Coughton Court: Toddler’s Day Out

Coughton Court - toddler's day out

The court at Coughton Court

Coughton Court Key Info

Where is it? Coughton Court, Coughton, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5JA

How much is it? £12 for Adults including the house, under fives go free. We also paid for the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt which was £3 (but goes to charity). You can get a garden only ticket which is cheaper

Are there facilities for babies and toddlers? Yes – the baby change is really nice with a proper change mat, mobile, wipes, nappies and nappy bags in case you’ve run out – a lovely touch! There wasn’t much geared towards kids apart from the Egg Hunt, but our toddler loved running around the garden and exploring the house. There’s also a nice little cafe with hot and cold food and the all important cream tea!

Is it easy to take a push chair? Yes, it’s easy enough to push over the grass. However, you can’t take a pushchair around the house, you have to leave safely it at the entrance, so if you have a baby you don’t want to carry, stick to buying a garden only ticket

Is there parking? Plenty

Read More

Pancake party because no reason

Pancake party

You’re invited

One of the best things about parenthood is revisiting your own childhood memories. Consciously, and unconsciously sometimes, I try to share the joy from my own childhood with my son. Maybe it’s a way of editing the past. Keeping the best bits and forgetting the rest, to try and make sure he has as happy a start in life as possible.

Read More

Centerparcs Elveden Forest: Toddler’s Holiday

Elveden Forest Centerparcs with a toddler
A holiday in the forest

We are just back from a week at Elveden Forest Centerparcs with our two year old.  We took it as a respite from the daily grind of February in the UK. Honestly, February is the worst month of the year. January is grim, after the excitement and cheer of Christmas, but by the time February rolls around, getting up and going home in the dark is starting to wear PREEEETY thin. In pre-LP times, we jetted off for a sneaky bit of sun in Lanzarote, to take a week off the tail-end of winter, but it’s not so easy or stress free to holiday abroad with a toddler.

This is why we resorted (see what I did there?) to Centerparcs, which is wonderfully set up for families. We have been before, but not to the Elveden one. I was drawn there following my Google searches on “which Centerparcs is the best” and the promise of muntjac deer as well as the obligatory waterfowl and squirrels. Read More

What if being tired is just the new normal?

is tiredness the new normal

This is how I feel right now, but with more hair

At what point do you accept that actually you’re not tired – that actually this feeling that you may once have called tiredness is just the norm now?

I’m getting to a point that I’m so used to being tired, there hardly seems any point mentioning it. Or more accurately, that I sound like such a broken record of someone saying they are tired that I’m bored of remarking on it – and I’m sure my husband is. Maybe it’s just being a parent? Maybe I’m getting soft? Maybe I work too hard? Maybe it’s just getting a bit… older?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not exhausted-sleep-deprived-crying-can’t-function tired, like I was when I had a Read More

Kenilworth Castle: toddler’s day out

Kenilworth Castle toddler's day out
We had a lovely day out at Kenilworth Castle today. It’s a perfect excursion for the days between Christmas and New Year – crisp, bright and festive. We all had fun exploring and LP tired himself out clambering over the ruined ramparts, so now he is having a snooze while twilight falls, and I’m writing this in the glow of our Christmas tree lights.

Read More

DIY Window Paint for Toddler Play


Window art for young children

We tried out this recipe for DIY window paint last Saturday when the wind and icy drizzle succeeded in dampening our (mommy’s) interest in exploring outside. It’s a fun, creative and most importantly – easy – toddler activity that doesn’t make *too* much mess. An excellent way to spend time on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Take a deep breath, have a coffee and get mixing!

Read More

Things that only happen at Pilates

what really happens at a pilates class

Hey guys, we’re just hanging in the Pilates studio, nothing embarrassing happening here

Certain things happen at Pilates that normally stay in the Pilates class. You get yourself into all kinds of weird positions. Events take place. There is a silent understanding that those events will go no further than the class door. Until now.

That’s right – I’m lifting the lid on the Pilates studio to reveal what really takes place in a Pilates class! Some good some bad – all part of the process. Here we go:

1. *ALL* body parts are freely discussed by the Pilates instructor

a doubletake
Read More

Nappy changing and the art of Zen

nappy changing and the art of zen

You discover things about yourself when you become a parent, some more surprising than others. And nappy changing is one of the most educational parenting experiences of all. It occurred to me that in rising to the challenge of a stinky nappy, you attain a certain sense of zen.

Warning: this is not a post for the easily disgusted or anyone wanting to preserve some mystery about parenting.

Read More

Picture summary of the last two weeks

The last couple of weeks we have been:

Picture 1

Celebrating birthdays


FullSizeRender 5
Planning to move house

(and savouring the favourite views in our current house, like the sun on the stairs on a weekend morning)

FullSizeRender 4

Attempting to take a lie-in to get over all the action

Normal blogging service will resume soon… probably.

An intense day of parenting

One thing that non-parents don’t understand is that an intense day of parenting can take it out of you just as much, if not more, than a hard day at work. Hey, no one does understand it until they have kids. But after a few (lovely, well-meaning) people told me to have a nice day off and relax when I finished work last week, I thought I would share exactly what I have been up to on my day away from the office, to show just how relaxing and rejuvenating it was.

Hint: not that much.

Read More