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Our Weekend Camping Adventure- Part Two.

on Tuesday, 19 August 2014.

A couple of weekends ago we had our first camping experience as a family when (I say camping but we cheated and went for a more 'luxury' option!) to Pembrokeshire in South West Wales.  I posted some photos last week, but I took so many as usual that I decided to split my posts in to two parts.  

 

Here is a little more of what we got up too...

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I *may* have prettied up our tent with these super cute lanterns from The Little Things.  

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We decided to go to South Wales because Mr E used to holiday in Wales a lot as a child, and we heard the beaches were beautiful.  We googled 'Britain's best beach' and it came up with Barafundle Bay, and then when Lucy and her little family then posted about their adventure there, our minds were made up.  It didn't disappoint, it was absolutely beautiful and because we went late in the afternoon, it was practically deserted.  For those thinking of going there, you have to walk over the cliff to get there, it's probably a good 3/4 of a mile walk up some steps and hills, but once you are there it's 100% worth it.

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So worth the climb- how beautiful.

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'You better give me that spade soon Daddy.'

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This girl is an actual liability when it comes to sand- she gets it EVERYWHERE.  Whereas Mads was never fussed when she was a baby, LL just wants to eat it and put it places she isn't supposed too!

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No trip to the seaside would be complete without some competitive sandcastle building.  Obviously.

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We sat and had dinner on the practically deserted beach.  Which was lovely bar the sandy sandwiches, which were a little crunchy.

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She is still at that stage where she is 'waddling' - she's getting faster on her feet every day but still holds out her hands to steady herself most of the time which is pretty cute.

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Sisterly sandcastle building.

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The next few photos are basically all of LL prompting Mr E to say 'You are aware that we have more than one child?!  It's just the light was so nice and she was sitting still!

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Ahhh pretty light and a baby in romper shorts.  Perfect.

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I love this photo of Mr E and LL.  He really is the best father I could ask for for my little ladies.

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'I have sand up my nose.'

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'If I am quick he won't catch me and I can put some more up there.'

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'Damn he caught me- let's have a sulk.'

 

All in all it was a fantastic weekend, and I am glad we had such a memorable first camping experience.  I am still definitely not sold on the idea of full camping just yet, but glamping suits us just fine!

Our Weekend Camping Adventure with the Subaru XV...

on Thursday, 07 August 2014.

As a family there is nothing more we love than having an adventure, especially when the sun is shining.  I have this innate feeling distilled in me in the Summer, one where I rarely just like to stay at home.  Even if we just pop out to the park, I have to get out the house on a daily basis.  I love our little home but we love to seek out adventures and make memories as much as we can.

This past weekend we went on a very special adventure as a family- our first time camping.  In actual fact it was my first time camping ever, unless you count a rather soggy Duke of Edinburgh experience at school where we almost set our tent alight smoking contraband cigarettes, but that's a different matter entirely.  We were really excited to have the chance to borrow a Subaru XV for the weekend which was just fantastic, we absolutely loved the car and it was definitely made for families like ours.

I was a little nervous about camping with two tiny people, but actually it was an amazing experience for us all and we had so much fun that I actually have enough photos to fit in to two posts.   We decided to go to Pembrokeshire in South Wales as Mr E used to holiday in Wales a lot as a child.  After learning all about the Subaru XV on Friday afternoon at a really fun off roading event, we headed off on the long five hour journey to reach our destination.

We may have *slightly* cheated at camping and gone for a slightly more luxurious glamping option.  After a lot of research online I found the quite frankly amazing Not Just Any Tent company.  They take the hassle out of camping by arriving at your chosen campsite before you and pitching one of their beautiful bell tents for you.  We were blown away when we arrived- the tent was gorgeous- with fairy lights, lots of bunting, actual duvets and blow up beds, and everything you could need for your camping adventure.  Although slightly more than usual camping, at £245 for two nights, it was most definitely worth the money and we couldn't recommend it any higher if you are wanting to camp with little ones- there was even room for us to take LL's travel cot.

I spent ages looking for a nice campsite and ended up being so pleased with the one we chose.  We chose Dewslake Camping, a small site situated on a farm only a few miles from Barafundle Bay and Tenby.  Having not camped before, I was really impressed with the facilities- I had visions of missing my creature comforts but the toilets were clean, the showers were hot and it had a little kitchen area.  Most importantly it was relaxed and the atmosphere was lovely. 

