On Tuesday we decided to take a day trip to Belgium to Plopsaland. When Mike suggested it I was very skeptical as I had never heard of it before. However we had a great family day out.
Living so close to France it is really easy for us to take advantage of the cross channel links. We caught the 7.30am P&O crossing and with a quick trip up the motorway and into Belgium we were at Plopsaland by 10.30am French time.
We have never taken the girls to a theme park before. I have always been put off by the cost and the thought of endless hours of queuing. Upon arrival at Plopsaland I did have that sinking feeling looking at the queue to get in but once on the other side despite it being busy it wasn’t too bad. We did have to queue for a few of the rides but nothing too bad.
I impressed with the selection of rides suitable for little people and we even managed to take Harriet on a couple. The longest queue of about half an hour was for this high rise roller coaster. I had visions of Amelie and Daddy queuing only for her to be too scared at the last minute but she loved it.
In all it was a good family day out. The girls ate nothing but junk food all day and were completely exhausted by the end of the day. We eventually made it home about 10.00pm
Plopsaland cost €30 (in advance) €34 (on the day) each. We had to pay for Amelie but Harriet was free.
Yesterday the girls painted a canvas each for their bedrooms. Since 2011 this has become a bit of a family tradition. However as soon as I gave Harriet her paintbrush I remembered how much mess a little person with paint can make. The first thing she did was try eat it!!!
I love these paintings so much. I think they make lovely keepsakes as they get older and its so great to see their drawing and painting skills progress over the years.
Today I decided to cook a Lasagne alla bolognese from my favorite Italian cook book “The Geometry of Pasta”. The recipe is just so easy and simple to make but so satisfying to cook. Cooked slowly on the stove with milk and white wine it was delicious. Having got Harriet who cannot eat dairy I made this with Koko dairy free milk and you seriously could not tell the difference. Both Harriet and Amelie it all so I am assuming it got the thumbs up.
I have been a fan of Joules clothing for a while (especially their fleeces and jackets) and I confess to having a number of their items hanging in both mine and the girls wardrobes. So as you can imagine I jumped at the opportunity to review some of their products. This season they have so many lovely things I was spoilt for choice.
Amelie was so excited when her dress arrived. She couldn’t wait to wear it to her little friends birthday party. It has been washed and worn most days since. I am very impressed with the overall quality of the girls outfits. The material is so soft and despite being washed countless times they have both retained their shape and colour.
I just love my dress with its pockets and bright red zip at the back. I have had lots of admiring comments. I love the fact that you can dress it up or down. I have worn it loads. It’s great on the school run with a jumper or dressed up with a jacket for an evening out.
I was a bit disappointed with the quality of some of the stitching in places. There were a few loose threads which kept catching. However it hasn’t distracted from the fact that I still love it.
In years gone by I would have spent my Saturday evenings out and about with a small glass of vino in hand. Last night (still with a small glass of vino!) I was busy packing my Easter gift bag orders ready to go in the post Monday morning. I am amazed at the great response I have had for these bags. With three weeks to go I am still taking orders. Each bag comes with matching Easter card and tag and cost £5 + postage. They would make great gifts in themselves or even better filled with lots of chocolate Easter treats.
If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you payment details. I am currently working on a 3-4 business day turn around. My Easter bags are part of my bigger range of ABC gift bags.