Showing posts with label beach kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beach kids. Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The End of Winter

Somehow Winter always seems like the longest season.  I know that just like Spring, Summer and Autumn it lasts for three months, but when those months are cold, wet and usually full of snot, it can seem to drag.  Spring is on the horizon and the temperature seems to be picking up already so we have been busy enjoying it.

The beach is my favourite place to go, I love the space, the smell, the freedom, how it soothes my soul.  At this time of year it is pretty much deserted, but it still holds so much beauty, it still captures my children's attention for hours and we still come home with that sand in our socks, glow on our cheeks feeling that makes me think of the summer.  

There are things I love about each season and as Spring begins, I am looking forward to being outdoors more, rediscovering our favourite places, not coming home until dinner time because it is still light, shedding our coats and some of those layers and moving more freely, the beautiful yellows and greens that are suddenly appearing in the parks, bringing my Saltwater sandals back out and painting my toenails pretty colours.  

Winter is ending and I will miss the warmth of walking into a heated house after an outdoor stroll, the excuse to drink hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows every night, snuggling under blankets on the sofa and watching the frost settling on the windows. 

This was the Winter that Cora learned to sit, that she tried her first taste of food.  It was the winter Finn started sleeping better and putting more words together.  It was the Winter that Archie turned 4 and grew tall enough to press the buzzer at preschool.  It was the Winter that Dylan got his confidence in the water and wrote all his own Christmas cards.  I am excited to see what Spring will bring.

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Friday, 30 December 2016

The Week in the Middle

Christmas day has come and gone, the new year has yet to begin and we are stuck in a strange place, not quite here or there.  We have no concept of which day of the week it is, mornings and bedtimes are later than usual and biscuits are an acceptable meal.  I love this week, the one with no routine, no schedule or deadlines or school runs, the one where we make our own rules.  We eat when we are hungry which isn't always at the traditional mealtimes and we go out when we get bored indoors.  

The Christmas break is so short, not even two weeks for Dylan and in the midst of the mayhem this week feels unusually calm.  I love waking up in the morning with no real plans for the day, playing it by ear, enjoying lazy mornings in my dressing gown and watching the children play with their new toys, their imaginations taking them to new lands each day.  

The Christmas tree is still up, the sun sets so early, the weather is getting colder and no resolutions have yet been made.  The kitchen side is piled high with goodies and we are drinking more cups of tea than ever with the excuse that we really should get through those biscuits soon.  

Today we have had a lazy morning, a late lunch, a long play and a glow stick disco in the living room with just the twinkly tree lights and our flourescent sticks stopping us bumping in to each other.  The children got to stay up just a little longer and we are eating leftover pizza for dinner.

I took a few photos of the boys at the beach in their new Muddy Puddles coats, they loved the sand all piled up and we were surprised at how busy it was for a December afternoon.  The beach is our go-to place to waste an hour or two and it doesn't matter what season it is, they never get bored of it.

muddy puddles, baby waterproof suit

School and Preschool restart on Wednesday so we only have a few days of this limbo left to enjoy.  This week in the middle is definitely one of my favourites.
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Monday, 12 September 2016

The Beach Hut

I have always lived close to the sea and my memories of summer growing up are the smell of sun cream, the sound of laughter, the feel of sand under my toes, the salty taste on my lips after swimming in the sea and our beach hut.  Every summer we had the same one, right in the middle of the strip, we shared it with other families, we brought picnics down, we spent whole days there, we never got bored of the beach.

My mum and dad kept hold of the beach hut, they renewed the rental each year and now I love the fact that my own children are growing up with the same experiences.  It isn't at our local beach but it is just a short drive away and they love it there.  I can keep Cora out of the sun, we can drink hot tea and coffee, we can stay down for tea and we can watch the glorious sunsets.

Because the tides come in higher in the winter, the hut is taken away and this weekend was our last chance to enjoy a day at the beach hut this year.  We were so lucky with the weather and Sunday was warm and bright and we spent all afternoon by the sea.

We intended to go home for dinner, now that school and nursery are back in we are trying to stick to the routine, but we ended up with fish and chips on the promenade and being barefoot on the sand as the sun set.  It felt like a perfect end of the season, and whilst I am still hoping on some bonus summer days before the end of the month, next time we are at the beach hut we may well have four mobile children!

I had my camera on me and hadn't used it all day but when the sun started to set and the light turned golden I couldn't resist having a play around and taking a few pictures.

cuddles with Grandpa

noughts and crosses with Daddy

I love that my babies are growing up in the same place that I did, having such similar experiences and enjoying the same things.  

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Taking a Baby to the Beach

We are lucky enough to have a beach pretty local to us, but even if you don't, the chances are you will be visiting one this summer either as a day trip or on holiday.  Taking a baby to the beach can be fun as well as challenging, especially with older siblings as well.  As part of our role as Huggies® Little Swimmers® ambassadors we have been challenged to 'get set, splash' this summer which really isn't hard.  We love to be outdoors, the children love having the freedom to run around and water is all just part of the fun.

Finn's little swimmers are the perfect beach companion for him - he can wear them in the sand without me worrying about keeping him covered or any nasty accidents and if he decides to crawl off and explore in the sea then I know that they won't swell up or inflate.  The fun characters from the upcoming Disney© Pixar film 'Finding Dory' mean they look bright and fun in the sun and they are easy to tear off at the end of the day when it is time to take him home.  

I have put together a little video with my top tips for taking a baby to the beach - but my main tip is to be relaxed - eating a little sand doesn't do them any harm, the beach is full of shells and rocks and things to explore if you forget the buckets and spades, and as long as you have some wipes and some Huggies® Little Swimmers® in your changing bag you are pretty much set!

So what are your top tips for taking a baby to the beach?

I have made this video as part of my role as a Huggies little Swimmers ambassador
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Saturday, 4 June 2016

What the Boys Wore : Toby Tiger

This half term holiday hasn't been at all what I expected.  The sun I was hoping for was replaced with showers, the temperatures dropped and everyone was just a bit too tired for most of the week.  Finally today the sun came out - not until 3pm of course, but suddenly the clouds parted, the skies brightened and we managed to enjoy a bit of the half term holiday I had planned.

We are lucky to have a beach within walking distance of our house and it was exactly what we needed - fresh air, space and ice cream.  The boys were sent some wonderfully colourful clothes from Toby Tiger, an organic clothing company committed to letting kids be kids and it seemed the perfect day to wear their new outfits.

Finn's outfit has to be my favourite, the blue t-shirt with a turtle on is just the perfect colouring for him and the shorts satisfy my love of all things rainbow.  They are both super soft and stretchy and feel built to last.  He is wearing age 1-2 which has plenty of growing space and fits a cloth nappy underneath easily.  

Archie loved how comfortable his outfit was - as a child that needs to move and climb at every opportunity he needs stretch and his shorts and tee offer that.  He is wearing 3-4 as an average sized 3 year old and they will definitely both fit next year too.  The colours are vibrant and the stripes and print hide any mess pretty well (something he also likes to test).

Dylan was sent a long sleeved top and blue shorts and he loves them both.  The shorts are soft and exactly what he would choose for himself.  The red pocket on the back makes the outfit look really well put together and we love that the print wraps around the back of the top as well. 

What I really love is how well these clothes all go together.  The whole range is bright and the core colours run through it all making it easy to mix and match and meaning that getting siblings looking co-ordinated is really easy.  I love how great the boys look together in these outfits and everything is really unisex so they can be handed down and I can even match our little bump into the gang when she arrives.  (in fact I have my eye on a couple of sleepsuits for her already).

These clothes are just perfect for the summer we are hoping to have and the longer length on the shorts will be great to keep them covered in the sun.  Everything is light and airy and such fantastic quality too.  

Thank you to Toby Tiger for sending us such a gorgeous collection of clothes.

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Monday, 12 October 2015

What the Boys Wore - The Bonnie Mob

Living so close to the beach, we like to make the most of it all year round.  Whilst it is wonderful in the summer to paddle in the sea and bake in the sun, it is just as perfect in Autumn to collect buckets of shells, make sandcastles (whilst the sand always seems to be the perfect consistency) and drink cups of tea sheltering in the beach hut.

The Bonnie Mob sent us a selection of their beautiful new range and it was love with every piece.  The boys co-ordinated perfectly yet looked so different with Dylan wearing a bright knit cardigan and matching accessories and Finn comfy in leggings and a super soft cotton blanket.   Every item was fantastic quality, feeling well made and perfect for adventures and it has all washed well too.

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

What the Boys Wore - Boots Mini Club

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

Whilst I now buy most of the boys' wardrobe online, I love finding great clothes on the high street, and Boots Mini Club is one of my favourite places to go.  I discovered their baby range when I was trying to find a new baby present for a friend's little girl - she had specified no pink and it turns out that baby girl clothes come almost exclusively in that colour.  Boots baby range is colourful and fun whilst being comfortable and practical too.

Finn now has several of their summer rompers, as they are only £6 each and come in bright prints perfect for summer days.  There is no pastel blue, but there are frogs, dinosaurs, airplanes and all sorts. (In the little video before he is wearing one of my favourites - the rainbow stripes)
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Beach Times

We love the beach (you may have guessed this already), and we have our beach bags ready to go with all our essentials, all summer.  I can grab the bags, hang them on the buggy and just go which is perfect when you have two toddlers in tow!

 We have been sent some lovely bits which have found a permanent place in our beach bags, the first of which is a pair of personalised towels for the boys from Stuck on you.
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

An Adventure at Whitstable Beach

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'Would you like to come into my adventure, mummy?'

Sometimes I worry that he hasn't quite got it, but then he makes me hop from cushion to cushion as we jump on the train, or he takes me into the 'jungle', where in reality no plant is higher than our knees and the most exotic animal you will find is a squirrel.  

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Dylan is nearly three and I can see his imagination growing every day.  He loves to play pretend, making whole scenarios in his head and his favourite place to have these adventures is outdoors.  The park, the beach, the alley down the side of our house - it doesn't really matter when you are two, what matters is who you are with and what you are doing.

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