Friday, 10 January 2014

I Spy with my little eye...

We attempt to make our car journeys enjoyable with a mixture of activities. I try to make the most of our surroundings as much as possible although occasionally we do revert to the Ipad!

I Spy is a favourite game that doesn't need any props. It's ideal for all ages as you can change the way you search for things, i.e. I Spy with my little eye something that is green, or I Spy with my little eye something beginning with the sound 'gr' and then the most popular one of all beginning with a letter.

I was trying to think of a variation of the game that might not have to involve everyone in the car. Then I thought 'ahh Freddie loves treasure hunts, what if I could make an I Spy jar'. I looked on the internet and low and behold there were lots of them!

So one rainy day we set off around the house on a treasure hunt, searching for small items to put into our jar

We took a picture of our chosen items and printed it off

Popped them all into a plastic jar with rice and rolled up tin foil (for effect)

And 'voila!' our very own Spy Jar!

Freddie loves his jar especially as he made it himself!

All in all it cost us 40p for the bag of rice, bargain!

For more ideas of I Spy games and jars both home-made and bought visit our family travel blog

Friday, 25 October 2013

Planes at the Hertford Theatre

Disney's Planes comes to Hertford this half term.

For fans of Cars, this is a must!

An action packed animated adventure about Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of being a high-flying air racer.

Dusty unfortunately is not exactly built for racing and he is actually afraid of heights! will he conquer his fear and take to the skies and reach heights he never dreamed possible?

Well it's Disney so of course he will but there promised to be laughs on the way.
Are you going? We would love to hear from you...

Planes is showing at Hertford Theatre during halfterm with showings on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday


All tickets: £3 plus transaction fee*
* On-line bookings of up to 9 tickets will be subject to a single £2.50 transaction fee.
There is an additional charge of 0.60p for postage or collect for free from the Box Office.
(For bookings of 9+ please contact the box office directly on 01992 531500).

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Our family holiday in the Costa Calida, Spain

Yesterday we arrived back from a lovely family holiday in the Costa Calida, Spain. We stayed in a villa on the El Valle Golf resort, about 20 minutes from Murcia.

We were blessed with sunshine and pleasant temperatures, the Costa Calida (warm coast) definitely lived up to it's name. With wall to wall sunshine and temperatures ranging between 24 and 31 during the day it was prefect!

We have lots of happy memories of this holiday, you can read them in more detail on the new Holiday Tots blog but Freddie's highlight of the trip, so he tells me, was the visit to the seaside. We went to the Mar Menor (little sea). It is the largest salt water lake in Europe and boasts crystal clear warm water that  is shallow and calm and although the sand isn't golden it is perfect for building and burying!

for more details of our family holiday in Spain and some ideas of places to visit in the Costa Calida visit our Holiday Tots blog.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Folds at the Southbank Centre

Folds is a family show set to take over the Southbank Centre's Purcell room as part of the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival.

This madcap family show is by Spanish theatre company Enfila't and promises to offer something different this Christmas.

Paper lies at the heart of the production with circus acrobats and live music. The performers dance, spin and perform daring tricks on precarious apparatus; from tight-rope walking on a line made from twisted paper to acrobats in a cardboard box! 

The award-winning company has some of Europes finest circus acts who combine their acrobatics with playing a large range of instruments including double bass, accordion and trombone and more unconventional sources like scissors, Sellotape and of course paper!

Folds is suitable for families with children of all ages, it is about an hour long so it depends how long your little one/s will sit still for. I know my four year old will love it! 
Going to see it? Let us know what you think :)

Listings Information:
By Enfila’t
Tuesday 17 – Tuesday 31 December 2013, times vary please check website for details
Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
Tickets £18 (Concessions 50% off)
Box Office: 0844 847 9910

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Mummy Fever - Mission Accomplished 'A Great Read'

Mummy Fever Mission Accomplished by Charlotte Pearson

Sometimes, as an expectant Mum we feel a bit alone, especially when we struggle with day to day activities and see others coping so well. Or we get easily niggled at responses and actions from family and friends and don’t really know why. At other times we find ourselves laughing out loud and revisiting childhood ourselves. Nothing prepares you for mummy-hood and the changes that take place but Mummy Fever certainly helps.
Every woman is individual but when we become parents we share something so powerful and defining it changes us forever.

Mummy Fever is a diary entry journey of becoming a mother. The story begins at pregnancy and follows through to the birth of a second child. I read a review on Amazon ‘ it was like someone telling you their story over a glass of wine ‘ and actually couldn’t put it better – it is exactly how I felt.
It is at times a funny and heart-warming account of new motherhood and more seriously the trials and tribulations of adjusting to relationships. Every mum and mum-to-be will relate to more than one event: from the ‘s**t, s**t, s**t’ words coming out of a mouth too small to know what they meant (mummy failure) to finding the sugar in the fridge (very tired mummy), I did!

Essentially Mummy Fever, Mission Accomplished, is a great and easy read, perfect for mums and mums to be, you might laugh, you might cry, you might be just too tired to do either but you will escape for a while.
Currently £8.83 in paperback on Amazon - I bought it at a snip just 77p for the Kindle!
If you would like the chance to win a signed copy why not enter the competition over on Holiday Tots – the family friendly holiday specialists – that’s me J

Days without my youngest, another chapter begins…

For Mums & Dads whose little ones have started school.

Hello First I must apologise for my lengthy absence... The summer has flown by, taken up with days of fun-filled activities, trying to get as much in before the youngest heads off to school every day :(

Life is generally fun in our household. We are always on the go looking for new adventures and challenges. We are just a normal family, except that there are a few years between our youngest and next oldest (15 years to be precise). But we live in a normal house, with our normal, if not a bit scatty dog and generally do normal stuff.I have spent the last 28 years looking after my children, so when Freddie (now 4) went to school for the first time a couple of weeks ago I felt a little lost... Yes I have my business - (child friendly holidays - little plug there :)) but it felt and still feels... rather strange!

I am a busy active person, like to be under pressure and whizz around getting things done. Now that Freddie is at school I have time to work on my business ideas, but have to confess I am finding it hard to get as much done now that I am not under pressure. You see, when Freddie was at nursery, I barely had time to think, always chasing my tail, but always achieving. Now things are different, I have time to plan and organise, to prioritise and build methodically. I am not sure I like it!

Only time will tell…