Fearing The Worst

Quietly sitting on an idilic beach of sweeping sands, calm cool waters and children contently playing.
This sounds like the perfect setting doesn’t it?  And this was our day yesterday until the our hearts sank and we were to experience one of the worst fifteen minutes of our lives!

We were all trying to build some super duper sandcastles and getting quite engrossed with the jobs we each had.

Number four asked to go and get some water for the moat and as there was a little pool that had collected in the sand a couple of metres from where we were sitting we were more than happy for him to fill his bucket and come back.

A couple of minutes later I looked up to realise he was no longer there!

I calmly walked with my husband down to the sea I the hope that he had wandered down there to collect the water.

Both of us separated into different directions to scour the beach and then panic set in as he was nowhere to be seen.

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack with hoards of people covering the beach and hundreds of little boys fitting the same description of our precious little boy.

I’m really not one to panic when the children wander off normally but I have never experienced this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I couldn’t shake.

My husband ran off to find a lifeguard while my mind was still wizzing around at one hundred miles an hour. 

With the worry of the five people that had so tragically been taken by the sea in Camber Sands firmly at the forefront I my mind I was lost with what to do.

After about ten minutes the lifeguard’s radio went and he had been found.  

He must have lost his bearings when he went to walk back up the beach and found a lady that kindly bought him back to the lifeguard hut for us.

There he was sitting calmly, without a worry in the world which was a far cry from how I was feeling.

I had burst into tears at the shear relief of seeing his little face, something I feared I had never seen again.

It was a real reminder that we should never get complacent of the huge dangers the sea can bring and how it could have been such a different outcome.

Keeping Your Home Secure While Your Away


It’s that exciting time of year where most of us are having a little break away with the family to relax, have time for each other and leave all our worries behind.
The one thing that we shouldn’t be carefree about though is the safety of our home while we are away.  

This is obviously a prime time to be targeted for a break in and unfortunatly happend to us on two occasions, but there are things you can put in place to prevent this.

Chill Insurance have asked me to come up with some of my top tips for keeping your property safe at this time of year.

Check Home Security – locks on doors and windows should be in working order and any keys that keep them locked well out of site.  As well as the main house ensure all sheds and garages are well locked and secure to.

Fake Ocupancy – A few lights on in the home will work as a deterrent to some burglars so having lights on a timer is a great idea.

Hide Tell Tale Signs – Milk being left on the doorstop, bins not being taken in and post hanging from the door are all signs that there might be an empty home.

Try to get a family member to pop round and take in the post and milk so it looks like there are signs of life.

House Insurance – This is one of the most obvious yet often over looked areas.  People fail to see it has needed updating of have missed the renewal date and so have nothing to fall back on if the worst happens.

I hope these tip have been of some help to you and I would love to hear any that you may have.

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My Sunday Photo:Bored Of Blogging

Since starting blogging eating out has become a little different to how it used to be.

We go to quite a few restaurant reviews and so obviously pictures need to be taken and sometimes it takes a little longer than the kids would like.

We went to review afternoon tea at sketch last week I was having a real problem as I only had my phone and the lightly was very dim.

I think number three had had enough of me messing about with these cakes by the little photobomb!

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Scootaheadz Danny Dino Review 

All of my children have loved scooting and my eldest son got pretty good, which even lead to a little part time job at a local skate park.

This really rubbed off on the youngest two and now it’s hard to go anywhere without them bringing their scooter along!

Scooters for preschoolers have become increasing popular and a trip to the park can often end up with a bit of a puzzle as to who’s is who’s.

When we were asked to try out the Danny Dino from Scootaheadz I knew the boys would love it and it would be something to add a little individuality to make our scooter stand out from the crowd in the sea of scooters at the park!

Danny Dino arrived and we were immediately taken with his loveable face.

Attaching him to the scooter was super easy. You supply have to make a like room between the handle bars, face his nose towards the sky and slip on, then pull forwards to fix in place.

My boys can destruct anything but he stated firmly in place for the whole trip.

