Saturday, 25 October 2014

WotW Moving!

Finally I get to write about the fact we have (finally) found somewhere to move, as long as everything goes to plan! After a few months of searching and having offers refused, even when we offered more than others that were interested. It really has been an up and down stressful rollercoster. That changed last weekend. I received a phone call from an estate agent about a property I'd previously enquired about. The sale had fallen through and it was back on the market. We made an appointment to view it the following day. We liked it and spent a while chatting with the vendor who gave us his contact details. Later on we got in touch to say we wanted to buy and on Monday we got in touch with the estate agent. It's a shared ownership property so we also had to apply for it through a housing association, this was nerve wracking as we had to wait a couple of days for their decision. The OH actually avoided my phone calls and texts on Wednesday as he wanted to surprise me when I got home from work. I knew it must have been good news otherwise he would have told me. He arrived home with a bottle of sparkly and we celebrated the good news! I know things with houses can change at the drop of a hat but I really hope this is it and this is the home we'll be moving into!
The Reading Residence

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Our Autumn Break & Peppa Pig World

Last week we went on a little holiday to Dorset with my parents. The OH couldn't get down until Wednesday due to work but myself and Eliot enjoyed the whole five days! The break was actually booked through The Sun's £9.50 holidays deal after my parents collected tokens and kindly treated us to a little break. You had to pay extra for entertainment passes and for electricity but overall it was a pretty good deal. If you're able to get away during term time there are some fantastic places to choose from on the deal.
We stayed at Parkdean Sanford a caravan park with a good range of facilities. We arrived around 5pm, checked in and drove round to our caravan, which was a luxury one much to our surprise. Everywhere was immaculate, it had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, even a washing machine! It was just perfect for a little break away with all the home comforts which I personally think you need when you have a baby especially if you are sterilising bottles.
 Once we'd  unpacked we headed for a nosey around the main building, Eliot was quite taken by Lizzies Limo ride in the arcade, particularly spinning the wheel! We checked out the restaurant and as it was getting late for Eliot, we decided to eat there. The menu was varied but in our opinion was overpriced. We weren't overwhelmed with the food, particularly my mum. After that we went into the main hall to see Sid and Lizzie (the Parkdean characters) say goodnight before I took Eliot back to the caravan for bed.
 Eliot slept through every night which was lovely and enjoyed having his breakfast watching Peppa Pig on channel 5.

Once we were all ready we went into Poole for the day, had a wander round the quay and shops. My mum and I also enjoyed clotted cream scones, a must when your away by the sea!

Before leaving Parkdean for the day on Tuesday and Wednesday Eliot had lots of fun in the Crazy Caves (soft play) and it was amazing only sharing with one other baby, one time and then having it all to ourselves!

On Wednesday we went to Swanage and had stroll by the sea, fed seagulls and I repeatedly failed at winning anything out of the teddy grabber machines! The OH arrived in the afternoon.

Thursday was my favourite day, I was super excited to be taking Eliot to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, as he has recently become a bit of a Peppa Pig fan! Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side and it rained on and off the whole day but we still had lots of fun. It also meant the park wasn't that busy and we hardly had to queue for the rides.
Entry is free for little ones under one meter so we didn't need to buy a ticket for Eliot. Eliot was able to go on all of the rides in Peppa Pig World apart from one as he wasn't quite tall enough.
There is also a large indoor play area which has different sections for different ages. It was simply fab, by far the best ever soft play area I've stepped into!
We also visited Peppa's house which was pretty cute but a little disappointing on the inside, it would have been nice if they'd made it bigger. Still all the kids were excited and that's the main thing.

 We then had a wander around the rest of the park and found a bouncy castle and trampoline area undercover that Eliot had a bit of play in. The OH and I also had a go on some of the 'older' rides whilst my mum looked after Eliot. We wandered back to Peppa Pig World through the gardens and had a look at some of the birds at a nice leisurely pace.

We arrived back in Peppa Pig World just in time for the last few rides, flying a helicopter, driving a car and sailing in Grandad Pigs boat.

 This was Eliot's favourite ride, he threw tantrums when it had finished on previous go's. Luckily he didn't make a fuss on his final turn!

Wanting to drive again!
I would definitely book a holiday with Parkdean in the future as I was impressed with the facilities and caravan we stayed in. There's no doubt we will be back to Peppa Pig World in the future too as it's brilliant for tots!

Here's a little video of our hol, including a caravan nose and Peppa Pig World!

Have you visited Peppa Pig World/Stayed with Parkdean?
Disclaimer-I was not asked to write about Parkdean or Peppa Pig World, all views are my own.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Toddler Autumn Holiday Lookbook

HELLO! Hope you've all had a good week :) On Friday we arrived home from our little Autumn break down in Dorset (post to follow) and I thought I'd share Eliot's outfits via vlog as I do love watching those types of video! Hope you enjoy!

Monday, 6 October 2014


Today Eliot and I are heading down to Dorset with my parents for a little autumn break, the OH is joining us on Wednesday due to work commitments. I'm looking forward to it, it's always nice to escape reality for a short while!
We plan to visit Peppa Pig World on Thursday as Eliot has just recently got into it so I'm sure he'll love it! Although he has been a bit unwell since yesterday afternoon with a suspected sore throat. He had some calpol last night and seems a lot better this morning so hopefully it won't get any worse.
Typically the weather forecast isn't great, fingers crossed it's not too bad the whole of this week!
Hope you have a good week, whatever you're up to!

Organix Little Book Of Weaning GIveaway-CLOSED

This week Organix are launching 'The Little Book Of Weaning'. They have been speaking to parents to find out their main concerns and worries when it come to weaning their babies. From that they have come up with  their 'The Little Book Of Weaning'.
Weaning can be a daunting time, I remember buying bits and bobs in advance and thinking about whether to go down the puree or baby led weaning route. In the end we started with purees but moved on to more baby led weaning. I think you need to experiment with what works for your baby and family but only what you feel comfortable with.

The Little Book Of Weaning is available as a free download but I've teamed up with Organix to offer not one but three lucky readers a chance to win a hard copy! All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter.

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