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Poppies: wave – Plymouth Hoe

Today we visited the Poppy: Wave on Plymouth Hoe. These poppies were originally part of the Tower of London display and have been moved to the Hoe till 19th November.

They look amazing set against the Navy memorial looking out over the sea. The boys were mesmerised by them and spent a while working out how they were floating in the air. The volunteers told us that in the evenings, they are lit up and are a breathtaking sight to see. We hope to visit one evening to see this. If you live nearby, its definitely worth a visit!

 

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The Ecover Laundry Challenge


I recently jumped at the chance to work with Britmums and Ecover and take part in their laundry challenge. I seem to have a never ending pile of washing! With 2 boys and a husband, things get messy quickly…

My Laundry Routine

Now that I work part time, I have to be organised so I have come up with a pretty good routine that works for us. Each evening I load the washing machine and set the time delay for 6am, by 8am its ready to hang! If its a sunny day (haha!) it goes out on the line, if not then on the inside dryer it goes. Then I trundle off on the school run and onwards to work, smug in my productive morning. On my return, the wash goes into the tumble dryer for a quick drying finish and it starts all over again the next day. It really is never ending!

Love or hate laundry?

I’m one of those weird people that likes doing laundry… I love the smell and freshness as you take it out the machine. My excitement levels rise when I realise I can put it on the washing line outside, for some reason it just smells and feels even better!

The only thing that I struggle with is what laundry detergent to use. Both my children, dude 6 and bear 3 have sensitive skin and suffer with eczema and allergies. There are so many laundry detergents out there claiming to be sensitive and good for children, I’m sure we’ve tried them all and so far failed to find one that actually agrees with their skin.
That is until we tried Ecover! All I can say is WOW!


I’ve used the Ecover detergent for 4 washes so far, the first three on the boys clothes and the other time on bear’s bedding. (Although he fancied the floor the first night I changed the bedding):


The boys have a pretty set creaming routine for their skin and this hasnt changed for a good few months. As you can see bear’s skin was itchy and dry:


After using the ecover detergent, it was evident he was itching less especially where his clothes irritated him! Heres an after shot of his back:


I can honestly say that I think Ecover has had something to with this. It appears to live up to its claim ‘Safe on senstive skin’ and not only has it kept my clothes fresh with the scent of Lavender and Sandalwood, it has also eased the irritation that my son feels with laundry products.

Eccover’s use of plant-based ingredients is likely to have contributed to this positive experience, their vision to respect the health and wellbeing of both humans and the planet is commendable and I am so happy to have found this brand.

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The product

The detergent itself is not as gloopy as some other brands and it was straight forward to use, into the main drawer of the washing machine. The scent was present in the washing after it had dried which is something I look for in a detergent.

Overall opinion:

Overall I am very impressed with the Ecover laundry detergent and would recommend to anyone who suffers with sensitive skin. It contains less chemicals which could cause reactions and has an amazing smell. From now on I will definitely be changing to this brand and I am glad I had the opportunity  to discover it!

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover. www.ecover.com

 

 

Our trip to Canonteign Falls..

Another bright sunny day this summer enabled us to visit this amazing place.

Canonteign falls is described as a hidden gem on Dartmoor, it features the highest manmade waterfall in England at 70m high.

I have to say that we had an amazing time here and would highly recomend visiting to everyone!

The climb up to the top is steep with slippery uneven surfaces at times, but my 3 year old managed it well. There are backpack styles available to hire at reception if you are taking younger children.
There is plenty to see on the way up, smaller waterfalls, fern gardens and flowers gardens.



When you reach the top you are greeted with the most amazing view across the fields and hills around you.
At the top of the waterfall is a manmade leat feeding the waterfall and you can literally stand at the edge looking down. It was mesmerising and surprisingly peaceful.

We stayed up here for a 20 minutes watching and the children played in the water. We then made our way down. At the bottom we found a lovely picnic area next to the lake for lunch which also had a play area and zip wire for the boys to run off some energy (surprised they had any left!). We then ventured over to the cafe which served some amazing homemade cakes, not a crumb was left.

If you are in the area then pleaaes do visit, you will not be disappointed.

 

*Disclaimer – all views are my own and this post is not affiliated with the company**

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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