Just a reminder to you all that the Nice Mum Card discount at Play Cafe in Torquay is ending on 4th October so there's just a few days left for you all to enjoy your 50% off entrance.
We'd like to thank Play Cafe for all their support and involvement in making & selling the Nice Mum Card and all the discount our mums have enjoyed there.
Please take a look at our discounts page for a list of all of the soft play places you can get great discounts at. More coming soon!
Our old faithful router has decided to finally pass on so we're stuck without wifi for the next 3-4 days. How will we survive?!
Please expect a delay in replying to emails for the next few days.
As we come closer to October when the recycling funds are credited ready for the December cheques being sent to our charity Torbay Holiday Helpers Network it seemed like a good time to give everyone an update on how this years collections going.
We've had a fantastic amount of recycling dropped to our collection points and have been really pleased with how many people are supporting the collection.
Sadly the amount going to Torbay Holiday Helpers Network will not be anywhere near what we'd like due to numerous problems we've had with Tor2. Torbay Council had kindly provided two big wheely bins specifically for use with storing the recycling prior to posting off to the recycling company as previously it was being kept in a shed and had attracted rats. The bins are kept separate from the household bins of the driveway they are stored on, and are clearly labeled that they are not to be emptied, however on a number of occasions Tor2 have come along when no one is home and emptied them as household waste. We tried to get the bags of recycling back and were told there was no chance and tried each time to make it clear these bins were not to be touched and were assured it would not happen again yet it has happened a number of times and in total we estimate around £500 worth of recycling was taken to landfill, which has been absolutely devastating as it completely spoils the point of the collection as well as takes away much needed funds from THHN unnecessarily. To stop this happening again Torbay Council have kindly made up special signage for the bins to make it even clearer these bins are to be left alone and we are hoping this will stop any future problems. Its been a heartbreaking blow especially as we know the trouble everyone goes to, putting aside their recycling and dropping it at collection points, which we appreciate so much and we can only apologise that this has happened. Sadly no apologies have come from Tor2.
Moving on though, we are staying positive and working extra hard to promote the collection to make up for lost funds and have been doing leaflet drops around Torbay to spread the word and have just this week set up our first collection point in Exeter at Little Joey's Softplay Cafe on West Street (off Fore Street).
The account currently has £173.16 in it which is still a fantastic amount, especially when you consider it has come purely from what would usually go in the bin and has meant less unnecessary landfill. There are parcels of recycling in the post still to be counted too and we still have until the end of the month to boost this years cheque.
Huge thanks to everyone who supports and collects for us, the businesses who run collection points, Wendy from the Pond cafe in Paignton who keeps all of her cafes coffee packaging and biscuit wrappers, and as always Carol Arthur from Torbay Council who has provided invaluable and ongoing support.
The recent TV programmes including “Shall I Eat Meat?” on BBC Horizon and extended BBC Radio Coverage have generated a series of discussions on the problems of meat consumption from a number of different angles – health, food sustainability, environmental protection and animal welfare.
If these issues have made you think twice about eating meat and dairy, then you may already be reducing your animal protein intake and increasing your fruit, veg and grain options. A diet rich in plant-based options has been shown to be better for your health, kinder to the environment and indeed a more stable source of global food production.
But is this current fad for cutting out meat and dairy more than just a healthy lifestyle choice? In fact, is it not a moral obligation to stop immediately from consuming animal products in any form and cease to treat animals as if they are our own to use for food, clothing, entertainment, service or companionship? Do we not have a moral obligation to treat our animals as equal and if so, should we not be going 100% vegan rather than even considering 'reducing our animal intake'?
These questions and others will be the subject of debate and discussion at the upcoming VegfestUK events in London (Sept 27th 28th 2014), Brighton (March 28th 29th 2015) and Bristol (May 23rd 24th 2015, TBC). Vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, meat and dairy reducers, ethical livers, healthy livers, environmentalists, animal welfarists, vegan abolitionists are all welcome at VegfestUK events, and with hundreds of stalls laden with amazing vegan food, bodycare, fashion and other products, plenty of useful information on going and staying vegan, on top of dozens of talks on vegan nutrition, health and lifestyles, there're no end of inspirations and tips for everyone to go vegan at VegfestUK.
If you'd like more information on the upcoming VegfestUK London event, download the event programme at www.london.vegfest.co.uk/programme
Advance tickets to the event are priced at £10 for adults, £6 for claimants / OAPs / students and kids under 16 can enter for free. These tickets are available on BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE until September 15th at www.london.vegfest.co.uk/ticket-info, and every advance ticket holder receives a free gift on entry, so don’t miss out!
You can follow VegfestUK on Facebook and Twitter. For further info about VegfestUK London, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 3079872.
Amazon currently have MASSIVE discounts on the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Disney Princess Enchanted Bundle and the Monsters University Varsity Edition Bundle, giving a whopping £59.00 discount on the Princess Bundle and £60.04 off the Monsters one! Perfect gifts for princesses and monsters but move quick as these great deals won't last forever! See the links below for more information or to buy one of these great gifts.
Having always wanted to visit The Eden Project I was extremely excited to finally be visiting on 02/09/14, along with my 2 year old son and parents.
We parked in the Plum car park and started what turned out to be quite a long walk down to the entrance. We discovered that the car parks are all a bit of a walk away so there's a regular park and ride bus available if you don't fancy the stroll.
The entrance is very spacious with clean toilets and baby change facilities. The toilets are rain water flushing which I think is great, and the baby change has a poster advertising the benefits of cloth nappies so big thumbs up from me!
We decided to grab a bite to eat before entering so stopped in the cafe for pastys (it is Cornwall after all) and coffee, and a lunch bag for my son which cost £6 and came with a sandwich and some organic snacks and drink. My son had a great time watching "Plant Takeaway" an educational show about what would happen if there were no plants in the world.
After fueling ourselves we paid our entry which was £23.50 per adult which includes a card which you can activate for free entry for the year.
Walking outside we were greeted by the big wow, the famous view of the biomes which really is breathtaking.
Our visit to Eden was one breathtaking moment after another, seeing the sculptures especially the one made of trash, the huge array of plants, experiencing the tropical rainforest, seeing a constructed emergency shelter and my favourite place of all, the med biome.
I've always loved Mediterranean gardens so the med biome was always destined to be my highlight. The indoor gardens are beautiful, full of plants and sculptures, and an "outdoor" style restaurant. We wandered around and came across a central area with a man who turned out to be pollinator Dave Webb singing the most beautiful song about climate change and reincarnation. My son was overdue a nap so had been getting frustrated. He instantly calmed at the sound of Daves beautiful singing, the lyrics brought a tear to my eye, and my parents were both quiet for possibly the first time in my life. How they've managed to turn such a massive man made tourist attraction into such a peaceful beautiful place is truly amazing.
Afterwards we headed out for ice cream and hit the souvenir shop and plant shop. The shop has a great selection of Eco friendly products so take your purse! I was happy to get some new bamboo cooking utensils amongst other things. As Eden Project is a charity I was able to shop guilt free!
There was a lot of Eden that we didn't see on this visit due to my son being tired and us arriving late, however we went back 3 days later with our free passes and had an equally great time, going on the tractor ride twice and being amazed at the Dinosaurs Unleashed experience where my son got to meet a T-Rex!
Eden project is an amazing an educational day out. Visitors will come away inspired, planning their gardens, and having had a fantastic day out.
I'm already planning a trip back for Halloween and can't recommend Eden Project enough.
Nice Mum Stars *****
Peppa Pig World is located at Paultons Theme Park in Romsey.
This was our second visit in the space of a month so that should tell you something!
Upon arrival you'll find plenty of parking which is a level walk to the entrance. There are toilets located before the entrance which are clean and accessible.
Paultons has a range of things to do for all ages but Peppa Pig World is best suited to the under 5's or the die hard Peppa fans! We stuck to this part of the park mainly as the other parts of the park were mostly too old for my 2 year old.
As soon as you step under the archway to Peppa Pig World you become part of Peppa's world. Music is playing and everywhere you look there is something you'll recognise from the show, including the caravan, school and Peppa's house.
There's a great selection of rides ideal for little ones and parents can accompany them on all of them. My son loved all of them, which included a helicopter ride, car ride, Grandpa's boat, George's dinosaur, a windy castle cloud ride and a trip on Gertrude. Prams can be left beside the rides and on both trips we never queued for more than 20 minutes.
Some of the rides and attractions offer photo opportunities and you can buy a photo pass for £20 which gives you 4 photos.
There's a great park with various climbing apparatus and a muddy puddles wet area so pack waterproofs and wellies or beach gear dependant on the weather.
At various times throughout the day Peppa & George greet the crowds from their balcony so look out for their appearance times.
Peppa's friends Susie and Zoe take a walk around the park occasionally too. The highlight of both of our visits was my son meeting Zoe who on both occasions took a lot of time playing with him and teasing him by pinching his hat and toys. She really was the star attraction for us and Susie was a huge hit too, resulting in a trip to the gift shop to purchase Zoe & Susie toys!
Be ready for the gift shop, you name it, they've got it, so avoid if you're on a budget!
Should the weather not be great there's a big indoor soft play area suitable for all ages.
All of the staff at the park that we came into contact with were lovely and great with the kids. None of them made us feel rushed despite them being busy and as said before, Zoe was great!
We will definitely be visiting Peppa Pig World again and definitely recommend it to anyone with young children.
Nice Mum Stars: A fantastic five *****