A Family Visit to LEGOLAND

One of my most vivid memories of my childhood is the night before my parents took me and my brother to LEGOLAND Windsor. I couldn't sleep. I was so excited. I remember going into my parents' room, asking if we could go yet and gently being told to go back to sleep. I couldn't contain my excitement and although I can't remember every single part of that day, there's so many things I can remember; from the log flume ride that drenched us, to the awesome face paint, driving the LEGO cars and panning for gold.
Fast forward a couple of decades and I was lucky enough to get to visit LEGOLAND Windsor again, this time as a parent! I was so excited for Arthur, as I knew, even though a little younger than I was when I visited LEGOLAND as a child, he was in for a day full of adventure and fun. In fact, we all were. LEGOLAND is one of those places that is magical for all the family.

LEGOLAND Rides

For most, the main reason for visiting LEGOLAND is the theme park rides and what I personally love is that because they're designed for kids, they're fun but not too frightening! From rollercoasters like the Dragon's Apprentice to water rides like Raft Races and even interactive rides like Laser Raiders, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Height Restrictions for LEGOLAND Rides

Something you do need to consider is which rides your child will be able to go on, as there are various height restrictions in place on many of them. For a lot of the rides your child needs to be 0.9m tall and accompanied by an adult if they're under 1.3m. Arthur thankfully met the 0.9m height requirement, so we were able to take him on a lot of the rides! Please, please do check the height requirements before you queue up and make sure your child is tall enough because there'd be nothing worst than queuing up, getting to the front and then being told they can't go on!
Here are the rides we went on to give you an idea of what you can go on if you have a toddler (who meets the height requirement):
Aero Nomad, Atlantis Submarine Voyage, Balloon School, Coastguard HQ, Desert Chase, Dragon's Apprentice, DUPLO Valley Airport, Knights' Quest, Laser Raiders, LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, Raft Racers, Sky Rider, Spinning Spider, Thunder Blazer.
Arthur loved all of the rides but I think his favourite was the LEGO NINJAGO ride. This was a 4D interactive family ride that puts your ninja skills to the test! It was good fun and we must have looked hilarious doing the ninja actions. Josh of course scored the most points on our team and I think we came third overall!
We all agreed that the Submarine Voyage was up there as a favourite too. It was something quite unexpected for LEGOLAND and Arthur was so excited to see the sharks and fish up close. I don't think he could quite believe what he was seeing!

You can find out all about the different rides, along with any height requirements, here.

Queuing times

I think one of people's biggest concerns when they visit any theme park is how long they're going to have to queue for and I'm not going to beat around the bush, the queues for a lot of the rides at LEGOLAND were pretty long. We visited on a Saturday and for some of the rides, the live queue time was '1 hour' which when you think about it, is quite crazy! You can view the live queue times while you're visiting the park by downloading the LEGOLAND app. It's also got a pretty handy interactive map, which is great for planning which rides you are going to go on next.
I feel like I can't say too much about queuing though, as we were lucky enough to have a Q-BOT ultimate, which was kindly gifted to us and meant we could jump a lot of the queues. I have a separate post on this coming up so keep an eye out!

LEGOLAND Attractions 

As well as fantastic rides, LEGOLAND has a whole host of attractions for all the family. One of our favourites was Miniland, which showcases landmarks from all over the world and is made out of over 42 million lego bricks. It really is impressive and provided some great photo opportunities! There was also interactive elements for the kids and remote control boats on the Miniland Lake.

Fire Academy

Another attraction Arthur particularly enjoyed was the Fire Academy! This involved family teamwork, as we had to hop into a fire engine, pump it across to the burning building and use the hose to put out the fire. It gave us adults a giggle, especially as Josh is so competitive and you're against the other families! I think we came second - so not a bad effort!

