Days Out: Into The Trees, Pippingford Park, East Sussex. (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Last weekend, we were invited to Into The Trees, which is a newly formed family festival based in Pippingford Park, Nutley, East Sussex. Celebrating it’s third year, the festival explores the great outdoors in the heart of Ashdown Forest.

I haven’t been to Ashdown Forest since I read Winnie The Pooh, so it was really exciting to finally visit it in person – and what a sight. With ancient forests and rolling hills covered in ferns it was easy to get involved with nature.

Into The Trees explores the ways in which we can play, work and live amongst the trees…

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Teaching Your Child to Swim: An Interview With Puddle Ducks!

Swimming with Puddle Ducks has been such a huge part of our weekly routine that when we don’t have swimming due to school holidays I feel lost, and it takes me a few weeks just to remember to not get his swimming bag ready on a Thursday morning!

Part of the whole experience has been down to the amazing relationship we have with T’s instructor Vikki. Vikki has known T since he was a fudgy baby when holding his head up was his biggest achievement – nowadays it’s trying to get him to jump in from the poolside!

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Why We Need to STOP Genderizing Kids Clothes. 

This week, news broke that John Lewis made drastic changes to the way they label their kids clothes. A store that once housed segregated racks of pinks and blues labelled as ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ now boasts an array of clothes just labelled as ‘Boys & Girls’. Together. As one. The first UK retailer to do this.

This. Is. Huge.

Although it really shouldn’t. This should be our normality.

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Friday Night at The Circus!

The last time I went to the Circus was when I was a small child, and from what I can remember it was a magical experience (minus the clowns – not keen on those buggers). There was always such amazement, mystery and wonder to the show, and the performers were always super human to me.

I’m not really sure why we never went again, but whenever the circus came to town it always made the town fill with excitement – especially in my day because there’d be a few more ‘exotic’ animals on show.

So when we were invited to Hove Lawns to see Zippo’s Circus new show called ‘Jigit’ (which means brave and skillful) we were beyond excited. For Sharon, she’d never been to a circus, and this would have been T’s first ever experience of a circus too!

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The Person Behind the Parent {Naomi: Tattooed Mummy}

Another month, another wonderful blogger to feature as part of my ‘Person behind the Parent’ feature! If you’ve followed this feature for a while you’ll know it’s about celebrating the people we are behind the parent. We’re often forgotten along the parenting journey!

Last month, we spoke to Lisa from Mummascribbles who confessed that her husband doesn’t like Toad in the Hole! This month, we’re chatting to Naomi from Tattooed Mummy.

Please introduce yourself…
​Hi I’m Tattooed Mummy. I haven’t always been tattooed or a mummy of course, But online I’ve been that so long I now answer to it.​ I’m 51, have been with my husband since I was 20. We have a teenage daughter and a puppy. While our daughter is our first (and only) the puppy is our third border terrier. I tweet a lot and love the online community, my husband is not so keen and at his request he features very rarely on my blog. You’ll just have to believe me when I say he’s real. I blog semi-anonymously, but my first name is Naomi.

Where can we find you?
I’m choosing to assume you mean online and are not planning a trip to my house. I blog at Tattooed Mummy and have a separate camping and festival blog at (greedy!) I am on twitter for this blog and my tent sniffing blog and both blogs have Facebook pages​.

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#BeMoreAtHome with Google Home: An Introduction. [Gifted]

A few months ago, we were invited to Google HQ in London for a special look at something that they had been working on: Google Home. At the time, I had just read news articles about it’s imminent release, as well as stalked the Google Home pages, so I went to London relatively blind, but incredibly excited.

We’re a pretty gadget-happy family, with Sharon working in IT and me just happy to be living in an age of technology where information is at the end of a fingertip, so this was an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

We had already heard so much about the Google Home, with rumours that you could control your lighting using voice command (Phillips Hue required), to being able to browse Netflix and Spotify, even asking Google Home to find local restaurants. The possibilities were endless.

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