Showing posts with label family fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family fun. Show all posts

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Little Welly Obstacle Course

The Little Welly Obstacle Course & Festival is coming to Kent and we are so excited! On the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd September it will be at St Clere estate and with over 30 big obstacles and a 3km course, I think it is going to be the most amazing fun and I am planning to take both Dylan and Archie along with me.  This would have been my dream as a child and I think I am just as excited as them about it really!


The Little Welly means kids can run, jump, climb, swing, slide and crawl through the outdoor adventure series on the grounds of a luxury estate in Sevenoaks.  The stunning grounds are hosting it for the first time and children aged four and over (and their parents) can get involved, no matter what the weather.  There is a toddler course for under 4s (which is free) as well as lots more for them to get involved in too.  Make sure your take spare clothes as it looks muddy!


After scaling the towering heights of the web frame, conquering the looming dark crawl, splashing through the mud & water pits, braving the new spider tunnel, fearlessly facing the three hump dragon, giving it all for the wall, bouncing around in the foam pit and balancing on the long pole run, (just a selection of some of the obstacles)! every child can proudly collect their shiny medal & enjoy all the other fun activities on site.


 The fantastic Festival Village has something for all the family to enjoy: laser tag, zorbing, helter skelter, climbing wall, soft play bus, pony rides, football darts, toddler course, bungee trampolining, a huge stage with live music & entertainment. An array of culinary delights to feed all the family, ranging from Soleluna Pizzas, The Burger Van, crepes & doughnuts, Surrey Ices & the Craft Beer Cab will ensure nobody goes hungry or thirsty! There is something for everyone!


Tickets are available now! A child course & festival ticket is £19.50, adult assist course & festival ticket is £9.50 and festival only ticket £6.50 plus VAT & booking fee. Free car admission For more information & to book tickets online for individuals, groups, birthday parties please visit: 

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This post is in collaboration with Little Welly but we are genuinely buying tickets ourselves as it looks so much fun!
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Thursday, 14 June 2018

A Mermaid Themed Bedroom

I have been so excited about the prospect of decorating a bedroom for Cora and I decided that a mermaid theme fitted her personality and style as well as been fun to shop for! Cora loves the water and the beach and she pushes away in the pool, wanting to swim off by herself (although lacking the skills to actually do this).  The room ended up being very girly and coastal with a few mermaid accessories but I love the coastal vibes, the coral and gold and the little touches of turquoise sea.

Valspar provided us with some paint in their 'nursery colour of the year', Rabbit's Foot and I love the colour.  It works perfect as a base for this coastal room and it is so unisex on its own and I think by changing a few accessories we could create a completely different room.  The paint is washable and stain resistant (as well as coming in over 2,000 shades) which is ideal for a toddler's bedroom too!

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All the walls are painted with Rabbit's Foot and I used a pure white wood paint to touch up the skirting boards which were looking very yellow! I bought some gold spots to make a feature wall behind her bed and I love how they add a bit of fun to the room.  (There is a list at the bottom of the post with where I bought everything from).

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I loved the idea of having shelving with some pretty things on (these have been placed out of cora's reach) and I love how they have turned out.  The beautiful mermaid print was designed especially for Cora and the shells in the jar are ones we collected together at the beach last week.  There is a tiny jar with some sand from our favourite beach too which we found for sale in a local independent shop and it seemed like the perfect finishing touch to the shelves.

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It wasn't easy finding a plain coloured cot bed duvet set but I eventually tracked this down which is perfect for the room. 

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When I was looking for inspiration on pinterest I found the most beautiful room with a gorgeous wooden mermaid on the walls. I couldn't find anything quite like it but whilst searching I did come across this wooden wall hook which is now hanging on the wall for some of her jumpers.

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I wanted to create a little cosy corner where Cora can sit and read books or play with her toys, and where we can snuggle up to feed in the evenings.  I have ordered a giant floor cushion to go underneath but it hasn't turned up yet.  I found three lovely cushions and a little storage basket and we already love cuddling up here with a book.

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I have kept the room simple with all white furniture (plus this is what we already had) and I love the end result.  I think her room is calm, colourful and perfect for my little water loving girl.  I have listed below where I bought everything. 


