Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake

Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake

Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake

If you’re looking for a cake that is super easy to make and really yummy then this is the cake for you.

What you need:

2 Teaspoons of instant coffee powder/granules
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
6oz/175g Butter (at room temp)
6oz Golden caster sugar
2 Tablespoons Golden syrup
8oz/200g Self-raising flour
4 Tablespoons Milk
100g Chocolate Caramel Bars (We used the Cadbury’s Caramel Buttons)

Icing:

100g Chocolate Caramel Bars
2oz/50g Butter
2 Tablespoons Milk
4oz Icing Sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to around Gas Mark 4 (180c).

This recipe is based on using an 8 inch round tin. Butter and line the tin.

Mix the coffee, cocoa and two tablespoons of hot water to form a chocolately/coffee paste.

Put the butter, eggs, sugar, syrup, flour, milk and cocoa paste in a bowl and mix with a mixer (or by hand). Add in the caramel chocolate pieces.

Add the mixture to the tin and bake in the oven for about 50 – 60 minutes.

To check that it’s ready I use a skewer which I poke into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it’s ready.

Once it’s ready leave it for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Whilst it’s cooling, make the icing.

Put the caramel chocolate pieces into a pan and heat gently so that it melts, add in the butter and milk and stir until all melted (make sure you stir all the time). Remove from the heat and add in the sifted icing sugar.

Leave to cool whilst the cake is cooling.

Once the cake is cooled, spread over the icing and your good to go.

We decorated ours as it was for Daddy’s birthday which we took to the Donkey Sanctuary. We did have some spare caramel chocolate buttons, but these disappeared!!

Lisa

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#Serenz Allergy Relief Review

#Serenz Allergy Relief Review

*Sneeze*

*Sneeze*

*Sniff Sniff*

*Sneeze*

*Sniff*

 

#Serenz Allergy Relief

This is the sound to our life during allergy season.

I must confess that I don’t have much sympathy for Daddy’s plight with Hayfever, and get really annoyed with him with the constant sneezing and sniffing. Oh and don’t get me started on the moaning.

He’s just started a new job and has been to quite a few houses that have cats, which has only made things worse.

He’s tried tablets, sprays, eating local honey, homeopathic remedies, decongestants and probably a few other things that I can’t remember.

At my day job people drop like flies to hay fever so it causes quite a lot of disruption.

When we were asked to try #Serenz Allergy Relief I was really quite excited that we have a solution both to ease Daddy of this really annoying illness, but also to free the rest of us of this burden.

 

#serenz allergy relief

So how does #Serenz work?

#Serenz is a handheld device which you can keep easily in your bag which uses carbon dioxide to gently cleanse the nasal passages to relieve taller symptoms of nasal congestion, itchy, runny noses and sneezes.

When you first open the product you have to activate the device by using the blue key (which comes with it). Once this is done you can use the as and when you experience allergy symptoms.

It’s very simple to use by placing the nosepiece into the nose making sure there is a tight seal between your nose and the nosepiece so the gas does not escape.

You have to make sure that you either hold your breath or breathe through your nose during use which is 10 seconds per nostril, pushing the button during this time continuously.

What did we think?

The instructions were very clear and the product was very easy to use. When we read the instructions before using, we were slightly cautious as one of the precautions is that it is normal to experience a temporary nasal stinging or smarting sensation and/or watering eyes, but it did say that this was not harmful and would not last long. As most allergy sufferers would agree, it gets to the point where you would try anything to relieve the symptoms so on we went.

It’s a good size which would easily fit in your handbag and is very simple and easy to use. It can be a burden taking tablets every day so an alternative natural option is nice to have. Daddy did have stinging in his nose when  used, and had some improvement of his symptoms which was on parr with taking one a day tablet equivalents with a definite reduction in nose blowing!

The #Serenz Allergy Relief is £19.90 to buy and can be bought at Weldrick’s Pharmacy Online and provides 40, 10 second cleanses which is the equivalent of 20 cleanses for each nostril.

For more information and updates you can visit the Serenz Website

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk

 

• Please note that we were sent a #Serenze Allergy Relief free of charge for the purpose of this review.

 

Family Bucket List – The Donkey Sanctuary

Family Bucket List 2016 – The Donkey Sanctuary 

The Donkey Sanctuary

It’s Daddy’s birthday tomorrow but I’ve got to work so we thought we’d have a day out today and have some fun.

The Donkey Sanctuary had their annual Summer Fair so we thought we’d head there for the day with a picnic.

It was completely heaving when we arrived.

There were loads of stalls, entertainment and activities to do as well as being able to see all the lovely donkeys.

We went with family so it was really nice being able to spend the day together.

