Bathtime Confidence with Flannel Fingers

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The first bath is such a big milestone for first time parents. I remember we put it off for ages as we were so nervous about putting a wriggling newborn into a bath full of water, and it's fair to say that neither of our babies were big fans of their first bath! And although you get more confident as a parent as they get older, the challenges of keeping hold of your baby once they move into the big bath just seem to get harder. When I read about Joey's Flannel Fingers I thought it was such a great idea to help with that transition. It's such a simple idea, but sometimes the simplest ones are the most brilliant, ...

Planning A Family Holiday To Devon

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages Devon ticks so many boxes for us as a family holiday destination, and it’s right up there on my list. We’re huge fans of Cornwall, with it’s beautiful coast, but for some reason we always sail through Devon without stopping, and I think it’s time we explored more of what this beautiful county has to offer. I’ve been planning a family trip to Devon for next year and the more I research, the more it appeals to me - there’s so much to do for families!   The Beach You don’t go to Devon and not plan to enjoy the beautiful beaches it has to offer! We love the beach, so would plan to base ...

Fields of Dreams – The Confetti Flower Fields

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This time last year, my Instagram feed exploded with photos of the most beautiful pastel coloured flower fields - pinks, blues, and purples as far as the eye could see. I love a flower field of any description, so I headed straight off to look up the Real Flower Petal Confetti Company, who own the fields, and discovered that for just over a week every July, they open their flower field to the public, who can wander amongst the delphiniums. I actually had a diary note for the start of June to check when they would be opening the field this year, so when I looked it up and saw that their open week this year coincided with our trip ...

A Family Visit to Kew Gardens in Summer

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After months of agonising, I finally took the plunge earlier this year and bought a membership for Kew Gardens. We live reasonably close, but given that I'm already an RHS and National Trust member, it seemed like it might be overkill. But 4 years of visiting the same gardens have left me craving somewhere new, and when the new Temperate House opened, it was the final push I needed to take the plunge. A single membership to Kew Gardens is great value for money if you have a young family, as you can bring in a guest with you for free, and children under 4 go free. So I bought my husband as my guest and we only had to pay ...

Me and Mine: June 2018

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Oh June, you've been absolutely amazing! This is what summer should be like, and it feels so good after the last few years of a brief heatwave in May and then a washout for the rest of summer. We've had the best month as a family, and we're really making the most our last few months before Max starts school. Max is getting really excited about going to school in September. We had a parents evening at the start of the month and I think it was the turning point for me, where it finally seemed like it was close. The realities of stay and play sessions and buying uniform make it impossible to put to the back of your mind ...

Weaning Made Easy with Bibetta and Annabel Karmel

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I'll fully admit that weaning is one of the stages that I've enjoyed most both times. Even despite the difficulties we've had with Ben's allergies, I don't think you can beat introducing your child to all the different foods and watching them develop their likes and dislikes. But the definite downside of weaning is the mess! I did a great job in keeping the baby clothes lovely and stain free until we hit the weaning stage. Now I'm sure nearly every item of clothing Ben owns has a slight tinge of orange around the neckline. A good bib is one of the best investments you'll make if you like to buy nice clothes for your baby! I'm very much in the ...

A Trip To Canons Ashby National Trust

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When we were staying at Chicheley Hall a few weeks ago, I was keen to make the most of our time there, so when I saw Canons Ashby was just down the road we made a beeline for it on our route home on the Sunday. It's a National Trust property that I've seen photos of in people's instagram feeds, but when I'd researched it, it didn't seem to have a lot there, so we've never made the trip as it's a fair drive for us. This was the perfect opportunity for us to see what it had to offer. We were some of the first visitors to arrive, so it was lovely and quiet, and we were greeted at the ...

Personalised Prints from Created By Magic

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I love choosing photos and prints to fill the walls in our home. To me, it's what makes a house a home. We have a mixture of photos and artwork, and when I saw this personalised welly boot print from Created By Magic, I knew we had to find a space for it. I don't think there could be a more perfect addition to the Hot Pink Wellingtons home! My blog was named after my beautiful pink Joules wellingtons as I felt it summed up my love of the outdoors, and that love is something that I've definitely passed onto my children too. We love getting outside and enjoying nature. What could be more perfect to sum up our family than ...

Strawberry Picking at Crockford Bridge Farm

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I remember back in January one day, I asked Max what he'd like to do and he very excitedly told me "strawberry picking". The poor guy has waited patiently until finally strawberry season is upon us and our local PYO farm at Crockford Bridge announced their strawberries were ready for picking. My husband took the boys a few weeks ago while I was away, but on a drive back from a weekend away last week we drove past the farm and Max piped up from the back "we go on a strawberry hunt today?" And so we did! Crockford Bridge is one of the best PYO farms around - they have a huge range of crops and are great at updating their ...

A Family Visit to Chicheley Hall

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A hotel stay with a young family is often a bit of an intimidating prospect. An unfamiliar room and surroundings can be difficult for children to adapt to, and there's always the worry of whether a hotel will be accommodating to families. We've only attempted it once as a family of four, and it's fair to say that it was a total disaster with no sleep had by anyone. But we've definitely been feeling the need lately for quality time together as a family, so when Chicheley Hall got in touch to invite us to stay we couldn't say yes quickly enough! Just one look at their website and the beautiful 18th century house and beautiful grounds had me looking ...