Paddling pool and scooter fun in Stratford-upon-Avon

scooting and paddling pool fun in Stratford upon avon

Despite us only having weekends to really do many activities, I feel like we managed to cram in a lot over the holidays.  Sometimes free is best, and perfectly suitable for young children. N loves going to the park, and with no splash parks or good parks in town, we quite often head to Stratford-upon-Avon for an early morning play and relax.  We usually pop N’s bike or scooter in the boot too, so there’s plenty we can do at… Continue Reading “Paddling pool and scooter fun in Stratford-upon-Avon”

How camping is the perfect summer family fun solution

How camping is the perfect family outdoor fun solution - Bubbablue and me

Apart from being ill at the 2 guide camps I went to as a child, I’ve always been keen on camping. But my camping experiences have never been with family. It’s either been with the guides, with Woodcraft folk (where we got flooded out in Barmouth), or with friends after uni (including a very cold February in Snowdonia – never again). Oh I suppose camping out every summer in the back garden with my brother counts as family camping? After… Continue Reading “How camping is the perfect summer family fun solution”

Get BBQ ready with 11 great chicken barbecue recipes

Jack daniel's tennessee honey barbecue glaze chicken

I’m a big chicken fan (the men of the house less so, and it has to be chicken breast), not only because it’s pretty healthy but also because it’s so versatile, and quick to cook.  It’s now approaching barbecue season and with the rumours of this summer in the UK being a hot one, it’s time to start thinking about barbecue foods and recipes. Last year I reviewed a gas barbecue – you could say it was an alternative review,… Continue Reading “Get BBQ ready with 11 great chicken barbecue recipes”

Friends, photos and fun at Brailes Country Show

onions in the produce show

This was the third year we’ve been to Brailes Country Show.  For a village, it’s an almighty show, although this year didn’t seem to have as much as usual.  Mind you, we were parked in the overflow field for the first time so it was as successful if not more than previous years. Again, it was beautiful weather, so I did come back slightly pink on my forehead. I must get myself a hat sometime soon. We went with my… Continue Reading “Friends, photos and fun at Brailes Country Show”

Green People children’s sun lotion for summer

Green people sun lotion

We’ve just come back from a (mostly) warm and sunny week camping in Weymouth.  I seemed to have packed about 4 different sun creams or sprays in our luggage to cater for both myself and N, but one that we both like using is from Green People. I’ve tended to use the Green People sun lotion in the past for N because I found it didn’t irritate his skin like other sun creams.  We’ve recently been sent the new children’s… Continue Reading “Green People children’s sun lotion for summer”

A summer of barbecues – plan vs reality

True shopping gas bbq

It seems that having a barbecue in our house is a lot harder than I’d ever anticipated when I said I’d review one from True Shopping. We love barbecued food (what’s not to love about meat, meat and more meat according to my OH), and holding one is such a social occasion, it makes me wonder why we don’t have them more often.  Especially when we owe so many people invites back to ours after being at other people’s BBQs.  2015 was… Continue Reading “A summer of barbecues – plan vs reality”

Frozen banana ice cream lollipops

eating banana lollies

For N’s non-birthday party i decided to do lunchboxes for the children. So quick and easy to do, and the kids only had to pick the drink flavour and the sandwich filling they wanted. The rest was set and they either ate it all or not. There was very little waste leftover so they went down well along with the veg sticks and fruit i also put out for them to add to their lunchbox if they wanted (and to… Continue Reading “Frozen banana ice cream lollipops”

Water fun at the Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival

River Festival Stratford upon Avon

While this year we’ve not been to any summer fetes yet, we’ve been to a few bigger events and festivals.  I’d noticed there was the River Festival on in Stratford-upon-Avon and knew we’d have to go and try it out.  Stratford gets busy anytime the sun goes out so we headed there as soon as possible after swimming. I wasn’t sure what time the festival would get going so I’d promised N he could play in the park.  Last time… Continue Reading “Water fun at the Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival”

Summer parties – mixing with older children

Swishing through the grass

N’s always been used to being around lots of people of all ages.  Mostly those older than him, although obviously he’s used to being in nursery with youngers children, and I do have a couple of friends with babies. But mostly it’s his older cousins and various people turning up at the farm, whether it’s for shoot season, general farm business or friends and family.  He’s pretty comfortable with them all once he ‘s got over his initial shyness and… Continue Reading “Summer parties – mixing with older children”