There are other fun and colourful characters than can be chosen that are just as cute as Danny.

We might have to get another one just so he doesn’t get lonely!

*we were provided with the Scootahead for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

Bedtime Fears


A couple of months ago number four woke up and and came downstairs to discover the mouse that we had been trying to get rid of scoot across the front room.

Understandably he jumped out of his skin and convinced himself it was a bat.

I tried to explain to him it was just a tiny mouse that had lost his way and had gone to find his way back outside again to find his family.

For a few weeks he was a little apprehensive about going into the front room but nothing more was said.

That is until the past week when he has been refusing to go to bed and has been getting up countless times through the night.

I have tried everything I can think of from saying bats can’t come upstairs which he thought about and replied with the fact they could get in through an open window during the day, my eldest son came up with the idea he had an app on his phone that if it was left in a room for five minutes it would make it bat proof, I even tried to tell him bats don’t come out at night which yes I know is feeding him completely the wrong information but I am now at my whits end with it!

We all have fears and these must feel so real to him and  be causing him such anxiety and worry and I now feel helpless.

I was a real worrier as a child and recall many nights laying in the darkness, unable to sleep and imagining all sorts of scenarios that prevented me sleeping which make me feel his pain even more.

If there is anyone out there the can suggest some ways to cope with nighttime fears I would be so grateful.

Shrek’s Adventure and Sea Life London Aquarium Review

What child wouldn’t love going on and adventure to find Shrek and Dory in the same day!

This is what we were lucky enough to do at the beginning of the holiday when we took a trip to Shrek’s Adventure and the Sea Life London Aquarium that are directly next to each other housed the stunning buildings along the Southbank.

Shrek was our first port of call and after a bit of a faff with a queuing system that didn’t seem to be working to well we set off on our adventure to find Shrek.

We were whisked off by Donkey on the magical 4D bus that tossed and turned us through the sky, giving us a few surprises on the way. 

 Next came several different rooms where we were met by wonderfully vivacious characters that helped us to piece together the mystery to where Shrek was with lots of twists, turns and eye-openers as we entered each new door, with the anticipation of finding Shrek the whole way round.

The whole experience kept my three youngest engaged throughout but it may be a little scary at times for little ones with sections of darkness and some very realistic acting, and as buggies are not permitted on the tour if you have one that doesn’t like walking asI did it can be a bit much on your arms. But this is why they state it is best suited for age 6+.

If you are a Shrek fan or not you will find something to love on this adventure that was filled with wonder and surprise the whole way round.  I would challenge anyone to not feel the same.

After we had completed our adventure we popped straight next door to the Sea Life London Aquarium where you immediately felt you had been submerged many miles under the ocean as you wind your way round looking at the majestic stingrays skimming the sand, pretty seahorses dancing in the reeds and voracious sharks owning the water.
Each tank brings you something different allowing your to take in the vast array of sealife that makes up the underwater world.

With the release of Disney Pixars Finding Dory there is a great quiz sheet available as you enter which kept mine amused as we walked around by filling in the questions and searching for the lovable character with your chance to get a special reward at the end.

We really enjoyed walking through the open tunnel and having the change to see everything so close up and from so many different angles.  The children loved climbing into the portholes to get a closer look.

Something I wasn’t expecting to see was the Gentoo penguins from the Antarctic. Although they were super cute to look at I’m not sure if I felt this type of enclosure was the best place for these wonderful creatures.

My little ones love the opportunity to get hands on with anything and were really excited when they got to touch a starfish which is something they have never done before.

The Sea Life London Aquarium offers children the experience to learn so much about sealife in an interesting, fun and hands-on way that it is well worth a trip.

Southbank really is a hive of entertainment and has so much to offer in one place.  There is the choice of Shrek’s Adventure, Sea Life London Aquarium, The London Eye and London Dungeon to chose from and some great deals when you book attractions together.

London Dungeon is certainly on my list of things to do with my teens as it looks like a real thrill seeking day out.

*We were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.