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Dinosaur World Live Stage Show Review

Yesterday we got the train into London and took a short walk to Regents Park to the Open Air Theatre to watch Dinosaur World Live. We hadn’t told Oscar and Archie where we were going, so it was a huge surprise when we arrived at the theatre and they saw the huge Dinosaur poster.

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I had never been to the Open Air Theatre before and as we walked inside I was surprised that hidden in Regent’s Park is this really cool theatre with a restaurant and a bar covered in natural foliage and pretty plants to stay in keeping with the park itself. As we took our seats in the open air theatre it instantly felt more of a chilled out and relaxed environment which you want really when at the theatre with children.

The stage set looked great, it was an old American city that had been destroyed and taken over by the Dinosaurs. As soon as the show started we were introduced to Miranda who moved to the deserted Dinosaur inhabited island as a child with her parents her were both Paleontologist’s and their team. She then grew up around the Dinosaurs and raised and trained them so that she could introduce us to some of them on the stage.

Throughout the whole show Miranda kept the audience captivated with her energy, humour and passion for Dinosaurs. Firstly she introduced us to Juliet, a Segnosaurus which is a herbivore Dinosaur and she invited a little girl on to the stage to help her feed her. Then we met Orlando, the cheeky Microrapter that flew around the stage. Once again a little boy was invited on to the stage to brush his feathers. The way Miranda got all the children involved was lovely.

Next up came baby Beatrice a Triceratops who was fast asleep and after the whole audience shouting ‘Wake up Beatrice it’s Christmas’ she woke up to say hello. Shortly after we were joined by Brutus, the adult Triceratops. Archie’s little face lit up as this is his favourite Dinosaur. He even has a huge version in his bedroom that he rides and calls his pet. He loves them! Brutus was huge! 12 tons to be exact, which is the same weight as three hippos!

Next we met baby Tamora the little sister T-Rex of the almighty Titus. She was cheeky and maybe needs a little more training as she didn’t like taking commands off of Miranda. Although she was very well behaved when a little boy from the audience put her on her lead and took her for a walk.

Miranda was hesitant to unleash the almighty Titus on us. After all he is a 9 ton Tyrannosaurus Rex with a bit of a temper. Smoke pumped on to the stage, followed by the biggest roar I have ever heard and out came Titus. He is huge! Oscar couldn’t believe how big an adult T-Rex actually was.

Throughout the show we had been keeping an eye on a Dinosaur egg that kept making movements and then suddenly, Crack! A tiny Giraffatitan baby popped his head out of the egg. His Mother Gertrude then appeared and they went off to bond.

Now I know what your thinking, she’s gone mad! They are puppets! But how I have written it to you is exactly how the children saw it. All around the theatre the children were transfixed on the stage in sheer amazement as each Dinosaur came out. Next to me was a very sweet little boy, I guess only about four and is reactions were adorable. He knew every type of dinosaur and obviously was Dinosaur mad. This is the reaction this show has on the children, it’s absolutely magic!

After the show every child can meet a few of the dinosaurs and give them a stroke with was lovely. Obviously the Dinosaurs are puppets, but they look absolutely brilliant and the actors and actresses that make the noises of each dinosaur were so accurate and life-like.

Dinosaur World Live is every Dinosaur Lovers dream show. It is not to be missed! It is currently at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until the 9th of September. You can find out more information and book tickets HERE. The show is for all the family, but recommends for children age 3 and upwards. All tickets are £16.50 and there are two shows, one at 10.30am and one in the afternoon at 1pm. Do not miss it!

We were gifted the tickets to watch Dinosaur World Live but all opinions are honest and my own.

Tidley Squeak Children’s Book Review

I was really excited when a Dad from Oscar’s school told me he had written a children’s book called ‘Tidley Squeak‘ and asked me to read it with Oscar and Archie to see what we thought. When he came over to give me a copy I was really blown away by his passion for his book and just how amazing it is. Nick Marshall is a Dad to two wonderful boys, who he has dedicated his book too. They must be so proud.

All the best children’s books we have read over the last eight years in my opinion have been the rhyming ones. With many of them becoming firm favourites and even still now I could recite them off by heart. When I opened ‘Tidley Squeak’ and started to read it to the boys I absolutely loved how it rhymed! The thought Nick has put in to the book to make it flow and rhyme perfectly is unbelievable!

The book itself is split in to eight chapters, which is perfect for a bedtime story for children of all ages. For Archie who is three we read him a chapter each night in bed, where as Oscar who is eight will read it to himself and stop after a few chapters and know where to start again the next evening.

Throughout the book Tidley Squeak has many adventures. It starts with his Mum and Dad telling him to go off and play but be home for tea at the end of the day….

Tidley Squeak in his little tweed cap 

Had tidied his room like a good little chap

So his Mum and his Dad said, ‘Go off and play but be home for tea at the end of the day.’

From coming across Casper The Cat, to Emily Ewe, Sir Basher The Bull, Ruby Rabbit, Mr Burrows The Mole, Freddie The Pheasant and The Eagle, Tidley Squeak certainly has a jam-packed adventure filled day before making it home to Mum and Dad in time for tea.

It’s a truly fantastic book that we all love and the illustrations are great too and really compliment the story and gets your imagination going. Oscar was so lucky that Nick Marshall even came into school and read it his class who all thought it was brilliant.

I think it is one of those books that you will keep for years and read over and over again. Hopefully there will be a sequel so we can see what other exciting adventures Tidley Squeak has. You can purchase your copy here. This is a book not to be missed!

Our Day Out At KidZania, London

A Couple of weeks ago I drove into London with my friend Claire and her son to visit KidZania which is inside the Westfield shopping centre at White City. I had read so many great reviews about KidZania and what a fantastic day out it is so I couldn’t wait to take the boys but just wanted to wait until Archie was a little bit older to enjoy it all.

We booked online a few days prior to our visit. If you book online earlier you can then print off your ticket or use the QR code on your phone on arrival. For Oscar, Archie and myself it was £62.  Archie cost slightly less as he is under 4. The prices vary depending on which day and time slot you pick. Our slot was booked at 11 and as we arrived we were greeted by a huge British Airways aeroplane and then we had to go the escalators to the departures lounge where the boys got their ID wrist tags were given their 50 KidZos. As Archie is under 4 he wasn’t given any. We also purchased a money holder that goes around your neck so the boys didn’t loose any of their KidZos. This was about £5.

As soon as we walked into the main KidZania town I was completely blown away at how amazing and realistic it looked. When we first got inside it wasn’t too busy so we took the boys straight to the hospital bit where Henry and Oscar performed an operation.

The general idea is to earn more money by doing jobs but you can also pay to learn new skills and take part in different activities. Each child over four years old it’s given 50 KidZos to start with and the aim is to leave with more KidZos than you started with and then you can spend them in the shop on the way out. As Archie is under 4 he didn’t get any KidZos and could only take part in certain things. In hindsight as he is nearly 4 I should have said he was 4 and paid the higher price as he could have easily joined in with all the activities the older boys did. On a few occasions he got upset that he couldn’t join it which was hard to explain to him.

There is a younger area upstairs for the under 4’s which wasn’t great to be honest. Downstairs there is the Supermarket which Archie could shop in. He loved the Supermarket where he filled his trolley and then paid for his shopping.

We then went upstairs and the boys learnt to become pilots in the British Airways flight school and then also became members of the BA cabin crew. It was nice that we got asked to go and actually be passengers on the plane.

We then headed to the Cadbury factory which you have to pay with your KidZos to take part. Oscar kindly gave Archie some KidZos so he could take part too. They got to learn how to make chocolate and at the end was given a voucher to exchange for a chocolate bar when we left.

We then went to the storage company and the boys were given 3 boxes and a checklist of locations where the parcels needed to be delivered around the KidZania town. The lady kindly gave Archie a jacket too so he could join in.

At lunchtime we headed to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant. For Henry and Oscar we paid £4 each and they actually got to make their own burger in the kitchen whilst we ordered our own food and sat outside and ate it. It was great that we could get a nice meal for lunch without actually leaving KidZania itself and having to go back into the main shopping centre. Within KidZania there are a few different places to eat.