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Mermaid themed kids bedroom, coastal mermaid nursery, kids interiors, themummyadventure.com

Mermaid themed kids bedroom, coastal mermaid nursery, kids interiors, themummyadventure.com

Mermaid themed kids bedroom, coastal mermaid nursery, kids interiors, themummyadventure.com

Mermaid themed kids bedroom, coastal mermaid nursery, kids interiors, themummyadventure.com

Mermaid themed kids bedroom, coastal mermaid nursery, kids interiors, themummyadventure.com

Mermaid themed kids bedroom, coastal mermaid nursery, kids interiors, themummyadventure.com


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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

First Wonder Box Review

Is there anything more exciting when you are five and six than getting your own post?  We have been working with First Wonder Box to check out their dinosaur box and it was a huge hit with them both! First Wonder Box is a subscription box service aimed at children aged 4-8 years old and each one has a theme from dinosaurs, to under the sea to bugs.  They are small enough to fit through the letterbox but big enough to be full of fun.


I was a little nervous when it arrived as we have tried a few boxes and they needed a lot of adult imput which is lovely, but I have been looking for something that the boys can do a little more independently too.  First Wonder Box has a great balance, especially for Dylan, 6 (Archie's reading skills means he still needed a lot of help).  We looked through it together, but I could leave him to explore further alone if I wanted to.  The box had 

-Two collector cards
-stickers
-an activity book
-a pterodactyl mini kite
-a small stretchy dinosaur
-A pencil and rubber
-A scratch art dinosaur
-The box which turns into a game.


The boxes are priced at £7.99 although you can get your first box for half price and I think it is a great price! Dylan got stuck straight in with the scratch art, something we haven't done before but he loved!  The kite has been put away for the next windy weekend and he loved the collector cards, although he would have liked some more cool facts on them.

The activity book is great as it has plenty of games alongside facts and information so it is educational and kept him busy for ages! The pencil and rubber meant it was ready to go and I would definitely consider buying something like this for travelling and holidays for that reason!  


The boys loved playing the board game too which we probably played about 10 times that first day! Everything you needed was included and it is a great use of materials.  We were also sent an under the sea box which had a game of memory you could cut out on the box which has also been played with loads!

The age range suggested is 4-8 years, and I think this is quite accurate.  At 6, 7 and 8 the child will be able to do the box pretty independently, and at 4 and 5 it is definitely something nice to do with them.  Most subscription boxes are more craft based than this one, however we liked the balance of information with activities.  Overall we were really impressed and both boys have asked if we can get them again!  You can order your first box for £3.99  on the First Wonder Box website







 The post is in collaboration with First Wonder Box 
but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Me and Mine in May

I have had so many opportunities to get a family photo this month, but it took until about 6pm today to actually get us all in front of the camera for a last minute snap and I think you can see how tired we all are! May has been a month of sunshine (mostly) and showers, beach trips and shorts, sunglasses and pimms.  It feels like we waited forever for this half term at the very end of the week and now we are just impatient for that long six week break we know is coming.

May has been quietly busy and whilst we haven't been anywhere special, we have been out a lot, spending most of the month outside at parks, beaches and woods.  The children have spent all their spare time in the garden which is slowly getting to how we want it and there have been more muddy knees and grass stains than I can count.

This was the month we decided to give potty training a go for not one child, but two.  Both Finn and Cora are now wearing pants and most days it is going really well, although it is definitely a slower process than with their big brothers.

So here is our family photo for May and a little update on us all


This month I have loved a bit of childfree times, watching 'Life of the Party' at the cinema, seeing how well my babies are doing at potty training and being barefoot at the beach.

Ed has loved seeing his friends at a wedding, choosing a reusable coffee cup (a bigger deal than you can imagine!), bbq weather and gardening with the children,

Dylan has loved hatching baby chicks at school, ice cream at the beach, making fruity (bear) yoyos from scratch and reading Horrid Henry's bodies book.

Archie has loved digging up mud in the garden, playdates with his friends after school, lots of outdoors play and pork pies.

Finn has loved going on the big slide at swimming, choosing his big boy pants every morning, the roundabout on the beach and having tea at nursery.

Cora has loved outdoor baths in the garden, playing with her little cousin Oscar, playing chase with her brothers/friends/anyone that will get involved and taking her babies for walks.

