I haven’t written or a while life has just gone very manic, I’m officially now back to work 2 and a half days! Also still trying to catch up with the summer holiday’s. I need to write about our week in Lanzarote. But Last weekend with all the manic going around we got a little addition to our family. We got Woody the kitten!
His so playful and active, Daisy isn’t too keen but Willow has taken him under her paw and is acting like mum!
He is certainly going to be a little character!
I have so much to write about with Christmas just around the corner and then its Easter where we are planning to be out of Kent for a good two weeks! We have already started to plan summer 2018 too! My aim for Summer 2018 is to spend as little as possible at home as its Bell’s last summer before she starts school!
So I will leave you with a few adorable pics of Woody whilst I update the blog…
Myself and hubs were invited to Fego Restaurant in Sevenoaks for a evening of food, wine and more importantly we were childfree for the evening as Bear and Bell both went to spend the night at my cousins house. Where they ended up in bed at 10pm!
We first popped into a local pub where many of the parents I babysit for go for a night out, which had a very busy feel to it and stressed bar staff, so When we arrived in Fegos we were met by a friendly, smiley member of staff who took us to a table near the back of the restaurant. The chairs were really comfy and covered in a purple fabric with modern lighting hanging over the table.
The restraunt felt very relaxed and the atmosphere was very easy going and informal. The restaurant felt very open with a glass front and a small seating area outside which made the building feel like it was just a constant flow through.
We were offered a menu and a drink, unfortantly I was driving so I had a soft drink as I wanted to pop up to the cocktail bar which is above the restraunt after our meal.
On the menu they offer small plates and big plates, the small plates can be used as a shared starter or a small main. There is a choice for vegetarians and vegans there are about 5 in total. We were recommended the Beef Carpaccio, which is beef with a teriyaki, truffle mayonnaise, paramasan and sesame seeds. The dish was nicely displayed and really flavoursome and the truffle mayonnaise, teriyaki, parmesan cheese and sesame seeds worked really well with the beef. Hubs wasn’t too keen as the beef came out very rare but I wasn’t complaining as I do love my beef rare.
We then had our mains which I choose the Lamb cutlets with Chimichurri and the new potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic. Hubs choose the lasagne but when he ordered the gentleman who served us managed to persuade hubs to try the 8oz Rib-eye steak with mushroom and red wine gravy with sweet potatoes fries.
We were expecting the steak to come out as one piece with the gravy over it but it came out in chunks in a bowl served on a wooden platter with a little dip on the side. The beef was cooked medium rare and It was very tasty. I didn’t tell hubs about the mushrooms as he isn’t keen but he loved it!
I admit when I ordered the lamb cutlets I was expecting getting two or three but i got a nice size potion with runner beans underneath, The lamb cutlets was cooked to be medium-well done and was very scrumptious, it also went well with Sweet potatoes fries and the new potatoes.
There was a great choice of sides which suit everyone and they also do pizzas and salads which both looked amazing!
As everyone who follows my blog, Instagram know I love my desserts, so to be offered the desert menu was the best part, and have a choice of desserts I have once just glanced at in other restaurants just to choose the chocolate brownie or apple crumble I decide to try something new! I couldn’t decide on what i wanted the dessert menu looked incredible, in the end Hubs choose the peppermint crisp pudding which was had a strong peppermint flavour but also very fresh . I had the lemon posset and oh my goodness, it was awesome! the flavours were just right and the posset just melted in my mouth.
Everything we ate tasted really fresh and made to your order instead of being batched cooked ready to be reheated.
After dessert we popped upstairs to the cocktail bar, its is quite small but the atmosphere was very upbeat and has a positive vibe about it, but still had the laid back feeling. There was a great choice of cocktails and even if the cocktail wasn’t on the menu the staff were very happy to make what you want, so hubs asked for a black Russian and it was made up by a helpful barman (who was just visiting from his own restaurant for the evening!)
The bar man also gave hubs a tip on when asking for a black Russian ask for it without the coke as it tastes much better which Hubs totally agreed on!
Fego are very family friendly and have a great selection for the children to choose from, there is even enough choice for Bear who is very fussy! There is also a breakfast and lunch menu. They cater for everyone and are very flexible about amending or taking of something your not keen on a dish, you can also hire out upstairs for meetings, functions and other get together , and the price per head starts as little as £15 which to me is a great price for a evening out which friendly staff and a great atmosphere.
My overall experience is very positive, the service was great, the atmosphere was very laid back and easy going, the food is amazing and extremely tasty. Usually after a meal out I feel hungry about two hours later but I felt really full for ages afterwards. I can see myself hiding out here when Bear and Bell are both back at school and pre-school. I can also see myself taking the children here for breakfast, a spot of lunch or a early dinner. The only down side is that the toilets are down stairs but there is a lift for those less abled bodied, but on a plus side to this you can take a peek inside the kitchen whilst the chefs are cooking you may even get to hear them sing they are quite talented!
