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Our trip to the House of Marbles

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*

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Freezing February: Rainy Day Ideas

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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Life is going by too fast….

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!

 

My escape

Sometimes in life, you need to escape. Escape from the demands of work, parenthood and general day to day pressures. Many people find comfort in their own home but for me this just adds to my stresses and I find more and more things to worry about.

So how do I deal with those hard days? When I am I being pulled in so many directions, i don’t know where to turn first. I pack up the car and head to my favourite place. Cornwall.Whether this be to the beach, to a cosy part of the coast line or simply to an outdoor forest full of fresh air, it offers me total freedom from everything I’ve been thinking about.

The boys get to run around without fear, I get to watch their happy faces and the peace aids my sinking mind. These few hours give me time to reflect on what is important and make tasks more managable and I realise there is no point in worrying about those silly things at 3am.

I am so grateful to live next to a beautiful county full of adventures and breathtaking scenary. I want my boys to grow up knowing they can escape to a great place and realise the true importance of life and not feel under pressure in the neverending spiral we call life.

I’ll leave you with some great pictures of the Cornish coast which always leave me happy.

Isn’t bird poo meant to bring you good luck?

The last week has been a write off to be honest. You know those weeks where things just don’t go your way.
I thought my week was looking up when a bird kindly pooed on my head however this was not to be and if anything things went from bad to worse. I won’t bore you with the details, just know that I will be hibernating this bank holiday weekend and catching up on some sleep!

On another note, how is it the last week of the summer holidays?! I feel like its flown by and I haven’t done half the stuff I wanted to with Dude. I need to make a list of the must do’s, he had a list he was desperate to do and I want to make sure he’s had the best summer ever before Year one starts!
In regards to school, all uniform has been bought and labelled and we are ready to go!

My next challenge is when Bear starts pre school at the end of September.. my baby boy off in the big wide world! <hides in denial>

 

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!

Crafty Sunday! Teacher gifts!

It’s crept up very quickly… The end of term is nearly here! I can’t believe my son’s first year of school is nearly over. 😩

So I’ve been thinking of ‘Thank You’ gifts for teachers. I’m pretty sure they get fed up with copious amounts of chocolate, biscuits and mugs they receive so I was trying to think of something different. Eventually I found this picture on Pinterest and decided we are going to give a go! 


Aswell as this I thought some homemade thank you cards from dude would be great aswell so I’ve picked up some bits for him and that’s our plan for this afternoon.


 He loves making patterns on his Spirograph aswell so this will go on the front of the card 🙂

What have you all got planned for teacher gifts this year? Let me know in the comments!

Our nappy review

After having 2 children in nappies (one still is!) I feel I’ve worked my way through them all! So here is a quick low down of how we found the different brands:

Pampers – these are meant to be the best.. However we found them the worst for leaking. They never held much urine and quickly were sagging at their knees!

Huggies – I had stocked up on these with my first and ended up giving away or binning them. They were so rigid and again didn’t hold up much to newborn poo!

Lidl – these were ok but reminded me of cheap plastics nappies from when my sisters were young 20 years ago! They could easily cause rashes due to sweating of the plastic. 

Tesco own brand – great nappies and great price. Have had no problems with these at all!

Asda own brand (little angels) – would steer clear of these completely. I can only describe these as having burnt my sons bottom. I wasn’t the only one that found this and I was informed it was a common problem. I was reimbursed from Asda for the discomfort they had caused. 

And now to the ones that I can’t fault at all and they are:

Aldi Mamia nappies – they are very reasonably priced, feel comfortable and hold a lot of urine! They don’t sag like the pampers and the pull ups are equally impressive.  I would highly recommend them for newborns and older toddlers! 

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