Swim Swim Swim Easter Holidays day 10

Today we went to Redhill (I grew up in Reigate) so I still have friends in the area. 
We decided to take the children swimming, To Donyings, I learnt to swim in that swimming pool & now I'm teaching E to swim in the very same pool. 

West Central 

Beware when you go to the toilets this guy is in there too! 

Swim Swim Swim 

Before we went swimming we needed lunch & we found this fabulous cafe/coffee shop called West Central. It was like being in Brighton not Redhill... The coffee was amazing the lunch was amazing & it had a play area for the little ones. Couldn't of asked for anything better really.
West Central 

West Central

West Central coffee shop
 Then we walked to Donyings - Emilyn & Hugo had a little bit of spending money & so E bought herself some new goggles. She loves her goggles.
The pool was pretty much EMPTY its Easter Holidays !. CRAZY! -
but being empty was good. The children actually began to trust the water. 
it was amazing. 
Hugo was jumping here there & everywhere too. 
Playing on the froggy floats. 
I had my two best friends & my sister with me thus meaning I was able to sneak off to the adult pool & actually have a SWIM! It was amazing. I miss swimming so much. 

Emilyn & Hugo with Emma

Aunty Rach with Hugo & his goggles...

Growing up super quick - School Admissions

She's growing up far too quickly for my own liking.
We found out about Primary School's today.
I was a complete nervous wreck, it's crazy really we are in the catchment area & she goes to the pre school next to the primary school. I suppose its natural to worry.
However... We got the school we wanted & I am so pleased!
I screamed when I received the email!
The next few months are going to fly & then we will buy her new uniform & new school shoes & she'll be off to full 5 days of school. It's a huge step... a step I know I'm going to blubber like a baby at when the first few days come...

I hope your little one got into the school you wanted too.

Astral all over Moisturiser Review

I've been using Astral moisturiser for a few weeks now & its amazing. 
I am a suffer from dry skin & eczema I've used astral on my legs, tummy, back, arms & face.
It's by far the best moisturiser I've ever used. 

Astral is an amazing moisturiser, proven in double blind trials to be very hydrating, it is also incredibly versatile. It is an iconic beauty product that really works – its unchanged in its formula since it was created in the 1950s, and is perfect for all ages.
It’s no wonder that Astral has created a natural celebrity following of genuine fans, including the Joanna Lumley, Patsy Kensit, Jesy Nelson from Little Mix, Nikki Sanderson from Hollyoaks, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes, Sam Faiers from TOWIE to name a few!
Astral comes in the following sizes – available from Superdrug nationwide:
· 50ml – ‘the handbag pot’, which is perfect for on-the-go indulgence (£1.52)
· 200ml – with all the different uses of Astral, many women get a few 200ml pots and keep one by the bed, one in the bathroom, one by the kitchen sink or any place where Astral might come in handy (£4.28)
· 500ml – Astral prides itself on being a premium quality product with a great value price (£8.16). With the 500ml pot, women get even more for their money.

Celebrity quotes:
Joanna Lumley says: “I'm thrilled to try all sorts of face firmers and wrinkle-reduction creams, but the one I always come back to is plain, simple Astral cream. I've used it for over 35 years and it just works for me. I also use lashings of Astral moisturiser to take off make-up. I travel everywhere with a little pot of Astral in my bag."

Noisettes frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa says: “After the shower I'll apply Astral cream to every crack and corner - it's my ultimate bargain buy! The lotion is like a snack for my skin.”

Jesy Nelson from Little Mix says: “I use Astral All Over Moisturiser as it's good for my face - I smother it on at night and let it sink in.”

Amanda Holden says: “I get sent all sorts of high-end lotions like Creme de la Mer but the best tip I’ve had is Astral cream. I still love the smell of Astral.”

Kate Beckinsale says: she “makes sure her skin stays smooth and lovely by slapping on lots of Astral Moisturiser.”

Patsy Kensit says: “I use Astral moisturiser because my mum did."

Sam Faiers from The Only Way Is Essex says: “I use Astral Moisturiser. I apply it all over my face if I've had quite a heavy weekend and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels really hydrated."
I love Astral Moisturiser it works for me & I use it on my own children. I'd recommend Astral to everyone. 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt with friends Day 9

Last year we got a group of us together & done a fabulous Easter Egg hunt we decided we would do it as an Annual thing (I know Easter is annual) - 
This year another friend held it in her garden the children had a blast. 
So funny watching them trying to find them tucked in the trees... 
after they found all the eggs they tucked in to a yummy picnic then played a round of tennis. 
Hugo was the 'ball boy'...

Next year it will be our turn to hold the easter egg hunt. 

Easter Tree

When I was growing up every year we would have a Easter display,
I love Easter
So this year was the perfect time to have an Easter tree. 
I got our eggs from craft fairs. 

Easter Tree

The table cloth is I think as old as I am if not older. 
It's full of rabbits & easter eggs. 

Have you done an Easter Tree? 

6 Fun Facts About Christenings

Although the traditional and symbolic meaning being christenings is dwindling, the number of services being carried out in the UK is increasing.  

According to recent figures by the Church of England, the number of christenings raised by 4.3% in 2013, with a rise of over 5% in adult baptisms. This means that the combined total of baptisms conducted was almost 140,000. 

So with so many christenings taking place, we have put together 6 fun facts for you to feast your eyes on. 

