Our adventure to ‘Peppa Pig World’🐷

Last week Harvey and I were lucky enough to be invited along to the ‘Peppa Pig World’ grand preview event at Pultons Park. Peppa pig World opened in 2011 and has, understandably, been increasingly popular ever since! To meet demand, this year has seen the extension of the park with two new and exciting rides, as well as new characters, sights and scenes that are now popular in the increasing number of Peppa Pig episodes.

Last Friday Harvey and I, accompanied  by my sister and niece, set off on a little road trip to Southhampton with great excitement, so much so, neither Harvey or his cousin Vivienne managed their much needed naps.

When we arrived, we were pleased to find the park was easy to locate and there was plenty of very accessible parking, important when you have two children and a buggy to unload.

We had never visited Pultons Park before so we weren’t really sure what to expect, but much to our delight it was full of beautiful open grass spaces (perfect for picnics and letting toddler run lose for a little), very child/toddler friendly rides and playgrounds.

We immediately set off towards the Peppa Pig area of the park and Harvey’s first words said it all ‘WOW’; the entire area looked amazing. Each ride was built around a different element of Peppa’s world (if you know the cartoon you will recognise the rides immediately).

We started by exploring the new area and the two new exciting rides. The Queens Flying Coach Ride, a monorail that travels around the new area with fantastic views across the whole of Peppa Pig World.

And Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, where individual boats meander along a lazy river to discover pirate island.

Both the new rides were a hit with Harvey (age 1) and Vivienne (age 3). The rides moved smoothly and were appropriate for children of all ages, obviously no buggies were allowed on the rides but there was tremendous amounts of space to leave them before you enter the queuing areas.  .

After testing out the two new rides we went to meet the characters, which Harvey absolutely adored, sharing lots of cuddles with both Peppa and George.

We then took a wonder around the rest of the new area, past the Queen’s Castle, a fantastic replica castle which stands 10 meters tall, creating a focal point within Peppa pig world and also home to The Queens Kitchen, a new catering outlet for this area of the park.

Next we went character spotting! As you take a wonder around Peppa Pig World you come across a selection of characters creating a great game of character spotting. Harvey loved looking for the new additions to the park including Gerald giraffe, Mr Bull, Peppa’s friends on Pirate Island, Grandpa pig snoozing on his boat and the Queen. One of Harvey’s favourites was spotting Mr Bulls Digger and Bulldozer digging up the road as well as Peppa jumping in muddy puddles!

After our time in the new area of the park we went on to explore the rest of Peppa Pig World. Here we tried out lot of different rides including Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride and Windy Castle. However, Daddy Pigs Car Ride was a clear favourite, as was Mr Potatoes Playground.

We also found a little time to explore a few other areas of Paultons Park. Although I’m sure we could spend a whole weekend there and still feel like there is so much more to do.

We left with two incredibly exhausted little people after a fantastic and very exciting day! We could not recommend it enough for an amazing family day out with your little ones and we can’t wait to go back!

lots of love

Lindsay

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My pregnancy photos…. By AMANDA JANE DALBY PHOTOGRAPHY

I am so pleased that I can finally share these pictures with you and I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Whilst I was expecting Jude I was lucky enough to meet with the amazing Amanda of AMANDA JANE DALBY PHOTOGRAPHY, who gifted me with this fantastic photoshoot as a way of preserving these special moments in my pregnancy. The photos were all taken in my own home and garden, with my home comforts around, and with both Harvey and Dexter (our dog) taking part when it worked. Looking back at these pictures and seeing Harvey looking so small and my bump looking so big brings back such memories. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate such a special time in all our lives, and my only regret is that I didn’t do the same when I was expecting Harvey.

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Amanda is a natural light family portrait photographer based in Redhill. She covers Areas in Surrey, London and South West London. She places an emphasis on fun and relaxed family photos and aims to capture timeless images for you keep forever.

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Click HERE to link to Amandas website and see more of her amazing images, find out more about her photography style and background, as well as discovering how you can go about getting your own special images created. My personal favourites are the beautiful family images in the galleries, go and take a peek!

