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Bank Holiday Monday- Butterflies, Tapas & Tiredness

In a bid to save my sanity I created a plan for this holidays

So this Monday with that plan in mind we got up had breakfast and headed out the door for a trip to the zoo.20160530_113957.jpg

We set off to The Tropical Butterfly House and when we arrived the car park was already nearly full!

We thought it might be busy thus creating stress but when we got in I was surprised although it was busy its well spread out and there was plenty of room for everyone.

They have also introduced a new catering facility¬† which minimises “Hangery Stress”

There is so much more than butterflies here and in fact the park belongs to The British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)

The children really enjoyed the animals and asked about them!SAMSUNG CSC

They also enjoyed the Play area ūüėČ Well it can’t just be about the animals can it!SAMSUNG CSC

The staff are friendly and the facilities are clean I would recommend it as a day out if you live near РWe travelled around half an hour and will definitely come again!

Throughout the day there are different animal experience , From Meerkat feeding to a parrot displaySAMSUNG CSC
You can even pay extra for a VIP experience where you can get exclusive access to some of the animal enclosures.

Afterwards we decided to go to Meadowhall for dinner (It is a 20 min drive away)

We enjoyed a Spanish¬†vibe at Tapas Revolution ¬†It’s¬†great here most of the staff are Spanish it’s great for people like me who want to practice Spanish or learn a little.

We had a great Bank Holiday Monday What did you get up to?

I have not been rewarded for this post and all of the opinions are my own!

This week is BIAZA Love your zoo week What zoos have you been to in the holidays?

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Nina x

Surviving the Spring Holidays – Staycation

So today is the first day of our Half Term Holidays and while friends of mine are holidaying with Mickey ūüôĀ and fellow bloggers are talking about holidays¬†to my paradise Isle, I am at home.

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A staycation of sorts.

I have a few plans but they are not set in stone!

So here is what I need to do for less stress

  • Get lots of healthy snacks ready ¬†–¬†When the ‘mummmmmmyyyy i’m hunnnngery” whines start I will be ready!
  • Craft packs – When it inevitably starts raining I need to make sure I have activities on hand for the “I’m bored” moments
  • Meal Plan –¬†If I create a meal plan it will take the stress out of thinking up dinner ideas.
  • Grab & Go Basket – In here will be suncream, hats, Sunglasses and bottles of water.
  • Book a Sitter ¬†(Nanny) – So that I can have a little break of my own. Probably for ¬†a swim.
  • Outfits laid out – to take the stress out of mornings Im going to lay out each days outfit the night before.
  • Brief Plan of each day – So I said i have lots of ideas for the week and if i write down a plan for the week it means I’m going to actually do things and not think oh well not today.

Monday – Butterfly Zoo

Tuesday – Local Peppa Pig Event with picnic

Wednesday – Trip to the seaside

Thursday – Camp Out In the Garden (Weather Permitting)

Friday – Mummy’s swim day – Soft Play / Park day

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Good luck all the mums out there heading towards half term stress.

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Loneliness as a parent. Making Friends  

You know that feeling of being lonely in a room full of people.

Yeh that.

I am currently sat in soft play with my children happily off making friends.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve a great group of friends. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the inhibition of a child again. And go off exploring & making friends.

I’m mostly fine taking my children to places on my own, ¬†But sometimes just sometimes I need another adult human to talk to.

Someone who isn’t going to demand juice and need me to take them to the toilet.

My friends have helped me through some tough times and I hope I have them!

I’m sure there¬†will be more tough¬†times in our lives too but at least we will have each other for support.

How do mummies / Daddies make friends?

Well I met mine through a Sure Start centre – I joined every session especially the craft sessions.

One craft group turned more into a kind of therapy session I ended up bonding with a couple of other mummies who are now two of my best friends!

We eventually introduced our husbands who also now are good friends.

We often spend time together as a group!

  • Look up baby/ toddler groups

Get out there you could try a story session at a library, a baby group at your local church or local toddler coffee mornings –

When you have found them

  • Get out there.

Your not going to meet anyone sat at home! You need to take those first steps. I know how hard it is to get out of the door with a little one, I have twins but it helped me to have somewhere to go.

Well done you have taken your first step.

  • Strike up a conversation or join one that’s already happening if it’s not too personal and is relevant.

So you get there and there are several parents milling around you put your little one down to play and grab your cuppa, there are a couple of ladies talking about how their little one woke them,   did you have a bad night too?  Could you offer advise or just be a listening ear?

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  • School age children? – Check out school coffee mornings ¬†Again you need to strike up a conversation What about asking a little more about the summer fair, The school trip, anything that is relevant to you and your child!
  • Volunteer – Often there are openings for volunteers on Parent Fundraising Groups so while the children are at school you could even run the coffee mornings!
  • There are sites out there that you can connect with other parents. In forums and chat rooms – Please remember safety first when connecting with people online

I hope you have found these tips useful.

Now what are you waiting for?

Get out there it could be one of the best things you do!

Thanks girls for supporting me through some tough times!

Love ya! x

Nina x

Meal plan Monday

This week I really want to get back into a routine instead of the rut I seem to have fell in.

I have been lazy when it comes to meals so I’m going to start planning my weeks menu and sharing them here with you.

Here is what we plan to have this week.

Monday 

Breakfast –

Porridge made with almond milk with fruit 

Lunch

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Dinner

Pulled BBQ Pork rolls & Salad

Tuesday 

BREAKFAST –

Smoothie for me Cereal for kids

LUNCH

Jscket Potato Cheese & Colslaw With salad

DINNER

Poultry farmers Pie  Р(White & Sweet Potato mash Turkey Mince )

Wednesday 

BREAKFAST –

Porridge made with almond milk with fruit

LUNCH

Chicken Salad

DINNER

Sausage Egg & Chips

Thursday 

BREAKFAST –

Muesli & Fruit

LUNCH

Sandwich & Crisps

DINNER

Chicken Pasta bake

Friday 

BREAKFAST –

Porridge made with almond milk with fruit

LUNCH

Mug Shot

DINNER

Home made Pizza

Thanks for joining me See you next time

Nina

Wednesday Whinges

Setting off for school in the normal manner “Kids Come on were going to be late.”  The Kids rode up the street on their bikes Jake  hit the wall and fell off!

when I picked him up and asked what hurt he pointed to his head.

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So we turned around and went to see Grandma – Should I take him to school, Drs, A&E? I asked.

No I’d keep him off but keep an eye on him. So I left him with her while I took Melody.

If only I could get up earlier then we wouldn’t be rushing I think to myself.

What I should think is accidents happen we learn from them and move on. We are all guilt of mum guilt sometimes for many different things.

This is probably the hardest job we ever have to do – Being a parent.

Give yourself a break! Pat yourself on the back! Tell yourself what good job your doing.

And if things go wrong have a snuggle.

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Don’t forget – Your amazing

See you Next Time x