Breakfast with the Elves: Fort Fun!

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Fort Fun is Eastbourne’s best adventure park  bursting with so many different activities from indoor soft play, a massive outdoor adventure play area, bouncy pillows, American golf and much much more! This Christmas Fort Fun has introduced ‘Breakfast with the Elves’. Every Saturday and Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, from 9 am you can enjoy a buffet style breakfast of pastries and cereals followed by a traditional English breakfast. All while the North pole Elves make sure you have an enjoyable and magical experience! I jumped at the chance when I was asked if we would like to pop down one morning to see what was on offer. It was just up Finlay’s street and I have loved Fort Fun Since I was a little girl myself!


Christmas family days out sussex breakfast with elves fort fun Eastbourne


We arrived just after 9 am and we were greeted by the friendly staff. Then one by one Santa’s Elves appeared to greet us.… Read More

Festive Family Days Out: Tulleys Christmas Experience!

family days out sussex Tulleys Farm meet Santa Christmas


For the second year in a row now, Tulleys Christmas Experience has blown us away! Tulleys Farm is situated in Crawley, West Sussex and is renowned worldwide for unique experiences for families, adults and groups. One of these is the Tulleys Christmas Experience, set within the beautiful woodland grounds of Tulleys Farm. Where you and your family can enjoy a magical and unique Christmas experience where there is something for everyone too. We once again visited last weekend with the lovely Beth, from A Blonde and a Baby and her lovely little family. Here’s what we got up to:


family days out sussex Tulleys Farm meet Santa Christmas


We booked our tickets well in advance online.I’m guessing you can buy your tickets on the day in person but the chances are the sleigh rides (you choose your time slot) may be sold out. They were quite limited already when we booked back in October! This option is great actually as it keeps the queues to a complete minimum.… Read More

Today I am….9 Months Old!

Baby Milestones development 9 months old 36 weeks


Today is a very special milestone for little baby Emmeline. Today, and yes TODAY (I haven’t missed this update, first time ever I think!) Emmie is 9 months old. Special because she has been out in the big wide world for as long as she was tucked away in my tummy. So it’s been another month since Emmie’s 8 month update and another 4 weeks that have passed far too quickly. She is growing up very fast and has come leaps and bounds this month. without furthur ado, Today I am 9 months old!


Weight: 16lb 5oz


Emmie and I popped along to clinic this morning after I dropped Finlay at school ready to self weigh. I stripped Emmie off and popped her on the scales. The scale read 7.465kg, I didn’t have my little red book, but It was only 4oz heavier than her last weigh in.… Read More

Luxury Christmas Food Hampers: Prestige Hampers Review

Christmas Gift ideas Luxury Christmas Food Hamper Prestige Hamper Review


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The magic has well and truly arrived.  I don’t know about you but I get quite nostalgic when it comes to Christmas. Although I have very few memories of Christmas as a kid, I have a few special snippets. Little things can trigger those memories and I love it. Growing up in the 80’s was awesome, and I do remember that hampers were everywhere. Whatever the occasion there was a hamper. It wasn’t like today no way. In my day some old ‘Del Boy’ would turn up at the door, take your order and a few days later it would arrive on a milk float! How I remember the Hamper of Multicoloured Fizzy pop turning up. A hamper that today would have every health professional having a heart attack, but I loved it!


So when I got the Chance to review a luxury Christmas Hamper from Prestige Hampers, I got that that little fluttery feeling deep inside and those luminous bottles of pop from my childhood danced inside my head!… Read More

Win a Selection of Children’s Christmas Books

Win a selection of christmas children's books for xmas


A few days ago I posted about how I was making a Christmas Book Advent Calendar for Finlay this year. Last year we had bought him a Toy advent calendar to go alongside his chocolate one. This year however I wanted something a little bit different. Actually I decided early on in the year and began my planning early. Now planning and oragnising are not the same thing as I had totally forgot what books I had already bought and also how many I needed. So I have ended up with 5 books the same and 5 too many! Not so great for me, but excellent for you. I have decided to run a little giveaway for you with these books as the prize.


They will make a lovely little present on xmas day. Otherwise you could pop them in your Xmas eve Box, or have a mini Book advent counting down the last five days until xmas.… Read More

Felix Christmas Goody Bag Tin – The Purrfect Christmas Gifts for Cats!

Pet Christmas Present Cat Felix Goody bag tin


Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge animal Lover. I have had animals in my life since I was born and to be honest I couldn’t ever imagine not having one around. Nor could I imagine the children growing up without a pet. To us, our pets are extended members of our family. We like to spoil them as much as we spoil the kids! This year has been tough, we lost our old Ginger Moggy. He was a beautiful old soul and he has left a very big hole in our lives. None more so than in Sebastian’s, our posh pedigree Havana Brown, Oriental Shorthair. So he deserves some extra special love, treats and affection as he adjusts to life without his much loved brother from another mother!


When got in touch to ask if they could send Sebastian a little treat, it was a big fat yes!… Read More

How to make a Christmas Book Advent Calendar!

How to make a christmas book advent calendar for xmas


There’s something special about books. I think with all the technology about these days, it’s a special moment to be able to pick up a good old fashioned book. To sit with your child and make memories. I still remember the odd the occasion my mum read to me 30 odd years ago. Snugging up to her while she helped me bring the book alive with just my imagination. We read to Finlay a lot and I hope, he too, one day will be able to rember these moments with fondness. What better time of year I say for this, than Christmas?!


So last year Finlay had his chocolate advent and we bought him a luxery toy advent calendar too. I decided that come this Xmas, I would make him a Book Advent to go alongside his chocolate advent. Really it has been no more expensive, in fact probably cheaper than buying a Toy one!… Read More

Hugzzies Review: Keeping Cosy on the School Run With a Warm Hug!

hugzzie review keeping warm on the school run in winter


Summer is now well and truly behind us and I have definitely noticed a dip in temperature this past week. Although it’s officially Autumn, Winter is coming and Jack Frost has most certainly been nipping at all our toes. It isn’t the most pleasant of things having brave the cold every morning for the school run, but none the less it has to be done. I am always cold, always have been, probably always will be. So I always wrap my babies up with this in mind come the colder weather. This annoys Finlay, he would go out in pants in the middle of a blizzard if he was allowed too. However, Emmie can’t protest yet and being so little it’s very important to make sure she’s warm.


A few weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to try out Hugzzies. Super soft teddy bear with a microwavable lavender infused wheat bag inside that hugs around the waist giving the feeling of a warm hug, for use at home or on the go!… Read More

Toilet Roll Xmas Crafts: Xmas Eve Scene

After the hit of my last toilet tube crafts I decided that Finlay and I would do some Xmas themed Toilet Tube Crafts. However, in true kid fashion Finlay deemed himself far too big to enjoy painting and left me holding the baby paintbrush. So my Kid made decorations, were in fact only briefly touched upon by 4 year old hands. I did however quite enjoy putting together this winter Xmas Eve scene that will be taking pride of place amongst the decorations come December! It does mean my photos are a bit poor and I didn’t take many, but it’s pretty self explanatory to make once you see the finished picture!


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To make your scene you will need the following:


  • Toilet Tubes
  • boggly eyes
  • pom poms
  • pipe cleaners
  • a cereal box
  • cotton wool
  • Ribbon
  • glue
  • card
  • Felt Pens
  • paint
  • Sticky Diamontes


The Scenery


This is very simple, open up your empty cereal pack along the join.… Read More

Christmas Gift Guide: Xmas Gift Ideas for Boys

Christmas Gift Guide Xmas gift ideas for children boys


Yesterday I brought you the gift ideas for the babies, today it’s time for the boys! However, just because it says boys, don’t overlook this if you have girls. Most of these items are aimed at either gender and those that are specifically marketed for boys can be enjoyed by girls just as much. So please have a little mooch around! If your stuck for ideas I guarantee there will be something here to make your little ones face light up on Xmas morning!


The Robot Coin Counting Money Box by Find me a Gift, is a great little present. I think teaching children about the value of money is a really important lesson and what better way than to save the pennies they earn? The great thing about this money box is that it actually counts what you put in and displays the total on it’s front!… Read More