The perfect child free night away – Oulton Hall Review

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Last week my husband and I spent our very first night away from Matilda and took ourselves off on a relaxing spa break. We absolutely love spending all of our time with Matilda, but a day and night away was just amazing.

We booked an overnight spa package through – Spa Breaks. The package included – access to the spa, one 60 minute treatment each, light lunch, £28 each towards our evening meal and Bed and Breakfast at Oulton Hall.

We arrived at 1:30pm and headed straight for the spa. Our first impressions were a little disappointing, as we walked down the path from the spa car park to the spa entrance the gardens were very over grown and run down – you could tell no gardening had been done this Spring / Summer.

However, once inside the Spa was lovely – we headed to the juice bar to grab our light lunch. The food was great, I had the Asian bento box and my husband had the English one. I would highly recommend both of these, I’m a massive fan of scones with clotted cream, and the English box was great for this. Once we had very full tummies we then relaxed in the spa, we spent a nice hour moving between the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. I was once told that when you are on a date away from your kids not to talk about them, unless its about fun things you are planing to do – so we chilled in the jacuzzi discussing our bucket list and all exciting places we want take Matilda.

We both had a ‘Fit for Business’ back massage, my massage was amazing. The girl that carried out the massage was lovely, she talked me through all of the different oils and massage pressures. I’ve had quite a few back massages, all around the world and that was definitely the best. However, I think the experience is a bit hit and miss, as my husbands message was a little shorter than mine and he wasn’t that impressed with the massage or the overall experience. I think he was a little sad when I told him how great my girl was, he loves a good massage and he wasn’t asked which oil or pressure he would like 😦 After the massages we did a little more relaxing in the spa and planning our future.

At around 5:30pm we went and checked into our room, the room was nice, it looked as though the bedroom had recently been decorated and the bathroom newly tiled. After throwing our bags in the room we thought it was about time we headed outside and had a drink in the champagne bar! The champagne bar is located on the other side of the hotel to the spa, overlooking the golf course. The gardens here were a lot nicer and as it was a lovely sunny day it was great to have a little chill in the sun before it was time to get ready for our evening meal.

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We thought we would make the most of our child free night and have a glass of wine whilst getting ready for dinner, the hotel staff were more than happy enough to bring us up a wine bucket and some wine glass so we could crack open the bottle we had brought with us.

Our evening meal was in the Calverley Grill, we weren’t expecting much as we don’t normally have great experiences in hotel restaurants. However, we were pleasantly surprised, for starters I had the goats cheese and my husband had the broccoli soup, for mains we both had the chicken with chunky chips and then we shared a creme caramel for dessert. The starters and main were amazing and had real flavour to them. Neither of us liked the dessert but I think that was just down to personal preference – as we didn’t really like the texture. All the food was covered in our £56 food allowance. Drinks could not be included in the allowance so we just paid the extra for our wine and beer.

The next morning breakfast did not disappoint. The majority of the food was a self serve buffet with a few items like pouched eggs available to order. So we stocked up on lots of lovely food before our drive home.

So all in all we had a fabulous time on a little night away and I would definitely recommend a spa break (and Oulton Hall) for those tired parents in need of a chill day and night.

Matilda’s Mummy

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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.

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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.

Product Review – Zippy Bibs

Meet Mr. Dribble…..

So Milo likes to dribble…..and I mean he is a dribbler. We’ve had clothes so wet that he looks like he’s just taken a dip, head first, into the sink. I’ve suffered severe embarrassment at mother and baby groups because my child looks like an extra from the little mermaid and it never seemed to matter what I did he was always wet.

I have in the past tried bibs of every type, style and brand and his clothes still ended up soggy around the neck and on at least two or three occasions he ended up with the dreaded dribble rash.

Then one day we were at a trade show, with the business version of Milo and Matilda not the human versions. We hadn’t seen much to be honest and we’re just about to head home when we came across Zippy Bibs. We were pretty much sold based on the stunning designs and the multi layers providing extra dribble protection but I’m always a sceptic until I’ve tried something out. So that’s exactly what I did.

Milo rocking his Zippy Bibs in his first ever home photo shoot

 

I just love love love these Bibs! What more can I say…..well lots actually but I’ll stick to the basics.

Finally we can now go a full day without needing multiple changes, there hasn’t been a wet neck since and there most definitely hasn’t been dribble rash. Not only that but Milo looks even cuter in these adorable bibs (if he could look any cuter than he already is of course) and we have one suitable for any outfit. The cotton top layer is stylish and soft but it’s the secret under layer of a water-resistant fleece that is the magic to these bibs. It is impenetrable to baby dribble, it has solved the issues that I had with wet necks and multi clothes changes and I just love them (just in case I haven’t made that clear already)
My favourite thing is the two press stud design aspect, giving you use of the bibs from birth to approx two years of age. They wash well and still look fantastic despite spending half their time either covered in dribble or spinning around the washing machine.

They are available individually or in a set of 4. With so many designs to choose from you’d be hard pushed to only buy one set. I can’t recommend them enough!

Zippy Bibs – available in a set of 4 for £12

 

I was given a set of these zippy bibs to sample and try before we retailed them. As always, all our reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Film Review

Yesterday I took a few hours off from being mummy and became the little girl again. I went to the IMAX with my mum and grandmother to see the new Disney ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film. The original film was one of my absolute favourites when I was a child and I can still remember going to the cinema with my friends in 1991 to see it.

The film was amazing and the casting, costumes and sets really did just make the original film come to life. Most of the dialogue and soundtrack is the same. However, there are a few new scenes and songs along the way – which I didn’t love very much. But that could just be because of how much I love and know the original songs.

I wouldn’t say I was normally a very big fan of Emma Watson, but she did play the character of Belle very well. We all love a Disney princess and Belle is one of the best – she is a great inspiration to our little girls – smart, strong and brave. We also love the fact that Disney is showing our children that love really can conquer all.

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