Posted in #FoodieFriday, Food, Healthy eating, Kent Family

Fegos Restaurant Review 2017

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

 

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? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hever Castle Review

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We were lucky enough to Visit Hever Castle Over the Easter School Holiday’s. Hever Castle was once a childhood  home to Anne Boleyn,  who was wife to King Henry the 8th and mother to Elizabeth 1st.

The castle its self dates back to the 13th Century and has seen many changes though out the centuries with the changing of monarchy.

There are many beautiful Gardens around the castle and the moat, these were just modest gardens around the castle walls until  William Astor brought the castle in 1903 and they are now award winning gardens.

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April 18th – May 7th There is  Tulips Celebrations going on around the gardens there are 7,000 tulips currently in bloom. They look totally amazing, They are certainly worth popping down to see.

We loved having a wander around the gardens, we saw many wildlife including a black swan, only a small number of black swans are in the UK.  There is also a large boating lake which you will be able to take a small boat ride around the lake. If you do not fancy a boat ride there is a lovely lake walk. There is a mini model of the castle and I think other buildings in a section at the back of the shop, It was lovely to see but I did find it a bit dark to try and read but to be honest it could be my reaction lenses trying to adjust going from bright sunshine to indoor light.

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Over Easter Holiday’s the Castle had lots on for the children, they had a Easter Egg Hunt, Easter bonnet making and a Easter bonnet parade for the children to take part in. There is also a maze and a water maze for everyone to join in, there is also a play area too, which is in excellent condition. There is also Archery and shield painting  which runs from 1st April until the 29th October, and starts from £3.

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I felt the Easter Bonnet making was great value for money as it was just £1, Bear and Bell really enjoyed doing this, there was lots of choice from stickers, to crepe paper, to stencils and gems to decorate the bonnet. The member of staff running the area was very helpful and friendly. We unfortunately didn’t get time to check out the shield paining and Archery, but we will certainly have a go next time we visit!

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The Easter Egg hunt was in partnership with Lindt chocolate,  was also great fun, the clues were easy to find and the clues took you mostly around the garden area. The children enjoyed looking out for the clues and got really excited when they found them, at the end there was a lindt bunny at the end to take home.

We were also very lucky to met the King,  when we entered the castle, he was very friendly,  helpful and certainly made the castle seem more alive. The Castle was bright an you could have a lovely look at all the beautiful items on show, without the rooms feeling crowded. The staff were helpful and answered any questions Bear had. Going round the castle was very easy to follow unlike some places we have recently visited.

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We brought a picnic with us, there was plenty of space to sit down with a picnic blanket or there was plenty of benches to sit on if you prefer,  The shop had a great choice of gifts and there was a good selection of pocket money toys if your little ones fancy buying something tiny.

Even though we didn’t take a buggy, We are now out of that stage, I felt Hever castle is very buggy friendly around the ground, the buggy’s are not allowed in the castle so I do suggest you take a baby carrier or carry your little one round. The grounds are also wheelchair friendly but hilly in some places.  There are six different trail walks which you can download before you go via the webpage, –  Hever Castle Trails to Download

The views walking around the castle are very pretty and personally I think it would be a great visit all year round for all the family. The Children really enjoyed exploring the gardens and finding new places which they seemed to miss coming in.

The prices are very good £16.90 for a adult for both the castle and the grounds and £9.50 for children over 5 years old. Hever castle offers a discount for seniors and students. There is also a family price of £44.50. There is also a small shop where you can buy some plants and a little coffee van too!

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This is certainly a great value family day out for all the family, if you are not local there are a few places to stay near including Hever Castle its self.

Hever Castle has lots of events all year round so why not have a peek at their website for up to date information and prices.
Have a peek at my YouTube video too 

Posted in Family, family fun, Uncategorized

ChalkOla review

I hate the feel of chalk, it makes my teeth feel funny and the thought of the chalk being scratched along the chalkboard makes my skin tingle and feel very strange.

When I was ask to test out some chalk pens I jumped at the chance.

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To be honest I was a bit dubious about them, would they feel like chalk, would they have the chalky feel to them, the list was never ending!

When they arrived they came in really nice packaging and looked very smart, too smart for the children to use straight away, but they spied them and spent the next 5 minutes giving the pens a good shake to start the chalk flowing!

The chalk was lovely went on the chalk board with ease, the thicker pens started of a bit runny but nothing major.

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The markers were great too, very easy to use.

All of the packs have a great choice of colours, and I would recommend them for anyone who really dislikes the feel of chalk prices start from £8 on amazon.

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I would defiantly recommend these to anyone who uses chalk pens.

 

Posted in Adventure, Explore the world, Family, Travel Guest Post, Travel tips with children, Uncategorized

Travelling with Kids Guest post by Amy who blogs at Eps and Amy!

Hi, I’m Amy from Eps and Amy blog (www.epsandamy.co.uk), which covered bargain sales, product reviews and lifestyle/family blogging.I have 2 children aged 5 and 8 (although the photos attached are from previous car journeys too) and we do lots of family holidays and travelling.

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Last year we headed to the south of France, if you do the journey all in one go it would take about 12 hours, so we decided to split the journey and stay at various euro camp sites on the way down.  We left home at 3am and got a 5am ferry across from Dover.

I always recommend this, the kids happily sleep until you get to the port and then have breakfast on the ferry to occupy the time.  We reached Disney in time for opening and although the adults were tired we had an amazing day. We stayed a few days in Disney, check out my post on Disney hints and tips (https://epsandamy.co.uk/2016/11/30/Disney-tips-guest-blog/) then moved on to a euro camp park a 3 hour drive away, we stayed 10 days at this park, then faced a 6 hour drive down to the south of France, stayed there 6 nights then had the journey home, 5 hours one day over night in Burgundy then 6 hours the next day.

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So lots of driving, but I have some good tips to make the journey a lot less painful: * if you can journey early or late so your kids sleep in the car

* pack lots of food, snack stuff like pretzels and fruit strings.

* avoid sweets or chocolate, they are very sticky when dropped and the kids will feel sick after a handful

* take colouring or puzzle books, and drip feed to the kids only when they are seriously cranky

* invest in kids headphones; they are volume limited so won’t deafen themselves and you won’t have to listen to the iPad

* fill the iPads with TV episodes, avoid films, kids get board of films so quickly

* I highly recommend these in car sets for kids: https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2944/100-things-for-little-children-to-do-on-a-journey suitable from aged 3-10 ish

* when the kids start getting fractious stop the car for a bit, especially if you can find somewhere with a play area! But if the kids are quiet or asleep keep driving, get as many miles done as possible when you can.

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I hope some of these tips can help you, we have had some very easy journeys with the children.

Amy’s holiday in the South of France sound’s amazing and she has some lovely tips to help during a long car journey! I will certainly be using some of these tips next time we go on a long car journey adventure! Thank You Amy!

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized

It’s almost 2017…

Here is a summary of my 2016 In photos, I promise to keep it short! In slide show form!! (at the bottom!)

We have had so much fun in 2016 here is our round up list

We have been on holiday.

we have graduated from Reception

We have started Pre-school

We have made a tee-pee

We have played bubbles

The bond between Bear and Bell is growing daily

The UK voted to leave the EU

We visited lots of places

I started my blog

We took part in remembrance Sunday

We danced in the rain

Bell cut her own hair

We created our own art work for the children’s bed room

We rolled in mud

Bell discovered her own style for clothes

Bear has gained so much confidence

Bear is working well at school but having funky tantrums

We have had disco baths

Raspberry and strawberry picking

We have had a picnic with the strawberries whilst listing to awesome music

We have explored the woods,

We have had Buddy the elf back to visit.

Bell had her first cinema trip

Bell and Bear both had their first experience of going to a London Theatre over Christmas Time

We have also done so much more too!

What was the highlight of your 2016?

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Remembering our Fallen Hero’s

I admit, I have never ever gone to a remembrance service, I have always watched it on the television on Sunday and always respected the two -minutes’ silence in this day along with the Remembrance Day two-minutes.

This year I attend my local village service with my little rainbows, only a few girls came, lots of people from scouts and the choir from the local school attended the local parish event.

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It was a lovely service there were prayers, hymens and of course the remembering of the names on the memorial in the village, along with the choir singing. Many people laid a remembrance reef on the memorial.   I will defiantly be attending one again.

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I know actual Remembrance Day was not actually on a Sunday this year and many people did do their two-minute silence on that day, but I also think a day dedicated to the fallen and of course the soldiers who are currently fighting and protecting others should be respected.

Why do I think this? Well

The soldiers have left their homes, have left their families, they have left the haven of the world they know to go into war zones, to help, to protect innocent lives. They fight for our country and the safety of our land.

Personally, I have never looked up the number of deaths in world war one or world war two and I am sitting shocked at the death toll! I keep re-reading the totals, and still cannot believe that so many innocent people lost their lives.

17 million deaths in world war one (this was 11 million military and 7 million civilians). In world war two there were over 75 million killed which was 21-25 million military and 50-55 million civilian and 19-28 million were deaths related to disease and faming.  There were also 5 million prisoners of war deaths. This was one of the deadliest military conflicts in history in terms of deaths this was 3% of the population which was estimated at 2.3 billion in the 1940.

How does that make you feel? It has shocked me to the core. That so many lives where taken just in the first two world wars, I don’t think I want to know the death total of civilian wars. The total lives lost in both world wars and other wars must be in the trillions.

When Bear was little and Bell was just a baby (around 2 months old), we went to Asda on Remembrance Sunday, we watched a bit of the service on the television, but hubs said it was on the radio too, so we went shopping as Bell needed some vests, muslins, nappies and Wipes, she was a sickie baby due to reflux. As we arrived at Asda, the shop announced that it was almost time for two minutes’ silence. I quickly explained to Bear that we had to be quiet for 2 minutes. He was very good, even Bell slept through. I will always remember two ladies in the store they were mid 30’s and continued to chat the whole way through, and give myself, hubs and Bear a strange look because we were being respectful. 

