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What have we been up to?!..Geocaching!

Its been a busy few weeks, with the new school run every morning, a crazy toddler and starting a masters degree, it really has been full on! But I’m back.

So what have we been up to? Our new hobby is geocaching.
Geocaching is ‘an activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet’

So basically we use the app to find an geocache in the area we are in. Once found (which can take a little while if hid well!) we sign the log inside and swap small toys for the next person to find. Theres also the possibility of finding a geocoin or travel bug, which are trackable all over the world!

Not only has this helped us get out more, but dude no longer moans when we tell him we are simply going for a walk. Now there is an incentive to go for a walk and he throughly enjoys it.

If you want to get involved the official website is www.geocaching.com . There is a great to app download here. You can upgrade the app for access to more caches but not necessary when starting out.

Happy Geocaching!

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Our trip to Legoland and Haul!

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The summer holidays have begun! This week we took a road trip to Legoland, hoping that some of the schools had yet to break up and it would be a bit quieter. Luckily I was right!
We had a brilliant 2 days here and both children were worn out at the end of the day. I loved that it was geared at young ages and that Bear at only 13.5 months old could go on some rides. Earlier in the year we took a trip to Disneyland Paris and he was more or less stuck in his pram as nothing was age appropriate.
The lego figures were amazing and must have taken ages to build! They definitely have some skilled ‘workers’ there.

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Dude’s favourite ‘ride’ of the whole trip was the amazing water play areas. It was 22-24 degrees whilst we were there and so these were a much needed way to cool off! He also loved the driving school and squid surfer!

Daddy wanted to go on some of the ‘older’ rides but unfortunately when we got to these areas, the queues were at 75 minutes so we skipped them and hopefully next time we visit Dude will be big enough to ride them aswell.

We didnt really watch any of the shows. We started to watch the Friends to the rescue show in Heartlake City but to be honest we all got bored and moved on.

The rides I would definitely recommend are:

  • Atlantis (A submarine aquarium ride with no age restrictions)
  • Duplo valley Water Play Area and Drench Towers
  • Driving School
  • Fire Academy
  • Heartlake City Express (Great view of the park)

At the end of our day we of course hit the The Big Lego Shop! So here is our little haul. One item I said to Dude on the way in….. oops!

What did we get?

  • Legoland Magnet (To add our to collection of places we have been!) – £1.99
  • Batman Keyring (Daddy chose this) – £3.99
  • 3 x pack of Mixels (Season 5 + 4) – £2.99 each
  • Duplo Boat Set (For Bear!) – £12.99
  • Lego Classic Board – £6.99
  • Lego Classic Box – £19.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes Hulk Bash/Ironman – £17.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes Mini Ironman Set – £9.99

All in all, I would definitely visit Legoland again, its great for all ages and loads to do come rain or shine!

Hot weather – tips for babies and young children 

The sun is shining…finally! But wow it is hot! It’s been the hottest day this year today and although we’ve had great fun in the garden, I’ve been so worried about the boys getting burnt or dehydrated. 

Here are some great tips I’ve followed to keep the boys safe in this hot weather:

1. Stay out of the sun between 11am-2pm when the sun is at its hottest. If like me you have children who want to stay outside, grab yourself a uv suntent and set that up in shadier part of the garden and have a picnic lunch. 

2. Apply sun cream every 2 hours or more if it’s getting washed off in the pool or sea. I always apply factor 50 to the boys. I use banana boat sun cream as my children have excema and this doesn’t affect their skin. 

3. Have drinks available at all times to prevent dehydration. To make this fun we made Lego shaped ice cubes to put in the drinks. 

4. Make sure children have on a sun hat that covers their necks and face. This is difficult one in our household as bear whips it off all the time! Definitely need to invest in a neck strap hat! (Or superglue!)

5. Have fun! Get the paddling pool out and swim suits on and enjoy being outside! Invite family over for bbqs and do that thing that every mothers loves – manage to dry a lot of washing on the line in one day!!

  

Poorly boys and billy bear

So I’ve been away a few days as both boys are ill 😦
Dude has been ill since Friday and slept most of the days. Typical! It’s half term and so far we haven’t done anything!

On the last day of pre school dude got given Billy Bear. We have to take him fun places and photograph our adventures. We haven’t got much to report as of yet. Considering the gruffalo trail at the weekend as dude liked that back in the summer. Let’s hope the rain can hold off!

A few more blog posts coming up soon! I have started on dudes spring/summer wardrobe so will show you that soon!

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Spring garden planning!

Yes I know, theres snow in alot of the UK and here I am planning Spring!
I love Spring! Evenings are lighter again, late afternoon walks are possible to wear out the little ones and the doors can be opened to the garden again!
I’ve picked up all sorts of new outdoor things that I’ve seen on offer after the summer season was over. We have some great large playmats with ‘board’ games on with big counters and dice. I really want to spruce up the garden and make it a great colourful area to play. The grass (if you can call it that) is a bit pitiful and I’m praying it grows back with some TLC. I’ve seen some great ways on pinterest to decorate the garden with tin cans and painted stones. We have a raised wooden veg planter that my husband made which i hope to grow some more bits in this year. Tomatoes were a hit last year!

Here are some of my ideas!

Homemade bird feeders

Painted stones for the veg planter

Tin can herb planters

Bargain of the day!

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Found these kids welly socks in Aldi today. £1.49 for 2 pairs!

It’s so cold at the moment and we are in welly season so I’m sure these will come in handy!

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