We are all hoping the sunshine returns for June!
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Monday, 28 May 2018

An Ordinary Day at the Beach

These four, they are a team.  They are a little gang of small people, the leader often changes as do the dynamics and my gosh do they like to squabble but underneath it all is a friendship that nothing will break.  They have their own personalities, strong opinions and unique perspectives but together they are strong and I love watching the way they react to each other.


This was just an ordinary half term day but we had no plans and the sun was shining so the beach seemed like the obvious choice.  Ed was working and so it was just this gang and I which always prompts comments every few metres as we walk to the coast about 'having my hands full' (I totally do!).  We had the wagon packed with buckets and spades, water and swimwear and we had nowhere else to be.  

I think the freedom of the beach always puts them in a good mood.  The sea and sky seem endless, there is nobody showing them how to play or what to do, they are just given tools and left to create their own games.  I think their favourite at the moment has to be throwing rocks into the sea.  I will never understand how it can create so much enjoyment and entertain them for so long, but they can't resist the temptation of throwing and watching their rocks splash in the cold British sea.  They run in and out of the waves, kick the water in the air and splash with their fingers and they smile and laugh as they do it.

The day wasn't all perfect, but this moment was and looking back, that is what I want to remember.  The way the big two competed, both thinking they had won, the way they encouraged their younger siblings, showing how to throw underarm, and the way they praised them for trying.  The way they giggled as they did it, Archie doing a silly dance in between each throw.  The way Cora counted rocks 'three, three, three', the way Dylan checked them all thoroughly to find the best ones and the way Finn picked only the biggest ones, telling me he was so strong every time he lifted one.

As much as I love recording the big moments and the milestones, I wanted to make more of an effort to write down the little ones too and I hope one day the children can look back on the memories we made and remember the fun of their childhood.
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight

We first visited the Isle of Wight twice as a family and both times we took a trip to one of the island's most famous attractions - Blackgang Chine.  Blackgang Chine is a unique place, built along a crumbling cliff top, set firmly in the past and combining lots of different and unrelated zones, I have spent a lot of time wondering who came up with some of the ideas! The moment you walk in you feel like you have gone back in time, but it is a fun day out for all the family and if we visit the island again we will definitely go back!

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

It cost us £80 to enter as a family of four (under 4s are free so we didn't have to pay for the little two ) and we spent a whole day there (11am-4:30pm) and got to see the whole park.  

Our favourite 'zone' is the Cowboy area which is set up as a mini street with different shops and buildings to play in as well as things to climb on, sit in and a cafe.  All four loved running around and exploring and the nachos were delicious.  There is a bin that talks to you when you put rubbish in, coffins to 'try out for size' and lots of little quirky things to discover.

In the centre of the park is a play area that consists of two pirate ships, both with guns that shoot water across at each other.  They are connected by a walkway and there are some swings on the side.  The boys loved battling with the water guns and Cora loved exploring.

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Since our last visit about two years ago, they have added an underwater kingdom which was fun to walk through with a singing crab, coloured lights and a giant whale at the exit.  We also visited Rumpus' mansion (a mansion that has been taken over by naughty gremlins), the crooked house, a fairy castle, land of the Dodo's and a dinosaur walkway.

We got lost in a maze and all four children were spun around many times on the pirate barrells ride.  The day we visited was overcast and chilly but dry and the park was really empty so they could go on as many times as they wanted.  There was a bouncy walkway which I thought was really entertaining and the park is set with a backdrop of beautiful sea.  

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine is the UKs oldest theme park which first opened in 1843 but the attractions have been moved several times as more of the coastline (including the original chine) has fallen into the sea.  Some of the attractions remain unchanged since as early as the 1960s and it all adds to Blackgang's eccentric charm.  If you visit, make sure you explore fully.  We almost missed some of the strangest sights like the little pet shop next to the pirate ships which was entertaining for us all and the talking bins never fail to raise a laugh.  Make sure you sit on the bench with gnomes at both ends and listen to their conversations too!

We loved our visit and seeing the new attraction, even though the Weather Wizard from our last visit is no longer there .  I think we will definitely return because really, there is no place quite like it!  Unfortunately my camera battery died very early on in the day so I have very few photos but there are plenty more on my post about our last visit to Blackgang Chine 

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Tech will Save Us // Electo Hero Review

Computers are playing a bigger role than ever in our lives and introducing them into play is an obvious move.  We were recently sent an Electro Hero kit from Tech Will Save Us to try out and it combines some of Archie's favourite things - playdough, electricity and Hulk Smash.