Roll on 2016, and I admit I am worried about how people aren’t remembering the fallen. Surly the huge scarified of life should deserve the recognition and the thanks they deserve.

Surly we can put our lives on hold just for a few minutes on remembrance sunday to respect the courage these men and women have shown and are showing for our country. Many Have seen their friends die in battle, many have lost family in battle. Where is the respect for these people? We should be thinking about the sacrifices millions of people have made, children growing up in war zones, children growing up without fathers, even mothers. The daily battle just to survive on rations of food and clothes, Children and adults going through uncertain time, how the war will affect their lives.  This is the same for many still in the twenty-first century, many people are fleeing their homes.

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 There are many wars still going on all around the world the most popular one we hear about is Syria, as many are fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in many parts of the world. Many people don’t think they should be fleeing, many people think they should stay in their own country, Would you stay if you had the choice to flee? I know I would give everything to ensure my children are safe even if that means leaving behind the home and country we know. To me this is lucky in the first and second world war many people didn’t travel and couldn’t escape the conflict. I know they aren’t lucky but if your able to leave the home you have always known and love and try and start again in conditions sometimes worse than what you are leaving, I think you are brave to do this.

So, let’s always take the time to remember the fallen, those who are fighting current battles.

Least we forget.

 

 

Posted in Christmas, Family

What I love about Christmas

Okay, Yes, I am aware we are still in November, but I thought I would share a few things I love about Christmas. Why? One main reason I have writers block again and I am sitting in the coffee shop drinking skittles milkshake and eating a chicken and bacon panni (oh yes I can multitask!)

 Let’s start with Christmas Traditions!

Ever since I was little I always remember having Chinese on Christmas eve. And it has stuck ever since. Just like visiting dad’s side of the family Christmas eve and mums side boxing day it still has stuck.

A new tradition we have is “Buddy the Elf” he comes from the North Pole and keeps a eye on the children and goes back at night time to let Santa know if they are being naughty or nice, but when he comes back he either does something really helpful, plays a trick or does something really naughty! This makes Bear Laugh and he still remembers Buddy the Elf putting his pants on the Christmas tree. I feel this adds to the Magic of Christmas!

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I also love Christmas because of the films, these are my top 5, they are mostly about children and adults not believing in the magic of Christmas. Which to me just adds to the magic!

  1. Miracle on 34th street
  2. Elf
  3. The polar Express
  4. Santa Claus – The Movie
  5. Arthur Christmas

If you haven’t seen them do!

I love the decorations and the tree.

I love the magic on the children’s faces on Christmas morning, when they look under the tree and see presents which haven’t been there the night before. The magic of putting reindeer food out and leaving the magic key (we live in a flat!).

I am one of these strange people who love wrapping presents, especially if the tree is up, it is so nice sitting on the floor, with a Christmas film on, a small glass of wine  and a box of chocolates.

The one thing I dislike about Christmas is family who are no longer with us. It does get easier every year but it never gets easier. If that makes sense?

I also don’t celebrate New year’s eve, I personally think it should be a time to remember, reflect and think about how the following year can be better.

As I get older I realise it isn’t the receiving that makes the magic happen, it’s the kindness and generosity of others, the spending time with people that matter and if you are luckily enough to receive a gift the thoughtfulness which goes into it.

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I am feeling very excited that the Magical month of December is coming and that we will be meeting Santa to ask him nicely what we would like, mine would be kindness and compassion around the world, and a BMW mini cooper. (okay I’m pushing my luck there I know!)

Posted in Adventure, Aeroplane, Airport, Beach, Explore the culture, Explore the world, holidays

Ibiza 2014

I never did the whole club 18-30 holiday, never been to Ibiza either.


So for honeymoon we were ment to be heading to the Caribbean but Bell came along and there was no way I was travelling on a 9 hour flight with a 3 year old and a 8 month old! 

We managed to rearrange our holiday to Ibiza, the quite side of the island.


the flight was great they both slept as it was a night time flight, and we were given a room on the ground floor. 

There wasn’t much to do on this island it is very much a relaxing island or clubbing island! 


We visited a few local towns which were very old fashioned and we went on a boat ride to a neighbouring little island.


We went on a glass bottom boat and saw the fishes swim passed.

We also stayed on the pool side and chilled on the beach.

One day there was a sand storm, it was crazy luckily we Popped back to the room for Bear and Bells nap, and we could hear parasols being blown away and people walking away to shelter pretty quickly! 

It started and finished within 10 minutes.

We made a few friends and it also turns out a little boy who is now in Bears class was there exactly the same time as us too! Unfortunately we didn’t meet each other that time.

Would I go back to Ibiza… Yes without the children as there wasn’t much to do there as in terms of visiting places or I would wait until they were quite happy to play in the pool all day. 

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…..