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Our Holiday To The Sensatori Resort In Ibiza

Sensatori Ibiza

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.

The Boys Summer Wardrobes From AlexAndAlexa.com

With only a couple of weeks until we go away to Ibiza, over the last month I have been putting together the boys swimwear, day and evening outfits and making sure I have everything I need for them whilst we are away. So I wanted to show you The Boys Summer Wardrobes From AlexAndAlexa.com.

I have always brought a lot of Oscar and Archie’s clothes from AlexAndAlexa.com as I like buying higher end clothing for them and the service when buying from Alex And Alexa has always been second to none! The boys also both modelled for a collaboration with Stokke and Alex and Alexa a few months ago and the array of boys and girls clothes there for the children to wear were gorgeous!


They sell a huge range of top designer brands such as Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Kenzo, Fendi, Hugo Boss and loads more. They also have an amazing sale running at the moment and for a limited time only you can get an extra 15%off the sale using the code AA15!

From the clothes I am about to show you some of them I have brought myself and Alex and Alexa also kindly sent me a few bits for each of the boys as well.

A pair of shorts that Oscar has had for awhile is these lovely blue camouflage ones from Stella McCartney. They go with a lovely crisp white tee or a nice shirt in the evening and are a great pair of shorts to have in his wardrobe as I can team it up with various tops and Oscar will get lots of wear out of them in the evenings on holiday. They are currently reduced from £55 to £41.30 and then don’t forget you can use the extra 15% off code too!


Another pair of shorts that are great to have are a beige pair of chino shorts. There are lots to chose from but my favourite were the Burberry Taupe Chino shorts as they have a great fit and go well with  a smart tee or a lovely shirt, especially a plain linen one. They are reduced from £80 to £64. I’ve put it with the Burberry Blue check pocket tee which I have for both of the boys as I like some of their clothes to be matching. Again it is reduced, from £50 to £40.


I brought a couple of pair of swimming shorts for Oscar as he asked for some ‘big boy’ ones like Daddy and I got the Burberry Bright Blue Check Swim Shorts which you can get in a few different colours and the Hugo Boss BOSS Blue Swim Shorts which again come in other colours too. Both of these are in the sale at the moment and the Burberry ones are £55.30 and the BOSS ones are £36.


For one of Archie’s evening outfits I picked the Burberry Navy Classic Check Shorts which are £56 reduced from £70 and again will go with shirts and tees and he can wear them on a few evenings whilst on holiday with different tops. One of the tees I have got it the Burberry ‘White Use Your Head Beefeater Print Junior Tee’ which I think is really cute. Burberry have some lovely tees this season with fun graphics on them like Thomas the bear and the Full English breakfast Summer tee which are great fun!


I like the boys to match on a few occasions when we are away and having a 5 year age gap between them can often prove difficult to find nice matching items on the high street. With designer clothing this is never really an issue as they have the same pieces in loads of different sizes. I wanted to find a nice evening shirt for them both and absolutely love the Burberry Pale Blue Check Short Sleeve Shirt. There is a range of different colours in this design but I picked the blue as it will go well with the taupe chino shorts that they have. The shirt was £70 and is now reduced to £56. As you can probably tell I am really loving the boys Burberry clothing this season.



I also got a Hugo Boss tee for Archie which is worn a few times already and can be worn in the day or with his chino shorts in the evening. I love the stripes in the bright green and blue and think it is a really great item for his Summer wardrobe which can be put with lots of different shorts or trousers.


As well as the boys having a pair of Havaianas for holiday and some Tom’s Canvas shoes I wanted to get them each a pair of smart trainers for the evening and they will last for the whole Summer into Winter. The Burberry Heacham velcro trainers are to die for and I got a pair of the black ones for Oscar which were £135. They also do them in a gorgeous baby blue colour which I will get for Archie. I did pick Archie up some BOSS jelly sandals last year in the Summer sale and they finally fit him now.



Last but not least, Oscar loves his new baseball caps from Mini Rodini. He has the Light Green Lion Embroidered Cap and the Off White Music cap which are both £26. Then to keep their little eyes protected from the Sun the boys each have a pair of Zoobug Sunglasses which are really funky. Oscar has the Blue Camouflage Round Sunglasses which were £60 and are now reduced to £42 and Archie has the Black and White Clubmaster Baby Sunglasses which were also £60 and are now reduced to £48.



As you can probably guess I absolutely love the AlexandAlexa.com website and wouldn’t shop anywhere else when picking up the boys some designer clothes! I have also had a sneak preview of their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection and it is all totally amazing, so watch out for that going on their website very soon!



