Posted in family fun, holidays, Kent, Kent Family, Life, Local life, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, photography, review

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? 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in essentials, Home made, Kent, Life, Local life, pamper, review, reviews, Uncategorized

Teal Anchor All Over Body Scrub

I emailed Teal Anchor just before Christmas in 2016 to see if I would be able to review for them. I was very lucky as they said yes!

This caught my eye because I am trying to find products which are kinder to skin, less chemicals  and also kinder on the environment to make and not leave a lasting impact on the world.

Teal Anchor hand makes each product themselves, the scrubs are vegan friendly and also not tested on animals. Which is brilliant!

The ingredients are really simple to, which you can find over on their website.

So let’s get to the important what I think of the All over body scrub.

They sent me the Mint all over body scrub.

When I took it out the packaging I was pleased to see that it came in a lovely glass container and very few labels covering the jar too which is a bonus! You also get a small little wooden spoon to scoop the scrub out of the jar

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When I opened it the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smelt totally amazing! Not over powering but actually smelt like Mint, Some products I have used in the past hardly smell of what they are meant to smell like, so this was great!

My  skin is  dry and I find many products dry my skin out even more, which isn’t good as it causes my skin to become itchy and sometimes sore. . I used this body scrub on a tiny bit of my body (arms!) first just to check I wouldn’t come out in a rash, no idea why I thought that as the scrub is 100% home made and has all natural ingredients in.

I first noticed that the scrub wasn’t as gritty as previous scrubs I have used in the past and it had a really nice feel to it. The scrub went on really nicely and I felt it just glided onto my skin. It needed very little rubbing in to get nice smooth skin, which with two children sometimes having a shower needs to be quick!  The Mint fragrance also lasted a very long time and my skin felt really soft and minty  for 12 hours!

I would say this scrub is good for all skin types as it doesn’t dry out the skin.

I would actually use this every day if I could but the recommend usage is twice a week. they currently have 11 more scrubs on sale and they have some really pretty Unicorn make up brushes that you can pre-order.

The scrubs start from £9, which to me is great value for a product which looks and smell’s totally amazing!

I really liked this body scrub oh wait who am I kidding I totally LOVE  the body scrub!  I will certainly be recommending this product to everyone I know.  Now which body scrub shall I try next?  The black pepper, Lavender or the Grapefruit one?!

Oh and they also have a Blog! So why not take a peek, lots of handy tips and some helpful information! Click here to see their blog.

 

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! 

Posted in birthday, Family, Food, Kent Family, Local life, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, unhealthy

Cake smash 2014

I never heard of a “Cake smash” when Bear was just approaching his 1st birthday. 

With Bell, I saw a few friends who mentioned about having a Cake smash photo shot.

I was very interested and went on to Google to find out what and why there was so much fascination about Cake smash photo shot.

A cake smash photo shot usually happens before or just after the babies birthday.

It is a photo shot where your child can destroy a cake and eat it too! 

It’s a chance to document a turning of age and hopefully create some magic memories…..

Yep unless your Bell who didn’t break up the cake and was more interested in the balloons! 

We headed of to a friend who does photography  (hubby does photos but he wasn’t impressed with this idea not sure why?) Anyway she had the room nicely set up and the cake was beautiful with icing and icing lace around.

We started of putting Bell in front of the cake she didn’t know what to do, we ended up breaking it up for her. 

Bell then actually started to mush, crunch and break it up.

She also ate a bit with Bears guidance! 

I have to say it was great fun but a serious waste of cake!!!

Would I do it again?? 

Yes I would… if I had the chance to! 

To have a look a look at More of Katie Cole photography please pop to her Facebook page for more information:

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Posted in Cleaning, handy tips, Home made, Kent Family, Local life, love, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, review, thoughtfullness

**Review post** Method cleaning products

I’m sick to death with the amount of chemicals in cleaning products.

I thought I would try a product called Method. There products are not tested on animals, the bottles they use are made from old bottles and their  Nontoxic cleaners are also biodegradable. 

I am trying out the Method multi-surface spray in French lavender and the Method lemon mint hand wash. 

My kitchen and bathroom are usually spotless, but I left the cleaning for  day, well it was Sunday after all, a day of rest! 

So here we go… 

The top is before and the bottom is after. I needed very little to get this clean, it sprayed on in a fine mist unlike other cleaning products which come out as a big lump. It was very easy to just wipe over and I had no rubbing to do for this. 

Bathtub, is it just me or do children end up making the bath go black! I live in the bathroom cleaning and scrubbing, but yet again it was so easy to clean using the Method multi-surface cleaning spray, just spray and wipe! 

I am already in love with this product did I say it smells so nice? 

