We’re Going to The Zoo!

I hate zoos. I am against animals being locked in tiny cages for our amusement.
I don’t hate all zoos though, I do believe that some are genuinely in it for the conservation of animals and if they are done right the animals don’t suffer and are really well cared for. Whilst I’d still prefer the animals to be in the wild I’m not against these.
Singapore zoo is one of my favourites and having been a couple of times I highly recommend this to anyone visiting the city.

The other day a friend suggested a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. After a little research I really liked the look of it, so on bank holiday Sunday we headed down for the day.

The car park was packed and I was a little apprehensive that it may be really busy inside but honestly I didn’t think it was. They seem to have enough going on that it never felt crowded and we never spent long in a queue or waiting too see anything.

We arrived about 11am so we headed straight to grab a couple of coffees and some sandwiches to take with us and then we headed off to see some animals.
Entry was £16 for an adult and the boys were free as they are both under 2.

We saw polar bears, spider monkeys, mara’s, lions, leopards, meerkats, zebras and giraffes just to name a few. I fell in love with one of the tiny baby baboons and if I could have taken him home he would have been in Milo’s changing bag quicker than you can say ‘Safari adventure

Lunch consisted of sandwiches and mini cheddars on a picnic bench while the boys ran around the grass. Well Milo wobbled around and fell over a lot. But it was lovely, and the sun was shining making the day delightful.

We headed back to the animals and the boys watched with the most excited looks on their faces. I think Milo’s favourite animal was the spider monkey, the enclosure is open so they are just wild, swinging around the branches above you. He couldn’t get enough of them and finally dragging him away meant tears. But it wasn’t long before we were at the next stop and there was something else to make him smile.

Late afternoon the boys both fell asleep and we used that as an excuse to grab a couple of ice creams and sit in the sun.

The enclosures are huge, the animals look healthy and happy and there are plenty of viewing areas for each stop so you can see loads.
The cafes are plentiful and although it’s just your usual sandwiches, cakes and sausage roll type fare it wasn’t overly expensive and it tasted good.
There are endless areas where you can stop and grab a picnic bench and have a bite to eat. If you are more prepared than we were take a picnic with you….and don’t forget the sun cream. We covered the boys but neglected ourselves and both ended up crispy and red, rookie manoeuvre.

Before we left we headed to the monkey house soft play area (indoor) and the boys had a whale of a time monkeying around. We could have spent longer here but toddlers get tired and cranky and it was time to head back.
There is also a huge outdoor play area, we didn’t have time this trip but all the kids there looked like they were having a great time, there is so much to do here!


I love this place, I can’t wait to return and hopefully as Milo grows he will enjoy the animals more and more. I highly recommend!!


Milo’s Mummy x


The Best Baby Shower Games


I loved my baby shower and I also loved planning all of my friends showers. So if you are organising a shower and you are stuck for what games to play here is my ultimate top games. I have played ALOT, but these are the ones I have found most fun organising, playing and getting people involved with.

Guess that Poo

This is a fantastic classic. Get a variety of different chocolate bars and just before the baby shower, melt each one into a different nappy. All the guests then need to smell and taste each nappy and guess which is which. You will have all your guests bonding over how funny it looks eating poo out of a nappy.

Baby Food Tasting

Get together a few random foods that are easy enough to mash / puree – the smeller the better. If you have any little jars those work perfectly, if not dig out your small tupperwear boxes. Place a different puree in each jar and have the guests perform a taste test.

Sweets in a Bottle

Place two different types of sweets into two baby bottles – count the sweets as you place them in (M&M and Skittles work really well). Have the guests guess how many sweets are in each bottle. This game is great as the mummy to be gets to keep the two bottles afterwards.

Play-Doh Babies

Give all the guests a blob of play-doh, they then have 10 minutes to create the cutiest play-doh baby. The mummy to be then gets to judge who has created her the best looking baby. This is another game that will have all the guests giggling away and reminiscing about their childhood.

Late-Night Nappy Notes

Okay so this isn’t really a game but more of a fun activity. Before everyone arrives place a nappy and a pen on their seat / table. Have all guests write a funny quote, words of encouragement, inside jokes etc. I loved reading all of my nappy notes at 3am in the morning when changing Matilda’s nappy – it made those middle of the night wakeup calls that little bit easier and funnier.

So if you are a Mummy to be – congratulation and I hope you love your baby shower.

