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Wicked Wednesdays: 22nd October 2014



Country Kids: A Week At Coombe Mill

A few weeks ago, we had the time of our lives at Coombe Mill. It was our first holiday as a family of four and although it did not really feel like a ‘holiday’ as I used to know them (lying on a beach LOL!), it was amazing making memories together as a family. Fiona, Nick and their children have created an unforgettable amazing place and we can wait to go back again next year! The rest of this post is very photo heavy as I cannot put into words how much fun we had so I will mostly let the photos do the talking:

On our first full day on the farm, we saw Sally the pig give birth to her 11 piglets

We enjoyed finding eggs every day and then eating them for a late breakfast when we got back to our lodge

Thomas nicknamed these goats ‘Thomas and Daniel’
Thomas and his toy monkey made friends with the rabbits
And the baby chicks!
Thomas liked the deer once he was told they help Santa bring his Christmas presents!
A few more animal pictures!
Warming up the seat for Farmer Ted!
Driving the tractor with Farmer Nick!
Off on the feed run with daddy!
Trying to pull the sword out of the stone!
Having an indoor BBQ with new friends
Daniel having fun on the swing
Thomas on the zip wire
On the train
Our Coombe Mill ‘home’ – Trevarno
Jumping into the River Camel which runs through Coombe Mill
Building sandcastles on Daymer Beach
Visiting the jungle and seeing the dinosaurs at the Eden Project
At the end of week, Thomas asked if we could ‘stay a bit longer’ and he talks quite a bit about the farm now. We wholeheartedly recommend Coombe Mill if you have not been already. It is perfect for families with young children. I hope to see you there!





























Doing The #BritainsDriestNappy Test With Pampers!

When I first had Thomas, we tried a variety of different nappies to see which were best for us. We wanted quick absorption of liquids, no leakage and a comfortable fit. After intensive testing, we discovered that Thomas got nappy rash in most brands apart from Pampers as the others did not soak the urine up quick enough. We have not looked back since. Thomas has been Pampers every day up until two months ago when we potty trained him. Daniel has been in Pampers since the day he was born too and I have not tried another nappy on him as I know Pampers are the best for us.

I knew Pampers nappies were good but I did not know how good until I took the #Britainsdriestnappy test. We were sent a pack of Active Fit nappies in size 3 + to review and do the test with. To do the test, I had to:

Pour 150ml (equivalent to 3 baby wee’s) of water onto the nappy in the middle where the baby bottom usually is

Wait 1 minute and 30 seconds

Then put a piece of kitchen roll on top and press gently. No wetness should appear on the kitchen roll. The nappy should have absorbed it all.

I then cut the nappy in half with scissors so I could see all the micro pearls inside that had absorbed the water.

I have always been impressed with Pampers and are now even more impressed than what I was before since seeing how the nappies actually work. I have about another two years worth of nappy purchasing ahead of me before Daniel is potty trained and I know I will keep on buying Pampers until that point.

Disclosure: I was sent a pack of nappies for the purposes of this test and review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.








Wicked Wednesdays – 30th July 2014

You must wear wellies when you are potty training!




Product Review: Fisher Price Baby Gear

Over the last few months, Thomas and Daniel (mostly Daniel!) have been testing out a range of Fisher Price newborn to toddler products. We received the Sit Me Up Seat (pictured above), the Kick N Play Piano Gym and the Rainforest Friends Newborn to Toddler Rocker. Our first impressions were that the range was brightly coloured, easy to set up and seemed to have both children interested as soon we put them up. Here are more detailed reviews relating to each product.

Sit Me Up Seat

We were very impressed with this seat. It folds fold for easy storage and transportation to grandparents for example. There are two toys attached tv at are interchangeable with other Fisher Products (the Piano Play Gym is one example). Daniel loves sitting in this seat and quite enjoys playing with the toys. Thomas likes this seat too and keeps asking to sit in it despite being too big for it!

Kick N Play Piano Gym
Daniel has loved this since we received it. He enjoys looking at himself in the mirror and playing with the four interchangeable toys. His favouite toys are the elephant and the zebra. Daniel loves kicking the piano and I generally leave it in automatic mode (it plays a series of tunes continuously) but when he is a bit older, I will let him press the individual keys. Once he can sit up, I will let him play the piano himself too by changing the piano position using the screws on the side. Thomas likes this too and keeps on trying to play with it, despite me telling him it’s for babies!
Rainforest Friends Newborn To Toddler Rocker
The rocker is our most used piece of the range. Thomas and Daniel both love it’s bright colours and Thomas is very happy that he can go in it too. The weight limit is 40lbs and Thomas is just under it at 2 and a 1/2 years old. They both love the lion on the hanging bar. Thomas and Daniel both think it is a popular TV character beginning with the letter ‘R’. Daniel likes talking to and rattling the lion using the leaf holder at the bottom. The square toy on the other side does not really attract his attention that much. The toy bar is removable so bigger babies and toddlers can get in the seat easier but the toys on it are not interchangeable which is disappointing. You can recline the seat slightly so babies can go to sleep in it. Daniel has gone to sleep in it a few times and looks very comfortable indeed. The seat also vibrates which further helps little babies go to sleep in it. The restraint is easily adjustable and it is easy to strap babies in it. You do not need to use it for toddlers who can get in and out of the chair on their own. The rocker folds down for easy transportation and storage so you could take it on holiday or to grandparents for example. To make the rocker more useful, I think the toy bar should have interchangeable toys and you should be able to swap the side over that the bar sits on.
Overall, we have been very impressed with the Fisher Price range. It is well built, attractive to babies and toddlers with the bright colours, good value for money as they will last your baby/toddler a long while and they are very portable and compact for easy transportation and storage. We have been so impressed that we have just purchased a second hand Jumperoo for Daniel so its really like we have had a Fisher Price explosion in our living room now!
Disclosure: we were sent the Fisher Price products for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review.




Honk Honk!! I am Part Of The Team Honk Relay!!

Honk Honk! I am playing a small part in the Team Honk Relay which involves over 200 bloggers taking a baton from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Sport Relief. It started in Lands End on 12th January and finishes at John O'Groats on 23rd March. The full route and plan are here. Team Honk are hoping to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief. Various modes of transport are being utilised as part of the relay and these include, pushchair pushes, roller blading across the Humber, boating round Bristol, #Honkopoly around London, fancy dress, onesies, bikes, scooters, planes, hiking, rafting and mountain climbing.

I am part of Team Honk Birmingham and will be taking the baton from Worcester to Bearwood, West Birmingham on Saturday 15th February. I am collecting the baton from Nikki from Stressy Mummy near junction 7, M5 in my car and am then driving home to collect Thomas and Daniel. Thomas, Daniel and I are then going to get the no. 9 bus into Birmingham with our decorated pushchair to give the baton to Erica from ninetothreethirty and A Little Luxury For Me. Thomas and I will be wearing Sport Relief t shirts with deeley boppers and headbands. Daniel, the youngest participant (I think!) of the relay (he will be 5 weeks old) is wearing a fantastic red snowsuit, very kindly donated by The Essential One for the event. We shall be honking on the bus and asking people to donate to Sport Relief using the text number below:

Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief (standard message charges apply)

Team Honk Birmingham would appreciate any donation you can give us, whether it be large or small. Every penny counts! You can donate to us here. Thank you for your support!

You can follow the action of the #teamhonkrelay and Sport Relief on social media here:

Team Honk Twitter & Hashtags: @team_honk #teamhonkrelay

Sport Relief Twitter & Hashtags: @sportrelief #SR14

TeamHonk facebook:

TeamHonk pinterest:

The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.


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Country Kids – Remembering Grandad

Last Sunday was Rememberance Sunday. We decided to mark the occasion by placing a Poppy Cross and planting some daffodil bulbs at Thomas' Grandad ashes site (my Father in Law) who died earlier this year. Niall was in army (Mechanical Emgineers) and served during the late 1950's/60's in places such as Germany, Singapore, Cyprus and Burma.

Niall's ashes are buried on the edge of the local cricket ground where he was an umpire for many years. It was a lovely sunny day and Thomas was very keen to get involved helping his Nan (my Mother in Law) and Daddy plant the bulbs. He enjoyed putting the bulbs in the holes and putting the soil back over them. Thomas helped his Nanny push the cross into the ground too. Afterwards, we went back to the clubhouse for a drink and then took Thomas to the park next door for a play in the playground.

Thomas loved playing on the park. He is getting a lot more confident and coming out of his shell now he is two years old. Everything on the park was the perfect size for him and I am sure we will be back again soon. I look forward to going back in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom and show Thomas' little brother where his Grandad is.

Linking this up to #CountryKids from




‘Baba’ Pregnancy Diary – 31 Weeks

Jo bump 30 weeks WM

Hello everyone. Sorry for the delay in between my pregnancy diary updates. Life has been a bit crazy here! The third trimester has started with an emergency growth scan as my midwife measured my bump as small. This was probably positional because until last week, the baby has been mostly lying in a transverse position. We had the scan and everything was fine thankfully. It did cause a night of worry for us both though.

Jo henna 30 weeks WM

I had henna on my bump for the second time from my friend Manie who is a doula and runs a company called Opal Aura. Manie put ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ on my bump as Thomas has been singing it a lot recently and I wanted to give him more connection to my bump and his little brother. Manie is also going to be giving Stuart and I antenatal coaching and she is currently planning my baby shower. I will keep you updated on these as soon as I can.

I have been given a top (pictured above) from the new Kiddicare maternity range and I love it. It is really stylish, comfortable and it washes really well too.

I am hoping that the next nine weeks pass by without any complication. I know I am going to be exhausted but have been exhausted all the way through this time. I am looking forward to maternity leave at 34 weeks and am really hoping we do not get too much snow in November, December and January. I would still like to get around as much as I can.



Happy 2nd Birthday to Thomas!

Thomas is 2 years old today and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. It only seems like five minutes ago, Thomas was a tiny baby. Here are some of the things Thomas can do now he is 2 years old:

  • Can do nearly 70 Tiny Talk (British Sign Language) or Makaton (Mr Tumble) signs
  • Can nearly recite the numbers 1- 10 in the correct order
  • Has started putting basic sentences together
  • Can say 'please' and 'thank you'
  • Started doing some basic colour recognition
  • His current TV programme obsession is Peppa Pig
  • He loves singing the 'Wheels on the Bus', 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'.
  • He names buses when we drive past them – 'Daddy Bus' (Double Decker), 'Mummy Bus' (Single Decker) and 'Baby Bus' (Mini Bus)
  • His best friend outside of nursery is Pippa and his friends in nursery include Isla, Evie, Ethan and Skye.
  • At the moment, everything is 'mine', a habit we are trying to get him out of!
  • He is currently teething (hopefully for the last time!) and his last teeth at the back of the mouth have started coming in.
  • He knows what a potty is for but is yet to put this into practice. We are hoping this will change soon!

Mummy and Daddy are both very proud of you Thomas and we cannot wait to see what you do next! We know you are going to be an excellent big brother and we look forward to our next adventures together as a family of four!


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