Haven-Rockley Park, Dorset-Family Holiday Review-Part 2

Following on from the first part of our Haven holiday review (see here for part one), I’m bringing you the next instalment today!


After unpacking and taking in the views from our decking area, we grabbed our swimming clothes and headed up to the park.  The children had seen the outdoor pool on the way in, and were desperate to visit it, and, as we didn’t have to head to a shop to pick up the necessities thanks to Haven, we agreed to take them! Continue reading “Haven-Rockley Park, Dorset-Family Holiday Review-Part 2”

Haven-Rockley Park, Dorset-Family Holiday Review-Part 1

Way back in March, at an unrelated awards ceremony, I happened to be sat next to two of the nicest, funniest people I’ve met in a long time.  They happened to be PR and Content Managers at Haven.
As they left, I was given a card, and told to contact them the following week-something I did first thing the Monday morning, thanking them for making us feel comfortable at the table we were all placed at.

5 months later, and we owe those two Haven managers, Johnny and Helen, the biggest amount of gratitude.  We’ve not long returned from our first family holiday, to Poole in Dorset, which we were given by Haven, in exchange for a review.
This sounds pretty simple, but to us it meant everything-and we hope we’ve done Haven proud with our review, as well as the vlog I’ve spent a week putting together-wanting it to be nothing less than perfect.

Continue reading “Haven-Rockley Park, Dorset-Family Holiday Review-Part 1”

Summer Holiday Clubs & Camps-Why I Won’t Be Participating

So, it’s that time of the year again.  Kids are coming home with leaflets in their bags, events are being set up and shared on social media.  What are they for?  Summer holiday clubs.

Sports clubs, holiday clubs, holiday camps, fun activity clubs-you name it, there’s something for everyone.

So why won’t I be even debating on sending my children on one of these?

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Made At 94-Personalised Holiday Plaque Review

Made at 94 sent us a personalised holiday plaque to review!

Who are made at 94?

A family run business, Sam, Kevin and their children, started Made at 94 back in 2013, after Kevin gave up his career as head of P.E. and the family moved to Brighton. Continue reading “Made At 94-Personalised Holiday Plaque Review”

Phoenix Trading-Holiday Craft Activities

We were sent some awesome half term holiday craft activities from Phoenix Trading!

Phoenix Trading are an fab company-focusing mainly on birthday and celebration items, in beautiful designs, they now also have some really cool craft activity packs for kids!

We were sent three different crafts for the children to do, Colour-In Finger Puppets, Colour-In Holiday Pictures and Happy Families Card Game.

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The children were thrilled because I’d asked Phoenix Trading to send the items addressed to them, so they had great joy in telling me it was for them!

Kye is so into games in general at the moment, so he was straight into the Happy Families Card Game!
Olivia LOVES colouring and her imagination is truly hilarious-so the finger puppets were perfect for her.
They both enjoyed all items, and after a week of Mummy being poorly in bed and unable to spend time with them, they were the perfect activities to capture their attention.

As I said before, Phoenix Trading, don’t just do celebration products, they do the most incredible kids products too!  I’m a little in love with their jigsaw puzzles and paper doll bunting!


There’s so much to see and buy-head over and take a  look on their website HERE!


I was sent these products for free in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“The 4 Nesses”

Hi, It’s been a whole month since my last blog post! 

 The end of November and the beginning of December for me is always filled with what I like to call, “The 4 Nesses“. 

MadNESS, IllNESS, BusyNESS and TiredNESS

Our house is a hub for these things, seemingly magnified over the festive period. 

My son’s column of the family planner calendar I own, is full to the brim, with Christmas parties, panto visits, his own school Christmas play, and when he breaks up from school.  Each year his social calendar continues to exceed the previous years madness and I constantly question how my 5 year old can have more going on than I have!

Then there’s the husbands column, full of the usual work shift times, but in addition during this month, there are now dates for when he finishes work, when his Christmas meals are (yes more than one), and little messages sharing his excitement for finishing for Christmas. 

My littlest bubs is thankfully at the age where her social calendar isn’t as hectic as her brothers, and is mainly filled with things we’re both doing, or who’s having her when I have to be somewhere with the biggest bubs. 

And as for me? I’ve run out of space.  They don’t make the blocks for mummy’s side on the planner big enough.  I have lists about the calendar, lists about which Christmas cards need writing and for who, lists about which presents are where (which haven’t helped me not lose any!) I have lists about lists and a head full of images of the lists I’ve made. It’s never ending! 

Add all this with constantly having to think of ideas to use for our house elf every evening, remembering to keep the kids presents covered and to keep the kids away from the bedroom without arousing suspicion, the usual housework, school runs, potty training (yep we’re still at that-she weed on the sofa today-don’t go there) and general winter illnesses doing the rounds hindering my progress, this month is completely overwhelming!

Next week though, I will be the one, although still overwhelmed and stressed out to the max, getting excited with my family for the events we have planned over the Christmas week. 

I LOVED Christmas as a child, and now I have children, the magic continues with them, and in me too!

The 4 nesses” will be completely worth it in the end.