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A huge thank you to the amazingly talented Amanda, you have captured such gorgeous happy memories for us to keep and cherish forever, and for that we are so grateful.

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Lots of love 

Lindsay 

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Where’s the time gone….. going back to work! 

It’s been nearly half a term since I returned to work (yes I teach!), after just over a year of maternity leave! I had very mixed emotions about the whole ordeal and now after some little time to reflect I thought I would update you on how it has been going. 

Firstly let me give you a little context. I’m a teacher working in a small school in Surrey. I absolutely love my job and have been at my current school for a number of years. I have the most fantastic colleagues and the children that I have the pleasure of teaching are on the whole pretty great too!

I really missed my work whilst on maternity leave and it actually took me a very long time to adjust to not being there (perhaps another story, for another time, if I’m ever feeling brave enough.) Whilst on maternity leave, I chose to keep a lot of contact with my work, popped in occasionally to see my friends and keep an overview in preparation for what I would be returning to. I also managed to do a number of my ‘in touch days’ which I really enjoyed and were a good way to keep contact and ease back in. 
Harvey was a summer baby and I worked up until he was born (two weeks late.) In return I was able to take the full year with him, not returning to work until he had passed his first birthday. By this point there were only three weeks remaining until the school summer holidays started and I would be off again (I was very lucky it worked out this way!) 

In regards to childcare for these three weeks we relied solely on our family. Harvey spent the first week in Sussex with my in laws and the subsequent two weeks with my parents who live locally. 
The first week was by far the hardest. We didn’t get to see Harvey at all (except for a few pictures) and I found the return to work exhausting both physically and emotionally. When Harvey finally returned home on the Saturday after my first week I was over the moon to see him, even if he did try hard to give me the cold shoulder for the first ten minutes! Looking back I know that not having him about was very fortunate, I got up early and worked late and I didn’t have to feel any mum guilt about missing dinner, bath or bed because no matter when I returned home he wasn’t going to be there! 


The next two weeks were a little different. Harvey went to stay at my parents who live about thirty minutes from my work so I was always conscious of the fact that if I finished early enough I could make it to theirs for some of the bedtime routine and most importantly a Harvey cuddle. The first week he spent with my parents I had a number of work commitments and only managed to get there three out of five nights. In the final week I was fortunate enough to get to Harvey for dinner, bath and bed every night. This was exhausting, not only was the return to work a shock to the system but my desire to do everything (work to my full potential and be the best mummy I could) wore me out. By the time the holidays started I was shattered! 
Now I have returned to work on a long term basis (at least until baby number two arrives). I work four days a week and have been lucky enough to have family do all my childcare (Harvey spends his time with both sets of grandparents, he loves it!). I have found the first half of term absolutely exhausting and I can not wait until the holidays start again in a few weeks time. The days have been long and I’ve been growing big, currently in my third trimester! I miss Harvey terribly and have found the adjustment very difficult. Harvey on the other hand has taken it all in his stride.
So what have I learnt? I don’t have to do everything; Harvey will still love me. Let family help; they want to and it’s what they are there for! Work and motherhood together is in no doubt exhausting and it’s been hard to find a suitable and practical work/life, mummy/teacher balance. 

For now I’m just trying to make the most of the weekends with Harvey and I’m looking forward to my half term holiday. I’m sure just as I finally get used to it all, I’ll be off on maternity leave again and starting a whole new challenge with two little ones! 

Love 

Lindsay 

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 Cake in the post?!? Harvey’s letterbox cake 🎂 

Wow yesterday was such a busy day! We started our celebrations for Harvey’s first birthday and we had the most amazing and busy day we’ve had in a long time! My feet ache soooo much and my little solider is absolutely exhausted, but we feel we’ve kicked off Harvey’s Birthday celebrations in style (more on that in a later post) and are looking forward to them continuing today.

What I wanted to tell you about today was that little something extra that we took with us to make our day out a little more fun!! 
We were kindly given a very unique cake by the lovely people at Bakerdays. What made this cake unique is that it was small enough to fit through our letter box and therefor small enough for us to sneak under the buggy and tuck into whilst at the zoo! 

