31 August 2016

Returning to Hatton Adventure World

Hatton Adventure World in Warwick is just a matter of minutes from our home so we make regular visits, especially during the summer months when it is generally a little warmer - we should probably get an annual pass thinking about it! It's a great value attraction when compared to many others at around £14.95 per person, less in off peak seasons or if booked in advance, so you can enjoy a full family day of fun for a pretty bargain price. 

We particularly like the fact that there is plenty to see and do both outside and indoors so even if the weather isn't on your side you can still have a superb day.

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We packed a picnic as usual, although the cafe does have a good variety of both hot and cold meals on offer, and travelled by car for the 10am opening. After a stroll through the shopping village taking a peek at the homemade fudge and ales, we grabbed our wristbands and headed straight to the goats and guinea pigs for some feeding and handling sessions.

30 August 2016

Family Friendly Dining at Harvester

We eat out quite frequently as a family and I'm always on the look out for exciting new menus with lots of variety and healthy options for the children - I like to ensure they consume their five a day, or at least get somewhere near it, even when away from home.

We have dined at Harvester restaurants a number of times over the years and we were pleased to be invited along to put the new kid's meals to the test. If it meant a night away from the oven and dishwasher then that's excuse enough for me but I was also eager to see the new look of the Grange Park branch after a refurbishment.

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Jamster wasn't drinking that by the way!

We were welcomed and seated by Claire who was really friendly and pleasant to chat with. She talked us through the menus, took our order and directed us to the drink dispenser where we could help ourselves to unlimited soft drinks and to the salad bar which again is unlimited. 

29 August 2016

Head to Nick Jr for More Fun than Ever Before!

The Nick Jr website now has a cool new look and to celebrate we have a goody bag along with a Wacky Hair Dough kit to give away!

Our aim was to rejuvenate nickjr.co.uk to match our young audience’s constantly evolving digital habits. We now have a platform which encourages and inspires children to use their imagination whilst providing them opportunity to immerse themselves in the worlds of their favourite Nick Jr. shows.” 
- Suzie Adams, Nickelodeon Digital Director

27 August 2016

Preparing Your Children For School

The years seem to fly by and before you know it, your little one will be getting ready to go to school. While this can be a rather daunting moment for you as a parent, you will no doubt be more concerned about doing your absolute best to ensure that your child is ready to take the step.

These tips should help to ensure that your child is ready for their first day:

Emotional Preparation

Getting your child ready for school is an emotional, as well as physical, journey and the emotional aspect is absolutely essential to make sure that they are school ready. Take a few trips to the school together to familiarise them with the journey, and go into their classroom - this will help them feel comfortable arriving and staying there when you won't be around to hold their hand. Meeting the teacher together is also a really great way to get your child familiar with the person who they will be spending the most time with at the school.

24 August 2016

Back to School Books from Letts

With school shoes to shop for, stationery supplies to buy and and new routines to think about, finding the time to choose the best books for your child may not currently be a priority. With a 30% discount until 30th September 2016 however, now is the ideal time to pop over to the Letts website to browse their range of books and pick up a bargain in the process. 

Letts have a wonderful collection of engaging and motivating books to help your little ones get back into a learning frame of mind and with each read supporting the national curriculum you will know they are reinforcing what your child is being taught at school.

23 August 2016

Stylish Footwear from Start-rite

If you haven't already done the 'back to school' shop it will no doubt be on the agenda in the next few days and smart footwear is an essential for your shopping list. 

Jamster received a lovely pair of Warrior shoes from Start-rite just before we broke up for the summer holiday and Minxy is now the proud owner of some Lizzy Black Leather shoes ready to start the new academic year. They will both be looking smart come September.

Minxy's school is quite strict when it comes to their uniform policy but Start-rite have a good variety of smart, flat footwear that meets the specific requirements in place. She was able to select a pair that would keep the school happy while also meeting her own personal needs - being a tween style is always on her mind which I have to take into consideration too.