Wednesday the 18th of October 2017 and Day 5 of our autumnal Cornish getaway. Apart from the heavy winds on Monday due to storm Ophelia the weather here, so far, has been a lot better and much warmer than we expected. Today is probably the chilliest it’s been so far this week but still it wasn’t unpleasant.
We’re on Holiday!!! Well at the time this post was started we were – however I’m actually scheduling this for when we get back! Myself and Luke planned on having a much needed relaxed week away just enjoying the company and our time together. We had no specific plans however I’m still going to document our time here in a few blog posts. I really enjoy capturing these special times, I haven’t taken as many photos as I usually would – I wanted to take a little break from being behind the camera and enjoy the moments – but of course I had to take a few! it’s fantastic to look back on in months and years to come, sort of a online scrapbook which I suppose is a little of what my blog is all about.
If you do follow me you’ll already know that we absolutely love Cornwall! We aim to visit at least once a year staying at White Acres Holiday Park. Lately I’ve been struggling a little more with my anxiety and was most definitely excited for a week away to hopefully relax, have fun and just enjoy time with family.
The Friday before our departure was rather stressful, admittedly I’m not the most organised when it comes to holiday prep but it was made a whole lot worse after little lady bumped her head. Unfortunately she caught the coffee table as she fell and a trip to minor injuries was needed to check her over, she was absolutely fine and so so brave – I on the other hand was overwhelmed with mummy guilt and burst into tears in front of the nurse, she was lovely though and very reassuring. After some magic glue Little one was up and bouncing around like usual, full of beans and I’m just so very thankful she’s ok.
Saturday 14th of October 2017 we made our way to the north side of beautiful Cornwall to begin our holiday. The journey was smooth and we made good time arriving early afternoon. When we arrived at White Acres we met up with Luke’s Parents, his brother Ryan, Tamara, Ryan’s lovely girlfriend (and my favourite blogger) 😉 and of course the very beautiful Shaniah, Tamara’s daughter. It’s so nice to be spending time with them all. White Acres is a favourite of ours. It has the lakes for the fishermen, set in rolling countryside and it’s nicely located just minutes from Newquay town.
The lake views and surroundings are absolutely gorgeous at White Acres. The above photo was actually taken on our visit in August of this year but it’s just as beautiful in October.
Freya was so very excited and for days prior had been asking about our holiday, the beach, bus rides and seeing her friend. It is the cutest thing seeing the bond between them. After the football we had a lovely chilled out afternoon/evening critiquing Xfactor and scoffing a Chinese tea together, not long after that a very tired little monkey was fast asleep and we all spent the evening catching up nice and cosy in the lodge.
Sunday 15th October 2017. Our first full day in beautiful Cornwall was really very lovely, and just what I was looking forward to. So far October has been quite warm and with sunny spells forecast we all decided to take a trip to Newquay and let the little ones have some time on the beach. Freya has been so excited to get on the sand and so with welly boots and rain suit (just in case) equipped we made the short trip to Newquay town. Actually little ones rainsuit, which is from Frugi, is fab for the beach at this time of year – keeping little one warm, dry and clean!
I love the Cornish views, I find it such a calming atmosphere and it’s most definitely one of our favourite places to holiday. Cornwall has stunning beaches and little one absolutely loves taking along her bucket and spade, digging in the sand, splashing around and exploring. Luke’s admittedly not a lover of the beach and neither of us how sand seems to end up everywhere and it sometimes makes me a little bit nervous when she’s picking things up off the beach (especially when it resembles something that may have popped out of a seagulls bottom – hand sanitiser was my favourite product that day!) but we both agree it’s so wonderful to see Freya having such a laugh and so much fun and actually at this time of the year with us all being more covered up we only really had to clean off little hands! Both girls had lots of fun playing on the sand down at the harbour side and that really is what it’s all about.
That evening both Freya and Shaniah had a blast playing and dancing around up at the kids show with none other than Sid the seagull and Lizzie the lizard making an appearance (the holiday parks mascots) They loved it and both came away with prizes. Freya was very keen to get up and get dancing and did not hold back at all! Both girls showed off some impressive wriggles and dived straight into all the toys/activities. one of Freya’s prizes was for her effort at musical bumps – it took her a while to grasp what she had to do, telling us NO! When we told her to sit down haha! but when she did pick it up she was rather good and it was super cute when one of the hosts chose her as the winner and gave her a prize, Freya informed the lady that she just wanted to dance which made us all chuckle.
Luke and I was blown away by how confident Freya was up there, she made us laugh so much and oh my I am so very proud of the young lady our baby girl is growing into. She didn’t want to leave the dance floor! I think we have a little party animal on our hands.
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This year we are really embracing Halloween – admittedly it’s never really been something that I’ve been that bothered about, I did trick or treating as a child but gradually lost interest as I grew up however since becoming a mum it definitely has become a lot more fun. I’m actually getting quite excited about making a little more of an effort for Halloween 2017 and making some new family traditions.
