Days Out: The Rainforest Carousel at Drusillas, East Sussex (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Last weekend, we were invited to a press event at Drusillas Park to try out their new ride for 2019; the Rainforest Carousel. It’s been a while since we last visited, and seeing as it’s just around the corner from us we jumped at the chance to visit again.

We love Drusillas for so many reasons, not only is it a lovely little zoo but it has some fantastic rides for young children / thrill seekers. There’s also always something extra going on, from visits by Hey Duggee or Peter Rabbit, to seasonal events at Christmas and Halloween!

The Rainforest Carousel opened last weekend and we were lucky enough to be one of the first few people to ride on it before everyone else. Here’s what we thought and what we got up to.

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Days Out: Gringotts Bank at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

This week we were invited to the opening of the new 2019 feature at Warner Bros. Studios in London – Gringotts Wizarding Bank – the studio’s biggest expansion to date!

Opening on 6th April 2019, it primarily celebrates the last two Harry Potter movies – the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 where the bank and vaults are featured the most – as well as featuring lots of favourite props from The Philosopher’s Stone, such as vault 687.

I’ve now lost count as to how many times we’ve visited the studios, but it really doesn’t matter as there’s always something new to see. There’s also something incredibly special about revisiting where magic was literally made.

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Feeding a Three Year Old: “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” by Emily Leary [Gifted]

Since we first started weaning T at six months, meals times have actually been a pretty enjoyable experience – surprisingly. We’d heard horror stories of six month olds refusing meals, gagging or choking, or turning your living room into a work of abstract art. As they get older, I’d read about two year olds demanding their sandwiches cut into triangles and NOT squares or avoiding anything that’s coloured green. With T though, probably because we chose to follow a Baby-Led Weaning regime, this hasn’t been the case. T will generally give anything a go at least once and will always want what we’re eating if we’re out at a restaurant.

That being said, over the past year or so, T has become quite sensitive to certain textures. Foods such as cooked mushrooms and onions, roasted peppers, and leafy substances such as spinach (cooked or raw) and lettuces are things he’s likely to pick out of a meal. It’s a very odd turn of events, especially as he’ll happily the eat raw versions of some of these. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me, as I know he’ll just pick it out and carry on with his dinner (thank the gods), but other times it can be quite stressful either trying to cut something up so small that he won’t notice or messing around finding all the mushrooms once he realises they’re in his dinner.

Just in the nick of time though, before it got out of hand, we received some help.

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The Moonlite Projector: Review [AD – Review]

Books are incredibly important in our house. Not only do they allow us to explore new worlds and meet new people, but they bring us together as a family. Not a day goes by when we don’t read T a book.

Bedtime is when we read most of our books; although I don’t begrudge T when he brings me a book after breakfast! When we’re settling down for the night, T will usually sneak 2-3 books to bed hoping we’ll read all three (we always do) and then ask for another. I love the fact that he finishes his day with a book – I often wonder whether his story continues in his dreams.

T is a complete book worm, and to celebrate World Book Day we were recently sent a new interactive reading experience: a Moonlite Projector.

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Capturing the Night Sky with Greater Skies (Review) [AD]

We’re a family that very much liked to capture certain memories – it’s the reason we started this blog! Over the years we’ve saved several pieces of ‘art’ T has brought home from nursery and created a scrapbook, we’ve made a note of certain things he’s done, and I’ve lost count of the amount of photos and videos we have saved. Time goes by so fast that it’s important to us to save those memories.

When you become a parent, it’s therefore incredibly easy to collect novelty gifts and trinkets to document these occasions and beyond. From personalised toys to prints of their feet – there are so many ways you can capture this special moment, and we’re no different when it comes to saving a few of them.

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Days Out: Christmas at London Zoo (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

It’s not often that I welcome early Christmas celebrations. For me, Christmas starts in December give or take a few early Christmas purchases because the items were on sale! The thought of putting my tree up anytime before December sends icicles down my spine. I just don’t want to be bored of Christmas before it’s begun!

That being said, when certain places put on a Christmas event or the movie channels turn on their festive viewing, I’ve been known to have a sneaky peek – allowing myself to get a little excited for Christmas, which is exactly what we did when we visited London Zoo last week. They’ve recently opened their Christmas trail and on their opening night we were invited to see it in all it’s splendour.

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