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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Day Out // ... Mountfitchet Castle ...


During our half term, Noah went off on holiday with his cousin Sam glamping in Lincoln so we were down one kid.
I was pretty much working every day but on the two days off I had we decided we do something a little bit different and go a tad further afield. 

So on Tuesday my first day off, we jumped in the car and headed to Essex.
Two hours later we were at Mountfitchet Castle.


Mountfitchet Castle is a unique time capsule.

With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley, the Castle is situated on its original site which is steeped in history.
Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by William the Conqueror who built a wooden Motte and Bailey castle here.
Mountfitchet Castle was also briefly used by the Royalist Army to King Charles in the English Civil War (17th C). 
The Royalist forces held out at the castle when they were laid Siege to by Cromwell.
The grounds were cleared to reveal the original earthworks and mounds and after years of battling with planners, in 1980 the work began to reconstruct Mountfitchet Castle. After many years of work, the restoration of Mountfitchet Castle was completed and was opened to the public in 1985 and is unique as being the only wooden Motte and Bailey reconstruction on its original site anywhere in the world.
This historic castle enables the visitor to travel back in time to 1066 Norman England. Explore the Castle and roam through the Norman Village hidden behind the castle walls, wander in and out of the many houses and view the scenes, smell the log fires burning and experience the ambience of an ancient bygone lifestyle. A living history, hands-on and interactive experience.




We started off in the Toy Museum and Haunted house, we all really loved seeing all the toys, the boys all loved the Star Wars and Doctor Who collections.

The boys, however, weren't so keen on the Haunted House, Alex even cried halfway through! 
So we quickly turned on our phone lights and zoomed them through to the otherside.
Once through they all cheered up.
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When we arrived there was a school trip going on, so the grounds were full of children, but it didn't phase the boys and they got on with what they wanted to do.
The school kids were all very polite.

After lunch, the school kids all went back to school and the grounds became very empty, the boys pretty much had free range.

We went back around so the boys could do some bits that they had missed, like go inside the jail and play with the mills.

Also, once the school kids had gone the Deer came out to play!
They were super friendly and even fed straight from our hands.
That was probably my favourite part of the day.














Mountfitchet Castle is definitely worth a visit with the kids.




The staff were all really helpful and friendly.
We had a fab time and will probably go back again with Noah.



Friday, 18 October 2019

... Pumpkin Patch Fun ...

Hellooooooo.

Yes, I know I've been away for well over a year, but I'm back now!

I had a break from the blog as life got a little bit hectic with work, Uni and family life.
A lot has happened in the past year and I will write a proper catch up about all of that in another blog post.
But for now, this is just a short one about our fun at a pumpkin patch over at Undley Farm in Suffolk.



The boys have always enjoyed visiting Pumpkin patches and we did it a few times when we lived in Kent but have never done it since we moved to Norfolk.
Last year we grew our own in the garden so there was no real need to go and buy them.
 This year however only two grew in the garden, and after seeing a friend post some pictures I knew the boys would enjoy it. 


It only took an hour for us to get there, most of the drive it was chucking it down, but fortunately for us, the weather dried up as we arrived.
The inflatables weren't on as it was too wet but the boys weren't really too bothered by that, as there was plenty of other things to do once we had finished pumpkin hunting. 




We each picked a pumpkin each and then we decided to get a massive white pumpkin for the whole family.
I think it will look pretty awesome once it's carved.


In total we spent just under £30 on a ridiculous amount of pumpkins as Ru sneaked in some diddy ones towards the end.

I now need to think up lots of uses for the pumpkins we aren't going to carve.
If you have any good pumpkin recipes I would love to know.


Happy Pumpkin Picking if you're heading off to a patch this weekend.




Wednesday, 29 August 2018

... Back To School With Spiral Backpacks ...

It's finally here! 
Spiral's Back to school collection is ready to keep your kids
ahead of the pack this term.


Noah was recently sent one of Spiral's superly cool backpacks ready for his return to Year 6!
He's truly going to be rocking his back to school look with this awesome Galaxy Saturn design OG backpack.
RRP £24.99

Spiral is an eye-catching alternative to the outdated idea that backpacks are simply an item to carry your day to day belongings. 
Spiral backpacks are a canvas to make a statement about our character – and make sure we look good doing so!




Bag Features

- Hard wearing premium Polyester fabric 
- Reinforced and adjustable back straps 
- Additional back padding 
- Spacious front pocket 
- Media port 
- Grab handle 
- Custom Spiral labelling


Interior features:
- Large, 18L capacity 
- Hidden zip pouch 
- Inner laptop / book divider

Dimensions - 29 x 14 x 44 cm




As soon as Noah saw the bag he was in love, he's had the same backpack since Year 4 so he was over the moon to get such an awesome bag as a replacement. 
He's usually pretty fussy over bags and every time I show him a new one he'll always decline and say he likes his current one better.

I knew he would love this bag as his favourite colour is purple and he always enjoys looking at the stars with me and now he has all of that to carry around on his back.

There is plenty of space for all his school books and his homework will no longer go in scrunched up as he'll be able to place it neatly in the laptop section.
He also takes a ridiculous amount of reading books into class for what reason I am unsure of, but I know with the Spiral OG backpack he'll have plenty of space to do so.


To see more designs from Spiral why not check out their website & Social sites...



Sunday, 12 August 2018

... Puppy Dog Pals Toy Collection ...

If your children adore the show Puppy Dog Pals over on Disney Jr they're going to love the brand new Puppy Dog Pal toy collection!

We were recently sent a twitter party box filled to the brim with Puppy Dog Pal toys.
The boys couldn't believe their eyes!  


I thought I'd let you have a sneak peak ahead of the Puppy Dog Pal twitter party that we are part of on the 15th August at 1pm.

Inside our box we had...

Figures on The Go

RRP £12.99
Load your figure and their vehicle into the launcher, press down on the paw-print and watching them zoom off!




Puppy Love Plush and Pet & Talk Plush Pals.
RRP £16.99 & £9.99

The super soft and cuddly Puppy Love Plush are they perfect canine companion. Their large size will have kids playing and cuddling for hours.

Press the Pet & Talk Plush to activate the fun head bobbing movement and hear over 10 sounds and phrases from the show.



Deluxe Figure Set
RRP £29.99

The perfect set for the ultimate fan! All your favourite characters and accessories in one set!



Doghouse Playset
RRP £29.99

Kids can relive the fun with the action-packed two story Doghouse playset!
Bingo and Rolly figures can ride on the tyre swing, take the lift up and down, play on the seesaw and so much more!
Included poseable ARF figure as a vehicle too!





Travel Pets and Figures
RRP £3.99

Each travel pet carrier contains one collectable figure. The adorable signature pet carriers are perfect for both play and display.


The boys all had fun playing with the Puppy Dog Pal Toy Collection and each has their favourites.
Rupert has had endless fun playing with the Doghouse playset with the deluxe figure set acting out his very own Puppy Dog Pal shows, the twins have enjoyed racing their Figures on the Go each trying to outspeed the other and Noah has taken his Puppy Love Plush to bed every night since he unboxed him. He's always wanted a Pug and now he has his very own one.

The Puppy Dog Pal Toy Collection has something for everyone's budget and some of the bigger sets would make fantastic birthday / Christmas presents (yes I know I said the C word!)
They will all spark the child's imagination and they'll have endless fun with each and every toy!

All toys suitable for ages 3 and up.

Double thumbs up from the Mini Beast Gang.

Available from all good toy stores and Amazon 


Please join us over on Twitter @ukmumstv on the 15th August @ 1pm.
#PuppyDogPalsToys 


**We were sent the toy collection for free, all thoughts are our own.**