 

Our Summer Holiday Round Up 2016

With Oscar returning to school on Thursday 🙁 I thought it would be nice to put together a Summer 2016 round up post of all that we have been up to. We have had a very long Summer as Oscar had nine weeks off as he broke up on the 8th of July. I absolutely love him being at home and we have had so much fun.

Week 1

We started off the holidays going straight from school at 12 o’clock to a hotel near us with Oscar’s school friends and went in the walled garden where they swam all day had hot dogs for tea and had a fantastic time! As the weather was nice we spent the rest of the week in the garden and got ready to go on holiday. We also went into London to a Finding Nemo event with Epson which was great fun! Archie had his first hair cut at Sharkey’s and he was so good sitting in the Lightning Mcqueen car.


Week 2 and 3

We flew to sunny Mallorca on the Saturday. We had an amazing time and the flight being only 2 hours was perfect for Archie who was a right fidget. We met up with one of Oscar’s school friends who was also in Mallorca which was lovely and went to see some close friends of ours that moved out there a few years ago. Our hotel was on the east of the island, the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel and Spa and it was really lovely. We went on an excursion to see the Pirates show which if you have kids is a must. The show is absolutely amazing, I have never seen anything like it. It was fantastic!


Oscar made lots of friends around the pool and both the boys loved the kids disco in the evening. We also hired a quad bike for Oscar which was so funny as Greg had to run behind him to make sure he didn’t bang in to anyone and we took a horse and carriage ride where the boys waved to everybody we went past.

Week 4

When we got home Oscar’s friend from outside his school had finished for the Summer so we went swimming with them and for a picnic. We went for our weekly fish and chips on a Tuesday with Great-Nanny which was lovely for Oscar as he is usually at school. It was great to go and check on our house build to see the progress. It was amazing to see what they had done in just 2 weeks! We had some lovely weather so I put the pool up in the garden and we also went to the local park a few times. Oscar also went to the cinema with Daddy.

Week 5

Daddy went on a stag do for a few days so I booked a few days in Norfolk with my best friend and her two children which was so amazing! Norfolk is home from home for me as as a child we went there 3 or 4 times a year staying in Brancaster. This time we stayed a few miles from there at a hotel called Briarfields and the kids loved being on the beach, building sand castles, eating ice cream and running around. We had such a fantastic time and we will try and do it every year now! We missed Daddy loads though!


Week 6

We met up with Oscar’s school friends at the walled garden for the day and the weather was amazing! I looked after my friends son for a couple of days and we went to the opening event of Gravity Force in St Albans that the boys loved. We went to visit Great-Nanny, went to the local aquadrome and went to see Scooby Doo Live at the London Palladium which was great. Even Archie sat in his own seat the whole time as he was transfixed on the singing and dancing.

Week 7

Daddy took a day off and we went bowling and for lunch with my Mum and Dad. The weather was amazing so we spent quite a lot of the time in the pool in the garden with Oscar’s friends over to play. We went to the Crayola Bus Tour event and Oscar got to do lots of art and crafts. On the weekend we went to Oxford for my Auntie’s 60th birthday and I got to see all my cousins and we even retook a photo that was taken 27 years ago!


Week 8

One of Oscar’s best friends had been away the whole Summer so we got to catch up with him and go for lunches and to the park and they played in the river. Oscar was so pleased to see him.

Week 9

This week has been a really special week! On Saturday Oscar and Archie were page boys at Greg’s best friends wedding. Greg was best man and I was asked to do a reading in the church. I won’t bore you to much but Steve has become one of my closest friends, hes more like a brother to me than a friend and we were so happy for him and Cheryl and it was an extremely emotional but amazing day. I almost crumbled in the church when I had to do my reading, I had never been so nervous! So congratulations Steve and Cheryl and thank you for a truly amazing day!


On the Sunday Greg was a little worse for ware and I was totally exhausted. We went to bed at 2am and Archie woke up at 6.30! Oscar stayed awake until 1am and partied all night long so he was a bit of a grump on the Sunday. So we decided to get some fresh air and went to the hills in Northolt, had a picnic and walked to the top of the hills and looked at the view of London.


We also went bowling with friends, went to see Great-Nanny and now we are ready for Oscar’s first day back tomorrow! Year 2 he we come….

Our HIPP Organic Garden Adventures

A few weeks ago we were sent a bundle of the most amazing goodies from HIPP Organic to make sure we had a fun garden adventure. Both Oscar and Archie love playing in the garden whenever possible and often after school if the weather is good we play in the garden and eat dinner out there too and the HIPP Organic tray meals are perfect for alfresco dining on our new picnic blanket. The rest of the range is great too with more than 120 products for every stage of weaning including pouches, jars, tray meals, cereals & fruit pots.

So when our goodies arrived Oscar was excited to get started and we firstly opened the ‘my first ever veg garden’ kit and Oscar with a little help from Archie coloured in the box then added the soil and seeds. Over the last couple of weeks our radishes, peas, carrots and peppers have grown and Oscar loves watering them daily and watching them grow. We then went outside and planted some seeds and can’t wait to see what they grow into.

This is the first Summer that Archie has been walking and big enough to play and enjoy being outside and take part in his first garden adventure. He loves kicking a ball, chasing Oscar around everywhere and building his giant lego bricks. HiPP Organic understand the moments that matter to mums and sometimes dinner time can take you into the kitchen away from playing outside but cooking the microwave tray meals take literally minutes. Archie’s favourite is the animal pasta dish and HiPP Organic are the only brand to offer pasta shapes in zoo animals, alphabet and numbers which children love!

Family beliefs and values embody HiPP Organic, who are instinctively organic and have been for over 60 years.  They believe in organic for a better legacy, using farming techniques that leave the soil full of nutrients for the next generation. I am constantly worrying about Oscar and Archie eating as healthy as possible and the fact that HIPP are thinking of the future too is great. They are passionate about providing the best possible quality food for all babies & young children and are obviously getting it right as they have been one of the leading baby and toddler food brand for over 60 years.

Archie loved his new toadstool tent the most and when it first came it was raining so we had great fun inside with it first then last week we got to play in the garden with it. He loves hiding inside it and playing peekaboo. He finds it very funny.

HIPP have provided us with some fabulous bits to have a great Summer and have lots of adventures in the garden. Now Oscar has finished school and has a whooping 9 weeks off we will have plenty if time to have fun outside. Thanks HIPP!

Disclaimer: We were sent the garden explorers pack as part of this blog post. 

Early Learning Centre Seesaw Review

We were asked a few weeks ago to pick something fun for the boys to enjoy over the Summer from the Early Learning Centre website. After looking through the amazing range of outdoor toys I eventually picked a seesaw. The seesaw is bright and colourful and I knew Oscar would love it, so when it arrived I quickly put it together as a surprise for him for when he got home from school.

The seesaw didn’t put long to put together at all even with Archie trying to climb in and out of the box. Luckily it was a sunny day and as soon as Oscar got home from school he couldn’t wait to have a go and ran down the road to get his friend so he could go on it with him. They had great fun and bounced up and down for ages. Oscar loved that the seesaw also span around 360 degrees and laughed his head off as he span around and around.

The seesaw is also really great for your child’d physical development and will get used so much over the Summer as Oscar loves being in the garden whenever he can! The seesaw is suitable for children aged 3 and over and will last for years as Oscar’s friend was 9 and still had loads of fun playing on it.

Excuse Oscar’s choice of odd shoes! He was having to much fun to care!

At only £30 I think it is a real bargain and will Oscar will get hours of play out of it. It would also make a fantastic gift for a birthday or Christmas. The Early Learning website has a fantastic range of toys to make your children’s Summer even more fun and special!

Disclaimer: We were sent the seesaw for the purpose of this review, all opinions are honest and my own.

Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table Review & Competition

With the weather being warmer and brighter Oscar has been begging to go out and play in the garden. He was especially excited as Little Tikes had kindly sent the boys a new Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table. This will be the first Summer that Archie will be able to actually join in and play with Oscar in the garden as he was only a tiny bubba last year. So over the last two weeks we have spent a lot of time in the garden and to be honest our garden is full of Little Tikes toys that we have brought over the years and we love them!

The Spinning Seas Water Table was easy to put together and only took 5-10 minutes and we were ready to go outside. As it is still a bit cold I filled it with warm water and both Oscar and Archie had loads of fun. As Archie is standing now he could play too and the table was low enough for him to play easily. The three legs can also be removed easily for easy storage during the Winter. I also love that all the pieces are easy to take off of the table to clean.

  

The water table has lots of different activities which are great to improve fine motor skills, sharing skills and will let their little imaginations run wild whilst having a splashing good time. 😉 The is a red spinner that your little one can spin around in the water with one finger, a carousel that you can spin three balls around on, a catapult to fly the ball into the water, a main funnel in the middle of the table to spin the ball around then it falls through the spinning windmills and a purple cup to play in the water with too.

  

The Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table has an RRP of £49.99 and is suitable for 2 years and over although Archie is 16 months and plays with it fine. The table comes with 4 balls and the water scoop.

