Posted in Adventure, Dinosaurs, Family, farm, Kent Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Vegetables

A day at the farm…

We visited our local farm recently.

It’s great it has animals, soft play, climbing area, tobogganing, a sand pit, animal petting area, dinosaur trail and a tractor ride.

The weather was brilliant, not to hot and not cold. 

When we arrived the car park was packed, but walking around the farm it seemed empty. The soft play was quiete and there was a 30 minute play rule as it is the summer holidays. They had great toilets too, they had small toilets for children up to 7 years and bigger toilets for adults and older children. This was free.

Outside the soft play there was little ride on tractors for the children, Bell loved them, Bear liked them until he realised that the dinosaur trail was next to them and really wanted to get hunting!

The dinosaur trail was good, we hunted the dinosaurs and the information was very child friendly. Bell and Bear could also dig for a dinosaur bone and fossils. Bear loved the fact he could walk over dinosaur foot prints! 

We then went into another play barn which had a wooden type climbing frame and a wooden car or two. There were a few picnic tables here so we had picnic.

We then went on a bumpy tractor ride around the dinosaur trail.Which ws £1 per person, great value. 

We Popped into the petting area and Bear got to hold a baby chick, the baby chick pooped over Bear and he found it extremely funny!

After that we went to the play area it’s very big but you could still see everything, it had a little snack shop and a toy barn shop. There was also a huge space for people to have picnics.

Walking around they had lots of herbs and  vegetables growing, I’m not sure if they use them in the cafe, as we didn’t venture in there today, as we brought our own picnic. But will certainly give it ago next time we visit.

The prices were reasonable too! 

Overall a great day out and we will certainly be going again!!! 

We visited Godstone Farm, Godstone, Surrey. I have not been paid for this and this is my own views.


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 Explore the culture, Family, Food, Healthy eating, Home made, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger

Trying new foods…..

Bear is the most fussiest child I have ever know.

I admit this is probably because when he was younger I only gave him foods I knew he would like and still did it when Bell came along.

When Bell got to weaning stage at (5 months, The NHS advise from 6 months). I knew 100% she was ready she was eyeing up my homemade Yorkshire pudding, so I gave her a bit and she loved it!

I always encouraged from a young age that they sit at the table with us, whether or not they were just having a bottle or having a cuddle whilst we ate. I think it’s a great way to encourage good eating habits and a good way of socializing. I remember many Saturday and Sunday’s sitting round the table with the whole family. We still do this now on a Saturday, which is great. Unfortunately due to swimming and other family commitments its getting harder and harder to do.

I love getting them to try new foods especially now they are bigger. Bear is getting better since he started school last year he is slowly but surly becoming less fussy.

Bell on the other hand was eating Calamari at 8 months old. And she has certainly gained so much confidence in trying new foods. We know she is ill when she point blanks refuses to eat, unlike Bear!

We try to eat a mixture of different foods from around the world, we love choosing the healthier choices. I made a Prawn curry from India (made it far too spicy!) from scratch, I have made Chinese sauces from scratch to. I try and make chips from scratch too but they usually end up half cooked or cooked but soggy as I don’t like deep fat frying. I think its important to add different foods into the mix too.

I try and cook from scratch as much as possible, it can be hard with working and busy family life. The processed food we eat is limited to once maybe twice a week as they contain too much salt and added artificial ingredients, which we don’t need. When I cook from scratch I never add salt even if its in the recipe, as many of the ingredients can contain salt already.  Please don’t get me wrong I do use processed food when we are in a rush as they are quick and convenient but I do also cook home-made.

My favorite food is Risotto unfortunately hubby is a fussy eater and will eat it as he turns his nose up which doesn’t help when Bear is so fussy too!

Bears favorite food is Chips and ketchup (full of sugar and salt so this is very limited!!)

Bells favorite food is pasta with cheese

Hubby’s favorite food is Sausage and mash

My aunt always says to try everything at least 20 times, and you know what I actually agree!

As a special treat once in a while Bear and Bell’s favorite restaurant is currently Wagamamas. I really do not mind this special treat as everything is cooked from scratch, the juices are freshly made and the ice lollies are also home-made. The service is quick and it save’s little people getting too bored!

 

 

 

Posted in Adventure, Castle, Explore the culture, Kent Family, Life, New Blogger, parent blogger, summer holidays, Uncategorized

A day at a Castle

Day four of the school Holiday’s and we are of to discover a Castle!

Living in Kent is great, We have a few beautiful Castles within 40-50 minutes away. We also have the choice of a few National Trust and English Heritage properties too.

We decided to go to Leeds Castle  which is just 38 minutes away (according to the Sat Nav) , the weather looked good so We packed a little packed lunch and of we went.

Bear is really starting to get into history which is great I love learning about the Past as it has helped our country and our world to become how it is today.

Bell is still at the age where she just loves running around the gardens of the castle and feeding the ducks and swans.

At Leeds Castle  there are two  beautiful play area one for the younger children and one for the older children.  They do get busy as they are quiet small but its Ideal size for my two.

