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Pumpkin Picking at Kenyon Hall Farm 2018

31 October 2018

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We did our first ever Pumpkin pick last year and at first we had no idea which pumpkin patch to choose as there are quite a few local to us, however we heard lots of good recommendations for Kenyon Hall Farm so we chose to visit there. We loved it and chose to go again this year too.

Boy in pumpkin patch

Boy in pumpkin patch

Boy in pumpkin patch



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There was definitely not as many pumpkins as there was last year as we had left it a bit late but we managed to find a few that were still intact.

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pumpkin patch

boy holding a pumpkin

We decided this year that we would have a pumpkin carving contest between us all so we had to make sure we all picked a good one. Little J changed his mind so many times.

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If you don't manage to find a pumpkin in the patch you can head indoors where you will find lots of pumpkins to choose from which have already been picked and put on display.

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Big J carved this pumpkin and I am so proud. If you are a Harry Potter fan you may know what it is but if you're not then you'll never know!!

Michelle
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Review | Oven Cleaning With Fantastic Services

30 October 2018

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 I know we all like to do a spot of Spring cleaning but I also like to do a big clear out and clean in Autumn, getting ready for Christmas. I think the Summer months are so busy for us that we tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to cleaning so I really feel it this time of year. I have been browsing Fantastic Services looking to see what they could help me with and I found a job that I knew would be perfect for us.
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Disney On Ice, Dream Big

29 October 2018

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Disclosure - We were gifted Disney on Ice tickets for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

Last week we headed to Manchester to the Manchester Arena to see Disney On Ice Dream Big. We have seen Disney On Ice many times over the years but each show is completely different and we couldn't wait to see what magic was in store for us this time.

belle skating on ice
When we first arranged the tickets I wasn't sure whether little J would want to see this show or not. I have seen many trailers and adverts and it is all about the princesses but we decided to book him a ticket too and I am so glad we did. He was mesmerised from start to finish.

Our seats were rink side so we were so close to the characters and you could feel the cold breeze from the ice as they whizzed past. I would definitely recommend rink side as it made our whole experience so much more magical.

Mickey and Minnie introduced the show and continued to pop out after every segment to introduce the next princess.

Aladdin and The Genie on ice
Aladdin opened the show as he weaved in and out of the market stands on the ice stealing bread to eat for him and Abu only to be caught. Luckily Princess Jasmine was close by and saved Aladdin from a gloomy fate.

Watching Aladdin and Jasmine dance around the ice to A Whole New World was beautiful and was one of my personal highlights of the show.

Next up was the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Little J likes the songs from the film and I caught him a few times singing along.

Belle danced around the ice with Lumiere but unfortunately there was no sign of the Beast or Gaston.

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My favourite moment was watching Rapunzel dance with Flynn to 'I See The Light'. Tangled is my favourite Disney movie ever and Rapunzel is my favourite princess so this was a special moment for me.

Moana caused a buzz in the air as most of the little ones got all excited as she skated on to the ice. Moana was probably the strongest skater we had seen so far as we watched her dance around to 'How  Far I'll Go'

It was nice to see demigod Maui make an appearance too.

We had seen The Little Mermaid on ice before but it's so colourful and the songs are great that it felt like the first time we had seen it. 

There was a 20 minute interval and the seating areas where soon flooded with staff selling popcorn, ice creams and candy floss. An actual merchandise stand was quickly erected just behind us for people to grab any souvenirs.

The one thing that I feel lets Disney On Ice down is the costs of the snacks and the merchandise. We have bought stuff in the past but now I just refuse. £22 for a spinning wand or £30 for a princess teddy. It's so costly especially when you are buying for 2 or 3 children.

We actually took our own light up toy that we bought in Florida last year and little J was just as happy waving that in the air. We did let him choose a snack in the interval. He wanted an ice cream which was £3 and John chose popcorn which was very over priced at £8.

The second half saw a very brief visit from Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and then it was on to Frozen.

Elsa and Anna on ice
We have seen the Frozen part of the show a few times now and I guess because its so popular they want to include it in every new production. I love this part of the show it lasts about 20/25 minutes and it will have you singing along guaranteed.

Anna and Elsa do more skating than all of the other Princesses and Characters and they really do put on a performance and it's the perfect ending to a wonderful show.

I would highly recommend Disney On Ice to any fans of Disney as the whole production is so magical and children and adults of all ages will enjoy it. For me personally this was the best Disney On Ice. We definitely got to see more characters than we have before.

