Monday, 15 September 2014

R Is For .... Riding {horse riding}

I am linking this post up with the lovely Charley Dove 
and her wonderful Alphabet Project.

My R Is For ...... Riding (horse riding)

My parents live in Benidorm, Spain and when we get the chance we go over on holiday to see them.

Last time we visited we took the boys to an adventure park called Terra Natura where JR had his very first horse riding experience, not being bias but he was pretty good lol.

Well that's my R Is For ......

Stay tuned for My S Is For.........

Vita Coco Kids Club

Are your kids like mine? 

Do they like being part of a club? 

Well there's a new club in town they'd love to sign up to and it goes by the name of 

"What's Vita Coco Kids Club?" I hear you ask, well the healthy drinks range Vita Coco Kids have recently launched their own kids club, a fab club for kids to have fun yet learn and drink healthy at the same time.

Currently with every purchase of special edition multipacks of Vita Coco Kids drinks you will receive two trumps cards containing facts and figures about animals that can be found in the rain forest.

Once your little ones have their cards (with your help) they can log into the website found on the back of their cards, register their details and sign up to become a Vita Kids Club member, 


Also as part of the registration process they will be sent their very own height chart.

This height chart isn't just a plain old height chart, no it is split into the different levels of the rain forest, within each section there are various facts about the various animals which can be found there.

 Also your little ones trumps cards have their very own space on the height chart too, so when complete your little ones will have a fully filled height chart containing many facts about many different animals that can be found within the rainforest.

Plus on the bottom of each card you'll see a unique code, this code can be inserted into the code box and will give your little ones a free throw on coconut shy, yes your little ones get to play a game of coconut shy, the more coconuts they knock down the larger the range of prizes they can choose from as a prize for playing.

So not only is Vita Coco Kids Drinks a fantastic healthy drinks range {see post about Vita Coco Kids drinks here} they now have a fantastic kids club for your little ones to become part of  and by doing so they will be educated about the rain forest and they will be collecting fabulous prizes before they know it.

I was sent a create of Vita Coco Kids drinks, a height chart and a packet of trumps cards for this review/promotional piece free of charge.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Q Is For ...... Quest (Arthur's Quest)

I am linking this post up with the lovely Charley Dove 
and her wonderful Alphabet Project.

My Q Is For ...... Quest (Arthur's Quest)

Whilst on our holiday to Coombe Mill earlier this year we had a day out at Lands End, whilst there we did the Arthur's Quest attraction.

The kids had a mixed response to it they were excited and scared at the same time whilst we walked round the attraction.

At the very end of the Quest you get to pull the sword out of the stone and become a true knight.

Well that's My Q Is For........

Stay tuned for My R Is For........

Friday, 5 September 2014

Thomas Land Day Out

On Wednesday my wife was invited to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park for a Thomas the Tank Engine film event. 

As it was JRs 1st day back at school we dropped him off then made our way to Thomas Land.

The kids still unaware of where we were going, so when TP awoke and saw the Thomas sign he was excited to say the least.

The rides at Drayton Manor don't start till 10.30 so we took the kids round Thomas Land and got a few pics of them with various characters.


Then we went for a quick coffee in the Cartoon Network Cafe.

As the actual event didn't start till 11, Tammy took herself on the Ben 10 ride whilst she had the chance and TP had his picture took with this cool car.

Well we made our way to the cinema where we were greated by a very cheery lady who welcomed us and pointed out where we had to go.

Once inside the kids were so excited, they were offered popcorn and drinks and were allowed to play with loads of different Thomas toys with the other children whilst we chatted with other bloggers including the lovely Jamie (oliversmadhouse) and Emma (brummymummyof2).

We then went into the cinema to watch the Thomas film, I managed to watch less than half the film as L-A got bored and it wasn't fair on others trying to keep her quiet so I took her out of the cinema.

This how ever meant I got time alone with her so we went on a few rides then we went into the zoo whilst we waited for mummy and TP.

When the event was over the kids were given a lovely goodie bag full of fab Thomas gifts, which they wanted to play with instantly of course lol.

Well as we had to get back to pick JR up from school we had about two hours spare so we squeezed in as many rides as possible.

Thankfully Thomas Land wasn't that busy so we were on and off the rides quite quickly to be fair.

All in all the half day we spent at Drayton Manor was enjoyed by all.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Growing up toooooooo quick

Now the summer holidays are nearly over and my own two week vacation is drawn to a end it's finally dawned on me my children are growing up far toooooooo quickly.

We have just moved L-A into her own room and into a bed, yes my little princess is in her own room, some might thank above and say finally bedroom freedom, all it does to me is make me realise my little delicate angel is starting to spread her wings and gain her own independence.

Then over on the other growing up field of play you have my two little boys, well I say little boys more like growing up men.
JR is now ready to start Year 1 and TP is about to start nursery. It only seems like yesterday they were learning to crawl and sit up unaided, now their being measured for school shoes and uniform.

Although they both look very smart and very grown up, there my two little boys, my two little men who play together, fight together, learn together now there both off to school in their nice new school shoes and their sparkly new uniforms.

Well at least L-A aint ready for school ....... Yet, that day will soon be here and ill be a nervous wreck knowing that daddies little princess has now become daddies big princess, god help me lol.

Lollibop 2014

Sunday 17th August we went to Lollibop 2014.

This was all made possible by my wife ( me_andthe_tiny3 ) taking part in and winning a family pass to Lollibop in a competition run by the fabulous TheBoyandMe.

We had been looking into going to Lollibop throughout the year but couldn't really afford it to be honest, my wife really wanted to go so she took part in many different competition to see if she might have any chance of winning. She never thought she actually would, so when the confirmation came through from TheboyandMe she was ecstatic as were we all to be honest.

