Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sandcastles In The Sand...

We have all had a good start to the holidays, with great weather, yummy food and lots of laughter. 

Followed by fun days out, a pointless surprise bus journey and my eldest son being in hospital with tonsillitis so bad his temperature wouldn't go down. You would think at 20 it was time to stop worrying as much!?! 

So many thing we will remember from this week, for sure!!

I think the best day so far is a day out to Skegness. 

Sunshine, children, grandma and granddad ( my mum and dad) 
sandcastles, freshly made doughnuts, chips and ice cream at the seaside.

Sunday was defiantly the best day to go.

 We went by train and nearly had our own private carriage there and back on the train, it was perfect!!

Linking up our fun day out at the beach with-

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Football Crazy...

You can imagine having 3 boys and a husband who love their football, I have no control of the TV over the next few weeks!!

Did I mention my boy's love their football?. When they are not outside playing football they are inside watching it. 

 Even a few weeks ago when we were on holiday at Butlins, every given chance my 2 youngest sons were sneaking off for a game.

My daughter loves to play too, that is when she is not sneaking off with the ball!!

They will be glued to the TV cheering England on tonight.

Even I might watch...

Linking up our outdoor over at ~

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


About this post-

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Wave Hotel : Butlins Bognor Regis...

Last year in the Summer Holidays we had a family a break to Butlins in Bognor Regis. We stayed in the apartments, which were opposite the Wave Hotel. When we left the apartment, we often remarked how lovely the Hotel looked. We mentioned to each other how nice it would be to stay there. Little did I know, months after our break, I would become a Butlins Ambassador, having the chance to stay in the hotel.

How lucky are we!?!

Here is a video I made of the Wave Hotel...

A bit about the Wave Hotel From The Official Guide

The Wave Hotel is perfect for families with older children where you can choose from rooms with sea views and balconies to get the most out of your stay.

There’s an interactive games port and kindle & DVD library as well as a café and lounge area so lots of space for independence in a safe and secure environment.

A stay in our Wave Hotel is excellent value for money and guests can also enjoy a few exclusive perks such as extra live show performances and Splash Waterworld sessions.

Our Journey To Butlins

We started our journey down to Bognor Regis by Train from Nottingham. This way we all got to enjoy our break from the moment we left home. No having to drive for my Husband. He could sit back and enjoy his journey too. From Bognor Train Station it is only a 5 to 10 minutes walk to Butlins. Although we had to walk fast as it was raining when we arrived.

Arrival time

Bank Holiday Monday 2pm in the rain was not the best time to arrive. It was really busy for the check in, taking 40 minutes to get the keys. The staff however were very friendly and helpful. They explained the main attractions on site. Giving us tickets for some exclusive performances of the best shows. Once we got the keys we rushed up to the third floor to our room. Phew 5 minutes rest, before the kids wanted to explore..

Opening the door I first noticed how nice and bright everything was. Everything lovingly arranged, Elephant towels, bright yellow wardrobes, and a super cool underwater themed children's room. Wow.

Having a party of 5, 3 adults 2 children (my 2nd eldest son is now 17) we had interlocking rooms. Plenty of space was lovely. My youngest 2 had their pick of beds. Rather than fighting over their favourite. A nice change.!

The children's room are amazing. With an underwater theme, cool bunk beds TVs at the bottom of each bed. 

They really are so much fun, even mum had to try the bunk beds out!!

What's included
  • Kindles available at reception to hire.
  • The Games Port, a light and airy 21st Century games room where you and your family can play each other at all the latest interactive games.
  • iPod input available at front of TVs.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Priority booking for our newest Premium Dining restaurant – the Deck
  • Light and airy Soho Coffee Co. café.
  • 24 hour dedicated reception team.
  • Hotel parking with overflow car park if full.
  • Accessible rooms available.

The lift is cool, carrying on the underwater theme. A fun tune plays, such as the Jaws theme and the song Octopus's Garden.

The children really loved the Game port room. Which is full of interactive and fun games. Such as 3DS Wii PS3 etc. They also had four Apple Macs perfect for checking my blog!!

The beautiful view from our balcony. Over looking the apartment we stayed in last year too, how ironic!?! A perfect view to see when the dining rooms are open. The iconic Skyline pavilion too.  

Thins I Liked In The Wave Hotel
  • The Hotel is of a high standard. 
  • Daily maid service.
  • 24 hours reception.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Nice bar area.
Everything you would imagine from a top city centre Hotel, in a location you would not expect...


About this post-

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Butlins : Bognor Regis Review...

I can't believe how quickly this week has gone. 

You may have noticed over the past few days, I have been very quiet on the blog? 

This time last week we were having fun, eating loads (sorry diet) and staying in the wonderful Wave Hotel at Butlins in Bognor Regis. We have had an amazing time over the Bank Holiday Half Term holidays, on our Butlins Ambassador break. 

Last year I was so pleased to have been picked along with 52 other Bloggers as a Butlins Ambassador.  We got to choose a 3 or 4 day break at any of the 3 Butlins resorts, then share all our thoughts from our break... 