  1. Anyone can get christened 

There are certain things in life that you cannot do unless you are a part of a particular circle for example: men cannot have babies and women cannot compete against men in football. However, all sexes can get christened and all families are welcomed into the church. 

2. It’s free! 

The service itself is absolutely free. The only costs involved include the venue, attire, entertainment hire and food. 

3. There’s no age limit 

There are various age restrictions in the UK such as smoking and buying alcohol but when it comes to getting baptised, there is no age limit and a baby or child can get christened at any time. The only thing is that after the age of seven, a child is expected to make the promises themselves.  

4. Godparents play a huge role 

Being asked to be a godparent is a big deal and contrary to belief, you don’t have to be baptised yourself. It is traditional for boys to have two Godfathers and one Godmother, and for girls to have two Godmothers and one Godfather.  

5. The baptism candle is iconic 

The baptism candle is always lit from the fire of the large Paschal Candle which is renewed every year at the Easter Vigil and is prominently displayed at Mass. 

6. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 

You can only get baptised once in your lifetime and for it to be valid, the following words must be said: 

Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19-20)  

If any other words than ‘Father’ are used, the baptism is invalid.  

So there you have 6 fun facts about christenings! Got any more interesting facts to add to the list? Let us know by commenting below.  

This article was provided by the Baby Christening Shop, the leading experts in Christening gowns, dresses, suits and shoes and everything christening-related; including high quality brands like Sarah Louise and Kaloo. 

Cinema Sunday Rio 2 Easter Holidays Day 7

After Nanna successfully took Emilyn & Hugo to see The Lego Movie last weekend, 
Showing off their cinema tickets
Cinema tickets

It was perfect for us to take them to see Rio 2 they loved Rio 1.

I love that our local cinema's have a Starbucks in Cineworld & a costa in Odeon.
Starbucks. Caramel Latte vente 

I recommend to anyone who's seen & loved Rio 1 to go & see Rio 2! It was brilliant. Hugo kept dancing when the animals were singing. Very cute. 

Hugo is 2 years & 3 months old & sat reasonably well through the film. 
We had lots of snacks, popcorn, sweets, drinks to keep him amused as well as the film.

Yummy Popcorn

Toilet 'selfie'
Toilet 'selfie'

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside... Easter Holidays Day 6

Saturday 12th April
The sun is out & we've had this date planned with a very close friend for ages. 
The excitement had well & truly kicked in

We arrived at hers & had a coffee & a huge catch up. 
Emilyn was desperate to go the seaside
after our coffee *Need that caffiene fix we walked up to the seaside

Stopped at the fish & chip shop got luck for the little people, 
Us adults stopped at the noodle bar 
Lunch on the beach
walked down the beach and had our lunch in the sunshine looking over the sea. 
Just beautiful.

After lunch & after a little play in the sea it was time for Ice cream. 
Two child's ice creams, 
You can say they enjoyed them.

Whilst walking back to my friends house we stumbled across a craft fair. 
Beautifully hand made bits & pieces 

I couldn't help but buy a gorgeous Ice cream garland 
little glittery eggs for our easter tree & a little shabby chic heart.
Whilst walking past another stall they're seemed to be a flock of people gathering gathering thick & fast... I was completely oblivious to this well until a lady tapped me on my shoulder & told me my BUGGY WAS LEAKING!... Hugo had put the bottle of water upside down & with the lid off. 
Mortified doesn't even cut it. 
I had left a huge puddle behind me & the water was still leaking.....

Apart from that little hick up that actually made us laugh more than I can ever express here...
Most importantly the children behaved it was a stress free outing. Always the best!.

I'm going to say it (I know its only half way through the easter holidays) but I'm not looking forwards to them going back to pre school. 

The Easter Bunny came early - Our new member of the Family Cuddles our rabbit

Meet Cuddles - our Easter Bunny 

I'd like you to meet 'Cuddles' Our new family rabbit.

I've thought about getting the children a rabbit for a while, with life being so hectic I thought I'd put it on hold until the time was right. 

This is Cuddles a beautiful 2 year old dwarf floppy eared rescue rabbit.

Unfortunately Cuddles' previous owner had to find him a new family as she was working too much & just couldn't give him the attention he craved.

Emilyn & Hugo are literally over the moon. 

I've never seen them like this. We collected him yesterday & he was placed in the back of the car between Hugo & Emilyn, they were ecstatic. 

Emilyn this morning - So excited to see Cuddles

Here is Emilyn & Hugo giving him a cuddle

Emilyn cuddling Cuddles

Emilyn cuddling Cuddles the rabbit

Hugo cuddling Cuddles the rabbit

Hugo cuddling Cuddles the rabbit

Hugo cuddling Cuddles 

Happy Easter 

Ingfield Manor easter egg hunt Easter Holidays Day 4

Today we had the annual Rural Horsham Children & family Centre Easter Egg Hunt at Ingfield Manor school. 
It started at 10am - 12pm 

£2 per family 

We had fun in their Woodland walk, story making, train ride, circus skills & crafts...

On the steam train
We went on mini steam train right at the beginning after knowing how busy it gets we managed to get on quickly. 
Enjoying the steam train

They loved the bubbles!
We could of blown bubbles all day!
Enjoying our woodland walk
On our Easter egg hunt & woodland walk...

After the easter egg hunt & playing outside we managed to get a coffee & let them play... Can you see Emilyn half inside the sensory tent?

We had a wonderful day & the sun was shining :) 

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