Did you know that Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the WORLD? Not just the UK or even Europe, the actual whole WORLD? I don’t think many parents with kids could be convinced in trekking under 10’s the 1.34 mile each way walk to reach the end but getting the train up and down the pier is one of Frankie’s favourite things to … Continue reading Southend Pier, Southend on Sea
Having a rare Monday off work I met up with a friend and her little boy at a softplay recommend by her in South Woodham Ferrers. Cheeky Monkeez is situated in the town and it is one of those places that if you aren’t in the know, you wouldn’t know it is there! We parked in ASDA car park, which is free up to 4 … Continue reading Cheeky Monkeez Play Centre, South Woodham Ferrers
After doing a free trial this morning at MyGym, Billericay, which is situated in the same building as Peapod Cafe I decided to treat us to some brunch! I’ve been to PeaPod Cafe a few times in the past for lunch with friends and to grab a coffee in between viewings when working but I haven’t ate in there with Frankie as a fully fledged … Continue reading Peapod Cafe, Billericay
toucanBox is described on their webiste as a flexible subscription encouraging crafting, creativity and learning in children aged 3-8 I recently ordered a toucanBox for Frankie after signing up to OhMyDosh! and choosing the incentive to earn £1.25 from signing up to receive a free box. Upon entering his details it flagged up that the toucanBox is aimed at children 3-8 but I still decided … Continue reading toucanBox
Following our pre-op appointment at Colchester Hospital, Frankie’s & the pre-op, the two weeks following flew past and before I knew it was op day for Frankie! We took him to Southend-On-Sea to Adventure Island, Southend on Sea the night before so we could enjoy the rides and eat sugary doughnuts and salty chips in the hope that he wouldn’t be ravenous by the morning as he … Continue reading Frankie & The Orchiopexy Operation
Dear Working Parents, We’re doing it, YOU’re doing it. A working parent is having to choose going to work and trusting your child to someone else’s care. A working parent is coordinating extra hours here, missing a lunch break there, to make sure you are there in time for parents evening, school plays & charity fetes. A working parent is taking a deep breath and … Continue reading Dear Working Parents..
Yesterday marked 8 days of Frankie recovering at home so I decided to get us out for the day and visit the Rare Breeds Centre at Hadleigh Farm after hearing good things from friends that have visited. It was easy to find, it’s situated in the grounds next to Hadleigh Castle and is run by The Salvation Army. You have to pay for parking which … Continue reading Rare Breeds Centre, Hadleigh Farm
“Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man’s world” We are all out to earn some extra money where we can, selling old clothes on eBay, taking used toys to the bootsale, posting on Facebook Marketplace, googling ‘how to make money from home’ or panicking on maternity leave that you can’t make ends meet. With Christmas on the horizon and budgets tightening, have … Continue reading Money, Money, Money
Decided to cook all of Frankie’s favourite meals this week whilst he’s recovering & especially with the darker nights there is nothing better than a toad in the hole! It’s a wholesome inexpensive dinner and it’s so easy to make! I had the flour, milk & eggs in the cupboards already but the meal in total is well under £5 and makes at least x4 … Continue reading Toad in the Hole
The night before Frankie’s operation, Frankie’s & the pre-op, we knew he would be ‘out of action’ for a few weeks and all impact would need to be avoided to ‘that area’ for a few weeks so I decided to leave his routine for one night and take him up to Southend to visit the rides and arcades for the night! I’ve been going to Adventure … Continue reading Adventure Island, Southend on Sea
White Elm Petting Farm has been our favourite day out since Frankie was around 6 months old. I hate big farms, I don’t have the money to spend £20 on entry nor do I think the fee is ever worth it unless it is height of season and there is lots going on so I absolutely adore visiting smaller farms such as White Elm Petting … Continue reading White Elm Petting Farm & Softplay Barn – Bicknacre
As Frankie’s third birthday approaches I am finding myself thinking more and more about having another baby. I always mentally thought that I would be trying, if not pregnant around his third birthday, with baby number two. The fact that I’m not has been weighing heavily on my head at the moment, I feel like so many people I know are getting pregnant, trying to … Continue reading Feeling Broody!?