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Three years ago we took an adventure to London to celebrate West Country Mum’s little dude’s digger party. Every year since we’ve been invited to a fun themed party with awesome activities and lots of pinterest worthy creations. I didn’t think they could top their last party as it was rather fab, but this year was certainly my favourite. From the moment we received the invite I knew it was be a super kids science party.
I was not wrong!
On arrival M was given his own lab coat, super specs and a professional name tag. There were Skittle experiments, rain cloud creations and super slime making. Every minute was filled with fun and M’s favourite moment was creating his own lava lamp. I loved this idea too and have borrowed it for a future Beaver Scouts Sleepover.
Lunch didn’t disappoint either as Science themed snacks were laid out. Once tummies were full a few traditional party games were played before the party ended with a rather bumper goodie box full of science themed treats for each child.
If you need a party planned then West Country Mum are pretty epic at it, in fact I am pretty sure they could make a full time job out of it.
We knew it was coming, the weather updates had been all over social media and the local supermarket had rolled out salt, snow shovels and sleds. Except the part of the country I live in always seems to be some exception to regular weather and snow usually misses us by a few miles. But to be on the safe side my employer had decided I’d work from home all week in case snow made it hard for us to get to the office.
So I was so happy when we woke to a steady stream of snow on Wednesday which grew heavier into Thursday, resulting in two super snow days. M can’t remember the last time we had snow. We have fond memories of how excited we were to get him out in the snow. We dressed him in a little snow suit, stood him in the snow and he screamed until we picked him back up. He hated every moment of it.
But this time was different. As the snow flakes fell heavily, M dressed in my hat and gloves (as Clara had accidentally taken his to work in the car), pulled on his wellies and stomped out into the garden, creating big footprints on the path. The school declared two snow days and even though I had to work both days, I finish at 3pm, which left us with plenty of time to enjoy the snow.
Luckily just a day before I’d purchased a sled by chance, just in case we had a big enough snow fall to test it out. I was so glad I did, as the smiles on M’s face were some of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen from him. We even got in on the action and enjoyed a couple of goes.
By Friday it was too dangerous for Clara to make it to work. Ice rain through the night had turned the road into one giant snowy ice rink. Which meant we had a bonus family day once I’d finished work.
We also discovered our little pup is a huge fan of the snow. It was really difficult to get him indoors once he’d been let free into the flakes in the back garden. I don’t know if we’ll see snow again for quite a while, but when we do I hope we have just as much fun as we did on our super snow days.
This year Clara and I promised ourselves we would spend more time catching up with friends. Since moving to Dorset we’ve found it harder and harder to catch up with those that live a few hours from us. We are lucky that the great thing about our close friends is our ability to pick up where we left off. So we’ve not been worried about drifting apart from our friends, but it’s always nice to make sure they know how much we enjoy seeing them.
Clara decided to kick off our promise for spending time with friends this year, by inviting a friend she’s not seen in 2 years to join us at the beach.
The beach is the perfect place to catch up at. M was able to race around and climb sand dunes, Beau was happy chasing other dogs, leaving Clara and I time to catch up with her best friend. It also helped we had gorgeous weather, which was a bonus considering all the wet weather we’ve been experiencing.
M has had a huge confidence leap lately and is a 5 year old jumping bean. He never stops moving and has to leap, roll or cartwheel over everything. This was a great way for M to bond with Clara’s friend as they competed in a wall climbing competition and discussed climbing techniques. Though Clara’s friend did have the edge thanks to his 6 and a half foot height!
I’m looking forward to a year full of adventures with friends. For us and for M as hopefully he has some new friendships forming on the horizon thanks to some new activities he will be taking part in.
I am so over the wet and miserable weather. I am certainly not a fair weather adventurer, but there are only so many pairs of trousers I own and having to constantly wash Beau’s muddy paws prints off them is getting a bit tiresome. But I do love getting out and about, even in the mud, so a welly walk at Kingston Lacy was the perfect adventure last weekend.
The great thing about the woodland walk at Kingston Lacy, is that we can take Beau on it. The starts just to off the the right of the property at Kingston Lacy and takes you in a circle around a small section of the woods. about a quarter in to the trail there is a fun area with logs and a rope net for kids to play on. This section is usually heaving in the Summer, but the day we choose, despite the sun shining, was a quieter affair.
M’s a lover of the woods and was soon heading off to climb and explore. I love watching his little imagination grow with each adventure. There seems to be so much depth to his adventures now. We are usually on a space mission or exploring the jungle. It was quite funny when M got his welly stuck in a tree during one of these missions (as you do). Beau is also quite fond of the woods, he is limited somewhat by the short lead he has to be kept on, but he still manages to find a good stick or dig a muddy hole.
As we finished our walk we decided a hot chocolate was needed to warm us up. Our little tradition at Kingston Lacy is all about cake (they sell THE best Dorset Apple cake). So a hot chocolate and three different types of cake later (Clara/Victoria Sponge, M/Chocolate sponge and Me/Dorset Apple Cake) and we were making a dash to the car as it had started raining again.
We’re on the hunt for more woodland places to visit this year. So if you have any suggestions please do leave us a comment. Dorset/Devon/Somerset locations are preferable but we would also love to know about some great places further afield.
As 2017 came to an end we decided that the New Year would bring lots of new adventures. 2017 passed so fast with so many new changes that we felt we didn’t get to enjoy as many adventures as we had wanted to. So 2018’s goals were to enjoy the moments more and spend more time experiencing things rather than spending on material items.
What better way to set this goal firmly in our sights than by heading to our favourite beach with M’s new bike, Beau and a promise of a hot chocolate. The beach has always been one of our favourite places to visit. It brings us all together in a way only the beach can, whatever the weather.
We weren’t the only family on the beach, in fact it was pretty busy for a cold and windy day. There were children on new scooters and roller skates, men trying out their new flying gadgets and many families enjoying a hot chocolate as they attempted to stay warm.
It was exactly what we all needed and filled us with fresh ideas of the adventures we wanted to enjoy in 2018.
We chose to spend one of our final full days of adventure with M in 2017 at one of our favourite places, Moors Valley Park. The time off over Christmas is one of the longest times we get all together as a family of three, so it was important to us to make the most of every minute. Illness and various things had got in the way of us getting out more over Christmas, so Moors Valley seemed the perfect location to take in the fresh air and just enjoy each others company.
We headed off into the woods with Beau and M racing each other, Beau having a slight edge on all races due to his ability to pick up an incredible speed towards the end of the race. It was bitterly cold and parts of the wood were covered in frost and ice, including a giant puddle Beau decided to leap in. We did have a chuckle as he burst from it’s depths shaking off large chunks of ice. He never stops moving though, so he was dry in no time.
Once we’d had a little wander through the woods we popped to the play park for M to run off even more energy (I have no idea how he produces so much), whilst I took Beau on a walk around the lake. It was so nice watching all the excited children queuing for the little train. I remember M’s first journey on the train and how we probably enjoyed it more than him that day.
As the cold took hold we decided to enjoy some hot chocolates to warm us up. Whilst waiting I shared a little snap to our Instagram Stories and got a message from West Country Mum (“are you are Moors Valley?“). Don’t you love social media! Two minutes later M was hugging his BFF, as they’d decided to blow away the cobwebs with a trip to Moors Valley too! I love how anywhere we go in Dorset we always seem to bump into someone we know.
We were soon back in the car with the heating up high trying to warm up our toes, but full of smiles from the memories we’d managed to cram into our mini adventure.
Ever since I was a child I held the view that ice skating at Christmas is possibly one of the most Christmassy things you can do. I think it comes from memories of so many Christmas films where people smoothly skate across rinks in their hats and scarves.
When Clara was pregnant we went to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland where I spent about ten minutes edging round the side of an ice rink wondering why I thought it was a good idea. But it was something I still saw as a special memory, so looked forward to the day that Clara got to take M onto the ice.
After visiting our friends from West Country Mum for some dinner we took the boys round to see the Skating in the Square ice rink. “Can we skate Mama?” M asked and in the spirit of Christmas and wanting to be one of those cool spontaneous parents I said yes, “as long as Mummy takes you on”.
Twenty minutes later I was watching M take to the artificial ice rink in amazement at how he took it all in his stride quite literally. There were a couple of rather epic tumbles, one of them followed a comedy spin and struggle to stay up right moment, but aside from that M looked as though he’d ice skated before. In fact Clara found it hard to keep up with him at times as he raced off across the ice. It was great watching from the side. I got to enjoy the moment without worrying I was going to fall and smack my head or back on the ice (I am terrible at ice skating).
You get quite a generous 45 minutes on the ice with Skating in the Square, which M complained wasn’t long enough (kids eh!) and Clara agreed was the perfect time to get your ice skating kicks. Our friends little boy is a total pro when it comes to ice skating as they’ve been taking him for years now, so it was great to watch his confidence on the ice with mini jumps and spins.
I definitely think we’ve started a new tradition with M and will be taking him ice skating again soon. I might even be convinced to get on the ice with him.
Since moving into our new home we’ve been trying to put our modern touch on the decor. We’ve never really had a blank canvas to work with before so it’s been fun checking out Pinterest for ideas and accessories we can purchase.
When we got our puppy Beau back in April I was little disappointed with how the addition of his dog bed to our kitchen was a bit drabby. He ate through his first bed which was a rather fetching brown and recently part destroyed his even shabbier beige bed. This meant we had to fashion a bed from a pillow and some Primark blankets.
