Can we talk about unicorns?
+ a giveaway

Can we talk about unicorns for a moment? And just how spectacularly popular they are right now (with kids and grown-ups alike).

When I asked my daughter what she wanted for her 5th Birthday she simply replied ‘unicorn stuff’. (Not complaining, that made birthday present shopping pretty darn easy!)

I don’t remember unicorns being much of a thing when I was a child. Although, when I was around the age my daughter is now, I was all about Care Bears and Troll figures! It’s funny what becomes popular, isn’t it?

But my kiddo has really fallen in love with these magical, mythical creatures and can’t quite get enough of them! She trots into school each morning wearing her brightly coloured unicorn raincoat and unicorn backpack (she doesn’t need a backpack for school, she’s in reception, but begs to wear it to school anyway). And I can’t help but smile.

In a blink of an eye, it’ll no doubt be boyband merch and whatever coat she’s seen her fave female celeb wearing on Instagram (or whatever it is that comes after Instagram). So I’m quite happy to enjoy this craze for as long as it continues!


If you fancy winning yourself a pack of Unicorn Poo bath bombs (and why wouldn’t ya?) then you are in luck because the folks at WOW Freestuff are giving 50 of them away! Click here to enter the competition.

Terms & conditions:

By entering the competition you must agree to sign up to the WOW Freestuff Newsletter.

Entrants must be 18 or over and reside in the UK.

Competition closes on the 31st May 2019.

Are your children unicorn obsessed?
What childhood crazes were you into as kid?

Jenna xx

*I was gifted a pack of Unicorn Poo Bath Bombs for the purpose of this post.

Easter Holiday plans
+ Cadbury Chocolate Giveaway!

I love Spring – daffodils, cute fluffy lambs, blossom on the trees and if we’re really lucky, a bit of sunshine! With less than a week to go before J breaks up from school for the Easter holidays, I’ve been thinking about our plans for the two-week break and decided I’d share them here on my blog (in bucket list-style fashion of course)!

Celebrate Jasmine’s birthday

Insert cliched mum talk such as “how is my baby so grown up?” here.

But seriously, how do I have an almost-five-year-old?! Blows my mind, it really does. We’ll be kicking off the Easter break with J’s 5th birthday celebrations. She’ll be having her first proper birthday party (at a local soft play centre) and is excited to celebrate the occasion with her school friends.

Visit Whitehall Garden Centre

I LOVE me a garden centre and it’s about this time of year that I realise our back garden could do with some TLC, which is all hthe excuse I need to visit our local garden centres! The kids, though? They don’t share my love and get bored after about 2 minutes of wandering aimlessly among the shrubs. BUT I have a plan – throughout the holidays, Whitehall Garden Centre are hosting a free ‘meet the Easter Animals’ session most days. Baby chicks and bunnies – oh my – the girls will love it!

Visit Berkeley Castle

J has been learning about castles as part of a school project and subsequently talks about castles, knights, dragons, princes and princesses a lot at the moment! Berkeley Castle is a short drive away from us and yet we’ve never been to visit there as a family. We’re hoping to visit over Easter weekend and catch their ‘Dragon Extravaganza’.

Ashton Court Easter Wildlife Trail

We haven’t been to Ashton Court for ages but this Easter they are running a free Wildlife Trial down in the Rose Garden. By finding pictures of animals and insects and writing down their names, you can reveal the winning words and collect a small prize at the end! The Trail runs from 6th-22nd April and you can collect your trail sheets from the Courtyard Cafe.

Have an Easter Egg hunt in the garden!

Our Garden Easter Egg Hunt has become somewhat of an spring tradition. The girls absolutely love it and I always enjoy watching them squeal with delight when they find chocolate eggs hidden behind pot plants and garden ornaments. I’ve got my Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Pack* at the ready (it contains 14 eggs, 3 bunnies and 3 bags of mini eggs) and I think I may even write some clues from the ‘Easter Bunny’ this year, too! ;)

If you fancy winning yourself a Cadbury Easter Egg hunt pack then you are in luck because the folks at WOW Freestuff are giving 50 of them away! Click here to enter the competition.

Terms & conditions:

By entering the competition you must agree to sign up to the WOW Freestuff Newsletter.

Entrants must be 18 or over and reside in the UK.

Competition closes on the 15th April 2019. (So be quick!)

Ant there we have it, that’s our rough plans for the Easter holidays – I’d love to hear yours?

Jenna xx

*I was gifted a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Pack for the purpose of this post.

Before she starts school…

Yesterday I bought Jasmine’s school uniform and as I watched the cashier zap each item of clothing across the till and fold them up neatly in front of me, the realisation that my baby is starting school, very soon, hit me hard. More than it did when we got the letter through, telling us which school she was going to. And more than when we went to visit the school itself for J’s ‘taster days’. It was buying the white polo tops and little grey pinafore dresses that really gave me a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye (and not just because of the expense of it all!)

I feel like I’m trying to strike a balance between cramming as much into these last few weeks of summer as possible (whilst she’s still mine, all mine) and giving her time to rest and prepare for the changes that are coming our way.

We decided to keep J in preschool (x 3 mornings a week) right up until the end of August to keep her in the routine that she’s used to. Also, being 100% honest here, I’m not sure how I’d cope with both girls by myself full-time as they fight almost constantly and it truly wears me down.

Getting out of the house is usually the best thing for us. It’s stops the girls squabbling (as much) and I generally find it easier to parent when we’re out and about (just don’t ask me about our disastrous swimming trip earlier this week).

With all of that in mind, and the fact, that J will not be doing full-time school hours until the first week of October. I’ve been thinking about some of the things we’d like to do over the coming few weeks – a sort of ‘before school to-do list’ if you will.

Go to the beach

We’re very lucky to have a massive, free to use, sandpit in our local town centre during the summer holidays. We spend several hours there a week and the girls love it. But nothing quite beats the real thing – the beach! I’d love to cram in a couple of beach days before the end of the summer – probably Brean or Weston-super-mare (which are our local-ish beaches) or perhaps a trip across the bridge to Wales and Barry Island!

Visit Monkey World (Poole)

Monkey World has been on our to-do list for ages. Stephen and I visited there quite a few times pre-kids (and even considered getting married there at one point!) but we’ve yet to take the girls. If we get up and go early enough, the trip is totally do-able in a day so we’re hoping to go later this month when Stephen has booked off some of his annual leave.

Join in with Clifton College’s ‘forest discovery day’

On Saturday 8th September, Clifton College are running a free forest discovery day for toddlers/preschoolers and their parents. There will be den building, marshmallow toasting and mudpie making – oh my! I booked my two littles onto it as soon as I heard about it as I just know it’ll be right up their street (or should I say, tree?!) We’ll be there in our wellies and waterproofs and if you’re local to Bristol and would like to be there too, head here: https://www.cliftoncollege.com/events/2018/september/free-forest-discovery-day/ to find out more!

A family bike-ride

J’s had her bike for a while now, and other than the occasional jaunt around the block with it, she never much rides it anywhere else other than in the back garden. I’d love to dust off mine and Stephen’s bikes (which have been sat in the garage since we moved here over a year ago) and go for a family bike ride. I bought a toddler seat, from a friend, to attach to my bike for E to ride in, I just haven’t gotten around to attaching it yet! Our local cycle path goes all the way to Bath and whilst I can’t see us getting that far, it’ll still be fun to ride together as a family and see how far we do get!

Visit Grimsbury Farm

There’s a fair few community farms in and around Bristol but I hadn’t heard of Grimsbury Farm until recently when my Childminder friend, Sarah, told me about it (she knows all the good local places to take kids!) I only passed my driving test last month and I’m slowly growing in confidence enough to take the girls out for day trips, driving a little further each time. Grimsbury farm is about 20 minutes away by car and I’m planning to pack a picnic and take the girls for a visit in the next week or two. Watch this space!

Is there anything in particular you’re planning with your pre-schooler before they start school?

Jenna xx

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5 things for kids to do in Bristol this summer

The summer holidays are nigh! And whether the prospect of 6 weeks with the kids at home fills you with dread or excitement (or a strange mix of both), I’m sharing a few suggestions of things for the kiddos to do over the summer, in and around the Bristol area.

1 – Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail

It’s back – the ever-popular Gromit trail! This time with over 60 giant sculptures, designed by high-profile artists, featuring 3 of Nick Park’s characters; Gromit, Wallace and Feathers McGraw.  You’ll explore some of the city’s most iconic locations whilst you seek them all out!

To find out the locations of the sculptures, download the Detect-O-Gromit 2 app or, if you’d prefer, pick up a good ol’ fashioned paper map from the following locations:

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (in the GU store), Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, M Shed, Tourist Information Centre, Aerospace Bristol and the Gromit Unleashed HQ on Upper Maudlin Street.

Happy searching!

Visit https://www.grandappeal.org.uk/trails-exhibitions/gromit-unleashed/ for more info.

