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

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

6 Ways to Cut Down on Single Use Plastic

I have been on a mission to reduce our plastic waste for a while but recently I have discovered so many little changes than can have a big impact.  The recent Blue Planet series has brought to light how big an issue it is and it is great to see so many people looking at how they can reduce and eliminate single use plastics.  

I still have a long way to go, but I wanted to share 6 ways in which we have cut down on plastic in the past few months.

1) Reusable Straws

Straws have been big news in the last couple of weeks with a proposed ban on plastic straws coming next year.  We are one step ahead of the game though and have had metal straws at home for the past year.  I have recently invested in a set of Klean Kanteen straws to take out and about with me though as sometimes I just like to drink out of a straw and often the children are a lot less messy with one! They come in a pack of four with different colours and I keep them in my changing bag in a little wet bag so I am always prepared.

cutting down on single use plastic, eco-living, themummyadventure.com

2) Shampoo and deodorant.

Moving to solid shampoo and solid deodorant feels like a great move for more than one reason.  Both come packaged in a small cardboard box that is easily recyclable and other than that there is no waste.  I love how natural both are too, with fewer chemicals  and artificial smells.  The shampoo bar is easy to use and leaves my hair feeling clean and soft and the deodorant bar is just held under the tap for a few seconds and then used like a roll on.  I am on the look out for a hair conditioner bar now! We already switched from shower gel and hand wash to soap for the same reasons so our bathroom has considerably less plastic in now.

cutting down on single use plastic, eco-living, themummyadventure.com

3) Reusable bottles and cups.

As a coffee fan, I often grab one 'to go' whilst I am out and of course that comes in a paper cup that is very difficult to recycle.  I am embarrassed at how much bottled water we used to buy too.  I now have a Keep Cup that I use in coffee shops when I want a take away lid and we use Klean Kanteen bottles for both the children and I to carry water when we are out.  I get them refilled every time we stop at a cafe or similar and we are buying much fewer drinks when we are out now.

cutting down on single use plastic, eco-living, themummyadventure.com

4) Mooncup

We have used reusable nappies since Dylan was little, but it took longer for me to make the switch for myself.  Since Finn was born over 3 years ago, I haven't used any disposable sanitary products for myself and the switch to a mooncup has been one of the best things I have done.  It is comfortable, easy to use and means I am not exposing my body to unnecessary chemicals or disposing of products that take years and years to decompose.  There are many options out there and if you are thinking of making the switch then check out this quiz.

5) Toothbrushes

I am yet to make the switch for all of us, but the smallest two have now got new  Jack'n'jill toothbrushes that are made from cornstarch and are compostable and biodegradable.  Rather than throwing away plastic toothbrushes every few weeks, we can snap off the very end of these and put the rest in the compost.  I need to look into what options there are for adults next! 

cutting down on single use plastic, eco-living, themummyadventure.com

6) Loose food bags

Whilst plastic carrier bags are now chargeable at most shops, the smaller plastic bags that we use to buy loose fruit and vegetables are still free and easy to access. It wasn't much effort to start carrying reusable shopping bags and I have now added some reusable loose food bags so that I can cut down on more plastic waste.  Rather than buying the prepackaged fruit and vegetables I choose loose where I can and put it straight into the lightweight mesh bags in the shop rather than taking the thin plastic ones which inevitably go straight in the bin.  

As I said, I still have a long way to go to cut out plastic but every little thing makes a difference and if we all try to implement positive changes then hopefully it will become second nature to the next generation.

How are you trying to cut down on single use plastic?

cutting down on single use plastic, eco-living, themummyadventure.com
PIN ME!

Read more ⇨

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Bedtime Routine with Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories

I thought that we had put the bedtime battles behind us when the children started sleeping through the night, but as the boys have got older, there have been new challenges and recently they have been struggling to settle at night. They have chosen to share a room and most of the time it is great as they have their own space away from the little two and they can play their own games up there. At night time it can cause issues though as if one of them isn’t in the mood for sleeping, they keep the other one awake.

Our bedtime routine has always been simple, with pyjamas, tooth brushing and a story, and then the boys can have a few minutes of quiet reading in their beds before the lights go out. We were asked if we wanted to try out the Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories app and it has made bedtime so much easier!

The app was easy and free to download (you can see how here) and there was a choice of a few songs and stories with the ability to unlock them all either for a month or for a year depending on the subscription you choose. It's a mix of story-telling and song thats designed to help your kids drift off at night.


The first night I was a little dubious as we have never tried an app like this. Audiobooks had been suggested to us before to help them settle but the ones I tried hadn’t worked. I set up a simple playlist with one story and one song which came to about 30 minutes. 

I use the app after the usual bedtime routine, they're all tucked up in bed with the lights off, I popped on the tracks with the screen turned off and told the boys I would come back to check on them after a few minutes.

I came back into the room after about 12 minutes and there was silence other than the ‘Sleepy Paws’ story that was still playing. I called out their names quietly and there was no answer. It couldn’t have been easier!


The second night took a little longer and Archie brought the phone back down to me after the half an hour asking for more sleepy paws. The next night I added another story and another song onto the playlist making it an hour long. After a week of later bedtimes due to the school holidays, we needed to start bringing bedtime back earlier and I knew the boys would resist that. They love listening to the app though and it has really helped them settle at night as it is so calm.

This week the sun has been shining and we have been outdoors so much more that they have barely got 5 minutes into the first track before both of them are fast asleep but I am hoping that continuing with it as part of our routine will help them as the evenings get even lighter and they are less convinced it is time for bed!

The app is aimed at children four years plus and you don’t need to know anything about the Moshi Monsters characters before hand to enjoy it. All of the songs and stories are calming and sweet and I imagine the app will be great for anxious children to send them to sleep.

I am hoping that with a good bedtime routine and well rested children we will be able to enjoy so much fun this summer as they will have more energy for after-school adventures in the sun!


This is a paid post in collaboration with Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories

Read more ⇨

Monday, 16 April 2018

Crealy Adventure Park Review

I hadn't heard of Crealy Adventure Park until we were asked if we would like to come and check it out and judging by the website it looked perfect for young families like ours.  My children are 6,5,3 and 1 and the park was advertised as fun for 0-12 with rides, playgrounds and soft play areas.  We were glamping on site at Crealy Meadows and ended up spending two whole days at the Adventure Park.

Crealy Adventure Park was the boys' dream place.  The mix of child friendly rides, themed outdoor playgrounds and indoor spaces where they could bounce around was perfect for them and they loved seeing the animals and exploring everything the park had to offer.  If your child is over 92cm then there is almost nothing they can't do and one of the best parts of the week for us was being able to say yes to Finn so much.  He is used to having to wait whilst his brothers go on rides he is too small for and suddenly he was big enough for everything and he loved it!

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

The park is a mixture of indoor and outdoor which meant as the weather changed we could choose different activities.  Outside the boys favourite ride by far was the driving school which they must have done at least 8 times.  We went during the Easter holidays but the weather forecast wasn't great and we never had to queue for longer than about 5 minutes which was ideal!  Finn loved the Roman themed rollercoaster although his big brothers were too nervous to go on it and my highlight was shooting the boys with water as they played on the water ride.

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Indoors there were three rides including two that Cora was able to go on.  Although she is nearly 2 she is particularly short so her options were limited but there was plenty for her to do with the soft play areas.  There was a huge soft play which was perfect for even the biggest kids and parts were too challenging for my 5 and 6 year old still.  There were drop slides, long slides and all sorts and a seperate area for smaller children.  

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Also indoors was an animal barn where you could feed the rabbits, guinea pigs and goats.  There was a bug area and regular shows throughout the day where you could learn more about the insects, reptiles and mammals.  We caught the bug show and the kids loved learning about the tarantulas and touching the stick insects.  All three boys were mesmerised and the woman doing the show was really entertaining.

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

The downside to being in an adventure park was the food and there was limited choice (pretty much burger, halloumi in a bun or a chicken burger with chips).  I have two children who don't eat chips and there was nothing for them.  We did spot a salad and subs area but it was shut for the duration of our visit which was dissapointing.  There were picnic areas so I would suggest bringing your own food if you have fussy eaters or dietary requirements. 

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Whilst we were there, there was a free Easter Egg hunt you could take part in and the children loved following the clues to collect stamps and then trading them in for an egg at the end.  The hunt seemed to be on all week which was nice and the clues helped guide us to parts of the park we hadn't explored yet.

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

The children absolutely loved Crealy Adventure Park and it was amazing to be able to stay on site. I was exhausted at the end of every day (as were the children!) and it was great not having to go too far.  We spent 4 nights glamping on site at Crealy and had two full days in the adventure park which was perfect for us.  There were areas we saw a lot and a few bits we didn't manage to get to still.  I would recommend the park, especially if you have children between the ages of 3 and 9 as there is so much for them to do.

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com



Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com
PIN ME!



We were invited to visit the park and offered our accommodation and park tickets in exchange for a review.  All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Read more ⇨

Friday, 13 April 2018

Bath, Book, Bed

There are days where I feel like I am counting down until bedtime and days where I look forward to a moment of calm together at the end of a busy day.  The Book Trust are running a campaign to encourage making stories part of your bedtime routine and we have been getting crafty to make story time as fun as possible.

