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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!

 

 

 

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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 Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Life, life skills, parent blogger, School, summer holidays, Sunshine after the rain

And we are back to school…..

Seriously where have the last 5.5 years gone?! Bear is now in year 1 at school!

Bear has turned into the most caring, kind, compassionate, challenging, adventures little boy. And I grew him!

Year one is going to be a challenge, I don’t think him and his friends realise there will be less playing and more working in year 1. I don’t think they know how much homework they will be getting or how much. I have tried to prepare Bear for the fact that year one is going to be more sitting down and working than free play, whilst learning. We are going to be doing lots more things at home whether or not he has home work or not. We are going to get more involved in growing plants, doing a few science experiments, visiting some fun places and of course reading. I have promised if Bear improves and concentrates on reading he can have his own Kindle fire for Christmas or his birthday. It won’t have apps or games on it will just be for reading!

Here are a few pics from when Bear was younger!

Posted in bonding, creativity, Dinosaurs, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, summer holidays

Hobbycrafts paint your own money boxes 

We Popped to our local hobbycraft to buy some icing for Bells birthday cake I am going to be making next week. Whilst we were there Bear found some Paint your own money boxes. 

They started at £3 and the max price was around  £10. We brought the £4 money pots. There were lots of different characters to choose from and there was even a Santa Cluas too! 

What do you get for the price, you get a little or big crematic figuring money box (Obviously depending how much you are paying) 6 mini size paints and a paint brush. 

The children spent a good 20 minutes painting their Duck and Dinosaur they choose.

I personally didn’t think the paint would last for the whole of the figuring as Bell and Bear seem to use lots of paint but it did annd there was still a little bit left over too. 

They have turned out really nice and are now sitting on the side in the kitchen so they don’t get broken.

Out of ten 

Bear was  10/10

Bell 9/10 

Me 10/10

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Protur Vista Badia and Sa Coma

We booked the Protur Vista Badia Hotel in May 2015. We went for a week as when we went to Ibiza two weeks seemed far too long!

Vista Badia is a four star hotel and a Platinum hotel  (i didn’t realize this until we actually got there!) it was so clean and well presented. And had a very modern feel to the reception area.

We arrived at (yawn) 3.30am to the hotel and the room was just a short walk from the reception area, we wasn’t told any details though of when Breakfast was and what time it was on until, it was given to us in a leaflet along with meeting our Thomson Rep at 10am.

The room was spotless to! it had a small kitchen area with a fridge, oven hob,microwave and a sink.There was a table with four chairs and a small living room area which had two sofas, a coffee table and a tv with a few uk channels.

The bedroom was separate and was a nice size even with a cot in. The bathroom had a shower and a bath which was a bonus with two young children.

On our first day we managed to get three sunbeds at the front of the children’s splash pool and to be honest there was only one day we were in the 2nd row. There was no arguing over who sat where and what time towels were out, Most towels were put out between 7.50-8.30 when people went for breakfast.

When we saw our Rep, he explained that there were 2 other hotels we could use the facilities one was the Safari Park hotel and the other one was the Spa hotel.Also there were 5 different restaurants we could go to for our evening meal BUT booking was limited and the restaurants spaces were divided between Badia and the Safari hotel which in total was over 2,400 guests. We luckily managed to visit three of them. There was also a petting zoo and water park attached to both of the hotels too, along with a mini golf course. During our week stay we saw our rep max three times!

We didn’t visit the Spa hotel but we did visit the Safari hotel and it was very modern and clean as well. The only down side was that it was packed it had over 2,000 guests but most of the facilities were in this hotel along with some of the restaurants.

We visited the Safari Zoo and the Marineland (more on that later), but mostly we spent the time around the pool, visiting the beach and walking around the area.

Around the hotel there were a few car hire places, lots of shops selling holiday souvenirs and lots of pubs and restaurants. Sa Coma is a purpose built resort which was built back in the 1980’s. Cala Millor and Porto Cristo are just up the road where you can hop on to a little train which costs around four euros per adult and two fifty euros for children, return. Or you can hop on the local bus, or get a taxi. There are also locals offering horse and Cart rides up to Sa coma Castle.

There are a few street sellers, who do the braiding of hair and temporary tattoos but they aren’t in your face asking you to buy all the time which is lovely.

The beach is at the end of the shops and its actually dare I say very buggy and wheelchair friendly. There are wooden walking paths dotted along the beach and they do get you fairly close to the sea’s edge, you do have to drag the buggy slightly to get to a spot but I promise its very easy to get down as far as you can.