I hate wearing rubber gloves and some veining products are very harsh on the skin (but suppose it severs me right for not wearing gloves) Method is gentle on your hands. 

So after all that cleaning it’s best to wash my hands with Method hand-wash. It smells amazing too! And it’s so gentle on my skin, and my skin is very sensitive, I haven’t come up in a rash and my hands smell so nice.

Would I buy Method products again? Oh yes! They are great for the envioment, not tested on animals and they smell totally amazing!!! 

Now of to have a look at their website again. Which I have to say is very user friendly. 
Disclaimer: I was not approached by method to review, I have written this review by myself and they are my own thoughts and opinions. 

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 Family, Kent Family, Life, Local life, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, Vegan, Vegetarian

Why do… 

Why do other parents judge other parents? 

Seriously parenting is a amaxing special journey for everyone in everyone’s own way. Some are very laid back and some are very serious. Some parents feed their children a totally organic diet, some people feed their children totally on processes food. Some parents go vegan or vegetarian. And some parents breastfeed until their child is 3 to 4 years old. Who are we to judge?

Some parents want their children to look clean and respectable at all times and some really don’t mind if they are covered in mud from head to toe! Obviously going to a wedding covered in mud wouldn’t be wise would it? 

Most of us are either parents or have been parents. Why do people feel they need to judge when your darling child is having a full blown tantrum in Tesco or at the play park . I’m sure we have all been there where we have had somebody who is clearly a parent with  their anglic child sitting in the trolley whilst yours is pulling everything from the shelfs and they are giving you a strange look, or worse tutting at the behaviour.  
The little baby in the buggy refusing his or her nap time and mum or dad is walking down the street looking exhausted because they have been rocking their little prince or princess for the last 30 minutes to try and get them to settle and decing a nice walk may just do the trick.

I just want to say we have all been there. All we should be doing is praising every mum,dad and anyone who has the role of a parent. We should be supporting the mum who’s toddler has thrown herself on the floor because she doesn’t want to leave the play park. We should be high fiving the dad who’s said no to the son who wants a magazine but he isn’t allowed because he threw a  toy at his sister earlier that day. Support and Compassion is all a parent needs. Not judging the parent or the child. We need to remember we have all been there at one time or another.

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Bucket List, Explore the culture, Explore the world, holidays, Kent Family, Local life, National trust, New Blogger, parent blogger, seaside, summer holidays

Our summer bucket list

Okay I am a bit late here I know almost two weeks into the holidays and I have only just got my bottom in gear to do a bucket list.

Oh well here it goes! Ours are pretty simple 

1- I really want to take my two to Hobbledown farm it’s ment to be amazing!

2- take the children bowling 

3- to the zoo

4- find some great hiding places at national trust properties

5- visit a UK seaside 

6- go on holiday 

7- go and pick your own strawberries and raspberries

8- have a pj’s day

Posted in Adventure, Explore the culture, Family, hospital, Kent, Kent Family, Local life, National trust, New Blogger, parent blogger

A day out ended in accident and emergency! 


We had a lovely morning we went to the local play park and it was empty. I should add it was 8.30am! 

The children ran free and went on everything they wanted to go on. Bell is now into following Bear everywhere I am sure he feels annoyed about it but he certainly doesn’t show it! 

We came home for lunch and after lunch we went to a local national trust property to ride scooters. 

They had some free activities on from colouring in to making crowns.


They also had rubbings of leaves for the children to also. 

We Popped to the little educational room where they had old fashioned type writers and stamps for the children to play with.


On the way back we went scootering up a hill on the way down Bell didn’t hit the break hard enough and she seemed to go even quicker she tumbled head first over the handle bars! 


There were some builders and they were very helpful and let me clean her up in their office. 

We then had to go to A&E just to check she was okay luckily it was bumps, bruises and a few cuts! 

It was very scary I was running but couldn’t catch her, I feel really bad but she is fine it could of been much worse! 

Posted in Family, Kent Family, Life, Local life, New Blogger

A trip to the Circus 

In March 2012 the government in Westminster announced a ban of using wild animals in circuses in England. Some circuses do still use Animals as they have a licence. But only certain animals are allowed.

I do not agree with Animals in circuses. It is not nice for the aninals to be transported on almost a daily baisic, the cages or containers they are in are not good enough to move around in. 

Anyway we visited a circus this week and it was brilliant! The father in law treated us all. There were no animals there, and the acts were mainly people spinning of ropes, balancing of beams and juggling. 


They also had a ball of dome, I think that’s what it was called Bell wasn’t impressed she covered her eyes and I had to agree with her on that one! 

Bear on the other hand loved all of it especially the slinky! 


Tickets were from £12 adults to £9 for the children depending on where you sit. We managed to sit right near the front as it was so empty.