Waddesdon Manor is a very grand National Trust property in South Bucks. It’s a treat to visit any time of year, but my favourite time to go is over the Christmas holidays. In December, the mansion is lit up like a Christmas tree, and the house is decked out to perfection.
We’ve been to a few Winter Wonderland experiences over the years but this year we tried out one in a garden centre. And it was brilliant! If you’re anywhere near Aylesbury, in South Bucks, I highly recommend World’s End’s Winter Wonderland. Ryan was really reluctant to drive for nearly an hour to go to a garden centre but luckily I was proved right (phew!)
The world’s End Winter Wonderland experience
It begins with a a walk through a little snowy village. It is inside but it’s kind of chilly so you’ll need to keep your coats on!
I have a love/hate relationship with kid’s birthday parties. I dread organising them, as I go into Pinterest overdrive and want everything to be perfect. The kids never notice, and I just end up getting stressed.
Ava’s birthday is mid-December, which is a rubbish time to have a birthday, as it’s always slightly overshadowed by Christmas. So when the lovely people at Hollywood Bowl got in touch to see if we’d like to review their Ultimate Kid’s Birthday Party*, I couldn’t have been happier. And, it turns out, neither could Ava.Normally, I’d be stressing for weeks, over hiring a venue, party bags, kid’s entertainer, food, invitations, etc. etc. etc. But all I had to do was choose a time and number of kids, pick up the invites from the bowling alley, fill in the details and hand them out. It could not be easier! Continue reading
November has whizzed by in a whirl of birthday celebrations and Christmas prep. I can’t believe Christmas is less than a month away! We are really looking forward to getting our tree up (well the girls and I are. Ryan, not so much.)
A date Night for my birthday
Ryan and I went to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which we really enjoyed. We went to the posh Gallery section, which has a bar and extra comfy seats. You also get nachos, popcorn and soft drinks included in the ticket price. I don’t want to go back to the normal cinema experience after that though!
A 40th Birthday Costume Party
My friend’s husband had an excellent 40th birthday party, in a marquee in their garden. As he was born in the 1970s, that was the costume theme and we had great fun coming up with our costumes. Ryan constructed a huge cardboard space shuttle. We then had to deconstruct it to get into the car…
I went for a Clockwork Orange inspired costume, which is a nice easy one, if you are looking for a Halloween costume next year! I found a tutorial for the make-up, but essentially it’s just loads of eyeliner and false eyelashes. They feel quite weird but you get used to it!
We have had a busy and fun-filled half term, and now the countdown to Christmas begins!
A Reward For Ava and thea
I spray painted some glasses and filled one of them with stones a while back, and when the girls help me, or get good feedback from school/preschool, or do anything else that warrants a little reward, I move stones from one to the other. When they fill the second jar up, they get a treat.
I prefer this to a reward chart, as they work together to fill the jar. You can find out how to make these pretty jars here.
The jar is full, so I took the girls to the Circus at Frost’s Garden Centre as their reward. I hadn’t registered that it was a Halloween Circus so I was a bit worried that Ava would freak out (she’s not a fan of Halloween). But luckily she was fine. There was a Mummy, but I heard her reassuring Thea that it was only a man in a costume. It was a fun show, with acrobats, a lady balancing words, some hula hoopers, and this man balancing on cylinders. There was also a clown. I am scared of clowns (the Killer Clown phenomenon hasn’t helped) and my friend made me have my photo taken with him afterwards. Note the hysteria.
There was also an act called Mr Slinky. Which was a man in a life sized slinky suit, I really got the giggles.
A trip to London
We took the girls down to London for the day, and the loved the train and tube. Continue reading