Daily life, advice and reviews from an everyday mummy.

It’s the summer holidays and finally my husband has a week off to make some memories with us!

We had made a list of places we wanted to visit so after a yummy breakfast at our local Wetherspoon we set off to the House of Marbles in Devon. Now we were given a heads up before leaving not to have high expectations and to be wary of the breakables especially with a 3 year old in tow!

After a quick journey down the A38, we found a space in the tight car park and headed in. My first observation was to gasp at the amount of lovely breakable glass and pottery on offer as you first walked in! How was I going to safely get past with an excitable toddler and 6 year old?! It fast became a game of dodge and move quickly! 

To get to the marble museum and glassblowing room you had to walk through the large gift shop , cue lots of ‘can I have this mum’ ‘wow look at this!’ and a 6 year engrossed in playing with something we most definitely did not need!

We made it to the (very) small marble museum. There was 3 old marble runs on offer to see and some buttons to make them go:


Their attention was kept for about 10 minutes before they declared ‘what else can we do?!’ So on we went past the climbing frame size marbles (which coincidentally declared ‘no climbing!’ 🙄) and through the plethora of breakables to the stairway which had an impressive large scale marble run. 


We stood and watched this for another 10 minutes and they were intrigued by how the balls all went different ways. The viewing point at the top of the stairs was a bit of a pain as people wanted to get past to the clothes shop. 

On we went to the glass blowing room. We did not last long here. There were more breakables than you can imagine! I literally had my 3 year old in a strait jacket hold as I was aware I did not own the amount of money that it would cost to replace these products! We left and headed to the outside area. Here there was a nice play park, 2 plastic marble runs (only useable if you had already bought marbles!) and some seating. After a quick play we headed back through the shop to pick up a few marbles. 

There were hundreds to choose from! They started at 20p each all the way up to £2 for the larger size. 


We then headed back to the car onto our next destination. 

In all we were there for about an hour. I think it’s more suited for the older generation who can browse and adore the glass and pottery on offer. Young children is a no no. It’s more a glorified gift shop with a few small extras. I can’t comment on the food as we didn’t use the cafe but it looked pleasant enough with lots to choose from. 

*All views are my own and this post is in no way sponsored*

Did you know the immunisation schedule is changing from Autumn? Babies born after 1st August will now receive the hepatitis B vaccine.

This will be added to the 8,12, and 16 week schedule making it a 6-in-1 vaccine alongside diphtheria, polio, tetanus, whooping cough and hib.

The UK is one of the last European countires to add this to their schedule and will provide added protection for all babies and not only those deemed most at risk. Although Hep B is a rare condition, hopefully this will keep levels low.

For more information contact your local GP or Health Visiting Team.
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/vaccination-schedule-age-checklist.aspx

 

 

#worldbreastfeedingweek

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. I congratulate anybody who has breastfed, tried to breastfeed or those who have chosen to bottle feed with the negativity towards this in our society. We know the benefits of breastfeeding but equally we know formula is there as a nutritious alternative.

Remember a happy, healthy baby is a fed baby.

 

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When life throws you lemons, make grapefruit juice. Then sit back and let the world wonder how you did it. 

This is how I feel about parenting really. So many trials and challenges, it is rarely straightforward. These constant battles, particularly the ones we feel we have to prove to the world enable us to show our strength and worth as good parents. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but nobody told us about the judgements and ongoing need to prove our love. 

The naivety and calm of our children should be emulated by ourselves and we should be proud of what we have achieved. Let them judge, let them wonder. 

Mothercare Sale Haul

My boys desperately need a wardrobe overhaul! With spring finally here, we needed a bit of colour in our lives. The Mothercare sale started today and so I thought I’d show you what I got.

Blue Joggers – £3.50

Red vegetable top – £3

Yellow caterpillar top – £2

Pants – £1 a packet

There was a lot more I could have bought but the sizes available were hit or miss! Happy shopping!

Freezing February sums it up really. Its cold, it rainy and its miserable outside. Spring is just around the corner and you’re counting down the days till its warmer again. The fresh smell of daffodils is something I’m longing for.

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In the meantime there’s young chidren to entertain who are quickly getting cabin fever and need to run off that energy.

Here’s a few rainy day ideas to keep them busy:

  1. Rainy days does not mean that beach days are out of the picture. Dress them up in waterproof suits and wellies and theres plenty of splashing to be done and rockpools to explore. And the best bit is the hot chocolate waiting at the end in the local cafe.

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2. Muddy puddle Jumping. The obvious. All thats needed is old clothes, waterproofs and wellies. Children love this and finding the biggest puddle is always the best thing to do!

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3. Race the raindrop. Pick a raindrop on the window and see which one gets to the bottom first. My boys love a bit of healthy competition and this activity keeps them entertained for ages.

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4. Rainbow pavement. A twist on the normal chalk drawing. Draw some lines and pictures with different colour chalks on a slightly inclined pavement and watch the chalk flow off downhill into a lovely rainbow pattern.

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Enjoy the last part of winter and check out pinterest for some more great ideas for the children this summer!

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So it’s been a while since I’ve been here. I can’t believe we are already nearly into February!
I’m currently 2/3rds in to a masters degree and I’m wishing away time till I finally finish and qualify as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. However on the other hand, I’m wanting time to slow down as my boys are growing way too fast! My 5 year old is nearly 6  and comes out with more and more advanced things each day, I often think how did he become grown up and knowledgeable about the world. I remember the days where his naiviety meant I could shield him from the world. My 2 year old is as cheeky as ever, tests my patience most days but would not change him, I now look at him and think when did he leave all his baby traits behind and become a ‘proper boy’?!

Life is definitely going by too fast, you blink and your children are grown up. I wonder if I have done enough, been there enough and gave them what they have needed to grow up into a well adjusted adults. I haven’t made any proper new years resolutions this year, but a main goal for the year is to make as many memories as possible and offer as many opportunities as I can to my children. Heres to 2017!

 

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