Friday, 4 March 2016

Wildlife Week at Wyevale Garden Centres Review

Half term - remember that?  Passed in a blink of an eye, didn't it!  Just shortly before half term, I was contacted on behalf of Wyevale Garden Centres to ask if the boys and I would like to take part in one of their children's holiday activities. Of course, I said yes... anything to keep us busy during  the hell wonder of school holidays!

Wyevale have several garden centres across the country and they run activities during school holidays to help us parents survive without a gin drip keep our sprogs entertained.  Our local centre is Cadbury nestled between Congresbury and Yatton (or outside of Bristol if you're not as yocal as us).  It's always been a good place to visit with children in tow.  It's large so they love to run around and get lost among the plants.  Or play house in all the summer houses and sheds.  They also have a Costa to keep you caffeined up and a cafe offering tasty yumminess.  There's a handy little soft play too.

We attended a Wildlife Week session entitled "Pollination Station".  Set up in the middle of the garden centre, we and a small group of children were given plant pots to decorate.  There was a lovely selection of craft materials, some lovely pens including glitter gel pens (who doesn't love those?  Like glitter but less messy!) and cute animal themed stickers.  The boys had a lovely time sticking stickers all over their pots and getting a bit glittered up.

Wyevale Garden Centre Cadbury Congresbury Yatton Pollination Station Wildlife Week


Once the pots were decorated, they were filled with soil by one of the centres helpful staff members (they were great - very patient with my dear Felix).  Once the pots were full, the children got to sprinkle on some seeds.  They were also able to decorate a sweet label to be stuck into the soil.

Wyevale Garden Centre Cadbury Congresbury Yatton Pollination Station Wildlife Week

We are now waiting for our seeds to sprout and the boys are very excited about what will grow.  Currently Grandma is looking after our pots.  She is the green-fingered one in the family and we look forward to seeing what grows in the coming weeks!  The seed mix includes flowers that insects and bees love, hence the title "Pollination Station".  We've all heard how our bee population is suffering so activities like this are great.  Good to give nature a little helping hand!

The session lasted about 15-20 minutes and the cost was £2.50 per child to cover the costs of the materials etc.  I think the length of the session was good.  Especially for a child like Felix.  Towards the end of 15 minutes he was itching to get away..  Ethan could probably have stayed drawing on his pot and doing some colouring for a lot longer, but he is six, not two!  Bearing in mind we've come away with two sweet pots and (in time) some flowers for the bees to enjoy, I think it was good value for money.

Wyevale Garden Centre Cadbury Congresbury Yatton Pollination Station Wildlife Week

To inject a bit of real life into my review, I would like to share with you the reality of doing an activity like this with a child like Felix.  The fact is that after a short period of time, he will get restless and run off...  Thank goodness I am able to leave Ethan whilst I chase Felix.  Felix being Felix, he managed to escape at speed.  When I finally caught up with him I found him wielding a hammer in one hand and a pen knife in the other.  Don't ask.  After our activity we went to the cafe where he proceeded to climb onto someone else's table whilst they had gone to get some cutlery.  Before I could grab him he had pinched their fruit scone and was making quite a messy dent in it.  Embarrassing doesn't cut it.  Let's also not forget when we visited the loos and he posted his glove into a sanitary bin.  So. Much. Fun.

Did we enjoy the activity?  Yes.  Would we do it again?  Yes.  Should I ever have another child? No. NO NO NO.

Thank you very much Wyevale. Hope you've manged to clear up after Felix's visit!

Funky Kid Friday

Hey Hey Hey!  Welcome to another Funky Kid Friday, a kids fashion linky hosted by myself and the rather awesome Hannah of Make, Do and Push.

Last week, as always, there were some fantastic link ups.  I really love the adorable Zara dungarees shared by Baby Sausages.  Adorable!


Now, back to this week!  If you have a kids fashion post you'd like to link up, please do so below!  Don't forget to tweet us your link so we can retweet for you!

