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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 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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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!!

 

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Day two of summer

It’s day two of summer, they are both hyper, they are both arguing with each other, Bell is being a little madam and demanding everything and anything.

 

We had to get out of the house try and burn some energy of.

We popped to Tesco and then to the Nature Trail for a run around.

The nature trail is lovely full of birds, goats, wallaby’s , pigs, ducks and chickens.

There are little paths and down most of the paths there are little houses made from natural materials.

There are also lots of ideas to encourage insects into your garden. Such as building Bug hotels and plants to attract certain bugs.

We can feed the fish, ducks and chickens for 20p each. Which I divide food mix between Bear and Bell.

The entry price isn’t too bad either, its one of the cheapest morning or afternoon out for a family and even cheaper if you buy the annual pass which I have done.

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Tip’s for Travelling with Children

YAY! School’s are almost finishing, some already have!

Many families will be heading of to the airport with excited children and excited husbands in tow. Or if they are like my Hubby he will be grumpy all the time and moan until we land at the otherside!

We have been travelling with Bear since he was 18 months old and Bell was 8 months. So my tip’s are a mix of ages from 8 months to 5 years.

Here are my top tip’s for travelling with children.

  1.  When Booking your holiday, select a night time flight. Why are you mad I hear you say? Yes I thought that too when somebody suggested flying at night BUT oh my goodness it was great Bear and Bell slept most of the flight! Which meant I managed to get some shut eye to, by that a eye half open to make sure Bear didn’t jump up and down and cause havoc.
  2. On the plane try and pre-book your seat’s you will be able to book your seats to be near the toilets (I know but if you have a child who is just toilet trained it will help) or near a exit if you have a baby so you can be first off the plane.
  3. Book valet parking if you are driving, you can drive straight up to the airport door unload and walk in and not worry about parking your car . And it is also brought back when you land. So easy with children!
  4. Pack Plenty of snacks! You can not take drink’s through the security area unless its baby milk or a prescription. Be prepared to be ask to try it too! Baby milk tastes awful! Packing plenty of snack’s will keep little ones distracted whilst you queue up and go through the check points
  5. Wrap up small toys with very few bits, We love the 99p shop for this. It is great idea for children as they won’t know what they have got and it will keep them busy for about 10 minutes.
  6. Pack books, coloring books and stickers so so handy!
  7. Change of clothes, make sure they are easy to get off and on. Also wear layers as aeroplanes and the airport can go from hot to cold due to the air conditioning
  8. Changing baby in the toilet of a plane is very tight. So just take a Clean nappy and wipes, If baby needs a change of clothes (we have all been there!) strip them down to the nappy and get them dressed in the seat instead its a bit more spacious. Also change baby just before you board especially if its a short flight, baby should be fine. Also have more nappies than what you may need as you could be delayed.
  9. Ensure Ipads/ tablets are well charged, short flights seem not to put on any movies.
  10. If you do, do a night flight change your Little one’s in to their pajamas just before you board the plane, as you will be landing at night time, if a short flight, and when you get to the hotel you can just put them to bed without having to change them. Also if they need a change of clothes you can just put them in the clothes they were wearing.
  11. If your child is old enough I would say 4 plus. Encourage them to do small jobs at home to get some holiday spending money for the airport or whilst on holiday. It will make them appreciate it more.

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Packing with children. I personally found it a nightmare as I didn’t know what to take.

here is my run down for a 2 and 5 year old. Obviously each child is different.

Bears Holiday Clothes list

4x causal t-shirts and 3 x causal for shorts

4x evening t-shirts/shirts and 3 x smart shorts

3 x swim wear (one is a total Uv protection suit)

7 x pants

3 x socks

1x flip flops

1x sandles

a drinks bottle

1x beach towel

spare comforter

1x suncream

2x sunhats just encase one fulls in the pool and gets wet!

 

Bell’s holiday check list

4x swim suits

spare comforter

4x Evening dresses

2x causal dresses

3 x t-shirts

3 x shorts (including a smart pair)

1 x smart top

10 x knickers (we still have the occasional number 2 accidents)

3x socks

1x sandels

1x croc’s

2x sunhats

1x towel

suncream

a drinks bottle

hair bobbles and hair brush

In their hand luggage. They both have the same so will just do one list.

  • Coloring book
  • dot to dot for Bear and Sticker book for Bell
  • Sticker book
  • A pencil case full of pencils
  • a water color book
  • Pajamas
  • cardigan
  • little drawing board
  • spare comforter (don’t forget to pack one at the top of the suitcase just incase you forget it!)
  • Usborne  100 things to do on a plane (for Bear)

I have had people come up to me after flying (three countries) and all of them asked if we were actually on the flight as my children didn’t make a noise. ie screaming, kicking seats and shouting. I felt very proud.

Happy Travels!!!

Do you have anything thing planned for your summer?

 

 

 

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Farmers Market

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We Love A Farmers Market!

I keep missing them though. The local farmer’s market is on the 4th Sunday of the month but with Swimming lessons and general family life it all goes so fast!

I have decided to try as much as possible to buy BRITISH and LOCAL. It is so much nicer and fresher to!

We will be starting to go strawberry picking and other Fruit and Vegetable picking over the summer so hopefully when Bear is back to school and Bell Starts Pre-school we will have a good routine going. Yes I am a bit worried that it will end up costing more but at least I will 100% know where my families food comes from and I will also be supporting the local and the whole of the UK’s farmers. Especially now we are out of the European Union, I feel now more than ever supporting the small farmers who are on our doorstep, as it will be them who suffer with the exit.

They may not be able to sell aboard for the cost it is costing now it will end up costing them a bit more which wouldn’t be good as after all they also have families to feed, their children to dress and most probleya after school club or another extra activity to do.

 

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Why we love the outdoors….

I think these photo’s sum up the outdoors to us as a family, even though I don’t think Hubby agree’s. I am very much if they are getting covered in mud yay! Hubby is “out of the mud you will get dirty!”

I think children should be able to explore all their environments, but only if they are safe to do.

Building mud pies I personally think is the main part of being a child, splashing in mud and getting their hands dirty!

Bear wasn’t into Mud and Dirt when he was tiny but now he is at school he isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with the mud!

Bell however isn’t keen but will certainly grab her wellies for a bit of splashing in the rain and a muddle puddles I blame Pepper Pig for this!

One thing I wouldn’t change as a family we don’t really plan for day’s out everything we do is usually spontaneous and last minute.

This summer we are going away, we are going to have a mini Glastonbury in the garden ,without the rain I hope, a few day trips and a few trips to National Trust sites.  What are your Plans this summer?