Posted in Cat, Cats, Christmas, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger, Uncategorized

We have a new addition to the family!

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…

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 discover new bloggers, Libster Awards, New Blogger, parent blogger

Liebster Award

What are the Liebster Awards?

The Liebster Awards are to promote new blogs. You answer a series of questions and and then set your own questions to ask.

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Before I start a Big thank you to Nina Spencer who writes Ready for a Cuppa Blog. Her blog is a very good read I must say.

I know a few new bloggers by a few I mean a two! So I have put a ask on Twitter and of course Facebook to ask if anybody would like to take part.

There is a blogger community and I am still all new to Blogging that at the moment it doesn’t feel like part of the family just yet! Give it a few more weeks I am sure I will change.

So Here are the rules:

  1. Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  5. List these rules in your blog post.

 

So first of all I need to answer the questions I was sent …

  1. What or who inspired you to blog?  I was first introduced to Blogging by a friend who writes Life With Pink Princesses Blog. Her writing is very down to earth. 
  2. Who would you invite to a dinner party? I’m not sure if this is famous people or people who are no longer here but my dinner party guests would include my mum, my grandads, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley.
  3. If you had to give up one what would it be out of Tea, Coffee, Alcohol? Well I don’t like hot drinks so it would have to be Alcohol.
  4. Whats your favorite view? looking out on the beach with clear blue skies
  5. Who is your inspiration in life? My nan, she lived through the war , she is always a great support and seems to just get on with life.
  6. Whats the best piece of advise you’ve been given? its not what you know its who you know. 
  7. What is at the top of your bucket list? visiting Thailand and Australia 
  8. Is there anything you would do differently if you could? Yes Go to University.
  9. Whats the one place you would love to see if money were no object? If money was no object I would travel the world and see all the 7 wonders of the Earth.
  10. What would you do with a lottery win? Buy a house and a Mini BMW (5 door)
  11. How do you relax? I love reading and if I’m not reading I am knitting. These are both very relaxing. 

 

It’s now time for me to nominate New blogs from around the interweb!

I thought it was going to be hard finding new bloggers out there but after turning to Facebook here I am with not just 5 or 6 but 13 new bloggers all eagerly  awaiting my questions🙂

Here are some new blogs to check out!

1.Just Jax

2.Not the Perfect Parent

3.Cosmopolitan Mummy

4.Beautiful Foundations

5. My Boys Club

6. Erica Says “It is what it is”

7.The Unnatural Mother

8.Being Mummy

9.Then There Were Three

10.Tegan and Lewis

 

My questions to the above bloggers are:

  1. How did you choose your Blog name?
  2. If you had the opportunity to review a product of your choice what would it be and why?
  3. Is Blogging all you thought it would be?
  4. If you won the lottery what would you buy?
  5. How would you describe your style?
  6. What can’t you live without?
  7. How do you deal with your fears?
  8. What would you change about your life?
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go?
  10. What are your hobbies?
  11. what is your favorite book?

So now its over to you!

Please Don’t forget to check out the blogs above and leave a comment or two. They are all really good reads!

Posted in Home made, Kent Family, Life, life skills, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, past life, pbloggeruk

Knitting is not just a hobby 

Knitting is really not just a hobby to me. 

Yes I still try and find time to knit with two children, part time job and a house to run! 

It’s relaxing and it’s so easy to do once I got the knack of it! 

I am currently knitting a blanket for the winter it’s not going two bad BUT I am using a mix of thick and thin wool or yarn so it is going to look a bit mix match! 

I have a wide range of needles, yarn/wool and I even have something which makes circles. I haven’t mastered that bit yet! 

It’s relaxing as it can be. I always thought of knitting as a old persons hobby, but it really isn’t. Looking back on the history many people especially young ladies used to knit and sew in the war. I think it gave them something of a destraction from what was going on especially when  it was the war time. 

I started collecting Simply knitting magazine, but I have recently stopped as I can now actually find .any of the knitting patterns I want on line. And the bits were soon adding up! 

But saying that I will still buy the odd magazine about knitting! 

I also think skills like knitting, sewing are dying out. People are so quick to replace a item instead of repair it now a days. I will be hunting for a children’s sewing and knitting kit and will be teaching Bear and Bell these simple life skills. 

What is your hobby or how do you like to relax?? 

