Our adventure to โ€˜Peppa Pig Worldโ€™๐Ÿท

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 ย 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. ย .

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

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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Counting Little Green Sheep…. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Just over a week ago we received some very exciting blogger mail in the form of a mattress from ‘The Little Green Sheep’ Company. 

‘The Little Green Sheep’ Comany is a brand I have come across before and in all honesty had always heard very positive reviews about. So I was really excited to be able to try out one of their produts, review and feedback on our experience. I clearly remember the numerous searches for product review when I was expecting Harvey from buggys to bath seats, it’s endless. 

Before I give you my thoughts I think it’s important to know a little about the brand, so here we are….

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‘The Little Green Sheep’ was founded in 2006 by Mark Nicholls and Paul Maurice, two friends who first crossed paths whilst at University in Birmingham. Once they completed their University courses each ventured off on their relevant journeys, between them gathering experience in the product and marketing business as well as the organics industry. ‘The Little Green Sheep’ was grown later based on the simple idea of offering parents and babies the best in baby bedtimes and originated by the friends desire to design and manufacture a baby mattress that combined the best quality support, made in the most natural possible way (using natural and organic materials), the first mattress was launched in 2007! 

๐Ÿ‘ The Little Green Sheep Values & Beliefs

‘The Little Green Sheep’ believe in providing the best for babies. It’s this which inspires them to do what they do, creating beautifully made products; shaped by simple, honest ingredients, and produced in an ethical and appropriate way. They believe in providing babies with the most natural environment possible, away from toxins and harmful chemicals but never compromising on quality.

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So how did we get on?

The mattress we chose to try out was the…

 ‘๐Ÿ‘ Link – Twist Natural Cot Bed Mattress 70x140cm’ 

On first impressions the mattress looked great! It had a clean and appealing finish with a quilted cotton cover, looked smart, but also felt soft and comfortable. 

After looking past the immediate visual impression the important thing to note is that the mattress (unlike many in the market) does not have a removable cover. Therefore it is recommended (essential) that you use a mattress protector to protect against any possible damp (I’m thinking poorly babies, leaky nappies and potty training toddler accidents). ‘The Little Green Sheep’ sell their own recommended mattress protectors which are just as soft and organic as the mattress it’s self!

‘ ๐Ÿ‘ Link – Little Green Sheep Mattress Protector’

The next thing to look at are the two sides to the mattress; these have been cleverly designed to take your baby through their toddler years to a recommended age of five. 

The mattress has been smartly designed to incorporate two different sides of support. One with a side designed for 0-12 months (firm surface). 

The other for side little ones from 12 months to five years (supple yet comfortably). Based on Harvey’s age, 14 months, we used the mattress on for the elder ones. 

Harvey took to the mattress immediately, snuggling down with no complaints and sleeping happily through the night. Prior to Harvey’s nights on the mattress he was sleeping on a mattress made by a different brand and if I’m honest also had no difficulties sleeping. Harvey is generally a good sleeper, although an early riser (sadly the early rising didn’t change with the introduction of the new mattress, despite wishful thinking from both Mummy and Daddy). 

So what were the benefits of the mattress? 

First of all it gave me a greater peace of mind knowing that my baby was sleeping on a mattress that didn’t contain any chemicals or toxins. This made me feel happier and far more content about putting him down at night, and sometimes it is just the little things that make all the difference.

I also really loved the fact that the mattress is naturally fireproofed, further peace of mind for Mummy and Daddy. And finally, and most importantly, is that fact that by it being natural it is by far the most gentle on Harvey’s delicate skin(eczema prone).

Now having used a ‘The Little Green Sheep’ product for myself I am highly interested in their other products and I know with the new bump on the way I would love to discover more about some of their other items. As well as mattresses they now also produce a range of baby sleepwear including babygrows, sleepbags and bedding including sheets, pillows, duvets and muslins. The sheet we received in our trial is without a doubt one of the softest I’ve come across and I’ll certainly be investing in some more for both Harvey and the bump! 


And finally in addition to all this they are also the creators of the well know co-sleeping baby crib; the snuzpod!

Good luck with your mattress search and baby purchases, I hoped this helped and I welcome any questions! 

