Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Bluestone Wales: Good even with Chicken Pox

There's no such thing as a free holiday. I learned this the hard way last month when I was given a free holiday... and my 15 month old son got chicken pox the day we set off. The lovely people at Bluestone (who actually are all lovely, not just because they gave us a free holiday) offered us a week's stay in a lodge in their 'free range' holiday destination in return for a review.

I'm afraid my reviewing opportunities were somewhat hampered by the pox, or more acurately, by the screaming miserable baby with a roaring temperature and the quarantine we had to place upon him, but I'll give it a go.

I want to tell you about the amazing swimming pool and the hours of fun the boys had on the permanent bouncy castle, playing in the indoor mini golf and letting off steam in the beautifully themed circus play room. I'd love to tell you about the restaurants, the spa and the babysitting service available for parents to enjoy a quiet night in the pub or going out for dinner. But I can't.

What I can tell you is that the Bluestone equivalent of room service is a 'take away' menu with a variety of food which came quickly and was hot and tasty. I can recommend the korma and rice for an easy 'one handed' dinner which you can eat while rocking a restless baby.

If long walks with a baby who won't sleep unless you keep moving the buggy are what you're after, Bluestone is the dream. There are lots of beautiful paths and my particular favourite, the boardwalk down to 'Camp Smokey' has spectacular views of the forest as well as a satisfying 'thuddud' sound when you walk on it.

The free wifi is good during the day for streaming endless episodes of Something Special on your laptop to try and distract an itchy infant from ripping their skin off and for uploading pictures of the gin you are drinking at 11am to Instagram.

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

40 things I felt when my kids had chicken pox

1. Surprise.
Oooh! Chicken pox! Really?

2. Mild excitement. 
Well, this is different and therefore less boring than a normal week! And everyone loves a trip to the big pharmacy for new medicines!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The "Gender Neutral Parent" Book Review

You may have read previously that I have pretty strong beliefs that children are children and should not be forced into gender stereotypical behaviours or feelings. I've also written about my near-obsession with children's books. Well this post combines my 2 faves! It's about books about gender related stuff! (No one else in the world is excited by this are they?)

So this week I was asked to review a radical new book for children where a GIRL pretends to be a PILOT. I know, what is the world coming to? She doesn't even wear a skirt when she's flying the jumbo jet OR have the decency to defer to a man for help. In this post I will be reviewing the book I have been sent as well as 2 "gender neutral" books I bought myself. They are all available on Amazon but I do not recommend all 3. They turned out to be the good, the bad and the ugly of gender neutral children's books...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Breastfed babies are stupid

In the news today everyone was reporting the results of an extensive research study that has concluded breastfed babies grow up to be clevererer than bottle fed babies and also earn more money. 

If I learnt anything at university it was trust in good quality randomised control studies always question things for yourself! So in the interest of science, I have conducted a little study of my own today. In fairness, I only had access to 2 subjects. (We'll call them subject A and subject B) and I have no bottle fed babies to compare them with, so my trial is somewhat lacking a control arm but I think you'll find the results speak for themselves.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

10 things parents of giant babies experience

1. When people buy "the next size up" so they can grow into it. And it still doesn't fit...