Moonlight Drive-In Cinema

I love finding unusual things to do as a family and when I found out that there was a drive-in cinema locally to us I knew I wanted to go.  Moonlight Drive-In Cinema is located at Diggerland in Castleford but they also have a site in Kent as well.

I’m a 50’s girl at heart, I love everything about the 1950’s, the cars, the fashion, the hairstyles.  So much so that we had a 50’s/rockabilly style wedding and danced (or should I say jived) all night to rock n roll.  It was my absolute dream.  And so the idea of a drive-in cinema really appealed to me.

We found out that they were showing The Incredibles 2 towards the end of the summer holidays and so as a last treat we took Luca to watch it from the comfort of our car.

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Dressing the Bump in BooHoo Maternity

So you may remember that I posted about how pregnancy really makes me lose myself.  I lose lots of confidence when pregnant and think it’s really important to practice self-care and take the time to dress in a way you still feel like you.

Well, thanks to the lovely folks over at BooHoo, these past two weeks I’ve been dressing in clothes that really make me feel myself again and it really has helped me step out of the door feeling much happier and more confident.

When they offered to send me some bits from their maternity range I spent ages deliberating over what to choose.  I think with maternity wear it makes sense to get stuff that will last the whole way through your pregnancy.  Things that will transition through seasons and also that can be worn in a number of different ways.   The few bits that I decided on are quite simple but it’s the staples that really count I think.  Having wardrobe staples that are flexible and can be worn in many ways means you always have something to throw on, no matter what you are doing or the weather. Continue reading

Summer Fun in the Woods at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is about half an hour from our house yet it’s somewhere we have never visited. Until now.

We saw that over the summer holidays they had loads and loads of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Most of them were activities from the National Trust list of 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4. We’ve been working our way through the list slowly but surely so having somewhere close by that makes ticking some of them off without having to plan them yourself is always a bonus.

In fact, we had so much fun we visited twice.

The first visit was for the geocaching event.  We took Luca and his friend Kieran.  After a quick briefing from the geocaching expert, we were handed our GPS device and sent on our way.  The boys absolutely loved following the compass and watching the metres count down to the geocaches before searching around to find the hidden container. Continue reading

Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading

Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

One of Ant’s favourite things about being a dad is that he gets to immerse Luca in all the things he loved about his own childhood.  First it was superhero’s.  Luca knows so much about DC and Marvel he could probably give Stan Lee a run for his money.  Then we had Star Wars, followed closely by Pokémon.

Now its Power Rangers.  I think Ant really loves that he can sit and watch Power Rangers still without everyone thinking he’s a total nerd.  He just uses Luca as his excuse.  They quite often sit and watch it together and then pretend they are Power Rangers running amok around our flat. It doesn’t drive me mad at all!!

So when asked if we would like to review the Fisher Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord, I didn’t really get a choice in the matter.  They obviously said yes. Continue reading

#fdMiniCritic Review of Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears

On Friday 28th October we were invited to the Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  Luca was asked by First Direct to attend as a mini critic and they sent him a pack to help him with his important role.  This included a good old fashioned disposable camera, which he never put down, and a personalised notepad and pencil.  It also included lots of goodies to throw a teddy bear picnic for his new teddy to help get him in the mood for the ballet. Continue reading

Darlo Baby Clothes

When the lovely Chloe from baby wear brand Darlo contacted me to ask if we would like to review some of their clothes I was very excited, their products are so bright and cheery whilst being very chic and simple that I would have loved to dress Luca up in them.  Unfortunately though my (not so) little man is it bit too old for them now so instead I had to choose someone to gift them too.  

I introduced you all to the lovely little Jax in this post recently, and because he’s just so cute (hence why he makes me so broody) I thought he would be the perfect little model for them.  So after a quick chat and a coffee we got him all dressed up and ready for his close ups.

I will leave it to his wonderful mummy, Jade to let you know what she thought of the clothes. 

Today me and Jax, my five month old bambino, got the chance to play dress up and what fun it was! When Franki asked if we were coming for coffee and a play date I jumped at the chance to go talk to another mummy and see my mate Luca.  Little did I realise what a morning it was going to be. After Jax’s morning porridge, Franki gave me a gift, nicely wrapped in white tissue paper  from the company Darlo.  Inside was a gorgeous matching set of vest and joggers in stunning colours, the combination of orange and green were so different it was refreshing on the eyes. Most baby items are in the same boring colours but these were such beautiful colours I couldn’t wait to put them on Jax. The softness of the clothes, which are made with organic cotton, made me feel like Jax was wearing the finest of silks. 

When I read the information and tags, the company Darlo, have a really special concept behind the clothes, each product purchased will feed a child in India for a week. Thinking about this made me realise, we buy new clothes for our baby’s so frequently without giving it any thought, when one outfit could feed children in India for a week! This made me realise how lucky we are to be able to put Jax in an outfit that is comfy for him, colourful and unique whilst also helping others in the world too. 

From now on every friend with a newborn baby or upcoming baby shower will definitely be receiving some of these products from me. 

As I’m sure you’ll all agree Jax looks very dapper in his new threads and as Jade said all the new babies I know will be gifted some of these gorgeous clothes.  When we have another baby I’ll definitely be buying some too, I just love the bright colours, much more appealing than white or plain boring clothes and equally perfect for either boy or girl I reckon.  Not only are they so colourful but they also help towards such a good cause.  If we can make our little people look stylish whilst doing a good deed for those less fortunate,  then I’m not sure there is more of a reason to buy these clothes.  Oh and it’s free delivery on all UK orders.

You can find the gorgeous clothes from Darlo on their website here.

Thank you again to Darlo for gifting us these clothes and for running a business that is helping the world to be a better place for children in need. 

You can also find Jade’s brand spanking new blog JadeTuesday here, go show her some love people, she is a frigging fabulous lady!

Perfect Personalised Pyjamas!

Christmas is nearly here, it’s like 2 sleeps! I’m so so excited.  I’m also happy that the cold has eventually crept in too, it’s been so mild this year but finally winter feels like it’s truly here. One thing I love to do in winter is buy us all new pj’s to keep us warm on these cold nights. Warm, snugly, wintry pj’s to sleep in but also for those cosy days in, snuggled on the sofa watching Christmas films and eating chocolate. I’m pretty sure there is a law too that you have to have new pj’s on Christmas Eve! Isn’t there? 

Anyway, this year Luca has been lucky enough to get some of the best pj’s yet from My 1st Years which I was going to save for his Christmas Eve box but I just couldn’t resist getting him in them earlier.  They are quite literally the most gorgeous pair.

Before we even looked at them we knew they were going to be pretty fabulous, I mean just look at the packaging.  

Once we’d dared to open the beautiful box and tear back the tissue paper we were greeted by a little personalised bag with his new pyjamas nestled inside.  The bag is now hung in Luca’s room and every morning when he gets dressed he pops his pj’s back in the bag ready for that night.

Truthfully, I wouldn’t normally buy a pair of pj’s for Luca for £20  (FYI they are now in the sale for £14) but after being kindly sent these Snowman pyjamas by My First Years I will definitely be going to them next time we need some. The quality of the fabric is great, they are just so, so soft and toasty warm. We’ve already washed them and they still feel brand new.  I love the simple design on the front, understated but perfect and Luca looks absolutely scrumptious in them.  Plus with the Olaf effect this year they couldn’t be a more perfect design, snowmen are the new black don’t you know?

If your looking for a gift these would tick all the boxes too. I would be more than happy to have received these for Luca as a gift at Christmas or for his birthday. They really are wonderful and I couldn’t recommend them anymore.  

Thank you My First Years for such a great pair of pyjamas! We love them. 
If snowmen don’t tickle your fancy there are so many personalised gifts to chose from and honestly you’d be hard pushed not to find something you like, I promise. Plus they have a winter sale on now with up to 50% off, what more could you want!? 

Also, we have kept the box the pj’s came in and will be filling it as a memory box for Luca. Filled with all the things that were special for him and us as a family in his 1st years.