A little on Bakerdays….. 

Bakerdays are a company based in Nottingham who specialising in making cakes for all occasions, what’s different about their cakes is that they can be posted through your letterbox, yes a cake, in a tin, through your letterbox! The company founded by cake lover Andrea Guzyova creates these unique cakes perfectly for one or two (or perhaps some little sticky fingers) to enjoy with the added bonus that they can be delivered next day all over the UK! 

It may be small in size but that doesn’t effect its flavour, as can been seen by our little cake lover who couldn’t keep his hands to himself!

Harvey’s cake was personalised to fit his special day out (the zoo) and we opted for a lemon sponge as Harvey is a fruit lover. The cake didn’t disappoint, it was perfect for the little occasion and the three of us to enjoy. 

I can’t help but think what a lovely little gift this would be for that unsuspecting someone on their special occasion – birthday, graduation, Father’s Day, new baby!! 


Love 

Lindsay 

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Tiddlers to track……

Thinking back to when Harvey was born (just short of ten months ago!) I was fanatic about keeping track of all his feeds and sleeps! Trying to see if there was any sort of sleep pattern developing and constantly wanting to be sure he’d consumed sufficient quantities of milk each day. 

Of course like most things for a new Mummy, despite constantly feeling as though I was the only one with these throughts and worries I soon discovered I wasn’t! When I met with my NCT group a few weeks into motherhood and the babies feeding times arrived we all pulled out our scrappy note books and scribbled down our little ones feeding time and number of oz’s whilst the breastfeeding mummy’s were tracking time and side….. left/right! 

I can assure any new mummy’s out there that as your baby gets older you get less obsessive and eventually start to record less. Which is a relief for a while, although often short lived! Because before long your little one is weaning and off you go again! Making sure they are eating/drinking enough to fill all of the minimum requirements you’ve been told by your health visitors and midwifes. It really can be exhausting. 

And then there are those occasions when you leave your little ones and manage to grab a little “baby free” time!! And you get the inevitable questions…. What time does he have his milk? How much should I give him? When should he nap? How much for dinner? What does he like? Suddenly your little scrap book of notes doesn’t seem so silly anymore! 

Here I’d like to the introduce a company called…..’tiddlers and nippers’

I can whole heartedly say I wish I’d know about this company when Harvey was born! The clever people at tiddlers and nippers have designed a series of note books to help you keep track of your little ones daily feeds and needs! They were designed after the trials and tribulations they felt when tracking their own little ones feeding patterns, so as a result they are created by parents for parents and they really are a fantastic products! 

When Harvey was small I tried versions apps for my phone to track his days but they didn’t have the convenience of pen and paper! I wasn’t going to leave my phone with my parents if  he stayed at theirs for a night and it wasn’t easy for my husband to see what he had been doing when he took over for a bit. And then of course there was always the worry that we might lose all the data and then we’d be back to square one. No pen and paper worked best for us (like many others it would appear!) so this is what we stuck too!
 
Tiddlers and nippers have created a set of notebooks each aimed at a different stage of your babies development! The ‘Tiddler Tracker’ is the first in the series and designed for those new parents and the early days. The front pages contain a clear and simple ‘how to’ guide and example and then from there on each page is clearly laid out for easy day by day tracking of your little ones feeding, nappy changing and sleeping as well as a column to record expressing and a notes box for an extra bits and milestones…… prefect!! 

Of course Harvey has now moved on from this and we have just started using the ‘tiddler toddler tracker.’ This note book is different in its layout and the space for milk feeds has been replaced with columns for eat/drink, as well as one for naps and changes as well as activities and again a little space for notes/milestones. 

After a week of getting to grips with the new book, we are really living it. We can now record all of Harvey’s daily activities and feeds etc, I’ve really enjoyed looking back over the week to see how’s he’s forming patterns and achieving new milestones. For us I feel this is really going to prove useful in a few months time when I head back to work and my parents and inlaws will be covering most of the childcare. This will allow us all to know exactly what’s going on as he moves between us all. 

It’s always great when you get to use a product you love. Not only are these notebook unbelievable useful and practical they also come in a range of cute patterns and colour for you to pick from ❤️💛💚💙.

To get one for yourself visit the ‘tiddlers and nippers website (click) 👉🏻 💻 or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and twitter 📲. 

Handmade with love….

I have a particular soft spot for handmade items, espically soft jumpers and warm blankets. Harvey has had an array of cardigans, jumpers and hats over the winter all knitted by his very proud Nana and a Peter rabbit blanket from his Great Nanny. There’s a certain luxury to handmade items and I’m going to enjoy putting Harvey in them while he’s to young to complain otherwise. 

So I was over the moon when Harvey was the recipient of some beautiful hand made items from the lovely Eleanor at Belles and  Bean! 


She sent Harvey a gorgeous pram/play blanket and an adorable bunny bonnet   (especially well timed in the run up to Easter!). 


Well without a doubt the bonnet looked adorable on him and the blanket was an immediate hit with its soft texture and gorgeous combination of colours. 


The Belles and Bean is an small business ran by Eleanor, who hand makes all her own items. You can find her over on her Etsy page as well as on her Instagram feed! Read about Eleanor and find the link below….. 

Happy shopping 
Love 

Lindsay x


Read about Belles and Bean….

Announcement Welcome to Belles and Bean! I started my crochet journey when I began my maternity leave before having my little boy. I have always thought myself quite creative and so thought I would give it a go! It is something that I enjoy doing and find very therapeutic and relaxing. Making something beautiful and practical for children is an absolute pleasure that I get a lot of satisfaction from. The name ‘Belles and Bean’ was formed from my best friends calling me Belles which I love. When I found out I was pregnant with my Harvey I looked up how big he was and he was the size of a bean! I hope that you enjoy browsing my shop and perhaps even making a purchase or two! xx

Belles and Bean Etsy page! 💻

The magic of the Medicine Garden…

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The other week my parents, Harvey and I went to explore the medicine Garden in Cobham, Surrey. We wondered about the garden, drunk coffee at The Garden Pod and lunched at the The Hothouse Cafe. We had a great day and even got lucky with the amazing weather!


The Medicine Garden is a multi tasking green oasis set inside grand Victorian walls with a small courtyard of bespoke shops and eateries. Within the walls you can eat, drink, relax, be entertained or pampered, shop, workout, play (if your a child) or even learn a new skill. The garden embodies a fantastic mixture of the ancient and modern with beautiful plants and flowers and an exciting community of small bussinessess.

Once upon a time the gardens belonged to Cobham Park and were known for growing a variety of fruit. Today much of the one hectar site is well preserved and showcases lots of the historical features including the glass house, gardeners house and walls.


Based in the old potting shed… enjoy coffee (and cake 🍰) at The Garden Pod!


Then wonder around the beautiful grounds and take the children to play in the sandy castle (don’t forget your bucket and spade to keep them entertained for longer). For a casual dining option get your coffee and sandwiches from The Garden Pod and they will even loan you a picnic blanket for you and the children to dine on! Of if you prefer you can relax and recline on the double deck chairs and Baroque sofa!

If you prefer a slightly more formal eating experience visit The Hothouse Cafe for an amazing array of food, where much of the menu is made from locally sourced goods. They serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, but don’t forget to book in advance this place can get very busy and the outside tables can be hard to come by on a sunny day.


Wonder the shops botique shops- The Art House, The Beehive, The White Orchid Flower Shop and The Pineapple Store. Drop into the Blid and Hatton Gathering and find out about their cookery workshops, pop-up events and private dining options.


Discover the gardens wellbeing ideologies, learn about the The Good Medicine Wheel, visit the treatment rooms for some pampering, enroll on bootcamp or take part in some Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi in The Dome!

I’m already arranging to return with my NCT girls and their babies. The grounds are very buggy friendly, although the petit shops aren’t very suitable for little ones with little hands or giant buggies, so go with your friends and rotate who shops when.

Enjoy
Love

Lindsay x