Here are our guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Happy Friday everyone! X


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hey hey! It's Friday... so it's Funky Kid! Today is the day to join us with your kids fashion posts.  Link them up below.  We have a few simple guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Thank you to Hannah for hosting last week.  Last week Karen from Would Like To Be linked up some lovely posts including a selection of dresses worn by her girls.  As ever she showcases her gorgeous photography skills.  Such lovely photos, girls and dresses :-)


Would Like To Be, Dresses, Kids Fashion, Funky Kid Friday

Over to you lovely lot now - link up your posts below and don't forget to tweet us!

Happy Friday!
X

Friday, 5 February 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hey guys! Sorry it's late.. it is still Friday though....  so it's Funky Kid! Today is the day to join us with your kids fashion posts.  Link them up below.  We have a few simple guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Thank you to Hannah for hosting last week.  As always some amazing link ups.  I particularly loved the star print body suits being rocked by Toby & Gabe!



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Happy Friday! X

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hey guys! It's Friday so it's Funky Kid! Today is the day to join us with your kids fashion posts.  Link them up below.  We have a few simple guidlines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

As always, thank you to my co-host Hannah for hosting last week.  There were a fantastic bunch of links last week.  I particularly loved Bex from The Mummy Adventure's Tootsa MacGinty post.  I'm a big fan of Tootsa myself and I love the items her boys were rocking.  Tootsa are a unisex brand so of course they get my approval!

themummyadventure,tootsa-macginty


Like to link up?  Simply use the linky below!

Happy Friday everyone! X

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Funky Kid Friday

Hello and Happy New Year! 2016! Wow, the years sound so futuristic now. You can even ride on a hoverboard.  What's that about?!

I hope you all had wonderful Christmases.  It was good here.  Rushed past as ever.  A blur of family, friends, gifts and food.  Always over too quickly and now we're back to the daily grind.  But that's OK.  I don't mind really!  In fact, we're currently having our kitchen ripped out and replaced so it's all a bit hectic here!

Thank you to lovely Hannah for hosting our last Funky Kid Friday.  So many wonderful link ups.  In particular I have to give props to Hannah herself.  I loved her post.  Twinning is winning in my book so a big yay!

make do and push

Fancy linking up this week?  It's simple!

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend! X

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Children's bedding for Christmas

Christmas is big business these days, isn't it!  Long gone are the days of throwing up a few sprigs of holly and making some paper chains.  Well, many of us still do that, but let's face it, there is a wealth of choice when it comes to decorating your house for Christmas now!

Fairy lights everywhere, bespoke baubles on your tree, honeycomb decorations, Christmas jumpers, Christmas socks, special tableware.  There is pretty much a Christmas version of everything!

Personally, I love the chance to Christmasify (is that a word?) our house.  I like to bring Christmas into every room so we have Christmas tea towels, clothing, flannels, fairy lights and decorations all over.  Something I've branched out into in the last few years is Christmas bedding.   It started a few years back when I bought a snowflake print set for our bedroom.  I loved getting the bedding out at the end of November each year to put back on the bed.  For about 6 weeks I wash the set each week and put it straight back on!  This year I decided that I should add another to the mix so I treated myself to a new set in my favorite monochrome pallet with cute Christmas trees on from George at Asda.  I thought it wasn't fair that it was only us who had Christmas bedding so I bought a set for Ethan too!

Ethan loves the chance to bring Christmas into his bedroom and I'm happy to help him do so.  He's got a mini tree, lights in his window and Christmas has even arrived in his dolls house with a mini light up tree and chocolate selection boxes for the dolls!  So getting him a set of Christmas bedding seemed like the sensible thing to do!  Of course, he's very happy with it.

Now, all I want to do is buy a few more sets!  Felix could do with one of course, and it's always good to have just one more spare... so that brings me on to all the wonderful sets that are out there!  Primark are usually good for things like this.  I mentioned Asda already.  There are some good choices online as well.  Of course, Christmas bed linen might not be for everyone but it does make a good present for your child if you're updating their room for Christmas.  Quite often at this time of year you might be buying a new bed for them, or some accessories for their room.  If we could afford it, we'd be getting Ethan a new bed for Christmas.  So you could buy them a duvet set with their favorite animal or character on.  The Yorkshire Linen Company have a good selection of bedding sets for everyone, particularly children.  There's all the favorites like Peppa Pig and Thomas but also sets that will fit in with themes such as space or racing cars.  Prices are great too starting around £12.99.  You can't really go wrong!




Friday, 11 December 2015

Funky Kid Friday

Hi all,  sorry for the delay.  We've all been ill on and off all week and now it's my turn and I'm feeling quite dreadful.  So, I'm knocking up the linky quickly then going to collapse in a heap again.  Hopefully you've all had better weeks health wise!

Welcome to Funky Kid Friday, the weekly kids fashion linky which I host with lovely Hannah from Make, Do & Push.  Do you love kids fashion?  So do we!  Any kids fashion posts you've written, past or present, you can link up below.  We have a few small guidelines:

- Link up your kids fashion post/s below
- Comment on the hosts and at least one other post
- Display our badge (see sidebar)
- Tag us on Twitter - I'm @medicatedfollow and Hannah is @mamamakedopush. We will retweet your posts. Don't forget to use the tags #funkykidfriday and #FKF as well!
- The linky opens on Fridays and is live until the following Monday.

From last week's link up I particularly love the hat that sweet Clem was wearing over at Clementine Rocks.  Love that she's not all that keen on headgear - neither is my Felix!

http://clementine.rocks/stars-weekend-fashion/ Clementine Rocks H&M Hat

OK, over to you guys now! Link up below and have a wonderful Friday! X

Monday, 30 November 2015

Mini Rodini Pre SS16 Collection

Sound the horn!! One of my absolute faveorite kids clothing brands, Mini Rodini has just released a small pre SS16 collection.. and it includes a unicorn print!!

Fancy a look?





Mini Rodini Pre SS16

Mini Rodini Pre SS16 Unicorn


This is just a selection.  Unicorns - such a good choice.  I don't know anyone who doesn't like a unicorn print.  I think it's great to have a more unisex unicorn print as well.  My two love unicorns but so many clothes that have them on are unbearably pink and glittery.  I'm going to order one of the jumpers!

I love the bold orange and black spot print.  It's simple but a real statement.  The bag looks gorgeous but I love it on the clothes as well!

You can shop the collection over at Mini Rodini's online store but I also know that Scout & Co Kids have some of the Pre SS16 collection in stock.  Just in time for Christmas! The perfect Christmas Day outfit, don't you think ;-)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Custom coats from Lottie & Lysh

Are you ready for another cool brand to be thrown in your face?  Get those credit cards ready!!

Like pretty much all brands I buy from these days, I found Lottie & Lysh on Instagram.  Whilst they sell some of the more "standard" handmade fare (leggings, headbands, bibs) they also make the most amazing coats.  They have some ready made ones (and they can be reversible!) but they also happily take custom orders!

Felix is a real animal lover and right now he has a thing about raccoons.  He has a raccoon helmet for when scooting, he has raccoon socks and now, thanks to Lottie & Lysh, he has a wonderful raccoon coat!

Our custom order was for a monochrome raccoon.  I chose monochrome cloud print for the liner and I believe the coat can be worn inside out, should we want!  Best of all though, the hood has a raccoon face on it and it's just the cutest thing!

Lottie and Lysh Raccoon Coat Cool Custom Boys Coat Handmade

When the coat first arrived Felix didn't want to wear it.  He does that thing that kids often do and decided that as he hadn't seen it before it wasn't his and therefore, he wasn't going to wear it!  A couple of weeks of seeing it hanging up on his peg and some cold weather this week and he was finally ready to wear it.

Lottie and Lysh Raccoon Coat Cool Custom Boys Coat Handmade


I'm so glad.  It looks brilliant and as you'd expect, we've had heaps of compliments!  Now, if we're going out scooting, Felix says "Raccoon hat, raccoon coat and my golden boots Mummy!".

Lottie and Lysh Raccoon Coat Cool Custom Boys Coat Handmade


Lottie & Lysh will be launching their new collection soon so if I were you I'd like their facebook page, bookmark their Etsy shop and follow on Insta!