We then headed to the fire station and the boys got to wear a fireman outfit and then go off in the fire engine and put out a fire. The burning hotel looked so realistic and the boys had a great time. Henry and Oscar kindly gave Archie enough KidZos so he could take part as well. He loved going in the fire engine.

As the afternoon went on the queues to take part in each activity got bigger and bigger and I said to the boys we will return when they have a day off when other schools don’t as I’m sure it would be much quieter and less queues. This meant we didn’t actually manage to get to go on everything today. By the end of the afternoon we were queuing about twenty minutes on each activity.

Upstairs the boys then earned money by being window cleaners. Once again Archie joined in with this activity.

The boys had an absolutely fantastic day out and in all the places we have visited for a day out with the kids this is 100% one of the best. It is well worth the money and we spent 5 hours there and had a fun filled day out. Parking in the shopping centre only cost £8 for the whole time too which wasn’t bad considering we were in London. We can’t wait to go back!

NFL Summer Bowl 2018 Presented By Subway®

Last week I was invited to an amazing event by Subway® who are the presenting partner of the NFL London Games. Subway® asked me to go along to their Summer Bowl which is where children from all over the country come together to compete in the national final of the NFL Flag programme presented by Subway®. They get to meet some real-life NFL players too! The American football scene has grown rapidly of the last few years in  the UK and Ireland with both adults and children trying out the fast-paced and action-packed sport. A whooping 40,000 people over the age of 16 are playing the sport in England at least once per month with more and more trying it out everyday.

Sadly I am In Greece so I sent my good friend Steve along in my place who absolutely loves NFL! Even on his birthday last year we had an NFL cake made for him. He has been to games here and in America and I knew he would have an amazing time.

The NFL Flag programme presented by Subway® gives children between the ages of 8-11 exposure to the sport of American Football without the helmets pads and contact. Flag football is such a fantastic sport and the Summer Bowl was an amazing event with children from all over the UK competing together. Flag football is growing within the UK and Ireland and the partnership between the NFL and Subway® will enable the game to grow even faster. I know it’s a game that Oscar would love to learn and play at school. NFL Flag Presented by Subway® is currently operating in eight cities including London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Gloucester, Peterborough and Cardiff, with plans to roll out the programme to Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

The best aspects of the game are that both boys and girls are encouraged to play together. Also the coaches don’t just coach the football aspects but tutor the children in nutrition and healthy lifestyle as well as giving them positive role models and teaching loyalty and respect which are core aspects of the NFL.

The Summer Bowl is the national final for the children who have been competing over the last few months. It is the culmination of all of the regional tournaments which brings together all of the winning schools. Over 10,000 kids in the UK have already taken part in the NFL Flag programme, presented by Subway®. I think this is a great event and gives the children involved a huge sense of achievement getting to the finals and then getting to meet their NFL heroes in person. Its a really special event!

At the Summer Bowl, six NFL players were present and were signing autographs and helping to coach the kids. The players included Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans, Josh Lambo of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jared Cook of the Los Angeles Raiders, Kyle Emmanuel of the Los Angeles Chargers and Super Bowl winner Mack Hollins of the Philadelphia Eagles. The star of the show however was Neiko Thorpe who was both engaging and funny and also did a wicked back flip! The kids absolutely loved meeting the players and the players were fantastic with them again exemplifying the core aspects of the NFL.

Overall it was a brilliant day and flag football should be on the radar of all schools. It’s a fantastic way to get fit, have fun, play sport safely and learn really important skills such as teamwork. The ultimate goal is to get teachers trained to deliver the curriculum on their
own and for Subway® to bring NFL Flag to more cities across the UK and Ireland. After the Summer I am going to tell Oscar’s PE teachers all about it and try and get them involved. If you want to get your school involved send this link to them and ask them to register their interest now HERE!

Also, if you are in a Subway® store in September, look out for the NFL-themed Kids Pak!