The boys had a go at welly wanging and Isabelle had a go at a human fruit machine. I so should have recorded it as there were hands sticking out of holes holding up fruit and when the bell rang, if they were holding up the same you won.

Isabelle won a knitted donkey on the tombola which she loved, and she then made a bear on a stall which was similar to Build a Bear.

We had a huge picnic and then Isabelle presented her birthday cake that she took ages to make yesterday. It was a Choca Mocha Cake (recipe to follow).

The Donkey Sanctuary

The place was packed and there were dogs everywhere. We didn’t think to bring Charlie with us, so we know for next time we visit.

After eating and listening to music we went for a walk around to see all the donkeys.

The Donkey Sanctuary

So what do you call a cross between a donkey and a horse?

A honkey or a dorse.

Well it’s a mule actually. I didn’t even know that this was a thing until we saw two horses, and the keeper in the pen told us they were in fact mules. They don’t look very donkey like, more horsey.

All in all it was a lovely day and we’d definitely go again.

Lisa – www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

And that is another tick off the Family Bucket list 2016.

Family Bucket List 2016 – Open Air Cinema

Family Bucket List 2016 – Open Air Cinema

Urgh I feel totally jaded today.

We went to watch The Jungle Book at the Open Air Cinema hosted by Exeter Phoenix.

We don’t normally do activities later in the evenings (especially a school night) with Isabelle as we know that we’d pay for it the following day due to her lack of sleep.

However, as it’s the school holidays (so technically only a school night for Mummy and Daddy) we thought it would be a nice thing to do.

We packed some snacks, a blanket and some warm clothes and off we set.

The gates opened at 7.30pm with the film starting at 9pm.

When we arrived at 8pm there was quite a lot of people already there and the screen was being put up. There were food and drink stalls at the back, and then the rows of chairs in front with the blanket area at the front.

We chose to sit of the floor with a blanket as we thought it would be much nicer to be able to huddle together when it got colder later on in the evening

We set ourselves up and Isabelle arranged the snacks and eagerly tucked in.

Open Air Cinema

 

It was a nice atmosphere with some people coming as they were, and other people bringing along cushions, blankets, huge overflowing picnic baskets and looking like they were setting up camp for a week. We even saw a family walk across with each child carrying a beanbag to sit on.

Open Air Cinema

There was a bar there so Daddy and I could have a drink. I had half a pint of Fanny’s Bramble cider (Tee Hee) which was lovely. I loved the fact that there was food on sale, and even a Deliveroo pick up point. Looking around there were people with Dominoe’s Pizze, Macdonalds, gorgeously packed up picnics and there was even a couple behind us who had proper plates, glasses, knives and forks and napkins.

Open Air Cinema

I was worried that Isabelle would get bored before the film started, but I think all the hustle and bustle of the people around us made the time fly.

The film didn’t start until 9.25pm and it was just starting to turn a bit chilly. However, snuggled up on our blanket we were absolutely fine.

Open Air Cinema

The film was AMAZING!

Open Air Cinema

We really enjoyed it, and it was a lovely experience for Isabelle.

We had a lovely walk home led by Isabelle by torch light and finally made it home for 11.40!

We would definitely do this again, and at £5.00 a head it was a total bargain.

It would have been even better if my alarm hadn’t gone off at 5.30am this morning!!

Oh and *tick* – Another one off the list.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Simple Mackerel Pate

Simple Mackerel Pate


As a mum I love to keep things simple, and as a family we’re quite good at making meals that double up into a couple of meals or more.

Cooking a chicken as a roast, making a pasta dish the next day and a stirfry for the following day is quite a usual occurance and is great for us as working parents.

I have to confess that Daddy is the main meal maker in our family and has a far better eye for making a meal from anything and everything, including whipping up a meal on the day before shopping day from the randoms left if the fridge/cupboard.

I will share some of these recipes with you as well as our firm family favourites.

One of my fave meals at the moment is mackerel salad. It’s really easy and quick to make. We usually buy the peppered mackerel fillets and grill them to make them extra crispy. We make a salad with lettuce leaves, rocket, red peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and beetroot and top it off with a side helping of potato salad (will share the recipe at some point).

Anyway, I always save some of the mackerel fillets to make Mackerel Pate for me and Belle the following day.

So to make the pate, you have to add mackerel fillets (we normally save 2 – 3) and put in the whizzer (aka blender), whiz it through for about 30 seconds, add a good squeeze of lemon and then about 3 good tablespoons of mayonnaise.

If you don’t have a whizzer you can mash up the fillets with a fork which makes it slightly chunkier, but Isabelle prefers  the smoother version.

Put into a bowl and then make a pile of toast.

Voila!!

Easy lunch for you and your little!

Lisa

Www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Stuff to do with the Kids in the #Southwest 2016

Stuff to do with the kids in the #Southwest 2016.

Stuff to do in the South West

This is a random pic of Isabelle who chose a pickled gherkin over an ice lolly!!

So the pressures on to make the school holidays fantastic for the kids whilst keeping your sanity.

Here are some great things that we’ve found happening over the school holidays:

Crealy – A great choice for a fun day out with indoor and outdoor play as well as loads of animals to see and pet and live shows.

Take a walk around Buckfastleigh Abbey.

Paignton Zoo – Always a great day out. We’ve been both on sunny and rainy days. The last rainy day we heard the lion proper roar which makes the hairs on your arms stand on end.

Exmoor Zoo
Home of the Exmoor Beast

The Great Big Rhino Trail
Spot the Rhino’s across Exeter and Torbay. We got the map in the Express and Echo today and can’t wait to get started.

Stick Man Trail – Haldon Forest. Grab an activity pack for £3.00 and look out for the signs. It’s about half a mile long so great for little legs.

Exeter Underground Passages
Not suitable for under 5’s and a defo no if you’re claustrophobic.

The Bear Trail – Cullompton
New exciting outdoor fun for the kids!

Woodlands Theme Park
A really good fun packed day out!

Go Ape – Haldon Forest Park
Become one of the tree people (or that what Isabelle calls them when we walk through)

Kents Cavern 
Dig for gemstones, have tribal facepainting, take part in cave painting and meet Cavog.

South West Coast Path
Enjoy some lovely coastal walks – maybe take a picnic.

Visit Tiverton Castle and explore their beautiful gardens.

Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium – Torquay

House of Marbles – Bovey Tracey

Splashdown Water Park – Paignton

World of Country Life – Exmouth

Babbacombe Model Village – Torquay

Wildwood Escot Park – Ottery St Mary
It’s definitely worth getting an annual pass.

Pennywell Farm – They have miniature pigs!

Friday 22nd July

The BFG film Showing – Exeter Phoenix (Running until 5th August)

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Saturday 30th July 

Westcountry Brick Show – Exeter Phoenix
A one day showcase of some amazing Lego creations

The BFG Workshop – Exeter Phoenix 
Making Big Friendly Ears

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Moth and Butterfly Day – Haldon Forest 
Join the A Touch of the Wild team and moth expert, Nikki Gardener at the secret camp at Holdon Forest Park. Forest activities, games and butterfly crafts as well as face painting and marshmallows around the camp fire.

Sunday 31st July 

Teddy Mac Day – Pecorama 
Story telling and book signing throughout the day.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Pirate Activities – Powderham Castle (running until 5th August)
Fun pirate themed activities aimed at 5 – 11 year olds.

Family Fun Day – Coldharbour Mill 11am – 1pm
Family admission £10 – Join Professor Bumble for party games, balloon animals and circus workshops.

Monday 1st August 

Fun with 2D Animation – Exeter Phoenix 
Creatures, Aliens and Robots. Suitable for 6 – 9 year olds.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Junior Fishing Day – Exe Valley Fishery
Join the River Exe & Tributaries Association to learn the basics of fly casting with experienced instructors. Suitable for 11 – 16 year olds.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Play in a Week – Theatre Royal 
Wishes, sea monsters, music and the moon! Play in a week will explore story telling techniques in a fun and imaginative way. Using music, shadow puppetry and performing we will work as an ensemble to find interesting ways of telling a tale to show to family and friends at the end of the week. Age 7 – 10 year old running until 5th August.

Tuesday 2nd August 

Margo & Mr Whatsit – Exeter Phoenix (Running until 6th August) 
Find out what Sophia gets up to with her imaginary friend, Mr Whatsit. Suitable from age 4+.

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 3rd August

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Killerton House 
Follow the Bear Trail, get your face painted and join in with interactive story telling.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Play Day – Castle Drogo 
Join in with games on Piddledown Common. 2pm – 4pm

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Mary Poppins – Theatre Royal 
Running until 3rd September.

National Playday – Phear Park, Exmouth
A free family event to celebrate children’s play. Bouncy Castle, face painting and more. 11am – 3pm

The North Devon Show – Umberleigh
Loads of things to do including climbing, monster truck show, mountain bike shows, animals and more.

Playday in the Park – Belmont Park, Exeter (Google Map).
12pm – 3pm. Celebrate National Playday at Belmont Park on Wednesday 3rd August. Arts, crafts, ploughmans and cake at the cafe, music, sensory play, stalls and a baby area.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Thursday 4th August 

Unpacked Family Theatre Festival Launch – Exeter Phoenix 
11am – Find out about what’s happening and have a bit to eat in the Cafe Bar.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

According to Arthur – Exeter Phoenix (running until 5th August)
interactive storytelling about Arthur, an odd man who lives in his attic. Suitable from 4+

Honiton Agricultural Show – Honiton Showground. 

Superhero Photo Booth – Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton 
A free event. Dress up as your favourite Superhero and have your photo taken

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Lazy town Live – Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter, EX4 1PT
Mr Hoppy’s Little Family. Several times dependent on age.

Friday 5th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter
Mr Hoppy’s Little Family. Several times dependent on age.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

NCS Charity Event – Exeter Quay 
A Family Friendly Mini-fete. Selling tasty, quality cakes at low prices, any bookworms can wriggle up to our brilliant book stall, children can enjoy themselves with all our fun activities and there will be competitions for all ages. It’s all for a good cause so come along!

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Free Family Disco – Starcross Royal British Legion 
7.30 – 10.30pm

Torbay Steam Fair – Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham , TQ5 0JT (Google Map)
The Torbay Steam Fair has built up a reputation as one of the best shows in the South West. It is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and great value for money. 

Saturday 6th August 

Crediton Family Fun Day – Boniface Centre, Crediton 
10am – 1pm. Lots of fun to be had for the whole family including a bouncy castle, face painting and balloons, baby print canvases, local stalls from JJ’s Children’s Wear, Crediton Sling Library, Carrie Hawkins Photography and much much more! You can also take part in the Big Latch at 10.30am to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Fort Box Build Day – Newcombes Meadow, Crediton
10.30am – 6.30pm. Help build the UK’s largest cardboard box fort! 3000 boxes and counting, please bring any corrugated ones you have along and we’ll be raising money for Hospiscare as well

Torbay Steam Fair – Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham , TQ5 0JT (Google Map)
The Torbay Steam Fair has built up a reputation as one of the best shows in the South West. It is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and great value for money.

The Thrifty Stork Pop-up – Matthews Hall, Topsham (Google Map)
9am. Woohoo! Final Summer Sale with fabulous Frugi bargains, Kite discounts, Piccalilly offers and more… up to 70% off!

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Sunday 7th August 

Wonderland Tea Party Fun – Powderham Castle (running until 12th August)
Meet the Queen of Hearts in the fun Wonderland themed activities. For ages 5 – 11 years.

Soul Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
12pm – 10pm. Live music and DJ.

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Torbay Steam Fair – Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham , TQ5 0JT (Google Map)
The Torbay Steam Fair has built up a reputation as one of the best shows in the South West. It is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and great value for money. 

Monday 8th August 

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 9th August 

Big Screen in the Park – Exeter Phoenix
Mary Poppins

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 10th August 

Big Screen in the Park – Exeter Phoenix 
the Jungle Book

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Puppetry Workshop – Exeter Phoenix 
Masters of puppetry Moon On A Stick share their skills ahead of an evening performance of King Arthur and The Inglewood at the Bike Shed Theatre (part of the Unpacked Family Theatre)

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Pyjama Drama – Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook 
George’s Dream Grandma. Several times dependent on age.

Thursday 11th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter
George’s Dream Grandma. Several times dependent on age.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Summer Picnic – Saltram National Trust 
12pm – 3pm. Bring your picnic and join in with some traditional, British summer fun, have a go on the cocunut shy, enter our sand castle competition and make a little boat!

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Friday 12th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Phoenix, Exeter
George’s Dream Grandma. Several times dependent on age.

Kids Disco & Barbecue, Twisted Oak, Ide 
5pm – 8pm. Disco and Barbecue

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Love Summer Festival – Torquay 
Family Friendly Festival with live entertainment and music. Runs until 14th August.

Bat Walk – Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (Google Map)
8.30pm – suitable from 8+. Join in for an evening stroll around the Sanctuary and use a bat detector to listen for bats as they fly and hunt for insects. Many species of bat use our woods, hedges and fields, and you’ll find out about these fascinating animals and how to identify their calls.

Water and Wildlife Day – Cricklepit Mill, Exeter (Google Map)
10am – 3pm. An open day with family activities in the wildlife garden and milling demonstrations in the historic mill. There will also be family activities in the garden to explore the wildlife of Cricklepit throughout the day. Go bug hunting in the meadow, get creative with natural weaving and make a flower press.

Maddie’s Fun Day – Padbrook Park Hotel Golf & Country Club, Cullompton (Google Map)
2pm – 8pm. Lots of fun to raise money for a Sensory Garden for Maddie

Saturday 13th August

Theatre in the garden – Killerton House, Broadclyst (Google Map)
6pm – 9pm. Heartbreak bring to life David Walliams top-rated book. Support Zoe as she battles to escape the leaning tower block to fulfil her dream of travelling the world. Expect a blend of dark reality and empowering comedy.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Tiny Tot’s Children’s Market – St James Parish Church Hall,  Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter
11am – 2pm. Go along and grab some great baby bargains. Pre-loved and local businesses.

Sunday 14th August 

Robin Hood Activities – Powderham Castle (Running until 19th August)
Join in with the Merrymen for fun activities. Suitable for ages 5 – 11 years

Paignton Regatta – Paignton Green
Loads of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Lee Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Fair – Memorial Hall, Woolacombe (Google Map)
11am – 5pm. Beautiful local arts and crafts for sale with delicious refreshments including home made cakes and cream teas served throughout the fair.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Summer Fair – Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth 
10am – 4pm. International food and drink, shopping village, meet and greet, trailer rides, Punch and Judy , Live Music and Entertainment and much more.

Monday 15th August 

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 16th August 

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

British Fireworks Championship – Plymouth
The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return the Plymouth for its 20th showdown in August 2016. Starts at 6.45pm

Wednesday 17th August 

Farm Open Day – Moonridge Farm, Exeter 
Starts at 10.30am. Take a stroll around the farm and feed the animals

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Thursday 18th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter
Wherefore art thou Matilda. Several times dependent on age

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Friday 19th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter
Wherefore art thou Matilda. Several times dependent on age

Meet Peppa Pig at Woodlands (throughout the day).

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

The Smartest Giant in Town. Open Air Theatre – Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster
6.30pm. Just Pack a picnic, folding chairs or a rug and bring the kids because this performance of Julia Donaldsons (Author of The Gruffalo) is not to be missed

Saturday 20th August 

Children’s Week – Paignton Green (Google Map)
Lots of Free activities for children.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Sunday 21st August 

Pirates and Mermaids – Powderham Castle (Running until 29th August)
Captain Jack and his pocketwatch crew bring the summer themes to a close before they all set sail come and see if they have managed to catch a mermaid. Suitable for ages 5 – 11 years.

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Dog Show – Double Locks, Exeter
12pm – 3pm. Registration is on the day with all the usual categories. Live music from 1pm by an amazing band

Devon Plants for Swaps – All Saints Church, Exmouth 
2 – 5pm.  3 hours of beautiful plant swaps and leave with lots of new plants for your garden
-a chance to meet & talk with local leading horticultural specialists and experts. Watch and learn new plant baby creation methods and tips. Cream teas and more.

Monday 22nd August 

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 23rd August 

Try it Tuesday’s – Killerton
Join in with sports with trained coaches each week. 11am – 3pm

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Meet T-Rex the Walking Dinosaur – Woodlands

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Children’s Performing Arts Summer School – Stoke Cannon Village Hall (Google Map)
Fun dance, singing, drama, games and arts and crafts. 9.00 – 11.00 age 3 – 5 years and 11.30 – 1.30 age 5 – 10 years.

Wednesday 24th August 

Pyjama Drama – Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook
The Witch under the stairs. Several times dependent on age

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Performing Arts Summer School – Stoke Cannon Village Hall (Google Map)
Fun dance, singing, drama, games and arts and crafts. 9.00 – 11.00 age 3 – 5 years and 11.30 – 1.30 age 5 – 10 years.

Thursday 25th August 

Pyjama Drama – The Family Garden, Exeter
The Witch under the stairs. Several times dependent on age

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Children’s Performing Arts Summer School – Stoke Cannon Village Hall (Google Map)
Fun dance, singing, drama, games and arts and crafts. 9.00 – 11.00 age 3 – 5 years and 11.30 – 1.30 age 5 – 10 years.

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth (Google Map)
Lots of fun events for both adults and children including air shows, crab fishing, icecream eating competition and fireworks.

Friday 26th August 

Cider Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
7.15pm – 11.15pm. Live music from micha and carries on to Sunday evening
live music on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and live music on Sunday at 2pm
sselection of sausages available on Saturday and sunday 12-6

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Come and Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol – Woodlands 

Pyjama Drama –  Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter 
The Witch under the stairs. Several times dependent on age

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth (Google Map)
Lots of fun events for both adults and children including air shows, crab fishing, icecream eating competition and fireworks.

Saturday 27th August 

Cider Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
12pm – 11pm. Live music from micha and carries on to Sunday evening
live music on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and live music on Sunday at 2pm
sselection of sausages available on Saturday and sunday 12-6

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Exeter Street Arts Festival – Exeter City Centre 
dozens of musicians, acrobats, artists, dancers and circus acts will fill the city centre streets with colour and sound! 10am – 6pm.

Free Chinese Taster Class – Beacon Heath Children’s Centre 
For children aged 2 – 7 years. Learn Chinese through music, stories, games, role play, themed topics and crafts.

Festival Craft Market – The Grapevine, Exmouth
12 – 4pm. Made in Devon Craft Market.

The Cheeky Boys of Pop – Exmouth Pavillion
The Cheeky Boys Of Pop battle it out this afternoon, but who will win? Robbie or Olly?! Come along for an afternoon of Pop! You’ll be dancing and singing to the hits we know and love form two of the biggest acts around right now!

Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth (Google Map)
Lots of fun events for both adults and children including air shows, crab fishing, icecream eating competition and fireworks.

Sunday 28th August 

Cider Festival – Double Locks, Exeter
11am – 6pm. Live music from micha and carries on to Sunday evening
live music on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and live music on Sunday at 2pm
sselection of sausages available on Saturday and sunday 12-6

Superhero Sunday – Woodlands
Go along and join in the Superhero fun.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Bank Holiday Steam Day – Coldharbour Mill Museum
10am – 4pm

Cullompton Town Fair – Collumpton Community Association Fields
11am – 6pm. A day filled with entertainment, stalls, games, activities and let’s raise lots of money while having a fantastic day!

Monday 29th August 

Plymtree Horse Show & Country Fayre – Weavers Lane Cross, Plymtree (Google Map)
Loads of stuff to do including a dog show, vintage car show, Punch and Judy, BBQ, bouncy castle and more.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Tuesday 30th August 

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Farmyard Show – Borough Farm, Woolacome
Can Alfie become the hero of the show as he tries to rescue Jemima, the ‘Duck in the Castle?’ With a little help from the ducks, geese, Felicity the Sheep and the Fairy pigmother, mayhem is guaranteed! Mee the dogs after the Show,and stay for a barbeque served from the Borough Farm Shepherd’s Hut. Adults £5.50, Children £3, Under 3’s free.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

Crafty Castle Capers – Castle Drogo 
Join in with arts and crafts. 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 31st August 

Holiday Climbing Club – Exeter Quay Climbing Club
7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12pm. With no experience required, Monquays Club Is packed full of challenges, games and activities. We will teach all you need to know to have plenty of fun on our roped climbing walls.

Landmark Summer Craft Market – The Promenade, Ilfracombe
10am – 4pm. North Devon has a treasure of local crafts people. Pop along to one of our craft markets where we will be selling locally produced arts, crafts and produced.

If you’ve found something great, please feel free to add a comment and I will endeavour to add to the post as I find more interesting things to go.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Family bucket List 2016 – The Orange Elephant

Family Bucket List 2016 – The Orange Elephant

Yey we’ve ticked another one off the Family Bucket List as we visited The Orange Elephant today.

The Orange Elephant

The kids have both been before but with grandparents so this was a first for both Chris and I and it definitely won’t be the last.

It wasn’t a long journey for us and excitement got the better of Isabelle as the signposts signalled our closeness.

Pulling in there was plenty of parking which is always a bonus.

The view of the entrance and the Meadow was lovely, and then the smell of the pig, cow and sheep pooh took over confirming that we were indeed on a working farm.

 

Isabelle wasn’t interested in having a look around at all. All she was interested in finding was the icecream selection, all the while wondering what toppings and sauces they had!

She wasn’t disappointed.

There were loads to choose from including Lemon Pavlova, Muddy Green Wellies (you’ll have to visit to find out what that one is) and Mango just to name a few. There was a choice of cones, toppings, sauces and an impressive selection of icecream sundaes.

With all the amazing flavours and the time she took to choose, she chose a plain cone with vanilla icecream, strawberry sauce and marshmallows.

Admission to The Orange Elephant are extremely reasonable and we decided to get a season pass for £12.00 which admits five people (adults or children). The season ends at the end of September, but I’ve got a feeling that we will be making use of the pass.

After paying we were given our orange stickers and our maze map and off we went to find the Summer Meadow.

The Orange Elephant

We encountered sheep, pigs, chickens and cows. The sheep weren’t really bothered with us, but the pigs were quite nosy and we got a great snout picture. A calf came to greet us and the chickens were very friendly.

If you look in the chicken pen, you can see that these are special chickens that lay green eggs!!

We went round the Maize Maze with Isabelle’s excellent map reading skills and then headed for a play in the park.

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

There were plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas to sit for a picnic.

There were plenty of swings and slides to go on, and an assault course which Isabelle really loves to do.

