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Back to North Devon

When I was growing up, I used to visit North Devon with my family every summer. When I was really little, we’d pitch a tent and camp on a resort in Ilfracombe, but my parents eventually invested in a cottage in Combe Martin and this soon became our second home. Now that I have a family of my own, I have started taking them to Devon for the holidays too. Fortunately, both the Greek God(zilla) and my son have fallen in love with the area as much as I have. This summer, we relaxed on our favourite beaches in Woolacombe, Croyde, Saunton and Putsborough; and fished for crabs in the rock pools of Combe Martin and Lee Bay. We had a wonderful time and it was made even better this year because my sister and her family, my parents and my brother all decided to join us! However, as my parent’s cottage only has 2-bedrooms, my sister and her family ended up camping on a site nearby, while my parents and my brother stayed in the pub next door. With our growing families, what we now really need is to …

HomeHalo: Restricting internet time and content for 6-11 year olds

At 6-years old, I feel my son is still a bit too young to have an iPad of his own. However, we do allow him to use the house iPad some afternoons after school and at weekends. I have downloaded a couple of phonics apps on there, which he mostly ignores; a few games for fun and also Netflix, which is usually his first port of call. I do limit his time on the iPad, but only because when he does get his hands on it, I have to wrestle it back off him. He’ll be so engrossed in a film that when I call him for dinner, he either cannot hear me, or he pretends he can’t. My next call and the call after that will be met with the same silence. Eventually, I will have to physically remove the iPad from his fingers to get him to sit at the table, which infuriates him! Especially if he is in the middle of a crucial scene or just about to reach a new level on a game. According …

Debenhams Secret Santa

When the lovely people at Debenhams invited me to take part in a Secret Santa for bloggers, I jumped at the chance. I’ve always been a big fan of shopping online.  I much prefer to spend from the comfort of my own sofa than hit the high street at this time of year.  Too many people, too cold, too lazy.  Home shopping wins for me every time. The opportunity to take part was even more appealing because the shopping could officially be classed as ‘work’; so there would be no need to hide my purchases, or my credit card statement, before the Greek God(zilla) arrived home. My name was put into a hat with 15 other bloggers and when I was given the name of the person I would be buying for, all I had to do was spend a bit of time reading her blog to get an idea of what she might like to receive, browse the Debenhams website for gift inspiration, then send off my choices. Somewhere in another part of the …

Chessington World of Adventures

Last weekend, we were invited by Mumsnet to spend a complimentary day at Chessington World of Adventures. The resort includes a zoo, theme park and sea life centre, as well plenty of rides and attractions to entertain under 5’s, so we snapped up the chance to go. Luckily, the weather gods were smiling down on us on the day so we did not have to worry about our day being cut short due to rain, or from a little boy who does not much like to get wet. After checking in and being given our passes into the resort, we were introduced to two giant African land snails.  Usually, Zachy is quick to collect up as many ordinary garden snails as he can manage and chase me around the kitchen with them, but he seemed hesitant to get too close to this fella.  Not surprising as it was almost the size of his head! Next up on the agenda was a tour of the sea life centre. Now, this was amazing.  When we took Zachy to the big aquarium in Crete last …

Dulwich Festival Fair

There is so much I love about where I live. From the tree-lined streets and pretty parks, to the bustling high street and plentiful pubs. Museums, acres of estate land, and a world-famous gallery, which is currently collaborating on a project with some of the biggest names in international street art to create murals on specially commissioned walls all over the area. It is quite stunning. Friends. Some friendships were formed with parents of other young local children.  Others, when needing a hobby outside of our family life, a time to just be ourselves, led the Greek God(zilla) to the local cricket club and myself to the WI. We met friends of friends in the area, who have now very much become friends – the ‘of’ no longer required. Through blogging, where friendships made online crossed over into real life. Then there is the sense of community that for me, stems from the local friendships we have made. It is hard to believe that when I first moved to the area 5/6 years ago, I barely knew another soul.  My social …