Thursday, 19 April 2018

My Mama Style // Baabuk Shoes

I have never really been a trainers kinda girl.  I wear boots from October-ish to April-ish and then swap into sandals and there is no inbetween.  Well there wasn't until recently.  The people at Baabuk got in touch to tell me about their wool shoes and I fell in love with a pair of blue and yellow sneakers (my favourite colour combo!).  

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What really fascinated me though, was the materials.  The couple who started the company, Dan and Galina took inspiration from the Russian's who use wool to keep warm and developed a range of cosy slippers that had no seams, were completely breathable and naturally antibacterial.  From these slippers came the idea to make sneakers and the more I read about them, the more sense they make! 

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The dirt wiped straight off when we got home
Wool is breathable, naturally antibacterial, naturally water repellent and renewable amongst many other great qualities.  This means that these shoes adapt, keeping your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  All my other shoes are so season specific, but here is a pair that can be worn whatever the weather.  Because wool is antibacterial it means I don't even need to wear socks with the shoes (a huge bonus in this weather) and they get comfier every time I wear them as the wool adjusts and adapts to your feet.

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The material is really soft with no seams as it is felted as one piece and the shoes are machine washable (there are instructions on the website).  I love how they are ethically produced and made and I love the style which is fun and colourful and so easy to wear.  I have worn these shoes everywhere recently and they seem really versatile. There are two varieties of shoe like this, the sneaker and the urban wooler and they come in a variety of colours to suit men and women.  

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I would love to try their boots in the future and am considering purchasing some for the winter as they look amazingly comfortable and warm!  They do a range of slippers for adults and children too on the Baabuk website.

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The shoes were sent to me by Baabak for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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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!

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

What the Kids Wore // Outfit Kids

It feels like we have been waiting for Spring for so long but it seems to have finally arrived and I am loving being able to send the children out into the garden every day.  We moved last summer to a house with a much bigger garden and whilst it still needs a lot of work to make it the space I would like it to be, it is full of potential and the children love playing in it.

We were sent a couple of outfits from Outfit kids and I took a few snaps whilst Finn and Cora were playing in them earlier this week.  Finn looks so grown up in his jogger jeans, speckled red t-shirt and hoody and I love Cora's oversized jumper and leggings.  She is actually wearing a size larger than she usually does as the collection starts at 18-24 months but I love the jumper a bit bigger.  I find everything quite true to size in the items we chose.

I am hoping to collect a few more outdoor toys to help spark their imaginations and keep them outdoors for longer but at the moment a football, a lawnmower and a slide entertain them for quite a while and they love racing on their bikes although Cora hasn't quite worked it out and tends to pick it up and stand to get anywhere.










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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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


                     


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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.


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