The boys have had great fun playing with it and it is lovely to watch them play together and Oscar teaching Archie how to throw and splash. Archie loves getting his hands wet and splashing them in the water, it makes him laugh hysterically. I am so looking forward to the Summer as Oscar loves that Archie is old enough to play with him a bit now. Watching them together makes me smile from ear to ear!

  

Little Tikes have kindly given the chance for one of my readers to win a Spinning Seas Water Table of their own to help them get ready for the Summer. So enter below and good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Little Tikes Spinning Seas Water Table for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own. We love it!

Become A Little Triker This Summer #toptrikertrails and Enter To Win 1 Of 50 4 in 1 Sport’s Edition Trikes

Little Tikes and Olympian and Dad of one, Greg Rutherford are working together this Summer to encourage families to get out into the great outdoors and spend quality time together!

Today an independent survey of 2,000 UK families, commissioned by leading toy company Little Tikes, reveals that parents are fed up with the lack of quality time spent together, with the average mum and dad experiencing seven pangs of guilt a week! Being too busy or tired to give kids their full attention and working long hours have been named amongst the top guilt triggers. Little Tikes has linked with Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford to encourage families to ditch the guilt and enjoy the great outdoors this summer with their ‘Little Trikers’ campaign. Spending time with your family should always be a priority and on the weekends we always like to get out and enjoy time together. Time passes by so fast and Oscar and Archie are growing too quickly, I don’t ever want to look back and wish we had spent more time together so it always remains a top priority of things to do. Work and chores can wait!
Little Tikes are also giving away 50 4-in-1 Sports Edition Trikes away to inspire families to join in the sun this Summer. All you have to do is say what type of Triker your little one will be at www.littletikes.co.uk/littletrikers. All entrants who have five likes or more will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of 49 4-in-1 Sport Edition Trikes, with one overall winner chosen at random to win one 4-in-1 Trike Sports Edition and £1,000 worth of toys, for even more family fun. 


The survey reveals that UK parents are regularly left feeling guilty that they don’t go on more family days out, rely on the television to occupy kids while they get the chores done and don’t have more patience when dealing with their families. On a mission to get everyone out and about, having fun and discovering new places, Little Tikes ‘Little Trikerscampaign has teamed up with gold medal Olympian Greg Rutherford and his family to encourage families to make the most of the sunshine and go for a walk, release some happy hormones endorphins and feel fit, strong and inspired at the same time. Greg, along with his partner Susie are all set for a summer of fun with their son Milo in his 4-in-1 Trike Sports Edition, as he turns nine months old this month. The sporty and cool styling of Little Tikes’ 4-in-1 Sports Edition Trike is suitable from age 9+ months and is perfectly suited to any budding sports stars. Great for babies and beginner riders, coming in funky pink, blue and red trikes are designed to grow as a child’s skills develop.
Greg’s Top 5 Tips for making the most of the great outdoors this summer:
Go as a family – You can walk and talk at the same time and enjoy exercising and spending time together. This is a great idea for meeting up with other family members as well as friends.
Watch your steps – It’s recommended you walk 10,000 steps every day. Use an app or a pedometer to measure how many steps you do. Going out with your child in a Trike, you will probably find you are surprised by just how many steps you’ve taken!
Look up – It may sound obvious but it’s important to take stock of your surroundings, feel inspired the nature all around you.
Walk tall – Walking is a great gentle exercise and if you walk tall and pull your tummy you can help improve your posture too.
Change it up – Don’t do the same route all the time, you will lose motivation and give up. Go to the park, walk around the block or in town. Check out walks from other parents on the Little Tikes’ interactive map and on Twitter and Instagram with #toptriketrails.
Greg says: “We need to inspire future generations to feel fit, happy and enjoying quality time together. Going outside for a walk is the perfect way to unwind, get some exercise and wake up the senses! Plus it’s fantastic for your child’s development to, with so many things to see and do along the way. Make the most of the time you have together, put down the phones and tablets and cherish these precious moments in the great outdoors! He goes on to say; The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike is a brilliant alternative to a stroller – helping to make your little ones really feel part of the adventure!”
To find out more from Greg, checkout the interactive map of #toptrikertrails and be in with a chance to win a Trike visit www.littletikes.co.uk/littletrikers.


