Baby friendly

Although I do say in my contacts section that I do product reviews, I rarely do them most of the time I really can’t be arsed. Today I going to recommend not a  product per-say but a place.

Now the follow post is all my own words opinions and thoughts, I recieved no payments/backhanders etc unfortunately.

So last week we spent an amazing week together as a 3 person family, our family dynamics will change soon enough so this was a period of time that we’ll cherish, next year we’ll have new memories. We’ve never really had a family holiday alone, we’ve been away as a family but most of the time that involves us running around like headless chickens.

We spent a beautiful week in Italy, being in Europe we wanted to take advantage of the accessibility of it and also being able to drive, as airline tickets do not come cheap anymore. I was recommended a website called babyfriendlyboltholes. It was here that we found beautiful Alsagra, ran by an English couple called Helen and Stephen who moved to Umbria a few years ago. They renovated an old farm-house and turned it into a self catering apartments and their beautiful home. The couple themselves have two children so completely understand holidays with little ones in tow, I think until you’ve experienced this you’ll never comprehend whats involved.

I was so surprised at the accommodation, how spacious, modern and well equip it was, they was nothing we wanted for. On request you can have cots, buggy’s, highchairs, toys, monitors. The surrounding were also second to none, the view was just perfect, the family have 4 cashmere goats that LPV religiously said hello too every morning, Alsagra has a pool, a playground, complete with zip wire and an old gypsy caravan for the children to play on. it 20 minutes from the beach and only a couple of hours from beautiful Pisa and Florence.

This place is set up in the mountains on The Umbrian/Tuscan border surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not too shabby I can tell you. You do absolutely need a car to get around also but that gives you so much more freedom to explore one of the most beautiful countries ever!!

Now you finished reading you can head on over and book your next years holiday!!



So this week sees the build up to a certain wee mans 2nd birthday, 2 years old!!!! I HAVE A 2 YR OLD, I cannot believe it sometimes, I often still look at him and think this can’t be true someone from the hospital is going to call and say they want him back. At the moment I only think this when he’s a sleep, as currently he is a demonic elf in Elmo pyjama’s and this weekend I came close to wanting to put him out side the front door with a sign saying “free to a good home”.

Still I hear the terrible two’s are  phase 0h god when will it end that they all go through, on reflection he is a good boy, in his 2 short years on the planet he’s been on more aeroplanes than I’ve had hot dinners, he’s been to Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Holland Finland, Belgium,Ireland and England and the lucky little blighter has already flown business class, of course mammy had to have his welcome champagne.

So while all my fellow bloggers will be living it up at Brit mums live this weekend I will be knee-deep in Gruffalo cake, poisonous warts and scrambled snakes. Here we are in a new country having made a new set of friends to share the birthday fun with, this time we even have Grandma & Granddad coming so that is awesome too.  It will so different to last years celebrations, different home, different surroundings, different face, the only thing that’s is looking to stay the stay same is that the weather will forbid us to go outside, it’s either too flipping hot in one place or pouring with rain in another.

Anyhoo our house will now be turning into Gruffalo party central, you can expect some rather stressed post between now and D or Bday

Peace out pop-pickers

Passing on your fears

What kind of person do you think you are? Kind, funny etc. I really want LPV to get my best traits, unfortunately he’s already got my stubborn trait the one thing I don’t want him to get is my scaredy cat trait. I’m am scared of pretty much everything, water even though I was a confident swimmer as a child,absolutely scared of anything with four legs not chairs & dinning room tables. Most of the time I scared to try new things because I worried about what people will think, my dutch for example I am scared to try what I’ve learn’t just in case people laugh. Sports etc scare me, on our honeymoon Expatdaddy wanted to get a Kayak and paddle out to one of the small Islands near Thailand, at this point I have to say that we were in Langkawi, Malaysia not the Island of White!! It was really that far but I was terrified and as soon as the beach got smaller I was “shouting that’s far enough, what if there’s a tsunami” For me thou actually getting the bloody Kayak was an achievement. Also have you seen Castaway, now I know I’m a wee bit crazy sometimes but I never want a Wilson!!!

On a trip to Sri Lanka, I sucked it up, pushed my fear of heights to the back of my head and we climbed Sigiria, shitting ones self does not begin to cover it but it was a massive accomplishment. I don’t want to be the Mammy that has to sit and hold the coats while her family goes off and enjoys themselves, I want to be the Mammy that gets stuck in, even tho she dying on the inside!! It was truly an amazing experience tho, if you ever get the opportunity, DO IT!!!

I climbed that!! Yay me!!

Whilst on holiday in Slovenia for our friends wedding, somebody in all their farking wisdom thought it would a superb idea to go white water rafting. Scared stiff but I agreed to it ,  I didn’t want to be the one that ruined it for our friends. I shoehorned myself into my wet suit and into the boat I went. It was fun I have to say, but all the while I just panicking that we’d tip over. Half way through we did some body surfing  “let the current take me, yeah dream on sunshine” but I did it. That bit I hated, along with jumping of a bridge into rock filled water with a current stronger than the incredible hulk!! Oh that’s something I’ve always dreamed off!! *sarcastic tone* I sat on the rock getting attacked by wasps while the others did it. It was fun, it really was *NO sarcastic tone* we all had a laugh, some of it was at my expense but sometimes I think you have to get this sort of thing to get over your fears.

Now I can say to LPV “over my dead body are you going White water rafting” all jokes aside I can tell him I did It, your Mammy is bad ass!!! I want him to be brave enough to try these things but to also be brave enough to admit he’s scared. I’m not going to be a wrap him up in cotton wool mammy, I want him to be a kid and try kids things but I’ll always be there to catch when he falls.

Yes there are photo’s………………………….

Look at my face, hahahaha

Which one am I, the only ADULT with her helmet still on, on dry land!!

Farking lunatic