We went back again to Longleat’s Festival Of Lights because we all had such a good time last year! Pop by and watch the vlog of our day here:

This year they have a Beatrix Potter theme which was great because Henry loves Peter Rabbit and they boys recognised all the characters. The display is huge and the lights are beautifully designed and laid out within a story around the great house.

Longleat Festival Of Lights 2016 Adventures Of A Mum

Longleat Festival Of Lights 2016 Adventures Of A Mum

Longleat also has a safari park, where you drive around and watch all the wildlife wondering around in the open – plus of course those naughty monkeys who climb all over the car!
I hope you enjoy – You can see our video from last year here

 

Have you been? xx

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Last week we were invited along to Bluestone Wales and during our time there we went along to the Kingdom Of The Elves attraction – a must if you are visiting at Christmas. Our mission was to find Rudolph who had gone missing – the adventure took us around a series of magical rooms accompanied by several different characters to help us find our way through.

Kingdom Of The Elves at Bluestone Wales a must see Christmas attraction for all the family

Each room in the Kingdom Of the Elves was magical and all the Elves were engaging and energetic and the boys had the most amazing time running around trying to find Rudolph.

Kingdom Of The Elves at Bluestone Wales a must see Christmas attraction for all the family

Our Elf Mission was to track down Rudolph following a series of clues – Equipped with a Super Cloak and Tracker Cuff we had to help the Elf Reindeer Ranger to find Rudolph and get him back into his stable. Pop over to my YouTube channel to take a look at the full video of our experience – I’d love it if you took a look!

Kingdom Of The Elves at Bluestone Wales a must see Christmas attraction for all the family

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Ok, ok…I know…I have been a really bad blogger, but I have an excuse!! I’ve had major tech issues recently and have had to get a new computer which has caused all sorts of problems. Annnnnd, I’m doing Vlogmas!!! We’re 12 days in, and it’s been so much fun but also so stressful!! It’s basically taken up all my time, so I have had to let the blog fall by the wayside slightly. I really hope you are going to enjoy all the content I have been putting out over on my YouTube channel…come and take a look at what’s been going on…

I'm doing Vlogmas I would love it if you subscribed!

 

So far we’ve had things like a trip to Bruges….

Bruges travel guide what to do in Belguim at Christmas

Train journeys to meet Santa

Meet Santa on a steam train at the Watercress Line in Alresford Hampshire

Making a Christmas Eve Hamper

Find out what we are putting into our Christmas Eve Box

Doing lots of Christmas Crafts with the children…

Christmas crafts how to make reindeer food

And one of my absolute faves, a video with Stuart where I laughed the whole way through…

I filmed the 12 questions tag with my husband Stuart and laughed the whole way through it

I would really love it if you checked out my channel and subscribed to see more. I am lucky that I can call this my job, and I would love your support in making it a success!

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I remember the months and months of trying to get my babies to sleep. Searching for blogs or baby sleep tips; how to get my baby to sleep well, sleep through the night, sleep at all! Then, just when you think you’ve cracked it with your baby, they go through a growth spurt or they start teething!

Top ten Baby Sleep Tips for getting babies to sleep through the night

There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. It’s hell, and at the time you wonder if you will ever survive those sleepless nights. But we do. And our babies find their own way when they are ready. And before you know it they will be teenagers and you’ll be trying to get them to wake up not go to sleep! Ok, so that’s a fair way off for us, but it does already feel like a distant memory; all those evenings where I was desperate to get the boys into some kind of a routine. Desperate to get them to sleep for longer than the dreaded 45 minute sleep cycle during their naps.

Baby Sleep Tips

Our youngest is now 16 months, and I would say it’s only been around the last 5 weeks that he has actually started to sleep through the night. Gasp, I know. But it didn’t actually have to be that long. I think because he was our last we were far more lenient with him. The madness of having a 2 year old demanding my attention throughout the day meant that secretly, although exhausted, I didn’t mind those midnight cuddles. And my husband was so supportive of my working from home that he would share the night time feeds once I had begun combination feeding which really was the greatest help to get through it. And George found his own way **crosses fingers for no regression**

Baby Sleep Tips for getting your baby to sleep through the night

Over time I have found more and more tips which I’ve tried and tested and with the help & advice of Sarah Beeson MBE, Sleep Expert extraordinaire, I wanted to share these baby sleep tips with you in case you are also suffering.

