A Letter to the Marketing Team of…

Dear Marketing Team,

It’s Pride season!

I probably don’t need to tell you this though, you’ve probably had it in your calendars since January, if not since last Pride. You’ve got your rainbow flags sat in storage ready to adorn the float you plan to place on the Pride parade, you’ve got your hashtags at the ready, posts scheduled, and maybe a few rainbow themed products already on the shelves of your local supermarket. You are ready to celebrate Pride!

But, as always, you’ve forgotten one important thing; the meaning behind Pride.

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Days Out: Godstone Farm, Surrey

Last weekend, we were invited to visit Godstone Farm in Surrey. Although we’ve never been before as a family, Sharon remembers going some *cough* thirty years ago when she was little. Until Sharon had told me about the farm, I’d never heard of it – which is surprising considering we love a good farm and are always willing to travel to visit one.

Godstone Farm is only an hour away from Brighton via the M25 and is set amongst the Surrey Hills. We were really lucky with the weather during our visit, it meant that we were able to capture some of the gorgeous views the hills had to offer as well as experience the farm at it’s best.

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Our Packing List for Camp Bestival

This year will be our second year at Camp Bestival, and we are incredibly lucky that we have been invited as Official Crew for the festival. Thanks to last years introduction to the festival, it’s now become the highlight of our year and we plan on attending every year from now on.

Although we’ve been camping before, we were complete novices to family camping and only had a rough idea on what we absolutely needed to bring (although we quickly learnt that Camp Bestival has an amazing stock of essentials in their main shop). Thanks to the UK being so unpredictable we had to pack for every eventuality, just in case, however as the week went on we realised what was essential and what wasn’t!

If you’re thinking of attending Camp Bestival this year and aren’t sure what to pack, here’s a quick list that we’d like to share to help you along the way so you don’t over pack, because trust me, you don’t want to be lugging up unnecessary stuff up and down that hill from the car park!

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Goodbye, Grandad: A Story about a Rocket to the Moon.

There’s never an easy way to talk about the loss of a loved one. It never feels like the right time. But when is the right time? You feel like you’re cheating yourself and deceiving others by not talking about it, but when you do you’re lost for words.

Time certainly wasn’t on our side in February when Sharon’s dad had been officially diagnosed with cancer, however we knew something wasn’t right months prior. He had lost a lot of weight, he wasn’t eating much and there was a cough that didn’t seem to budge. Textbook symptoms when you look back. It then crept up on us so quickly, that when we saw Sharon’s dad for the first time in several months it really was like a truck had hit us.

But February came and we got the answer we already knew. He was dying, and fast. The doctor told him he had eight months to live max. We were crushed. Eight months was not long enough to say goodbye. To squeeze in all those things you’ve been meaning to do all those years. Chemotherapy was an option, however due to the severity of the cancer and how ill he was already, Sharon’s dad made the decision not to take the treatment.

We had until October.

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Days Out: The New Goblet of Fire Exhibit at Warner Bros Studio Tour, London.

If you follow us on instagram you’ll know that we’re massive Potterheads. If you don’t know what that means, I’ll enlighten you:

Definition: Amazingly cool people who are obsessed with Harry Potter.

We adore the series and ever since Warner Bros. opened their studios in Watford, London we have visited the Harry Potter studio tour a number of times. You may think this as a bit excessive, but the tour is constantly changing and adding new features. As well as the seasonal changes where props are often adorned with snow in the winter or sets decorated with pumpkins in the autumn, there are also regular releases of new behind the scenes footage and experiences.

The last time we visited, T was a mere 18 months old and had just started walking. To him, it was a day out and a safe place to toddle with some fun stuff to do along the way. Fast forward another 18 months and it’s now a whole new experience.

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Exploring the new Piccolo range at Pizza Express {Review}

Last week, myself and T were invited to one of our local Pizza Express’ to try out their Piccolo menu and brand new activity packs that come with every children’s meal. We’ve been going to Pizza Express for a number of years and this didn’t stop when we had T.

We’ve always found Pizza Express to be incredibly family friendly, from their welcoming staff to their menus that are mini adult meals as opposed to “kid friendly” plates of grease that you often get in pub chains. As parents who did baby-led weaning, their variety of food was perfect.

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