We are on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin for the carving and will be hoping to be a little more adventurous with the design, don’t get too excited though – it’s a lot harder than it looks isn’t it? Luke has done some carving before when he was younger but last year was my first. Despite the mess I really enjoyed it and Freya was fascinated so I think we’ll make it a Halloween family tradition.
Each year since Freya was born we have taken her to a brilliant kids Halloween party held at our local leisure centre. It’s such a fun afternoon for the little ones and now Little lady is a bit older I know she’ll really enjoy it this year. The first time we took her along she was a teeny tiny little baba and dressed in the cutest pumpkin all in one. I remember there being quite a few little pumpkins rolling around on the play mats that year. Last year little monkey made her appearance in a fiery devils dress and spent most of the afternoon chasing the balloons around the room. This year I feel she’ok definitely have more of an opinion on her costume. Currently we are all set for her to become a troll, princess Poppy of course! not exactly scary but I figured at least she’s more likely to keep her outfit on.
Our little pumpkin
Mini Halloween Haul
We recently went on a shopping trip to Asda and I was drawn to the vast amount of Halloween goodies that they have on offer in store at the moment. Isles of sweets, treats, costumes and decorations at very reasonable prices and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few decorations for our home, I know little one will love it.
If you are interested I’ll leave links to the online ranges of decorations although I think it’s a little different to what is available in store however I thought I’d share with you what we got anyways! If you do like the look of them I’d recommend heading to your local Asda soonish as I know they disappear quite quickly as Halloween draws nearer . I’m likely to go back and grab a few more.
Happy Halloween banner/bunting – £1
I love the cute characters on this design, it’s perfect for little ones as even though its obviously Halloween themed its not too scary. Super cute! Look at the owl!
Little Horrors Pumpkin Paper Lantern – £1
Another cute design to celebrate the fun side of Halloween.
Little Horrors Window Decorations – £1
Why not decorate the windows too!
Little Horrors Garland – £2
I think this has to be my favourite of what we picked out! Cute little witches hats! I do have a thing about bunting.
Little Horrors Mixed Garland – £2
More fun Garlands for the Halloween celebrations, great for parties.
Spooky cup with Straw – £1
Little one was very keen on this spooky cup and straw!
I have also picked up a few bits from Tesco so thought I may as well include them, they also have a great selection of Halloween goodies available and it’s well worth checking for all your Halloween needs.
Halloween web treat bowl – £1 & Creepy Confetti – £1
We currently seem to be using the treat bowl for bits and bobs but it will house the treats when Halloween comes! Freya was very keen to have this! The confetti I brought to use for photo flat lays.
Witches broom – £1
How cute is this! and only £1 ( I will note if you do get hold of one of these do not cut the paper ties! I thought they was just packaging but actually its holding the broom head on! this particular one is now being held together by a hair band haha!)- its hard to tell in this photo but its actually the perfect size for Freya, I actually brought it more as a photo prop though.
Pumpkin Treat Bucket – 50p
A must for all little tricker treaters.
So there we have it, I will probably pick up some more bits here and there, I’ve never really decorated for Halloween before but as I said above I know the little one is going to love it and actually I’m a little bit excited as well.
I’m hoping to start a few more fun Halloween inspired family activities/traditions – maybe some creepy crafts, trick or treating around family and close friends, I’ve noticed some cool looking events taking place around Halloween so maybe something like that and some spooky biscuit baking ( with my baking skills they will be scary!)
Anyone stick to certain Halloween traditions? leave me a comment I’d love to hear what you get up to!
Have a wonderful and happy Halloween all!
( We popped into Morrisons and they also had a great range of Halloween decorations, sweets and treats so I thought I’d include the link.)
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On a recent trip to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway we wandered into The Build a Bear Workshop located on the lower floor of the Mall. Now we do absolutely love the Build a Bear Workshop and the store within the Mall is brilliant but we wasn’t planning a visit on this particular trip, however little monkey had other ideas.
” You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran
I haven’t shared a living arrows post for some time now but we’re back and linking up with lovely Donna from What the Redhead said this week with a few photo’s from our most recent trip to the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum last week.
One thing that i love,and have done since I was able to, is to read. That feeling of achievement and satisfaction when you finish your latest book, whether it’s Getting immersed in a captivating romance, fantasy or crime novel, learning something new with a factual read or particularly ,at the moment, picking up tips from the latest bridal mag, I find reading one of the most relaxing and enjoyable hobbies and yet since becoming a mum just never seem to have the time to do. Luke and I generally, all being well get a few hours in the evening after little one has gone to bed to ourselves, within this time I find I want to do a hundred different things (slight exaggeration) and so reading has been put on the back burner a little.