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Gifted | Nixplay Seed 10″ Digital photo frame review

I am so excited to tell you all about the Nixplay Digital photo frame. I was sent the Seed version in the 10inch widescreen model to review and now that I have had it a…

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The Knight Tribe | Talland Bay Beach, Cornwall

One of the main reasons for me wanting to visit Cornwall was to visit their picturesque beaches. They always looked so beautiful in photos like something you would see abroad and I wanted to see them with my own eyes.

Whilst on holiday during the summer holidays, one of the first things I did was google beaches near Looe in Cornwall and Talland bay beach kept popping up. It was 1.7miles (6minutes) away from where we were staying at Trelawne Manor.

All the reviews were really good and near enough all of them warned you about the scary single lane road which you have to go down in order to get to this hidden gem. Well, they weren’t lying, and I am so glad that we were following another car down so we didn’t have to manoeuvre to let anyone past as there was nowhere to really move and I felt very claustrophobic.

Heres why.

We had read online that there was a small car park behind the Beach Cafe and to get there early as it can fill up very quickly. We found where we needed to go really easily by using google maps. You will see a sign for Talland Bay beach and Cafe which you will need to follow, past the public toilets and round to the car park.

Parking is Pay and Display and for three hours I think we paid around £3.60. There are longer and shorter stay options available but we decided three hours would be enough for us. There are no disabled bays, however, because it is a small car park and there isn’t far to walk to the beach anyway.

 

Talland Bay beach car park

Talland Bay Cafe and shop

I was so excited about visiting this little Cornish cafe and it did not disappoint with their three beach huts and plenty of picnic bench seating to sit back, relax, and have a cuppa whilst you take in the breathtaking views around you. We couldn’t go all the way to Cornwall and not have a Scone on the beach – it would have been rude not to. The kids also enjoyed tucking into their cornish ice creams.

They have a little shop where you can purchase nets, buckets, spades, wet suits, beach shoes, bodyboards and much more.

The beach wasn’t your usual sandy beach. It was a mix between seaweed, pebbles, and minimal sandy patches but surprisingly the kids didn’t seem too bothered by the lack of sand. Lydia couldn’t wait to run into the sea and jump over the little waves with her daddy – she’s my little mermaid. Emily and Leo preferred to stay on solid ground with me and run in every now and then. The water was clear like it is in the photo’s I had seen, but cold, very cold, although it wasn’t a particularly hot day, so I was expecting it.

After playing in the sea for a little while, it was time for a quick sandwich and then the kids wanted to go rock pooling with their new nets we had brought from the shop.

As we made our way over to the rock pools we came across this which I thought was really good and I just needed to share.

When the tide goes out, you are left with a really lovely section of rocks that housed lots and lots of little pools. The kids, especially Leo (who is now a keen fisherman), really enjoyed wandering around the rocks in search of sea creatures left behind in the pools and almost started competing to see who could find the biggest creature – or the most. Leo was pretty much straight in there, moving his nets through the pools capturing some little fish and little crustaceans.

Rock Pooling

Lydia and Emily mostly went with daddy as they searched but had not been able to capture much until nearer the end of our little rockpool adventure. Lydia was finally able to catch a larger little fish and just before we were about to leave she was able to catch a little starfish – she was very pleased with herself about this. We hunted for crabs and although we did manage to see a couple, we were unable to catch them.

Once we had finished, we returned the creatures back into the pools and said goodbye to this lovely little bay before heading home. The kids had a fantastic time, it was just a pity the weather wasn’t warm enough to have enjoyed it for longer. For anyone who is interested in going, the water is cold so a wetsuit, if you have one, will help with the water. ‘Wetsuit shoes’ – for want of a better description – will also help as there are fish that will sting you if you walk barefoot. They will also help with the rocks when you go pooling.

The Knight Tribe - Talland Bay beach

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading my review on this lovely little gem and have found is useful. We had a really lovely day. You can read the rest of our holiday review here.

To read more on Talland Bay click here.

 

The Knight Tribe | Family Holiday to Cornwall

There is a standing joke between me and my sister and that I get the best luck and the worst of luck. So when I entered a competition at the BlogOn conference to win a JF family holiday, well, it could have done either way.  I got a call from my sister on the day that the JF winner was announced and to let me know that I had won and I couldn’t believe it.

 

 

We had planned to stay at Trelawne Manor in Looe in an adapted platinum caravan as it had a washroom which is easier for Leo to use and our holiday was booked for the middle of August. The kids were all very excited and had been counting down the days to our little holiday.

Cornwall is a five to six-hour drive from where we live and we had promised our youngest that we would take her to Peppa Pig World in Southampton for her birthday treat. We decided to leave a few days earlier and pay a visit, as it was almost on our way, subject to a slight detour – at least that was our logic. Emily, Leo and Lydia had a brilliant day and the smiles on their faces were priceless. Ater Peppa pig World, we drove two more hours in the direction of Cornwall and spent a night in a hotel to break the journey up.

David and the girls at the entrance of Peppa Pig World. Leo didn’t want to be in this photo because it was ’embarrassing’ his words.

We stopped off in Taunton for the night before carrying on our journey the next day, which would only take two hours from where we were.

We arrived at our destination around 11.30am and, as you would expect on a typical British holiday, it was raining. Check-in wasn’t until 2 pm so we decided to have a look around the Manor and get something to eat in their cafe. The food was reasonably priced, freshly cooked and very delicious.

The Knight Tribe- John Fowler Holidays

In the short time we were there waiting to check-in, we discovered an over 18’s only section with slot machines and a few vending machines and on the opposite end, there was a small arcade for the children to play in. The entertainment door was closed at that time so we didn’t get to see inside, but there was a board outside with a timetable of what was on each night of the week. We also discovered a snooker room, which we didn’t get to try out, unfortunately.

The reception area also doubles up as a bar with plenty of seats to have a drink whilst you wait. We received our keys and the lady on the desk explained on the map where our caravan would be and gave us a welcome pack as well as a copy of the entertainment timetable so we knew what was on, where and when.

The Caravan was lovely and they had placed us next to the Manor and directly opposite their on-site ‘Mace’ shop, which sells all of your essentials and more. I found the shop to be reasonably priced for a convenience shop.

 

(Heres a tour around our Caravan)

We unpacked quickly and then googled the closest Aldi which, from the caravan site to the supermarket, was about a twenty-minute drive. That evening we decided we would stay in the caravan and play board games, watch a movie and eat some popcorn as we were all very tired.

Playing snakes and ladders

The next day, we took the opportunity to visit a hidden gem called Talland Bay beach. You can read what we thought here I would definitely recommend you checking it out.

Talland Bay beach, Looe

That evening, we decided we would check out the evening’s entertainment. The kids loved the kid’s show that starts at 6pm and is run by the ‘Stripeys’. Daddy even got pulled up to dance to baby shark and chichi wa, which was funny to watch. I had a go on Bingo, which is on every night at 7.30pm, and you can win up to £200. We played both Saturday and Sunday night and the girls even had a go at the Kids bingo on the Sunday, which had pretty cool prizes if you got a full house. Leo was more than happy to spend his time in the arcades winning tickets so he can swap them for prizes in the hall.

On Sunday we decided to stay on the site and check out the facilities. The kids wanted to go swimming, although the weather wasn’t great, but they didn’t care. I was a bit gutted that the indoor pool was closed at certain times for lessons so we used the outdoor pool. The pool temperature was ok and the area was a decent size with a slide. There is also a play park which the kids loved playing on.

We then had a go at crazy golf and tried a bit of tennis. For a £5 deposit, we played crazy golf and when we had finished we returned the golf clubs and balls and swapped them for tennis rackets and tennis balls, which is the same with snooker cues, and when you are done you get your deposit back once you hand the equipment back.

If you are looking for a Uk break for the family then I can 100% recommend John Fowler Holidays in Cornwall. There is plenty to do on-site to keep the kids entertained day and night. We had a really lovely time away together and have made lots of new memories together.

 

**I won this holiday**

Gifted | Back to School with Smiggle

With September looming near, we are all busy preparing for our children to go back to school. Smiggle have kindly sent my girls some essential products ready to start their new school year.

We were sent two backpacks and two water bottles from their ‘Believe’ range and I have to say that the space you get in the backpack is fantastic. There are so many different sized zipped pockets placed around the bag to keep all their little bits and bobs inside and there is also a cup holder on either side of the backpack.

Inside the backpack

There is a padded laptop sleeve which we used for their tablets when we went on our recent adventure to Cornwall a few weeks back and plenty of space for all sorts. We could easily fit a blanket in each of them and still have enough space for colouring pencils, headphones, books, diaries, snacks, etc. I especially love that it has a media pocket for headphones if you wanted to hide the wire away. The padded shoulder straps help with comfort when wearing the backpack as they are quite thick and will relieve any added weight pressure on their shoulders. There is also a name label inside the bag to help prevent it from getting lost with Name, School, Email and Phone number.

 

The water bottles are also from the ‘Believe’ range and are BPA free. To find out what this means click here.

The girls also received a pack of twenty-four coloured marker pens each from the Smigglet range, which they both love as they are big fans of this particular range. They both have the Smigglet hand fans, night light and pencil toppers.

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The Knight Tribe | Back to school with Smiggle

**I received this bundle in return for an honest review**

The Play Town, Role Play Centre – Stamford

The Play Town Role Play Centre

I dont know about you, but I always get a bit anxious when I go to a new play centre for the first time. Will it be clean? Will it be stupidly busy? Will food and drink be overpriced? Will there be somewhere to sit? So when I was invited to join my friend and sister with all our kids, my anxiety was a little high. However, My Play Town Role Play Centre immediately put me at ease. This place was very clean, it wasn’t overly busy, food and drink prices were reasonable and there was plenty of places to sit.

The Centre runs three 90 minute play sessions a day at 9.30am, 11.30am and 13.30pm, which you can book online. They also limit the number of children attending, to ensure all children get the most out of their play time. After each session finishes, they close their doors to restore the town back to normal. We arrived early and saw them wiping down the equipment with dettol wipes ready for the next session of discoverers. I love that they do this in between sessions to stay on top of cleanliness. There are plenty of places to sit and watch your children play and you can even join in on the fun. Socks must be worn in the play area, which if needed, can be purchased for 50p.

 

There are nine different role play area’s to explore equip with uniforms and accessories to enhance their role play experience.

  • Fire Station
  • Little shop – I love that the little shop has old empty bottles that have been reused rather than thrown away / recycled.
  • The Little r.o.c cafe
  • Little Snippers
  • Theatre
  • Vets
  • Health centre
  • Construction
  • Ice cream parlor, picnic table and BBQ

 

 

Food and Drink

The cafe has a food hygiene rating of 5 out of 5, so you have complete piece of mind that your food and drink is being prepared in a clean hygienic environment.

Cakes

  • Cookies £1.30
  • Fairy Cakes 80p
  • Brownies £2.50
  • Slice of cake (decent sized) £3.25

While we didnt try any food as we had just recently had lunch before we arrived, it looked really lovely. For £4.00 kids can have a sandwich, drink and 3 items of their choice:

  • Yogurt
  • Small bag of cookies
  • Raisins
  • Crisps
  • Piece of fruit
  • Soreen snack size malt bread

 

Kids food

How much is it?

Child

Off-Peak: £6
Peak*:      £6.50

Adult

Off-Peak: FREE
Peak:        One FREE adult per paying child

Extra adult

Off-Peak: FREE
Peak:        £3.75

* Peak prices apply to weekends and school holidays

Pre-walkers are Free (if accompanied by a paying adult or sibling)

 

The kids had an amazing time and not once did any of the kids come back to where we were sitting to say that they were bored. All the children in the session were engaging with each other, playing shop keepers and hairdressers, doctors and vets, and it was really interesting to watch how they were all interacting. I am definitely going to be bringing my kids back. It is a 35 minute drive from where we live but in my opinion, it was totally worth it. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, interactive few hours with the children, then I highly recommend you give Play Town a go.

 

***We paid to come here, this is not a collaboration***