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”
After 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”
With the summer steadily approaching I’m sure I’m not the only Mum that is ready to shed the last few pounds and get back into my pre-baby Summer clothes. I’ve been on the look out for Mum and Baby workout classes for a while so when I saw a Buggy Fit class on Southampton Common advertised online I signed up straight away. I wasn’t sure exactly what the class was going to be but I’m at the point now where I’m actually craving to do exercise so I thought I’d just go along and see. When I was at college we used to go to The Common for free periods and at lunch time and we would always see these groups of Mums jogging along and as much as I found them amusing at the time I always knew that when I became a Mum I was likely to end up exactly like them. Continue reading “Mummy Gets Fit// My First Buggy Fit Class”
We did something a bit different this morning and went to a new baby group that is held on a small farm nearby. This was only it’s second week running (I meant to go last week but completely forgot, blame the baby brain!) and I really enjoyed it. For anyone reading this in Southampton it was at the Oasis Down to Earth Farm, the group is called Little Lambs and is held on Fridays 10-12am.
It takes Darcie a little while to warm up to new groups but I think for our first time going it was a complete success. They have an indoor area that is turned into a soft play and you can wander around the farm as you please, for only £3 I think it’s a bargain compared to what you pay for some baby groups! When we first arrived we could only see the small animals like the rabbits and guinea pigs but after a bit more exploring we found the real farm animals. There were sheep, goats and at least one cow. They also have chickens but they are on lockdown for bird flu at the moment so we couldn’t see them.
Considering that Darcie can be very aloof to anything out of the ordinary like a trip to the farm, she seemed quite interested in some of the bigger animals and even got quite excited at some points, kicking her little legs around in her adorable Pocahontas boots. It was a very cold day so she was well wrapped up in her fluffy coat and hat, shame she objects to the mittens so much as her hands were freezing by the time we went inside. It will be even better to go there in the summer!
The indoor soft play was pretty good too, with a good selection of toys for the little ones as well as for the older children. The group is aimed at 0-4 years old so is a really good one for all the family. We actually went with Dan’s Mum (hi Sarah!) and it was a really lovely outing for us to have together. Equally there were a lot of mums there just with their children so it’s a great place to meet other mums too. I will definitely be going again and would really recommend it to anyone in the area.
Here are a couple more pictures from the day mainly because I’m so pleased that Sarah got some nice photos of Darcie and I! Do any other Mums have so many good pictures of everyone else with your baby but hardly any with you?