We had a action packed weekend full of adventure and the girl's loved spending time as a family in a tent, it was such a unique experience for them and for us.  We were worried as to how they would sleep but bar going to bed a little later than usual as obviously it was light, they actually slept really well and didn't wake up until later than they normally do at home!

Here is the first part of our adventure in photos...

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All packed up ready to go in our swanky Subaru XV for the weekend- the perfect family car.  It had leather seats, a built in sat nav, and most importantly according to Mr E it drove really well as well.  We were so impressed with it and loved it more than our current car which is a similar style Qashqui. Plus see those bikes on the back there?  They are our new family bikes- after years of wanting them we finally bought some with a trailer on the back for our little ladies.

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Our home for the weekend- the most beautiful bell tent.

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The inside of our tent- it was so lovely and had everything you needed for a weekend away.

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We had a lovely big spot in the corner of the campsite.

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We went for a stroll round the quaint little town of Tenby which was just lovely.  Just don't try and get in anywhere for dinner on a Saturday night in peak season!

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The sun going down on our beautiful tent.

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We went to the local Heatherton Theme Park which was fun for a morning- Mr E tried his hand at water zorbing and was worse than all the children who were doing it.

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Mads loved the little car track and was so excited to get a license at the end- she has been carrying it around ever since.

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Me and my big girly- I hope she never grows out of sucking her fingers when she's tired or needs comforting.

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Something obviously tickled LL.

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Breakfast outside our tent. 

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On one of the days we went to West Midlands Safari Park, this was fantastic and would definitely recommend it with little ones as there is a small theme park there as well.  Here they are sussing out where to go next.

 

Here is a video from our little adventure.  More photos to come in my next post...

*Disclaimer*- Please don't watch this video if embarrassing Mum dancing offends you.

 

 

NB- We were kindly loaned a rather fabulous Subaru XV for our weekend adventure and given a contribution towards costs for our weekend.  We paid for all other aspects of the adventure, including the tent and campsite. 

 

 

 

A Weekend At Wedfest.

on Tuesday, 29 July 2014.

A few weeks ago I was bridesmaid for one of my closest friends.  While I had a lovely time and her big day was absolutely beautiful, lets just say that a formal setting, hours of speeches and solo parenting for Mr E while I was doing bridesmaid duties, did not make for the happiest of small children by the end of the weekend.  The girl's behaved (reasonably) well considering how long and not terribly exciting the day was for them, but by the end of it they were tired, we were tired and we vowed that next wedding they would be left in the capable hands of Grandpa while we went and relaxed.

Fast forward to this past weekend and our promise to ourselves seemed to be forgotten as we all packed in the car and headed off up North for our friend's wedding party.  They got married in Colorado and were having 'Wedfest'- a festival after party in a field.  I must admit to feeling slightly apprehensive after the last wedding being such hard work.  I need not have worried, 'Wedfest' was a perfect afternoon.

The sun was shining, it was informal but such a perfect idea- with hay bales to sit on, people camping, dj's playing old Ibiza tunes, and a band later on in the evening.  There was a delicious BBQ and an ice cream van, lots of bubbly and a bouncy castle for the girl's.  They were an absolute credit to us, being very well behaved and chatting to everyone.  

We all danced until late into the evening, and Mads and LL loved dancing with us.  It made me smile from ear to ear watching them dancing together, they didn't stop even for a minute.  All in all it was a great party, made even nicer by the fact it was so hot.

Here are a few photos from my DSLR and phone...

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Our 'Wedfest' attire.

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Hats and Hay bales.

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What every successful wedding needs.

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I love this photo of my cheeky girl.

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Ice cream messy faces.

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She was in her element having everyone chat to her.

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Their little retro style ice cream dresses are my favourite thing of theirs at the moment.

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Yummiest cake ever.

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Looking very grown up.

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The sun setting on a lovely day. 

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And lastly we went to Leeds (where I lived for 5 years) for a spot of lunch and shopping on Sunday, and of course another little trip down memory lane like we did last year.  I walked through these doors almost ten years ago for a pizza and decided to apply for a part time job.  Little did I know the man who handed me the application form would become my husband and we would have our two little ladies. 

