Happy Half birthday Moo – (Mollie’s 6 month update)

Last week on the 26th of September Mollie turned 6 months. A whole half a year has gone by since she came into this world and joined this little family. The last couple of weeks there seems to have been a huge development from her, well we seem to t

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Weaning time already?

Has it really come about already? Mollie is nearly 6 months old so we can now start the journey of weaning all over again.
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When Henry was born I was fairly comfortable with everything that I was doing, I admit that weaning had me stumped and overwhelmed. Where did I start? When should I start? What do I do? These were all some of the things that went through my head at nearly an hourly basis, for at least a moth before I even started. I read countless things from books to Google recommendations and went on various baby forums to get as much information as possible. Eventually we had to start so with a bit of guidance and just going for it we started and thankfully it just fell into place.
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Centre Parcs Elveden Reviewed

As mentioned in ‘A break in the woods’ I will write a more detailed review of the activities we tried and our accommodation. Bare in mind Henry is still only 3 so there was quite a lot we were not able to do as he is still too young.

Woodland Lodge

Our lodge was a quaint two bedroom, open planned style. As you entered your lodge, it opened into a small entrance with a door to the main bathroom on the right. Behind you was a door into a separate toilet and through that was a cupboard which housed the boiler, safe, high chair, cot and cleaning equipment. I’ll be honest and say we didn’t open the toilet door till a couple of days in so didn’t even know this was here till then.

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A break in the woods – Centre Parcs Elveden

Last week we had a family break to Centre Parcs Elveden , in Suffolk. I have never been to a Centre Parcs before and my husband recommended it as he uhad been to various ones when he was younger. I was a little dubious about staying all in one place without ‘venturing out’ as I had always done on family holidays when I was younger. But I thought we should give it a try to see what it was all about.

On Monday we arrived at about 1 o’clock slightly behind schedule, blame the hair straighteners for being too hot to pack in the case. Entry into the ‘drive in check in desks’ was quite quick considering there appeared to be a queue. We had paid an extra £35 for early entry into our lodge, which allowed us about an hour before the majority of other guests arrived at their lodges. That way we could avoid everyone taking their cars back at the same time. We parked the car in the car park and headed into The Village Square to have lunch before our early entry.

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Elves, Fairies, Teddies and Trains. Audley end railway review.

On the last Friday before the summer holidays had ended we planned on a day out to Audley End railway. It was just over an hour for us in the car so not to long to keep a 3 year old entertained. The question of  ‘Are we there yet?’ cropped up rather early, thank goodness for PJ Masks on Youtube.

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As it was still classed as the summer holidays they were still doing the Elf and Fairy festival, which had lots of extra activities on, including extra craft tents, a stage, outdoor games and a BBQ. The entry ticket was reasonably priced at £10 per person which included 1 train ride, Elf and Fairy walk and all the activities (except the bouncy castle at £2, luckily for us Henry doesn’t like them). We have an Essex Pass which meant the child’s entry was free, which is a very good saving. With your combined ticket you also get a booklet which helps you find all the elves and fairies hiding in the wood andan ‘I spy’ sheet at the back for the train ride. Some of  the staff were dressed as Elves and fairies and it created such a wonderful atmosphere.

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Back to Playgroup

The summer holidays have officially come to an end and going ‘back to school’, or in our case playgroup has come about. I’ll be honest and say that I have had a few mixed feelings about this. While Henry has been keen to go back (he did think he was going to school and wasn’t too impressed when I said he has another year to wait, most of his friends left to go to school), I have felt a little emotional about it. Seeing some of the ‘Back to school’ TV adverts have not helped either.

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Vintage vehicles meets Route 66.

When Henry was big enough to move into his single bed we moved him into our second bedroom. Take a look at his old nursery room decor here. He has a complete obsession with cars so it seemed only logical to decorate his bedroom accordingly. We don’t plan on having to decorate it again (we plan on moving) so it needed to grow with him, so I decided to give his room a vintage vibe.

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Before we even decided on the room colour we had chosen the red industrial lampshade. I just spotted it one trip and thought it was exactly what we were looking for. The rest of the room just grew from there. The bedding came from Next, I don’t believe they do this one anymore, it has a gorgeous car design on it, great for kids without being too much like a cartoon. I’m not a big fan of general kids bedding. The route 66 sign was a great find, also at the range.

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