Life With Pink Princesses http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk A personal blog from the heart of a young Mum Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:47:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 98180168 Siblings 2018 – August http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/siblings-2018-august/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/siblings-2018-august/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:47:22 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29578 This week it has suddenly dawned on me that we are rapidly approaching back to school. Already! I mean the weather has turned in the past week or so but we’ve had such a glorious summer and a huge part of me wants to freeze time and stay in this moment just a bit longer. …

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This week it has suddenly dawned on me that we are rapidly approaching back to school. Already! I mean the weather has turned in the past week or so but we’ve had such a glorious summer and a huge part of me wants to freeze time and stay in this moment just a bit longer.

I’m not sure that P1 has settled well with this summer holidays if I’m honest. Change of routine really messes with her and we’ve been so on the go that I’m not sure she’s had a chance to gather herself. We’ve seen panic attacks more frequently and the onset of some anxiety issues too that we are now seeing a Doctor for. Having said that, she’s been smiling and a lot more present in our plans than we had expected. P2 especially has enjoyed having her big sister around.

P2 has had the best of both worlds I think. She can be found playing happily with playmobil and her little sister, or she’ll be curled up on the sofa with P1 watching YouTube videos or playing Lego models. She’s the one that loves to be on the go doing things, on our down days she’s been struggling to rest and relax. Her emotions at bedtime are on another level which is why we are trying to take down days more often.

P3 is my daughter that much prefers her own space to play yet craves to be near her sisters at the same time. It’s usually P3 who will be with us at all times whilst the other two are playing together. P2 is the only one out of all of us to make her laugh, her real belly laugh and that’s been heard quite often this summer. I love hearing it as it’s normally not a very frequent thing to happen.

Having all three girls at home has been intense, weeks full of demands, food consumption at its highest level, house destruction daily and so much noise! I’m not looking forward to the school routines returning though, the early mornings and many walks each day. It’s been nice to be slow.

How’s your summer looked so far?

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BBC Countryfile Live 2018 – Our Photo Diary http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/bbc-countryfile-live-2018-our-photo-diary/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/bbc-countryfile-live-2018-our-photo-diary/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29398 I’m still in a sort of bubbly come down from attending BBC Countryfile Live at the beginning of August. The atmosphere and buzz was just incredible. We spent Thursday and Friday in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxford. It was our first experience of a proper festival. I’m going to be honest and …

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I’m still in a sort of bubbly come down from attending BBC Countryfile Live at the beginning of August. The atmosphere and buzz was just incredible.

We spent Thursday and Friday in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxford. It was our first experience of a proper festival. I’m going to be honest and say that I don’t think I’ve ever watched an episode of Countryfile but I love everything to do with the countryside, farming and the nature around us so I was really pumped about going.

So much so I persuaded Hubby to book an Airbnb for one night so that we could attend two days and get the absolute most out of our trip. Thankfully he reluctantly agreed. So I packed our bags and we headed off very early Thursday morning to hopefully arrive for opening time (9:30am).

Sadly, we left 20 minutes later than we’d hoped, I needed a wee half way through the two hour trip, and good old M25 traffic meant we was a tiny bit late but still before 10am. Good going if you ask me!

We picked up our press wristbands and headed through the gates. Immediately we were hit by various smells of delicious food cooking in the food stalls, vans and tents. There were hundreds of people already. We headed for the loo first.

I was a little worried about the sheer quantity of portaloos especially as our youngest daughter is extremely picky about her toilet situation and only likes clean toilets. I’m pleased to report that both days of our trip the loos were always clean. I literally mean always. There was an attendant there constantly. I was impressed. The only issue was that it was like walking into a sauna due to the nearly 30 degree heat.

We had a map in hand and the app downloaded to help us keep a track of where we were and what there was going on. We had been invited to attend and so we headed to the press tent to get our bearings. The size of the event was quite overwhelming.

BBC Countryfile Live was being hosted over four days, Thursday to Sunday. We’d attended the first two. We missed the Saturday party which was a shame but there was so much going on for both days that we honestly felt wiped out on Friday evening.

There was a whole array of fun shows going on in various parts of Blenheim Palace grounds. We mainly circulated around the Equine Arena, Dog Lovers Arena and the Central Arena too. The girls were definitely more interested in the animal related shows and demonstrations.

Countryfile Live is a huge market place for brands/charities/organisations to connect with their audience. Wandering around all of the stalls was really interesting and lots of them had little free activities for the kids to get involved in. P2 specifically loved learning about Moths with the Butterfly Conservation, P1 enjoyed making natural necklaces from wood with Nearly Wild Camping and P3 enjoyed the slide at the Jordan’s Grin-Ola stand and getting to sit in a Mini (she wants one for her birthday this year – she’s going to be 4!)

We all loved getting to stroke the Shire horses and on our second day we enjoyed a family pizza trip to the DeliVita pop-up restaurant. In fact that meal was made better by an elderly lady offering us half of her chocolate caterpillar birthday cake. Hubby took P2 and P3 on a Mitsubishi off-road driving experience

For both days we enjoyed or endured extreme temperatures. We had been out in it the entire day with little shade. Our water bottles were refilled at the designated points many many times. Personally I loved the weather but poor Hubby was pushing a double buggy up some pretty steep hills and bumpy terrain.

I loved the entire experience. I loved seeing everybody so cheerful. I enjoyed speaking with brands and it felt amazing to find out new things about the countryside and what goes on. I’m still on a buzz from it, over a week later, and I would love to go again next year!

Here’s a photo diary of our time at Countryfile, I just couldn’t whittle them down to a few and wanted to include all of these for different reasons. I hope you enjoy and they help give you the urge to book for next years Countryfile Live!

Day 1 – Thursday

Everyone has to pop to the portaloos before they start BBC Countryfile Live
We soon realised the sheer extent of the venue at Blenheim Palace and that Hubby was correct to bring the double pushchair!
We stopped by Enid Blyton’s garden and listened to a short part of the Famous Five stories
We lost Hubby to the Range Rover stand…
I had never seen a sheep dance until this moment
We watched two shows; Dog & Duck Show and the Mountain Bikes. It was far too hot but we enjoyed the entertainment
The girls really enjoyed the Equine Arena and then getting to meet the Shire Horses
We sadly didn’t meet any of the Celebs but I still popped the kids in front of the sign for a photo
We couldn’t NOT get an obligatory tractor photo whilst at Countryfile?
Blenheim Palace was such a beautiful venue
These two really enjoyed getting a cuddle with Diana the Hedgehog
We didn’t get to canoe but the girls enjoyed the blow up seats at the stand
The face of a little girl learning what her cereal is made out of
The Butterfly Conservation stand was the girls favourite. The man on there was so patient and the girls loved learning about moths, caterpillars and butterflies
The girls made natural necklaces. This kept them occupied for ages
It was all too much for P3!
We had a wander around Adam’s Farm and watched a demonstration about milking cows
We took a walk through the food stalls and tried out some delicious foods a great end to the day
We checked in to a cosy cottage for the night

Day 2 – Friday

The girls really enjoyed a lazy roam around the Airbnb in the morning of our second day
The girls were really excited for a second day
We swiftly lost Daddy to the Mercedes Driving Experience…
We popped by to our friends at the Jordan’s Grin-Ola stand for some morning cereal and a wander around the nature trail
What an amazing view whilst crossing the bridge to the Wildlife Zone
We spotted another Butterfly Conservation stand and met a giant caterpillar!
P3 was extremely excited to find a MINI to sit inside. She wants a MINI for her birthday.
Kuoni had a spectacular topiary elephant!
The girls had a ride on the RSPCA horses whilst I watched the end of one of the Shire horse demonstrations
A sudden scream and a raised bite, a medical tent trip later and a plaster later. There’s always one! She was fine and the medical staff were awesome
We had a delicious meal at the DeliVita pizzeria. An elderly lady even gave us half of her birthday cake!
P2 found a moth in the pushchair, captured it into a bottle to take to the man at the Butterfly Conservation stall.
I kid you not, these grapes taste like eating candyfloss and the mango ones also taste like eating mangoes!
P2 was delighted to be able to help at the gun dog demonstration
As P3 missed her go on the horses due to the insect bite, we headed back to the RSPCA for her to have her own turn
The girls spotted a fake cow to milk on the way out of Countryfile Live
The last pictures of our adventures!