Top 10 Baby Sleep Tips:

1. Try making a Shush sound over and over.

Making gentle, rhythmic shushing sounds will often help babies to relax. It replicates the sound they hear from your heartbeat in the womb – I find this still comforts George at 16 months!

2. Stroke your baby’s forehead nose or head. 

I remember my Mum doing this to me when I was little and I still love it now!! I really love doing it to the boys too as it can be very soothing and help them get off to sleep. Also if you stroke the bridge of your baby’s nose the motion will encourage their eyes to close.

3. Take a deep breath and sway. 

It’s so hard to remain calm if your baby is screaming – but try to relax your body and they will also relax, helping them to calm down. Hold your baby against your chest with their head on your shoulder, rocking side to side & take a deep breath, in and out. Repeating until they are in the same rhythm as you.

5. Darken the room. 

A room with lights down low and the curtains drawn creates a calmer setting to help your baby drift off. It also signifies to them that it is night time – likewise make the room light and bright during awake times.

6. Sleep breeds sleep.

Contrary to what goes for adults, a baby who hasn’t slept the whole day will not sleep better at night – they will be over stimulated, over tired and agitated. Try and get your baby to sleep during the day, and don’t worry if at first they will only sleep on you – I spent far too much time worrying about it “becoming a habit” and far too little enjoying the moment (and the relaxation!).

7. Put white noise on such as a hairdryer. 

All babies are different and this didn’t work with Henry, but second time around I found myself putting a hairdryer on to get George off to sleep – For us the mobile apps didn’t work, only the real deal – I went through 2 of them! Life in the womb is noisy and a quiet nursery is not! I know adults who swear by white noise too.

8. Put something which smells of you in the cot.

I found this really helped and I spend a lot of time with muslins and other items stuffed down my top! Your scent will be comforting to them. I used breastfeeding clothing too which smelt of my milk – just be careful not to use anything long which they could get caught on.

9. Try a rocking chair. 

Snuggling with your little one in a rocking chair is one of the most successful methods of getting them off to sleep. They spent 40+ weeks being rocked around inside of you and it brings them great comfort to have this motion replicated in the outside world. The combination of your warm body and the motion is the perfect to send them off – plus you get to sit down!

10. Use a sleeping bag.

My boys spin around and around in a circle throughout the night and would lose any bedclothes if we used them – causing them to wake up freezing in the night. Once your baby is old enough, using something like a sleeping bag is the answer to this. We especially love the ones which are made from nature’s super-fabric, Merino wool – which is naturally antibacterial, breathable and keeps their temperatures regulated.

 

I really hope you find these baby sleep tips useful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling. Just remember that every baby is different & every parent is different. Don’t listen to that woman at baby group who tells you her child has slept through from 2 weeks. You and your baby will get there when they are ready. Just enjoy the snuggles for now!

top ten tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

This Baby Sleep Tips article was written by myself in collaboration with Aldi

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Pumpkins

Oh Autumn. You’re so pretty. The trees are full of beautiful colours, the shops are full of lovely fall colours and the countdown to Christmas is on! (Sorry not sorry!) You may have read my recent post about Autumn and why I love it so, but it’s around Pumpkin season that it really starts to get going.

This year Henry is going to understand so much more and the festivities are kicking off in a couple of weeks time with Halloween. I wrote about some fun Halloween craft ideas here which are perfect for toddlers to get involved with, but of course you can’t really be Halloween ready without a pumpkin or 2!

Pumpkin_Patch

Around this time last year we wrapped up (ok some more than others and in hindsight yes, the hat was probably slight overkill) and headed the car down the road to a Pick Your Own Pumpkin farm in Hampshire ready to pick up a pumpkin for Henners to get to work on!

Pumpkins
Pumpkin_Picking

He absolutely loved exploring, investigating the plants and searching for bugs and I love showing him where our food comes from, rather than just grabbing one from the supermarket. This boy has some serious strength too picking up ginormous pumpkins, shouting with glee when he came across “a lovely big orange one”

Pumpkin_Picking

pumpkin_pickingBlowing feathers in the wind.

 

TRAMPOLINE

We finished off our pick your own pumpkin hunt with a play in the small playground and chatter with the ducks.

This particular Pick Your Own Pumpkin field is Bourne Valley near Whitchurch in Hampshire and we are going to visit again this weekend to pick up some more!

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