still manage to be short 3 pairs of socks!)  At least someones getting entertained in the process.

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The day ends without me crying over something ridiculous and I even managed to cope well with the realisation that the car needs 2 new rear tyres before we can even set off tomorrow but for now I’m happy with the score:

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Lets see what tomorrow brings.

DAY TWO

Today the journey to Northern Ireland begins.  The picnic’s packed and so are the bags.  The need to be compulsive about where specific items are packed has got up and left, along with my calm, happy, holiday face.  I’m frantically packing last minute “just in case” items, in the hold all that’s supposed to be for the ferry sleep over.  I hope they don’t search it there’s all sorts of crap in there!

It’s 9.30am.  The calm before the storm.  Everything’s packed – I think (apart from those bastard socks!)

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Two hours in and all’s going well.  Nieve’s had a massive sleep and I’m feeling like super woman, I’m chilled.  The crazy Zoe has re-treated and super-mum has arrived with uber amounts of patience and a zen like feel to her persona.  There’s a good possibility that the next 2 hours will be hell, now that Nieve has slept so well, but I’m cool with it.  I can totally rock this car journey.  I CAN DO THIS!

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One hour later – We’ve stopped at Blaise Castle, which has an amazing play area and free parking!  The boys are loving the play area.  We’ve not even reached the north of England, let along northern Ireland and I’m already freezing.  I’m sat writing in my note book with a blanket wrapped round my shoulders.  Clearly I’ve lived in the South too long and I’m turning nesh.  We’re still at a holiday score of 1-0 to me and I’m taking full advantage of the kids being occupied and chilling out before we get back into the confines of the car.  Hopefully Nieve and the boys will relax now they’ve had a run around and burnt off some steam.  The boys are playing ninja warrior on the adventure playground.  I’m purposely looking the other way, other wise I’ll have to shout and I’m still being zen.  The car journey competition is working a treat too.  Hats off to Brad for sorting that bad boy out.

30 minutes later – We’re back in the car.  We’ve read 5 stories, Nieves nicked Darrell’s sweets and I’ve finally given in and given her the dodo (Nieve code for Dummy).  Dylan and Darrell are still working their way through the car game and all we’re getting at the moment is the odd gasp from the back seats a they spot something the other hasn’t.

Only two hours and forty eight minutes to go until we arrive at the ferry according to the sat nav.  The tablets are amazing.  I’ve decided electronic parenting is my new ethos in Northern Ireland.  Brad strikes again.  He downloaded a couple of films each to keep them happy.  I love that man.

We’re an hour ahead of schedule with a brewers fayre in our sites for dinner (with a play area!) hello wine o’clock!

OK so far everything’s been going just a little too well.  I’m re-reading my notes as I’m typing this up and thinking to myself.  You fool.  How could you have written this down and thought that in doing so you were safe.  Surely, as a parent you must realise by now, that in writing such things down you are in fact mocking the parenting gods and angering them into action.

It’s the eleventh hour!  We broke down 2 hours ago.  After mild smoke inhalation we’re off the hard shoulder and safely in a McDonald/Toys R’ Us car park in Birmingham.  There’s a flock of travellers on the car park being escorted by the police and the chavs are looking about disgusted like they’re the model citizens.  My little country bumpkins are taking it all in their stride and certainly blend in.  Nieve’s rocking her bright pink Doc McStuffins tracksuit complete with glitter writing and crazy car hair.  The mucky tomato sauce face finishes the ensemble ensuring she fits right in.  I don’t even reach for a wet wipe.  I’ve lost all motivation.  The zen super mum, of 11.30 am, has well and truly deserted me.  In her place is a strung out mess.  I’ve seen druggies, on a come down looking more zen but then with only an hour to get us back on the road and the AA guy no where in sight, I feel this overall look is justified.  We’re never going to make this ferry.  The kids are happily playing, I’ve forced a big tasty down (oh the hardship!) and I’m currently inhaling an apple pie to keep my strength up, vitamin C and all that jazz. Nieves just done a massive poo.  The boys are being total angels.  Under the circumstances I’m still rocking this shit or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

