Our Family Trip To Center Parcs

You may, or may not have noticed that I've been a bit quiet on the blog and social media front this week. All for good reason, we've just got back from a midweek break at the Whinfell Forest Center Parcs. This wasn't a blogging opportunity, so I won't be reviewing our stay but I wanted to share some photo's. I actually won our stay on a competition, last year on social media! I know, so lucky!

We were all so excited for our trip, a time to really unwind as a family and enjoy some well deserved down time with one another. It was lovely and so relaxing to be in the heart of Whinfell forest, surrounded by tree's and wildlife. We felt completely at ease, in our happy place. However I can't say we chilled out very much, we packed so much into our week! From walks in the woods, trips to the park, to science and dance lessons, through to swimming, shopping and soft play! We were very lucky with the weather too, we had no rain until the very last day and it wasn't overly cold either. We had such a great time and was sad to head home on Friday morning. Here are some of my favourite photo's from our stay, I'm so glad I took my camera as well as my phone.


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Last week Ava turned 1, fast forward 7 days and we've just got back from a break away at Center Parcs in Whinfell Forest. We had such an amazing time and I'm so sad to be home and back to normality. To be able to (semi) switch off and enjoy the great outdoors with Nick, Noah and Ava was just priceless and something we try to prioritise multiple times a year. I'm going to be posting a brief run down of our week on Monday, so check back if you'd like to see some more photo's from our stay. We did so much during our four day trip and I'm so glad we made the most of every moment. Highlights have got to be swimming, science class, the scenery, the food, pancake house, feeding the birds, the long walks, the fresh air, the extremely comfy beds, the arcade. I could really go on and on.

We are lucky really, we've been on numerous holidays abroad over the years and most recently quite a few different trips here in the UK too. We've reviewed bith Bluestone in Wales and Butlins in Skegness, and we've also won breaks away to Forest Holidays and Center Parcs. It's great to compare them all and although all four are great for different reasons, Nick and I have come to the agreement that both Butlins and Center Parcs are our favourite of the four. We'd go back to either in an instant.

What have you been up to this week?


A Bedroom Fit For A Superhero

I've done well to get to four years without having to indulge in all the character themed clothing and interiors. I've always avoided them where I can as I find it can all be a little over baring (and tacky) at times. That being said, Noah has been obsessed with superhero's for two years now, so I don't think it's a fad that is going to end any time soon. I don't think I can avoid it any longer and thankfully I quite like superheros too! 

We are currently renovating the house and when we've finished Noah will have an attic bedroom, something I always wanted as a child. He's so excited and although it's still bare floor boards, he's always putting on his wellies and heading up there to inspect the builders progress. It's very sweet!

With his ever growing excitement over his new room, I decided to let him decorate it however he likes. Well in moderation! He's asked for a Marvel themed room and at first he requested bright green hulk walls! Thankfully I've talked him down into having them white, with Marvel artwork and lights on the walls instead. Tonight we decided to do a little online shopping for him to pick out a few pieces that he'd like for his new room, all of which we plan to get.

1. Marvel Itty Bittys - £5.99
We already have quite a few Itty Bitty's in our collection having worked with them numerous times on the blog. There are however a few more Marvel characters that he needs to collect to add to his shelf. Naturally, these are first on his wish list and he's given me strict instructions on who to buy next. Flash!

2. Harley Stars Duvet Set - £13.00
I will probably buy Noah a Marvel bed set but I like having a couple to alternate with. These children's duvet covers offer a wide range of different options but the Harley Stars Duvet Set stands out for me and would match the theme of the room perfectly. I've also got my eye on the unicorn set for when Ava is older, it's so awesome!

3. Marvel Scatter Cushion - £6.99
This cushion would be great for on the bed as extra pillows are always needed when it comes to reading bedtime stories, all tucked up in bed. This one would look perfect on both a Marvel bedspread and the Harley Stars Duvet set. It's definitely one to buy, maybe I'll buy a variety of different ones.

