Living Arrows - July 2020

I wasn't going to post anything this month. I didn't get my camera out as much as I liked to and quite frankly, most of July featured terrible weather - so most photos were so dull and dreary. I convinced myself to post something, as I know that I will like to look back on them in the future - here is last month's post for your consideration. I did find these two shots, hidden between pictures of review toys, and although they aren't all that interesting they pretty much sum up the month. We've all been feeling lockdown so much more in July - especially when the government put restrictions on Lancashire again. We are feeling a bit deflated and I know many other families will be in the exact same boat. Here's to a better August.

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Disney Marie & Thumper Plush Soft Toys from Siso Toys UK - Review

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Disney is near and dear to many people's hearts and it's no different in our family. We love the classic Disney films and the new - Disney+ has been a lifesaver during lockdown! I also have a secret to share - Noah and Ava don't know it yet but we are going to Disneyland Paris next year! With this in mind, you can understand how excited I was to accept some of the new Disney Plush toys to review.

Brought to you by Siso Toys UK there's an array of different Disney characters to collect. The new range features classic characters that we all know and love, favourites from Bambi, The Aristocats, 101 Dalmations, Lady & The Tramp, and more. They are also available in two sizes, 17cm & 35cm, with a third size, 25cm, being released later on in the year. I'm glad we didn't have to choose which ones we wanted to review as we would struggle because they are all so beautiful and many of them are our favourite characters.

We received a 35cm plush of Marie from The Aristocats - RRP: £19.99 and a 17cm Thumper from Bambi - RRP: £9.99 for the purpose of this review. As you can see they are very true to their characters in the classic movies and they are absolutely adorable. You can't beat a classic soft toy, especially when they are made to this standard. The attention to detail is astounding and they are so soft and cuddly.

Ava has cuddled both plushes ever since they arrived and the day they arrived she insisted on watching The Aristocats and Bambi with both sitting on her lap - as you can see by the photos above. With so many Disney characters being immortalised by film I can imagine this collection will be ever so popular. As well as the Classic collection, there are more of Disney plushes to collect 
across a variety of ranges, such as Frozen 2, Toy Story, Mickey, Minnie, and more. The range is available to buy now instore at Tesco - I think we might have to collect a few more!

Top Tips For Travelling Abroad With Children

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Travelling is a big part of our life, especially when it comes to going abroad - it's one of our favourite things to do as a family. I have fond memories of visiting different countries as a child (although I never went anywhere exotic) so it's always been something I wanted to be able to experience with my own children - create our own memories in new places.

Noah and Ava have been fortunate enough to go on holiday numerous times already, both abroad and locally. Noah was two years old the first time he went on holiday and Ava was just 12 weeks old - everybody wanted to cuddle her on the plane! We had planned to take them abroad with us every year but of course, 2020 has been a write-off. When COVID struck we knew it wouldn't be on the cards for us this year, like many other travelers, and that was ok. There's always next year or the year after. We've already been pricing up holidays to Spain with Voyage PrivĂ© - it's something to look forward to.

I know that many people feel anxious about the thought of traveling abroad with young children - so much so that some of my friends have vowed to wait until their children are older, or refuse to even entertain the idea. Personally, I've found travelling abroad with babies and children relatively easy and it shouldn't be something that needs to be shied away from. With this in mind, I decided to put together some of my top tips for traveling with children.

Prepare everything in advance.
This is a no-brainer, but preparing everything in advance is the key to making travelling a no-stress zone. Weeks before we travel I create numerous lists; items I need to buy, things I need to pack, points I need to remember, and so on. I pack all of our cases at the same time and make sure that everything is ticked off before I zip up those suitcases. The night before we travel, I have the buggy and the suitcases lined up by the door and the passports, money, documents, and tickets secured in my hand luggage. I cannot sleep unless I have done this - travelling is perhaps the only time that i am this organised! I also recommend weighing your suitcases and hand luggage before you go so you don't have to reorganise your belongings at the airport.

Keep them awake at the airport.
We usually book flights for 6am as they tend to be cheaper and it means we don't lose a whole day due to travelling. The early flight times mean that we have to be up and out the door for 2am and although it's very tiring it adds to the excitement - the kids love it! We then attempt to keep them awake during the transfer and while we are at the airport so they have a nice sleep on the plane. It's usually quite easy to do because they are so excited to be going on holiday! 

Pack a flight bag for your child.
Speaking to fellow parents, I know that the flight itself is the part of travelling which they worry about the most. They hear and read stories about children screaming the entire time and them having to be seated next to complete strangers (honestly, just prebook and pay for designated seats for peace of mind.) In all the flights we've taken together as a family we've never had either of those problems and we haven't witnessed other children have them too. It's quite easy to keep children entertained and preoccupied even when in a plane, high up in the sky. My top tip is to simply pack a flight bag for your child - fill it full of new and old surprises for them to discover on your journey. Noah and Ava both have their own little rucksacks that they use every time we travel. I fill them with blind bags, books, stickers, play-doh, toys, snacks, and a favourite cuddly toy or two. I also make sure to take an iPad with me too but more often than not it's not needed as they often fall asleep mid-flight. When they do finally fall asleep, enjoy a gin or a cup of coffee - you deserve it. 

Do you have any tips that you would like to share?