It was then that we discovered Raised by Humans whilst searching for dog owners that didn’t want to compromise on style when it comes to owning a dog and everything that comes with them. A designer dog bed was the answer to our wishes for our new home. But why a designer dog bed I hear you ask? Well we spend our lives working hard to earn good money to make our house look exactly how we want it, so why not extend that to our pets’ accessories.
A designer dog bed has the benefits of being super comfy for your pup and also a bit of a conversation starter when visitors pop round. It’s super brightly coloured which is a great contrast to our pitch black pup. A High-durability non-slip base, a super soft polyester fibre pillow and a bold and beautiful design that will fit right in with our modern home is exactly would we look for when investing in a designer dog bed.
We will certainly be adding more designer pup products around our home, it would be nice for Beau to have a bed in the living room too for those days we all spend snuggled watching a film.
Have you picked a designer dog bed for your pampered pooch?
We were sent this rather fab Dog bed by Raised By Humans for the purpose of collaborating on this post. Though Beau’s opinions are all his own!
There’re still a few days left to head to the shops to pick up a Christmas gift for the geeky parent in your life. I consider myself a geek in many different ways, so thought I would share some gift ideas in case you love a geek and wish to get them something great this year.
Without a doubt the first thing I always think of when it comes to stocking fillers is a Power bank, to power all the tech your geeky parent will be using over Christmas. This slim Romoss Power bank comes with a lightning adapter to charge your iPhone/iPad and a charger that fits my backup android phone. It’s compact size makes it perfect to take when travelling or on a day out geocaching, in fact I also think it would be perfect to take along to Camp Bestival to keep my phone topped up during the day.
The next gift idea is actually something we’ve bought for our little man to have in his room, but it would suit a geeky parent like me too. The Google Home Mini is a fab smart device guaranteed to make life easy for you. You can manage your calendar without having to scroll, ask how to say Merry Christmas in German, discover the height of the largest discovered dinosaur bones or simply use it to stream your favourite songs. We’ve had the Google Home for several months now and use it every single day. Once you’ve taken the step towards a Smart Home you really won’t go back.
The Geeky Chef Strikes Back is a fab cook book that lets you eat like a geek sharing foods from Minecraft, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Twin Peaks, and more. Each recipe is accompanied by simple step-by-step instructions and themed photography which make it easy to create your own geeky goodies. At £12.99 it’s not going to break the bank and is the kind of gift the giftee can enjoy when they invite themselves round to enjoy some Blade Runner inspired ‘White Dragon Noodles’.
If the Geeky Parent you are buying for is a lover of stationery, these little Adventure Log Notebooks from Pocket Notebooks would make a nice addition under the tree. I love keeping a record of my latest adventures and these notebooks are perfect for that. Each page allows you to enter a Location, Date, and Conditions of your trip, with bonus spots for Companions and a large Notes section for anything extra.
I’m the kind of geeky parent that loves a gift I can play with with my son. So the Xtrem Bots Trooper Bot ticks a lot of boxes. I love robots and am really keen to pass that love onto M, which seems to be working at the moment as robot made it onto his Christmas wish list this year. The Trooper Bot comes with a USB charging cable that enables up to 2 hours of game play, a control to command the robots actions and safe missiles to shoot under command. It also has huge wow power as it looks like an epic robot that could take down even the baddest dinosaur toy in town.
What would be on your geeky Parent Christmas wish list? If you’ve run out of time to get to the shops, Audible sell gift passes starting from a 3 month subscription. You don’t even have to leave the house to order it.
We were sent the Xtrem Bots and Powerbank for the purpose of this post.
I love a bit of panto, there is something about it that brings back such fond memories of my childhood. When my mum asked if we’d like to join them for Cindrella at the Octagon theatre this year I happily accepted the invite. M was quite young the last time we took him to panto so he has a bit unsure of what to expect apart from recalling he would be allowed something that flashed and lit up, that he could wave around.
We had a bit of a drama on route to the theatre that could have been made into a perfect straight to video Christmas movie. This included almost running out of petrol on a countryside road and pulling into an empty independent petrol station that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a horror film. We made it to the theatre with just minutes to spare before curtain up. This gave us just enough time to purchase a flashing light up sword and some sweets before taking our seats.
The panto was full of laughs for M and jokes that flew over his head. The actors were all local which was lovely and our seats were practically on the stage, so we almost felt part of the performance at one point.
Something I loved at the end of the performance was they encouraged everyone to photograph, film and share their finale. I understand this is to help promote the theatre company and their show, but it’s a great opportunity to capture memories you wouldn’t usually be able to capture.
So next year when you consider a panto, why not support your local theatre, you may be surprised by how good a show it is.