Days out: Drusillas in Autumn

We love Drusillas, it’s the perfect family day out and we spent the day there last Sunday – and despite the slightly miserable weather forecast it didn’t rain all day and we got to do everything we wanted to! I’d definitely recommend going in Autumn, especially if you have kids that can be a bit overwhelmed by lots of crowds and noise. We arrived just after the park opened for the day at 10am and strolled around the Zoo part of the park first. The kids love looking for the animals in the Animal Spotter Books (which are free!) where they got to read a little bit about the animals before ticking them off with a stamp in their books. It always impresses me how clean the animal enclosures are…

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Athena & Arlo – October 2018

These two are definitely feeling the ‘it’s almost the end of half term but not quite’ exhaustion. I am too, even though I had a five days away last week! It always amazes me how much kids seem to change when you don’t see them for a few days. I only had one phone call with them when I was away, as they tend to get more miffed I’m not about if they can speak to me but i’m not around, plus having a phone conversation with either of them that goes beyond “How are you?” “Good” “What have you been doing?” “Nothing” long pause, possibly because they’ve wandered off and done something else leaving me talking to nobody! Anyway, when I got back they were eating dinner and Arlo…

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Toys: PJ Masks Super Moon Rocket & HQ Toys

If you have kids in primary school, or younger then you’ll probably be very familiar with the PJ Masks! It’s a kids cartoon featuring three 6-year-olds,  Amaya, Connor, and Greg/ They are neighbours and friends who go to school together. But at night then turn into Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, and create a little crime fighting team called the PJ Masks, with superhero powers (which is why my two love this so much I think!)  Each episode follows a little story where they solve problems, fight crime and have fun, but there’s always a moral lesson to be learnt! The latest episodes are all based round a Super Moon Adventure, and my two little PJ Masks fans were lucky enough to be sent the new Mission Control HQ playset, the…

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Travel: A weekend in the Lake District with Sally’s Cottages

I really needed last weekend after a stressful few weeks; comfortable surroundings to relax in, stunning scenery to enjoy and a group of lovely people to spend time with. Also, no kids! I spent the weekend with eight lovely ladies, many who I knew well and a couple of people I’d not met before – but by the end of the weekend, a few gins and some revealing ‘never have I ever’ games I think we’re firm friends now! I actually arrived in Cumbria on the Wednesday before as I stayed with family for a couple of days quite close by to catch up for a couple of days. On Friday afternoon I arrived at Croft House which is one of the holiday homes rented out via Sally’s Cottages. It…

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Scrapbook Loves – September 2018

A very quick ‘Little Loves’ post from me as I am running out of time to get everything done before I go away in a couple of days! I didn’t want to miss Septembers update out completely though as I love looking back on them! Read I read the seven books below this month, a bit of a variety of genres and themes though! The two CS Quinn books are historical fiction based in the 1600s London, in the plague and the Fire of London era, well, one novel is set in each of these periods. Long but enjoyable. I thought The Lido was very schmaltzy and predictable with so much description you forgot what you were meant to be reading! Clock Dance was good, but The Couple Next Door…

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Me and Mine in September ’18

Okay, I know it’s not September anymore, in fact it hasn’t been for a week now but I’ve been busy and a ‘Me and Mine’ post slipped my mind, and in fact slipped my mind throughout the month as we were so busy- this phone snap is the only complete family photo we managed to capture! Sam has been busy teaching people to drive, I have been busy getting on top of my workload after the summer holidays and the kids have been busy settling back into their school/preschool routine. For more of what I’ve loved this month there is a Scrapbook Loves post with what we’ve been reading, watching etc!

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Interiors: Features in my Dream Home

I spend a lot of time dreaming about my ideal house, almost as much time as I spend playing the Rightmove Game! and in each ‘dream home’ scenario there are a few features that keep cropping up, ones that I would really love. Here’s what they are and why! A mezzanine level Ideally this would either be a bedroom or an office space – maybe even both if I get the barn conversion of my dreams, one at each end!  Fontanot stairs sell amazingly coloured spiral staircases that remind me of the stairs up to my room when my dad lived in Wales, there was a gate at the bottom and it had a satisfying clang every time it was closed! Ever since then I’d always had a thing for spiral…

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