Back in the hotel you need your door card key to get back into the back door exit and entry. I think this is a great idea as it stops people getting in to the hotel who shouldn’t. The pools where lovely and clean too! There were two main places to eat during the day (lunch) they served food from 1pm until 3pm in the restaurant area and pool bar. The pool bar was quick food like hot dogs, burgers and pizza , where the main restaurant was rice and pasta dishes with a choice of meat, salad and cold meats. The food however was nice BUT it wasn’t hot, if you wanted hot food you would of had to go to one of the restaurants which you had to pre-book the choices where Asian, India, Italian, Greek and Country grill which was burgers, ribs etc.

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The staff however couldn’t do enough for you all very helpful and there English is very good. There is also a English receptionist, who works most afternoons too.

The children’s club was very good it ran everyday except on Sunday’s and they do a varied program of art,games, water games and face painting. And run from 11am until 4.30pm!

The evening entertainment was varied also, and very good they certainly got the audiences  attention. The evening entertainment kicked of with Mini disco from 8.30 until 9.15 Then family entertainment from 9.30 until around 11pm.

Would I go back? Yes I would, but I would either go half board or self catering… Why? Because the staff, the hotel  where lovely and I wouldn’t want to go all inclusive to be eating cold food.

Out of 10 I would give the hotel 9/10

 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review or approached by Thomson to do this. The words are all my own words and views.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Food, Fruit, Healthy eating, holidays, Kent Family, Life, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, summer, summer holidays, thoughtfullness, unhealthy

I need to kick the sugar habit! 

I have a slight problem with sugar! Yes that’s right I admit Sugar is my weakness, it’s one hundred percent not good for me, or anybody for that matter. 

Last year and the previous year  (2014/2015) I would drink Lucozade as though it was going out of fashion. When we went to Zante  (beautiful island by the way and the turtles are huge!!) I brought a bottle of Lucozade from the local shop and I’m not sure what it was it could of been the heat or me reading that Lucozade contains Bull sperm (no idea how true this is!) But it certainly put me of from drinking it! 

I am now drinking lemonade and Pepsi, I need to stop! It makes me feel horrible, my skin looks horrible too. All dry and pastey. 

I also love puddings cheese cake is my weakness! I also love doughnuts, chocolate cake and chocolate bars!!! This also doesn’t help with the sugar habit. 


We are currently sunning our self’s in Menjorca and once I am back I will be tackling my sugar cravings and reducing the amount I have. What? One last week of eating sugar I need all the sugar I can get! (Haha)  I will be recording this as a weekly diary.. any ideas for a good name for my sugar diary or how to beat the sugar cravings???

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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…..

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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 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

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Day at home is all we need….

Its so nice not to worry about getting dressed, dashing out the door and going to work or out on a adventure. I personally think it does children the world of good to stay indoors for the day just chilling and relaxing.

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Today we haven’t really done that much I have done two loads of washing, let the gas man in to check everyone’s meters (the joys of living in a flat), let the post man in , spied on the guy swapping our water meters over and wait patiently for my new phone to arrive. The phone I have coming is the Samsung Galaxy S6, I was very adamant that I didn’t want a Samsung and wanted a Iphone, but after playing with a couple in the EE shop I thought that the Samsung Galaxy S6 would be better, even though the S7 is also out the gentleman said there wasn’t much difference in the price. I Can’t wait to get it, now I need to Google  how to transfer my contacts over to the new phone or everybody will be getting a random message on facebook/ shared message explaining I have no idea how to Import my contacts please text me or Private message me if you want to be in my phone book.

We have played with Lego, Barbie and baby born,  baked cakes, played with the cat’s, hung the washing up and had lunch. We still are not dressed and its just gone 1pm in the afternoon.

I think I have a slight cupcake case obsession, I have loads! I always try to make the cake’s from scratch, purely as then I know what has gone into them. Many pre-brought cakes (I do like a pre-baked Mr kipling lemon cake) But the amount of added ingredients is really shocking.

We are getting dressed soon as we are of to the Circus tonight. It is at the local garden center about 10 minutes drive and is very child friendly.

We are now just relaxing watching some Cbeebies .Whilst we let our Lunch go down, then maybe we will be a bit naughty and watch a film and have some sweets, or we maybe good and do some painting.

Bear and Bell have had a morning of arguing, I think it’s because they are bot getting into a new routine for the holiday’s and being together 24/7 is more of re-learning that each other does need some space and not to be annoyed by each other, even though they love each other dearly!!