The AA guys just arrived we’ve got exactly 54 minutes to get this show on the road or we’re getting a 2.30 am ferry instead and with 3 kids that is a no-go zone!  I’m watching as Brad nods both approving and thoughtful in equal measure.  He’s great with most things, cars do not fit this category and I know he has absolutely no idea what the guys saying.  Internally I’m screaming JUST FIX THE F**KING THING!  externally I coo at Nieve and play the choo choo chip game. God I feel like a psycho.

After what feels like a lifetime in McDonalds I decide a change of scenery’s in order. Toys R’ Us prepare yourselves we’re on our way.  The AA man is MIA having rushed off to get us a part.  35 minutes to go before we’re officially behind schedule and missing the ferry.  I hit Toys R’ Us and decide a parental update is in order and phone my mum.  Instead of the tears I expect I’m more terrified to discover that, on her answering the phone, my internal dialogue spills out and I hysterically sing “it’s the final countdown” to her down the phone.  She thinks it’s good news and shouts with happiness “are you on the road then?” (they’re supposed to be meeting us at the farmhouse in Ireland tomorrow)  “Don’t be ridiculous” I answer.  “I’ve hit hysteria and need you to talk me down.  I’m wandering round Toys R’ Us letting the kids play with all the display toys and hoping I don’t get asked to leave.”

It’s been 20 minutes, we’ve taken pictures of the kids with some of the toys like we’re visiting a local attraction and I’ve had multiple staff wander past me, supposedly on their way to do something, but giving me the eye all the same.  Time to leave.

I exit the shop to a blast of cleansing air.  The AA man’s still working on the car but I’ve accepted it.  Its the 2.30 am ferry.  It’s fine.  I CAN DO THIS!  I’m still not feeling zen but to hell with that.  I’m a strong, resourceful woman and we are going to enjoy this trip or so help me……………..The blessed AA man has done it!  They really are the 4th emergency service.  We’re back on the road and I can’t believe it.  We’re going to make it.  We’re actually going to get to sleep on the boat.  We’ve been on the road now for 9 hours but we’re actually going to do it!  The kids are quietly ecstatic and are still being amazing.  I can’t believe how lucky I am that they ‘re not being total shits.

Three Hours Later – We’ve made it!  We’re on board.  I’ve got a tea, Brads savouring a well earned cider.  Nieves slept a total of 4 hours today and is currently having a mad hour running round the play area.  The boys are also burning off some steam and are wrestling as they slide down the padded ramp of the play area.  I don’t care.  I’m sitting with my back to them so I can feign ignorance if anyone complains.  They’re happy and after being total legends in the car they totally deserve this time.  They’re so excited about sleeping on a boat especially as they both get to be on the top bunks (there’s no way me or Brad is trying to climb up there!) No ones mythering me or shouting mum.  It’s total bliss.  The cabin is basic and clean.  I’m so exhausted after 12 hours travelling it feels like a palace.

I’m not keeping score anymore the holiday can kiss my ultra zen ass.  It may have won the journey but I will win the WAR……………holiday I totally meant holiday.

 

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December Seems To Be A Busy Month

For us December seems to be a busy month.

With so much going on at the school, Pre-school, at Home and work for both myself and hubs its getting a bit manic.

I have literally just sat down and looked at the calendar for this month and we don’t actually have a Weekend free until Christmas Day!

There are two birthday parties, two more swimming lessons and a trip to London and not forgetting my twin cousins coming home from university to celebrate Christmas and of course their 21st Birthday!

During the week is pretty much go, go, go also, as I have this week and next week to finish of the main Christmas shopping before Bear and Bell break up from school and pre-school. I also have a few evening babysitting and of course the mummies from the school and pre-school separate night outs! I think I am babysitting for the pre-school one but I will certainly be popping in for a small drink before I go to work!

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Hubs doesn’t finish work until two days before Christmas eve, which then gives me a chance to do the food shop in peace, as I am already predicting its going to be so busy, I will be leaving home at 6am the day before Christmas eve, I also have prepping the veg to do also . By this I mean cook the roast potatoes this week, let cool and freeze, when we need them we cook from frozen and the outside goes extra crispy!

I also still have wrapping to do, with Bell dicing to go to bed at 8.30/9 pm it’s the last thing on my min, especially the nights I work and hubs wouldn’t now who’s gifts are who’s. I still have a few more people to buy for such as my dad, his girlfriend, three of my cousins and of course one of my nans I need to get her something else. But it won’t take too long as I will be shopping local and advoiding the main shopping centre’s so I can avoid the mad rush of getting back home to pick Bell up from pre-school at 1pm!

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One day I need to stay in to wait for a table to be delivered and dispose of the old dining room table too, and not to mention the cleaning to be done as I know once hubs is home from work he won’t be lending a hand with polishing and general cleaning.

How do you deal with December? Is it a manic month for you also?

 

 

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Review on Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo

I was recently sent the New Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo, by Vosene Kids. I have used the Vosene Detangle spray before as Bell’s hair is thick and gets tangle very easily which is also great but can be annoying when we are in a rush!  The design of the packaging really surprised me, as it wasn’t brightly coloured as many other products designed for children are. It was a plain but simple design but it was very eye catching and appealed to children and adults alike.

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The bottle is a 250ml which is a great size for little hands if you wish to encourage your little ones to take care of themselves. The shampoo is also  Tear-free, Dermatologically tested, MIT-free and Paraben-free which as a parent is a added bonus!

 

Time to test the shampoo out!

Bell and Bear both love bath time, I won’t lie some day’s it can be a total battle to get Bear into the bath! So when I said he could have a go at washing his own hair he jumped right in and also to wash the chlorine of from our swimming lessons.

The first thing we always do before we try a new product is the smell test, we have to love the smell before we even use it, so when we had a smell we all loved it, it smelt fruity and fresh. Good job really as this shampoo is from the Vosene Fruity Goodness Range. It also isn’t a over powering smell which I think is great.

The first thing I noticed was how soft Bell’s hair was going whilst I was giving her scalp a massage and her hair a clean. We washed all the shampoo residue off, and I noticed the difference  straight away, both of the children’s hair looked healthier after one use, it also felt really soft too.

Now here comes the problem I have,  I  dread brushing Bell’s hair, even if I wash her hair gently it gets tangled very  easily , I can say that we had a lovely hair brush, no tangles at all unlike other shampoos we have used in the past. Which is now making hair brushing time much quicker and  I am now able to do more than just brush her hair, I can style it!

I will certainly be of to buy some more when we run out, but you do only need a tiny bit to get all the benefits I have mentioned already. You will be able to buy Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo in many leading supermarkets, Boots and many more. If you don’t think this product is for you why not check out their other products there is a wide range to choose from for adults and children alike.

Now I’m of to wash my hair with Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo, as according for Bear its not for mummy to use… please don’t tell them!

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Enjoy!

 

disclaimer:

I was sent the Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo by Vosene, all the thoughts on the product are my own and I have not been paid for this review.

 

 

 

 

 

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Family fun time! 

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What we do for our family fun times? 

I thought I would do a quick bullet point and picture post of a few things we love doing… 

We love the outdoors and exploring different places.

We also love watching the change of seasons

We love bathtime! Who knew adding food colouring could be so much fun. Why not have a peek at my Fun Bath Time Ideas Post for more ideas.

We love dressing up and being crafty! 


We love playing with our Cats Willow and Daisy 

There are so many more fun things we love doing together as a family, far too many to mention! 
What do you love doing as a family? 

Why not #familyfun on twitter and join in with the fun! I am also on Instagram