Love 


Lindsay x

Thank Teething jewellery for Mama’s and babies!!ย 

When I was asked if I was interested in trying out some new Jewellery I jumped at the chance, I never miss a opportunity to accessorise!!! Only this was jewellery with a difference. This was Jewellery designed by a mama for a mama, yes this was teething Jewellery! 



If I’m honest I was sceptical at first, I imagined a large garish plastic looking bracelets and necklaces in neon colours that screamed this is purely practical. However, one look at the Mama and Belle website and I realised how just how wrong this misconception was (if you don’t believe me take a look!) 

Mama and Belle is owned by the lovely mummy of two Suzy and was launched in 2014. Taking inspiration from the teething Jewellery craze that was slowly becoming popular with mummy’s across the globe, but with much greater consideration to style! Suzy aimed to create Jewellery that was functional and fashionable! Well let’s say she succeeded. 

The Mama and Belle Jewellery comes in a range of colours/styles to suit your mood/favourite colours and latest fashion tends. ‘Rose gold!’ That all so alluring pretty rosey shade which has starred in collections from the likes of Valentino, Noon By Noor and Monique Lhuillier and has littered the the spring/summercatwalk. This can currently be found featuring in a number of the pieces in the Mama and Belle collection. Showing that us mummy’s can still be on trend (whilst also being a little practical with a baby in tow!). 

The Mama and Belle collection includes necklaces, bracelets, dummy/teether clips, a mini Belle collection for those little toddlers who want to dress just like mummy and even a very sensitively designed dad collection (yes, I know, amazingly daddy can take part in this too!). 

So what did I go for and how did we get on? 
So after deciding that this teething Jewellery didn’t look as I thought it would (tacky, plastic and tasteless) I made my selection! 

I opted for the Amelia nude quartz and marble teething bangle with the Amelia rose gold and marble teething bangle to stack with it! (because one is never enough!). I then also added the Aurora quartz teething necklace in its complimentary colours! 

After checking out all the important safety bits (safety first) and being completely satisfied that all the items were one hundred percent safe for my little man (see above) I put them on and headed out! They were immediately a hit with Harvey. He’s currently teething crazy and if he’s not putting something in his mouth he’s attempting to bite down on me! Ouch!!! Well let’s just say these items have already saved me from a number of nasty baby bites. 

We will certainly being making lots of use of these over the coming months and I’m hoping they will save me from from lots of nasty bites!! 

Giveaway time!!!!!

And now for the best part……..
The lovely ladies at Mama and Belle are offering you the chance to win your own set of teething Jewellery! Your choice of necklace and bangle!!! All you have to do is click on the ‘Enter Competition’ link below! Good luck!!

Mama and belle/the rustic mother
https://js.gleam.io/e.js

Love 

Lindsay x

Four months later….

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Wow doesn’t time fly, I find it hard to believe that Harvey has justย passed hisย four month mile marker, I’m sure the pregnancy didn’t go this quickly! at Harvey’s last weigh in heย had grown from a mightly 10lbs 4ozs to a humongous 18lbs.


He now consumes milk at an unbelievable rate (around six feeds of 8ozs a day) and is nearly out of his 3-6 month clothing! Harvey’s weight sits on the 98th percentile and his length was off the scale, the only fitting and simple description is that he’s a ‘Big Boy’.


His daddy, being a rugby player, is immensely proud of his size and is already envisagingย his little boy charging around the pitch in a few years time!

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So how much have our lives change sinceย our little man came along? The only answer for that is an indescribableย amount. Harvey has seen every aspect of our previous life as a couple change. Mr Rustic and I have been together for five years and had only been married for a few months when we found out I was pregnant with Harvey. We were of course over the moon by our newsย but we were also daunted by the mammoth challenge we were about to face and boy has it been a challenge.


The first four months have both passed in a flash (we can’t believe how quickly he has grown) and at times feltย draw out and slow (numerous night feeds, smelly nappies and baby sick). Most of my mummy friends say to me that they can’t remember their life without their little ones, I’ll hold my hands up and say ‘I can!’ but it was only four months ago and my memory is not that bad, maybe in another six months time I’ll have forgotten whatย life was like pre baby….I’ll let you know!

Love

Lindsay

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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 ๐Ÿฐ) 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