Wednesday, 5 December 2018

What's in the box? NEW myHummy bear | AD

Sleep and babies, the two don't really go hand in hand for the first few weeks, maybe even months and if you are really unlucky...YEARS!
(but we still wouldn't change them for the world)

I'd never ever heard of white noise, let alone using it to help aid sleep with Harrison or my first two for that matter, but to be fair Ella and Harley were formula fed so they slept through pretty much straight away having fuller bellies. Harrison on the other hand being breastfed, I've found he would (and still) wakes up more often for a feed during the day/night. So I decided to look into this whole white noise thing.
I'd seen a variety of teddy bears that produce white noise and instantly fell in love with the myHummy bear.
If you didn't already know myHummy is a company that has designed a beautiful range of teddy bears that produce white and pink noise to help aid your baby with sleep. They have recently brought out a new range of bear families, the Sweethearts and the Smarthearts. We have been very lucky and have been chosen to test one out.

Each family is made up of three bears, a mummy, a daddy and a baby. Our bear is Max, he is the daddy bear from the Smarheart family.
The Smarthearts are a deep, darker grey colour as apposed to the Sweethearts who are a soft, lighter grey colour. Each bear has it's own unique look and comes with three added extras in the box. Max has a stunning turquoise coloured handkerchief styled scarf and matching colour non-removable pants. On the back of him there is a sewn on loop for the ring to loop through and keep him secured in place in a cot/crib, BONUS the ring also doubles up as a teething toy for those more troublesome teeth. Also on the back is a zip to access the pocket where you insert the humming heart. 
As the heart is removable this makes it very easy to keep Max clean as he can be washed in the washing machine. There are three different types on hearts for the bears, we have the bluetooth one which can be controlled very easily through the myHummy app. 
You also get a heart shaped pouch in the box to pop the heart in for going out and about.
 I will be checking back in to let you know how we are getting on with our myHummy bear in a couple of weeks, I mean I've only been using him a few days and I've already noticed a difference, nap times especially. Harrison stayed down for an extra 50 minuets thanks to the sensor mode, now that's sleeping like a baby!

Be sure to check out the myHummy website - myhummy.co.uk where you will find the two families and all six bears. You can also find them on Instagram @myhummyuk where there are even more pictures to be seen.

I've included my unboxing video of Max which is live on my YouTube channel now, if you liked it please be sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe so you don't miss out on our update.


take care xo

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sibling Similarities | Throwback Thursday

Recently I moved the desk out of the boys bedroom and downstairs so I could set up my iMac instead of it just sitting there gathering dust. I'm actually typing this blog post on it now and it feels pretty good. I don't think I've ever used it for blogging, I've always had my MacBook handy, anyway that's besides the point.
Seeing as it is all set up now I thought I would look back at old photos of Ella and Harley at around a similar age to what Harrison is now. Prepare yourself because you are about to be hit with a major throwback of baby photos!

We have always thought that Harrison has looked more like Ella as a baby, so I started with December 2010 photos when Ella was also four months old. This was also when I got my first DSLR camera, so the photos are pretty good quality.





Ella and Harrison have the same nose no doubting that! It was the first thing I noticed about him when he was born funnily enough.


Now looking back at baby photos of Harley it really is quite a shock just how much he has changed! I always remember he was quite blond when he was a baby (he's now dark shade of brown) but his facial features have changed so much. Is it because he's a boy? Or maybe it's just me, I'm not sure. I've always felt Ella has stayed mostly the same, perhaps she will change more in her teenage years being a girl.



I couldn't quite believe my eyes after looking at Harley aged four months, he and Harrison both look so similar maybe even more so than Harrison and Ella.
There is no doubting that Harrison is such a mixture of both his sister and brother and when you take a moment to look back, it really is quite amazing the similarities you pick up on.

