Inflatable Fun

For the past two days the boys have had fun with their friends at two different Inflatable Events, both were outside in the open air and sunshine.

Yesterday we traveled out into Essex to a village called Doddinghurst, just outside of Brentwood, where we met up with friends, picnic packed and suncream on the boys were ready to go off and have as much fun as they could. The event started at 11 am and was finishing at 3pm, the entrance was £4.50 per child. as they entered into the cordoned off area on the village hall green they were given a wristband. We found a spot on the green in the middle of all of the inflatables, which is ideal as you can see every where from there, the music was playing and children were running around everywhere having so much fun.

They bounced away on bouncy castles

20130815-223105.jpgThey ran through inflatable obstacle courses

20130815-223117.jpgThey came down slides

20130815-223135.jpgThey went against each other on the bungee run

20130815-223039.jpgThey climbed up steps


And they danced away to the music from the DJ and even joined in on a zumba class



There was inflatables of all sizes to suit all ages, a climbing wall, obstacle courses, gladiator style fighting, mega slides, giant ball racing, boxing rings and even Go Karts (which was £2 extra), we had so much fun!

Doddinghurst Inflatable day is run by Phil’s Paradise Promotions and is on every Wednesday during the summer holidays.

Today the boys were treated to another fun day at another inflatable event run by Go Bonkers, the event was being held in Lodge Park in Romford, i must admit it wasn’t as big as the day before one but it was just as fun! There was less children which meant that the boys didn’t have to queue for long to get onto an inflatable. It started at 1pm and finished at 4pm and costs £6.50 for the older children and £4 for the younger one. Again we found a spot in the middle of the inflatables so we had a good view of them all and managed to see all the children play and have fun.

Jak had a gladiator fight with his friend where they had to knock each other off of the high poles that they were standing on with giant foam sticks, Jak lost 2:1 but it didn’t bother him as he had a laugh 🙂


They enjoyed some refreshing ice creams and ice lollies that my friend treated them to


After being all bounced out, they had a little play in the park next to it where Oliver had a bit of fun on the swings being pushed by his little friend.


After two days of inflatable fun i’m not sure that their is an inflatable that they haven’t bounced on!




A fun day out at Promenade Park

The boys love to play in a park and the moment I say to them that we are going out for a play they get really excited.

Last week we spent a few days at Nanny’s house which is near to Maldons promenade park, the park is set aside the River Blackwater and has many things to keep the children entertained, a wooden ship play area, boats, crabbing, splash park, play areas and sand pits.

We packed up a picnic and off we set ready for a day of fun!

As soon as we arrived at the park were our way to the splash park, we bought our wristbands which cost £2 per person for half hour, the boys stripped down to their swimming trunks and as soon as they opened the gates off they ran to get a soaking.



Oliver normally loves to play in water but he had just woken up and just wanted to run along in the water that was at the side, he still enjoyed splashing around with his hands and feet but saint pluck up enough courage to run through the jet sprays of water or stand under the waterfall.



After 30 minutes of wet play the whistle blew and it was time to dry off and make our way out of the splash area.


Joseph wanted to go play on the big wooden ship, the boys hd so much fun chasing each other around pretending to be pirates, I on the other hand just chased Oliver around, he’s like Usain Bolt when it comes to play areas! He loved climbing up the stairs and running around the ship and going down the many slides that were there, his favourite was the curly slide.
We found a wheel on the ship that was a clock with all the numbers on it, Oliver pointed out the numbers to me and spent a while turning the wheel and doing his numbers.


It was nearly time for some food so we went to a quieter area in the park where there is a little sand pit, a water wheel and some grass to sit on, it’s right next to a little cafe so we got to sit and relax while the boys played in the sand. Joseph spent his time gathering water from the tap and moving it the sand to make a moat.
Oliver found a little friend who he had running races with, they ran down a hill together, saying 1,2,3 GO! Off they went racing away


We all had a really fun day, the splash park is an ideal place for the children to cool down on a hot summers day and the play areas are brilliant for the children to spend hours playing away and using their imaginations.

Before leaving for home we found a nice little spot to take a picture of Nanny with her boys


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Live the American Dream at Deans Diner

Deans Diner is a themed 1950’s style diner that serves up the best burgers, ribs, shakes and fries in town. Open all day, every day, set in four locations in the south of England.

