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The Caversham Rose

A newly refurbished bar has re opened it doors last week and it has all the thumbs up from me. I never knew the place before so I’ve pretty much walked into it as new place to go. First impressions of bar always count for me, I’ve seen a quite a few in my lifetime in all shapes and sizes and I have to admit I do like a bit of the wow factor when you walk in. The Caversham Rose is firstly a impressive size and very pretty, I love how it’s been styled inside and out, the outside area is perfect for summer evenings and it even has heaters so you can stay out there all night long if you wished. With its cool background music and well mannered staff greeting you as you walk through the door it immediately makes you feel at home. It’s not lost the local pub vibe, yet it’s striving for much more and it works. I went last week and its very clear everyone was enjoying themselves …

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience 

We were lucky enough to be invited to a special pre view of Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience in London last weekend. It was the first time we had even considered taking Oscar to watch anything on the big screen and I have to say it went really well. There were cakes, balloon modelling and story telling in the foyer before the movie with a picture opportunity with Peppa and George. We even met the lovely Harley Bird the voice of Peppa !  Oscar is a big fan of Peppa which helped his concentration as it last for around an hour. There were 9 new featured stories in the film and inbetween those were lots of interactive well known childrens songs and actions to copy with Peppa, George and their friend Daisy.  It really is the perfect first cinema experience to take your Peppa fans to over the Easter holidays. The new stories include watching Peppa and her friends take a trip to London and a family holiday to Australia.  Peppa Pig My First …

In the Night Garden Live

  In the night Garden is probably my saviour at bedtime, after Oscar gets out the bath we finally have a little quiet time with Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle. It was also one of his first actions; he would get his index finger and draw a little circle on the palm of his other hand, he still does it to this day. Children’s programmes have such an impact on all our lives, for me I try to get some jobs done while the magic of the Makka Pakka is engaging Oscar and soon enough the characters become part of every day life and part of the family. I also find your favourites are something that you will remember well into adulthood, so why not make the magic come alive even more by taking them to see their favourite characters live. In the Night Garden Live 2017 is on sale now! The world’s only live productions of the Cbeebies top-rated show will visit London, Birmingham and Manchester this summer, on tour from 25 May to 28 …

Pop Up Play Village Berkshire

Role play for me was such a massive part of my childhood, I had a wooden house in the back garden filled with all the mod cons (plastic of course) and many happy memories playing mum to my dolls, sitting and feeding them, pretending to wash the dishes – if only that was the case now ! Role play is vital for young children, as it encourages communication and problem solving skills, It provides independence and active exploration whilst learning about the world around them. So when I saw a new venture setting up in town I had to take a further look. Pop up Play Village is for children who love to role play. It’s made up of a vets, supermarket, cafe, baby nursery and a hospital. Its aimed at birth to 8 years, with a baby area especially for the younger ones while older children can explore the various features while learning reading and mathematical skills in the supermarket using the pre made shopping lists, encouraging the children to communicate with each other …

Kidzania

Trying to find somewhere for us all to have a family day out can sometimes be an impossible task. Because of the age gaps between my children it means there’s very rarely a day out they can all enjoy together. So when I saw Kidzania in London I thought that it might suit them all. Kidzania is aimed at ages 4 – 14 but has plenty for Oscar to get involved with too. Based in Westfield (White City) it’s really easy to get to, as soon as you walk in it’s all themed as an airport, which really gets the kids excited. The process of signing in was smooth and well explained; we all wore security bracelets these enabled us to see where the kids were within the village when we scanned them onto a computer in the village itself. The kids were issued with 50 kidZos in cash, this enables them to pay for activities or they can take part in activities and earn more. Once you have 75 kidZos you can open a …

Bucklebury Farm Park

Children’s Farms, smelly, muddy, noisy – all the reasons you should be visiting with your children. Venturing into the world of farming can be an exciting and educational place for little explorers. Opening up their eyes to a sensory paradise of textures, noises and smells even if they are a little whiffy. Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is about as exciting as it gets for me, I’m an animal lover there’s no hiding away from that, the cute piggys  and the naughty goats get me every time. I could spend hours wandering around a farm feeding the animals. From a personal prospective I really want my children to know what we eat was once a living creature, that the milk they drink is from a real cow and I want them to understand that corn and crops grow in fields to make the cereal they eat at breakfast. Farms are not only an important part of british heritage but all over the world, encouraging them to understand what fruit grows in which country and even …

Festival Magic 

As summer is approaching, all the festivals are starting to announce their headliners and lines ups, even the words ‘festival announcement’ make my tummy fizz. Now, one thing you must know about me is that I’m at my most happiest knee-deep (and I have literally been) in mud, with a cider in my hand and the rain/wind blowing through my unwashed hair. It’s where I belong. In a field with the music and the people. I first discovered festivals while working for Vodafone back in 2010 and since that point it got me and it got me bad. I can’t even begin to think of a summer without one, I’ve actually lost count how many I’ve done in 7 years, I know it’s over 30 and this will be my 8th year. Some People think I’m crazy wanting to pitch up a tent in the good old British weather and join thousands of others in the mud but there’s something about those thousands of people coming together, my hairs stand on end, the wave of emotions, the …

Lets Go Outside…

When Sam brought me my National trust membership as wedding present, a rather accidental spontaneous wedding present I had all good intentions of using it. Well, that was in September and today I’ve finally put it to use. About 6 miles down the road is a lovely little place called Greys Court, filled with secret gardens and rolling green rather icy hills. My first stop was of course the coffee shop, I could smell it as soon as I got out the car my nose led me straight to it, that and a massive slice of victoria sponge cake. The day was off to a good start. I also wanted to test out Oscars new Regatta all in one, I was constantly removing stains from his clothing as since he’s got into Peppa pig those muddy puddles are even more inviting. So I got onto Amazon had a little look and came across this little beauty see here. I’m not a huge fan of character clothing, I never have been with any of my children, even Hollie …

Bonkers – All the best people are ! 

So I hit 34 without too much of a melt down like previous years.  I’m really not one for celebrating my own birthday in a big style, so this year I really wanted to go to the Mad Hatters tea party at The Sanderson in London. I’ve heard such great things about it and it didn’t disappoint !! On the scale of afternoon teas with a difference this has to be right up there. The Sanderson itself is pretty cool, as you walk in your greated by a huge red lip sofa       and modern design features !! The Tea itself is in the courtyard , it was throwing it down but they make it into more of a conservatory putting up sides and patio heaters – it was perfect ! We got to choose our tea there were 5 different flavours all named after the various characters, we all chose different so we could taste at least 3. The savoury a were soon out and wow the cheese on toast was something …

Reading Festival with a Teenager…..

So anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with festivals. If I don’t go to at least one a year I may be found rocking in a corner somewhere. It’s my buzz, my thing I feel free and In this day and age with the stresses of real life everyone needs to let go and this is my let go. So off we go to our first festival of the year, we have normally been to Glastonbury by this point but because of having Oscar we missed it this year. Now Hollies been spoiled when it comes to festivals as her first one was Glastonbury and that is a magical place that I will write about at another stage. But Reading is on our doorstep quite literally down the road, so we decided to just do the Friday day. Getting ready for a day in the fields is always a full on process of curly hair, face paint, feathers and anything sparkly I can stick to me – I love it !!! Hollie has inherited …