The Orange Elephant

When she’d finished playing we headed back to the cafe as us parents hadn’t had a chance to taste the icecream!

We chose the  (Award Winning) Lemon Pavlova and the Chocolate Brownie Sundaes which we shared and little cheeky minx managed to wangle another icecream.

The Orange Elephant

The Orange Elephant

I didn’t take a picture but I loved the signs on the toilet doors – Heifers (ladies) and Bulls (Gents).

After finishing our sundaes (very filling indeed) we had another go in the park to round the trip off.

The Orange Elephant

But not before asking about the possibility of having Isabelle’s birthday party there.

So in summary The Orange Elephant is definitely worth a visit, it gets both adult and kid thumbs up, and I would recommend a season pass as it’s somewhere that you can nip to if you have a spare couple of hours to let the kids let off some steam and finish it off with a cheeky ice-cream.

Visit the Orange Elephant Facebook Page to keep up to date with opening times and News.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Vote for Oak Furniture Land and Win £1500 to spend

Vote for Oak Furniture Land and Win £1500 to spend with them! 

So what would I buy if I won the £1500?

I would go for this lovely dining table set. Ours is in desperate need of replacing and I think this would be perfect for the four of us, but also big enough for when we have guest over with the extending option. I love the bench style, but still giving the option of sitting with support with the two end chairs (maybe a mum and dad chair).

Win £1500 with Oak Land Furniture

However, the do also do a gorgeous range of Nursery Furniture with lovely solid wood Cots, Changing tables and matching drawers and wardrobes. I’ve also spied a lovely range of office furniture, something that I aspire to have one day!

We are currently looking at options for our five year old daughter who unfortunately has a box room sized bedroom. We need something that will maximise the limited space that we have but also give her a little bit of room to play or set up her dollies.

All you have to do is VOTE for Oak Furniture Land in the Loved by Parents Awards (clickable link). You can also spread the word on Social Media.

The competition ends a midnight on the 28th July 2016 so there’s not a lot of time to waste.

Click here for the full list of Loved by Parents (LBP) Awards 2016. 

Good luck x

First year of school Over Already

First year of school over already!

Ooh I can’t believe that Isabelle has completed her first year of school already!

This was her on her first day with her brand new uniform, shiny shoes and a huge grin.

She’s come on leaps and bounds in her first year.

The school that she goes to are big on sensory play, outdoor play (come rain or shine) and imaginative play. She would come home completely covered in mud, paint, gloop or just general grubiness which are always a sign of a good day.

We stopped eating jacket potatoes at home as Isabelle would choose a jacket potato for her lunch every single day with a variation of topping between cheese or tuna and sweetcorn.

Isabelle absolutely adored her teacher who she is going to miss terribly. Miss Dyke has told her that she can still sit with her at lunch time when they go back. She might regret that come every lunch time!

Isabelle turned five the week that she started school so she was more than ready for it, and has soaked up every bit of learning from reading, singing, phonics and writing.

She constantly sings the jingles associated with phonics and is pretty good at spelling simple words on her own.

She enjoys reading the annoyingly repetitive books that they get sent home with and her descriptions of mini beasts is second to none.

We’ve met her new teacher who seems lovely, and she explained how the children are mixed with year 1 and year 2 and then separated into learning levels. She is going up with a group of her besets friends so I think she will absolutely fine.

Since starting school Isabelle has started playing teachers where she plays miss Dyke. We got her a white board which she props up, lines all her teddy’s up, puts on her high heels and adjusts her voice into teacher mode. She has a lanyard with a smiley face, sad face and listening ear which she uses when talking to ‘the children’. She takes the register and then does reading and writing with them. The naughty kid of the class (which I won’t name on the off chance that his parents read my blog) gets told off a lot and quite often ends up sitting on the stairs!

I feel quite sad that she’s going up to year 1. The reception and pre-school have their own self contained outdoor area with bikes, mud kitchen, sandpit, giant building bricks and veg patch. Going into year 1 will be more classroom based and they go into the BIG playground with all the older kids.

It seems like such a big step that Isabelle is more than ready for, but maybe I’m not quite ready yet.

The teen has now completed his first year of college, and we have to consider universities for next September with the application process this September which I’m sooooo not ready for. Boo hoo!!

I’m not going to dwell on it. I know they both have to grow up.

Here she was yesterday excitedly clutching her teacher present for the ‘bestest teacher in the world’ in Isabelle’s words!


We chose a lovely necklace made by a jeweller in Somerset with little shells on in, chosen because Isabelle thinks Miss Dyke is as beautiful as a mermaid! (We got this from the lovely Hyde and Seek Shop).


Lisa

Www.babynotincluded.co.uk

How to cope with the kids in the hot weather!

