Monday 25 March 2019

Children's Easter Gift Guide - 2019

As much as I love a chocolate egg at Easter, sometimes it's nice to give something different. Especially if your children are going to get multiple eggs from family! There are some lovely Easter themed gifts in the shop at the moment and here's some of my favourite bits....

We're Going on an Egg Hunt Book (£4) - Children will love the simple storyline, with the added bonus of flaps to lift! This book features some beautiful illustrations too.
Bunny Pull Back Racers - Baker Ross (£2.45 for 4) - We always do an egg hunt in my parent's garden and I think these would be perfect for that so the kids are overloaded with chocolate!
Cuddlebunny Hooded Bath Towel (£34.99) - For a special Easter gift, these bunny towels look adorable. The child sizes even go up to 3-6 years too which is fab as a lot of the hooded towels seem to be suited to smaller children.

Bunny Scissors and Desk Organiser* (£23.50) -  This is the cutest desk organiser I have ever seen and would make a lovely Easter gift for an older child. The scissors make up the ears, whilst the green paperclips create the carrot stalks.
Cadburys Easter Eggstravaganza (£10) - Of course, Easter isn't Easter without a bit of chocolate and personally for me, it's all about Cadburys! Why does Easter chocolate taste even better than normal chocolate?!!

LEGO Brickheadz Easter Bunny (From £12.99) - Elliot is really into Lego at the moment and he has actually asked for one of these at Easter. It says 10+ but I'm sure with a bit of help, younger children would enjoy it too
Personalised Gift Mug (£3.99) - These are super cute and would be lovely filled with some mini eggs to make a little Easter gift
Penwizard Personalised Books* (From £12.49) - For a really lovely gift that's a bit different, Penwizard create personalised books for children. Featuring lots of favourite characters such as Peppa Pig, In the Night Garden and Paw Patrol, kids will adore starring in the story as their very own customised character! We have a Peppa Pig one which Erin loves and the illustrations genuinely look like her which she finds hilarious!

Wishing You all a Happy Easter

**Disclaimer - Two of these items were sent to me for the purpose of this gift guide

Friday 1 March 2019

Our February Half Term

January seemed to drag on forever and it felt like half term would never arrive! But finally it was time to relax...I say relax in the loosest sense as we had an action packed week planned. But still, there was no school run!

Here's what we got up to..

Abba Workshop / Upton Country Park

The first day of the holidays saw us having a split day - I spent the day with my choir on an Abba Workshop which was brilliant fun! The children had a day with Paul which was nice as they don't get to do it without me very often. The weather was a bit drizzly but he took them out for a long walk to a place called Upton Country Park. It's somewhere we love visiting and it's great because it's walking distance from our house, and there is always something fun to do!

He did make me laugh though, he packed a picnic for the kids but said they were still hungry and wanted something else....welcome to my life hah! Always blimmin hungry! 

Winchester Science Centre

This is fast becoming Elliot's favourite place to visit, in fact he's been there three times since December! We went along to review the half term activities and we had a brilliant day. There is so much to do and is definitely a full day out. Erin loves it too, she's too young to understand the science behind the experiments but give her a button to press and she's happy! 

Jawsome Sharks at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park

We've recently become Blogger Ambassadors for Weymouth SEA LIFE and it's somewhere we really enjoy visiting. The kids were looking forward to taking part in the Jawsome Sharks event and I was looking forward to seeing the Fairy Penguins - who are extremely cute by the way! 

We had lunch in the nearby pub too and they had a soft play area which was fab - more pubs should have this! It meant the kids weren't getting bored waiting for their food, and I got a few minutes of peace while they were off exploring. Not so easy getting them to leave though ;)

Dodging the showers at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is very popular at this time of year with thousands of people visiting to see the beautiful snowdrops. It certainly seemed like most of Dorset were there the same time as us judging by the number of cars in the carpark and queues in the cafe! 

It was a funny old morning with lots of sunshine and torrential showers but the kids didn't care about the rain, they just had lots of fun playing with their friends. We did have a muddy incident though...Erin decided that stomping in it wasn't enough and she ended up sitting in a very thick muddy puddle!

Looking for Zog at Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley is always a great place to visit as there are acres of forest to explore with lots of play trails along the way. There is also the brand new Zog trail! We didn't do the full trail which involves purchasing an activity pack from the information centre but we enjoyed spotting the Zog pictures along the way. 

We went with a couple of our friends and the children had a brilliant time playing on the wooden play areas. Thankfully we had no mud incidents although Elliot did manage to split his welly boots! 

Seaside Fun in Swanage

The weather looked lovely for Friday so we headed down to the seaside town of Swanage with some friends. Unfortunately the weatherman got it wrong and we drove into Swange in thick mist! It was pretty chilly too so not quite the warm Spring day we were hoping for. Never mind, we had lots of fun playing in the park, spending all our 2ps in the arcade - we even went to Wimpy, how retro! 

After lunch we decided to let the kids have a play on the beach - but it took them all of 5 seconds to get wet in the sea! Elliot's legs were drenched and his brand new wellies were full of water! Fortunately we had spare clothes and hypothermia was averted. They loved it though!!

Geocaching in our local area

On the last day of the holidays the sun was shining again so we decided to head out for a bit of Geocaching. If you've not heard of Geocaching before, it's a great activity that goes on all over the world and is basically a bit like a treasure hunt! 

We drove to a nearby village and followed a very muddy track that led us to several caches. Elliot was really excited to find his first geocoin too! 

The weather was absolutely gorgeous - mad to think that this time last year we had snow! 

So that was our half term holiday -nice and busy just as we like it! We did have a couple of days where we didn't go out and just chilled out at home - we all needed to recharge our batteries and it was nice not to have to rush out anywhere. 

We're on countdown to the Easter holidays now! 

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