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Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery

As a stay at home mum I often find myself slipping into the same routines with Darcie. We have park days and soft play days, play dates and family time. We also have our Longdown and Paulton’s Park annual passes which get a hell of a lot of use and always make for really good days out. As much as I know that I do a lot with Darcie (we hardly ever actually spend time at home!), sometimes it can all begin to feel a bit samey and I’m constantly thinking of different things we can do that will help her grow into a well rounded little person. So for this reason, I was really pleased when I heard about the Please DO Touch Trail that is currently running at Southampton City Art Gallery. Continue reading “Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery”

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Family Time

Most of you will have picked up by now that I am a BIG advocate for family time. Nothing makes me happier than spending quality time with my little family unit, doing something we all enjoy and just making the most of each other’s company. We all work so hard to earn money, keep the house presentable, raise the children, that I think it’s so important that we take the time to enjoy ourselves amongst the chaos too. It’s good to remember what we are all working so hard for and why it is all worth it. Continue reading “Family Time”

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Where to Visit Santa Around Southampton 2017


I know some people are still in denial about the impending arrival of Christmas, but not me. I’ve been ready for festivities since basically October, but now that we are in December I feel like it’s acceptable to start mentioning the Christmas word on the blog without getting too much aggro from any Scrooges out there. As a parent it really helps to be organised for Christmas, but this is where I tend to fall short. I love Christmas and I get so excited in the run up but when it actually comes to getting organised for the big day, I like to just put it off and have the inevitable Christmas Eve breakdown instead. This year once thing I am determined to do is to take Darcie to see Santa, she met him briefly at a baby group last year but this year she is so much more aware so I want to start a tradition of taking her to a proper Grotto to see Saint Nick. Luckily I’m spoilt for choice and Santa seems to be popping up in numerous places around Southampton, what a clever man to be in more than one place at once hey? I’ve listed some of the places you can find Mr Claus in Southampton this year so that we can all be organised parents together! Continue reading “Where to Visit Santa Around Southampton 2017”

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Flip Out Southampton Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Flip Out to see if I would like to try out their trampoline park with Darcie and to write a review for them. Not being someone to turn down an opportunity to do something different, I of course said yes and so along we went on Friday 10th of November. We took two of our friends along with us because everything is better with friends, and we all had a really good time. When you first arrive at Flip Out you have to sign a waiver basically saying that you will take responsibility for yourself and your children and then there is a short health and safety video to watch. It really is very short so you don’t need to worry about keeping the kids still for very long at all. I think it’s good that they do all of this as it shows that they really care about your safety and enjoyment while using the equipment. We were a bit disappointed though as they don’t allow triple flips which was obviously the main reason we wanted to go (kidding!). You have to purchase non slip socks for jumping which are then yours to keep for any future times that you go, and there are lockers to leave any possessions that you don’t want to take onto the trampolines with you. Continue reading “Flip Out Southampton Review”

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Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm

Ever since our lovely day out Strawberry picking in the summer I have been looking forward to going back to Pickwell Farm in the Autumn to pick some pumpkins. We headed off bright and early this morning, the sun was shining and as it is a weekday we hoped it wouldn’t be too busy. It wasn’t busy at all although I think that was partly due to the fact that we had actually missed peak pumpkin picking season. There wasn’t a great selection of pumpkins left but that didn’t really matter as I think main fun of going pumpkin picking is the experience not necessarily the pumpkin you come home with anyway. We had a great time and I got some photos that I am in love with so that’s the main thing anyway, right? Continue reading “Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm”

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Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave Review

A few weeks ago we were invited to go along to one of the Big Fish Little Fish Family Raves that was taking place in Engine Rooms in Southampton. I’d never even heard of a family rave before and not being someone to turn down a chance to do something different, I gladly accepted the invitation to go along and review the rave. This particular event was Heroes and Villains themed fancy dress and I was apprehensive as to how dressed up most people would be. We went for a cop out costume, of Cops and Robbers (sorry I couldn’t resist!). Darcie wore a striped t shirt and I made her a criminal ID number that I stuck on her top and Dan and I wore black and had Police hats that we could choose to wear depending on the level of fancy dress we encountered once we got there! Continue reading “Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave Review”

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Winchester Harvest Festival

If you read my post 10 Autumnal Days Out In Hampshire 2017 you would have seen me mention Hampshire Harvest Festival that was held in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral this weekend. I don’t know if we’ll manage to go to all of the things on that list, but the Harvest Festival was one that I definitely wanted to tick off. So on Saturday afternoon we set off after lunch to have an afternoon wandering around the stalls. Continue reading “Winchester Harvest Festival”

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10 Autumnal Days Out In Hampshire 2017

pexels-photo.jpgAfter a particularly dreary end to the summer here in England, I think a lot of us have started thinking about Autumn sooner than we usually would. I’ve always been a Summer lover myself, but each year I find myself increasingly drawn to Autumn, dreaming of cosy nights in with blankets and hot chocolates, those crisp, bright mornings and streets lined with burnt orange leaves. Becoming a family of three has made me keen to make the most of each season, to make as many memories together as possible and to teach Darcie to find joy in everything she does no matter the time of year. I’ve been looking up activities and events near us that I would like to go to this year and have compiled them into a handy list for anyone else local to Hampshire. Continue reading “10 Autumnal Days Out In Hampshire 2017”

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The New Forest Fairy Festival


Last Saturday we paid a visit to The New Forest Fairy Festival in Burley. We’d taken Darcie last year when she was four months old when she was too young to really appreciate what was going on but the excitement of having a baby girl to take to a fairy festival was too strong for me to resist! This year however she was able to enjoy the day a lot more. As she is now walking, she just loves having space to roam and explore and all the bright colours and music at the festival were an added bonus too. Continue reading “The New Forest Fairy Festival”

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Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm

e9254d42-caf5-402e-8a13-b94731874bdaI didn’t ever quite get around to posting my Summer Bucket List Post, but one thing that I’ve had in my mind that I wanted to do with Darcie was to go strawberry picking. I don’t think I’ve ever been specifically to strawberry fields before but I’ve always thought it seemed like a lovely family outing so wanted to make sure we made it happen and maybe it will even become a family tradition. We live quite close to Pickwell Farm where you can go and pick your own strawberries among many other fruits and vegetables so it seemed like too good of an opportunity to miss.  Continue reading “Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm”