Sunday, 21 September 2014

The very first: Our week in Pictures 13th-20th September 2014

So I have decided it would be a great idea to do a 'our week in pictures' post every Sunday. I takes some great pictures (if I do say so myself) and they do not make it all onto my blog. They are all snapshots of our family life. If you follow me on Instagram you will probably have seen a fair few!

So here goes, our week in Pictures 13th-20th September 2014.....

Chester played a game called dinosaur army. He used Millie's play food to feed them lunch, but couldn't quite decide if the herbivores ate fish or not!

Millie and I spotted this fantastic chalk drawing in our local High Street. Millie is a massive Jack Skellington fan! 

Cheeky Millie and I made these yummy cookies. In fact, they were so yummy Millie would only part with 1 for Chester and kept the rest for herself!

On Saturday, aside from our Pancake day, we also made homemade pizzas, which went down a treat!

Finally the week ended with cuddles on the sofa, although I didn't get a look in, Daddy appeared to be flavour of the day! 

So there you go, a fun week, which consisted mostly of baking with a bit of imaginative play thrown in for good measure! 

What have you been up to this week?! 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

I now declare Saturdays Pancake day!

Yes, thats right. I am declaring Saturdays as Pancake day! Well in our house at least!

Craig aside, as he has to work, Saturday's are a day where we do not have to rush. We don't have a set time to get out of bed.

Since Chester started back at School after the summer holidays and now in Year 1, by the end of the week, he is exhausted. So I try to make Saturday's as least hectic as possible, but I also wanted it to be a day to look forward too!

So I came up with the idea that Saturday's should be Pancake day! Both of the children love pancakes, they love choosing toppings and get very excited about their creations!

So for the last two Saturdays we have not rushed to get out of bed, we have made pancakes in our PJ's and then sat around the table and had lots of fun and giggles eating them! This week we even added ice cream to the toppings list! 

Its been a great success, so I am going to carry it on.

Do you have a day like this? I would love to hear all about them!

Take the most magical journey of them all, and visit Father Christmas World!

Have you seen the shiny new badge, proudly placed on my blog?! This one here....

I am so excited about our new ambassador role! Christmas is my favourite time of year, its just such a magical time. I love reading the children the Christmas Stories and snuggling up with hot chocolate and watching Christmas Films. So when I heard about Father Christmas World I just had to find out more!

Father Christmas World is set to be the UK's biggest attraction. Imagine a wonderful, magical, icy world where Father Christmas and his elves live and work. With snow covering the ground and giant polar bears to snuggle up to, this is the stuff children’s dreams are made of. Except it isn't a dream.

Set in the grounds of a beautiful country estate just outside Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Father Christmas World is a brand new experience for children and adults alike. Opening its doors from mid-November until the end of December, families will have the chance to experience this very special and unique adventure.

Starting with a ride on the Tinsel Train, the journey through Father Christmas World begins at the Welcome Show, a chance to meet Grumpy the Elf and Charlie the Dog, who might teach you a word or two of Elvish if you're lucky. Then it’s on to the Giant Igloo, with 60 snowmen to decorate using our special dressing up boxes.  Your next stop is the Adelfie Theatre where you'll help Adelf find her lost presents.  Now it’s into the Ice Cave to meet the lifelike polar bear and cubs. Then there’s a chance to head into the giant Snow Globe for festive family pictures and a Snow Dome with real snow. The journey ends meeting Father Christmas himself!

Sounds amazing doesn't it?! So much to see and do. I can imagine Chester and Millie will be very excited to immerse themselves in such a place, and lets face it, Craig and I will too!

Father Christmas World will be open daily from November 15th- December 24th between the hours of 10am-6pm.  You can buy your tickets online via, by calling  0800 0850020 or, if you live in Kent like us, you can even book tickets in person at the official Father Christmas World shop near The Pantiles in Neville Street, Tunbridge Wells. The shop is fitted out like a fairy-tale travel agent, complete with a miniature scale model of the attraction. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My perfect sailing destination

Recently, I came across LOOK’s ‘What Floats Your Boat Campaign’. Having read their article about the ‘World’s most exotic sailing locations’, I can't help but think they have missed a place off their list. Whilst there really are some lovely sailing locations listed on there (you can view it for yourself here) when I think of exotic sailing locations I immediately think of Funchal in Madeira. 

