Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sealife Centre – Manchester

Manchester finally has a Sealife centre! Yey! I love these places, and so does Grace, so we were chuffed to pieces to get invited to have a sneaky peak before it opens Continue reading

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How to Make Clouds

WARNING: This activity is SO much fun . . . but SO much mess.

How to Make A Cloud:

1. Get some Ivory soap. I haven’t tried this with other brands – the Ivory soap works brilliantly. (We got ours from Amazon.)

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2. Microwave it on full power. We did half a bar for about 1-2 mins. You can’t over microwave it, it’ll just stop growing.

3. Gibby watched the soap expand as it cooked. We talked about heat and expansion, and how it was starting to look cloud-like. I cannot emphasise enough how exciting she found it when the soap started to fluff out, although the photo gives you an idea!

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4. TA DAAAAAAA! One cloud. (Extra care was taken when we took it out of the microwave – it was really hot and needed to cool down for a minute or two.)

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5. We made a few clouds and put then in the Tuff Spot with her fairy figures to play on. Then we got carried away and added shaving foam to experiment with different textures . . .

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MESSY FEET

One of the messiest activities we’ve tried so far – despite their soft appearance, the soap clouds can get quite crumbly – but definitely one of the most fun and a big hit with Gibby.

Who wouldn’t want to play on the clouds? x

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To BRCA1 or not to BRCA1

I booked my appointment before we all heard about Angelina Jolie, but the news that such a high-profile celebrity has undergone genetic testing, served to highlight the issue and remind me that I was doing the right thing.

For those that don’t know, women with a family history of cancer can ask their GP if it’s appropriate that they are tested for a mutation in a particular gene. The BRCA1 gene to be precise (BR = breast CA = cancer). A gene that can determine whether or not you are likely to develop breast or ovarian cancer.

How absolutely, mind- blowingly amazing.

How terrifying.

I think a big part of me thought that my doctor would say I wasn’t really at risk and the tests weren’t necessary. That my mother and my aunt died of other, secondary cancers, despite having breast cancer first, so I wasn’t really eligible. I went to tick the box, and congratulate myself on doing the responsible thing.

I was surprised that she immediately agreed that the tests would be appropriate. I was surprised that it wasn’t something she did there and then – that I would have to wait for a referral before preliminary counselling and blood tests. I was surprised that I got into my car after the appointment and burst into tears.

I hadn’t really thought past that initial appointment. I certainly hadn’t properly considered the “what ifs” and I still haven’t if I’m honest.

The scariest thing? The thing that when it occurred to me, made me more afraid than the possibility of my getting ill in the future?

If I test positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, then it’s possible that one day Grace might too.

At times like this I need an “off” switch on my brain.

Because how incredible that we live in a country – albeit in a bit of a muddle right now – that we have the knowledge and the power of this incredible means of self-preservation.

Knowledge IS power.

Now it’s just the wait . . .

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Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Anyone North West that hasn’t already discovered this gem of a place, simply MUST visit Cheshire Ice Cream Farm! We’ve just spent the morning there with some fabulous staff – and some even more fabulous ice creams – and I’m genuinely impressed.

From a one man business of selling a few ice creams made from surpless milk from the farm, Cheshire Ice Cream Farm has grown and expanded pretty organically over the last 25 years to what it is now – a fabulous day out that caters for all ages. We loved it. Here’s why:

  • Free car parking.
  • Free entry.
  • Free activities such as a brilliant outdoor wooden play area and viewing gallery for the cows being milked.

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  • Animal corner – get up close to peacocks, deer, cows, pigs, donkeys, alpacas and other furry friends.
  • Addition activities (at a minimal price) such as panning for gold, bouncy castle, mini-golf, and kids quad biking.

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  • Art Gallery and chill zone.
  • Indoor soft play area for younger children and rainy days.

I was genuinely surprised by just how much there is to do here, and no entrance fee is certainly a huge bonus. As well as the points mentioned above, there’s a lovely party room . . .

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. . .  and they cater for all ages of birthdays. There’s also the “Ice Cave” – a white room lit with U.V and some space age looking machinery that lets the kids make their own Mr Whippy style ice creams (not as nice as the stuff they make on the premises but great fun! Grace thought this room was particularly exciting).

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And if you’re thinking your older kids have grown out of stuff like this, then there’s “The Loft”. This was a room on the upper floor with arcade games, an F1 driving simulator, dance floor, music, and table games. Both Grace and the unembarrassable Mr Waterbirthplease made straight for the dance floor.  (This space is recommended for over 7s and booking is advised. Grace seemed worryingly in her element in The Loft!)

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So, as bloggers we were lucky enough to have our very own guided tour by the lovely Ed of all these facilities, followed by a visit to the Artisan Room. LOVED this bit! You can pre-book this facility to create your very own ice-cream  to take home. The choice of flavours and extras was pretty extensive: we went for white chocolate and passionfruit. Blummin nice it was too.

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Any negatives? Well only one, and that would be the business of the place. We were even told that at peak times you can queue for up to an hour for an ice cream! I think I’d save a trip here again till term time whilst she’s a pre schooler to avoid the crowds. But I guess the business is only testament to how good it is, so it is a bit nit-picky of me.

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There is a cafe, and a gift shop. You can also buy tubs of their ice cream to take home, and oh . . . my . . . goodness. . . the ice cream is soooooooooooooooooooooooo nice. It’s no surprise it’s won awards.  You’d probably need to queue for an hour to decide on which flavour you want! Click here to see the choice. I went for salted caramel, Grace had strawberries and cream, and the other half went for liquorice and blackcurrent. Good times.

We cannot recommend this place enough! Great value, great facilities, GREAT ice cream, and open all year except Christmas Day and New Years Day. What more do you want?

Follow Chesire Ice Cream Farm on Facebook and check out their Website for more info.

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Playfoam – A Review

Playfoam arived in the Waterbirth Please house this week. Being a fan of sensory play, we were really looking forward to reviewing it.

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Linking straight to Ghostwritermummy’s post today to help raise support for a cause that should be close to every parents heart. . . http://ghostwritermummy.co.uk/an-auction-to-remember-matilda-mae/

Have a look and show your support for the memory of Matilda Mae x

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