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What You Need When Holidaying Abroad With Children

We are off to Tenerife in a few weeks time which will be Archie’s first holiday. We have taken Oscar abroad four times since he was born and I have always found it relatively easy but having two now might change that. On our first holiday abroad to Sardinia with Oscar I learnt so much about what we actually need to take with us. As Oscar was six months old I literally took everything, all the jarred food he liked, toys etc it was ridiculous and we got charged £200 in excess baggage, Greg was not happy! Even to this day I close my eyes when they weigh our bags and pray I am not over the limit! Going on holiday after that I always made plenty of lists and only took what we needed. Now Oscar is five he gets his own baggage allowance and with Thomson they give Archie a smaller baggage allowance too so I am sure I will be absolutely fine and obviously things like car seats, pushchairs and travel cots are free to take with you. When we booked our holiday with Thomson there was an option to add a Mothercare travel cot and steriliser to our room which I have done.



Oscar always takes his Gruffalo Trunki with him as hand luggage which I put snacks, colouring pens and a book, toys, Ipad and a spare set of clothes in. I always put shorts and a t-shirt in his hand luggage as I always choose early morning flights and Oscar normally travels in tracksuit bottoms and then I change him into shorts ready for the hot weather just before we land. I also pack sweets that Oscar can suck so that when we take off his ears don’t pop which can sometimes cause discomfort. As my hand luggage I will take my changing bag. Inside I will pack:


2 packets of baby wipes
Archie’s bottles
4 Bibs
4 Muslins
A couple of small baby toys
Dummy’s
15 Nappies
3 sets of spare clothes
A blanket (sometimes they plane can get quite cold)
Tissues
Anti-bac hand gel


I also take my hand bag which Greg will hold when we go through security with bits and bobs in.




For Oscar I will pack for two weeks:


5 swim shorts
1 beach towel
3 bottles of children’s 30spf sun cream
2 hats
8 day t-shirts
7 pyjamas
flip flops
7 evening t-shirts/shirts
6 chino shorts
sandals for the evening
trainers
1 jeans
2 tracksuit bottoms
pool/beach toys
3 of his Cuski comforters
Books
Toiletries


For Archie I will pack:


3 bottles of baby 50spf sun cream
2 light weight blankets
2 gro bags for him to sleep in
3 packs of swim nappies
2 tins of formula
ella’s kitchen food pouches
feeding spoons and a bib
7 milk bibs
7 muslins
a few baby toys
Bottles
Sterilising tablets
Dummy’s
2 of his Cuski comforters
Inflatable swim seat
1 beach towel
5 swim shorts/all in ones
8 day rompers/t-shirts/shorts
7 sleepsuits
7 evening outfits
Toiletries
3 hats
10 packets of baby wipes
30 nappies (I based this on Archie will wear 3 swim nappies a day and normal nappies the rest of the time).
Pushchair and sun shade


I always take a small bottle of washing detergent to rinse their clothes in the sink and dry on the balcony so I don’t have to take so many clothes for them. I also take more sun cream then I need but I ran out a few years ago and buying sun cream abroad is so expensive, it is normally at least double the price. When it comes to packing I am really organised I make so many lists. Through travelling quite a few times with Oscar I am quite confident now that if I have forgotten something then we don’t really need it.


I hope you find my holiday lists helpful and have a wonderful Summer!



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Do Italy not sell baby stuff? Haha

Back in August 2010 we took Oscar away on his first holiday abroad to Sardinia for our friends wedding. Being a first time Mum and that I had just started feeding Oscar solids I literally packed everything. I took nappies, wipes, formula, a travel steriliser, enough clothes for about a month, jars of baby food, finger food, swim nappies, toys… you name it, I packed it. When we got to Gatwick and checked in they charged us £200 in excess baggage and that was after I had tried to spread a bit about within our group of friends. You should have seen Greg’s face! Our friend Steve found it most amusing asking me “Do Italy not sell baby stuff?” whilst laughing his head off.


Looking back it was absolutely ridiculous but at the time all I was worried about is that Oscar had everything he needed. Generally for myself I always over pack but never again if we had another baby would I take nearly the contents of our house, haha! I took so many t-shirt and short combos for Oscar but during the day he lived in a swim nappy and when we went out in the evening he was asleep in his sleep suits with a blanket over him. He only wore a few outfits and that was it. Even when we go away now I always take in to consideration that all day long Oscar will be in swim shorts and then take enough clothes just for the evenings. Although I always pack way to much for myself!


Oscar has been really lucky and has had quite a few holidays in his 4 years of life; Sardinia, Crete, Spain and this year we are off to Turkey. We have also had a few breaks within the UK. As a child I always went to Brancaster in Norfolk, there is nothing quite like a North Norfolk beach and Oscar loves it there too. Miles of sandy beaches and plenty of ice cream.


I can’t wait to go away this Summer and only have about 8 weeks until we go. Role on the Sun!!!