The kit is simple and self explanatory and you need access to the internet and playdough alongside everything in the box.  The kit we were sent is superhero based and came with 3 different themed activities.

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To start off, you need to either purchase or make 'electrodough'.  There is a recipe on the website but I hadn't seen this before we started so I did use existing playdough we already had.  On the site you can choose which of the three missions to try and you are guided through step by step.  I let the boys try it out together for the first time and Dylan (6) could then read all the instructions.  The moulds for the playdough are colour co-ordinated for your task and the instructions were simple enough that a six year old could follow without help.  The boys built a series of bricks which they lined up on the Hulk mission card and then a big Hulk fist too.

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Electro Hero, electric circuits for kids, superhero electrics, themummyadventure.com

The circuit for this task involved the sound option and when you bring the fist down on the bricks, the playdough conducts the electricity and you hear a Hulk smashing sound.  The boys thought this was absolutely brilliant and it led them to try different shapes  and ways of connecting the wires.  Once you have completed the mission, the app prompts you to try different things like seeing if you can conduct electricity through different materials.

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Electro Hero, electric circuits for kids, superhero electrics, themummyadventure.com

As well as Hulk's challenge, there is a Captain America one and an Iron Man one, both of which are more complex and have different levels, encouraging children to experiment and learn about circuits.  I think this is a great set for children and I can see how even after they have completed all the challenges in the box they can start creating their own as they understand the science behind it and they have all the materials to try something new.

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Electro Hero, electric circuits for kids, superhero electrics, themummyadventure.com

Archie and Dylan are 5 and 6 and I would say they are the perfect age for this game.  The box says 4+ and I think it would be ideal for 4-8 year olds.  It is priced at £24.99 which I think is reasonable  and this would make a great gift for a boy or girl.  This is just one of many kits and I definitely think we will consider one of the others for Dylan's birthday.  There are different levels for children 4+, 8+ and 12+ etc

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I love how this game involves technology but in an active and interactive way and it really sparked some conversations with the boys.  They have asked to get it out several times since we initially played with it (and that was only a couple of days ago) and they both give it a big thumbs up!


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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Summer Family Bucket List

This beautiful Bank Holiday weather has made me so excited for summer and six weeks of having all four children at home! I have started making our summer bucket list full of things to keep us occupied over the warmer months.

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1)  Go to the beach - This one is a bit of a given for us and I am hoping to go at least once a week but it needed to be included.  Obviously every beach trip should involve ice cream.

2) Paint rocks and hide them - I love the rock hunting craze and we have been on plenty of hunts but we still haven't managed to decorate our rocks yet so this is on our list!

3) Go camping in the back garden - for the first time we have a garden that we can pitch a tent in and the boys are excited to have garden sleepovers with their friends.

4) Go on a nature 'treasure hunt' in the woods.  We have bug hunting and bird watching books, leaf identification sheets and magnifying glasses and we are all set to go exploring outdoors!

5) Spend the day at a local festival - There are a few we want to go to including a local folk festival that we attend every year.

6) Go paddling in the outdoor pool - There is a big local paddling pool that I have somehow never taken the children to . . . until this summer.

7) Pick Strawberries - It will never just be strawberries, but they are definitely the tastiest fruit to pick! I want to pick apples and plums too.

8) Fly a kite - We have a kite that we just never seem to find the time to take out but living so coastal means we are never short of wind!

9) Climb trees - Muddy knees and scuffed shoes are just part of the summer and we have a favourite park with 'climbing trees' as well as a great den to hide out in.

10) Feed the ducks - I know you are not supposed to feed them bread so we will take peas and sweetcorn and hope the kids don't eat it all before we get there!

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There is so much more we want to do, but these are 10 things that are getting me so excited for those 6 weeks off! I was recently sent some super comfy sandals from Strive Footwear which have biomechanical footbed technology which fits the natural contours of my feet and helps relieve stress on my body and reduces aches and pains.  Plus they are shiny and gold which means I have a very jealous child whose favourite colour is gold! They are perfect for looking after my feet on our summer adventures and you will see them cropping up in lots of pictures! I had their boots over the winter which were so comfy and these are just the same.

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What have you got planned for the summer? What should we add to our list?

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