Happy Days Half Term – What did you do??

Phew what a busy week!
Being half term and having to work mon – wed put me in a right downer of a mood. I felt so guilty having to leave, Zachy especially, in childcare and was determined to make the most of our days together so here goes:

Out & About
On Thursday we got up early and jumped on a train to London. We were off to Hamleys for a blogger event to look at a new kids bathtime range: Kids Stuff Crazy range.
It really is a crazy fun range! They have all sorts from foaming soap to colour changing bubble bath with finger puppet toppers and loads of cool gift packs including monkey sponges, bath crayons, mirrors and books all for use in the bath. I can’t wait for these to arrive and will write up a full post about these once we have had a crazy bath 🙂 The team are lovely and have really put a lot of thought and research into how to make bathtime fun for the little monkeys and are keen to share ways for this to happen if your child isn’t keen on it.
Zach had a whale (!!! sorry!!! ) of a time, he got his face painted as a tiger and got stuck into the foam soap which smells gorgeous and can be moulded into all sorts of shapes:
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After this we went down to the Tower of London to see the poppies, although it was super busy it was very moving and Zach really understood what they represented which was nice. He ended up with 2 poppies and a poppy band 🙂

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Obviously Friday was all about Halloween and after a busy morning visit from a play mate where they made bats and pumpkins (later these went in the window) we went to the local church party which was entitled the Brave and the Bold so didn’t celebrate Halloween for obvious reasons! Lots of fun was had here with cress head making, games and tea and on the way home we did a little bit of trick and treating, first time for Zachy so he was sooo excited when he got a sweet at each house!

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Fun at Home

From the aforementioned bat and pumpkin making we also had some yummy sit down all together dinners this weekend that doesn’t happen during the week, Flo is doing really well and eats what we all have and its so nice to put her in a booster rather than in her highchair so she can join in. They both had some great play time with the Early Learning Centre house which shows what a great range their Happyland stuff is for across a range of ages.

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Time for me/My happiest Moment/This week

I managed to veg out on Saturday and Sunday evening with a bottle of wine and X Factor. This week I really want to make more time for my blogging. A great start to that this morning as I’ve just found out that I’ve won a ticket to Blogfest this weekend! Woohoo! I’m so excited to see all the speakers, learn lots and meet lots of you guys there so pleeeeease give me a shout as a I’m a bit nervous being a newbie 🙂

Look forward to filling you all in soon…

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Turkish, Conkers & Keith Lemon

Last week I visited Havet Restaurant in Bromley. It always surprises me how busy this restaurant is on any day of the week! It’s a tasty Turkish restaurant which has an open grill (behind a screen) with fresh salads and tasty starters (their hummus is to die for!) with friendly efficient service. I accompanied my Meal which consisted of a lamb kebab/chicken kebab combo, tomato salad and bulger rice with a bottle of the tasty house white wine (or 2 🙂 )

Over the road The Barrel and Horn provided us with some after dinner Gin & Tonics – I love the vintage theme in this bar which usually accommodates the over 25 clientèle – a nice respite from the 18 year old drinkers that Bromley tends to attract in many places. Although it wasn’t that busy seen as it was a Tuesday night I have been here before when it’s rammed, sometimes with a live singer or band. My friends even gave us a quick rendition of chop sticks on the piano – perhaps best left to the professionals they have in!!

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In kiddie world this week we collected plenty of conkers to thread Daddies old shoe laces through and have conker wars – it’s easy peasy – just get a screwdriver and run the lace through the middle with a knot underneath and take turns to hit each others conker off first. My (nearly) 4 year old loved it and couldn’t wait to ask every person who stepped over the threshold for a match – simple things 🙂

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Lastly I had the pleasure of attending the JSA boat party down the Thames on Sunday. It’s a yearly event which includes the families of their clients rather than an evening event. This year they surpassed themselves! The entertainment which ranged from face painting and tattoos to balloon men, caricaturists and magicians to George Michael and Keith Lemon kept everyone entertained whilst taking in the sites of London. The Keith Lemon impersonator was soooo good and really engaging, we met him as Tim nice but dim when we first boarded 🙂 My facebook video of George Michael has had friends asking if it really was George which speaks for itself really!

I’m awaiting the twitter handles for the entertainment team as I highly recommend every single one of them! – UPDATE: All the entertainers were brought together by Zap Magic .  The caricaturists are Simon & Sheba of www.bitterandtwisted.org

With a paid for bar i sampled the fizz on arrival and a nice dry white wine aboard and sampled a very nice white from Laithwaites on my arrival home which i will let you know the name of when I get home!

What wine have you tried this week??

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Pub lunches & #tallships2014

So kiddie time began with just one on Thursday whilst my other was in pre school so a pub lunch was on the cards at The Crown & Anchor in Bromley. This pub has always been a favourite of mine as I used to live round the corner and frequented it plenty of times before I had children! Saying that it is kiddie friendly having a little tikes climbing set in the garden and the staff are super friendly so I highly recommend it for mums, dads and kids. Apart from the lovely internal decoration the pub has an added area adjacent to the garden which is open plan in the summer and closed in for the winter so perfect for hiring for events and parties.
My friend and I both had burgers from the menu which is all very reasonably priced (£5/£6 for a main) and my Union Jack burger which included a fat home made burger, blue cheese, tomato and onion chutney was lush and served with fries and coleslaw. Yummer yummer!
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As I mentioned in my previous blog I had a work event in the evening which was held at Jewel Bar, Covent Garden and I must say the staff there were fantastic and the evening was a huge success. I tried a porn star martini and another personally made cocktail by my amazing event manager Natalia. If you need a function place with a fun atmosphere and yummy cocktails this is the place for you!

On Saturday we were all excited to go to the tall ships festival in Greenwich. The festival celebrates tall ships (hence the name!) and we saw plenty sailing up and down the Thames. The DLR was the start of the fun for my eldest seen as there’s no drivers so that was his job 🙂
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We couldn’t stay for fireworks but I heard they were spectacular.
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It was exhausting though so I was so relieved to get home for a nice glass of centro plaza prosecco (currently on offer at tescos!)
So Sunday is here already and all I can wonder is what wine I can try this week when it’s wine o’clock 🙂 what do you recommend??
Have a good one peeps!