This post is sponsored by Subway®

The Boys Summer Wardrobe From AlexAndAlexa.com

Last month before we went to Rhodes I sat on the AlexAndAlexa.com website and picked out pieces for the boys Summer Wardrobe, like I do every season. Their website is full to the brim of gorgeous designer clothes for boys and girls who like to be on trend.

As Oscar is now 8 and a half he likes to choose his own clothes and takes pride in his appearance and has become aware of designer brands and different styles. We sat together and he picked out some of his favourite pieces, obviously I picked for Archie with him being only 3. I also brought a few bits so in the evenings I cam dress them in matching shirts as I am sure by next year Oscar won’t let me get away with it. Ha Ha!

Alex and Alexa also have a huge sale on at the moment where you can pick up loads of top designer bargains with up to 60% off plus a flash sale with an extra 30% off sale items with the promo code: FLASH30

Swimwear

Oscar loves the Hugo Boss swim shorts and picks the same ones every year. He finds them really comfortable and they dry quickly when out of the pool which is a bonus. He has them in light blue and navy and they are £43 but now in their sale they are £30.10. They come in various different colours and are available from 6 months old.

In the above photo both Oscar and Archie have Ray Ban sunglasses on. Alex and Alexa have a huge range of designer shades to protect your little ones eyes. The full range can be found HERE.

We also got him the Dolce & Gabbana Blue Cartoon Beach Print Swim Shorts that were £135 but in the sale are £101.30. Oscar loved the design of the swim shorts as it reminded him of when we went to the Harrods Grotto at Christmas and all of the windows were dressed in different Dolce & Gabbana cartoons. This season in particular they have some really amazing prints and designs on the kidswear.

Another pair of swim shorts that we get every Summer are the Burberry classic swim shorts. They come in blue, navy and red and have a drawstring waist and the material dries really quickly and they wash as good as new. They are £71 a pair and start at size 6 moths old. These seem very popular as we saw a few children wearing them in the pool on holiday.

For Archie, being smaller I love the Moschino bear design that they have had for the last few years. It is really cute. With that in mind I picked him a pair of Moschino Navy Stripe Sailor Bear Print Swim Shorts which he loves and we got lots of comments around the pool about how cute he looked in them. They are £58 a pair now reduced to £40.60. They also have a drawstring waist and fitted perfectly over his swim nappy.

Archie also has a few pairs of the Ralph Lauren swim shorts and wears these to his swimming lessons at home too. He has them in Navy and they were £35 each and are now £24.50. Again they have the drawstring waist and the Ralph Lauren pony detail on the front of the shorts. (In photo above with Oscar in the Hugo Boss swim shorts).

Oscar lives in sliders on holiday during the day so picked himself some Moschino ones that are white with Moschino written in black they are £57. They have a sweet girls version too.

Day Wear

Oscar has a Burberry T-shirt that he wears to the pool which compliments his Burberry swim shorts nicely. At home he wears them with navy jersey shorts or navy chino shorts if we are out somewhere nice for the day. Burberry have lots of nice designs in their T-shirt range.

We also picked out a couple of Hugo Boss T-shirts. One which was a special edition England one for the World Cup which is a smarter alternative to a football shirt. It was £43 and is now £30.10. Even though the World Cup is over it’s a really smart T-shirt which Oscar will continue to wear. The other was a BOSS Blue Graphic Branded T-Shirt.

For Archie I picked a lovely Kenzo T-shirt there are so many lovely designs which made it hard to pick a favourite. A couple of months ago I got a sneak peek of their Autumn Winter collection and its fantastic, so I am excited for that.

Another gorgeous T-shirt for Archie was from Gucci. The Light Grey Green Short Sleeve Retro Logo T-Shirt is an iconic simple design and looks great with grey or navy shorts. The T-shirt is £120 and Oscar has gone on at me all holiday that he wants one so I will have to order one for him too as I know it will get worn time and time again and go with everything.

Archie also lived in his Boss Navy Branded Jelly Shoes. They are very cute and come in a couple of different shades if blue. They were easy to slip on and off in the day. They were £43 now £32.30. Archie also had a pair of Havaiana Kids flip flops with the strap around the ankle which make it easier for him to walk and run in them. They are £16.

