Sunday, 25 August 2013

Exciting Giveaway! - The Anagranimals and The Wishing Tree


I am really excited to let you know about an exciting giveaway for your kids here on my blog. I recently reviewed The Anagranimals and The Wishing Tree on my blog, you can read about that here.

So I was more than happy when the author agreed to let me give away Two Signed First Edition copies of the book!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Kids Book Review: The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree

We are mad about books in our house. We all have our own bookcase each, they are on our shelves, and cupboards and under the bed...basically the whole house is covered in books, seriously. Somehow I just can't imagine being without them - and we love passing on the joys of reading to our kids. It's important that they sit and read, together or alone, and just have that quiet time, to feed their imagination.

That's why we were very happy

Friday, 23 August 2013

Liverpool Women's Midwifery Event in Kirkby Town Centre



Having two young babies, I am all too aware of what it means to have good antenatal care. I believe that it can have an effect on your mental well being as well as your physical health during pregnancy. I had three very different birth experiences with all my baby girls, but the care I received from the East Maple midwifery team, part of the Liverpool Women's NHS Trust was wonderful, especially from Jo Elliot, who was my midwife throughout both of my recent pregnancies.

Today, Jo and their team put on a great event in Kirkby town centre. They hired a shop out for the day and invited members of the public to come in to talk about their own birthing/pregnancy experiences. There was also face painting, free sweet treats and a little play area for the kids to enjoy.

Photographs from the event today
It was great to see familiar faces of the midwives, out in the community and also showing us about their hard work.

Home Births

One of the aims of the event today was to raise awareness for home-births. There are many benefits to choosing a home birth:

* Guarantees one to one midwifery care in labour
* You are less restricted with who can be present at the birth
* Women often feel more in control and relaxed at home
* No travelling involved

Last year I studied a module on the history of medicine, some of which covered midwifery, so I know that birth has essentially been medicalised over time and that it seems now a lot of women are keen to give birth in a natural setting, away from the hospital. After all, giving birth is a natural process, not a medical emergency.

I was classed as high risk with Rosie due to complications with Alice, so did not opt for a home birth, but it is something I may have considered more carefully had the complications not arisen. At the end of the day, it is a personal choice for yourself and your family and you have to do what is best for you. That is why it was great to see the midwives out today providing information and support to women about these decisions. Pregnancy can be difficult, emotionally and physically, so it's great to know that there is support out there. They're doing a great job.

The Maple East Team


For more information on homebirths, or for any other advice, you can catch them on Twitter

@Liverpoolwomens

or for the team covering Kirkby, Sefton and Croxteth

@East_Maple

They also host regular #TweetTheMidwife sessions, which I think is fab.

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Crown Street, Liverpool,
Merseyside, L8 7SS

To book your first appointment with one of the midwives call 0151 247 4747.


*No disclosure, this was an event in my local community that I support*




Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Cow & Gate 100% Fruit Pouches: A Review

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Like all Mums I want the very best for my children and I feel the same about the food they eat. Although I am not a super-strict parent when it comes to food, and my kids do have treats, I do like to make sure that they are getting their 5-a-day and that we sit down to good wholesome home-cooked food. Of course my kids also eat some trashy foods, but I'd like to think that about 90% of what they eat is actually nutritionally good for them.

So when we were chosen to sample Cow & Gate's new 100% fruit pouches, we were very excited. Rosie is 5 months and just coming up to tasting-time, and Alice is almost two and absolutely loves her food. The samples arrived in a beautiful peach of a basket box and we also had a bib - the bib was a must on every occasion that we sampled these!

Our fruit pouch pressie!


The Product

The pouches contain a fruit puree, made of 100% fruit, Vitamin C and nothing else. As a mum, when I look at packaged foods for my children, I am always so surprised at how many ingredients are actually in something that is supposed to be just fruit, or just a meat and two veg meal. So with these you literally are just getting the good stuff for your kids, and they count as one portion of fruit towards a 12 month old's five a day.

They are available in the following flavours:

* Apple
* Pear
* Apple & Pear
* Apple & Banana
* Apple, Strawberry & Banana
* Fruit Mix

They are suitable for babies starting at 4 months old. Official recommendations for weaning your kids in the UK suggest starting them on food at around 6 months - as I have weaned two children I know that all babies are different, so if you are going to use this or any other product to help you weaning do seek advice from your health visitor if you are unsure.


The texture of the fruit is smooth - they are perfectly blended.

This is the Apple one!


Convenience

What I liked about the packaging was the convenience. You can just chuck them in your bag when you go out, and know that your kids have a great healthy snack to hand. The pouch has an easy twist-off lid, so you can put it in a bowl if you like, or, for older children, just give them the pouch to eat from themselves. This is where a bib comes in handy!
Once the pouch is opened you don't have to use it all, you can store it in the fridge for 24 hours to be used again. We tended to do this with them - the pouches are 80g - I'd say just about the right size for a little snack.

Our Testing!

We used the pouches both at home and when we went out for dinner. I found them really convenient for outside the home. Alice is still exploring new foods, and sometimes the restaurants we go to are a bit too 'adult' for her, so we do like to take our own food with us. These fruit pouches were really handy just as a snack - especially since she could feed herself so it did keep her occupied as well.

Grab the bib!


We also gave her some after breakfast with a bowl and a spoon - she really loves to feed herself using utensils.



Alice's favourite was apple. Oddly, she pulled her face at the fruit mix flavour 'don't like eeeeet' - but I tried this with Rosie and she actually smacked her lips together at the sweet taste!

With Rosie only just beginning weaning, I just gave her small tastes. Obviously everything is new to her, and she did pull her face at first, but after a few spoonfuls over the course of a couple of days she really enjoyed it. I think it's important to be happy with what you are feeding your babies, and to encourage them with smiles and kisses, and this is where it was so easy with the Cow & Gate pouches - no guilt (for a change!) I knew that I was feeding them what they need.


The Brand

I wouldn't normally write about the brand, but I was actually really impressed with the whole package (literally!) The box the pouches came in  the lovely box pictured above and the whole product has an air of 'caring' about it. I know that as parents, it's our job to decide what is best for our children, but sometimes we do need to trust in a brand and certain products to help us along the way and this is one that I really trust. I will definitely be purchasing more of these to have handy in my bag for snack times when we are out and about.

The pouches cost 79p each and can be bought from major supermarkets.

If you want to read more about them visit http://www.netmums.com/family-food/cow-gate



Disclosure: I am a member of the Netmums Blogging Network, a unique community of parent bloggers from around the UK who have been handpicked by the Netmums team to review products and brands on their behalf. I have been paid expenses and supplied with a product sample for this review but retain all editorial control. All my Netmums Reviews will display the Netmums logo within the post.







Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Italian Club Fish - A Review

With us having the three girls, it is not all too often that we can get out and about on our own. So when we do have someone to watch the girls for the night, we like to treat ourselves and go somewhere with a bit of class. Let's face it, if you have kids, eating out usually means that the kids come first - so a restaurant attached to a children's indoor play area is usually the safest option.

So when we were invited to the Italian Club we grabbed the chance to have some time alone as a couple and enjoy a real treat. And treat it was, believe me.

The Italian Club is a family run and owned business in the heart of Liverpool. It began with The Italian Club at 85 Bold Street and soon after, The Italian Club Fish opened at 128 Bold Street. Having visited the original Italian Club a few times, we were really looking forward to our 'date night' at Italian Club Fish. We had heard great things about it from friends and family and we were not disappointed.


The Restaurant 


We booked our table for 5pm and were seated near the back of the restaurant. This suited us fine, as the back is a little bit more intimate. The lighting is just perfect and I think the restaurant has managed to achieve a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere while retaining an air of sophistication - it was both ambient and pleasant.