 

All in all it was a great weekend. We are loving the sunshine so far- long may it last!

A Magical Adventure...

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning after opening my eyes is check my phone, more specifically my social media.  I have a quick glance at instagram, or twitter, or facebook, and then I may say good morning to my husband.  How bad is that?  I am slightly over dramatising the scenario (only just!) but the reality is I do spend a fair portion of my time absentmindedly flicking through social media for no particular reason.

I adore having my blog, I love that facebook helps me keep in touch with old friends or that I can gain inspiration through sites like instagram, and I love that my online life has brought me so many opportunities and friendships, but I can't remember my life before my blog.  Now any moment that I am not looking after the girls, seeing friends or working is taken up with the online world.  Nap times are spent writing blog posts or doing my usual pointless flicking through various apps.  What did I use to do with my time?  My house would be a lot cleaner that's for sure.  

But sometimes you just need to switch off and that's exactly what we did this weekend.  We had a family weekend away to the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ever.  It deserves capital letters as it really was that amazing.  A remote treehouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales.  No electricity, no phone signal, not even an indoor shower or toilet.  Just my little family and going back to basics.  It was absolutely perfect.

My photos or video will not do this treehouse justice but just imagine living high up in the trees and that is exactly what it was.  There was no one around for miles, just us and A LOT of sheep.  It was beautiful, peaceful yet oh so stylish.  Although the weather wasn't great (The sun did come out periodically!) we went on lots of walks, ate lots of sweet treats, snuggled, read books by candlelight and played games.  It was just what we all needed.  

The girls were so good considering we were all sleeping in the same room, although Mads didn't go to bed until near enough 10pm on the first night. (when it is windy the trees REALLY creak!)  We had a simple, lovely few days, topped off by visiting my grandparents on the way home.  I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunities that we get to experience and I will treasure the memories of the past weekend.  

I also proved that I am not necessarily a country girl at heart, firstly by putting my lovely PJ bottoms on a candle and setting them on fire and secondly by freaking out about needing a wee at 2 am (the toilet was outside) and waking Mr E up to come with me to hold my hand!

 I didn't charge my camera and it went on to low battery while we were there, so because I wanted to save it for seeing my grandparents on the way home, I thought I hadn't taken that many photos.  Turns out you can take the blogger away from social media but you can't taken the blogger away from her camera!  I couldn't go completely cold turkey- I may have self combust or something. Oops... Here is our weekend in photos and a little video...

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The most beautiful place ever.

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Girls in bed.  Candles. Wine. Sat on a treehouse balcony with an amazing view. Check.

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Posing on the spiral staircase.  Not an easy feat while holding two wriggly children.

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You had to access the treehouse by a number of bridges which Mads thought was the best thing ever.

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The 'wibbly wobbly' bridge.

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We took a trip to the local seaside.

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Writing your name's in a heart on the sand.  Standard practice.

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We stopped off at a gorgeous little sweetie shop for an ice cream.  Doing the normal tourist thing and getting the lady to take a photo of us all.

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Lots of snuggles were had.

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The treehouse had no electricity and the hot water was powered by the fire, so we spent a lot of time lighting candles.  And then a lot of time stopping LL crawling and picking them up.

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Mads kept cheating at Jenga but as we love her we let her do it.

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 We did lots and lots of walking.  Well as much as you could do when had forgotten to pack the baby carrier.  Oops.

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 And did lots of swinging.

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 Plus lots of Gruffalo hunting.

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Log walking was also a must.

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Late afternoon sunshine is the best kind of sunshine.

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This girl loved running about.

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We stopped off at my Grandparents on the way home as they live on the border of Wales.  I will treasure this photo of Mads and my Nana.

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The obligatory family photo we take each time. :) 

 

And here is a little video of our adventures...

 

 

 

 

Just a little note at the end to say thank you so much to Loved by Parents.  We won this trip through them and I couldn't finish this post off without thanking them for giving us the opportunity for such a wonderful weekend together.  They haven't asked us to write about it or mention them in any way, but I just wanted to say thanks.   We have already said the treehouse may be our special family place and we will definitely be returning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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