Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Fabulous Place To Take Your Littlies: The Codsall Hive Cafe

So, I told you all that I had wonderful things to share with you. And, I wasn't lying. I really really do. Summer opened my eyes to lots of new experiences and I want to share as many with you as possible.

Now, we all know that little Mini-Moose is a complete and utter crafter who loves getting mucky with sticky fingers. It's not out of the ordinary to see my little chap covered in paint from head to toe. So, I always try to embrace this and give him as much opportunity to express himself through his craft and art as possible. So, you cannot believe the excitement I felt when I stumbled across, 'The Codsall Hive'. It was just too much. this place was wonderful.



What's it all about?
The Hive is a creative cafe where all ages will find something to capture their imagination and occupy their hands as well as a place to get a great cup of Illy coffee, or tea if that's your thing.
So, basically while you enjoy cake and tea, your littlie enjoys an abundance of healthy food whilst getting mucky and at the end of your visit your child will have completed a really lovely craft without messing up the home that you live in. Yes! That in its self is just genius. No mess for you to clean up and a great craft at the end of it.
The Hive is a creative hub for all ages, a place to nurture imaginations and keep little hands busy.... and big hands too!
Would you like a place to go where the whole family is happy, without a Wii or Playstation in sight?
Somewhere where the kids are allowed to explore, create and make something to treasure, or simply draw on the tables and get messy hands. A place where yesterday’s recycling becomes tomorrow’s artwork and where the only limitations are your imagination?
 This place is just wonderful and offers something for every child. If your littlie isn't a painter let her be a sticker. Perhaps he isn't a drawer, let him be a gluer. There literally is a craft for everyone. It is so nice to enjoy yourself as a diner as well as enjoy watching your Children be creative. Such a wonderful place.

I love creative places and being around creative people. So, as soon as I entered this cafe I just knew that it would be somewhere that i would visit again. Without a doubt. And, I knew that i just had to shout about for all Mommies, Daddies, Carers, Nannies and Grandads to hear. I love how the cafe is decorated and how welcoming it is to you and your family. The walls are a wash with art work and the tables are busy with little fingers sticking. I felt very at home at this cafe and felt at ease allowing Mini-Moose to do his own thing.

Montgomery painted a ceramic mug whilst he was there and loved it. He chose his own mug and was trusted with the box of ceramic paints like a real artist. It was so lovely watching him crack on and get arty. He had free reign to paint however he wanted to paint. Once he had finished his painting we handed it to the lady and were popped on the waiting list for the firing process.



I cannot sing this Cafe its praises enough. We had such a lovely afternoon there and felt very welcome. I would urge all my readers to take a trip there. So much goes on there. They even run clubs for littlies to enjoy on a weekly basis. So so so worth a visit.

BONUS
If you do decide to visit 'The Codsall Hive' cafe quote 'Moms The Word 2012 Blog' and get a free round of toast for your littlie upon your visit!

Find 'The Codsall Hive':

http://codsallhive.co.uk/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thehivecodsall

Twitter:
@CodsallHive

Monday, 1 September 2014

No Social Media? How Did You Cope?

Learning to cope without it because you have had to cope with out it ...

It's been a strange couple of weeks my lovelies. You know, without the old Mobile to coax me through. But, it has been a nice couple of weeks if I am honest.
Firstly, please allow me to apologise to all those that have missed me and feel a little let down by my lack of writing and posting this Summer. But, my phone died whilst I was on holiday with my Family and is still yet to be fixed. You see, diagnosis didn't really happen until recently and recovery is underway. Underway mind, not completed. So, yes. I am still phoneless. And, honestly I'm not much enjoying that fact anymore. You see, I often have blogging breaks that run parallel to School holidays. This way I can spend time with my hubby and family giving them my full attention. So, it's not completely out of the ordinary for my to take leave for a little while. But, I guess this has been more than a little while eh? And, I am never normally without a phone. So, although I am not writing or posting, I can still be reading and keeping myself in the loop. But, this time, this Summer, this break that just hasn't been possible. I can't take a big boff off laptop around with me everywhere I go. So, ultimately I have felt very out of it and a bit out of touch with the world of Social Media. As nice as it was at the start, being away from all the ties and the urges, it is now waring a little thin and I am tired of being so out of touch. I am longing for the repair to happen quickly and to have the world back within my palm.

Secondly, I would like to welcome my self, Moms The Word 2012 back to the world of Social Media. It has been a strange one being away from you for so long. Feels odd saying this. But, I have actually missed you and am very much glad to be back in the room. I am looking forward to picking up where I left off and catching up with all of my readers again. I have an awful lot to share with you all and can't wait to get posting. So, keep your eyes peeled.

My world without Social Media and a phone has been a mixed one. Lovely in some respect. But, horrid in others. I immensely dislike the fact that not a photo of my boy has been taken for a very long time. It is one of my absolute joys sharing with you my son. I love snapping away his lovely face and popping it up for you all to enjoy. But, that has not been possible and I have hated that. My convenience camera hasn't existed and that has been grim. I feel like I have missed out on photographing so much. So, I have alot to catch up on. I must getting snapping away as soon as I have my mobile back. However, I have enjoyed noticing the world around me. You see, I have had to walk with my head held up high. i have had no choice as there has been no reason for me to wander with my chin tucked in and eyes down at a screen. I have seen things that I perhaps would not have seen with a phone in my hand. And, that is pretty cool. I've noticed the way people drive, the way leaves fall, the cracks in the pavement and so much more. In that respect being phoneless has been lovely. I've loved not having to check my Twitter account before bed. Not answering emails etc:

But, now, now I am back and am ready to hit it hard. So, don't lose hope with me readers. I am back and am back to stay. I hope you enjoy this season on the blog as much as the last.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

How To Camp With A Toddler and Two Dogs

Goodness, what A title. Sounds virtually impossible doesn't it? It isn't. Well, it boarders on impossible. But, there's a few perks to the adventure that makes it more than possible. I mean, don't get me wrong - I didn't say 'How To Make Camping with A Toddler and Two Dogs Easy.' Oh no, I never mentioned the word 'easy'. That word never passed my lips. But, hey if it were easy we would all be doing it wouldn't we? Too right. It would appear that only the mildly insane amongst us risk it for a biscuit where this style of family holiday is concerned.
Well, risk it we did. And, guess what? We survived with stories to tell and snapshots in our memories that will last for years. So, no not impossible. Completely possible.

First things first ...

  1. Be Organised
    When it was just the two of us and 1 dog packing the morning that we went really wasn't that difficult nor was it the end of the world. But, trust me do that with a toddler and the kid really will feel like his world is ending. No 18 month old feels happy hanging around on the spot waiting for his parents to spend hours packing tent poles, wet wipes and dog leads into the back of a car that he is desperate to jump into. Don't do it. However, if you do - Best of luck and I'm sure you will learn from your mistake.
    We spent the day before getting ourselves sorted. Trailer packed, car packed, dogs exercised, clothes ironed, cases zipped etc. Everything that you know needs taking sort it the day before. No doubt, the morning of the trip will arrive and you will still find yourself hanging around for an hour or so sorting bits. so, don't add to your stagnant time.
    Oh, by the way. I say 'Be Organised' But, no matter how 'organised' we try to be we are still pathetically 'disorganised' it's untrue. But, we try. Oh, we do try.
  2.  Do A Mini Food Shop Don't be duped into buying everything you possibly need from the local store or even the on site shop. It will work out expensive that way and to be honest, a fair bit of effort. Imagine this - "Dear, I fancy a rich tea with my coffee. Could you pass me them please?" Partner responds somewhat thus - "Yes. sure dear. Let me just pop to the shop to get them for you." No fun. No fun at all.
    If a little frugal like us, get yourself to Lidl, fill some stackable boxes (Great for packing) with your grub and be on your way.
  3. Take Toys (and Another Child If Possible).If your kidlet is anything like mine, they are on the go constantly unless sleeping. So, don't be fooled that the sea air and pretty views will be enough to occupy them for hours on end while you cook, wash up, clean up, peg down and set up.
    We took a box full to the brim of book, cars and animals for Moose to play with and even that wasn't enough. We kept topping it up as we visited places.
    We found that as soon as Moose had company different to ourselves he would be occupied for far longer. I guess, initially the thought of taking numerous children with you camping is a fright. But, I believe in many ways your trip will be made easier by doing so. They would keep each other company and be a different face from yours.
  4. Be Safe Drive safely, pitch your tent safely, enjoy the beach and sea safely, have fun in all that you do. But, do it all safely.
    If pitching near a road think about your sleeping arrangements. Perhaps invest in some solar lights. That way cars at night can see your tent and take their speed into consideration. Think about what you are pitching next to. Steps to the beach? A cliff top? Car park? Stream? etc: Be safe!
    Remember that the Sea although fun fun fun can be a very dangerous place. Think about swimming aids (if needed) and keeping a close eye on the kidlets. Be safe!
    I guess, it goes for everything when camping. There is a little danger in the whole experience. But, if your sensible and organised all will be well.
  5. Expect A Rainy DayYour camping. Of course it is going to rain at some point during your stay. it's like the camping law. Expect it. Don't let a rainy day take you by surprise. There is nothing worse. It's going to rain, you're going to get wet, it will be grim. But, it will pass in time and in a way it is a little adventure. Try and be prepared for the rain drops. Take suitable clothes and footwear for all the family. be ready with snacks and hot drinks. Make sure nothing is touching the sides of your tent. This way nothing will get wet. Take time to check out local attractions. There may be something nearby that you can enjoy on a rainy day. But, don't forget the dogs.
  6. Enjoy YourselvesThis is the most important piece of advice that I can give you. Enjoy yourselves. What you are doing with your family is exciting. It is a holiday like no other and it is worth savouring every single moment. Take as many photographs as you can of your family. Enjoy being so close to the ones that love. On this camping holiday you will sleep together, eat together, wash together, do chores together, play together and drink together amongst other things. So, take this time to enjoy it. You wake to each other faces every single morning and sleep knowing that they are beside you. Take the time to see how great your family is. Enjoy every minute. Enjoy yourselves!
Camping is wonderful and we love to do it. Give it a go. You never know, you might just enjoy it!