Thank you so much for getting to the end of this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos and two videos. We honestly had such a brilliant time at Countryfile Live and I hope to go again next year.

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The Play Beach At Marsh Farm http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/the-play-beach-at-marsh-farm/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/the-play-beach-at-marsh-farm/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29397 Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park is a place that holds so many fond memories. Although a lot has changed since my childhood visits there with my School, my parents and grandparents, it still remains one of my top favourite places to take the girls. This time we had been lucky enough to visit Marsh Farm …

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Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park is a place that holds so many fond memories. Although a lot has changed since my childhood visits there with my School, my parents and grandparents, it still remains one of my top favourite places to take the girls.

This time we had been lucky enough to visit Marsh Farm for their new Play Beach attraction that is open all summer. Our usual visits are during the Christmas season or at Easter. Both colder months of the year. This time was a real treat as we visited during the sunny heatwave we’d been having.

When we arrived we made our way round to the Play Beach area which is located next to the Jumping Pillows. I didn’t want the girls to get wet from the giant paddling pool too early so they just played in the sand. Marsh Farm have extended the sandy area to create a beach perfectly equipped with loads of sandcastle making equipment. It was soon after opening time so this area was very peaceful.

We then made our way round to the Theatre. There’s always something going on at Marsh Farm, their events are always entertaining and well thought out. Inside the theatre Bam Bam the Childs entertainer was performing a magic show. It was the usual cheese of magic shows and the girls loved it. Hubby was even picked to get involved which you can see in my video below. His face was a picture.

The tractor/trailer ride was next on our agenda. I remember a time when you could see the animals in the fields and it is quite sad that the number of animals has been significantly reduced at Marsh Farm to make way for Play areas and adventures. The trailer ride still takes you over to the marshes and you can see a few sheep and the usual butterflies and ducks in the water. It’s an exciting and bumpy ride.

P2 was especially excited to have a ride on the carousel and spinning teacups. Thankfully these were open by the time our trailer ride had finished. These rides are included in the entrance cost at Marsh Farm which is brilliant. I think more attractions should offer this.

We had a quick nip into the Stable Barn where they have a few beautiful ponies. This one pictured has the most beautiful light blue eyes and really enjoyed the girls giving her a pat. It was then time to head into the outdoor adventure play area.

Due to my lack of height, I am always the one to follow the girls onto the play equipment. It was great fun if I do say so myself. There’s many different levels, different ways to climb and slide, a great area to explore and create great imaginative games. We spent a good time in there before our tummies rumbled too much to ignore.

There’s a cafe situated right at the entrance to Marsh Farm which weirdly we’ve never eaten at. We always like the restaurant inside the indoor soft play as it serves a great variety hot food. It was pretty busy in there and after a little issue at ordering, we were served a plate of delicious sausages and chips. Perfect grub for my tribe.

Another new feature at Marsh Farm this summer is the Maize Maze. Sadly with the very long heatwave and complete lack of rain, the maize didn’t grow like it should have but it was still a really lovely experience. The girls really enjoyed it. Along the path there are funny scarecrow jokes and facts.

Once completing the maze you are handed a little bag of popcorn each. Even the grown ups. I think that’s such a great idea and during our trip it came at a great time for a snack.

We then headed back round to the Play Beach. It was busier at this point, the weather was warm and bright so it was bound to attract guests wanting to cool off. Marsh Farm had installed a little children’s changing area so we used it to pop the girls in their swimming costumes. Having that changing room was a genius idea in my opinion and gave children privacy to change.

There were two members of staff watching and actually inside the paddling pool so we allowed the girls to paddle without one of us joining. The water isn’t deep so my girls enjoyed splashing around and using the beach balls to throw at each other.