Evening Wear

One thing I really love about being on holiday is getting dressed up every evening to go to dinner. It makes such a nice change. In the evenings the boys tend to wear chino short, I always get them in navy and stone colour. Oscar’s stone coloured ones are Burberry from last Summer but as they have a button adjustable waist so they still fit perfectly.

Oscar choose a Gucci polo shirt, he really liked the coloured collar and choose it completely on his own. The Gucci Navy Pique Polo with Rainbow Knit Collar is a really lovely polo shirt with the gold Gucci bee embossed on one side of the chest. The knitted collar is think and luxurious and I have washed the shirt today and it looks like new and washes really well. The polo shirt is £135. Gucci have lots of lovely polo shirts to choose from with fun designs on them.

Another lovely polo shirt is the BOSS Blue and Grey Colour Block Jersey Polo which isn’t available anymore but there are still lots of BOSS polo’s to choose from.

Both the boys have a Burberry Light Blue Mini Camber Check Shirt each which look lovely with either coloured chino shorts. They were £76 and are now £53.20. They will also wear these in the Winter with jeans as well. They also come in other colours and in a long sleeved design for the colder months.

Archie also has Burberry chino shorts in the navy checked design which he wears with a white linen shirt. This season they are available in a stone colour instead. They have a adjustable button waist so in my experience last a long time. The shorts are in the above photo with Oscar in his BOSS polo shirt.

I got Oscar and Archie matching Lacoste Navy Palm Trees Print Ribbed Collar Polo Shirt which have a fun design on them. I got lots of comments about how lovely they looked matching one another. There is a huge saving on these shirts! They were £55 and are now £27.50.

We had a lovely holiday in Rhodes (we got back at 2am this morning) the washing is done and I am now looking forward to the rest of the Summer holidays which will be full of fun!

Remember all of the above mentioned discounts will be even less once you add the promo code: FLASH30 and save an extra 30%! 

This post is in collaboration with Alex and Alexa

Fisher Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Battle Batcave Review

A couple of weeks ago the boys were kindly sent the new Fisher Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Battle Batcave to review. Both Oscar and Archie love Batman and couldn’t wait to get it out of the box when it arrived!

As soon as it was unpacked and ready to play with the boys sat down in the playroom to play. The Battle Batcave comes with two characters; the Joker and Batman himself and four weapons. They chose who was who and then went to battle. They simply have to press the trigger to make the Joker and Batman spin around and then you move the controller with the character on it backwards or forwards to defend yourself. When the front of one controller touches the back of the other the loosing character flies in to the air. Archie found this hilarious.

The Battle Batcave is for children aged three to eight which is perfect for both of the boys and its a great toy for siblings or friends to play together. It was sweet watching Oscar teach Archie how to play and they battled for ages over and over again. Watching Oscar and Archie get so excited when playing as they wanted to win was so funny.

Putting the Batcave together was really simple and attaching the characters to their controllers is easy too, so easy Archie managed to do it easily so the game could go on rather than me or Oscar having to keep helping him every time the character came off.

The Imaginext Batman has an RRP of £36.99 but at the moment is reduced to only £19.99 at Smyths Toys. Oscar and Archie really love this toy and enjoy playing with it together. It’s lovely to have a toy that they can both play and share time with together! I would really recommend the Fisher Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Battle Batcave. It is also small enough (17″ x 14″) and the controllers fold in that you can take out with you to family and friends. You can also buy extra figures to add to the battle which are sold separately, which Oscar wants to collect so they can have a full on Justice League battle with teams.

You can also add to your fun by adding any of the other Fisher Price Imaginext DC Super Friends play sets.

The Diono Traverze Stroller Review

With our Summer holidays coming up I had been on the look out for a light weight travel friendly stroller with a good recline for when Archie needs to have a nap on holiday and also a stroller with a large basket. He always naps after lunch when we are away and having a good recline on a small stroller was harder to find than I imagined. When we received the Diono Traverze to review about a month ago I was excited to try it out as I had done my research and it ticked all of the boxes I was looking for.