Now I have forgotten the Burgers, on the way out someone was served a burger and oh my goodness they looked very tempting! We will certainly be going back soon!
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!)
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!
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.
We were very excited to be able to walk through the lemurs in Lemurland and walk through the Lorikeets in the Lory landing area.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Summer is fast approaching and I was very egar to get some sunglasses sooner rather than later. The only difference was that this year I would have to get prescription sunglasses. Even though I have my reaction lens day to day glasses they aren’t that great with full on sunshine, and with our holiday to Lanzarote getting less than 13 weeks away the race was on.
I received a email from Perfect Glasses which is based in the UK , which is also a Glasses online retailer, who kindly offered me a chance to review for them.
There was a great choice of glasses, titanium glasses and of course sunglasses. There are lots of brands to choice from starting from as little as £27. There are lots of styles which are suitable for women in their section for women glasses and men to choice from which would suit everyone’s face shape and personalities. If you know the shape of your face there is a chance to try on the glasses via a few photo’s which gives you a good idea whether or not that style would suit you. There are even lots of designer glasses to choice from too!
The great thing about this UK based website is that the frames are discounted already so you could get a pair of frames for around half the price. They also sometimes have offers on, which makes the frames even more of a barging!
After having a long look through their prescription sunglasses I asked if I could review the Esprit sunglasses and they said yes.
The service was really nice and polite even though it took me a few day’s to get hold of my prescription from a leading high street opticians. Once I got my prescription to them I received them less than a week. The sunglasses came in a lovely sunglasses cases and they were well wrapped up with bubble wrap and a padded envelope to protect them from any bumps and knocks whilst going through the postal system.
The quality of the frames are hard wearing and good quality. To be honest I have heard a few horror stories about ordering lenses on line and that they won’t be the same quality as if you went into a opticians but Perfect Glasses has certainly put my fears to one side as the prescription was perfect and I could see clearly, read and drive on the one day of glorious sunshine we have had since I received them!
Perfect glasses also have a section on their website which offers a chance to get your current glasses to be reglaze. I will certainly be using this service for both my sunglasses and normal glasses if my prescription changes in the near future.
I really can not wait for the sunshine to come to the UK, I don’t think I can wait another 13 weeks to wear them!!!
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?
Here are my top four reads for January and February 2017
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Why I choose this book?
I choose this book as its about a Girl who Blogs. I thought it may be funny and a good read especially where I am so new to blogging. I also think it maybe a light hearted read, just what I need after the hectic Christmas holidays!
This is her first book she has ever written, who knows after reading this I may have to track down a few more of her books.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Why did I choose this book?
I have already read “Gone Girl” by this brilliant author so I thought I would give this a go.
This is a book about siblings and how Libby try’s to undercover the truth.
This seems like a Wonderful, atmospheric book with full of suspense loaded in.
Baby Doll By Hollie Overton
Why did I choose this book?
To be honest I didn’t. Hubs went to Tesco to buy the paper and he came back with this. It would be a book I would choose though. Its a Psychological thriller and I really enjoy these types of books.
Pretty girls by Karen Slaughter
Why did I choose this book?
This book was advertised in the local supermarket, the cover was eye catching and being described as Razor-Sharp plotting and detail. Really caught my eye.
This is also by a author who is The Sunday Times Number 1 Best selling Author.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
**I have not been asked by the company to write this review. **
Whilst browsing child freein Boots the other day I came across a product by a company called Kind Natured.
The products are free from Sulphates, Parabens & Petrochemicals which is a good thing it means no nasties will be going onto your skin or into your hair. And it’s also good for the envioment.
Kind Natured offer Hair care and bath care products. I brought the sea salt and bergamot bath Soak and the body wash. It smelt amazing, like being at the sea side. And I live the sea side.
When I used the bath Soak I used two small drops as I always do with using any product and there were quite a lot of bubbles, and it also made the bathroom smell lovely.
The bath was very relaxing and I read some of my book. The body wash has left my skin really soft and smooth, unlike the product I am using at the moment.i also only needed to use a small amount which is a bonus as the body wash will last much longer!
Even hubs had a bubble bath and said his skin feels smooth!!!
The price of the product was £2 99 from what I can remember.
Now when I pop to Boots next time I am certainly going to be buying the hair care products to see how they are on my very sensitive scalp.
Oh and did I mention they also do a children’s range too, now we know what the children will be getting from Santa don’t we?