Do you find similarities in your children when you look back at old baby photos?
Who would you say Harrison looks more like?
After seeing Harley's baby photos I'm starting to think the boys are more similar than I thought!

take care xo

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Four Months of Harrison | Baby Update


Here we are another month old, 4 months now to be precise. He is no longer looking like that teeny tiny baby anymore, I feel like Harrison is really starting to develop and come into his own little personality. He loves to lay on his play gym and bat his toys around, his grip and hand eye coordination has really come along now too! If I hold something like his teething ring in front of him for example, you can see him slowly (and shakily) reach out and grip at it. He doesn't always get it first time, but he keeps going until he's got it and then it's straight in the mouth like most things these days.
I'm sure he is teething as he's been super dribbly, everything is going in the mouth and he has even had a sore little bum a few times, but nothing too bad to bother him he has still been very happy.
Harrison is now rolling back to belly and I caught his first real roll on video, I was so happy! He hasn't quite mastered the art of rolling back all the time just yet, but I'm sure it will be only a matter of time.
(please excuse my voice, as you can tell I was super excited/happy)
His little napping routine he's developed is going well, I'm able to get a few more things done these days which is so nice, he has also started going down to bed at 9pm but is still waking 1-2 times a night.
I wonder what the next month will bring?!
Be sure to check out our 4 month update video below.


take care xo
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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Baby's 100th Day 'Birthday'

When I was researching up about baby milestones I came across the 100th day birthday, now I never did anything like this with my first two and milestone cards were defiantly not around or as big as they are now when I had either of them. I do have milestone cards for Harrison, but I've never actually used them oops!
Although I didn't go all out with a party, banners and balloons like some do (more so in other countries, as it is VERY well celebrated) I did do a mini photoshoot with Harrison to make it special and remember that 100th day milestone.

I went with the milk bath idea as another mum friend had done her own little shoot like this and it had turned out so well that I just couldn't wait to give it a go myself.


I couldn't believe it was as simple as running a slightly warmer bath for Harrison and just adding your everyday off the shelf whole milk!



I'd not really done my own research, only what I had read from my friends blog post. She has a baby girl so she used pretty, colourful flowers. I felt that there were more props/foliage you could use in the bath for girls than boys. 

I probably should have done a little more research when it came to foliage for boys, as pretty much all my foliage sunk.


Like with any baby photoshoot I end up with HUNDREDS of photos and only end up with a select few favourites. Personally I LOVE how they have turned out and I know that every time I look back at them, I will remember this was his 100th day in the world.
Be sure to check out the blog where I got my hints and tips on how to get the milk bath ready.

Did you know that the 100th day is celebrated as a birthday in some countries? Have you ever done a milk bath, what foliage worked best for you? I'd love to know as I'm defiantly going to try this out again in the future.


take care xo
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Day We Found Out

I remember it like it was yesterday, well it pretty much was, but one whole year ago! (and one day)
Me and Matt had had a ‘lovers tiff’ the previous night, so me being a me told him not to bother coming back home that night and I also didn’t want to see or speak to him when I woke up in the morning.
Now I was supposed to be going out for the night with my friend and because we were trying for a baby I thought I'd best take a test, just so I could determine weather or not I should be going out.
I took the test in the morning and to my eyes I saw nothing.
It’s funny really, but because we were trying I had downloaded several pregnancy apps and I was keeping up to date with them all and the bounty app was all about faint test lines that day.
I don’t know what made me think it, but I went back and got that little test out our bathroom bin and low and behold this time I saw the faintest line I had ever seen.
I thought surely not, so I proceeded to take another three tests and there they all were, three little tests with six little lines (two lines on each test)
I knew at that point I couldn’t go out and I knew I’d have to speak to Matt because we were pregnant, I couldn’t not share that moment of happiness even though I was still quite annoyed with him.
I’m pretty sure I text him something along the lines of
‘I suppose you should come home' to which he replied 'why?' and I just said, 'I'm pregnant'
Not really the most joyous of announcements, but it helped break the ice after a heated argument.
I was so happy because I had always had this little idea in my head from the moment we had started trying that it would be a great idea to reveal to our parents on Christmas day that we were expecting. The plan was to have a 12 week scan before Christmas day so we would have a picture to show, but as we all know plans never go how we intend. We did still reveal to our parents on Christmas day however.

Do you remember the day you fond out? How long ago was it? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know, I love hearing all the stories about how people found out!

take care xo
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

My Top Three Breastfeeding Favourites/Must Haves

Today I thought I would talk about my favourite or must haves for breastfeeding. As little as it may seem, when I think of it I only really have three favourite/must haves when it comes to breastfeeding. Yup just THREE!
I currently only use two every day, but the third is super handy to have for those sore days and that is the Lansinoh nipple cream.
This is the first and only nipple cream I have ever tried and tested. I first tried in back in 2010 when I had my daughter so when I knew I was going to breastfeed Harrison I bought a new tube (obviously I didn't keep the one from 2010!)
I haven't really needed to use it, only when we got the yeast infection at the start of our breastfeeding journey and it helped a lot. I have a feeling it is going to come in handy when Harrison starts getting teeth, ouch!

My two everyday essentials are a good nursing bra and breast pads.
When it comes to nursing bras I feel like I have found the perfect one for me. I've always hated a 'thin' bra and the idea of people being able to see my nipples on a cold day. I have  always wore a padded wired one and whilst I found a nursing one like that, it just wasn't comfortable with the wiring so I had to try something I'd never tried before, no wires!
Luckily the first one I came across is the one I'm still using to this day. It is the H&M nursing bra and it is so soft and so comfortable and padded, so no chance of seeing nips on a cold day.
They aren't wired either, but they defiantly still give you that lifted look. Bonus they come in packs of two!
When it comes to breast pads I have tried and tested a few. I've tried your typical supermarket own brand, a well known brand and the freebies you are given in pregnancy packs. I had been reading a lot about leaking as I had my nipple pierced and decided to take it out and read that it would leak quite a bit. So when I was ordering all my breastfeeding essentials I came across the Lansinoh breast pads. These are the only breast pads I would personally recommend, I love them.
They don't feel 'cheap' like others can, they are soft and pretty much feel as if you aren't even wearing them. Also when you have to apply nipple cream they don't stick or irritate like I found with other breast pads. They have two sticky pads instead of one, so they stay in place which is especially great for in the night if you move around quite a bit.
They aren't the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. I buy mine in bulk at just under £20 so it works out cheaper and four boxes will usually last 4-5 weeks.
If you breastfeed or even formula feed what are your top three must haves? You could have a favourite brand of bottle or you might find a pump if in your top three, let me know!

take care xo
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Friday, 12 October 2018

Three Months of Harrison | Baby Update

Can it really be the three month mark already?! Slow down baby boy.
I'm not sure if it's because he is my third baby, or if because he is my first one with having a job and having a time limit to go back, but either way time is certainly flying by.
Even when I look at him now I still see that small little boy I gave birth to, then I see an old photo of him and I can't believe JUST how much he has changed. 


I mean just look at the difference in those two photos!
Sadly I do believe Harrison has eczema, he had a 50/50 chance of getting it as Matt had it quite bad as a child and it did pass on to our first son too. We have been bathing him in Childs Farm products and applying their moisturiser, but I'm sad to say it hasn't really had any effect on his dry patches, his legs however feel silky smooth (I wish mine did ha!)
I will give it a couple more weeks and then maybe move onto something different.

We still can't determine the colour of his eyes as silly as that sounds. Some days they look blue, other days they look a dark grey and then sometimes green. I have noticed certain outfits bring out different colours, but I can defiantly say for sure they are not brown. With our first two you could tell instantly they had my brown eyes.
His hair is getting a lot thicker on top already, well I would say. I can defiantly see a lot more on top than when he was first born. He is fair on top and still a bit dark round the back/bottom. I feel he is going to have a golden hair colour like his big sister.



Guys, be proud... I FINALLY got him weighed properly!
Although it was like two weeks ago so I will probably do my little trick in the next couple of days for a three month estimate, but he was weighing in at 13 lbs 4oz so still gaining weight nicely. As per usual I have no concerns I can tell he is getting chunkier (and heavier!)
I think I may have to get Harrison checked out just because he is sick A LOT after feeds, well not like a lot of sick comes out, I mean he is sick pretty much every time after feeding. If not straight away usually 30 mins - 1 hour after. I have read that it can be common up until six months old, but then I have also read it could be something else, so best to get checked really to be sure I guess.

