Category Archives: Activities

Hitchin Lavender Farm

I have wanted to go to Hitchin Lavender Farm for a few weeks since I saw lots of beautiful family photos amongst the lavender rows on Instagram but as the weather has been so awful we hand’t got to go. So on Sunday as the Sun was shining we decided to make the 30 minute journey. I packed my new Olympus Pen 8 and tripod and off we went.


Hitchin Lavender is a lavender farm attraction close to both London and Cambridge and they have 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick your own fresh flowers from. When we arrived we parked up and paid only £11 for the four of us to get in and we got given a bag and scissors to pick and collect our own Lavender. Adults are £5.00 (picking included), Under 14’s are £1 and Under 5’s are free. You can buy additional bags to fill for £4.


The farm is open from 10am until 5pm every day throughout the season which runs from mid June until early September.


As soon as we got to the field, the smell was amazing! I love the smell of Lavender. The boys enjoyed picking their lavender and filling up their brown bags and we took so many great photos. You can also pay £50 for a professional photo shoot but if you have a good camera and a tripod you can get some great pictures.


We had a great morning, captured lots of great photos and it was a really cheap and fun family day out. We will be going back next Summer and making our family photo in the lavender rows an annual thing!

 

Our Holiday To The Sensatori Resort In Ibiza

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When I started looking for our Summer holiday a few months ago as Archie is two and a half and won’t sit still we thought it was a better option to pick somewhere with a shorter flight like we did last year. I went onto the Thomson website and as we have stayed at two of their 5* Sensatori resorts before in Crete and Tenerife I thought the Sensatori Ibiza one would be great location wise and the only thing that worried me was the size of the rooms in the photos. The rooms/suites we had before at the Tenerife and Crete hotels were lovely, spacious and what a proper 5* room should be like. I rang the Thomson help line and they reassured me that a double/family room would be big enough.

So on Saturday the 8th of July, the day after Oscar broke up from school we flew from Luton to Ibiza. Prior to our flights I had booked the Luton Priority Lane which I couldn’t recommended higher especially if you are travelling with children. For only £3 per person you can use the Priority Lane dedicated to getting you to Security and into Departures faster. It literally took us five minutes to go through with no queues at all. I will be using this every time we fly from Luton from now on without a doubt! You don’t have to pre book you can pay £5 per person on the day to use the priority lane.

Our flight was at 7am so we arrived at the Sensatori Ibiza resort at about midday. The transfer from the airport was only 20 minutes which was great! Our rooms weren’t ready until 3pm so I grabbed the swimming stuff out of one of the cases and we headed to the main buffet restaurant for lunch. As it is an all-inclusive resort you can eat and drink as much as you want and there are a couple of extra payable restaurants on the resort if you wanted to book. There are also …. other restaurants that are included in your package which you can book at the kiosk in reception. We went to the main pool and had a swim and some drinks and then walked down to the beach to see what it was like.


One thing we picked up on immediately is that there are hills everywhere! Anywhere you want to walk to on the resort involves walking up a hill. When we got to the beach it is beautiful, the sea is crystal clear, you can hire jet skis and book water sports and there are some lovely restaurants in the cliffs and on the beach.


Once our room was ready we headed to our room which was in block 9 furthest from everything except the retreat which was only up the hill which we used for the whole holiday instead of the main pool anyway. More about that in a minute. There are also no lifts in the blocks, luckily we had a ground floor room so everyone with rooms upstairs had to leave their pushchairs outside the blocks.

So we got to our room and I was genuinely shocked at how small it was and then on further inspection how filthy it was. I complained at reception and asked to change rooms but as it is peak season they had no rooms to move us too. A few days into the holiday we were offered a family room with a sliding door for an extra 800 euros, we went to look at the room at it was no bigger just configured differently with a sliding door so the boys would be separate. How they can justify asking 800 euros for literally a sliding partition door is a joke and we turned it down. To be honest after a few days we got used to it but as Oscar is at private school we can get our holidays cheaper as its outside of state school holidays and when I did a comparison and it would have been almost £6000 for the identical holiday in August I would not have been happy with the room at all if we had paid that sort of money. Even for us paying a bit less than that is too much in my opinion for the standard of the hotel compared to Tenerife and Crete!

Now on a positive note just up the hill is the retreat. You can also get a free shuttle bus from reception if you don’t want to walk anymore hills. The retreat is fantastic! It has two normal swimming pools, a children’s splash pool, tennis courts, archery, football pitch, kids playgrounds and a spa. Also at the retreat is a buffet restaurant so if your there all day you can get lunch there too. The lunch is the same most days so if you want to change it up a bit you can go to the main buffet which has loads of choice. Also by the children’s splash pool is a big freezer full of ice creams and the kids can just help themselves (obviously after asking us first) to an ice cream. The retreat also do water orb sessions that you can book on to and we also booked the tennis courts for an hour as well which is all included. The prestige spa is amazing and I had a Swedish massage and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. Massages are around 90 euros.


They have a nursery and kids club on site but I can’t give you a review as we didn’t use them. There is also a kids sleepover club once a week and a movie club in the evenings. If you children like kids club then there were a lot of activities on offer.


Opposite the retreat is a supermarket that sells inflatable toys, gifts, clothes, snacks and drinks which is great and about half a mile down the road is a pharmacy if you need it. There is also a doctor on site that is 90 euros a visit, I got an ear infection after diving in the pool and you can claim the money back once your home on your travel insurance.

In the evenings there is a play house live show which is indoors for the younger children but Oscar who is 7 didn’t want to go as it was a bit young for him. The evening show then didn’t start until 9.45pm and really they could do with putting on a little show/disco for children aged 5 upwards to enjoy as there is nothing really to entertain that age group in the evening without putting them into a club. The main shows in the evening are hit and miss, when they bring in tribute acts; we had Robbie Williams and Jesse J they were great but the Sensatori shows weren’t great. We often left half way through. ​


We booked one of the extra restaurants included in our package, the Trattoria La Torre restaurant which is an Italian, the food was lovely. The food in the main buffet and the retreat was always good and tons of choice in the main restaurant as well. Other restaurants on the resort are the Sunset Mediterranean restaurant, the Pan-American restaurant which in total are the four restaurants included in the all-inclusive package and at an extra cost you can book the T-Beach restaurant and the Le Souk restaurant. You can look on the Thomson website as to what restaurant serves what type of food.


On one evening we booked the Cotton Club restaurant which is on the cliff by the beach. It is a beautiful restaurant and is famous for having the best sunset on the Island. The food was amazing and the sunset was fantastic. If you go to the reception in the hotel they will book it for you. It is a bit on the expensive side for a family of four with no alcohol it was around 200 euros. It was a lovely treat!

On three occasions after dinner we got a taxi from reception to Ibiza town which is 80 euros there and back and takes 25 minutes to get to, but well worth the trip. There is a beautiful port with some fantastic super yachts docked in it. There is also a beautiful square in the town with lovely shops and places to get a coffee. On all three occasions we went and sat outside of the Cafe Montesol Ibiza where we had ice cream and coffees. It’s a beautiful hotel! On the way back the taxi driver showed us a few of the gigantic night clubs that we drove past. We couldn’t get over the size of the club called privilege that can hold over 10,000 people at any one time! Crazy!


Overall we had a lovely holiday and the boys loved the water slides at the retreat and spent all day long in the pool. The hotel rooms in my opinion were not up to scratch and I am surprised that they claim they are a 5* hotel. The food was great, the staff were lovely especially in the restaurants, they were so friendly. The cleanliness of the rooms is awful, in fact after a few days we only let the maid change the sheets and towels and we cleaned the floor with floor wipes (the floors were black with dirt) and cleaned the rest of the room ourselves. Location wise it was good and the beach is beautiful. I would defiantly go back to Ibiza as the island is beautiful and we loved the town but I wouldn’t stay at the Sensatori resort again unfortunately. Next time when I book a Sensatori holiday I will do more research on the rooms etc as after going to the other resorts in Crete and Tenerife we expected the same level of luxury and room size which Ibiza doesn’t offer.

Enjoy A Splendifirous Summer With Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl

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Last week we were invited to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Aylesbury to celebrate the collaboration between Roald Dahl and the delicious Mr Kipling cakes who want you to Enjoy A Splendifirous Summer With Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl. Mr Kipling has added a touch of magic to their range of cakes with new limited edition Roald Dahl packaging that is exclusive to Tesco until September. With every pack you purchase there is a unique code inside that you enter onto the Mr Kipling website and see if you have one of many amazing prizes.


