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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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Mum Kind Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

A few weeks back I was sent some 'Water Our Way' and 'Soothing Ginger & Chamomile Lozenges' from a new pregnancy nutrition brand called Mum Kind. They have recently been launched in over 300 stores and Amazon.

Mum Kind's mission is...

 'to make it easier for women to take care of themselves, and therefore their growing babies, whilst juggling life in the real world'.

There are currently a selection of products available, nutrition bars, a bedtime drink, along with the water enhancer and lozenges.
Mum Kind have secured backing from a number of nutritionists and doctors including Dr Emma Derbyshire PhD RNutr, who is an established nutritionist and active researcher in maternal nutrition.
The Water Enhancer...
It's berry flavoured with added B vitamins and has 10 servings in the handy sized bottle. It doesn't contain any caffeine, artificial colours or flavours which is perfect for expectant mums. The added B12 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue and B6 helps regulate hormone activity. All you need to do is squeeze some into a glass/bottle of water.
I love the fact it comes in a small portable bottle which is easy just to pop in your bag if your out or taking it to work.
Personally I love water and I was lucky enough not to be put off it with pregnancy symptoms when I was expecting Eliot but I would've loved to tried this back then to see if it helped with tiredness. I think it's ideal for women who aren't keen on water and/or  are looking for a drink minus any artificial additions.
I've been trying it out myself and really like the fruity berry flavour. I can't comment on whether it's helped with tiredness as I think the tiredness you experience during pregnancy and being a new mum is different! It is refreshing and I would definitely try it again if we have another baby.
The Ginger & Chamomile Lozenges...
Contain soothing properties of natural ginger and chamomile, come in clear wrappers and a reusable tub that is freezer and microwave safe.
They can be taken whenever you like to help and again are free from any artificial flavours or colours.
I am not keen on ginger, unless it's in the form of a biscuit which I believe has a very different taste to when it's used in its more natural form. Therefore I didn't really like the lozenges, it is just a matter of personal taste. I'm sure those of you who do like ginger would enjoy them very much!
For one lucky expectant or new mum I have a 'Water Our Way' and  'Soothing Lozenges' to giveaway!

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