Funchal is a truly beautiful place, which I have been lucky enough to visit 3 times. It has been a port of call when I have been aboard cruise ships. Each time when we have been docking in, it has taken my breath away. With its all year round Summer climate and beautiful flora and fauna, it really is a place you have to see to appreciate just how beautiful it is. 

When we have visited in the past, we have enjoyed sitting outside one of the many restaurants along the harbour and simply taking in the stunning scenery. Its the kind of place I would call a 'time waster' as in you could sit for hours enjoying everything thats going on around you!

One of the 'attractions' we made the most of during one visit, was the wicker basket ride! You literally start at the top of the hill and ride to the bottom in a wicker basket! Its hair raising to say the least, but the views and the experience is just amazing, something I will never forget! Craig and I look so young in this picture, it was clearly before children! 

Strolling and exploring the cobbled streets is something I will never tire of, it really is a place of beauty. Wherever you look there's something of interest to look at. Be it an old small Church or a beautiful garden full of vibrant flowers, there is always something that makes me go 'wow'.

Something amazing you can do in Funchal is whale and dolphin watching. We have never been lucky enough to see any but apparently lots of others have. What a perfect excuse to get sailing! Whiling away the time enjoying the scenery and whale and dolphin watching from your boat! 

If all of the above wasn't enough to tempt you, there is something else that tops everything that I have seen on all of my visits, and that is the New Years Eve fireworks display. They certainly know how to throw a party! With such a beautiful backdrop its perfect setting. They have fireworks going off from all over the mountains, I really have seen nothing like it, they top any fireworks I have ever seen. Watching them from a boat really is the perfect way to see in the New Year!

So what do you think? Is this the perfect sailing destination? Or have you been somewhere that you think can top it? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

This post was written in collaboration with LOOK, all words and photos are my own.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Chester's Year 1 journey has begun!

Last week was Chester's first full week in Year 1.

I still can't believe how quickly the time is going, but then I seem to say that at every milestone!

He seems to of loved his transition into this School year. He is so far loving that they are allowed on the big climbing frame at play times and that they get to play football in the field at lunch times. Typical boy!

But classroom wise, I think it has taken him the week to realise that its going to be a lot different to Reception. He has told me every day after School that he has done 'sooo much work' but he always comes out happy, so thats a good thing!

This weekend he had been set homework tasks, this is a new routine we are going to have to get used to. As every week he will be set various homework tasks that have deadlines, which I have to say are actually pretty lenient. I thought it would be homework set on Friday then back in on Monday. But although they get it set on Friday they do get until midweek to complete. I am happy with that, but will try as much as I can to sit with him at the weekend to do it as I do think that is the best time.

This week he had a Maths worksheet to complete. Chester loves Maths, but because I mentioned homework he miraculously turned into Kevin the Teenager and decided he hated it and it was the worst thing ever! In my head I did sympathise with him because I hated homework when I was at School. Much like Chester I just wanted to get out and play!

He reluctantly completed the homework, he knew all of the answers and I was very pleased with how quickly he knew them. My only concern is that he has written some of the numbers backwards, which he did last year too. I think it may be because he is left handed. So its something I will try and do extra with him at home.

The other bit of homework for this week was to write and draw something that he has done. This will become a weekly thing and will be a bit like a diary. As you know, Chester is not a great fan of writing, but I am determined this will change soon! I am pleased with what he managed to do this week though....

Anyone else had to do the homework thing this weekend? How did it go?!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Two dramas in one day for Millie!

Millie is not one to do things by halves. So she had two big dramas in the same day last Wednesday!