Posted in Family, hospital, Kent Family, Life, New Blogger, parent blogger, pbloggeruk

Are we being over prescribed?

This is a very interesting topic for me. Purely as I have been on so much medicines from a young age due to medical problems. (All almost okay now!) 
I have been watching the news closely and there was a recent news report saying that many antibiotics are no longer working on certain bugs and viruses.

Why? The reason being is they are apparently over prescribing. 

With Bear, I was very much oh he has a temperature I would give a bit of calpol. But once he hit two I thought no he needs to start building his immune system up. 

When Bell was born I now hardly use Calpol or nurofen. I have started to let their immunity build up. 

Why? 

The body can actually heel (with MOST!) Bugs and virus without the use of medicine. We really do not need to be pumping chemically enhanced drugs into our system. We need to eat a balanced diet and have really good hygiene. Also a few germs do not actually matter. It helps to build our body’s immunity up.

Children should not actually get a temperature when they have a injection, it’s the body fighting of the unnatural fluid which has been entered into their bodies. 

With this choice I am making, I obviously will take them to the GPS if needed but I now will be asking if there are any other treatments I could try before we go down the prescribed medicine route.I will also make sure their diet is very balanced and encouraging them to fight of bugs and viruses them self’s 

I feel the less medicine they have the quicker they will get over any illness they get. 

I am very lucky Bell and Bear are hardly poorly and I think that is because I hardly use medicine.

I am also looking into the research of vaccines too. The latest vaccine is the chicken pox vaccine. With any illness there are risks, and this virus has been around for century’s and the death toll for chicken pox is very very low. If the Chicken pox vaccine comes available on the NHS  (it is currently between £300-400 per vaccine!) I will koto be letting Bear and Bell have it. Stuiped  I hear you say? Nope I have just done my research. 

What are your views? 

Posted in Best things in life are free, creativity, Family, Kent Family, Life, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, pbloggeruk

How to get the best of having your own time….

When  you become a parent Wether your a mum or dad. It really is important to have time together or even separate. 

Being a full time mum or dad (let’s face it ladies there are a few fantastic daddies who are stay at home dad’s!) We need our down time! 

Since Bear was born in was very much trying to get him into a 7pm-7am night time routine. It did work for a while. But then he got to the terrible sleeping phase but more on that in the future. 

Anyway to create some me time or more importantly how to get some “Me” time.

Here are my top tips for getting some me time.

1- let a relative have them over night… (my cousin is  gem, she has Bear every few months now, for a night so we just have Bell) 

2- Go to a keep fit class, yep this is one time I actually get where I am not having knocks on the bathroom door asking how long I will be as Bear or Bell wants me and not Daddy…

3- Find a good book and lock yourself in the bathroom with some candles and a glass of wine or if you don’t drink some orange juice. 

4- Take up a hobby. I am really into Knitting, but more on that later. 

5- Meet friends for a Meal or go to the cinema. Come on who doesn’t want to sit child free in the cinema and not share your sweets and popcorn?

I only really have 5 chill outs for me time what are yours? 

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

Routines have gone out the ….

Routines have gone out the window at the moment!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Best things in life are free, Cats, Family, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Pets

Pets and Children

When I was Pregnant with Bear, one of my relatives mentioned that I should re-home of my two cats, Patch and Smudge. They were almost 16 years old and had already gone through two house moves with me and they didn’t cope very well.

They were my mums cats so I was very amendment that they would not be going.

When Bear was born Patch wasn’t that interested and ran into the bedroom for peace and quite when Bear cried. He was more interested once Bear was more mobile and would chase the ball when he rolled it.

Smudge however was the most affectionate cat ever to Bear. When Bear cried smudge would sit either outside our bedroom door at night and meow or if I was in the Kitchen he would meow and walk around my legs and sometimes it would be a minute or two before Bear actually woke up.

When Bear was 8 months we were asked to foster a rescue kitten as the animal shelters were full over Christmas (please think before you buy!) and she is still here today.

When Bell was born we only had Patch, we did have Daisy too, Daisy wasn’t fussed but Patch turned into Smudge and was really good with her.

We now have Daisy (5) and Willow (1)  and they are both really good with the children. They do occasionally try and nip but it is usually when they are over excited and lose track of who they are playing with!

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.