My Wild Ones | 15

Sunday was a exciting day for Isla, we decided to blow up her jet bike and let her use it for the first time now her confidence has grown. We are big water-sport fans so its lovely to introduce the kids into a family hobby that we all enjoy, it just makes it that bit more special. She has a jet bike that has a battery jet on it so she can ride round herself (with string attached so she cant go to far) but as it was new we hadnt charged them so we put Daddy to work and made him pull her up and down in the sea. She absolutely loved it and I think she is so ready to come out with us properly on the boat now, I am so excited to share this experience with her and make memories, just like my Dad has with me from when I was little. He also gets to share this with his Grandchildren and I can tell he is extremely proud to be teaching them how he taught me. 

Have you ever seen a unhappy person on a jet bike? Haha  

Barnardo's Big Toddle 2016 #MamiaBigToddle

Barnardo's Big Toddle is an event for young children to walk, run or even hop a short distance to raise money for Barnardos. The Big Toddle is the UK's biggest charity fund raising event for children under 5s and it would be great if you and your little ones could get involved too! To find your nearest toddle click here, or even organise your own toddle in your area if you cant find one local enough, this years toddle is animal themed which the children will love as well! There are some public toddles around zoos etc for you to easily join, its a fun day out for everyone involved, and you can help raise money for a great charity. Toddle week takes place on 20-26 June (or another date of your choice)...

This years Big Toddle is sponsored by Aldi Mamia which is an award winning baby and toddler brand - but everyone knows that right? We are big big fans of Aldi's Mamia range here in our house so thought it would be perfect to share some tips to be toddle ready using some products from the Mamia range that you can pick up from Aldi.

1. Have the right gear - Its important for your little ones to be comfortable and the Mamia ultra dry nappies and easy pants are perfect for the job! Also comfortable supportive foot wear and suncream (we can hope for sun) is essential too! 

2. Food for success - Keep energy levels high with Mamia's 100% organic fruit pots which have added vitamins and minerals - Archie is a big fan of these! Water will also help keep little ones hydrated.

3. Warm down - After a busy fun toddle what better way to wind down for bed than the Mamia baby bath - I love this and does anybody else think it smells like palma violets? 

The Big Toddle has been going since 1977 so please take a look and try to take part in a toddle with your little ones and help make 2016 the best year so far! If you do take part be sure to share your experiences using #MamiaBigToddle 

*We was sent  a hamper full of Mamia goodies for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own like always!

My Wild Ones | 14

On Tuesday I took the kids to Clacton for the day, the weather was absolutely beautiful and we had a lovely typical sea side day, we played on the 2p machines, ate ice cream, chips, doughnuts, went on the rides and played on the beach. I think the best bit for Isla was the rides, she really loves going on them now which is nice to see her confidence growing, of course a close second was the doughnuts, she repeatedly told me how yummy and delicious they were!

Even I ended up going on a flying elephant with her too!

A Day To Be Proud Of | Reliving My Childhood With My Children

On Sunday we went to the beach as the weather was actually really nice, Isla had been asking to go to the beach for ages and it was so nice to finally be able to say yes. We packed up all our stuff, you know the usuals, towels, swim clothes, 3 spare outfits for each child, nappies, wipes, food, beach tent, picnic mat, bucket and spades etc I swear people must think we are going on holiday the amount of times we take stuff out to the car and load it all up! My parents live right near the beach so we always head there first, we can also park there as well and it saves hunting for a space down by the front. 

My Dad and Perry went to put the boat in and me, my Mum and the kids headed down to the beach to set up 'camp' for the day. Once we was settled Isla got stuck in to making her sand castles and soup (water, sand, seaweed and anything else she can find all mixed in a bucket) haha. 

We had some lunch which of course had to be chips, you just cant beat them while at the beach. I always tend to crave them as well, I don't know why - do you?

Archie's 1st Birthday

I wanted to document Archie's 1st Birthday, we was so lucky that his birthday fell on bank holiday Monday so it meant we could celebrate all together as a family. We got up and all went in to him and started singing Happy Birthday, as usual he was full of smiles, I was excited for him to see all of his presents downstairs so we took him downstairs after giving him a change, while the whole time Isla kept saying Happy Birthday Archie over and over again.

He loved opening his presents, towards the end he was really starting to get the hang of it and knew he needed to pull the paper off. He was so spoilt by lots of gifts, money, clothes and gift cards, he is such a lucky boy. His favourite toys were his phone, pirate ship, dumper truck and a spiky flashy ball that I picked up for him near a till. He also loved his push along Audi, but he had already had that as it was to big to hide for long but he still loved seeing it with his Mickey Mouse sitting in it. 

My Wild Ones | 13

We recently got a new toy for the garden, a sand and water table which is big enough for both children to play around and enjoy together - without bickering too much! They have both been loving playing with it and seem to each have a favourite side, Archie loves splashing in the water and Isla loves playing with the sand. It was a beautiful sunny day recently so I couldn't resist grabbing a few photos of them playing. 

Her favourite is the big digger to scoop up the sand.