If I’m honest I think the girls loved the sand part the best. Although they kept hopping back to the paddling pool, they all just wanted to build sand castles and bury each other. Hubby and I even got involved. There were some boisterous boys that kept smashing our castles down but we swiftly built them back up again.

Pretty proud of the below creation, finished off with our family handprints. What do you think?

It was getting quite late at this point so we decided to head back round to the entrance area where they now have Crazy Golf, a wooden maze, another outdoor play area and a jewel hunting area.

The girls had no idea what they were doing with the crazy golf but had so much joy giving it a go. Hubby and I just followed them round laughing at their efforts.

We then took some time to hunt jewels inside a massive sandpit. That was surprisingly therapeutic and great fun! We ended up finding six tiny shiny gems which were exchanged at the end of our visit for a certificate. They even got to keep one gem each. I’m going to do something similar at home

We had such a good time at Marsh Farm, as always! It’s the one place we can guarantee fun for the girls whatever the weather. The Play Beach is there until the end of the school summer holidays so I’d highly recommend a visit. Take a look at our video from the day below!!

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5 Things To Keep In Your Bag While Going For A Hen Do http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/5-things-to-keep-in-your-bag-while-going-for-a-hen-do/ http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/5-things-to-keep-in-your-bag-while-going-for-a-hen-do/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 07:00:00 +0000 http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=29553 Hen weekends are meant to be full of frenzy and fun! When your best girl is going to walk the aisle in a few days, it is your responsibility to give her a fabulous send off from her singlehood. After all, it is going to be her last party with all you ladies before she …

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Hen weekends are meant to be full of frenzy and fun! When your best girl is going to walk the aisle in a few days, it is your responsibility to give her a fabulous send off from her singlehood. After all, it is going to be her last party with all you ladies before she ties the knot, so it better be crazy, enjoyable and memorable. For this, you need to be an intricate trip planner or you will miss out on some crucial elements.

Planning for a hen weekend is a mammoth task because keeping all your chicks happy is not an easy job. But what you must know is that it is the bride’s day and that everything must be done to please her. Once when you have done all the paperwork and the finally the day has arrived for you and your girls to leave for the most fabulous weekend of their life, you would not want it to get jeopardized in case anyone forgets something or the other.

To spare of the horror, we have compiled a list of few necessary items that you must cross check before leaving for the destination city.

Travel documents- This should be a no brainer but, a reminder at the last moment is never too bad! When all your girls have gathered at your place, make each one of them check their travel documents carefully. We bet, you do not want any ruckus at the airport. Not only just the passport, you must also be sure of keeping all the confirmation mails and receipts for all the reservations. You are smart enough to know the repercussions if any of them is missing.

Hair and beauty- We are pretty sure that you won’t step out without looking your best. For this, prepare a small kit with all the necessary hair accessories and the makeup essentials so that you have all those little babies in one place in the bag. Do not forget a sunscreen, a good moisturiser, a good foundation base and a few shades of radiant lip colors. If your mini bag has space, you may keep any other beauty essentials that you think are necessary.

Considering your hair, make sure a few members of the squad keep the hair accessories like the curler and straightener to come in handy for the entire gang.

Electronics- You would not want to face the perilous situation of not having any battery in your phone or camera while you are out with your bride team. Keep your portable charger for all the devices you carry so that they are never out of power. We all know how vital a role a communication device plays when it comes to locating all your girls when you are out for a shopping spree, so you better have the right charger and enough battery in your phone and camera!

Medical kit- You are going out with your ladies, who are party animals, and you have this impossible task of keeping everyone in line. Well, we wish you good luck for this! Along with our best wishes, we also suggest you to carry a medical kit with yourself. After the bar crawl, be prepared of listening to the hangover ridden pleas of all your girls the next morning. To tackle with this situation have a bag full of aspirin and other necessary medicines so that no one misses out on the hen do fun due to illness.

Enough cash- Even if you have done all the reservations and made the payment before, you still need to carry cash. Not only ask your girls to carry extra cash with themselves, but since you are the leader of the gang, you need to carry some more bucks in a hidden pocket for critical situations. If you are going to a foreign land, make sure you have enough foreign currency to have a smooth trip.

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