The day finally came, the day of Lollibop 2014, the day Tammy had been looking forward to more than any of us. The day we got to go out as a family, to enjoy the day together with no one to disturb us, no social media sites, no phone calls no nothing just a fun filled family day out.

We got up at 6am to start off as soon as possible because it was over two hours away from our home and reading some reviews  from the Friday and Saturday Tammy wanted to be there for when the car park opened so we weren't queueing to park plus she had to collect her tickets from the ticket office.

We made it there just around 9am, we were one of the first 20 or so cars parked up so we were right close to the entrance and the ticket office. Whilst I got the pushchair and the days things ready to go Tammy went and queued up to get the tickets.

This seemed to take forever as no one at the desk seemed to know how to issue us with competition winners tickets/wristbands. One good point of waiting for the tickets was Alex Winters, yes the Cbeebies presenter, hugged and said hello to Tammy and JR whilst in the queue which got a few people in the queue asking if it was really Alex Winters once he had gone and how my wife knew him.

Once we we're in, the days fun was about to get underway, who to see first, what to watch first or what to do first. Like many other families the kids wanted to go in every direction possible whilst the parents wanted to check out what was on offer and what would be the least busy to make sure they got everything in and everything done.

We decided to head over to the River Island Kids Design Den so the kids could get to design their own T-Shirts, with our help and input of course lol.

I think the final outcome was very good what do you think?

Once the kids had finished making their T-Shirts and modelled them, we took them over to the Beano stand to show them what proper comics were, the ones daddy grew up reading they loved getting their photo taking in a giant comic page.

After this we made our way round to the main stage where Alex Winters was doing his one of many performances of the day, after his performance he introduced Sam and Mark from cbbc we didn't stop to watch their show as the kids wanted to meet Alex in the meet and greet tent. The kids loved meeting Alex, well to be honest so did Tammy.

After the meet and greet we decided wed just have a wonder about and see what there was to do in all the other tent and stalls dotted about. First off the boys got their face painted, as you can see I think they got a bit confused, they were dressed up as iron man yet they got spider man face paints oh well never mind lol.

We then spotted a rather large teddy bear, well when I say spotted as u can see he wasn't exactly hard to miss was he lol.

Whilst wandering round, I happened to notice mixed amongst all the food and drink stalls a very unusual creche, one that seemed to be a hit with the adults in particular, I thought it was quite a funky creche to be honest what do you think?

On our way round to the Duplo stand we happened to notice a tent showing fireman Sam episodes and inside we noticed fireman Sam himself so this was a great photo opportunity for the boys to have their photo taken with one of their TV hero's.

As I was saying we were making our way to the Duplo stand before fireman Sam distracted us, well we went to the Duplo stand and the boys along with mummy made random shapes which they took into a little dome shaped tent where their creations came to life on a big screen.

After this we took the kids into the Thomas the Tank area, where they got to take part in many different activities to win various prizes including stickers, colouring crayons and magnetic picture frames.

I then took the boys round to the Tottenham Hotspur football zone where they got to got to release some of their energy by kicking a ball into the speed trap goal to see how hard they could kick a football. I also took the opportunity to get a picture of the boys with the Tottenham Hotspur sign for Tom Briggs a avid Spurs fan.

Our next port of call was to go and see Andy Day in his show then go to his meet and greet. Of all the Cbeebies presenters the boys hadn't seen or meet Andy up to this point so they were really looking forward to it, they love watching him on his dinosaur adventure show.

His show was brill, all three kids enjoyed it, they joined in with the dancing and singing, they sat there glued to every word he said and every thing he did.

After the show we queued up with many other boys and girls with their mummies and daddies to meet Andy, our kids loved it they told him what dinosaurs they liked and that they loved watching his show.

After meeting Andy we noticed that the gathering of families in front of the main stage area was insane and I didn't see why at first until I heard a certain Justin Fletcher voice and realised just why the crowd was so intense as you can see in the picture below.

We then queued up to see Chris & Pui, the kids were so excited they love watching show me show me and couldn't wait to tell Chris this.

We then took the kids up to the Vita Coco Kids stand and the Skylander stand where they had lots of fun taking part in different activities they even got to design their own T-shirt at Vita Coco kids, well I say they I mean mummy got to let her creative juices flow.

As the day was drawing to a close and it was becoming less busy we decided to just sit down and watch the last few shows, starting firstly with Alex Winters, which we all enjoyed particularly mummy.

Then the kids enjoyed watching the Poppy Cat show, joining in all the fun activities like 'head, shoulders, knees and toes'.

Then the highlight of the day occurred, my moment of being a proud daddy, my son was chosen to go up on stage to take part in the Sam & Mark part of the show, the only downside to this being my wife had to accompany him up there only joking sweet it was fab seeing you both up there.

The show was hilarious, they were both on Mark's team for a double game of copy cats, it was hilarious because the opposition team were adults and older kids whereas my wife's team was adults and little kids who had no idea what they were meant to be doing to be honest, well guess who lost, yes Marks team which meant ultimately Mark lost over all and got soaked for losing lol.

The day was brought to an end by the ever energetic Alex Winters, handing out sweets and having general fun and laughter with the remaining boys and girls oh and mummy's too lol, they sang and danced until the music was literally turned off by the producers lol.

On the way out we got a picture of the boys with the Lollibop sign which brought an end to our fantastic day out at Lollibop 2014.

I would totally recommend Lollibop to anyone, it was full of so much fun throughout the whole day, look out for early bird tickets and get in for a even better rate.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall