13 April 2019

Review: 'Where is Peter Rabbit?'

We were kindly invited to see 'Where is Peter Rabbit?' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London last week. The girls adore Beatrix Potter's timeless tales so I knew the show would be a hit with them. At just an hour long it is the perfect length for little theatre goers and it completely held their attention.

Cast of Peter Rabbit live/ Where is Peter Rabbit?
Image copyright 'Where is Peter Rabbit?"

The audience are taken on a musical adventure to find Peter Rabbit with a retelling of five of Beatrix Potter's famous stories along the way. With the help of music, puppets, songs and dance the Tales of Mr Jeremy Fisher, Mrs, Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddleduck and Mr Tod are brought to life finishing with the most loved tale of all -  The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The cast were incredibly talented and the detail and movement of the puppets was wonderful - it was like they had sprung out of the pages of the book. The set was inspired by Beatrix Potter's beautiful drawings and there were guest voice overs from Miriam Margoyles and Griff Rhys Jones.

Beatrix Potter's stories really do translate beautifully in this production and have been very thoughtfully adapted. The show evoked many feelings of nostalgia from my own childhood; it was wonderful to share the tales that I enjoyed with my own children and in their enjoyment of the play.

Where is Peter Rabbit show advert
Image copyright 'Where is Peter Rabbit?'

It's a great show for young children and made for a perfect Easter treat. You can see it up until Sunday 28 April and find more details HERE.

Me x

*We were kindly gifted tickets for the show with no obligation to share anything. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Images used with permission and copyright of 'Where is Peter Rabbit?' *

1 March 2019

February Half Term At Sands Resort Hotel Cornwall

We were kindly invited to spend three nights at Sands Resort Hotel in Cornwall during February half term -an unbelievably family focused hotel situated in North Cornwall between Newquay and Watergate Bay.

Cornwall is a great year round destination

Cornwall may not be somewhere you would think of visiting in February, but Sands Resort Hotel have got family breaks covered all year round and there is just so much to do in the region, meaning it most definitely isn't just a summer destination.

A spot of paddling on Fistral Beach

Having visited Cornwall several times before, including the summer, this was actually one of our favourite trips. We were blessed with beautiful winter sunshine and blue skies but without the crowds, which was so glorious. Whether you have a baby, toddler or older children, Sands Resort Hotel is somewhere we would definitely recommend for a family friendly break in the UK, read on and watch our video below to find out why:



Accommodation that accommodates us!


Admiring the view of the ocean

Finding a hotel to accommodate us as a family of five can be super tricky and as the girls are still little I'm not quite ready for adjoining rooms. We stayed in a Contemporary Sea View Suite which was perfect for us as it had two sleeping spaces in one room joined by a small corridor also leading to the bathroom.

Well thought out accommodation allowing us all to be in one room
with separate sleeping spaces

The girls were delighted to have a sleepover together in their section sharing a set of bunk beds and a single bed, while we had a huge double bed in the other section. The room was clean, comfortable and very spacious with a seating area, TV and tea/coffee making facilities and had plenty of storage for all our things.

The girls loved having a 'sleepover' in their room
and the novelty of watching TV in bed in the morning

We absolute adored waking up and opening the curtains to the spectacular view of the Atlantic which seriously made me want to relocate to be by the sea! The only downside was that we could hear other guests in nearby rooms but it wasn't a huge problem as everyone was in bed early because they had young families.

We miss waking up to this view!

Lots to do on site

There is plenty to keep the family busy during a stay at Sands Resort both indoors and out. The beautiful weather we had meant that the children adored the outdoor play areas complete with zip wire, maze, mini golf and even a bouncy castle!

The girls loved the bouncy castle

You can also play basketball, tennis and football and enjoy the outdoor fun pool during the summer months. Indoors there is a swimming pool, spa, gym, games room and small soft play area which can be used outside of kids club times and several lounge areas to relax in.

We couldn't get the girls out of the maze, they had hours of fun in there!

Kids Clubs

You receive a complementary kids club session, per child, for each day of your stay and can book additional sessions should you wish. We booked the girls in for the morning session on Saturday morning to coincide with some spa time in the Moroc Spa which was divine.

Relaxing at the Moroc Spa

The staff were so friendly and put the girls immediately at ease. The girls had loads of fun playing, singing karaoke and crafting and making friends with other children in their groups. The kids clubs can accommodate babies, toddlers and older children meaning parents can have a moment to recharge their batteries or simply get organised for the day ahead, or pack up the car on departure day as we did!

Entertainment Programme

During the Cornish school holidays there is an additional entertainment programme each evening at 6pm that the girls were really keen to join in with. at 7,5 and 3 they all really enjoyed the magician and party games evening and it was lovely to sit and watch them have fun.

Waiting patiently for the evening entertainment to begin in the reception area

Flexible Dining

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel. Meals are timed to accommodate all members of your group with a wide time frame in which you can eat. The girls adored the self serve breakfast each morning, with fresh warm pastries and a cooked breakfast on offer alongside cereals, yogurt, toast and fruit, fresh juice and tea or coffee.

