A Visit To Wrest Park

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Wrest Park has been on my wish list for a visit for ages, but it's that little bit too far from us to make it an easy trip. Plus it's English Heritage and we don't have membership, which makes it a somewhat pricey day out. But we've recently got a new car and we're no longer limited by mileage like we were in our previous lease car, so last weekend we headed off to Wrest Park to see what it had to offer.     Wrest Park is a Grade I listed House located in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, surrounded by acres of beautiful grounds. Most of the house was closed to the public during our visit, as there was a wedding fair on, but ...

Why A Bedtime Routine Really Can Improve Your Baby’s Sleep

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This is a paid collaboration as part of my Ambassador role with Johnson’s Baby   It’s fair to say that we’ve had an up and down relationship with bathtime in our house. Both of our boys have had phases where they’ve hated the bath, and although we’re in a good phase now, the thought of doing a bath and then the ensuing crying when you get them out is often too much to face at the end of a long day. Our boys tend to get 2-3 baths a week, rather than the bath forming a key part of our bedtime routine. But what if a stricter bathtime routine could help them to sleep better? The Johnson’s Baby 3-step bedtime routine consists of ...

The Best Halloween Films for Younger Children

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It's been amazing to see the rise of Halloween in the UK in the last few years. It's gone from being seen as an American celebration, to an occasion that nearly all families celebrate. Last year, Max fully embraced the excitement, getting carried away with the buzz as his nursery and our neighbours all put up decorations and dressed up, and he was keen to watch some 'spooky' films. But, being 3, it was difficult to pick ones that wouldn't give him nightmares! All of the following went down really well and were pitched really well for a 3 year old. We'll be digging them out again this year too, as at 4, he's still not ready for a full ...

A Visit to Carters Steam Fair

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For a long time now I've noticed the signs for Carter's Steam Fair when it's near us and been meaning to go, but we've always had something else on that weekend. So when we were invited to visit them last weekend at Englefield Green I jumped at the chance! Carter's Steam Fair isn't your usual funfair. The Carter family have spent the last 40 years collecting and restoring vintage fairground rides and they tour the South East of England. It's a real throwback to a bygone era, with every ride painted in beautiful colours and with pretty lightbulbs everywhere. Carter's have been featured in lots of TV and films too, including Call the Midwife, The Theory of Everything, and, most importantly ...

Me and Mine: September 2018

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September feels like it's been the month we've been building up to for so long somehow, as it marked the start of school for Max. It feels like it's been looming over us for so long now, ever since we put the school application in, and as much as I think we tried to pretend that it wasn't happening, we knew that it was on the horizon. And despite all of the worry and anxiety from all of us, it's gone more smoothly than we ever could have imagined. Sure, we've had the expected tiredness and tantrums after school, but it seems that Max is really enjoying it, and we've not yet had so much as a whisper of him ...

Getting Your Garden Ready For Autumn

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This is a sponsored post When autumn weather wreaks havoc, with swirling leaves and rain-sodden ground, it’s a challenge to know where to start to get your outdoor space neat and tidy after summer. From protecting delicate plants to safeguarding valuable machinery and furniture, we have some tips to help.   Tidy the Beds and Borders Summer flowering is mostly done, the grass has slowed down considerably, and it’s time to prepare for the winter months.   Jobs to do before autumn sets in properly include:   Mow the lawn. The grass is still growing during early autumn and quickly becomes harder to cut if you let it get long in wet weather. Tidy the veg garden. Harvest any leftover crops (except those that can stay in ...

Encouraging Wildlife in the Garden with Boxwild

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We're such big fans of learning about nature as a family and anything that gets us outside in the garden is always a big hit. One of Max's favourite activities is topping up his bird feeder and seeing all the different kinds of birds come flocking to feast on the seed. We loved our Gift Box from Boxwild last year, so it was a lovely surprise for Max to receive their Children's Bird Gift Box from them. It contains a nesting box with paints for you to paint it yourself, along with two packs of birdseed, a bird feeder, and a little scoop. He was so excited to open it up and see that he had his very own bird ...

The First Day Of School…

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Dear Max, It's finally here. Your very first day of school. We've spent the last few weeks looking at the photos of so many other children, dressed so smartly in their school uniform and with that nervous / excited smile on their faces, and now finally it's your turn to put on your uniform and walk into your classroom. You said to me just last week, "Mummy, I going to miss you when I'm at school", but I think we both know that it's me who's going to miss you the most! You've been my constant companion for the last 4 years and it's been such a pleasure watching you grow into the most kind, thoughtful, and loving little boy that you ...

Were Our Merlin Annual Passes Good Value For Money?

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Last year was our first year having a Merlin Annual Pass. We'd had Legoland Annual Passes before, but when Merlin ran their January Sale back in 2017, the offer to get your Merlin Pass for just £129 was too good to refuse. We've now reached our full year of having them, so I wanted to look back over all of our adventures and work out whether our Merlin Annual Passes were worth it. As a family of 4, we needed 3 Merlin Passes, as our youngest was born in June 2017, and we opted for the Premium Passes so that we weren't restricted on entry days and didn't need to pay for parking. Our 3 passes cost us a total of ...

A Super Start To School With PJ Masks

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I still can't get over the fact that soon I'll have a little boy in school. I keep getting asked if we're both ready, and I'm so conscious that I want to make sure that Max is as ready as he can be (even if I'll never be ready!). He's a child who often finds it difficult to adjust to change, and it's clear that school has been on his mind a lot lately. Despite the fact that outwardly he seems really excited about it all, there are lots of signs that he's more anxious about it than he's letting on. One of the things I've worried about most is the fact that he's really not interested in reading, writing, or ...