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When it arrived I got it out of the box and ours is in the Summery ‘Yellow Sulphar Linear’ colour which I love! There are 6 lovely colours to choose from. There was no putting together involved and once out of the box I followed the easy instructions and had the stroller unfolded and was up in seconds. The instant fold is so easy and quick to use, one-handed and the stroller itself folds so small. (Height 60cm, Width 41.5cm and Depth 23.5cm.) It is also so light to carry too at only 12.3lbs.

Our first trip using the Traverze was to Cardiff. We took the boys to the Principality stadium to watch Monster Jam. It was easy to steer through the busy streets of the city and once inside I folded the stroller which was small enough for me to carry through security and to our seats and fitted neatly under my seat not blocking the walk way at all. I found this so easy and much less stressful than travelling with a larger fold stroller as I would have then had to drop it into a designated area and then would have had to queue to go and retrieve it afterwards. Also carrying it up the steep stairs to our seats was easy too as its so light! We also had to park quite far away from the stadium and Archie was tired afterwards and jumped straight in, instead of us having to carry him on the 20 minute walk back to our car at 7pm. On our first trip using the Traverze I was totally sold and could really appreciate having a smaller, light weight stroller. The basket is also huge underneath, which fitted Archie’s carry potty, spare clothes and a few other bits easily.

A couple of weeks ago Oscar went out for the day with his Godfather and his sons to watch the rugby so Greg and I decided to take Archie into London for the day. To be honest I always drive into London as I always get so anxious about getting to a station and it having no lifts and having to carry Archie and a folded stroller on the very steep escalators. Now we have the Traverze we decided to take the train instead. When we got to Knightsbridge there was an escalator and stairs up to the main road, Greg carried Archie and I carried the stroller with no problems at all. The small compact fold also came in useful when we stopped for lunch as I just put the folded stroller under the table out of the way. Again pushing the Traverze through the busy streets of London was a breeze with the smooth rolling, never flat wheels, with shock absorbers and all-wheel suspension. It turns so easy with one hand with the swivel wheels making steering super easy.

The stroller also has a very secure 5-point harness with removable plush pads. The straps are easy to adjust to fit your child and when we were on the train and when getting on and off the trains having Archie comfortable and secure made me less anxiousabout travellin g on the train with him. I will defiantly travel on the trains into London more now that I know it’s so much easier using the Traverze.

During half term we ventured down to Devon for a couple of days. Packing the Traverze in the boot with our bags wasn’t an issue as it takes up only a quarter of my boot. It really is the perfect travel stroller. We went to Durdle Door on the Monday and had a really long walk from the car park to the beach. Once we got to the beach there were around 150 steps down to the beach which was easy with the folded stroller. On the way back up the hill to the car it was so far and we were so glad we took it with us for Archie’s tired little legs.

The long break bar at the back makes it really easy to use in any shoes, even bare feet. The handle is the perfect height as well, I am short at 5ft 2 and it was fine for me and equally Greg is 6ft and found the height fine as well.

The Traverze comes with a rain cover and waterproof travel bag. Once the stroller is in the travel bag it has a telescopic extendable luggage style handle to make pulling it through an airport even easier. It also fits in most overhead cabins on the plane. We go away next month and can’t wait to see how we get on travelling abroad with it! Especially as we have a late flight on the way home so Archie can sleep in the Traverze right up until we board the plane. Don’t worry I will post another review once we have been on holiday.

I absolutely love the Diono Traverze and it has made travelling and days out so much easier! It gets 10 out of 10 from us! The Diono Traverze has an RRP of £250. Mothercare have two exclusive colours, black facet and orange.

 

Disclaimer: We were gifted the Diono Traverze for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own.

Potty Training In A Day!

When Oscar went back to school two weeks ago I had it set in my mind that I would attempt to potty train Archie again. I’ve tried twice before, once last October and once in January. When I say tried this consisted of Archie crying repeatedly for his nappy back and holding his wee for almost five hours until I eventually gave in and put his nappy back on. He obviously wasn’t ready and there was no real need for me to potty train him if it was going to upset and distress him. I even asked a health visitor and she reassured me he would do it when he was ready.