I also appreciated the attention to detail. The tables were laid perfectly, and the plates and place mats were all related to sea food - I believe that it's the little things that add to the whole experience.



The Menu

There is a wide choice on the main menu. From shellfish to grilled fillets of fish - there literally is something for everyone. There was also a children's menu, which is great if you are taking the kids, and also a non-fish dish section, so if someone you were with did not like fish, they can still go, which I thought was quite handy, especially if you were going out as a large party.

They also have a specials menu to pick from


There is also a comprehensive wine list. We do appreciate a good bottle of wine, and always enjoy sharing a bottle with a meal out. We picked the montepulciano d'abruzzo which was a lovely fruity red and cost about £18.


Warren also ordered a Peroni Red. Not many places in Liverpool serve this beer, and he really likes it so it was great that we could get it here.

 

Service

Staff could not do enough to help, they were attentive without being overbearing and we were left to enjoy our meal.

Starters

The food was absolutely second to none. We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was obvious that the sea food was fresh and that the food had been made from scratch. 

I had the Salmone Affumicato to start, which was smoked salmon served with butter crostini, rocket salad & a wedge of lemon.



It was simply divine. The salmon was fresh and light, the rocket just peppery enough to compliment the salmon. The crostini were crunchy and light and complimented the dish perfectly.

Warren had the Gamberi E Calamari Grigliate which was grilled and marinated spicy king prawns and calamari, served on a bed of mixed leaves.



The crisp salad was the perfect accompaniment to the firm char-grilled calamari, which my husband said he could 'happily eat all day long.' The prawns were big, juicy, spicy and fresh. You can see for yourself how fabulous the presentation was.


Mains

I had the Tagliolini Ai Gamberi, which was fresh thin egg pasta with king prawns, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, parsley and fresh tomato. It was truly divine. The pasta was obviously made fresh, and the ripe juicy tomatoes were colourful, vibrant and tasty.


Warren had the Sauté Di Maurizio which was a large sauté of clams, mussels, cockles, fresh white fish, parsley and cherry tomatoes, served with toasted slices of ciabatta. Warren particularly enjoyed the mussels and clams and the sauce was that good that you simply would not believe that it was only olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, tomatoes and a hint of chilli. The shell fish was fresh and tasty - needless to say there was no food left on the plates when we had finished.


Dessert

Now I am not usually a dessert person, but I simply had to have some of what Warren was having. He ordered the Delizia Al Limone, which was lemon cheesecake, served with a strawberry ice cream. It was simply the best dessert I have ever tasted. I think the photographs speak for themselves here, I'll be honest.






I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. We were there from 5pm until approximately 6.45pm, by which time it had started to get busy. We sat and drank our wine and just enjoyed the time there.If you are looking for fresh-cooked, quality food then this is the place to come. We will definitely be going back.

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The Italian Club Fish
128 Bold Street. Liverpool, L1 4JA
Tel: 0151 707 2110
Fax: 0151 703 6783
info@theitalianclubfish.co.uk


All views are my own. The Italian Club gave us a £50 voucher towards the cost of the food and drink. Our total bill came to approximately £80 including the beer, the bottle of wine and the 10% service charge. Worth every penny.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Our Visit to Martin Mere (WWT) Review


So today we visited Martin Mere, part of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Burscough. We were really excited to be invited to do this review. Martin Mere is a wetland conservation that aims to raise awareness of the value of wetlands and to support their conservation.
I have been once before when I was a kid for a school trip. I remembered the girls singing on the coach

'We've been to Martin Mere,
We've seen a baby deer,
What else did we see?
A duckling having a wee.'

My memory for short term things is appalling, but this song must be from 25 years ago and I still remember it. Oh dear now I feel old.

Anyway, we had a lovely day today. On entry we were given a map to guide us. We also purchased two bags of seed at the front counter so that Emily and Alice could feed the ducks and wildlife on the way round. The park is divided by gates and each area has its own name according to the species of animal living there.

Otter Enclosure

We started at the otter enclose, where we were just in time for feeding. The woman was feeding them shrimp and I think squid. As she was throwing the food in, they were going mad for it. The woman was explaining that the otters have a really fast metabolism and so they eat throughout the day. She was really good, explaining what she was doing and teaching the kids a bit about the otters. Alice was a bit wary as usual, but Emily walked up the stairs to the look-out and looked over watching them feed.



Beaver Enclosure

We then walked to the beaver enclosure. Access all round the park is easy. There are dirt tracks and pathways, we easily managed it with the double buggy. Some of the shallower pond areas do not have fences though, so if you are taking toddlers do take a buggy or keep hold of their hand. Alice was quite keen on getting her feet wet!

We watched the beavers play for a while from the beaver enclosure. They were a bit shy while we were there, but the handy television on the wall of the hut let us see where they were hiding. Again, Alice was giddy but a bit wary when she saw them and Emily was busy trying to spot them.



Walking Around

It is really a lovely walk around the Mere. Once we had seen the beavers, Alice and Rosie started to get a bit restless as they were both hungry. So we backtracked, and went to The Mere Side Cafe. There is an outdoor seating area overlooking the Mere so you can still look at the wildlife there while enjoying your brew and cake. We bought a tea, coffee and a kid's meal and drink that came to just under £10, so it was quite good value as well. The high chairs were some of the nicest I've seen in an eaterie to be entirely honest. My exact words were 'Oooh we could do with one of these...'
So, pit stop done, we set off again. We walked through the different areas, the oriental pen, South America, Europe, North America amongst others. We walked through Roundhouse village and encountered Mere Tun, a little wooded area with lots of fun kid activities. These were chargeable, but only £1 for pottery making and face painting. We encountered lots of different species of bird along the way, and the views are quite spectacular - peaceful, calming wetlands. We found a number of 'hides' - little huts where you could view the wetlands from indoors and look out at the birds. There were many real bird watchers - we were just amateurs really but we were keen nonetheless!



Harrier Hide

On our way round we walked up a small hill to 'Harrier Hide' - this is a huge hut from which to view over the wetlands. What I liked about Martin Mere was the dedication to conservation and education. There were lots of informative signs and placards all around the mere. Emily stopped to read a lot of them - this pleased me a lot. I love the fact that she could learn about wildlife as well as encountering it. Kids can get a bit indoors-y these days with computer games and TV - it's always great for them to be reminded that there is a whole world out there for them.


For the Kids

There are a couple of great play areas for the kids with climbing frames, swings and slides. Emily had a ball on these - Alice was a bit too enthralled with the ducks to be bothered with the play area to be honest. There is also a little kiosk by the main play area selling drinks and hot dogs. You can also go on a boat ride around the Mere. This looked really good but we thought it might be a bit too stressful for us with the young babies!


Swan Lake

We passed the swans - so majestic aren't they. We also saw the flamingos or 'massive prawns' as I said to Emily. She just pulled her face - she is getting too old to laugh at my rubbish jokes these days! As we walked back, we hung around the Mere for a while watching the little baby ducks. So cute!



Amenities

Toilets, baby change, cafe and kiosk were all clean and we made use of them all, as usual! There are benches all around the park for you to sit and just take in the views and the nature. You could also take a picnic if you wanted to. No complaints from us about the tea and coffee, and the kids enjoyed their home-made fish nuggets, chips and beans!

Events

There are a number of events coming up at Martin Mere, such as the Bat and Barn Owl Barbecue mid August. Check out their website before you go - you might want to arrange your visit around an event.

Martin Mere also do a membership offer. Prices start from around £30 for an adult for the year. This entitles you to free entry all year round. Family tickets are also available.


Overall

Martin Mere is a lovely day out. We were there over two and a half hours walking around and feeding the ducks and birds. We picked a lovely day for it, so we were able to walk around outside without umbrellas. Prices start at around £10 per adult.

And also, for your information, we didn't see a duckling having a wee.


Here is our short video. I've tried to embed it but Blogger is being a pain, so I'll do it tomorrow.




*Martin Mere kindly allowed me and my family free entry in exchange for this review.*






Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Day out Review: Knowsley Safari Park

To celebrate the launch of Jungle Dogs hot dogs we were invited to Knowsley Safari Park to take part in a fun launch event with the kids, to sample the food, take part in fun and games before going on to the park to see the animals.

Launch Event

The launch event took place in one of the park's events rooms. The room was decorated with jungle animals, inflatables and had a couple of fish tanks in it. I mention this because Alice is obsessed by fish and we had to keep chasing her away from the tanks! The aim of the launch event was for us to try this product and to sample some of the yummy recipes that they had prepared for us. As you can see from our photographs, we enjoyed sampling Jungle Dogs and we were impressed with the different recipes, which you can find on their Facebook page. Recipes we sampled on the day included:

*Skewered sausage with mixed salad
*Sausage on wraps with grated carrot and humous
*Sausage wrapped in salami with cream cheese
*Potato and onion salad with chopped sausage


We really enjoyed trying these out, as it was a nice change from the usual sausage on a bun.You will find nutritional information on their website to make sure that your little ones eat them as part of a balanced, healthy diet - they are £1.20 for 6 from Tesco.

The kids really enjoyed the launch event!


Celebrity Guest...

The event was attended by celebrity Tina O'Brien who I know from playing Sarah-Louise Platt in Coronation Street. Do you remember, she was the one who had Bethany and went out with Jason? Candice's best mate as well...
Well anyway, Tina was there with her little girl. Tina was lovely and friendly and Rosie wouldn't let go of her hand. She asked me if Rosie was my first and I pointed out the other two across the room, and she said 'Wow, I wondered why you were so relaxed.' My babies were well-behaved I must say.*

*One of them knocked a full cup of hot chocolate all over the table and the floor. I spent about ten minutes cleaning it up with Jungle Dogs serviettes. Also, Alice pulled over one of the inflatable palm trees, and I have evidence of this. Hey, I never said my family was perfect...!

Yep - that's my Alice trashing the place...


Safari Drive

Once the launch event had finished, the kids were given a little goody bag to take home. Inside they found toys from Grafix, including two arts and crafts packs; Animal Key Ring Pals and My First Animal Puzzles, colouring books and pencils and cute finger puppets. They also received some jungle onesies - Alice's was a cat and Emily's was a kangaroo. I don't think Rosie was too bothered about being left out! Alice and Emily wore theirs all the way round the park.

Emily and Alice's Grafix Toys


First of all we decided to drive through the safari part of the park. The drive is 5 miles covering 550 acres of land. Animals roam freely throughout their large enclosures - it is a real interactive experience. We drove past, amongst other animals, the African lions, Cape Buffalo, Grants Zebra and Baboons. The lions were massive and were not bothered by the cars driving through, often walking right up to the cars. The highlight for us were the baboons. The baby ones are just teeny tiny and often perched on the their mother's shoulders, which is so sweet. Of course we drove through the part of the park that says 'ENTER AT OWN RISK!" Our car in not exactly our pride and joy so we were happy for the baboons to do their worst. If you do have an immaculate car though I would suggest taking the car friendly route! As you can see from the photographs, the baboons jumped all over our car and picked at the plastic seal on top of the car. No great damage was done, and it was fun watching them. Emily was over the moon, but Alice was a bit scared when they scooched down the window...'don't like eeet' she laughed.

Don't know the name of the animal? Just call them 'big doggies...'


Walkaround Area

The safari park also has a large area that you can walk round on foot. We were given a map which was handy so that we were sure not to miss anything out. We saw elephants, giraffes and meerkats.  I think we hung around watching the meerkats more than anything, they are so cute the way they stand up on their back legs and look all surprised to see you!