How to cope with the kids in the hot weather!

 

How to cope with the kids in hot weather

We moan when it’s raining!

We moan when it’s cold!

We moan when it’s cold and it’s raining!

Lets’s face it, whatever the weather us Brits LOVE to have a good old moan about it!

It’s no secret that I’m not a HOT day person. I don’t cope very well in the heat. I suffered with heat sickness as a child and really don’t cope very well. I’m irritable and ratty, and everything feels like such a chore in the sweltering heat!

You won’t find me sat at the side of the pool sunbathing!

You’re more likely to find me hiding away inside or tucked neatly under a huge sun umbrella with my VERY white legs.  On the subject of that, I do look odd in the summer with my tanned face, arms and feet and the rest of my body as white as can be. Ha ha!

Having kids and actually having to do stuff in the sun can be a chore.

Having a baby in the heat can be the pits when they constantly want to be carried and cuddled.

So what can you do to stay cool both in and out of the home?

At Home

  • Dress your baby or child appropriately at night – light clothing (cotton is best) such as a vest or short babygro and thin shorty pyjamas or nightie for older ones. A light cotton sheet instead of the usual bedding or sleeping bag may be better (especially if the room is over 25 degrees).
  • An hour or two before bedtime, have the windows and doors to the nursery or bedroom open to allow air to circulate through.
  • Air conditioning – Hmm yes I wish!
  • Have drinks available at all times so that little ones can drink throughout the day.
  • For older ones, freeze strawberries, raspberries and halved grapes and add to drinks instead of ice cubes which doubles up as a sneaky fruity treat.
  • I’ve never done this one personally, but I have heard that it’s a good idea to open your loft hatch which will allow further heat to go up through the house (as heat rises).
  • A quick luke warm or cool bath before bedtime to relieve clammy skin may help.
  • Make yourself a water spray by filling up a spray bottle (you can buy in most chemists) and keep in the fridge. Spray over the face at a good arms length for a gentle mist of cool water.
  • A thermometer in the room would be a good so that you can dress them appropriately.
  • Fill a bottle with water and freeze. Put this in the room which will cool the air – an ideal place would be in front of a fan.
  • As difficult as it is for all concerned, try and keep the bedtime routine as calm as possible as the more irritable the more hot you all get.

Out and About

  • Babies under six months should not be exposed to direct sunlight so using appropriate sun shades for your pram, car shades and ensuring that you sit in shaded areas are a must.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Cotton is always good for keeping cool so dressing as simple as possible on hot days makes it cooler for baby and less faff for mum and dad.
  • The sun is at it’s hottest between 11am – 3pm so trying to plan outdoor activities outside of this time would be good but not always avoidable. Have regular breaks from the direct sun which could tie in nicely with drink breaks.
  • Making sure that you apply suncream every day with several top ups during the day. I’m not going to preach on suncreams but even the once a day creams are said to lose there efficiency after 60 – 90 minutes so regular top ups should be done. The lowest recommended is factor 15 but we always use a higher factor than this.
  • Keeping cool can also be fun. Fill up a paddling pool, give them bottles, cups and a tea-set if they have one  and this will keep them happy and cool.
  • Buy a sunsuit which will also protect them from the sun for beach days and paddling pools.
  • Wearing a Sun Hat which has a wide brim with neck protection for added protection. There are various brands, some of which have UV and UVA filters. Having a wider brim gives them protection also for their faces, ears and necks which can be easily burnt. For good quality Baby Sun Hats pop over to our site where we have a great selection for just £5.00 each!!

Eating and Drinking

  • Breastfed babies may want to feed more often to avoid hydration.
  • Bottle-fed babies could be given additional boiled cooled water.
  • As above make sure that drinks are accessible throughout the day. We recently made Strawberry and Raspberry Lemonade which was a lovely treat.
  • For older babies and children you can also help by giving them ice cubes (actually very amusing for babies) and ice lollies which not only taste great but an additional way to get fluids into them (I will add some ice lolly recipes to the blog but to get  you started try the Blueberry Yoghurt Bites).
  • For babies over six months old and toddlers you could try freezing some of their favourite fruit which is also great for teething.
  • Both babies and children may eat less in the heat as do us adults so adapt food so that they eat little but often. Keep meals simple such as filled pittas, kebabs (meat, veg and fruit), dips, jacket potatoes, pizzas, salads, grilled meat which can be easily put together and can be picked at.

I’m no expert so these are the many things that we’ve googled over the seventeen years of parenting we’ve done so far.

If there is something that you think we’ve missed off or that is a fantastic tried and tested tip then either leave us a comment or drop us a mail at mail@babynotincluded.co.uk 

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk