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 Fun things to do with kids in San Diego

San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California and known for its beaches, parks and warm weather. San Diego is definitely on my ‘hit list’ of places I want to visit some day because it has so much to offer in the form of art galleries, museums and gardens. If we ever do visit this wonderful city, I’d love to go with a big group of extended family and friends and hire out one of many gorgeous San Diego mansions. If a job’s worth doing, right?!

One of the things that appeals to me most about San Diego (and California in general) is that there are so many wonderful places to visit with kids. Here I’ve compiled a list of 5 places I’d love to visit with my children, in and around San Diego.

1) San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

San Diego has both a zoo (which is voted the world’s no.1 zoo, no less!) and a safari park – they’re often confused as being the same place, but they are in different areas of the city and you’d struggle to do both attractions in the same day.

San Diego zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world (100 acres) and has so. many. animals. Personally, I’d be making a beeline for the polar bears – especially after watching the Polar Bear Cam on the San Diego Zoo website! Do you think they’d let me bring one home?!

At the Safari park you can enjoy a guided tour on the ‘Africa Tram’ which sounds like much more of a relaxed day out and a great way to enjoy getting up, close and personal with the big cats!

The Safari also has new walk-through lemur exhibit! ‘Lemur Walk offers an immersive experience to get you up close to these most interesting mammals. You walk along a path inside the exhibit as ring-tailed lemurs frolic among the trees, branches, and path around you!’ Eeeek, I just know my girls would ADORE this!

You can buy multi day/multi park tickets for both attractions: A child ticket (3-11) costs around $76 and an adult ticket $86.

2) Learn to surf

Why not make the most of San Diego’s gorgeous beaches and learn to surf? There’s plenty of local surf schools around to choose from and it would be a fantastic activity to enjoy together as a family. You can book a private surf or paddle board lesson for around 100 dollars which should be plenty of time for you to pick up the basics. Not only would the kid’s enjoy learning a new sport (and a pretty cool one at that) but they’d return from their holiday with a whole new level of confidence in the water.

PS. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the gear (wetsuits etc.) as most surf schools are able to supply them for you.

3) Visit Fleet Science Center

I love science museums and my children are no different. Science museums seem to unleash so much curiosity from my kids and always make for a great day out. Fleet Science Center looks like it would be well worth a visit as not only does it have a range of family-focused exhibitions but it also has an IMAX cinema. At the time of writing, they are currently showing Island of Lemurs Madagascar on the big screen which sounds a-mazing!

Back in the science center itself they currently have a ‘Mythbuster’ exhibition, based on the popular TV show. This is an ‘amazing hands-on exhibition’ where children and adults can put science related myths to the test— For example, you can find out what keeps you drier: running in the rain or walking through it?

4) Visit Aquatica Water Park

Here’s another water related activity (gotta make the most of that sunshine and warm weather). Aquatica is a water park that offers a huge variety of  rides and slides including the fabulously named ‘Hoo Roo Run’ and ‘Woohoo Falls’. Not feeling quite as brave as the rest of the of your family? Then why not hire out a private cabana and spend the day relaxing and soaking up that calfornian sunshine?!

Aside from the slides, rides, pools and cabanas there’s also flamingos and fresh water turtles at the park so be sure, if you visit, to check them out too!

Aquatica Water Park tickets cost $46 each.

5) Visit Legoland

I couldn’t not mention Legoland, could I? I always loved my visits to Legoland windsor when I was a child. It’s the perfect day out for the little ones and the big kids too! *looking at my husband* ;) Rather excitingly, this summer, Legoland California are launching a new attraction:  LEGO CITY®: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride. You get to go in a real submarine that takes you on a hunt for treasure. On the way you’ll pass all kinds of real sea creatures, including stingrays and sharks, as well as bright Lego fish, crabs and scuba divers. It sounds like such a fantastic experience and one my children would never forget!

Legoland Calfornia tickets start from $89.

So there you have it! These are the five things I would do with the kiddos if  (when?!) we visit San Diego some day. And from the research I’ve done so far, it seems there are plenty of other exciting places to explore with kids in California aside from the ones I’ve mentioned here. Now to to get saving those pennies

Have you ever been to San Diego?

If not, is it somewhere you’d like to visit?

Jenna x

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Hollow Trees Farm Review

Last week we visited Hollow Trees Farm in Suffolk. Even though the farm is only about 40 minutes drive from where we live, we had never visited before – and I’m absolutely kicking myself about that!

We paid £5.00 entry for the farm trail (it cost £2.50 per adult and Jasmine was free as she’s under two). We also paid an extra 50p for a bag of animal feed. Gotta be done, right? Considering how much there was to see and do on the farm trail, I think the entry fee is very reasonable.

We decided to leave our pushchair at home, however, the trail is wheelchair and buggy friendly. Some parts of the trail were quite muddy (due to the rather soggy December week that preceded our visit). The muddy puddles were great for splashing in but I was quite glad we’d left our buggy at home.