We was recently invited along to review the restaurant that is based at Braintree, right next to the shopping village of Freeport. Upon arrival we was greeted at the door by our waitress, i instantly loved the light airy feel to the Diner, there was paintings of ladies in uniform from the war time on the walls around the restaurant, the walls were covered in mirrors and the decor was red,black and white. We was seated at the back of the Diner, just next to the toilets, I think maybe they took one look at my boys and saw trouble so thought it would be best to seat us at the back lol.

Menus on the table
Menus on the table

We was introduced to our waitress and Joseph and Oliver were given a colouring in sheet with some crayons to colour in and hopefully keep them occupied whilst us Daddy and I looked through the menu. Obviously as it is American themed there was lots of burgers and ribs to choose from, we chose an Onion Ring Tower which was Crisp beer battered onion rings, served with delicious ranch, hot peri peri and cajun mayo dips to start with.




The Onion ring tower was very tall and the rings were hot, soft and crispy and nice and chunky, everyone tucked in and really enjoyed them.

Daddy ordered Deans Favourite double burger which had crispy bacon, eggs and cheese, Jak ordered a Texas BBQ Dog, a huge hotdog topped with bacon and BBQ sauce from the normal menu, Joseph wanted BBQ Chicken Wings from the children’s menu and I liked the sound of the Half rack of Pork Ribs with BBQ sauce.

Look how huge that dog is!
Look how huge that dog is!
half baby back ribs, sweat potato chips and coleslaw
half baby back ribs, sweat potato chips and coleslaw

Jak’s Hotdog was huge and i really didn’t think he would get through it, but he enjoyed it so much it was gone within minutes.

For a side on my Ribs i asked for sweet potato chips, i have never tried them before but love roast sweet potato so thought i would give them a go, they were crispy and sweet and very tasty, even Daddy couldn’t keep his fingers away from them. Our drinks were served in ice cold glasses and the boys milkshakes and Ice cream float went down a treat on a hot evening.

All of the portions were very large, i guess that was to be expected as it was an American Diner.

Jak found the Jukebox at the front of the Diner so off he went with Daddy to put some tunes on, we paid £1 for 3 songs, i do believe that they went on credit so depending on the song and how many credits they were



After a little look through the selection Jak found a the original 1050’s song ‘My Special Angel’ by Michael Vaughaun, this is the same song that Jak sung when he appeared on Call The Midwife as a Cub Scout when they all sang to Chummy in Nonnatus House’s corridor.


I thought that after finishing off their rather large meals they wouldn’t have room for any afters but the boys noticed that there were pancakes with ice cream on the menu served up with maple syrup, they couldn’t resist!

Our experience in Deans Diner was definitely a memorable one and all for the good reasons. The staff was all very friendly and i noticed how hard they worked, they never stopped from the moment we went in to when we left, serving up food and cleaning down tables as soon as people left. The Diner was nice and cool, a little too cool at the back of the restaurant but on a hot summers evening it’s definitely needed.

Our meal for 5 totted up to around £60 this covered 3 bottles of Budweiser, 1 milkshake, 1 Coke float, 3  main meals, 1 starter, 1 kids meal and 3 pancakes for afters,  a very good deal for very good filling food!

We would recommend this restaurant to anyone especially for a family meal out.

We was provided with the meal for the family for the purpose of this review, no cash payment has been made.



Hunting down The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood

20130403-104255.jpgA Fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good

20130403-104325.jpgAfraid of the Gruffalo, The fox didn’t want to be roasted fox so off he sped

On went the mouse through the deep dark wood. An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good!

20130403-104501.jpgAfraid of the Gruffalo, The owl didn’t want to be made into owl ice cream so away he flew!

Meanwhile lurking in the woods the Gruffalo awaits!


On went the mouse through the deep dark wood. A snake saw the mouse and the mouse looked good!

20130403-104514.jpgAfraid of the Gruffalo, The snake didn’t want to scrambled snake, So away he slid to his logpile house!


But who is this creature with terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws?

He has knobbly knees and turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.

His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his back!

Oh Help! Oh No!


20130403-110016.jpgWe Had great fun walking through the woods with our map in one hand, hunting down the Grufallo and other characters in the famous children’s Book ‘The Grufallo’ written by Julia Donaldson.

It’s a must for all Gruffalo lovers young and old!

We even found the Gruffalo’s child


You will find this fantastic trail at Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood, Essex. Pay for a map at the visitors centre which costs 50p, the map is easy to follow and makes a lovely keepsake for the children. The paths are wide making it easy to push along pushchairs and for the children to run along.

Even thought the weather wasn’t exactly lovely spring weather we still had lots of fun and even the older child enjoyed finding the characters along the way, the boys had fun exploring the woods and climbing up fallen trunks.


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Spring Carnival



Kiddicare Opens in Lakeside

Europe’s biggest baby store opened its doors last months in Lakeside Retail Park, Essex stocking more than 3800 products, the store has appx 350 prams on display and around about 150 car seats to choose from, covering 50,000 sq ft. It is one of ten new Kiddicare stores to open this year. The shop features cutting edge technology such as electronic shelf labels to keep up with the changing prices and also tells you how many of the products are in stock.


The main aim of the new superstore is to offer parents and families everything under one roof, Kiddicare is all about offering great range, incredible value and brilliant service, community will be a key focus for the store. Among the many services that they have to offer there is an event room which can be booked free of charge for children’s parties or parent and toddler groups. To make the shopping experience easy and fun Kiddicare offer a whole host of family friendly features-

  • Pushchair servicing area
  • Try before you buy ‘Walk in the Park’ testing track
  • children’s play area which is in the centre of the cafe
  • KiddiCafe which has big community tables and supplies lovely healthy tasty food (tried and tested)
  • Private breast feeding area
  • Free car seat fitting and safety checking
  • Parent and me toilets, which includes toilets that are big enough to fit buggies inside (big gripe for me) and toilets small enough for the little ones that are being toilet trained
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • VIB (Very Important Baby) free personal shopping area
  • Touch screen browse and order screens around the store
  • Baby gift list service
  • Free gift wrapping service
  • Kiddi Clothes with family appropriate changing rooms
  • Let’s play area

The store officially opened on 12th December 2012 and we was invited along to see for ourself what the store has to offer on the 21st December. We was not disappointed, the store is big and spacious with banners made from bibs that the store employees decorated themself.


Upon arriving we found a seat in the Kiddicafe just next to the Children’s play area, which is full of lovely toys to play with and very safe with soft flooring and a gate that has the lock on the outside and little peep windows around the walls so that you can see through and spot your children playing.


Once the boys had a little play we went off to the event room so the boys could have fun and join in with Jo Jingles a Music, singing and movement class where they got to experience musical instruments and dance and sing along to action songs.


The event room big and bright with lots of natural light, the room is big enough for a small party for the little ones with lots of soft seating and event board placed on the wall to tell you when the room is free to use and what is on and when!

After dancing around the boys worked up an appetite and we all sat down in the Cafe for a light lunch and something to drink, the tables are nice and big and we didn’t feel squashed in at all! Oliver sat in one of the many highchairs available to use and enjoyed his kiddies meal. Once we was all full up we went off on a tour of the store starting at the front where all the car seats are and with so many to choose from there is help at hand from the staff. I found that the aisles were big and spacious and didn’t feel closed in whilst browsing the products. Everything can be tried and tested before buying, next to the car seat area is the safety area where stairgates are out and set up where you can try them out opening and closing finding one to suit your needs perfectly. The store offers a selection of baby and maternity clothes and even a fitting room which has a special entrance for the little people, what a brilliant idea! and fun for the children too! The room is spacious and big enough to fit the whole family in.


The boys had lots of fun using the ‘Walk in The Park’ testing area as running track, running up and down giggling away to each other and when they found the ‘Let’s Play’ area i couldn’t get them away, they loved playing with all the toys and i got to see what type of toys and ride ons that they enjoyed playing with. I like to see items out of the boxes as you get to see the quality of what you are buying and how it looks when fitted together.

Oiliver testing out the Car
Look at all the toys and walkers to choose from!

The store has so much to offer and is very family friendly, the staff are always on hand to help with any questions about the products, brilliant range of products with unbeatable prices and offers a high tech retail shopping experience which is truly a fabulous place to visit. It is a perfect place to meet friends, drink coffee and shop!

Kiddicare currently are offering up to 80% off hundreds of products! in their new year sale. I took advantage of this offer and ordered a Kiddicouture highchair which was reduced from £149.99 to £27.00 thats a massive 81% off! We ordered our high chair on friday and it was delivered on the following monday morning, we was kept up to date with the delivery by text and email, i couldn’t fault their service one bit!


Visit Kiddicare on line at or why not try out the store for yourself! We will definitely be visiting again.

Thank you for reading my post! All pictures and words are of my own and we received no payment for this post. Thank you Jennie for inviting us along and for Oliver’s little goody bag