4. Captain America 3D Deco Light - £89.99
Now this is a little pricey but look at it, it's so worth it! There's an array of different lights to choose from, Thor's Hammer, Hulk's fist, Iron Man's mask, Spider-Man's face but Captain America's shield has won us over. You can actually purchase all five for £350.00. I'd be tempted you know, they are so awesome!

5 . Character World Marvel Defenders Rug - £19.99
Wanting to avoid the bright green walls we are going full throttle when it comes to Marvel themed accents and accessories for his room. This rug would complete the room, it's official merchandise, is anti slip and feature's his favourite superheroes!

Do your children have themed bedrooms?

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Bobux Shoes Spring Summer 2018 Collection - Review & Competition

It's essential for children to wear decent shoes, ones which fit correctly, are comfortable and offer support. Bobux offer all of that and more which is why I've raved about the brand since 2015 when they sent Noah a pair of their Xplorer shoes to review. They couldn't have come at a better time as he'd just started to walk and they were the perfect shoes for him to take his first steps in.

As you can imagine when they contacted me again a few weeks ago, to chose a pair of shoes for both Noah and Ava I was very happy to oblige. I was sent a sneak preview of their Spring/Summer 2018 collection and picked my two favourites. This was very hard as there's so many fantastic shoes in the collection.

First of all I decided to chose a pair for Noah. I browsed for quite some time before settling on a pair of Duke I-Walk in Black Ash. I just had to go for these because the style and colour of the shoes will pretty much go with every outfit he has. I also liked how they can be worn with both casual and smart clothing.

As soon as I took the shoes out of the box I noticed the standard of quality right away. The upper of the shoe is made from 100% full grain leather and they have a cushioned inner heel. Noah has given them a huge thumbs up. He said they are very comfy and that they are even cosier than his Spider-Man slippers!

The back of the shoes feature a pull tab which makes it quick and easy to put on, which is ideal for a 4 year old. Inside the shoes are hidden elastics which make them a 
secure and snug fit. Although they are super soft and comfortable on the inside they have flexible yet hard wearing soles, which makes them perfect for active children like Noah.

The Duke is a practical, functional and comfortable shoe and one which is on trend with the exposed stitching details and sleek design. They'll look great with everything and I know that Noah will get so much wear out of them, especially in the coming months. They retail at £46.00 and are available in 5 different colours.

Next up we have the pair which I chose for Ava and I have to admit that I struggled to decide which to choose. I could have easily picked half a dozen as there's just so much choice when it comes to different styles and colours. Again I looked for comfort and practicality, in a colour that would go with everything.

After deliberating for quite some time I decided to go for the Louise in the Step Up stage, it looked the perfect shoe to me! I then had to decide which colour to go for and I did struggle but in the end I chose the navy shimmer over the hot pink.

Just like with the Duke, on opening the quality of the shoes just blew away. You only have to glance at them to see how well made and designed they are. The inner and upper of the shoes are made from 100% leather and the t-bar design is ideal for comfort, giving extra room for puffy baby feet. They fit Ava like a glove and although she'd only walked in shoes a handful of times she seemed to get on with them very well. She's likes to bring them over to me and tries to put them on herself. I think she loves them even more than I do! 

They are such stunning shoes, I really cant get over them. The T-bar style and Velcro fastening, with the exposed stitching and simple gold stud gives such a beautiful and traditional look. They are so effortlessly chic and versatile that they'd look perfect with any outfit. From a dainty dress and tights through to funky leggings and a top, I think I'd struggle to find something they wouldn't match. These shoes cost £36 and are worth every penny. 
I know that Ava will get so much wear out of them. 

I can't tell you how much I love Bobux. I'd actually go as far as saying they are my all time favourite children's shoe brand. Not only are their shoes gorgeous to look at but they are so comfortable and hard wearing too. What more can you ask for? 

The Bobux Spring/Summer 2018 collection is available now and they've kindly agreed to let me give away a pair to one lucky reader. The winner will be able to choose their own pair from the range and I'll be excited to see what they pick! To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

A pair of Bobux shoes

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2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 15/04/18.
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