2 – Kids’ Club at Clifton College (for 3-13 Years Old)

This summer, Clifton College in Bristol are hosting their popular kids’ clubs, with a group suitable for all ages between 3-13 years of age. Each club includes a wide variety of activities all with the aim that your children enjoy themselves and learn different skills on the way. The Mini’s Kids’ Club (3-4) focuses on personal development and interaction with others, while the Junior Club (5-7) focuses on encouraging children to pursue their interests and develop their skills through their own choice of activity. The oldest club, the Kids’ Club (8-13) promotes self-expression, confidence building, offering complete flexibility and choice of involvement. Of course, all three groups offer FUN, with activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor play and even afternoon swim sessions (Kids’ Club and Junior’s Club). 

Price for all clubs start from £22 for half a day and £44 for a full day. The Mini’s Club starts from 6 July 2018 while the Kids’ Club and the Junior’s Club starts from 9 July 2018. For more information, please visit www.cliftoncollege.com

3 – Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2018 

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. Made possible last year by Bristol Energy, the Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol. Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free with charges made for parking on the event site. Alongside the fantastic site of hot air balloons filling the skies, there will be a large number of trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.

For more information about the Fiesta visit: http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/

4 – Visit Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

The cost of days out during the school holidays can soon add up, so why not check out some of Bristol’s free family attractions. Let your littles explore the collections of art, nature and history on display in a beautiful building. Find out about the last billion years of Earth’s history, explore the region’s natural wonders and discover more about peoples’ lives, past and present. You’ll not be disappointed!

For opening times visit: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/opening-times/

5 – Visit Bristol Zoo… at Twilight!

This summer you can experience Bristol Zoo as the sun sets with their Friday Twilights ticket entry (£5 per ticket or £4 for members).

You’ll be able to enjoy the following…

• Live music throughout the evening.

• Exclusive Friday Twilight animal talks.

• Explore the award-winning gardens.

• Enjoy a delicious treat at the immersive restaurant.

• Transform into an animal with our fantastic face painting!

Buy tickets online here: https://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/whats-on/friday-twilights (hurry – they’re selling out fast!)

Jenna xxx

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You don’t need to go far for your first family holiday…

Working out the logistics of one family holiday seriously is hard. The more you try and plan it, the more you realise that the list of things that you have to consider just grows and grows. How long will the flight time be? Does the hotel have kids facilities? It’s going to be too hot? Is it going to be too cold? These are all things that you’ll now have to consider, which if we carried on listing, would seem like one big ball of stress. So, how do you think you would go about your first family holiday then? Well, we know you wouldn’t have to go far. In fact, you can have some great family holidays, right from the comfort of our beautiful country. All you need to do is pack a bag, pack the car, and go on a little adventure not too far from where you live. If you want a cracking first family holiday, here are some of the ways that you can make the most of it, without having the leave the country.

 

The Perfect Location

The perfect location does exist in the UK. In fact, there are so many different locations that we would class as perfect, it just depends on what you’re looking for. If we’re talking a family holiday, you need to go somewhere with plenty to do. So your first option is to go to a beach destination, such as the likes of Devon. Devon attracts so many tourists, and not just families either! There are plenty of holiday parks in Devon for you and your family to go, that will cater for a range of different ages in terms of activities. If you want a real family adventure, then you should go for a caravan or camping holiday, rather than sticking to a hotel. Plus, you’ll save a hell of a lot of money doing it this way! If you’re looking for something a bit more lively, you might want a city break. However, it’ll still have to be somewhere with plenty to do for children of all ages, so somewhere like London might be the place for you.

 

Relaxation & Fun

Just because you’re staying in the UK, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a taste of relaxation in the sun, especially with the weather we’re having at the minute! If you want to relax with your family, the best way to do this is to go to the local nature reserve, wherever you may be staying, and go for a picnic. Your children can play, and you can relax in the sun with some lovely food. If you’re looking for fun, you’re definitely going to have to hit a family attraction such as the zoo, or a theme park.

 

Trying Something New

Having a holiday is all about trying something new, and the UK has plenty of that for you. There are destinations in Wales where you can go into caves and do fun underground assault courses, or you might have a go at one of the Go Ape centers. It’s all about giving your children new experiences, without having to pay the prices of a holiday abroad.

So, we hope the destination that you choose is the UK. Besides, with the amazing weather we’re having at the minute, it’ll feel like you’re in the Costa Del Sol anyway!

This is a collaborative post.