February Half Term Fun – Dorset

As much as I think education is important for children, I certainly won’t be missing the school run for a week!  If it’s forecast to rain, you can guarantee it will pour down around 8.45am and 3.15pm. I’ll certainly be looking forward to some February Half Term Fun here in Dorset

So the kids are home and what do we do with them for a whole week?!  As well as the down time where you can chill out with a movie and indoor arts and crafts, it’s a great opportunity to get out for some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Take a look at some of these activities that are happening locally. I’m sure there are many more than the ones I have found too!

Monkey World

Each child who takes a present in for a primate and are accompanied by a full paying adult will get in for £1! Offer available during the half term week.

Moneky World Offer

Moors Valley Country Park – All week from 10am-4pm                                                       

Moors Valley can give you hours of fun for just the cost of parking. Explore the country park with the Percy the Park keeper trail. £1 per trail card.

Natioanl Trust, Corfe CastleAll week from 11am-3pm.                                                                                            

A castle quest, storytelling sessions and zip wire challenges are just a few of the activities happening during half term week. Don’t forget to take a teddy! Entry charge applies.                                                                                                                                             

Kingston Lacey All week from 10am-4pm                                                                             

Wrap up warm for a crisp walk and warm up in the Laundry and make some snowdrop bunting,. The event itself is free but park entry applies.

Corfe Mullen Library Monday 13th February. 2pm- 4pm                        

For those who are dinosaur mad, go along and learn about fossils and make your own dinosaur, find out more about this Free Event here

Bournemouth Pavillion Terrace Cafe Terrace Tales. FREE EVENT!

Monday 13th February at 10am – A storytelling session and enchanting songs with Molly Mermaid.

Wednesday 15th February at 10am – Scuba Stan will be telling you all about his Aquatic adventures.

Friday 17th February at 10am – Enjoy to curious fables and smuggling takes with Pirate Polly.

Open Day at Safewise Bournemouth – Wednesday 15th February

Visit the safety village for an interactive learning session on being safe. Free fun treasure hunt during your session. Find out more here

Moon Studio Ceramics Family Ceramics Workshop

Monday 13th February , 2:30pm. (Holton Lee, Poole)

Tuesday 14th February, 10:30am or 2:30pm. (Christchurch)

Thursday 16th February, 10:30am or 2:30pm. (Christchurch)

Or Make You Own Fun

So as well as these events why not take a stroll, scoot or cycle on the Bournemouth promenade or along the path at Hengistbury Head to allow the children to use up all their energy. You could even wrap up warm and sit at Mudeford Quay for a spot of crabbing.

Perhaps feeding the swans at Christchurch Quay could be on your list of half term activities where your Little Pickles can enjoy the fresh new play area that has recently opened.

Whatever it is, treasure each moment with your children because before you know it they’ll be leaving home and having Little Pickles of their own!

Written by Gemma our Dorset Organiser

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Looking for Flexible Working – Join Little Pickles Markets

Why join Little Pickles Markets?

Little Pickles Markets is an award winning name in nearly new sales, recognised by Theo Paphitis (Ex-Dragon’s Den) and we have a huge demand for our established sales, so there is scope to cover a much larger area and eventually the whole of the UK.

With our experience within the industry, our team offer a wealth of knowledge in organising these events, so will be able to give you step by step guidance and support you to have the same success in organising your own events.

We have a good web presence, with a well rated google website, increasingly viewed blog and impressive social media following.

What we can offer you?

  • You will join a strong and friendly team of parents already working flexibly around their families and other commitments
  • We will help you to make your markets a success with a designated team to guide you through a 12 week plan to get your first 2 markets off to a great start. This will build you firm foundations to continue to build your markets in your local area
  • Little Pickles Markets have the backing from some well known national brands in the baby industry
  • With a low entry cost of only £99 you have little risk and will start to earn money within a few months
  • Your events will all be listed on our website.
  • Your kit will include everything you need to promote your markets
  • Earnings are unlimited, so the more you put in the higher the rewards for you.

So if you would like a new challenge, looking for flexible working and would like to chat more please let us know when is best to contact you.

Some of our Little Pickles Markets Team, on a recent training day
Some of our Little Pickles Markets Team, on a recent training day

What do our established organisers say?

Tanya – Hampshire Little Pickles Markets Organiser

‘Hi, I am Tanya one of the Hampshire Organisers and mum to a 10 year old son and 3 year old daughter. I joined LPM in April 2013. I was apprehensive at the start about how I would cope out of my comfort zone of an office environment, which is all I had known since leaving school 20 years ago. I started with a couple of venues to run. I have gained so much self belief, confidence and have a flexible working week around my children and even take them with me sometimes. I have been able to do so much more with them financially it’s a great feeling. In 2016 I will be running 8 venues across Hampshire and can not wait to get started. All of this and still with the added bonus of working when I choose. So why not come along and join the Team I did it and can honestly say I have never looked back.’

Gemma – Dorset Little Pickles Markets Organiser

‘Working with Little Pickles Markets helps me to bring the work life balance I need to fit in with life as a busy mum and wife. It means that I can be at the school gates and performances most days, and has also given me the opportunity to earn extra money for my family, meet new people’

Eibhlis – Hampshire Little Pickles Markets Organiser
‘Little Pickles Markets has been amazing, giving me the opportunity to earn money and grow a small business that fits in with family life! I can work in the evenings, when my children nap in the day and at weekends when my husband is home to help with the children. It has helped me keep my independence and has given me drive.’

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House Bursting at the Seams

Is Your House Bursting at the Seams?

House Bursting at the Seams

Is your house bursting at the seams???

If your house is now over run with tons of lovely new toys and clothes from Christmas, you might be wondering what to do with all of the bits and pieces that your Little Pickle is no longer interested in.
Well look no further than our Award Winning Baby and Children’s Nearly New Sales

Why not take this opportunity to sort through all of your Little and Bigger Pickles toys, clothes, books, games, baby equipment and anything else your Pickles have outgrown or no longer needs by booking to sell at one of our 2017 Markets now.
And recoup some cash for the new year.

We have hundreds of Markets coming in 2017.  Our early January and February dates are available on our website now to book.

Alternatively, if you a buyer looking to spend some money your Pickles have been given for Christmas then why not have a look on our Facebook Events and see when we will be in a town near you.

We would like to wish to you a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

Jess and Team Pickles x

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A Few Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we have a few pressie ideas for your Mum, Grandma, Nanny, Great-Grandma or Nanna.
B-Organic Lotion
B Organic Hand & Body Lotion and the Foot BalmB-Organic Foot Balm

They are both made with certified organic ingredients without the harsh, nasty chemicals. They do work great on Eczema and Sensitive skin or you just enjoy luxury, gentle organic skincare. They are made in the New Forest,
Hampshire. They are both multiple award winning organic products, including Winner of Beauty Awards.

 

The UnmuUnmumsy Bookmsy Mum Book

The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing.

The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training – will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you…
The Day That Frame

The Day That framed picture.

A traditional framed picture is a classic way to display landscape photography. Everything about The Day That framed photographs is of the highest quality; from the archival ink and paper to the high end frames with glass chosen to reflect the fact that we want your photograph to last a lifetime. Every photograph is personalised by hand and all the pictures are signed, adding that personal touch. There is a selection of frames to choose from, to fit with your Mum’s decor. A completely unique Mother’s Day gift.

 

deluxe skincare setTropic Super Deluxe Collection

Treat your loved ones or yourself to the ultimate range of our stunning freshly handmade, award-winning skincare. With everything you need to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and truly indulge, our most luxurious collections are the answer to your gift list this season.
Our collections come beautifully wrapped and boxed, so all you have to do is sit back and let these gorgeous products work their magic.
This collection contains:
• Smoothing Cleanser (120ml)             • Face Smooth (100ml)
• Night Repair (50ml)                            • Eye Revive (15ml)
• Tropic Headband                                 • Bamboo Face Cloth
• Vitamin Toner (120ml)                       • Skin Revive (50ml)
• Eye Refresh (10ml)                              • Organic Elixir (50ml)

 

Mums That Care

365 Quotes for mums that CARE book

A Unique gift book or to inspire you each day:

Daily quotes and thoughts in parenting and personal development to inspire

“Mums that Care”

365 is a must have for a Mother’s bookshelf. The book walks you through the entire year offering an amazing quote to start your day along with encouragement and inspiration. After each quote the Author Tarryn Hunt follows up with an explanation about how this may pertain to raising children and ideas of how the days Quote can be worked into your routine for the day. With so many ideas and helpful parenting advice it doubles as a guide and daily resource. I highly recommend this book as it warms the heart and soul while inspiring us all to be the best Mum possible.