She had been looking forward to starting Ballet for ages, and last Wednesday that day had finally come. One of my friends found out about it and put both Millie's name down and her daughters. It was nice for Millie to do something with a friend, especially as she does not yet go to Nursery.

We were both quite nervous for them, but we needn't of been, they both walled in sat on their seats and waited to be told what to do. We were told to wait outside, which we were both sad about since it was their first lesson. However, looking back I think it was the best decision for them as we were not distracting them. But I am sad that I didn't get to see it for myself. I will admit that I had a sneaky peek through the keyhole though!

It was a great first lesson, both girls came out full of smiles and really enjoyed the lesson. Needless to say we have signed them up and the next step is to purchase the uniform. Cute!

So that was one drama in a sense. The next one was not so nice....

After Ballet we had to pop into Asda. Whilst I was browsing the frozen aisle Chester and Millie asked to look at the Birthday cakes. I was happy with that as they were on the opposite aisle. They were both in full view of me. I called them back over and somehow they collided. Chester, being older, was fine. But Millie rebounded off of him and into a soft drinks stand, then hit her head on the floor.

The screams were horrific. I scooped her up and looked at the back of her head for a bump. I couldn't find one, but cradled her my arms to try and comfort her. A minute or so later I noticed blood on my t shirt, when I looked down, I saw a massive lump on Millie's forehead with a cut on it.

I panicked then, running towards the till shouting that we needed a first aider. A lovely lady sat Millie and I on a chair and called for a first aider. I just burst into tears. It was awful.

Luckily, we managed to calm Millie down shortly after this. The first aider was fantastic with Millie. Cleaned her wound up and then got some ice onto it. Millie wasn't too happy about this, but she reassured her the whole time. Eventually the lump started to go down and the blood stopped. The manager, who had been with us with the first aider had taken pictures and written down all the detail. He was also great with Millie, and with me.

We had to abandon our shopping and head to Minor Injuries. Luckily by the time we had been seen, Millie had calmed down loads and had been happily playing with the toys in the waiting area. The lump had gone down some more and although the cut was deep it had started to heal itself. So Millie was checked over and sent home with a head injury leaflet.

A few days on and looking back I should have asked for stitches as its quite wide and going to be a big scar. Not great for a pretty Princess like Millie!

A massive thank you to the staff in Asda for their help, first aid and kindness. It was a horrible experience but made easier to deal with thanks to them.

So as I said, what a day of up and downs! Only Millie!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Time passes by so quickly.

It only seems like yesterday that Chester was a tiny, soft, cute and cuddly newborn. It doesn't seem possible that he is now almost 6 and has just moved up into year 1 at School! He is still soft, cute and cuddly (although he will hate me for saying that!), but he is so independant now. Over the Summer holidays he has grown up so much, and I don't just mean his height. His way of thinking has changed, he is so inquisitive, he has a need to know everything, and has an opinion on everything.

When he was younger I was desperate for him to reach each milestone. Sitting, crawling, walking, talking. I remember practically wishing the days away so he could get to those milestones. Looking back, I regret that so much. I should of just enjoyed his cuddles and baby days, for they were over before I knew it.

With Millie I was determined to do things differently, I wanted to savour every moment. As a newborn she was cuddled to the max! People that say you shouldn't cuddle your baby too much ARE WRONG! You can never give your baby enough cuddles, NEVER.  I was pretty sad when she reached her milestones quite early compared to her Brother. I mean, I was incredibly proud of her, but it seemed that all the time I was trying to keep her a baby she was rebelling and growing up fast!

Millie will be 3 in January and will be set to start Nursery by Easter. I will be honest and say that as much as I know she is more than ready for it, I am not. Time is going so quickly, I love having her at home and teaching her everything she knows. I miss Chester during the day, time seems to fly by even more now that we are stuck to School routines.

So my one piece of advice to parents with babies and young children is to savour every moment. It may sound like a bit of a cliche but its true, time really does go quickly when you have children, blink and you will miss it! So give as many cuddles as you can, before you know it they will be off to School and not wanting those cuddles in public!

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