Tuesday, 16 May 2017

May Madness Competition: Win 2 Tablets!

This blog is quite new but hubbie and I are both a dab hand at blogging already with our separate main blogs.  I just wanted a space we could keep more travel focused, as our lifestyle blogs cover so many different topics.  

I am hoping to grow this blog in 2017 and part of that is collaborating with some lovely bloggers to bring a prize I couldn't manage on my own.  Hopefully 2017 will see us having lots more travels and adventures I can write about here, I need to be more focused and blog with greater regularity!  But the aim of this blog is to hopefully encourage hubbie to want to discover more of what the world has to offer, so if I manage to achieve that I will be very happy indeed.  

Now I will introduce this group of amazing people I have teamed up with:

Beautiful Things | Hex Mum Plus 1 | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers

Now on to the prize...

Joining forces together has meant we can bring you the chance to win not only a Fire HD 8 Tablet (8gb) but a Fire Kids Edition Tablet (in pink or blue) alongside some accessories (think screen protector and a case for the Fire HD 8).

So how can you be in with a chance of winning this incredible bundle?

Well all you need to do is let us know: "What do you have planned for this summer? Anything exciting?" 

The only mandatory entry is to answer the above question, all following entries are optional. However, we would, of course, love it if you could give the bloggers behind this giveaway some support. 

Full T&C can be found within the Rafflecopter widget.  Closing date for entries is 23.59 GMT on 12 June 2017.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Plans for our Cornwall Trip

The Eden Project is one attraction I really want to visit, my friend who now blogs herself over at Mums Wine HQ had the opportunity to visit for my other blog back in November 2015.  I am a little bit jealous she got there before me!  It’s been on my list of places to visit for so long…

The beautiful tropical gardens offer so much to see and learn about plant life.  I think the boys would find it very interesting now at 8 and 9, plus its not all facts you have lots to take in, like the rainforest canopy walkway, the sculpture and art and incredible dome buildings.  The Eden Project is the MAIN reason I want to visit Cornwall, but not the only reason.

We have visited many attractions but for one reason or another never quite make it as far as Cornwall so I can tick off the Eden Project.  Cornwall is on my list of destinations to visit, it is part of MY five year travel plan after all, I write my because I am writing this blog now as hubbie the official reluctant traveller is also the reluctant blogger it would seem so I will continue with what his initial efforts started!  Otherwise you might find these pages remain sparse of content, which would be a shame really after a promising (if very slow!) start.

But I love trips and days out so I have no shortage of things to write.  Plus I still hope it will inspire hubbie to have more wondering feet that enjoy adventures as much as me.  If not I will just use it to PLAN what I hope we get up to as family.

So what else do I want to do in Cornwall?

Eat fish and chips in Rick Stein’s takeaway, Padstow

It’s not cheap (just shy of £10 for fish and chips for one!) but its something I have to do at least once!  Many moons ago my brother used to work at Rick Stein’s (it was a work placement whilst at university!) so that’s another reason I quite fancy seeing what they have on offer.

Visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

This place sounds dedicated to conservation, they do monthly beach cleans and if you help with that you even get free entrance into the sanctuary!  What a lovely gesture.  They are all for educating people to make better choices in terms of the fish they eat and the ones they have as pets.  I like that they are helping rescue grey seals and teaching them the skills to succeed so they return to the wild again.

Pirate’s Quest

My boys would enjoy this immersive pirate tour with actors playing their part; you have the sights and smells to transport you back to pirate life 300 years ago!  It helps bring history alive for children and I am a fan of pirates myself (well Hook from Once Upon A Time anyway!), children get to escape a shipwreck and walk through realistic sets.


This attraction has rides and plenty of indoor attractions too (if the weather isn’t on your side!).  We would all enjoy the Victorian Village most of all I think, which has 50 different re-created shops and offers a very authentic experience.  

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Butlin's Minehead West Lakes Village Chalet Accommodation

My wife was invited to review Butlin's West Lakes Village chalet style accommodation and we stayed over the busy bank holiday weekend.  It was our second visit as a family to Butlin's, our first being to Skegness when the boys were much younger.  But this time we were spoilt with our digs, the lakeside veranda being a real treat, it was nice watching the ducks and having a cuppa out there once the boys were asleep.

The accommodation had daily maid service, which was very welcome, if you’re away on holiday its nice having a proper break doing as little as possible when it comes to chores. 

Returning to our rooms after a busy day it was nice to see the beds made and the few dishes left behind washed and tidied away.  As we were offered the premium-dining package we did not use the kitchen really apart from making hot drinks, but it was well equipped with everything we could need if we had felt the urge to cook!

The backdrop by the sofa looked fab!  

Hot water was plentiful and the shower was very powerful, the perfect combination to get me moving in the morning!

Other highlights of the accommodation was the complimentary toiletries, the little Butlin's wash bag was very sweet and the included products smelt lovely, we liked the token gestures with it being the Easter Weekend, like stickers on the toilet rolls saying Happy Easter and the towel on the bed shaped like a bunny (of sorts!).

The chalets are in a lovely spot surrounded by the manmade lake and landscaped gardens.  We could also see the West Somerset Railway steam train go past.  We couldn’t have asked for a better location.  It was peaceful and away from the bank holiday crowds.  The boys liked going to the park, it was only small but had enough to keep them amused and was much quieter than the other parks dotted around Butlin's.

I would definitely stay at Butlin's again now we have experienced such lovely accommodation.  It’s nice to dip into the entertainment on offer in Butlin's but escape to your calmer retreat when it gets too much!