30 January 2016

The Real Milk Company - A New Way to Get Milk

Since my son has started his Stagecoach classes in Southwell, we have been driving through the beautiful Nottingham countryside on a regular basis. For the first time a few weeks ago, I saw a sign at the side of the road for The Real Milk Company.

A little investigation when I got home lead to finding out about a wonderful new venture just a few miles from my doorstep that would change my milk buying forever.

In a small wooden shed at the end of the farm drive is a milk vending machine, with steam coming out of it like some magical tardis, it delivers to you fresh whole milk that tastes exactly like milk should. I know lots of people drink semi-skimmed or skimmed so this may not be for them but we only drink whole milk, it's great for cereal and for hot chocolate and the odd latte I have these days.

Anyway, back to the vending machine. First of all you choose how much milk you want, you can get 1 litre or 2 litre plastic bottles, they even do a 1 litre glass bottle, which you can wash at home and bring back next time.

You then pop your money into the machine, your bottle in the machine under the spout and press the button, the milk then comes out and fills the bottle with the requisite amount.

Once you have finished you close the little door and a puff of steam comes out to clean the machine, ready for the next customer, and indeed there were plenty of customers, in fact two people visited whilst we were there, walking to get there milk. It sent me back to the day of the milk man, when milk was delivered to your door and was fresh.

If you are local to Nottingham then I suggest you seek out this wonderful little farm, you get to go and visit a beautiful slice of countryside support a local farmer and business.

How about a visit to Rufford Abbey and a little stop off on the way back, or in June this year as part of Open Farm Sunday The Real Milk Company will be opening their doors to show you the farm and what they have to offer. We will be heading up there to see the cows on the farm and to buy some milk of course, as well as heading to some of the other local farms as part of this wonderful day out. We've been for the past few years  it is such a great day out and a glimpse§ into an important part of our farming heritage and lives in this country.

Milk from the farm is £1 for a litre and £2 for 2 litres.

25 January 2016

Little Miss Turns 5 - Setting a Beautiful Birthday

My daughter turns five on Saturday, five! How did that even happen? Time certainly does fly, it doesn't seem five minutes since she turned one. I always like to make a fuss on birthdays, well for everyone else anyway (I don't really for my own). So here is my little bundle of pink loveliness for the little miss this year, I can't wait to decorate the lounge and dining room with bright pink prettiness and see her little face when she comes down on Saturday morning.

For her cake I am intending to do a simple plain pink cake with these beautiful tall candles and little mini foil balloon. So here is to my baby baby, my littlest of littles and be sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram feed for snippets of our weekend.

Little Miss Turns 5 - Setting a Beautiful Birthday

18 January 2016

Hoping to Build Confidence with Stagecoach Theatre Arts School

Last week my son started his first term at the Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in Southwell, I have high hopes for him to build his confidence by attending this. He loves singing, dancing and generally being silly. He was recently part of the Christmas in Concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham and is in the choir at school so I know he has something a little special going on, he just needs help with his confidence.

So with his t-shirt on and a belly full of butterflies, we headed to his first session. We arrived a little early, so we sat and chatted for a bit. Soon, another newbie arrived and since they looked to be the only two boys in the group, they were put together.

We'd read up on the website about what to expect however I was expecting a bit more info on the day as to what the layout would be, especially as it was our first time. Another of the new mums also mentioned they'd expected a little more, but I think thats just because we were a little apprehensive.

My son had a wonderful time and I needn't of worried, he explained all of what had happened with the different teachers and explained what they'd done. It sounded likes lots of fun though and when my husband went to pick him up the teacher asked if he'd done this sort of thing before because he was a natural #proudparent.

This was so exciting to hear and hopefully means good things for him, I can't wait to see how he progresses and what the next few months brings. I'll be documenting his journey so keep your eyes peeled for more in the coming months.

NB: My son has been invited to take part in a term at Stagecoach Theatre, all words and opinions are my own.

13 January 2016

A Visit to the Museum of London

For the last few years, we have headed down to London on New Years Day, so far, we have been to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, they were both empty on New Years Day and it meant we got to look around without too much waiting and queuing.

So we decided to head down again this year, although this time we decided to spend the night there too. It meant we didn't have to squeeze everything in, in just a few hours and instead we could go back to the hotel and relax before heading out for dinner.

On New Years Day itself, we visited the Museum of London, a wonderful look into life in London. There are exhibits showing what London was like before it was London, dating back to prehistoric times, right up to present day.


4 January 2016

The Entertainer App London Review

For the last few years, we have headed down to London on New Years Day to visit the many wonderful museums that it has to offer. We decided this time to stay overnight to make the most of our day whilst also getting to see some of the many Christmas lights and decorations at night.

On day two, we used a new app called The Entertainer, this app has been around in few countries for a while now and has now launched in London, it allows you to get access to great offers throughout the capital. It is free to download the app and there are some offers included, although to unlock the best offers, you have to pay a yearly subscription of £40. This sounds like a lot but considering we saved £32.65 on the our one day out alone it could be rather useful app for someone who lives in London or who visits the capital a lot.