As a family we all love Butlins, having been going for over 20 years. Perhaps more frequently in the last 5 years. We knew we would be in for a great time, with nearly everything all under one very big roof. 

When the Summer months roll round we always look for a short break. A visit to Butlins being a nice treat. We have always stayed in the apartments, never the Hotels. This year then was a different experience altogether. We got to stay in the beautiful, unique, underwater themed, Wave hotel. How cool is it using a elevator with a Jaws theme playing? or the very catchy song We all live in a yellow submarine. Great underwater themed bedrooms (review coming soon on the Wave hotel) and a games port room full of the latest games entertainment. You can imagine the children and hubby too, were in their element.

How sweet are the elephant towels?

The submarine themed children bedrooms went down great with the children. How cool are these?  They also have a TV at the ends of the beds, makes going to bed even more exciting.

Something new this year was a 1950s diner. Hot dogs, burgers, salads and shakes all ready to order! With its Rock n Roll theme and 50s fairground inspired tables.

The Sun may not have been out much last week, ordinarily that is always a disappointment, however at Butlins you are never short of something to do. Come rain or shine. This weekend I have been worn out with the 5 days of packing in as much as possible, day and night. You seem to be non stop with one thing and another. Checking the schedule entertainment guide one evening I realised although I was exhausted there were loads of things we missed. They can be for next time I thought.

There is so much to do inside Butlins you never need to leave the resort.

Another new feature was Scoop ice cream parlour.

One of the thing we love about Butlins is once you've paid to go on, the rides (apart from a few) are all free. No need to worry about keep paying the children can just run to helter skelter to dodgems and enjoy the fair.

Me and mini me enjoying the Paratroopers, or should I say my daughter laughing at how scared I got!!

Dad missing driving?

There are lots of great shows to see at Butlins and although fitting in all the shows can be hard work we got to see-

  • Wrestling
  • Scooby Doo
  • Dick and Dom
  • Shane Richie Jnr
  • The dentist chair
As I said we missed loads too. There are only 24 hrs in a day. Trust me you will need your sleep!!

The kids love a kick-about. My boys spent hours on the sports courts each day, they loved it. My daughter occasionally decided to run off with the ball!!

Overall we had a great week, watch out for lots of review this week.

Thank you so much Butlins for choosing us as Ambassadors this year. We loved every minute of our stay.

About this post- 

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 nights stay in the Wave Hotel and review our time here...

Saturday, 17 May 2014

10ft Trampoline From Asda Direct : Reviewed..

We have been thinking of ideas to help my youngest 2 children be more active. They love going for a run round the block with either myself or husband. Something though that keeps them occupied for a few hours a day, keeping them away from the TV. With that in mind I was so pleased to be asked to road test a 10ft trampoline from Asda direct.

With my husband at work, I asked my teenage son to help me set up the trampoline. I was glad I did. From the start he read all the instructions (unlike me!) and set the trampoline up perfectly.

The instructions are easy to follow and it took us just over an hour to finish. When it came to putting the springs on you definitely need someone with strength, I could only do a few but my son managed to pull them on ok.

 I was surprised how big the trampoline is. 10ft is massive certainly big enough for us, (even my hubby fits on it ok). My husband came home just as we had finished setting the trampoline up, and bagged first go.

I think he really enjoyed himself!! in fact we all did. I just wonder what time everyone will be up tomorrow, trying to be first go for a bounce.

About the JumpKing 10ft trampoline
  • Encourages physical activity and outdoor play.
  • A brilliant outdoor toy for all the family to share.
  • Safety enclosure with G3 Shock-Corded Pole, a fibreglass rod which encompasses the top of the net for added strength.
  • Quality trampoline with unique T-Connector on the frame with welded sockets.
  • Easy to assemble with full instructions included. 
  • This is a 2 person lift and build.
  • Assembled size - H244 x D305 cm.
  • Suitable for ages 6+ years. 
  • Requires adult assembly.
  •  Suitable for outdoor domestic use only.
  • Price-£99.00

What I think of the Asda direct 10 ft trampoline

We had a trampoline about 10 years ago. With moving house we let it go. My how they have come on.

Very easy to set up.

The safety cage is superb.

You do feel that your children are as safe as they can be on a trampoline.

The build quality is excellent and feels really strong.

The biggest selling point though is the price.

A truly superb deal for what you get, it will provide hours of enjoyment for all who are brave enough to give it a go.

Highly recommended.

About this post-

I got to choose a outside item from ASDA direct for the point of this review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...

Saturday, 3 May 2014

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles...

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles... Well not me... My husband!!

Take a princess bubble wand from pound shop, 2 children competing against each other to catch the most bubbles and the fun to be had beats any day out at a shopping centre buying expensive toys.

I have never heard so many giggles and seen so much fun had in such a short amount of time!!

Now to stock up for the summer holidays...

Linking up our outside fun over at-

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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