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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Mothers Day count down….. gifts ideas!!

If, like me, you have completely lost track of days and times you may not be aware that in just two short weeks ‘Mothers Day’ is going to creep up upon us! Yes that day when we celebrate just how wonderful and amazing our mums are and attempt to give them a card and perhaps a small something that demonstrates how grateful we are for all their help.

Now that I am a mummy myself mothers day, and mummy appreciation has taken on a whole new level of importance. But mothers day isn’t just for us mums it’s also for all those mums to be. So here is a quick look at a few mothers day gift ideas that both new mums, old mums and those mums to be, might like to receive on that special day. I’ve tried to give you a range of ideas as lets face it all mums are differen. But more importantly i have stuck to small bussinsess each ran by mums themselves! Good luck and lets try and shop small this mothers day and support each other!

For the Mama who loves her coffee

The must have ‘Yummy Mummy Mug’ from a small business owner and coffee loving mummy…

(Get a 20% discount on the ‘Yummy Mummy Mug’ with code RUSTIC)

https://beanbaby.co.uk

For the Mama who loves it personalised

The personalised jumper made by an amazing Insta mummy, using the most gorgeous liberty prints and a humongous amount of love, care and attention…

https://www.magnificentstanley.com

For the Mama who wants you to know it

The t-shirts all fabulous mothers should own…

https://www.latotch.com

For the mummy who likes luxury 

A gift from ‘The English Beagle’ a business dedicated to promoting small independent UK businesses…

(get a 15% discount across all products until the 11th March with code RUSTIC)

https://theenglishbeagle.com

For the mummy to be

A selection of tea to help prepare and nourish them for the whats to come and whats to follow…

https://www.hotteamama.com

For the mummy who deserves a little bit for every thing

The Motherly love Box (limited edition) from the beautiful brand that is Gerrard and Grace and the lovely couple that run it with such dedication and kindness…

https://gerrardandgrace.co.uk

Lots of love 

Lindsay x

What I’ll be packing in my hospital bag this time! 

You would think that second time around packing a hospital bag would be quite self explanatory, after all there are less than eighteen months between one and two so I should be able to remember, right? 


Nope I’ve completely forgotten it all and I had to return to good old ‘Google’ to jog my brain into remembering all the bits that I might need and when to pack it (recommendations varied to pack your bag between 34 and 36 weeks, as I’m nearly 36 I guess I best get packing). Once I got going it was a little easier, although these lists could go on forever I’ve tried not to include too much, before you know it, your packing the kitchen sink… you know “just in case”.


For the Mummy to be!!!

Labour time…..

  • Something super comfy to wear during labour (something you don’t care to much about!)
  • Any extras you want for your labour experience – birthing plan/preferences, electric candles, mini speakers, scented diffuser etc.
  • A pillow, extra comfort will be needed, again before and after.
  • Food and drink – your going to need your energy.
  • Books/magazines/music – things you can relax with, you don’t know how long you will be in; before (if your induced) and after!
  • Don’t forget your hospital notes and any birth plan/preferences you’ve organised.


After birth…..

  • Right up the top of the list – Giant granny pants for after!! Yep it’s all about comfort not glamour! (And always pack spares, more than you think your need)
  • Comfortable bra’s (2/3) nursing ones if your planning on breast feeding.
  • Sanitary pads (make sure you pack enough and go for the super absorbent type, Mothercare and other baby shops sell maternity specific ones.)
  • Your wash bag with all of the essentials.
  • Clean comfy pjs for after your labour, when you’ve had a shower and your finally feeling a bit more you again (I would suggest a dark colour) and more than one pair, you never know how long your going to be in and don’t want to be caught short.
  • Slippers or huge fluffy grippy socks, no one likes cold toes. 
  • Dressing gown
  • Towel
  • Food and drink for after – I was so hungry after baby one! 
  • Comfortable clothing for you to travel home in.


And for the baby….

  • Bottles and ready made milk if you are planning on bottle feeding.
  • Small burping Muslin.
  • Large swaddle Muslin.
  • Soft baby blankets from home.
  • Baby grows (newborn or if you have big babies like me 0-3 months!)
  • Hat
  • Cardigan
  • Vests 
  • Newborn nappies
  • Wipes (I love water wipes for a newborn)
  • Don’t forget to have the car seat in the car ready to bring up to the room at home time. 

And of course a bag to keep it all in. When I head into the hospital I quite liked separating out mine and the baby’s stuff, I found it easier when I was doing those last minute rummages to actually find the bits I needed, or trying to direct the other half as to where to find things.

For all the babies essentials I’ll be using the PacaPod Croyde bag. It’s clever design allows you to separate out all the babies bits and pieces for easy accesss (and husband proof rummaging!). Its unique pod design means you to easily locate the bits you need by packing them separately into the individual pods. The bottles and milk into the feeding pod, spare/change of clothes, nappies and wipes into the changer pod. Then any extra bits and pieces into the clear travel pod. 

It’s extra roomy size means that it’s perfect for packing any extra “just in case” hospital bits and when I’m finally home I know it’s size will mean it’s great for packing both toddler and baby bits together when we head out for the day. 
The bag has lots of other handy features including changing mat, cross body strap, pram attatchment straps, large parent pockets for easy access to all those bits and pieces you need (with the addition of a handy key fob attachment.) As an added bonus, when your not using it as a baby bag, it’s large enough in size to accommodate most laptops and all the bits and pieces you might want for baby free travel! 

Now I’m just to sort a bag for my own bits and pieces! 

I hope you have found my little summary helpful. I’ve linked some of my favourite baby bits that I have mentioned I’ll be packing below.

Love 

Lindsay 

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  1. PacaPod Croyde bag
  2. Storksak Muslin Swaddle
  3. StorkSak Muslin Squares
  4. Water wipes
  5. Pampers Newborn Nappies
  6. Comfy PJs (for after)
  7. Dressing gown
  8. Sanitary pads

My maternity must haves so far…. 

There are so many maternity products out there sometimes you have to wonder where to start! 

This is just a summary of some of the maternity products that I have been using recently and enjoying so far this pregnancy. Some I used in my first pregnancy, others are new to me! All of them I’m loving and for many different reasons….


Over the bump leggings



So easy to wear and so many uses…

  • Wear with an oversized jumper for comfort and style (red is apparently the colour of the season) 
  • Pull on with your over the knee boots, under a dress for a little more warmth, plus you can avoid the discomfort of tights!! 
  • Or just add a big comfy cardigan, oversized t-shirt and a pair of fluffy socks and your ready for movie night! 

So many options, I picked up mine from Jojo Mama Bebe, but you can find them all over the place for a range of prices! 


The classic Bretton top! 



Enough said really…… fitted or oversized, style doesn’t have to stop just because your pregnant! Isabella Oliver have a great selection.

Jeans

Whatever your style, however your the fit a good pair of maternity jeans are a must! These ones are from Jojo Mama Bebe and I’ve found them super comfy for the price and they most importantly stay put!!


Maternity pillow


I recently started using the bbhugme maternity pillow and can quite honestly say it’s amazing! With baby number one I had a foam filled pillow and whilst it was ok it wasn’t a patch on this. By the time pregnancy number two started it was in no condition to last another nine months. My advice, invest early and invest wisely, these pillows are amazing! 


Pregnancy vitamins

Through both my pregnancies I’ve taken Pregnacare Plus, I’ve been happy with them and felt satisfied that I’m giving the bump and my body the little extras that it needs! Remember your body is doing an amazing job, there is no harm in helping it along the way! 


Mama Mio products 


I’ve tried lots of different maternity products over my two pregnancies and have fallen for the Mama Mio ones, hook, line and sinker. They glide on easily, smell absolutely amazing and really feel like they are doing the job. I definitely recommend giving these ago!! 


