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  • Spotting-a-Dolphin-at-New-Quay

    Our UK Travel Plans for 2019

    This is a collaborative post with Vogue.

    Now that we’re starting to emerge from the depths of Winter, and the bank balance is starting to look a bit healthier after the Christmas bashing, it’s at this time every year that my attention turns to what our travel plans should be for the year. read more

    Camping, Lifestyle, UK Travel
    / March 7, 2019
  • Standing in front of the Dovecote at Le Manoir Hotel

    My 2018 Travel Bucket List

    This is a collaborative post with Destination2

    As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but look back over the last twelve months. It’s been our first full year as parents, and I can’t quite believe how quick it’s gone! I find myself wondering what have we done? And the answer is: quite a lot of little things, actually. In the preceding years to this one, we’ve done a lot of ‘big things’: we got engaged, we got married, we honeymooned, we got pregnant, we had a baby – all undeniably major events. But 2017 was a year of the ordinary moments. It’s the year we first ventured to Bluestone, went on our first family camping trip, Pickle’s first birthday, he learned to walk, and since then the weeks have rolled by filled with baby swimming classes, Rhythm Time and Talking Tots.

    Family photo in the snow

    2017 wasn’t a year of ‘big things’, and whilst my bank balance as a Stay at Home Mom isn’t particularly spectacular, I’ll be hoping there will be at least something big to commemorate the big occasion of 2018: my 30th birthday!

    Lifestyle, Parenting, UK Travel
    / December 21, 2017
  • Breastfeeding at Bluestone Wales

    A Year of Breastfeeding

    I honestly didn’t think I’d get to this point – a whole year of breastfeeding under my belt, but with it being National Breastfeeding Week, it seems appropriate to celebrate. I’m proud to have fed Pickle for this long, and although it was tough to begin with (that initial six weeks of getting the hang of it and persevering through cracked nipples and raging hormones seems like a distant memory now), it’s been a journey I’ve absolutely loved. And I’m still not ready for it to be over.

    12-18 Months, Parenting
    / June 22, 2017
  • Splash About BabyWrap Bluestone Wales

    Swimming with the Splash About BabyWrap

    I’ve mentioned it a million times before, but I’m a terrible creature of habit. If something works, it works. Why change it? And that’s exactly how I feel about Splash About. We’ve been using their swimming pants since Pickle was three weeks old, and we’re starting to build a little collection of them that chart his rapid growth! I was over the moon excited when I got the email to let me know I’d been selected to be one of their Splash About Gurus, and it was perfect timing that we got the news just before our break to Bluestone, giving us the perfect opportunity to test out their Splash About BabyWrap wetsuit.

    Now, I was no stranger to a Splash About BabyWrap wetsuit, as wonderfully, the swimming lessons we take him to have a little stash that you can borrow for the session if the pool is a little cold. Buying one was on my pre-holiday list as I already knew how much happier Pickle is in the water when he’s warmer. In fact, the difference is quite staggering. What I particularly love about the Splash About ones compared to some of the other designs I’ve seen at swimming is that they’re pretty easy to get on (and off!). The wrap is like one big envelope that opens completely flat, and it just velcros up along the bottom and the middle, with two straps over the shoulders. Anyone who’s tried to wrestle a baby into their swimming get up will appreciate how easy it is! The perfect choice for wriggling babies and toddlers on the move.

    As it turns out, we didn’t need to worry about the temperature of the pool at Bluestone as it was beautifully warm, but knowing he had that extra layer of warmth just meant I didn’t have to worry about limiting our time in the water or being in a rush to get out.

    The only thing I noticed after our week of daily swimming was that the skin on Pickle’s tummy started to get a bit dry in patches. It didn’t look sore but it was very noticeable. I wasn’t sure if it was just a result of the number of times we went swimming that week or if the wrapsuit was exacerbating it but when I was at the Baby Show last month, I checked with the skincare expert on the Johnson’s stand. She told me that the chlorine in swimming pools can have a big drying effect on delicate baby skin and that the best way to combat it is to properly wash off the swimming pool water after each swim and lather up with a baby-friendly moisturiser. I’ve been doing that ever since and it’s already made a massive difference – phew.

    More than anything, having the Splash About BabyWrap wetsuit* just gives me peace of mind, and allows us both to just focus on having fun in the water and learning lots of new things. I’ve seen a huge surge in his confidence since we’ve had the wetsuit and he can now pull himself out of the pool onto the side, is happy to lean forward and flop himself into the water and definitely enjoys splashing around more! It could just be a coincidence, but I’m very happy to put it down to feeling more comfortable and warm in the water. I kind of wish we’d thought to buy one sooner, really. Thank you Splash About, once again!

    Disclaimer: Pickle is a Splash About Guru, and as such we were sent his BabyWrap in return for an honest review of the product. *This review contains Affiliate links. This doesn’t affect the price you pay but if you do buy using my link, I get a small financial incentive – thank you!

    Parenting, Reviews
    / June 13, 2017
  • Mowgli Walk at Bluestone

    Five Precious Memories from Bluestone Wales

    If you were to ask me what I think the most important part of any holiday is, I’d tell you it’s the making of special memories. I honestly don’t think it matters where you go, as long as you make the most of the time you have together as a family and just drink in as much of it as you can, you’ll come away with a treasure trove of stories and experiences to cherish for years to come. We certainly did just that after our midweek stay at Bluestone Wales earlier in May. After what has been quite a stressful and upsetting start to the year, the break away did all three of us the world of good and both LPD and I have been heralding it as one of our most favourite holidays ever – and that’s saying a lot!

    Countryside, Lifestyle, Parenting, Reviews, UK Travel
    / May 29, 2017