Strictly Bricks: Lego Compatible Bricks and Baseplates [AD – Review]

This month, we were recently sent some items from Strictly Bricks – a new STEM toy founded in 2014 that encourages children to learn and create using the power of construction.

T’s reached a wonderful age where he really enjoys building and creating “masterpieces”, and has a bounty of Lego in his room, but these sets can come at a cost, so when we were invited to try out an alternative we were keen to see how they compared.

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Revisiting Memories with Nixplay Seed [AD – Review]

By now you’re probably aware that we love taking photos. Our instagram is full of them because we also love to share them. From recording milestones to family holidays to moments that are too precious to forget, we want to remember them all – even more so as parents.

As two mums who are likely only ever going to have “the one” we are acutely aware that something that T does now may not happen again next week, so capturing those faces, for example, are priceless, as they’ll be gone before we know it. It’s not long now before he starts school so we’re soaking up as much as we can.

As a family who likes to share certain memories and display them proudly you can imagine that photo-frames breed like rabbits in our house, and they do, but over the past few years the space in which to store them has not. So we needed some help, and Nixplay have done just that.

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Days Out: WWT Wetland Centre, Arundel [AD – Press Visit]

Last weekend we were invited to the WWT Wetland Centre in Arundel for the day which, surprisingly, was our first ever visit. Despite being regular visitors to the historic town, we’ve never got round to visiting the Wetland Centre, so when they invited us to come see them for the day we weren’t going to miss the chance.

Wetlands are found across the world, ranging from giant deltas, mighty estuaries and mudflats to floodplains and peatlands that humans have relied on for hundreds of years.

40% of all species rely on freshwater wetlands, despite covering less than 1% of the world’s surface.

Prior to our visit, we’d only ever visited one other Wetland Centre previously – which was wonderful – but for some reason we’ve never thought to explore any other locations. Going on this weekend’s visit, we instantly regret not visiting sooner.

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Days Out: ‘Day and Night’ at Brighton Sea Life Centre [AD – Press Trip]

This week, we were invited to the opening of the new ‘Day & Night‘ exhibit at Brighton Sea Life Centre. Although officially opening on 25th May, we were invited for a sneak peek as part of our ambassadorship for the centre along with lots of other bloggers – which gave us a lovely chance to catch up with Chelle and Claire.

We’ve been coming to Brighton’s Sea Life Centre for a number of years not only as a family, but when I was a child when we used to visit Brighton for the day, however the Aquarium actually dates back much much further than that – as far as Victorian times in fact. If you didn’t know already, Brighton’s Sea Life Centre is the OLDEST Aquarium in the world.

With this in mind, it was no surprise when we found out how much money had to be invested into making this new feature, as well as renovate lots of other areas around the Aquarium, as magnificent as it is.

Here’s what happened during our visit to the centre. You can read about our previous visit here.

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Days Out: Eden Project, Cornwall [AD – Press Trip]

It was over ten years ago when Sharon and I first visited the Eden Project. We had just started dating and it was also our first proper holiday together. Embarrassingly, it didn’t start off too well due to the fact that I was completely unaware how bad Sharon suffered with Hayfever. She’s much better now, but at the time it probably wasn’t the best suggestion to take someone with Hayfever and mild Asthma to a place with tropical, hilly climates and thousands of plants(!).

That being said, despite the situation at hand, we still had a wonderful time, because the Eden Project is just that kind of place. It’s an awe inspiring mecca of sustainable living where you leave feeling incredibly motivated and empowered. A real Cornish gem.

If you haven’t been to the Eden Project, or would like to know more, let me explain what it’s about.

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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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