Difficults...(Aaah that caption through you out didn't it!)


Bug House

It also has a bug house, seal show, bat house and a fantastic Birds of Prey experience. The bug house was dark and creepy - Emily loved watching the snakes and lizards inside. Outside the bug house and sea lion show building there is a place to leave buggies so you are not dragging them around inside.

Inside the bug house...


Birds of Prey Experience

We missed the sea lion show this time, but managed to catch the wonderful Birds of Prey experience outside. The birds almost touched our heads as they swooped and the talk was lively and informative - Emily came out saying 'Oooh I never knew that an owl had it's ears on it's face...'

Amusements

There is also a face painting stall, a miniature railway at the lakeside and amusement rides. There was also a big sand pit for the kids to play in, a playground and a little picnic area as well as places to eat and drink, and baby changing facilities - important info for parents!

Ice cream was lovely. What diet??


Highropes Adventure

The park now hosts a 60 high rope obstacle adventure. We did not do this as our kids are just a little bit young and I am a real chicken but you can check that out here This is run by Aerial Extreme and tickets are sold separately for this.

Other information

The park is also accessible to people who do not drive, the Baboon Bus is available for you to ride in at 12.00pm and 2.00pm at a charge of £5 per person, children under 3 are free. Please check with the park to make sure the bus is running for your visit.

Tickets cost £16 per adult and £12 for children. Children under the age of 3 are free.


All in all we had a great day. We started round the park at about 2pm and did not leave until 4.30pm There is plenty to see and do, lots of animals to keep the kids entertained, even the little ones. Once you are inside the park you can drive around as many times as you like you are not limited to once round. I love Knowsley Safari Park - it's a great day out for the kids in the summer holidays, I would highly recommend it.

Check out our short video - watch for the bit of plastic rolling down our windscreen - they were just messing with all the bits and bobs on the car!



*Disclosure Information: We attended the Jungle Dogs Launch Event to blog about the launch and sample the product. For this we were given the goody bags for the kids, samples of Jungle Dogs to blog about later, a recipe book and free entry to the safari park. All views are my own.*

Monday, 5 August 2013

PaperShaker - Personalised Cards Review

We're getting the babies christened together in a few weeks, and so we were looking for some personalised invites and thank you cards. I really have a thing for stationery, I'm a sucker for cute pictures and really personal messages - cards that you can keep to look back on the event. So when the lovely chaps at PaperShaker offered to create my cards to review on WMSB I was over the moon.

The Website

First of all - making the cards was actually great fun. The website is easy to navigate, and once you have decided on the type of card that you want, you can pretty much customise it as much as you like. So, you can add your own photograph(s), text in a variety of fonts. You can even change the colour of the card, and add any designs that you fancy. I spent quite some time on the website making sure that I made my cards just right for us. 

The Invitations

For the invitations I chose the the square flat card (14.7cm x 14.7cm) and customised it from there.
 
The front of the invitation

 
 
 
 
The Thank-You Cards

I fancied something a bit different, so I picked the Slim flat card - Portrait (5.6cm x 19.5cm.) I thought these would be great for close family to keep as bookmarks - I know it's a bit cheesy but I just really loved the idea of this.
 
Delivery

I placed my order on Friday, and they were delivered by the following Monday, could not fault this at all. I was also kept up to date by email on when they were dispatched. This is great if you've got an event coming up soon and you need some certainty as to when your cards will be delivered. They arrived in small folders so that they were kept safe from damage during transit.

Price

Prices start from 65p per card, but this obviously depends on your shape and design. You can order them in packs of 10, 20, etc. I would say that these items are excellent value for money, as the quality and service I experienced was fantastic.
 
A little collage of our cards - again dates and places have been covered for data protection...
 
