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.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Family, family fun, Uncategorized

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 Adventure, Explore the world, Family, Travel Guest Post, Travel tips with children, Uncategorized

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 Family, Uncategorized

My Wishes for 2017

I was mentioned by the ever so Lovely  at Being Tilly’s Mum  about my wishes for 2017.

My 5 Family Wishes

There are so many wishes I would love for my family but here are the main 5. Happiness, Health, Freedom to travel, Protection and Love

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My 5 Blog Wishes

To be more organised

To increase my followers on social media links especially the website

To have lot’s of opportunities from companies

To improve my photo skills

To share my posts more on Social media

My 5 personal wishes

Happiness and health

A new car

Lot’s of Nanny or Babysitting work

Being more organised

To get the flat in order

my 5 hopes and wishes for 2017

I hope that everyone has a wonderful 2017 and is healthy. Money doesn’t make the world go round but it certainly helps. Also spending more time with friends and family.

Posted in Family, family fun, Kent Family, Uncategorized

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?

 

 

Posted in Family, family fun, review, reviews, Uncategorized

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Christmas, Family

What I love about Christmas

Okay, Yes, I am aware we are still in November, but I thought I would share a few things I love about Christmas. Why? One main reason I have writers block again and I am sitting in the coffee shop drinking skittles milkshake and eating a chicken and bacon panni (oh yes I can multitask!)

 Let’s start with Christmas Traditions!

Ever since I was little I always remember having Chinese on Christmas eve. And it has stuck ever since. Just like visiting dad’s side of the family Christmas eve and mums side boxing day it still has stuck.

A new tradition we have is “Buddy the Elf” he comes from the North Pole and keeps a eye on the children and goes back at night time to let Santa know if they are being naughty or nice, but when he comes back he either does something really helpful, plays a trick or does something really naughty! This makes Bear Laugh and he still remembers Buddy the Elf putting his pants on the Christmas tree. I feel this adds to the Magic of Christmas!

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I also love Christmas because of the films, these are my top 5, they are mostly about children and adults not believing in the magic of Christmas. Which to me just adds to the magic!

  1. Miracle on 34th street
  2. Elf
  3. The polar Express
  4. Santa Claus – The Movie
  5. Arthur Christmas

If you haven’t seen them do!

I love the decorations and the tree.

I love the magic on the children’s faces on Christmas morning, when they look under the tree and see presents which haven’t been there the night before. The magic of putting reindeer food out and leaving the magic key (we live in a flat!).

I am one of these strange people who love wrapping presents, especially if the tree is up, it is so nice sitting on the floor, with a Christmas film on, a small glass of wine  and a box of chocolates.

The one thing I dislike about Christmas is family who are no longer with us. It does get easier every year but it never gets easier. If that makes sense?

I also don’t celebrate New year’s eve, I personally think it should be a time to remember, reflect and think about how the following year can be better.

As I get older I realise it isn’t the receiving that makes the magic happen, it’s the kindness and generosity of others, the spending time with people that matter and if you are luckily enough to receive a gift the thoughtfulness which goes into it.

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I am feeling very excited that the Magical month of December is coming and that we will be meeting Santa to ask him nicely what we would like, mine would be kindness and compassion around the world, and a BMW mini cooper. (okay I’m pushing my luck there I know!)

Posted in #FoodieFriday, Diary, Family, Food

Healthy Eating

Sparkly Mummy

Let’s join in with #FoodieFriday! 

What a fab Idea  Mummy In A Tutu and Sparkly Mummy 

Now who doesn’t love food! 

I was going to write a whole post on cake and chocolate but I thought with Christmas just around the corner I would write about something a bit practical and it could help you save a few ££££ to! 

So let’s Talk about 

Meal planning 

I have decided that doing a meal planner would be best for my family, Bear and Bell seem to eat constantly. I know this is a growth spurt and now the weather is getting colder I’m sure some of the time it’s out of boredom! 

The meal planner is working really well, even hubs is following it, which is great. 

And the best bit is it is saving some money, especially with Christmas around the corner.

But the downside to a meal planner is that the meals I plan I usually do not fancy that night but I do still follow it! 

How I do my meal planner?

I type it on the laptop, as it’s so much easier to read and plan. I also sit there with a pile of cook books and have a flick through trying to get inspiration for new ideas.

Do I write a shopping list?

Yes, I didn’t use to but I have to admit it is so much easier shopping. I do still add a few non listed items but they are for Christmas which I see on offer.


Would I recommend meal planning?

Yes I would it was really scary at first as I thought it would be really expensive but really it isn’t . I don’t buy the extra vauled products  as I feel they have a high salt content which isn’t good. I do sometimes buy chicken nuggets and chips but this is starting to be a rare treat. And we are still saving money.