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My #ParentOn Moments

Becoming  a mum at 17, I had never ever held a newborn, so I was pretty clueless to tell you the truth, so parenthood was slightly daunting to say the least..

Reading wasn’t my thing so I didn’t rush out to buy every parent manual I could find, but mind you there certainly wasn’t as many 14 years ago as there is now.

My thoughts were always how could a book teach you to bound and build a relationship with your baby when every parent and child is very different. So some might say I went into parenthood very naively with little knowledge but I think in some ways the more you know the more you could worry unnecessarily. But I embraced the steep learning curve that was ahead of me and it has certainly been fun, well most of the time!

From those precious first days, my maternal instinct kicked in and I made quick decisions on all kinds of things. The first was when T refused a bottle soon after birth and the midwife was keen to get some fluids into her as she was very sleepy, so she suggested I latch her on and she took straightaway hey presto ( I know this isn’t the case for everyone so please don’t all stone me now!) so that had to be my very first ParentOn Moment. She was a dream to feed and I never looked back, even though I hadn’t really thought about breastfeeding before, it worked well for us.

To the first bath with a slippy slidey teeny weeny scrunched up baby, I have fond memories of sharing this moment with my Mum even though we were both nervous. I survived and flourished through.

I continued to follow T’s lead and we survived the sleepless nights, weaning teething, the first sniffles and some more serious chest problems that resulted in a hospital stay, but by this point I knew my baby enough to know when she wasn’t right.

Me as a Teen Mum

My second bundle was born 5 years later and things weren’t as smooth as with my firstborn, L spent time in SCBU, meaning endless hours of sitting next to her crib longing to hold her, so never let anyone tell you you need to put your newborn down, those first days weeks are precious and cuddle them as much as you want. I once again found my feet as a new parent with the added element of having an older one too so having to be up and out of the house for a certain time meant L would have to wait to be fed sometimes, she survived!

Weaning was much later than when I had been advised with T a whole 3 months difference as T had her first at 12 weeks, L was 6 months. I have been given slightly different guidlines/literature nearly everytime my babies were old enough to try solids

By the time no.3 came along I should have had this, but J had other plans, she was tongue tied, which was missed until she was 8 weeks old, feeding was tough and she didn’t sleep a wink, she’s still not a keen sleeper 6 years on. So I have to admit exhaustion set in and my mood dipped quite majorly, but nothing some anti-depressants didn’t resolve (PND is not taboo anymore, so should be openly spoken about).

Social Post - Mother's Instinct

 

We got through and J has continued with a very strong character into childhood, bringing a lots of joy and some stressful times too.

My darling boy is a complete miracle, his entrance to the world was a nightmare starting with shoulder dystocia, being starved of oxygen and rush to SCBU very poorly, leaving me shocked and gutted I had missed that skin to skin contact I had previously cherished with the girls. Another major ParentOn Moment when I had to rethink my expectations. But my 10lb little fighter got through, I have to admit I would worry more and check up on him more and wasn’t sure of the longterm outcome, but thankfully all seems ok 4 years on.

The baby of the family, had a smoother entrance, but being baby to 4 older siblings and only having one parent in the house, she spent alot of time in a car seat ferrying them around, she was hungry alot and I used a dummy alot with her none of the others except L (who only had it for a few weeks and you won’t find any photographic evidence of this) had one. She pretty much skipped the sloppy weaning stage and jumped straight to the finger foods she grabbed out of her older siblings hands.

My Newborns

So 14 years into parenting I openly admit I have brought some parenting magazines, well I needed to know which was the latest seen to have pushchairs 😉 but have not been a regular subscriber.

The Pickles and I have made it through this far and I have share just a snippet of some of my #ParentOn moments, as I have thousands more than I could mention in one blog, I feel strongly about this campaign from Tommee Tippee that is encouraging parents to follow their gut instinct. As the Pickles grow I look forward to think on my feet many more times in the future too, that’s why parenting is so exciting

Follow the #ParentOn hashtag across social media to find out more about the Tommee Tippee campaign.

They Survived My Parenting Skills

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

Facebook www.facebook.com/littlepicklesmarkets1

Twitter www.twitter.com/mrsmummypickle and www.twitter.com/littlepicklesmk

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