Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front. Partly because of half term and partly because of kids with sick bugs. Oh the joys of parenting eh?
We did, however get a lovely short break in Devon for half term in Wollacombe. It’s the first time we have ever done the ‘holiday park’ thing. Last year we had a lovely break in Cornwall but we didn’t have other kids or children’s entertainment on hand and Tilda and Ivy desperately needed more to keep them occupied on site. So we went to Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park and stayed at Golden Coast in one of their lodges.
We were so surprised when we turned up to find a really lovely little ‘house’ with new kitchen and bathroom and plenty of room for all four of us. On site we had access to swimming pools, climbing walls, bowling alleys, arcades, cinema, bar/restaurant, even a mini supermarket.
They had plenty of evening entertainment too and as it was Halloween it was extra fun with witchy magicians and a Halloween disco. Tilda and Ivy loved it. By 8pm the Bingo would start but the kids would be shattered so it was time for us to go back to our lodge.
We made the most of the local beaches and headed to Woolacombe beach on the first day, which was glorious sunshine, so nice that the kids were paddling and we all had ice creams. My girls are happiest when they are in sand and water and can get soaked to the bone and just don’t seem to mind.
Back at the park there was a brilliant indoor swimming pool, which we headed to the following morning, with pirate ship and water jets shooting out of treasure chests and water canons, so as you can imagine the kids had a field day. Tilda got to practice swimming without her float and Ivy played with every jet in the place.
Then in the evening it was more from the entertainment team, yes it’s all a bit cheesy but it’s a lot of fun and the kids loved it. Anyone with small kids will know, if the kids are entertained and happy then so are the parents! After that we were able to head back to our lodge for Strictly, X Factor and a glass or two of wine once the kids were in bed.
The weather didn’t stay dry however but thankfully we had plenty to keep us happy with indoor bowling and a play on the arcade games. The 2p machines always remind me of my childhood, as my dad is from Ramsgate so all our summers were spent down there at my Nana’s, either at the beach or in the arcades and we loved it!
Even though the weather was wild we drove to Croyde and had a blustery walk along the beach there. I wore my Joules raincoat and wellie boots, which were perfect for this weather. Again, the kids didn’t care about the weather and spent the time rolling in the dunes.
Tilda also had her own little campaign to clear up the beach and collected rubbish in her bucket. We’ve been talking to her a lot about the rubbish and plastic that ends up in the sea and hurts the animals and sea life so she’s doing her best to help which was lovely to see.
We had to get back on the Sunday, as friends of ours who moved to Hong Kong over a year and a half ago were back to visit. I wrote about their leaving do in one of my first blogs here. It was so great to see them, and their kids too, as Tilda is very close to their daughter Eva. Thankfully we now have FaceTime but it’s not the same as real face to face time! We managed to get some real quality time with them over the next few days too which was lovely.
Other than that, it’s been fireworks night down at the local tennis club which was great fun, although Ivy wasn’t too impressed with the noise after a while but still wouldn’t keep her ear defenders on.
We had the class ‘pet’ Milo the Meerkat too and had to keep up with his diary for school!
We also had pirate day at school and Tilda went on the school trip all dressed up.
I’ve been out for one of my best friend’s birthdays too and had a lovely catch up with some of my oldest friends. We all went to school together and are still besties 20 years later.
In between all of that I have of course been in at QVC and it’s been lots of fun gearing up for Christmas. I’m really looking forward to the BundleBerry by Amanda Holden Today’s Special Value that launches tonight. It’s a set of three beautiful metallic 3D spheres that light up. They look fabulous along with all my other display pieces on my shelves and will look great all lit up this festive season. I may even use them for a centre piece on the dining table. Join us and Amanda all day on Wednesday, or buy them right now!
Something else that I absolutely love, and is my personal Top Pick for you this week, is the Blush Pink Faux Fur coat from Bonnie Day. It’s FABULOUS!! Ultimate Hollywood glamour and I have ordered it for myself with the party season in mind. It’s already arrived and I just love it and can’t wait for a night out so I can wear it.
So that’s what I’ve been up to, what about you? Do leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve been treating yourselves to. Have you already done your Christmas shopping or are you leaving it to the last minute?
Lots of love,