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.

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

This is a collaborative post.

5 Local small businesses you NEED to know about… {Bristol}

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We all know that ‘sharing is caring’ so that’s why I’m going to tell you about 5 of my favourite local small businesses that are based in and around the Bristol area. From the best place to eat out with the kids to where to get your dog groomed, I’ve got it covered…

1) Little Giggles Soft Play

Little Giggles opened up in Yate (BS37) just over a year ago and we are regular visitors there. It’s very different to any other soft play centres we’ve been to (and in my almost-4-years of parenthood, we’ve been to a fair few!) The equipment is best suited to under-5s and the entire layout is open plan so playing along with your children (or keeping an eye on them from the cafe) is much easier. Little Giggles is a family-run business and I am always so impressed with how much the owners listen to feedback from the parents and carers who use their softplay. They’re always changing and adapting the centre accordingly, and always striving to make every visit fun and memorable.

2) Scoopaway Health Foods

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have no doubt heard about the plastic crisis that our country is facing. Thanks to supermarket packaging, we’re using WAY too much of it! I’ve written on the blog before about my hatred of plastic and I’m always looking for ways for my family to live greener and reduce waste. So, when I heard about Scoopaway Health Foods (BS7) I got very excited indeed.  They “specialise in Natural Wholesome Foods and Remedies for the whole family”. But not only that, they minimise their packaging and food waste by making their best selling lines available loose, enabling customers to scoop as much or as little as they need. This lady *points to self* plans to take a trip to Scoopaway, armed with many empty glass jars.

3) Printsome

If you’ve a need for T-shirt printing in Bristol (Organising a hen do, perhaps?) and want to support a small local business then head to Printsome. Not only can they provide more t-shirt styles and colours than you can shake a stick at, they’ll give you a quote for your garments within 30 minutes. And if you’re in a hurry, you can even have them delivered the very next day. Jobs a good ‘un.

4) The Parlour

We seldom eat out as a family these days as it seems that a good family-friendly restaurant is hard to come by. But just recently I heard about The Parlour (BS6), an independent (and kid-friendly) ice cream shop. It’s been running as an ice cream parlour since 1974 but recently the owner, Nicolo, has turned it into a high quality Italian restaurant. “It’s very much a family vibe; a place in which all ages can enjoy with delicious ice cream, pasta and charcuterie boards on the menu.” Click here to check out the menu and make a reservation!

5) Petsupplies-uk 

I couldn’t not mention my favourite local pet store, Petsupplies-uk (BS37). Every time we visit (myself and the furry member of the family) we get the warmest of welcomes and fantastic customer service. Not only do we pop in for food and doggy treats, but this is also where we get Heidi groomed every couple of months. The grooming prices are very reasonable and Heidi always comes out looking and smelling beautiful (it’s a shame it doesn’t last long before she inevitably rolls in something she shouldn’t!) ;)

So there you have it, 5 small local buinesses I wanted to shout about!

If you live in and around Bristol, I’d love to hear about your favourite local businesses too!

Let me know in the comments!

Jenna xx

Going home

If you’ve read my previous posts then you will know that aside from my mum living all the way in New Zealand, the rest of my family and friends are based 195 miles away in Bristol which is where I was born and raised. When I moved away from the city it was always my intention to go back home as often as possible. In reality, it is a lot harder to get back there on a regular basis but now that Jasmine is here I am going to try even harder to get back to Bristol as much as I can. I want to share Jasmine with the people I love and likewise I want them to be part of her life.
This weekend, at almost 6 weeks old, Jasmine met my Dad, brother and friends for the first time. Better late than never.
Here’s some of my favourite photos from the weekend (I got a bit snap happy!):
Jasmine’s got her hat on, she’s coming out to play!
We tried to cram as much in as possible each day. On Saturday the weather was glorious so first on the agenda was a dog walk with some friends…
Cuddles with (Fake) Auntie Laura
Cuddles with (Fake) Auntie Sarah
That’s right, there was a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer on fake aunties (every kid has them!) as Laura and Sarah are identical twins! 
L & S with their pooches – Bella and Spencer
Laura is a neonatal nurse and Sarah works as a nanny so they’re great for little hints and tips when it comes to looking after tiny humans! 
I think this might be our first proper family photo!
Next up – Stephen, Jasmine and I met up with my best friends Jeni and Jodie for ice creams and sandwiches in the park…

I adored watching my bezzie mate Jeni hold Jasmine. It was the first time she’d held a newborn baby. I think she looks like a natural! :)
Jodie having cuddles with a rather windy Jasmine.
❤ Love these girls! ❤
Later that evening (after a little siesta back at the hotel and a shower to freshen up!) all 7 of us met up again to go for a meal at Frankie and Bennys. It was a brilliant end to fabulous summer day with some of my favourite people. 
A post-frankie and bennys girly snap sans Stephen and Jasmine.
A visit to my Dad’s house to meet the famalam…
Jasmine and very proud Grandad!
Huggleberries with Uncle Matt.
Snoozing in the arms of Auntie Bethany ❤ 
After a long, hot and tiring car journey home, I let my Dad know that we’d arrived back safely and I got this reply from him: 
This in itself made every second we spent sweltering in our little car on the M25 worth it. Every second. 
I’m so happy that my friends and family have finally met my baby girl. It was an awesome weekend and now that I’m home I’m trying hard not to feel deflated and down. The sun is shining and I intend to enjoy every second of it while it lasts and contemplate my next trip home… 
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PS. Keep an eye out for my next post, I’ll be writing about my favourite Newborn Travel Essentials!