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New nocturnal and exotics house to open at Barleylands Farm Park

  • New space opens at Essex farm park for exotic mammals and reptiles 
  • Only place in South-East England where you can see some of these species 
Barleylands

A new nocturnal and exotics house has opened at Essex’s Barleylands Farm Park introducing visitors to some unusual creatures, some of which are not found anywhere else in the South-East of England.  

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Bluestone Winter Lights

Last week we spent a truly magical 4 nights at Bluestone, a fantastic resort in Pembrokeshire. If you haven’t heard about Bluestone it’s well worth checking them out, they offer self catering holidays in a range of lodges and apartments in their very own National Park resort. Surrounded by ancient forests with entertainment on tap you get a marvellous mix of their very special brand of free range fun.

Fairy village in Bluestone
A small hidden fairy outpost along the stream.
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Sleepover fun with SO DIY

Do your kids have sleepovers yet? L seems to be in the minority amongst his friends in that he does. L and his best friend from nursery have had several sIeepovers and they love it. Even If they are little terrors.

It helps that we are good friends with the parents and that both of us are happy for the other to look after and tell each others children what’s what!

So DIY Sleepover kit
Our So DIY Sleepover kit
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Hotel Quality Bedding from The Towel Shop

We have recently finished extending our house and building the perfect space, we are now in the midst of finishing each room and making sure it is all lovely. The Towel Shop have been a great help.

Part of that has also been refreshing existing rooms. We have put some effort into making our conservatory a space to relax, rather than just be a dumping ground for the things we had no room for and we have given our master bedroom a refresh.

Towel shop bedding
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Feature Walls with MuralsWallpaper

After a long hard summer we finished our extension. Getting it built was only part of the project though. Sure having a larger, secure and watertight area was lovely but it needed flooring, decorating and furnishing. MuralsWallpaper were there to help.

MuralsWallpaper Feature Wall
Our beautiful feature wall

With the now extended living area, completely new spare room, storage cupboard and now distinctly longer hallway to paint and not much time or patience left and a very exciting, but out of my comfort zone, feature wall to arrange we needed help!

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Learning to Knit with LoveCrafts

At the end of last year I was asked by LoveCrafts if there was anything new on the craft front I would like to learn in the new year. Now as you all know, I love my crafts and cross stitch, embroidery, papercrafts, jewelry making and more have all all been staples of my crafting life. However, for the longest time, both crochet and knitting have eluded me.

LoveCrafts Knitting Patterns
Ready to start trying to knit

Many a time I have tried my hand at both crafts, having slightly more success with knitting than crochet, but never finishing a project. After a bit of thought I decided crochet was probably still a bit out of my reach but I could actually learn how to knit.

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Make Half Term braziliant at Amazona Zoo!

Big cats, a toucan, tarantulas and tapirs will make Half Term braziliant at Amazona Zoo!

One of Norfolk’s leading attractions, Amazona Zoo in Cromer offers a unique Half Term day out where families can explore and learn about a varied and fascinating selection of animals native to South America from big cats to resident creepy crawlies. 

Amazona
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What’s on at TURTLE BAY THIS VEGANUARY

IT’S SUNSHINE FOR THE SOUL AT TURTLE BAY THIS VEGANUARY WITH 28 VEGAN DISHES AND OVER 30 VEGAN COCKTAILS!

  • 28 vegan dishes in Turtle Bay’s plant-based collection
  • Over 30 vegan cocktails
  • Turtle Bay offers more vegan options than anywhere else on the high street.
  • A sunshine-inspired sanctuary of rum, reggae and jerk awaits this January.
  • 241 on mocktails for dry January
  • Lunch deal for £10 and set menu from £12
Turtle Bay
Love the cool vibes
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Healthier Snacks Post Christmas

Well that’s it, we are solidly into 2020 and all the excesses of Christmas and New Year have me feeling like I might actually now be more cheese than human, with chocolate flowing through my veins and a good dose of mince pie in there somewhere too.

I’m not going on some massive health kick now it’s January, I just genuinely find myself craving something a little lighter, a bit more savoury and generally healthier when I find myself reaching for the snacks.

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WIN A SWEDISH WINTER-TESTED GROOMING COLLECTION FROM RAW NATURALS

I have partnered with Raw Naturals, the new skin care, body care and beard care range arriving in the UK from Sweden, to give away one set of their RAW NATURALS GROOMING COLLECTION.

RAW Naturals

This grooming range, is now available exclusively in Superdrug, is manufactured in Sweden in the Raw Naturals brewing facilities in Falun and the philosophy is simple: logical skin care and no ‘fuzz’. The Swedish logic is that if a grooming product can perform well in the harsh Scandinavian climate, it’s more than fit for purpose in Blighty! All Raw Naturals products are tested in weather conditions that your skin hates – demonstrating that what works in Sweden, works anywhere. Indeed, Raw Naturals is the brainchild of 3 Alpine skiers from Sweden who sought to find a moisturiser that only needed to be applied once a day whilst out on the cold, windswept slopes.

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