We tried buying Ice Cream in one shop but it was Cash only, I typically only brought my bank card as we already had the pass to get into the Castle.  We managed to get one in the shop further up luckily or there would of been tears and not by the children hehe. I have learnt my lesson to take money and not my card next time we go.

I think Leeds is very reasonably priced Under 4’s go free, 5-16 £16.50 and Adults £24.50. There are discounted rates for people with disabilities and  their carers. The ticket lasts one year and one day , which is great especially over the Summer Holiday’s it will defiantly keep Bell and Bear busy.

The other great thing about this stunning place is they offer a bus for the elderly to get up to the castle (may take my Nan next time!) and a little Road Train which is £2.50 per adult, children travel free.

They sometimes offer craft for the children and Knights and Princess school but I think that is mainly over the Easter Half term. They also have a lovely Christmas Market with stalls and a few children’s rides,  so I can’t wait to go back to.

The grounds are very buggy friendly, but you will need to leave your buggy in the buggy park and walk to the castle as it isn’t very buggy friendly so if you have a baby sling please do take it, it will come in handy. Also some reins if you have a little walker.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Kent Family, Local life, nature, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, summer, summer holidays, Uncategorized, Wood, Woodlands

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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Posted in Book's, clothing, Disney, Family, girl, Home made, Kent Family, Life, love, parent, Pepper pig, son, Uncategorized

Creating a space without …..

 

I feel sad that Bear and Bell have to share a bedroom, I would so love them to have their own personal space where they can chill-out and have their own me time. Living in a flat is so hard at time’s, especially day’s when I know Bear want’s his own space and his own time now his getting bigger.

It is also hard to think about making a lovely bedroom for a boy and girl which won’t look odd, which they won’t grow out of and especially they both will like. I choose originally half pink and half blue bedroom which was nice but Bell and Bear drew on the walls! Hubby was in charge! Now they have  white lining painted wall’s, beautiful Bunting and some of their stunning art work! It work’s really well.

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When Bear was born I was very adamant that he wouldn’t have clothes, bedroom or bedding with character’s on such as Pepper Pig or Thomas the tank engine. I feel quite proud that he hardly had anything like that. Please do not get me wrong he had a few bit’s of Thomas the Tank clothing but that was about it. Same with Bell, she has a few Pepper Pig bits of clothing and Shoes but nothing over the top.

Please also do not get me wrong the Nightie and Pajamas draw is full of character’s such as Elsa from Frozen, Pepper pig, Spider-man and Toy story.

I don’t know why I don’t really like character clothing on children. It does look cute, but for me personally growing up their wasn’t a wide range of clothing like that, so I never had that type of clothing.

If Bell and Bear ask for something with Pepper Pig or Spider man I certainly will not say no, as it is their personal choice and I fully encourage their development of personal choice and independence.

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Posted in Family, Farmer's Markets, Food, Home made, Kent, Life, summer, Uncategorized

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.

 

Posted in Brands Hatch, Cars, Disney, Family, Kent, Kent Family, Motor racing, parent

Disney Cars ….

We Recently spent the day at Brands Hatch.

I came across a post on Facebook that mentioned the Car’s from the Disney film Cars were going to be up there!

I was a tad excited we didn’t tell the children we were going so all the way there we had “are we there yet?” “where are we going?” “are we going on a plane?” “I’m hungry!” the usual rambling’s of a child or two!

We took packed lunch, I am so glad we did a Burger and chips was almost £8 with out a drink, but the food did look amazing for burger and chips!

There were a lot of car’s from america NYPD and LA police force and a man in uniform!

The children loved watching the cars zoom around the track and we were going to walk in the pit area but Bell was starting to slow down, this was the first day we didn’t take a buggy!

There is a little play park and there were bouncy castles the lady running one of them even swapped with the gentleman so she could help Bell which was very thoughtful of her to do even though I was very happy to go on too!

The children saw a ice cream van and asked for one so we said yes especially as the weather was very warm and we did so much walking around!

 

Posted in Bluebells, Uncategorized, Wood, Woodlands

Bluebells

We are so lucky where we live, we have so much open space right outside our door (well almost!)

We are a short drive to a few lovely Bluebell spots.

This is my all time favorite place, it is about a ten minute drive from where we are but my Nan used to live about 10 Minutes walk, until she moved to be nearer family due to old age.

The wood’s back on to a garden center, you used to be able to use the wood’s as a cut through but now as times are changing they have closed it of.

The wood’s also go across a motorway bridge and is a great spot for people walking dogs.

Walking across the motor way bridge freaks me out even though it has a very high see through fence, for some reason the though of cars and lorry’s driving under at 70 (who am I kidding more like 80-90 mph!) it’s scary… the children how ever love it and wave to the car’s!

The bluebells are over the bridge and go for a good few miles… I know the Bluebell’s have ended now but if you get a chance do pop to see some they look and smell amazing and like Bear said to Bell “If you sit still you may see a fairy?”