Delicious, fresh breakfasts are served from 7:30-10am every day

There is a family supper served from 4.45-6pm where you can either feed just the children or dine with them. There was plenty of choice on offer for everyone and the food was fresh and nutritious. This is such a great option if you have babies and toddlers. Family dining is also available from 6:30pm - 9pm which great for us as the girls were keen to go to the evening entertainment. We would never normally take them to a restaurant at this time so it was really special to be able to share an evening meal with them. A baby listening service is available should you wish to enjoy the adults only dining space once your children are in bed. We tried both the family supper and family evening dining and enjoyed both options.

One of the adult meal options from the early family supper menu

Helpful and Enthusiastic Staff

The staff at the hotel are lovely and only too happy to help or point you in the right direction. We were always greeted with a smile and they often went out of their way to engage with the children which I thought was great. The Sands Resort team made sure we relaxed the moment we walked in the door.

Lots of Helpful Extras 

The hotel have thought of pretty much everything to make sure that your holiday is as near to a holiday as possible. Travelling with a young family can sometimes mean packing everything including the kitchen sink, but at the Sands Resort Hotel there are off road pushchairs to borrow in the hotel foyer if you want to walk down to the beach, as well as buckets and spades, body boards and wetsuits in the surf shack. In the restaurant, there are plenty of highchairs, plastic cups and cutlery for children and I'm pretty sure if you'd forgotten anything the team would be able to help!

Golf clubs and balls are available to borrow from reception for mini golf

Great Location 

The location of the Sands Resort Hotel makes it extra special. It's perched on the clifftops with amazing views of the ocean within walking distance of Porth beach. If it wasn't for the fact that Cornwall is so beautiful with so many wonderful places to visit you wouldn't need to leave. If you do want to venture out and about we would recommend The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan for family days out exploring and Mawgan Porth, Fistral and Hollywell Bay are favourite beaches of ours.

A view offering a huge dose of vitamin sea!

In summary, a stay at Sands Resort is a great holiday option for children and parents, we really felt like we had a break and were able to focus on just spending time together. Sands Resort Hotel is a place that will grow with you as a family and we'll definitely be back!

Me x

This is a collaborative post. 
We were kindly invited to stay at Sands Resort in exchange for an honest review. 
All thoughts, experiences and opinions are my own.





20 January 2019

Phoebe Is Five

To Phoebe

This year has hurtled by at an alarming rate. It's been a big one for you with you starting school in September, but it's safe to say you totally love it and have really come into your own. I think it's made you feel really grown up and your lovely little school gives you such confidence. You love learning and are keen to read and write us little notes. You've also become quite the little artist with some wonderful creations coming home. Things like dance and PE have are a revelation to you and I can tell you're enjoying discovering the new things school has to offer. You're not quite sure about school dinners, or fire drills, although we've settled on jacket potato's with beans most days which is fine with me. I'm not sure you'll ever get over the disappointment that there wasn't an actual fire when the fire bell went and you had to stand out in the playground!

Phoebe on her 5th Birthday


You're cheeky and lots of fun to be around, always cheerful and super loud when you want to be for someone so dinky. A wonderful example was your reinvention of the inn keepers wife role in the nativity this year - so much feist and comedy with a 'no room at the inn I say' delivered in a way that could win you a role in Eastenders and made everyone smile.

You're showing such kindness to your classmates, including them, championing them and fighting their corner and we're unbelievably proud of you for that. You're great at being a friend, a sister and part of a group. People say that being the 'middle' child can be a tricky place in the family but I think having a big sister and a little sister has taught you how to interact and play with children older and younger than you.

As much as you're thriving at school I'm really missing having you home on my days off and Lottie is too. You and Lottie still play for hours with your babies at weekends and you're the first out in the garden to make a mud pie or a fairy garden. You and Ellie have grown closer now that you're at school together, you really look out for each other there which is just lovely.

You are so speedy on your balance bike, we now just need to convince you to get on one with pedals - but as with everything, you'll do it when you're ready! You are such a little magpie, a collector of treasures and all things sparkly and have little bags and boxes of things squirrelled all around the house. This birthday all you asked us for was some clip on earrings and jammy dodger cupcakes and were thrilled with both.

You continue to amaze us with your very clear fashion choices and attention to detail... only recently you asked us to have your hair cut into a bob and it really suits you. You know yourself so well and are confident in your decisions and I absolutely love that. Despite your confidence, you're still quite a home bird and like familiarity meaning new things can be daunting for you. You come to my side and take my hand for reassurance and I love that you know that I'm always there to give it. Bedtime stories are my favourite as you snuggle right in and make sure my arm is around you as we read, a moment of still that I really treasure every day.

You're happy and loving, you share and you care and are generally awesome.
Keep being you little lady because there is no one quite like you.