Does meal planning help us eat more healthily as a family?
Yes it does! Everything at the moment is fresh, we are cutting down our meat intake and increasing our fish intake. The meals are freshly prepared and taste much nicer than pre done meals and the best bit is I know what is actually going into the meal!

So overall we are really enjoying the meal planning and eating much more healthily. The children are also trying new foods which they would usually turn their noses up at.


Do you have any healthy eating tips or tricks? I would love to hear form you!


Posted in Best things in life are free, Cleaning, Family

Are we expecting to much of our self’s of mum’s  (and dads) 

Reading through a post on Facebook, regarding how much housework we should be doing as a SAHM or SAHD  (for those who don’t know they mean stay at home mummy or dad) and are your houses always untidy.

God yes! There are real mums and dads who’s houses aren’t unclean but are messy with toys, books and general clutter of children. 

I am currently sitting in my living room with coco pops under the table  (the Dyson is charging but also hoping the cats may take a liking to them) toys all over the floor and the covers from the sofa are still in the putting away/back on pile and they have been there since last week, thank goodness for throws and pillows to cover the sofa… 

Anyway are we expecting to much of our self’s? Should I still have coco pops on the floor, should I have got the heavy hoover out and hoovered up 2 minutes before we had to leave for school and run the risk of Bear being late? 

I’d rather leave the coco pops on the floor for a extra ten minutes than Bear being late for school. 

I remember growing up the house was always tidy and clean, nothing was out of place, the toys lived in the cupboard under the stairs and that’s where they went when I finished with them. The washing machine was always on and the bedding was changed weekly and dinner was always dished up dead on 5.30. 

Obviously I didn’t get the clean and tidy bit from my mum, I hate cleaning! 

Anyway enough of my ramblings here are some tips to help you. 

  1. Rota the housework everything doesn’t need to be done daily! 
  2. Plan a meal rota (I’ve just started but so far it’s a life saver!)
  3. If your child is poorly sit and cuddle, housework can wait a poorly child on the other hand can’t.
  4. Deligate housework, if and your partner work (Even if one of you is full time) help each other don’t leave everything to one person being a SAHM/SAHD is actually harder than it looks! 
  5. Don’t critizes your partner or wife/husband if the place is untidy when you get home from work, the main important thing is the children are safe and happy.
  6. Always remember the children aren’t always going to be living at home one day you will have the house all to yourself and wish it was cluttered with toys again.

So you get the gist you don’t have to be supermum, superdad or superhuman, the house doesn’t need to be spotless and tidy 24/7 it’s okay to leave the dishes in the sink over night, it’s okay to not do the washing every day or change the bedding a few days later than you would do normally! 

Breath, relax and enjoy the children whilst they are young. I know a few people may disagree to this but remember everyone is different do what’s best for you. 

By the way my oven needs a clean and I still need to hoover ek! 

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Posted in Best things in life are free, Explore the world, Family, Kent Family, Local life, parent

The Coffee Shop

I’m sitting in the coffee shop around the corner from my place, one day it’s really quiete and the next is so busy.

I am not complaining one bit, the coffee shop is a little independent shop, with fabulous staff and a lovely atmosphere.

Today it’s busy, the coffee shop is hosting a Macmillian coffee morning and there are a few groups of people, 6 ladies who are chatting loudly who keep looking around and apologising  almost every five minutes for being loud, the keep fit ladies who are sitting out the front, two gentlemen who are celebrating a birthday and three ladies who always seem to be in here having a chat but mostly listing into other people’s conversations. 

This is why I love the coffee shop there is always a mix of people, you hardly ever see the same people sitting in. 

The cakes are amazing here they are mouthwatering. They don’t bake them themselves but they have a lady who bakes and brings them in. 

There is a wide selection of hot drinks, unfortunately I do not drink hot drinks, but hubs does so he has plenty of choice.

There are plenty of choices for sandwiches, wraps and paninies. Either hot or cold. 

The milkshakes!!!! If I had the money I would have one everyday, they have fresh fruit, chocolate bars and biscuits to choose from, and if they don’t have what you fancy take it with you as they offer a discount, I only found out about this the other day when they ran out of my favourite sweets! 

Now here’s the most important things you need to know, the staff are brilliant, they go above and beyond for you, like today it was a gentleman’s birthday who seems to go in quite a bit and they had a happy birthday banner up for him.

No request is too big or too small for the staff here.

The only down side is the coffee shop is small and if there are a few buggies it does get very tight, but I’ve never had a problem with this. 

So enjoy!