There are usually a few opportunities to see a Disney on Ice show throughout the year as it tours arenas up and down the country. Keep checking Disney on Ice for up to date information.

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Review | Autumn Wardrobe with Fashion World

28 October 2018

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Autumn is here and I have been removing all my Summer clothes from my wardrobe and replacing them with lots of Autumn / Winter clothes. I have a few new additions thanks to Fashion World.
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Parenting | Preparing For Year One

27 October 2018

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It only seems like yesterday that little J was starting Reception but fast forward a year and we are almost at the beginning of his second half term of year one. For me this is when school really starts. I think it's been a big shock for him as in Reception it is mostly learning through play, however his classroom is very different now. There are almost no toys but lots of desks. He still seems so young and although he has lots of energy he does get tired quite easily as I've mentioned before. He's usually in bed before 7pm and needs his 12/13 hours sleep. John and I have discussed whether he may need to take a multivitamin as he is quite fussy when it comes to eating foods that are good for him. We were delighted when Bassetts vitamins sent over their Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Pastilles. They were just what we needed.
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Review | Cozmo by Anki

26 October 2018

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Meet Cozmo.  Cozmo is the cutest little robot that we have ever seen.  Anki offered us the chance to review Cozmo, meaning we could get to know him and he could get to know us.
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Closed Giveaway | Dessineo Learn To Paint Bundle

25 October 2018

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We have teamed up with Jumbo Games to offer one lucky Playdays and Runways reader the chance to win a Dessineo Bundle worth £100. Dessineo Learn to Paint and Draw range is perfect for any budding artist.
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Review | Drumond Park Foxy Pants

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Autumn in our house means board game season. We love playing games all year round but just play more when the darker nights creep in. Little J is at the age now were he loves playing games and a few weeks ago we were sent a new addition to our collection, Foxy Pants by Drumond Park. You will be able to tell from our blog that we love Drumond Park games as they never disappoint.
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Collaboration | How To Create A Warm And Cosy Home This Winter

17 October 2018

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This year will be our first winter since our whole house had a makeover. Everywhere feels so fresh and new but it just needs some finishing touches to help create a nice warm and cosy feeling for the winter. We have already started buying a few little bits and pieces and Christmas decorations too. There is nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa while the weather is cold outside. We have created some tips for you all on how to create a warm and cosy home this winter.
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Days Out | Royal De Luxe Giants Come To Liverpool

16 October 2018

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Last weekend we were very fortunate to witness the amazing Giants as they visited Liverpool. Royal De Luxe last visited Liverpool in 2014 and I was so amazed back then that when we heard they were bringing their giants back to the streets of Liverpool we just couldn't wait.
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The Best Pumpkin Picking In The UK

15 October 2018

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Last year we went Pumpkin Picking for the first time and it was so much fun. We went to Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington and it was really good. Obviously living in the North West we had to choose somewhere close by however I asked some of my friends from all over the UK to tell me their favourite places to Pumpkin Pick so check out our recommendations below.

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North
Jenni from Chilling With Lucas recommends Poplar Farm.

A popular choice amongst us is Kenyon Hall Farm

Charlotte from Write Like No Ones Watching  and Emma from A Farmers Wife and Mummy have both visited too. We loved it so much last year I think we will be visiting again this year too.

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Midlands
Laura from Little Ladies Big World visits Adventure Farm in Staffordshire
Kelly from School Runs and Shopping Trolleys - Manor Farm Fruits, Tamworth
Emma at Mrs Shilts visits Essington Farm in Wolverhampton

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SOUTH
Sian from quite frankly she said recommends The Pop Up Farm in Hertfordshire. 
Katy from Hot Pink Wellingtons - Pickwell farm in Hampshire
Victoria from Verily Victoria Vocalises visits Bailey ridge in Dorset
Katy from Katy Kicker recommends Cammas Hall in Essex/Hertfordshire
Laura from Dear Bear and Beany - Millets Farm in Oxfordshire
Emily from Emily and Indiana enjoyed Pick Your Own Pumpkin in Sevington, Ashford
Jenny from The Gingerbread House - Farrington's Farm Shop, Somerset

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EAST
Kim from The Blog Genie - Eastfield Farm in Tickhill, South Yorkshire is great, she says they have a little tea room on site which makes the best scones I've ever tasted!
Jessica from Nora and Co gives us a round up of the best places in the North East
Lauren from Dilan and Me gives us a round up of the best in Norfolk

boy in pumpkin patchSCOTLAND
Kirsty from Life With Boys says Pumpkin Picking is the highlight of her year. Check out the best places to Pumpkin pick in Scotland.

