Clifton Country Park is a nature reserve in the Irwell Valley in Salford, Greater Manchester. I think the last time we visited I was 40 weeks pregnant with baby Skye. We enjoyed a long walk around the lake to try and give baby a nudge to come out, it was a lovely day even though baby still kept us waiting a few more days! I can’t believe we haven’t even been back since, I really feel like we have been missing out on this local beauty spot…
When I heard that the Salford Ranger team had recently created a magical ‘Fairytale Trail’ around the lake I knew we had to make a trip there soon with the girls. If you have followed my blog for a while, you will probably know that we have been on the Gruffulo Trail at Delamere Forest a few times now but to have something similar on our doorstep is absolutely fantastic.
On a recent Saturday morning, with the sun making an appearance we decided to head down, we got the kids ready and packed a picnic for our lunch.
Becoming a mum is life changing and although it can be absolutely amazing, welcoming your new baby into the world and settling into your new routine as a parent can be challenging. Many of us will go through times of loneliness and isolation. While you are looking after your baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the world is still carrying on and sometimes it can be difficult to fit in parts of your old life. Shopping trips and cocktails dates with friends are now a somewhat distant memory. And now all you really want and quite possibly NEED is an adult conversation, with a fully grown person who has the ability to talk back. So there is no doubt that mum friends are amazing. It doesn’t have to be all baby talk but just chatting to someone who ‘gets it’, really does make all the difference. So when I heard about the Mush app – a must-have free app which helps mums to connect with other local mums, I was excited!
All three of my girls love dressing up in costumes, getting into character and letting their imaginations run wild so when Matalan got in touch to see if the girls would like to try out some costumes from their character shop range I knew the girls would be more than happy to! At the moment the girls are princess obsessed so we were absolutely thrilled when three Disney princess costumes turned up at our door…
The Piccolo brand is all about Mediterranean goodness: bright sunshine, colourful markets, families eating around the table. The Mediterranean diet introduces children to good, honest, natural food with a variety of delicious ingredients. The great news for us is that Piccolo have created a range of organic fruit and veg purées and meal inspired blends which are made with 100% natural ingredients. With having three young girls myself, I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks and food ideas so I was thrilled when I received two boxes full of Mediterranean goodness for my girls to try.
On the first day of October half term we made a trip to Spooky World’s Fun by Day event at Apple Jacks Adventure Park in Warrington – an outdoor space with rides and attractions for all ages. Apple Jacks has been on my ‘places to go with the kids’ list for a while now and with the girls daddy having a week off work we had a perfect time to go.
You may already know by now that I love putting together themed boxes and baskets for the girls, I like to add a mix of treats, fun stuff and activity materials. For us, a themed basket is a great way to keep bits and bobs together, to use at the weekend and particularly over school holidays, so when we have some free time or a chilled day at home we can have a rummage through our basket and pick an activity we can do together. Last years Halloween basket was jam packed with weird and wonderful goodies to keep the girls entertained. (more…)
I have so many fond memories of seeing the lights in Blackpool when I was a kid, we used to go every year, something that we now do with the girls and they really look forward to our annual trip to see the illuminations. A night time walk on the sea front with our excited little girlies admiring the lights makes for a magical family evening.
Little Dish are celebrating 10 years of making delicious, healthy toddler meals, which are approved by a nutritionist and are the only chilled toddler meals in the shops that contain no sugar or salt. Recently they have unveiled a brand new range of meals and snacks for little ones.
At the weekend we headed to Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington for the girls to have a go at the Maize Maze challenge. This real working family farm is becoming one of our favourite places to go with the girls as they always have family friendly events on and there is such lovely people working there, which is always a bonus isn’t it. We have previously visited here and enjoyed strawberries picking aswell as pumpkin picking.