CHRISTMAS IS COMING…

Frosts Christmas Grotto Ticket Release Date Announced

I know, I know. The Summer Holidays are barely finished, school uniforms still have their tags on and pencil cases look pristine but we have important Christmas business to attend to. Winter. Is. Coming.

If you are local to the Milton Keynes area then you know that Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands put on the most wonderful Santa’s Grotto experience with the REAL SANTA (he might as well be, he always looks AMAZING). 

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Frosts Grotto is always a popular event with many of the best dates selling out months in advance. Frosts have been on social media this evening to announce tickets for the 2016 Grotto will go on sale on Friday 2nd September. That’s THIS FRIDAY!

So, here’s your heads up if you didn’t know! Put it in your diary. Set your phone alarm. Write it on your partner’s face. If you want access to the best dates and times to take your little elves to the best Grotto in town this winter then Friday is your best chance.

ALSO On Frosts Facebook Page RIGHT NOW they are running an amazing competition worth over £850 to win the whole Santa’s Grotto experience on Sunday 11th December for you and twenty guests, with cooked breakfast and a visit to their real ice skating rink too. Now that is surely worth an entry.

I’m sorry for bringing up Christmas when August is still alive and well but from one parent to another, these bits of Christmas prep are essential if you want to plan and budget ahead. Lots of love! 

Frosts website is here: https://www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/

 

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Review: The Swan at Salford

Date night isn’t a regular occurrence but when you’re invited to a pretty village gastropub with a good reputation and native LOBSTER is on the specials menu, you grab your husband, get him in a shirt and get rolling down the road.

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Mmm my first #MKBloggersBrunch

When you’re a blogger in cyberspace it can feel like you’re speaking into a dark and lonely void. You bore your friends and annoy your eating companions with your instagramming ways. 

Can’t wait for date night!

I am so excited for tomorrow’s date night with my wonderful husband.

We don’t get to go out just the two of us all that often but when we get the chance I cherish the time alone. Quality time just being us, talking, being silly and cracking lots of jokes.

We are going to The Swan at Salford . A cute, village gastropub that in the handful of visits I’ve enjoyed there has proven itself to be well worth the little drive out of MK for. 

I have been invited to check out their weekend specials to celebrate native lobster season. 

Lobster is easily one of my favourite treats to eat. It feels special. It’s romantic (it always reminds me of the Friends episode where Phoebe likens Ross and Rachel to a pair of lobsters destined to be together forever) and it’s just damn tasty.

Between 18th – 20th August there is the chance to enjoy native lobster grilled with garlic butter and skinny fries.

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Between 25th – 27th August you can choose to indulge with butter poached native lobster served with new potatoes and samphire. 

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Pictures above are what The Swan are advertising. I can’t wait to see how they are executed and taste for myself.

So it feels like the perfect date night ahead. Delicious food (I hope), in a wonderful village pub on a British Summer’s evening and of course, my very own lobster (aww, mushy LouBou). 

 

 

Review: Old Mcdonald’s Farm Parties

Today one of my besties threw a farm party at her home in Wolverton and my two year old, George and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store!

A recently set up local company called Old Mcdonald’s Farm Parties offer to bring the farm to you for a reasonable cost. Animals and all.

Arriving at my friend’s house, I was so surprised to come face to face with a donkey, two lambs, chickens and a rabbit in her back garden.

The donkey and lambs were in proper farm pens that they had brought with them and set up. The chickens and rabbits were in cages.

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All the kids that attended were enjoying interacting with the animals at their leisure before the party ‘officially’ started. When it did, all the children were asked to sit down and there was some fun farm trivia questions and animal facts being learnt before the first demonstrations.

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Then children were given the opportunity to feed the donkey. One at a time they were shown how to lay a piece of carrot on a flat palm for the donkey to gobble up.

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Next up was grooming. Being shown how to brush down the donkey and help keep him clean.

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Then it was time for the lambs to shine (and be fed). The children was allowed to feed a bottle of milk to both the two lambs. It really was a cute sight.

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The huge fluffy rabbit was then taken out of his cage and had fun sitting on the laps of the children for a much enjoyed stroke. All this was happening under the watchful eye of the two farm party supervisors who made sure the children were kept safe, explained the best way of approaching animals and also stopped them from escaping!

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The chickens next. Children were able to fill a hand with corn for the chickens to peck and enjoy.

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Then a good old fashioned game of Pin The Tail On The Donkey was started (not on the real donkey!) The children loved it.

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Then last but not least, the donkey was saddled up and children put on a safety riding hat and were able to go for a donkey ride! This was definitely the best part for me, seeing George take his first ride on a donkey. He looked a bit unsure but didn’t cry or ask to get off, so I’ll take that as a success.

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After all the fun with the animals my friend put on an amazing lunch for the kids (and big kids) including the biggest chocolate cake I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen so many kids hovering for cake.

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George had a great time at the farm party. He is only two years old but the children that attended ranged from slightly younger all the way up to us big kids. It felt like the sort of experience you could wish for when you attend local open farms but in such a small group the hands on time was extremely special and well worth the money.

If you fancy hosting your own farm party for a children’s birthday or a special occasion or even a local event then you can find Old Mcdonalds Farm Parties on Facebook here.

It’s definitely something different that the children LOVED.

#TuesdayTreats AFTER the orthodontist

Today has been a good day.

It started off with going to Wellingborough for my Invisalign check-up with Dr Resh Diu at his practice Oradi. 

Resh was happy with my progress. Next time I see him the whole Invisalign treatment will be finished! All that will be left is maintenance. 

I am a shocking 30 weeks into my Invisalign teeth straightening treatment with the Invisalign removable aligners and I only have 14 left. The whole treatment has been simple and very fuss free. 

Occasionally after switching to a new set of aligners I will get a slight teeth/jaw ache as my mouth gets accustomed to the new set but nothing unbearable and definitely nothing I can’t handle. 

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New and improved smile is nearly there!

But YES! The end is nearly in sight. I am actually getting quite attached to the aligners. I don’t think they affect my talking at all anymore, which is something I was a bit conscious of when I first started (slight lisp… okay, a proper lisp) and as you know I am someone who loves their food so much, they haven’t interrupted my love of eating. 

The thought of trying to clean my teeth numerous times a day with fixed braces is a horror I daren’t think about. Being able to just click these Invisalign out to eat, brush and replace has been a breeze and no doubt a great habit for my teeth care. 

Speaking of food, after I got home from Wellingborough I was feeling particularly cheerful and hungry. So I took my son up to the centre:MK shopping centre in hunt of some tasty nourishment. 

Maybe not fine dining or anything to stop the press about but Pizza Hut buffet was what we opted for. If you have a toddler you will know that food that can be put in front of your child fast is paramount for a last minute lunch choice. George loved his Pizza Hut pizza, pasta and salad buffet and I must admit, it wasn’t too hard for me to swallow too. Heavy on the carbs and something I couldn’t eat frequently but still. Warm, cheesy, doughy goodness that warms your stomach.

On walking back up the centre:MK towards where I had parked the car. I saw Giovanni’s Downtown Gelato. A pink ice cream van shaped stand in the middle of the mall by Clarks Shoes and Build A Bear Workshop. 

With the temperatures quite high today and all that shopping mall walking and warm pizza in the tummy, how can you resist? 

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I shared a two scoop ice cream with my little one that was covered in rainbow sprinkles.

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The flavours were Oreo and Mallow, a mini marshmallow and fruity sauce combo. 

That was one tasty ice cream. I will definitely be back soon to try more of the dozen or more flavours they have proudly displayed in the window. 

So today has been all about treats! What has your day been about?