Are you planning on going Pumpkin Picking this year? If you have any other recommendations I'd love to hear them

Michelle
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Closed Giveaway | Family Ticket To Winter Wonderland

11 October 2018

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One of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks will be transformed into a magical, immersive, Christmas attraction for 2018.St Luke’s “Bombed-Out” Church, situated at the top of Bold Street, will be turned into a Winter Wonderland for almost four weeks this festive season and is set to become the ‘must visit’ Christmas Grotto experience of the year in Liverpool. I have a family ticket worth £60 to give away to one lucky reader.
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Review | Thunderbirds Are Go International Rescue

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Thunderbirds Are Go - International Rescue is a new free game from Kuato games, who you may have heard of with their range of Dino Tales Storytelling and literacy skills apps for children. Thunderbirds has been around for ever, however is still really popular with children and with this game, you can become the hero and stop a disaster from destroying the arctic.
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Parenting | Portion Sizes For Children

10 October 2018

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I've spoken a lot about mealtimes with the kids recently and I did a little research about portion sizes for children. Portions sizes obviously differ from child to child and as a parent you know best what your child needs and what they don't, however this is just a guideline and may help those who need it. 
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Parenting | Venue Ideas For Kids Parties

9 October 2018

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Little J hasn't had a proper birthday party yet but we will definitely be planning something for his 6th birthday next year. He received another birthday invitation last week to a play centre that we haven't been to before so he is looking forward to that. It got me thinking that over the years we have had so many different types of birthday parties for big J and I'm looking forward to planning lots of parties for little J as he grows. I have had a think about our top venue ideas for kids parties.
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Our Favourites | Bedtime Stories - Autumn 2018

8 October 2018

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Ever since I can remember little J has had a story before bed. It's part of his bedtime routine and no matter how tired he is or how late he's gone to bed he has to choose a book for us to read.At the moment he does have quite a few favourites so I thought I would share with you what we have been reading as it is Libraries Week.
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Days Out | Knowsley Safari Park

6 October 2018

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We live under 20 minutes away from Knowsley Safari Park yet we haven't been for years which is such a shame. Last week we visited and I instantly remembered all the things I loved about the park and how much fun we have missed out on.
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Review | Zuru Smashers Series 2

5 October 2018

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When I was asked if little J would like to try and test Zuru Smashers Series 2 I obviously said yes. He loves blind bag type toys and these are advertised as Gross so I knew he would love them. I wasn't wrong. The Smashers are actually quite fun because instead of opening a bag to find out what's inside, you have to smash an eye ball!!!
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Date Nights | Spending Time Together As A Couple

3 October 2018

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John and I make sure that we spend time together as a couple as often as we can. When you become a parent its sometimes hard to be anything else except for a Mum or Dad. You have to remember that before baby came along you were you, and if you are in a relationship or you are married you are a couple. Sometimes we lose the chance to be a couple and do couple things but its so important not to. Date nights can be tough but with some planning and a good babysitter they won't be as hard as you think.
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About Me | I Found A Lump

2 October 2018

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It's day two of Blogtober and today's topic is boobs as its Breast Cancer Awareness month. I know some people have gone off topic today because this subject is either too sensitive for them or they don't feel they can write about it as it hasn't affected them or someone close. For me I wanted to write about it for two reasons the first I have had someone close to me diagnosed with breast cancer and because of that it made me become more aware of my boobs and what they felt like. It also made me realise one day that they didn't feel their normal usual self which led me to have a mammogram.
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Review | Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom

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Summer may be over but we have been trying out Kinetic Beach Sand for the last few weeks and its made us feel like we are back in Cyprus. The Kinetic Sand actually feels like wet beach sand and the set includes a variety of moulds and tools so perfect for making lots of sandcastles.
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About Me | Who Am I?

1 October 2018

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I've decided to join in with this years Blogtober. It's a chance for bloggers to write posts based around a different theme each day. Today's theme is All About Me. I'm looking forward to posting each day plus it has given me a much needed kick up the bum as I haven't been around much lately and I honestly have no excuses for that. So here it goes... All About Me.
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