Mr Kipling and Roald Dahl know the importance of spending quality time together, especially over the Summer with the children on their holidays, which is why they are trying to make your Summer more splendifirous by winning amazing prices and sharing a packet of their delicious cakes. The wonderful prizes include tickets to see the wonderful West End stage show, Matilda the musical, a trip to Buckingham palace, a selection of Roald Dahl books, family tickets to the Roald Dahl Museum, a BFG jump squiffling giant jigsaw and lots lots more. Even a family trip to New York for two adults and two children! You can see the full list of prizes here.

The limited edition packaging can’t be missed as all the Mr Kipling cakes now have a Roald Dahl twist. There are fantastic french fancies, enormous crocodile croc-olate slices, gloriumptious cherry bakewells, delightful Viennese swirls, scrumptious mini battenbergs and Dory-Hunky angel slices. Also on the website is an ‘inspire’ page full of things to do for families over the Summer.


When we arrived at the Roald Dahl museum we went up to the Mr Kipling room for a cup of tea and some cake and was given a talk on the exciting new collaboration. We then went around the museum, I had never been before but Oscar visited with his school earlier on in the year when they were learning about chocolate. The museum is fantastic and as a fan of Roald Dahl as a child it was nice to share something I loved as a child with Oscar as he is now reading the books too. He is currently reading the Giraffe, the Pelly and me. We learnt lots of fascinating facts about Roald Dahl.


We then went on the village tour and I was fascinated at how many of Roald Dahl’s books are based around the small village of Great Missenden. From the library in Matilda, to the Tudor looking building he then envisaged as the orphanage in the BFG, the supermarket in Fantastic Mr Fox and the petrol pump station in Danny The Champion of the World. We also then walked up the hill to the village church where Roald Dahl’s grave is. It has the BFG’s giant footprints leading up to it and is set under a beautiful tree with a bench with his grandchildren’s name on it.


We then walked back to the museum for story time and then went and had a lovely afternoon tea with Mr Kipling. I hadn’t had a battenberg in ages and now I am totally addicted, I have had a fair few packets since last week.


We had a lovely time at the Roald Dahl Musuem thanks to Mr Kipling and will be going back very soon as it is so local to us.

Our Day Out At Paw Patrol Live

Yesterday we went to the SSE Wembley Arena in London to watch Paw Patrol Live. Oscar has loved Paw Patrol since it first aired on Nickelodeon a few years ago. He has every toy available and when we went to Canada a few years ago, as it’s a Canadian show we managed to yet lots of toys that have never been available here in the UK. On his sixth birthday he had a Paw Patrol themed party as well. Archie over the last six months has really got into it too and both the boys were so excited when a parcel came for them a few weeks ago full of Paw Patrol goodies and a VIP invite to the show. Archie was also very excited as it’s the first time he has been on a train as I usually drive into London.


We arrived at the arena at midday and went for a VIP Paw Patrol themed lunch complete with balloon making, face painting, a yummy lunch with Paw Patrol cookies and slush drinks. We had great fun and we saw some familiar faces which was nice and then headed down to the arena to get ready for the show. The boys were also each given another Paw Patrol goodie bag each with a mask, wrist band and fuzzy felt. Archie loves fuzzy felt!


We dropped off the pushchair to the designated area (I would recommend leaving some time to do this as the queue was quite long) and headed our seats. Our seats were fantastic, right near the front and the boys had an excellent view. When the show started all the children around us were dancing as the theme tune played and when the pups came out there was cheers of excitement. The costumes were amazing, sometimes when a TV show goes on the stage it can be completely different, Paw Patrol was spot on and was just like watching the show on TV they were that realistic.


When Mayor Goodway and Chickaletta cannot run the Great Adventure Bay Race due to a sprained ankle the pups come to the rescue. Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest race against Mayor Humdinger to get the three clues hidden around adventure bay to make it back to the finish line before the sun sets. The sets are fantastic and the pups adventure leads them to The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain. All around Adventure Bay.


At the end of the show the Pup’s win the race and then sing their victory song. All the children got up and ran to the front and were dancing by the stage and in the aisles. We have been to lots of children’s shows over the years but Paw Patrol Live is by far the best and we had so much fun!


