Tuesday, 13 August 2019

DAYS OUT: Chessington World Of Adventures

So our second use of our Merlin pass took us to Chessington World of Adventures, this time we were prepared, we planned and had a plan of action of how we wanted our day to go and what rides we wanted to do. 

We arrived at 9am an hour before the park opened, parked and got there for park opening. 

By 11am we had already enjoyed 4 rides a complete contrast to our day at Lego land. 

Rides we went on. 

Flying jumbos 
Canopy capers
Tiger rock 
Jungle bus 
Sea dragons 
Griffins gallion
Monkey swinger 
Scorpion express
Tiny truckers 

Honestly I cannot fail the day, we had an absolute blast, we were less stressed and really got to experience the park. 

We took a packed lunch much to Davin’s disgust when he saw loaded fries, we brought the Merlin drink saver, the theory behind it was that you buy a reusable bottle (exclusive for Merlin pass holders) it was £1.99 and it entitled you too 75p refills all day! Amazing right! We thought so until we tried to find places that actually did the refills, and when we did they didn’t have any soda. What a faf! 

Parent pass was brilliant! We both got the chance to enjoy the day and rides, it wasn’t too easy to understand  and if took a few tries to get it right ...

One parent queues with the child for the ride. They have a card that gets signed and time stamped, they get off the ride and give the card to the other parent who can then go through the fast pass lane to ride. 

Autumn was super happy she got to go on everything twice. 
Ashton even went on two rides! It was so cute. 

The zoo was awesome! Next time I’m going to book a feeding session with the giraffes. 

Have you ever been?

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

DAYS OUT: LegoLand

Autumns one promise was Lego land this summer, so in the interest of getting the best value for money and saving where possible we opted for the Merlin monthly premium annual pass. Also it was my husband Davin's birthday and he has never been.

We all arrived at LEGOLAND excited for the day at 10am, on arrival the carpark was already busy. (note to self arrive 30 min before the park opens, rooky mistake)
By 1pm (time seamed to fly so fast, mainly because we were queuing so much) Autumn and Davin had been on two rides, myself 0. 

I really don’t recommend taking a young baby with you as you will be left standing around whilst everyone else has a blast. 
They need to take note of Chessington, they have a parent swap so one parent can go on and then they swap! It means both parents get to enjoy the day. 
I will be honest I would have been absolutely gutted if we had brought day passes at £60 per person, I do not feel it is worth that price at all. The queues are in excess of 60 minutes for the popular rides and to get a fast pass it will set you back - MINIMUM £25 to £90 per person. 

You will never get to do the whole park in 1 day, if your lucky maybe get to do 15% of what's there to "enjoy" (thank god for the annual pass). 

Next time I will get a baby sitter for Ashton so I actually get to do something other than stand around watching everyone else. 

The park is almost totally card payments only (had no idea and brought cash to spend, again need to research first). 

Autumn and Davin enjoyed 
 The haunted house 
Coastguard HQ
fairyland Brooke 
Pirate falls treasure quest. 
Viking river splash 

I went on the river splash and fairyland brook as they had short queues.

Parking wow. A terrible system and it took us over an hour and a half to leave the car park, not ideal with a screaming baby and over tired 6 year old.  

90% of our day was queueing, honestly if we didn’t have the annual pass I would say it was a waste of money and very over priced. 

We were made aware of the parent pass, but were told it was only for single parents? To later be told actually it’s for parents of multiple children, so I missed out because of Ill informed staff.

The App they suggest you download wasn't up-to-date and constantly showed incorrect ride waiting times, not particularly helpful.

Would i go again? Yes .... Why? because we have the Merlin Annual pass, that is quite literally the only reason. If i had brought a day pass at £60pp regardless of age, then no i wouldn't waste my money going again. A lot of the staff were quite rude, unknowledgeable and clearly didn't want to be at work.

At least Autumn had a lovely day, and it was quite the experience. 

Have you been to Lego land and how did you find it?

Sunday, 4 August 2019


So on my Instagram travels i noticed this ever so cute little teether, he is called Ethan.

Ethan the Fox Teething toy

Ethan is a fox, designed by parents for your very precious little person. Teething is a horrible time not only for your little one but for you too, they cant tell you the pain and discomfort they are in. Ethan is designed with little hands in mind, he is bright and colourful and is perfect to soothe your little ones gums.
Ethan the Fox Teething toyEthan the Fox Teething toy

I love the concept behind him, i love foxes and think this is a must have item for all mums and dads out there dealing with a little person trying to get their toothie pegs to cut.

Its designed by a husband and wife team, for their fox mad little people.

He is £13.99 and stocklists and information about Ethan can be found on their website HERE

Saturday, 3 August 2019

DAYS OUT: Strawberry picking at Pickwell Farm Southampton

There are so many things to do in the summer and a lot can be ever so costly, Iv silently set myself a challenge to do it on a budget and to ensure more days are spend getting to know nature and enjoying just being outside. 

I am so scared that with today’s love for technology that autumn will end up on her iPad constantly so whilst I have a say in what she does I am ensuring she is outside. 

Fortunately so far she has loved everything Iv planned. Phew 

We decided to go to Pickwell farm which is in Southampton a 25 minute drive from our house, we spent a good 1.5 hours rummaging around the strawberry fields looking for the perfect ones. 

Autumn loved it, she even had a cheeky taster whilst picking. 
We got two absolutely HUGE punnets of strawberries for £6! They were great and juicy and tasted Divine. 

I then spent an hour at home cutting them up and freezing them. 

All in all it was a lovely morning and nice start to the summer holidays for us, We went with amazing friends.