Summer adventures with Sunbites [AD]

For many of us, the summer holidays bring an opportunity to explore the UK. Heading to the beach, a lake or glorious countryside to spend time outdoors. We spent a couple of weeks in our camper van so we could take the girls to some of our favourite areas. Whilst camping holidays keep costs down, they do bring their own expense. Taking a picnic is a great option on days out from the campsite because it’s so much cheaper than buying lunch. We tried out Sunbites as a picnic treat while we were camping beside Lake Bala. Adventurous spirit My…

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Pure Pet Food review

Dogs are funny creatures aren’t they? Bubbles is a fussy eater. That is to say that she’s fussy about dog food. She’s notably less fussy about titbits, scraps, rubbish she finds on the floor and poo from any animal. That all seems to go down a treat. Yet dog biscuits without a bit of added flavour? Not a chance. So when Pure asked if we wanted to try out their healthy, human quality dehydrated dog food, we were up for the challenge. About Pure Pet Food Pure was founded by Matt and Dan, who couldn’t believe that people felt they…

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A dog friendly family day out at Bamburgh Castle

Cutting an imposing figure on the clifftop above the town, Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland can’t fail to attract attention. Both the castle and Bamburgh itself are of historical significance, with evidence of human occupation as early as 10,000 BC. These days, it’s a fascinating visitor attraction for families. Children’s activities encourage learning and keep them entertained. Various museums allow visitors to learn about different aspects of history. And better still, it’s dog friendly. About Bamburgh Castle For the past 1400 years, Bamburgh Castle has guarded this part of the coastline from its high vantage point. Steeped in myths and legends,…

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Thursday photo #276

There comes a point in the summer holidays where it all feels a bit overwhelming. The ongoing juggle between work and the children. The absence of routine and difficulty finding time to exercise. Until now, I’ve been swimming every week. In a river, lake or the sea. Sometimes only for a few minutes at a time, usually with the children in tow. But there’s something about that cold water that makes it easier to cope with everything. So, it’s unsurprising that now I haven’t swam for a while, the overwhelm is starting to set in. The Longleat ticket fiasco After…

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A family meal at Côte Worcester

Where is your go-to place for eating out with children? Côte certainly wouldn’t have been our first choice. Recently though, they’ve developed some fantastic activity packs for little ones, along with a children’s menu. Better still, they were really flexible with my two. One of whom is vegetarian, and the other has just started doing meat-free Mondays. Of course, she decided this after we’d booked Côte for a Monday. Children’s activity packs at Côte The most difficult thing for us about taking the children out to eat is keeping them entertained. For us, it’s an opportunity to teach them how…

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Back to school with Smiggle

How do you decide what to buy for children and how much is too much? It’s a difficult balance between always saying no and ending up buying things they don’t need. We’re not a family that always buys a new pencil case and rucksack for the new school year. By the same token, we rarely buy the girls things when we’re on a day out. Recently though, the girls have started to show more of an interest in acquiring things. So, we’ve given them birthday money to spend. They’ve started to have a couple of pounds a week in pocket…

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Thursday photo #275

After another week of exploring the UK in our camper van, the girls have had yet more brilliant experiences. We’ve also had our fair share of mud. Thankfully, by the time we arrived in Northumberland the weather was on the turn. Unfortunately, they’d had weeks of fairly terrible weather before we arrived so the campsite was like a bog.  Body boarding A few years ago, we bought the girls a cheap body board each for a beach holiday. Dressed in their wetsuits, off they went into the sea. I can’t remember how old they were at the time, but neither…

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