I have come to the conclusion that I am allergic to being indoors!
I literally go stir crazy being at home and am always looking for new places to get out and about with the children.
My Dad had been out on his bike and came across a new playground in Chipstead Village so we went along to check it out today.
It was still thick with frost when we arrived and we spend a good while shooting pebbles across the frozen pond.
Tucked away just behind the pond is a lovely new playground with beautiful wooden equipment that I would say is most suited to under 10’s although there is a cool looking zip wire and a pretty high climbing frame that would be good for older children too.
We stayed for a good while checking everything out and number five throughly enjoyed climbing, swinging and running around.
We stopped for a while and hid away in one the little hideaways to have a little bit of coffee shop role play before heading home to warm up with a proper coffee!
This was a great little find for us and we will be back for some more exploring very soon.
Our house on Mothering Sunday usually involves my husband having a last minute panic and rushing off the the petrol station to get a quick card and the obligatory croissant breakfast.
To save him one little stress this year I thought I would take number four along to Mother Kitty’s in Coulsdon to do a craft session with a group called Monkeybeans. The sessions are run by a super friendly Mum and daughter team that really engage the children in their activities. They also run sessions at the Caterham Arms which we have been to before that involve a sing-along session at the end which rounds the activity off really well. These sessions are perfect if you like your little ones to expore their artistic side without the mess in your own home!
With a beautiful glue sodden card in hand number four and five had a run around the soft play and then donned their Mother Kitty masks that they were given in the session to take home and colour in.
What are your plans this Mother’s Day?
My husband and I are both qualified personal trainers and find it very important to get exercise and healthy eating into the little ones daily lives.
It was a lovely sunny morning so after the school run I took number four and five along to one of our local parks to get involved in some exercise together. We are very lucky that this park has an outdoor gym so whilst the boys sat and had a snack I could sneak in a quick workout while getting number four involved in press ups and star jumps which he loves then racing him alongside the assault course.
I hope that getting them involved at a young age will instil good practice that will take them to adulthood.
To reward ourselves for all our hardwork we popped into one of our favourite cafes Art Rebellion in Coulsdon. This fantastically quirky cafe/art gallery offers an array of coffees, cakes and light lunches whilst taking in the magnificent art it has on display.
The staff and surroundings are extremely kid friendly and number fours allergies are always catered for. It makes him feel very special to be able to enjoy his babychino whist sitting in an uber cool converted mini.
I would highly recommend popping in for a drink whilst perusing the impressive artwork and gifts they have on offer. I have plans for one of their brightly coloured stag heads if the hubby allows!!