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There was a great selection of animals to meet including pigs, cattle, chickens, alpaca, goats and horses! What I loved most about the trail was that you could really get up close and personal with the animals. And with my bag of feed in hand, I made a lot of friends!

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Not only were there lots of friendly animals to meet on our way round the trail but there was also a lot of other things to see and do – including tyre swings, wellie boot throwing and a giant wooden chair (great photo op!)

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Before heading to the Hollow Trees Farm shop/cafe for lunch we stopped off at ‘The Beach’. Inside a marquee was a huge sandpit with buckets and spades. It’s the last thing I expected to see at our visit to the farm but was a lovely addition to our day out. I thought Jasmine might never leave that sand pit and it was only with the promise of lunch that we managed to coax her away!

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The farm shop was filled with a wonderful array of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and of course, meat. We had a quick look around but by this point we were pretty hungry so we waited for a table at the cafe. It’s not a huge place and was quite busy so we had to wait a little while for a table. Once we were seated, I was massively impressed by the menu. There was a huge variety of meals tailored to young children – why don’t more places do this? Usually when we go for a day out somewhere the children’s menu consists of a long list of things ‘with chips’.

For Jasmine we ordered the hummus and pitta bread which also came with cucumber dippers, cheese puffs and a fromage frais yogurt. Stephen had a cheese and ham panini and I had a jacket potato with beef bolognese. The service was quick, staff were friendly and the food was lovely.

What we liked about Hollow Trees Farm:

Being able to get very close to the animals and feed them.

The wellie throwing!

Plenty of hand washing stations.

The size of the trail – it’s a perfect walking distance for young toddlers.

Being able to sit on the old tractors (Jasmine’s tractor obsessed so this was right up her street!)

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What we didn’t like so much:

The ‘Fox Slide’ in the ‘Pogals pit’ play area wasn’t very, erm, slidey? I went down with Jasmine on my lap as she was too scared to go down by herself and I had to bum-shuffle the whole way down. The child that went down before us got stuck half way!

And that’s about it – we loved everything else!

Other things you might like to know:

  • If it’s been raining recently then make sure you take your wellies as the farm trail gets pretty muddy!
  • The farm has a large onsite car park which free to use.
  • There’s plenty of benches around if you want to take a picnic. We will definitely go back for a picnic in the summer!

I couldn’t resist making a little video of our visit to Hollow Trees so here it is for you to enjoy:

Opening times: 

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm last entry at 3.30pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 9.30am – 4.00pm last entry at 3pm

Please check out the Hollow Trees Farm website for up-to-date opening times and entry prices.

Nobody asked me to write this review but we enjoyed our time at Hollows Farm so much, I just had to rave about it on my blog. I’m already looking forward to our next visit!

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Duck {Living Arrows #12}

I haven’t taken as many photos as I normally do this week.  Recently I haven’t been enjoying the things I usually do, and that includes blogging and photography (hence the radio silence on my blog). Despite the fact I only had a few photos to choose from, I still had terrible trouble picking which one to use for my Living Arrows post.

In the end I decided to use this one that I took on my phone yesterday because it made me smile. Only my daughter could look this serious whilst riding a duck…

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

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Our visit to Needham Lake

Every weekend we try to get out and explore somewhere new, as a family. We love being outdoors and if we can take the dog along with us on our adventures, so much the better. We recently heard about Needham Lake by word of mouth and decided that this weekend, as the sun was shining, we’d head there for an Autumnal family walk. Located next to Needham Market train station, it’s about a 20 minute drive from us. Dogs are welcome (thumbs up from Heidi…if she had thumbs) and there’s toilets onsite (thumbs up from me and my tiny bladder).

We didn’t really know what to expect, other than a lake obviously! When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised. There is a buggy-friendly footpath around the whole of the lake, plus a woodland nature reserve, a couple of children’s parks and a snack bar.

Here’s some photos from our time at Needham Lake…

 The sight that greeted us when we first arrived – not bad, eh?

The weather was perfect for our Autumn walk – beautiful clear blue skies.

There were lots of birds at Needham Lake including gulls…

….swans…

…and geese. This was as close as I was willing to get to this chap!

A rare mummy and daughter photo (that isn’t a selfie)!

 Jasmine taking in the view of the lake.

I know I say it a lot on my blog but I really do LOVE this time of year!

My man and my dog. ❤❤❤ 

I loved the wooden mushroom carvings – how sweet!

My sunshine!

Jasmine went on a swing for the first time a couple of weeks ago and really wasn’t sure about it. This time she couldn’t get enough of it – she was giggling and squealing with delight. Made me melt!

As you can probably tell, we had such a lovely time. If you live in Suffolk or surrounding areas, I highly recommend giving Needham Lake a visit.

Here’s the address:

Needham Market,

Ipswich,
Suffolk,
IP6 8AS

It’s open all year round.

What new places have you explored recently?

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