 
Verdict

The quality of these cards is fabulous. Even the envelopes are of a high quality and have a lovely feel to them. Delivery was fast, and I am really happy with these cards, and I know that my friends and family will be happy to have these too. I would definitely recommend Paper Shaker to make your cards - they do birth announcements and wedding invitations. Strictly speaking, they don't do christening invites, but the customise function on the website means that you could make cards for any occasion.

I have made a really short video - mainly so that you can get an idea of the size and quality of the cards. 








*All views in this post are, as always, my own. PaperShaker credited my account with £25 to purchase the items for review*

 
 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool - Honest Mum's Review

We were delighted when the kind folks at Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool asked us to pay them a visit and review our day for WMSB. Emily and Alice love swimming and Rosie has not even been swimming yet with her being so young, so I couldn't think of a better way to introduce her to the water! Obviously being a Mum safety is my first concern, and having two babies under three it was really important that they were happy and safe in the water.




Entry

Staff were very happy and friendly. They couldn't do enough to help. Having the double buggy can sometimes be difficult, even when places are supposedly 'family friendly.' There was no such problem at the water park - there was a lift to take the kids down in (we folded the buggy slightly to squeeze in!) and there was a large room to put our buggy. The room had CCTV so we had no issue leaving it unattended. Staff were there to point us in the right direction to the room, changing rooms and the park itself, it was all very smooth considering we had our three little cherubs/terrors to organise.

Facilities

We used the family changing rooms - easy to change the kids in together, a large, clean lockable room. Lockers were really easy - 50p (refundable) each, and we managed with two. There's a baby changing room and hair dryers and showers and even a bottle warming service if you needed it. Rosie drinks her bottles straight out of the fridge, she gets really funny if the temperature is up, so we didn't need to use that. However, our bottles hadn't quite cooled enough from the morning, and when we got her out of the pool, she wouldn't have a warm bottle. Once in the changing rooms, she started crying and a lovely member of staff asked what they could do to help. She took the bottle and cooled it for us, and all was, well...cool. They also sell floats and nappies for kids so if you get caught short then you can always pick them up there.

Our Day

Me and Warren had a deal between us that we would tend to the babies first - they would probably have had enough after half an hour, and so I would be the one to take them out for a brew and a cake while Warren and Emily carried on having fun for an hour. However, once we had put arm bands on Alice, and put Rosie in a big yellow float, there was no getting them out. I think the babies were in for about two hours until they'd had enough.
Alice was spinning round the rapids with Emily, laughing her head off and sliding down the mini baby slides. Rosie was completely happy just to relax and chill in her little float. The motion of the water just meant that she was rocking slowly, must have been really soothing for her. Emily was just splashing around mental going on all the slides, the rapids and the wave pool.
After we had dressed the babies, I sat with them in the cafe and had a brew and a cake. Wasn't long until they were both fast asleep - the water and excitement had clearly wore them both out.
Emily and Warren stayed in the park for another two hours - the park has free wi-fi, so I amused myself by nerding away on that for a while.

This was just as we left

Overall

I would absolutely recommend this water park. What stood out was the service - the staff were so helpful. As a Mum I was worried about safety and the logistics of having all three kids in the water, sorting the double buggy out, etc - but the staff helped to set me at ease. 

Tips 

*Floats, floats, floats. If you've got young kids, take arm bands and any floats you can. My mind was set completely at ease because we took them, and it's so much easier to pull a float around than a writhing baby!

*Go early - it gets really busy in the afternoon and if you've got young children you'll want it to be a bit quieter

*Your kids will get splashed, so if you're taking them quite young make sure they are OK with getting water in their eyes. Maybe do a practice run in the bath!

Emily's Verdict

"I loved it because all of the rides are epic. Me, my two sisters and Mum and Dad thought it was awesome."

Alice declined to comment, although she could be heard screaming and laughing in the water and saying "I LIKE eeeet!"


*Sandcastle Water Park, Blackpool gave us free entry to the water park for us to review. All views are our own.*

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