He has gone up to a size 3 in some nappies, although I went to get rid of all my size 2 pampers and noticed that on one pack it said 'up to 13lbs' and another 18lbs, bit sneaky there! So as he still fits in them I will be using them up, but going forward I will more than likely stick with Aldi's own brand. I mean 98 nappies for just under £5 you can't really go wrong!
He has also gone up into his 3-6 month wardrobe and I'm a little sad about this as I just want him to stay teeny tiny forever and some 3-6 fit snuggly already! I'm sure he will be out of that size before six months too.



I've noticed he has started to develop a little napping routine. He will usually have a nap straight after the school run and then again around lunch time. Sometimes he will have one late afternoon/evening nap, but not always.
We have tried putting him down for an earlier bedtime, but sadly it is just not working out for us. I guess he just isn't ready yet. I even bought a Ewan the Dream Sheep to try and help. It did for the first few nights, but now it is hit and miss.
Harrison is still waking up 1-2 times a night, but I really don't mind. I don't have to change his bum during the night anymore and I literally just dream feed him (I think that's the proper term for feeding him and sticking back in his bed lol)


If you have any help or advice on the sickness please do let me know!

take care xo



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Friday, 5 October 2018

My 'Hinch Haul'

Before I start the post I just want to say I am in no way bad mouthing or blaming Mrs Hinch for my Hinch haul, I absolutely LOVE her. I think she's amazing and it is great how she is helping so many people find their love of cleaning just by making it FUN. Because lets be honest, it really is not all glitz and glam!
However if like me you found yourself down the cleaning isle more often and picking up everything she uses (and more) did you stop and think, 'do I really need/use this?' because I bloody well didn't!
I couldn't stop myself, even if I already had an item and I saw it in a different scent I HAD to have it. I'm an impulse buyer so I didn't really stop to think what I was doing. It only dawned on me when I was trying to organise it all to fit nicely into my cleaning cupboard that I actually realised, crap, I have bought LOADS.
I'm going to be perfectly honest here there is probably one thing I won't really use, well I will because I hate wasting things, but that is the Zoflora. which I bought two bottles of. A big mountain air one (I don't even have a pet) and a small fresh linen one. I've had the stuff previously and quite frankly I did't get on with it, but that's where my impulse buying kicked in and now it sits in my cupboard waiting to be used.
To show you the extent of how much I actually got, I'm going to list it all...oh boy, don't judge me. *hides behind hands*

- a BIG red basket
- a small orange basket
- pack of x2 grey baskets
- pack of x2 clear baskets
- x2 tupperware (for my wax melts)
- Paul the pine (stardrops pine disinfectant)
- Dettol disinfectant spray
- Zoflora in mountain air + fresh linen
- Elbow grease
- Cif cream
- Flash all purpose spray x2 (fresh cotton and blossom and breeze)
- Flash multi surface
- Cif kitchen spray
- Flash bathroom spray x2
- Viakal
- Spontex kitchen kit
- Spontex bathroom kit
- x2 packs of Pinkehs
- pack of x4 microfibre cloths
- Pledge dusting wipes
- Dave (pledge duster)
- a fake dave (Davina)
- Aldi anti-bac wipes
- Wilko scrubbing wipes
- Lenor fabric softener
- Astonish oxy active
- Lenor unstoppables
- Ariel gel
- x9 packs of various wax melts
- x4 wax melt burners
- Duck toilet cleaner
- Aldi floor wipes
- Harpic toilet tablets
- Bloo cistern tablets
- fake Minkehs (Morgan)
- Flash bathroom
- Duck toilet fresh discs
- Duck toilet fresh discs refill (because I couldn't get the marine one)
- Duck toilet pine strips
- Dishmatic 
- Dishmatic refills
- Batmatic sponges


I have found some new favourites that I think I will replace my old cleaning products with, like the Flash multi surface cleaner. I've been using it in my spray mop and it smells divine! And the Duck toilet cleaner.
There are also some new ones that I will continue to keep buying in the future, once I have used them all up! Defiantly some Dave refills. The Ariel gel with the Lenor fabric softer combined smells amazing and it really has lasted on our clothes, so I will be buying lots more of that in the future, but probably only when it's on offer as it is normally something like £8 a bottle! Duck toilet discs are here to stay and also the Harpic tablets because they are bloody amazing.
And of course there are those that I already had/used and will continue using such as Flash bathroom bottled and spray and good old Viakal.
After having Harrison I really did let my house go, but I found Mrs Hinch and she made me want to get up and clean, clean, clean. So thank you Mrs Hinch because you have helped me to find my love of cleaning again with a few new friends, Dave, Paul etc. I just don't think I needed to go as crazy as I did, oops!
Here's a quick little speed cleaning video I've done using some of my new products.


Did you go on a Hinch haul? Did you buy things you wouldn't normally? Have you found some new favourites? Let me know I'd love to hear about your own Hinch haul!


take care xo
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Friday, 28 September 2018

My breastfeeding journey so far...

Breastfeeding, the most beautiful natural thing a mother can do/provide for her child. It's such a blessing that I am able to do this and I only wish I had started this wonderful journey sooner with my first two children who were both formula fed (before anyone starts hating on me for being 'anti-formula')

Here I am today 12 glorious weeks in and now with a baby who is exclusively breastfed, yay! But we did not get off to an easy start. 
Just two weeks in both myself and Harrison caught a yeast infection. I only knew this because my boobs began to feel itchy and really quite sore when Harrison was feeding. It got so sore I felt I could not feed him towards the end of the day and that we had no other choice but to offer him a bottle. That was something I really just did not want to do.
I'd been so determined that I would be breastfeeding this baby, that offering him formula made me feel like a complete failure and the guilt all came rushing in after that first formula feed. I knew deep down that feeding him no matter what was the right thing, but I just couldn't shake the feeling that I'd failed.
After a bit of googling I read up on yeast infections and noticed some more signs/symptoms. Luckily the health visitor was due back for a check up so I asked her what she thought, and after looking at Harrison's mouth she agreed we had a yeast infection and was to go straight to the doctors to get medicine to help clear it up.
Because it was painful when he fed I tried my hardest to express milk for his bottles, but as soon as I had expressed it he was drinking it, so it never really mounted up.
It was around about then that the bedtime bottle was introduced and stuck around for a good few weeks because Harrison had become used to it. 
For anyone who has been in the same boat as me I'm happy to say the guilt slowly faded and I came to terms with combination feeding. I knew that he actually needed that bedtime bottle because it made him happy.
I had lots of people who have breastfed their babies telling me to just 'keep going' 'it will get easier' and I did try several times to cut out that bottle, but he just was not happy so we stuck with it.
Fast forward to just five days ago we were doing our usual routine of getting him ready for bed, bottle made ready for him to go down, for him only to refuse it! He was hungry though because he was throwing himself about and moaning away, but he would just not take that bottle. I was shocked. I wasn't sure if boob would be enough for him as it hadn't been in the past, but I couldn't just leave him. I offered him breast and low and behold he fell asleep, satisfied. I felt proud, but I thought it was a fluke, a one off.
The next day came, bedtime rolled around and I had that bottle ready for him, for him to again refuse it! I offered him breast and he once again fell asleep satisfied. So the next evening I didn't have that bottle ready, I just offered him breast and again satisfied.
Here we are now, exclusively breastfed and I just can't quite believe it, I thought he was sure to get hooked on the bottle and end up refusing the boob, but no, he has quite surprised me.
I hope this can give other women out there, who may have felt the same as me, that there is hope. Your baby will be ready when your baby is ready.  Don't listen too much to those mums who tell you to keep going if it is too painful for you or your baby is not happy/satisfied, you need to do what is best not only for your baby, but for yourself also. Don't forget that. If you want to talk, email me or direct message me on instagram @bebe_andme

take care xo
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Two Months of Harrison | Baby Update

Ok so I realise that it is pretty much over halfway through September now and I haven't quite stuck to my posting 'schedule' as I would have liked.
Before we know it, it will be time for me to do Harrison's 3 month update!
But it's better to be late than never surely?!
Whoever thought I'd have the time to manage 3 kids, a house and all my social media in one go, HA!
Who are these women and PLEASE tell me all your secrets!
So let's just step back for a second and appreciate that 2 month mark because there was quite a bit going on.


