Whilst I’m sure it’s been delightful reading about my preparations for our first family camping holiday, I also wanted to share some of the experiences of other bloggers. This week, Lauren from Scrapbook Lives Blog is sharing some of her favourites: campsites, memories and packing-must-haves.

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We’re definitely a CBeebies household. In fact, there aren’t any other children’s TV channels that we watch and whilst we’re usually morning TV viewers than pre-bedtime (In the Night Garden plays during the CBeebies’ Bedtime Hour), I have found myself humming Iggle Piggle’s theme song on more than one occasion. When we were offered the chance to review the In the Night Garden Live theatre show, currently on in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham in their specially erected Showdome tent, I jumped at the chance, and started to make much more of an effort to ensure Pickle watched the show on TV so he’d get the most of out seeing it live.

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Earlier this week, Pickle and I headed over to Cannon Hill Park to meet Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy. The In The Night Garden Live Showdome has set up camp there for the next couple of weeks and we were getting ourselves acquainted with the place ahead of seeing the show itself on Monday. I had such great plans for a day out – a picnic in the park and letting Pickle have a good run around, but typically… it was raining. We took shelter in mac Birmingham and enjoyed a lunch and drink in there instead and even though it was still a little drizzly on the walk back to the car, I couldn’t resist letting him have a little play on the park in the rain. We had it all to ourselves, and he was so happy to run up and down the climbing frame. It’s the perfect thing to write about for this week’s The Ordinary Moments. View Post

I can’t believe I’ve not done it sooner, but this weekend will be my first night away from Pickle as I’m off to Bath for a weekend of hen-do antics to celebrate the upcoming marriage of one of my NCT Mummy friends. This time last year, the idea of leaving him for a few hours let alone overnight filled me with absolute dread. And although I was absolutely gutted to have missed my best friend’s hen do, there was a bit of me that was a little relieved that I wasn’t going to have to leave him for so long when he was so little. But now? I feel really ready for it – both emotionally and physically. But that hasn’t stopped me asking some of my blogging friends for some tips and tricks to make the whole thing as smooth running as possible.

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I’m a sucker for a good Groupon deal – who isn’t? And Pickle’s Auntie A is ridiculously good at finding the best ones out there so I’ve enjoyed some real treats lately, including the most amazing brunch in London with unlimited Prosecco (which we absolutely took advantage of). Now that I’m not ‘working’ in the traditional sense, saving money wherever we can is a real priority and whilst it’s good to be frugal, it’s nice to have a little well deserved treat especially if you feel like you’ve got a lot for your money.

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