Reading material


Through both of my pregnancies I’ve found time for a little maternity related reading. With baby number one ‘What to expect when your expecting’ was a favourite and I’ve found myself returning to it this time round. Added to this, second time round,  I’ve been reading Clemmie Hoopers ‘How to grow a baby and push it out’ and after taking a hypnobirthing course with the lovely Jemma from @stilettostostrollers I’ve also been doing my homework reading! 


Loungewear and nightwear 

When you are pregnant you spending a lot of time lounging or at least attempting to! Comfy clothing is essential, just as essential as a good nights sleep. Making all varieties of comfy night and lounge clothes is an absolute must….. let me introduce Mamas and Papas collaboration with Bloom and Blossom. They have an amazing range of super soft, extra comfortable lounge and night wear!! Go, shop and buy now!! 


Me time and sleep

It’s free but sometimes the hardest to come by! Find time for yourself and enjoy it!! Have a bath, read a book, enjoy some chocolate, watch a movie or just get an early night! 
The shopping list and links are below! 
Enjoy!! 

Love 

Lindsay x


Shopping list 🛒 

  1. Over the bump leggings – £20 Jojo Mamal Bebe 
  2. The Classic Bretton – £65 Caia Maternity top Isabella Oliver – £41 (SALE) Arlington Striped maternity top 
  3. Dark wash maternity ripped skinny Jeans – £35 Jojo Mama Bebe 
  4. Maternity pillow – £135 bbhugme Maternity Pillow
  5. Pregnancy vitamins – £15.29 per box pregnacare plus
  6. Products – £12-45 Mama Mio
  7. Reading material – Amazon, prices vary
  8. Lounge and night wear – £19-29 Mamas and Papas Bloom and Blossom

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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Keeping cool ☀️

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This week has been all about keeping cool in the scorching heat! With temperatures reaching thirty degrees in Surrey I have been working hard to find ways to keep myself, Harvey and Mr Rustic cool! We have spent a lot of time sheltering inside, where Harvey has found the cooler room temperatures far more relaxing than the outside heat wave! He has also decided he is quite enjoys the fan, giggling and smiling when it’s near by!

Despite our best efforts to keep cool Harvey has been a little restless in the day and especially through the night. However, this has meant that he has throughly enjoyed his evening bath times. He has also taken to sleeping in just a vest, Nappy and as he likes to feel cosy, his Aden and Anais sleeping bag (certainly one of my best buys for Harvey).

This week I had to make a quick dash to the shops for some summer clothes, Harvey has grown so quickly that at ten weeks old he has already been wearing his 3-6 month clothes for some time. The only problem with this is that all the 3-6 month clothes he owns are for the cooler weather, long sleeves and thicker material! So to avoid him living in vests for the next week a quick bit of sale shopping was required. Can’t say I minded that much!


Relaxed in Gap….

Love


Lindsay

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Make a weekend trip to Great Fosters

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If I could only visit one venue in Surrey I’m sure that this would be the one. Great Fosters is a stunning hotel with amazing grounds and outstanding food! I have been luck enough to visit this place on number of occasions and only last year my husband and I were fortunate enough to have the honour of holding our wedding reception there. Great Fosters will always hold a special place in my heart and continues to be a somewhere I never tire of visiting…



The stunning Japanese bridge… time your visit right and you will be lucky enough to see it covered in wisteria.


Make sure you venture into the gardens. They range from well manicures mazes and rose gardens to rustic parklands.


Explore the the stunning interiors. They really do give you a peak into the buildings historic past…


Try and stop for a coffee or even better indulge in the award winning Great Fosters Afternoon Tea…



Whenever you visit and whatever you do, whether it be staying in the magnificent historic rooms, indulging in the culinary delights or exploring the expansive grounds, it is sure to leave a lasting memory with you.


Love

Lindsay x


Great Fosters website