Lego Starwars MiniLand

If you're a fan of Star Wars, you must visit the Lego Star Wars Mini Display at the theme park. There you will find iconic scenes from the films that have been created out of 1.5 million Lego bricks. Some of the displays are interactive, which is fun for the kids. Obviously Arthur is a little young for Star Wars but he recognised R2-D2 straight away! Again, it's great for photo opportunities and you can even take one next to Darth Vader, with your very own lightsaber. 

Food & Drink

There are plenty of places around LEGOLAND to purchase refreshments but like at many theme parks and attractions, you may pay a little more than you would at say a supermarket. We had such a big breakfast at our hotel that we didn't really need a proper lunch, so settled for a cup of coffee (water for Arthur) and a bag of dipping doughnuts to share. The doughnuts were delicious and totally worth the queuing time! Arthur actually fell asleep in my arms while we were queuing - I think he'd had so much excitement, he needed a 20 minute power nap before continuing with our day.

Shopping

We wanted to treat Arthur to a little Lego present as a token of his day and decided the best thing to do would be to purchase it from the LEGO shop, just before closing, so we wouldn't have to carry it round with us. Turns out, everyone had decided to do the same thing (hardly surprising) so the shop was absolutely packed! Having said this, the staff worked really efficiently and the queue time to pay wasn't bad at all considering. The shop has a fantastic selection of products, all in themed sections and we ended up treating Arthur to a monster truck, which he absolutely loves. We also purchased a couple of key rings as a token of our day; Macy from Nexo Knights for Arthur (I love that the female knight is his favourite character - and that he says she's like mummy!) and Yoda for Josh!

There are a few shops dotted around the park, if you'd rather be sensible and make a purchase earlier. Do keep in mind that you'll have to carry it round with you though, unless you get a locker.

LEGOLAND - A fun family day out!

As a family, we thoroughly enjoyed our day at LEGOLAND and it's a theme park I would really recommend to other young families, as it's very family oriented. It has a lot to offer, from child-friendly rides to awe-inspiring attractions that are sure to impress. If your child loves Lego, you can guarantee they'll love LEGOLAND.

I guess like with all theme parks, lengthy queue times are the biggest problem, especially if you have young children who don't understand and can quickly get irritable. We were obviously lucky enough to have the queue jumping ticket (again, I'll talk about this in another post) but I think we may have struggled with Arthur in some of the queues, had we not had the Q-Bot.

For the most part it is a fantastic place; truly magical for children and a great day out for adults too.
We feel really lucky to have been able to take Arthur and it's a family trip we'll never forget! A big thank you to 365 Tickets and Merlin for working with us.

Have you visited LEGOLAND with your family? What did you think?
Are you planning a trip soon? Comment below or feel free to tweet me @meganjane03 if you have any questions!

Megan x
Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to LEGOLAND in exchange for an honest review.
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New Look Autumn Fashion Wishlist

Mustard Pinafore Dress // Green Striped Top //  Burgundy Pinafore Dress
Chenille Colour Block Jumper // Rust Cord Pencil Skirt // Orange Lattice Back Jumper
I've got a confession to make...I practically live in skinny jeans. Before becoming a mum I was all about the cute dresses but since then I've always gone for the comfortable and shall we say, practical option? Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with skinny jeans, especially when autumn rolls around and you can pair them with a lovely oversized knit - take a look at the two featured above, aren't they gorgeous?! But this season, I'm hoping to step a little out of my comfort zone and treat myself to a pinafore dress and perhaps even a midi-length skirt. I'm soooo risky.

The thing about pinafore dresses is that I always find them to be a little on the short side. As in, barely covering my bottom. And at the grand old age of...27 (well actually, 28 tomorrow) I feel like my dress should cover what my other half and son would describe as my 'rather big bum.' The two I've featured above look to be a decent length so I'm hoping that if I get round to ordering one that it will tick that box. The mustard and burgundy pinafore colours are dreamy - so perfect for autumn and I think they'd look lovely paired with a stripy top (a staple in my wardrobe.) I've got my eye on that khaki green stripy top!