Love you lots 

Mummy x

You may also like to read:
Phoebe Is Four
Phoebe is Three
Phoebe Is Two

12 January 2019

How To Save Money In January

We always feel a little bit of a financial pinch in January after additional expenditure over Christmas - especially with Ellie and Phoebe's birthday's either side of it. It's not necessarily a bad thing as it really makes us think about what we are spending and encourages us to be financially smart with what we do have left until that long awaited January payday. Now, I'm no money saving expert but here are a few ways I save money and make it go as far as possible during what feels like the longest month of the year:


Meal Planning

This is probably where I save most money, not just in January, but across the year. Planning out your meals and then buying only what you need really helps if you're on a budget, not to mention saves on waste. This week I managed to do our food shop for under £50 when it usually averages £75-£100 per week, which for a family of five isn't bad. I saved money this week by going through our cupboards, fridge and freezer and looking at what we already had in and then creating meals around them. A flick through a cookbook or two gave me some inspiration of what we could do with the ingredients and encouraged me to get a bit creative ready steady cook style! I even managed to cook a chilli and a curry with leftover's to freeze for next weeks meals.

Online Food Shopping

Online food shopping always saves me lots of money as I work from a shopping list which we write as we run out of things which means I shop smart and only buy what we need and am not filling the trolley with store offers or buying things I might fancy because I've been tempted as I walk up the supermarket aisles. 

It works really well when you meal plan as you know exactly what you need to buy. It also means that I save time by saving my basket each time and just re selecting the things we need and the biggest bonus of all is that  I don't have to drag three children around a shop who constantly put things in the trolley! When we do pop to the shops for the inevitable top up of milk or bread I always look in the reduced section for anything I can find to pop in the freezer and save money, particularly things like meat; the last hour of opening on a Sunday is a particularly good time to find a bargain.

Vouchers

We do our online food shop with Tesco's which means we earn Clubcard points each time. These can be converted into vouchers for all sorts of things such as days out or restaurant vouchers which come in super handy at this time of year when we don't have any spare disposable income. If I do need to buy anything online I always check for a discount code before purchasing as there usually is one.

Free days

January doesn't mean you can't do anything fun. They say the best things in life are free and there are loads of ways you can enjoy a lovely day without spending a penny. Some of our favourites are a trip to the park, riding bikes or scooters, doing some arts and crafts, playing games together, watching a movie or using our national trust membership which gives us access to hundreds of places for a run around for free.

Shop your wardrobe

The sales are so tempting and the emails popping into my inbox make me want to buy ALL the pretty things with the big discounts making them look extra pretty... January is a good time to have a look at the clothes you already have, have a clear out and rediscover some things you might have forgotten about at the bottom of the drawers or back of the wardrobe. You'll then have a good idea of things you really need and if you do make any purchases in the sales they'll be the right ones rather than impulse buys. I try to buy things that go with stuff I already have, which for someone who practically lives in jeans isn't particularly tricky, but makes lots of sense.

I hope that helps. I think all of the above just come down to thinking about what you are spending, budgeting and being a bit creative. They are habits I want to continue, not just in January, but for the rest of the year too so that we can make our hard earned pennies go further.


Me x

4 December 2018

A New Christmas Tradition - Children's Christmas Bedding

I think I might have a new favourite December tradition... beautiful children's Christmas bedding from the Great Little Trading Co for the girls to snuggle up in each year in the build up to Christmas! For me Christmas is a wonderful time to create little family traditions and memories for my girls. Often it's the simplest things that you remember and the feelings associated with them and I hope their new Christmas duvet set will be one of those things that they'll look forward to as December comes around each year.

Gorgeous Christmas Duvet Set from Great Little Trading Co


I have been looking for some festive bedsheets for such a long time as I thought how lovely it would to add a sprinkle of Christmas magic to the children's bedrooms. GLTC have designed the most gorgeous set with a timeless, simple design on fresh 100% white cotton with a little Father Christmas, Christmas Tree and Reindeer Pattern. 

Gorgeous Children's Christmas Duvet Set from Great Little Trading Co

It looks amazing on the bed and is so nice to snuggle into as it is the usual excellent quality we love from the Great Little Trading Co. The fact that it's so neutral makes it unisex and means it co-ordinates with our existing room colour scheme.

Gorgeous Children's Christmas bedding from Great Little Trading Co


The girls were overjoyed when they came up to bed on the 1st of December to discover their Christmas bedding ; they just thought it was so much fun and couldn't wait to get into bed - in fact bedtime has never been easier! Do you think I'll get away with it in January too?!

Gorgeous Children's Christmas Duvet Set from Great Little Trading Co

I can't wait to tuck three very excited little girls into bed on Christmas Eve, this year and for years to come. I hope they won't mind when I'm still putting their Christmas duvets on their beds when they are twenty five and coming home for Christmas! 

Me x

GLTC also have a matching range of Stockings and Sacks as well as lots of other gorgeous festive accessories for your home, see more at www.gltc.co.uk 

* This is a collaborative post as part of our Testing Team role with Great Little Trading Co. 
We were kindly sent a duvet set for each of the girls in exchange for this review. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own*