Dreaming of a Perfect Holiday #MarkWarnerMum

I spotted that Mark Warner are looking for 2016 Ambassadors, so thought it was worth a try, here’s our entry, well who doesn’t love a holiday.

Now our family is growing and there is no little baby in the house, things are getting a little bit easier. And being a bit of a holiday addict, my brain often wanders away dreaming of the adventures the Little Pickles and I can go on.

Even though I adore a sunshine break, we often discuss taking a family Skiing trip to the French Alps. I have skied twice many years ago when I was at school and have always dreamt of going again and now I can share that with my children perfect.

When the younger Pickles chat about it the first thing that comes to mind is their desperation to build a real snowman, well we don’t often get a much in the way of snow in the UK.

When I asked Jolie aged 6 and ¾ she said ‘I would be very excited about going skiing, going down the hills fast and getting there on an aeroplane. Oh it would be so much fun’

My new challenge for 2016 is to be a braver parent, I have even signed myself up for a sky jump in June, so flying down  slipping and sliding down the keep slopes would suit the new adrenaline junkie me very well I think!

The pickles always love a new challenge and getting to know new friends so ski school would be an absolute must for them. And I’m sure they would look mighty cute in salopettes too.

Plus indulging in some fine french wine and trying local foods. Our lives are so busy so a good holiday is just the best way to unwind and being a single Mum a little bit of time to myself whilst the pickles are in kids club would be pretty nice too.
Right now to bring myself back from my daydreaming and cook some pretty average pasta for tea.

This is my entry into the Mark Warner #MarkWarnerMum 2016 Family Ambassador Program

Written by Jessamine Hislop

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Extremely Good Fun Comes To Swindon

Fun-loving locals are in for a real treat with the opening of a brand new Extreme Trampoline Park in Swindon this week (1st February 2016)

The new 1,100 square metre park is the second of its kind in the UK and follows the launch of the Better Extreme Sports Facility in Barking, London last summer. It is operated by GLL, the charitable social enterprise that runs the facility under its brand name, Better Extreme.

Offering state-of-the-art equipment including a main court with foam pits, extreme dodgeball area, basketball, fidget ladder, slack line and performance walls, the trampoline park will provide a fun haven for children and adults alike.

Youngsters of any age are welcome and trampolining is a great way for kids to let off steam in a safe and supervised environment. Older teens who enjoy extreme sports can build up their confidence with support on hand if required, while adults can pit their skills against each other in activities designed to test their abilities to the max.

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The facility can also accommodate birthday parties, company team building days and adult only parties

The trampoline park is situated within Swindon’s Link Centre complex and the site which includes an ice rink, swimming pool, gym, cycle studio and 3G pitches now offers the most comprehensive range of sports and leisure facilities in the town.

Commenting on the launch, Jamie Ross, Better Extreme National Sports Manager said: “We’re thrilled to be opening this park, which uses the latest state-of-the-art trampolining equipment which we sourced and imported from the USA. We’re hoping that it’ll become a real destination for the region, attracting visitors from across the South West.

“Trampolining really has something to offer everyone, from children, to extreme sports fanatics, to businesses who’re looking for a unique company away day or team building environment.”

The new Trampoline Park will be open from 1st February 2016.

Initial weekday opening times will be from 4pm – 9pm and weekend opening times from 11am – 6pm on Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays. From 15th February opening times will extend to daily sessions of 10am to 9pm.

Prices start from as little as £6.95 and include concessionary rates. A reduced adults entrance fee of £7.95 will run during February 2016 (normal price £9.95).

For more information visit www.extreme.better.org.uk

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2016 Baby Name Predictions

 

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Traditional Favourites

The well liked chart toppers will continue to popular including Amelia, Emily, Isabella and Lily for a those gorgeous girls born in 2016. Jack, Harry, Oscar and Noah for the newborn dudes.

Celebrity Baby Names

When celebrities choose cute unique names for their newborns many of new parents often follow suit. Honey (Fearne Cotton), Carter (Wayne Bridge), Silas (Justin Timberlake) and even the odd Maxima (Mark Zuckerberg) or Saint (Kayne West and Kim Kardashian-West)

Royal Babies

After the birth of the gorgeous royal babies in the past few years, Charlotte and George will continue to fly the flag.

Star Wars

Following on from the release of Star Wars – A Force Awakens in December 2015, we are sure that some characters names will pop up on the Birth registers in 2016. Some to choose from are Finn, Luke and Kylo for the boys or Leia or Rey for the girls.

On the rise

Lots of names have been creeping up the popularity lists over the last year or so, we predict Cooper and Theodore will make a few appearances for the little men. And all the A’s for the girls including Arabella, Aoife and Aurora.
All this talk of baby names is enough to make me broody! If you are expecting in 2016 have fun picking your Little Pickles name and let us know what you choose.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Toilet Training a 2 & a half year old

Toilet Training a 2 & a half year old

So, nearly 3 weeks ago my, not so, little boy decided to take off his nappy and asked to use the potty.  Well if that’s not a cue to start toilet training, I don’t know what is.  So I quickly armed myself with all the tools required: Potty, toilet training seat (purchased for 50p at one of our Little Pickles Markets?), pull ups & pants.  No-one told me I’d also need never ending patience, lots of stickers, reams of kitchen towel & tubs of bicarbonate of soda!  I’m often very guilty of expecting too much of my toddler.  He picks new things up very quickly on the whole so I tend to fall into the trap of thinking that he has a new task completely sussed & often forget to reassure him a few miles down the track.  So after 2 weeks of very few accidents, using a ‘grown up’ toilet with ease & pull ups only at night, I smugly thought we’d cracked it.  

How wrong I was.  

2 days into the third week and we seem to have taken a large backwards step.  After a completely dry weekend, we now seem to be experiencing several wee related accidents a day (poo is whole other story!); next to the potty, in the middle of the room and most upsettingly on the sofa, certainly anywhere but in the potty! Now, anyone who knows me, knows I’m not particularly house proud, it’s not horribly dirty or anything but I think the expression ‘lived in’ is the polite way of saying it’s not a show home. However, the faint smell of wee that now seems to permanently linger in my house is rather unpleasant. The sofa has taken the brunt of it today, hence the extensive use of kitchen roll to mop up and the bicarb to hopefully soak up the smell and work its magic (I’ll let you know if it works!).

I did remember not to get cross with him but did forget to say lots of encouraging words whilst wondering what it is that’s set him back from the amazing progress he’s made so far. Toilet training seems to be one of those major developmental milestones that we expect our children to master quickly and then be forever competent. Yet why would it be any different to learning to walk & talk? So with that in mind I reminded myself that tomorrow is another day & perhaps I will put up a reward chart even if it is only to remind myself to encourage, praise & reward my awesome little man who is undertaking this huge milestone in his toddler years.  

Emily G's Little Pickle trying out the potty
Emily G’s Little Pickle trying out the potty

My advice…be patient, sign up to anyone offering free pull up samples (they seem to be twice the price of normal nappies), don’t push it if it turns out they’re not quite ready, be prepared for accidents, take spares of everything everywhere you go & remember that this a big deal for them too!

Written by Emily G, Tidworth, Amesbury, Andover and Salisbury Market Organiser

emilyg@littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk

 

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Remember Remember the 5th of November

Remember Remember the 5th of November

So Halloween is over and Bonfire night is upon us. We love firework displays in our family so we always try and find a nice family friendly local display to go to (I get too nervous about home displays!).  A well run professional event is a great & safe way to introduce little pickles to fireworks and the hypnotic wonders of a bonfire. Most of us don’t know how they are going to react until you get there so best to be well prepared and follow a few simple guidelines to help make it an enjoyable experience for children & parents alike.

Firstly, wrap up warm! They can sometimes be a lot of standing around waiting for a display to begin, so lots of layers, waterproofs, wellies, hats & gloves. Don’t forget an extra thick pair of socks to keep little ones’ toes warm under wellies.

A warm cosy toes & rain cover if you have a pram or pushchair with you.

Earmuffs are a great way to protect your little pickles ears from those big bangs. It’s usually the noise rather than the pretty lights in the sky that can unnerve them and they will soon take them off if they’re happy to listen to the rockets zooming up into the sky.

Sparklers are a big no no until your children are at least 5 years old and even then should be well supervised by an adult, keeping them at arms length.

If you’re having a display at home, Fireman Sam has some great tips to follow to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoys the fireworks.

 

Bonfire Night Safety Tips

If you are looking for an event near you why not check out www.netmums.co.uk and www.mumsintheknow.co.uk. Both have lots of firework displays listed for the next few days. If you know of a good display near you that’s not listed then please do comment on the post.

Have fun and stay safe from all at Little Pickles Markets x

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