I'm also loving the rust cord pencil skirt from New Look. It'd go with so many things, from basic long-sleeve tops to roll neck jumpers. I'm just trying to work out whether I could get away with wearing it with tights and ankle boots...I think I could right? I'm just not really a ballet pump or heels kinda girl these days. Again, it's all about the comfort!

So yep, that's what's on my autumn wishlist and since it's my birthday tomorrow I may just treat myself to a piece or two. Decisions, decisions!

What will you be wearing this autumn?

Megan x
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Boots for Adventurous Toddlers

H&M is one of my favourite places to buy kids' clothes and has been ever since I started buying outfits for Arthur, before he was even born. To me, the quality is good, the prices are fair and there's something for everyone. I often see mums complaining on social media that they can't find decent boys' clothes 'that aren't blue' anywhere but I can't say I've ever had that issue myself, as H&M (and Next) have always been my go-to. For me they do 'boys clothing' and kids clothing in general really well.
One of my favourite ever purchases from H&M was a lovely pair of brown walking-style boots for Arthur. He looked absolutely adorable in them and I remember when he wore them during our Cornwall holiday last year, a number of people actually told me how much they loved them! Of course, kids' feet grow so quickly and it wasn't long before he wasn't able to wear them any more. I was sad because they were a favourite and hoped they'd be available on the H&M website for autumn this year and thankfully they were!
With a 20% off code from H&M Club I managed to pick up a new pair for under £20! And they're just as lovely as I remembered - sturdy and supportive for our weekend walks, easy to put on with a loop at the back and zips at the side and fleece-lined, ready for the colder winter months. The fleece-lined boots are perfect for the adventurous toddler; the one that likes to stomp through mud, climb trees, collect conkers, pick up sticks, examine leaves. The toddler that loves to be outdoors, at one with nature and isn't afraid to get a little messy. The boots are Arthur to a T!
He usually wears his boots with a pair of skinny jeans tucked into them but they look great with his printed leggings too. Although they're found in the boys' section, there's no reason why girls can't wear them too and in fact, I'd totally wear a pair with an autumnal dress and tights if they had them in my size!

H&M has some gorgeous pieces, so if you are looking to update your toddlers' wardrobe for the new season or find a robust pair of boots for their autumn adventures, I highly recommend heading to the website and seeing what's on offer. Oh and definitely sign up to H&M Club - it's completely free and you will get access to regular discount codes, as well as free standard delivery.

Where's your favourite place to buy kids' clothing?

Megan x
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Pinch Me Moments.

Do you ever have 'pinch me' moments? I do. But not for meeting idols, getting amazing promotions, winning awards or seeing the world's greatest sights (all very good reasons for pinch me moments, I may add,) but rather seeing my family together and thinking just how lucky I am.
These moments can occur at the simplest of times - when we're out on a family walk and Arthur is holding hands with my partner. When my dad is zooming Arthur along in his buggy. When Arthur gives my mum a kiss goodnight. When my boys are cuddled up asleep and I'm getting myself ready. Often I'll find myself pausing for a moment and thinking just how lucky I am. I've even whispered it to myself.

Sometimes I'll snap a picture. Maybe I'll share it on Instagram. Maybe I'll keep it for myself. But often I'll take a mental picture and savour a moment before it passes. I'll try to imprint it on my mind. And whilst I may not remember that exact moment in all the moments we'll share together, it will fuel the feeling of happiness, a now constant in my life.

Have you had any pinch me moments recently?

Megan x
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Our Summer Highlights

With autumn fast approaching, I thought it'd be fun to put together a little post featuring some of our summer highlights. I've seen a couple of bloggers doing a similar thing, including the lovely Sophia from Tattooed Tealady and it seemed such a nice idea that I wanted to do one myself. The perfect opportunity to look back on our summer of fun in the sun!

Strawberry Picking

We had so much fun strawberry picking at Thurloxton Fruit Growers back in July! It was something a little different to do (even if every family in the UK seemed to be out doing it) and a great opportunity to pick some delicious fruit...oh and capture some insta-worthy photos of course!

Passing my driving test

My biggest achievement this summer was passing my driving test! I had been nervous for weeks and weeks, knowing my test was booked for 13th August but was so proud to pass with just two minors. I started my driving lessons at the beginning of the year and although it took me a little while to build my confidence up, I got there in the end!

Ice lolly making

Another fun toddler-friendly activity we got up to this summer was ice lolly making, with some lovely products sent over by the team at Steamer Trading. We made lots of fun and fruity flavours for Arthur and even some alcohol-infused ice lolly recipes for us grown-ups - tasty!

Fun at local parks

One of our favourite daytime activities this summer has been trips to our local parks. It's a win-win really because Arthur loves a park trip and it's completely free! We're lucky to have three in the village and with it being so hot and sunny these past few months, we've been able to spend lots of time there and have even made new friends with families doing the same thing. 

Exploring the countryside

We're lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and have definitely made the most of the warm weather this summer by exploring as much as we can of the local countryside. Family walks are one of my favourite weekend activities, as I love getting some fresh air and seeing new places. Although it's not always easy getting toddlers to walk the distance, family walks are great getting them comfortable with nature and letting them burn off some energy! We've had tasty picnics, enjoyed paddles in beautiful rivers and even encountered some rather friendly ponies on the moor. It's wonderful knowing there's always a new place to explore!

Catching up with friends

Of course, summer wouldn't be the same without good friends and I'm pleased to say we've not only made some new friends this summer but had the opportunity to catch up with old friends too. Our friends Liz and Will came down to see us May Bank Holiday and then we saw them again in Derbyshire at the beginning of the month and our friends Hannah and Joe popped down for a rather rainy (rare this summer) but fun afternoon at Brean Beach. We're hoping to see them again soon!

Derbyshire wedding

And speaking of friends, I couldn't finish without talking about our family trip to Derbyshire for Abbie and Dan's wedding - a definite highlight! It was so good to see them after so long and their wedding reception was such a lovely night. We also got to spend the weekend in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, re-visiting places like Matlock Bath and venturing to new heights at Black Rocks. It was a wonderful weekend and a lovely way to round off the summer holidays.

Although summer is drawing to a close, I can't help but welcome autumn with open arms as it's there's so much to look forward to including LEGOLAND, birthday celebrations and of course, Halloween fun! It's probably my favourite season, if I'm truly honest and I can't wait to see what else it brings.

What are your summer highlights and do you have plans for autumn?

Megan x
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Dream Bathroom: Inspiration & Ideas

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Continuing with my 'dream home' series, I thought I'd tackle the bathroom next. I'm forever pinning pretty bathroom designs to my home and interiors board on Pinterest and feel like I've gained so much inspiration from doing so. It's really given me an idea of what I would love in my dream bathroom and though my ideas may not all become a reality, it's shown me that bathrooms have the potential to be as beautiful as any other room in your home.
Image credits: Cast Iron Bath // Cast Iron Bath // Katie Woods

Roll Top Bath

Let's start with my ultimate bathroom dream - a roll top bath! My mum has always wanted one of these and I think she's passed her love for them onto me. I just think they add a real touch of luxury to bathrooms and look great with other vintage-inspired pieces, like the Victorian towel rails by Heating Style, which make a real statement. The bathroom should be a place for relaxation and roll top baths, with their elegant designs, help to promote feelings of peace and serenity; whilst complimenting both modern and more traditional bathroom interiors.

I really love the coloured roll tops with the cast iron feet, as well as copper tubs, which whilst not quite as pretty and feminine; would make a real style statement. The other half has said we can have a roll top in our future home, so I'm holding him to that. Some of them are pretty pricey though so I think we'll be shopping round for a second hand bath or purchasing a modern-take on the design, which may be a little cheaper.
Image credits: LynzyandCo // Buzz16 // Pinterest

Twin Sinks

Twin sinks are a luxury bathroom design feature we probably won't end up having, as I imagine they're rather expensive and you'd need your bathroom to be a pretty decent size to fit them in. But seeing as I'm writing about my dream bathroom, I'm rolling with it! I don't know about you but I think there's something about twin sinks that looks so cool?! Especially those that have a slight rustic or even industrial feel to their design. I love the whole 'his' and 'hers' type thing.
Image credits: Utopia Group // Oak Furniture // The Effortless Chic

Stylish storage unit

The main problem I have in my current bathroom is that it doesn't have enough storage. There's a small cupboard but the shelving inside is narrow and barely fits a thing. I've resorted to littering wicker baskets of items across my window sill for the time being, which is just fine but perhaps not the set up I'd like in a future bathroom. Instead I'd love some sort of bathroom storage unit that offers both practicality and style. I would prefer bathroom toiletries and the like to be hidden away, as it not only stops my little boy getting his hands on them but also neatens everything up. After all, the bathroom is a place for relaxation and for me personally that means it should be minimalist and uncluttered.

I'd love a vanity unit like the ones shown in these pictures but some shelving made out of crates could look pretty cool too and give your bathroom a rustic finish.
Image credits: Nine 43 // Park and Oak // LivForInteriors

Paint & Tiles

When I've written about my dream kitchen and dream living room in previous posts, I've always had an idea of the paint colour but with the bathroom, I haven't a clue. I always think of bathrooms as being white but really, you can have them any colour you like. I think I'd be torn between going for something quite pale and serene or a fun statement wall, perhaps even with a patterned wallpaper. I suppose it all depends on the look you're going for and vibe you want to create. I also love the look of those mosaic patterned tiles that seem to be everywhere right now but I can't imagine they'd be my other half's cup of tea. I do think they'd look amazing in a shower cubicle with one of those antique-style showers though.

I have so many ideas for my dream bathroom but I feel like they're not quite yet cohesive. Perhaps that'll come to me when we do actually have a house to design but for now I'm going to keep pinning away and soaking up as much design inspiration as possible!

How would your dream bathroom look?

Megan x
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My Favourite Pyjamas by Yawn

What you wear to bed is a pretty personal thing. Some love a pretty pyjama set, others prefer a nighty or night shirt and there's those that they don't wear anything at all! Over the years I've gone through my fair share of pyjamas but at the same time, I've always been the type of person that wears any old thing to bed. T-shirt and knickers? Yeah that'll do. But since being introduced to Yawn and sent a pair of their rather luxury pyjamas, there's now nothing else I'd rather wear to bed!

When browsing the Yawn website, the first thing I noticed was just how beautiful their prints are. Hand drawn at their studio in London, the prints are playful, cute and different from any other I've seen. I chose the House of Cards pyjama print as I thought it was particularly sweet - inspired by playing games with family on holiday, something that I have many memories of myself. It also has a hidden heart within the card print, a special touch that made me smile when I spotted it.

The most important thing for me about nightwear is how it feels and the House of Cards Pyjama Set* from Yawn certainly didn't disappoint. Made with luxury cotton sateen, they are far softer than any other 'shirt' style pyjamas I've tried before and very lightweight too. The relaxed fit is very comfortable and the length of the trousers is just about right for me. I did choose to size up and buy a medium (UK 12-14) but I do like a little bit more room in my pyjamas - comfort is key! The pyjamas are very thoughtfully designed with pockets (who doesn't love a pocket?), hems that you can fold up or turn down and a collar button, for those colder nights.

I've always been put off buying this classic style of pyjamas, as I thought they'd be restricting and make me far too warm but the House of Cards Pyjama Set has proved me wrong. The cotton is lightweight and breathable but has a real luxury feel to it; you get the best of both worlds, with a cute pair of pjs that are cosy and comfortable to wear too!

If you're after a new pair of pyjamas, Yawn is the place to go. They'd make a wonderful gift and with a number of dreamy hand illustrated prints to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect pair.

Megan x
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