Author: ami elizabeth

Weaning William: A Combined Approach to Introducing First Foods

Weaning William: A Combined Approach to Introducing First Foods

We’ve reached one of my favourite stages of the baby days. The squishy newborn days are behind us for now and now that William has reached 6 months we’ve moved on to weaning! In truth, we started weaning a little earlier than 6 months – […]

How I get out and about with 2 children under 3

How I get out and about with 2 children under 3

One of the things I was most worried about when it came to having two babies so close in age was the logistics of getting out of the house. I don’t drive and Sean works all week so if we want to go out Monday […]

Jeskyns Community Woodlands & Finding the Gruffalo

Jeskyns Community Woodlands & Finding the Gruffalo

With trying to keep our spending to a minimum while at the same time seeking adventure for my little family I’m always on the look out for free / cheap days out we can go on. Every now and then I discover a place which is destined to be a go to family day out and a couple of weeks ago we found ourselves at Jeskyn’s Community Woodlands which turned out to be just that. Considering I have lived in the county for 25 years and this little patch of beauty is only on a doorstep I can’t quite believe I hadn’t heard of it before – thank you Kent Kids Days Out on Instagram for the recommendation.

It’s essentially a country park with everything you’d expect to find and more. Endless woodlands, wildflower meadows, nature trails and 5 different walking routes. Not to mention the two inspired play areas, hidden fairy village & the orchards with an abundance of fruit which you’re invited to pick and take home for free. We visited Jeskyn’s after dinner in a bid to get Florence to run off some steam before bed and only got to explore a tiny part and the manned facilities (café, learning area etc) were all closed yet were so impressed we’ll be back time & time again.

We did however manage to take advantage of the two natural play areas while we were there. ‘The sandpit’ Play area is the first one you reach if following the Zog trail (oh yes, I forgot to mention that in my list above) and in place of say a swing or slide and as well as the sandpit there is a big carved ‘tree trunk’ perfect for climbing on, a giant wooden tunnel and just next to it, a Fairy village. The possibilities for imaginative play here are just endless!

The second is called the tree house play area. An enclosed green of whispy long grass with wooden carvings of the Gruffalo characters centered around a big wooden treehouse in the middle. Florence’s little face when she me with each of her favourite story time creatures was a picture. We could have (and likely will) spent an entire day here getting lost in the classic children’s story, acting out the tale and tucking into a Gruffalo themed picnic.

We are really excited to return and discover more of Jeskyns Community Woodlands throughout the summer.

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Recipe: Gruffalo Cupcakess

Recipe: Gruffalo Cupcakess

As I type this, we are on the road to a little weekend away. It’s been such a long time since we went away just us, and it’s the first time we’ve ever taken William so I’m hoping for a truly special weekend of making […]

William’s 5 month update

William’s 5 month update

Hey little man, these weeks are just flying by since you were born and you’re already 5 months old. It feels like you’ve been here with us forever and yet at the same time I can’t believe so much time has passed since I held […]

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

I’m back talking about our favourite toy brand, Hape, again. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with them to help showcase their awesome range of sustainably made wooden baby and toddler toys and today I’m taking all about the Hape Scoot Around toddler bike which Florence was very kindly gifted for her birthday. Florence loves bikes and whenever we go to a play group or a friends house she always makes a bee line for them, so when Hape got in touch to see if we wanted try out their Scoot Around Toddler Bike it was an absolute no brainer! And seeing her face light up when she unwrapped it on the morning of her birthday was just priceless!

It is a sturdy 4 wheeled foot powered bike / scooter hybrid and is perfect as an introduction to scooting and riding. Made mostly from strong but reasonably lightweight wood and mark resistant ‘real’ rubber wheels it is designed to stand the test of time and will no doubt be handed down as our family grows. Florence has ridden it practically every day either around the garden/house or to the park and it’s showing barely any wear.

The natural wood & green colour ways make it perfectly gender neutral as well as aesthetically pleasing. No garish plastic in site. And as ever it’s made from 100% sustainable materials, which to me is just so important.

Florence can ride this little bike without help, albeit incredibly slowly – she’s such a little day dreamer – and I hope that she will just continue to gain confidence as she gets more practice.  It is a shame that there isn’t a way to convert it into a balance bike so that it can grow with Florence but we still love it.

Where can I buy the Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike?

The Hape Scoot Around is available at Amazon or £58.91 and is also available on prime if you’re a member, which means it comes with free next day delivery!

JUST SO YOU KNOW

This Hape Scoot Around was kindly gifted to us in return for a full and honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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Cloth Nappy Diaries : Going full time Fluff

Cloth Nappy Diaries : Going full time Fluff

Back when I ordered those first three newborn nappies from Baba + Boo I had all the best intentions but if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think I’d stick with the whole reusable nappy idea. The constant need for washing and reported long drying […]

The Weekend Blog #4 | Summer is here!

The Weekend Blog #4 | Summer is here!

Ahh I am so excited about summer finally being here! This weekend we made a start on ticking off some of the things on our summer bucket list. SATURDAY Sean was working on Saturday morning so I decided to get myself and the littles out […]