After the show the boys were lucky enough to go up on stage and meet Skye, Ryder and Chase and have a photo taken. Oscar looked really chuffed and couldn’t believe he was standing on the stage at the SSE arena!


The show is still on at the SSE Wembley Arena  today and tomorrow and is not to be missed. The rest of the tour dates are below. Tickets range from £16.80 – £39.20.

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – August 9th

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – August 12th and 13th

Echo Arena, Liverpool – August 16th and 17th

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – August 19th

First Direct Arena, Leeds – August 23rd

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – August 26th and 27th


Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets to attend the show but opinions are totally honest and my own! We loved it! It’s Pawsome!

Our Day At Legoland To See The New LEGO Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash Movie

Yesterday we were invited to Legoland Windsor for the screening of the new Lego Movie; Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash. It is the brand new film from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and is available on DVD and to download now.


Once we got to Legoland we headed to the 4D cinema in the imagiantion centre and sat down to watch the film. The cinema there is great, it’s really laid back and it didn’t matter if Archie wandered around a bit. Oscar always loves the Lego films and the computer animation is just brilliant. They get it right every time! The Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash is a fun, comical and spooky film where Scooby-Doo and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are on their way to have fun at the annual Blowout Beach party. It is three days of fun, dancing, singing, partying and food. Once they arrive at their hotel they realise the whole town is deserted and soon learn from the hotel owners that the ghost pirates have scared all the partying teens away. So now there three-day break has turned into a mystery solving break instead, much to Scooby and Shaggy’s disappointment. So it’s up to Scooby and the gang to solve the mystery and get the party back up and running. Obviously with a few twists and turns on the way! I won’t let on anymore as I don’t want to ruin it for you. The Blu-Ray DVD is £7.99 and to download on Sky Store to rent in HD is £5.49, or buy and keep is £13.99. We already downloaded it as soon as we got home as Oscar wanted to watch it again!

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After the viewing we then went off around the park to go on the rides. We had fast track passes which was absolutely fantastic as we got to go on all the rides we wanted to without queuing once. In the future we decided we will always purchase these as it makes the day so much more enjoyable without queuing for ages with excitable children! We have been to Legoland lots of times but this was the first time that Archie (now 2) was tall enough to go on most of the rides and he really enjoyed himself.

We followed the map, until I realised there was an app to download which was much easier to use and check off which rides we had been on. Firstly we went on Sky Rider, Archie got so excited waving at everybody as we travelled 20 feet above everyone. You get a great view of the whole of Legoland. Then the space tower  by the imagination centre.


We made our way down to Duplo Valley which is fantastic for the younger children. If the weather is nice there is a fantastic splash park ‘Splash Safari’, some children were on it and were having a great time. In Duplo Valley we went on fairy tale brook, raft river racers and the Duplo valley airport. There is also a fantastic playground, Brickville soft play area and the Duplo theatre where they put on puppet shows.


We then walked to Lego City, where Oscar went on the driving school, we all went on coastguard HQ, balloon school and the fire academy. Archie was just a little to young to go on the L-Drivers but when he is three he can go on it.


We then ventured down to adventure land where we went on the Atlantis submarine voyage. It’s a really good ride and both the boys loved being ‘under the sea’ searching for the ancient ruins whilst lots of different fishes and sharks passed us by. Afterwards you walk out through a little aquarium.


We the went at got some lunch at the Pirate’s burger kitchen. There are lots of different places to eat around the park, four quick service restaurants like the one we went to, two A la carte restaurants, two buffet restaurants, three grab and go restaurants and then plenty of snack and coffee shops. There are also lots of picnic areas if you want to bring your own food with you.


After lunch we stayed in Pirate Falls and Oscar panned for gold and got a medal. Oscar and Daddy then went on the Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest log flume, they got absolutely soaked! I had to buy the photo as Oscar’s face is absolutely hilarious. When they got off the ride they were literally dripping wet. For £2 you can use the drying machine which warmed them up and dried them off a bit. I was glad I had to skip that ride and wait with Archie!


As they were already soaked we walked to the Land of the Vikings and they went on the Viking’s river splash. They didn’t actually get that wet and Oscar loved this ride.


Oscar had been desperate to visit the Ninjago World which is new for 2017 since it had opened. When we got there the Ninjago building is really impressive. All four of us could go on this ride and you wear 4D glasses and it is a 4D interactive game where all of your ninja skills will be put to the test as you battle through ice, wind and fire with the Ninjago heroes. It got a bet competitive (haha) and of course I won with a score of 134,750. I was absolutely knackered afterwards as you are constantly jabbing for about three minutes!


We then went on the Heartlake City Express train where I got soaked this time, I sat on the wrong side of the carriage! I will know for next time! We then watched the Lego Friends to the rescue show as we had an ice-cream before we looked around miniland then made our way home.


We had an absolutely fantastic day and we can’t wait to go back!

Win A Family Ticket To See Paw Patrol Live At The SSE Arena, Wembley

Win A Family Ticket To See Paw Patrol Live At The SSE Arena, Wembley

Today we arrived back from holiday and the boys had an amazing surprise waiting for them in the kitchen. In a Paw Patrol decorated box was a VIP Invite to see Paw Patrol Live at The SSE Arena, Wembley on the 4th of August and lots of Paw Patrol Goodies.

The PAW Patrol pups are coming to an arena near you for their first ever UK and Ireland Live tour and Oscar and Archie are very excited! When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye, and Everest for an action-packed adventure that shows no job is too big and no pup is too small! Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master, PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favourite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. We can’t wait!

Tour dates 2017

02 Apollo, Manchester – July 29th and 30th

The SSE Arena, Wembley – August 4th and 5th

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – August 9th

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – August 12th and 13th

Echo Arena, Liverpool – August 16th and 17th

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – August 19th

First Direct Arena, Leeds – August 23rd

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – August 26th and 27th

Win!

Paw Patrol Live have kindly given me a family ticket (5 x A–Reserve tickets) worth £150 for the 10.00am show at Wembley Arena on the 6th of August for one of my lucky readers to win! Tickets can be used by either an adult or a child and children under 12 months of age do not require a paid ticket, provided they are seated on the lap of a ticket holder and do not occupy a seat.

The winners will receive a ticket voucher via email which they will need to bring on the day of the show in order to redeem the tickets from the box office. Good Luck and enter below!

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The New Quinny ZAPP X – One Pushchair, Endless Possibilities

Last week Archie and I headed into Covent Garden, London to check out the new Quinny ZAPP X – One Pushchair, Endless Possibilities. We arrived at the ‘pop up’ shop which was amazing and inside was an array of the ZAPP’s in lots of different colours and combinations.


My first impressions on giving the ZAPP X the once over was how light it was yet still really sturdy and just how practical it is from using it with a newborn right up until your little one is three. The whole stroller changes with one simple click and the combination possibilities are endless. With a newborn you can click on the max-cosi car seat, use a snug cocoon or the carrycot and then for the toddler stage there is a two-way toddler seat and the one click system makes it easy if you want to change the direction of the toddler seat. Even the wheel-configuration and push bar can be altered to suit you too.


I absolutely love the new customisation tool at www.quinny.com which means you can create the perfect stroller for you and your baby’s style. For instance I love the ZAPP X in the two shades of blue which is perfect for me as a mum of boys. Although I love the grey and pink combination if I had a little girl.

The ZAPP X is available in three different configurations, so there will always be one to suit everyone. There is the ZAPP Felex Plus, the ZAPP Flex and the ZAPP Express. Overall the ZAPP X really means that you can ‘Walk Your Way’.


The ZAPP Flex Plus is their ‘deluxe’ model with an RRP of £335 which for the high end stroller that it is, it is a fantastic price. It is perfect from birth with the lightweight Lux Carrycot and has four large puncture proof tyres to ensure your baby gets the smoothest of rides. The Flex toddler seat reclines both ways and the fold of the stroller is so compact making it perfect for travelling as well.


The ZAPP Flex is a super easy to steer stroller and so lightweight. Once again the fold is so compact, taking up minimal boot space and great for travelling. On this middle there are three medium wheels which makes it easy to steer through small spaces, perfect for using it in the city! It has an RRP of £295 and can be used from birth with the Lux Carrycot, a maxi cosi pebble car seat and the from birth cocoon.


The ZAPP XPRESS has an RRP of £195 and to be honest I couldn’t  believe how cheap it is considering the quality if the stroller is so high. It can be used from birth with the Lux Carrycot, a maxi cosi pebble car seat and the from birth cocoon. It has three medium wheels and the unique XPRESS seat with relax mode and once again folds so small.
The ZAPP range also has lots of fantastic accessories available from cup holders, to footmuffs to winter liners to make being out and about with your ZAPP X an easy experience.


I absolutely love the range and its easy to see that the range of the ZAPP’s are going to be extremely popular!

The Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat

Last month we were sent the number 1 selling bike seat in the UK and the US, the Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat. I had recently got a new bike myself as now Oscar has learnt to ride I thought it would be nice to go on family bike rides over the Summer as we have lovely cycling paths by the canal near us.


I got the Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat out of its box and it is simple and easy to fit on to your bike. It is centre mounted on the bike frame and is seriously sturdy once fitted!  The cushions are really padded within the seat to keep your little one nice and comfortable and supported and there is also a padded head rest on the front of the seat too so if you little one nods off on the bike ride they can sleep in comfort, which is a great idea!


The Weeride seat is recommended for children aged from 1-4 years. Once the seat is fitted in seconds you can take it off leaving the main support bar on so you can ride without your child too. You can also slide the seat into several positions on the support bar to make riding as comfortable and as safe for you as possible.


I love that with the Weeride Archie gets a great view of what is going on around us rather than some seats that just show them your back. Also I can easily chat to Archie the whole time and this was especially great on our first bike ride as he kept looking at me for reassurance.

On the seat there is a 5 point safety strap and movable footrests for extra child safety and also stops their legs dangling which could get in the way of you riding.


Overall the Weeride is easy to fit and really easy to use. Cycling is great fun and now we can go out whenever we want as Archie loves being in the seat. I will also be using it during the week as it gets warmer to get fit and I can take Archie with me rather than going to the gym in the evenings.


The Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat has an RRP of £119.99 but is reduced at the moment to £99.99 with free shipping. So grab your discounted seat now.

This post is in collaboration with WeeRide.

Archie’s Christening 02.04.2017

On Sunday the 2nd of April it was Archie’s Christening Day. This post is a bit delayed due to the house move and half term but never the less better late than never!

I dressed both Oscar and Archie in matching blue suits and brown leather brogues from Next and they both looked so cute. Without realising they ended up matching Daddy’s suit that he had had made. I looked around on the internet for a dress for ages and nothing I saw was quite right. Finally only a couple of weeks before I saw my dress on the Ted Baker website and fell in love with it, it was the perfect dress!


Archie was christened at our local church where we go to toddlers every week and the service was lovely. The Vicar was so nice and the service was fun and she had the godparents and children joining in!  We chose three godparents for Archie. Steve who is Daddy’s best friend and over the years he has become like a brother to me. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met and I am so excited that he and his lovely wife Cheryl are due to have their baby any minute. He was the obvious choice as he is a Uncle to the boys in every sense of the word and Oscar even says their new baby will be his cousin and the boys love him so much. For Archie’s Godmothers we chose Bianca who is also Oscar’s godmother is now Archie’s too. I met Bianca 11 years ago as she is married to another one of Greg’s best friends, Leo who is Oscar’s godfather. Over the years B and I have been through so much but she has always been by my side and she is one of the most loyal best friends I could ask for and loves the boys to bits. Last but not least is Zoe who is also married to another one of  Greg’s best friends, Matthew who is also Oscar’s godfather. Zoe is so caring and thoughtful and has two boys of her own and makes parenting look so easy. She is always the voice of reason and is full of good advice so I know Archie is in safe hands and is loved to the moon and back.


After the service we had a few photos and then we all headed to Moor Park Mansion where the reception was held. I had arranged afternoon tea for the adults and sit down food for the children. I went to Moor Park and met with the events team the week before and we decided to set two large tables for the children and small tables for the adults. I ordered personalised colouring books to keep the kids entertained on Ebay which went down a treat.




I also hired a sweet cart that the kids and adults both loved from Creative Decorations who also decorated the room with blue confetti balloons and a giant personalised balloon by the cake table.


I ordered my cake from Katie’s Bakery. Kirsty there always makes my cakes and whatever image I send her to copy she outdoes every time. Archie’s cake looked and tasted amazing!


I had a table when you walked into the main room with a fingerprint tree for everyone to put their fingerprint on which I will have framed which was from Not On The High Street, a cute Winnie The Pooh framed quote which I love, a personalised guest book for everyone to sign and leave a message for Archie to read when hes older, wooden personalised hearts were scattered on the tables and everyone took one home and a wicker hamper full of personalised seed packets for everyone to take home and grow which were from Etsy. They were all cute little extra touches that everybody loved.


The weather was gorgeous and we had such a fantastic day with all our family and close friends. Archie is one lucky boy to be surrounded by such amazing people!

The Lego Batman Movie Premiere

Last Saturday Oscar and I were lucky enough to be invited to The Lego Batman Movie Premiere at the Imax cinema in Leicester Square. I brought Oscar a Lego Batman T-shirt and a special torch figure and surprised him with where we were going. He was SO excited and the whole way in to London was smiling from ear to ear.

We parked in London and walked around to Leicester Square and got our special VIP ticket and Oscar met some of the Lego Batman characters; Batman himself and Batgirl. When we got inside we had an hour of Lego themed fun in the foyer and the excitement in the room was immense, not only from the children but us adults too.


Oscar and I had a photo together on the green screen, built lego models, snacked on lego themed biscuits and had the most amazing Batman and Batgirl caricatures drawn of us which are fantastic and have pride of place in Oscar’s bedroom.


We were then told to take our seats. As we walked into the cinema I have never seen a screen so big, it is absolutely huge! We met Emma (www.methemanandthebaby.co.uk) and Jim (www.onedadoneblog.com) in the foyer who were very excited as they are Lego fanatics and we all sat together. I also met Danielle (blogbybaby.com) and her lovely son who knows more about Lego than anyone I have ever met!

The Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is absolutely fantastic. As well as entertaining the kids it had jokes throughout for the adults and was funny from start to finish. The story of the film was great too. It is great fun and tells the story of how Batman doesn’t do relationships after his parents died when he was a child and he has been brought up by Alfred the butler. Joker wants to be his most hated villain but when Batman announces he isn’t bothered by him in their first battle Joker seems upset that ‘there is no him and Batman’ and conjures a plan on how to get Batman’s attention.

On top of this the new police commissioner is appointed, Barbara Gordon and she announces her new plans to work with Batman as he’s not really needed or actually that successful at defeating crime as Gotham City is still the most crime-ridden city in the World. A stunned Batman cannot believe his ears and inadvertently adopted a orphan called Dick when he wasn’t paying any attention to what he was talking to him about.

Dick then arrives at Wayne Manor who at first is a hinderance to Batman and tells Alfred to send him back but when he needs to go and steal the phantom gun from Superman’s Ice Palace to send the Joker to the Phantom Zone, where criminals are locked away in the sky outside of the Gotham City Law he realises the Dick can help him as he is much smaller and nimble.

Dick chooses his very own superhero outfit and suddenly Robin is born! Batman sends Joker to the Phantom Zone but it was Joker’s plan all along who then released all the the criminals back down to Gotham City to prove to Batman he is the greatest and most feared villain. Barbara Gordon the police commissioner becomes Batgirl, with Dick as Robin and even Alfred in full superhero attire they begin to fight back together, proving that Batman can have relationships and doesn’t have to work alone.


Batman tricks them all and tries to go back to fight alone but ends up in the Phantom Zone himself. He comes back to Gotham City on the promise to return all of the criminals back to the Phantom Zone. He works in a team, not alone and saves Gotham City! At the end of the film he admits to the Joker, that he hates him and they have a ‘moment’ between them which is funny!

The film is really good and has something in it for the whole family. There is humour throughout and both Oscar and I really enjoyed it. In fact he is going again so Daddy can watch it with him too.

After the movie we went to Planet Hollywood for a Lego themed lunch where the kids had great fun building their new minifigures and they were each given a huge goodie bag. We had a lovely time and Norton PR put on a fantastic lunch for us!

With the release of the new film there are some fantastic new Lego Batman sets available as well as other great merchandise.

The Lego Batman Movie is released in UK cinemas on 10 February.

We attended the Lego Batman Movie Premiere as a VIP guest and were given tickets and Oscar was given a goodie bag. All opinions of the film are honest and my own and it is fantastic. Don’t miss it!