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Apologies, I realise it’s been a bit quiet on here recently and that’s been for several reason. It may be the summer holidays, and as I won’t be returning to work in September, I’m technically on maternity leave. But with a 3 and 5 year old to entertain, the last of the unpacking and sorting in the house to get done and preparing for the new arrival – I haven’t had a lot of time to write posts!
However, I have had a chance to think a bit about my blog and what kind of posts and content I want to be able to bring more of in the future. I love being able to share my families fun activities and adventures with everyone and the ways in which we save money through offers and frugalness but I also enjoy being able to share all the great competitions that I have found…
I have been comping, on and off, for a couple of years now. At the moment I don’t have a lot of time for it, but during the periods I have managed to enter numerous competitions regularly, I have won some great prizes including; a luxury 3 night break in Belgium and a £250 Selfridges voucher, as well as hampers, toys and many smaller prizes.
So as well as a fresh new design, the new blog will be combined with a great new competition page which will allow me to share loads more of the best family-centred competitions from companies and other bloggers much more easily and efficiently.
In the meantime I will be trying to enjoy the last couple of weeks of the holidays and the last month of my pregnancy. Then hopefully September will bring a fab new blog as well as a Happy Smiley Baby!
Our two guinea-pigs, Lily and Lola, are getting plenty of cuddles at the moment as they have just returned from a stay at Grandma’s house where they’ve been since we moved a month ago. They are now settling well into their new hutch outside, although they may need to be brought inside in the winter if it gets really cold. Luckily our new garden has plenty of dandelion leaves which are their favourite and a nice safe conservatory with no wires to nibble where they can come in for a run around!
Guinea pigs are great pets for young children; so placid and easy to handle. My eldest loves all animals and always gives the guinea pigs and our two cats lots of attention. She would love a puppy but that’s not going to happen as my husband doesn’t like dogs and they are far too much of a commitment for us. Luckily Grandma and Grandad may get one at some point so hopefully she can enjoy playing with theirs! My 3 year old is not as natural or gentle with animals but enjoys an occasional play with the guineas – under close supervision.
I don’t want to be overrun with animals but next year I’d love to get some friendly chickens to add to our household, we’ll just have t0 see…
Last week we had another lovely day out at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. It’s a place we have visited quite a few times over the past few years because it is simply so lovely! The girls had actually been here under a week before with Grandma and Grandad but it didn’t stop them enjoying another trip with friends.
The farm is located right alongside the South Devon Railway Station in Totnes in beautiful rolling countryside. The attraction itself is non-profit making and home to a great little selection of endangered species of farm animals along with guinea pigs and owls, the majority of which children can be hands-on with, whether it be feeding, stroking or cuddling. The staff, most of whom are volunteers, are friendly and knowledgeable and there is a little cafe for lunch and icecreams too – perfect!
So if you are local and haven’t given it a try before or are visiting South Devon on holiday, now is the ideal time. You can find out more here:
Look at all the free food we managed to pick up from Sainsbury’s today with vouchers won through Higgidy’s Catch a Quiche game! Some of the packets are larger than the ones we won but as they were on offer and we also received £1 off voucher from Higgidy in the post too it all ended up being lovely and free. Now just time to start munching….
Try your luck here: