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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*

Immunisation Schedule changes

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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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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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2016 was good to you and 2017 brings you more achievements and adventures!

Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids

October.. how is the year going so fast? We have some great things planned for this month and I have a milestone birthday! Bye Bye to my twenties!

My boys are most excited for Halloween. Last year was the first year we properly made some decorations and they had the experience of trick or treating!

I’ve been browsing pinterest for some ideas of crafts for the boys and I thought I would share some of the great ones I found!
Let me know if you make any of them and if you have any others that your children love to make.

1. Ghost Feet Pictures

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2. Hanging Ghosts

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3. Paper Plate Silhoettes

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4. Marshmallow Pops

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Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge

Bepanthen kindly asked us to take part in their Bedtime Challenge.


We’ve been using Bepanthen for 2 weeks now and applying it as part of our bedtime routine. Each evening, my boys have a bath with Aveeno bath and body wash and moisturised with Diprobase, we have then been applying Bepanthen to Charlie’s bottom. Although Charlie hasn’t suffered badly with nappy rash, he does have sensitive skin and at times his nappies cause reactions to his bottom.

We’ve found the cream itself really easy to apply, its not too thick and washes off really easily. Some creams we have used in the past are very sticky and hard to get off between nappy changes.

It’s also a fairly neutral odour and didnt seem to bother Charlie when I applied it to some nappy rash that appeared one evening. Some we have used sting when applied but there was no reaction.

We only applied thin layers of the cream and that was all that was needed to protect his little bottom, which is great as a small tube will last a long time!

Bepanthen is the only leading nappy care product to meet all the 9 Gold standards of an ideal nappy care product and with Charlie suffering with eczema and sensitive skin it has been great to find a product that not only protects his bottom but also cares for it with pro-vitamin B5.

WHATS GREAT ABOUT BEPANTHEN?

  • No unnecessary ingredients
  • Free from potentially toxic ingredients
  • Maintains optimum moisture levels
  • Enhances the natural protection of the skin

WOULD WE RECOMMEND BEPANTHEN?

We have had no problems with this cream and it cleared up nappy rash really quickly. We have had problems in the past with creams causing reactions on Charlie’s senstive skin, but Bepanthen has proved to be efficent and naturally suitable for babies and toddlers. We would highly recommend Bepanthen Ointment!

 

 

**This post in an entry for #Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge, sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Bepanthen or www.bepanthen.co.uk

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