We decided to make our own reading den which turned out to be very messy and lots of fun! We took a large white bed sheet and some fabric paints and I let the kids go wild! Of course one mostly wanted to paint herself, one had lots of artistic ideas and one wanted to squirt as much paint as he possibly could into a very small space.  The end result was colourful and crazy and I know we can add to it when we want to.








We don't have loads of spare space, so we decided that Finn's bed could become the designated reading den.  I attached the sheet to the top with two huge elastic bands, but clothing pegs are ideal for something like this.  We used colourful ribbons and cardboard stars to make it more fun and popped some cushions along the back.  I am hoping to add some fairy lights to when the evenings get darker.  I needed something that could be put up and down easily and we can store this on a shelf and pop it up every evening to make reading time more cosy. 






The children absolutely love it and they couldn't wait for pyjamas on the first day, they wanted to dive straight in and get their books out!

The book Trust are the UK's largest children's reading charity and they are trying to encourage parents to make reading part of their child's bedtime routine, not only to help them sleep but to fuel their imagination, creativity and confidence. You can find more tips on creating a great bedtime routine over on their website!

I have a fantastic giveaway today to win this  Peppa Pig bedtime bundle pictured below, follow the simple rafflecopter instructions below.





Read more ⇨

Monday, 9 April 2018

10 Reasons we loved Glamping at Crealy Adventure Park

We have recently arrived home from a few days glamping in Crealy Meadows at Crealy Adventure Park.  It was our third time glamping and we have discovered it is the perfect way for our family to get away.  Situated in Devon, close to Exeter and Exmouth beach, Crealy Adventure Park is a theme park for children with onsite camping, glamping and lodges.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

As we visited in April, we went for one of the safari tents and I think we made the right choice.  The tent was spacious even with six of us in, warm even in the rain and it was the perfect base for exploring Crealy Adventure Park and the local area.  Our tent was called ''Jambo' and was located alongside 7 other tents and about a 40 second walk (if you take the short cut) from the toilet block. 

The campsite had a newly opened 'Clubhouse' which served food all day, a reception and a little shop selling the basics. There were two wooden playgrounds situated centrally which would have been great an any other campsite but they were overshadowed by the fantastic ones within the adventure park! The children all played in them every day still.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Here are the 10 reasons we loved glamping at Crealy


1. The tents had radiators in them which was so needed during a rainy April week.  It meant the tent felt as warm at night as our house does and it means camping during the quieter months would be a lot more comfortable!

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

2. The adventure park next door runs shows in the animal area every day, but some of them were brought over to the Clubhouse just for the guests staying.  We went to the reptile show and it was small and intimate and the children got to hold a snake!

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

3. One thing I often worry about with camping is security, but we had a lockable front door on our safari tent as well as lockable windows all around so the tent felt secure.  There were always plenty of staff around too.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

4. Every night at 7pm there was a quiz which was comprised of 20 questions with a prize of a beach towel for the winner and an hour of the family bikes for the best team name.  We entered twice and we have brought home a lovely Crealy beach towel as well as winning a go on the family bikes (which sadly we didn't get to use).

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

5. There was a secret gate from the camping site to the park which meant you didn't have to queue to get in, you could just slip through.  The week we went was quite quiet but I imagine in the high season this would be really useful!

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

6. Every night the big soft play in the Adventure Park opens for overnight guests and we loved running off the last of the days energy there! It is open until 11pm and there is a bar there as well as family games, shows and entertainment.  The soft play was designed with all ages in mind and is great for teens as well as younger ones.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

7. One of the highlights for the children was the unlimited pancake station in the mornings.  We ate breakfast in the clubhouse most days and they all went for pancakes with fresh fruit and syrups.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

8.  The toilet block was exceptionally clean, well set out and modern.  There was also two family bathroooms which had proper baths in as well as two toilets in each, one of them being a lower toddler toilet.  With children that hate showers, having a nice bath there was really great!

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

9. The tents are perfect for bigger families like ours.  The six of us fit in with space for more as the top bunk and the sofa bed were still free.  You could sleep 8 plus travel cots in each one.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

10. It is a family camping area and everything is designed to bring families closer together.  We loved the whole experience and getting to experience it all together.

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

I made a little video tour of our tent to give you a better idea of where we were staying too.


                     


Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Disclosure : We were invited to stay for free in exchange for sharing our honest opinion.


Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com
PIN ME!

Read more ⇨
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...