If you are a bestie that is organising  a shower – have fun, arrange the above games I guarantee your guests will have a great time.

Matilda’s Mummy x

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Does white noise help babies sleep?


So my answer is a definite YES!

Matilda was a very upset newborn. As a family we had to fight colic, a milk allergy and silent reflux, which meant we had endless hours of screaming. Matilda is also one of those few a babies that did not want a dummy – so white noise was a life saver for us. Whenever she was having one of her screaming fits the only way we could calm her down was to play white noise, using the ‘Sound Sleeper’ app – in particular the hairdryer and hoover.

So if you are reading this because you have a colicky baby I really do feel your pain, and it’s annoying when people say it will get better – but it really will, and hopefully white noise will work for your family :). White noise did not stop Matilda screaming completely when she was screaming from 5pm until 11pm but a lot of the time it did seem to calm her. The ‘Sound Sleeper’ app was great because the volume does seem to go a lot higher than most white noise machines, and this really is needed when a baby is screaming at the top of their lungs. I would hold Matilda tight to my chest, rock her and gently tap her bum whilst my husband would play the white noise on this phone next to us. I would keep doing this until she stopped screaming and would fall to sleep.

Before Matilda’s prescription milk and silent reflux medication started to work, she would cry none stop in between feeds. Our lives were sleep, feed, scream repeat. So after / or during a feed Matilda would just start screaming, there was no consoling her with anything put white noise. Even my parents and grandparents could not believe how magical it was, I could sit rocking her, walk around soothing her – but she would not stop screaming until I turned on the white noise. She would then start to calm down and fall to sleep.

As Matilda is now older we still use the white noise during her day time naps. She is such a light sleeper. If I put her down to sleep even just closing the door wakes her up. So now she has the white noise on when she is napping so that I can get my jobs done around the house.

There are also many fun little white noise machines out there for babies, like Ewan the Dream Sheep and Soothe and Glow Seahorse. These didn’t work for Matilda as a new born as they don’t play for that long and were not loud enough. But from about six months old she started to love these at bed time, we alternate between the two and turn these on at the start of her bed time routine. Ewan is just adorable and soft, his belly lights up and he plays four different heartbeat and womb sounds which lasts for 20 minutes – this is an ideal time for getting Matilda ready for bed, putting her down and helping her drift off to sleep. Soothe and Glow Seahorse also has a light up tummy and features eight lullabies and classical music with two ocean tracks – however with this you are unable to choose which sound to play, the seahorse just runs through all eight on repeat. The seahorse only plays for five minutes, which some times isn’t quiet long enough to help Matilda drift off to sleep. However, I think the Seahorse may just be one for kids a little older for Matilda.

So to conclude I think white noise is great, it reduces stress is babies (whether thats stress from colic, being ill, being over-tired, under-tired, overwhelmed from this new world) and helps babies fall to sleep and stay asleep for longer.

Matilda’s Mummy

Ultimate Fathers Day Ideas

Last Father’s Day my belly sent a card to Milos daddy, I was so excited about the thought of being parents that I felt the need to celebrate the day. Father’s Day has never been a thing for me, as it was just my mum, brother and I growing up, so I wanted to make this extra special because it was kind of a first for me as well.

This year I’m even more excited, because this year we are parents and it means Father’s Day is official. On Mother’s Day I was spoilt and I want to make sure I return the love. I have always been more of a giver, I just love giving presents, writing people little notes, sending cards, packages of sunshine when people are feeling down. I prefer other peoples special occasions to my own.

So we here at Milo and Matilda thought we’d come up with the ultimate Father’s Day idea list. You don’t need buckets of cash, unless you want to, you just need a little bit of love and a spot of imagination.

  • A picnic. Outdoor or indoor. Nothing beats a picnic, it’s personal you can spend as little or as much as you like and you can tailor it to match daddy’s tastes. For Milos daddy it would be lobster rolls, cured meats, fresh fruits, scones with clotted cream and some bubbles.
    You could buy your partner (from the kids) or your dad his favourite beers, or even those fantastic personalised ones, then grab some of his favourite sweet and savoury treats and head down to the local park and enjoy an afternoon spoiling him. Picnics also work well inside, set a rug down in your siting room and lay all the food out as if you were outside. A lovely alternative for a rainy day!