It was so different with Oscar. Oscar was 2 years and 4 months old when I potty trained him, it was easy, he got it quite quickly and that was it. I did start panicking that Archie was 3 years old and we still hadn’t cracked it. It was also easier as there was just Oscar and I stayed at home all week to focus just on potty training. This time around with Archie I had to do it between school runs, swimming lessons, football training and everything else we do during the week.

So when Oscar returned back to school on Tuesday the 24th of April after the Easter break,  I decided that we needed to crack it before the next half term at the end of May and I especially wanted to do it before we go on holiday as I didn’t want to be taking any nappies with us. On the Thursday, the 26th we dropped Oscar to school, came home and I told Archie that the shops have no more nappies and he had to use the potty. At 10am he had an accident and got upset as he didn’t like being wet. Since then he hasn’t had one accident! He just got it straight away. Being that bit older, he understood he needed to wee/poo on the potty and had better bladder control. He also was so proud of himself each time he went on the potty and giving him lots of praise and cuddles really pleased him. We even had to facetime Daddy at work after his first ever wee on the potty as he wanted to show him!

On the first day he held out on doing a number 2 but the next day he was fine and ever since then he has been so good and just lets me know he needs the toilet and sits on his Fisher Price Thomas potty and goes. When he goes to the toilet his Thomas potty plays the theme tune which he absolutely loves. It also lets me know if I’m in another room that he has gone.

For when we are out and about I brought a My Carry Potty, I had one with Oscar and they are great. You simply open it up and let them go to the toilet and then you can shut it and the seal stops it from leaking until your by a toilet to empty and clean it. I also carry a little bag around with me with wipes, spare pants, socks and trousers in it from Annie With Alex.

At night time I had noticed for quite a few months that his nappy was always dry in the morning and he would do a wee within half an hour of being awake. So not to confuse him I brought the Huggies Night Time Pull Ups which have been dry ever night and he gets up in the morning and goes straight on the potty.

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I’m so proud of Archie and how well he has done and it just goes to show waiting until he was ready made all the difference!

    

Our Trip To Alton Towers & Stay At The Enchanted Village

Last Sunday after Oscar’s football match we got in the car and drove the two and a half hour drive to Alton Towers. The boys had no idea where we were going, we just told them we were going somewhere and staying away for the night. They were so constantly asking where we were going the whole way there and when we finally drove into the park and noticed the ‘Alton Towers’ sign they were so excited! We followed the signs to the Enchanted Village parking and headed to the reception to check in. Check in was really quick and then we walked to our Woodland Lodge.

The Woodland Lodges are really cute and the Enchanted Village really does look magical. Our Lodge had two bedrooms and a bathroom and everything you needed for a comfortable nights stay. We chucked our bags in to the lodge and headed to the Extraordinary mini golf course and played 9 holes. Oscar managed to get a hole in one on the first hole! It was great fun. We then walked to the monorail station and took the short ride to the theme park.

As it was already around 3pm we decided to head straight to CBeebies Land. Archie’s face was a picture when he saw the rides with all his favourite TV programmes on. We went on the Postman Pat ride, the In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride and on the Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure. It started to rain so we walked back to the Monorail to head back to our lodge. As it was 5pm and the monorail is also used to get back to the car parks as well as the hotels the queue was massive. We had to wait around 45 minutes to catch the monorail. By the time we got to the other end it was tipping down, we ran the usual 5 minute walk back to the lodge and got absolutely soaked.

Back at the lodge we showered and got ready to go to dinner. I booked the Secret Garden restaurant a few days before our stay as the restaurants get booked up really quickly. We walked to the Alton Towers Main Hotel where the restaurant was. The food was really nice and the staff were really friendly. Oscar and Archie loved the ice cream factory where they got to make their own ice creams covered in sauce and sweets. Dinner for the four of us with drinks was around £50.

If you are staying on the resort there is entertainment in the evenings (check the entertainment board and your hotel reception for details). After dinner we caught ten minutes of the entertainment before getting an early night ready for a full day in the park the next day.

Day 2

We headed to the Crooked Spoon for breakfast at 8.45am, again I booked our breakfast before we arrived. The breakfast was really good and then we checked out and out the bags in the car and then walked to the monorail station as with our stay we have early access into the park. We got the monorail at 9.30am and again the queue was absolutely huge so we decided to walk to the park instead of wait. The walk took about 15 minutes. When we got to the park we headed to CBeebies land to finish off the rides. We went on the Go Jetters ride and the Octonauts rollercoaster. We found that as Archie is 0.9m he could go on a lot of rides in the park throughout the day.

We then walked to the Katanga Canyon and went on the Runaway Mine Train and the Congo River Rapids. Both of these Archie could go on too. He loved the the Runaway Mine Train it was really fast, I was so surprised as I thought he wouldn’t like it. Oscar loved the fast rides and was even tall enough to go on the Wicker Man but when he saw how big it was decided to save it until next time (phew!) We headed into the Haunted House instead which was an interactive game where you have to shoot the Zombies.

We headed to the Rollercoaster Restaurant for lunch as I left it too late to book it for dinner for the night before. It is an absolute must, the experience is great fun. You order your meal and drinks and they get delivered to your table on the rollercoaster. The boys loved it, it really is a great restaurant. For the four of us to eat it was about £60 but worth it just for the experience.

We took the Cable Car ride back to Mutiny Bay and went on the rides there and got soaked on the Battle Galleons. Then we went to Cloud Cuckoo Land. After grabbing a drink at one of the many Costa’s at about 3pm we got the monorail back to the car park and started our journey home.

We had a great stay at Alton Towers and would really recommend it. The Woodland Lodges are lovely and the restaurants were great too.

A stay at one of the Woodland Lodges which includes breakfast, 2 days in the Theme park, early access into the park on Day 2, free car parking, evening entertainment and 9 holes of the Extraordinary Golf costs around £277. You can also add a waterpark ticket at the Splash Landings hotel for a day who around £50 for four people.

Below our two videos I made of our days at Alton Towers…..

World Of Dinosaurs At Paradise Wildlife Park

On Monday we drove to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne for a family day out at the Zoo. I packed a picnic and even thought it was due to rain all day we braved it and got on our way. The boys were really excited as new to Paradise Wildlife Park is the World of Dinosaurs. We have been to Paradise Wildlife Park many times before and absolutely love it! Oscar and Archie are both into dinosaurs and when I told them there would be 30 life-sized dinosaurs they couldn’t wait to see them!

When we first arrived at the Zoo we decided to see all of the animals first and save the World of Dinosaurs until last. It was raining quite heavily but this actually worked in our favour as most of the animals were indoors and we got so close to them.

The Lions, Cheetah and the White Tiger were all inside out of the rain and we were so lucky to see them only a metre or so away from us.

The Big Cat walkway is always great and you can see a Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Tigers, Cheetahs and the Lions. We stopped at the picnic area by the Tigers which is covered from the rain and ate our lunch right next to the Tiger’s enclosure window. A lunch with a great view!

After we had seen all of the animals in the Zoo we made our way to the World of Dinosaurs.

We were genuinely blown away! It’s absolutely fantastic, full of 30 life-sized dinosaurs that move and make sounds. I’ve never seen anything like it. Oscar couldn’t believe how real they looked. For any Dinosaur fan this is the place to visit. Around the woodland walk around the Dinosaurs are signs that tell you what each Dinosaur is called and facts about them.

By the T-Rex is the perfect photo point where you can pose in a jeep as you get away from the roaring T-Rex. Watch out for the Dinosaur at the end he will squirt you with water! When you have finished the walk there is a great Dinosaur themed shop and cafe.

I am going to take the boys back in a couple of months to do it all again in the dry warmer weather. We got absolutely drenched but had a lovely day out as always at PWP.

*This post is in collaboration with PWP. All opinions are honest and my own.