I may have mentioned it in my last update, but it is still going on and that is the cluster feeding. It's only in the evening and I'm convinced my boobs are running on empty which is why he is just not satisfied. He is still having a bedtime formula feed of 6oz.
Harrison got a slight bit of baby acne, but it cleared up within a matter of days which was great because lets be honest, it doesn't look very nice and there is nothing you can really do about it.
The baby smiles have been rolling in from all angles and I am LOVING it! There is nothing better than seeing your baby smile for the first time, its just such a wonderful little gift.


(first smile)

During the second month we had our 6 week check, I say we, but I didn't really have much 'checked over.' I just got offered to go back on my good old contraception. Everything was fine with Harrison, he is gaining weight nicely which is very reassuring to hear, especially when your breastfeeding because you can never tell just how much baby is taking in. Well I sort of can because he is most defiantly filing out, our little chunk! I did do my little weigh trick thing and it came out that he is roughly 12lbs 4oz. That's 4lbs onto of his birth weight.
He has started making 'cooing' conversation. It is just the sweetest and if you do it back and give him time he will actually respond. It's like we are having a little conversation between ourselves and I love it!! Matt thought I was crazy when I told him we were having a conversation.
I'm sad to say it, but he is growing out of his 0-3 clothing. I'm just not ready for that, he's my baby baby and quite possibly my last. So I'm literally soaking up every second with him, because before I know it he will be off out the door leading his own life, waa.


Harrison has also had his first little holiday down the caravan.
(check my previous blog to see where we stayed)
The first couple of nights he was a little off, waking once or twice more than usual, but we were in a different environment and he could obviously sense that. Apart from that he was very well behaved and it was a nice little break for us all. Although I did forget the amount of stuff you have to take for a baby! Jeez! 
Incase you haven't seen it we did film a 2 month update vlog which I have included at the end of this blog.

take care xo


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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Staying in a Biarritz caravan

For our family holiday this year we did a UK holiday, it was a sort of last minute holiday, well it was booked a week or two in advance, I class it as last minute one because we wasn't planning on any sort of holiday for 2018.
Looking back at last year 2017 we were SUPER lucky as we did camping for easter, we did Disneyland Paris for May half term and then we went to Turkey in August. We also had a little weekend at the caravan for our anniversary in July.
Seeing as we were in the process of buying a house and having a baby, due in July, a holiday abroad just didn't seem realistic for 2018.

We stayed at Hurley Riverside Park where we are lucky enough to have family there who own a caravan, but we decided to book one this year as there was one more of us to squeeze in. We stayed there for one week Friday to Friday over the bank holiday weekend in August. We've always stayed in Matt's dads caravan so this was kind of a new experience for us staying in one of the rentals. I'm happy to say it did not disappoint and I've already said to Matt when we get our own plot, which someday we do hope for, but that's for another time, I'd want a van like the one we stayed in.
The make was Biarritz I've no clue about the model, sorry, but I can tell you it was a two bed with a pull out sofa bed, ensuite toilet in the master bedroom, main bathroom with a lovely shower and toilet ovbs. A super cosy front room with a little electric fire with light up flickering flames and glittery logs, two doors that opened out onto a little patio balcony area and a nice little kitchen, with a cute little dinning table and four chairs. Oh and central heating!!
I managed to get some pictures before we unloaded all our clobber, I'd forgotten just how much you need with a new baby so it was a good thing we didn't all try to cram ourselves into Matt's dads van.

The living room.

Kitchen/dinning.



Master bedroom.


Second bedroom.

Ensuite.

Main bathroom.



We also filmed a little caravan tour which is up on my channel Chelvlogs and I've included the video at the end of this post.
This caravan park is such a lovely place to stay it's not like your typical kids club 'type' site, it's more of a spending quality time together 'type' one I personally feel. Lots of big green fields, some farm animals, river walks and nature trails or for the rainy days playing board/card games, or cosied up on the sofa watch a film together.
If you've stayed here before let me know, did you love it? Or let me know if your thinking of going here! 
Be sure to check out the tour video for a more detailed look.

take care xo



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