Picnic in the Park

  • A drinking Vessel. What dad doesn’t love a good mug. Especially when it’s the first Father’s Day. Milos daddy said they should be called SMugs because it makes him smile every time he uses it because he is a dad and he’s making sure his whole office knows, again. And if Dad works outdoors or loves gardening on a weekend, there is always the option for a cool tin mug instead or the traditional porcelain one.
  • A Handprint. A gift we absolutely love and is sure to melt all hearts is your child’s handprint. You can have a go at home and make a card or picture or if you fancy really making the most of this then head down to one of those fantastic pottery cafes that seem to be popping up all over the place. We did this at christmas and made Milo and Matilda’s Daddy’s absolutely gorgeous little baubles for the tree. Be advised most places need between 3-7 days to finish the items in the kiln and glaze them so give yourself plenty of time.
Probably the wrong time to make a bauble but you get the idea of how cute these gifts are!
  • Vouchers. Now we are not talking a boring old B&Q or Debenhams voucher, we are talking the homemade variety. I remember making these when I was a child and as I think about it now I could think of nothing nicer. Breakfast in Bed, one football match on the TV moan free, a six pack of beers or a night off the cooking. Those kind of things. Again its personal and you can tailor it to suit your family and the dad in question.
  • Scrabble. Another of our favourites is the sentimental gift of the scrabble family frame. Daddy can keep it in his office or his study or you can pop it on view in the sitting room for all to see. There is the option for just daddy and his daughter or son, or the option for the whole family. Matilda’s mum made us one just after Milo was born and I love seeing our names linked together.
  • Memories. Probably the most important one of all because there is nothing nicer than creating memories. Go for a walk somewhere you have never been, visit the zoo or an aquarium. Drive to the nearest beach and collect shells or spend the day playing board games at home. Just do something you don’t normally do. Laugh lots and make the very most of the beautiful family you have, remember to take lots of pictures and print a few off for the fridge.

So to all Dad’s out there we wish you a wonderful Fathers Day.

Cannon Hall Farm Review

Last weekend Matilda and her buddy Marshall took us parents on a little trip to Cannon Hall Farm in South Yorkshire.

We arrived at 11am (on a Sunday) and I’d say the place was just starting to get busy, we paid our £3 car parking and then headed to the entrance and paid the £7.95 per adult – plus 50p for animal feed (if you have children over the age of 2 years then they will also need to pay £7.95).

First off we went into the farm to see all the animals. Before entering the big barns you are greeted by the rabbits and guinea pigs, there was one rabbit out on a table for the kids to stroke and take pictures with, which was a big hit with all the older kids. If you love pigs you will love it here as they have hundreds of them, the first barn was full of mummy pigs with all their little piglets. The farm has an average of 2/3 litters born each week so sometimes you are able to see a live birth (sadly we didn’t). Next up were the cows and goats, followed by all other farm yard animals you can think of, you are also able to meet rudolf at the end.


After the barns we headed over to watch sheep and ferret racing. Matilda and Marshall were far to young to understand what was going on but all of the older kids were loving it.

Next stop was the Hungry Llama restaurant and the indoor soft play centre. Between the four adults we had, two jacket potatoes, lasagne and the burger, all of which I would say where standard prices/ quality of food (£6 for jackets, £9 for mains). There is also a pub – The White Bull on site, which you can also purchase food from. The £3 ticket that we paid for parking could also be redeemed at either restaurant, which is good – but also a sneaky way to get you to spend more money (as you have to spend a minimum of £10 to redeem your ticket). After food we let the babies loose in the soft play centre. They loved splashing around in the ball pool and watching the older kids whizz down the slides.

Finally we had a quick look around the farm shop. The shop was lovely and had a wide select of home produce including beef, pork and lamb. As well as gifts, wines, teas and coffees.

So, the day was fun and we were lucky to have gone on a sunny day. However, I don’t think it is somewhere we will be rushing back too – I would say it is a little extensive for what is on offer.

Weekend prices

Adults £7.95

Children – £7.95

Family ticket (four people) – £30

Under Twos – Free

£3 parking

Some offers are available for weekdays.

How to survive the first weeks with a newborn!


If you are a new parent who has just been handed this shiny newborn baby and you are wondering how you will cope with those sleepless nights – don’t worry you are not alone. Unless you have one of those super babies – I think most parents will agree with me – ‘nothing really works’. So the two key points that got me through were ‘mentally preparing myself no sleep’ and ‘accepting help during the day so that I could catch up on sleep’.

A newborn is brand new to this big world, they don’t understand where they are and they are scared. So they want to be close so its only natural that they do not want to be put down.

So for my first point ‘mentally preparing myself no sleep’ – the first three nights we tried everything to get Matilda to sleep ‘not on us’ but in her Snuzpod so that we could sleep. But she wouldn’t, she would have a feed, fall fast to sleep on me but as soon as I tried to put her down she would scream. By the third night I spent two hours crying as I thought I would never sleep during the night again, I thought my husband would go back to work in a few weeks and this would be my life now. On the fourth night we said lets mentally prepare ourselves for no sleep but make the night fun. So we stocked up on lots of goodies and films and took ourselves off to bed at 11pm prepared to cuddle Matilda all night with her waking every two hours for feeds – we named it the ‘milky rave’. That night was no where near as bad as the first three nights and I think this was because I wasn’t expecting to get much sleep and so I wasn’t stressing about it. From that night forward things started to get easier, for the next few weeks I did start to get a little more sleep, I was able to feed Matilda, cuddle her for half an hour till she was in a deepish sleep and then slowly transfer her to the Snuzpod. I would then have an hour or so sleep before she was awake again for the next feed.

I am lucky enough to have parents that were able to come round every few days to hold Matilda whilst I had a nap  in the afternoon. I would say if anyone offers to sit with your baby then take them up on it. During the first few weeks babies feed, sleep, repeat, so I would feed Matilda until she was asleep and then hand her over to one of my parents whilst I had a nap.

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If you are a new parent just going through this stage then rest assured it really will get better, I know it is annoying when people say that to you when you are in the middle of it but keep smiling, cuddle your baby, take any help offered and stock up on netflix series, books or whatever will get you through the ‘milky rave’ nights. We are with you!

Hello. Is Anyone There?

Where has my brain gone?

Is it just me or has becoming a mum turned my brain to complete mush.
I used to cruise through the weeks ticking things off my imaginary head list with skill and ease, I didn’t forget things and I was always on time.
Now it’s like my head is full of holes and the information sometimes drops through. Make that always drops through. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m lucky if I remember to put clothes on in the morning. How far do you think I’d actually get before I realised I was still in my underwear…..the front door, the car, the supermarket?

I thought it would get better now Milo is a little older and sleeping through the nights, but no, I’m still completely useless.

This last week alone I have forgotten the times to two classes, these are classes I’ve been attending for the last 8 months. One I missed completely, I sat outside waiting for everyone to arrive while they were actually inside having already been doing it for twenty minutes. When Matilda’s mummy text me asking me if I was ok I responded smugly, saying I was that I was early and sat outside…..I soon fell from that cloud when she told me it had actually started and was almost finishing. Ugh!
The other class (swimming) I realised 15 minutes before that it started at 10 and not 10.30. It’s an approx 10 minute drive and requires a clothes change for both of us, so I’ve no idea how I managed to make it poolside with 6 minutes to spare. I didn’t break any speed limits but I didn’t slow for speed bumps and I think the car may have even took flight a few times as I took them lethal weapon style.

I start things that I don’t finish, including sentences and conversations. I put things down for them to never be found again and I now can’t even remember what I’m supposed to write here next because I’ve forgotten that too. Notes don’t help because I have also started and not finished them.

I have put milk in the cupboard and I found a yogurt in the microwave the other week, although I’m convinced that was Milo’s daddy messing with me. He thinks it’s really funny, it’s like a big joke. Although he wasn’t laughing when I forget where I had put his car keys a few weeks ago, thankfully it was the weekend and I had time to find them, it was ok but I’m now banned from touching them. I misplace my own car keys at least twice a week, I never did this before Milo.

So I’ve decided that baby brain is real. But is it lack of sleep? Is it too many other things going on in your brain or is it just that all the stuff that’s important now (anything to do with your baby) is blocking out all the non important items. Will I ever recover or am I destined to be scatty and forgetful for the rest of my life. If I have a second child will I descend further into this black hole, will I remember my own name?

For now I will have to continue with my new hobby of making ‘to do lists’ and keeping a diary. I use Milo & Matilda’s chalk board to plan my classes and I’ve started adding a ‘travel time’ in all events in my iPhone and reminders (two) before this. Anything that helps me be where I am supposed to be when I am supposed to be there, helps me do what I am supposed to do and helps me remember to put my pants on in the morning has got to be a good thing.

I’m lucky I remembered to post this.


One of my many ‘reminders’